August 4, 2020

Obituary For My Brother Joe Fouts, Who Recently Passed Away From COVID-19

Joseph Robert Fouts
January 25, 1963 -  July 24, 2020
Photo credit:  rushfamilycareservice.com

Joseph Robert Fouts Obituary
COVID-19


(Edited 08/04 9:00 PM Pacific Time to state additional commonalities in the birth and death dates on the Fouts side of my family.)

My brother Joe Fouts, who lived in Iowa, recently passed away from COVID-19.  Iowa is a state where the economy is fully open.  No facial mask requirements, and from photographs I see, social distancing is largely ignored.

Joe was 57-years old.  Please, people, take COVID-19 seriously.  COVID-19 is not about politics.  It's not about freedom and liberty.  It's about public health.  Protecting yourself and those around you.

Wear a face mask or facial covering.  Social distance as much as possible in public.  Wash your hands.  Avoid crowds.  Pretty simple stuff that saves lives.  

Here is Joe's Obituary.


Death and Birth Date Commonalities in my Immediate Family


Not sure what to make of the following 1-day date commonalities surrounding Fouts family deaths and birth dates, if anything.  But the following sure is eerie.
  1. My Dad died on January 24, 1989.  One day before Joe's birthday (January 25).
  2. My brother Joe died on July 24, 2020.  One day after my brother John's birthday (July 23).
  3. And Joe's July 24, 2020 date of death is one day before the calendar date of his birthday, the 25th.
  4. My brother Joe died on the calendar date of the 24th.  And my Dad died on the calendar date of the 24th.  Same calendar date of death for my Dad and my brother Joe:  the 24th.
  5. My Grandmother Fouts, Celesta Fouts, died on December 23, 1977.  The 23rd was one calendar day before my Dad (her son) died, and also one calendar day before her grandson Joe (my brother Joe) died last month.  Both on the 24th.
  6. My Grandmother Fouts died on the same calendar date of my brother John's birthday: the 23rd.
 My gut tells me these death and birth date commonalities mean something, but I don't know what. What's with all the birth dates and death dates on the 23rd, 24th, and 25th?

Godspeed on your new journey, Joe.  Sis.

Mary Rae Fouts, EA . Fouts Financial Group


Mary Rae Fouts, EA provides Tax Services, Insurance Consulting Services, and Expert Witness Services to clients who typically have technical or complex concerns.  For more information visit FoutsFinancialGroup.com.  And remember ... Don't just stay positive, be positive!

Mary Rae Fouts

August 3, 2020

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Is On: A Bonehead Award Goes To Ignorant And Foolish South Dakota Gov. Krisi Noem!

COVID-19
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Bonehead Award


I about choked on my Avocado Toast at breakfast this morning when I read in the San Francisco Chronicle that, in spite of the COVID-19 Pandemic and surging COVID cases in South Dakota, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is still going to be held this month from August 7 - August 16.

And for that,  I am awarding a Bonehead Award to the ignorant, foolish, and downright dangerous Krisi Noem, the Boneheaded Governor of South Dakota.

You see, Bonehead Gov. Krisi Noem couldn't just rest her COVID-19 laurels on her non-masked, non-social distancing beyond foolish July 4 celebration at Mt. Rushmore.   Nope.  She's got to up the ante and allow some 225,000 people to ride their motorcycles into Sturgis for 9 days of non masked, no social distancing, crowded shoulder-to-shoulder partying.

South Dakota is Already a Surging COVID-19 Hotspot


According to today's New York Times, South Dakota is already one of the COVID-19 hot spots in the country with among the highest increased surges in COVID-19 cases.  The newspaper reported this morning that "At least 1 new coronavirus death and 88 new cases were reported in South Dakota on Aug. 2. Over the past week, there have been an average of 80 cases per day, an increase of 38 percent from the average two weeks earlier."

Any person with the IQ of a gnat can figure out what's going to happen when 225,000 motorcyclists roll into Sturgis later this week.  It's really downright simple.  COVID-19 is going to spread within the 225,000 Sturgis attendees.  Those who become infected will then take the virus home with them throughout the United States.  Potentially infecting people they encounter on their rides home, and for sure infecting people when they get home.  Because you know if these 225,000 people are not concerned about a mass gathering with no masks and no social distancing at Sturgis, they for sure are not concerned about it at home.

Republican Politicians:  COVID-10 Isn't About Politics.  It's About Public Health.  Duh!


I simply don't understand the Republican governors and other Republican politicians that are willing to risk the health and lives of their constituents during this COVID-19 Pandemic.   Wearing a mask, social distancing, minimizing shopping and errand trips, and avoiding crowds isn't about politics.  It isn't about freedom.  It isn't about liberty.  IT'S ABOUT PUBLIC HEALTH AND NOT SPREADING COVID-19, A VERY DANGEROUS AND, AT TIMES, DEADLY VIRUS.   DUH!   
How many more people have to become infected with COVID-19 before the Republican politicians comprehend that simple fact?  How many more people have to become severely ill with COVID-19, and recover but are left to suffer lifelong debilitating heart, lung, kidney, blood vessel, and/or neurological problems?  How many more people have to die from COVID-19 before Republican politicians comprehend that simple fact? 
Wearing a mask in public hasn't changed a thing for me, including wearing my favorite Chanel lipstick or lipgloss.  I haven't lost my freedom or my liberties.   Just three really simple practices save lives during this COVID-19 Pandemic:  (1) wearing a mask in public, (2) social distancing, and (3) washing your hands.  Is that too much to ask of people?   

Some of the political "leadership" in this country isn't leadership at all.  As in the case of South Dakota Gov. Krisi Noem and other like-minded politicians, they bring no leadership to their constituents.  They are, however, downright dangerous and pathetic people.

Mary Rae Fouts, EA . Fouts Financial Group


Mary Rae Fouts, EA provides Tax Services, Insurance Consulting Services, and Expert Witness Services to clients who typically have technical or complex concerns.  For more information visit FoutsFinancialGroup.com.  And remember ... Don't just stay positive, be positive!

Mary Rae Fouts

August 1, 2020

Happy 10th Birthday to my Princess Chow Chow-Pomeranian Mix Lexi!

Lexi the Dog


Happy 10th Birthday Lexi!  My Sweet and Forever Faithful Companion.  Lexi survived severe abuse and neglect in her prior life in a backyard puppy mill.  She was one of  dogs seized by police in August 2014 for severe abuse and neglect, and the only dog to survive.

We adopted Lexi as soon as she became available in October 2014 (following criminal proceedings for her animal abuse case).  lexi was skinny, thin furred, and terrified of most everything then, but with love and patience, blossomed into a wonderful, happy, and healthy Canine Companion.  Take a look at her 2014 photo, and today!  Would you ever think these are the same dogs?

Lexi at Adoption in October 2014. 
Very Skinny, Thin Furred, and Scared With Her Tail Between Her Legs.


Lexi Enjoying a Morning Walk in Late Spring 2020.
A Happy, Healthy, and Confident Doggie!

Lexi Getting Ready to Take a Snooze by the Front Door in Summer 2020.



Lexi Hanging Out in the Shade of a Backyard Artichoke Plant in June 2020.

Unconditional Love is as close as your nearest Animal Shelter.  Please adopt, don't shop.

About Mary Rae Fouts, EA and Fouts Financial Group


Mary Rae Fouts, EA provides Tax Services, Insurance Consulting Services, and Expert Witness Services to clients who typically have technical or complex concerns.  For more information visit FoutsFinancialGroup.com.  And remember ... Don't just stay positive, be positive!

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July 27, 2020

Comments: No More Anonymous Comments Given Increased Spam And Inappropriate Comments

Blog Comments on "Thoughts from Mary Rae Fouts"


Well, unfortunately I've had to implement a change to posting comments on this blog.  Unfortunately, I've seen an increased in both spam and inappropriate comments this summer from Anonymous commenters.  Moderating that annoying crap is taking too much time.  Frankly, it's a waste of my time.

However, I really didn't want to discontinue all commenting.  So, to address this issue, as of yesterday I'm requiring that commenters must comment through their Google Account; no more anonymous comments.

I'll be back on August 1st with new posts.  See you then!  mrf

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Mary Rae Fouts, EA provides Tax Services, Insurance Consulting Services, and Expert Witness Services to clients who typically have technical or complex concerns.  For more information visit FoutsFinancialGroup.com.  And remember ... Don't just stay positive, be positive!

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July 18, 2020

See You Later In August!

I'm taking a short break ... I will be away from posting new posts here on Thoughts from Mary Rae Fouts for a bit.  I will moderate and post comments during this time.  See you later with new posts starting in August.   Stay well and healthy, everyone!

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Mary Rae Fouts, EA provides Tax Services, Insurance Consulting Services, Annuity Consulting Services, and Expert Witness Services to clients who typically have technical or complex concerns.  For more information visit FoutsFinancialGroup.com.  And remember ... Don't just stay positive, be positive!

Mary Rae Fouts

July 15, 2020

Disability Insurance Litigation: Are You Looking For A Disability Insurance Expert Witness? Meet Mary Rae Fouts, EA

Disability Insurance Litigation.
Disability Insurance Expert Witness.


Are you looking for a Disability Insurance Expert Witness to address Disability Insurance Litigation or Arbitration Matters?

Mary Rae Fouts, EA has 32 years of experience addressing insurance concerns for clients throughout the United States.  She provides Disability Insurance Consulting Services, in addition to Expert Witness Services for Disability Insurance Litigation and Arbitration Matters. 

Mary has provided Expert Witness Services in federal courts, state courts, and arbitration venues throughout the United States.  She welcomes your call at (510) 421-5457 or email to Mary@FoutsFinancialGroup.com.

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Mary Rae Fouts, EA provides Tax Services, Insurance Consulting Services, Annuity Consulting Services, and Expert Witness Services to clients who typically have technical or complex concerns.  For more information visit FoutsFinancialGroup.com.

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July 12, 2020

Healthier Eating and Living: Summertime Salsa Recipe

Summertime Salsa
Frog Hollow Farm


Here is an easy, delicious, and healthy recipe for Summertime Salsa from my friends at Frog Hollow Farm  in Brentwood, California.  Their organic peaches this season are THE BEST peaches I've ever eaten.  The peach flavor literally explodes in your mouth.  Juicy with firm flesh; pit removes easily and cleanly.   I absolutely love Frog Hollow Farm's organic produce!

This salsa is delicious as 'traditional' salsa with chips, tacos, or a Mexican-style dish.  It's also delicious mixed with pasta for an easy pasta salad; cheese added as desired.   I'd personally go with a nice Blue Cheese or a Monterey Jack Cheese.  Enjoy!

Photo Credit:  Frog Hollow Farm's Facebook Page

Summertime Salsa

This perfect Summertime Salsa recipe from Frog Hollow Farms includes fresh organic avocados and peaches.

2 ripe organic peaches, diced
2 organic avocados, diced (use on the firmer side)
1 serrano pepper, minced (feel free to de-seed the pepper to tame some of the heat)
½ loosely packed cup packed cilantro, chopped fine
½ small red onion, finely chopped
Lime juice or key lime juice to taste
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

In a large mixing bowl; mix all the ingredient carefully and gently using a rubber spatula until it is combined well.

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About Mary Rae Fouts, EA


Mary Rae Fouts, EA provides Tax Services, Insurance Consulting Services, Annuity Consulting Services, and Expert Witness Services to clients who typically have technical or complex concerns.  For more information visit FoutsFinancialGroup.com.  And remember ... Don't just stay positive, be positive!

Mary Rae Fouts