All posts by Roy A. Ackerman, Ph.D., E.A.

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Mystery Solved!

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I remember the first time I came to DC.  I was almost 4 years old.

My folks took me to the Smithsonian, the White House, the US Capitol, and the Washington, Lincoln, and Jefferson Monuments.  And, I remember a most curious little house on the edge of the mall, near the Washington Monument.  I thought it was for the Park Police.  (It was then- but, then they abandoned it.  It simply became the home for vagrants, until it was “locked up”.)

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What the month of Cheshvan should teach us.

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I mentioned a few days ago how Leonardo Da Vinci was one of my childhood heroes.  And, he not only amped up my interest in science and painting- but in poetry.  So, telling you that Edgar Allen Poe was among the first poets to  pique my fancy should not surprise you. (I am talking about The Raven,  But to be honest, while Annabelle Lee is also among my favorite poems,  my heart belongs to to the sublime e.e. cummings…) But, I digress.

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Per Diem

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Do you know that the IRS has not changed its policies on gifts?  That any business gift that costs more than $ 25 is taxable to the extent if exceeds that threshold?  That is has been in place since 1981- which means at the very least the IRS should have changed the deductible limit to $ 66.

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Pay for Performance- not for executives, it’s not!

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What a surprise- NOT!

I’ve said for years that the bloated, sky-high compensation proffered to corporate executives, the CEO pay, has nothing to do with corporate performance.  OK.  I apologize.  I have been wrong.

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Don’t confuse me with the facts. My mind is made up!

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I admit it.   I am one of those folks who engages in political discourse all the time.  And, with folks from every aisle.  (It’s no longer appropriate to claim there are only two aisles- since the GOP is split into at least five factions and the Democrats into at least two.  Plus,  there are fringe elements that are not represented in our government.  Thankfully!)

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Stop? Assembly? Who knows….

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Last night was the 7th day of Sukot- but it has a special name-  Hoshana Raba.  Kind of like a mini-Yom Kipur.  During services, we destroy the willow branches that are part of the Lulav and Etrog (see the picture below) we’ve employed during this seven day festival.  We either do this because it was part of the rain-bringing rituals that existed centuries ago- or to remind us of repentance.  (The origin of the practice is simply not clear to us today.)

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