It was Benjamin Franklin who is credited with the often repeated quip, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”
Today is tax day in the United States. Due to the 15th falling on Saturday and Monday being Emancipation Day, the tax deadline was extended until April 18th this year.
According to statistics about 25 percent of Americans wait until the last week to file. Another 17 million will file an extension. And about 99 percent will complain about taxes. Continue reading
I recently came across a post by Bryan Hodge describing the work of a young Hungarian-born physician, Ignaz Semmelweis.
The 19th century doctor was working in Vienna, Austria, in 1847 and implemented an unpopular policy that proved to save many lives. Three years later Semmelweis, an obstetrician, stepped up to the podium of the Vienna Society’s Lecture Hall where some of the greatest discoveries in medicine were announced.
That evening, May 15, 1850, would be no different. What had Semmelweis discovered that would surprisingly go unheeded for several more decades? His life saving advice to this august company of Physicians was summed up in three words. Continue reading
On our Southwest flight to Portland yesterday there was a great article in their magazine about the soulful singer, songwriter Valerie June. The Jackson, Tennessee, native discussed the musical influences in her formative childhood years. Continue reading
Is my blog perfect? Without grammatical mistakes? Typographical errors? Misspelled words? Or incorrect punctuation?
By now, many of you are chuckling. “No way, Ken. You’ve haven’t published a perfect blog in 5 years!”
However, the real answer isn’t as easy as it appears.
It depends. Continue reading
“America is a sad place to live today,” posted one of my facebook friends, Jimmy Grushon, a long time friend and brother in Christ.
Jim laments, “The ideologies of politics have made people consumed in self and disrespectful of others who don’t view the world from their point of view. We are witnessing a society that hates more, is more hypocritical, more political, godless, more disrespectful and more self consumed than any time in my lifetime. “ Continue reading
Paul Fritz calls them “the triad of Christian virtues.” R. Davies wrote, “These three graces form the essential elements of the Christian character. An unknown author referred to them as “the holy and beautiful sisterhood of Christians virtues.”
In fact, without these three virtues it’s impossible to make it to heaven.
What are they? Continue reading
“So many self-righteous hypocrites” tweeted Donald Trump..This was in response to the Republican backlash from the recently released video with his crude, coarse and disgusting descriptions of women.
Conversely the headline of Saturday Boston Herald screamed: Clinton Playing Prude the Height of Hypocrisy. The article by Adriana Cohen well documented Hillary Clinton’s language and attitude toward the women abused by her husband with her “feigned outrage over Trump’s private comments.” Cohen calls it “unspeakable hypocrisy in light of her husband’s wandering ways.” Continue reading