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Old Wounds Never Die

It has been said that time heals all wounds.

I don’t agree. The wounds remain.

Time – the mind, protecting its sanity – covers them with some scar tissue

and the pain lessens, but it is never gone.
-Rose Kennedy

Gathering-Thoughts

Image from Google Images

Artist: Steve Hanks

 

Photo Of The Day

Wind-driven waves come ashore in Scituate, Mass., Wednesday, March 26, 2014.

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AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

More photos of this March storm .. http://news.msn.com/us/spring-storm-brings-wind-and-snow

Choices

“We need to teach the next generation of children from day one that they are responsible for their lives. Mankind’s greatest gift, also its greatest curse, is that we have free choice. We can make our choices built from love or from fear.”
-Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

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Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, a Swiss-born American psychiatrist, pioneered the concept of providing psychological counseling to the dying. In her first book, On Death and Dying (published in 1969), she described five stages she believed were experienced by those nearing death—denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. She also suggested that death be considered a normal stage of life, and offered strategies for treating patients and their families as they negotiate these stages. The topic of death had been avoided by many physicians and the book quickly became a standard text for professionals who work with terminally ill patients. Hospice care has subsequently been established as an alternative to hospital care for the terminally ill, and there has been more emphasis on counseling for families of dying patients.

“Poetry lifts the

veil from the

hidden beauty

of the world.”

-Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.

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“Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man.”

-Edward Steichen (March 27, 1879 – March 25, 1973) was an American photographer, painter, and art gallery and museum curator.

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Lotus 1915
Edward Steichen

Happy Spring

“She turned to the sunlight
    And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
    "Winter is dead.
-A.A.Milne

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Picture from Google Images

1. New Jersey

Negatives: Highest property taxes in nation. Taxes pensions. Highest estate taxes in the nation with an exclusion beginning at $675,000. One of the highest marginal tax rates at 8.97% on incomes over $500,000. One of the highest cost of living (46 out of 51).
Pluses: The Garden State has a high exclusion for pension income. Social security benefits are not taxed. Lowest gas tax in the nation (and by law you are not allowed to pump it yourself!). Not to mention some of the world’s great beaches. NJ has a senior tax freeze program but it is hard to determine if that results in meaningful savings.

2. Illinois

Negatives: Second highest property taxes. Has an estate tax and the 5th highest gas tax.
Pluses: Pensions and social security income are exempt from taxation. Cost of living is about average.

3. Wisconsin
Negatives: The 4th highest property taxes in the US. Retirement income is taxable. Relatively high marginal income tax rate of 7.75 in the highest bracket (over $225,000).
Pluses: No tax on social security benefits. No estate estate tax.

4. Nebraska
Negatives: The 6th highest property tax as a % of home value. Social security and pension income are taxed. The marginal tax rate is 6.84%, which starts at a very low $29,000. There is an inheritance tax.
Pluses: The 2nd lowest cost of living in the country.

Negatives: High property taxes as a percent of home value (#7). The current exemptions for pension and retirement income will be eliminated for people born after 1952.
Positives: Social security will remain exempt. No estate or inheritance tax. Below average cost of living (#18).

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