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Make the most of the 2014 Michigan International Womens show

April 24th, 2014

The Michigan International Womens Show is very much geared toward those who are interested in fashion and beauty, travel, and pretties for the home. There are more than 500 exhibitors booked this year. Some frugalistas, and I understand the hesitation, may think this huge vendor show is beyond my pay grade. But there really are […]

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Thrivent workshop Retire Wisely presented May 8 in Bedford

April 24th, 2014

The Thrivent Financial for Lutherans one-hour workshop “Retire Wisely” will be presented at 10 a.m. and again at 5:30 p.m. Thursday May 8 at Francis Family YMCA, 2000 W. Dean Rd., Temperance, Mich. The workshop is presented at no charge and the topics include outliving income, inflation, unpredictable events, and rising health care costs. The […]

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Detroits food prices up 1.5 percent from 2013 to 2014

April 24th, 2014

CNBC has a report called Behind the cornucopia of higher food prices that details some of the specific food products and commodities whose prices have been or are expected to increase. The database includes a review as to how much prices have gone up in the past year. According to the chart, the Detroit area […]

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Is it possible to not go overboard on birthday parties?

April 24th, 2014

Are the kids’ birthday parties stressing you out financially? The Centsible Life has this post that’s worth a read: How not to go overboard on birthday parties. A snippet: … in many cases I live by the rule that if they cant remember it as an adult (usually after the age of 5) then it […]

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Thrivent Financials Economic Update program May 1 in Bedford

April 23rd, 2014

The Thrivent Financial for Lutherans one-hour workshop “Economic Update” will be presented at 10 a.m. and again at 5:30 p.m. Thursday May 1 at Francis Family YMCA, 2000 W. Dean Rd., Temperance, Mich. The presenter is Mark H. Johnson, J.D., M.B.A., Financial Representative. The program is free, but reservations are requested by Wednesday April 30 […]

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Presentation about Deeds, Joint Accounts and related topics April 29 program in Berlin Township

April 23rd, 2014

Monroe County Probate Court Judge Frank Arnold will give a presentation on Deeds, Joint Accounts, Pay on Death Accounts and Life Insurance at 11 a.m. Tuesday April 29 at Berlin Township Senior Center, 8000 Swan View Rd., Newport, Mich. He will discuss some of the estate disputes that have ended up in court, and how […]

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Michigan to note veteran status on drivers license and ID cards

April 23rd, 2014

The following press release has been posted at the Michigan Secretary of State website: LANSING Beginning May 1, Michigan veterans can display their proof of service right on their Michigan driver’s license. Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency Director Jeff Barnes today celebrated the official kick-off of Michigan’s new driver’s […]

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Metallic Erie Whistler Hair Jigs

April 23rd, 2014

I was waiting until I picked up the right material to complete my series of “Erie” Northland TackleWhistlers, and the job is complete…finally. Last week I went to Jann’s Netcraft in Ohio, just down the road off US-23. Will admit, I had to feed my crank addiction too, butwhat I wanted wassome gold and silver […]

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A room full of clothes, and nothing to wear?

April 23rd, 2014

Do you have a closet, dresser, or as I once heard from a neighbor, a room full of clothes? Are they actually things you wear? Read this: If you buy the majority of your clothes for a fantasy version of your life, instead of the reality, youll end up with a lot of clothes to […]

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Americas PrepareAthon events April 30 include one in Monroe

April 22nd, 2014

The Monroe County Health Department is hosting a PrepareAthon from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday April 30 at the health department office, 2353 S. Custer Rd., Monroe, Mich., with the theme of how to prepare for tornado weather and what can be done to help others should a tornado hit in Monroe County. America’s PrepareAthon […]

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When a car can tell your phone not to text and drive

April 22nd, 2014

Apple is reportedly working on technology in which an iPhone can determine that the user is driving and will therefore disable the texting service. This appears to be is assuming you have a “smart” car, of course.. You can read … Continue reading

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Families find saving for college a challenge

April 22nd, 2014

The Monroe on a Budget column runs Tuesdays in The Monroe News. Here is this week’s installment: By Paula Wethington I admit it. When my daughter started college in fall, 2007, we had no savings to help pay for it. This didnt happen because of a lack of planning. It happened because my husband and […]

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Turkey Opener 2014

April 21st, 2014

Arrived at my old buddies place at 5:20 a.m. with the plan to call him in a big Tom Turkey. We had set up a blind a few days earlier at the back of his woods overlooking a cut bean field. Around 6:40 a.m. a Gobbler started responding to my calls in the woods behind […]

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Cool spring weather is just right for growing peas

April 21st, 2014

Many years, I don’t even bother planting peas. More often than not, the spring weather around here is just too warm to grow much of a crop. Peas need cool growing temperatures to grow, otherwise, if the temperature gets too high, they just quit growing and never produce. That goes for all types of peas: […]

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A Pelican Out of Place

April 20th, 2014

There are places one may expect to find pelicans and places where you wouldnt. If you are a regular reader of my blog (a trait that should qualify you for sainthood) youll recall that I expressed a northerners fascination with the Brown Pelicans around Tampa region. I expected to see them there and there they […]

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Economic Resurrection

April 19th, 2014

Easter is always a good time to contemplate rebirth. It is no accident that the Catholic Church chose to coopt the spring fertility celebrations with one that celebrates Jesus victory over death. We have the same opportunity in this country. We are struggling with some fundamental political differences between liberalism and conservatism. One of the […]

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JESUS BODY LIES IN A TOMB OWNED BY JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA

April 19th, 2014

Linda, before her mother’s grave in DeKalb, Illinois SATURDAY, APRIL 19 SCRIPTURE – MATTHEW 27:57-66 57As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus.58Going to Pilate, he asked for … Continue reading

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Michael Bloomberg and Gun Control

April 18th, 2014

Former New York city mayor Michael Bloomberg has a lot of money to throw around. In fact he is funding a new organization with a focus on gun control. The Second Amendment be “damned” along with recent supreme Court rulings upholding “The right to bear arms!” Bloomberg has pledged at least $50 million dollars to […]

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JESUS TAKES THE SECOND CUP

April 17th, 2014

Linda, walking in Jerusalem THURSDAY, APRIL 17 SCRIPTURE – LUKE 22:14-18 14When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table.15And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.16For … Continue reading

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Creating the Erie Whistler and Thumper Jigs

April 15th, 2014

Welcome to the creative mind that is me. I love to take existing ideas and making them better, or at least adapt them to walleye fishing. I played with Alabama Rigs a couple of years ago, that same year I started tying up my own Lake Erie style hair jigs. I jazzed them up by […]

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