The recession hits Harvard…with interesting changes – more money to undergrads, less to books

Harvard isn’t belt-tightening everywhere. Since 2007, its investment in financial aid to undergraduates has risen by more than 78%, which Harvard said is “significantly outpacing increases in tuition.” Undergraduate tuition for the 2012-13 year climbed 3.5% to $54,496. *** As it looks to economize, Harvard has turned some of its attention toward the more than …

Happy Monday! 50 big name bankruptcies

I’ve got the Monday’s.¬†What better way to celebrate than troll the bankruptcies. Did you know that Rembrandt lost it all in 1656 and so did Mark Twain in 1894 ? Here is a list of the major brands that went under during the Great Recession (2008-11). Of note, many of these companies are still alive, …

A Poem: Signs the economy is picking up

Last week the bells were sounding alarm The jobs report was down Housing is still in a depression The pundits are starting to talk double dip But what about my report Pennies on the ground 15x more pennies on the streets I’m hauling in the copper Strength in the economy? Bums are now only taking …

The Best in Virginia Wines – My Top 10

This best of Virginia wine top 10 list is pulled from my experiences living in and around Virginia for the last 5 years. It includes local sources, tips from vineyard owners, top chefs, and important local critics. Enjoy! – 1. Any list has to start with the Norton grape. Widely considered to be America’s only …