The personal letters of ‘Doc’ Maynard reveal poignancy and pride

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TALK ABOUT DESTINY. Chris Braaten entered this world Aug. 14, 1950, inside Maynard Hospital, a long-gone First Hill facility named for Chris’ great-great-great grandfather — the storied Seattle physician and promoter David “Doc” Maynard, who befriended and named our city for Seattle, the Duwamish and Suquamish chief.

The birth merited a Seattle Times blurb quoting Chris’ mother, Margret. “We have a lot of Dr. Maynard’s letters and papers at home,” she said. “I think Chris will get a thrill out of looking them over a few years from now.”

Today, Chris has delivered on his mom’s hunch, donating to the Southwest Seattle Historical Society 35 handwritten letters unseen by the public, including 25 by Maynard from 1850 to 1873, the year he died at age 64, and five by his second wife, Catherine.

It’s a priceless, scholarly gift to a fitting repository. The historical society’s Log House Museum stands just

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Qualified Personal Residence Trust (QPRT)

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Daughter and mother sign a QPRT
Daughter and mother sign a QPRT

When creating an estate plan, one important question to consider is how to handle the transfer of personal property, including your home. A Qualified Personal Residence Trust, or QPRT, is something you may decide to create to minimize gift and estate taxes associated for your heirs. This type of trust essentially allows you to take your personal residence out of the estate tax equation when transferring assets to your named beneficiaries. While not everyone needs a QPRT, it’s helpful to understand how they work and the pros and cons of using one in estate planning. If you think a QPRT might be right for you, consider linking up with a trusted financial advisor in your area for expert guidance.

Qualified Personal Residence Trust, Definition

A trust is a legal entity that holds property and other assets on behalf of a beneficiary. A QPRT is

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Political campaigns calling your personal phone? Election Board officials say they didn’t give out your number | Local Government

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Hi! My name is Zero Suit Samus (or Samus for short), and I’m an energetic pitbull mix who needs some love. And I really mean that. I need a family who will cuddle with me because your penalty for not giving me cuddles is to hear the cry of my people. My foster dad says that based on my crying, I must have descended from pterodactyls, but that’s silly because pterodactyls don’t even like peanut butter. And I looove peanut butter. And treats. And strawberries. And watermelon. And anything, really. Honestly kid, if you give me your salad, I’ll eat it. Don’t want your broccoli? I’ll take care of your problem. See that toy? It’s in my stomach now. See that puke? Well, you can have your toy back.

Like all superdogs, I have an origin story: I ran across the highway and caused a 4-car pileup that I ended

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Twitter knew of issues with high profile accounts, personal information for years: report

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Several people warned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey about oversight of the contractors and employees who are able to override users’ security settings since 2015, Bloomberg News reported, citing former employees with knowledge of security protocols.



Jack Dorsey looking at the camera: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey speaks during a press event


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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey speaks during a press event

While the concerns came to the forefront this month, after 130 high-profile users’ accounts were hacked and used to promote a cryptocurrency scam, the security flaws have existed for years, to the point that in 2017 and 2018, some contractors deliberately looked into celebrity accounts, including Beyonce’s, under the guise of help-desk inquiries.

The people behind this month’s hack reportedly reached at least one company employee by phone to gain access to security information that in turn gave them access to Twitter internal user-support tools, people familiar with the investigation told the publication.

The company last week began requiring all employees to

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This $30 Personal Finance Course Can Help You Grow Your Wealth

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If you want to start managing and growing your wealth more wisely, this is a great place to start.

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One of the core responsibilities of starting a business is separating your business and personal finances. That’s especially true for solopreneurs who launch an LLC to try to reduce their tax burden. All that money may be yours, but it’s important to draw clear distinctions so the IRS doesn’t come after a larger share. As such, many entrepreneurs would benefit from personal finance and investment advice, seeing as their business incomes don’t always go

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Five Ways You Could Be Devaluing Your Personal Brand On Social Media

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Jon Michail is Founder & Group CEO of Image Group International & best-selling author of Life Branding. Follow him on LinkedIn & Twitter.

Everyone today from Bill Gates and Elon Musk to Oprah Winfrey and Bill from Timbuktu has a personal brand, though many people may not realize it. I’ve noticed that only the people who know what their personal brand is and what it is doing for their professional and personal reputation gain the many benefits from their personal brand positioning.

It’s critical that you have an authentic and strong online presence. Your presence on various social media channels is as important as your offline presence — maybe even more so. Building an influential, impactful and strong personal brand on the appropriate social media channels can go a long way in helping you secure that dream job and promotion or becoming an entrepreneur and leader who people trust

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Your Personal Trainer: Working out when sick

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Q. I get frequent sinus infections and head colds. I feel like it’s OK to continue my workouts but my wife says I should be resting. Who’s right?
Rob W.

Oh boy, I don’t want to get in the middle of a marital “discussion” (not even my own)! Fortunately, you’re both right – depending on what ails you. First, please understand I’m not a doctor (though my mother would be so proud), so do not take any of my examples as medical advice. You should always consult with a medical professional whenever possible, especially if you have underlying conditions.

For your stated situation — head colds and sinus issues — you can usually ontinue to exercise, though you may wish to consider a slightly less vigorous workout depending on what you like to do.

The general rule of thumb in exercise circles is that if you’re sick from the

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A personal tribute to my friend John Lewis | Bishop Nathan Baxter

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Like so many citizens of various political perspectives, I felt a deep sense of loss when I learned of Congressman John Lewis’s death. It is personal, because he was a friend and colleague.

When signing one of his books to me, he wrote, “To Nathan, my good friend and brother. Thank you for your leadership. With faith and hope, Keep Your Eyes on the Prize . . . ”

I know, given his gracious heart, he wrote such kind words to many. But to this boy from Uptown Harrisburg, it is a special treasure that still inspires me.

  • More: John Lewis will lie in state at U.S. Capitol after crossing Edmund Pettus Bridge one last time

I came to know him early during my 12 years as Dean of the Washington National Cathedral. We gradually lost contact in the years after my return to Central Pennsylvania. However, I watched admiringly

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Personal connections key to strong supply chains

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Personal connections key to strong supply chains
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Amid a pandemic when limitations on disinfecting wipes, toilet paper and drugs brought attention—and disruption—to supply chains, new research involving Washington University in St. Louis delivers something of an answer to improving these lines of business:


Work with who you know.

While most of the business world builds success from existing relationships, four scientists including Xiumin Martin from the Olin Business School crunched data to find that personal connections between suppliers and vendors particularly improves the efficiency of the supply chain. To be precise, such rapport results in better overall performance, less restrictive and longer-lasting contract terms, and crystallized communication.

“Recent years witnessed significant increase in the complexity of supply-chain relationship due to outsourcing,” said Martin, professor of accounting. “Such increased complexity pushes my co-authors and me to think about how some fundamental issues concerning information asymmetry are addressed in this new regime. We examined this question by

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Cybercriminals pose as Amazon employees to steal money, personal information: Report

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Cybercriminals are pretending to be Amazon workers in order to steal people’s personal information, according to a recent report.

The AARP on Thursday detailed several scams involving criminals pretending to be from Amazon’s customer service or security teams. The scams were all reported on AARP’s fraud helpline, according to the report.

In one instance, a man called a number he thought was for Amazon’s customer service in order to help his wife get back into her account. According to the AARP, the number turned out to be for a scammer who tried to sell the man a fake $999 computer program to help prevent hacking on his computer.

INSTACART CUSTOMERS’ DATA BEING SOLD ONLINE BY HACKERS: REPORT

The man ultimately refused to send the money order the fake

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