Category: Economy

American History Seen Through Five Trades

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Old Tools

“A nation that forgets it’s past can function no better that an individual with amnesia.” -David McCullough What may be done with hands and a tool. This is the essential relationship of the human story. Since way back. Before technology, before history, before most everything we know. Since the human animal fashioned a sharp object perhaps to hunt efficiently or to make fire, all of our shared experience since then…

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Open Enrollment…What?

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Pill and Money

Every year I have the opportunity and pleasure to re-certify for Medicare with each of our Insurance Companies servicing Medicare. For most seniors, this is time to scramble and find the best plan for their current situation and needs.  The governing body responsible for this oversight is the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  CMS also determines the Open Enrollment dates for Medicare Advantage plans and now, Affordable Care Act…

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Spring Into Vegetables

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Vegetables

This winter I have been guilty of eating heavy foods, more beef and some pork.  I noticed  my belt was a little tighter and so was my shirt collar. I also noticed I was more sluggish and my energy level had dropped.  Conversely, last spring, summer and fall, I was eating mainly plant proteins(nuts, beans) and whey protein for breakfast and dinner; Every day for lunch, I was eating home…

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Are You Subsidizing Health Care Subsidy?

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Washington DC

As an insurance agent, specifically for this blog, health insurance; I am inundated with information regarding health care costs and questioned about the tax and cost implications thereof. From a statistical perspective, or in the insurance world, actuarial statistics- the increase in health care costs are directly influenced by the increase in risk.  In other words, the fact that people are no longer underwritten for health care policies for certain…

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Agritainment, if you build it they will come.

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photo credit: daveparker Agritainment businesses are popping up everywhere. Defined as…basically turning your farmland into a tourist attraction during certain times of the year. With Halloween around the corner; we know families will be traveling out to pumpkin patches and haunted corn mazes. We are finding that not only has agritainment succeeded during these special times of the year, but the owners are now offering many more activities: 1. Pony…

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Unless

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This weekend, a few family friends decided to take our kids to see The Lorax. It has been quite a while since I read Dr. Seuss masterpiece…the movie was fantastic, I read the book again tonight, so I am writing this post as a reminder to us to plant seeds. Randomly last week I was asked by Mark Willoughby a YPK member to speak at his University of Tennessee Business Class in the new James A….

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Will Gas Prices affect Campgrounds and Resorts?

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photo credit: escher_47 This seems to be the question that the recreation industry is asking this spring.  However, what if people decide to travel locally or regionally….Is it possible that families will be traveling locally to get away.  The RV Park and campground industry seems to hope so, along with Resort businesses.  Do gas prices really influence the resort market, or is it the price of food, loss of income, maybe consumer morale?  How far are you willing to travel?  Do recreation…

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