Susan Tompor Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EDT Oct 24, 2018 Wanna hear of an eerie impulse buy? I sort of hate to admit this one. But earlier this year, I bought two grave sites — one cemetery plot for me and another for my husband. Total price: $2,790. Why spend that kind of money before you're dead? Or before you're expecting to die? Good question. After all, you could live a little and go on a cruise for that kind of cash. Why indeed. Whether we like it or not, many of us may be thinking more about death these days. All the deeply disturbing news about the mishandling of human remains at a some funeral homes in Detroit makes us think twice about what could go wrong. Read more: And many of us, frankly, are curious when we spot headlines — often around Halloween — proclaiming: "Forget stocks, invest in cemetery plots." The theory is that grave prices are only going up, not down. Demographics mean many … [Read more...] about Buying a cemetery plot isn’t like investing in real estate deals
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WHITEFISH, Mont. — A foundation established by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and headed by his wife is playing a key role in a real-estate deal backed by the chairman of Halliburton, the oil-services giant that stands to benefit from any of the Interior Department’s decisions to open public lands for oil exploration or change standards for drilling. A group funded by David Lesar, the Halliburton chairman, is planning a large commercial development on a former industrial site near the center of the Zinkes’ hometown of Whitefish, a resort area that has grown increasingly popular with wealthy tourists. The development would include a hotel and retail shops. There also would be a microbrewery — a business first proposed in 2012 by Ryan Zinke and for which he lobbied town officials for half a decade.Story Continued Below The Whitefish city planner, David Taylor, said in an interview that the project’s developer suggested to him that the microbrewery would be … [Read more...] about Exclusive: Zinke linked to real estate deal with Halliburton chairman
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Upshot Supported by In an administration with a deregulatory bent, Alex Azar relishes his policymaking powers. ByMargot Sanger-Katz May 18, 2018 Alex Azar, “This pen has a lot of power,” he said, smiling at his own joke. He is right. As Health and Human Services Secretary, Mr. Azar does have a lot of power to change health policy, without having to go through Congress. And in a sharp break from his predecessor — and from most Trump cabinet secretaries — he seems to be relishing the chance to write new regulations, rather than just crossing out Obama-era ones. His department is doing its part to support some Trump campaign promises, by allowing health plans that could undermine some Obamacare protections and, as reported on Thursday, by working on rules meant to limit federal funding to Planned Parenthood. But Mr. … [Read more...] about Trump’s New Health and Human Services Secretary Is a Joyful Regulator
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Australia Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByKevin Childs May 13, 2018 DAYLESFORD, Australia — David Holmgren grows almost everything he eats. He doesn’t own a mobile phone or a television, and most of his clothing is secondhand. He never flies, won’t go to a supermarket and can’t remember his credit card PIN. Such is life for one of Australia’s leading environmentalists, who decades ago encouraged homeowners to turn their forgotten backyards into sustainable gardens and is now calling for suburbanites to go further off the grid and make the whole of their lives green. That effort to combine global activism with personal frugality is at the center of a new book, “RetroSuburbia: The Downshifter’s Guide to a Resilient Future,” which Mr. Holmgren describes as part manual and part manifesto. Inside the adobe home he … [Read more...] about An Australian Environmentalist’s Next Act: ‘Frugal Hedonism’
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Style Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by The Sweet spot A young woman wants to model healthy relationships for her half brother, but she can hardly stand his mother. ByCheryl Strayed and Steve Almond May 1, 2018 Dear Sugars, I’m 21 years old and still incapable of dealing with my stepmother. When I was 10, just months after my parents’ divorce, my father told me he was dating a new woman. I tried to act indifferent to the news, but later I sobbed to my mother. She comforted me by saying it wouldn’t be a bad thing to have another adult in my life who would love me. She was mistaken. Two years later, my dad told me his girlfriend was pregnant, and soon after, they married. On their wedding day, my stepmother pulled me aside and said: “You’re not who I would have chosen for a stepchild, but you’re who I’ve got.” I … [Read more...] about I Have a Real-Life Wicked Stepmother. How Do I Handle Her?