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Greatest Generation

The Greatest Generation and the Stunted Generation

Robert Kuttner | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Our society is at least four times as rich as it was when my dad came home from the war. Far too much of that national wealth is going to the wrong people -- bankers and speculators who not only don't earn their wealth but who caused a great recession for everyone else. My dad didn't go to college; he was the first member of his family to own a house thanks to the GI bill (no housing scandals of that era -- these were direct government loans), and he was part of a rising, hard-working middle class. My kids and grandkids didn't suffer the Great Depression, nor did they have to slog across Normandy or serve time in a German POW camp. But they face a stunted future. My father's generation did not make their sacrifices only so that their great-grandchildren would be the stunted generation.

The 'Me' Generation Celebrates D-Day at 70

Leona Foxx | Posted 06.03.2014 | Fifty
Leona Foxx

I remember walking the beaches of Normandy a few years ago, a side trip during one of my training sessions for the CIA. It was late winter. The air was brisk and damp.

FWIW (For What It's Worth): Don't Judge Me By My Generation

Deborah Grayson Riegel | Posted 07.11.2014 | Business
Deborah Grayson Riegel

We can certainly learn some of the characteristics, defining moments and values of each generation, but that's no substitute for taking the time to getting to know the characteristics, defining moments and values of the actual individual people themselves.

Healing the Ghosts of Christmases Past: An American Holiday Story

Pythia Peay | Posted 02.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Pythia Peay

Shaped like my father by the American mythos that the past is something best left behind, I fled home as fast and as quickly as I could. But as Dickens so well knew, family ghosts have a way of haunting the present.

A Very Human Generation

Robert Slayton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Slayton

Countless sources have portrayed the World War II generation of vets as tough cookies, who transitioned to civilian life with ease. Tom Brokaw's The ...

Uncle Sam Wants You, Stars of Stage and Screen and the Sporting World

William Astore | Posted 12.17.2013 | Politics
William Astore

If our celebrities who profit the most from America are unwilling to defend it the way Stewart and Williams did, perhaps that's not just a sign of societal rot. Perhaps it's a sign that our wars are simply not vital to us. And if that's the case, shouldn't we end them?

GOP Shutdown: A Game of Shameful Politics

Jim Moore | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics
Jim Moore

Outrageous. And all for what? Because a small faction of snot-nosed kids within the Republican Party cannot accept the outcomes of the 2008 and 2012 elections and the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

Time to Start Talking

Jeff Hensley | Posted 09.14.2013 | Fifty
Jeff Hensley

Last month, I had the privilege of hearing a man named C.C. Collie at a Memorial Day celebration in Dallas. Mr. Collie is a nonagenarian who spent WWII on a U.S. Navy destroyer during the final bloody year of the Pacific campaign.

The Truth About Aging In America Today

Paul Hogan | Posted 08.06.2013 | Fifty
Paul Hogan

The face of aging is changing in America. I've seen proof. Perhaps it's because the baby boomers are entering their senior years. That generation of 76 million Americans is on the verge of reinventing 'retirement' in much the same way it reinvented other institutions over the past 60 years.

What's in a Generation?

David D. Burstein | Posted 06.30.2013 | Politics
David D. Burstein

One book called us the "dumbest generation." Another cast Millennials as a breeding ground for an "epidemic" of narcissism. These views ignore many realities about this generation.

It's Not My Father's Republican Party Anymore

BJ Gallagher | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
BJ Gallagher

Today, Dad calls himself "a former Republican." He didn't leave his political party -- his party left him.

The Greatest Generation

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics
Dylan Ratigan

We have an untapped resource that has yet to be re-purposed. Our veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are not only experiencing a criminal rate of unemployment, but they are the men and women who have proven themselves willing to pull together and face the most difficult challenges, under the most dire circumstances.

Why Grandma Owes More on Her Credit Cards Than You Do

Amy Traub | Posted 03.17.2013 | Business
Amy Traub

In fact, Americans age 75 and older are the only group in our survey for which credit card debt actually increased over this time period. Why? The Greatest Generation didn't suddenly become recklessly spendthrift and go wild on eBay.

Open Letter to Republicans: Don't Mourn, Apologize

Harvey J. Kaye | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics
Harvey J. Kaye

Given your actions this past year and the fact that your presidential nominee lost (and you never saw it coming), don't you think you should give it a try?

Stitched Into the Day: Remembering September 11, 2001

Nicole Brittingham Furlonge | Posted 11.12.2012 | New York
Nicole Brittingham Furlonge

We remember how far we've come to have the ordinary join this date again. And we bear witness largely by living intentional lives, created anew from the rubble.

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.