Archive for March 2008

The Mortgage Crisis and the Silver Lining

The mortgage crisis in America has created a huge challenge for many families and individuals who are now at risk of losing their homes.  Bloomberg.com reports that California had the most foreclosure filings in the U.S. last year and the biggest fourth-quarter decline in prices. The state had a staggering 481,392 foreclosures Other states like Maryland,

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Earth Hour 2008 – Fine Family Dining by Candlelight

On March 29, my family and some close friends joined other families and individuals across the world in making a statement about our environment and our role in it. We were part of the thousands (hopefully millions) who as part of Earth Hour 2008 turned off our electricity from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to

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New Podcast Coming Soon!

For your listening pleasure I’m happy to announce that there is now a new podcast in town…it’s the New Urban Mom Podcast. The podcast will officially launch in April but this post and our brief promo show will give you an idea of what’s ahead. What I like about podcasts is the 24-hour access and the ability to get

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Ex-Apprentice Hauncho and Yahoo! Believe in Women Online Biz Owners

If you’ve got a business idea or if you are running your own company and could use an injection of cash you’ll like this announcement. Carolyn Kepcher, former VP at Donald Trump’s company and his former on-air sidekick on the show “The Apprentice” recently announced on behalf of Yahoo! Small Business enterprises the launch of

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Religion in Our Lives

Today, Good Friday, is just about the most important day in the Christian calendar. Most of our world religions have days and periods in the calendar that have special significance. What I find wonderful is that people of different religions or no religion are still able to acknowledge these events whether as a matter respect

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Cherry Blossoms and Washington D.C.

One of the truly wonderful places to visit this spring has got to be Washington, D.C. Here’s a city that literally blossoms in spring (around mid April I believe). Magnificent cherry blossoms aside, Washington, D.C. is of course a year-round destination with several world renown sites–from the Washington Monument to Arlington Cemetery Washington is a place to contemplate

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The “New Urban” Lifestyle

Some of us live in suburbs or rural areas, others in the city. The environments may look different, but as moms, working women, singles or retirees, we tend to want many of the same things. By and large we want environment-friendly and culturally rich communities that support our personal, social and professional goals. This is

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Spring Brings New Opportunities – Is Your Business Ready?

This morning my son said to me that he really can’t wait for spring and that this was the first time he ever felt that he was ready to let go of winter this early. I had to correct him on that. Just about every year at this time he and his sister start chatting

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Community Tourism: Good for Your Business, Your Economy

So many of us love our communities and want to do what we can to make our homes, lives and businesses thrive IN our communities. One of the concepts that has helped many communities and larger cities thrive is community tourism. How many times have you visited friends in different cities and had them yawn

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New Urbanism Offers Choices for Commuters, Entrepreneurs – Everyone

When I talk about new urbanism there is sometimes some confusion about whether I’m referring to brand new communities or older ones. New urbanism is about both. My own particular experience is about the transformation of an older bedroom community into a vibrant new urbanist haven where people live and work. It’s been more than

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