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Richard Cummings

Richard Cummings is a writer, traveler, and web content developer.

Get your copy of his latest book entitled Obvious Conclusions, stories of a Midwestern emigrant influenced and corrupted by many years living in San Francisco and abroad. It just received its first outstanding review "...reminiscent of David Sedaris or Augusten Burroughs" on Amazon UK.
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Web Portal for Direct Deposit of Second 2020 Stimulus Check [October Updates]

direct deposit stimulus checksWant to get your second 2020 stimulus check quicker than the first?  Here is show to get setup with direct deposit for the second stimulus payment.

There is a web portal to submit your direct deposit information to the IRS and, if you did not get it set up in time for the first stimulus check, you may want to setup direct deposit for the second stimulus payment, which will happen if the Heroes Act (read summary) or an equivalent passes the Senate, who are still negotiating as of October, 2020.

It might not be surprising that many people are confused as to whether their 2020 stimulus check will be direct deposited or if they will be receiving a check.

One of the reasons for this is that there are actually two web portals (discussed below) which can be very confusing.

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Richard CummingsWeb Portal for Direct Deposit of Second 2020 Stimulus Check [October Updates]
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Then She Was Gone: A Book Review by Richard Cummings

then-she-was-gone-book-review-richard-cummingsThen She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell has one juicy plot twist and several interesting, often cringeworthy, characters. Does that make it worth a read? Let’s find out!

When I began Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell, the writing and the Englishness of it all resonated with me: have I read a Lisa Jewell book before?

Of course, I thought, I have even reviewed The Family Upstairs, one of her recent novels and one I thoroughly enjoyed.

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Richard CummingsThen She Was Gone: A Book Review by Richard Cummings
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Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan: A Richard Cummings Book Review

sex-and-vanity-book-review-richard-cummingsI’m easily manipulable – I chose to read the book Sex and Vanity simply for the salacious title AND because I heard the same author had also written the book Crazy Rich Asians, a movie [not book] that I enjoyed.

Why not? What the h*ll? Let’s go for it!

Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan — the Amazon page for the book promises the following:

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Richard CummingsSex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan: A Richard Cummings Book Review
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The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica: A Book Review by Richard Cummings

the-other-mrs-review-richard-cummingsIn this review of The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica, I’ll tell you why this book may leave you feeling either deceived, scared, or intrigued. Or perhaps all three…

I chose to read The Other Mrs because it kept popping up in my Amazon recommendations list. You know the one. Where it says “Customers who read this book also read”. It looks like this:

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Richard CummingsThe Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica: A Book Review by Richard Cummings
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Book Review: The Wives by Tarryn Fisher

book-review-the-wives-tarryn-fisher-by-richard-cummings-In this book review of The Wives by Tarryn Fisher, I’ll tell you three things: Why you’ll like it, why it will annoy you, and why it may surprise you.

First, let me confess a disservice I’ve done to Tarryn Fisher, the author of The Wives. I typically do not read books of a similar genre consecutively. I find this unfair to the second undertaking. It’s as if you’ve just scratched an itch that you’ve had for a long time… the second scratch will will never feel as good as the first.

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Richard CummingsBook Review: The Wives by Tarryn Fisher
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Book Review: The Last Trial by Scott Turow

scott-turow-the-last-trial-review - richard-cummingsWhen I saw that Scott Turow had released a new book entitled The Last Trial, I felt like an old friend was coming to town and I looked forward to their arrival with pleasant anticipation.

I’m grateful to Scott Turow every time he writes a book — they arrive too infrequently and pass too quickly.

It all began back in 1987 with Presumed Innocent, a legal thriller with just the right proportion of character development, plot intrigue, and great writing. I was equally absorbed by his follow-up The Burden of Proof and then found myself looking forward to each new release by Scott Turow.

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Richard CummingsBook Review: The Last Trial by Scott Turow
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Second Stimulus Proposal – the HEALS ACT- In Danger of Collapse

senate-second-stimulus-HEALS-mitch-mconnellWhile Americans continue to wonder when they’ll receive their second stimulus check, the Republican-filled Senate continues to argue over the details of their new stimulus package called The HEALS Act.

If you are wondering about how much a second stimulus check would be, the answer is that it would be roughly the same amount as the first stimulus check from the CARES Act, which was $1,200 for all qualifying Americans.

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Richard CummingsSecond Stimulus Proposal – the HEALS ACT- In Danger of Collapse
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Normal People By Sally Rooney: A Book Review by Richard Cummings

normal-people-sally-rooney-review-richard-cummingsThe very reason I chose to read Normal People by Sally Rooney was the ordinary title — definitely not click bait!

Of course, I put more in my decision to read a book than a quick glance at the title but it was initially the title of Sally Rooney’s book — Normal People — that interested me.

I guess I had a contrarian thought after seeing the title: any author that takes such a big risk with an unappealing title must know the inner-beauty of their work.

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Richard CummingsNormal People By Sally Rooney: A Book Review by Richard Cummings
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Trump: “Very Generous” Second Stimulus Check [Watch Video]

trump-very-generous-second-stimulus-postIn an interview yesterday, President Donald Trump said that there will be a very generous second stimulus check of 2020 forthcoming.

What we don’t know is this: was he telling the truth and when would a second stimulus happen?

There are several factors that may indicate he was not telling the complete truth.

(We now know the truth.  Yes, Donald Trump was, like always, exaggerating.  See below what the “very generous” check will be.)

Firstly, his Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin continues to opine that a second stimulus should be more jobs-focused rather than a direct check to the American people.

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Richard CummingsTrump: “Very Generous” Second Stimulus Check [Watch Video]