Category Archives: Self Sufficiency

Song of Fall

October whispers a wise old sound, the best in life is fleeting . . . would that trees retain their color, splendor drifting to Autumn grounds. The colors live in mind and memory . . . embrace their short-lived reign. Note that friends are like October, we try to hold them but in vain. The […]

The Bog

A bog is a singular place. While hunting, I have trailed deer into bogs and become thoroughly disoriented. Without the benefit of the sun to guide you, the vistas look the same in all directions. They are unique biospheres, primitive, elemental . . . and deadly. Without a compass, you could easily become a permanent […]

The Calm Before The Storm

During my high school years, my best friend stopped at my Dad’s for a visit. It was a hot, humid, no-wind day. We happened to glance out the picture window toward the lake, and noticed some strange, greenish clouds approaching from the Southwest. They looked like someone was stirring the sky with an invisible wand. […]

Critters

Lots of things can go wrong with houses . . . and for a myriad of mystifying reasons. With a life-time in the construction business, including six years with Community Action, I’ve run into some doozies . . . and here’s a few of my best. At two a.m. one summer night one of my […]

The Game of Life

Many Americans see organized sports as a metaphor for life. This sentiment endures in spite of the risk of injury and the many personal sacrifices required. So what are some of the universal lessons to be gleaned by belonging to a team? First, it takes dedication. Every sport worth doing requires regular attendance at practice […]

Good Timing

An introduction to our new Tri-CAP monthly blog Stephen Bjorklund, Energy Consultant You have heard that timing is everything. As a young man, husband, father and building contractor, I struggled with the ups and downs of the construction business. Our family income was never the same for any two years in a row – but […]

Leadership and Financial Coaches Programs Honored

Tri-CAP’s Mary Christen Czech and the leadership program provide training and mentorship to traditionally underrepresented groups in leadership positions within the community. Program graduates now serve on non-profit boards, advise school districts on issues of diversity and advocate for their communities with elected officials.

Using Debit Cards

Nowadays, it’s so easy to just whip out that little plastic card to pay for your purchases – and it may also be dangerous to do so. The “plastic” I’m talking about isn’t your charge card: It’s your debit card. While it may seem like a credit card, it’s not. Debit cards are directly connected […]