Six Good Things Brought About by the Pandemic

The pandemic our world is experiencing will result in some modifications to life as we know it. After living through a bad event, we tend to come out the other side with new knowledge that will bring about some needed changes to better our world. Yes, death is bad and the loss of one’s job … Read more

Have We Lost Our Common Sense in this Crisis?

I am reading articles and watching “news” broadcasts and social media statements that make me wonder if the current crisis has taken away our common sense. People are citing impossibilities as if anyone could do them. They often look back with 20/20 hindsight thinking people should have known things that there was no way to … Read more

Coronavirus Devastated Our Vacation

Last year, a couple we have traveled with contacted us to see if we would join them on a new adventure to China. I initially said no. China was not on my list of places I was just dying to see. At the time I didn’t know how literal that statement would be. Then they … Read more

A Closer Look at Fee Only Financial Advisors

(Today’s guest post comes from my friend Ryan Inman of Physician Wealth Services. You may know him from his Financial Residency Podcast. There are two types of fee only financial advisors: Flat Fee and Assets Under Management. My preference is for the flat fee advisor, and Ryan is one of those. If you need to … Read more

Saying Your Final Goodbye to a Parent

This holiday season had a more somber tone than usual for us. My wife’s father, Ken Nordling, passed away the day after Christmas, two days before his 88th birthday. This marks the first parent we have lost and the first time we were directly involved with planning a burial and memorial service. I didn’t realize … Read more

An Oregon Gift That Changed the World

Americans do a lot of gift giving, especially at Christmas time. The majority of the gift giving is between friends and family. Too often the gifts end up in the garbage or in storage after a few months. Occasionally, there is a gift that really makes an impact. I want to tell you about one … Read more