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You’ll meet a tall, dark stranger.

You’ll meet a tall, dark stranger.

You’ll meet a tall, dark stranger.

When ancient Greeks had to make everyday decisions, they consulted the gods by drawing lots, casting dice, and interpreting dreams.

For matters of utmost importance, however, they sought the words of the gods directly from the mouth of an oracle.  Continue reading You’ll meet a tall, dark stranger.

Up, up, and away!

Up, up, and away!

Up, up, and away!

Many incoming freshmen are shocked to find out how expensive college textbooks can be, especially if you’re taking a full course load.

Textbooks have officially reached the stratosphere at $400 (new) and $300 (used) for a chemistry course book.  Continue reading Up, up, and away!

Brain Bites – Issue 15

Brain Bites – Issue 15

Brain Bites by YPG Blog

Brain Bites are “now and then” morsels regarding trends, statistics, and interesting ephemera in personal economics.

These tasty tidbits help maintain your edge over an unpredictable future.  Think of them as cerebral snacks for the hungry mind!  Continue reading Brain Bites – Issue 15

Fine feathered friends.

Fine feathered friends.

Fine feathered friends.

At one time Europeans thought that all swans were white.  The phrase “black swan” derives from a common 16th century English expression as a statement of impossibility.

Then in 1697, Dutch explorers discovered large numbers of black swans in Western Australia.  Continue reading Fine feathered friends.

The limits of friendship.

The limits of friendship.

The limits of friendship.

Nowadays, much of our lifestyle experience plays out on the Internet.  People represent themselves on-line, often by a profile, along with their social links.

Many revel in the number of connections they have.  More is always better, or so it seems.  Continue reading The limits of friendship.

The doctor will see you now.

The doctor will see you now.

The doctor will see you now.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the top two causes of death are heart disease & cancer (in 2013, 611,000 and 585,000 deaths respectively).

What’s the #3 killer today?  The answer may surprise you… Continue reading The doctor will see you now.

She got the goldmine (I got the shaft).

She got the goldmine (I got the shaft).*

She got the goldmine (I got the shaft).

Nobody gets married with the idea they will get divorced.  For those who decide to untie the knot, most simply want a clean break and a fresh start.

But nothing is safe from divorce attorneys and the more dysfunctional the relationship, the better it is (for them).  Continue reading She got the goldmine (I got the shaft).

’til debt do us part.

’til debt do us part.

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The emotional connection of money makes it very difficult for spouses to agree on spending habits, earning capacities, and priorities for managing money. That spells trouble.

How often is money an issue in divorces?  More often than you think.  Continue reading ’til debt do us part.

Brain Bites – Issue 14

Brain Bites – Issue 14

Brain Bites by YPG Blog

Brain Bites are “now and then” morsels regarding trends, statistics, and interesting ephemera in personal economics.

These tasty tidbits help maintain your edge over an unpredictable future.  Think of them as cerebral snacks for the hungry mind!  Continue reading Brain Bites – Issue 14

Lessons for a life well-lived.

Lessons for a life well-lived.

Dr. Brian Gahran

Wisdom is the ability to make sound judgments and good life-choices.  Wise persons anticipate the consequences of decisions.

Like speech, wisdom is an accumulated skill.  It is acquired slowly through personal experience and by learning from the mistakes of others.  Continue reading Lessons for a life well-lived.