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The time of getting and giving Christmas gifts is breathing right in our faces again, having leaped upon us like an impatient panther even faster than it has in years past. I believe that’s because the Mayan calendar says that things happen faster and faster as the end of a 5,125 year cycle approaches. In […]

Two-bit Guru | Giving money to friends | Photo of a Christmas card with a $100 bill sticking out of it.

Four months before Christmas one year, a friend complained that his small business wasn’t doing as well as he’d like. I commiserated, and once we’d opened up the topic of ain’t-times-tough, it became a regular theme. Since things were bad for him, I couldn’t very well say they were good for me, although they were. […]

Here it is, heavy upon us again, the season of giving and getting. It has come too fast, as it does every year, even though every year we seem to start a little bit earlier. The joy of the season is heavily dependent on retail sales, for without sufficient household spending the economy may suffer […]

Whether you believe that time is money or time is the 4th dimension, you’d probably agree that there isn’t enough of it. As I mentioned in a previous post, the holiday season is characterized by there being about 10 times less time than there is in our “normal” frenzied time-scarce lives. No wonder people get […]

[Attention Christians: Lest you be offended by my use of the word X-mas, permit yourselves to be educated about it here, and here, and here. However, I am using “X-mas” in the spirit that it is something different from the celebration of Christmas, the spirit that many Christians do find offensive. Essentially, I’m agreeing with […]

I’ve never been able to understand the mayhem associated with the day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, particularly since that day sort of marks the beginning of Christmas shopping, a holiday ostensibly about peace, joy and love. Not so for a 15 year-old girl from Muskegon, MI, who was trampled (fortunately not to death) by rabid […]