Brian's Blog



Vive la Difference!

Posted on Oct 09 , 2018 - 11:15 am

It’s that time of year again when politics play a more prominent role in conversations, and strong lines of division are drawn. (Recently it seems as though it is always that time of year.)  People who ordinarily seem agreeable suddenly are not.  You dread interactions with certain family members or friends because you know the conversations will somehow become uncomfortable. If I may be so bold... read more

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90-day Legacy

Posted on Sep 20 , 2018 - 03:04 pm

Have you ever considered what your legacy will be?  How people will remember you?  What future generations will say about you?  Legacy is such an interesting concept, and for most of us the very word “legacy” conjures up notions and ideas involving super wealth, vast estates, and enormous empires.  I hope to convince you that your legacy will likely have nothing to do with those images, and in many cases won’t even involve wealth.  Your legacy will likely be recorded by history in non-financial terms: what your values were, what your impact on the community was, and who you were to people that loved you the most. read more

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Mackinac Island

Posted on Sep 06 , 2018 - 09:24 am

As a boy growing up in Traverse City, my family would usually venture to the magical island between the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan that we affectionately call Mackinac (or Mackinaw if you prefer).  I don’t believe that I am alone in thinking that my childhood memories may be very similar to many other people’s view of the island.  I hope to encourage you to reconsider that view and re-explore this gem of the Straits of Mackinac. read more

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Fanfare for the (Un)Common Man

Posted on Aug 16 , 2018 - 03:30 pm

I was a strange kid in high school. I know that may come as a surprise to some of you, but alas it is true. By strange, I mean eclectic. And by eclectic, I mean bordering on eccentric. Let me explain. read more

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Golden Hour

Posted on Aug 02 , 2018 - 03:27 pm

It wasn’t until tonight that I was able to piece it all together and take pleasure in the knowledge and joy of this special time of day. read more

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2018 LPL MidYear Outlook

Posted on Jul 19 , 2018 - 03:28 pm

Presenting the LPL Research Midyear Outlook 2018: The Plot Thickens, packed with investment insights and market analysis to guide you through all the action we may see in the year ahead. read more

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Stand Up Paddling

Posted on Jul 05 , 2018 - 03:03 pm

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