Tax Time, General Electric, and Me

So, it’s tax time again, and I’m getting ready to add up what I paid in taxes and then evaluate the return on my investment in my country. I always get excited about doing that. I know it’s not all about me—I’m a Democrat by nature—but I like to list the pros and cons on paper to make sure I don’t want to move to Monte Carlo, where you pay no taxes and your country

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Huckleberry Who?

There is no rewriting in American Literature because we don’t like the words in it, just like there is no crying in baseball. This is America for God’s sake, and we are the ones who protect the accuracy of history. Or at least we are supposed to, and like it or not, the N word is part of our history.

Now, to be honest, I never read Huckleberry Finn. But I love Hemingway, who said

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My New TV Rules and National Geographic's Hawking's Universe

Not that I have a TV problem mind you, but I came to realize that living alone, I do turn on the TV when I get home at night. I have talked to other single home dwellers who say they do the same thing. It’s company. But, if I sit down to watch, I can sit there all night. Or an entire weekend afternoon. And, what’s with me watching the same movies over and over

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Jane Eyre

I like books on tape. Over New Years I was heading to Palm Desert to visit friends and thought I would pick up a book for the ride. Jane Eyre was on sale, and I bought it. It was the unabridged series, and it was 14 disks, so you can imagine how long it is; something like 64 hours. I have been listening to it ever since and finished it this past weekend. Six weeks.

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Book Review: All Things at Once

I have to begin by saying I can’t stand Mika Brzezinski on Morning Joe. So, to review her book without my preordained prejudice calls for more fairness than I am able to muster. With that full disclosure, I can honestly and fairly say the book is terrible.

What is with all these people who rise to the top of media without credentials but rather

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Book Review: The Five Love Languages

In case you were wondering, the problem with your love life is that your partner may not be expressing his or her love in the language in which you need him or her to express it. And, all will be well in the love world if you just find out what your partner’s need is and do it. Thus says Gary Chapman’s The Five Love Languages, how to express heartfelt love to your mate. I

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Best of Freesia Lane 2009

Is it self-serving to put your first book on your blog? I feel awkward but am pushing through that…

The Best of Freesia Lane 2009 is on Amazon. It’s a small book, sixty some pages of what was deemed the best blogs I did this year.

If you need a stocking stuffer, or a small gift for a friend, I hope you will click on the link below and order it.

Thanks in advance for

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Sarah Palin's Book

I’m sure you will not be surprised to learn that I’m not a Palin fan. She reminds me of the worst of me; that woman who finds it easier to look outside myself for the reasons why something went wrong. “The press didn’t treat me fairly.” “The McCain handlers made me do it.” The Couric interview was “supposed to be a light piece, and she made it into a ‘get Sarah’ question and answer.” And,

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Book Review. Highest Duty by Capt. Chesley Sullenberger

I was walking in the sunny mall in fabulous, sunny LA last weekend with my dear friend Cathryn. You remember Cathryn. She is the one who keeps maple syrup with her at all times on the off chance that she stops at an IHop.

“I want to stop at Barnes and Noble and get the new book by Sully.”

“The guy who landed in the Hudson? He wrote a book? About what?”

“He wrote a

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So, a few weeks ago, I was packing up to move to LA, land of no clouds and overly happy people. I was holding up each item and asking myself, “If this went in a flood, would you cry?” If the answer was no, I got rid of it. If it was yes, I put it in a pile for further consideration later. I started to feel uncomfortable with all the things I have carted

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