According to the latest published figures, Americans had invested over 5 trillion dollars in Individual Retirement Accounts known as IRA’s. All investments in traditional IRA’s remain free from income tax until they are withdrawn from by the beneficiaries. A large number of the participants in IRA’s are presently in second (or later) marriages. Issues arise for these participants which are distinct from questions confronting the participants in a first marriage.
Dear Dave: What is your opinion of churches encouraging members to do e-giving with credit cards and debit cards? — Melissa
Sometimes life’s necessities can turn into small pleasures. This is true of the necessary gardening task of pruning roses. Now is the time to prune your roses (as close to Valentine’s Day as possible). This time of the year, we East Texans are losing the precious little tolerance we have for the winter season. So, getting out into the garden and breathing the bracing, fresh air of February and pruning roses portends the lush days of spring. It may be gray and chilly now, but rose pruning time sets the table for a sumptuous feast of blooming roses in the spring. I don’t know about you, but setting the table for a grand and important feast can be a small pleasure. I can remember secretly enjoying the little chore of setting the table for my mother as a boy. I liked setting things out, just so; and, of course, setting the table meant a delicious meal would follow. So it is with pruning roses.
This is the third in a series of articles tracing the development of group healthcare insurance in the United States. In 1994, an excellent article was published in the Monthly Labor Review concerning the History of Group Health Insurance in the United States. The article was written by Laura Scofea, an economist with the Bureau of Labor Statistics or BLS. Using data compiled by the BLS, Scofea provided a great deal of information about group health care. Much of the information contained in this article is derived from the article written by Scofea.
Today marks the 17th anniversary of “What’s Cooking?” and the years are still flying. Since the last update, my hair has even more gray and we’re approaching our 34th wedding anniversary. Our two daughters are wonderful, the “hooligans” are still delightful, and the “Grands” are grand! All in all, life is good and we are blessed. Additionally, I continue meeting many wonderful readers and I still love all of your e-mails, letters, and phone conversations. I hope this column may continue to be for everyone, and I hope all of you will continue sharing your wonderful recipes, questions, and creative ideas with ‘What’s Cooking?’ I extend my thanks to each of you for sharing your recipes, requests and comments during these years since 1999, and I look forward to ‘our’ future.
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Mission Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe de los Nacogdoches continued its mission after its reestablishment in 1721 following the “Chicken War,” but its objectives could hardly be termed as successful. Although the Marquès de San Miguel Aguayo’s charge of retrenching Spanish authority on the norteño frontera had accomplished a goal of “anchoring” Texas at three strategic points—Los Ades, Garcitas Creek (La Bahià) and Bèxar —the missions, presidios, and few residents who clustered around those Spanish outposts in East Texas and inside of that triangle experienced a difficult life. Although the Mission San Antonio de Valero and the villa of Bexàr were founded with the goal of providing a reasonable supply point for the missions and presidios in East Texas, the reality was that it remained too far to do much good to those in the timbered country of the Caddo and the growing community around Bexàr, which included Spanish Royal authorities, cared very little about the fate of the friars and settlers to the north.
When a person begins to think about estate planning, a great deal of time and attention is often spent on the ultimate disposition of property consisting of investments such as businesses, land, stocks, bonds and cash; but very little time is spent on planning for the disposition of items which may have intrinsic, emotional or (sometimes) actual value, such as antiques, furniture, collections, heirlooms, paintings and jewelry. They can produce unfortunate results since the failure of heirs to agree with respect to the division of personal items may cause great divisions among family members lasting many years.