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Is Mandatory Behavior of Buses in NYC the Next and Final Bloomberg Step?

Published on Yahoo! Voices on 6/18/13

New York City may soon require residents to separate their food scraps and similar items under a mandatory composting program, city officials recently said. But mandatory composting aside, what one rule would New Yorkers like to see the city enforce that it doesn’t already?

COMMENTARY | New York City has attempted to legislate a lot of things under Mayor Bloomberg — things that often affect residents frequently in small ways. Some plans start out voluntary but mandatory programs often end up as the result. On occasions, attempts (such as the large soda ban) failed but generally they move forward. So, now that the mayor’s term of office is coming to an end, what could be made mandatory to really help us?

Read more at http://voices.yahoo.com/is-mandatory-behavior-buses-nyc-next-and-12193918.html?cat=2

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How I Honor My Dad On Father’s Day (And Every Day)

Published on YourTango on 6/14/13 

Father’s Day can be hard if your dad has died, but you can still celebrate his life.

My own father died right after Father’s Day — a story that has taken some time to be able to tell but which you can read more about. While, in general, we do not think about the mortality of our parents, my father’s death was particularly difficult for a number of reasons (not the least of which was that he was only 60 and had not been particularly sick). It took time for me to be at peace with myself since he drove hundreds of miles to celebrate Father’s Day with me — and ended up having a heart attack.

It was a visit that I had been looking forward to and I had planned just the right things that he should enjoy. I never planned on his unexpected suffering and seeing his labored breaths. Then, I was alone in the hospital when decisions had to be made about his care. At that point, his death was still many days away, but I had my last conversation with my dad. Over the next days, my mom and sister would join me. In the end, we would make decisions together about the end of my dad’s life. Inside, I was wrestling with guilt for having him drive out to see me, anger at systems that did not work the way they should and a tempering of it all from my professional background.

Read more at http://www.yourtango.com/experts/the-rev-christopher-smith/honoring-father-when-dad-has-died

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Sloppy Joe Served Over Donuts and Pizza – Good Tasting?

Published at Yahoo! Voices on 6/10/13

Sloppy joe is simply ground meat with sauce and spice added, possibly with onions and/or pepper. As a basic American food it may be surprising for it to be the center of a fair food controversy. What may even be more surprising is that similar ripples existed in the past. In fact, I even experienced a situation with this same food and cold pizza.

Read more at http://voices.yahoo.com/sloppy-joe-served-over-donuts-pizza-good-tasting-12178433.html?cat=22

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A Couple’s Guide To Joint Finances

Published on YourTango on 6/10/13

Considering opening a joint account with your significant other? Here are six things to consider.

Couples have to work out a way to take care of financial matters that they both are involved in and this can be as source of conflict within the relationship. These decisions are all about the money — the rent or mortgage payments, the dollars that are spent on the electric bill, the increasing cost of cable or satellite television and the necessary expense of groceries. When a couple commits to joining finances as a business decision (focusing on the money) they miss out on some other key aspects of joint finances.

Read more at http://www.yourtango.com/experts/the-rev-christopher-smith/6-ways-joint-finances-are-not-about-money

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The Unforgettable Money Lesson I Learned from My Father

Published on YourTango on 6/7/13

On Father’s Day, I remember my father’s life and the lessons he taught me.

As my father’s death is tied to Father’s Day and as I seek to honor him in the way I live, around Father’s Day I think about the lessons I learned from him and how they have been influential in guiding how I respond to life with wholeness and peace. Many lessons come to mind when I start reflecting, but one about money brings a smile to my face.

I was eleven years old. There was a particular calculator that I really wanted. I have always been interested in mathematics. By today’s standards this calculator was very primitive. However, it did have a few functions beyond the basic ones. We were living in England and the calculator cost something like ten pounds. I didn’t have the money. My father offered to let me buy it and make payments until I had paid him back. We bought the calculator and I was so happy and enjoyed taking every opportunity to use it that I could.

Read more at http://www.yourtango.com/experts/the-rev-christopher-smith/father-s-money-lessons

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Mystery Falling: No Answer from Doctors but Easy Answer

Published on Yahoo! Voices on 6/6/13

One day I had finished lunch and was going back out to my when suddenly I could feel myself falling. As I tumbled down the stairs, I was not able to stop myself and I rolled over and over down a whole flight of stairs. As I lay there hearing the concerned voices of friends, I wondered had I missed a step again? This was becoming too common. A nurse present told me I hadn’t, that my legs had given out under me and used a diagnosis that was scary, but she would be helpful in describing the fall to physicians. I was ready to work out what was going on so I could end the series of falls.

Read more at http://voices.yahoo.com/mystery-falling-no-answer-doctors-but-easy-answer-12171017.html?cat=5

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5 Business Lessons from ABC’s “Shark Tank” on TV

Published on Yahoo! Voices on 6/5/13

Like many entrepreneurs, I played with my business for many years before deciding to get serious. Once I got serious, I discovered that running a business was much more complicated than it seemed while at the same time being easier than I might have expected. During the last year, I started watching ABC’s “Shark Tank” on TV and found that watching it I was able to learn valuable lessons for my own businesses. Here are some of the top things I have been learning by watching others enter the Shark Tank on television:

Read more at http://voices.yahoo.com/5-business-lessons-abcs-shark-tank-tv-12168012.html

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