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Half of U.S. Adults Hacked: Are You Among Them?

Posted on 06/6/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Home & Family | Money & Savings | TechnologyIn the past 12 months your personal information has likely been stolen, leaving you vulnerable to identity theft. About 432 million online accounts belonging to 110 million Americans — roughly half of all adults — were hacked in cyberattacks during the past year, according to new findings by the Ponemon Institute, a data-collection research firm. Meanwhile, Consumer Reports estimates that some 11 million Americans fell victim to email scams in 2013. And in the first four months of this year, at least 260 …

Why I’m Ditching My Smartphone With the Kids Around

Posted on 06/4/2014 by |Parenting 2.0 | Comments

Home & FamilyLast week I took my 4-year-old granddaughter to the dress rehearsal for her dance recital. Instead of  enjoying the show, I pulled out my iPhone to record the performance and focused on the screen. But I recorded in slow-mo by mistake; no video! I missed her dancing both real time and digitally. A few days later, heading down 42nd Street in New York, I happened upon hundreds of people with smartphones stretched overhead trying to capture a rare occurrence known …

For Some Parents, Every Day Is Memorial Day

Posted on 05/23/2014 by |Parenting 2.0 | Comments

Home & FamilyIn World War II, families learned of a loved one killed in action by telegram. My husband’s grandfather, with two military sons, recalled watching the telegram delivery man ride his bike down the street and praying that he would not stop at his door. Today a uniformed service member delivers the notification in person. Since 2001, the families of almost 7,000 men and women have opened their front doors to that devastating news. In that instant, life changes, leaving parents, …

Hug Your Parents, and 7 Other Lessons for New Grads

Posted on 05/20/2014 by |Volunteering | Comments

Bulletin Today | Home & FamilyThe day after graduation at Miami University in Ohio, I took a run through campus. Barricades blocked paths, and white party tents waited to be disassembled. Ikea shelves and desks and deck chairs lined curbs. Kids snapped last-minute photos, while moms and dads carried storage bins and hitched U-Haul trailers to the backs of SUVs. It had been a while since I’d seen this scene — about 10 years. I graduated from college in 2005 and, after a short stint …

How the Tough Economy Can Work for Your Kids

Posted on 05/19/2014 by |Parenting 2.0 | Comments

Home & FamilyThe new wave of college grads plunging into the job search will confront a not-much-improved economy. If that wasn’t bad enough, these millennials — portrayed as the “Me, Me, Me Generation” — come to the marketplace with “spoiled” stamped on their résumés. New research by an Emory business school professor, however, indicates that the narcissistic stereotype might not fit current and recent grads. Using data from three studies that looked at older generations, Emily Bianchi found that those entering the workforce …

Wisdom from DC Mom of the Year

Posted on 05/14/2014 by |Vice President, Multicultural Markets | Comments

Home & FamilyWhen Louise Battle’s husband died, their son was 7 and their daughter, 12. The grief was deep, but through her leadership and abiding faith, her family has not only maintained, but soared. Twenty-four years later, Dr. Battle, an ordained elder at Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church in Washington, D.C., is witnessing the fruit of her faith and diligence as she was named the D.C. region 2014 “State Mother of the Year” by American Mothers Inc., a D.C.-based national organization that …