- Created on Monday, 25 March 2013 08:37
Dear Lucy: My next door neighbor is a music freak. He plays music all day long. He gets up at 6:30 in the morning and starts to blast. When he comes home at six in the evening he starts to blast again. He always turns it down when I ask him to, but I just don't understand how someone can need to listen to music like that. What do you think?
– Earplugs Wanted
- Created on Thursday, 21 March 2013 12:29
BIG BUDGET FILMS
"Admission" (PG-13 for profanity and some sexuality) Tina Fey and Paul Rudd co-star in this adaptation of Jean Hanff Korelitz's best seller of the same name about a straitlaced Princeton admissions officer tempted to bend the rules for an applicant (Nat Wolff) after a friend she hasn't seen in years suggests that he might be the son she surrendered for adoption as a baby. With Michael Sheen, Lily Tomlin and Gloria Reuben.
- Created on Thursday, 21 March 2013 11:49
More than one-third of retirees lack confidence that they will have enough money to live comfortably throughout their retirement years. Committing to a savings strategy during your working career could go a long way to help alleviate this concern, but it's also important to make sound decisions when withdrawing assets from the portfolio you worked so hard to accumulate.
The 4 percent solution
One common approach has been to withdraw 4 percent of your portfolio in the first year of retirement, with inflation-adjusted amounts in subsequent years. The so-called "4 percent rule" was developed in the 1990s using historical market research, and it was based on a 30-year retirement with savings in a tax-deferred account and nothing left for heirs.
- Created on Thursday, 21 March 2013 08:15
Ah, spring is in the air. The flowers have begun to bloom and treetops are sprouting various shades of green leaves. It is a time of rebirth, will all forms of life making the remarkable return to their natural states.
For we humans, spring is a time to refresh, refocus and recharge the mind, body and spirit. Recharging may be challenging to some people, but it doesn't have to be. Recharging could mean simply walking, running, riding a bicycle or hiking the trails along a wooded area. In some sense, recharging will enhance one's state of mind and ultimately one's quality of life.
Quality, however, is relative and depends on what a person is doing to make it happen. When it comes to health, I would venture to say that most people are looking to make incremental changes for the better. If change is your goal, eating fresh fruits and vegetables will help you get started on a wondrous journey to good health.