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That’s All Folks!

That’s All Folks!

Quite a year, wasn’t it?  The Paris bombing, the recent incident in San Bernardino, CA, not to mention other tragedies across the U.S. and globe.  As we check out of 2015, and head into 2016, let’s all hope and pray that the world we live in, and leave behind, will embrace peace and good will […]

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Learn to manage emotional distress – good advice from USA.gov

Learn to manage emotional distress – good advice from USA.gov

With the recent tragic event in Paris and San Bernardino, comes some needed and welcome advice from USA.gov. Television or Internet coverage of upsetting events like natural disasters, terrorist attacks, or mass shootings can affect our sense of order and safety. It may even impact those with no personal connection to the situation. If you […]

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Funny Quote of the Day – Mary Roberts Rinehart – “I never saw a lawyer yet who would admit he was making money.”

Funny Quote of the Day – Mary Roberts Rinehart – “I never saw a lawyer yet who would admit he was making money.”

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Is there anything more depressing than a holiday e-card?

Is there anything more depressing than a holiday e-card?

Editor’s Note:  This article caught my eye since I make it a habit to write a personal note in each and ever holiday card we send.  This does indeed take a lot of time, but I believe it is a helpful and healthy way to approach the holiday season, and life, in general.  Taking the […]

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Why I Failed With My New Year’s Resolution

Why I Failed With My New Year’s Resolution

Why I Failed With My New Year’s Resolution – A year ago, I made a New Year’s resolution. But I didn’t follow through, as reported in the news of the WS Journal. Each January, when I switch out the wall calendars in our home, I like to flip back through the year and reflect. What […]

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What does Santa say to a Jewish kid who asks for a dreidel for Christmas?

What does Santa say to a Jewish kid who asks for a dreidel for Christmas?

As reported in the LA Times: In today’s installment of “op-eds from Christmas past,” we revisit Arthur J. Magida’s 2013 op-ed, “A new dreidel for Christmas.” In it, a young Magida recalls asking the excitement of meeting Santa, but finds that a peek outside the shtetl reveals a Christmas that feels a lot like Hanukkah. Christmas […]

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Here Are 36 Things Dying People Say They Regret

Here Are 36 Things Dying People Say They Regret

Here Are 36 Things Dying People Say They Regret, as reported in Wimp.com. We all make mistakes in life, and it’s hard not to have regrets. However, once we’re nearing the end of our lives, we might have even more things that we regret we didn’t do. When you take a look back on your […]

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Life Advice for the Class of 2014 – Spend Your First Working Years Getting Your Finances in Order

Life Advice for the Class of 2014 – Spend Your First Working Years Getting Your Finances in Order

Life Advice for the Class of 2014 – Spend Your First Working Years Getting Your Finances in Order, as reported in the news of the WS Journal. Last week, I was in St. Louis to watch my son graduate from Washington University. What fatherly advice do I want to pass along to Henry, as he […]

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A Word of Advice … on Advice

A Word of Advice … on Advice

A Word of Advice … on Advice. Americans are addicted to advice. Joe Queenan asks: So why are we still so screwed up?, as reported in the news of the WS Journal.  One reason we may not take all the advice we are given is that the advice comes with the subtext: ‘You’re an idiot […]

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New Year’s Resolution or Money Trap?

New Year’s Resolution or Money Trap?

New Year’s Resolution or Money Trap? Beware Commitments That Can Become Onerous, as reported in the news of the WS Journal. Clip out this article and save it for next year. Each January, many of us renew our commitment to long-standing goals (such as weight loss) or make new pledges (such as finding love or […]

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The Ritz Restaurant’s final food bash

The Ritz Restaurant’s final food bash

The Ritz Restaurant’s final food bash, as reported in the news of the OC Register. Final menu dedicated to staff. Last meal set for Feb. 15. A classy restaurant deserves a stylish send-off. That’s the thinking behind The Ritz Restaurant’s farewell bash slated for Feb. 15. The next day, the Newport Beach institution plans to […]

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The Best Financial Advice I Ever Got (or Gave) – Wisdom from 22 successful investors

The Best Financial Advice I Ever Got (or Gave) – Wisdom from 22 successful investors

The Best Financial Advice I Ever Got (or Gave) – Wisdom from 22 successful investors, as reported in the WS Journal. The holidays are a time for relaxing, helping the less fortunate, showering family and friends with love and attention—and, sometimes, for smiling and nodding through unsolicited stock tips from an overbearing relative who has […]

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Scott Adams’ Secret of Success: Failure

Scott Adams’ Secret of Success: Failure

As reported in the WS Journal, Scott Adams’ Secret of Success: Failure – What’s the best way to climb to the top? Be a failure. If you’re already as successful as you want to be, both personally and professionally, congratulations! Here’s the not-so-good news: All you are likely to get from this article is a […]

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Home Offices: How to Stop Working

Home Offices: How to Stop Working

As reported in the news in the WS Journal, when your office is in your home, it can be hard to stop from working.  We recently blogged on “Your desk could kill you – really,” and this article strikes a similar chord.  Here’s the article. Not long ago, we had an unexpected guest for dinner: […]

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Prepare Your House and Finances for a Natural Disaster

Prepare Your House and Finances for a Natural Disaster

As reported in the WS Journal, “Prepare Your House and Finances for a Natural Disaster,” I find myself having to make a “to-do” list.  See what you think about the suggestions and advice – – sounds good to me. You may not be as prepared as you think.  When a storm is bearing down or […]

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Why You Need a Dictator in a Marriage

Why You Need a Dictator in a Marriage

As reported in the news of the WS Journal, “Why You Need a Dictator in a Marriage,” several thoughts and ideas rolled through my brain while reading this article.  I hope you like it. It was 7:30 a.m., and I was groggily pulling on a bathrobe when the doorbell rang. “Who could that be?” I […]

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Your desk could kill you – really

Your desk could kill you – really

As reported in the news in the OC Register, “Your Desk Could Kill You – Really,” I’m reminded of the old adage – – nobody went to their grave wishing they spent more time at the office.  I would like to think I too have created a balance in my life, and I do firmly […]

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10 Things Drugstores Won’t Tell You

10 Things Drugstores Won’t Tell You

As reported in the WS Journal, “10 Things Drugstores Won’t Tell You,” is pretty scary stuff.  Here’s the article. The role pharmacies play in the health-care system is expanding. But will consumers end up better or worse off? 1 “We are your new doctor.” The 400,000 kids playing in the Pop Warner football and cheerleading […]

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America is burdened by a culture of deception

America is burdened by a culture of deception

An article in the OC Register caught my eye and gives pause for serious thought about the current culture and the fact that most folks lie (if the article’s author is to be believed.  What do you think?  Here’s the article. Many of us have grown up with the adage, “Honesty is the best policy.” […]

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Message of the Day: Is the Jar Full Yet? Are You Sure?

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor […]

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Meet Paul Raymond

Meet Paul Raymond

Mr. Raymond is a sought after speaker in tax controversy law by many attorney, accountant, and business groups and at the request of the Internal Revenue Service, has presented programs at the IRS Nationwide Tax Forum, attended by tax professionals throughout the United States.

Additionally, he continues to be an active member in the Section of Taxation, American Bar Association, where he was the Past Chair of the Employment Taxes Committee.

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