On July 4, 1776 we signed the Declaration of Independence and were free from the hateful British at last! Now every 4th of July we celebrate our freedom on the anniversary of the greatest day in our history. I'd like to take a little look at this event and the results and try to give … Continue reading Independence Day
I never finished high school. I quit my formal education after 8th grade. Bang. Just like that. "Welcome to the school of life" they said. Most Amish and many conservative mennonites stop with school after 8th grade. The kids start helping with whatever work their parents have for them. I starting working in my family's … Continue reading How much education do you need to succeed?
In the last year or so I've become aware of a segment of society that manages their money in such a way that they are often able to retire in their 30's and 40's. They call themselves the FIRE community. FIRE stands for financially independent retire early. I have a lot of respect for many … Continue reading Conservative mennonites (and FIRE?)
I love the people in the FIRE community. They are awesome! I like the way they save and invest their money. I like that they don't go for your average mindless consumerism. They also do some things that annoy me to no end. Gasp! What ? How do you dare? Don't touch the sacred cow. … Continue reading Loving Criticisms of FIRE
How much would you pay if you could pay to instantly be fluent in a new language? I would be happy to pay $50,000 I think, maybe more. My first language as a small Amish toddler was Pennsylvania Dutch. This language has very little or nothing to do with Dutch, but is more like a … Continue reading Learning a new language for early retirement.
Everybody has a blog. We all want to have a turn to speak our piece. Why do we do it? I do it for money and fame, ha ha how's that working out? No really this blog is probably to help me crystallize my own thinking. How long will this last? Do I know what … Continue reading Will I fail at blogging?