- Created on Thursday, 15 August 2013 14:50
ON OUR WAY TO WEALTHY Recently I tasted a sauce that was so good that I wanted to put it on everything. Already I have tried it on tacos, fish, steak, barbecue, hamburgers, chicken, lamb and French fries. The true treat was getting to know James Pitchford, who has taken the family sauce and perfected it. He started the Pitchford Sauce Company, LLC and this is his story.
Carlee McCullough: Tell me about yourself.
James Pitchford: In the past, my life has been one of struggle like so many others. With God I was able to persevere and overcome. I am steadily evolving as a person and as a business person. As it relates to my professional life, I have done heating, air conditioning, ventilation (HVAC) and plumbing in many capacities and for many clients. But as of recently, I am the founder and creator of Oo! D...Good Sauce®.
- Created on Thursday, 15 August 2013 13:26
From March 2009 – when the stock market hit bottom during the financial crisis – through December 2012, investors withdrew almost $400 billion more from equity mutual funds than they added to them. During the same period, the S&P 500 gained more than 100 percent, leaving many frustrated investors in its wake.
The flight from stocks during the depths of the recession was not surprising, but 2012 saw the biggest migration from stock funds during the last five years. Yet the average equity fund, with reinvestment of dividends, gained 14.6 percent in 2012. Of course, past performance does not guarantee future results.
The tide seems to be turning in 2013, with net investment of almost $20 billion in domestic equity funds during the first two months. Perhaps it's a good time to examine the role of stocks or stock funds in your portfolio.
- Created on Thursday, 15 August 2013 02:12
WHAT'S HAPPENING MYRON? I always enjoy watching previews of upcoming films when I'm in the movie theatre. One I've become intrigued with is "Lee Daniels' The Butler."
The film opens Friday (Aug. 16) at the box office, with a local non-profit – Comrades N Community Inc. – holding an advance screening at the Malco Stage Cinema in Bartlett (7930 Highway 64) on Thursday at 7 p.m.
The screening honors domestic service workers and is connected to the "Those Who Labor Among Us Awards" set for Sept. 28th. Recipients at the awards show will receive the Helen King Award. King was the first African American Housekeeping Supervisor at the Peabody Hotel in 1963. The Awards Ceremony will benefit the Church Health Center.
- Created on Thursday, 15 August 2013 01:42
LIVING THE LIFE I LOVE Dear Lucy: I am trying so hard to get my life together. But I am sick and tired of people criticizing me. Every time I think things will get better, someone close to me will lie to me or let me down. I am a good person and I try to help the people I love but nobody is helping me. Everybody says they want me to do better but nobody is willing to stick with me.
– It's not my fault
Dear Blameless One: There was more in your letter that we don't have room to print. Life is a journey with lots of core lessons to be learned. Some of us take longer than others to learn certain things. Two core lessons are Self-Respect and Self-Responsibility.
- Created on Thursday, 15 August 2013 01:36
For movies opening Aug. 16, 2013
BIG BUDGET FILMS
"Jobs" (PG-13 for drug use and brief profanity) Ashton Kutcher portrays Steve Jobs in this reverential biopic revisiting the early years in the incomparable career of the visionary entrepreneur and Apple founder. Supporting cast includes J.K. Simmons, Matthew Modine, Lesley Ann Warren and Dermot Mulroney.
"Kick Ass-2" (R for sexuality, graphic violence, crude humor, pervasive profanity, and brief nudity) Two-fisted sequel finds the original's crime-fighting, pint-sized heroine (Chloe Moretz) forming a new team of masked vigilantes to take on an ally-turned-super villain (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). With Jim Carrey, Aaron Johnson, Clark Duke, Donald Faison and John Leguizamo.