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A Total Solar Eclipse

A Total Solar Eclipse

by Chris Petry On April, 8th, this year, a total solar eclipse will pass over the North American continent. Now, what is a total solar eclipse and why should you care? A total solar eclipse is achieved when the moon lines up directly between the Earth and the Sun, and despite being infinitesimally smaller than the Sun, temporarily blocks it from view on Earth.   You may remember that the

Start Your Spring Cleaning Early

Start Your Spring Cleaning Early

by Chris Petry Just because you spent last weekend in a t-shirt doesn’t mean Spring flowering is on the horizon. Regardless of a certain charming rodent’s opinion, Spring doesn’t officially commence until March 19th. The next month, and probably the next couple months if the trend holds steady, will be fraught with unpredictable weather, ranging from near-monsoon level rain to

Let's Have a Little Talk About Mold

Let's Have a Little Talk About Mold

by Chris Petry Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and if you’re anything like me, you’ll likely spend the day obsessing over the discovery of mold under a loose wet tile in your basement. Or maybe not. You could be going out to dinner with your sweetheart or something. This week’s topic, however, deals with the former possibility.   Just what is mold, anyw

A Look Back at 2023

A Look Back at 2023

by Chris Petry Well, that’s a wrap on 2023! Oh, and what a year it was! Just in case you forgot, here are some of the major news stories that broke over the last twelve months:   The Israeli/Hamas War.   A Norfolk Southern train derails in East Palestine, OH and burns for two days, releasing hazardous chemicals into the local air and water.   The Silicon Valley Bank i

Winter Holiday Dinner Favorites

Winter Holiday Dinner Favorites

by Chris Petry Christmas is only five days away. At this point, you’ve probably finished your shopping and if you haven’t, you’re in full bore panic mode, running around like a chipmunk in a peanut factory. By now, you’ve most assuredly secured the main course for Christmas dinner. Whether that be a turkey, ham, beef tenderloin, or something slightly more adventurous if

Winter by Train

Winter by Train

by Chris Petry For today’s topic, let’s rewind the clock back to 1802. In Shropshire, England, on the Welsh border, inventor, engineer (and wrestler interestingly enough) Richard Trevithick, introduces the world’s first steam locomotive. It’s hard today to really explain the revelatory nature of that moment but suffice it to say, the world was forever changed.   T

Holiday Film Favorites

Holiday Film Favorites

by Chris Petry Sing it with me, “It’s the most wonderful time of the yeeeeeeeeaaarrr!” Yes, the winter holiday season is upon us. It’s time to grate the nutmeg, hang the mistletoe, decorate the tree, light the menorah, and promise yourself that come January 1st, you’re going to get your diet and finances back on track. Or, maybe not.   Some of the time-honor

Shopping on Black Friday

Shopping on Black Friday

by Chris Petry Well, it’s here. Tomorrow is turkey day. Families across our great nation will gather in their masses to give their thanks and probably consume way more calories than necessary. Two seconds later, they’ll pack into a gas-guzzling SUV and head over to the local Wal-Mart where they’ll battle Grandmas in electric scooters for a half off air fryer. Over in the toy d

Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes

Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes

by Chris Petry Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving? Is it the sentiment? Giving thanks? Is it to honor the perseverance of the human spirit? The kind that would see them traversing a vast frozen sea to shores unknown, to establish a new life unencumbered by the societal ills of their native soil? There’s probably a little bit of all that in there somewhere but come Thursday, November 23, we&

A New Home for the Holidays

A New Home for the Holidays

by Chris Petry While conventional wisdom might suggest that the holiday season is a slow time for real estate, there’s also compelling counter arguments for why it isn’t or, at the very least, why it shouldn’t be. If we break it down to purely numbers, then yes, you’re likely to see less new listings and less sales in the time period between mid-November and January. Tha