Archive for May, 2014

Requiem for Kevin

My friend Kevin Henderson died of cancer last week in Seattle. He was only 70 years old. There was a time 70 was ancient. Not any more. In a world growing older, an active 90 seems increasingly normal and a death at 70 seems unspeakably premature.   By 2050, 29.7% of our population is projected to be 85 and older. Choosing how to remember departed friends will be part of many Baby Boomers’ extended futures. Kevin Read More

The pros of pro bono

I really liked the article Next Avenue’s Rich Eisenberg recently wrote about finding purpose and meaning from your work. (Purpose is very outcome oriented and public; meaning is more process oriented, and can be very private.) Apparently, these are very Boomer kinds of concepts, and they’re having a big impact in organizations, where a new generation of leaders understands how important they are to employees. When workers, from entry-level to C-level, find what they do Read More

Convincing Millennials to be Tortoises

One of the best things Boomer parents can do for their 20-something children—other than letting them live at home until they’re established enough to launch—is to encourage them to think long and hard about the kind of life they want when they’re 50. This might be a challenge for young adults whose concept of the future is measured in weeks and months rather than years and decades. But the single most important thing to understand Read More

Rethinking geographic identity

 I keep thinking about a recent article in the New York Times about the problems seniors are having finding (or keeping) affordable housing. The problem is especially acute for those on fixed incomes in cities like New York, San Francisco and Boston, where housing costs are stratospheric. Even people who’ve held professional jobs for their entire careers, who have saved diligently and lived within their means, are finding that they can’t stay in the homes Read More


Almost every day I read an article bemoaning the fact that kids today prefer video games and texting over in-person contact with friends and family members. I’ve observed this in my grandchildren and made a few bemoaning noises of my own. Then I considered a close relative (over 50; shall remain nameless here in deference to my extended health) and her passion for playing solitaire on her smart phone at all hours. This was followed Read More

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