Month: December 2016

Christmas Tax Breaks for Christmas Tree Growers  

  ‘Tis the season to be jolly, and how jolly could we be without Christmas trees on display? For some of us it’s the classic Pinus Sylvestris, or scotch pine. For others it’s the soft-needled Abies fraserie, or Fraser fir. Still more make do with the store-bought plasticus annualensis, or “Target special.” (Artificial trees can …

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Sweet!

December is a busy month for holidays, what with Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa all crowding calendars. (In fact, I’m on holidays also and writing this from Pakistan).  But there’s a lesser-known holiday that falls on December 16 that we don’t want you to miss. It’s not Ugly Christmas Sweater Day or Free Shipping Day (although …

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400 Cigar-Chomping Fat Cats Aren’t Enough Anymore

Author F. Scott Fitzgerald, who brought us the Great Gatsby among other well-heeled characters, once said the rich are very different from you and me. To which Fitzgerald’s jazz age compatriot Ernest Hemingway sarcastically retorted, “Yes, they have more money.” But how much more money do they really have? Nosey parkers want to know! Every …

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