By most accounts, there are more than 250,000 words in the English language.
Of course, I have my favorites.
For example, I’ve always been quite fond of platypus; I smile every time I hear myself say it.
For some reason, there happens to be a soft spot in my heart for the word kerfuffle too.
And I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I also find myself occasionally thinking of ways to insert words like
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(This is a guest post by Tali Wee of Zillow.)
An investment property is likely to initially cost more than a single-family home. Buyers don’t get the loan benefits of buying an owner-occupied property. Plus, multiple residents increase the likelihood of accidents and structural damage to the home. Landlords are liable for most of the maintenance issues required for the property. Between the large sum of money invested and the probability
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According to the New York Daily News, Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky spent roughly $3.3 million in 2010 on their marriage celebration.
Talk about a big fat expensive wedding.
The good news is, more than three years after saying “I do,” the famous couple is still, apparently, happily married.
Truth be told, 18 years ago I spent a little over $6000 on my wedding, excluding the Honeybee’s engagement ring and wedding band.
With that in
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Readers: Here is an oldie but goodie from the Len Penzo dot Com archives. Yes, I used to do movie reviews with the Honeybee. After reading this, you’ll know why we eventually stopped.
This is a review of the 2009 movie The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta.
Plot Summary: Armed men hijack a New York City subway train, holding the passengers hostage in return for
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“This is going to hurt me a lot more than it is going to hurt you.”
That was an admonition Mom or Dad occasionally gave me and my sister when we were growing up — and I know we weren’t the only kids to hear those words either.
Of course, as a kid, whenever my folks said that, I naturally assumed they were full of, well … you know. I’m sure my
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Remember Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich? He’s the guy who was impeached in 2009 and then convicted in Federal court a couple of years later on multiple corruption charges, including the solicitation of bribes for political appointments.
Blagojevich’s actions left a lot of people wondering why the ex-governor would ever do such a thing. Here’s the short answer: “Blago” needed the money — even though he and his wife had a combined
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One of the more difficult jobs any parent faces is teaching their kids the value of a dollar. Sadly, some kids never learn that money doesn’t grow on trees.
It may seem cruel, but parents who aren’t afraid to let their kids spend their money on ill-advised purchases — especially those with limited shelf lives — are actually doing them a favor. Experience is a terrific teacher and, with respect to
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Dear Readers: I am still swamped at work so I have gone into the archives to rerun this guest post from my daughter, Nina. She originally wrote the piece three years ago (on December 24, 2010) when she was just 11-years-old. I have to admit, rereading her article was bittersweet — if only because it reminded me that my little girl is growing up faster than I would like. They
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I don’t mean to sound like a scrooge, but when it comes to Christmas carols, “The 12 Days of Christmas” has got to be the most annoying one of them all, even when Burl Ives sings it — and nobody sings Christmas carols like Burl Ives.
Okay, you could argue that Bing Crosby gives Burl a run for his money, but that’s another post for another time.
The bottom line is this:
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Paying taxes is something your kids will have to deal with as adults. So why should you wait until your child’s first job to teach them about the basics of earning money and taxation?
You shouldn’t. You don’t have to either. Teach your kids by charging them the “Parent Tax.”
The Parent Tax is a simple concept: Children pay a flat-percentage tax to their parents on any money that comes into their
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