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On the Town: Smart thermostat? Try remote control

Back in October, 2013, I shared with you a letter I received from SMUD. Here’s a portion of the letter. “Dear Mr. Gordiejew, your SMUD meter is about to get smarter. T ...

From Where I SIt: Easter life is a year-round celebration

Comedian Jimmy Kimmel said, “There’s a time and place for Christmas, and that time is Christmas.” He said this in response to people who still have Christmas deco ...

The Real McCoy: How to beat buyer's remorse

Dear Kari, I am in the buying process from hell. I am afraid my Realtor has about given up on me ever choosing a home. When I started out I wanted a newer property and perhaps a c ...

Olga on Investments: How to make good choices for your accounts

When it comes to investments and portfolios, the decisions we make (or don’t make) can affect us both this year and next. Rebalancing. Rebalancing a portfolio is taking cert ...

From Where I Sit: The powerfully good news of the gospel

Not an apology, but an explanation – this column began for me nearly 12 years ago as a “minister’s corner.” I have over the years decided from time to time ...

On the Town: Prequalified for this exclusive offer

Let me share a little humor with you. Many, many years ago, when our children were quite young, I made the ultimate decision to introduce them into the world of plastic — th ...

Olga on Investments: Receiving Social Security survivors benefits

Social Security is an important part of retirement income for many people. Yet in the unfortunate event of a death, what happens to those benefits? Social Security allows individu ...

The Real McCoy: Staging tips to win the sale

Dear Kari, My husband and I are going to be selling our home and we are concerned with all the horror stories we hear from our friends and family. We were wondering if there are i ...

Olga on Investments: Ins and outs of pension plans

For many years, pensions were the main source of retirement income besides Social Security. Yet pensions are becoming more and more scarce in the corporate world. Since many teache ...

The Real McCoy: Should you take a risk on that fixer-upper?

Dear Kari, My wife and I have been trying to buy a home. We both have good jobs and we do not have that much extra time to fix up a home. We were clear with our real estate agent ...