Thinking about Forgiveness and Divorce

In a study at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, psychologists studied the connection between forgiving and forgetting by presenting participants with difficult scenarios in which someone made a mistake or hurt them, and gave them a set of words to associate with the scenario. They then scaled each participant’s ability to forgive the transgressor. They compared … Continue reading Thinking about Forgiveness and Divorce

The Weird Origins of 6 Wedding Ceremony Symbols

Carrying the Bride Over the Threshold The tradition of carrying the bride over the threshold symbolizes the entrance of a newly betrothed man and woman into their new home and their new legally married life together, but the reason behind doing those precise motions to symbolize this moment in life are less lighthearted than it … Continue reading The Weird Origins of 6 Wedding Ceremony Symbols

Tips for Buying a Home

Ever get that feeling like you just want to put down some roots?  You’re not alone (obviously: usnews.com reports that census data indicates that for the last 5 consecutive years, 600,000 new American homes were acquired annually).  As you contemplate this decision (the purchase of what is for most people the most expensive item they … Continue reading Tips for Buying a Home

The Evolution of the American Wedding

The romantic and whimsical tradition of the typical American wedding is embedded in the serious and very un-romantic world of finance, and many specific parts of the ceremony symbolize or mimic portions of that financial process. Let’s start with the word “wedding” itself, which comes from wedd, which literally means the purchase of a bride. “Purchase,” in this … Continue reading The Evolution of the American Wedding

Kids Are Costly: Post-Divorce Child Raising Expenses

Raising a child is more expensive than ever, and raising a child as a divorcee can cost even more than average. In 2013, the Department of Agriculture released the results of a study that revealed a projected child-raising cost of almost a quarter of a million dollars for middle income families. That figure, while varied … Continue reading Kids Are Costly: Post-Divorce Child Raising Expenses