Debt Crisis Redux?

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The student loan program known as Grad PLUS, was enacted under President George W. Bush’s tenure in 2006. This program provided graduate and professional students (almost) unlimited access to borrowing power- at below market rates. The cap had been $ 138,500 for grad school (which also included college debt that was still unpaid- that undergraduate cap is unchanged at $ 57,500).  And, now- the program has new features like long-term debt forgiveness and income-based repayment.

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Divorce, American Style?

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If you believe that being the first to file a lawsuit does you any good, then this could be a surprise. Because women are more likely than men to file for divorce. Since the 1950s, folks reported that women are more likely than men to want out of marriage; . This was true even as far back as the 1800s (1825 to 1866), women were the plaintiffs in divorce proceedings and it has stayed at those levels ever since.

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Deadly Overtime?

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For years, my policy has been to get things done. Oh, sure, everyone says that. But, I mean get things finished. Which may mean I put in a 36 hour day (yes, I know how ludicrous that sounds- but it’s not a new day unless I go to bed), an 18 hour day, a 10 hour day- or a 2 hour day.

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Under Pressure…

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A new study using the data from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions, in particular some 21,859 folks employed over the age of 18 was just completed. “Anxious? Depressed? You might be suffering from capitalism: contradictory class locations and the prevalence of depression and anxiety in the USA”  was published in Sociology of Health & Illness,  with Drs. Seth Prins, Lisa Bates, and Katherine Keys (Columbia University), along with Dr. Carles Muntaner (U of Toronto) serving as the authors.

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From the minds of babes?

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It’s amazing what some kids can do. If you ever meandered the Westinghouse Science Fair floor (now the Intel Science Fair), with the best of 50 states’ high school ideas, you know what I mean. Sometimes, those things really make a difference in our world.

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The Lighthouse led the way

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Back when I was bicoastal (almost- Charlottesville, VA and Long Beach, CA), I managed to find a great place to mellow out in the evenings. I really can’t recall what drew me to the place- perhaps there was a sign, perhaps it was musical sounds that carried to the street.

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Make me late…Pay me money

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I could pick a million examples. OK. Maybe only 2000 or so. So, I’ll pick one.

My son and I were off to visit the college of his choice. We had a tight window- we were leaving in the morning, to return that evening. He had a track meet the next day.

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The Hidden Facts of Climate Change

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Unintended consequences.

We always talk about them- but rarely consider the truly unintended circumstances. Like the effects of climate change.

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Buzz… Not buzz words.

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So, I work with a lot of young companies. (OK. Some of them are not quite yet operational.) And, that means we need to set up systems, we need to figure out how we are going to make our goals (sometimes, it means we have to determine what are the 1 year and 3 year markers), etc.

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Inertial Forces

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You know that customer service- outstanding customer service- is the key to customer retention. But, you probably haven’t really considered why that’s true.

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