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“Ok, so here is my main pet peeve with the dork population.” That was the opening line from an established insurance adjuster who happens to be my sister ... the one with the pool (refer to last week’s article). As we were relaxing on our respective food-shaped floaties in said pool (me on a…

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It’s hotter than Hades outside. With temperatures hovering close to 100 degrees day in and day out, today’s dip to 94 feels like a cold front. We live in a desert, and there is nothing more inviting on the dog days of summer, in the middle of a desert, than water — cool, blue, deep, refreshi…

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“You have to believe we are magic.” So said Olivia Newton-John in her 1980 classic hit “Magic.” Currently, I have a client who believes we are (I am) magic, and while I appreciate the vote of confidence, it is clear I have not spent nearly enough time engulfed in the studies of Hogwarts wiza…

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The Law of Reciprocity may be the most collectively acclaimed moral principal on the planet. In Eastern religions, it’s called karma. Christians call it the Golden Rule, but every religious philosophy has some version of it.

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As energy prices rise and solar power becomes more affordable, more Utahns are considering installing solar panels on their homes. In fact, the national Solar Energies Industries Association ranks Utah No. 6 on its list of “Top 10 Solar States.”

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“You broke into the wrong house,” was the one good line from the movie I spent 1 hour and 28 minutes sitting through last weekend. Time I will never get back. It’s not a total loss, however, because I did go with two of my sisters, so I’m counting it as sister bonding time, while viewing a m…

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Utah business leaders are working to bring more awareness to the issue of housing affordability. That’s because without new housing policies and efforts to build affordable homes, our children could find themselves paying more than $700,000 for a modest home.

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Closing costs, response time, purchase price, deadline, property description, code of ethics; all part of the vernacular of a licensed Realtor. At least it should be. Before last week, it used to be an assumption. It was something that I simply took for granted — the fact that every Realtor …

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“The highest levels of achievement in life cannot be accomplished by any person working alone.” Although this originated from a book on leadership by John Maxwell, it can be used in any context. It is as true today as it was in 1624 when the poet John Donne declared that, “no man is an islan…

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Five to seven years. That is the average amount of time that millennials are staying in their homes before deciding to make a move. Although I am not even close to millennial age, I have personally moved from my self-proclaimed “final resting place” at least four times. I’ve been in my curre…

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There’s been a lot of discussion about whether young adults will be a generation of renters or homeowners.

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Back in the day, when kids used to walk to and from school instead of driving their own cars — which, incidentally, are nicer than what most corporate executives drive — or having their parents drop them off at the door, I was using my own two legs that the good Lord gave me to walk home fro…

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“I Can’t Drive 55.” This, of course, being a 1984 hit song from Sammy Hagar, but also a recent theme in my life ... again. My youngest daughter just turned 16. Frankly, neither one of us can drive 55, but we are on opposite sides of the gas pedal. Where I tend to be a bit on the heavy-footed…

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For those who are worried about safe travel, rest assured, TSA has your back. Well, they have mine anyway. And by “having my back,” I mean that I am “randomly” selected for the additional security screening every time I travel. Every time. Both ways. With no exceptions. I think I have a sign…

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The English language can be so much fun ... sometimes. Take the word “bad,” for instance. It can hold several different meanings. Bad can mean of very low quality/not acceptable, as in, “The dinner I made a rare attempt at cooking last night was bad.” It can also mean evil or morally unaccep…