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Today’s Home Spun Wisdom Archive


Recognize Your Strengths, Weaknesses to Better Develop Skills

(MCT)—Q: I keep hearing advice that I should build on my strengths, but it makes more sense to me to fix my weaknesses. What am I missing? ...


Living Smart: Consumer Gag Orders

(MCT)—Online sites that allow consumers to describe or rate their experiences with contractors and other service providers are a fact of modern life. ...


Email Etiquette for Generation Text

Most likely, you already understand that you’ll need to structure your professional emails differently than you would a text or a tweet. But unless you had the good fortune to take an “Email Etiquette 101” course in college, you might be unsure ...


Your Place: Make Preparations Now in Case Storms Strike

(MCT)—We’ve barely gotten over winter’s misery and already are being reminded about hurricane preparedness. Yet the season officially started June 1, so perhaps a few tips from the American Bankers Association are in order: ...


5 Tips on Turning Friends, Family into Investors

(MCT)—Attorney Kevin Vela, a founding partner at Dallas-based law firm Vela/Keller who works with startups and small companies, gave the Dallas Morning News five tips for raising capital from friends and family. ...


The Mortgage Professor: Should I Apply for a Loan with or without my Spouse?

(MCT)—QUESTION: My wife and I are looking to purchase a $450,000 home, and I am wondering whether I should apply for the mortgage as an individual, or jointly with my wife. I make $84,000 a year and have a credit score of ...


Barbecue Safety Tips

(MCT)—Ladies and gentlemen, start your grills. It’s June — the (unofficial) start of barbecue season. And as you maneuver this meaty course, stay alert for these flags along the way: ...


Living Smart: Swimming Pool Design Ideas and Tips

(MCT)—Are you considering taking the plunge to add a pool or update an existing one? ...


Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

With the summer real estate season upon us, many Americans are following the seasonal real estate trend and considering purchasing a home over the next few months. The total mortgage originations market is estimated to be around $1 trillion in 2014. With ...


Savvy Storage Solutions for Long-Term Road Trips

(MCT)---Long-term road trips can require more gear and supplies than short-term excursions, particularly if you are traveling with a family, intend to coordinate your own meal preparations, or wish to pack specialty items for activities like kayaking and mountain biking. Factor in ...


5 Things to Do after an Employee Resigns or Quits

When an employee leaves your company there may be some significant "housekeeping" to do before the position can be filled again. And none of that includes telling the ex-employee not to let his or her rear end hit the door on the ...


Getting Rid of the Clutter Helps Increase Inner Peace

(MCT)—Window-opening weather is upon us, and perhaps with it, the temptation to clean out closets and winnow what once seemed so necessary. ...


BBB Issues Advisory about ‘House Flipping’ Workshops

I have long preached the 'if it's too good to be true...' mantra. According to a recent report from Kelsey Owen at BBB, folks that may be attracted to the idea of getting in the high velocity and potentially lucrative business of ...


Your Place: Hire Someone Else to Fix Leaning Garage

(MCT)—Question: I have a 75-year-old, one-car, detached wooden garage that has started to lean. What do I need to do to straighten it up? I am really handy and would like to do it myself if I could, but I have nowhere ...


Living Smart: Unglamorous Home Projects

(MCT)—It’s almost painful to shell out hard-earned money for some home projects. Unlike adding a new deck or remodeling the kitchen, replacing a sump pump is hardly cause for a party. ...


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