October 29, 2020

Vintage radio frights revisited

I had the privilege of appearing this week on Monster Kid Radio, a podcast that celebrates classic horror films of yesteryear. Podcast host Derek Koch and I discuss the underrated pleasures of listening to old time radio (OTR) horror and mystery shows, and I share my favorite OTR mystery series and episodes. 

To hear this podcast episode, click here (scroll down the page and click the "play" button to hear it). Happy Halloween, everyone!

October 25, 2020

Make lenders compete for your mortgage business

Mortgage purchase and refinance loans are hot right now. And with interest rates remaining low, you should be able to get a great deal on a loan. But you may be able to get an ever better bargain on a mortgage if you shop around and get lenders to compete for your business.

My latest article for The Mortgage Reports covers this topic and offers valuable tips. Check it out here

October 19, 2020

Even podcasters go a little mad sometimes...

For Cineversary podcast episode #28, host Erik Martin celebrates the 60th anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock's ultimate treatise on terror, "Psycho." Erik checks into the Bates Motel with Alexandre Phillipe, the director of "78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene," which deconstructs the infamous shower murder sequence from Psycho. He and Alexandre explore why this film is worth commemorating all these years later, its cultural impact and legacy, what we can learn from the picture today, how it has stood the test of time, and more.
Alexandre Phillipe

To listen to this episode, click here or click the "play" button on the embedded streaming player below. Or, you can stream, download or subscribe to the Cineversary podcast using Apple PodcastsStitcherSpotifyGoogle PodcastsBreakerCastboxPocket CastsGoogle Play MusicPodBeanRadioPublic, and Overcast.

Learn more about the Cineversary podcast at tinyurl.com/cineversarypodcast and email show comments or suggestions to cineversegroup@gmail.com.

October 11, 2020

Think pink

First, the sobering news: One in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives, per the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Next to skin cancer, it’s the most common cancer that affects American females.

The good news? According to Cancer.net, the average five-year and 10-year survival rates for women with invasive breast cancer are 91% and 84%, respectively. Best of all, the five-year relative survival rate can be 99% if breast cancer detection occurs early.

The operative word here is “detection,” which puts the onus on women to get screened regularly and as recommended for breast cancer, the experts agree.

Learn more, including best practices to follow, by reading my newest article on this topic for CTW Features, available here.

October 4, 2020


Here’s one fact you can’t sweep under the rug: Cleaning is a drag. Unless you have a robot vac, that is, which can make floor and rug cleaning simple.

Introduced nearly 25 years ago, robot vacuum cleaners operate much more efficiently, effectively and impressively today. Hot new features include voice command control using Alexa or Google Home, Wi-Fi connectivity, customized programming and controls via an app, improved sensors that avoid obstacles and cliffs, self-recharging, longer battery life, and on-demand video home monitoring.

Discover more facts about robot vacs by reading my newest article for The Costco Connection magazine, available here.