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Here’s What Happens When You Don’t Exercise for 2 Weeks

May 18, 2017 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

How much time does it really take for a healthy person to become measurably less healthy? Less than you might think.
According to new research from the University of Liverpool, just two weeks without regular physical …

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First category I added when I started this blog many moons ago. I jot stuff here I can't otherwise categorize.

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Americans are pack rats. Swedes have the solution: ‘Death cleaning.’

October 14, 2017 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

If your family doesn’t want your stuff when you’re alive, they sure won’t want it when you’re dead.

That’s the blunt assessment of yet another self-help author from abroad who is trying to get Americans, who have an addiction to collecting and storage units, to clean up their acts.

The latest volley in the decluttering business comes from Stockholm, where 80-ish artist Margareta Magnusson has just published a slim yet sage volume, “The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning.” The book will be published in America in January.

Source:  By Jura Koncius – WAPO
My Comments: Really interesting concept.

Start planning now to care for elderly parents

October 12, 2017 – 2:30 am | No Comment
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If you have an aging parent and want a glimpse of what the future holds, look no further than Leslie Glutzer.
The 66-year-old from Chicago has a mom who is 92, dealing with dementia, now living …

A pretty good idea of when humans will go extinct

October 7, 2017 – 12:55 pm | No Comment
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This might strike you as overly optimistic or pessimistic, depending on your worldview. Certain apocalyptic scenarios envision a perfect storm of inequality, resource scarcity and political instability wiping out civilization as we know it in …

The Longevity Gap

October 5, 2017 – 1:20 pm | No Comment
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The disparity between top earners and everyone else is staggering in nations such as the United States, where 10 per cent of people accounted for 80 per cent of income growth since 1975. The life …

Before you can be with others, first learn to be alone

October 5, 2017 – 1:14 pm | No Comment
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In 1840, Edgar Allan Poe described the ‘mad energy’ of an ageing man who roved the streets of London from dusk till dawn. His excruciating despair could be temporarily relieved only by immersing himself in …

How to put a dynamic retirement spending strategy in place

September 25, 2017 – 8:34 am | No Comment
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Welcome to retirement at the beginning of the 21st century: People are living longer, return expectations are muted for the foreseeable future, and employer-funded pension plans are becoming a thing of the past. This is not …

Should You Make IRA Contributions After 65?

September 25, 2017 – 8:26 am | No Comment
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As I was listening to my voicemail on a Saturday morning, I picked up a message from a relative. “Christine, I have some extra money to invest,” she said. “I put some cash into my …

Cheating doesn’t have to kill a relationship. Here’s how to survive it.

September 20, 2017 – 2:19 pm | No Comment
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“If you Google me, one of the first things that comes up is a Cosmo headline that’s like, ‘Why I Cheated on My Husband,’ ” laughed author Ada Calhoun. “I’m not mortified by it, but oh, God, …

The Working Class Can’t Afford the American Dream

September 4, 2017 – 4:10 pm | No Comment
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The national conversation in the U.S. is focused squarely on improving the lives of people in the working class. The debate revolves around exactly how to do that. Politicians and pundits have all sorts of …

5 Things to Never Tell a Contractor 

August 30, 2017 – 10:25 pm | No Comment
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Contractors may be the go-to person during a home renovation, but make sure your homeowner clients avoid these phrases in conversation.
Source: 5 Things to Never Tell a Contractor
My Comments: Interesting set of points made here…

Here’s what health care will cost you in retirement

August 30, 2017 – 10:22 pm | No Comment
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My husband and I were dreaming about what we would do if we won the recent $758 million Powerball jackpot. (We didn’t.) I told him he should keep working his federal government job so that …

Your Financial Life Is Complicated; Your Portfolio Shouldn’t Be

August 30, 2017 – 10:13 pm | No Comment
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The uptake of index products has been widely hailed as an expression of investors’ preference for low-cost investments. And a quest to lower total portfolio costs and cut out higher-priced, underperforming funds may well be …

Straight from Vanguard retirees: 6 retirement-planning tips

August 28, 2017 – 2:14 am | No Comment
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In my last post, The coulda, shoulda, woulda behind every retirement story, I asked for comments. Who better than soon-to-be retirees and recent retirees to share lessons learned about preparing for retirement, right? (Exactly right.)
The record-setting …

Letter from a Region in My Mind

August 10, 2017 – 4:23 am | No Comment
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I underwent, during the summer that I became fourteen, a prolonged religious crisis. I use “religious” in the common, and arbitrary, sense, meaning that I then discovered God, His saints and angels, and His blazing Hell. …

16 Most Segregated Cities in America – 24/7 Wall St.

July 25, 2017 – 3:17 am | No Comment
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Next year will mark the 50-year anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, also known as the Fair Housing Act.
Our nation’s capital and, for many people, the physical representation of unity and freedom in …

A Son’s Race to Give His Dying Father Artificial Immortality

July 22, 2017 – 8:29 pm | No Comment
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The first voice you hear on the recording is mine. “Here we are,” I say. My tone is cheerful, but a catch in my throat betrays how nervous I am. Then, a little grandly, I …

One millennial’s advice to peers on saving for retirement: Don’t live by FOM 

July 21, 2017 – 2:35 pm | No Comment
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If you’ve saved a lot for retirement, do you have any regrets about what you may have given up to achieve your financial security?
Last week, a reader, who is not a millennial, asked what if …

Read like you’re on a diet

July 15, 2017 – 2:44 pm | Comments Off on Read like you’re on a diet
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I think in this context, they’re absolutely necessary. The Internet is like a bunch of fast food restaurants, all within a click’s reach, yelling at your face:
“HEY YOU. READ MY SHIT.”
“NO, READ MINE.”
“YOU’VE GOTTA READ …

The huge cost new parents may be overlooking

April 16, 2017 – 5:20 pm | No Comment
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Some expecting parents may forget to prepare for what will likely be their biggest expense when the baby arrives: child care.
When asked how much they think it costs to raise a baby, 54 percent of people planning …

The meanings of life

March 5, 2017 – 2:52 pm | No Comment
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Parents often say: ‘I just want my children to be happy.’ It is unusual to hear: ‘I just want my children’s lives to be meaningful,’ yet that’s what most of us seem to want for …

How to Talk to Your Kids About Death

February 10, 2017 – 9:01 am | No Comment
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It’s awkward enough talking about death with other adults. It’s even harder when you have to explain to impressionable children that a loved one is gone forever. Here are a few tips for approaching this …

Bad things happen for a reason, and other idiocies of theodicy

February 2, 2017 – 6:09 pm | No Comment
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The problem of evil is a classic dilemma in the philosophy of religion. The relative ease with which the problem can be stated belies the depth of the challenge that it presents to traditional monotheism. …

Death Is Inevitable. Financial Turmoil Afterward Isn’t. 

January 20, 2017 – 6:33 pm | No Comment
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Preparing for the death of a spouse or partner and its ramifications may be an unhappy task, but doing so can ease some avoidable financial sorrows.
MOST of us do not even want to contemplate the …

Flunking out of college: Lacking readiness responsibility | Psychology Today

January 19, 2017 – 2:09 pm | No Comment
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The figures are pretty dramatic. On average, about 50% of students fail to graduate from the college in which they first enroll. (See The Journal of Colege Retention.)
Source: Flunking out of college: Lacking readiness responsibility
My Comments: …

How Mass Incarceration Contributes to the Achievement Gap

January 18, 2017 – 10:31 am | No Comment
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A new study shows that disproportionate imprisonment rates faced by people of color exacerbate race-based inequalities in educational attainment.
Source: How Mass Incarceration Contributes to the Achievement Gap
My Comments: Really depressing report.  Hello God…where are you?

Lessons in family management from a Roman of noble birth

January 12, 2017 – 11:50 pm | No Comment
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Raising a family is the most important duty a man has. Without children the state has no future, and if those children are not brought up properly then that future is bleak. When there is …

What the childless fathers of existentialism teach real dads

January 6, 2017 – 2:27 pm | No Comment
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Existentialists encourage their readers to take full responsibility for the course of their lives, and also to venture beyond one’s self-imposed limits. This is what Nietzsche means when he commands us to ‘give birth to …

There’s no emotion we ought to think harder about than anger

December 25, 2016 – 2:42 pm | No Comment
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There’s no emotion we ought to think harder and more clearly about than anger. Anger greets most of us every day – in our personal relationships, in the workplace, on the highway, on airline trips …

Welcome back debt! Total household debt rose by $63 billion

December 12, 2016 – 2:24 pm | No Comment
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The appetite for debt is now back in a furious way.  Total household debt was up $63 billion last quarter driven largely by auto loans.  Auto loans increased by $32 billion and the amount of …

When a friendship turns sour, more than feelings get hurt

December 12, 2016 – 2:17 pm | No Comment
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Think of a time when you sat across from a friend and felt truly understood. Deeply known. Maybe you sensed how she was bringing out your ‘best self’, your cleverest observations and wittiest jokes. S
Source: …

The Weeknd – Wicked Games (Explicit)

December 10, 2016 – 11:31 pm | No Comment
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This has been out for a while, but I really like this dude early approach to music.  He has changed it up a bit – you could say that he is evolving; still like this …

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