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Link Roundup #6

Friday, April 15, 2016

A charming bed and breakfast in Florence, Italy - Heather Bullard

On furniture envy, and the search for the perfect 20-something apartment - The Financial Diet. "And it’s easy to feel that visceral pang of lust when you see someone who captures it, but it’s also easy to confuse money with taste. If we all had unlimited resources to appoint our living spaces, chances are a lot of us would be living in a really interesting, beautiful way. The real talent lies in making do with what we have, and in getting creative about how we manipulate things."

How to style a desk 3 ways, for the student, the post grad, and the career woman - The Everygirl

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Why do poor people waste money on luxury goods - TPM.  "How do you put a price on the double-take of a clerk at the welfare office who decides you might not be like those other trifling women in the waiting room and provides an extra bit of information about completing a form that you would not have known to ask about? What is the retail value of a school principal who defers a bit more to your child because your mother's presentation of self signals that she might unleash the bureaucratic savvy of middle class parents to advocate for her child? I don't know the price of these critical engagements with organizations and gatekeepers relative to our poverty when I was growing up. But, I am living proof of its investment yield."

The average American today is richer than John D Rockefeller - FEE. "Even when in residence at your Manhattan home, if you had a hankering for some Thai red curry or Vindaloo chicken or Vietnamese Pho or a falafel, you were out of luck: even in the unlikely event that you even knew of such exquisite dishes, your chef likely had no idea how to prepare them, and New York’s restaurant scene had yet to feature such exotic fare. And while you might have had the money in 1916 to afford to supply yourself with a daily bowlful of blueberries at your New York home in January, even for mighty-rich you the expense was likely not worthwhile." 

The Alan Kazdin Method, No Spanking, No Time Out, No Problems - The Atlantic. "Parents might start out reasoning, but they're likely to escalate to something a little bit more, like shouting, touching, firmly dragging their child, even if they're well-intentioned. The way to get rid of a child's negative behavior is not to do the punishment. Even a wonderful punishment, gentle punishment like time-out, or reasoning, those don't work." 

As I was reading this I realized we use many of these methods with Finn, but I also believe never using discipline is a terrible idea.
For the children of refugees, Marie Kondo reveals the privilege of clutter - The Atlantic. "As a girl growing up in the U.S., I was often exhausted by this proliferation of items—by what seemed to me to be an old-world expression of maternal love. Like many who are privileged enough to not have to worry about having basic things, I tend to idolize the opposite—the empty spaces of yoga studios, the delightful feeling of sorting through a pile of stuff that I can discard. I’m not alone in appreciating the lightness and freedom of a minimalist lifestyle. The KonMari method, a popular practical philosophy for de-cluttering your home, has tapped into a major cultural zeitgeist." 

The Past
What life was like in American in 1915 - the Atlantic. "It’s hard to imagine many Americans begging to switch places with a 1915 gourmand. Food was not only less varied in 1915, but also considerably more expensive. The typical American spent one-third of his income on food 100 years ago, which is twice today’s share."

The most interesting thing I read this week (above)!

From Fortune 1955 archives - How top executives live. "Two years ago, at sixty, C.B. (“Bill”) Stephenson, of Portland, was made president of the First National Bank, the largest banking chain in the Northwest, and he suddenly found himself projected into the $50,000-and-up class. It made no perceptible difference to Bill Stephenson, who changed his living habits scarcely at all. He bought a new Ford, which he still drives; Mrs. Stephenson drives a three-year-old Buick. The Stephensons were obliged to do a little more entertaining, but they stayed right on in their seven-room house, and continued to get along quite satisfactorily with a part-time cleaning woman."

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