Aspirin is one of the most widely used medications in the world.  An estimated 40,000 metric tons of aspirin is consumed each year.  In the U.S., aspirin is the most sold over-the-counter medication.

Developing a final year’s plan may seem overwhelming, but it really boils down to one word: communication. Talking is among the most important aspects of this plan, according to experts from Dignity Memorial® -- a funeral and event planning organization – and Home Instead®. Communicating wit…

As the real estate market continues to become increasingly competitive, you might find yourself making offers on homes above asking price. Possibly even waiving contingencies on the advice of your real estate professional, and still finding that you’re losing to competition on the house. Thi…

Why do some people let their potential for lifetime wealth slip away? Some people are better off economically at 30 or 40 than they are at 50 or 60. In some cases, fate deals them a bad hand. In other cases, bad decisions and inaction are to blame.

We heard loud and clear from residents that homelessness is a top concern. In response, we are allocating over two million dollars this coming year to address the issue. This funding helps the city to place people in shelter or housing and clean up encampments.

Sometimes I have a hard time understanding people.  I know we all have our own belief systems and come from a variety of cultural backgrounds, but I still have difficulty understanding why someone would think that a stranger, who is out looking for a new family pet, would want to take on you…

This beautiful May weather we’ve all been enjoying recently has also been appreciated by our grapevines. The warm days and nice level of moisture in the soil from the winter and spring rains has got our vines growing enthusiastically and has us optimistically looking forward to a bountiful c…

The numbers suggest a major change is underway in California. It would take a Nostradamus to know if that change is real and long lasting or if those proclaiming it are merely overreacting to a pandemic-induced glitch.

Long-distance caregiving creates a unique set of challenges for both the caregiver and his or her loved one. “Worry is the dominant emotion I felt as a long-distance caregiver,” noted one family caregiver in the book “Strength for the Moment: Inspiration for Caregivers.”

Rohnert Park is getting safer, less congested, and more inviting! We are pleased to announce that the “Gateway to Rohnert Park” at the intersection of Southwest and Commerce Boulevard is soon-to-be home to the city’s first roundabout. We look forward to residents making use of the new additi…

It is no surprise that interest rates are on the rise. As interest rates rise, home spending power, i.e., buying power, diminishes. If the same loan amount and the same purchase price now costs more per month, that can start to wane on your debt-to-income ratio, which could prove to be probl…

This Friday is the 13th.  Superstitious?  Many people are and take extra precautions on that day.  Just as there are people who won’t walk under a ladder or step on a sidewalk crack, some people, even unconsciously, react superstitiously to certain events.  Ever say “Bless you” when someone …

In short, everything is going up. Mortgage rates are also higher but not because of the Fed increase. Mortgage interest rates do not like inflation and is the arch enemy of both stocks and bonds. On the news of inflation mortgage rates rise. The Federal Reserve has increased interest rates t…

The settlement looked big when announced in early April by the district attorneys of six Northern California counties where huge wildfires caused by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. did more than $700 million worth of damage last year and in 2019.

Residents often cite traffic congestion as a main concern. We continue to implement a variety of innovative technologies and tactics to address this challenge. We are putting measures in place to keep you safe while getting you where you need to go.

Don’t let missing teeth limit your life. You know that your confidence about your teeth and smile can affect how you feel about yourself, both personally and professionally.

2021 marked the 100th anniversary of perhaps the most influential investigation regarding our intelligence, and our natural ability.

The point of the POA. A power of attorney (POA) is a legal instrument that delegates an individual’s legal authority to another person. If an individual is incapacitated, the POA assigns a trusted party to make decisions on his or her behalf. 

Consumers are no stranger to the present economic times we are living in right now as everything is rising, and inflation is rampant virtually everywhere. Gas prices, stock prices, housing prices, mortgage rates, the list goes on. As costs rise the need to borrow money for people in particul…

A construction worker fell on top of a nail, which pierced right through his shoe. The worker was in sheer agony and had to be given strong painkillers on the way to the hospital.

If you are just starting off in life and trying to get your footprint in the real estate climate; the information in this post is for you. Everyone must start somewhere and buy that first home. That first home is always the big one; it is by far the hardest and most emotional. It can also be…

The City of Rohnert Park’s top priority is preserving the health and safety of our residents. Thankfully, crime remains low compared to long-term rates. While overall crime increased slightly in 2021 (up 2 percent), we saw decreases in several key areas, including a 15 percent decrease in vi…

Spring has burst upon us and with each day getting longer we look forward to summer and yearn for a crisp, fresh, and nicely chilled white wine. This month’s baked cod recipe calls for the same, so I’ve chosen to pair it with one of my favorite Spanish varietals, Albarino.

If there’s one skill California’s vastly outnumbered and out-thought Republican Party has perfected, it’s the art of whistling past the graveyard.

Grinding or clenching the teeth is an unhealthy habit called bruxism. Bruxism is an unconscious habit that affects over 50 percent of the population, often causing damage and pain to the teeth, the facial muscles, or the jaw joint [TMJ].  I often see signs in the mouth of bruxism: worn teeth…

Are you a rabbit lover?  Rabbit curious?  Know anyone else who is?  We have a fun, educational day planned all about bunnies, with speakers on a wide range of topics and showcasing some pretty adorable animals too.  Join us virtually from the comfort of your computer chair for the 2022 Sonom…

Very quietly, the University of California’s faculty has for almost half a year been considering putting at risk the institution’s tax-exempt status and its longstanding credentials as an impartial source of reliable information.

It is safe to say that we all understand the need for affordable housing. The cost of housing is increasing and many report that adequate housing is no longer affordable to them. I’m proud to share that we recently added more affordable housing opportunities to Rohnert Park.

Why do people get a dog and leave him outside?  I truly can’t wrap my head around this one.  I get that back in the day, when most people lived on farms and were outdoors working the land all day, it would make sense to have the dogs out with them.  And then at night it made some sense not t…

It is no surprise inflation is upon us, and interest rates are feeling the rising cost of goods and services. Everything seems like it is going up in price. Mortgage rates are no exception. One thing you might want to consider as it relates to refinancing your house, is there a net tangible …

Spring has sprung, and I’m delighted to see in-person smiles again. I, alongside city leadership, miss seeing our residents. Shaking hands, sharing words, and exchanging facial expressions are fundamental to relationships. I’m excited that many of those building blocks are working their way …

If you own an Individual Retirement Account (IRA), perhaps you have heard about Roth IRA conversions. Converting your traditional IRA to a Roth IRA might be a sound financial move depending on your situation.

Every day, major pundits, and others – mostly on the liberal Democratic side of the ledger – bewail the threat to democracy in new laws adopted by several Republican-controlled states that appear to restrict minority voting rights.

April 1, last Friday, was my 37th anniversary of practicing dentistry in Rohnert Park at 2 Padre Parkway.  My father Gene was my first patient on April Fool’s Day 1985.  For payment, he gave me a 2-dollar bill, which I have framed, along with a picture of him sitting in a dental chair from t…

The inflationary environment that we are in, coupled with the supply chain, rising prices of food and energy, all has contributed to higher costs for about every economic resource. Interest rates are no exception. Interest rates are up one day down the next based on worldly and historic even…

Have you tried to get an appointment at your veterinarian’s clinic lately?  If not, you’re in for an unpleasant surprise!  General appointments are being scheduled 2-3 months out!  I know they try to leave an appointment open in case someone has a sick pet but even then sometimes you have to…

Big change was in store for people like John Garamendi and Ken Calvert and Raul Ruiz from the moment California’s bipartisan and fairly apolitical redistricting commission published its final maps in mid-December.

It’s no secret, unless you’ve been living under a rock, that the Federal Reserve almost for certain is going to raise interest rates in March of 2022. The question then becomes if the Fed raises rates, what happens with mortgage rates? Well, the answer just might surprise you.

 Having an organized plan for where a loved one will recover after a hospital stay is key for a smooth transition. Typically, one person, usually the primary family caregiver, is the point of contact for the medical team to discuss and create a discharge plan.

Many of us welcome in spring with bike rides, strolls, or leisurely drives. We’ve been working hard to improve your experience. We continue our commitment to safe and convenient travel along and across streets. It is our goal to make travel as pleasant as possible for all. Successful streets…

It’s crazy how easily influenced we are by what we see on television and in the movies. Everything from fashion, cars, drinks, hairstyles, and make-up can be manipulated by the media – and I’m not talking about the commercials!  Product placement in the shows and the styles of the stars are …