Flight Deck: Formation Flying Has its Benefits

The other day I was doing some yard work and different chores around the house and I heard the sound of a few airplanes overhead. It was a formation of C-130’s heading back to the Air National Base at the Wilmington Airport. I think one of the airplanes was being flown by one of my…

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Flight Deck: My Favorite & Not So Favorite Time of Year

Spring is a time of renewal and freshness. The flowers are beginning to slowly come out of the ground with their shots of green pressing to reach the sun. It is one of my favorite times of year… Baseball spring training and little league is in the air. My sons had a “Spring Training Day”…

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Flight Deck: The Art and Science of Roasting Coffee

I’m a late comer to the coffee experience. I never really used to like coffee until about 10 years ago. Not sure if it was not having acquired the taste, or I’ve just gotten older and realizing I don’t have the energy I used to (probably the later). This was about the time I started…

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Flight Deck: New York State of Mind

Our 2 day adventure began at the train station in New Jersey. It was a beautiful cold late winter’s day. My wife and our good friends were on our way to New York for a quick getaway. We were all excited about a day without an agenda culminating in seeing Billy Joel in concert. We…

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Flight Deck: Sherman Spares Savannah

I recently visited Athens, GA. What a beautiful town! It was an unseasonably warm couple of days for my visit. The trees were budding and flowers blooming. It is the home of the University of Georgia and the band REM (and great food BTW). My friend and I went for a walk from his office…

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Flight Deck: Molly’s Blood Test

A few days ago, I took my 14 month old daughter Molly to get her blood drawn for a lead test. My precious little girl with her pink leggings, flowing sweatshirt skirt and her green binky were packed into my car for the short ride to the bloodwork facility. I was more afraid and anxious…

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Flight Deck: (Video) Holiday Message from Ralph…

In this short video I wanted to say a few words about the Holiday Season and how thankful I am for the gift of friendship. I also share how to remember to move your “Elf on the Shelf’ and some last minute gift ideas… Happy Holidays! Ralph Marshall

Flight Deck: Copernicus Strikes Again!

Thanks to everyone for the tremendous feedback we received from our recent survey. In reading through the responses, I’m struck by a common thread: a growing lack of trust in the stock market and the Wall Street machine. From what I’ve seen and heard, this is not an unusual response to the ongoing volatility, stunted…

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Flight Deck: Using Roth IRAs to Fight Tax Creep

No matter who wins the White House, your taxes are going up. Here’s one thing you can do about it. Welcome to the political Silly Season… Given the Trump-induced chaos on the Republican side and Bernie Sanders’ surprising surge among Democrats, who knows what November will bring? Whoever wins the White House, the $18 Trillion…

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Flight Deck: The Ultimate Gift to your family

I recently had the privilege of interviewing attorney Mary Hart, a leading authority on estate planning and asset protection for real estate investors and high net worth families. What I love about Mary is that she’s able to take complex subjects like these and make them easier to understand so you can start to decide…

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