Welcome Gary!

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Gary BonnerOne of the great pleasures of writing a blog is being able to interact with everyone who takes time out of their day to read what I publish. I am also very thankful for everyone who contributes to the success of this site when they leave comments on the articles (thanks for correcting all of my mistakes!).

One of those kind individuals was Gary Bonner (profile). Those of you who have been reading for a while may recognize his name from prior guest posts he’s written. I first “met” him when he left a comment on the Don’t Pay Your Dues post in early May. Here’s an excerpt of what he said:

Truer words have never been spoken. There is no one who lies on their death bed and says “I wish I had spent more time at the office”. I “paid my dues” for 35 years and one of the world’s largest corporations had a “reduction in force” RIF vs. RIP recently. Almost all the participants in a Defined Benefit Pension Plan that closed enrollment a decade ago were shown the door, including me. [read the whole comment]

I asked if Gary would be interested in writing a guest post on that one quote: There is no one who lies on their death bed and says “I wish I had spent more time at the office”. That post became Making a Living? Or, Making a Life?, a post about how the important things in life aren’t necessarily what you think they are.

I’ve asked Gary to become a regular contributor to this site in guest posts, approximately twice a month (more depending on how prolific he feels) because he brings a perspective I cannot. Having 35 years of experience in the corporate world, he’s at a phase of his life that I cannot accurate relate to (I can pretend, but let’s be honest, I’m 28, no kids, just married… I can’t bring to the table what he can) and it’s a perspective I feel would bring a richness to the site that it currently lacks.

My wife’s uncle once said about this site, and I’m paraphrasing, “He sure talks a lot about money.” I didn’t get the quote in context, just what my wife relayed, but I think what he meant was that there’s a lot more to personal finance than the finance. The personal aspect, the part that is enabled by proper finances, is far more important and certainly appropriate subject matter for a pfblog. With Gary, I think that we can get more of that and put a lot of our personal finance issues within a broader context.

Lastly, as I said before, I’m only 28. I can understand how Roth IRAs work and how to calculate APY from APR, but I can’t accurately talk about having kids or how to retire because I simply haven’t experienced it yet. I couldn’t talk about buying a home until I actually bought a home, a subject that dominated the posts of this blog for at least a month. Now I hope that we can bring more to the table with Gary’s writing.

If you made it this far, thanks for reading this long introduction, I feel very honored to have Gary contribute because it’s like having a mentor. On Wednesday there will be a pair of very poignant posts that I think everyone should read it (it started as a personal email and Gary agreed to share it with the world).

If you want to learn more about Gary, here’s Gary’s profile page. Please give him a hearty welcome!

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4 Responses to “Welcome Gary!”

  1. Welcome Gary – Nice to have a fellow baby boomer contributing insight for our younger brethren.

  2. Connie says:

    Welcome Gary! I can’t wait to read your articles.

  3. How very cool – what a great idea, Jim! Gary, I look forward to reading your posts.

  4. Gary Bonner says:

    Thank You Everyone for Your Comments.

    I’ve been busy and frankly this is the first time I have seen this nice, complimentary page from Jim. I am surprised and humbled by it and hope I can write essays that will be valuable to you and worth your time to read.

    Many people of Jim’s generation have “company mentors” or perhaps, if they are fortunate, have a “graybeard” to bounce things off of. Sometimes the questions may seem irrelevant or “may be too small to talk about”. There are usually more of these kind of questions than the “big” ones in life. If no one is available who is not involved in the question, then there is an empty spot instead of some objective ideas.

    I always seemed to ask questions or gave the impression I wanted to learn because people “popped up” to help fill in the blanks. I’ve tried to take in a lot of different perspectives to “noodle” on when deciding “how things are”.

    If any of you happen to find this comment and would like to ask my thoughts on a particular idea or problem you are facing, just send an e-mail to me from my profile page. I’ll be happy to “mull it over” with you and give you my 2 cents. You can always give me my money back if it isn’t worth it! 🙂

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