Cash flow issues are one of the big reasons small businesses fail. And these types of problems are directly related to an owner not staying on top of the numbers and having poor accounting practices.
If you are anything like me, and my family, you find that you have a lot of “stuff,” when you take a moment to inventory the possessions in your home.
Many have been decrying the lack of political discourse over the past few years, and how uncivil we have become as a society.
The Trump Administration, like its predecessors, has shown an apparent appetite for the use of force overseas. The “mother of all bombs” dropped on Syrian troops, saber-rattling toward North Korea, deployments of U.S.
I’ve spent my life in many places, with one of the longest tenures being Edina, Minnesota. We have a bold, talented, and intrepidly liberal Senator named Al Franken.
Whether it’s a matter of comfort, appearance or safety, there are many medical procedures that you may want or need, but your health insurance won’t cover.

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The picture of retirement that many of us have is a post-work period filled with travel and plenty of relaxation. It's a time when you can finally take up a new hobby, sink into the pile of books and enjoy more time with family and friends. The reality is that many haven't been able to save enough...
There has been much news “buzz” surrounding the recent appointment and approval of Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court. And recently in this paper, unsuccessful U.S. Senate candidate Michael Lucik Thrames presented an open letter to Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley. The letter declared Iowans...
Small scale entrepreneurship is a proven strategy to revitalize rural communities. Owning one’s own business can create genuine opportunity across rural America with the support of a modest public investment. The importance of entrepreneurship is particularly profound in the most rural areas. Our...
Planning for a baby is exciting and sometimes a little frightening for expectant parents, especially first-time parents. The months will fly by and soon you'll be at home embarking on an adventure along with the newest member of your family. Welcome to the excitement, exhaustion, fascination,...
For the last few years, I’ve been keeping a file of clippings about the erosion of transparency and candor in government. I’m sorry to report that it’s getting rather full. This is not a good thing. Public officials should feel strongly obliged to do their business in an open and upfront manner....
It is kind of a sad statement on our country, that in 2017, it is still news about women making strides in the political arena, especially since women have had the right to vote for over 100 years. But, the reality is, that while women have made strides in many areas of society—including...
You may not have seen one in your neighborhood yet, but the tiny house phenomenon has spread across the country. For some, the move is driven by a desire to downsize and live a minimalistic lifestyle. Others see it as a way to decrease their impact on the environment. Economics are often a large...
In an insightful song about outlaws, Woody Guthrie wrote this verse: “As through this world I travel/I see lots of funny men/ Some’ll rob you with a 6-gun/Some with a fountain pen.” The fountain pens are doing the serious stealing these days. For example, while you would get hard time in prison...
This discussion of assimilation is an expansion of a topic I introduced in a recent article about “Diversity, Identity Politics and E Pluribus Unum.” Here are the major points of that article: • In the recent past, Americans have tried to deemphasize our differences following the principle of E...
Survivors of assault and abuse often live in constant fear. Their days are filled with anxiety, knowing that their abuser or attacker might strike again. The Safe at Home program exists to aid survivors of domestic and sexual violence, stalking, and trafficking by providing them with a legal...

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