Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Workshop at Civic Center at noon today


FYI, I'm doing a short workshop on how we make financial decisions today at noon at the Civic Center. It is for my Toastmasters group. Please come check it out! Room #330.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Tyranny of "I Should"


Recently when the subject of financial planning came up, a woman said to me, “I really should do that.”

I was staring at my computer one afternoon, thinking about the pervasive effect of the phrase “I should . . .” on our daily lives. It almost doesn’t matter what follows those words, “I should . . .” – lose weight, do my taxes, get the car fixed – whatever it is, the phrase which masquerades as motivation so often has the opposite effect – of inducing procrastination. It can make us feel as though someone else is trying to impose his or her will on us. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Farmer's market tip: these shell beans are becoming more plentiful at the market. The ones in the picture are cranberry beans. They are delicious and easy to prepare. Just cook in salted water at a soft boil for fifteen minutes or so. Then add them to your favorite salad. I like to add diced tomato, chopped garlic, basil and extra virgin olive oil. Or, try an anchovy dressing! Add green and yellow beans. Alternatively, serve them hot with fresh tomato sauce and herbs. They are a great accompaniment to roast or grilled leg of lamb.