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Dad in the Box

I want a tattoo.  I am old enough to hang reading glasses around my neck and I want a tattoo.    The question I keep asking myself is, why?  After a lifetime ignoring my skin, why now would I want to turn some weatherworn patch of scratches and scars it into an album cover?  This is not an easy thing to answer.  It delves deep within the psyche and brings up issues of expression, self perception, values, and even, the meaning of life.     Thankfully, I am a lot more superficial than ...

Jaffe Morning Briefing

STATEWIDE - What?? Early dismissals in schools around the state? And for what?? Snow? Are you kidding? Isn't it just mid-November? A real winter weather advisory? A big wintry mix of sleet, snow and rain to hit in north and central Jersey this afternoon? Up to six inches? Really? C'mon! BURLINGTON - It began as another great GoFundMe story of a Florence couple helping a homeless vet. Then, it became a national story of this couple allegedly scamming the vet out of $400,000 or so in donations, with the vet suing for ...

Know Your Nest

Great news! According to a recent report by ATTOM Data Solutions, home sellers who sold their homes in the third quarter of 2018 benefited from rising home prices and netted an average of $61,232. This is the highest average price gain since the second quarter of 2007 and represents a 32% return on the original purchase prices. After the Great Recession, many homeowners were left in negative equity situations but home price appreciation in the recovery period since then has given homeowners something to smile about. The results from ...

Let's Hear Your Story

Paying It Forward: Helping Someone “Survive” A Truck Breakdown At 7-11                                                                                                  by Linda Strang I was at the 7-11 this morning. A man came in and asked if anyone had pliers on hand to tighten ...

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The Mommy's Review

I love Halloween! It’s one of my favorite holidays, especially since there is so much to do, and it’s so much fun for the kids. I also love that you don’t have to spend a lot of money. Sure, you could go to the store and buy brand-new costumes and decorate your house like crazy, but it’s also a holiday you can do on a budget. Secondhand costumes purchased from Facebook swap groups? Check. Dollar store decorations? You betcha. Hitting up the free local trick-or-treating events? You can bet all of your Fun Size M&Ms ...

Your Family Matters

Most people say, “When I feel more confident, then I’ll…”  But confidence is not the starting point.  Confidence is the result of experience.  When you take action, plowing through the resistance, anxiety and fear of what lies ahead, that is how you build your confidence and your self-esteem.   Every one of us has experienced resistance around doing something for the first time; continuing to do something that is personally challenging; failure and the vulnerability it brings; and making ...

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