A Tax Treat

Here’s a little sustenance to keep you going if you are still preparing your taxes.

This was a gift from a friend.

I appreciate friends who stick with me during my darkest hours!

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Render Unto Caesar

Another tax season has come and gone. The government has a pound of my flesh and I am finished until next year. I wish that I could say that this year went better. Alas, not really. I am a creature of habit. I have recorded last quarter’s tax information on my tax spreadsheet. That’s a good start! Now to record each month as the year goes by. If I do that, my taxes next year will be a breeze! Wish me luck!

Lori Greer in Portland


One of my spring rituals is to moan, groan and make everyone within a ten mile radius perfectly miserable as I get in the mood, find time for, and finally settle down to do my taxes.

If I would carve out a nanosecond of the hours I spend kvetching, I would be done in an afternoon. But no, I follow the same playbook each year which may be another definition for insanity. Here is my foolproof system for the dreaded tax day!

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Celebrate National Grilled Cheese Day!

According to some sources, April is National Grilled Cheese Month.  Others point to April 12 as National Grilled Cheese Day.

Either way, it is a good excuse to eat a delicious grilled cheese sandwich.

A favorite of mine since I was a little girl!

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Chapel in Cancun, Mexico

Home Cooking..


The cuisine of Alabama.

Biscuits, okra, greens,BBQ,catfish, pimento cheese, grits, black-eyed peas,watermelon, fried chicken, sweet tea, cornbread, gumbo.

I have been in Alabama for several days but have not eaten any of these traditional foods. 

Asian and Mediterranean food have been on my plate instead. The same food that I choose in Portland. 

Although, Alabama lacks the incredible food scene of Portland, the local restaurants offer a wide array of food choices. 

Interesting how small the world is.

Nuture, Protect & Respect…


The son of Syrian immigrants, Governor Victor G Atiyeh, served from 1979 to 1987.

He was the first elected governor of Arab descent in the United States.

“After many years as a successful businessman, Victor Atiyeh also served 20 years in the Oregon Legislature and was elected Governor of Oregon from 1979 to 1987.  During his service he established trading ties with Asia, led Oregon through a severe recession and even cut his own salary to help balance the budget.”  Wikipedia



Stressed by Trump?

“Dr. Estcher Lerman Freeman, clinical psychologist at OHSU*, recently told the Oregonian**,

“I’ve been in practice for 30 years. I’ve never seen people this upset about an election.”

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“If you’ve found yourself anxious or preoccupied lately with national or world events, meditation may be the answer to calm your mind – and could perhaps do even more.

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Writing on the run

I was trying so hard to post every day on my blog.

I was trying to answer every comment.

I was trying to read other posts and to comment.

I was doing well and then came my trip.

No big deal I thought. With a few adjustments, you can continue your regular schedule.

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Trespassing Across America

“To travel alone, I learned, isn’t to rely on yourself. To travel alone is to force yourself to depend on others. It is to fall in love with mankind.” Trespassing Across America by Ken Ilgunas Continue reading “Trespassing Across America”

Traveling on…

My recent flights from Portland to Atlanta and on to Alabama afforded ample time to think.

It was a case of two planes, no trains, and one automobile.  Twelve exhausting hours.

Here are my coffee-stimulated, waiting room, intercom inspired thoughts.

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