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The Jet Lag Series: Inhaling Europe

I am back from our trip to Switzerland and Italy. This trip was extra special for me, because my brother Alex and I were joined by my son Jonah. Alex and I were attending the VALUEx Klosters conference, organized by my friend Guy Spier. A day after the conference Alex and I took the train […]

Daily Journal

I have decided I am going to start keeping a journal. I listened to Tim Ferris’s interview with Penn Jillette, and I was really impressed with Penn’s journaling. He started keeping a journal when he was 30, and at the time he felt that it was already too late. He has kept the journal for […]

Cultural Calendar

I also listened to Tim Ferris’s interview with Neil Degrasse Tyson. There are a few insights that I got from this interview. First, his parents made an effort to take him every week to interesting places – museums, planetarium, baseball games, concerts. My kids are unlikely to have me take them to baseball games, but […]

The 8%

Listen on: iTunes | Google Podcasts | Online This letter will not discuss the stock market or the economy; instead I’m going to write about some very random topics that are relevant to me this morning. I promise to switch to regular programming next week. VALUEx Klosters / Zurich – Milan – Verona – Venice In late January my brother […]

Broadening Our Horizons with Complexity

Israel My family and I are going to Israel for two weeks to visit my eighteen-year-old son, Jonah, who is spending his gap year there. I am going to organize informal reader get-togethers. These get togethers have turned into a favorite part of my travel. I don’t know the dates or locations (we are going […]

My Crash

Listen on: iTunes | Google Podcasts | Online “You look horrible. You have bags under your eyes; your face has no color. Are you okay?” This is what my stepmother told me last week when I stopped by my parents’ house after work. I felt worse than I looked. No, dear reader, I did not have a financial crash. Here […]

My Single Greatest Achievement

Listen on: iTunes | Google Podcasts | Online On Sunday we drove my eighteen-year-old, Jonah, to the airport. He is taking a gap year after graduating high school and will spend the next two semesters in Israel. He’ll be taking classes at American Jewish University, doing internships, touring Israel, and discovering himself. After we hugged Jonah and put him on […]

Personal Finance Advice That Changed My Life

Listen on: iTunes | Google Podcasts | Online Today I am going to write about a topic I have never written about before: personal finance. I am writing about this not so much for you, faithful reader, as for my kids. My four- and twelve-year-old girls are probably too young for this discussion, but my eighteen-year-old son, Jonah, is right […]

Transgender Trees, Homelessness, and a Dare in San Francisco

I am almost back from San Francisco (here are pictures from the trip)– I am writing this on the plane. As I am flipping through the memory bank, I am shocked at how many experiences we packed into three days. And as I read this letter it feels a bit darker than usual. Japanese Tea […]

My Personal Manifesto

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck The book that has had the biggest impact on me the past year is Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. I loved this book so much I gave it to every friend as a gift. My 18-year-old son Jonah read it and gave […]