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'Black swans' in your financial plan

A black swan is something rare and unusual. In economic terms, it is defined as an unpredictable or unforeseen event, typically one with extreme consequences. Investors spend a lot of time and worry … more

And now, in the great tradition of newspaper haiku contests

Maybe the time of the year, and a series of snows, contributed to the haiku contest’s success. Winter, someone said, “forms our character and brings out our best.” I hoped for a dozen entries. … more

Getting motivated when we have become demotivated

Here we are, several weeks into the New Year. But where exactly are we? Are we on track with our goals and resolutions? Are we still headed to the gym? Is our personal time being preserved? Have we … more

Is your teen part of the vaping craze?

Think back to less than 15 years ago, when it was common to walk out of a store or restaurant and be met with the unmistakable smell of cigarette smoke. It was a time when nearly 21 of every 100 … more

Fear of falling (for someone) needs to be conquered

For some, Valentine’s Day is an anticipated opportunity to have a romantic, loving time with our partners. But for those of us who are single, divorced or widowed, this day can be just plain … more

Noticing what we notice and looking for the good

Have you ever noticed what it is that you are actually paying attention to? For me, I recently realized that I was focusing on what was right in front of me and had lost a little of my peripheral … more

Sadly, there’s no such thing as an influencer vaccine

Jennifer said, “I watched a great documentary about the Fyre Festival.” I am systematically out of touch, with the hope and intention of keeping it that way. I told her I didn’t know what she … more

Amazing amateur talent shows outcome of encouragement

Although I do not spend a whole lot of time watching television, occasionally I will come across a segment of a show where there is a singing, dancing, baking, cooking or other type of show where … more

‘Knock-knock.’ ‘Who’s there?’ ‘A dissection of types of humor.’

Say “Knock-knock.” “Who’s there?” I’ll get to that. If someone were to ask you if you have a sense of humor, would you be able to give an objective answer? Everyone thinks they have a … more

When mistakes create opportunities for change

Whether you are a football fan or not, there is a high likelihood that you have heard about the “blown calls” or the “no calls” that took place during the recent NFL Championship Games. … more

Picture-perfect pictures aren’t always a good look

If you were born after World War II and before Apple, you might have some out-of-focus family photographs around the house. Unless you had a Nikon or a darkroom, and not many of us did. We had … more

Making the right decisions to maximize opportunities

“Indecision is the thief of opportunity.” — Jim Rohn This is one of my very favorite quotes by Jim Rohn who was an entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker. I love this quote because it … more

Instead of trying to break a record, just try braking

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) just released the results of an extensive study. It may be surprising to you, but it wasn’t surprising to me. “Our year-long study concluded that … more

Early accelerated success leads to continued success

“A job begun is a job half done” — what a great quote, or proverb. I also like the one where it reads, “A job well begun is worth two half done.” What I am getting at here is that as I have … more

A handwritten letter can speak volumes

Once a week, I go fishing. I throw a few lines out, and I never know what I am going to catch. I received an extraordinary, handwritten, four-page letter (with enclosures) from a reader named Janet … more

Your ‘red zone’ may impact your portfolio

Broncos fans are still mourning the season but the Super Bowl will happen, nonetheless. Whether you are focused on the plays, commercials or the inevitable party, I can’t help but tie in a few … more

In 2019, I resolve not to change my Self

At this time of new year’s resolutions, many of us are pressing a refresh button questioning what we need to change or improve in our lives to be better human beings. Should I recommit to more … more

Critical thinking — or just thinking critically

Just the other day someone has asked me if I had any materials, courses, or ideas that would support a classroom lesson on critical thinking. With more than a handful of books sitting on my shelf and … more

Haiku contest seeks / your work to be sent in by / February date

Get out your haiku. Traditional haiku are three-line poems. The first and third lines have five syllables each. The middle line has seven syllables. Haiku rarely rhyme. There are modern haiku with … more

There’s more to Elvis than the same old song and dance

Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977, a Tuesday, the day I received a call that changed my life. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be reading this. I was living in Mesa, Arizona, and I was looking for a … more
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