Most of the time, I use these weekly links round-ups as a chance to share bits and pieces about non-financial aspects of my life. Today’s a bit different. Today’s edition features a bit of a public service.

Every summer, more than 2000 bicyclists participate in Cycle Oregon, a week-long tour of our beautiful state. I’ve done the weekend ride before, and someday hope to the extended adventure. It’s a big deal and a lot of fun.

This year’s event had a sour ending, though. One rider, Mark Bosworth, went missing on the final night. In the past, Bosworth has struggled with cancer, and his family is worried that a reoccurrence (or a related infection) may have caused him to lose his way.

Here’s info from the official Find Mark site:

Mark disappeared late on the night of Friday, September 16 in Riddle, Oregon, after volunteering with Cycle Oregon. He seemed off and confused the day he went missing, as well as in the days leading up to his disappearance.

Initially, while at Cycle Oregon, Mark had been asked to shuttle riders and equipment from place to place, but organizers were concerned about his driving. He only rode one day of the event because he was having trouble following the signs. He was often seen standing alone, staring – behavior unusually to him. Mark shrugged off concerns from those around him, saying he had a headache and was tired.

In the weeks prior to his Cycle Oregon ride, Mark was repeating himself, according to his daughter Kelly. He also seemed less active and his wife, Julie, said he had complained of bad headaches. It was concerning enough that he scheduled appointments with his oncologist and ophthalmologist – but made them for after Cycle Oregon. An avid cyclist, he didn’t want to miss it.

The family asks anyone who sees Mark to call 911 immediately. Those who think they may have seen him previously are asked to call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 541-957-2099. A $10,000 reward is offered for information that leads to finding Mark.

Mark’s family and friends (including Kris’s sister, who works with him) are eager to find him safe and sound. If you’ve seen him, please let someone know.

That aside, here are some recent personal finance stories from around the web:

First off, as a kind of follow-up to the discussion that developed over this morning’s post, there’s an article at Consumerism Commentary that asks, “Is following your passion a luxury?” Flexo’s article, which gets bonus points for referencing Maslow’s hierarchy of needs (always lurking in the background here at GRS!), is full of good sense. Here’s the conclusion:

While it’s good to persuade young students to follow their passion — and this is a great topic for motivational speakers for adults as well — it’s more important to look at any particular individual before condoning leaving reason behind to search out a living following a passion. For some, the risk of financial failure could be a good motivational tool for bringing about success while following a passion, but for others, it’s nothing more than false hope and results in a delay in building a solid financial foundation.

Meanwhile, Jim Yih at the Canadian Financial Blog also has a brilliant little article. Yih argues that the art of doing something with money comes from the doing. “Reading is good. Researching is good. Discussing is good but doing is great because it is what creates results.” Exactly. Or, as I say, it’s all about action not words.

It’s been a long time since I linked to Parent Hacks, and that’s a mistake. Asha runs a great blog with lots of useful tips for those with growing families. Yesterday, for instance, she shared tips for putting kids in charge of their own spending. Now if only Kris and I could get our five cats to take charge of their own finances…

Finally, over at Grumpy Rumblings, Nicole (or Maggie — I can never tell who is writing) has some thoughts on how couples share finances. We’ve covered this topic a lot at GRS in the past, but it’s always interesting to read other takes on the subject.

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