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No, really, what is love?

Today is love day. It is the day that many people wear red, buy flowers and/or chocolate and write cards with words of devotion and commitment. The one-hit wonder musician of 1993 ...

Should I rent or sell my house?

Question:  Dear Kari, My husband just received a job transfer to another state. We have the means to rent out our current home while buying a home in our new area.  ...

Spring in the Historic District

As I write this, I am (enjoyably) grounded in a mountain home on a blizzard weekend in Tahoe. I am here with friends, all of which I have known for many years. I have spent a lot o ...

Splurging a little at the grocery store

First, let me tell you one thing I always do and two things I never do. For nearly 20 years, almost every Sunday, I always go to Target and pick up a few things for the week. ...

Once again, it’s time for jury duty

Some people have complaining thoroughly wired into their DNA. Debbie Downer is a positive motivational speaker compared to them and their incessant need to spout off. I have seen m ...

Why some sold homes come back on the market

Question: Dear Kari, I have listed my home for sale with my Realtor that I have known for years. After we filed out the listing paper work, she made a comment that has stuck in m ...

Tackling the high cost of homelessness

At the beginning of 2018, Sacramento County launched an ambitious new program that attempted to prioritize getting the 250 homeless people, who cost the most amount of money each y ...

Winter events in Folsom

Winter is off to a great start with lots of rain and snow which are all needed and welcomed. Winter can also be a slower time for some of our valued partners in the restaurant indu ...

Maybe things aren’t so bad after all

A headline in the Wall Street Journal on Jan. 3 caught my eye, declaring, “The World Is Quietly Getting Better.”   The premise of the piece is that, over the past ...

Why some sold homes come back on the market

Question: Dear Kari, I have listed my home for sale with my Realtor that I have known for years. After we filed out the listing paper work, she made a comment that has stuck in m ...

Texting must be tax free

In December, the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) proposed the first ever tax on text messages. Texting is integral to modern communication, with Americans sen ...

50 years ago it was quite a year

Younger people are so cute, with their talk of reminiscing about the 1990s. But hey, they are young. People in my bracket were young once. And they will be old one day. So I recen ...

New year for resolutions in Folsom

A new year is upon us and with it an opportunity to renew, refresh and reach our personal goals. My 2018 resolution was to focus on my physical health, and so this empty nester mom ...

Pricing makes the difference in home sales

Question: Dear Kari, I have had my home listed for sale with my agent for two months with no offers as of yet. My agent says it is the price and wants to reduce it sooner than la ...

Blessings by the bird feeder

It’s not that I hate squirrels. They are fun to watch, scampering about. My problem comes when I want to feed the birds. We have had a basic feeder hanging on the tree out f ...