Making three simple changes to the way I deal with monthly budgets freed me from unnecessary financial stress. Now I can proactively plan for the future without letting old spending plans get in the way of being as flexible as I need to be.
Reading pregnancy books becomes a short-lived hobby for most women while they're expecting. When I was going through that phase, a few things stood out as especially surprising -- and in some cases, especially strange.
Don't miss the 32nd annual Tennessee State Pow-Wow and Fall Festival that's happening in Nashville. Here's a guide that tells you everything you need to know about this charitable and educational event that provides fun for the whole family.
Desmond Hatchett is getting a bad rap for not being able to afford thirty kids worth of child support. Despite the criticism against his choices, here's a thought on why he's not so bad and what he can do to make things better.
The Mayans weren't able to create an infinite system for measuring time that didn't repeat itself. Much like our own calendar, the end of one cycle means the beginning of another. But if I'm wrong and the world ends on Dec. 21, we'll all have free beers.
The GOP seems to have forgotten that its needs more than just the votes of its base to win an election. In the past few months, it has alienated women, immigrants and the working poor. Without those votes, what chance does it have?
It looks like those disrespectful "El Hombre" Pujols billboards are here to stay. Even Albert Pujols agrees that they shouldn't, but the public relations people are determined to use the contentious nickname.
Jean-Marie Loret claimed to be Adolf Hitler's son. There's plenty of evidence to back his claim, including cash deliveries to his mom from the dictator himself. Instead of writing a book about it, I would have outright denied such a truth.
Obama is choosing a new slogan this year. "Hope" and "Change" just won't work this time around. Perhaps instead of paying PR folks to create a new one, a poster contest could help tap into the people's pysche--and generate some hope for extra cash.
Santorum backer Foster Friess made a comment that insinuated that women should just be chaste. Then we wouldn't have to worry about birth control. Can you imagine how many marriages that would destroy?
There are now 21 finalists who are hoping to go represent Team USA for women's basketball. Of the finalists, some have already brought home the gold. No matter who goes to London, it's looking like a great team.
Albert Pujols asked not to be called "El Hombre" in 2010 out of respect for Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan "The Man" Musial. Now, there are billboards with Pujols and that nickname plastered all over L.A. Has Pujols already forgotten his roots?
Whitney Houston became as famous for her personal struggles as for her talent. Instead of casting judgment on her posthumously, people should offer condolences to her family and pay last respects for her talent. Fame doesn't necessarily make life easier.
Sale prices sometimes cause us to spend money under the premise that we're saving money. This couldn't be further from the truth. Subjecting sale items to the full-price test actually increases the amount in my savings account.
Chemical giant Dow is determined to sponsor the 2012 Olympics. Despite public outcry and threats of boycotts, it is set to fund the London Stadium Wrap. There are concerns that artists are not going to be cooperative.
Cardinals' Chris Carpenter might not be doing much pitching during the first quarter of the 2012 season. His toe injury is expected to slow him down a little, but he should be fine later in the season--just in time for what may be his 3rd Cards Series.
The St. Louis Cards exercised the club option to keep Molina for another year. But after the 2012 World Series, he'll be a free-agent. He's likely to end his eight year run with the Cardinals this year.
Scott Linebrink signed a minor-league contract today with the Cardinals. The relief pitcher will be a great addition to the Cards should they need him during the season. Looks like they're putting together a strong team for 2012.
The London Olympics organizing committee has struck a deal with Universal Music Group. They also made the band Underworld music directors for the opening ceremonies. The 2012 Games just might make music history.
Albert Pujols helped the Cardinals win two World Series. But he didn't do it by himself. The Cards will still have a strong team, and maybe even stronger, and still have a shot at making history without him.
The University of East London be opening its new gym this Spring. In July, it will serve as the home base for U.S. Olympics staff and a state-of-the-art training facility for athletes. Playing host will do good things for Londoners.
Mass hysteria has been around for at least 2,000 years. Though the name for the illness has changed, the symptoms remain the same. Is this diagnosis in the case of New York students ignoring the possibility that there is a pathogen that hasn't been found?
SPARK, a group devoted to feminist causes, takes issue with the 2012 Lego line aimed at girls. As a parent of a girl with ambitions to become an engineer, I think Lego needs to get rid of its mental block regarding how to target its products to girls.
A new health care law forces employers to provide insurance that covers FDA-approved prescription contraceptives 100%. Some church-related organizations are outraged that they may have to pay for something the church itself condemns.
This isn't the first time that the lines that separate church and state have been blurred. In this case, a woman is suing an Evangelical church for medical bills the resulted from the domino effect. She wants a jury trial.
Newt Gingrich may refuse to debate if his cheerleaders are asked to be quiet. Is it really freedom of speech that he's defending? Or is he concerned about his right to not be open about certain issues?
A dentist pleads guilty to charges that included using paper clips instead of stainless steel posts during root canals. The Attorney General explains that sometimes that is an acceptable temporary practice.
Mitt Romney's father lost the Republican nomination for president in 1968. He revealed 12 years worth of tax returns. Does his father's loss to Nixon explain why Mitt will only release 2 years of returns?
Though many are familiar with the works of Anne Rice, there are many details about her personal life that contribute to an understanding of the author. Here's a look at some of the highlights of her life and career.
I care about the environment and I don't think paper resources should be wasted by organizations--especially ones devoted to green causes and rely on donor support. The Sierra Club is on thin ice with me due to its incessant mailings.
Most people have heard of Stonehenge but there are similar sites in the nearby area. These are equally rich in history and fascinating for people with an interest in the Neolithic Stonebuilders of England.
Many older homes are not energy efficient. There are simple projects and upgrades that help make a home more energy efficient. Here are some steps my family took to conserve energy--and lower our electricity bills.
LSSU's list of banned words isn't meant to be taken too seriously. But that didn't stop me from trying. Here's my response to these attempts at censorship. Spoiler alert: amazingly, it involves an Occupy Language movement.
Some businesses value green: both in terms of environmental friendliness and monetary gain. This for-profit company knows how to mix passion with business and serves as a good example of green done right.
From respected journalists to the candidates themselves, suddenly the world is temporarily filled with clairvoyants. Turns out, they were all sort of right. Except Michele Bachmann, who was completely wrong.