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Archive for 2012

Happy New Year – 21 Things I Wish I Knew In My 20’s

Monday, December 31st, 2012

As you embark on a shiny new 2013, please take a moment to consider the words of the incomparable Michael Wade: 21 Things I Wish I Knew In My Twenties Two of the items need to be applied to my 2013 resolutions: 1.  This too shall pass 18.  Be reluctant to assign bad motives to […]

Not Sorry List

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

We all should be braver and willing to stand up for being unique individuals with unique perspectives.  Cultural Offering has some great insights, including the “not sorry” list – you should check it out: Not Sorry List [While I agree with most of the author’s choices, I disagree with the legal paper one.  The persistent […]

Last Call for Property Tax Exemption Filing!

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

In Indiana, you have until end-of-office-hours on December 31 to file for the homestead exemption.  If you do not file (or verify that you have proper exemption status), you may be contacted by your friendly County Auditor that your homestead exemption could be terminated. Homestead exemption reduces your property taxes by reducing the assessed value […]

Merry Christmas from Lawlatte

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Have a Merry Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year!

Happy Thanksgiving from Lawlatte

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

A day late, I know, but I was busy getting ready for our traditional 35-40- person family dinner at my place.  This was my 17th year as host for our annual family gathering.  It was wonderful to see so many children – we had 7 under the age of 5. I hope you were blessed […]

Tax Tip – Donate Unused Sick/Vacation Leave to Hurricane Sandy Relief

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Interesting announcement from the IRS – you can donate your accumulated sick or vacation leave to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.  Your employer makes the donation on your behalf to a qualified §501(c)(3) charity, and the “used” leave does not appear on your W2.  Employers can deduct the payment as an expense (but the employee cannot […]

Daylight Savings Time – HUGE Waste of Time and Money

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

Indiana switched to DST when Mitch came to the Governor’s mansion (Thanks a heap, Mitch).   As a naturally early riser, I have always deeply resented the fact that DST took an hour away from my spring and summer mornings (actually more than an hour, and I will be happy to tell you why, if you […]

4-Minute Coffee Break – The Meaning of the Declaration of Independance

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

A unique document for a unique time that set the stage for the development of the US and continues to serve as the philosophical foundation for evolving culture of the United States (or, at least, it should be).

Vote on Tuesday

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

I’m not going to bore you with my point of view about the candidates – if you haven’t heard it all by now, you are living under a rock.  We all have our own hangups about the issues and the candidates. The point is – get out and VOTE. In Indiana, you can find a […]

Social Media Explains Coffee

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Blind Advocacy – A Self-inflicted Wound

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

Another gem from Michael Wade, the Execupundit.  I was captured by the simple truth of the closing remark to his post.  The sad part about the folks he describes is that they are so blinded by their position they do not see the serious erosion in their credibility – not only to whatever rigid platform […]

Friday Fun – Coffee Break and History Lesson

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Please take a 10 minute coffee break to watch this video – 100 years in 10 minutes, covering 1911 through 2011.  Most folks will recognize the events listed; what I found fascinating was to see unrelated and world-wide events documented in chronological order.  Sadly, this rendition of history rather heavily focuses on events that chronicle […]

Top 15 Coffee Drinking Professions

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Scientists top the list.  Check out for the full article.  Attorneys don’t make the list – Most judges don’t allow coffee in the courtroom.  Good thing I don’t spend much time there.

Tame the Email Beast

Monday, October 1st, 2012

For “knowledge workers” (folks who spend most of the day at a desk connected to the internet for exchange of information), email can easily get out of hand.   Statistics suggest that knowledge workers spend 28% of their day handling email (more than 1/4 of your time!) Digital Goddess Kim Kommando offers 9 Simple Steps to […]

Peace Love Beans

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Thank you to Trying God’s Patience for such inspirational and thought-provoking images and sayings to brighten my day. And for sharing a love of coffee.