Author Archives: SJ

About SJ

I know, I already write for a living.

I ♥ the Sunk Cost Fallacy

The above picture was taken almost exactly 61 years ago in front of Hungary’s parliament building during the brief revolution against Communist rule. I don’t know who the people in the picture raising the old Hungarian flag atop a captured … Continue reading

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For Whom the Ironman Tolls

The Wall Street Journal isn’t all business. Long time readers know that nearly every issue (“nearly” because there wasn’t one on Sept 12, 2001, for example) has a Page One article known as the “A-hed” that is whimsical. I’ve been reading … Continue reading

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Grandma Got Run Over by a Midterm

Many years ago, when I headed off to college, I had just one living parent and one surviving grandparent. Barring some unforeseen tragedy, my oldest son should ship off to his still-unknown alma mater not only with both me and … Continue reading

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Dear Woody Johnson

Congratulations on being appointed Ambassador to Great Britain. Believe it or not, the pomp and prestige of the office you’re assuming rivals that of owning the 27th best football team in the NFL.  As a former American expat who lived … Continue reading

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You too can be a literary critic!

This post has a point so please bear with me and read to the bottom. If you’re in a hurry, just skip to the bottom. A few years ago someone “tweeted at” me with a link to a book that … Continue reading

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Hey, I wrote a book

No, it isn’t about food, travel, or human stupidity, though maybe I’ll get around to those subjects one of these days. It’s called Heads I Win, Tails I Win: Why Smart Investors Fail and How to Tilt the Odds in … Continue reading

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Shamed by You English?

“Stankly Closing Daws!” What, you don’t know what I’m talking about? You do if you’ve ridden the New York City subway much. It may not be pronounced correctly – not close – but even an immigrant right off the boat … Continue reading

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The Haves and the Have Mores

Make sure you’re sitting down when you read this. Ready? Here goes: In certain unknown corners of the world there is a “money-based caste system” in operation. Crazy, right? I read this in an interesting but somewhat tone-deaf front page … Continue reading

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Hot Chicken!

I think I’m in love … with a bird. Last week I traveled to Nashville with the cover story of accompanying my  oldest son on a tour of Vanderbilt and to visit my little sister. At the top of my agenda, … Continue reading

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Math Is Hard

Store clerk: “If you open up a store card today you’ll get 55% off of whatever you buy.” Me: “Awesome.” And so that’s how I went from buying a single pair of shoes to a whole bunch of stuff. At … Continue reading

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