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TAG : Retirement

Calling Out for Coffee Shops

What is one place that all rural areas have in common? They all have a local coffee gathering spot. The specific locations of these can vary, it may be: the gas station, McDonald’s, the feed store, a café, or if really lucky, a coffee shop.Wherever it is, every rural community has one. They ...

Finding our Farm in the Mountains

All my adult life, I've felt an affinity for mountains. They seemed to draw me towards them, and I left their company feeling renewed and refreshed. The Smoky Mountains, in all their mysterious beauty, seemed to move me most. It was always a dream to find a homeplace there, but during my ...

Grandchildren, Vacation, Retirement and Graduation

We haven’t worked on our land now for over a month. It’s amazing at the things life can throw at you. I spent the winter planning and dreaming about the work I would get done once the weather got better. It certainly makes sense to do as much as one can before the hot summertime gets here. ...

Retirement Planning Tips

When it comes to planning for retirement, there are many factors to consider. For instance, when is the ideal time to retire? How much should you save and contribute annually? How do you know which type of retirement investments will fit your needs, goals and risk tolerance? “Retirement today ...

Money: Social Security Connection

Question:If I start drawing Social Security benefits at age 62, will my benefit amount stay the same for the rest of my life, or will it increase when I turn 65? – G.T., MaineAnswer:Once you file for reduced benefits (meaning if you file before your full retirement age), your benefit amount ...