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Rethinking geographic identity

 I keep thinking about a recent article in the New York Times about the problems seniors are having finding (or keeping) affordable housing. The problem is especially acute for those on fixed incomes in cities like New York, San Francisco and Boston, where housing costs are stratospheric. Even people who’ve held professional jobs for their entire careers, who have saved…

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Friends as curators

One of the many benefits of facebook is that your friends are a particularly good source of great reads. The affinities you have with the people in your circle—shared beliefs, experiences, family, workplaces, neighborhoods, whatever–is part of what makes them such good curators. So I’m happy to say that a friend’s post led me to a charming essay by the…

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Enough of this over the hill stuff

Singer-songwriter Amanda Carr has a brilliant technique for managing life’s ups and downs: She redirects her energy towards positivity, even when faced with something tragic.  Haunted by the Boston Marathon bombing, for example, she channeled her grief not by composing a requiem, but by penning a rousing, hopeful song, Boston Anthem. Amanda and I were both on Jordan Rich’s radio…

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Lookin’ for adventure

Last fall, social scientists at the University of Southern California and the RAND Corp.  published a study that looked into the factors that influence older people to retire. Not surprisingly, they found that economic drivers were better predictors of who stayed employed in their 60s than personality characteristics. The simple fact is that most people—whether outgoing, introverted, confident or worriers,…

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A prediction for public education gets an F

Jason Siko, writing about public education in The Futurist magazine, predicts that as students progress, they will be “allowed to specialize earlier and earlier (much like athletics today)—so much so that no one has a generalized diploma, only certificates of competencies in skills that the workforce demands.” What?! Do I want my grandchildren to get an education dedicated exclusively to…

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