You may have seen an article floating around about the movies on Netflix that are too scary for people to finish. I think a few items on that list are there due to gore and low quality, but I can say that when I saw The Conjuring in the theater (to review it for this paper), I was tempted to walk
The days are longer and the temperatures are warmer – so it must be spring. For many of us, that means it’s time for some spring cleaning. But why stop with sprucing up your living space? This year, consider extending the “spring cleaning” concept to your financial environment, too.
BUILDING THE BODY: 12 CHARACTERISTICS OF A FIT CHURCH
By Gary L. McIntosh and Phil Stevenson, Baker Books, PB, 224 pages
What does it mean to be physically “healthy?” What about “fit?” Is there a difference between the two? These are the questions McIntosh and Stevenson explore in this book.
By Samuel Parker Revell
PB, 283 pages
Jack and Laura are a married couple who ventured to Las Vega in an attempt to rekindle a dying marriage. Colten is a gas station clerk. Red is a sheriff. Molly is a runaway teen looking for adventure in Los Angeles. Boots is a lonely man who lives
As you may have heard, the stock market has been on a wild ride lately. What’s behind this volatility? And, as an investor, how concerned should you be?
Let’s look at the first question first. What caused the steep drop in stock prices we experienced on a few separate days?
Not long ago, I watched Heathers, the 1989 dark comedy about a teen girl (Winona Ryder) whose deranged boyfriend (Christian Slater) keeps killing their classmates and making it look like suicide. Whereas Heathers, now a cult classic, is bitingly funny and a little too “very” (in the words of the
Some movies I watch and forget. Others make me come home and hit Google. For example, the latest Marvel film, Black Panther, had me looking into Afrofuturism, the fusion of sci-fi, fantasy, speculative fiction and afrocentrism that made Black Panther seem so unique in the superhero genre.
A STORY OF AUTISM, FAITH, AND DETERMINED PARENTING
By Karla Akins, Kregel Publications, PB, 219 pages
Karla Akins and her husband adopted premature twin boys, Isaiah and Isaac, when they were only a few days old. As the boys grew, she noted certain distinct signs of abnormality in the way the boys
I have lived in Waynedale since 1970. I have seen changes in that time. One, is that as a community, we are not as clean as we used to be. I bike and walk around our fine little hamlet. I like seeing what my neighbors are doing with their front yards, to get some ideas.
We have a lot of homes where
If you could accomplish all your financial goals just by putting your paycheck into the bank every couple of weeks, you wouldn’t need the services of a financial advisor. But life isn’t that simple – and so, at some point, you may realize you need some professional assistance. But when?
In 2016, I got to visit The Winchester Mystery House. It was a long-time dream to go see Sarah Winchester’s 160 room mansion outside of San Jose, California, and it far exceeded my expectations. Winchester was the heir to her husband’s wealth earned from the Winchester Repeating Arms Company as
Like everyone, you want to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle when you retire. But a successful retirement doesn’t just happen – it requires a lot of planning. And that’s why it’s a good idea to draw up a “pre-retiree checklist.”
Such a checklist might look like this:
Twenty years before retirement:
LITURGY OF THE ORDINARY
By Tish Harrison Warren
PB, 153 pages
Living as humans takes more maintenance than most folks are willing to admit. That being said, maintenance time is often wasted time. Warren gives an example of this in her own life in her opening chapters. The early moments
SPEAK THE TRUTH: HOW TO BRING GOD BACK INTO EVERY CONVERSATION
By Carmen LaBerge
HB, 222 pages
LaBerge addresses the silence and fear that prohibits biblical worldviews from being introduced in controversial conversations. How does the gospel fit into the topic of abortion? Marriage?
On February 4, the eyes of most of the country – and much of the rest of the world – will be on Minneapolis, site of the most-watched football game in the U.S. As a fan, you can admire the way quarterbacks in the Big Game direct their teams. But as an investor, you can learn something from the
With the arrival of the New Year, many of us will pause and ponder the age-old question: “Who knows where the time goes?” And, as is always the case, none of us really do know. However, wherever the time goes, it will usually be a key factor in your success as an investor.
Time can affect how you
My freshman year of college, a friend and I dressed as Nancy Kerrigan (me) and Tonya Harding (Kathleen) for Halloween. We rollerbladed around campus and parodied a “major”, often-satirized news story from our youth. After watching I, Tonya, I feel like I owe Tonya Harding a bit of an apology.
With the weather turning colder, this month is the perfect time to bundle up and enjoy a good movie. This week, I weigh an option for the theater, a rental and a holiday classic in re-release.
In The Tribes of Palos Verdes, Phil (Justin Kirk) and Sandy Mason (Jennifer Garner) move to Palos Verdes,
To help achieve your long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement, you should save and invest regularly. But that’s only part of the picture. You also need to protect your financial assets in various ways. One such method is guarding your personal information – especially any information
In Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) grows so frustrated with the police’s lack of progress toward solving her daughter, Angela’s, brutal murder that she buys three billboards just outside of the small town she lives in and posts a blunt message asking
You may spend decades contributing to your IRA and 401(k). But, eventually, you’ll need to use this money. Before that day arrives, you’ll want to be familiar with the rules governing withdrawals – and you’ll want to know just how much you should take out.
To begin with, withdrawals from traditional
For some, the upcoming holiday season will not be very jolly.
December holiday may bring to mind fantasies of creamy mashed potatoes warming one’s stomach or an imagined cart filled with doorbusters, such as a 55-inch television available for purchase for $300. But, for the retail worker, such thoughts
ALL SHE LEFT BEHIND: A STORY HELD TOGETHER BY DYNAMIC CHARACTERS
by Jane Kirkpatrick Revell
PB, 343 pages
Romances, especially Christian romances, often grow stale with their stubborn sameness. Jane Kirkpatrick, however, injects new life into the genre with All She Left Behind.
The story follows Jennie,
As you know, we’ve been enjoying a long period of steadily rising stock prices. Of course, this bull market won’t last forever – and when it does start losing steam, you, as an investor, need to be prepared.
Before we look at how you can ready yourself for a new phase in the investment environment,
It is not an easy task to create a film about young people that is funny and imaginative while also doing justice to the deep and complicated emotions around making and keeping friends and navigating family dynamics. Wonder delivers on all these elements while also featuring a touching, but not overly-simplified