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I'm no whiz at picking stocks, nor do I aspire to become one. But since I'm self-employed and solely responsible for financing my kids' college education and funding my own retirement plan, I've taken more than a cursory glance into that abyss once known as the greatest bull market of all time. And I've noted the increasing alarm with which some financial pundits foresee today's stock market repeating the collapse of 1929.
Are they right? Even the best market whizzes don't know for sure. Increasingly, though, I've come to feel the question itself isn't the one I need to answer, and isn't even the one I need to ask. Not the direction of the stock market, but the direction of my thinking, that's what has become key for me. What's impelling my financial decisions? That's the question. And maybe the answer will help me see that whatever the market does or doesn't do can't make or break me in any way. And here's why.
Common market wisdom says up and down are the only directions in which the market moves. and that fear and greed are the forces that move it. But I don't want either of those "forces" impelling my investment decisions.
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Always 'under God'
with contributions from Laurie Knights Danko, Jim Bender, Lucie Lehmann-Barclay, Susan Early, Lilli Locke, Peggy Johnsen
items of interest
with contributions from Tom Lowry, Robert Coombe, Craig Cox, Mary Pipher
From self-interest to the common good
By Kim Shippey Sentinel staff
On the way to critical mass
By Tony Lobl
Heal yourself—by helping someone else
By Rebecca Odegaard
Principle in the marketplace—progress report from Ankara
By Gloria Onyuru
Make history? Who, me?
By Beverly Goldsmith Contributing Editor
By Channing Walker
My brother—what a treasure!
By Barbara M. Vining Contributing Editor
How can you help fight the fires?
By David Graham
PRAYER ABOUT FIRES
Is it OK to be happy?
By J. Thomas Black
Disease healed when seen to be unreal
A change of heart
Prayer saves the day
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