Is monogamy the way to go?

I often doubt that I’ll find someone who can I spend my life with who will never cheat on me. My insecurities stem from the infidelity within my parents’ marriage, to the infidelity of my own relationships on behalf of the only few people I have ever truly loved. I could argue that I date the wrong guys, but falling in love with cruel men is a whole different column in itself. The idea of monogamy is to most people, ideal and desirable for a relationship, not to mention non-negotiable. As much as I doubt its potential, it still remains a goal of mine too, however unrealistic it may be,
and it is. Continue reading Is monogamy the way to go?

Risk management: Managing Murphy’s Law

Financial Literacy by Fred Petrie

If you still haven’t dropped by McNally’s to pick up THE END OF WORK – financial planning for people with better things to do, or downloaded it from Amazon for your kindle, you can continue to read it for free in your monthly Smart BIZ.

So far, we have covered taking responsibility for maintaining a positive cash flow in the management of your income and expenses. You have a personal Business Plan to work towards your goal of financial independence, with your scarce resources allocated to your priorities. You are managing your money through planning, taking actions and, most important, by measuring the results, to stay on track to achieve your objectives. This month we turn to the proactive management of the risks that can ruin your plans. Continue reading Risk management: Managing Murphy’s Law

Emojis and advertising: It’s what all the cool kids are doing.

By Gina Nasuti of Think Shift

Gone are the days of 🙂 and 😦

Emojis emerged in Japan in the late 1990s by a mobile phone company that wanted to further simplify communication by expressing emotion via text. The word “emoji” came from the combination of the Japanese words for “picture,” “writing,” and “character.”

Fast forward to today, where Emoji is a second language and millennials line every text, tweet, status update – and on some occasions even university papers with little yellow faces of varying temperaments. Continue reading Emojis and advertising: It’s what all the cool kids are doing.

April Horoscope

Aries (March 21 to April 19)
Your confidence and willingness to run ahead and take chances proves costly this month, when an investment you saw as a sure thing hits a snag. These things happen, so don’t give up like you want to. Tune in to that optimism that made you so excited in the first place.

Taurus (April 20 to May 20)
Your birthday is coming up, and you stumble upon the fact that your best friends are throwing you a surprise party. You’re really not on board with this, and it puts a strain in one of your friendships. Strive to get past your fear of the unknown, enjoy yourself and mend some fences.

Gemini (May 21 to June 20)
When things aren’t quite going your way at work, you use your innovation skills to make things easier for yourself, and other people take notice. What started off as bending the rules has now become the new rule. Yea, people are stealing your idea, but that’s cool I guess…

Cancer (June 21 to July 22)
You’ve decided to take the big leap, fly the nest and embrace newer, younger roommates who aren’t related to you. Yes, while you’ll be leaving behind Mom and Dad, you’ll find new opportunities to adapt to this new world of independence. You can always see them on weekends.

Leo (July 23 to Aug. 22)
Good news, you’re going to come into some money! Now, while some people would quietly donate to charity and just go about their anonymous life, that doesn’t quite suit your Leo personality. Arrange a press conference, and let everybody see just how generous you are!

Virgo (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22)
A friend in need may not be willing to come forward to get the help they need, so deciding to help them on your own you take action. Your analysis of the situation proves to be spot on, and the situation resolves itself thanks to your actions.

Libra (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22)
Your tendency to show up late bites you this month, as your tardiness does not sit well with someone very close to you. While you handle the situation well, you fail to take the necessary steps to resolve the issue, and the strong friendship you once had is now strained going forward.

Scorpio (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21)
You’re finally able to get away for that romantic vacation with your sweetheart. Sure, you had to wait longer than you wanted, but now you’ve gotten the location and price you wanted, and can now focus on more important things.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21)
You’ve been told before that you’re too detached, but you really don’t see that as a bad thing. Your independence is what makes you who you are, and you’re more than ok with that. You are still capable of making friends and having a laugh, so why can’t you just be yourself?

Capricorn (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19)
This month, even you in your unrelenting way will be tempted to make changes at work when you see something just isn’t working. Your subordinates will be thankful for the much needed change, that was probably more overdue than you would like to admit.

Aquarius (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18)
Things are dragging around the office, as people seem down in the dumps. It’s spring, and people seem anxious to finally get outside after too much time indoors. Find a fun and imaginative way to reignite your coworkers and bring some fun back to the workplace!

Pisces (Feb. 19 to March 20)
A friend comes to you with a problem, and you offer your support and compassion. Remember that while it’s nice to help, do not completely immerse yourself in the problem and let it consume your life. You know, like last time. It’s important to be caring, but you also can’t let it get you down.

Spring is here and it’s time to clean out your closet!

by Ally Champagne

The geese are back and this only means one thing…Spring is here and its time to prepare for a new season. And to prepare entails cleaning out your clothes closet. Yes its that time again and I know its not easy to believe but some women look forward to this like some people look forward to long weekends or holidays.
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