Living in an Affluent Town Stinks

Isn't it the American dream to own a home in an affluent town with excellent schools? Well, I'm living it. Let me tell you why it's not all it's cracked up to be. I know, I know - “first world problems”, as my kids remind me. But we have great concerns for our family here. We are concerned about the lessons our kids are learning about the meaning of “success”. ...more
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How Do Pop Stars, Movie Stars, and Billionaires Spend Their Money?

Assuming you’re an average person, when you read or hear about pop stars, actors, and CEOs of successful companies making millions or billions of dollars, you probably feel a certain disconnect. It sounds very appealing, but you and I can’t really comprehend what $50 million, $500 million, or $5 billion looks like … let alone what it can buy.To be honest, most rich and famous people don’t have any better idea. What do you buy when you have too much to spend? This is the question many celebrities and entrepreneurs have to ask themselves....more

The Smart Guide to Harnessing the Power of Love for Wealth Creation

LOVE.We seek to share it with others, we relish in it, we are made of it, and we want more of it. To give and receive love – it’s the best feeling in the world.But what does love mean to you? How do you feel it; how do you show it?...more

Spitting on the Myth of Multi-Tasking

Among the seventy-six emails I received within the last twenty-four hours, theone that gave me the most pause was entitled, “Let’s Face it, Success Means StayingHyper-connected.”     Woah! Red Flag Alert! Anything that tells me to be hyper, has a “run, don’t walk”effect on my gut. And yet, I felt the need to read the coverage of Fortune’s Most...more

Mammon & the Asshats

It comes to a total unsurprise, but yet another batch of scientific studies have found that rich people are more likely to be asshats than their non-rich cohorts. Among the findings were that:...more

I Used to Have Ann Romney's Life. I Had Privilege.

Note: This piece was fueled by exasperation and inspired by two excellent blogs posts -- by Grace Hwang Lynch and Pamela Kripke -- that urge those who "got privilege" to name it. I used to have Ann Romney's life. The first time around I married into a family that was rich. Romney Rich....more
 @prayerperspectivesfortoday I am not jealous of Mitt Romney nor his wealth. I am saddened by ...more

Your Daily Reading: “Living Wide Awake™” with a Fast-Moving Influence 1-7-12

Finding it hard to concentrate today?It’s a day filled with complexities.Most important is to keep “Close to the Vest”, as not everyone is open and receptive, and may even feel a bit combative.Opposing Energies: restlessness, superficiality, angstThis is a fast-moving influence, and the quirks/irks of today will flit quickly.Take the time to examine any tiny issue that comes up, in particular relating to health, business and your philosophies.Maintain personal integrity, and refrain from being narrow in your scope....more

Rich People Don’t Need Life Insurance?!

Really? Who says rich people don’t need life insurance? Would it surprise you to know that wealthy people are some of the biggest buyers of life insurance in America. Would it shock you to know that they even borrow money to buy huge amounts of life insurance for tax reasons? Maybe they know something that the average person doesn’t....more

The Concept of Royalty Bothers Me

Okay, the royal wedding is over, and yes I am purposively using lower case.  I understand that bright colors, sparkly things, and lifestyles that read like fairy tales can be attractive.  They do draw attention, and in that sense they are truly attractive. ...more

I see your point. I'm more of a covert ops type person myself .... I am a semiotic ...more

ONE THING...

ONE THING... I have always been a little curious about the story of the rich, young ruler in the gospels.  He approached Jesus, acknowledging him as the “good teacher.”  He obviously knew of Jesus and wanted what Jesus had to offer.   He asked Jesus how he could obtain eternal life.   Jesus first challenged the young man for “buttering him up.”  Then, Jesus reminded the young man of the commandments.  The rich, young ruler told the Lord he had kept all the commandments.  He sure was confident!  Then, Mark 10:21 says, “And Jesus...more