Another look at the entitlement debate

One of my favourite times of the day is enjoying my second cup of tea while reading teaThe #Globe & Mail’s essay on the Facts & Arguments page. And this morning’s “Nice work – if we can get it” by Braeden Banks did not disappoint.

His honest, intelligent commentary on the reality of young graduates finding a job in today’s economy was a realistic response to an issue I addressed in my earlier post, “The age of #entitlement”.  Braeden is obviously not one of those people seeking the perfect job in the perfect World of Oz. I applaud his resourcefulness, his determination and his lack of ego.

Braeden did all the right things,

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We had hope . . .

With the 50th anniversary of the death of President Kennedy approaching, I can hear all kennedythe Gen X’ers, Y’ers and Millenials moaning, “We don’t care that you can remember what you were doing when you heard that Kennedy had been shot.”

Well, it changed our lives forever which is a fairly significant event. What if he’d lived? Think of the possibilities. Our lives might be quite different today. He was just getting started on a seismic shift in societal attitudes that only began with civil rights.

Our response? We don’t care that you don’t care. We care. Back then we had hope – which is a far cry from the sad state of affairs our politicians are offering today.

P.S. Ironically, I was in Grade 11 history class when the Principal knocked on the door to announce to our teacher what had happened. Where were you, fellow Boomers? Add it to the “Comments” section below. We’re interested. Thanks.

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Ooooh boy – back in my day . . .

The differences in parenting styles between how we Boomers were raised back in the olden days and the approaches TVby today’s young parents always makes for lively conversation. I can’t believe we’re actually saying things like, “Back when we were young,” but it truly is so very very different from today. I won’t detail all those differences here as most of us are now grandparents and first-hand witnesses to the contrasts.

Surely we were as precocious and entertaining as kids today are. We must

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Preparing Part One of my 25-year plan

During my 40-odd years in the corporate world, I would periodically set goals for my professional and personal life. This helped me focus and move forward instead of just rolling along with the status quo. Now that I’m a 66-year-old retired Boomer Broad, Goal settingsetting goals requires a different set of metrics. Instead of  “Be promoted to Vice-President by age 42”  or “Have mortgage paid off by age 50”, my challenges now include things like “figure out how to make money last until I can no longer count to 10” or “Send Tim Horton’s a fan letter about their steeped tea.”  Today’s goals include “Get oil changed” and “Do nails”.

Coming from a family with a history of long life-spans,

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The age of entitlement

Call me insensitive but I wholeheartedly agree with Margaret Wente’s recent column in The Globe and Mail,  “Student debt crisis? No, crisis in expectations” . I keep hearing how it’s different for young people today. They have huge student debts to pay off and no hope of getting a salary to take care of it, etc. etc.

Let’s step back a bit and compare Apples (today’s youth) and Oranges (baby boomers). I’m an Orange – a beta baby boomer, born in 1947. Living at home was not an option when I finished high school. There were no jobs in our small Ontario town. Apart from #Ryerson or university, none of the community colleges even existed when I graduated high school and left home at seventeen. So, like my graduating contemporaries I came to the city to seek my fortune in the working world at the age of 17.

That fortune began on July 5, 1965 with

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Step right up and look 20 years younger

Boomer Broads have been warned from an early age to take care of our skin, like the French women do. Use sunblock, cleanse, tone, Makeupmoisturize. Serums for tightening, serums for lightening, serums for plumping, serums for smoothing. Cosmetics companies, estheticians and dermatologists are making billions of dollars feeding our insecurities.

I have invested the cost equivalent of a luxury German car in skincare products and I still have acne, rosacea, itching, blotching and bumping. Those glossy ads in magazines are so seductive. Every new skincare product promises

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