Invest Like a Girl

“Can I talk with your better half?” was the caller’s request to my sister-in-law.  She replied, “Speaking.”  Not long ago, my wife, upon leaving for a prolonged stay with one of our daughters, uttered a similar self-evident truth. “You would starve to death with a full refrigerator if I weren’t around.” I appreciate how much […]

Long Term

“Who do you think is the most financial secure person in the world?” It was a question I asked finance students when I was invited to speak at the local university. It was the mid-1980s and at that time one of the professors had me and other professionals talk to his graduating seniors about careers […]

Obvious Problem

Bruce Wayne was right when, in the Batman Begins movie, he said, “It’s not who I am underneath… but what I do… that defines me.” For far too long I thought the opposite was true.  And since I had no clue who I was underneath, I was left to believe the knowledgeable professionals who told […]

Kiss Off

My wife and I, along with a daughter and son-in-law, were in a London pub when a World Cup soccer match between Great Britain and Sweden was about to start. In preparation for the telecast, the waitresses were busy replacing glass mugs with plastic cups — for everyone but us. When I asked one of […]

Short and Sweet

In fifth and sixth grades I played clarinet in the Sycamore Elementary School band. I suspect that those two years of dealing with me caused our band director to switch from teaching to school administration. I remember during one practice session, he stopped and looked down at me in frustration and exclaimed, “You are the […]