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The new tax law has hidden surprises

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By now, you may have been contacted by your employer to change your federal and state exemptions. Both because it’s a new year- and because of the tax law that was enacted last year.   Normally, you can follow the instructions that you are provided.  (But NEVER choose 9 or more exemptions- even if you think that makes sense, because that sets off alarms with every tax agency.  I’m not saying you are wrong- I am just saying, why bring on the aggravation.)

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Oodles of noodles?

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I’ve written many times that my mom was a terrible cook. Which is one of the reasons why when when she inherited the responsibility to host our family Pesach Seder (for all of some 28 folks), we picked up the pre-cooked meals at a West Hempstead (kosher) caterer.

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Merry Christmas!!!!

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No, it’s not my holiday. Nor have I ever considered celebrating.

But, that doesn’t mean we don’t have our own family traditions revolving about this day. For years, I’d haul my kids to the local Shoneys. One of the few places open on Christmas morning. (By the time my youngest [son] turned 9 [by then, he was the only child in the home], the Shoneys had closed.  So, we switched to a local [hole-in-the-wall] diner, which also had a Santa and a brunch.) Where we’d enjoy a wonderful brunch and watch the store Santa visit all the little kids. Which brought joy to mine, seeing the happiness in others.

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