Signs of Strength In the Economy

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Autumn has arrived, with students back in school, baseball playoffs beginning, and football in full swing.

Life is trying to get back to as normal as possible despite the ongoing impact from COVID-19. While the number of new daily cases and hospitalizations from COVID-19 has steadied in the...

Coffee Appreciation

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I’ve always liked coffee, even as a kid I would try and sneak to the local Dunkin Donuts to get a coffee (well a coffee coolata, which I don’t know if that’s even considered coffee). I never ‘needed’ it for the caffeine, but I always enjoyed them.

When everything started to shut down, and social...

The danger in the market right now is... you

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Take a few minutes to peruse the financial news online or tune into cable TV and you might end up with the investor equivalent of whiplash.

Some stocks zoom to nosebleed highs, even as the economy unloads one bad headline after another. Meanwhile, thousands of inexperienced day traders armed with...

Hey, I Forgot I Could Do This …

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Being the younger of two siblings growing up, and the youngest cousin on either side of the family, helping out with younger children was never in my DNA.  So you would think that after raising two kids (or more accurately, knowing when to stay out of the way so my wife Martha could raise two kids)...

Make Sure Your Spouse Has Your Passwords

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About a year ago, my friend Susie’s husband of 46 years died unexpectedly. John, a dedicated techie, left Susie with wonderful memories, an estate to settle and a technology nightmare: an Apple computer, four iPads, four iPhones, a stack of hard drives—and no passwords. That left her unable to get...

Moving Day

by Thomas Lally on
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After about 6 months of pandemic-marked house hunting, we found one!

While there are many great towns in the area, Wrentham had been the top choice for a while.  It has some beautiful places to walk that were great back in the spring when any chance to get out of the house was a welcome reprieve...

How Will The Presidential Election Affect The Stock Market?

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We’ve reached that point in the election cycle where I've started getting questions, from both sides, about the effect of the upcoming election on the markets. “Surely,” the question goes (and note that it is not really a question), “if Candidate X wins, the market will tank for the following...

Deep Sea Fishing

by Julia Crane on
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With some places opening up, my boyfriend and I were able to go deep sea fishing this past weekend out of Plum Island. This is a tradition for him, but I never had the motivation to wake up at 5:00AM on a weekend to go fishing. So this year was the first year I went, and I am very glad I made that...

Rhode Island Vacation

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It’s Not Cape Cod; but It Works

For just about every year over the last ten years we have trekked to Cape Cod for a summer vacation with Martha’s family of 18 nieces and nephews, siblings and “outlaws”.  We have many wonderful memories and some truly hilarious stories.  However, a lot of the...

Virtually Possible: Locking Down The College Search In A Global Pandemic

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“This is virtually impossible!” my daughter blurts out from the next room, adding, “who thought geometry was important anyway?” “Actually,” I respond with my under-appreciated dad irony, ”it is virtually possible.” Deciding to spare her the lecture on how Euclid and Descartes thought geometry was...

House Hunting

by Thomas Lally on
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This pandemic is an odd time to be doing lots of things, and house hunting is certainly one of them.  The search began back in January.  I like my little house, but after a few years here, it seemed like time to find something with a little more space, in a nicer neighborhood, and closer to work. ...