The Last Social Taboo

  In the last 4 months, we’ve really broken through a lot of the social taboos. When I was growing up, I was taught never to talk about sex, politics or religion in social gatherings. Those walls have been broken through if not trampled upon. But there is one conversation that people are very hesitant to talk about. Marriage and money. As a financial…

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A Single Mom Plans Her Next Act

Then: Katherine Engel, 43, talked about the challenges of raising her two teenage daughters on her own in the April 2006 issue of Kiplinger’s. An immigrant from Russia, Engel earned $40,000 a year teaching English to new immigrants at a Tucson, Ariz., high school. That left her with little extra money after paying for her…

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A Genetic Test to Spot Health Risks

Scientists first mapped the human genome 14 years ago. Since then, they have learned a lot about genetics, and someday that wisdom may lead to a cure for many diseases. But we’re not there yet. There’s “a ton we don’t understand,” says Lawrence Brody, director of the genomics and society division at the National Human…

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Going Back to Basics

Buying a house or condominium involves not only finding the right property, but also finding the right mortgage. Fortunately, the choices are less confusing than in the recent past. Since interest rates are significantly lower, the types of mortgages commonly available have decreased. The biggest question is: Given the available options, which mortgage is right…

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The Gentle Practice of Reiki

Reiki is a gentle, therapeutic modality that originated in Japan to promote stress reduction and relaxation for the natural healing of the body. Reiki is a technique centered on the placing of hands on or above certain areas of the body to release blocked energy, which creates the body’s own healing response. It is based…

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Home, Asset or Hassle?

There’s no question about it — the real-estate market in the Seattle area is downright crazy. But whether you’re looking to buy, sell, manage an investment property or just transform your existing house into the home you’ve always wanted, there’s one question you should ask yourself first. And it’s not about square footage, market trends, or…

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Coming to “Terms” with Real Estate Investing

Have you ever considered investing in real estate? As with all types of investments, there are risks and time horizons that may or may not be consistent with individual goals and objectives. With this in mind, here is a quick overview of some of the different types of real estate investments. Multi-Family Housing: These homes…

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The Best Ways To Save Family Recipes

(And Why You Should Do This Today) Last year my grandmother turned 102 years old, and right before her birthday her three daughters started arguing about her possessions — not her jewelry or her dishes or her furniture, but her 3×5- inch recipe cards. My grandmother was an avid cook. She cooked dinner every day…

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Accident-Proofing Your Home

While you and your family appreciate the many comforts of home, the potential accident risks that exist inside and outside your home may go unnoticed. Here are some simple steps to help convert your home sanctuary into a safer environment for family members and house guests to enjoy: Make sure your smoke alarms are tested…

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Boomers

The Changing Face of ‘Retirement’   My stepmother turned 60 this year — but if you think that means she’s slowing down, think again. She’s in great shape, works in a technical field and volunteers regularly. She’s not planning to “retire” in the traditional sense anytime in the near future, either. She calls it “the new…

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