Basic Instincts

It’s tough to fight against an innate instinct.  Nature is filled with examples of instincts at work—animals have extremely strong predator or prey behaviors, as anyone who has ever been dragged by their dog chasing a squirrel can attest… …or

DOUBLE OUCH!

Yesterday gave us another unfriendly reminder that stocks can be volatile. Investors continue to focus on the US-China trade war, which escalated even further on Monday. As a result, the S&P 500 lost about 3% of its value. That’s the

Wellness Checks

It’s the week of doctor’s visits at the Yakel household…these two handsome guys just had birthdays and have each had wellness checks to be sure they were growing up healthy: While annual checkups are just a part of life, they

“The Talk”

The Yakel household is very quiet this week, as I’ve just returned from visiting my parents in Williamsburg, and leaving my kids down there with my parents. That was on purpose and prearranged…God bless my folks…they are in for a

Dog Days of Summer

Recently for our family, the dog days term is quite literal. After minimal consultation with yours truly, our family entered the world of dog ownership. We welcomed little Daisy to our world this past Saturday. She is a French Bulldog