Can you afford to buy a home?

This has been on my mind a lot over the last few years. From a simple observational perspective in much of Manhattan, do the math. Without parental help, it's simply impossible to buy a family-sized apartment.

While mort­gages have become more acces­si­ble over time, the fun­da­men­tals haven’t changed. You put a por­tion of mon­ey down, the rest cov­ered by a loan of either 30 or 15 years. The bank col­lects tax­es and holds them in escrow, pay­ing them for you (to low­er their own risk). And, if you put down less […]

30 Lessons for Living

30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans (2012)

I love lis­ten­ing to old­er people’s per­spec­tive on life.

There’s a good quote from this book, it talks about how impor­tant it is to con­nect with oth­er peo­ple. I couldn’t agree more, as it’s some­thing I learned too late in life. In fact, help­ing my chil­dren be more con­nect­ed with oth­ers is one of my top par­ent­ing pri­or­i­ties.

Read this book when you have time to chew on it.

Their con­sen­sus: no mat­ter how tal­ent­ed you are, no mat­ter how bril­liant — you must have inter­per­son­al skills to suc­ceed. Many young peo­ple today are so focused on gain­ing tech­ni­cal exper­tise that they lose sight of this key to job suc­cess: traits like empa­thy, con­sid­er­a­tion, lis­ten­ing skills, and the abil­i­ty to resolve con­flicts are fun­da­men­tals in the work­place.

The best way to maximize mini-staycations

Behaviors change when we’re liv­ing in abun­dance. It’s cliche, but mar­ried peo­ple have dif­fer­ent sex lives than sin­gle peo­ple. As adults, even young ones, we don’t have the same grav­i­ta­tion­al pull towards can­dy or treats as we do as chil­dren. I remem­ber hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion with a friend about buy­ing music CD’s. I didn’t like that […]

I want to choose

My grand­fa­ther worked until he couldn’t any more. He’d work full shifts as a tai­lor three days a week until after he turned 80. They even­tu­al­ly had to ask him to retire. I get it. But I also under­stand wan­der­ing. Dabbling. It seems that the fastest grow­ing group of employed Americans is the elder­ly. The future of […]