Bloom and Bust

Over Easter weekend, my family came into town from New Jersey.  I decided to take them to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, which is one of my favorite places any day of the year but especially right now during Zoo Blooms.  I thought Good Friday would be a nice quiet day to visit but as it turned out everyone in the tri-state had the same idea.  I’ve never seen it so crowded, but with a 75-degree sunny day, it makes sense that people were out in droves to see the animals and the zoo’s… [read more]
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How Thin is Your Ice?

When something goes wrong, how do you respond? Last Thursday morning I read that opening line in Seth Godin’s blog, and I had to laugh. A few minutes earlier I’d received an email from the associate pastor of my church, letting me know the food and preparations we’d made to serve the congregation between services on Easter Sunday had to be cancelled due to flood damage.  Calls had to be made, food orders cancelled, and apologies delivered to the folks who had already prepared food and rearranged their schedules to help. It was by no… [read more]
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Investment Shock Absorbers

(from Dimensional Fund Advisors’ Outside the Flags blog by Jim Parker dated February 2017. Jim is a Vice President with DFA, leading the communications and marketing team in the firms’ Australian office.)    Ever ridden in a car with worn-out shock absorbers? Every bump is jarring, every corner stomach-churning, and every red light an excuse to assume the brace position. Owning an undiversified portfolio can trigger similar reactions. In a motor vehicle, the suspension system keeps the tires in contact with the road and provides a smooth ride for passengers by offsetting the forces of gravity,… [read more]
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Will it Matter?

A constant stream of breaking news on TV.  Our smartphones pinging us about that news alert, social media mention or new “friend.”  Weather alerts where we live and just about everywhere else on the globe.  Another reason to fret, worry or panic caused by real media reports, fake media reports, Presidential and not-so-presidential tweets. It’s far too easy to get caught up in the headlines, pings, dings and other constant demands for our attention.  At best, we wind up carrying around a low-grade stress headache every day.  At worst, it can cause much larger problems… [read more]
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