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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Home Security is Nothing to Sneeze At


By Catherine Powell

image courtesy of flickr
As it so happens, I’ve been spending much of the past two weeks lying flat on my back staring up at the ceiling.  That’s what happens when you come down with a bad head cold or catch the flu.  While I’ve been lying in an over-the-counter drug stupor blowing my nose endlessly while watching more TV than I can stand, it also gave me the time to think about my home’s security.  Every afternoon as I hear the postal carrier drop the mail into the box outside my front door with a clank, I pause to think of just how easy it would be for a burglar to try to jimmy the door or any of my windows.  While I consider my home to be burglar-resistant, it never hurts to put oneself in a thief’s shoes to assess just how impregnable your home really is.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Danger on the Dashboard


By Catherine Powell

Image courtesy of wikimedia
Back when I was growing up, cars weren’t nearly as technologically advanced as they are nowadays.  They didn’t contain web-enabled, Bluetooth-connected apps that talked you through every turn to your destination or provided you with data on your driving habits and fuel consumption.  No, all that cars did forty years ago was get you from Point A to Point B, provided you knew the route or owned a map.  If you weren’t careful, you could easily run out of gas, since there was only one dumb gauge that showed you how much remained in the tank.  Not only couldn’t you talk to your friends by hitting the button on your steering wheel, unless they were seated in the car, you couldn’t talk to them at all, since less than one percent of drivers in the US had a mobile phone back then.  While it sounds archaic, driving in the good old days was a lot less complicated and as a result, much simpler to master.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Bulletproofing Your Bling


By Catherine Powell

Image courtesy of Max Pixel
When it comes to insuring your jewelry there are two things you need to know:

1.      It’s the second thing thieves are after when they break into a home.
2.      It’s quite possible your homeowner’s policy isn’t going to cover the loss in full.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Driving While Distracted


By Catherine Powell

Image courtesy of flickr
With yesterday being New Year’s Day, I thought I’d point out the fact that if you did celebrate the holiday with a few adult beverages, hopefully you had the good sense not to drink and drive.  That being said, I’d like to point out the fact that while drunk drivers cause more than their fair share of accidents, driving while drunk is hardly the only hazard that plagues drivers in the US.  An even more insidious and dangerous hazard is driving while distracted.  You heard me right, while drunk driving causes accidents galore, in today’s fast-paced world, this is hardly the only hazard to navigation on the highways and byways that stretch from coast to coast.  Below is my list of other potentially deadly driver distractions.   

How to Avoid Used Car Scams

By Catherine Powell Image courtesy flickr If you’re like most consumers, you tend to hold onto a car as long as it still has some ...