Getty ImagesI don't like to jump ahead too often because when you have kids it seems life moves at warp speed as it is. But I've often thought about how fun it will be when our kids are older and they come home from college or beyond for the holidays.
For lots of young adults and parents, life currently is an extended holiday in a recession that has hit young workers extra hard. One in seven parents with grown children have had at least one of those grown children move back home this past year, according to a Pew Research Center study. Money is tight, jobs are scarce, and some young adults are pursuing more education until the job market rebounds.
One in seven parents welcoming home "boomerang kids" actually seems pretty tame when you look at the unemployment rate among young adults: Among 16- to 24-year-olds, less than half, about 46 percent, are currently employed, the lowest rate among that age group since the government started keeping track of these stats in 1948, the AP reports. At the
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- Dory Devlin, Shine staff | Work + Money – Wed, Nov 25, 2009 5:46 AM EST
Getty ImagesI don't like to jump ahead too often because when you have kids it seems life moves at warp speed as it is. But I've often thought about how fun it will be when our kids are older and they come home from college or beyond for the holidays.Read More »from Adult kids: home for the holidays (and thereafter)
- Dory Devlin, Shine staff | Thanksgiving – Mon, Nov 23, 2009 5:04 PM EST
Getty ImagesFor those of us who have several lists going in our head this week as we prep for Thanksgiving, Mark Bittman, the food writer for The New York Times, has some wonderful, calming words for us. Now, this is the kind of guy who could send us into a tizzy with things like his 101 Head Starts on the Day, but instead he puts all of it--the menu planning, the prep, the hard day-of work--into perfect perspective when Bittman tells hosts to...just chill.Read More »from How do you keep calm and relaxed as you prep for Thanksgiving?
"When did performance anxiety and guilt become prerequisites for offering family and friends nourishment hospitality?" he writes. "At Thanksgiving, cooking should be one of the more relaxing things we do. Everyone is aware of the stresses of Thanksgiving, and nearly everyone - the in-laws' odd friends aside - is appreciative of your time and effort. They really don't care if your serving spoon is a spatula."
Even Bittman admits, there are good reasons we get a little tied in knots over this holiday. Do the math and you realize there is just
AP: Oprah Winfrey at the start of her extraordinary careerIs that rain, or the tears of thousands of publishers, TV executives, and celebrities plotting their public rehabilitation pouring down?Read More »from Oprah: After 25 years, it's time for a change
It's official: Oprah Winfrey will pull the plug on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 2011 after 25 seasons on the air. Rumored for what seems like forever, likely feared for longer by CBS Television Distribution, which distributes the show to more than 200 U.S. TV markets, the shuttering of the heart of Oprah's media empire is nigh. Oprah will announce what's next on her show today. This is no cut-and-run move, for sure. There's time for everyone who has benefited greatly from being in Oprah's orb to find a way to benefit from her golden touch in her new world: cable TV.
With tears in her eyes at the end of Friday's show, Winfrey said she was grateful for the "yellow brick road of blessings that have led me to this moment," along with the trust and loyalty of an audience that has grown up with her and welcomed her into their homes for a quarter century.
Getty ImagesGrowing up, laundry lines hanging in backyards were a common site. We'd hang our sheets on ours, and I remember throwing a big blanket over it more than a few times to make a "tent" for backyard camping. But when my husband hung some sheets and other items outside on a line soon after we moved into our first home, I thought more about being embarrassed in my new neighborhood than about saving energy. The clean, fresh smell of an air-and-sun-dried sheet was the farthest thing from my mind, too.Read More »from Do you air your (clean) laundry?
I realize now my embarrassment was short-sighted and silly, but I always knew it was our choice whether we hang laundry on a clothesline. For many people, especially residents of housing associations, the choice is not theirs. What's great about our growing awareness of the environment and ways to save energy and money is that many residents are fighting back against laws or rules that say you can't air your clean laundry on a line outside. Reuters profiles Carin Froehlich, a Perkasie,
- Dory Devlin, Shine staff | Work + Money – Wed, Nov 18, 2009 12:41 AM EST
If befriend is a word, why not defriend, or say... unfriend? Well, as of today, unfriend is officially a word. So say the wordsmiths at the Oxford University Press, publishers of the New Oxford American Dictionary.Read More »from Unfriend anyone lately? (Yes, it's officially a word.)
Of course, we have Facebook and other social networks to thank for it, with all of the friending and, yes, unfriending taking place online. Has "friend" ever been used as a verb more? The official word from Oxford on the new word of 2009: "unfriend: - verb - To remove someone as a 'friend' on a social networking site such as Facebook. As in, 'I decided to unfriend my roommate on Facebook after we had a fight.'"
There were lots of words in the running, but unfriend made the cut because it is so widely used and the editors think it has real staying power. "In the online social networking context, its meaning is understood, so its adoption as a modern verb form makes an interesting choice for Word of the Year," Christine Lindberg, Senior Lexicographer for Oxford's U.S.
Getty ImagesParents have applauded efforts to get sugary juices, sodas, and desserts out of school cafeterias and to provide more healthy choices for kids in the middle of the school day. So as the milk industry, after a good run with its "Got Milk?" campaign, is ready to launch another campaign--this time for chocolate milk--many parents and school nutritionists are not pleased.Read More »from Should chocolate milk be offered in schools?
Starting Monday, the "Raise your hand for chocolate milk" campaign begins via an ad in USA Today with chocolatey brown colors and pointing to a web site that asks people to sign a petition in support of chocolate milk. The gist: Yes, chocolate milk has added sugar, but that added sugar is a good thing when it gets kids to drink nutrient-rich milk instead of nutrient-less sugary drinks.
The milk industry clearly doesn't want chocolate milk to go the way of the soda can in schools. Sure, a serving of chocolate milk has 60 more calories, but kids love it, so they'll drink more milk if it's an option instead of other sugary
- Dory Devlin, Shine staff | Shine Food – Wed, Nov 11, 2009 12:04 AM EST
Ruby Tuesday: The new look.While lots of restaurants have been making small menu changes and offering deals to entice money-strapped families through their doors to splurge on a meal out of the home, Ruby Tuesday has been undergoing a $100 million makeover. Goodbye flair and all kinds of garage-sale stuff on the walls, hello homey lamps, warm hues, and paintings of chefs at work adorning the walls.Read More »from Ruby Tuesday restaurants: A new menu and a less-cluttered look
The look is new, and so is the menu, which goes upscale a bit--a tricky move during tough economic times. But as this New York Times feature article on founder and CEO Sandy Beall and the chain notes, the redo was planned before the recession took hold. Like its competitors, Ruby Tuesday has experienced a drop in customers. Sales were down 8 percent last year, when the chain closed 54 restaurants. Its stock faltered but is moving up again with the unveiling of everything new.
Ruby Tuesday: Yesterday's look.Gone are the fake Tiffany lamps and all of that crazy bric-a-brac on the walls. "Now Ruby Tuesday features leather banquettes and dark
- Dory Devlin, Shine staff | Work + Money – Mon, Nov 9, 2009 8:43 PM EST
AMCSpoiler alert: If you haven't seen the final episode of the season and plan to, don't read this. But do watch it soon!Read More »from "Shut the door. Have a seat": Smart women finally valued by "Mad Men"
I hate waiting a week for the next episode of "Mad Men." So it's a good thing the amazing Season 3 finale of "Mad Men" gives us so much to think about during a too-sad, too-long break between seasons. One viewing of this classic caper episode, or "Sterling Coup," as the Chicago Tribune's Maureen Ryan calls it, just won't do to absorb all that has happened, especially with the women in Don Draper's world.
The women of "Mad Men" have always been among the most compelling characters of what may be the most compelling TV show ever. And in this season, some, like Betty Draper (January Jones), found their voice, while others' voices grew stronger, more confident.
How amazing was it to watch Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) tell Don (Jon Hamm) she would not follow him like a "nervous poodle" when he barks at her and basically tells her she will come with him to the new agency
- Dory Devlin, Shine staff | Work + Money – Sun, Nov 8, 2009 11:10 PM EST
Reuters via Yahoo! NewsWe're closer than we've ever been to passing a health reform bill, but there is still a long way to go. Members of the House of Representatives worked over the weekend, passing a health care bill 220-215 on Saturday.
President Barack Obama called the vote "courageous," since no federal legislative body has gotten this far. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, "No longer will being a woman be a pre-existing medical condition" because the bill would end insurance company practices of charging women more for coverage than men. And Senate Republicans were all over the Sunday news shows saying the House bill is dead on arrival in the Senate.
And yet... this is real progress. Everyone will not be happy with this bill and definitely not with the compromise bill that hopefully will emerge from the Senate. But for the first time in a very long time, Congress has the chance to make sure more people who need health insurance are able to get it.
Some big things about this bill:
- It would extend
- Dory Devlin, Shine staff | Work + Money – Tue, Nov 3, 2009 11:57 PM EST
Federal Trade CommissionSince there can never be enough reminders that not all "free" annual credit reports are truly no-strings-attached and free, take some time to check out this New York Times article on how tricky it can be for consumers to figure out when they may be duped into paying for an credit-monitoring service most us will never need.Read More »from Reminder: There's only one truly "free," no-strings credit report
We told you about those cute-jingle commercials with twenty-somethings strumming about their credit woes and singing that all would be good if only they had gone to that website which starts with the word free. There is only one website recommended by the Federal Trade Commission for consumers to access free annual credit reports, and that's AnnualCreditReport.com. The Times digs deeper into the story to note that Experian--one of the three major credit bureaus that the government requires to provide one free annual report to consumers--owns the other website and spends millions advertising. The FTC has charged Experian with misleading consumers into thinking their