Dream-hoarding? Maybe dream-rejecting. Or, Holy Moly, would you look at these marriage statistics?!

It’s now something that’s been observed repeatedly:  marriage is increasingly a middle/upper-class status.  There are all manner of explanations for this:  marriage is a poverty-avoiding tool, so unmarried people are more likely to be poor; poor people have lives which are chaotic enough that they can’t have the sort of healthy relationship that marriage requires; poor men are such screw-ups that women find the idea of marrying them no better than having another child to take care of; poor women… Read more

“One Easy Trick” to solve the Roy Moore mess

Will Franken resign, or won’t he?  It won’t matter much to Minnesota voters, because Franken is a reliable party-line voter, and any replacement is likely to be as well.  In the short-term, it’ll be a Democratic appointee; in 2018, there’d be a special election.  Conyors?  That seat’ll be filled by a special election, and the district is so heavily Democratic that its last Republican representative served in 1948. In Alabama, we’re looking at a meaningfully different situation.  If Roy Moore… Read more

Let’s name a Person of the Year

The rules: You, my readers, will nominate.  It should follow the Time norms, the person who has had the greatest impact, for good or for bad.  It should be a real person, not a collective group of people, not an idea or trend. I will choose the Person of the Year, from among your nominations, in a later post.  If I choose your selection, I will invite you to write a guest post but my choice isn’t contingent on it. … Read more

What about the “iGen”?

  So after spending enough time working through iGen yesterday that I felt like I was writing a book report for homework, I’m trying to take a step back and look at her observations in a big-picture sort of way, because if her generalizations are true, we’re looking at a substantial cultural shift. And, about these changes, I’m asking myself: Which of these are just continuations of ongoing trends, vs. something truly new? Which are blips based on short-term news-cycle… Read more

From the library: iGen, by Jean M. Twenge

Subtitled “Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy — and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood (and What That Means for the Rest of Us)” — which is quite a mouthful. Now, a month or two ago, I started to read a book called GenZ@Work, by a father-son team, David and Jonah Stillman, who collectively call themselves the “Gen Z Guru,” or, at any rate, that’s the name of their website.  I wasn’t much impressed with… Read more

Who wants to talk about Game of Thrones?

in the comments, that is? For context, my husband and I have been working our way through Games of Thrones DVDs from the library; over the past couple weeks, we watched season 7 via iTunes.  And I have to say that, where in the first seasons, the sex and violence was a bit over-the-top, and there were scenes which took place in the brothel for no apparent reason, they seem to have dialed it back.  Whether it was because they gained… Read more

My New Car

So back a year ago, I wrote about how we replaced my husband’s car, or, as I prefer to think of it, The Car My Husband Tends To Drive (because I don’t like thinking of the cars as belonging to each of us individually); we switched out one Impala for another, with the new one, at any rate, having more bells and whistles in the electronics.  It was actually a smooth car-buying experience, as these things go:  GM offered (past… Read more

Tax “reform” – a question for readers

Every year, Gallup asks the question, is the amount of taxes paid by low-, middle-, and upper-income people fair, or too much or too little.  Regarding the last of these three groups, the percent of people replying that they pay too little started at 77% in 1992 and 1993 (the first two years of data), dropped to 68% in 1994, and has been more or less bouncing around in the 60s since then; in 2017, 63% of Americans answered that… Read more

Temperance and taxes

Remember the Women’s Christian Temperance Union?  I should remember more of it than I do, from my grad school days, but it seems to me I’ve got a book somewhere down in the basement, unless it made its way to a donation bin by now.  I recall two things:  that they had genuine concerns about drunk fathers failing to care for their children, rather than a puritanical obsession with Demon Rum and alcohol in general; and that the activism of… Read more

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