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Is Gambling a Man's Thing? We Dare to Disagree

To be a professional gambler, you need to be a man - at least this is what many media outlets and society as a whole are trying to tell us. Of course, men are seen as being risk-takers but this doesn't necessarily translate into them being the only gender to enjoy playing casino games. Stats show that as many women enjoy a few spins on a Royal Vegas slot machine than…

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Which Comes First, Baby or Career?

I am an anomaly: I married right out of high school and started having children at a young age. While most of my classmates are only now starting their families ten year later, my third baby is starting kindergarten in the fall and baby four is almost ready for preschool. I am not, however, one of those barefoot and pregnant women. I am part of a new, yet growing, segment of the population that is having children first and then growing a career after their family is…

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Added by Angela Zwaagstra on July 29, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Whats in a Name?

When we decided on Jz’s name, the conversation went like this:

Michael: So the baby is going to be born in about an hour, we should talk about a name.

Me: How about Jz?

Michael: Okay.

Seriously, that is exactly how it went. In North America, we are pretty lucky when it comes to naming options: we can chose almost anything we want. So…

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Added by Angela Zwaagstra on July 28, 2010 at 11:14pm — No Comments

Paying Parent Support

With rising life expectancy, there is a good chance your children will get to know their grandparents. There is a good chance your parents will live well past their sixties and that you will eventually live even longer than them. However, with economic uncertainty, poor saving rates, and retirements that are starting to last longer than working careers, more and more people are running out of money in their golden years. Medication and medical costs associated with…

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Added by Angela Zwaagstra on July 28, 2010 at 11:00pm — No Comments

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