people rarely share their personal money stories, it can
be quite an adventure to gather the vignettes for this
newsletter. We often interview several dozen people for
each issue, as we don't know in advance whose stories
will be most potent. A 30-60 minute discussion will be
synthesized into a few paragraphs, which we then review
word-by-word with each interviewee, revising until he
or she gives approval. We do the same for submissions.
with this careful process, many people feel keenly vulnerable
sharing their stories. Compared to the fluid process of
living, words are stark and static; a vignette is like
cutting out a single frame from a motion picture. "Is
this really me? Will others judge me? Can I change my
mind and feelings even if this is in print?"
under complete anonymity, some people cannot shake these
feelings and they decide not to print their story. Those
who go ahead often feel strengthened by making their personal
struggles and insights useful to others, and by the very
act of breaking the silence about money.
may feel uncomfortable or even angry reading some people's
perspectives; we deliberately include a range of stories
to show how differently people approach the issues. Still,
we ask you to honor each story as a gift from the heart,
offered sometimes with trepidation, and always with courage.
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