Category: Misc.

Becoming a Micro-Philanthropist

 Do you ever wish you could do more to help extended family, neighbors, and acquaintances who are struggling?  Alice and I do.  Having enough to help others is one of our motivations for getting our own finances in order.  But how do you start?  Who should you help?  What is the best way to go…

Fireflies, Fraud, and Haiku

I started my blog three years ago with the modest goal of teaching simple, timeless financial principles to family and friends in a way that is easy to understand, entertaining, and memorable.  As all writers know, sometimes you wonder if the message is getting through.  And as any parent knows, this is especially true of…

Back to the Future: Money and Time Travel

“The essence of finance is time travel. Saving is about moving resources from the present into the future. Financing is about moving resources from the future into the present.” – Matt Levine, Financial Journalist   One of my favorite movies is Back to the Future. The movie is about Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), an average American…

“Her Name Was Dottie”: Life’s Final Exam is Not About Net Worth but About Treating Others as People of Worth

It is well to remember that the entire universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others. – John Andrew Holmes, US congressman and senator in the early 1800s Managing our money wisely is a necessary ingredient to a happy life, but certainly not the most important ingredient.  I was reminded of this again last month…