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Spring 2021

The Power of Yes

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
Some fifty years ago, Sammy L. Davis did what few would have done. Davis had been shot in the leg, his ribs broken, his spine fractured, and his buttocks riddled with shrapnel when his unit was overrun in a midnight raid by 1,500 Vietcong. Yet, when he heard a cry for help, he didn’t hesitate. […]
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Winter 2021

Creating Your Personal Masterpiece

“Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.”
One day years ago, my young son stared at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. While the popes may have been awestruck by the ceiling, my son was unimpressed.  “I could paint that,” he scoffed. Perhaps, with the right tools, he could!  Did you know that many famous artists of old used a tool that […]
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Fall 2020

Make Loans, Not War

"Money equals freedom."
Was William Shakespeare foolish when he penned, "Neither a borrower nor a lender be"?  Shakespeare’s counsel was certainly sound in his day.  But these times are not Shakespeare’s times. Instead, perhaps we should update an adage of another time, the 1960s.  For our purpose, let’s refresh a popular counterculture phrase of the ‘60s, "Make love, […]
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Summer 2020

Did Isaac Newton Sing the Blues?

"I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people."
If Isaac Newton was alive today and could sing the blues, he might select a song by legendary blues guitarist Robert Cray, "The Forecast Calls for Pain." What’s with Newton, blues, and pain?  Well, let’s begin with his Third Law of Motion: "For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction." Oh, let me […]
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Spring 2020

Your Big Beluga

“The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know that and to wonder at it.”
Imagine the State of Illinois as a white, blubbery beluga whale.  Let’s examine your relationship with the big beluga as it was yesterday, as it is today, and as it may be tomorrow. Yesterday, say 20 years ago, you enjoyed a fine time with the beluga.  Income tax rates, property taxes, estate taxes, and even […]
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