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Lady Gaga, her mom Cynthia Germanotta, and celebrated filmmaker and Elton John’s husband David Furnish, at the Love Bravery collection launch. The limited edition line includes music-themed clothing and accessories; 25 percent of proceeds support Born This Way Foundation and Elton John AIDS Foundation. It is available through Aug. 30 at select Macy’s and online at  (  /  )

Emotions Matter

Imagine your ideal work atmosphere. Not the job itself, specifically, but the atmosphere in which the job exists.What would you expect from the experience? From your co-workers? More important, what would you expect from your boss?The answers to those questions ...

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The most difficult talk of all

Kids learn about money from their parents. They know whether you tend to save up for fun purchases, or pull out the credit card when temptation strikes.Since they’re learning from you, talk to your kids about using their money wisely. ...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2016


Smarter cards, safer shopping

Maybe you’ve noticed a shiny new feature on your credit card.That little microchip has a big job. Credit and debit cards with chips in them are better at protecting your private information than cards with only magnetic stripes.“Chip cards help ...

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5 ways debt-free is doable

Are you one of the 20 percent of American households that spend more than they make? Perhaps you’re one of the 44 percent of all credit card holders who carry a balance?

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 16, 2015

4 questions to avoid getting scammed

If you leave your purse or shopping bags in full view inside your car, you can expect them to be gone when you return. If you receive a check from someone you’ve never met, you can expect it to be counterfeit.

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TUESDAY, NOV. 17, 2015

6 reasons you should buy local

Doing good in your community doesn’t have to take a lot of time. It can be as simple as choosing to buy local. Increase the impact on the money you spend in your community by remembering six reasons it pays ...

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12 reasons why you need to baby your baby teeth

Oral health is an important part of children’s overall health. But because baby teeth fall out they often don’t get the attention they deserve. Baby teeth need to be babied. The germs that cause cavities in baby teeth can lead ...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 21, 2015


8 things you should shred right away

Most papers can be touched once, and then tossed in the garbage like a hamburger wrapper. Yet we all have some valuable identification records, financial statements, contracts or receipts that we ought to file and store in a safe place ...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 8, 2015

RULER concepts in action in the classroom.  (Courtesy Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence)

Mastering emotions, mastering life

When Marc Brackett talks about the negative effects emotions can have on our abilities to complete even basic tasks, he sometimes mentions his mother. In a 2011 TED talk he gave in San Francisco, Brackett – a senior research scientist ...

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MONDAY, AUG. 17, 2015

SUNDAY, AUG. 16, 2015

Emotion Revolution: Why bullying hurts

A young boy seeks out a new friend and gets punched in the face. A high-school girl is subjected to catcalls over her weight. Kids of all ages take shelter in the perceived safety of their homes only to find themselves targeted by online trolls. These are all acts of bullying.

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Should I refinance my car or truck?

Banks, credit unions, and other lenders compete for vehicle loans by regularly offering refinancing deals that cost you almost nothing. There are good reasons to refinance – and a few good reasons to not. Here are some of the most ...

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Bird is the word

If you had been standing in our kitchen this morning and looked out the south-facing windows, you might have seen a large hawk perched atop a tall grape stake fence. ...