Weekend Reading – Family time and great blogs

I’m off to see my family this weekend after my grandmother passed away earlier this week.   Although I will miss her dearly, I’m very thankful I was able to say goodbye to her in the final days.  It was a special visit, with a special woman, I will always remember.

“Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.” Author Rabindranath Tagore, Nobel Prize in Literature, 1913.

Take care of yourself, your family and enjoy this Weekend Reading edition.  See you next week, with hopefully a book giveaway for you.

I read this awesome article in the Wall Street Journal by Jason Zweig, where he wrote “I was once asked, at a journalism conference, how I defined my job. I said: My job is to write the exact same thing between 50 and 100 times a year in such a way that neither my editors nor my readers will ever think I am repeating myself.”  I suppose the same mantra can be used for how to save and invest for our future, something that Jason writes extremely well about in fact.

For a recent podcast, Preet interviewed MoneySense magazine editor in chief and noted finance author Jonathan Chevreau.   I liked what Jon said in his interview:  “If you live like a millionaire, you’re gonna end up like a pauper.”

Financial Uproar highlighted the Q2 results of his stock picking contest.  Holy Potato is the leader, up an amazing 30%+ year to date.  I’m only up about 7%, dragged down by Calloway REIT.

Freedom Thirty Five blog suggested using the back parking lot to save money.

Passive Income Earner is a big fan of railway companies.  Read on why here.

Check out some financial wisdom from some investing Baby Boomers.

Those interested in successfully managing the Smith Manoeuvre might want to look at Million Dollar Journey’s latest post.

This blogger has a chance to be financially free at age 40.  Impressive.

Not sure it’s a great analogy or not but Rick Ferri said you should invest like a chicken (in indexed products).

Canadian Capitalist provided a Sleepy Portfolio update.

Simply Investing wondered if you want a raise.

The Loonie Bin shared what he looks for in dividend stocks.

Dividend Engineering bought Walmart.

Mr. CBB posted his net worth.

The Dividend Guy answered some questions from his mailbag.

My friends at My University Money wrote about good paying careers in the trades.

Big Cajun Man is not a big fan of hospital parking fees.

Mr. Money Mustache (MMM) told us what he’d do if he woke up broke although I’m not convinced this could be the plan for all of us.   “So instead of going back into engineering ($100-$150k/year), I would probably just be re-open my general contracting business ($80,000/year) instead.  The Mrs. would either work part-time in finance ($60k) or start accepting all possible customers for her local real estate business (which would probably bring in about $100k). Instant high income … in exchange for very little free time.”

11 Responses to "Weekend Reading – Family time and great blogs"

  1. Sorry for your loss Mark. My grandmother passed away when I was a teenager, but more recently I lost my mother to cancer. I know this can be a very difficult time. Over time though it does get a little easier. Remember all the fond memories you had.

    Thanks for the mention.

  2. Sorry for your loss. 🙁 She is lucky that she had you and others to care for and remember her. With my own grandmother, I’ve been so lucky to benefit from her wisdom over the years. Now with two strokes I don’t know what the future holds, as her memory and mind are no longer working well. I guess the best thing I can do is to remember all of her lessons and her spirit and pass them on to my future children. Even when she is gone, her spirit will always remain with us!

    1. Thanks Kevin. I was very close to my grandmother. She was a special woman, did so much for others. Probably the most selfless person I’ve ever known.

      I was so fortunate to have so many great years with her. The last few days have been tough but her memories will be with my forever.

      Best wishes to you and your family, I hope your grandmother keeps battling.



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