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May 5, 2017

The best thing I have ever done with 40 dollars

Our family lives amply. We have a summer house, tennis lessons, and someone to scrub our toilet every other week. Or more specifically our four toilets because why would we ever want to wait to pee. We can pay for braces times 4 because now kids get braces twice. We grumble, we track, we wish it weren’t so, but we still have the money to buy organic berries to get their seeds stuck in those expensive metal brackets. I have spent 40 dollars treating a friend to sushi lunch, getting a pedicure, and Read more […]

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March 30, 2014

What I do do

More heat in hot places, more cold in cold places. More taxes and fewer services. A litigious society where one accident can derail a hardworking family. Increasing health care costs with decreasing compensation for the people who provide it. The modification of food so it begins to kill us instead of making us stronger. Sheltering of corporate rights and protection for the people who make choices, sometimes illegal, that focus only on the bottom line. Whole areas of cities that are given up on by Read more […]

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November 8, 2013

Rain boots, rain boots, go away.

An Anna & Angela post. Angela: I really don’t like my rain boots.  It’s raining today and every time I put on these boots, I think, “I really don’t like these boots.”  Cute rain boots exist, but mine are not cute.  They are utilitarian and totally functional, but they have zero personality.  I wear them because they were free.  Sent to us by a very generous friend of my husband’s who works for an outerwear company.  Free and void of any personality.  I really don’t Read more […]

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October 30, 2013


I am going with none of yesterday’s choices. I started writing up Good Buy, and there is certainly material there…but the media files are too much for me this morning. I only have charcoal grey and white to offer so that is what you are going to get. I was up until 2 am zillowing like a mad woman, researching every house over 850k in Vermont, tracking their days on market and their price drops coming to the conclusion that if the past is a predictor of the future in real estate we may actually Read more […]

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October 24, 2013

How to get me to give you money.

What do I do? I mostly crush dreams, and sometimes throw a bit of my own money in to go down with the ship. I am an angel investor in Vermont, and this is part of the story. Someone has a seed of an idea. That person talks to a friend or a colleague about it. Together they sketch out a more complete vision of the project, product, or program. Its all pro right now, except for the most part the team is made of amateurs. They put together something, a pitch deck or a pilot program. They begin Read more […]

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October 24, 2013

First In and Out

Which game show is it where you have to identify mashups of familiar phrases? Like Easier said than done is good. Easier said than done. Done is good. Now that I’ve insulted your intelligence by breaking down my post title I can go back to insulting myself…my real forte. So I was going to try to write around the particulars so as not to upset my friends at Burlington City Arts, but I am pretty sure I am the only jackass in this story. I tell it to try to learn something. For almost a Read more […]

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October 22, 2013

Heads up, shut down.

It was a very social weekend, he tells me. I read into this and try to pry more details out of him. This friend keeps things to himself effortlessly, so this is about as effective as asking Bellichick for an injury update. (Can any of you tell me how I have been a rabid Patriots fan for 20 years and have not learned how to spell our head coaches name? No?) There is a bit of something there though, so I work on the nail with my screwdriver, unequipped to get the job done. He sums up his non story Read more […]

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September 11, 2013

This doesn’t make cents

Here’s another sticky point about money. By its very nature it is taking us away from the present. Originally we all bartered. Chicken for wood, my help in construction for your cow, etc. skill and effort matted as much as luck. Then money came along to allow “fair trade” deferring what one party brings to the barter agreement. I don’t quite know what I am saying, butit is something about being a giver v a taker. Where giving represents being generative, adding to our world in some way and the Read more […]

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September 10, 2013

Overheard at the gym

This is not what I see at the gym

It took not one, not two, but three friends pressuring inviting me to work out this morning for me to make it to the gym. Because I was planning an 8:40 departure I had 2 full hours to sit in my pee bed and ring myself with various devices in order to play plenty of candy crush. Some people pay for new lives, some people cheat and set the clock on their phone a month ahead. In the true spirit of excess I just use my six iPads to rotate from one to the other as get stuck on a level. If you don’t Read more […]

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September 4, 2013

More money thoughts

Sort of like the sex posts I’ve gotten tons of private responses to my money blog. Thank you all for having this conversation with me. The last post was a history of how I have money to share. I’m pretty sure you could read the feelings of conflict in that story. Fundamentally I feel really really lucky. A sense of luck, and honestly if you could take the edge of off the word, of entitlement, has been surrounding me as far back as I can remember. Once again, to let my actions explain Read more […]

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