In January, more than 700 animals were found living in appalling conditions and without proper care at an unlicensed facility in Raeford, North Carolina. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) stepped in, performing the largest companion animal rescue in the organization’s 150 year history.* Several months later after the dogs, cats (and horses) had received proper care and evaluation, a weekend-long adoption event drew thousands of people hoping to be able to find a match for a pet and provide them a forever home. (more…)
Jim, 66, is an architect and the sole proprietor of his own business. While he’s reached full retirement age, some ongoing projects have kept him from scaling back his practice and spending more time on the lake like he had planned. Realistically, he’ll be working part time for the foreseeable future. Jim’s wife, Mary, has just turned 66. She has worked in the past, including for the business, but over the past several years has been focused on caring for their grandchildren. Recently, they filed for Social Security benefits. Since Jim has had higher lifetime earnings, Mary will be receiving a monthly spousal benefit on Jim’s record. In Jim’s case, since he expects to continue working, they decided it made sense to delay collecting his benefits and letting his credits grow using a strategy called file and suspend. (more…)
Ah, the renewal of spring. The dreadful winter months have finally come to an end. Like many people, you may have a long list of things you want to clean, trim up or sort through.
After the list is done, it can be very satisfying to sit back and enjoy your accomplishments. Don’t you wish you had that same peace of mind for some of the other things around your home that you’ve been putting off? Here are a few tips for some valuable things you can do, without feeling overwhelmed.