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Family

Want Better Kids? Stop Chauffeuring Them Around!

By Mark Morgan Ford | 02/6/2004

My wife and I were once “abusive” to our children. It occurred in the early years of our parenting. Convinced that we could raise the perfect children, we spent almost all our spare time enrolling them in educational and sporting activities, chauffeuring them around to their various lessons and practices,…

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A Christmas Message

By Early to Rise | 12/25/2003

As I did last year, I’m going to be spending the day with my loved ones — my wife and children, my sister, my mother-in-law, and some of our very best friends. We’re going to get up when Michael, our youngest, wakes us. He’s 15 now — maybe too old…

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Let’s Be Grateful for Things that Really Matter

By Mark Morgan Ford | 11/27/2003

“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Michael, my third son, never liked the private school we sent him to. Like his two elder brothers before him, he was unhappy not with the academic requirements and rigors but…

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Perfect Dad, Flawed Dad: How Good Do You Have to Be?

By Early To Rise | 10/31/2003

“Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.” – Katherine Mansfield SM told me that he’d always assumed his father was “above it all” because of how successful he had…

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Five Good Reasons to Own a “Vacation” Home

By Early to Rise | 07/15/2003

  “Home is where the heart is and hence a movable feast.” – Angela Carter There are at least five good reasons to buy a second home: 1. It can become your future retirement home. Buy it now and have it paid off in today’s cheap dollars. Years from now,…

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Forget Most of What You Think You Know About Feng Shui: Here Are The Essentials for a Productive Place of Business

By Early To Rise | 04/25/2003

I tried to believe. I really did. But half of what I read about feng shui seemed totally loony. So, once again, I’m going to rely on the benefit of 52 years of experience. Here’s the “ETR shui” on setting up a good office/studio. First, some observations and conclusion: *…

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Choosing The Right Home, Part I: How Big A House Do You Need?

By Early To Rise | 04/1/2003

I grew up in a family of 10 in a four-bedroom home the size of a Hummer. I was embarrassed to have to bunk with two or three siblings and was amazed and in awe of Tommy Harrington, a friend whose house contained not only one full bedroom just for…

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Give Gifts That Mean Something and You’ll Be Remembered For Them

By Mark Morgan Ford | 01/24/2003

Charity often pleases the giver and weakens the recipient, but gifts are another matter. The occasional gift (occasional, as for a birthday, Christmas, etc.) — even an extravagant one — can sometimes have a lasting positive effect. Such was the result of a gift my godmother, JK, gave me many…

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Make Your Personal Life Richer This Year

By Mark Morgan Ford | 01/10/2003

  What are your hobbies? If you say “watching sports on television,” I’ve got news for you. That’s not a hobby. It’s a habit, and a bad one at that. A hobby is, or should be, something that makes your life richer. The kind of hobby Winston Churchill was recommending…

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An Easy Way to Make Your Child Very Wealthy

By Mark Morgan Ford | 11/25/2002

“With money in your pocket, you are wise and you are handsome and you sing well too.” – Yiddish proverb Let’s say my friends could afford to put $20,000 into such a fund. And let’s further assume that the fund provided a net return of 8% — which is lower…

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Get Thin And Stay That Way By Ending Ritualistic Eating Patterns

By Early To Rise | 09/17/2002

To lose weight and stay thin, you must change the way you eat. Changing your eating pattern temporarily is easy. You go on a diet. But to stay thin, you’ve got to do more: You must change the way you think about eating. For many of us, eating is a…

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How to Make Your Children Wealthy

By Early To Rise | 06/3/2002

“One of my father’s most precious legacies to me was spiritual. I learned from him the value of courage and the strength of will.” – Armand Hammer (Hammer, 1987)   TG told me that a mutual friend, OJ, had burned through an inheritance of $180,000 in a year. Most of…

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