September 29, 2012
Prolific children's author Jan Brett - more than 30 books so far - has another one out. It's called Mossy (G.P. Putnam's Sons, $17.99), and it's an unusual love story starring an eponymous turtle with a garden growing on her back. Here's the plot: Mossy falls in love with a male turtle named Scoot, then is taken away from Lilypad Pond by Dr. Carolina, a biologist who makes Mossy the main attraction at her natural history museum. It's all very exciting, until Dr. Carolina's niece Tory notices that Mossy, while enjoying the attention, is pining for Scoot.
September 22, 2012
Tovah Martin doesn't fuss over decorator colors on the walls of her Roxbury, Conn., home. She doesn't bother with window treatments or family portraits. Houseplants - hundreds of them - are what define her decor. Martin, author of more than a dozen gardening books, including The New Terrarium in 2009, has a new one from Timber Press ($22.95) called The Unexpected Houseplant: 220 Extraordinary Choices For Every Spot in Your Home . She's one of the best known and most knowledgeable garden authors in the country.
September 16, 2012 |
To the long list of investing strategies, add this: I'll have what she's having. That's the idea behind Ditto Trade, an online brokerage for anyone who has faith in cousins, best friends or next-door neighbors who are always bragging about their stock-trading chops. Attach your investment portfolio to theirs, and whenever they make a trade, so will you. No time to watch the market? No problem, as long as you trust the instincts of your Uncle Herb. Ditto Trade's CEO, Joe Fox, said his company will empower the stock-trading masses.
September 6, 2012 |
We all do it: We don't sell a stock when we should, even after the share price has hit our hoped-for target, or it has lost value and stayed low. We fall in love with our portfolio holdings. Professionals offer tips on how to sell as a discipline. We checked in with the folks running Logan Capital Management's Concentrated Value portfolio day to day. Marvin Kline and Rich Buchwald, managing directors at the $2 billion Ardmore money-management firm, are Penn alums (one undergrad, one grad school)
August 24, 2012
William Moss is all over TV promoting gardening and transformational landscapes, but you probably know him best as the host of HGTV's Dig In. He's just published his first book - about one of his favorite subjects, growing veggies in small spaces: Any Size, Anywhere Edible Gardening: The No Yard, No Time, No Problem Way to Grow Your Own Food (Cool Springs Press, $21.99). Moss describes his intended audience this way: "everyone living in apartments, condos, town houses, dorm rooms, or trailers as well as downsizers and newbies who all want to get out and grow!"
July 6, 2012 |
RIHANNA MAY need to ask Chris Brown to go to work on her former accountants. The Barbadian babe and pop star (a/k/a Robyn Fenty) sued the aforementioned former accountants Thursday, blaming them for tens of millions of dollars in losses, shoddy bookkeeping, a failure to recommend that she cut costs when her 2009 tour was losing money and an ongoing audit by the IRS. But they did have nice handwriting. The lawsuit in Manhattan federal court sought unspecified damages against New York-based Berdon LLP and two accountants.
June 6, 2012 |
With the current volatility in both stock and bond markets, most money managers aren't as worried about taking risks in a portfolio as they are about preserving your capital and protecting income from dividend-oriented or growth stocks and bonds. Still, they are all having a hard time reading what has been an unusual investing climate. Such is the case with local money manager Bob Costello, who manages $55 million at his own shop, Costello Asset Management in Huntingdon Valley.
June 1, 2012 |
Q. We have been discussing putting our investments in the hands of a highly recommended adviser. As part of our discussion, he said that he must have full control of our assets so that he can take advantage of opportunities that are available only for a few minutes. He wants not only control, but possession. I told him that you are opposed to giving any adviser both control and possession of the securities. He immediately pointed out that mutual funds do just that, and that you're out of date.
May 25, 2012 |
Digital cameras and smartphones have revolutionized garden photography like everything else. But, as Matthew Benson's new book, The Photographic Garden, illustrates so ably, new technology may have changed the tools, but the fundamentals of compelling photography are timeless. And so he writes for gardeners who want to see the garden differently through a lens, and thus, take better pictures. We can all use some help here, which makes Benson's introduction positively tantalizing: "Learning to see the garden photographically will make you a better garden designer, tuning your eye to the complex textural detail of plants, to the way they hold and transmit light, and to their posture and habit.
May 12, 2012 |
Container gardening is hot, hot, hot. Ho hum. What's new is year-round container gardening, "changing out" your containers to match the season. This excites a lot of gardeners and retailers, but it sounds like a terrific amount of work and expense to me. Am I the only gardener who enjoys the offseason? So I admit, I opened Barbara Wise's new book, Container Gardening for All Seasons (Cool Springs Press, $21.99), with bias aforethought. And while I found many of the 101 designs she offers up pleasant to look at, I also found a surprising number that looked overstuffed, which you know comes at a cost.