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Getting Credit–A Rant

Getting Credit–A Rant

Based upon the title you would think this post is about getting credit for a credit card, a mortgage or otherwise. What I am talking about is getting credit for something that one should do anyway. In other words, why do people expect to get “credit” for things they should just automatically do. What set me off on this rant is that one of the things I hate about teaching is the grading. I don’t know any teacher that really…

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Miscarriages and Men

Miscarriages and Men

So based upon the title many of you can probably guess what this post is about. I hope you will forgive me in going to a bit of the personal and not a finance topic today. I am writing this with the full knowledge and permission of Mrs. ROB. It has been a tough few weeks for us and it is one of the reasons why I haven’t posted as much on this blog and really haven’t done any writing at…

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Our New Book on Civil Religion Has Arrived

Our New Book on Civil Religion Has Arrived

This post isn’t really about personal, but a little shameless self-promotion (of course what blog post isn’t at some level) so please forgive me at some level. One of the great things about being a college professor is doing research. I have a job where I get to be intellectually engaged with topics that I think are the most important. In my case those topics are about politics, the American presidency, U.S. foreign policy, and our use of communication. My…

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Rethinking the Idea of Work

Rethinking the Idea of Work

If you are like me you have been disturbed by the politics of the past week, if not the past year. The Brexit vote, the drumbeat of declinism in the United States, the resurgence of xenophobia in France, Austria, the Netherlands, the UK, the U.S., and other places, and the constant threat of terrorism from groups like ISIS, make it seem like the world is coming apart. I wholeheartedly reject that idea. However, the values that I hold dear: diversity,…

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Americans Love Keeping Score

Americans Love Keeping Score

A couple of Saturdays ago I was listening to the Ric Edelman show on the radio as I drove to the gym and he said something that really stuck with me. He noted that Americans favorite pastime is keeping score. It isn’t baseball, football, hockey, or shopping, but it is keeping score in some way shape or form. And as I thought about it I think he is totally right. Think about how we keep score on a daily basis….

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The Best $7000 I Ever Spent

The Best $7000 I Ever Spent

This post is a bit of a personal one for me. In fact I wasn’t sure I was going to even admit it, but I figured I am about full financial transparency (well some things, not all at Mrs. ROB’s request). We were out with some friends a few weeks ago and we were talking about plastic surgery. Now no one at the table had gotten plastic surgery or anything, but they were speculating on what they would do? Tummy…

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FInancial Tip Friday: Chunking Your Debt

FInancial Tip Friday: Chunking Your Debt

This is an update on a post I wrote a few months ago: In order to make my goal of being consumer debt free by age 45 I have to pay off two major debts. When paying off debt there are two common avenues recommended: Paying Highest Interest First and the Debt Snowball. Pay Highest Interest Rates First In the first scenario, you take all of your debts and no matter the debt you make minimum payments on all of…

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My Trip to China, Part 7 or a Fond Farewell

My Trip to China, Part 7 or a Fond Farewell

Well, the time has finally come to basically end our trip. Within 24 hours we will be boarding a plane for home. I fully admit I am ready to head home. I certainly have enjoyed many aspects of my time here. The hospitality is great, the food is excellent and inexpensive, the city is clean. Generally, Chinese people are some of the nicest and most hospitable I have met, except for last week’s incident. I also have learned a lot…

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My China Trip, Part 6

My China Trip, Part 6

The last couple of days have really been nice. Not because of any big sightseeing trips or anything, but because of the connection I have received from colleagues and students alike. It is really a refreshing change from the previous week when I felt a bit isolated. Unfortunately, it all has to end in 3 days before we head back to the United States. Tuesday, June 2 This day was certainly one full of rest in relaxation. After hanging out…

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My Trip to China, Part 5 or the Forbidden City and Summer Palace oh my

My Trip to China, Part 5 or the Forbidden City and Summer Palace oh my

Saturday, May 30th The previous day I walked around a lot when I visited the Temple of Heaven and even more so when I went to that Irish pub. When I got back to the hotel my feet hurt, which shouldn’t be unusual. I mean I have been walking probably 6-7 miles per day (no joke). But when I checked my feet I noticed the inevitable pain that every walker hates: blisters. And I had some doozies. Instead of taking…

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