A long, relaxing retirement may be an artifact of the last century that will apply to only some Americans in this century — those who have held a long-term, steady job with a defined benefit pension plan.For the rest of us, we’ll have to plan to work longer – if we still have a job – so that we can pay more into our 401Ks, and can afford to stay in the home we have. Instead of picking out carpeting for that new golf course villa, we’ll be changing our doorknobs to handles designed for our arthritic hands so we can age in place.
Learning to understand my children this way has also improved how I understand my peers. Human beings are complex creatures, and our behavior has complex motivations. But for some reason I typically insist on interpreting other’s actions extremely narrowly, assuming that anything I don’t know about their motivation is unimportant. Adults, like children, need more charity than I by nature want to give them – or would give them, if my knowledge were more complete.
13. Science and/or Faith
“Razib Khan, a blogger for Discover magazine, observed last year, over 50 percent of scientists believe in God or some higher power. And as medical writer Tom Rees noted, the phenomenon isn’t going away: younger scientists are more likely to hold religious beliefs than older scientists. While the finding could suggest that religious people are more likely to leave science as they get older, it could also mean that religious beliefs are growing among scientists.”
14. The Myths About Mr and Ms
Telephones are particularly tough because a talkative person on the other end never even sees my mouth open and shut, open and shut, when I try to interject a thought. At least face to face, I have a chance of getting my three or four words in.
Carol stands absolutely still. In front of her, not more than ten feet away, is a fully-grown black bear. The ferns beneath its feet are crumpled and slightly browning, their delicate fronds pressed into the thick, wet mud of the forest floor. Carol hesitates. Slowly, very slowly, she looks around for a possible escape route. The light falling through the canopy of leaves has a pale, thin quality to it and the air is brackish with a faint scent of the stagnant water from the nearby estuary.
“As you know, we’ll be discussing stilted dialog” said Howard. “We should do something different for the introduction.”
“Let’s speak our dialog tags” said Brandon cleverly.
“We mustn’t forget to include adverbs” said Dan pensively.
29. Is the blogosphere dying? Nah. It’s too big to fail, right?