In Personal Finance on February 28, 2014 at 8:58 pm
An IRA seems like a pretty straightforward way to save money for retirement. You save a little more than $5,000 per year in an account specially earmarked for retirement, choosing whether you’d like to make those contributions tax-free now—as you make them in a Traditional IRA account, or later when you withdraw them from a Roth IRA account. Simple enough, right?
It’s only simple if you manage to steer clear of the common assumptions people make about IRAs. Don’t make these mistakes that will keep you from getting the most benefit from your IRA. Read my advice at PenFed’s Your Money.
In Editorial, Health & Wellness, Parenting & Family on November 14, 2013 at 3:24 pm
There’s really no way to tell someone that there are creatures crawling through and laying eggs in their child’s luxuriant head of hair. “Head lice” is a bombshell guaranteed to send parents spiraling into four-alarm panic.
The real problem is that while everyone seems to have horror stories to share, nobody seems to agree on a concrete solution. Should you attack the situation with every nit pesticide the drugstore can offer? Rush to the pediatrician? Smother the infestation with olive oil, Vaseline, mayonnaise?
The cure for head lice turns out to be a simpler, age-old solution. Read my story at DallasChild magazine to learn the secret.
In Editorial on October 1, 2013 at 2:45 pm
Looking for fresh reading material? I heartily recommend a book I edited this summer, “An Untold Want” by Sara Stark. “An Untold Want” follows three women’s search for self-worth in a small Georgia town under the fog of long-held superstitions and small-town gossip. Stark’s first major work of literary fiction, the novel was a finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association 2012 Mainstream Fiction contest.
As if being born into a family of witches in a small Georgia town isn’t enough to brand her a social pariah, Maggie MacAllister came home from college with a Ph.D., baby Liz, and no husband. In the fifteen years since, she has allowed the Jacob’s Creek campaign of whispers to mold her life into a wretched existence.
Even though Maggie sees herself as rational, even scientific, she still attempts to impose logic on a situation of legendary proportions, the MacAllister family curse. But try as she might, a stroll through the family cemetery is proof enough that any man who loves a MacAllister woman dies in the prime of his life. Maggie commits to being single, but when her sixteen-year-old daughter Liz nearly dies from a self-administered abortion, Maggie is thrown together with JD Seaborne, an attractive, younger man with psychological ghosts of his own.
Despite striving to protect her daughter as well as JD and Desi, his teenage daughter, from both the curse and the neighbors’ censure, Maggie discovers that each of them must find their own way through the emotional, spiritual, and physical webs that bind them to Jacob’s Creek and one another.
Buy “An Untold Want” at Amazon.