Marco den Ouden
Marco is the published author of two books on investing in the stock market. Since retiring in 2014 after forty years in broadcast journalism, Marco has become an avid blogger on philosophy, travel, and music He also writes short stories.
Songs About Youthfulness
There is a Youtube Playlist of all the songs in this list at the end of the article. What is youthfulness? Pedants may say it is the quality of being young and tie it in with a particular stage of our life. We start as infants, go through childhood, teenage years, adolescence, young adulthood, adulthood, middle age, and so on. One’s youth might range from adolescence through young adulthood, those years pivotal in laying out the path into mature adulthood.
Book Review: Fatherland by Robert Harris
"What do you do," he said, "if you devote your life to discovering criminals, and it gradually occurs to you that the real criminals are the people you work for? What do you do when everyone tells you not to worry, you can't do anything about it, it was a long time ago?"
Young Freddy was an avid fan of mysteries and science fiction. He lived with his Mom and Dad and his older sister Suzanne on a farm on the outskirts of Vancouver. Being a farm boy, the thirteen year old lad had his share of chores to do, including milking the cows. When he milked the cows, he liked to carry his cellphone and listen to music from Spotify.
The Joy of Reading
If there's one skill I value above all others, it is the ability to read. My mom told me that at an early age I could read back some of my favorite stories, though she wasn't sure whether I had just memorized them. In any event, reading came easily to me and I was always quite good at it.
A Month on Skid Road
In February 1972, I was in the fourth year towards a Commerce degree at McGill University in Montreal. I was struggling and my grades were poor (involvement with campus politics had become a huge distraction), so when my friend Tony asked if I wanted to take time off and go to California with him, I jumped at the chance. "You bet!" I cried.
Life and Death in Ocean Reef
The young believe they are invincible. They believe they can take great chances and great risks. Their concept of death is that it is something that happens to others. It is something that affects old people, never them. But this foolhardiness, sadly, sometimes becomes hubris. And it comes back to bite them.
My Favorite _________
The local cable access station created a game show of sorts a while ago called My Favorite Blank. That was how it was generally referred to as the last word changed from show to show. Each show had a theme and three guests were drawn by lot each week to participate in the next show. It so happened that recently, the subject was sandwiches. Oh! The show is about to begin. Let’s join the host, Monty Spellbinder.
Jesse Livermore: World's Greatest Stock Trader
"The stock market is the world's biggest gold mine, a gold mine that opens its doors every day and invites anyone and everyone in to plumb its depths and leave with wheelbarrows full of gold bars, if they can!" That was Jesse Livermore telling his two sons about the stock market. And he knew because he had done it.
I can't put off writing this any longer. In an hour I may be dead. My name is George Marlin. I am a procrastinator. Yeah. Yeah. I know that sounds like what drunks say at their first AA meeting, but there is no such thing as Procrastinators Anonymous. Too, bad. If there had been, maybe I wouldn't be in this predicament. But it'd never fly anyway. Nobody would ever attend their first meeting. They'd keep putting it off!