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Easy Ways to Make Your Bathroom Safer

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(StatePoint) You may think of your bathroom as a relaxing oasis. Unfortunately, bathrooms are actually the site of 200,000 injuries annually nationwide, according to the National Safety Council. These incidents happen to people of all ages -- from young children who may see the bathroom as a play area, to expecting women...

Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot?

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Out with the old and in with the new, but let’s not forget, goes the song we customarily sing at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. A year-end review of the good, the bad and the ugly is always fun in December. Here is 2016’s Hot List of interior design trends explained, including which ones we’d like to stick around and which ones we’d actually like to forget.


Midcentury Modernism

This trend went from “Brooklyn Ironic” to furniture mainstay. If it continues any longer, we will still be looking at it in the mid-21st century. We said goodbye to Don Draper a while ago now, so let’s clear the set please!

The Color Gray

Yes, gray had a very...

What Is a Reverse Mortgage?

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A reverse mortgage is a complicated business. Basically, it is a loan that allows senior homeowners ages 62 and older to convert the equity in their homes into cash, which can then be paid to the homeowner in accordance with several different options (see below); the home’s equity is used as collateral. The borrower or his/her estate can defer repayment until six months after the last surviving homeowner dies, vacates or sells the home. Therefore, there are no required monthly mortgage payments (that’s why it is called a reverse mortgage) but the interest on the outstanding loan is added each month to the balance of the loan; many of these loans have variable rates so the interest...

An Attitude of Gratitude Brings Great Things

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There is no shortage of things for which a person can be grateful. Yet, I am sure, like me, most people are guilty of taking so many things for granted. As Oprah Winfrey famously said, “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough”. In business dealings, I have realized this too is factor of consideration that must be realized in all dealings because gratitude is a two way street that is often underappreciated.

A few months ago, I had a consultation with a “family” looking to buy a house. When I say family, I mean a conference room full of people… a husband and wife, their married...

Jerusalem’s Streets: Rechov Hakablan

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Every time my brother-in-law visits Israel, we grab a few hours — and a few books about Jerusalem’s neighborhoods and streets — and off we trek to different sections of Jerusalem to learn about the people whom the streets were named after. This is the second installment in a series of articles discussing the streets of Jerusalem and the stories behind their names.

One of the major streets in Har Nof is Hakablan, which means “contractor” or “builder.” Who is this builder?

Yitzchak Abud Levi was born in 1906 and lived until 1981, and was one of Jerusalem’s largest builders. Beyond these very basic facts, there exists precious little information about Abud Levi, as he...

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