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Today’s Home Spun Wisdom Archive


An Island in the Sun: The Dream of Buying Paradise

We’ve all been there: trapped at your desk on the gloomiest of days. In diva-esque fashion, the sun refuses to come out of its dressing room.  Is it just me, or are the colors in most offices downright dismal, not to mention ...


The Most Absurd Features of Leonardo DiCaprio’s NYC Apartment

Leonardo DiCaprio is a baller. Though he may be sans-Oscar (hopefully not for much longer), this “Wolf of Wall Street” can still afford to drop $10 million on a two-bedroom apartment in an eco-friendly New York City high rise. But calling ...


If Your Tree Falls onto Neighbor’s Property, Are You Liable?

If your tree falls onto a neighbor's property, it might not make a sound, but you may be liable. ...


Keep Your Cool This Summer

Summer is time for fun in welcome warm weather—but it’s also important to stay cool when the temperatures really get up there. Both indoors and out, keeping cool will help you and your family feel more comfortable and avoid heat-related health problems ...


Living Smart: Easy Projects to Spruce up Your Landscaping

(MCT)—Having a mid-summer’s dream of better landscaping? Here are three easy projects to help realize your vision: ...


To Go Solar or Not? That Is the Question!

I spend a lot of time monitoring the home solar industry and passing new information on whenever it develops. As more companies emerge to help homeowners with solar energy projects, and the price of related equipment continues to drop, more and more ...


Real Estate Q&A: Loan Status Depends on What Deed Says

(MCT)—QUESTION: Years ago I bought a house with my girlfriend, and it was titled in just her name, as was the mortgage loan. Several years later, we deeded the property into both of our names, even though we never got married. She ...


Social Media Training: 5 Legal Topics to Cover With Your Staff

Social media training is essential for any employer who wants his or her staff to help a business' online presence to thrive. ...


Diggin’ In: Landscapes Need Renovating Just Like Homes

Your landscape is very much like your home’s interior décor. ...


Your Place: Soot on Walls Likely from Radiator Burning Dust

(MCT)—Question: I have a question about electric heat. ...


5 Things You Shouldn’t Keep in Your Car

For many people, a car is like a traveling storage bin. But there are some things you shouldn't keep in your car -- unless you want potential thieves to purloin your personal information. ...


Tips for Surviving When Kids Come Home after College

(MCT)—Do you have advice for parents of “boomerang” kids who have moved home after college graduation? ...


The Time Has Come for Workplace Flexibility

(MCT)—Last week, President Barack Obama officially called workplace flexibility a basic need, lamenting employer policies that don’t allow it. ...


While Emailing, Make it Snappy

(MCT)—When it comes to email, Ben Carpenter wishes more people would follow Shakespeare’s advice that brevity is the soul of wit. Carpenter, an author with a long career in finance, doesn’t see much of it — brevity, that is — these days. ...


Many Factors Impact Retirement-Savings Risk Decisions

(MCT)—A basic tenet of retirement planning instructs investors to tilt their sails to more conservative shores as their retirement beachhead nears. ...


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