Watching them as they go…

Watching them as they go…

This week two friends of mine lost one of their parents.  Another is going to lose her father in short order.  It’s the time in life when we become parents to our parents and for many it’s a transition they’re not ready or prepared for…not that anyone could ever be.

It wasn’t long ago that we looked out and saw our parents and grandparents in the audience as we performed in school.

Then later as we looked out it was only our parents…and then too soon they weren’t there when we looked out…

Now our kids look out to us as the cycle of life continues its ever churning spirals of reality.

Watch them closely, while you still have them in sight.

I’m Don Rima and that’s the view From Where I Stand.

Family, Friends

Don’t Quit

 

 

Don’t Quit

I don’t usually go for sappy stuff like poetry, but I ran into this little parcel of writing this week after reading one too many postings from people that were clearly in need, one way or another. So, I pass it along. Perhaps you know someone you could or should pass it along to as well.

 

Don’t Quit

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will;
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill;
When the funds are low and the debts are high;
And you want to smile but you have to sigh.
When all is pressing you down a bit –
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit!
Success is failure turned inside out;
The silver tint on the clouds of doubt;
And you can never tell how close you are;
It may be near when it seems far;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
It’s when things go wrong that you must not quit.

– John Greenleaf Whittier

 

I’m Don Rima and that’s the way I see it, from where I stand.

Friends, Making Life Better, Self Respect

Filing your taxes – when Free really isn’t – are you being “monetized” ??

Filing your taxes – when Free really isn’t – are you being “monetized” ??

OK, so you’re intrigued by those online services and all that nice software that says they’ll do and file your taxes this year FOR FREE! Hmmmmm… We all like stuff for free, but hold the phone here folks – there’s more happening here than you may be aware of…

You may not be aware, yet, but you’re being mined and sold. Yupo folks, once again if it sounds too good to be true it most likely is.

It would appear that there’s really a growing and big business in mining as much information about you from your tax forms and from all those piles of paperwork that you have to use to create those monstrosities that you have to send the IRS each year! Think how much information you really tell about yourself when you file your 1040. Do you have any loans? Investments? Outside business interests? Student loans or college payments of any sort? Well, it’s all on your 1040 and it’s all there for whomever is doing your electronic filing to mine, aggregate, package and sell to whomever will buy it. The latest buzz word is call “monetizing the customer” – uh, that’s you! And it’s big business and big money.

SO, if you don’t want to be sold you may want to read the fine print and make sure that your privacy stays that way – private.

I’m Don Rima and that’s the way I see it, from where I stand.

Taxes, Technology Trends And Directions