Category Archives: Less Than Helpful Advice

Bits of humor intended to get you thinking about your thinking

Spring Cleaning

I recall, when I was a kid, the scent of Spring mixed with the smell of detergent and Pledge.  These smells became planted in my brain. They represent the end of the winter sequester, when playing outside meant coat and boots … Continue reading

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When Your World Tilts on Its Axis

I didn’t think Donald Trump could win. I was wrong. I held my view for two reasons. First, I didn’t believe the country would elect someone with such apparently extreme viewpoints. I was wrong     Second, the pollsters said … Continue reading

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This is My Life Now

Do any of these lamentations fit? I used to be married or had a relationship. I used to have a job I liked. I used to have more money. I used to have lunch with mom every Sunday but she … Continue reading

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Unplugging

Unplugging had a strange effect on me. Before I left for my favorite B&B on the shore of Lake Michigan, I left greetings on my business and personal cell phones that I would not be returning calls for a week. … Continue reading

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Check Your Check Book

As I was recording some expenses in my checking program, it occurred to me that a quick measure of the quality of a life is how many checkbook entries are classified as gifts, contributions, entertainment, leisure or personal care. There … Continue reading

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Planning Ahead: Does it Reduce or Increase Worry?

The Hardship of Accounting Never ask of money spent Where the spender thinks it went. Nobody was ever meant To remember or invent What he did with every cent. -Robert Frost Recently I caught some interest in attending a three … Continue reading

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Our Collections

I write, play the violin, make soup, dance.  I have a wine I like, some porcelain statues, a bunch of neckties, two cats.  I could go on. These are all shards of the mosaic called “ME.” Some people collect stuff, … Continue reading

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