Author Archives: artcarden

Investing Advice For My Teenage Self

Greetings, teenage self. You’ve done a good job working hard and earning money, and I’m glad you want to put the money to work for you. Here are four key principles of investing: 1. Invest. This seems obvious, but as a friend of mine says, the best predictor of your retirement portfolio’s performance is that […]

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Feeding Friends in Need

So, something has just happened to a friend or family member where your assistance might be extremely useful.  This could be a time for joy or a time for weeping.  It could be a birth, a death, a wedding, a divorce, or any of a variety of big, life-changing events.  It’s an opportunity to show […]

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Here Are Some Resources On The Economics Of Crime

The Social Order of the Underworld: How Prison Gangs Govern the American Penal System by David Skarbek. The Relationship Between Commerce and Crime by Daniel D’Amico How to Make a Criminal Cocktail by Daniel D’Amico Racial Inequality in the Criminal Justice System by Daniel D’Amico Why Is the U.S. Prison Population So Large? by Daniel D’Amico US Prison Population: The […]

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Valley of Vision

Several years ago, a counselor recommended The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions. The puritans get a bad rap, historically, and their history illustrates the complex tensions that come with fallen people following God in a fallen world. Here are two thoughts worth considering from the “The Love of Jesus,” page […]

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Some Recent Reading

Hallie Erminie Rives, Smoking Flax. I’m reading this for some ongoing research on lynching, crime, and the Southern economy. It’s a defense of lynching in the form of a short novel featuring predictably one-dimensional characters and racist tropes. It’s a quick read and a useful foray into the rhetoric of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century […]

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To The Mom Or Dad With The Crazy Kids

Dear Mom or Dad with the Crazy Kids acting up in public: I’m not judging you, I doubt anyone else nearby is judging you, and anyone who is judging you probably doesn’t have an opinion that matters. I’ve been there. Kids are crazy, sometimes borderline psychotic, sometimes actually psychotic. Sometimes they’re upset about what’s for […]

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Improve Your Bible Reading With This One Simple Trick

Reading the Bible is harder than you think, even with e-readers and the Holy Bible app. It’s just a whole lot easier to scroll mindlessly (and soullessly) through Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit which offer compact snippets of the world in the form of cat pictures, inspiring quotes, and political rants filled with grammatical atrocities. The […]

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