Looking Back in Time

I just got back from a trip to the Czech Republic. Prague, the capital, is a beautiful city and a big tourist attraction. I was last there 29 years ago, just a year after the people of the country threw off one-party communist rule and became democratic for the first...

The Game of College

This spring I found myself on beautiful college campuses going on tours with my two high school aged kids. The tour guides are invariably interesting and happy. They all want you to know why their school is the best. The campuses are beautiful, the food gourmet, and...

Confessions of an Impulse Buy

I’m not an impulse buyer. I’m that person who hangs on to something way past its useful date before I’m ready to spend money on its replacement. So, I surprised myself when I purchased a self-help book in December because it was discounted 60%. Who knew when this...

I Love Calling Customer Service

Just kidding! I generally dread calling customer service. You know the feeling when you brace yourself to press buttons, answer an automated voice asking why you’re calling, and finally talk to someone who may or may not be able to help you. But sometimes it’s really...

Why I’m a Fan of Procrastinating

Back before ketchup bottles were squeezable we had to shake the glass bottle, tap the end, and wait for the ketchup to slowly make its way to the plate. There was a TV ad with a song about anticipation as some kids with big eyes waited and waited for the ketchup to...

What’s in Your Closet?

A friend recently told me people often feel judged by their financial advisor. I don’t have any statistics, but I know I’m never keen to tell others about mistakes I’ve made in the past. Money is personal. It’s in the same category as sex and politics on the list of...