Monthly Archives: December 2014

BOOKS RICHARD read: THE DEVIL In The WHITE CITY, Erik Larson

Fiction based on fact…at its best ! Erik Larson writes fictional novels based on actual historical events. He writes stories created on the foundation of superb and extensive research. He has a number of books based on historical reality: The … Continue reading

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RICHARD's desk...: Two angels travel through Toronto

“I called you two here as it’s time for Toby to get her ‘permanents’ and in order to so, she must complete her earthly challenge of two nights without any major complaints. Is that clear Gus?” asked St. Michael, addressing … Continue reading

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BOOKS RICHARD read: THE ELEPHANT WHISPERER, Lawrence Anthony

Africa is gradually losing its virginity. Now, increasingly animals need human intervention to save them from poachers and final extermination. Some species are extinct in the wild and can only be found in world zoos or on African game reserves. … Continue reading

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RICHARD's desk...: Beaten by a pixie

Beat by a pixie! Picture this: an overweight guy of average height, working at dropping weight to no avail. So I joined the badminton club at a local high school. I’d played other racquet sports over the years, tennis, squash, … Continue reading

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SAVING$ TIP$: Protect Yourself Against Scams During the Holidays and Year-Round

Stay suspicious Be wary of any offer that sounds too good to be true, and always look for telltale signs that an email or website may not be legitimate, such as low resolution images, misspellings, poor grammar, or odd links. … Continue reading

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CHRISTMAS: 12 CHRISTMAS SCAMS

           DELIVERY/SHIPPING NOTIFICATIONS These are Phishing scams where the scammer is looking for you to give personal information, maybe even credit card numbers or bank account numbers. Unless you ordered something and ordered from the deliverer, … Continue reading

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BOOKS RICHARD read: THE FIX, David Baldacci

  The Fix David Baldacci Synopsis Amos Decker witnesses a murder just outside FBI headquarters. A man shoots a woman execution-style on a crowded sidewalk, then turns the gun on himself. Even with Decker’s extraordinary powers of observation and deduction, … Continue reading

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CHRISTMAS: A CHRISTMAS list to reduce stress

The holiday season is often accompanied by worries about not being ready in time. As the festive season is approaching fast, here is a list for those in charge of organizing Christmas. It will help you make sure everything goes … Continue reading

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CHRISTMAS: Tips to “frugalize” your Christmas season

Celebrate the joys of the holiday season on a budget — without feeling like Scrooge Celebrating the holiday season on a limited budget can occasionally feel like working for Mr. Scrooge! But take heart: the true joys of the season … Continue reading

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CHRISTMAS: Cut your Christmas spending

Cut costs this holiday season as suggested by ZOOMER magazine The holidays are here… along with the high costs and expectations. Here are some tips to make the “season of giving” a memorable one without blowing the budget: Make a … Continue reading

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