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What If We Had To Pay “The Alice Tax”?

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Kansas City native Calvin Trillin is an American author, journalist and humorist. He is a long time food writer for The New Yorker.

In 2012, Trillin was awarded the Thurber Prize for American Humor for Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff, published by Random House. He often speaks of his late wife, Alice, who was an accomplished author, educator and “long time muse to her husband.”

In the book, he writes about “the Alice Tax.” Never heard of it? On the eve of our tax deadline in America, consider this. Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Honesty


Teddy Roosevelt, our 26th President, was quite a colorful character. He was an author, naturalist, historian and explorer. When the Spanish-American war broke out in 1898, he helped form the famous “Rough Riders.” And for a period of time he operated a ranch in the Dakotas. His reputation was one of honor. Honesty. And integrity. Continue reading

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Did He Really Say That?


In a shocking speech that is reverberating across the world, Pope Francis made this declaration in the third Vatican council.

“Through humility, soul searching, and prayerful contemplation we have gained a new understanding of certain dogmas. The church no longer believes in a literal hell where people suffer. Continue reading


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What A-Rod Could Learn from Davis Riley


Even if you’re not a baseball fan, it would be difficult to miss the big news of the latest scandal involving performance enhancing drugs.

Ryan Braun is already serving a negotiated 65 game suspension.  It’s rumored as many as 20 others may be found guilty including New York Yankee superstar Alex Rodriguez.  While many are continuing to work with MLB,  negotiating shorter suspensions, A-Rod has vowed to fight it.  Continue reading

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Three Communication Killers

Have you seen the AT&T commercial of the girl calling her boyfriend  to tell him she’s giving him the silent treatment?  He’s confused as she has already called him several times. Her validation for calling is that her family has “free unlimited mobile to any mobile minutes from AT&T so I can call all I want.” 

 He objects, and says, “I don’t think you understand how the silent treatment works.”  At this point she is shown with a knowing nod and saying nothing.  I think it is very clever.  It gives you a chuckle.  And there’s an element of truth in it.  Continue reading

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The Value of Integrity

A young lady was soaking up some sun on a Florida Beach when a little boy in his swim suit, carrying a towel, came up to her and asked, “Do you believe in God?”  She was surprised, but answered, “Yes.” Continue reading


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