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"IN THIS WORLD, NOTHING CAN BE SAID TO BE CERTAIN, EXCEPT DEATH AND TAXES" - Benjamin Franklin. Income taxes were due in the United States last week, so we asked Red Roomers to blog about the inevitable: death, taxes, or another unavoidable aspect of living which Ben Franklin neglected to mention.
While the first personal income taxes were levied in the U.S. during the Civil War, it took the passage of 1913's 16th Amendment to the Constitution to codify the government's right to tax property, and therefore to make income taxes a permanent part of Americans' lives. Red Room author Jessica Barksdale Inclán expressed this kind of inevitablity this way: "I think folks have lumped death and taxes together to make us feel better about taxes. Are you feeling better yet? Me, neither."
Three posts stood out this week:
- Author Alma Alexander shares a heartbreaking tale of moving across the world and how one member of the family didn't make it. You'll be moved by "Last Days: Ari's Diary."
- Death may be inevitable, but author Dr. Steve McSwain argues that morbid attitudes towards death aren't inevitable. He shares much insightful advice in "Death, Taxes, Ego, and Easter: Something in Common."
- Member Veronica Rhodes is understandably resentful that the law requires her to lie on her taxes every year. Find out why in "Diary of a Tax Cheat: An Honest Gay Mom Files Her Phony 1040 (Again)."
Speaking of taxes, I know someone who writes off all expenses related to his cat (don't try this at home without checking with your accountant first). In his honor, these bloggers will receive Red Room author Darlene Arden's latest book, The Complete Cat's Meow: Everything You Need to Know About Caring For Your Cat.
You can find all the death and taxes blog entries here. I hope you'll find a few of your favorites, leave comments letting the bloggers know what you loved about their writing, and share them around with your friends and family. You can see all of Red Room's past blog topics here. Thanks as always for blogging!
–Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room