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Five Reasons to Watch Girls, Season Two

Posted on 01/9/2013 by | General News | Comments

Your LifeAs a fifty-something baby boomer, I probably don’t fall within the target demographic for the critically acclaimed, endlessly discussed, highly controversial and wildly popular television series, Girls. But I certainly count myself among producer Lena Dunham’s biggest fans.  I loved the YouTube videos she made when she was still in college, and thought her first feature film, Tiny Furniture, was awesome. Last season, I couldn’t wait for Sunday nights so I could watch the half-hour episodes, which chronicle the post-college …

Women Power: The Key to Avoiding the Fiscal Cliff

Posted on 12/13/2012 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsWhat would it take to keep the country from heading over the fiscal cliff? More women running the show! That seems to be the consensus of a bipartisan group of women U.S. Senators, interviewed earlier this week by ABC World News Anchor Diane Sawyer. “I think if we were in charge of the Senate and of the Administration that we would have a budget deal by now,” Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine told Sawyer, as 18 of her colleagues …

The Good News About Boomerang Kids

Posted on 10/23/2012 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | Your LifeFor all the hand-wringing about boomerang kids — those young adult children moving back home with their boomer parents — there seems to be an upside to the phenomenon. A story in today’s Wall Street Journal, entitled “Benefits of the Boomerang,” reported that, for 20- and 30-somethings, moving back into their childhood home “proved less painful and more rewarding” than a lot of young adults expected. “I got to see a more human version of my parents,” said Kate Werrett, …

Absentee Grandparents: Is It Ever Okay?

Posted on 09/13/2012 by | General News | Comments

Your LifeIn a situation when a parent decides not to be involved in a child’s life, what role (and what responsibility) do grandparents have?  A post by one of my favorite bloggers got me thinking about that question. Christine Coppa has been sharing her life on the internet since shortly before her son was born about five years ago.  Her first blog, on, was called “Knocked Up,” a title that appropriately captured her personal story: Chrissi was 26 and had …