I’m flooded with memories from my childhood - time spent with relatives that are long since past, opening memorable gifts, and the annual centerpiece of a great Christmas meal.
This past Saturday, I was a dinner guest at the home of a family friend of my wife’s parents. Over dinner, the conversation was lively and, as is often the case with my wife’s family, refreshingly frank.
Many of you out there reading this are hurting.
The economic news is grim, and even though I believe the only thing we have to fear is fear itself, that doesn’t change the stark reality of things.
Most of us have lost a large swath of our retirement savings in the last year. My overall retirement savings has gone down about 30% over the past thirteen months, even with late 2007 and 2008 contributions.
Over the weekend, my parents came to visit. At one point, we were talking about the experiences I had during my college days, and they mentioned that when I would move in and out of the dormitories, it would require a pickup truck to move all of the stuff.