Category Archives: money

Ten Bucks Can Buy Happiness

Okay, maybe not long-term happiness, but a few hours respite from the cares of the world. Last weekend, I boarded plane for a cross-country on American Airlines. Maybe I’d get a little shut-eye after my usual stint of journal-writing. But … Continue reading

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California: A Recipe for Financial Disaster? (final episode)

California’s budget has a lot of challenges. If you’ve made it this far, you have an idea of the complex dynamics of a California state budget. Solving it isn’t going to be simple. And it has to be worked out … Continue reading

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California: A Recipe for Financial Disaster? (part 2)

Victor Hanson’s article on the fiscal woes of the State of California starts out well, but soon degrades into stereotyping California society, pointing to our attitudes as a source of our problem. That’s not particularly helpful, but I do think … Continue reading

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California: A Recipe for Financial Disaster? (part 1)

How did the State of California get into such a financial mess?! Victor Hanson, an erudite California native, tried to explain it, but in my view, his article only touches on the forces we struggle with in California, and completely … Continue reading

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Christmas in Wales

Christmas in Wales sounds very romantic to my American friends and family. And it is. Once you get used to the cold, cloudy days. I celebrated yesterday’s dry afternoon beachcombing Penarth’s stony beach, and today’s afternoon sunshine with a walk … Continue reading

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Circle the Wagons

“I’m afraid I might lose my job. Can you give me some advice?” Sure. I’m happy to give you some advice. I suggest you do these things: Get your financial house in order. Don’t commit to monthly payments or big … Continue reading

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I Beg to Differ

In a Coloradan article, I found this thought-provoking quote from Dr. Janice Peck: “The triumph of this kind of thinking [neoliberalism] is that we now imagine all problems can be solved by the marketplace or the individual. Problem with water … Continue reading

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