Life

Aug. 2, 2016

Make Sure You Can Sleep at Night

Dog sleeping

Should I rent or buy? Should I pay off my mortgage early? Should I refinance? Should I buy as much house as I can afford?

These questions are asked over and over and over and over. They’re a bit tricky to answer because everyone’s situations are different. Renting vs. buying ...

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Posted in Life
July 19, 2016

Use Your Platform

This isn’t most fun time to be an American. Politics are rife with divisiveness, and there are racial tensions unlike the U.S. has seen since, probably, the civil rights era of the 1960s.

A headline the other day in an esteemed, national publication read: “Is America on the Path ...

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Posted in Life
June 6, 2016

Let's Play the Blame Game

Titanic sinking

Throughout history, there have been tragic accidents. The Hindenburg. The Titanic. The Challenger space shuttle. I wasn’t around for all of them, but I wonder if I had been would I have heard the same kind of noise that surrounds accidents today.

If the Titanic would have sunk today, can ...

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Posted in Life, Real Estate
May 16, 2016

It’s Who You Are, Not What You Have

If you’ve ever talked to a long-time renter and asked them why they don’t just buy a home, you might get one or more of several pretty standard answers.

“They want to much for a down payment.”

“It’s too hard to quality for a loan.”

“Prices are too ...

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Posted in Life, Real Estate
April 18, 2016

Avoiding the Curse of Special

Do you know why people gain and lose weight? It really boils down to a simple equation, described most simply as “calories in vs. calories out.”

If you eat more calories than your body uses, you will gain weight. If you eat less than it uses up, you will ...

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Posted in Life
Feb. 15, 2016

Right and Wrong Matter, Not Right or Left

Left or Right?

We all get that the United States has a political structure that’s designed as a two-party system. Sure, there are more than two in actuality – minor-league groups – and people call themselves “independent,” but basically there are Democrats and Republicans.

Left or right. Right or left.

And if ...

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Posted in Life
Jan. 25, 2016

We Can All Write One of These

The Eagles

A long time ago, a band called The Eagles released their first-ever single. It was in 1972, and the song was called “Take it Easy.” It was written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey, who also sang lead on the song. It includes a verse with the lyrics:

“Well ...

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Posted in Inspiration, Life
Dec. 29, 2015

What Doesn’t Matter Matters

Star Wars fans

A couple of days ago, I saw a picture on the internet of a huge crowd of people dressed up as characters from Star Wars. Superimposed on the image was text that read “If people can get this excited about a fictional movie… Imagine what people could accomplish if they ...

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Posted in Life
Nov. 30, 2015

There’s Always Something to Be Thankful For

Thankful

This article is reprinted from an earlier newsletter. It’s been updated slightly and remains relevant this and every holiday season.

There’s a quote I heard a long time ago that I remember just about every year around this time. I’m not sure who said it, and I haven’t looked it ...

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Posted in Holiday, Life
Nov. 16, 2015

Most Popular Blog Posts to Date

Most popular blog posts to date

When I first started writing these blogs I was really nervous. I wasn’t sure how to connect to a large group of people, much less make them interested enough to read my stuff.  It’s hard being a writer because you’re constantly worrying that your material isn’t good enough to actually ...

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