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    New Year, New Goals, Same Routine
    New Year, New Goals, Same Routine

    If you are thinking that it is hard to believe that 2023 is already here, you are not alone.  Now that holiday season is over and we have said our farewells to 2022, it is time to return to our usual routine.  Winter breaks, short holiday work weeks, and family gatherings are mostly behind us.  The only thing left to do is remember the past fondly and to set new goals for a new year. 

     

    Setting Goals

    When most people think about the New Year the thoughts of what the future may hold comes to m...

    Year End Finances
    Year End Finances

    Now that December has arrived, we all have one thought on our mind, Christmas.  The season of giving is in full swing, and we are spending our free time and weekends shopping.  We are attempting to get our family, friends, and coworkers quality gifts at low prices, and we are trying to show that there is love and thought behind our actions.  The last thing on our minds right now is one of the most important, tax season is on the horizon.  December is the end of the fiscal year for most of our bu...

    Setting Up for Success
    Setting Up for Success

    Over the past several years we have drastically changed the way we work.  We transitioned from going to the office every day, to working remotely to a combination of the two.  Throughout this time, we adjusted our homes to accommodate our workday needs.  Most of these changes were made on the fly and many of us still use our hastily created home office setups.  These set ups are functional but many of them have drawbacks that reduce productivity or hamper comfort.  Now that we have permanent wor...

    Rising to the Challenge
    Rising to the Challenge

    All the major headlines and news stories of the past week have focused on disaster and destruction as the nation copes with the damaging effects of hurricane Ian.  We hear stories of loss and morning, and everyone talks about the total cost of the storm.  It is difficult to put an exact dollar amount on what individuals, businesses, and communities have lost; however, as a country we will do what we have always done.  We will rebuild.

     

    Why Build in High-Risk Areas

    A topic of discussion that ...

    Fall Has Arrived
    Fall Has Arrived

    Several weeks or even days ago we thought that summer would never end.  The temperatures were warm, the sun was shining, and the outside air had the feel of fun and excitement.  That feeling has passed, much quicker than anyone would have expected.  Temperatures are dropping, days are starting to get noticeably shorter, and storms have arrived.  This illustrates the point that fall has officially arrived.

     

    A Quick Change

    The days have been getting shorter, but it is not until recently that w...

    Mid-terms on the Horizon
    Mid-terms on the Horizon

    Everywhere we look we are being pestered by political ads.  They are in the mail, they are on television, they are broadcasted over the radio, and they are on billboards throughout the country.  These advertisements are designed to sway our decisions come election time and they also let us know that the midterm elections are right around the corner.

    The Right to Vote

    Voting is the foundation of our society, and it is a way for everyone to ensure they have a small voice in how our communities a...

    Life Without Technology
    Life Without Technology

    What happens when the power goes out or the internet goes down?  Odds are we get nervous and start to worry about what we will do with our time.  It is hard to image a life without electronics, social media, and the internet.  However, society survived for thousands of years prior to these inventions, and we must remember that there are other ways to occupy out time.

     

    Television and Digital Visual Media

    It is hard to figure out exactly when it happened, but we have become a society that is f...

    Everyone is Unique, and We All Have Different Motivations
    Everyone is Unique, and We All Have Different Motivations

    Everyone is unique and we all have different motivations.  We go to work every day to get a paycheck, but it is important for us to have goals other than earning money.  What is our purpose and what matters to each of us is uniquely personal; however, there are some common trends.

     

    Family

    When all else fails, most of us can always turn to a member of our family for support.  Some people have close knit families while others have complicated relationships with loved ones but when it matters m...

    Water is the Elixir of Life
    Water is the Elixir of Life

    Water is the elixir of life.  We need it to survive, we need it to grow food, we use it for transportation, and we use it to keep ourselves and our possessions clean.  It is not only necessary for us to survive, but we are also made of water.   The human body is approximately 60% of water.  Without this crucial resource life is not possible.  Therefore, there has been so much concern over conditions in the American Southwest.  Rain fall has declined, rivers have reduced in volume and dried up, a...

    Crazy Economy
    Crazy Economy

    When talking about the economy all the major experts are predicting a recession. For the first time in a while, we have had two quarters of negative growth in the GDP, or gross domestic product, which is usually a bad sign of things to come. However, the job market remains strong, and the unemployment rate continues to be low. Companies are having trouble filling positions and now is a great time to be looking for a better work opportunity.  For many people it does not feel like a time of recess...