Archive | May, 2012

Lessons From The Donner Party

May 26, 2012

1 Comment

The story of the Donner Party, trapped in the Sierra Nevada during one of the worst winters on record (1846), is too well known to require retelling. However, after reading the latest account of their journey by Ethan Rarick, which includes some new research, I realized that the story of the Donner Party’s ordeal contains some […]

Continue reading...

Planning or Scamming?

May 20, 2012


As a long-time financial planner I know how hard it is to do good planning work for individuals and couples.  Such planning requires, among other things, meticulous attention to detail, an effective process to elicit the values behind the numbers and a constant review of assumptions and goals over time to make sure the client […]

Continue reading...

Building Character At The Point Of A Gun

May 12, 2012


Earlier this year I led a small group of twelve and thirteen year olds on a hike to Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park.  This hike has been described as Zion’s equivalent of Yosemite’s Half Dome.  Although far less strenuous than Half Dome the last half mile of the Angel’s Landing hike involves walking and […]

Continue reading...

A Meditation On Forgiveness

May 5, 2012

1 Comment

I upset a very old friend the other day with something I said in an email. When I sent the email I didn’t think there was anything wrong with it, but I was mistaken. Re-reading the email I can see exactly why he was upset. I had acted foolishly, rushed the email and used the […]

Continue reading...