Raise Kids Without Spending a Fortune

Raising kids does not have to be a financial disaster. Why? Because kids aren’t expensive. Parents make them expensive. I’m not sure who coined that phrase. I’ve seen variations of it pop up all over the place. But one thing is absolutely certain: Raising kids costs more money than not raising kids. Simply put, there […]

Why Are You Driving Your Kids to School?

Tell me: Why are you driving your kids to school? It’s too far. It’s cold outside. It’s raining. The path isn’t plowed. You need to get to work, stat. It’s too dangerous for them to walk. Baloney. When I was growing up, Mom often made bologna sandwiches. Yum. Well, not really. I think Dad must […]

Be the Agitator

While walking across the parking lot after work recently, a colleague asked me how my day went. I don’t normally write about work specifically. It’s a dangerous line to cross. In fact, I have many, many interesting things to say that would probably get me into varying degrees of trouble, so I’ll keep my mouth […]

Why Not Reframe What Your Money is Worth?

How much is a dollar worth? More specifically, how much is a dollar worth to you? This could quickly lead to a conversation about inflation and purchasing power, or to a comparison to other currencies, or to an even more philosophical discussion about value. But why not reframe the question and use “real” things to […]

What’s Your Plan, Anyway?

Last week I wrote a bit about figuring out what’s important to you and what you really want. Well, let’s put some meat on those bones as we kick off 2018. Today I’m asking you the question: What’s your plan to get there? I have had the wonderful opportunity to mentor and guide several young […]

Remembering Everyone’s Name: My Secret Revealed

It was a dark and stormy December night and I was holed up in the basement of some seedy downtown bar, surrounded by dozens of strangers. Everyone was staring at me. My reputation was on the line. Escape was futile. And then I pulled it off: Around the room I went, remembering everyone’s name with […]