Einstein’s Theory of Compound Interest

Albert Einstein famously said that compound interest is the most powerful force in the universe.  He said, “Compound interest is the 8th wonder of the world.  He who understands it, earns it; he who doesn’t, pays it.”  Who am I to argue with such a smart guy? Einstein...

Vive La Difference

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...

90-Day Legacy

90-Day Legacy

Imagine, if you will indulge me, that you have only 90 days with which to live.  You won’t suffer.  You know the day, and you have the next 90 days to spend however you wish. I know that it may be a horribly morbid exercise for you, but I am hopeful that I will make...

Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island

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).  We never stayed overnight on the Island, just day trips. ...

Fanfare for the (Un)common Man

Fanfare for the (Un)common Man

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. I could be seen crossing the campus of Traverse City Senior High...

The Golden Hour

The Golden Hour

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 an hour before sunrise or sunset.

2018 LPL MidYear Outlook

2018 LPL MidYear Outlook

Presenting the LPL Research Midyear Outlook 2018: Packed with investment insights and market analysis to guide you through the year ahead.

Stand Up Paddling

Stand Up Paddling

It takes experience on the water to not only avoid simple mistakes but to move freely and enjoy  any type of conditions, whether they are calm or wavy.

Graduations and New Beginnings

   As many of you already know, we had a senior this year.  Strike that, we actually had three graduations this year:  Olivia graduated from Oakland University, Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts; Christopher graduated from Leland High School; and Maggie...

Factfulness

I am currently reading Dr. Hans Rosling’s newest book, Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think.  Young and old, rich and poor, powerful, educated, and world leaders are consistently wrong about so much.  I find myself amazed, as if I have just seen a spectacular magic trick.