We fools and our money

“The Joneses’ things are still just things.” ~ Kurt Borne “And when the farmer has got his house, he may not be the richer but the poorer for it, and it be the house that has got him…our houses are such unwieldy property that we are often imprisoned rather than housed in them.” ~ Henry David Thoreau “Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising.” ~ Mark Twain “Ne te quaesiveris extra.” (Do not seek for things outside yourself.) – Ralph Waldo Emerson “We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have in … Continue reading We fools and our money

What Have I Done? Baby Boomers Reveal Their Deepest Financial Regrets

By Tim Sprinkle at The Exchange June 24, 2013 Over 50, underfunded, and ill-prepared for retirement. Unfortunately, that’s an all-too-common scenario for the Baby Boomer generation – those born between 1946 and 1964 — many of whom are still smarting from the economic downturn and are now looking back at their earlier financial choices with regret. Should they have bought that house at the height of the housing bubble? Should they have taken out that student loan? Should they have pursued a higher-paying career field? But doubts like these are just part of the new reality for today’s Boomers, says Stan … Continue reading What Have I Done? Baby Boomers Reveal Their Deepest Financial Regrets

The Death of Ivan Ilyich

“Ivan Ilyich’s life had been most simple and most ordinary and therefore most terrible.” ~ Leo Tolstoy  Probably my favorite book of all time is “The Death of Ivan Ilyich” by Leo Tolstoy, published in 1886. I generally love all classic Russian literature, and I have read this one several times as it is a short “novella” of just about 130 pages. It is the story of Ivan Ilyich, who is a high court judge in the late 1800s. Ivan, who enjoys superior status in society, has fallen into what ironically many people today fall into, which is an addiction to … Continue reading The Death of Ivan Ilyich