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Montessori Manor prepares children for lifelong learning

IN A CLASSROOM WITH NO DESKS — Montessori Manor children learn using all their senses. Left to right: Anders Dieter, 5, matches geometric forms; Montessori Manor Director "Miss Leslie" Dillon sits with Austin Miller, 5, as he separates the counting sticks into spaces in a tray; Ryan Vasconcellos, 5, and Silje Dieter, 5, learn geography with map puzzles. Photo by Roberta Long

For 20 years “Miss Leslie” Dillon has been providing Montessori education for children ages 2-1/2 to 6 in a quiet corner of El Dorado Hills. Dillon grew up in Menlo Park with a dream to someday become an elementary teacher. She followed her dream to San Diego State University, where she earned a degree in […]

Comments Off / August 15, 2011 | Posted in Business Columns,News | Read More »

Brush up on your investment education

John Zezini

You don’t need to have young children to be keenly aware that we’ve reached that “back-to-school” time of year. Whether you’re shopping for school supplies or not, you may want to take a cue from this season to think about getting a little more education yourself — specifically, investment education. Many people find the language […]

Comments Off / August 11, 2011 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Fear of losses may lead to negative investment behavior

Iain Marshall

Like every other investor, you prefer not to see the value of your investments drop. But at some point they will fall simply because of the ups and downs of the market. And how you respond to short-term losses can help determine if you enjoy long-term investment success. Investors’ feelings about losses can be complex. […]

Comments Off / August 09, 2011 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Bret Lang, Scott Ostrode collaborate to serve real estate clients

TAKING THE MESSAGE TO HEART — Scott Ostrode, left, and Bret Lang, right, share their expertise and work together for their real estate clients. Photo by Roberta Long

There’s an old English proverb popularized by legendary Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne that says, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Bret Lang and Scott Ostrode epitomize this attitude in their real estate profession. The two Realtors, who work with Keller Williams Realty in Folsom, are not phased by the current […]

Comments Off / July 29, 2011 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Like the weather, hot investment can cool off

Iain Marshall

We’re in the “Dog Days” of summer — traditionally the hottest, steamiest time of year. But in a few weeks, the temperatures will begin to cool down. Nature isn’t alone in this heating-and-cooling pattern;  you can also find evidence of it in the investment world. To be specific, today’s “hot” investments can lose their sizzle […]

Comments Off / July 18, 2011 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Fear of losses may lead to negative investment behavior

John Zezini

Like every other investor, you prefer not to see the value of your investments drop. But at some point they will fall simply because of the ups and downs of the market. And how you respond to short-term losses can help determine if you enjoy long-term investment success. Investors’ feelings about losses can be complex. […]

Comments Off / July 07, 2011 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »

Know tour investment risks — and how to respond

John Zezini

When you invest, you take some risks. While you can’t totally avoid these risks, you can take steps to help reduce their impact and increase your comfort level. And the more comfortable you are with your investments, the easier it will be to follow a long-term strategy that can help you meet your goals. Let’s […]

Comments Off / June 23, 2011 | Posted in Business Columns | Read More »