Monthly Archives: May 2012

dropping out, bailing out

In all the talk about crushing student debt, one group of young people tends to be ignored: borrowers who dropped out of college without finishing. Sometimes it’s the accumulating debt itself that makes them panic and quit so they can … Continue reading

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the young artist’s life ain’t what it used to be

The juxtaposition of two articles about the creative life in the big city in today’s New York Times — one by the musician and artist David Byrne, the other by his daughter Malu, a jewelry designer — makes clear the … Continue reading

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freezing eggs that are already past their sell-by date

Lord knows I can empathize with the sentiment that drives the middle-aged parents featured in yesterday’s New York Times story : “So Eager for Grandchildren, They’re Paying the Egg-Freezing Clinic.” I, too, am eager for grandchildren: 58 years old, with two grown … Continue reading

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student loans haunt older folks, too

Here’s a surprising way in which Baby Boomers are more like Millennials than people realize — people over 50 carry almost as big a student loan burden as do twenty-somethings. According to a report on NPR, the Federal Reserve Bank … Continue reading

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millennials to the rescue

Generalizations about twenty-somethings cut both ways: in some reports, Millennials are the least socially-engaged generation ever; in others, they are becoming involved in political action in ways their predecessors never did. I prefer the generalizations with the more positive spin, … Continue reading

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“harder days ahead” — hurrah!

A graduation speech that claims to be an anti-graduation speech was turned into a clever little column in the Wall Street Journal the other day. “10 Things Your Commencement Speaker Won’t Tell You” is how the speech, by University of … Continue reading

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who’s sorry now?

You’d think that twenty-somethings would feel fewer regrets than sixty-somethings, since they haven’t lived as long and haven’t missed as many chances — or if they had missed out on some amazing adventure or incredible relationship, they’re more likely to … Continue reading

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