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Married Filing Joint

July 5, 2018
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The call starts out innocently enough. I’m a customer service representative with the IRS, and Bill Jones calls in to ask about the status of his mother’s tax return. Seems Nilda Jones died last year…

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Vows for Old Married People

July 5, 2018
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Break the glass, light the candle, jump the broom, drink the wine. There’s a magical quality to the marriage ceremony of young people. The white dress, the sacred music, the brides of another era dabbing…

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You Say Tofu, I Say Tofu

July 5, 2018
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Vietnamese Appetizer LEMONGRASS AND FIVE SPICE TOFU INGREDIENTS 2 stalks lemongrass 3 garlic cloves 1¼ pounds firm tofu 1 cup vegetable oil (2 tablespoons more later) 2 tablespoons vegetable oil ½ teaspoon red chile flakes…

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In Gamble on Future, Race Track Bets on the Young

July 5, 2018
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In Gamble on Future, Race Track Bets on the Young

EAST BOSTON, Mass. Sol “Nosey” Niman has been playing the horses at this second-tier track in a working-class neighborhood of Boston for over half a century, and he says he’s never seen the place in…

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Happy Birthday Mr. Watterson, Wherever You Are!

July 5, 2018
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Bill Watterson isn’t just the creator of “Calvin & Hobbes” the world’s best comic strip. According to the book “Looking for Calvin and Hobbes,” a biography of the elusive and reclusive cartoonist, Watterson is also…

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That’s one big bus…

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Breaking: Rudy Giuliani seems to be MIA

July 4, 2018
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Breaking: Rudy Giuliani seems to be MIA.  Not surprising, he is a master of disguise. 

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Natilla And Atilla

July 4, 2018
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Colombian Dessert NATILLA INGREDIENTS 1 cup whole milk* (4 more cups later) 1¼ cups cornstarch 4 cups whole milk 2 cinnamon sticks ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves 1 panella (Mexican brown sugar) or 2 cups brown…

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A Study of Chin Hairs

July 4, 2018
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In a recent scientific study that examined postmenopausal women, researchers determined a causal relationship between the appearance of unsightly, gray chin hairs, their removal, and early onset of memory loss. Leading researchers studied post-menopausal women…

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Morris and Esther take flight…

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Toxic, Tea Lights and TP

July 3, 2018
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Toxic, Tea Lights and TP

(For Donna’s ant spray, lighter, and TP challenge) I never have been able to figure it out.  Every time you hear about a storm on the way everyone rushes to the grocery store.  I understand…

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As Easy As ABC

July 3, 2018
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I showed up on the TV and I spoke to Stephanopoulos. Was cagey with my answers since I really wouldn’t cop to much. And let’s head off the rumors there’s a problem with my stamina:…

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Summer Party Advice, From Father to Son

July 3, 2018
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We were sitting outside, enjoying a clear night after a spring of constant rain, when my wife told me that our eldest son was going to Martha’s Vineyard with friends for the Fourth of July. “You’ll…

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“Mad cow” disease is an infectious disease caused by prions that affect the brains of cattle. The actual name of the disease is bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), a name that refers to the changes seen in brain tissue of affected cows.

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How The First World War Led To American Independence

July 2, 2018
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Ever since Christopher Columbus first landed in the New World and hid all the Viking artifacts, America has been a land of opportunity, independence, and smallpox. Eventually the British colonists decided to go off and…

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Top Things Heard During our Road Trip

July 2, 2018
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My family survived its first road trip, and I recorded these bon mots along the way.    • Stop doing that or I’ll take the bacon away! – Terry • It doesn’t look like we’re…

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Snake Poses On A Plane

July 2, 2018
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When I was in high school, I had a good friend whose boyfriend did Tai Chi. We’d be hanging out in the living room  chatting, when suddenly Bob would rise from the sofa, step to…

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A Buffalonian’s Advice to the People of Westeros

July 2, 2018
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Cartoon by Isabella Bannerman As someone who grew up in snowy Buffalo, I feel well qualified to tell the people in Game of Thrones what they might be in for, now that “winter has come.”…

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Welcome to Portland

July 2, 2018
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[The following is a message from the Portland, Oregon Visitors’ Bureau.] Welcome to Portland, Oregon, America’s Most Livable Liberal City. If you’re planning to spend a few days in the Rose City, we at the…

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The Salad Days of Blogging

July 2, 2018
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I remember what it was like, back when I first started blogging. It must have been–I don’t know–2005, 2006? It seems so long ago, my beginnings are lost in the fog of memory, just like…

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World Cup Practice…

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