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Summer fun at Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego
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Summer fun at Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego

Bahia Resort Hotel has been a slice of paradise on San Diego’s Mission Bay for more than 50 years. With lush gardens and swaying palm trees, Mississippi paddlewheel boats and sprawling beach-front charm, the resort makes a great escape from life’s doldrums. Last week a friend and I snuck away to Bahia for a memorable…

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Smart Women – Smart Money – Taxes

Emmy, everything seems to be taxable. Most of the time I simply accept this, however I cannot abide by these death taxes. Is there a way not to pay them? “Death Taxes”. What a loaded term! To set the record straight, there is no such thing as a death tax although I do sometimes hear…

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Calculating the real retirement number

The “million dollar” question many of those preparing for retirement ask themselves is simply stated but not necessarily easy to answer – “how much money do I need to save to secure a comfortable retirement?” In some circles, this is referred to as “the number” – that magical figure that tells pre-retirees how prepared they…

Relaxing at the Hyatt on the American Riviera
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Relaxing at the Hyatt on the American Riviera

  Santa Barbara is often called the American Riviera. With its wonderful beaches, perfect weather and iconic mission-styled architecture, it is easy to see why. And with resorts like the historic Hyatt Santa Barbara encapsulating this distinctive Californian charm, it is also easy to see why a friend and I had such a great time…

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Making a difference, one pet at a time…It takes a shelter

The beauty of senior animals As part of our continuing desire to focus on those in our community who care for unwanted animals, we are highlighting here the work that animal rescue organizations do in helping those animals find homes. “Oooh! Look at this one! Shes SO pretty!” The middle-aged-looking couple was at a cat…

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Smart Women Smart Money – Stock Market

Hi Emmy. I really enjoy reading your new column. Now that the stock market seems to be booming again, is there any particular bandwagon you can advise me to jump on? Well, that all depends on how bumpy of a ride you can handle. Does your rumble seat have a lot of cushion left? All…

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Eyes wide open

By Lisa Magno I found this check list from The Costa Mesa Police Department. It seems to be the best I’ve seen, so I re-print it A LOT. Please, if you are a senior READ THIS LIST and if you are a friend or caretaker of a senior PASS IT ON!! When You Are Out…

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The taxpayer relief act – what a relief it is

We’ve skirted the Fiscal Cliff for now. However, I’m confident congress will drag us back there again soon. Thanks to their efforts, our nation now has a permanent personal income tax guidelines. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 has been enacted. How does the ATRA affect us? Let me count the ways, albeit briefly:…

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