I’ve consciously stayed away from “trend pieces” about the direction of the economy. It’s not (only) that I’m buring my head in the sand, it’s that the experts don’t know any better than I do which “direction we’re headed.” Most of the stuff on TV, radio, online, and in print are sheer, time- and page-filling speculation. Do they have more information than I do? Yep and once in a while it’s useful to catch up. But there’s no need to bathe in the negativity soup.