Researchers at the Mayo Clinic say that building friendships and creating thriving social circles are key components to good health, even in adulthood. In the clinic’s HealthQuest newsletter, doctors recommend eight ways for adults to make new friends.

Take your pet for walks and make conversation with people who stop to chat.

Join a hobby group.

Become a volunteer in community groups or at a hospital, church or school.

Get active in a cause you believe in such as a fundraiser or a political election committee.

Go back to school to take a class.

Ask a small favor of a neighbor or co-worker. Then, return the favor for that person.

Go out to lunch with a co-worker or social acquaintance at least once a month.

Participate regularly in an exercise class.


Being nice and making friends is a part of creating a well-balanced social life in both your personal and professional environments. If you would like to receive a FREE BROCHURE that includes tips on handling specific social situations, call me. I would be happy to send you this helpful information.


7 ozs. shiitake mushrooms
1-1/2 tbsps. vegetable oil
4 (6-oz.) salmon fillets
1 tbsp. fresh ginger,
finely chopped
2 tsps. garlic, finely chopped

3 tbsps. teriyaki sauce
1/2 cup water
3 ozs. snow peas
Green onion tops, thinly slivered
for garnish
Remove and discard shiitake stems; slice caps; set aside. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil until hot. Add salmon (do not crowd pan); cook, turning once until barely cooked through, about 6 minutes;and keep warm.

To prepare shiitake teriyaki sauce, add ginger, garlic, teriyaki sauce, reserved mushrooms and 1/2 cup water to a skillet; simmer until sauce thickens slightly, about 4 minutes. Add snow peas; cook until barely tender, about 2 minutes.

Serve salmon, topped with shiitake teriyaki sauce. Garnish with green onion tops, if desired.

Makes 4 servings


fter all the work you put into preparing your home for sale, you are probably looking forward to receiving offers. Once the offers start coming in, however, will you know how to respond?  

With any purchase offer, you can accept, reject or make a counteroffer. The reasons why you may want to make a counteroffer include the terms, price, occupancy expectations or contingencies. If you do negotiate price, never reveal the lowest price you would be willing to accept. If the buyer offers less than you are asking, you can counter with a price below what you asked for originally, yet that should still be higher than your lowest acceptable price.

If the occupancy date is an issue, try to be flexible. Think about your options. Maybe you can change your time schedule, or perhaps the buyers would be willing to let you stay and rent the property-from them-after closing.

You can try to limit contingencies by time and action. For instance, if the buyers insist on an examination by a structural engineer, you should comply as long as they pay the engineer and the inspection is approved within a reasonable time frame.

If you have any questions about the sale or purchase of a home, give us a call at 901.372.4667. As your real estate professionals, we are here to help you with all your home buying and selling needs.


t can be relaxing to sit in front of a warm fireplace, listening to the crackling flames and watching the embers dance. But before lighting up those logs, take some steps to ensure that it is done safely.

Have your fireplace cleaned and inspected by a professional chimney sweep. Check your local phone book for the name of a professional in your area. Cleaning will remove any buildup that could cause an accidental fire if left untreated. The inspector should also check the flue and firebox for damage or blockage.

Keep all flammable materials away from the fireplace. Make sure area rugs, decor items, and blankets are kept safely away from the fireplace opening, while keeping all necessary accessories close by. These items include a poker, shovel, tongs and the andiron that holds the logs. For heightened safety, cover the fireplace opening with a screen or glass doors. This will keep burning embers from jumping out onto the floor.

Use the proper type of wood. A hardwood, such as walnut, is the best kind of wood to burn in your fireplace. Soft woods burn too fast. Prior to starting the fire, place kindling below the logs, and top the logs with newspaper. Ignite the newspaper first and the kindling last.

If the fire smokes excessively, check for problems. Too much smoke could signal that the damper is closed, the chimney is clogged, or simply that the wood you are using is unseasoned or wet.

  Most buyers leave room for negotiation when they make an offer, so a certain degree of flexibility is usually called for on the part of both the buyer and the seller.

While it is ultimately your decision to accept, reject, or present a counter-proposal, I can be of great assistance to you during the negotiating process. In fact, negotiation is just one of several valuable skills that I can offer you.

As negotiations proceed – whether in writing, face-to-face, or by phone – I can inform you of your options in how to respond to each offer from the buyer. Even without such advice, a cool, rational manner in what is often a long, emotionally charged process will usually get you a significantly higher price.

If you have more questions about any other real estate issue, feel free to call me. As your real estate professional, I am here to clarify everything for you.

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Statistics show that people gain about two pounds a year. If you PS want to avoid gaining that weight, some experts say that all it might take is cutting back 100 calories a day. That's as simple as not eating one chocolate-chip cookie or opting for a junior-size burger instead of a large one. Granted, weight gain does have something to do with genetics, but cutting back on your caloric intake and making healthier food choices will help. The following are some satisfying low-calorie snacks.
  One piece of fresh fruit

Baby carrots with fat-free
salad dressing

One cup of fat-free yogurt

Half a baked sweet potato

Sooner or later you may experience a little flaking on your scalp, especially as the weather gets cooler. But it doesn't necessarily mean you have dandruff. Here are three of the most common causes of flaking and what you can do to minimize the effects:

Buildup of conditioners and styling products. Many hair products stick to your hair and disrupt its natural shedding process. Usually a clarifying shampoo can strip away the buildup. In general, make sure you thoroughly rinse your hair when you wash and condition it and keep oily or greasy products away from your scalp.

Dry scalp. Sometimes the onset of colder, drier weather causes your scalp to dry out. To deal with the flaking, use a mild shampoo and gently massage your scalp to loosen flakes. Don't put too much conditioner in your hair.

Sensitivity to harsh ingredients in shampoo. Switch to a milder brand.

If you actually have dandruff, which is caused by a type of yeast, look for shampoos with antimicrobial ingredients such as zinc pyridinethione, selenium sulfide, sulfur or ketoconazole.

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After you've graduated from college ands have your first job, you are going to have to do the inevitable: repay your student loans. Many students Pwho are new to the post-college world feel intimidated because they aren't sure exactly how and when they are supposed to start paying their loan back. But a financial-aid counselor offers the following tips:

Students should obtain loan information from all of their lenders. Most schools will provide this information during an exit interview.

Know all of the loan repayment options that are available such as loan consolidation, standard repayment and extended repayment.

If you cannot make a payment for whatever reason, contact your lender. No one wins if you default.

Forbearance options are also available. This is where the lender agrees to hold your payment schedule temporarily to avoid a default situation.

- Adapted from Reality 101


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