Monday, February 19, 2018

Facebookers and Foursquare Denizens Beware

Facebook was probably a boon to stalkers and stalker wannabes.  Given the general unfamiliarity with Facebook’s ever-changing privacy controls, you could be unwittingly letting that overly nosy frenemy or slightly creepy ex-boyfriend know all your business with accompanying photos. And who knows, you might have an inner stalker lurking inside you.  Ladies, get some help.  […]

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How Not to Kill Your BBQ Guests This Weekend

Anyone who has tasted lukewarm potato salad and barely lived to tell the tale can appreciate the importance of food safety.  Here in Washington, DC, it’s hot as all hell and I still am wary of eating anybody’s potato salad except my own, my mom’s, and my grandmother’s. To keep you from poisoning your guests, […]

June Happiness Project – Order (Mom, Are You Listening?)

This month’s focus is on ORDER.  I am a natural creature of habit and order is important to me.  So I can easily identify on how order in one’s life contributes to a sense of well-being and cultivates happiness. When I think order, I immediately think of clutter.  My mother has a habit of holding […]

Living Clutter Free Does Not Happen by Accident

January 14, 2010 by  
Filed under house and home, life

By Dee Dee Bass-Francis, Chaos Solutions Clutter is generally a case of mind over matter.  If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.  However, most of us do mind.  We mind when our homes, cars and offices become disorganized because whether we realize it or not, physical clutter creates mental clutter.   January is National Get […]

Holidays and House Guests: Tips To Get Invited Back

November 6, 2009 by  
Filed under house and home

With the holidays come house guests.  Do you know how to be a good house guest AND get invited back?  Sooner or later you’ll be a guest in someone’s home.  Whatever the situation, you’ll want to be considerate of your host, and leave a good impression. Here are some suggestions on how you can do […]

From Clunkers to Appliances

September 23, 2009 by  
Filed under house and home, living green

Cash for Clunkers may have expired but free money from the government remains for buyers of energy-efficient appliances. Funded at $300 million by the stimulus bill earlier this year, the program will offer rebates to buyers of energy-efficient appliances and other products that carry the Energy Star label. According to the Department of Energy, consumers […]

Resource for Consumers on Food Safety

September 23, 2009 by  
Filed under house and home

The Department of Health and Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration recently launched a new website to provide consumers with a single source on food safety: is designed to help consumers and families get all the latest information on food safety and food recalls in one convenient place. Features include: Information across […]

What Do 401(k) and Mortgage Statements Have in Common?

August 17, 2009 by  
Filed under house and home, money

They are both too damn hard to read and understand. Both contain dizzying sets of numbers indistinguishable from the other.  And most people still don’t know exactly which numbers to focus on. Many of us see mortgage relief in sight with the federal government’s “Make Homeownership Affordable” initiative or offers from mortgage companies to refinance. […]

Homeownership No Longer Building Black Middle Class

August 12, 2009 by  
Filed under economy, house and home

Kai Wright, writing in the liberal American Prospect, discusses home ownership as the foundation for black middle class and the imploding mortgage crisis’ effect on it, all told through the lens of his mother’s own foreclosure experience: For years, scholars have primarily turned to one of three measures to identify the middle class: occupation, income, […]

Scams: Hitting Us When We’re Down

June 21, 2009 by  
Filed under house and home, money

So much for not hitting someone when they’re down. Scams are attacking the unemployed and homeowners.    When Nancy Dix received a letter promising to help her prevent foreclosure on her home in Ansted, W.Va., she jumped at the chance. The letter, from an organization called Mortgage Rescue, said all she had to do to save […]

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