Chasing the Trade Winds

When I was a little girl, summer began with strawberries and ended with pumpkins.  In between we plowed dirt, planted vegetables and pulled weeds on our small farm.  Work began in the morning when dew was still on the strawberries, and ended when we could no longer use the tractor headlights to see what we were doing. Mom and Dad were school teachers, and the money we made from selling tomatoes to Frisch’s and strawberries at the roadside stand paid for piano lessons, a Shasta trailer, and savings for college.  We worked hard, but… [read more]
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A Look Back at 2016

(from Dimensional Fund Advisors’ Down to the Wire blog by Weston Wellington dated 1/13/2017. Weston is a Vice President with DFA, helping to lead the firm’s market research.  He works closely with financial advisors all over the world in helping them to understand DFA’s approach to investment success.)    Every year brings its share of surprises. But how many of us could have imagined that 2016 would see the Chicago Cubs win the World Series, Bob Dylan receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, Donald Trump elected president, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average close out the… [read more]
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When Good Beats Perfect

Did you go to the gym this morning?  Did you notice anything?  It’s already starting to empty out, isn’t it? As we move through the second week of 2017, many deeply resolved, well-laid plans have already gone the way of the dodo bird.  Statistics tell us that in just a few more weeks, most all will be a thing of the past. It is difficult to change habits.  We get comfortable with our routine and are willing to defend, consciously or subconsciously, against any outside influence looking to cause us discomfort.  That’s how they became… [read more]
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You Can’t Afford Not To

I was recently cleaning my grandmother’s house and I came across her passport.  I flipped through the pages to find the only stamp in the book.  It was from a trip to Ireland she took about five years ago.  It made me smile. I flashed back to us sitting at her dining room table one day eating lunch talking about whether she should take the trip.  Being of Irish descent, she’d wanted to go to Ireland her entire life.  I can’t tell you how many times I heard her mention it over the years.  Yet… [read more]
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