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Patriotism Perspective

Patriotism Perspective

My son, Walker Knauss, will be receiving a Certificate of Merit award from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge for his essay on patriotism he wrote in the spring of 2011 while in 8th grade at Cavitt Junior High School.

T-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t screamed the machine guns, as Syrian soldiers under the command of regime leader Bashar al-Assad shot down their fellow countrymen. They continued to pelt the protestors until the square was littered with dead and wounded activists. The Protestors were just patriots defending their country; the soldiers were just patriots defending their country. Both groups held conflicting views about what it meant to be patriotic.

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Sports Fans Can Now Customize Their "Best Seat in the House"!

Sports Fans Can Now Customize Their "Best Seat in the House"!

Perfect for sports enthusiasts, the La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries are providing a new “must have” game day accessory -- the new La-Z-Boy XZipit® sports recliner.  These generously-sized rocker or wall recliners can be customized with favorite team logos on a panel that zips in and out of the seat back with a patented hidden zipper design for easy customization. 

“Devoted fans can outfit their recliner with logos from the NBA including the Sacramento Kings famous logo, NCAA including Cal, Stanford and USC emblems, MLB including the San Francisco Giants or Oakland A’s logo and many more,” said Liz Reego, owner of six Northern California La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries stores.  “Then, once the season is over, a quick removal of the panel transforms the back of the recliner from game-day support to everyday coziness!”

And, because comfort and style preferences vary as widely as sports team loyalties, these fan recliners come in two different sizes: "Champ," a

Reciprocal Recommendations

Reciprocal Recommendations

I admittedly suffer from guilt. I can never ask for anything until I feel that I will be seen as worthy in eyes of the grantor. This is not a great sales trait because I have to work twice as hard to earn the sale. Essentially, I have to sell myself first before I can ask for a perspective client to purchase my product.

There are lots of people who don’t suffer from this guilt malady. I admire those that can suppress or turn off the gene of human nature that dictates you build a relationship with your client first. Sales are so much easier when you feel you can drive on a one way street.

Social media and all the pre-packaged request and solicitations have really made asking for sales and recommendations without a relationship common place. I cringe when people talk of ‘e-mail blasts’, twitter schedules and Facebook events.

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Gender Health Center

Gender Health Center

With the participation of Chaz Bono on

‘Dancing With The Stars’, the awareness of transgender people in our communities has been raised. Contrary to what many people may think, transgender people don’t just live in Hollywood or San Francisco. Sacramento and the surrounding areas are home to many transgender people.

An obvious challenge for most transgender men and women is wrestling between their physical and mental identities.

Medigap Puzzle

Medigap Puzzle

Have you ever tried to solve one of those knot puzzles? It takes some study and then you have that ‘Aha!’ moment and you quickly figure out the game. Medicare can be a lot like one of those vexing puzzles. There are several moving parts to Medicare and you can easily get lost trying to keep track of all the interlocking parts. Medicare Supplements, also known as Medigap Plans, were a little confusing to me at first. I did not quite see their value until I got a firm grasp of the different parts of Medicare.

Original Medicare, Parts A and B, is a wonderful health insurance program for folks 65 and older. They have relatively low deductible, coinsurance and copayment expenses. The trick is understanding how often all of those expenses are applied and that is known as the Benefit Period:

The way that Original Medicare measures your use of hospital and skilled nursing facility (SNF) services.

Eating is a Chore?!

Eating is a Chore?!

Jack told me the other day that he feels like eating is a chore, something he has to do but doesn't really enjoy that much. Can this possibly be my son? Could he have been switched at birth? Unfortunately, eating has always been one of life's greatest pleasures for me. I was raised in a household where food was always associated with everything that was pleasant: popcorn for the movies, cake for birthdays, ice cream for a special treat when we were out for a drive. And candy (always candy!). "Eat all your dinner and you can have dessert!" My mom was a pretty good cook, so we always had homemade cookies, cakes and pies in the house. All the holidays revolved around special foods: Fourth of July barbecues with hand-cranked ice cream, Halloween candy and cookies, Thanksgiving turkey and pumpkin pie, Christmas cookies & fudge.