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Addressing Women’s Unique Retirement Needs

Kristine Voorhees, CMFC®, Financial Advisor with Waddell & Reed

Women have become a powerful presence in today’s society. As a demographic group, women have a significant impact economically, academically, professionally, and personally. Consequently, there has never been a better time for women to take control of their financial futures.

Women also face unique circumstances that require special investing considerations, as evidenced by the following:

According to a July 2008 study by Hewitt Associates, women generally need more money for retirement, in part because they live three years longer, on average. Yet most women have done less to prepare for their financial security.

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Global Book Glut

Text by Claire Baiz

I couldn’t bear to carry our Encyclopedia Britannica to the dumpster. I made my husband do it.

We waited for a sunny Saturday to shlep four cardboard boxes to a flat spot beside our stinky, shoulder-high garbage bin. Every few hours, I peeked through a hole in our fence to see if they were still there.

Tom and I are downsizing. We figured it was a longshot, that someone would troll our alley for obsolete leather-bound reference books. We were desperate.

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Essential Oils

A personal story by Monica Taylor

As I sit here staring at the cutest bald-headed 5 month old in the universe (mine, of course), I ponder how life-changing the last 18 months has been for me.  My journey to get here started in 2009 when I got married in June, pregnant in September and just so happy to be where I was in life.  In November of that year, I experienced my first loss – I was pregnant with twins and I miscarried one.  It was bittersweet.  I hadn’t thought much about twins and although my heart hurt, my energy went to safely carrying baby number 2 (lovingly nicknamed Thor) to term.  At 18 weeks gestation on January 22, 2010, my doctor couldn’t find a heartbeat – Thor had decided to join his brother as one of my angels.  Ouch.

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A Presidential Passion

What sort of wine trivia should one write about for the first quarter of the year?  Perhaps Valentine’s Day?  Or maybe Presidents Day?  Or perhaps we could combine those two subjects into a brief discussion of some President’s illicit love affair?  But, as many as there have been, how do you choose which one to write about?  So, I guess I’ll just concentrate on Thomas Jefferson’s deep passion for wines (rather than William Jefferson Clinton’s deep passion for “cigars”).  I believe Thomas Jefferson might be a subject I could broach without offending anyone.  (Well, as long as we leave his offspring out of it, right?)

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Indulging in Winter Warmers

There are many remedies geared towards fighting off Old Man Winter but the ones I hold near and dear come packed with herbs, spices and high alcohol content.  That’s right; I’m referring to winter warmers and wassails.  I can’t say I’m familiar with any published or set guidelines defining exactly what a winter warmer is but if you check the beer displays from most well-stocked stores, you might be surprised at the number of seasonal beers that include this term in the name or elsewhere on the label.  While a winter warmer is typically malty and sweet, wassails usually have spices added to the hearty malt backbone.  Both come in a range of colors from brownish reds to nearly pitch black.
        So let’s get started.

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Taking Care of Our Own

Farm in the Dell Rocky Mountain Front

Text by Suzanne Waring

Our society is structured around those self-supporting individuals who can attain an education, grow up to work at a job, and raise a family.  This sequence has naturally evolved because that’s how  a majority of people find fulfillment.  But what happens to those who are unable to matriculate through life in a typical manner?

Steve Lettengarver and his wife, Glena, of Fairfield have asked themselves this question because they have a daughter who is developmentally disabled (DD).  What would give her an opportunity for seeking fulfillment in her own way?  What will happen to her when they are no longer around to guide and to care for her?

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