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Jul 25
Patty Lovelace Country Music Verse #1 Through the back window of a 59 wagon I watched my best friend Jannie slippin away I kept on waving, til I couldn’t see her And through my tears I asked again Why we couldn’t stay Chorus Mamma whispered softly, time will ease your pain Life’s about changing nothing stays the same And she said, how can I help you say goodbye? It’s ok to hurt and it’s ok to cry Come let me hold you and I will try How can I help you say goodbye? Verse #2 I sit on our ...
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Jul 24
After a stressful day as a computer programmer, Jim pulled into his driveway. The children’s toys were scattered on the walkway to the house. He immediately began noticing slight tension in his muscles and apprehension in his stomach. Entering his house, his wife ignored him while she talked with her sister on the telephone. His heart started beating a little faster. Looking around, he noticed disarray; nothing was picked up, the house was a mess. Irritation and frustration started to ...
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Jul 23
Martin Seligman, Ph.D., noted Optimism researcher, who’s now studying Authentic Happiness, has proposed that one of the surest paths to happiness is to know your signature strengths and build your life around them, particularly if it’s in a way that has meaning to you. Management gurus, Buckingham and Clifton, in their book •Now Discover Your Strengths,” also propose this theory and it’s the basis of their StrengthsFinder ™ Profile assessment. Taking the StrengthsFinder ™ ...
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Jul 22
Nothing turns off a potential buyer faster than peeling paint, a broken window, or a splintered front step. It's wise to make necessary repairs before you put your house on the market. A house in good condition demonstrates pride of ownership—one of your best sales tools. Start by covering these areas: Inside the House Fix or replace damaged flooring, such as torn linoleum or cracked tiles. If you can't afford to replace damaged or worn floors, consider offering the buyer an ...
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Jul 21

Dyin' From Vacation

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Dying From Vacation (From the book Spider’s Night on the Boom) by Gary E. Anderson www.abciowa.com My parents visited from Oregon this summer, and we saw more of Iowa than we'd seen in all the years since our own arrival. It was a perfect excuse to visit places we'd been meaning to see, but somehow had never gotten to. But the pace began to take a toll on my kids and yesterday my son began to complain. In my "philosophical father" voice, I said, "Just relax and enjoy yourself. We're on ...
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Jul 20
Years ago I lived next door to the perfect neighbor. His name was Dub. He was an avid sportsman and often included me on his Saturday adventures into the woods and wilds of Northern Colorado. Dub has since gone on to his eternal reward, but I think about him often. My favorite memories of Dub center on the occasions when we grappled with spiritual matters. He often surprised me with his well thought out answers to my many questions. He made sense out of deep and profound concepts. Dub answered ...
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Jul 19

A Real Estate Formula

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It was a simple real estate formula. The ads ran in our small-town newspaper for years before I realized exactly what was going on. They were always the same: A house for sale with 5% down and payments of 1% of the purchase price. Maybe a three bedroom home for $90,000, for example, with $4,500 down and $900 per month payments. When a friend started doing the same thing he explained the process to me. It was a way to get a great return on capital, and it was the opposite of buying with no ...
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Jul 18
/p> You can sell your home yourself. Use these professional home selling tips to help you get the best price. Price Your Home According To The Market * Look at recent sales comparisons, and consider your competition. * An overpriced home will immediately discourage potential buyers from viewing your home. * Consider getting an appraisal to establish the true value of your home. Make A Positive First Impression * Curb appeal is important and easy to enhance without spending a fortune. * ...
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Jul 17
We know that true market value pricing and a full court press marketing approach will bring buyers to your door. Use these 7 Interior and exterior steps to make sure that your home is ready to be shown to the now buyer who may want your property. 1) Hire a Home Inspector - A third party home inspector will check your home and its' systems inside and outside. They will provide you a detailed list of needed repairs or items of concern. If you complete repairs and address all these items you will ...
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Jul 16
Hope Ranch Real Estate really got going as a residential project when Harold Chase started the Santa Barbara Estates and La Cumbre Estate companies. From the beginning the development was meant to have equestrian interests as part of the package. It was said that a person had to be able to ride down his or her driveway and turn right or left to enjoy the rest of his ride. To that end Mr. Chase sectioned off the property in parcels ranging from 1.5 to about 3.5 acres each and with even ...
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