“I like to pay taxes. With them, I buy civilization.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (Photo by Mikhail Popov)
Most of us know Benjamin Franklin’s saying about death and taxes. We also know that neither is very pleasant. But, many taxpayers will see a refund this year and will have to decide what to do with their sudden windfall.
Today’s guest is Andrew Zumwalt, assistant professor of finance for University of Missouri Extension. He has a few suggestions about how to put your refund to good use.
“Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction.” ~ writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery (Photo by Mike DelGaudio)
Some older adults are finding traditional marriage a less desirable choice for later-in-life relationships. Jacquelyn Benson, a University of Missouri Extension gerontology specialist, has been studying older adults in Living Apart, Together, or LAT relationships. For LAT couples, each partner maintains their own home, but they are in a committed, intimate relationship.
Today’s guests are researcher Jacquelyn Benson and Robert Dolliver and Joyce Huber who are in a LAT relationship with each other.
“You don’t pay taxes – they take taxes.” ~ comedian Chris Rock (Photo by Levy Choi)
A Department of Labor decision in November last year declared that employers who do not offer health insurance but instead reimburse employees for the cost of acquiring health insurance have essentially established a “group health plan.” These plans would then be subject to ACA market reforms and be deemed non-compliant because the accounts impose limits on the amount of reimbursement and may not cover all required health benefits. This decision was made retroactive to Jan. 1, 2014. Non-compliance comes with a stiff fee.
Today’s guest is Brenda Procter, associate professor of family finance for University of Missouri Extension. She explains the ruling, the penalty and what employers need to do to avoid a fine.
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“Your body is your most priceless possession…so go take care of it!” ~ Jack Lalanne (Photo by Robert Linder)
If you’re planning to get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplace, time is running out. You only have until February 15.
This is the first year there is a fee if you didn’t have health insurance in 2014. There are many exceptions to avoid the fees. Graham McCaulley and Brenda Procter, both associate professors of family finances for University of Missouri Extension, explain these fees and the exemptions.
“If a potato can produce vitamin C, why can’t we? Within the animal kingdom only humans and guinea pigs are unable to synthesize vitamin C in their own bodies. Why us and guinea pigs? No point asking. Nobody knows.” ~ Bill Bryson, author of “At Home: A Short History of Private Life” (Photo by USDA’s Scott Bauer}
How much vitamin C do you take during cold and flu season? A thousand milligrams…4 thousand. Did you know that body can only process a certain amount of vitamin C and anything left over is flushed away with all your other waste?
Today’s guest is University of Missouri Extension nutritionist Tammy Roberts. She talks about how much vitamin C we need; it’s different for men and women. She also explains that many foods are a good source of the vitamin.
“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more!” ~ Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Photo by David R. Tribble)
Whether you catch mommy kissing Santa Claus or a young man stealing his first kiss, kissing under the mistletoe is a worldwide tradition. But, why does a bit greenery give us permission to catch a kiss?
Today’s guest is David Trinklein, horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension. He has lots of trivia about this semi-parasitic plant and why it gives us permission to make off with a little romance.
Today, poinsettias come in different colors (Photo by Debbie Johnson)
For many people the poinsettia is required for Christmas decorations. Today’s guest is David Trinklein and he has advice for choosing healthy poinsettias and keeping them looking good throughout the holiday.
The colorful part of the poinsettia are modified leaves called bracts. The true flowers, called ciathia, are found in the center of the bracts. (Photo by Debbie Johnson)