How Do We Get There From Here?

hainesAn old Winston Churchill quote has been getting a lot of play of late, but it bears repeating. “Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing, but only after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.” The quip is applicable for so many of our endeavors, except for public education where we try the same thing over and over while expecting a different result.


Those Weren’t the Days, My Friend!

hainesWhen with peers the topic of conversation often turns to public education. One curmudgeon in the group invariably makes reference to “the good old days” marked by rote recitation of the times-tables, a time when all children were little engines of on-demand knowledge acquisition, and all teachers found a way to convey critical knowledge.


Maryland CASH Campaign Offers Money Saving Tax Tips

Marylanders who made less than $52,000 in 2013 may be eligible for free, nonprofit tax preparation services savings millions in unnecessary fees.

Prince Georges County, Maryland.  Millions of tax refund dollars are lost each year by low-income Maryland taxpayers who utilize commercial tax preparers and “rapid refund” or refund anticipation loans, according to data from the Maryland CASH (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope) Campaign. 



Celebrity Stylist Barry Fletcher on Hair Loss, Part II

BNatural Hair Vitamins by Barry FletcherIt was previously mentioned that some drugs do contribute to hair loss. However, the nature of some drugs has been used to promote hair growth by certain researchers. One diuretic that is commonly used for high blood pressure—spironolactone—has been proven to block androgen and in some cases, has been used to treat hair loss caused by androgenic activity. Contrary to popular opinion, hair loss and hair thinning is very common in women.



Celebrity Stylist Barry Fletcher on Living With Your Hair

Women young-to-mid-age, exhibit an overwhelming preoccupation with their hair and, sadly, in their later years with the lack thereof. Everything in our lives affects our hair, for better or worse. Our hair is the single most popular part of our anatomy. It affects our psyche. The way our hair looks, feels, moves and smells, can determine whether our day is heavenly or hellish.



Think Again: Saving Money by Repurposing your Leftovers

There always seem to be lots of jokes about leftovers, but if you think leftovers are the worst thing you can face at the dinner table, think again. When you don't have enough money for food, you consider yourself lucky to have any leftovers to stretch into another meal. An empty plate is far worse. A few years ago I had a holiday meal at a friend's house. Her husband carved the turkey in the kitchen, laying the slices out on a platter along with the legs to be served at the table. Then my friend casually tipped the remainder of the turkey--still with a lot of meat on it--into the trash can, saying she couldn't be bothered to do anything more with it.