Have you read Roz Chast's cartoon about caring for her parents at the end of their lives? It is lovely, and you can read it here. (The Getty photo above is Chast with Sally Field at an event.)
In Reuters, Anya Schiffrin talks about what happened when her father was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer and traded being treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering, a leading cancer treatment hospital, to being treated in Paris, where he was born. Schiffrin recalls spending entire days waiting around while her father got treated at Sloan Kettering, and how different it was after he moved to Paris to receive treatment under the French health care system
Gregory M. Owens is a partner at a law firm who lists "his current monthly income as $31,500, or $375,000 a year." He recently filed for personal bankruptcy noting in his petition that he "had $400 in his checking account and $400 in savings" and $900 worth of clothing and a broken watch. How did this come to be?
Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street will be coming out in theaters next week, and Dealbook is looking at the stories the movie won't be talking about: what happened to the victims.
SB Nation has a terrific profile of Manny Pacquiao, a successful professional boxer from the Philippines who despite earning nearly $200 million during his career, has lost most of it. By comparison, George Foreman, "one of boxing's rare success stories," has been able to maintain his wealth, but not because of his boxing, but because of his famous grill.
I am not the person to ask about credit cards, because I only use them sparingly and don't do things like play the airline miles game, but perhaps y'all can talk about what has worked for you below.
Why would renters want to drop $45,000 for renovations on an apartment they don't own? Perhaps if you enjoy doing renovations and can get a steep discount in rent from a landlord in exchange for making the updates, it could be worth the money and effort.
Two years ago, Mac McClelland wrote a piece for Mother Jones about her time working as a "picker" in an Ohio warehouse. Many people don't realize that when they order products from a website, the order is often filled by third-party logistics contractors. Radiolab revisited the story this week along with additional commentary from Brad Stone, a reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek and the author of The Everything Store, a book about Jeff Bezos and Amazon. (Warning: There is some profanity and many mentions of dildos, which I felt compelled to mention here since Radiolab has been getting some guff about it).
Drew Philp has a nice essay in BuzzFeed about buying an abandoned house in Detroit for $500 when he was 23, why he did it, and what his neighborhood and city means to him.
I'm too distracted by Christmas Cats TV to post anything else for this thread, so maybe you should be distracted by it too? (As you can see in the screencap, there are lots of strange things happening there!)