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  • Why I’m Leaving Facebook

    Do you find yourself growing weary of Facebook? Weary of the ever-changing privacy landscape? Yeah, me too. I’ve never hung out my shingle as a social med...

  • My Breast Cancer Advocacy Focus: A Big Shift

    I never set out to be a breast cancer advocate. Two years ago I was looking for a good cause to align with, as I set out on a cross-country motorcycle trip. Whe...

  • Breast Cancer,Inc.: Breast Cancer as an Industry

    Since my involvement with breast cancer causes, I’ve become acutely aware of the commercialization of the disease. Looks like this filmmaker is ahead of m...

Why I’m Leaving Facebook

Do you find yourself growing weary of Facebook? Weary of the ever-changing privacy landscape? Yeah, me too. I’ve never hung out my shingle as a social media expert, but I am a member of Charlotte’s Social Media Club so that I can rub shoulders with those who are. Like a ... Read More »

My Breast Cancer Advocacy Focus: A Big Shift

I never set out to be a breast cancer advocate. Two years ago I was looking for a good cause to align with, as I set out on a cross-country motorcycle trip. When I asked people for suggestions, breast cancer of course came up, but it wasn’t my first choice ... Read More »

Breast Cancer,Inc.: Breast Cancer as an Industry

Since my involvement with breast cancer causes, I’ve become acutely aware of the commercialization of the disease. Looks like this filmmaker is ahead of me.   I see that the film will be shown in Richmond, VA on 2/10/12.  My mother-in-law, whose breast cancer metastasized into bone cancer, is buried there. I’m inclined ... Read More »

Six Easy Questions for a Law Firm

One of my clients is looking for a new slogan. Would you please answer these SIX EASY QUESTIONS as part of my research? Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey, the world’s leading questionnaire tool. Read More »

Brokers vs Advisors vs Clients’ Best Interests

Last week the NYT ran another story on the screwy financial regulatory landscape here in the States.  With so many financial professionals calling it quits with big firms and hanging out shingles as advisors,  the big money (brokerage firms) do their best to obfuscate their incentive to SELL, rather than ... Read More »

BofA Taking one for Team USA?

In a banking town like Charlotte, you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a VP of one bank or another. Well, these days make that “or a former VP.” One of my friends works for Bank of America and another is a criminal defense lawyer. The banker persists that ... Read More »

Banker Motivation

As I mentioned in December Book Lust I’m reading Dan Pink’s new book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. The book’s publisher had perfect timing, with  January’s headlines of banker bonuses and the prospect of taxing TARP recipients. There’s a lot of hand wringing about what will happen ... Read More »

Because You Can’t Spell Gold without G-O-D

In our current frenzy for certainty in an uncertain world, gold is back in the news. Time for a little context on the current gold rush, starting with a tale from antiquity: A man who wanted riches dutifully installed a money god in his home altar. He prayed to it for ... Read More »

Private Equity and the Next Credit Crisis

My September Book Lust column included a preview of Josh Kosman’s book, The Buyout of America: How Private Equity Will Cause the Next Great Credit Crisis, which was released this month. Monday I heard Kosman interviewed by Fresh Air’s Terry Gross (on NPR affiliates everywhere). FASCINATING STUFF, including: How interest ... Read More »

Dan Ariely 3 of 3: Trust and Healthcare Reform

In the first of this three-post series I offered a sound file of Dan talking about the limits of rationality when devising and regulating public services. In the second, we explored how  Treasury’s un-trustworthiness dealing with TARP and the financial meltdown has led to social anxiety and depression. While writing ... Read More »