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The Unforgettable Money Lesson I Learned from My Father

Published on YourTango on 6/7/13

On Father’s Day, I remember my father’s life and the lessons he taught me.

As my father’s death is tied to Father’s Day and as I seek to honor him in the way I live, around Father’s Day I think about the lessons I learned from him and how they have been influential in guiding how I respond to life with wholeness and peace. Many lessons come to mind when I start reflecting, but one about money brings a smile to my face.

I was eleven years old. There was a particular calculator that I really wanted. I have always been interested in mathematics. By today’s standards this calculator was very primitive. However, it did have a few functions beyond the basic ones. We were living in England and the calculator cost something like ten pounds. I didn’t have the money. My father offered to let me buy it and make payments until I had paid him back. We bought the calculator and I was so happy and enjoyed taking every opportunity to use it that I could.

Read more at http://www.yourtango.com/experts/the-rev-christopher-smith/father-s-money-lessons

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Published on YourTango on 11/9/12

Natural disasters help highlight relationships and interconnectedness in today’s world

Our world has become connected in ways that a couple of decades ago could only have barely been imagined.  Often this is taken primarily as a matter of technology, a matter of ease of getting information, a matter of the speed of effects being felt in distant places.  Hurricane Sandy and its impact in the Northeast along with all the calls that were made beyond the storm show that our connected world has also created new patterns of relationships.

The work of a marriage and family therapist is often about problems that exist in significant relationships and ways to build strength into relationships.  The relationships that arise from living in a connected world are very different and can even exist between people who do not even know each other.  Communications I have been involved in about the storm show how these relationships have their own way of having an impact on us.

Read more at http://www.yourtango.com/experts/the-rev-christopher-smith/calls-beyond-storm-living-connected-world-expert

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