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"Let us settle ourselves, and work and wedge our feet downward through the mud and slush of opinion, and prejudice, and tradition, and delusion, and appearance ... through Church and State, through poetry and philosophy and religion, till we come to a hard bottom and rocks in place, which we can call reality ... and then begin, having a point d'appui, below freshet and frost and fire, a place where you might found a wall or a state, or set a lamp-post safely ... that future ages might know how deep a freshet of shams and appearances had gathered from time to time."

Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Investing: Withstanding the Tides of Change
Investing: Withstanding the Tides of Change
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I’m a lover of history, there are a lot of important lessons to be learned. The most important is that things change, and from this you can derive that putting all of your eggs in one basket is a foolish idea. Here are a few thought provoking examples from the book “The Next 100 Years:” Imagine that you were alive in the summer of 1900, living...

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Extending the Life of Produce: No More Slimy Spinach
Extending the Life of Produce: No More Slimy Spinach
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Since starting my green smoothie love affair I’ve noticed that the hardest thing to keep fresh are the leafy greens. The bananas can get nice and ripe and then be bagged and frozen, same with the rest of the fruit. Fruit juices, yogurts, and the rest keep just fine in the fridge. But greens start to get nasty like it’s going out of style....

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FI: The Dream of Financial Independence
FI: The Dream of Financial Independence
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One of the reasons I started this site was so that I could write about my own quest for financial independence. I think it’ll be fun to look back on when I get there, or sigh over if I don’t. About a year ago I discovered and got hooked on the ERE blog. Jacob pushed it farther than I intend to, but the idea rang...

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