I recently finished reading Authenticity – What Consumers Really Want, by James H. Gilmore and B. Joseph Pine.
The process of reading the book got me thinking about what authenticity really means and how we search for it in different ways. … Read More
This summer (remember summer? When it was warm?) I finally got around to reading The Millionaire Next Door, one of the quintessential personal finance books. Besides shining light on the habits that make and keep people wealthy, MND also gave rise to an intriguing measure of wealth accumulation.… Read More
Nowadays reports often refer to people as consumers, instead of as customers, citizens, and shoppers. There’s Consumer Reports, the Consumer Price Index, and even consumer.gov to teach you how to manage your money and and shop safely.
Your Money or Your Life equated spending less with consuming less, as in resources, energy, and goods. … Read More
Shopping is the Great American pastime. And why not? It’s fun to get new things, imagine how our lives could be different, and feel the power that comes from spending our money how we want to.
I think another – maybe not so great – pastime is the companionship we feel with others when complaining about spending money.… Read More
Every job produces something. The quality, necessity, and application of what exactly is produced is debatable, but at the core of each job is the act of production.
Some jobs produce ideas, data, analysis, feedback, and instructions. Others produce physical products, like iPhones, cars, and furniture. … Read More
Photographers will tell you that they make pictures rather than take them (thanks to Ansel Adams). Saying you “make” a photograph implies intent, purpose, reasoning, and planning – in effect to validate photography as a “real” pursuit that requires practice and work.… Read More
One of my goals at the beginning of this year was to get more organized and get rid of a bunch of clutter. I’ve donated about 3 bags of clothes and have gotten down to what I consider a pretty compact wardrobe of items that I wear regularly and get consistent use out of. … Read More