“CAUTION! If filing for a child who must use Form 8615 to figure the tax and the amount on Form 1040A, line 22, is more than the total of $7,400 plus the amount on Form 1040A, line 7, don’t file this form”?

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Friendly Bob of Fridley: “Subject: Those confounded (and confounding) taxes.

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Why did so many Swedes leave Sweden — and settle in a place even colder?

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Mounds View Swede writes: “I can shed light on Jimmy Still in Limbo’s question [“Why did so many Swedes leave for America, particularly to a more cold and frozen place?”] about why so many Swedes left Sweden. Continue reading “Why did so many Swedes leave Sweden — and settle in a place even colder?”

“The north wind doth blow, / And we shall have snow, / And what will poor Robin do then? / Poor thing!”

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Peachy of Cottage Grove: “As I listen to the strong March winds howl outside and my house in the suburbs rattles and shakes, a poem from my childhood, from ‘A Child’s Garden of Verses’ by Robert Louis Stevenson, popped into my head: ‘The north wind doth blow, / And we shall have snow, / And what will poor Robin do then? / Poor thing! // He’ll sit in the barn / To keep himself warm, / And hide his head under his wing. / Poor thing!’

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The photographic memories of Spirit Lake — including those unphotographed!

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The Gram With a Thousand Rules: “Every summer, we drove my mother back to her home town of Spirit Lake, Iowa. I thought I was taking a picture of my baby daughter snuggling in her grandma’s arms, but now I know what that serene and contented look on my mom’s face really meant. She was ‘homing.’ She had arrived in her mind long before our packed van pulled into town.

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