In Math We Trust

When the Savior was asked about taxes, he observed that a coin had Caesar’s image on it. When you look at US coinage, you will likely see a President’s profile, but you’ll also see “In God We Trust.” US currency is backed by the faith and credit of the US Federal Government. May it prove faithful in perpetuity and do nothing to make itself unworthy of our trust. Nevertheless, there are times when that trust wavers. »

High Wire Act

Perhaps you have seen circus acts where the death-defying performer walks a tightrope high above the crowd. He succeeds by maintaining his balance. Balance is important in more than just this context. When I started learning how to manage my investments I learned about “diversifying” one’s assets and then I heard about “balancing” a diversified portfolio. Diversification is the long word for “thou shalt not put all your eggs in one basket. »

ArtPrize Guilt

I walked into the gallery and said hello to the proprietress. The occasion of my visit was ArtPrize, a local institution. Nine years ago the local billionaire’s kid had an idea for an art contest wherein the public would vote for its preferred art piece. And the winner would get a big bunch of money. Members of the art community reacted in horror that the great unwashed should have a chance to say what constitutes good art, but that’s another story. »

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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. »

Heinleins 5th Law

As you may realize, I’m a fan of Robert A Heinlein who was an SF writer of the last century. He left the planet when I was a young man. One of his legacies was five rules of writing that he set forth in an essay, On The Writing of Speculative Fiction. You must write You must finish what you start You must refrain from rewriting, except to editorial order You must put your story on the market You must keep it on the market until it is sold This list was brought to mind when I encountered a passage in Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Big Magic. »