Category Archives: Life

Death, Taxes, Estate Plans, Probate and Prob8

   “With great power comes great responsibility.”       Spiderman’s dead Uncle Ben (Oh, and some other guy named Voltaire.) So, too, with wealth. One of the pesky things that nobody ever seems to tell you while you are accumulating it, is that is that having and keeping it requires effort. You must learn how […]

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Republic Wireless and my $19 per month phone plan

Painting by Sergey Gusev It was a dark and stormy night.* She told me to wait. Maybe I should have listened. But I was impatient and headed to South America. The idea of remaining in touch, of having access to my email, the internet and, wonder of wonder, free international calls was not to be […]

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Shilpan’s Seven Habits to Live More with Less

One of the over-riding themes here on jlcollinsnh is that when it comes to investing simple is not just easier, it is more effective and more profitable. My pal Shilpan runs a blog I read faithfully: Street Smart Finance.  What is most appealing to me is the wisdom he brings from a lifetime of learning, […]

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My path for my kid — the first 10 years

A year from now my daughter graduates from college. Here’s the early life path I suggest to her: Avoid debt. Nothing is worth paying interest to own. Avoid fiscally irresponsible people and certainly don’t marry one. Spend the next decade or so working your ass off building your career and your professional reputation. Spend that […]

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Dining with the Ghosts of Sarah Bernhardt and Alfons Mucha

The lobby of Hotel Pariz, Prague For the jlcollinsnh family, so far 2013 has been a very good year. The house is finally sold, freeing up some capital. The stock market has been on a tear. Our daughter had her milestone 21st birthday April 1st. Unfortunately, for that last, she’s in Rennes, France and we […]

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Storage, Moving and Movers

Despite what felt like a relentless and merciless disposal of our stuff, our new apartment is overflowing. We’ve rented a storage locker.   Too much stuff! The snow tires were the first thing to go in, but only because the space was there. My pal David had offered them sanctuary at his place. Kind of […]

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Wild Turkeys, Motorcycles, Dining Room Sets & Greed

Wild Turkey painting by Don Balke This morning the wild turkeys came out of the woods and on to the back lawn for a visit. The last time was in the Fall when they were in the front yard with a small herd of deer, so it’s been a while. While I am very much […]

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Roots v. Wings: considering home ownership

“Sold” now hangs below the real estate sign in front of our house. All the contingencies have been cleared and it should be smooth sailing until the closing date about a month from now. In the next few weeks we’ll be going thru the myriad of chores involved: Packing, finding a mover, switching services, dropping […]

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The Blog has New Clothes

Waves painting by Sergey Gusev* Well looky here. Little ol’ jlcollinsnh is growing up a bit. With this post you’ll notice three big changes. We could have done them separately, but just seemed to make sense to plunge ahead. Before we get into all that, let me start with some well deserved “Thank You” shout outs. […]

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High School Poetry, Carnival, cool ads and random pictures that caught my eye

I’m an old English major. I don’t much like poetry. Go figure. But this is a whole ‘nother frame of reference. Be warned, this is a bit erotic: Sucker for Spanish Speakers My pal Fran is her coach. Yeah. I didn’t know poets had coachs either. If you like that one, you’ll find a couple […]

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