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Convenience Can Be Costly
by James H. Dimmitt.You’ve just opened your credit card bill and attached to your statement you find a “convenience check” included. It may already be filled out with a dollar amount such as $300, $500, or even $1,000....
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Do Not Call Registry is Just the 1st Step
by James H. Dimmitt.The Federal Trade Commission launched it’s much anticipated “Do Not Call Registry” on June 27th, several days earlier than the announced July 1 debut. The FTC reported that they were receiving as ma...
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Beware of Falling Minimum Payments
by James H. Dimmitt.If you opened a credit card statement recently and were pleasantly surprised to find that your minimum payment due was lowered, don’t be so quick to “jump for joy”. What may appear as a small boost ...
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Shadow Fun
by Deborah Shelton.Are you looking for fun projects to do, but are short on supplies? The answer is simple: Shadows! Shadow Tag Turn an ordinary walk to the mailbox into a lively game of shadow tag. It’s played much t...
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Summer Anti-Boredom List
by Deborah Shelton.Before summer vacation turns into a boredom fest, sit down as a family and make a summer anti-boredom list. Write down a mixture of long overdue chores that you’ve been meaning to get done, along wit...
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Women and Men: Never The Twain Shall Meet
by David Leonhardt."Dear Happy Guy, "I just don't understand men. Last night I was sitting at the kitchen table, when my husband wandered by with a glass in his hand. "I asked him, 'Is that a triple-coconut-cream-of...
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Clutter Is Natural
by Stephanie Roberts.Nature loves clutter. Just think of all the stuff that drops from trees, washes in on the tide, or is blown by the wind into your backyard. Birds molt, animals shed, snakes slither out of their skin,...
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Hula Hoop Hoopla
by Deborah Shelton.Which favorite toy pastime is fun for all ages and makes adults nostalgic for their childhood? Hula-hooping, of course! Stock up on inexpensive hula hoops and try your hand…er, hips…at these silly ga...
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Scrapbooking Teen Memories
by Rachel Paxton .By the time your teen is in high school, you probably aren't taking as many pictures of them as you used to. I have to keep reminding myself that I only have a couple of years left and no time to was...
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Family Memory Journal
by Rachel Paxton.A family memory journal is a fun, easy way to preserve family memories. A couple of years ago I was sorting through a pile of unused journals (many given to me as presents!) and was trying to come up...
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Television - The Great SATAN!
by Kayla Fay.I’ve often thought that in 6 million years, archaeologists will marvel at the devotion the 21st century Earthlings had to their household gods. Excavation will show these deities in virtually every h...
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How Many Sex Offenders Live On Your Block?
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by Julie Joyce.There are approximately a half of a million registered sex offenders in the United States. They live in cities and towns all across the country. For any parent, learning that a convicted sex offender lives on the same block, can be a chilling disco...
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Musical Activities for Guaranteed Fun
by Deborah Shelton.Music has the power to calm, sooth, energize and make everyone have fun! Try these ideas at your child's next play date or sleepover for a guaranteed good time. 1. Jamming Art: Turn on some music-up...
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State of Your Home Affects Your Life
by Stephanie Roberts.Each area of your home has a symbolic meaning with which you resonate on a subconscious level. Clutter and untidiness within each of these areas causes constriction and inertia in the corresponding a...
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The Neurotic Dogs
by Eric Shapiro.When pondering whether my neurosis is learned or genetic, I often turn to the family dogs, Frazier (9) and Jake (4), and see the likelihood of a learned origin. My parents' characteristic anxiety has...
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Fun & Healthy Snacks for Kids
by Deborah Shelton.Looking for a quick and healthy snack for the kids? Here are a few tasty ideas that you can surprise them with, or let them make on their own. 1. Bugs On A Log: They'll love it just for the name! Si...

The Angry and Sometimes Grumpy Children of the 1950s
by Sue and Chuck DeFiore.A bunch of us in our late 40's and early 50's got together the other night, and after the evening was over I started thinking that many of us born in the 1950's are in a crisis stage. People can't un...
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Control Your Childrens Clutter!!
by Betsy Fein.Ever feel overwhelmed by all the papers, notices, artwork, and other items your kids bring home from school? Don’t be a pack rat!! We’ll show you how to “Trap the R-A-T” (RETAIN, ACT, THROW) 1. Sch...
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101 Uses for Dirty Diapers
by David Leonhardt.As the father of a toddler, I am an expert on dirty diapers. I know exactly what to do with them: throw them out! But along comes a New York waste company and a town in California who want me to do ...
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Teach Your Children Self-Image
by Lynn Bode.Raising a pre-teen or teenage daughter (or son) is not easy and can cause any parent a lot of stress. There’s so much to worry about – dating, drugs, alcohol, sex, school grades, just to name a few....
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Saving Money By Spending Wisely
by Willard Michlin.Why is it that the older and richer people become, the more conservative they are with their money? Have you ever done or know someone who has made an investment that promised a 10% interest or profi...
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Scaling Down (Almost) Painlessly
by Phyllis Staff, Ph.D..Moving to a smaller house or apartment in a retirement community almost always involves a certain degree of trauma, both for the elder who's moving and for family members. However, by planning ahead...
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Elderly Drivers: Stop or Go?
by Phyllis Staff, Ph.D..Without so much as a tap on the brakes, my aunt whizzed through another stop sign. "What are you doing?" I shrieked. "That was a stop sign." "Oh," she replied rather offhandedly, "they just put those...
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The Red Balloon of Happiness
by David Leonhardt.Just when you think you know it all, some 17-month old child comes along and teaches you another valuable life lesson. Little Lady lost her favorite ball. There are few things that bring this 17-mon...
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Raising Children
by Beverly Jean Ballard.As a mother of 2 - a 4-year old and an 18-year old, it was important to me that I give my my children all that I have to offer as far as education (I don't have much...a high school diploma and 1 yea...
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