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The Last of the Code Talkers

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Today is the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings – the proverbial longest day. Those of us old enough to be attached to that generation feel very much a part of what transpired on the home front during the war - I certainly do and remember with great clarity what was pasted on to me by my parents and grandparents. The well informed know with certainty how fortunate we were to prevail in the Pacific theatre with the limited resources FDR allowed for that great conflict. One of those great … [Read more...]

Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum

Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museaum

Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum - The "Crown Jewel" of Tucson Attractions The Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum whose 98 acres are nestled into the west side of the Tucson Mountains is no diamond-in-the-rough but rather the centerpiece of all that Tucson and it's environs offer visitors and residents alike.  It's is rated as one of the top ten museums world wide and all that have experienced it's grandeur would agree with that august status. The sheer density and diversity of the flora and fauna, cacti and other … [Read more...]

Chinese New Year in Tucson

Tucson Chinese New Year 2014

Chinese New Year 2014, the Year of the Horse, starts January 31st and continues for 15 days, ending with the Lantern Festival. According to story and legends, the beginning of Chinese New Year began with the fight against a mythical beast called the Nian (Chinese: 年; pinyin: Nián). Nian usually come on the first day of the New Year to kill and feeds livestock, crops, and even the people of the villages, especially children. To protect themselves, the villagers usually put food in front of their houses at the … [Read more...]

Are the New Lending Rules Friend or Foe?

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Financing a home just got more complicated, but borrowers can prepare themselves with some education and guidance. Effective January 10, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is requesting that lenders follow the new Ability-to-Repay and Qualified Mortgage (QM) rule, which is intended to reduce the chances of a loan default. Under this rule, the borrower cannot spend more than 43 percent of their income on debt in order to be considered for a mortgage loan, and lenders will need to take the sum of … [Read more...]