On this day in 1929 the stock market crashed on the New York Stock Exchange. The day became known as “Black Thursday.”

Times may be uncertain, but to help you manage your money, here are five blogs about stocks and investing.

Financial Ducks in a Row
Jim Blankenship, CFP®, EA, is an independent, fee-only financial planner. His blog is primarily dedicated to discussions and information on personal income tax, detailing many of the provisions of IRA and other retirement plan rules, as well as advice, thoughts, and recommendations with regard to pretty much anything financially-related.

INO.com Traders Blog
Go here for some good general market analysis and trading updates as well as guest posts from other stock traders.

A Wealth of Common Sense
Ben Carson, CFA focuses on wealth management, investments, financial markets, and investor psychology.

Downtown Trader
Joey Fundora is a private trader specializing in swing trading of stocks almost exclusively through the use of technical analysis.

The Lund Loop
Brian Lund has been an independent trader for 25 years offering informative posts sometimes laced with humor.

Pardon our Interruption

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Perhaps you’re just been tasked with the company’s annual meeting and you have no idea where to begin.

Or maybe your a seasoned meeting and event planner and just want to brush up on your skills and

The Northstar Meetings Group, along with Successful Meetings and Meetings and Conventions Magazines offer the Meeting Planner Handbook Online.

Registration is required but the resource, bacsed on The Meeting and Event Planning Playbook by Debi Scholar and Susan Losurdo is a free resource offering “proven tips and tools you need to make your meetings a success.”

Happy planning.

On this day in 1955 Harry Belafonte rercorded “Day-O” also known as the Banana Boat Song.

Like we mentioned the other day, we think the best version comes from the movie Beetlejuice. Just in time for Halloween.

Victory at Yorktown

Surrender of Lord Cornwallis by John Trumbull, depicting the British surrendering to French (left) and American (right) troops. Oil on canvas, 1820.

Surrender of Lord Cornwallis by John Trumbull, depicting the British surrendering to French (left) and American (right) troops. Oil on canvas, 1820.

I have the honor to inform Congress, that a reduction of the British Army under the Command of Lord Cornwallis, is most happily effected.

General George Washington to the President of the Continental Congress on October 19, 1781.

On this day in 1781, British General Charles Lord Cornwallis surrendered to U.S. General George Washington at Yorktown, Virginia, the last major battle of the American Revolutionary War.

Virginia, in presidential election cycles, is known as a Battleground State. Truth is the Old Dominion was a battleground long before George Washington became the first president. Much of the American Revolution was fought on Virginia land and not quite one hundred years after that the majority of the Civil War battles were fought in Virginia. That surrender also happened in Virginia.

Virginia is a state full of history, from the landing at Cape Henry to the House of Burgesses, to the authors of the Declaration of Independence.

You can learn more about the battle at Yorktown by visiting the Yorktown Victory Center.

Yorktown also played a major role, so to speak in the recent (and current) Broadway musical hit “Hamilton.”


“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”
― Charles M. Schulz

Today is National Chocolate Cupcake Day. What’s more fun and more delicious than chocolate?

Here are some great chocolate cupcake recipes to try:

Chocolate Cupcakes by Martha Stewart


3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 12-cup standard muffin tin with paper liners.
Into a medium bowl, sift together cocoa, flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each, then beat in vanilla. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture in two batches, alternating with sour cream and beginning and ending with flour.
Pour batter into cups, filling each 3/4 full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.
Cool in pan 5 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, then spread with Easy White Icing using a table knife or small offset spatula. Decorate with sprinkles, if desired.

Try them with this Easy White Icing:


1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 pound (3 2/3 cups) confectioners’ sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons milk (optional)


In a mixing bowl, cream butter until smooth.
Gradually add confectioners’ sugar; beat until smooth. If too thick to spread, beat in 1 to 2 tablespoons milk.

Rich Chocolate Cupcakes
Very Best Baking by Nestlé


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Baking Cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup milk

1 3/4 cups (11.5-ounce package) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Milk Chocolate Morsels
6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Paper-line 20 muffin cups.

COMBINE flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl. Gradually beat in flour mixture alternately with milk. Spoon 1/4 cup batter into each prepared muffin cup.

BAKE for 18 to 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in pans for 5 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Frost with Milk Chocolate Frosting.

MICROWAVE morsels, butter and salt in medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on MEDIUM-HIGH (70%) power for 1 minute; STIR. The morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted. Transfer to large mixer bowl. Gradually beat in sugar alternately with milk. Stir in vanilla extract.
1/2 cup sour cream

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes by Betty Crocker


Reynolds™ Baking Cups

Chocolate Shards
2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips (1 oz)

1 1/3 cups dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup butter, cut into small pieces
1 cup whipping cream

1 cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup boiling water
1/3 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
1/2 cup butter or margarine
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg

Have a favorite chocolate cupcake recipe of your own? Share it in the comments below.

There’s a lot to look at and read out there on the Internet. Each Monday we’ll point you to some of the best content.

Life In & Around Martinsville-Henry County
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17 Apart
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This Old Art Room
Kristin talks about inspiring ideas she finds around the web and loves to incorporate art into life.

Lenses in Bloom
Allen Pearson offers photography and gardening pictures and tips.

Richmond Beermeister
Find out where to find all the newest and greatest beers in the River City.