What the Media Wants You to Think About September, 2022 I found a great quote while putting this blog together. “Mass media doesn’t tell you what to think, but it tells you what to think about”. This is from Stanley J Baran’s definition of Agenda Setting. With this in mind, here are some [...]
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Seven Things to Do NOW August, 2022 I’ve always thought that the saying, “May you live in interesting times” was a blessing or a compliment. However, Wikipedia sees it differently, saying that in actuality it’s a translation of a traditional “Chinese curse” said with irony or sarcasm. Who knew? Without having a [...]
I am, as the title says, agnostically contrarian. As an advisor and an individual investor, I do not know what the markets are going to do in the near future. However, I can share some thoughts that I have...
The Times They Are a-Changin' Happy Spring! I am loving the longer days, warmer weather, trees and plants coming alive again, and getting back out on the golf course with my friends. There’s a lot to unpack in this blog, and as the title says, things are changing in my world. Here are [...]
Random Thoughts for the New Year...Worth the Read! Greetings and welcome to the new year! For the record, I cannot stand wintry weather nor it getting dark around 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. Thank goodness for Orange Theory, as I’ve become somewhat of an addict; their workouts 3 to 4 days per week have [...]
“Memories of the Sears Wish Book” Authors Note: I wrote this 15 years ago…the references that were once current are no more. A lot has changed in the Carden family, but the memories remain. What is it about Christmas that creates such nostalgia? I remember when I was a kid in the [...]
Thanksgiving Thoughts From My Soul This was originally written in 2006. It is something that I have carried with me since I was five and it took decades for me to write. There are a variety of ways you might know me. You could be one of my clients, friends, or both. [...]
“By Trying Not to Lose, You’re Still Losing!” I’m blessed in that my friends and clients are regularly introducing me to their friends for my advice on “all things investment and insurance.” We can all agree there are a lot of conflicting opinions out there about everything regarding money, savings, and retirement. [...]
Reality Checks & Financial Myths Happy Summer! Hopefully, you are all getting your lives back to normal post COVID. I do not miss the solitude of my personal quarantine. I am enjoying going back to my workout classes. I am enjoying concerts and live music again in Nashville. I am appreciating the [...]
Client Conversations...Q&A Long time, no blog! I hope this finds you well, healthy, and a little more relaxed than this time last year. I really do not have a theme for this post, just some random thoughts that might resonate with each of you. I am now fully vaccinated and have been [...]