A momentary sense of doom descended on all who were feasting at the table.

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No, this story is not about someone who hunts mushrooms (a mycophagist). It’s about a joke that one of the most prominent mycophagists in America played on his friends — me included.


I’m not going to tell you how to be a great writer or rich investor in this article. I’m neither!

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Nooooo, unfortunately, I don’t hold the key to that vault. But I can relate to you some of the lessons I learned from graduate courses offered by the University of Experience.

Writing:

As a writer for say — Medium, you keep in mind the rules that Medium requires for publication and you follow them.


My reluctant descent into the pool was interrupted by disturbing thoughts.

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Please allow me to be fully disclosed: I don’t like getting wet. Make no mistake, I like to be clean but I don’t like the process. I always shower every day; sometimes twice, but I’m glad when it’s over and I’m clean and dry again.


How many times in the past four and a half years have you heard that statement?

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It’s been four and a half good news years. We truly have been living in interesting times: a Chinese curse.


Almost everyone I know is not doing what they learned to do in college! Why not avoid the bill and check out some high paying careers in which no college education is required. The lofty salaries may surprise you!

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Does college play an expensive but unimportant role in your financial future?


Are people mistaken when they feel the higher the university’s endowment, the better the learning experience?

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Seems like there are points in every college graduate’s life where he/she has this classic debate: is your alma mater's football team better than all other football teams?


No matter what I did, the little stinkers kept coming back. I had to fix this problem before my son and his family visit in a couple of weeks.

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Critters are everywhere in Northern Vermont and yes, it’s a delightful prospect for the grandkids from New York City to imagine a “Peaceable Kingdom” awaiting them when they visit for a week every summer.


There is over $58,000,000,000 of unclaimed funds waiting to be recovered in the United States. How much of it yours?

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One in 10 Americans have money owed to them that remains unclaimed. No, these are not funds that are in dispute.


Brace yourselves boys and girls by May 3, 2023 you’ll need a photo ID or drivers license with a gold star in the righthand corner to do things that you’re use to doing with zip now

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Licenses, passports, non-drivers license ID, the new Real ID; mandatory for interstate air travel starting May, 3, 2023.

They all have one thing in common — a mug shot of the bearers that almost everybody feels portrays them at their worst.


Lease, Lend and Live; a more comfortable alternative for many thoughtful investors.

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Decades ago Edward McCaffery, a professor at the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law coined the phrase Buy, Borrow,Die because he noticed certain tax law doctrines could benefit the wealthy.

Brian Dickens Barrabee

A lifetime of philosophical, psychological, physical and fiscal involvement. Above all, a storyteller. brianbarrabee@aol.com

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