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Small Floor Plan, BIG Adventure

Small Floor Plan, BIG Adventure

Downsizing wasn’t exactly a choice for Mary Middleton. When the 67-year-old retired from her job as a registered nurse in October of 2013, she quickly realized she wasn’t comfortable paying the mortgage on her three-bedroom, two-bathroom, split-level home with a double garage. Middleton says, “I felt that I could no longer afford to stay in […]

Firearm Safety at Home: Keeping You and Your Loved Ones Safe

Firearm Safety at Home: Keeping You and Your Loved Ones Safe

*Author Disclaimer: This is an article about firearms safety—not gun control. Some may argue the two are intrinsically linked, others may see defining lines between them. This article is meant to be a tool to help you safely handle and store firearms in your home, if you choose to have them. Share your thoughts with […]

Give Yourself the Gift of Presence This Holiday Season

Thanksgiving is over, Black Friday has come and gone, and the beginning of the holiday season is upon us. I love the holiday season. Bing, Andy, and Nat serenading me with the Christmas songs that shape my memories. Christmas decorations adding a warm glow to the cold, dark December nights. Holiday movies, like old friends, […]

Holiday Time = Family Time = Picture Time

Holiday Time = Family Time = Picture Time

We’ve all seen those family Christmas pictures where Uncle Fred stuck his finger in front of the lens or Aunt Sally lopped off three of your cousins’ heads. Just because you’re not a professional doesn’t mean you don’t care how your photographic family keepsakes look. Here are some tips from a few area photographers to […]

Growing Up Online: Training Wheels for New Cell Phone Users

If your child is one of the lucky kids getting a new cell phone during the holidays, now is the time to think about the rules that should go along with it. Kids need to understand from the get-go that having a phone is a privilege and, like all privileges, comes with responsibilities. Family contracts that […]

You’re Retired? How to Volunteer Overseas

Remember when you were young and idealistic and wanted to make a difference in the world? Now that you’re retired, you have your chance. Baby boomers and members of the Silent Generation are flocking overseas to take part in volunteer vacations. You’ll be in good company if you head abroad to volunteer. Those ages 65 […]

Connect Through the Magic of Storytelling

Connect Through the Magic of Storytelling

“Why do you have a badger skin?” inquired my 6-year-old nephew. My family, along with a small group of other adults and children, formed a semicircle in the shadowy quiet of a reconstructed Indian encampment earth lodge at a children’s nature center. Christine Freeman, an employee, had been guiding us through the lifestyle of the Kanza Indians, […]

Are You a Lousy Tenant?

According to the National Multi Housing Council, 32 percent of Americans are renters. Locally, those numbers are higher. Based on the 2010 census, 42 percent of the people in Cass and Clay counties are renters. If you’ve been a great tenant, you’ll reap the benefits. But if you have a blemished past, you could face everything […]

4 Tips for Planning a Meaningful Retirement

A commercial on television the other day caught my attention. It was from AARP, and it showed different people who looked to be in their early 60s in different aspects of daily life. When the camera focused on them they would say things like, “When I grow up, I want to own a bookstore,” or […]

Celebrating and Thanking Veterans

Celebrating and Thanking Veterans

“Every time I’m thanked, it makes every second of military service I gave meaningful,” says Devlon “Jamie” Olson of West Fargo, N.D. Olson comes from a long line of veterans and says it feels wonderful to be thanked for his service. He served four years in the U.S. Navy as a Petty Officer and was […]