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It has not taken mass shootings at several schools, churches or companies to form my opinion regarding the AK47 assault rifle. I knew decades ago that it was not meant as a friendly little gun that mama could keep in her robe pocket in case an intruder came calling at 3 a.m.. The "AK" was...
  Preface - During my 70-plus years I have experienced a lot of caring by my mom, dad and sisters. Knowing that they are there for me has made most of the bumps in the road more manageable. Christmas was always a wonderful experience and the enclosed story proved that “sacrifice” is the meaning of...
   As the Bitcoin craze has grown into a frenzy, I’ve shied away from writing about it. That’s primarily because I struggle to make sense of it. I’d like to think that’s because it doesn’t make sense. However, a lot of smart people believe in it, and it’s made a lot of people rich over the last...
  I love to cook chili, baked beans, lasagna and a variety of other dishes. Last week I concocted my uniquely fashioned baked bean dish. I think the wonderful and therapeutic act of ingredient preparation and cooking backfired - literally. It was not the chopping of the garlic clove (1/2 in 1/8...
   The Republican tax bill is finally here. For the stock market, the biggest treat is a corporate tax cut from 35% to 20%. That can’t possibly be bad for the stock market, at least over the short-term. But I’m going to try to temper your excitement just a little.     I’m not convinced this bill...
  I awoke early one morning, the heat from my 30-pound white and orange cat permeating my back, my “baby” of 15 years gently snoring.   What I discovered when I researched snoring was an acronym not found on the pages of any paper or on any website: SNOR. SNOR is short for Sympathetic Nasal...
  Perhaps it is for the younger generations to decide the ultimate fate of Columbus Day, newspapers, the NFL, police shootings, space travel, military foreign intervention, immigration, Communism (Part 2) and a myriad of other juicy topics. When the stock market trends a certain way - up or down or...
  Trump and the Republicans are once again trying to focus on pushing through a tax bill. If they can make it happen, the stock market will be very pleased. There’s an idea inherent in his plan that if you cut taxes for corporations, it will “trickle down” to the middle and lower class. However,...
  Our president, the rogue, loose cannon, drain-the-swamp guy that we the people elected, must work with the Democrats for the good of the country. So, you voted for Hillary and hate “The Donald,” think him a sexist, a racist, an ignoramus -- and those are your “nice” ways to describe him. OK, now...
  Even the best strategy for dealing with North Korea could be bad news for the stock market and economy. Of course, the worst strategy is even scarier. If we somehow end up in a fight with North Korea, millions of people in South Korea could be killed. According to the NY Times, North Korea could...

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