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Last Build Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:51:31 +0000

 



Comment on Scenic Saturday by J

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:51:31 +0000

Autumn usually puts on a good show around here. I love it.



Comment on Scenic Saturday by J

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:50:51 +0000

They're up there, aren't they?



Comment on Scenic Saturday by nance

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 15:39:40 +0000

What a lovely walk for you both. Oak trees do have a presence about them, I agree. I have a love of trees in general, and a fondness for redwoods in particular. You are having a gorgeous fall.



Comment on Scenic Saturday by Bridget

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 14:40:23 +0000

These are the kinds of sights that make life worth living, if you ask me.



Comment on Throwback Thursday by J

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 03:29:32 +0000

It does. It's surprising sometimes that someone I love can be so different than me. But sometimes that the joy of life. As long as they're not fascists or whatever.



Comment on Throwback Thursday by J

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 03:28:36 +0000

I'm a big fan of reconnecting, because I have some dear friends that I lost over time, and am SO GLAD that I got back. I reconnected with my dear friend Neva, and I helped my mom reconnect with her dear friend Kate, through Classmates.com. Is that social media? Perhaps not. I'm sure that in many cases, there is merely the thrill of the hunt, but I think it can be great to get in touch with someone you lost touch with, and even if you only check in via Facebook or whatever, that can be OK.



Comment on Throwback Thursday by J

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 03:25:34 +0000

I know! My poor mom. She won some blog award somewhere once for the most embarrassing story from a child, so at least she got something out of it.



Comment on Keeping Track of the Tax Plans by J

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 03:13:22 +0000

It's funny how we NEVER LEARN, isn't it? I keep hoping.



Comment on Keeping Track of the Tax Plans by J

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 03:12:46 +0000

That's one good thing about living where we do. We don't see TOO many of those kind of bumper stickers. Of course, we're not immune, they are here too. Just not as many.



Comment on Keeping Track of the Tax Plans by J

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 03:11:30 +0000

I see the logic in getting rid of a lot of deductions, as long as they adjust the tables so people don't end up paying more. One thing about California, at least, is that we pay more in taxes to the Federal government than we get back, so I think it's kind of fair for CA residents to write off their state and local taxes. But really, I'm all for getting rid of a lot of these deductions in a reasonable way. They do tend to benefit the wealthy. But I also think it would be better if they adjusted the tax tables accordingly. And if we pay more taxes, so be it, as long as the rich ALSO pay more taxes. If they get a cut, I want a cut.



Comment on Keeping Track of the Tax Plans by Rain Trueax

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 15:54:16 +0000

I see the logic to not allowing state and local taxes to reduce what someone pays to cover the federal government's expenses. It means states with less services are paying more toward the federal costs. That said, to change something on a dime, makes it very hard on families and especially the middle class. A lot of the deductions, like to churches, seems unfair to those who don't believe in churches. We have a system in place that has long catered to this or that powerful lobbyist group. I don't know how we fix it. We haven't looked at how it'd impact us but I guess it might as we take a lot of deductions with the farm, rental property, investment income, book sales, and his consulting business. No standard deduction will cover all of that.



Comment on Keeping Track of the Tax Plans by Ted

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:27:39 +0000

Another round of trickle-down economics during a time when the economy is relatively strong. What will these corporations and wealthy families do with their tax cuts? Hoard the money...like they have in the past. Very little, if any, "reinvestments" into the economy that would lead to more job and wealth growth for the middle-class. It's a same con they've been doing since the '80s.



Comment on Keeping Track of the Tax Plans by nance

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:51:43 +0000

*&$^&/!@ is all I can say (or think) about this BS tax plan. I got behind a car today with a sticker bearing 45*'s name. The exasperation I felt was palpable. So many idiots still unaware and oblivious.



Comment on Throwback Thursday by Ted

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:48:36 +0000

Social media has certainly made it easier to connect, but sometimes it really shows how different our lives (and beliefs) are as adults, huh.



Comment on Throwback Thursday by nance

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:35:35 +0000

That is a very intimidating Koolaid stand. I often wonder about the value of reconnecting with childhood friends, either in real life or on social media. If people didn't stay in contact as friends, and if they are very different, do they just do a lot of "remember when"? Is it just "here is my life now", polite reciprocation, then...that's it? Is it enriching? I wonder if Facebook, for example, isn't just sort of facilitating The Thrill Of The Hunt in some cases.