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Making Our Lives Golden: The Choices We Have

Now that our last child has left home, K and I are talking about getting television service. For about 20 years, we have been without it. The idea was that our children would become better readers without the distraction – and that objective was achieved. All three of our boys are voracious and skillful readers.

But now, as empty nesters, we are thinking that it would be kind of fun to watch some shows together – to spend an hour after dinner, sitting next to one another, laughing at the same things.

To test this hypothesis, we rigged an antenna connection for the set that we’ve been using to play DVDs.

The results of the experiment were mixed. There was something wonderful about watching those programs together – the double pleasure of the experience itself and knowing that your mate is “getting it” too. But when it was over, we found ourselves feeling like we used to when we watched television – a little sad and empty inside. As if we were mourning the time we’d lost.

That got me thinking about how people spend their recreational time – the things they do, and whether that time is spent wisely.

Broadly speaking, you fill your day with four kinds of activities: working, sleeping, eating, and relaxing. And it seems logical to assert that – up to the point of mental or physical exhaustion – the more hours you spend working, the more successful you’ll be.

That said, we must acknowledge that all work and no play makes Jack a dull… or cranky… boy.

You do need some recreation. The question is: How much?

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What Happens When the World Economy “Goes Japan”

Here is a great essay by my colleague Bill Bonner that he wrote for the Daily Reckoning earlier this week: The Dow sinking. Gold sinking. Oil sinking. Copper sinking. Yields sinking. We struggled with this, Dear Reader. We meditated. We prayed. We drank heavily. And finally…we overcame the rank desire to say: “We told you so!” Click here to continue reading… “What Happens When the World Economy “Goes Japan” 

Emily Dickinson

With her lifetime production of 1,700 poems, Emily Dickinson was one of the most prolific poets of all time. You could replicate her feat by writing a poem a day (five a week) for less than eight years. I did it for one year — and during the process my skills definitely improved. I don’t know if any of my poems will ever match her best stuff… but I know now that my good poems are better than her weak ones.

How to Find Your True Calling

By Brian Tracy Your success in life will be largely determined by your ability to find your true calling, the right work for you to do, and then putting your whole heart into doing it very well. The happiest people are those who have carefully thought through who they are, what they want, where they are going, and then decided exactly what they need to do to get to their goal. Asking yourself five targeted questions can help you home in on whatever path is right for you. Continue Reading “How to Find Your True Calling”…

How Beautiful Old and Broken Things Can Be

How beautiful old and broken things can be: An armless, marble statue of a warrior saint, A door that shows four centuries of paint A bronze clock with burnished filigree. New things are pleasing too: The pin-thin plane of new-pressed pleats The aroma of fresh leather seats A crystal glass of Grand Cru. New things stand for futile dreams Fresh-born hopes wrapped in satin skin. Push-button souvenirs from where we’ve been Endless ends without the means. Old and broken things are best, you see They give the shape of what was then A seedling thought that grew to bend In human hands our history.