Tag Archives: inspiration

Be Patient With the Poor and the Young

  In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 year old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.   “How much is an ice cream sundae?” he asked. “Fifty cents,” replied the waitress.The little boy […]

A Moral Dilemma

Here’s a moral question for you. It’s hypothetical but it shows what kind of character you have.  Here’s the situation:   You are in the Midwest, and there is a huge flood in progress. Many homes have been lost, water supplies compromised, and infrastructure destroyed. Let’s say you’re a photographer out getting still photos for […]

Sand, Stone, and Paper

Two friends were walking through the desert .  During some point of the journey, they had an argument; and one friend slapped the other one in the face.  The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand , “today my best friend slapped me in the face .”  They […]

Ask TaxMama Issue 611 – Full Hearts

Dear Family,  The stock market has been quite a ride this week. Someone was kind enough to thank me for my wise and useful advice and wanted to know if I could also help him with his septic system. (In other words…in case you missed the sarcasm, he’s saying I’m full of excrement.) Which is […]

Keep Your Fork

There was a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she  was getting her things ‘in order,’ she contacted her Pastor  and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of  her final wishes. She told him which songs she  […]

Your Invisible Impact

Next week, I have a high school reunion coming up. (Never mind what number it is – know that it is a big number!) I was privileged to attend the best public high school in Los Angeles (at least in my opinion) – Fairfax High School. Looking at the notes from my classmates brings back […]

Not What They Seem?

Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family.   The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the mansion’s guest room. Instead the angels were given a small space in the cold basement.    

Pass the Biscuits

When I was a kid, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then.  And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage, and extremely burned biscuits […]

Ask TaxMama Issue 585 – Our Own Image

Dear Family, Our Money Funny today will inspire you, actually. We never really know how other people see us. We usually look at ourselves in the harshest, most critical light. Years ago, I dated a fellow who was good friends with one of the Charley’s Angels. Naturally, all those women are gorgeous and talented. He […]

The Value of Friends? Priceless

One day a teacher asked her students to list the names of the other students in the room on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each name. Then she told them to think of the nicest thing they could say about each of their classmates and write it down. It took the remainder […]