Author Archives: Steve

Fish Bytes

OK. This isn’t about fish. It’s about a cat named Boris and maybe some other stuff, too. A little known and useless fact about me is my over-the-top love of animals wild or domestic. Dogs, cats, raccoons, squirrels, chipmunks and … Continue reading

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Cats and Quakes

We have cats in our house.  That’s not the same as saying “we have mice in our house”.  Some people, who don’t like cats, might think it is.  And, I understand their feeling.  After all, we do have quite a … Continue reading

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Saving for Retirement: Dissecting the Past and a Warning for the Future

A vast swath of baby boomers (and others, frankly) have likely made a mess of their retirement by failing to adequately save.   What have they failed to do?  To examine that and to provide a roadmap for others to follow, … Continue reading

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“Extenders” from the Recent Tax Law Change

Here’s what’s in this article: Making A Charitable Contribution From Your IRA Itemized Deductions Are Not Taken Away As Adjusted Gross Income Rises! The Student Loan Interest Deduction Remains Available for a Wide Range of Taxpayers. Enhanced Deduction for Charitable … Continue reading

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Sam and Ester

The blue sky and gentle breeze greeted Ester as she emerged from her egg in a nest on an island in a lake almost as far north in Minnesota as you can go.  Her mother and father peered down at … Continue reading

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Hibernation is NO Fun and How to Think About Expanding Your Business

I had an uplifting, sunshine filled experience yesterday, which I am pleased to share with you.  It’s been a long time, too!  A long time.  I telephoned a prospective client about their accounting and tax work.  The woman I spoke … Continue reading

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There’s No Ignoring It – It’s Winter Time

If anyone hasn’t noticed, it’s winter out there even though the calendar says it isn’t.  It’s December 14th and my truck thermometer said 4 degrees this morning.  Sitting in my warm office with the wind howling outside I admire how … Continue reading

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New Tax Law: Bush Tax Cuts Extended

NEW TAX LAW SIGNED DECEMBER 2010 The 2010 Tax Relief Act recently signed into law by President Obama was sweeping in the benefits provided to the American public.  There was at least a little bit for everyone, and certainly a … Continue reading

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NOTES FROM THE DOJO: THE STUDY OF MARTIAL ARTS

I want to be as honest as I can about this.  I was always interested in martial arts.  As a young kid, I borrowed a book from the library about judo.  I sifted through a few pages, even flopped on … Continue reading

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The Worst Job In The World

There are bad jobs and then there are bad jobs.  And I know I’m being a little dramatic.  But the worst job in the world is volunteer treasurer of a charitable organization.  Those of you who have had the occasion … Continue reading

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