The Unsinkable 42
Posted by Jonathan Merckens on Sat, 04/17/2021 - 13:35
Last weekend we laid my mother in-law, Connie Link, to rest in her final resting place. Connie wasn’t just my mother in-law; she is someone I had the privileged to be part of my life since childhood – she was my Junior High Health and Reading teacher. Being a teach for nearly 30 years, she touched the lives of many, many people. A lot of them were able to express their memories of how Connie impacted their life and shared them with us, through the modern convenience of Facebook in this pandemic new world. I must give a special shout out to my mother for collecting everyone’s comments and compiling them into the booklet she put together (yes, my mother reads my weekend writings every week). My wife, Heather, read some of the comments at the grave side service we held. Even as the rain fell (GREAT Ohio weather) I could hear some chuckles from under the umbrellas as Heather shared some of the memories and special descriptions former students had for Connie.
“You Can’t Die with Me.” -- Easter Weekend 2021
Posted by Jonathan Merckens on Sat, 04/03/2021 - 13:40
I began writing my weekly thoughts to you last Easter, nearly one year ago. My initial purpose was to share information, be a resource if you will, to help us all not feel isolated. My purpose quickly morphed into three tenets that I still try to achieve: Can I provide something that is helpful? Can I find something interesting to share? And at the very least, can I make it entertaining? I’ve been asked on more than one occasion, “Why do you write that stuff? Why don’t you send out stuff on the markets?” Honestly, you can get “stuff on the markets” nearly anyplace you want. That being said, we are going to begin providing (compliance approved, of course) investment related material very soon. We’re still trying to determine the best way to implement that process. When I sit down to write to you for the time being though, I want to write about things in our lives, and get the focus off of investments. To me, living a better life is not dependent on the investment markets. We have some control over how we live our lives; we don’t have the same control over the markets.
How Rachel Became "Rachel"
Posted by Jonathan Merckens on Sat, 03/27/2021 - 13:43
Personally, I cannot believe it is nearly the end of March. To me it seems like only “a couple of days ago” it was February and I was trying to find something really good for my wife’s birthday (which I didn’t find by the way). Now – poof – in less than a week it will be April, Easter weekend and, of course, April Fools’ Day. As a man raising two daughters, I will not let March past without touching upon Women’s History Month.
Happy Spring Equinox!
Posted by Jonathan Merckens on Sat, 03/20/2021 - 13:47
Greetings to you on the first day of Spring 2021! What a different view, to me anyway, the beginning of this Spring holds versus past Springs, especially if we travel back a mere 12 months to last March. This time last year, parts of our country and economy were shutting down, pausing, closing, whatever term you want to use. Now? The opposite. There is a systemic loosening of restrictions as children are (mostly) back to schools, restaurants are accommodating more patrons, and, as I personally witnessed last weekend, airline travel seems to be picking up.
Don't Click on It- Call Me!
Posted by Jonathan Merckens on Fri, 03/05/2021 - 13:50
Do you remember when you were younger and went trick or treating for Halloween? Did one of your parents check the candy packaging to see if it had been tampered with by someone? Or were they overly cautious of which neighborhoods or houses you went to? When I was a kid, I remember thinking “why would someone put a razor in a candy bar?” But hey, there are strange people out there! In a similar fashion of being cautious with “free” Halloween candy we must also remain cautious of “free” --well, free anything to be truthful--on the internet or in traditional mail.