A Father Is A Volatile Appreciating Asset

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I just turned 45 this month. Statistically, I have more years behind me than ahead of me. This means I expect a pass from younger readers (and sympathetic understanding from my peers) to indulge any overly sentimental writing impulses. My dad has been on my mind a great deal recently. Specifically, due to the illness of someone close to me, …

Disability Insurance: My Advice To Newbies

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As a newly minted physician, you are presumably on an upward trajectory in career earnings. Any injury that limits your ability to achieve financial security needs to be covered by disability insurance. Some risk mitigation involves practicing common sense: no one will feel badly for a surgeon whose knife juggling hobby maims his dominant hand. But everyone will get a …

Gateway Drugs and Gateway Blogs

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Back in the 80s of my youth, I owned one black tie and it was razor thin. Frankie was constantly insisting I relax, and Time magazine was the major determinant of what a given week’s father-son chat would be about. When Time Magazine ran a cover story on Herpes as the new “Scarlet Letter” of the decade, I could spot …

Ideas On Offering Help So A Friend Will Accept

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As I write this, I’ve spent two of the last three weeks alternating shifts at the bedside of a family member in the ICU who suffered complications following a high-risk surgery. It’s been brutal for everyone, most of all the spouse of the patient. This couple met in their teens, and just celebrated 51 years of marriage. The patient narrowly …

What Jack Bogle Taught Me About Surfing

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A funny thing happens when you commence your education in pursuit of financial independence. Without realizing it, you begin to view other areas of life through the lens of finance. The insights into non-financial life might pleasantly surprise you. After a family member’s prolonged illness, this morning was my first opportunity to paddle out for a winter swell. The surf …