The Simple Path to Personal Finance And Investing

Simple Path to Personal Finance

As we discussed last week, personal finance can be intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be complicated. In Part I of this two-part series, the White Coat Investor quickly walked us through the personal finance basics from student loans to retirement and delved into some fascinating (#nerdalert) intricacies of tax preparation and business ownership. Today in Part II, JL Collins brings us back to those basics and explains the Why? behind it all in The Simple Path to Wealth. His book began as a series of letters …


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. 


Friday Night Dinner


What are you doing Friday night? Going on a date? To a baseball game? To a movie or the theater? I’m going to dinner with my family. Yup, I really know how to live it up! But honestly, there isn’t anywhere else I’d rather be.


Power Of The Other–Who’s In Your Corner?

Talking Frogs

Do you ever meet someone and instantly feel that this is the father/brother/uncle/friend you’ve always wished you had? Henry Cloud is that guy. I didn’t even actually meet him–I just heard him speak at a conference–and am now a fan for life. He exudes kindness and common sense. Luckily for the rest of the world, he packages this wisdom so you can carry it around in your pocket, or at least reference it frequently on your bookshelf.