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Twice Warned Twice Burned

I am going to avoid singling out which child of mine this post is inspired by, mostly because I don’t want this post to be found 10 years from now and I’ll have to hear “What the heck Dad, why would you write that?!” One fall night I decided to light a candle in our kitchen and place over the …

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BEST Song All Time

Chances are very good that you’ve heard this one before and chances are very low that you love it as much as I do.  My vote for the best song of all time is “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” by Rupert Holmes. How can you go wrong with lyrics like “I’m not much into health food, I am into champagne.”  …

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Halloween Head Scratcher

Halloween is the best! In what feels like a different life, I had this epic Halloween where myself and three friends rented these enormous full body California Raisin costumes.  What we may have lacked in spookiness we more than made up for in clumsy raisin swagger. With a family, Halloween is different, but just as much fun. Although it makes …

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The Good Problem

I don’t like the way the good problems are being treated and it’s time to change!  Too often I hear “well that’s a good problem to have” or “I wish I had that problem.” I think that good problems deserve and need the same amount of attention and time to solve as all problems do.   Here are two examples of …

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Bet On Yourself

The world is changing at an increasing rate.  Marc Andreeson, a very successful entrepreneur and investor, wrote an essay about 8 years ago titled “Why software is eating the world.” Any job that can be done by software, will be done by software.  As technology advances, more and more of today’s jobs will be vulnerable to this threat.  Along the …

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October Challenge!

This month’s challenge is not about saving money, but saving time.  How do we leverage the dollars on hand today to create a bit more freedom with our most precious resource of time. Earlier in the year I wrote on how to Turn 1 Hour into 1,000 Dollars.  In a future post I’ll expand on how to turn 1,000 dollars …

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Perfect Imperfection

I’ve seen this picture every summer for the past four years and every summer I appreciate it a little bit more.  The walls of the cottage my family stays in for the week are decorated with these beautiful black and white photographs in each room.  Each picture has the same precision framing, matting, mounting and simple black on white contrast.  …

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Do Both

Last night around 8:15 I said to my wife, “I don’t know if I should exercise or just drink wine?” She replied, “Do both.”  So I jogged on the treadmill for a bit and when I came upstairs I said “Should I drink wine or have leftover birthday cake.” To which she replied, “Do both!”  And so I did. We’ve …

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Credit Card Spotlight

In June I posted “Turn 1 Hour into a 1,000 dollars” which mentioned the Citi Double Cash card.  The feedback and response was awesome! With that in mind I am going to turn the spotlight towards other opportunities that may be worth exploring on a more consistent basis.  Since I have no hobbies and enjoy trolling the internet for new …

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Today’s Happy Topic – Death

Death, believe it or not, is not on my list of  “things I enjoy talking about.” Shocking right? Despite my feelings, I understand the monumental impact that an unexpected or expected passing can have on the lives of the ones we care about.  September is life insurance awareness month and in the spirit of the month we have today’s topic …