Sunday, February 23, 2014

Qualified Education Expenses, Taxes and Whine

Ok, I confess, I probably haven't been as diligent as I should have been when it comes to calculating qualified education expenses.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Microsoft Office Picture Manager for Free

I have grown accustomed to using Microsoft Office Picture Manager as part of the Office Suite at both work and at home.  I find it's simplicity the most compelling reason as this application provides a quick and easy way to shrink the size of photos for this blog.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Reflections on Taxslayer, TaxACT and HRBlock

I've become the de facto tax preparer for the household and this year for the reason expressed in this post, I had the opportunity to sample 3 different online electronic tax services.  I will note upfront that this post is not an "apples to apples" clinical study.  Specifically, I did not enter the same return into all 3 systems.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Adams, Jefferson, John and Paul

As part of my winter in New York ritual, I select meatier books to read during the extreme cold.  In past years, I was able to work through some long Michener novels; this year, I am working through David McCullough’s “John Adams”.  Prior to this I had done some reading on Jefferson individually (I believe it was, “Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History” by Fawn M Brodie) as well as collectively in Joseph Ellis’ “Founding Brothers”.  When considering John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, I find a striking resemblance to the relationship and personalities of John Lennon and Paul McCartney.