Please take a moment today, and every day, to thank the Veterans, past and present, for their service! This special day in America is for honoring America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Thank you, Veterans, past and present.  


Memorial Day 2014

  Not just on Memorial Day, yet throughout the year, we think about the fallen as evidenced by our visit to Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery situated in San Diego County on the Fort Rosecrans Military reservation. There are interments that date to the early years of the California territory (mid 1800s), including the remains of…

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Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act

  In a speech given recently to a housing industry group, Michael Stegman, assistant Treasury Secretary for Housing Finance Policy, made a plea for renewal of the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act, which expired at the end of 2013.  The act, first passed in 2007 and extended in 2009 and 2011, is what is commonly called…


Happy Labor Day

  Were you aware that the first Labor Day parade in United States history was held on September 5, 1882?  Ten thousand workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square in New York City, according to History.com. Even though the event reinforced the idea of a “workingmen’s holiday,” Congress didn’t…