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Affirmation of Who We Are

“We would love if you would stay here and work in our community, but we realize that many of you have been called to a different path. Please remember us and tell others who we are.” The preceding sentences are my memory of a portion of a speech that we attended for a graduation ceremony. …

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Sticky Business

The text received on the 20th of March said, “Lit the match first day of cooking”. In short code, one of my northern Wisconsin brothers is notifying us (his siblings), that his annual hobby1 of making syrup has started for another year. It is not an easy pastime to gather sap as the season is …

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The Power Of Tenacity

Every once in a while, a story inspires us. My recent journey of inspiration was an article that I initially read in the Wall Street Journal1 about a young, tattooed mother, Cibele Florêncio, who lived with her five-year-old son in her parent’s home. She earned a living by being a maid in a wealthy gated community. …

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Who Said Legos Was a Guy Thing?

During my last trip to New Zealand to visit my daughter and her family, the first thing my young granddaughter asked: “Can you play Legos with me?”. There were no rules. We just had fun, admired each other’s creations, and told stories about what we were doing. It was a great day – being together, …

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Little Random Moments Shaping Our Lives

It all started with maple syrup and an angel ornament made from a gourd. But first, one needs a bit of background: [A brother in Wisconsin has a maple syrup hobby – he sends it to Washington State – White Raven Financial1 gives the syrup as an annual client gift – grandkids sell excess syrup …

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What is Your Superpower?

It is late in the evening and my phone chimes to notify me that a text has arrived from a close friend. It is unusual for my friend to text late in the evening so I figured it must be important. Picking up the phone, I see: “What is your superpower? Everyone has one! Mine …

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The Ups & The Downs

I pick up the phone and as I am starting my usual “Hello, this is” -. My greeting is interrupted; the person on the other end of the phone has started to speak and they have a catch in their voice as they haltingly tell their story. I listen with my head and my heart. …

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The Hunt for Gold

For those of you who have been reading our blogs, you know that White Raven Financial is big on sustainability and that the people connected with White Raven Financial make being kind to the planet is a part of their daily lives. Thus, we find Diane and her husband, Mike, once again out combing the …

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Due Diligence and The Dog Named Tu

From the time the soil is rototilled, the vegetables are harvested, and the garden is put to bed, Tu is always there to ensure everything is done properly. During the rototilling season, he is constantly checking to make sure the depth of the till is just correct. He does this by wandering though the freshly …

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Is it Okay to Be Called Quirky?

The woman commented to me… “they [new clients] said that they really liked you and when I referred you1, I told them you were a bit quirky”. I consider the woman and her husband, who made the referral, not only just clients, but also as friends as our relationship developed over time. But still, I …

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