Monthly Archives: December 2010

Facing the unthinkable – Sage advice

I was rafting down a river in the Canadian Rockies when I first heard that my granddaughter, Mikyla, had a brain tumor.  It was like getting struck by lightning, how a vibrant energetic seven year old could get struck down with such a serious disease.  I stumbled home as quickly as I could to see a semi-conscious post-operative Mikyla surrounded by balloons, stuffed animals and many relatives.  (Her Dad comes from a big family.)  She had just endured a 15-hour surgery to remove the tumor and had five or six supplemental brain surgeries in the following week.

It has now been …

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Tax changes not final yet.

The news services have been reporting that the 2010 tax stalemate over the “Bush-era” tax cuts has ended in December 2010. 

Are we counting our proverbial chickens before they hatch?

On December 6, 2010, President Obama and the GOP came to a handshake agreement to extend  the Bush-era tax cuts for an additional two years for all taxpayers.  I caution taxpayers that this is just a handshake agreement to extend tax cuts  and not officially tax law. 

We have not yet seen a bill presented and voted on by the House of Representatives or the Senate and definitely not signed by President Obama.  …

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Changes in Lattitude, Changes in Attitude

Maybe Jimmy Buffet had the right idea.

My first trip to Cancun was thirteen years ago during “spring break”.  Neither the accommodations nor the service at the resort at which I stayed made a good impression on me.  I left with no desire to see Cancun or that particular resort ever again. 

Fate, however, had other plans and I recently found myself returning to the same resort in Cancun in the “off season”.  In the interim, the resort had undergone a cosmetic “face lift”.

In spite of my initial  lack of enthusiasm about revisiting the resort in question, I found myself quite favorably …

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