Personal Finance and Investing for Smarties

Personal Finance

Personal finance is intimidating. It’s personal, so there’s no one-size-fits-all method, yet there’s a never-ending supply of books, well-meaning friends, public figures, and salesmen who won’t hesitate to tell you what to do. And they all disagree. Plus, technology continually introduces a slew of new options like Bitcoin that weren’t even a figment of our grandparents’ imaginations. Are they all good choices? Certainly not. So how do you figure out what to do? This review of The White Coat Investor: A doctor’s guide …

Life Lessons From The Tahoe Rim Trail

Tahoe Rim Trail

After harrowing adventures while hiking the Highline, we questioned whether this year’s conscious choices to be healthier and simplify our lives were really worthwhile, at least with respect to outdoor recreation. We came close to hanging up our backpacks and hiding indoors for the forseeable future. But the call of the wild is loud and persistent, and we had fabulous memories of Havasupai and Prescott urging us forward, so we chose to not only continue, but to up the ante with 10 …

Life Is Like A Day At The Waterpark


One of the best things about being around kids is the excuse to do things you think you’re too old for. Another is that you get to experience these things anew through their eyes. We took our niece to a waterpark* for the very first time, and we couldn’t be more proud of her choices. We would all do well to apply her decisions to life in general.

Humility or Humiliation?


Have you ever found yourself so surprised by a situation you don’t know what to say or do? Of course, the perfect response comes to you in the middle of the night a few days later. Last week I got one of these surprises, but the perfect response remains elusive. Here’s the deal:

The Low-Tech Secret To Joint Decision-Making

Joint Decisions

We all struggle with decisions. Sometimes there are too many choices, and sometimes there are too few. Sometimes options need to be sorted into different categories or listed in a different order. Then sometimes, somehow, magically, the answer becomes clear. Yes, I’m sure there’s an app for this nowadays. But old-fashioned pen and paper, or Sharpie and index cards, can be just the trick to cut through the haze, especially when other people are involved.