Personal Finance

My life philosophy: 52 lessons from 52 years

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Now we are 52

And now we are 52… On this day in 1969, baby J.D. entered the world. I don’t think there’s any way my parents could have predicted the path their firstborn would take through life. It hasn’t always been easy — no thanks to the obstacles I’ve placed in my own way — but I’ve really […]

Personal Finance

An uncertain future

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Plan for reinforcing foundation

On February 17th — in the middle of nine days without power due to an ice storm — we had the foundation contractor out to re-inspect our house. We experienced some settling last fall, and I was worried that might indicate deeper problems. For thirty minutes, the contractor explored the crawlspace while I sat in […]

Personal Finance

Copper Looks Like an Investment With a Bright Future

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Copper Investment

Copper futures hit highs not seen in a decade last month and are up 90 percent over last year. The good news for small investors is that there are cheap, though risky, ways to jump on the copper bandwagon. The government; business pledges to reduce carbon emissions; a copper buying spree by China; and an […]