Category Archives: Fast Reads

Questions About Radio Shack, Pocket Notebooks, CSAs, Eggs, and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question.
1. Fast food after work habit
2. Radio Shack sales
3. Thoughts on micro housing
4. Pocket notebook organization
5. Secret inheritance and executorship
6. Boomers and the stock market
7. Most valuable tip at 18
8. Amazon product reviews
9. Financial independence unrealistic
10. Technology versus reliability
11. Stocks are gambling!
12. CSA/farm sharing advice
13. Farm fresh eggs worth it?
14. Bachelor’s degree worth it?
15. Biggest worry

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to be with my sister-in-law as she embarked on a new stage in her life, that of a church pastor. It is going to be a very challenging path for her in almost every way.

It is always scary when you start a new stage in your life where so many of the day-to-day elements change. When you add to that the spiritual needs of the people that you’re hired to serve, it becomes extra challenging.

To Itemize or Not to Itemize? That Is the Question

tax receipts

Got receipts? You’ll need them if you want to itemize your tax deductions. But only do so if you can write off more than the standard deduction, currently $ 6,200 for singles and $ 12,400 for married couples filing jointly. Photo: Jinx!

Are you ready to surrender to your leadership insights?

When we think about leadership, we tend to use words like “them” or “they” rather than “I” and “my,” writes Richard S.  -More

SmartBrief on Leadership

Teaching Creativity: Process, People, Environment

An interview with Gerard Puccio, director of the International Center for Studies in Creativity, Buffalo State


Center for Creative Leadership

Balancing Spending and Time: How “Time Frugality” Can Save You Lots of Cash

I have a number of hobbies that I deeply enjoy. I really enjoy playing board games and am the member of two different board game groups. I love to read. I love doing things with my children. I love tinkering with electronics, walking around my neighborhood, and countless other things. I also love just trying new things, like making a stained glass wall hanging at a workshop or building a robotic spider or making a table in a wood shop.

Those things all mean something to me, particularly reading and playing board games and spending time with my family. Those three really rise to the top – and those three are going to be the focus of what I’m talking about in the rest of this article.

All three of those things that I mention require an investment of time.