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Wooden, Wimbledon, Wrong Calls and World Cup

July 19th, 2010

Wondering what all these W\’s have in common? They provide cases of excellent role models in sports that we can pass on to our children and grandchildren. After witnessing so many instances of poor sportsmanship over the years, it\’s impressive to have examples of positive behavior by athletes. Legendary U.C.L.A. basketball coach John Wooden was known for his inspiration and motivation, on and off the court. His philosophy of life – as well as his entire persona – exemplified the values we wish to impart to our children. His style was gracious, even as he focused on creating... Read More

Michael Jackson\’s Children a Year after His Death

June 28th, 2010

This week marks a year since Michael Jackson died. After his untimely death, a major focus was the future of his children, Prince, Paris and \’Blanket.\’ According to Jackson\’s will, his mother was to raise them – and the judge granted her permanent custody. All the while, pundits were busy predicting who would really take care of them. The number of boomer grandparents assuming care and financial responsibility for grandchildren continues to increase. Statistics show that over 2.9 million grandparents are raising more than 4.5 million grandchildren. This is particularly... Read More

Love Relationship Resolutions for 2010

April 12th, 2010

Now that we\’re well into 2010, how are you doing with your New Year\’s resolutions? Setting goals in the love department is just as important as losing weight or getting your finances in shape. So even though you may already be working on other resolutions, don\’t put your relationship on the back burner. Instead of accentuating the positives, the advice from couples\’ research often focuses on minimizing the negatives – don\’t nag, don\’t withhold sex, don\’t overreact, don\’t try to control. But why not focus your love resolutions on the... Read More

Ten Tips for Keeping Peace in the Family during the Holidays

December 10th, 2009

Media images of the holidays are often exaggerated and, before you know it, you\’re trying to conform to unrealistic ideals. Combined with the added pressures and demands on your time, this can lead to emotional overload. Just remember that nothing is perfect. Now that the holiday season is swiftly approaching, perhaps you\’re worried that your dysfunctional family dynamics will surface as soon as you get together. Do you think that your mother\’s inquisitive nature may scare off the first boyfriend your daughter\’s had in years? Or that your new son-in-law\’s parents... Read More

Michael Jackson and the High Cost of Fame

July 27th, 2009

Coming from a family of entertainers with a demanding stage-dad, Michael Jackson had been in the limelight since he was a young boy. Super stardom was all he knew. Although talented, famous and adored, his was a lonely life – one full of contradictions. He tried to create his own private reality around castles, theme parks and pet chimpanzees. In his own mind he was a modern-day Peter Pan. In the mind of others he was “Wacko Jacko” and his bizarre behavior often overshadowed his musical brilliance. Jackson was living proof of the emotional cost of a life spent in the public eye,... Read More

Susan Boyle\’s Beauty on the Inside

June 8th, 2009

Thanks to the Internet, we all had a chance to learn a lesson from Susan Boyle when she sang “I Dreamed a Dream” before judges of the TV show, “Britain has Talent.” What a surreal and thrilling moment for her. And what a wake-up call for the rest of us. Her 15 minutes of fame aren\’t over yet. So far, almost 100 million viewers have seen her on YouTube. Why the viral nature of this phenomenon? Of course we\’re all pretty fed up with the media focus on the economic meltdown or vapid teen pop stars, and desperate for a heartwarming story. Or are we really looking... Read More

Captain Sullenberger: Heroes and Lessons Learned

March 16th, 2009

Bravery and humility – often at the heart of fairy tales – are qualities that can inspire all of us to be the best that we can be. And, with the doom and gloom of the economic crisis, we were primed and about ready for a miracle. People want to feel hopeful again. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III safely landed a US Airways flight 1549 with 155 passengers and crew onboard in the Hudson River when the plane encountered problems after takeoff. Everyone survived. A spokesman for the U.S. Airline Pilots Association says that Sullenberger acted \’very calm and cool, very... Read More

8 Strategies to Turn Your New Year\’s Resolutions into Reality

February 19th, 2009

Over two thousand years ago, the ancient Romans began the practice of making New Year\’s resolutions when they named the first month after Janus, the god of beginnings. Janus had two faces, one looking back at the old year, the other looking forward to the new one. In order to secure good fortune in the future, January became the time when you ask forgiveness for past deeds and look inward for areas to improve. Now that you have made your own personal resolutions – still an honored ritual at this time of year – how do you avoid another universal tradition – breaking them?... Read More

5 Steps to Gratitude Despite a Tough Economy

December 30th, 2008

Even with the harsh economic news – jobless rates up, and the stock market down – we can still find a lot to be grateful about, especially during the holidays. Families and friends traditionally draw together for support in times of crisis, and this year is no different. The gift of appreciation – a heartfelt thank you – can be a daily present this holiday season for those you love. And the cost won\’t cut into your tight budget at all. Why, then, is it so difficult to say thanks? We are often focused on ourselves – Galileo may have proved that the earth... Read More

Five Ways Sandwiched Boomers Can Think Positive in Tough Times

November 10th, 2008

These are unprecedented times. With the breakdown of traditional financial institutions, the wildly fluctuating stock market and the 700 million dollar government bailout, Americans are confused about how to respond. Some are in denial, not prepared to grasp the problems and potential consequences. Others are angry at what they see as awarding recklessness on Wall Street. Still others are in a panic about the gloomy economic forecast. These are all common emotional reactions to loss. And for Sandwiched Boomers, many of whom are financially responsible for their growing children and aging parents,... Read More