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Get Ready to Bid on the Oprah Auction

Oprah Winfrey has made history more than once in her career as a talk show host, media producer, teacher, and philanthropist—and now she is auctioning off a collection of her possessions so that you too can own a bit of Oprah History.

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Our Google Searches Reveal Our Financial Dreams

I’m not the only person who uses Google as a way of imagining and experimenting with financial aspirations. Pacific Standard recently reported on a new study suggesting that the less financially secure we feel, the more time we spend online looking at luxury items.

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Stars: They’re Not Paying Off Their Student Loans Just Like Us!

You can do a lot more with $100,000 in cash and some debt than you can with no cash and no debt.

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Do Do That 1 Thing That You Do So Well

My one thing is to empty my compost bin into the apartment’s bigger compost bin and wash my compost bin out so I can start refilling it. Composting is the law, I guess, in Seattle? Something like that. All I know is that washing out the compost bin is gross and I put it off for as long as possible.

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Future Marketers May Try to Capitalize on Our Initials

How hard could it be to send out custom email campaigns designed to attract prospects with the same initials or names as your cause? These prospects are, after all, psychologically predisposed to give you money.

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When Mentors Attack

A recent article in the Harvard Business Review suggests that we place too much value in the idea that mentoring is a panacea — especially for women

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On Wanting to Be a Millionaire

Today’s must-read longread is I Wanted to Be a Millionaire, a Slate story by journalist and author Justin Peters about what happens when you “have in your hand the money that would change your life, and then watch that money turn to vapor.”

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Colorado Residents Did Not Consume Enough Legal Weed in 2014

I live in Seattle, where marijuana is both legal and prevalent enough that A) my apartment building perpetually smells like weed and B) earlier last year, stores “periodically closed” when they sold out of marijuana.

Colorado residents also consumed a lot of legal weed last year, but—as Slate reports—not quite enough:

Retail and medical weed generated more than $60 million in tax and licensing revenue for the state in 2014, the lion’s share of which is helping to pay for school construction and the regulatory system that legalization requires. Opponents looking to nitpick can—and do—point to the fact that the total is a far cry from the $100 million windfall that state officials predicted at the start of last year.

To be fair, Slate describes Colorado’s legal weed industry as a “sweeping success,” but what I see here is a call to action for the citizens of Boulder, Denver, and everywhere in between:

Smoke more weed. We expected you to consume nearly twice as much weed as you did, and you disappointed us.

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