5 Ways to Build More Equity in Your Home

Equity — or the share of your property you actually own — is a benefit to any homeowner. For one, it means more profits when it’s time to sell. On top of that, it can also give you cash when you need it — either through a refinance or home equity loan. 


NOTES FROM THE WORKING-CLASS: Dirty Gertie

Gertrude’s wispy-thin hair is shock white. Although she’s pushing a hundred, she doesn’t look a day older than eighty. Introducing herself by her nickname, “Trudy,” she smiles, showing her broken teeth—some decaying and in need of extraction.  Gertrude confesses she was never called Gertie because kids would have picked on her and called her Dirty Gertie, and you know what that means—Dirty Gertie is a bad girl, easy, a slut. 


A Fine Example of Street Realism

“It was all Necessary,” Yvette Battle’s first book is a fine example of street realism.


The Big Lie Strategy for Grabbing Political Power

The big lie shaking this nation for the past seven weeks is that Trump won the election by a landslide. It is a lie. President Donald Trump and his many lawyers have not produced even a shred of evidence to support that claim before our judicial system. 


Have you considered some of these alternative sources to raising funds?

Studies show that roughly 20% of new small businesses fail within their first year and a major factor in their failure is a lack of funding. It’s no secret that all businesses require money to operate and achieve their goals. But did you know you can acquire funding in non-traditional ways? 


Must-Have Amenities for a Healthier Home

If your New Year’s resolution is to improve your health and wellness, your home can inspire you to do it. In fact, your living space plays a significant role in your overall well-being. 

A room dedicated to workouts can motivate you to reach your goals. And healthy, clean air and elements inspired by nature can make your home feel more open and calming.

Are you hoping to make some improvements in 2021?


Sarah, You are Golden

The Voyager is carrying a golden record that has recorded the sounds, music and imagery portraying the diversity of our lives on earth.  This record of gold is our way of communicating what it is like to be a human being.The golden record may be the single most important communication generated by our planet. What would you record to send into deep space?


An ode to Hayden Brumbeloe

I never met Hayden Brumbeloe, but I like the cadence of his name.   He grew up in a working-class town not far from Abilene, Texas under a hot dry sun in a land most often noted for the way it was depicted in the classic film The Last Picture Show.