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Olga on Investments: Understanding bonds

If you’re considering the purchase of an individual bond or even a bond mutual fund, one of your first concerns will be its yield. However, when comparing various yields, you ...

From Where I Sit: Is it just me, or is this Joel’s Column?

I still think and talk about our recent trip back to Baltimore, but life goes on and I don’t want to belabor the point. It is akin to “in the olden days” when fol ...

The Real McCoy: Model home agent representation

Dear Kari: I am a fairly new real estate agent and would like to have your advice. I was talking with my cousin and he said he is going to buy a new home. I asked if I could be hi ...

Children just want to be happy

Last week, I was shocked to learn that a 12-year-old Folsom boy, Ronin Shimizu, committed suicide because he was bullied. In processing this terribly sad news, I can’t stop w ...

On the Town: Keeping the spirit of trains and locomotion on track

I love trains. Whether they’re the real thing or just a model train under the Christmas tree, they’ve always intrigued me. I guess my affection for trains began the Ch ...

Lessons learned from going home

Last week I detailed some of the highlights of our trip back to Baltimore. We spent seven days there, first visiting the church where my Christian walk began. From that experien ...

Working during your retirement

For many Americans, retirement does not necessarily mean flicking the off switch and saying adieu to work life. Instead, some have chosen to continue working for different reaso ...

Tips on working with rent backs

Dear Kari: We just got the bad news. The sellers we are in contract with cannot move out when we close escrow because the house they are buying is not ready for them to move ...

Don’t try to be someone you’re not – just be yourself

Here’s a story I ran across a few years ago that I’d like to share with you. There was a young man that was preparing for his first job interview. He was a colle ...

On the Town: Blessings come in many different ways

Here’s hoping everyone had a great Thanksgiving. We sure did. Our little former foster girl, Carla, and her family, drove all the way from Tucson, Ariz., to spend an enjoya ...