Arizona, the home to the Grand Canyon, became a state on February 14th, 1912, and it was the last of the 48 coterminous United States to be admitted to the union. Originally it was part of New Mexico, but the land was ceded to the U.S. in 1848, and became a separate territory in 1863.
Last time we had ventured over to the mall in Towson, we noticed a new restaurant coming in, Nando’s Peri-Peri. While it’s now been open quite a while, we hadn’t ventured inside until last week, mainly because on weekends it’s so busy. We were lucky last week and found a quiet time on a weekday evening. Nando’s plays in that space between a fast-food joint and a full table-service restaurant. Much like Pei Wei, ordering is done at the register and a server brings your meals when ready. For those unfamiliar, Nando’s serves South African cuisine, and is mostly known for chicken, with a other offerings as well.
One of the greatest calamities to hit our communities throughout Baltimore and the surrounding communities is this whole since of hopelessness steeped in depression. Depression appears to have no particular address nor is it a respecter of persons. Moreover, hopelessness has crept into the crevices and corridors of our faith communities. Yes, feelings of hopelessness are real and for those with true diagnoses of any form of depression, one should stay on their meds, seek pastoral and/or professional counseling – staying completely committed to healing and recovery.
Waking up on the morning of November 9, 2016 was a challenge. I sat in bed and reread CNN headlines over and over again, thinking to myself “is this real life?” The misty morning didn’t help with the fogginess that overcame my brain. The dreary weather only added to the feeling of complete despair and hopelessness.
Many employees receive mixed signals about taking time off for the holidays. For example, in one recent company event, it had been relayed to me that the CEO told his employees to “Have a great Holiday … but make your numbers,” then turned to his head of HR, and asked, “Is that what you wanted me to say?” This CEO is a notorious non-stop work machine. Throughout the room, you could hear people murmuring, agitated by the words they just heard. The general takeaway from this audience was a question of whether or not taking time off from work for the holidays would be acceptable, or would it be perceived as taking their eyes off the ball. Knowing the CEO never stops working, people were unsure if this was expected of them, too.
Roberto and Ian didn’t leave anything to chance. They ordered their movie tickets online in case the show sold out before they got to the theater. They always bought trip insurance, on the off chance their travel plans didn’t pan out. They flossed daily, replaced smoke-detector batteries annually, and changed their furnace filters every six months.
In the last issue, we looked at into various programs to help with personal financial management. In this issue, we’ll look at perennial, pesky, and inevitable taxes. By this time, you should have received most of your 1099s and other tax documents, so it’s time to get them filed.
Hello everyone. I know you have all become accustomed of hearing from my dad the veterinarian, but for today’s column, I am taking over. First and foremost, I want to apologize for the absence of the column for the past few issues. See, my dads, Tony and Connnor, were in a car accident. It was pretty serious and it had me, Daisy, and Henry pretty worried. My dads were taken to the hospital and although they did not have to stay there, Connor was hurt pretty badly. He was in and out of doctor’s offices several times a week (and still goes to see the doctor, but much less so). Happily, he is much better now. So, I thought since Tony is still pretty busy, I would give a bit more of a break, and write down some important thoughts from my own big head or things that I overhear with my big ears. I hope you enjoy it.
You may have heard that people spend more time planning their annual vacations than they do planning for retirement. Whether you start your retirement planning years or weeks before that glorious day, you will follow similar steps to determine the lifestyle you can expect in retirement.
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