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JMO last won the day on April 12

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  1. I'm not sorry I finished the book, but my take away is still the same thing I felt at the beginning (when I really questioned continuing with all the whining). The idea of a book being put out that is based on the unlawful behavior of choosing to not pay taxes (by an accountant, no less) and having it be sidestepped to show the 'struggle' of that continued choice bothers me (especially since it affects us all). Had there not been blatant disrespect for the officers who were doing their jobs as a result of their unlawful choice, (which also, coincidentally goes to HOW law enforcement is paid=taxes), there might be a feeling of them being sorry for their actions. They didn't, for some reason, have to do jail time for the crime. They may have been embarrassed that they got into this situation, but were they sorry (beyond the self-entitlement)? Even when she said she was, it didn't seem like it was for ethical reasons--or even gratitude for not having logical criminal consequences. There also wasn't any resolution to the lack of marital communication...which was the basis for the issue in the first place... AND who does this to friends and then blames them, too?! I think the author hit on many introspective issues and (beautiful sounding) insights of what we all want in life. But it still represents what is wrong in our society: Oh, it's hard so I'll just fudge things and I'll justify it, blame others and get away with it while living the way I choose to--and then get kudos (and money) for sharing all about what I went through! And THEN people will chalk it up to 'mistakes' and 'being human' while I say the infamous, "I'm sorry." At what point should people KNOW BETTER? (To really exaggerate the point: Otherwise, it's just a more wholesome version of Kardashian-type behavior). Again, this is based on people with finance and education backgrounds (!!!). Doesn't our society and everyone in it deserve better (aka more responsibility) from those who have always had so much more (whether they realized it or not) than most, instead? Personally, I wish it were a work of fiction.
  2. Flat broke with two Goats

    Once I got past my own pet-peeves/biases of the self-entitlement, that many never have what she always had, and the fact that the rest of us suffer when someone chooses to not pay their taxes, I could appreciate her introspection on her ancestors and how hardworking they truly are. I also think it's wonderful that they didn't completely quit their marriage. They both certainly had reason to, but seemed to have a hold on that part of their lives...maybe...which may have made all the difference. Too many don't honor the vows. It's just for better, richer, and while in good health.
  3. Paying taxes

    The other factor in the taxes issue is that it affects the rest of us (who do forgo the things we want to pay our taxes). That was never addressed.
  4. Resetting your life

    I think anyone who has been through divorce has done so. So I give credit to them for sticking out the marriage. That is where the struggle is real. And I don't think most who get divorced are aware of the consequences...(Of course, nowadays most are unaware of what vows mean and those consequences...).
  5. Do you like the main character?

    Just a reminder that she was privileged enough (and smart enough?) to obtain a Master's degree. She also stated she chose to stop asking "to keep the peace." That's an educated choice, not just his fault...
  6. Paying taxes

    There's such a sense of underlying self-entitlement with not paying taxes and living the way they did... This seems to be 'The American Way.' It sure puts a light on the issue of who is actually working (honestly) and the level of morals/values. When I think of those who want "The American Dream," and come here and work for so little but often pay taxes without citizenship--or get deported because they aren't "legal" despite their hard work... What does being 'a good person' mean if this is acceptable? We are talking about someone who had the privilege of obtaining a Masters degree!
  7. OMG! The WHINING!

    I'm still reading it, but saw the topic heading and have to agree. I'll keep trying to get through it...