Daily Archive: September 21, 2012


Cover To Cover…‘Hope Somewhere In America’

One of your favorite things to do in the world is to color and draw. You love adding colors to a picture and using your creativity. Why can’t a pony be purple? Why not give someone blue hair? What’s wrong with drawing your Dad with a flower growing out of his head? It’s your picture, right? As long as there’s a box of crayons by your elbow, you’re a happy kid and someday, you might be a world-famous artist. But what if there was a picture of you hanging in a museum? In the new book “Hope Somewhere in America” by Sydelle Pearl, illustrated by Astrid Sheckels, you might see what it’s like.



Budget sculpting

When it comes to your money, you should know where you are, where you’re going, and how you’ll get there. This all starts with the dreaded B-word, BUDGET. The very mention of the word budget sets off a feeling of confinement, restriction, limitation and loss of control. I admit there is a sense of confinement, restriction, and limitation associated with managing money—but it has nothing to do with a budget. What confines, restricts and limits us is the amount of money we make. Our income! So if you want to spend more, have more, and save more without sacrificing your lifestyle, you simply need to make more. A more formal definition of a budget would be a plan for spending, saving, and investing money. The importance of making a budget and sticking to it is to save for future goals while meeting present obligations.


Four ways to avoid paying for hotel Wi-Fi

by Jacqueline Lawson While finalizing your travel arrangements, whether for business or pleasure, you want to make sure Wi-Fi is available at your hotel. Some hotels are able to offer Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel property, while others charge for connection in the room only. Why is that? Because many hotels make deals with media vendors to provide per-pay television programming inside your hotel room. According to a recent J.D. Power & Associates study, about 55 percent of all hotel guests access the Internet during their stays — up 20 percent from 2006. About 87 percent of that group is using Wi-Fi.


US homebuilder confidence surges to 6-year high

by Alex Veiga LOS ANGELES (AP)—Confidence among U.S. homebuilders rose this month to its highest level in six years and many expect the housing recovery will strengthen in the next six months. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Tuesday increased to 40 in September. That’s up from 37 in August and the highest reading since June 2006, just before the housing bubble burst. Any reading below 50 indicates negative sentiment about the housing market. The index hasn’t reached that level since April 2006, the peak of the housing boom.


AKA Fall Fantasy

Fall was in the air on Sept. 8 as nearly 300 made their way to St. John’s Cathedral in Munhall for the second annual AKA, Alpha Alpha Omega Chapter, Fall Fantasy Cabaret. Guests partied while Roland Ford instructed on the latest line dances. Deejay Tim Guthrie kept the party going on and on until the next day. There were door prizes to win, 50/50 raffles to take a chance on, and food and libation to enjoy. PRETTY LADIES—Dara Ware Allen and Martha Vasser



Recharging your ­batteries

Lately I’ve been burning the candle at both ends and up the middle. Working two jobs, playing caregiver, whoops playing not the right word but you get what I’m talking about. My mom just turned 90 and now takes extra attention. Once you hit the big six-o this is not so easy, you don’t have the same energy you had when you were 40. At some point your batteries are going to wear down and you will need to recharge those batteries in some way. If people offer you help with things you are trying to do, accept the help, especially if they offered more than once, I think they might mean it. Plan a vacation for yourself or some time off from your duties.


Colors, prices, dates on new iPhone

(AP)—Apple Inc. unveiled the new iPhone 5 last week. It will have a taller screen and can work with faster, fourth-generation, or 4G, cellular networks. Here are some details on its availability. UNVEILING—Apple CEO Tim Cook during an introduction of the new iPhone 5 in San Francisco, Sept. 12. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)