3 Lessons from a Stock Market ‘Freak Out’

Just about two months ago, on Oct. 15, the headlines read “Market Freak Out” as the Dow Jones Industrial Average “plunged.” Headlines warned “Why the selling is just getting started.” Fear had returned to the market. My editor asked me to chime in and I posted “Why the Stock Market Plunge Is Not World’s End.” As it happened, not only did the world survive, the stock market quickly recovered. Now is the perfect time to review three investment lessons that …

For Father’s Day, Give Your Children a Gift

When it comes to gift-giving, Father’s Day ranks in last place among holidays, generating $7 billion less in spending than Mother’s Day. Of the average $113.80 spent on gifts, much will be for boring stuff from ties to lawn trimmers. Try giving Mom a gift like that for her day! Perhaps that’s not surprising, considering the pop-culture image of fatherhood. In movies, dads are often goofballs like Adam Sandler and Vince Vaughn. On TV, the popular sitcom “Modern Family” stars …

Check Out Posts Before You Share

There’s a Facebook post you may have seen again and again over the past week. It’s a post your friends are copying and pasting from each other without checking to see if it’s true. It looks something like this: Anyone reading this can copy this text and paste it on their Facebook Wall. This will place them under protection of copyright laws. By the present communiqué, I notify Facebook that it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, disseminate, or take …

Social Media Lessons from Hurricane Sandy

As the AARP’s new social media trainer, I am always keeping an eye out on trends and “teachable moments” online. Hurricane Sandy has offered a very big lesson: Don’t believe everything you see. If you live along the East Coast, you may have spent the day watching the news and following posts on social media while working from home (if the power was still on). Hundreds of thousands of people were asked to stay indoors. It was an environment that …

50 Life Lessons My Pop Pop Taught Me – Part 1

Editor’s note: This is first in a two part series. It’s been one month since I lost my Pop Pop, the Bernie in my blog Arthur & Bernie. He was 96, so it’s hard to say it came as a shock, but somehow, it did. He is finally at peace after months of struggle, and for that, I am thankful. It’s difficult, though, moving on with life as usual, when I’ve never known it without him. For 30 years, Pop …