Category Archives: Sundries

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Don’t Call Me; I’ll Call You

Saturday, around midday, I received a call from Beaumont, a major southeast Michigan inpatient and outpatient medical conglomerate. The caller, who sounded like a 19-year-old co-ed and had a voice worthy of a career in late-night radio, wanted me to respond to a survey about a recent visit to a Beaumont laboratory. Today, I received an email request to respond Read More


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Show Me the Money!

There are many misconceptions about gifts. In “Gift Tax? Hakuna Matata,” I explained why even moderately wealthy folks do not need to worry about the $14,000 per person per person limit on annual gifts. However there are gift reporting requirements that must be met for large gifts, particularly from foreign donors.   It is common knowledge that banks report all Read More


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Emailed Holiday Greetings

Who doesn’t enjoy Aunt Grenadine’s holiday emails? She attaches a four-page narrative laboriously typed out in Wordstar on her trusty IBM XT. This is where you learn that your cousin Maud’s 35-pound Siamese finally succumbed to type 1 diabetes and your second cousin-twice-removed Regan, against all expectation, graduated from middle school. She also fills you in on all the family Read More


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Al Franken is not Roy Moore

Before we pillory Al Franken, let’s put this in perspective. Barring further complaints, he is not in the same class as Roy Moore, Harvey Weinstein or Bill O’Reilly. Yes, he made a clumsy pass and posed for a really lame and unfunny picture. However, he was not in a position of authority over Leeann Tweedon, he stopped when she pushed Read More