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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 ...

From Where I Sit: I’ll be home for Thanksgiving

It all started last year after Christmas. I started thinking about my dad. As an adult I have only seen him twice, briefly, and had never spent a holiday with him. It’s a lon ...

The Real McCoy: Don’t fall for lending pitfalls

Dear Kari: My wife and I are first-time homebuyers. We did everything our lender told us to do including jumping through hoops. Toward the end of the process we went to the title ...

From Where I Sit: Thankfulness is boring

Do you ever get tired of Thanksgiving?  Do you feel overwhelmed with traditional expectations that accompany the holiday? Would you rather lie down to sleep and wake up on Dec ...

Olga on Investments: Make necessary changes in 2014 before welcoming 2015

Tax season is quickly approaching. Now, before you think I’m reusing an old article or have gone holiday crazy, let me explain. When it comes to investments and portfolios, t ...