Roundup and Link Love – Brain Surgery Edition

My aunt just came through surgery to repair an aneurysm located an inch deep inside her brain on the right side. Thankfully, she’s recovering quite nicely and is in full control of all her faculties. She even recognized that my Mom had changed outfits!

The surgeon said he got there just in time because the aneurysm was 4 centimeters across and had begun to blister. He said it was about to blow open and if it had, she would have hemorrhaged and no one would have been able to help her. Death would have been instantaneous.

We don’t realize how fragile our lives are. An aneurysm can pop up out of nowhere and kill you. A tiny virus could mutate tomorrow and wipe out most of the human race. We are so confident in ourselves and in our technology and ability to overcome that we sometimes forget the fragility of life. By forgetting, I believe we cheapen life.

One thing I’ve learned by blogging for the last four months is there are TONS of people willing to help. To all of you, THANK YOU. To all the readers of this blog, THANK YOU. To all the people who have linked to this blog and helped make it a success, THANK YOU. I am grateful to have been helped by you and I hope to return the kindness.

Here are a few links you might like to check out.

Jeff at My Supercharged Life calls on men to revive chivalry, virtue, honor, and love.

The Frugal Dad gives us his thoughts on paying your kids an allowance.

JLP with All Financial Matters addresses a Wall Street Journal article that asks an unfathomable question: should we start hoarding food?

Madison shows us how to develop your OWN dollar plan.

Steve with brip blap clues us in on an unusual welcome to New York City.

Patrick with Cash Money Life has tips to improve your computer’s performance.

Lynnae from reminds us that blessings can come from the bad times too.

Kacie with Sense to Save says to make installment payments to yourself.

Ana from DebtFREE-Revolution has tips to graduate college with ZERO debt.

Mrs. Micah has a surprising antidote to moping.

Glblguy tells how he deals with a certain temptation in his life.

Mr. Cheap at Quest for Four Pillars has an extremely interesting post on “shotgun” investing.

The Dough Roller gives us an example of how your home equity line of credit can blow up on you.

Plonkee has some great ideas on 21 resources for budget travel.

Uncommon-cents reminds us of the economy of technology and the joy of stocks.

Hope you enjoy your weekend and please don’t forget to always be thankful for the little things as well as the big ones. The little things matter.