June, 2011Archive

The Takeaway: Breast Cancer; Medicare Age Proposal; Lagarde

Posted on 06/29/2011 by |The Takeaway | Comments

Bulletin TodayLots of breast cancer news to sort through this morning: From the L.A. Times: A 30-year trial by Swedish researchers has found regular mammograms can reduce breast cancer deaths by at least 30 percent, “a finding that many doctors say may help ease the recent controversy surrounding the procedure.”

WANTED: Skills to Do Good

Posted on 06/28/2011 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringAre you looking for a way to make a difference? Do you have a skill that would benefit a local organization or group? Take for example, Alexis’ story. “Alexis is a database professional who created a Salesforce Database for Room to Grow, saving the organization $24,000!  As a result of her hard work, Room to Grow is a more efficient organization with greater capacity to serve more beneficiaries. Alexis’s database has helped impoverished NYC families receive the tools they need to ensure their babies …

The Takeaway: Boomers in the Surburbs; Are You Seeing Things?

Posted on 06/28/2011 by |The Takeaway | Comments

Bulletin TodayChanging face of the suburbs. Latest analysis pulled from 2010 Census:  It’s not news to us, but new research shows the nation’s suburbs are shifting away from the young couples with children image. About 40 percent of residents are 45 or older.

Compassion, it’s a Game Changer

Posted on 06/28/2011 by |Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeNow that I am “almost” grown, many days I look back and ask myself, “what if…” There are “would have,” “should have,” “could have” moments in everyday of  life.  So many things get lost in the shuffle of our everyday lives. I know that most of my days are so full that sometimes I just want to pull the covers over my head and never get up. Then at the end of the day as I drag myself back to …

Why I’ll Never Be Rich

Posted on 06/27/2011 by |My Life, Examined | Comments

Your LifeWhen I hear financial pundits counsel unemployed people over 50 to start a business if they can’t find a job, I think of the last time I tried to go entrepreneurial.  This was not an experience for the faint of heart. The idea sounded good at the time. I was in my early 30s and the magazine I’d been editing had just folded. The last thing I wanted to do was sign up for another intense 9-to-5 job. So when …

Peter Falk: My Last Chat With Columbo

Posted on 06/27/2011 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentThe phone connection was terrible, but the voice was unmistakable. I don’t believe there was any voice of the past 50 years more instantly recognizable than that of Peter Falk. It was 2005, and we were discussing his new movie, The Thing About My Folks, written by and co-starring Paul Reiser. It was a slight little film—Falk played Reiser’s dad, whose wife (Olympia Dukakis) has left him. Inevitably, the conversation turned  to  Columbo, the gravel-voiced TV detective Falk played on …