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My blog covers whatever is on my mind. It travels the spectrum from Real Estate in Northern Virginia, local events, market reports, neighborhood data, business profiles and personal stories. I hope you enjoy it, and please feel free to drop a note.
One of my all time favorite quotes is from Lewis Grizzard. Grizzard was a southern humorist who put his wit and wisdom to work on the printed page. Much like Mark Twain, he could capture the moment with the turn of a phrase, and sometimes, his comments, titles and writings were just plain laugh o...
It's that time of year when we start to reflect back on the events of the past year, and we turn our focus to new goals for the next year. One of my primary business philosophies is to set expectations, demand excellence, but be very forgiving of yourself. I don't want to enter any endeavor witho...
                                         Do's and Don'ts When Financing a HomeThere are some do's and don'ts when financing a home purchase that you'll want to abide by to make the process as painless and simple as possible. Buying a home is not complicated if you have a great Realtor, a solid le...
There are always things you should never skimp on when remodeling. I'm always fascinated at what people will try to cut corners on, and too often, those cuts are in areas where life and death come into play.Since I own an electrical contracting company along with my real estate brokerage I have a...
About fifteen years ago, I returned from teaching my 6:00 am Spinning® class, ate breakfast, read the paper, took a hot shower and had a mini-stroke. After my recovery, I learned that taking a hot shower after a high level of exertion can trigger a stroke. My cycling classes were definitely high ...
Every time my dog gets up from a nap he does something that is a lesson for us smarter, but sometimes unaware humans. He stretches. It's good for his body, and it gives him a few seconds to become aware of his surroundings. Scripture tells us that "The heavens declare the glory of God" (Ps 19.1)...
I'm off on a long weekend relaxing and enjoying the Virginia Mountains. During a moment of temporary insanity, I decided to drop by a few of my favorite stores. In the midst of my adventure, it dawned on me that it's Black Friday. I'm sure that should be changed to Black and Blue Friday. It was e...
I just wanted to drop by Active Rain and say, "Happy Thanksgiving to all of the great Rainers I've met and those I will meet.  I hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends, and I hope you take a moment to reflect on all of the things you're blessed with in this great country.  Even on...
Our society seems so disjointed and divided at this time in our history. The truth is, it has been here before, and it has healed and returned to a community before becoming disjointed and divided again. It's a sad cycle that seems to repeat itself, but on a positive note, our freedom gives us th...
It's Thanksgiving Week and for all of the turkeys in our lives, I say we should celebrate.  Let's have a great narcoleptic inducing meal followed by reflections of the turkeys we love to talk about on the Blogosphere and Active Rain.  For instance: The Bloated Price Turkey - full of visions of un...

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