I’ve been a little quiet around here the last couple of days, and I apologize. I usually aim for the Monday post at GRS to be a J.D. post; and if the Monday post isn’t from me, then I certainly want for the Tuesday post to be mine! But as you can tell, that didn’t happen this week.

We’ve been dealing with a minor family medical emergency, so I spent most of Sunday evening in the emergency room, and then part of today at the doctor, as well. (Plus I spent all day yesterday worrying instead of working.) Things are going to be fine, but because I don’t have an “emergency fund” of articles right now, I was caught off guard. Tomorrow’s post may be a re-run or a guest post, but everything should be back to normal after that. Thanks for your patience.

Meanwhile, here are a handful of articles from elsewhere that have caught my attention lately:

First up, I wanted to mention a nice review of Your Money: The Missing Manual. There have been lots of reviews of my book around the web, and I ought to link to them all. But I like this one because the reviewer really seems to understand what I was trying to say. (On a related note, I recently did a radio interview with Debbie Whitlock in Seattle, and I had a blast. You can listen to it on her website.)

Next, I’ve heard a lot of people complain that they can’t ask for a raise in this bad economy. Nonsense. Over at Pop Economics, Pop argues that now is a fine time to ask for a raise. Pop writes: “No matter if you think you’re getting paid fairly or not, asking for a raise is a conversation everyone should have regularly, if for no other reason than to keep your career in motion.” As you know, I’m a big believer that increasing your income can help your cash flow more than being frugal. And asking for a raise is part of that.

Note: Remember! If you learn how to negotiate your salary, it can make a difference of tens of thousands of dollars over your lifetime.

My pals at Five Cent Nickel have posted a couple of useful articles recently. For example, Laura has a piece about how to file an insurance claim after you’re in an auto accident. This is stuff you can muddle through on your own, of course, but I always wish there were some sort of instruction manual when I have to file a claim. I actually bookmarked this for future reference. (Though I hope I never have to use it.)

Finally, a lot of folks sent me the link to the recent New York Times article about money and happiness. I hope to write a longer piece on this topic soon, but in case I don’t, I’m including the link in this round-up.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s time for me to go back to worrying about my family. Plus, I have a lot of work to catch up on — for the blog and at home — after three days of focusing on Real Life.

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