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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…

Lifeline For Pets Cat of the Week: “PRINCESS”
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Lifeline For Pets Cat of the Week: “PRINCESS”

Female, born approx. 6/2012 Brown Tabby Princess is loving, playful, and expressive. She’s a beautiful, soft, brown tabby who looks a bit like a Maine Coon. She’s already been a great mom to two kittens. Motherhood even calmed down her kittenish nature, making her a truly wonderful companion, who loves to be petted. She was…

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Covering Essential Expenses in Retirement

Today’s retirees face unique challenges – including prolonged periods of market uncertainty and longer average lifespans – which make thoughtfully planning for retirement more critical than ever. For most, feeling more confident about retirement comes down to the ability to pay for essential expenses – the predictable and recurring costs of life’s necessities. Some of…

Lifeline For Pets Cat of the Week: Meet MIRA, Our Miracle!
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Lifeline For Pets Cat of the Week: Meet MIRA, Our Miracle!

Young Female Tortie (Tortoiseshell) Born approx. 2/2013 MIRA is short for Miracle, and that’s just what cute little Mira is! She was abandoned, starving, in a hot parking lot, meowing loudly. No one would help her. Then, a kind “angel” heard her pleas, and scooped her up. The angel saw to it that Mira is…

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