The Last Taboo

Four years ago [four years back in 1988, that was], Catherine, a freelance editor with whom I was passingly acquainted, called me one afternoon weeping and barely coherent. “I have to see you,” she said. “I’m desperate.” We met in a park twenty minutes later....

Debt Is a Verb

“Debt” is a noun. It has never been used as a verb – “to debt.” But we’re going to coin it that way and use it that way on this site. It helps us distinguish such use of money from other types spending and from secured loans. If Joanie goes into a department store and...

What I Gave My Children: A Christmas Story

Twenty-six years ago, I bottomed out on debt and money, ending up $50,000 in unsecured debt (about $110,000 in today’s dollars), with expenses of $3,000 a month, and a reliable income of $350 a month. I was living in torment, despair, and hopelessness. That is not...

The House’ll Pay for Itself, Right?

My short story “Real Estate” – originally published in the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction – is free for Kindle, PCs, Macs, tablets, and smart phones today and through the rest of this weekend from Amazon.com. Here’s the description of the story on Amazon:

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How to Have More Money

My guest blog with that title,”How to Have More Money”—which offers a simple four-point program for doing just that, getting more money into your life—went up on the (deservedly) popular personal finance site Get Rich Slowly this morning. You might well want to read...

Solvency as a Way of Life

Someone wrote me from another country last week, saying: “First of all, thank you for your book. It was a treasure for me. Five years ago I followed your method successfully but unfortunately now I am again to the same position.”  She continued on with other comments,...