Our children have given up on landlines, the postal service, and books made of paper. And, fatherless, Caroline has grown up.
Today marks the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's death, yet just 10 days ago, Jeanne and I were celebrating with my cousin Caroline Kennedy as she was sworn in as Ambassador to Japan.
I was 5-years-old on Friday, November 22, 1963, the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Even we kids could perceive the paradigm shift that took place as a result of that horrendous event and recall the somber and mournful tone of the next few days.
In becoming obsessed with the Kennedys, we not only followed their fashion and lifestyle, we learned about government and politics.
It was after lunch, and, if I were to guess, my second-grade class was doing phonics exercises when our principal, Sister Mary Vaughan, announced over the P.A. system that President Kennedy had been shot, and would we all please stop our work and pray for him?
As we mark this 50th anniversary of JFK's presidency cut short, we might also pause and consider Caroline Kennedy as the six-year-old daughter and 11-year-old niece of gun violence victims.
Caroline Kennedy has the opportunity to be the most influential ambassador to Japan in 50 years.
When Caroline Kennedy goes before the Senate for her confirmation hearings to become the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, she could surprise everyone by showing an appreciation for Japan's single most important issue -- its aging population.
She is regarded as very bright and has long been interested in high-level politics. She is a lawyer and author. And she matches the Japanese appreciation of respected dignitaries. Which leaves the question: What is an ambassador supposed to do anyway?
Connections can get your foot into the door for an interview or, in the examples above, help you land the job, but, soon performance counts.
The whole purpose of breaking barriers and glass ceilings is to make more room for others to pass through.
As an American woman who has worked for decades advising Japanese businesspeople about cultural and human resource issues, I have mixed feelings about Caroline Kennedy's rumored appointment as U.S. Ambassador to Japan.
Eliot Spitzer and Mary Matalin clash over four hot topics: Can Weiner run after his spectacle of contrition? Does dynasty = destiny for Caroline, Chelsea, Hillary? Is Obama now entitled to a grand bargain? Will Newtown parents out-lobby the NRA?
I joined Birchbox myself although "beauty" is not my goal. (I've given up on that.) But I can't wait every month to see what they send me . It's always a neat surprise and worth a lot more than the $10 it costs.
Aside from the lack of language skills, Kennedy is a much better choice than most campaign bundlers who get plush ambassadorial posts for no other reason than having fundraised for the winning presidential candidate.
From WJZ-TV in Baltimore where she became fast friends with work colleague Oprah Winfrey to the CBS Morning News to anchoring, producing and reporting for NBC News, Maria proved herself again and again as someone who works hard and with a conscience. And why not?