Crane Animals Update

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I am sure all of you have been wondering what I’ve been up to with all this time I have now since working from home. And I am sure many of you can guess… that I have expanded my animal family. Here’s a little update!

Living in my studio apartment with me are ten animals, yes ten. I’ve started to...

Tax season tips: Don’t forget this above-the-line deduction

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Lawmakers provided a special, temporary deduction for some individuals who made cash donations to charity in 2020.

Individuals who donated to qualifying charities last year may be eligible for a special tax deduction – even if they don’t itemize.

The CARES Act provided for a temporary above...

Well That Wasn't on My Bucket List

by Richard Ropelewski on
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Our son Pete loves to fish; I mean he REALLY likes to fish.  For the last ten years this has been primarily a warm weather activity.  However, one of his good friends is very interested in ice fishing, and by osmosis Pete became interested as well.  Fast forward to a few weeks ago where I found...

Why You Need a Digital Estate Plan and How to Make One

by Richard Ropelewski on
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What happens to all your digital accounts, services and property after you die? The official name for all these is a Digital Estate Plan. And with the lines increasingly blurred between our on- and off-line lives, it's more important than ever to have a plan for your digital holdings.

With one in...

Year of the Book, Part 2

by Thomas Lally on
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Two years ago – which feels like a different lifetime now – I wrote an article here about wanting to read more books.  Little did I know what changes 2020 would bring, or that I would have more time than ever to read given the lockdowns, social distancing, and just generally not leaving the house...

Warren Buffett's 6 Tricks to Teach Kids About Money

by Richard Ropelewski on
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The Oracle of Omaha even made his own cartoon to help the next generation learn.

With all of his big business deals and philanthropic work, you’d think the billionaire CEO of Berkshire Hathaway wouldn't have time to teach the next generation of investors.

Not so. In 2011, the Oracle of Omaha...

New Year, New You?

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Does anyone else think it’s odd that we wait until a New Year to start tackling our goals, or on a smaller scale we “will start on Monday”. What’s so special about a new year or a new week, why can’t we start working towards our goals on a Tuesday, or in October for example?

Don’t get me wrong, I...

Looking for ideas on how to Celebrate Thanksgiving Virtually this year? 

Practicing Social Distancing this Thanksgiving? 

We have included lots of ways to keep traditions alive, even if you aren’t all in the same place this year.

How to Celebrate Thanksgiving Virtually!

If you are in a...

About Hermann Ebbinghaus's TheoryYou

by Richard Ropelewski on
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According to Wikipidea, Hermann Ebbinhaus was a psychologist who first described the concept of the learning curve.  The basic idea is the more often you do something the more proficient you get.  No offense to Hermann, but I’m not sure the theory of learning curves applies to the college search...

The 2020 Medicare Open Enrollment season runs from October 15 through December 7 and it’ll be even trickier than normal for new and existing beneficiaries. That’s due to a combination of Covid-19, changes in Medicare rules and new types of coverage offered by private Medicare Advantage plans.

So...

Love in the Time of Covid

by Thomas Lally on
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2020 has been a year to forget, but for us, also one to remember.  After moving into our new house, Susie and I realized that if we wanted to get married outside – which seems like the safe choice right now – we were quickly running out of nice weather to do it.

We always knew it would be small. ...