Why Doctors Smoke and Why You’ll Follow Financial Advice From Someone Else

“My doctor tells me I should start slowing it down – but there are more old drunks than there are old doctors so let’s all have another round.” –Willie Nelson “If two heads are better than one, then what about double chins?” –Jarod Kintz Have you ever walked into a doctor’s office or a hospital […]

Why Do We Rarely Buy Disability Insurance?

“The only thing wrong with immortality is that it tends to go on forever.” –Herb Caen I remember getting the call from my wife. She was back in Charlottesville spending a week at her home office while I stayed in Texas. She’d started getting a slight tremor – a tic like she was shaking her […]

To Err is Human, But What If an Algorithm Errs?

“To err is human: to forgive, divine.” –Alexander Pope How many of you have used a GPS to get somewhere when you were driving? I am a big fan of using Waze (we even call her “Wendy” when she gives us directions), the application that is supposed to account for current traffic conditions on your […]

I’m Good Enough, I’m Smart Enough, and Doggone It, Monkey Brain Likes Me

“I deserve good things, I am entitled to my share of happiness. I refuse to beat myself up. I am an attractive person. I am fun to be with.” –Stuart Smalley, Saturday Night Live Have you ever sat on the train (or in the bar or at a party) next to someone who wants to […]

Hoarding, the Scarcity Mindset, and an Unnecessary Attachment to Your House

“I steal cracker packets. I hoard them. Once my collection is large enough, I’ll take them to the flea market and try to sell them to discerning lovers.” –Jarod Kintz My parents like to watch the show American Pickers, so when we go home for the holidays, we usually wind up watching an episode (or […]

The Slippery Slope to What the Hell, or, Why Spending Diets Don’t Work

“Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.” –Mark Twain “My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where the hell she is.” –Ellen Degeneres I used to be a pretty decent competitive poker player. I earned a couple of entries to […]