A Tale of Two Taxes

Without getting into the nitty-gritty of how U.S. income is taxed — e.g., a blue collar worker’s hourly wages versus an investor’s capital gains — it’s safe to say that, by and large, the most wealthy people in this country somehow manage to avoid paying as much as they should.  Just ask Warren Buffett.  Likewise,Continue reading “A Tale of Two Taxes”

I Am Zach

I am Zach.  I am cat.  I am black.  I am warrior.  I have commanded that this post be written to tell the world of my greatness.  No harness can contain me.  No dog can scare me.  The dog in this house they call “Barney” will not even approach his bed if I am relaxingContinue reading “I Am Zach”

I Had a “Retired” Day!

When a co-worker retired several years ago, my last words to her were, “Congratulations!  You’ve escaped.  Enjoy your freedom!”  At last, at last, she was no longer a slave to someone else’s schedule.  I was deeply envious. I’ve always thought that true leisure time is a much rarer commodity than money, taking dramatically more effortContinue reading “I Had a “Retired” Day!”

The Shih Tzus Know

I don’t know how they know, but they do.  Maybe my husband and I emit a different chemical signal for anticipation on the way out to a camping trip than for resignation — back to the grind! — on the return leg.  However they sense it, the little dogs react by being restless and neverContinue reading “The Shih Tzus Know”

Double Contraction

I’ve written before about being unemployed, and about the emotional and mental roadblocks arising from that situation.  I’ve been living it for almost a year now.  Social Security benefits have not yet kicked in, so I’m in a state of limbo for the time being.  I spent more than seven months agonizing over efforts toContinue reading “Double Contraction”

We’re All Affected

“Violence is not a symbol, but a reality: people get hurt, businesses get destroyed, kids get arrested, and catharsis is always momentary. Always it is the most vulnerable – people of color – who get hurt, watch their businesses burn, get arrested, and then have their catharsis with tears in their eyes.”   Stephen Eric Bronner,Continue reading “We’re All Affected”

Mass Insanity

The bad guys don’t wear black hats anymore.  In fact, it’s getting to the point when even many of the white hats are gray and getting darker.  The aftermath of George Floyd’s murder at the hands of police had an effect even the pandemic couldn’t produce:  totally empty streets in downtown Cleveland today.  Around 7:30Continue reading “Mass Insanity”


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