Brain Bites – Issue 14
Brain Bites are “now and then” morsels regarding trends, statistics, and interesting ephemera in personal economics.
These tasty tidbits help maintain your edge over an unpredictable future. Think of them as cerebral snacks for the hungry mind! Continue reading Brain Bites – Issue 14
Lessons for a life well-lived.
Wisdom is the ability to make sound judgments and good life-choices. Wise persons anticipate the consequences of decisions.
Like speech, wisdom is an accumulated skill. It is acquired slowly through personal experience and by learning from the mistakes of others. Continue reading Lessons for a life well-lived.
Brain Bites – Issue 13
Brain Bites are “now and then” updates regarding trends, statistics, and interesting info-bites in personal economics.
These tasty tidbits help maintain your edge over an unpredictable future. Think of them as cerebral snacks for the hungry mind! Continue reading Brain Bites – Issue 13
Livin’ large in Richistan.
Real family income of those in the bottom half of the income scale hasn’t increased since the late 1960s.
Regardless of political affiliation, Americans tend to think wealth distribution ought to be more equal. Continue reading Livin’ large in Richistan.
The times they are a-changin’.
What comes to mind when you think of the word “change”?
Ripe underwear? Time to dump the boyfriend? Robert wants to become Roberta? Effects of global warming? Bernie Sanders? Women in combat roles? Continue reading The times they are a-changin’.
Girls rule, boys drool.
The share of young adults who have never said “I do” is at an historic high. For many, marriage looks increasingly unattainable.
The reason more women than ever are responding, “Thanks, but no thanks” may surprise you. Continue reading Girls rule, boys drool.
The generational divide.
The basic characteristics of Generation NeXt—motivated by a search for new experiences and treated with suspicion by its elders—are not new.
Just about every generation has been described in exactly the same way, and differing points of view often create friction. Continue reading The generational divide.
On the road (again).
Older, often industrial urban areas are being transformed into cool, hip enclaves in scores of cities.
Young educated professionals, largely single, childless, and sometimes gay, are moving into these upscale neighborhoods. Continue reading On the road (again).
The big picture.
Experience is an active participation in events or activities, leading to the accumulation of useful knowledge and skills.
But young persons have a problem—with limited life experience, seeing the larger picture can be a challenge. Continue reading The big picture.
The good, the bad, and the bias.
Young persons like to think they have less bias than their parents, but in fact they are simply bigoted about different things.
Many are down on fat people, smokers, and people who drive Humvees, for example, rather than race or sexual orientation. Continue reading The good, the bad, and the bias.
Can I have my childhood back?
Many teenagers underestimate the impact that random events can have on their lives because they believe that warnings apply only to other people.
They rationalize behaviors by saying “I know the risk but it won’t happen to me.” Continue reading Can I have my childhood back?
It’s not all about you.
Adam Smith (1723–1790) was a brilliant, if not eccentric, Scottish economist, philosopher, and psychologist all rolled into one.
Smith explained why, despite our selfish feelings, an internal voice helps us be more sensitive to the needs of others. Continue reading It’s not all about you.