The Better Letter

Bob Seawright
A weekly newsletter about markets, politics, faith, and life, published early Friday mornings.
Created 11 Feb 2020
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  • The Better Letter: Save Your Fork
    19 Nov 2021 • 10 min read • 3 0
    In a few short hours, my darling bride and I will board an airplane headed east. There we will join our children, their spouses, and their children for Thanksgiving. On Thursday, around the table, we ...
  • The Better Letter: The Relentless Now
    12 Nov 2021 • 12 min read • 6 5
    When a company reports better-than-expected quarterly earnings results, analysts and investors often congratulate the company’s leaders by telling them, “Great quarter, guys!” Amazon founder Jeff Bezo...
  • The Better Letter: Lucky and Good
    05 Nov 2021 • 9 min read • 4 0
    In December of 1977, I bought Jackson Browne’s just-released album, Running on Empty, at my local record shop. I paid $4.99, $1 off the regular album price because it was brand new. JB played the titl...
  • The Better Letter: TINA
    29 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 2 0
    “There is no alternative” was a phrase originated by 19th Century political philosopher Herbert Spencer and popularized by British prime minister Margaret Thatcher relative to her unshakeable commitme...
  • The Better Letter: Order of Operations
    22 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 6 2
    Math has an agreed consensus about how common problems are to be solved. By convention, operations are to be performed in a specific order. Life isn’t like that. In this week’s TBL, I propose a specif...
  • The Better Letter: Professional Deciders
    15 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 4 0
    Happy birthday to me. Last year’s birthday TBL is still by far my most-read missive ever. It’s also my most personal. And it’s still true … except it’s nine grandchildren now. You may read it here. Wh...
  • The Better Letter: Both Sides Now
    08 Oct 2021 • 9 min read • 4 3
    The word “conservative” in our current culture is essentially meaningless. The data now shows “a politician’s support for former President Trump has come to define who party activists think of as cons...
  • The Better Letter: Desperately Wicked
    01 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 3 0
    I had what I thought was a pretty good piece all mapped out for this week’s TBL. I scrapped it. A spate of new reporting on or new cases of toxic and abusive behavior, most often sexual – in matters o...
  • The Better Letter: Crash Protection
    24 Sep 2021 • 9 min read • 4 1
    When Wall Street returns from the Hamptons after Labor Day, the worrying starts. Historically, September is the worst month for the markets, with late September particularly problematic. October is a ...
  • The Better Letter: For What It’s Worth
    17 Sep 2021 • 10 min read • 6 0
    There is no getting around it. We are pattern-seeking generalists. The focus of the image (below left) is a standard issue cinnamon roll, but we easily (eagerly!) see something more, perhaps Mother Te...
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