On Becoming Rich

From Epictetus: (Moral Discourses, Bk 3, Chptr 20) The title of the chapter is everything: “That We Can Derive Advantage from All External Things” “This is the rod of Hermes: touch it what you please, as the saying is, and it will be of gold…Bring disease, bring death, bring poverty , bring abuse, bring trial …

Dad and daughter conversation, time

Daughter (walking out on the back porch, bored, more interested in redirecting dad’s attention than in the forthcoming answer to her question): “The U-n-h-e-a-v-e-n-l-y City? What’s that book about?” (the question is a ruse. It is the conversation she is interested in. And she knows how to get it. She is 9. She has learned.) …