Is It Worth Living to 100?

I've always said that I want to live to be at least 100. There's no particular reason why, it just seems like a nice round number and perhaps confirmation of healthy living. I've always viewed running out of money as my biggest worry if I were to live to 100, but after reading an article … Continue reading Is It Worth Living to 100?

It’s Never Too Late to Find Your Calling

Rich Karlgaard is an American journalist, bestselling author, award-winning entrepreneur, and speaker. He was named publisher of Forbes magazine in 1998. His newest book, “Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement”, explores what it means to be a late bloomer in a culture obsessed with SAT scores and early success, … Continue reading It’s Never Too Late to Find Your Calling

I’d Buy a Car from This Guy

The WSJ had a great story about the owner of a local car dealership - Fred Beans. Fred recently celebrated his 80th birthday by doing 125 push-ups - straight through, with no rest. An impressive feat at any age, but unbelievable at 80. For the past 11 years, Mr. Beans has been working with a … Continue reading I’d Buy a Car from This Guy

What’s Your Tolerance for Risk?

When planning for your financial future, it's important to understand the notion of risk tolerance and to assess your own level of risk tolerance. According to Investopedia, risk tolerance is the degree of variability in investment returns that an investor is willing to withstand. Risk tolerance is an important component in investing. You should have a realistic understanding … Continue reading What’s Your Tolerance for Risk?

What’s Our Natural State? Working or Relaxing?

How are we meant to go through life? To be working and hustling, with periodic breaks for relaxation? Or is it more natural to be doing nothing, to be strolling along a beach, with periodic interruptions for work? I think, in the U.S. at least, the answer is pretty clear. We value the hustler, the person who is … Continue reading What’s Our Natural State? Working or Relaxing?

A Manifesto for Living a Good Life

There was a thought-provoking article in today's Wall Street Journal written by Katy Butler, author of the soon to be released book, “The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life.” In the article, Butler describes how she hopes to make her death as good as her life has been. … Continue reading A Manifesto for Living a Good Life

I Need Emotional Support after Reading This Story

This seems like a story that would be set in Florida. Unfortunately, it's right here in Pennsylvania, my home state. And just knowing that makes the story even more frightening. Joie Henney, 65, of Strinestown, Pennsylvania, lives with two alligators, one of which is a four-and-a-half-foot-long, registered emotional support animal called Wally. That's right, an alligator has … Continue reading I Need Emotional Support after Reading This Story

Rustproof Your Retirement

This is the 32nd in a collection of newspaper ads written by Harry Gray, then CEO of United Technologies, that appeared in the Wall Street Journal from the late 1970s through the early 1980s. Here is the text from that ad. Retirement doesn't have to be a red light. It can be a green light. … Continue reading Rustproof Your Retirement