Gather All Your Assets

By Carl Trevison and Stephen Bearce Gather All Your Assets Investment planning is like doing a jigsaw puzzle except the pieces don’t always come in one box—often you have to gather them from a variety of sources. When putting an investment plan together, you have to combine information on assets, debt, insurance, and more to […]

Stockpiling Bass

By Steve Chaconas Stockpiling Bass When tournament anglers bring fish to the scales two things happen. Some fishing areas are heavily fished, resulting in depletion and fish are stockpiled at launch areas. While many anglers believe an area might be over-fished, data for the Potomac River has not been conclusive as the bottom line is […]

Pawsitive Effects of Training

Pawsitive Effects of Training By Victoria Elliott Cats: Proud. Independent. Untrainable? Not according to Miranda Workman. Workman is the Lead Trainer Mentor and Program Developer for the Jackson Galaxy Project’s Cat Pawsitive initiative. With a Master’s degree in Anthozoology and an extensive background in animal behavioral work, Workman brings a wealth of experience with and […]

Organic Prevention and Management of Powdery Mildew on Plants

Powdery mildew occurs when the fungal organism and susceptible plants are present and the environmental conditions are right for the disease to occur. Photo credit:  Melinda Myers, LLC Organic Prevention and Management of Powdery Mildew on Plants By Melinda Myers Spots and patches of white or gray talcum powder-like substance on your plant means powdery mildew […]

Personal Freedoms

By Lori Welch Brown Personal Freedoms As we celebrate the 4th, I give gratitude for all my freedoms. As an American, I have a veritable smorgasbord at my disposal. It’s an embarrassment of riches. I have more personal freedoms than Kardashians have Spanx. Every day I wake up to a plethora of choices. Whole bean, […]

Pets of the Month

Faith – Tosa, Spayed female, 3 years old Faith was rescued from a dog meat farm in South Korea, thanks to Humane Society International. (Fortunately, this dog meat farm has since closed and been converted into a vegetable and chili farm!) Faith is loving life in Virginia! While she is still learning to trust, she is slowly blossoming into […]

Occoquan – An Oasis and Little-Known Gem in VA

By Bob Tagert Occoquan – An Oasis and Little-Known Gem in VA The comments in the sidebar were provided by the Occoquan Historical Society and gave us cause to make this month’s Road Trip a jaunt to the quaint little burg of Occoquan. We had lost sight of Occoquan over the years even though back […]

Financial Lessons You Can Learn from Retirees

By Carl Trevison and Stephen Bearce Financial Lessons You Can Learn from Retirees Does this scenario sound familiar? • When the market is up, an investor feels good and buys stocks. • When the market is down, that same investor gets scared and sells. Although reacting like this may feel right at the time, the […]

The Birds, The Bees, The Butterflies & the Bugs!

By Melinda Myers Photo credit: Melinda Myers, LLC The Birds, The Bees, The Butterflies & the Bugs! A garden filled with flowers, birds, bees and butterflies is a sight to behold. These winged beauties add color, sound and motion to our gardens. Plus, they help maximize a garden’s productivity by pollinating plants and managing plant-damaging pests. […]

On the Road

Bob and Kathy Condon, long time Alexandria residents took a dream trip to France in June. They discovered the Dordogne River Valley to the East of Bordeaux by reading a series of mysteries written by a man named Martin Walker who has had a residence in the Valley for many years. His hero is a small […]