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Short Term ‘Pain’ For Long Term Gain

February 20, 2012

Just about six weeks ago, I had surgery to reconstruct my Anterior Cruciate Ligament.  (ACL) Having this surgery was a big decision.  For one thing, I really wasn’t debilitated by my injury.  I could still walk (straight ahead), I wasn’t in pain, I had full range of motion.  However, pivoting even slightly caused my leg […]

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Housing More Affordable Than Ever?

February 16, 2012

I was born at the wrong time, at least when it comes to housing. When my husband and I got married in 1991, there was no way we could afford a house.  I had student loan debt, we had wedding debt, and I had credit card debt from my last 2 years in graduate school.  So, […]

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Jeremy Lin Can Teach Us All Something

February 15, 2012

Jeremy Lin is an unexpected success story out of the NBA. In a nutshell, he was a star basketball player in high school.  Although he was talented, colleges were not pounding down his door and handing him scholarships.  Some colleges said he could try and walk on, and Harvard and Brown both said he could […]

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Thoughts On Investing

February 13, 2012

I have invested in the stock market with my very first paycheck out of college.  Initially, my stock ownership was strictly through my employer’s 401k program.  That system was very easy- pick some stock ‘types’ (large cap, small cap, etc) and the individual stock investing was done by the brokerage. About a year later, I […]

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The Power of Choice

February 8, 2012

I recently had Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) reconstruction in my left knee.  Recovery from this surgery usually requires a full ankle to thigh brace, and the patient has to be very careful to not pivot or twist while the new ligament is healing. Because I was terrified of falling or twisting in the shower, I […]

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5 Things I Could Eliminate If I Had To

February 5, 2012

I am a pretty frugal person.  I save where I can, and I don’t have expensive tastes.  So, when I read articles about how to cut your expenses, much of the information does not really apply to our family.  We don’t drink, we don’t smoke, we don’t gamble, we don’t drink expensive coffee,  and we […]

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Thoughts For Thursday: Ten Questions I Have…

February 2, 2012

I was born in 1967.  Television was always a part of my life, along with cars and many other modern conveniences. I have often wondered though, if human life was obliterated today and started over from scratch, what would it be like? How would the new world look? (We are removing religion from this conversation, […]

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A List Of My Health Care Expenses So Far This Year – Yikes!

February 1, 2012

Well, this year is turning out to be an expensive one, and we still have a long way to go. Here is a list of some of my expenses for the year that I will be forced to pay soon, or have recently paid: ACL surgery:  $5,000 (that is our family’s health insurance deductible for […]

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Stocks Are Not Risky For Those Willing to Tune Out the Wall Street Mumbo Jumbo

January 30, 2012

This post was written by Rob Bennett, who often writes about the pros and cons of index investing.  His bio is here.   I had the chance to meet with and talk with Rob during FINCON11, and his ideas are very interesting and thought-provoking.  I am happy to host a post of Rob’s on this site! Investing is […]

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Fix For Motorola Droid 2 Keyboard Issues

January 24, 2012

I bought a Droid 2 in August, 2011.  I loved the phone when I first got it.  I really wanted a keyboard with real buttons as opposed to a touch screen, which is why I went with a Droid vs. an IPhone.  Having easy access to email was great, and I will admit, I do […]

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