How To Prevent a Chimney Fire

It has been a very cold year so far, especially for us in Southern California. Plus, we’ve had more storms recently than over the last few years combined! All of that together may make you think about putting a few logs in the fireplace and lighting it up. Nothing is as cheerful and cozy as a fire on a chilly day.

But before you put a match to those logs, please review these tips on how to prevent a chimney fire. A chimney fire can burn a home to the ground, cause people to lose their lives, and are mostly due to lack of chimney care and maintenance. Continue Reading →

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President’s Day


The history of President’s Day dates back to the year 1800, following the death of George Washington in 1799. The measure was signed into law 1870 by President Rutherford B. Hayes. It was the first holiday to celebrate the life of an individual American. But here are some facts you might not have heard. Continue Reading →

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Chili on a Chilly Day


When the weather is chilly and it’s National Chili Day . . . well, you know what’s coming up for dinner. It’s one of America’s favorite comfort foods. But the heat of chili has to have balance with the side dishes. You can easily transform a simple pot of chili into a total dinner fit for a star. Here are some of the “back up singers” to get you started.

Where are we starting? Cornbread of course: Skillet corn bread with cheddar and scallions. Try not to fix these next suggestions:

  1. Jalapeño-Goat Cheese Grilled stuffed Mini Peppers: Easy and yummy Recipe Link
  2. Macaroni and Cheese in Acorn Squash Bowls: Mac and Cheese for Vegans Recipe Link
  3. Buttermilk blue cheese Mashed Potatoes: Irresistible!  Recipe Link
  4. Bacon Cheddar Biscuits: These will go quickly. Recipe Link
  5. Smokey Barbecued Corn: Recipe Link
  6. Mango Guacamole: Sweet and Spicy Recipe Link

You can find the more recipes here: Wow Recipes


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Your Home Fire Extinguisher: How to Inspect It and Why

Do you have a fire extinguisher in your home, ideally by the kitchen? If not, you should, as it’s something most people don’t think about until they are in need of one. And even if you have one, it’s no good to you if it’s not in working order.

This is why you need to inspect your home fire extinguisher regularly, to ensure it works when you need it most. Continue Reading →

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Will the NFL’s Downfall Be Losing Insurance Coverage?

There’s been a lot in the news over the last few years about traumatic brain injuries caused by playing football, and even a motion picture where Will Smith played the accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu who uncovered the link between the sport and head trauma.

So, how does this relate to insurance, you must be wondering. Just like any other industry, the National Football League (NFL) needs general liability and workers’ compensation insurance coverage to function. And right now, the insurance companies are just a little bit concerned about the costs that may be incurred for covering the NFL, Pop Warner and other youth football leagues.

Make that “really concerned”. In fact, the insurers are very worried that the potential for traumatic brain injury claims are going to be like asbestos claims, and cost them potentially billions over decades.

“Basically, the world has left the marketplace,” the man behind the story, Alex Fairly, CEO of the Fairly Group, told ESPN’S Outside the Lines. “If you’re football, hockey or soccer, the insurance business doesn’t want you.”

And Fairly is a man who has some experience in this department. In addition to the NFL, Fairly’s risk management firm The Fairly Group, based in Amarillo, Texas, has a list of clients that includes Major League Baseball, Major League Basketball, Major League Soccer, the National Hockey League, U.S. National Men’s and Women’s Soccer, various U.S. Olympic Committee governing bodies and more than 1,000 collegiate athletic departments.

Plus, The Fairly Group has a construction division where they have provided risk consultancy and brokerage for the development of nine new professional sports stadiums.

That’s a lot of sports.

And it’s why Fairly realizes that the real trick (and the real challenge) for the NFL and other professional sports leagues is not about insurance, it’s about risk management. In regards to the NFL specifically, Fairly cites the insurers’ concern about the “general unknown” associated with exposure related to head trauma, as it is not easy to predict, measure, and therefore, price.

Right now, the NFL doesn’t have general liability insurance covering head trauma, and just one carrier is willing to take on their workers’ compensation coverage. Eventually, the insurance companies’ refusal to insure the NFL has created a new economics of football and is squeezing and potentially killing off programs faced with higher costs and scarcity of coverage.

It’s so bad, even football helmet manufacturers only have one choice when it comes to insurance companies.

Dr. Julian Bailes, Pop Warner’s medical director and a member of the NFL’s Head, Neck and Spine Committee, told Outside the Lines “insurance coverage is arguably the biggest threat to the sport.”

In fact, it’s possible that more school administrations will decide to eliminate football to eliminate any potential risk.

Would you let your children play football? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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January is National Blood Donor Month

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to save a life? It’s actually extremely easy to do: Just give blood. January is National Blood Donor Month for many reasons, but one major one is that after the holidays, blood donations drop off sharply. That means that the Red Cross and other organizations need all the help (and by help, we mean blood!) they can get. Continue Reading →

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a Day of Service

Some of you may have today off, and if you do, the Corporation of National and Community Service wants you to see it as a “day ON”, not a day off.

Why? If you’re off work, you’re allowed to relax and take it easy, right? Of course you are! Here’s something you may not know about Martin Luther King Jr. Day: while it was signed into legislation as a holiday in 1983 to commemorate the birthday of the historic man, it was designated by Congress in 1994 as a day of service. The Corporation of National and Community Service was charged by Congress to lead the effort in getting people to volunteer on MLK Jr. Day. It’s intention is to “empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a ‘Beloved Community’.” Continue Reading →

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Driving Under the Influence: Cannabis

Medical cannabis has become much more popular, and legal in several states across the nation, although still illegal under federal law. It can be very helpful for people with chronic pain, yet is it safe on the roads?

More than 50 percent of people who take medical cannabis for chronic pain said they’ve driven within two hours of using it and at least one time in the last six months. This is according to a new study by the University of Michigan Addiction Center report in the journal Drug & Alcohol Dependence. And one in five of them said they’d driven while “very high” in the past six months. Continue Reading →

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Nurturing Optimism

What does a successful 2019 look like to you? 

Hopefulness and its cousin, motivation, both start with optimism. Optimistic people lead themselves by constantly finding encouragement within themselves and their surroundings. They treat themselves with the kindness you would treat someone you were responsible for. Here are 5 quick tips to get you on your way:

We are trying to train our brain to be more optimistic. Let’s get started.

  1. Switch your thinking from problems to solutions. It’s our inherent nature to scope out problems – an old survival mechanism – but this year we’ll leave that in the past and be more solution oriented.
  2. Pick out inspiring mentors or role models and use them as your mental coach. When facing difficult tasks, ask yourself the question “What would they do to solve this?”
  3. Meditate. I know, everyone says this. But the quiet time in your thoughts, even for 5 minutes, will open your mind to new solutions. Be specific in your meditation and visualize the success you want each day. Your mind will start looking for answers. 
  4. Set out a road map for success. You can change course, but goal setting is vital to achieving goals. Review what you’ve done well each day, as well as the challenges. Set up some perks for your significant “wins.” 
  5. Every brain needs good health habits. Sleep enough hours, eat well, exercise daily and drink water. 

Now get ready for your BEST YEAR EVER.

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Gender Doesn’t Matter to California Auto Insurance

Ever since the invention of the car (and perhaps before that, even with a horse and buggy), there has been an argument over (and jokes about) who are better drivers: men or women.

Perhaps it’s safe to say that in today’s world, with all of the distracted driving, there isn’t much difference between the two. But legally in California, insurance companies are now no longer allowed to make a distinction. Continue Reading →

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