What Sheri’s Reading: January 2017 Edition
I don’t know about you, but I’m a fast reader and I can barely keep up with the news these days. I start each morning reading from a variety of national and local media outlets (and support each one with paid subscriptions which I feel is vitally important) then try to do some deeper dives into policies and issues. And I nearly always spend at least thirty minutes before I go to sleep reading books because, well, here is one of my favorite authors explaining why:
Neil Gaiman on Why We Read and What Books Do for the Human Experience
“When you watch TV or see a film, you are looking at things happening to other people. Prose fiction is something you build up from twenty-six letters and a handful of punctuation marks, and you, and you alone, using your imagination, create a world, and people it and look out through other eyes. You get to feel things, visit places and worlds you would never otherwise know. You learn that everyone else out there is a me, as well. You’re being someone else, and when you return to your own world, you’re going to be slightly changed.”
Today I won’t share timely news articles as it is highly likely you will already have seen much of the headlines so instead I will include reading of another sort – some light-hearted, others thought-provoking, and some of a more practical, financial nature:
- On Generous Listening and Asking Better Questions (Farnam Street Blog) “… for many of us probing ourselves with questions about how we should live and what it means to be a citizen in a global world, it is in the search that we find meaning.”
- Do you visit Google each day to check out the Doodle? If not, you should. Doodles are the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists. For example, on January 30th, they celebrated Fred Korematsu’s 98th Birthday, civil rights activist and survivor of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
- Ahead Of Trump’s First Jobs Report, A Look At His Remarks On The Numbers (NPR) “Next Friday (2/3/2017), the Labor Department will issue its first jobs and unemployment report of Donald Trump’s presidency. Forecasters expect little change in the jobless rate, which was 7 percent in December. That’s down from 10 percent during the depths of the recession in late 2009. Trump repeatedly claimed during the campaign that the federal government was understating the real unemployment rate. (sc programming note: I will continue to share more on these figures as well as other key economic data via our 1 Minute Chart series)
- The Biggest Changes Obamacare Made, and Those That May Disappear (The New York Times)
- Unexpected but Predictable (Humble Dollar) On creating a life reserve fund as well as an emergency fund.
- Stop Sending Yourself Reminder E-Mails (Scientific America) A physical object is a more effective way to jog your memory
- How Giving Up Refined Sugar Changed My Brain (Fast Company) Consuming refined sugar can impact mood, decision-making, and memory. Here’s how good it can be to give it up.
There’s a lot happening in NJ news:
- What’s Coming For New Jersey Taxpayers As New Cuts Take Effect (NJ Spotlight) They include a slight reduction of the state sales tax, a more than doubling of the New Jersey estate-tax threshold, and a significant hike in the state income-tax exclusions for pensions and some other sources of retirement income. Since those cuts are being enacted in phases, more changes are scheduled for 2018 and beyond.
- Should I stay or should I go? (NJ Money Help) I was planning to move to Florida, but with the estate tax change I want to stay in N.J. My wife still wants to leave. What other advantages are there for staying here?
SAGE Serendipity: Josh Guilar of The Coffeelicious Blog combined two of our favorite past times in Reading Fiction As Meditation Here he sums it up — “Reading is a fun way to zone out, become enraptured in another world, and forget about this one. Just for a little while.”