American Life Planning in a Nutshell

What Have I Done? Baby Boomers Reveal their Deepest Financial Regrets

By Tim Sprinkle at The Exchange June 24, 2013 Over 50, underfunded, and ill-prepared for retirement. Unfortunately, that’s an all-too-common scenario for the Baby Boomer generation – those born between 1946 and 1964 -- many of whom are still smarting from the economic downturn and are now looking back at their earlier financial choices with regret. … Continue reading What Have I Done? Baby Boomers Reveal their Deepest Financial Regrets

The Wit and Wisdom of Homer J. Simpson

Now, I don't think I need to preface this with the caveat that Homer is the perfect example of what NOT to do, and how NOT to live. I just couldn't resist sharing some of his best quotes. These just make me laugh at how not to live. (I guess I would suggest that whatever … Continue reading The Wit and Wisdom of Homer J. Simpson

The Ant and the Grasshopper

~ CLASSIC VERSION ~ The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks he's a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or … Continue reading The Ant and the Grasshopper

Little Teddy Stoddard

Author Unknown There is a story many years ago of an elementary teacher. Her name was Mrs. Thompson. And as she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children a lie. Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved … Continue reading Little Teddy Stoddard

Resolving to Help Others See a Bigger Picture

I'm not typically one for New Year's resolutions, but based on what I've been witnessing in the workplace, in my hometown, and in the media, I think I need to make one very serious resolution, at least in my work. I work in the training and development field, and I often serve as facilitator to newly hired … Continue reading Resolving to Help Others See a Bigger Picture

The Greatest Century that Ever Was

This article discusses the amazing century that was the 1900s. "The Greatest Century That Ever Was - 25 Miraculous Trends of the Past 100 Years" by Stephen Moore and Julian L. Simon shows us just how much important progress was made in just 100 years. Click the link to read the full study: "GreatestCenturyThatEverWas"

The Vanishing Respect for Skilled Trades

One of cable television's most recognizable characters, Mike Rowe knows a thing or two about jobs, particularly jobs involving skilled trades and manual labor. On his Dirty Jobs program on the Discovery Channel, Rowe learns and then performs hundreds of jobs that require getting down and dirty. If you haven't seen the show, he opens every episode … Continue reading The Vanishing Respect for Skilled Trades

Early American View on Job Training

I am currently reading "The Americans - The National Experience" by Daniel Boorstin, Pulitzer Prize winner and former Librarian of Congress. The book is part of his trilogy on the social history of America. In his chapter on how innovative New England manufacturing methods were quickly putting American manufacturing ahead of old England, Boorstin wrote an interesting passage on the training of … Continue reading Early American View on Job Training

A Speech Every American High School Principal Should Give

I happened to run across this article recently, entitled "Speech Every American High School Principal Should Give." I liked it so much, and agree with it so strongly, that I thought I'd share it with you this week. It speaks for itself. Enjoy!

When Will the Education System Catch Up with the Times?

“We shouldn’t be putting them asleep. We should be waking them up to what they have inside of themselves.” ~ Sir Ken Robinson Here is yet another very interesting view on today’s education system courtesy of TED (Technology, Education, and Design). Sir Ken Robinson discusses our current state of education and where it needs to … Continue reading When Will the Education System Catch Up with the Times?

The Six Enemies of Greatness (and Happiness)

Enjoy this clever visual depiction of some of our greatest hindrances to achieving greatness by Jessica Hagy. Click here for her thought-provoking article: "The Six Enemies of Greatness"

The Surprising Science of Motivation

I just viewed this interesting video on Career Analyst Dan Pink discussing the Science of Motivation. He discusses what he calls a "mismatch between what science knows and what business does" in terms of human motivation. Those 20th Century motivators, says Pink, those rewards that we think are a natural part of business, work less and less … Continue reading The Surprising Science of Motivation

Waiting for “Superman”

I just viewed the movie/documentary Waiting for Superman. It really did not tell me anything new that I didn't already know, or at least suspect. More than anything it increased my disgust with the bureaucracy (administration and unions) of our education system. That being said, this film omits what I think is another very significant part of the … Continue reading Waiting for “Superman”

A Man Who Was the 20th Century

During my time as an editor and writer for a local news organization, this was by far my favorite story to write. As the calendar was turning from 1999 to 2000, each writer was tasked with composing a story that represented the outgoing 20th century. Our stories would make up a "Millennium Moments" series. What … Continue reading A Man Who Was the 20th Century

The Fifth Man

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. This quote has been with me since … Continue reading The Fifth Man