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Tip of the Week# 259: Save Money With Ibotta

This tip is for the moms out there.  My wife, Gretchen wrote it.  She gave me the week off.  Heh.  Here she is: ______________________________________________ How grateful I am that we no longer have to watch every dime spent and be painfully rigid with our spending,...

Test out of College Classes

I receive emails from Modern States.  They recently highlighted a student who went back to college after taking some time off.  Robert Ayres describes his experience here. As you probably know, you can test out of some college courses by taking CLEP exams.   In case...

Word of the Day #53: Beef

In a Latin class today, my students and I looked at the Roman word for cow, bos.  Latin adds its complicated endings to the root of this word, bov.  From this root, English derives the word bovine.  Something bovine relates to cows.  English even uses bovine as an...

Word of the Day #52: Candidate

Candidate A person who seeks office by election.  From Latin candidus meaning bright, clear, clean, or spotless Roman togas were white.  Romans hoping to win elections wore extra white togas.  The candidate would add chalk power to his toga to further whiten things...

Why Set Goals if the World is Coming to End?

I am in the final edits of a book I have been working on.  The book is on goals.  Inspired by all the vulgar language in so many goal-setting books, I decided to write my own.  I have set and hit goals for years.  People ask me how I do it.  The book is the answer to...

Word of the Day #51: Reintarnation

Reintarnation: to come back to life as a hillbilly. Over the weekend, I was sick. Sicker than I have been in a long time. It was awful and exhausting. Since recovering, I have experienced a strong urge to listen to country music. I am beginning to think I may have...

C Students Rule the World

I struggled in school.  I was not a good student.  I failed English grammar and had to repeat several grades.  I graduated from high school one month before I turned 20. I thought I was doomed to a life of mediocrity. Then, in my twenties, I discovered the...

Tip of the Week #258: Chicken Little was Wrong

Remember the story of Chicken Little?  Chicken Little is a fictional character in a children’s story. One day, an acorn falls on Chicken Little's head.  He instantly assumes the sky is falling.  He panics and spends the rest of the day running around stirring up fear...

The Millionaire Next Door

Years ago, I read The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley.  I remember thinking... "Is this a commentary on the book of Proverbs?" This morning, I ran across a summary of the book. Investment writer Mark Skousen wrote this:...

Word of the Day #50: Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia

This week we are looking at words of fear. Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia: fear of long words.  Brace yourself.  This one is tough to break down.  First, the easy part.  Phobos, from the Greek word φόβος, is fear.  From this word, we get all of our phobias.  The...