Faithfully yours - It’s time to go to work

Neil Strohschein
Neepawa Banner & Press

Every Canadian election campaign ends the same way.  A winner is declared and the leader of the winning party goes to the podium to make the victory speech. Every speech ends the same way. After thanking all those who helped the party win, the new Prime Minister or Premier will say: “Tonight we celebrate. Tomorrow we go to work.”

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Observation - March 16, 2018

Addy Oberlin
Neepawa Banner & Press

The other day the unforeseen happened. I got stuck in the snow in the busiest street in town. I should have known better and not parked there. An embarrassing situation, but a kind young man, and someone who stopped and helped me on my way. In the evening I had an appointment, but fear took over (what if I got stuck again) and I cancelled my appointment.

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Faithfully yours - Balancing life’s demands

Neil Strohschein
Neepawa Banner & Press

Every so often, I have one of those days. They don’t come as often as they did 25 years ago, but they still come and now, since I am that much older, they are that much harder to cope with. I jokingly tell people that on those days, my time and resources are spread so thin that I feel like a pound of butter spread on a ton of dry rye bread. That’s a little extreme, I know—but I think you get the point, especially if you’ve had a few of those days recently.

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Observation - March 9, 2018

Addy Oberlin
Neepawa Banner & Press

It is March. What happened to February? It seemed to just have flown by. We can now say Spring is just around the corner. The days are staying light longer and some of us are hoping they can start the spring cleaning. When I grew up spring cleaning was done every spring. The winter carpet was taken out, the curtains were washed, the walls would get a scrubbing and all the cupboards were emptied, cleaned, sorted and repacked. That was then ….

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Faithfully Yours - Always a hidden price tag

Neil Strohschein
Neepawa Banner & Press

There’s an old saying that’s a favourite with investment counsellors and financial managers. “If a deal looks too good to be true,” the saying reads, “it probably is.”That’s another way of saying that in this life, there is no such thing as a shortcut to financial security. There’s no pot of gold at the end of a rainbow; no investment that, in return for a $1,000 deposit will guarantee you $10,000 a month for life; no combination of numbers that will get you consecutive lottery wins.

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