Plato and Aristotle

The Real World and Integrity

Every once in a great while you feel like things just click, that the many strands of thought and experiences you’ve had suddenly develop a pattern, a commonality that you had never grasped before. I realized this in several aspects of my life recently, but one that I want to talk about today is the idea that there is a…

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Creek in summer

Monthly Update

Hi all, its been a while since I last wrote and I felt I ought to give a personal update if nothing else. My life this last month has been one of change and growth. It’s like you go through months and years being the same person, at a plateau in development, when suddenly your experiences gel together and propel…

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Baseball swing

Rental Horror Story #2: Three Strikes and You’re Out

I seem to be whiffing lately when it comes to the quality of my tenants. For those who don’t remember, after a scary night with my last roommate’s girlfriend, he decided to move out and I needed to get new tenants for basement mother-in-law suite. I put the unit on the market for $850/mo + 1/2 the internet bill and…

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Water and FIRE: Dating and Frugality Don’t Mix

Her shoulders stiffed and her smile became like plastic. Shutters went down behind her eyes and her fingers went inert, like sticks of dry kindling. My date was not going well in the slightest! What did I say to make her draw back so much? That I had just paid off my student loans and was saving more money than…

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Tactical Guide to Women

Book Review: The Tactical Guide to Women by Shawn T. Smith

“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.” Isaac Netwon gave this profound quote centuries ago, but its spirit lives on today when we meet authors who truly add to our understanding of how the world works and how disparate schools of thought relate to each other at a deeper level than expected.…

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Man relaxing

FIRE on the Cheap

What are the best ways to improve your life with the least amount of money? The FIRE movement is about much more than the 4% rule, compounding returns, and house hacking. It is in large part about how to create a low stress, meaningful life with the freedom to do what you want. However, the journey can easily take a…

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Man alone in the dark

Failure to Launch

“I’m a grown adult. It’s my money, I earned it, and I’ll do what I want with it!” A friend of mine shouted these words recently when he dropped a bomb on me: he was thinking of moving out of his parents’ house. This is a minor miracle  – he is 33 and except for a year or two has lived…

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Old man with wrench

Work Until You Die

“Life is very different now. Don’t you know that 100 years ago the average life expectancy was 40?” This random comment wafted my way last week after some coworkers started chatting the next cube over. They were talking about how people needed to pay more attention to their health, and plan for their retirement earlier, since what we were experiencing…

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Walk in the woods

Monthly Update

Hello everyone, it’ll be a shorter update today since not much has happened this month. It’s amazing how much easier life gets when you get the weight of debt off your back. This has been the first month I’ve had without a school loan or personal loan payment in years and I can slowly feel the stress float away. I…

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