Growing up in Brooklyn, then spending my adolescence along Long Island’s sound, I remember seeing my share of storms—heavy rain and high winds strong enough to smash boats. I felt a healthy respect for the power of Mother Nature, of Gaia, our Earth. And these storms weren’t even close to the size and power of Hurricane Sandy.
I tried writing about a million different topics this week, but I can’t really focus on anything but this hurricane. We lost power for days on end, but we have had food, water, shelter. The images of those without any of these things, those in need of medical care, not to mention the devastation are deeply disturbing.
Events like Hurricane Sandy tend to bring our lives into sharp relief. Those of us near or in the storm are acutely focused on what matters–food, water, safety, and communication for ourselves and our loved ones. The heroes stand out, as do the generous folks donating, opening their homes, and showing us that no matter what times we live in, we can count on each other when it matters.
A recent study by Booz & Co. reveals that if the U.S. employment rate for women were to become equal to that of men over the next 10 years, we would likely see an increase of at least 5% in our GDP. Now, think about this for a moment. We’re not even talking about equality within the workplace. Simply making it possible for women to have the same chance at employment is worth $795 billion.
A recent Huffington Post article, “8 Things Boomers Really Need,” suggests a few ideas for products and services that boomers could really use, including a few that are already offered by boomer-savvy entrepreneurs.
Reading about the conviction of Pussy Riot punk band members, the Russian activists who staged a music video in a Russian Orthodox church in protest and criticism of Putin, I was just as outraged as the rest of the world. These young women were sentenced to two years hard labor—for “hooliganism.”
With Paul Ryan joining Mitt Romney’s bid for the presidency, Republicans have solidified their stance on women. And I mean “stance” literally. They wish to keep women firmly under the heels of men. Paul Ryan’s record on women’s issues is appalling, and if elected, he and Mitt have no intention of softening this position, much […]
Most of you have no doubt heard that Stephen Covey passed away on Monday. He’s known best for his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which catapulted him to fame, leading to more books as well as his seminars and consulting and the Franklin Quest products (particularly the well-known Franklin planners). Although he […]
I’ve been reading a lot lately about the increased divorce rate among people over 50, with one study by Bowling Green State University citing it at more than double what it was 20 years ago. My first thought is, there are many more people over 50 today than there were 20 years ago, so of […]
Everyone is looking for ways to save money these days, and tips for doing so have proliferated all over the Internet, in magazines and newspapers, in email newsletters, and so on. The most obvious reason for this is, of course, the Great Recession and our slowly recovering economy. For many people, though, one purpose (or […]