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Tax preparers do a big chunk of America's tax returns — more than 80 million a year, according to the IRS — but if you're nervous about handing confidential information to someone in a largely unregulated field, you're not alone.Here are … more
Although Chiffon margarine touted in a 1970s television ad campaign, "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature," Berkshire and Southern Vermont green thumbs can trick the ole gal into having an early spring — at least indoors. more
I often hear disparaging comments about the word etiquette.For example, "etiquette is only for stuck up people, etiquette is old fashioned, etiquette does not belong in schools," or more discouraging, "etiquette is class-based." Even a friend … more
"Executive orders" — everyone seems to be talking about them these days, but how many of us really understand how they work?"They can be kind of this weird thing that's kind of vaguely defined in the Constitution under Article 2," says Eliana … more
One of the most difficult, yet profound steps one can take when someone passes away, is to pay their respects to the family of the deceased.Recently, I experienced the passing of my mother. My heart overflowed with gratitude by all the cards, calls, … more
Q: Almost every night in Pittsfield, past midnight, CSX freight trains sound their horns frequently and loudly while traveling through the city, audible from miles away. Since there are no longer any railroad crossings in the city, why are the train … more
You've found the perfect new home for your family, but your current house hasn't sold yet. You can't afford to carry two mortgages, or maybe you were counting on money from your sale to help with the down payment and closing costs. more
WASHINGTON — On Facebook, 210 friends "liked" the wedding announcement of Zita de Pooter and Jeremy Meek. Almost immediately, the good wishes began pouring in.Congratz!Good Looking couple!Wowowow!But offline, no one attended the … more
Forget about keeping up with the Joneses. This time of year you want your house to be as crummy as possible. Why? Because it's property tax assessment time, which means it's also assessment appeal time. And if you can successfully argue that your … more
For me, the new year prompts a cleaning frenzy. No sense waiting until spring — I prefer to launch into the new calendar knowing that my house is spick-and-span. In addition to the areas of my home I clean regularly, such as the kitchen sink, … more
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