Oh, Deer

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A city kid takes up residence in an historic mansion in the woods and is surprised to discover that he has a lot of wild neighbors. As seen in this weekend’s Boston Globe.

12. September 2017 by John W. Tomac
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Capitol Grilling

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Congress is broken. According to Mother Jones, one big culprit for the dysfunction is the elimination of earmarks. Sure, giving members funding for pet projects in their districts seems wasteful and corrupt. However, that money is being spent anyway on similar projects. Instead of elected officials weighing in on how it should be spent, the decisions are largely deferred to the permanent bureaucracy. Restoring earmarks might be the best way to put some heat on Congressional leaders and bring some authentic local flavor the legislative sausage-making process.

(Free idea for Congress: Restore earmarks and use them to pass legislations to protect The Dreamers. #DACA)

06. September 2017 by John W. Tomac
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Retired

Here are a few recent assignments for Kiplinger’s Retirement Report on a whole range of issues affecting retirees as well as those about to join their ranks.

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Social Security: There are many different options on how to receive your benefits, here’s how to find the right fit.

 

Navigating the Gig Economy

Side Hustle: Thanks to companies, like Uber and Airbnb, there are lots of ways to supplement your fixed income; here’s how to navigate the waters of the gig economy.

 

Multi Generational Households

Movin’ Out: The benefits and challenges of moving in with your children and creating a multi-generation household.

 

Is it time to re-examin how much insurance you’re carrying around? Created for Kiplinger’s Retirement Report

Got You Covered: You may be carrying around too-much, unnecessary insurance coverage.

 

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Planning: Drafting a plan to deal with Alzheimer’s Disease

 

Aging and Finances

Accounting for Age: As we get older, a fog settles in and it can be difficult to keep up with bills and financial statements–even if you were once an accountant.

01. August 2017 by John W. Tomac
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Punch Out

Tomac_TitleFight_Half-01Noted practitioner of the sweet science, Mike Tyson, once astutely observed that everyone has a plan, until they get punched in the mouth. This image ran with a Success Magazine feature about an editor who had been working out in a boxing gym and decided to step into the ring and see first hand how one man’s plan can withstand an encounter with determined opposition.

12. July 2017 by John W. Tomac
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Clean up time

Decluttering Your Smart Phone

It’s summer. That means you’re probably going places and doing things you want to photograph. Before you go, CNET has some advice–clean out your phone now so you can capture the moment instead of debating what to delete on the fly.

28. June 2017 by John W. Tomac
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Wielding Weapons Against Cancer

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The June issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance profiles a handful of pharmaceutical companies poised to post healthy gains thanks to new drugs that could tip the scales in the battle against cancer.  I had the pleasure of reworking an old idea to fit the story.

21. April 2017 by John W. Tomac
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Big Data on Campus

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New work for The Chronicle of Higher Education’s big  look at the “big data” on campus. Being able to collect and analyze all sorts of information is reshaping colleges, sometimes for the better, but it comes with some limitations.

 

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One big problem, is the struggle to keep up with it. Data systems are overwhelming facutly and staff because no one is given time to test them before implementation.

 

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Another issue, the idea of ‘big data’ came down from another world–business. While business leaders think they’re doing those in the humanities a great favor by giving them this gift, they’re handing them a force that can be as destructive as it is creative.

19. April 2017 by John W. Tomac
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