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Ladybug Fly Away Home

by Tammy Tillotson

-Ladybug! Ladybug!
Fly away home.
Your house is on fire.
And your children are all gone.
All except one,
And that’s little Ann,
For she’s hiding under
The frying pan.

—Children’s Nursery Rhyme, author unknown

Nursery Rhymes are short little poems or verses which very young children find enjoyable and amusing. These precious rhymes are all too often set aside for the young, under the false assumption that adults have somehow outgrown their timeless lessons of banter and rhyme.

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by Tammy Tillotson

In 1930, Professor Carl Leffler developed a system of 6,000 bingo cards with non-repeating number groups. He later went insane. There are 1,474,200 unique Bingo cards possible, and only a handful of unique things to do for fun in a small town.

Bingo Hall of Fame
Since the last time someone’s unique idea resulted in an array of blue flashing lights, I recently decided that Bingo presented an argument of at least 1,474,197 different possibilities that might prove just as interesting as slow dancing in the median of Hwy 58 at midnight.

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Marry, Marry Quite Contrary

by Tammy Tillotson

Marry, Marry, Quite Contrary,
How do love gardens grow?
With wedding bells and shackled yells,
Am I ready to have baggage in tow?

In July 1997, Swing magazine polled 507 adults between the ages of 18-34, and 51% thought that the ideal age to marry was between 25-29, while only 16% thought the age should be higher.

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The Love Bank: An Investment Strategy

by Tammy Tillotson

“We’re all born with a Love Bank. The people we meet are
automatically assigned their own “accounts,” and every
experience we have with them affects the balances of love
units in their accounts.” — Willard F. Harley, Jr.

Money and love have historically battled a gruesome duel to determine which will ultimately succeed in “making the world go ‘round.”

The Love Bank
As the victor is largely a decision based on biased perception, an opportunity for the two to reign hand in hand has quickly become one of my favorite metaphors to discuss with beginning investors like myself. The concept of a Love Bank is brilliant, however it is also incredibly underdeveloped.

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The Dress Makes a Woman

by Tammy Tillotson

“Something Old,
Something New,
Something Borrowed,
Something Blue”

Women spend an exorbitant amount of time, energy, and money in search of the perfect dress for the perfect occasion. Racks of dresses are aimlessly cast aside because they fail to accentuate the desirable features of a woman’s physique.

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Truth or Dare: Direct-To-Consumer Drug Advertising

by Tammy Tillotson

“I dare you to call your doctor.”

Quoted from a Commercial for Diflucan viewed on PAX Channel 47

In 1997 FDA rules cleared the way for pharmaceutical companies to begin what has become a vehement advertising campaign for prescription drugs. Direct-To-Consumer ads are obviously working considering the fact that pharmaceutical companies are investing billions in ads that reach consumers via their televisions and nearly every other form of mass media.

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One Nation, Under God, In Divisible Common Cents

by Tammy Tillotson

February 1, 2002

Praise the Pow’r that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto – “In God is our trust.”
—-Francis Scott Key, The Star Spangled Banner

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that posting isolated religious texts and symbols in any public building is unconstitutional. The government and public schools primarily choose to remain neutral on the issue of religion, because advocating one specific religion in comparison to another would violate every American’s Constitutional right to freedom of religion.

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