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Interesting article in last Sunday’s NY Times about investing in gold. The author notes that over the long-term gold has barely kept pace with inflation, earning an inflation-adjusted return of about 1.1% from 1836 to 2011. In comparison you can expect to earn 1.0% from Treasury Bills, 2.9% from long-term bonds and 7.4% from stocks over “the long term” (although it appears these returns are…Read More
With the (seemingly always) bad news that daily comes across the wire – exploding oil-filled derailed train cars, plane crashes, Mid-East strife – it is refreshing and smile-producing to see a recent Portland Press Herald headline: “Readfield sues man again over cows in roads”. The Town of Readfield is 15 minutes west of Augusta (host to our turmoil-ridden legislature ever at arms with…Read More
June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. First launched in 2006, its purpose is to raise awareness of the abuse, exploitation and neglect of older individuals by people they trust. Elder abuse happens across all races, ethnicities, social and economic circumstances. A recent study indicates 11% of seniors have experienced neglect or abuse in the past 12 months. One of the most common methods…Read More
We long ago gave up our right to silence in doctors’, dentists’, and hospital waiting rooms. As if the varied array of magazine publications aren’t distraction enough. Recently while in Massachusetts my daughter and I stopped to fill the gas tank in the lovely and picturesque town of Groton. I have long lamented the loss of full service stations to begin with (my father, ever the gentleman,…Read More
I rarely mind waiting for service at the grocery store or bank or even while corralled in the airport body check queue; that is until someone comes along after me and by luck selects a faster moving line and finishes up first. What rankles many of us in such a situation, surveys indicate, is the distinct experience of unfairness – it isn’t so much about the wait as it is about equality. We…Read More
We read over the weekend that the US Tax Code is nearly 4 million words strong. Being how we like numbers we calculated how long it would take to read this tome. The average adult reads 300 words per minute; 4 million divided by 300 equals 13,333 minutes. If you read every day for 8 hours it will take 1,667 days or a little more than 4.5 years! Hmmm . . . most of us can probably think of 4 million…Read More
A healthy and very active 65-year-old member of our church passed away last week; she was a lovely person and will most certainly be missed. For many of us these events get us thinking about our own mortality and then to further wonder if we are truly “living the life we imagined." It strikes us that Baby Boomers are probably the first generation owning the luxury to even consider such a concept…Read More