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Unexpected Favorite Gifts

“What was your favorite gift this year?” I overheard that at the office, the day after Christmas. Thoughts run faster than words, and my mind sprinted along, but without gaining traction. About the time I was wondering at not having … Continue reading

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Four Leaky Customer Service Stories

See that intense blog on the radar? Blue is misty. Green is showery. Yellow is rainy. Red is oh deary, dear. My house and its somewhat aged roof is under a bit of that yellow and in the path of … Continue reading

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Dream Invest Live – Ten Years Old

Just ask Amazon. Ten years ago, November 26, 2008, I published Dream. Invest. Live. – Pioneer the Investment Frontier So You Can Live Your Dream, which I’ve come to describe as “Personal Finance for Frugal Folk.” Books are static. Blogs … Continue reading

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Misunderstanding Is Normal

“Why would they do such a thing?”, one of the most common questions in human existence since the invention of language besides “What’s for dinner?” “Why would you do such a thing?” That’s asked a lot less because it is … Continue reading

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Playing With A Wish List

Prepare to apply mental lubricant. Sometimes that’s what it takes to break free of mental ruts. (Tonight’s involves gin.) Part of changing perspectives is recognizing things that have been purposely neglected and suppressed. Occasionally, especially when circumstances change, it makes … Continue reading

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Maxwelton Fourth Of July Parade 2018

That title is longer than necessary, at least for anyone familiar with Maxwelton on Whidbey Island. There’s only one major parade, it’s on the fourth of July, has been held for over a hundred years, and merely has to be … Continue reading

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Small Towns Rejoice

Small towns rejoice! The data are in. Living in a small town correlates well with happiness. The farther someone is from a city, the happier they tend to be. Cities rejoice! The data are in. Living in a city makes … Continue reading

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Pay Bills Do Laundry

Allow me to pour a glass of wine, again. So, how’s your world? Seen any changes lately, like, oh, since Friday? The world has changed. The world has stayed the same. Take any period and that’s been true, though the … Continue reading

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Giving Thanks 2016

If I started listing everything I’m thankful for, I could write chapters, books, series, volumes, shelves of material. An intriguing thought comes to mind, if I could live long and prosper as long as I wrote about gratitude every day, … Continue reading

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Costly Commuting

It’s a fine, old truck. It’s generic white, has a good cap on the back, only has a few dings and dents, and could use a few thousand dollars if I decided to make it like new again. That’s not … Continue reading

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