Archive for category: General Life Skills

What Makes You Happy: The Environment, Feeling Good, and an Italian Photographer

What Makes You Happy: The Environment, Feeling Good, and an Italian Photographer

(photo: by Piero Morello. getting confirmation on the body of water, but I believe it’s the Stretto di Messina) One of the most satisfying moments associated with the warm weather months is the immense existential euphoria or perception of sun (temperature and sight), wind (hearing and touch), and scent (smell).   Take today, for example, it’s 83°F and sunny in the northeastern [...]

Italian Rituals: The Sunday Visit

Italian Rituals: The Sunday Visit

One of the nicest Italian rituals I continue to observe  is the “Sunday visit.”  The idea of the Sunday visit is centered on spending time with your family and friends, maybe consuming an espresso or aperitif, and celebrating a leisurely day without work or obligations.  I was exposed to the Sunday visit early on at my grandparent’s home, where we [...]

Best of Money Carnival #52 : Practical Money Edition

Best of Money Carnival #52 : Practical Money Edition

(photo: while rice balls have nothing to do with personal finance, they are indeed delicious and contribute to a great quality of life!  Thanks A. Williams for sharing her Crispy coated Pesto Sausage Arancini with Mozzarella, served with Basil Pesto photo!) Welcome to the 52nd Best of Money Carnival! If you’re not familiar with the concept of a “blog carnival”, it’s simply a [...]

On What Italian-Americans Can Teach You About Personal Finance: 10 Tips

On What Italian-Americans Can Teach You About Personal Finance: 10 Tips

Both of my parents were born in Southern Italy where unemployment is high and quality of life is superb. My mother, A., made it to the 7th grade and my father, T., recieved the equivalent of a technical high school diploma. Both of my parents immigrated to the US in 1975 and are currently debt free, own their own two-family [...]

Avoiding the Disease of Self Entitlement: 3 Symptoms and Cures

Avoiding the Disease of Self Entitlement: 3 Symptoms and Cures

(photo: cast from the film, American Psycho) I see it all the time, twenty and thirty somethings ingrained with the idea that they deserve what they deem desirable, whether it be a new wardrobe, apartment in a trendy city, new luxury car, a monstrous new kitchen, the latest Smartphone, and/or a 6 bedroom home in a privileged suburb.  Let me [...]

How To Survive Thanksgiving With Your Italian Family

How To Survive Thanksgiving With Your Italian Family

Around the same time last year, I offered some no-brainer tips on how to get along with everyone on Thanksgiving.  The tips emanated from the fact that even if you love most of your Italian family members there comes a point during the holiday season when you’d like to get Uncle Pasquale in a headlock and give him a good noogie. [...]

Immigrant Personal Finance Philosophy – WiseBread.com

Immigrant Personal Finance Philosophy – WiseBread.com

I’ve often stated here and to many friends directly that recent immigrants have an intuitive personal finance philosophy that not only embraces the pillars associated with the American dream but also runs counter to the deeply entrenched, and ugly side, of modern American life: consumerism and materialism.   Some friends get the above point quickly and agree, while others look [...]

4 Key Personality Traits Needed For Success

4 Key Personality Traits Needed For Success

As the peak summer growing season comes to an end, I took a trip to my parent’s place to have a look at their urban garden in full bloom.  My parents have grown ripe tomatoes, feathery zucchini flowers, sweet string beans, basil, parsley, figs (yes, in New Jersey!), blazingly hot cayenne peppers, mint, squash, and woodsy rosemary for as long [...]

5 Life Skill Hacks for Everyone

5 Life Skill Hacks for Everyone

Five Common Sense Tips / Hacks / Tricks For Living a Better Life Living life is joyous on occasion, rough going sporadically (hopefully), and even keel on most days.  The aforementioned goes for superstar power brokers and well endowed professional athletes – life, as a matter of fact, is ever changing and a challenge (and mundane at times).There are, however [...]

Optimal Human Survival: Six Tips on How Grown Ups Can Control Their Own Destiny

At no point in one’s life do humans bare so little responsibility for their own survival as they do when they are swimming around in their mother’s amniotic fluid (Ron Currie Jr.).  Think about it: newborns need to learn how to digest liquid, take in oxygen and pump out carbon dioxide, dispose of their waste, learn how to sleep, and [...]