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Snorefest, David?  Hardly that.  You have already created a sound investing philosophy of 'Buy only what you can endorse.'  That is the cornerstone of my investing so I am a bit biased.  Your investment window is long-term, low risk...my husband's investing philosophy.  If you wish to look ahead a few decades, those principles will lead you to a very comfortable retirement in your 60's or perhaps earlier.

May I add a couple of thoughts?  Reading blogs here will help you figure out quickly the people you want to follow.  I add little of value (imho) but ask a lot of questions.  Ask questions.  There are great, highly intelligent folks here that will help.  Their answers are SO much better than any Investopedia entry.  Given your investing philosophy, read Dividends4Life and the other dividend investors here.  They will help greatly.  If you cannot explain in a few sentences the reason for an investment, rethink it.  And lastly, if you end up in a job with a matching savings program, invest the maximum.  Otherwise you leave part of your salary on the table.  Even without the matching, try to save 5%.  

My condolences on the death of your dad.  It sounds like he was an amazing person, the sort of parent that you hope every child will be lucky enough to have.  Memories are never enough, but you have great ones.  Blessings, 

Mary 

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