Lifestyle & Retirement

Staying Present Is Easy With These 4 Simple Tips

Take a deep breath, set aside all your worries and take a moment to live in the present. Put aside all your worries about the future and all your thoughts of the past, and simply enjoy the moment you’re experiencing right now. It feels good. Have you ever wondered what the best way to focus on being in the present actually is? We’ll walk you ...Read More

A Visit to Western North Carolina – Asheville, The Biltmore and Lake Lure

Asheville and Western North Carolina have long been popular destinations for southeastern coastal dwellers. They travel there to get a taste of accessible mountains, cooler summers, seasonal foliage color and impressive natural and man-made attractions within a day’s drive. Some like it so much that they establish summer homes there for extended st...Read More

It’s Spring! Time for “Lawn-Mower Lowdown!”

It’s spring. Husbands get up from the breakfast table after scarfing down two pounds of bacon– and pop a cholesterol pill. “I think I’ll go to the garage and try to start the lawnmower so it’s ready for the summer.” Wives turn a shade of white– think ‘Cloud White, part of the Benjamin Moore Classic Color Collection; warm with neutral undertones.’ T...Read More

5 Things to Eliminate From Your Life for a Great Retirement

As 75 million Americans approach retirement over the coming decade, they might be in for a rude awakening. We are the sum of our habits and retirement is a time to make changes and enjoy things that were not always possible before. The challenge is bad habits are creeping up on you slowly until you don’t even notice the damage they’re causing. As i...Read More

Going Green…..or Purple

Green. It’s not my favorite color. I’m a purple person who looks awful in green. Unlike some people in Washington who loathe green for very different reasons. Don’t get me wrong. Green looks great on trees, money, and vegetables. It works for me on my houseplants but not on my walls (my living room is purple). Color psychology experts say green is ...Read More

Downsizing Tips for Seniors

It’s been months, perhaps years in the making, but you finally made the decision. You’re selling your home and moving to a retirement community. It’s been a challenging process, with many sleepless nights weighing the pros and cons of starting this new chapter of your life. But you’ve earned this moment. So you exhale as you sit back on your couch,...Read More

The “Did You Poop Your Diaper?” Sniff

The good news: the snow has melted. The bad news: the mounds of mud on your front lawn makes it look like there was a tractor pull! The good news: April showers bring May flowers. The bad news: your sump pump breaks down! The first sign the sump pump malfunctioned– which is a nice word for ‘#!¥#!’– is when you return from yo...Read More

Leftovers? 4 Ways to Upcycle That “Extra” Food!

A great way to save money for retirement or other goals important to you is to eat at home more often. To do this, it’s important to have tasty food ready-to-eat so that meal time isn’t paired with drudgery. Try these tips below to supercharge your selection of food. Get in the groove. When you return home from grocery shopping get into the habit o...Read More

Make Your Retirement Savings Last! 3 Steps

You’ve worked hard and saved for the future — now you need to make sure your savings last the rest of your life. By understanding the risks you face, you can make smart choices about how much to withdraw and how to handle unexpected financial challenges. The financial implications of a long life According to the National Center for Health Sta...Read More

Graying Hair – 2 Major Reasons

Dear Doctor: I am 53-years-old and my hair has gone quite gray in the past year. I’m wondering if stress could have caused it. If not, what else might be the culprit? Dear Reader: Each hair in your head keeps the color it has. If a single strand of hair starts out brown (or red or black or blond), it is never going to turn gray. If a hair is ...Read More

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