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Fischer: Squatting – Good for your body, bad for your home

Squatting, when done correctly, can build strength in your lower body and core muscles, boost your calorie burn, help prevent injuries and improve your balance. Admittedly, in this context, I am a squatter. I have been for some time, as I am also an adrenaline junkie. Most days, I get my fix at ...

Layin’ It on the Line: Retiring with confidence and income security

Retirement is a well-deserved chapter filled with opportunities but also demands careful financial planning. While the desire to maximize returns beckons, many retirees prioritize predictability and security to ensure a comfortable lifestyle throughout their golden years. This is where fixed ...

Tech Matters: Cellular outage helps make the case for landlines

Last week’s AT&T outage left 70,000 customers without cell service for up to a full day. Those households that had a landline could make calls to others, but those without were largely out of luck. While landlines have become nearly obsolete — only 29% of U.S. households still ...

Sunday Drive: The 2024 Mercedes S-Class sedan is all that and more

Luxury, performance and cutting-edge technology — these are the hallmarks of the 2024 Mercedes S 580 4MATIC sedan. Having one for a week in our garage proved to us that craftsmanship can be worth every penny that is included with it. We spent the week diving into and becoming immersed in the ...

Fischer: Baring it all about the importance of home walk-throughs

One of the earlier days of my real estate career, I found myself waiting at the doorstep for a seller to answer the door. I was representing the buyer, and we were 24 hours away from closing. Inspections had been done, the repairs had been negotiated and completed and the appraisal had come in ...

Layin’ It on the Line: Why retirement planning needs a longevity makeover

Picture this: You've meticulously saved for decades, diligently squirreling away money for your golden years. You envision carefree days filled with travel, hobbies and leisurely naps. But there's a hidden variable in this happy retirement equation: your own longevity. A recent study reveals a ...

Tech Matters: How to assess tech deals before making a purchase

Just about every holiday in the U.S. sparks a slew of tech deals, from laptops to iPads and all things connected to the internet. Presidents Day was no exception and we have only to wait until Memorial Day in May for the next round. While sale prices may be tempting, it’s important to ...

Sunday Drive: An eagle adventure in the 2024 Toyota Tacoma

Embarking on a road trip is always an exciting endeavor. But when paired with the prospect of attending Bald Eagle Day with two of our grandkids and getting some time in the all-new Toyota Tacoma, things couldn’t have been more perfect. Having the Tacoma for a week that included the weekend ...