Kim Phillips: Jostling can help improve scenery

Now that we have decked the halls of our home for the holidays, I enjoy looking at the decorations, especially the snow globes. Our daughter collected them for many years, so we have quite a few. Each globe holds a peaceful scene.

Scott Burns: Calculator useful for figuring odds

“I’ll have a great retirement — provided I die by Friday.” For those who have little or no savings, that grim witticism pretty much sums it up.

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Peterbilt plans expansion

Peterbilt Motors Co., which manufactures big trucks, confirmed Monday that it will be expanding operations in Denton County, but few details were available about how much space will be added or how many new jobs might be created.


Eatery and pub set for Square

Right after Cafe Herrera on the downtown Square closed in September, the building owner knew the first call to make.


New bar and venue coming to downtown

You could say Denton bar Harvest House, which opens in 2015, started 10 years ago.

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Kim Phillips: Denton gets all dolled up

A little white dog dashes to the window barking excitedly in response to my knock at the front door, beside which a welcome blessing is written neatly on an old-fashioned chalkboard. I see a woman’s hands scoop up the pup as the doorknob turns. She laughs, eyes dancing above a casual, long-sleeved tee and well-loved jeans. Comfortable, just like her.

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Scott Burns: Thrift Savings Plan worth sticking with

Q: My question deals with transfers from the government’s Thrift Savings Plan (or TSP) into other investments.

Kim Phillips: Wassail and spirit, secrets to happy shopping

In the Phillips household, Thanksgiving is the official start to the holiday season. The Saturday after the turkey settles, we pack up the pilgrim and pumpkin decorations and head to the attic.


Caffeinated cravings

The space where McBride Music and Pawn used to hold overflow storage now has just one wooden chair nestled in a back corner of 114 W. Oak St.

Scott Burns: Home-based investment that works for many

The first home I bought cost far more than I could afford. Worse, it needed renovation from top to bottom. Despite that, owning it was a comfortable experience. The monthly expense of living there was stable for the 20 years it was home.

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Open, open, open

The biggest weekend for shopping is just around the corner. Businesses across Denton are preparing with specials and extended hours to kick off the holiday shopping season, many beginning on Thanksgiving evening.

Kim Phillips: Be still and count your blessings

Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday. According to, this is how it all began: “In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.”

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Scott Burns: Factor in contentment when planning for retirement

Retirement marketing focuses on two things that are poles apart: excitement and pain. Either you are having an exciting time playing golf, taking a cruise and drinking champagne — or someone is feeding you in the memory care unit. I know because the advertisements tell me so.

Denton jobless rate less than 4 percent

The city of Denton’s unemployment rate was less than 4 percent for the second month in a row. According to data released from the Texas Workforce Commission, unemployment in October was 3.8 percent in Denton, 4.3 percent in Denton County and 5.1 percent for the state.


Room to grow

As the Denton startup tech scene continues to grow, TechMill is growing with it.

Kim Phillips: Let’s agree to agree to disagree

“I would rather be where I am celebrated, not just tolerated.” Someone made this statement during a meeting I attended recently.

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Scott Burns: Two factors help funds beat the index

LOS ANGELES — A guard, in suit and tie, asks me to pop the trunk of my rental car. Then I can enter the underground parking lot of a tall building in downtown Los Angeles. Upstairs, another guard confirms my appointment. Soon I am admitted to the elevator banks that will take me to the 53rd floor. This is the headquarters of Capital Research and Management. It is the third-largest fund complex, with $1.25 trillion under management. But most people know it as the American Funds group.

Scott Burns: Readers weigh in on timing of retirement

Has work really become that miserable and unpleasant for so many people?

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Kim Phillips: Game adds to app’s appeal

Cluck Gable crows and plops onto the field. I am Little d, the Mohawk dog, at the edge standing at the ready. Play! I pick a spot far from the rooster and scurry there to start digging. I hit gold, and 25 coins fly over the field and into my trove. Cluck spies me, heads my way and I run to the other side of the field. I dig like mad, but Cluck is onto me, barreling down. I leave a half-dug hole and run. Cluck clucks angrily, feathers flying when he discovers the hole. He crows and comes after me. I zigzag, backtrack and finish the hole for a 500-coin bonus. Yes!

Scott Burns: Going from bubble to boom

The mid-morning drive-time trip from Los Angeles takes about two hours. The surprising thing: It’s developed and industrial all the way. No quiet drive in the desert. Even so, when Mount San Jacinto is just behind you, there is a kind of magic. At some moment, the air becomes sweet and clear. Once in Palm Springs, there’s a sense of protection, as though things that happen in other places don’t happen here.

Kim Phillips: Tradition surrounds UNT next weekend

Tradition. I love this word. Even the sound of it is solid. One of Broadway’s most famous musicals is also one of my favorites, Fiddler on the Roof. It is the story of people in a time of upheaval. Tevye is the main character, through whom we experience the drama. Change is rocking his world, and he would be completely undone were it not for tradition. “Because of our traditions, we’ve kept our balance for many, many years,” he says.

Staying tech-savvy

Next year, the startup and tech scene in Denton could look a lot different. City officials are working to establish public and private partnerships to make sure the scene stays here and grows, and are...

DATCU makes list

Denton’s DATCU Credit Union is among the top 50 healthiest credit unions in the country.

Restaurant to have grand opening

Pollo Tropical will celebrate its grand opening at 10 a.m. Friday at 2220 S. Loop 288 in Denton.

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Breaking it down

Denton resident Nancy Stockdale had thought about composting for months to help her home garden.

Kim Phillips: Put pen to paper and break free

I am a list-maker. Mainly, I love scratching things off the list. What a feeling! A feeling I can only realize by making the list in the first place. And the act of scratching off? Think about the sound and what goes into making it. A beautiful, organized list on actual paper. Pen in hand, poised above that to-do item that was just done. Then pen meets paper and the sound of ink on ink on paper shouts, “You did it!” I love that.

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Scott Burns: Minutes can vary on the hedonic clock

Anticipating the future is confusing. It’s unknown, for one thing. And we don’t have any tools for measuring. What I can tell from reader mail is that we put a steep discount on the future. If it ain’t soon, it ain’t. You would be amazed at the number of 55-year-old people who casually assume they will be dead and buried by 70.


Audacious brewing

Inside of a large, bright green warehouse, the first batches of commercially produced craft beer in Denton are nearing perfection inside of the new Audacity Brew House.

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Kim Phillips: Denton does Day of the Dead

It is happening this Saturday on Industrial Street in downtown Denton. Día de los Muertos — Day of the Dead.

Scott Burns: Are we (still) quitting at the wrong time?

Over the past 50 years, our life expectancy has increased. So has our health, however many television advertisements to fix various maladies we have seen. So why is it that more of us retire earlier than...

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Protect and serve

Badgers BBQ, a new restaurant in Lewisville, has a mission. Owners Emilee and Erich Klein serve family-style barbecue, but they also want to use their restaurant to honor “the badge”: law enforcement, firefighters and soldiers in the community.

Kim Phillips: Denton places second in contest

Since the January issue hit newsstands, Texas Highways subscribers and faithful readers in Denton have raced to mailboxes and stores every month, eagerly flipping pages to the Texas Top 40 Destinations feature. In truth, this scenario has happened in cities all across the state and beyond among the magazine’s nearly half-million readers. What’s all the hoopla?

Scott Burns: Odds are, you’re better off managing your money

Charles Ellis hammered the latest nail in the coffin of professional money management. His article “The Rise and Fall of Performance Investing” appeared in the summer issue of The Journal of Portfolio Management. It declares the era of performance money management over.

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Hickory Street work tough on businesses

Employees at Weinberger’s Deli used to see a lunch-rush line stretching to the front door or out of it on most work days. The restaurant is in a prime spot for Denton’s downtown workers, sitting right along the 200 block of East Hickory Street.


Real world skills

While college classes help students learn the technical skills they need to be successful in a career, most don’t teach the soft skills students need to land the job, like resume writing or interviewing.

Gavel goes to Denton

Introducing your asset manager to account-loss risk

Q: What are the mechanics of changing to a discount brokerage firm? Who are some of the major discount players besides Fidelity?

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Shift Coffee is back up and running out of the renovated Adagio building on South Locust Street.


‘Home’ cooking

Instead of binge-watching Food Network to learn how to sear, roast and steam, local residents can learn cooking basics and tips at the Taste of Home Cooking School next weekend.

Kim Phillips: Oktoberfest Comes to Denton

I open my column today with a quote from “Bavarian Crown Prince Louis, later King Louis I of Bavaria, marries Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.

Scott Burns: How to overcome fear of required distributions

Things change. Ten years ago, the most common reader question about IRA accounts was this: “How can I avoid the penalty for withdrawals taken before age 59 1/2?”

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Denton’s first brewery schedules grand opening Audacity Brew House, which will be the first craft brewery in Denton, will have three days of grand-opening parties, set to begin on Oct. 24.


DATCU breaks ground on site

For the first time in DATCU’s 78-year history, the company is planning for future growth instead of dealing with growth as it happens, company CEO Dale Kimble said.