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the view from Motown

You might not be caught up in the economy issues (yet!), but I just wanted to share a few insightful articles on the view from our neck of the woods:
Cindy La Ferle on bailouts and jumpstarts
Mitch Albom’s fantasy “If I had the floor at the auto rescue talks”
Mitt Romney discussing why the Big Three needs [...]

oops! did I marry a terrorist?

Of course not.  Neither is he a gluttonous fat cat nor a boneheaded buffoon.  My dear husband is, however, employed by one of the Big Three auto companies, and therein lies the rub.  With the rhetoric flying around capitol hill this week, you would think everyone at the Big Three is lounging around, smoking cigars, [...]

before you start shopping

Only 41 more days until Christmas! 
For those who celebrate Christmas (or any other December holiday), how does that make you feel?  Excited, energized, and full of joy. . . or stressed, panicked, and overwhelmed? 
Before you jump onto that Christmas machine, take a look at this video (it does have a Christian focus, and I [...]

when winter comes

Winter has arrived in Michigan.  It does every year, but somehow it catches us by surprise.   With a slight dusting of snow, cars spin out to wreak havoc on the morning commute.  The salt trucks arrive late.  People forget winter driving skills.  We slip and slide on driveways and parking lots, re-learning how to carefully [...]

cultivating gratitude

Oh, how I need a good dose of gratitude in my attitude. 
I do have countless blessings for which to be thankful.  I’m thrilled with the hope our new president brings, even if the challenges are tough.  I have friends, family, faith, and stable finances.  If you look from the outside, my life is wonderful.  I should [...]

Explaining the credit crisis

Are your eyes glazing over with all the news about bailouts, sub-prime mortgages, credit swaps, etc?
I found a couple of resources extremely helpful in boiling all the confusion down to (more) understandable language:
This show is the most engaging and entertaining show I’ve heard that makes some sense of the new market for “normal” people:
This American Life [...]