Embrace Hunger

When my kids were small I got hold of Bill Bennet’s Book of Virtues a collection of essays and stories about virtue. Mr. Bennet named it “virtues” as opposed to “values” to distinguish traits found in nature from social constructs. The former hold true throughout nature whereas values do not apply outside your tribe. Thus every wingnut knows the moonbats who disagree with him are not merely wrong, but evil. And vice versa. »

Measuring Inputs

I used to love my job. That love was based on my boss’ attitude that could be paraphrased, “give me results.” I gave him results. Results and earned accomplishment are like a drug. I was happy. He was happy. The company thrived. Life was good. I paid off my mortgages and cash-flowed sending my kids to college. As you may expect, something changed to cool this love. This was good, because it got me to create this experiment in catfood retirement. »

Fat and Debt

I was in the best physical shape of my life in grad school. Not only had I gone on a diet, but I did not have time to eat or money to buy food. Nevertheless, I did have enough time to put on tennis shoes and run. Add to that some unhappy things in my life induced stress that made the pounds melt away. For one brief, shining moment, I got onto a scale and saw that my weight matched the recommendations of the American Heart Association for my height–178 pounds. »

Two Keys

I have become interested in cryptocurrencies, things like Bitcoin, or Ethereum. They are a medium of exchange that is not subject to government interference, for good or ill. This is bad if you share the politician’s view, “All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.” Or it is good if you share a different politician’s sentiment, “Power tends to corrupt.” But this is not about politics, but how cryptocurrencies illustrate something much more personal than politics. »

Heart of a Student

When I decided to get serious about retirement, I thought, “I need a financial advisor.” Dave Ramsey strongly advocates getting a financial advisor and I was inclined to follow his advice. First and foremost Mr. Ramsey recommends that one select someone “with the heart of a teacher.” I strongly agree. Happily, Mr. Ramsey’s web site was set up to take down my zip code, then give my contact information to one of his “endorsed local providers. »