Archive for December, 2011

Smoking and Eye Health Risks

Posted December 2011

Health risks from smoking are well known, but little attention is paid to the increased risk of eye disease and potential for blindness.  Smoking has detrimental effects on the cardiovascular system and can affect the small blood vessels that line the retina in the back of the eye.  Increased high blood pressure and risk of […]

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What People Want To Know About Furniture: FAQ

Posted December 2011

Over the years, people have asked me many questions about their furniture, and I have tried my best to provide them with the answers or information they are seeking.  Now, I have an opportunity to provide the general public with some of the more commonly asked questions and answers.  Hopefully there will be some nugget […]

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How To Stretch and Protect Your Retirement After You’re Gone

Posted December 2011

Wow! The response to our introduction of the IRA Protection Trust last month has been tremendous. It’s easy to understand why. The IRA Protection Trust is valuable insurance against the uncertainties of the future. By naming your IRA Protection Trust  the beneficiary of your retirement account (IRA, SEP, SIMPLE and 401(k), 403(a), 403(b), 457, pension […]

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Shattering The Myth That Women Aren’t Good With Money

Posted December 2011

Why do we cling to the myth that women don’t understand money as well as men? If you look at the personal finance books out right now, some of the titles might convince you that women need “special help” when it comes to figuring out saving, investing and budgeting. The current guides include Prince Charming […]

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December 2011 Picture Page

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Is Now The Time?

Posted December 2011

You have worked hard for a long time and want to retire. You have done the calculations and think you can make it on your estimated retirement income. If your assumptions are correct, you are in for a fabulous ride; if not, you will rue the day that you walked away from your home away […]

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A Retirement Reality Check

Posted December 2011

If you have already retired or if you can count the number of years until retirement on your fingers, then please heed this friendly warning: Unless you’re already making the most of your current retirement planning strategies, then it may be difficult to lay the groundwork for a financially secure future. Don’t just take my […]

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Holiday Light Safari to Feature Taylor Mathews

Posted December 2011

Taylor Mathews will be making a special appearance at the Alexandria Zoo during Holiday Light Safari.  Taylor has a special connection with the zoo because of his grandfather, former city commissioner O’Hearn Mathews.   When the Zoo was threatened with closure by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the early 1970’s, City Commissioner Mathews appointed the […]

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CASA Volunteer Donna Young

Posted December 2011

Donna Young has been a CASA volunteer since September of 2002, often taking the responsibility of multiple cases at once.  Having previously worked in the health care field, Donna’s desire to help others fits perfectly into her role as a CASA volunteer.  “I have witnessed abused children being brought into the hospital. There are just […]

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Facing The Empty Chair

Posted December 2011

Those of us at Christus Cabrini Hospice know that the first holiday season after losing a loved one is difficult.  All around you, people are singing joy, talking joy and expecting joy while joy is about the last emotion that you feel.  Friends may be uncomfortable and avoid you since they don’t know what to […]

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