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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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Rethinking Holiday Gifting

Four years after the economic recovery began, most consumers are still closely watching their holiday gifting. They’re intending to spend less than usual — or nothing at all, according to an annual survey earlier this month. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel] Spending less for the holidays makes perfect sense when we’re still smarting from the recession. But it’s not just about money. It’s about…

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