Lifestage of Service

Our son was involved in Boy Scouts and earned his Eagle Scout rank.  At the time he was in Scouts, the Wall Street Journal ran an article that called Eagle Scout projects the “largest single youth-service project in history” and that they had touched “every community in America in an important way”. Discussion of the Scout’s tradition of service came up recently when I was … Continue reading Lifestage of Service

A ‘Much Too Early’ Prediction …

Truthfully, CV-19 quarantining isn’t that much different than early retirement life.  Sure, you can’t go out to eat with friends, weekly sports leagues and activities are cancelled, and the TV news is hideous to watch, but we can still get out and take walks, work on projects at home, and other daily diversions. Life is only boring if you are boring! Like many Americans, I’ve … Continue reading A ‘Much Too Early’ Prediction …

Two Decades of Inflation

I love looking at long-term trend charts. In our less than 24 hour news cycle, we often lose sight of the actual arc of history. This is especially true in an election year when pol-idiots in the media broadcast nothing but doom and gloom. This chart is very interesting … … it simply shows what has gotten more expensive of more affordable relative to everything … Continue reading Two Decades of Inflation

Market Valuation – Where Are We Now?

Lots of mayhem on Wall Street right now with the media focusing only on the coronavirus. I’ve had a couple people ask me about it, so I thought I would shoot out my thoughts today. I think the coronavirus does represent a significant short-term financial risk while businesses and government work to control the impact of it on global corporate supply chains. At the same … Continue reading Market Valuation – Where Are We Now?

Suddenly … Salads

I written a lot about early retirement feeling like a second childhood.  Living in ‘kidulthood’ – without the obligations of work – means enjoying childish activities with the resources and smarts of a grown-up. Related:  Living In Kidulthood One area that it is important for me to grow up is in my eating habits.  Though I worked for a food company for 24 years, I … Continue reading Suddenly … Salads

Shiny Brite ‘Hunting Season’

I love the change of seasons from month-to-month in Minnesota.  Winter, spring, summer, or fall – there are always unique and interesting things to do that capture the spirit of the season.  Over the last few years of early retirement, November has become ‘hunting season’ for me – hunting through antique shops for vintage, Shiny Brite ornaments from the 1940s – 1950s. These vintage treasures … Continue reading Shiny Brite ‘Hunting Season’