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Dealing with Addiction and Its Financial Consequences – A Personal Story
Dealing with addiction. Now that's not a topic I thought would ever be on this blog. Why? The story is too personal. It's too painful. And it's too darn difficult to talk about. Yet here we are. What does this have to do with personal finance? Plenty! Read on to learn how and why this is the c Continue Reading
How Rural America May Become the Promised Land for Urban Refugees
In the The Internet is Not Helping Rural America I made the point that rural America is falling behind the rest of the country, largely due to limitations with the Internet. In this article, I’d like to discuss how rural America may become the promised land for urban refugees, precisely because of Continue Reading
The Internet is NOT Helping Rural America
This post is not intended to be a criticism of life in rural America. Nor am I pretending to be an expert on the economic fortunes of people living there. But I’ve driven long distances through remote rural areas, and it’s hard to ignore the often obvious economic distress of many who live there Continue Reading
Quiet Revolution – Young People Becoming Farmers
This is a trend I’ve been watching from a distance. I personally have no interest in going into farming, but my sister and brother-in-law have done just that. And low and behold, it turns out to be a quiet but rising trend. In particular, it involves young people becoming farmers. It doesn’t Continue Reading
Is Society In a Rut?
ears ago, when I was a young college student, I was in a class where we were discussing a well-known and controversial work by the political theorist Francis Fukuyama, “The End of History and the Last Man.”  The basic premise of Fukuyama’s treatise was that the nations of the world were on an Continue Reading
Who Do You Give Thanks to at Thanksgiving?
In light of the Thanksgiving holiday, we’re going to take a break from the regular fare of careers and money on this site. There are, after all, some things that are more important than money—and even careers! One of them is marked by this very holiday, but I think it often gets lost in the shuf Continue Reading
Las Vegas Shooting – Thoughts on Why These Tragedies Are Becoming More Common
The Las Vegas shooting – just the latest episode of Murder and Mayhem, American Style – has left 59 dead, and some 500 wounded. The details are still being unwound, and it’s unlikely we’ll get any conclusive answers given that the shooter killed himself. Like everyone else, I have no idea wh Continue Reading
Equifax Breach Shows How Ridiculously Complicated Everything Has Become
So now we have a breach of our identities, one that we were powerless to prevent. That’s 143 million of us, including – as recently confirmed – yours truly. 143 million identities are now floating around unaccounted for somewhere in cyberspace. All because we were involuntarily enrolled in the Continue Reading
Counting the Cost of Convenience – Do We Even Bother?
The traffic getting my wife into work yesterday was much lighter than either of us anticipated. With the extra time we had, we stopped in at Dunkin’ Donuts to get coffee. There was a line of seven or eight cars queued up at the drive-up window. As is our usual custom, we parked the car and went in Continue Reading
Why Politics Won’t Solve Our Problems
Have you noticed that despite all of the bold-sounding political claims, the media political churn, and the numerous books claiming political insight, that our problems as a nation seem to chug forward as if we're destined for disaster? It's as if the more we immerse ourselves in the politics of the Continue Reading