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Sep 10, 2015

How much does it cost to raise a prodigy?

NEW YORK, Sept 10 (Reuters) – For parents who dream their
child will become a prodigy and stun the world with their
brilliance, Chloe Hui has a message for you: Be careful what you
wish for.

Her son, pianist Marc Yu, now 16, gave his first orchestral
concert at 6 years old. He has since played venues like London’s
Royal Albert Hall, Beijing’s Central Conservatory and New York
City’s Carnegie Hall in a duet with superstar Lang Lang.

Sep 3, 2015

Circus roadie, ice-cream scooper: The first jobs of famous couples

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Before they found fame, or found each other, what did celebrity couples like Dr Phil and Robin McGraw do in their first jobs?

In the latest in Reuters’ monthly ‘First Jobs’ series, we talked to couples who work as TV personalities, actors, models or authors about their first gigs and found their starts were often humble.

Sep 1, 2015

Three ways to avoid guilt over taking a vacation

NEW YORK (Reuters) – By all accounts, Iceland is one of the most magical places on Earth: A landscape of soaring glaciers, lava fields, steaming hot springs and black-sand beaches.

And Mina Black could not focus on any of it.

The 36-year-old financial planner from New York took a trip there this summer with her husband and new daughter. But for some reason, she was wracked with guilt about everything she needed to be doing back home: Contacting clients and prospects, putting together new workshops – even just doing regular chores around the house.

Aug 25, 2015

The dharma of dollars: What Buddhism says about money and meaning

NEW YORK, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Buddhism, which holds that
wealth is temporary and no path to happiness, might not sound
like the best source for money wisdom.

Not so, says Ethan Nichtern, the prominent Buddhist teacher,
who has written a new book, “The Road Home,” on self-awareness
and spiritual seeking.

Aug 24, 2015

How to stop sneaky ‘gray charges’ on credit card bills

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hey, remember that newsletter that let you sign up for a free trial?

Didn’t think so.

How about that old domain name you registered, or your kid’s gaming membership, or the magazine subscription that was initially offered as a freebie. Forgot about those too, didn’t you?

Aug 18, 2015

The high price of turning your dog into a foodie

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bay-Li, Car-Li and Hay-Li have had a rough day. After a workout on the treadmill, a dip in the pool and some personal grooming, they finish off the day with a gourmet dish of chicken thighs, sweet potatoes, Red Delicious apples and blueberries.

They are Shih Tzus, a dog breed whose name comes from the Chinese word for “lion dog.”

Aug 12, 2015

In divorce and custody battles, now it’s about the dog

NEW YORK, August 12 (Reuters) – When couples split, custody is one of the hardest issues they have to resolve. And that goes for dogs and other furry family members as much as for children.

Formosa Hsu and her ex-partner Joseph, who did not have kids, spent years in mediation to decide how to split the time of their little beagle mix Pupineya, whom they had adopted when he was 3 months old.

Aug 5, 2015

Rise and shine: Five morning show hosts talk about their first jobs

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It takes a special kind of person to be a morning-show host.

Not just the kind of person who can get up at 3 or 4 a.m. every day, but someone with a personality that the rest of America doesn’t mind seeing when they are tired, grumpy and have not yet had a first cup of coffee.

Jul 27, 2015

Afraid to spend? Why it’s okay to enjoy your money

NEW YORK, July 27 (Reuters) – When Stan Calow was growing
up, frugality was a way of life: “You spend as little as you
need to, and then save everything else.” So, the 58-year-old
engineer and U.S. Army veteran from Kansas City, Missouri always
hated spending money.

It took his financial planner, Cindy Richey, to drill the
point into him that it was actually okay to enjoy his savings
once in a while.

Jul 22, 2015

More retirees flock to U.S. states for legal pot

NEW YORK, July 22 (Reuters) – When choosing retirement
locales, a few factors pop to mind: climate, amenities,
proximity to grandchildren, access to quality healthcare.

Chris Cooper had something else to consider – marijuana

The investment adviser from Toledo had long struggled with
back pain due to a fractured vertebra and crushed disc from a
fall. He hated powerful prescription drugs like Vicodin, but one
thing did help ease the pain and spasms: marijuana.

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      "Chris Taylor is an award-winning freelance writer in New York City. A former senior writer with SmartMoney, the Wall Street Journal's personal-finance magazine, he has been published in the Financial Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek,, Fortune, Money, and more. He has won journalism awards from the National Press Club, the Deadline Club, and the National Association of Real Estate Editors. The opinions expressed are his own."
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