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May 11, 2017

$1 invested in 1802

By Kevin Theissen

How much would $1 be worth today if invested in 1802?

Professor Jeremy Siegel of the Wharton School put together a chart of real returns for various investment asset classes, adjusted for inflation that shows what would have happened if you had invested…

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May 10, 2017

Game on

By Dom Cioffi

On Dec. 19, 2006, a young Swedish high school student named Felix Kjellberg registered a YouTube channel, uploading occasional short videos not unlike thousands of other early users. His interest was sporadic and purely for fun and entertainment; he never dreamed he…

National treasures
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May 3, 2017

National treasures

By Marguerite Jill Dye

Have you dared to sit on a cliff overlooking Yosemite Falls? Have you watched the sun set over Bryce Canyon as its conical shapes seemed to rise and fall? Have you hiked up the rocky river inside Zion’s narrow canyon walls? We…

Wild leeks
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May 3, 2017

Wild leeks

By Virginia Barlow

The white bulbs of wild leeks, also called ramps (especially in the South), can be eaten year round, but it’s the early leaves that are most appreciated. In pre-freezer days, ramps were the first greens available after five or so months of…

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May 3, 2017

Talking it out over a beer

Out of all the political debates you’ve ever had over drinks at a bar, how many of them, in retrospect, do you think were worth your time?

The new Heineken commercial (titled “Worlds Apart”) that’s been making the rounds on social media is about political…

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May 3, 2017

Putting a price tag on your health

By Kevin Theissen

We hear over and over again how important it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. But being healthy for its own sake isn’t easy—especially when you’re facing down temptation or battling procrastination. For some, the monetary benefits of a healthy lifestyle may offer…

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May 3, 2017

Living out loud

By Dom Cioffi

The moment is burned into my mind: It occurred around 2007 on a weekend when my niece was home from college.

I had read several recent news stories about a young tech company called Facebook. The organization had developed a social networking…

Lessons from Silas, Shiloh, and Thomas Merton
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April 26, 2017

Lessons from Silas, Shiloh, and Thomas Merton

By Marguerite Jill Dye

 “When ambition ends, happiness begins,” Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk and mystic wrote. My husband, Papa Duane, and “I,” “Gammy Jill,” just spent a few unambitious and happy days with our 19-month-old grandson, Silas, in Massachusetts. The days were full and exciting watching…