February is Black History Month, so we’d like to applaud and celebrate some heroes of the Untied States civil rights movement. Initiated by Carter G. Woodsen in 1921 as only a week, this reverence for African American contribution and culture was placed in February because it marked the birthdays of both Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. It was later expanded to a full month in ...Continue Reading →
Do you own a pet? Chances are, you either have a beloved pooch or frisky feline in your care, and if so, you probably spend a hefty sum of money keeping them fed, healthy, happy, and even entertained. In fact, the pet industry is one of the largest niche segments of household discretionary spending, and has even proven to be recession proof over the last 5+ years. Of course we can’t measure our love for the loyal family dog ...
As the nights grow colder and the leaves hint at changing color, we know it’s almost time for the spookiest of all the holidays, Halloween. October 31 is the perfect opportunity to take out our creepy costumes, decorate the house, and prepare for a ghoulishly good time with the kids. But while Trick or Treating might be a childhood activity, it’s not something that parents should take lightly. In fact, children are twice as likely to be hit by a ...Continue Reading →
I once heard a comedian joke that babies and children are made so cute just so parents can cope with the fact that they’re so much work and difficult to raise. That may be true, and we can add the fact that children are pretty expensive to that list.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released their annual Expenditures on Children by Families report, highlighting the accumulated cost of raising a child. The USDA tallied the line items or ...Continue Reading →
For most young children, money is a foreign and strange concept, as they just assume their mom or dad are omnipotent and can summon any toy, video game, or sugary breakfast cereal from the ether. But all too soon they’ll realize that money makes the world go ‘round, and we actually need to work hard for little green paper that we then pass on to others when we want to obtain goods or services. Soon they’ll be faced with their ...Continue Reading →
What do couples fight about? Whether just starting dating, in a long term relationship, or already married and the honeymoon is over, it may seem like there is an endless list of topics that romantic partners clash about: he throws his dirty shirts on the floor, she insists her poodle sleep on the bed, and they can’t agree on whether they should fly to the Caribbean or visit in-laws in Minnesota during Christmas vacation. (Ok, so there are some things ...Continue Reading →
In 1930, the iconic economist John Maynard Keynes floated some startling predictions about what the future of employment would look like. Keynes believed that we’d soon only be working an average of 15 hours every week, thanks to growing technology and industrialization.
His assertion was backed up by evolutionary biologist Julian Huxley, who calculated we’d only have to work two days every week in the future. In fact, they thought our time would be so liberated from industry and open to ...Continue Reading →
Every year, during the scorching dog days of the summer in Sacramento, the California State Fair comes to town, providing plenty of entertainment, live music, rides and games, and good eats for the whole family. And for 17 days starting July 10th until the 26th, the California State Fair will celebrate its 162nd season, with an expected 750,000 people coming out to celebrate.
The California State Fair may have grown into one of the most popular events in America ...
On July 5, 1845, a young writer named Henry David Thoreau moved from his comfortable existence in Concord, Massachusetts to a simple patch of forest on Walden Pond. In exchange for his work clearing the land and other chores, Thoreau was allowed to occupy the plot and build his own house.
He did just that, constructing a simple 10’ by 15’ English-style cottage, decorated with only a bed, a table, a small desk and lamp for writing at night, and three ...Continue Reading →
The richest people in the United States are getting richer at an alarming rate, while the middle class and poorest families are losing ground on both wealth and wage inequality. The wealth gap has gotten markedly worse since the recession and especially the recovery, so much so that we’re at levels not seen since the Great Depression.
Those are the findings of prominent economists like Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucmanm, respected organizations like the Pew Research Center, and credible studies like ...Continue Reading →