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July 30,2020

To My Surprise…A Delightful Class With Celine

On April 15, 2020, I took my first class with Celine. The next day, I posted: In last night’s “Body Burn & Beats with Celine Berthaud.” I felt like the proverbial granddad being led out to the dance floor by his granddaughter. The generational gap was very wide.While I can “still move,” I can’t move like that.In fact, I couldn’t move like that when I was her age, which meant I couldn’t even wish for younger days.So metaphorically speaking, I found my way back to my table to watch and absorb that generation's vibrations and energy. The world is in good hands....

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July 7,2020

Economics for Yogis 003 — Buddhist Economics — Work

In 1966 E. F. Schumacher published "Buddhist Economics." People have continued to read it.I probably first read it in 1972 or 1973, and it's one of those essays I re-read periodically.Today Schumacher's ideas are useful as we try to reimagine how we live and work.For example,  in the essay, Schumacher distinguishes between "mainstream's" and "Buddhist's" economics view of "work." The mainstream view of work:Get rid of it.Reduce workload.Focus on specialization and division of labor.Emphasize productivity & speed.It's meaningless, boring, and nerve-racking.We're concerned more with goods than with people.It lacks compassion.It's soul-destroying.Leisure becomes a goa  The Buddhist view of work:Develops the capacity to...

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July 6,2020

Economics for Yogis-002 Paycheck Protection Plan Extended to August 8,...

  Federal Government Extends "The Paycheck Protection Program." Here's a link to an article: https://www.businessinsider.com/paycheck-protection-program-extended-what-owners-need-to-know-2020-7 If you haven't already, I suggest you discuss with your financial advisor the benefits of this program. If you're eligible, you can get a loan up to the equivalent 2.5 months of your 2019 income. One good thing about this loan is that up to 100% of it can be "forgiven." That is, you won't have to pay back the loan if you spend the funds according to the program's guidelines. An example I used in a previous post assumes you reported $40,000 in income in 2019. You...

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