Some supposed experts state the reason stocks have been going down lately is the threat of a government shutdown, which seems almost probable if the President’s recent statements are to be taken at face value. The U.S. President is on record as embracing a government shutdown on Friday, December 21 unless he receives full funding for his border wall with Mexico. His stance has softened a bit, but the threat still remains. It seems unlikely that it will actually happen but it might be time to ask: If the government shuts down, what is actually likely to happen? Hint, even the short term isn’t alarming and longer term, non-event. Read to the end…
Remember when people played board games in the evening, instead of binging on Netflix or fiddling with their phones? Sitting around a game board used to provide a chance for family socialization, and very inexpensive entertainment.
A recent article listed the 40 greatest family games, giving all of us a chance to at least try to create an interesting environment around the family dinner table one or two evenings a week. The criteria were that each game should be fair (If you sit in the last seat, you will not be disadvantaged), action-packed, at least somewhat educational (teaching reasoning, math, ethics or teamwork), and encourage creativity and spontaneity.