What We’re Reading: June 25 – July 1

Poll confirms value of homeownership

For the roughly four million homeowners who have fallen behind on their mortgage payments, the federal government is offering yet another remedy: free money to catch up on their loans. Smart Money has info on the Emergency Homeowners Loan Program.

The latest New York Times/CBS News Poll confirms what others have said: Owning a house remains central to Americans’ sense of well-being, even as many doubt their home is a good investment after a punishing recession. Here’s a link to graphical results.

Swimming is a great way to spend time together as a family and it’s a perfect way to beat the heat. Precautions and care should be taken, however, to ensure all parties stay safe. Realty Times discusses pool safety.

An up and coming social media authority, Klout provides analysis and review of your social media accounts, assigning an influence score and much more.

With all the talk of belt-tightening and debt ceilings, NPR had an interesting story on the growing piles of $1 coins that are piling up in the Federal Reserve. No one wants the coins, now valued at over $1 billion.

Does your foot go numb on a stairmaster? Do you get uncontrollable shivers? Wonder if it’s a sign of something more serious? Shine discusses some unusual symptoms and what they might mean.

NPR‘s blog answers the age-old question of why your fingers wrinkle in the rain or when they get wet. And the answer is cooler than you think. Isn’t the body amazing?

Junk mail is a continual battle. Wisebread has some info on weapons you can add to your arsenal against the continuous stream of unwanted mail.

The world’s first tickle spa opens in Madrid. Well, they say laughter is the best medicine…

Happy Fourth of July everyone! We’re back on Tuesday.


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  1. Nice one to read this post David. Though mortgage and rentals are the topic of discussion now and then.

  2. Interesting collate of thoughts there David! Time and again, home ownership is the greatest American dream!