- I recently discovered a blog called “The Petite Pear Project”, dedicated to writing about getting dressed as a pear shaped petite woman. I admire the narrow focus of her blog (some of the best blogs focus narrowly on one topic, and do it well). I liked her new post on the issue of variable sizing across clothing brands, here.
- I was moved by this Racked article about one woman’s experience of guilt over getting dressed in expensive clothes against her background of starting out poor. Having been between two classes my entire life, I can’t get dressed without thinking about class politics and feeling guilty about finances too.
- And for those of you who are physicians or future physicians, I discovered this great new blog by Wall Street MD. He wrote a very concise and clear article on the importance of disability insurance recently. He personally answered a lot of my questions through e-mail. The other day I listened to an episode of Dave Ramsey and was horrified by the bad advice he gave one poor physician who was in a deep hole of student loan debt that seemed insurmountable with her relatively small income. At least in that episode, he was not up to date with the nuances of the student loan forgiveness programs and basically gave her advice that would cost her hundreds of thousands of dollars! I’m disturbed by how many people might have gone down a path of financial ruin by following his shallow advice. The White Coat Investor wrote a letter to Dave Ramsey to call him out on it. I think finally Ramsey has updated his knowledge, but for years he was giving out bad info. This does not give me much confidence in his advice beyond some of his simpler points of paying down debt and tracking your expenses. I want to be better informed about these personal finance gurus, so next on my reading list is this book, Pound Foolish: The Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry.
[image: Fan pattern on cloth at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum]