Girlfriends Day is a great idea. It invites us to search for the words and gestures that can only begin to acknowledge the importance of our own precious 'circle of trust.' Moreover, unlike the other designated days of honor, this one isn't about one person; it is about the alchemy that binds women together.
Bloggers have had much to say lately about the difficulties of working women who are raising children and/or managing dual-career marriages, as well as those who are planning to marry or to have children. They've paid less attention to women in their 50s, 60s and early 70s who are confronting work-family pressures, too -- but of a different sort.
Retirement isn't likely to make it onto any lists of hot trends for 2013. But if retirement is out, what's in? For a growing number of people, it's continued work.
Big changes are taking place in the global economy today that tell us over and over that we cannot rely on any force that we ourselves can't control. All of us need to begin to think in terms of our own inner strengths, our resilience and resourcefulness, our capacity to adapt and to rely upon ourselves and our families.
I thought I was set for life is the most common phrase I heard in interviews with older Americans who lost their jobs as a result of the recent recession. Over their careers, they had received promotions, praise, and bonuses. Then one day, sometime after the economic downturn began in 2008, they were told they were no longer needed and ushered out the door.