A Quiz I’m Sure You All Know The Answers To, RIGHT?

Here is a little personal finance quiz, as referenced in this Moisés Naím piece for the Atlantic. Only 30% of Americans aced this thing, so if you do, give yourself a little pat on the back. And a cookie. It’s Friday.


Find-My-Phone Vigilante Justice Sweeps Nation

Cellphone theft is on the rise, phone manufacturers won’t do anything because well, replacing cellphones is kind of their thing, the police don’t really care because it’s a misdemeanor. THE PEOPLE ARE FINDING THEIR PHONES FOR THEMSELVES, and the Times is on it.


Foster a Veteran For $3,000 Per Month

My first reaction to this story from the Tennessean was, “WEIRD” but that may have been a reaction to calling it “foster care.” Now I think it’s great (in case the Murfreesboro VA was looking for my approval). The program is designed for veterans who aren’t a great match for a nursing home and are at-risk for homelessness. Caregivers can take care of up to three veterans at once, depending on the level of their needs and the caregiver’s ability to meet them. The getting paid bit might squick you out, but caregivers provide meals, living space, and around-the-clock care.


When Pop Culture Was Obsessed With Dads

For the Paris Review Daily, Willie Osterweil writes about the nineties, a time of paternalistic foreign and economic policy, a time of newly grown-up baby boomers, and a time of SO MANY DAD SHOWS:th


Should We Pull The Plug On All This And Buy A Bookstore, Y/N?

There is a bookstore for sale on the Oregon coast, via Shelf Awareness (best terribly-punned bookselling newsletter there is), and it is in the same town where they filmed parts of The Goonies. Need I say more?! It is called Cannon Beach Book Company:


Privilege Check On Aisle Nine

Okay I gave in/up and took a Buzzfeed Quiz. Or wait, it’s actually a checklist. Does that count?



You’re quite privileged. You’ve had a few struggles, but overall your life has been far easier than most. This is not a bad thing, nor is it something to be ashamed of. But you should be aware of your advantages and work to help others who don’t have them. Thank you for checking your privilege.

No, thank you.


True Fans of True Detective



On Working With Depression

On her blog the Rejectionist, Sarah McCarry is publishing an excellent series of interviews called Working, where she talks to writers about how they live with their depression and the ways they manage to work with/through/around their illness. It’s about “finding a balance between the work we have to do, the work we want to do, and taking care of ourselves,” which of course is applicable to all kinds of work and all kinds of people.


Getting Teens More Interested in Thinking About Money

Financial literacy, as we know it, hasn’t been very effective. But we all want it to be! No one wants financial literacy efforts to fail—the more we talk about money—the good and the bad of it—the better understanding we’ll have of it (which is kind of the reason why this site exists). So what might work?

The Wall Street Journal reports that Fidelity Investments challenged think tanks, non-profits, and individuals to come up with an effective way of teaching low-income teenagers financial skills. They received 73 ideas.

Okay, so here’s one:

In the game-night proposal, from Economic Empowerment Initiative, in Atlanta, teens and parents would first prepare a family budget. Then the teens would shop in newspapers and online for discounts and promotions to help save money. In return, the teens receive pretend dollars they could “spend” as they pleased, after putting 10% into a savings account.

Hmm. Um, okay what else?


The Cost of Getting Strep Throat 2x in 1 Month

What’s it like to get sick?


Interview With A Former Coworker Who Went to Lunch and Never Came Back

Last Tuesday you went to lunch and never came back!


Help When It’s Cold Out

How cold are you right now? The polar vortex blew from west to east sending temperatures plunging by 50 degrees in the city within a few hours. It’s 4 degrees here, and in the negatives elsewhere. Most of us will be able to huddle indoors and throw a kettle on the stove, but if you come upon someone in need of shelter or warmth—a homeless person, or a Little Match Girl, maybe—there are numbers you can call to reach people who can assist, according to this servicey post by Forbes’s Dan Diamond:

I ended up calling D.C.’s Hypothermia Hotline, which offers round-the-clock roving patrols and guaranteed shelter when the temperature gets this cold. If a person refuses shelter, the patrol will offer comfort items—warm drinks, blankets, and other clothes—and check on the person across the night. Other cities have similar services too.

Everyone stay warm and comfortable today!

Photo: Jo Naylor