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Escape to Morro Bay – Part 1
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Escape to Morro Bay – Part 1

It’s hard to call Morro Bay a hidden gem while there is a 576 ft-tall rock mountain sitting in its harbor. But that’s just what this small seaside town along California’s Central coast is; it’s a charming hideaway halfway between LA and San Francisco, with tons of laid back charm and beautiful scenery. A friend…

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Smart Women – Smart Money

Financial planning for the future seems to be in the air Planning for the future seems to be in the air. Perhaps the recent tax season has started folks thinking about protecting their family’s legacy. I’ve received several inquiries of late regarding estate planning – the advantages of living trusts in particular. Allow me to…

Rustic charm at Drakesbad Guest Ranch
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Rustic charm at Drakesbad Guest Ranch

Lassen Volcanic National Park is home to smoking fumaroles (steam and volcanic-gas vents), mud pots, boiling pools, lush meadows, streams, crystal clear lakes, and towering volcanoes. It is also home to Drakesbad Guest Ranch, a 110-yr-old mountain hideaway, where a friend and I spent a couple rustic nights last June in a bungalow below the…

Summer in Switzerland
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Summer in Switzerland

-Courtesy Photo Summer is around the corner and that means it is a perfect time to start planning for that big trip you’ve been dreaming of. For me this trip includes a return to Switzerland and a chance to revisit some of the most beautiful and historic sites in Europe. Here are a couple of…

The real start of the Bowl Season: Army Navy
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The real start of the Bowl Season: Army Navy

By Susan Motander with a great deal of help from Judge Salvatore T. Sirna, Los Angeles Superior Court.  The “Bowl Season” will be starting next weekend, but this weekend begins it for me and my family.  This is the weekend of the Army-Navy Game.  And we are a house divided.  Sure there are lots of divided households…

Fabulous Fall in Big Bear Lake
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Fabulous Fall in Big Bear Lake

Everybody knows that Big Bear Lake is a wonderland in winter, perfect for skiing, snowboarding, memorable Alpine vistas and more. But as I recently learned, the mountain resort is equally fantastic in fall, when leaves change colors, fish are biting, mountains trails beckon, and beer flows from large Oktoberfest mugs. I began a recent fall…

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Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens Sunset Safari

Sat Sept 28 Sunset Safari, an exclusive after-hours wildlife fest at the L.A. Zoo for SAFARI CLUB donors hosted by the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA), takes place on Saturday, September 28, 2013. One of many SAFARI CLUB benefits, the evening features wildlife of Africa and South America and gives guests a chance to…

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Smart Women, Smart Money: Benificiary

Dear Emmy, I’ve recently changed my will and now my son will receive any unused funds from my retirement plan. Do I need to change the beneficiary on my IRA as well? Yes. Funds held in your IRA or 401(k) will transfer to whoever is specifically listed as your plan’s beneficiary in spite of your…

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