All posts by Chris Watson

Ceasing the Holiday Madness

There is no question, Americans like to spend money during the Holidays. We spend money on food, on gifts, on events, even clothes and parties. The problem is staying within a budget.

Toledo Ranks 10th in Home-Buying Power

A recent survey by Smartassest.com surveyed 200 major cities and discovered that Toledo was No. 10 in a list of places where you can buy the most home with the locale’s median income. Translation? The average income earner has a better chance of affording a home in Toledo than in 190 other metropolitan areas. Real

A Veteran Helping Veterans

At 79, most of us are, or at least hope to be, thoroughly retired. Not so for Gordon Wright, Director of Dining Services and Executive Chef at Whitehouse Country Manor. Wright, who served in the army between 1957 and 1960, claims he will always be busy. “Busy hands, busy feet, busy mind. I have to

Homelessness in Our Community

They exist in every community. We pass by them without noticing. They may ask for money, with or without a sign that says “please help.” And like all societal problems, our reactions are a mix of pity, irritation, embarrassment, sympathy, and bewilderment. Homeless people. In the most prosperous country in the world, our giving, vibrant

Frugal Food

We like food. As we get older we like it alot. It isn’t because our tastes change, it is because our available time does. Gone are the days of grab and drive meals, wolfed down like a high school lunch between classes. We now have the time and energy to enjoy our meals. That enjoyment,

Easing the Challenges of Airline Travel

When it comes to air travel, comfort, glamour, even safety seem to have flown from the travel experience at jet speed. More and more people are complaining about the waits, the space, the treatment, the expense and the entire experience. Given its constraints, air travel can elevate concerns beyond just being uncomfortable; it can raise