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Fireworks For All

Although maybe not the best use of money, I thought it would be a cool idea to have spent some of the trillions in debt we’ve created recently to have a spectacular and inspiring fireworks display in every town across America this 4th of July.  With any luck, every citizen in the community, safely at home, could spend ten minutes distracted …

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Searching For Simple

Occam’s razor refers to the idea that the simplest answer is often the correct answer.  I was watching the ESPN documentary about the 1998 Chicago Bulls Basketball team, “The Last Dance” and in one of the episodes they journey into Michael Jordan’s childhood.  One scene in particular talks about how or why he is so competitive and it seems to …

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Lessons Are Expensive

When my wife and I bought our first home, I neglected to seal up a pipe coming into our house, despite it being noted in our home inspection.  That resulted in an afternoon freaking out as we watched water flow into our electrical box, and then a new electrical box that cost a nice chunk of change. A lesson was …

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Who Takes The Risk

As we enter the summer months, there are car deals popping up left and right.  The most attractive ones are for 0% financing on a new ride.  For example, you pay 0% interest on a loan length up to 72 months!  Think about that, you get to keep your own money and spend the bank’s money for 6 years without …

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If No One Cares

I was speaking with a friend the other day about the state of the economy, the stock market and I guess the world.  My thought track was along the lines of…”it only matters if someone cares.” As the words were coming out of my mouth I remembered “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss.  We read that incredible book with our children …

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The Whir Of The Printing Press

It would not be appropriate to spoil a perfectly fun Friday with the boredom of the US Federal (Reserve) Open Market Committee (FOMC for short) policy actions.  So let’s not go too deep, but let’s lay some groundwork around whether or not the Fed is really printing an unlimited amount of money.  In my mind, I picture an enormous secret …

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Like My Mom Always Said

Where did that phrase go? “Like my Mom always said…you catch more flies with honey than vinegar.” I love the idea of these nuggets of wisdom being cast into the ears of frustrated and stubborn children. (Are there any other kind of children? : )  What I don’t want my children to grow up saying is, “Like my Dad always …

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How Do You Say Thank You?

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, AND…as my cousin reminded me last year,  just as importantly National Nurses Day on May 6th.  At this moment, in this period of time, I have this feeling in me that saying “thank you” isn’t enough.  How do you thank the teachers who are adapting on the fly to an uncharted educational and societal …

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The Great Coin Return

What if one of the results of this pandemic is the elimination of physical US dollars? No more wad of cash, no more summer gigs “under the table” and no more loose change. My thought is the first phase of this exercise would be a one time “Great Coin Return.”  The government allows for a deposit of ALL your change …

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Pop Quiz – Test Your Skills!

Keeping it light this week with my “at home” edition. Test your skills with three true or false questions, learn something new and then wow your friends and family with your new found wisdom!