September and October Full Magazines

Year-End Planning to Help You Lower Your Tax Bill

Callout: Consider taking losses before gains, since unused losses may be carried forward for use in future years, while gains must be taken in the year they are realized.   As the end of the year draws near, the last thing anyone wants to think about is taxes. But if you are looking for ways […]

First Blush – November 2013

  Headbands Autumn can be a tricky time for beauty. For many of us it’s somewhat of an awkward in-between season in which our skin is losing the last of its sun kissed summer glow, where your skin isn’t quite oily but not quite dry, your leg stubble becomes less of a concern, and your […]

Exploring VA Wines – November 2013

The seasons are changing once again. The grapevine leaves are falling along with the other leaves in the area. I am looking forward to taking advantage of some down time, but it seems rather elusive. Just as the last of the red grapes get pressed, I am preparing our label order for a December bottling […]

What if IT doesn’t go the way you planned?

In this case “It” could be a job interview, a new product launch, a salary negotiation or a potential client call, or something else that you were really jazzed & positively nervous/excited about.   It’s all fine to bandy about cliches like,  “When a door closes, God always opens a window” and “There’s always a […]

Otherwise Engaged

Dear Steve – Put down your fishing rod and sit down.  It finally happened.  I’m engaged.  I’ve been waiting a long time to write those words to my fellow columnist, Steve Chaconas.  He’s enjoyed at least a decade of being entertained by my dating stories of both woe and “whoa!”  “But Lori, I don’t get […]


BRISTOE STATION AND THE MINE RUN CAMPAIGN LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN AND MISSIONARY RIDGE Following Gettysburg, both armies resumed their old positions along the Rappahannock.  Criticized for not aggressively pursuing Lee during his retreat from Gettysburg and for generalized inactivity thereafter, Meade embarks on a series of maneuvers and inconclusive skirmishes in September, then begins to settle […]

To Sail or Not To Sail

  You really shouldn’t go sailing today. Your cell phone’s Weatherbug app predicts sunshine and a high of 65 degrees. Accu-Weather forecasts 10 to 15 knots from the west, with gusts up to 20. The skipper’s swapping out the genoa for the slimmer “winter” jib so that the guests, Karen and Don—sailors who recently relocated […]

Ridge to Reef Farm: Organic Food Deliveries in Paradise

Living on a tropical island certainly has its advantages — beautiful beaches, crystal clear turquoise bays and lush, green hillsides. Head into a grocery store, however, and get ready to catch your dropping jaw. Last time my Mom was visiting, she offered to make one of my favorite dishes, eggplant parmesan. When she realized the […]

November Fitness!

I can’t believe it’s already November! This year has been a crazy one. My wife and I have decided to pursue new careers. I was accepted into a Diagnostic Medical Imaging program back in July to learn about echocardiography and vascular sonography. After twenty one months, this means I’ll be able to scan hearts, arteries, […]