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Greatest Generation

Congressman Issa Goes After the Greatest Generation -- He Just Couldn't Hold It In

Harvey J. Kaye | Posted 10.08.2012 | Politics
Harvey J. Kaye

Republicans are masters in the art of denying or suppressing the truth. And yet every so often one of them blurts it out. Last week, GOP Congressman Darrell Issa of California, apparently incapable of holding it in, did just that.

What Our Kids Can Teach Us

Lance Simmens | Posted 10.06.2012 | Politics
Lance Simmens

It's not that we adults do not have much to offer by way of accumulated experience and wisdom, but it must be tempered by the sobering reality of today's world. And that is what our kids know well.

Does Any Computer Appeal to Seniors?

Liddy Manson | Posted 09.02.2012 | Fifty
Liddy Manson

Technology can't substitute for human interaction, and it never will. But it can ease the demands of caregiving in the early years, and buy everyone much needed time.

In Defense of Grandparents Who Came Before Us

Karin Kasdin | Posted 07.03.2012 | Fifty
Karin Kasdin

Recent blogs and magazine articles extolling the new breed of grandmothers would have us believe that our own grandmothers lived their lives in floral housedresses and orthopedic shoes.

The End of the Greatest Generation: Is Anyone Paying Attention?

Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D. | Posted 07.02.2012 | Fifty
Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D.

I recently had a stunning realization: We're about to lose one of the most precious resources in America. I'm not talking about oil, gas or rare metals. What we're about to lose Is the living presence of the elders who make up the Greatest Generation.

Good Enough Does Not Lead to Greatness

Dr. David Svaldi | Posted 06.27.2012 | Education
Dr. David Svaldi

Too often, we fail to strive for excellence or greatness because we believe it is not probable, so why try? Or, we accept the status quo, even if it is mediocre or sub par. "Good enough" will not be adequate to solve the huge number of issues facing our nation.

Why Home Matters, Even -- Especially -- at the End

Liddy Manson | Posted 06.09.2012 | Fifty
Liddy Manson

She couldn't leave her bed at all during the final months, but the city came to her, one person at a time, to say goodbye in the room where they'd said so many hellos.

Make History in Your Pajamas

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.30.2012 | Home
Megan Smolenyak

On April 2nd, after a long wait of 72 years, the 1940 census will be released, and in a historic first, the collection will emerge online in digitized form -- a remarkable snapshot of a nation still recovering from the Great Depression and not yet aware of its approaching entry into war.

Reconsidering Today's Older Generation

Liddy Manson | Posted 05.15.2012 | Fifty
Liddy Manson

I now consider mid-70s as "prime of life." Women in their 70s take brisk walks in cute yoga pants, work out at gyms, and go zip-lining in the Amazonian Rain Forest.

Eastwood Super Bowl Ad: Powerful, Inspirational and Dead Wrong

John Hrabe | Posted 04.13.2012 | Business
John Hrabe

The American recovery won't come from Detroit's dogged persistence. It will come from innovative computer geeks and social misfits. Instead of a pep talk, we need a lesson in computer programming.

Where Have All the Old People Gone?

Liddy Manson | Posted 04.02.2012 | Fifty
Liddy Manson

Where have they gone? And what does it mean for my kids that, apart from their grandparents, they just don't know any old people?

How To Thank The Women Who Paved The Way

Kristen Houghton | Posted 03.12.2012 | Women
Kristen Houghton

The next time you sign a legal document that makes you a property owner or receive a degree, stop for a moment and say a silent thank you to the women who came before you.

What Was Missing in Kansas: the Greatest Generation's Political Power

Harvey J. Kaye | Posted 02.12.2012 | Fifty
Harvey J. Kaye

The men and women who saved the nation from economic destruction and political tyranny, and went on to create the middle class and turn the United States into the strongest and most prosperous nation on earth, didn't do so simply by having the right values and working hard to achieve them.

A Resolution for Future Holidays: Listen to and Learn From the Past

Liddy Manson | Posted 02.06.2012 | Fifty
Liddy Manson

I spend much of my life filled with regret that I don't see the people I love as much as I'd like, and that when I'm with them I don't pay as close attention as I should. A visit with a dear friend last weekend broke that pattern.

The 9/11 Of Their Generation

SGT Tanangachi Mfuni | Posted 02.06.2012 | Impact
SGT Tanangachi Mfuni

On the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, I have a nagging thought that while dates with infamy are tattooed to the soul of the generation which experiences them, they lose their sacredness with each new generation.

Not the America I Envisioned

Jim Worth | Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics
Jim Worth

This country, America, has become ugly, and it's my generation that has made it this way.

Not a Native American? You're an Immigrant

Bernard Starr | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics
Bernard Starr

Contrary to the popular belief that we are swimming in more immigrants than ever, in 1890 14.8 percent of our population was foreign-born compared to today's 12.5 percent. And the number of illegal immigrants is on the decline.

Occupy Nursing Homes: A Cause to Die For

Byron Kennard | Posted 12.27.2011 | Comedy
Byron Kennard

My proposal calls for expanded wilderness protection in order to accommodate large numbers of nearly-dearly departed boomers. Think of this as the ecological dividend of your sacrifice.

Hemingway at War, America in Crisis

Brent Budowsky | Posted 12.02.2011 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

We can read about the carnage of war in A Farewell to Arms, and the power of great aspirations in For Whom the Bell Tolls, and consider what each of us can do in our times by remembering what Ernest Hemingway and so many others did in theirs.

Sex, Drugs, Rock And Roll-And Seniors: A New World

Sharon Premoli | Posted 11.29.2011 | Fifty
Sharon Premoli

When my parents hit their sixties, they embraced "senior" status like all their friends did -- they upped the golfing, bulked up on the Tums, and began their annual Haj pilgrimage to Florida. I regret to say, none of it resonates with me.

Last Call for the "Me" Generation

Steve Malkenson | Posted 06.20.2011 | Business
Steve Malkenson

We have been living beyond our means for the last 30 years. We shun the notion of sacrifice. We assume that the world will continue to finance our self-indulgence forever.

Will the Florida GOP Dishonor the Greatest Generation?

Harvey J. Kaye | Posted 06.05.2011 | Politics
Harvey J. Kaye

This past Saturday, April 2, Florida Republicans launched a six-months-long, seven-city "Greatest Generation Tour" in Pensacola's Veterans Memorial Pa...

Obama Goes to War the Millennial Way

Michael Hais and Morley Winograd | Posted 05.28.2011 | Politics
Michael Hais and Morley Winograd

By focusing on the issue of civil liberties, and not on implementing American-style political institutions, Obama pointed the way toward a cause that young people could embrace.

Japan's Grief Is the World's Grief. It Wasn't Always Like This.

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Tom Alderman

The reason Unbroken sits atop various best seller lists is, like all well-told stories, it pits a compelling and tenacious hero against an unrelenting and sadistic villain.

When FDR Recruited Thomas Paine to the Struggle for the Four Freedoms

Harvey J. Kaye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey J. Kaye

Today the political right does its best to lay claim to the revolutionary patriot Thomas Paine and to harness him to the cause of constraining democra...