The Big 3 Birthday Bashes in Life

For almost a century now, birthday experts have quarreled over which birthdays are the largest in your life. Is it 20? 30? 40? Or even 50? Baby Boomers would even argue that 65 is pretty nifty these days, since Social Security kicks in.

If you're birthday friendly and love a party for any reason, then almost any birthday is worth celebrating, whether it's your very first or your 81st.

At Happiest Birthday, we believe that all births are important and need to be celebrated with gusto. At the same time, we also know that some birthdays are just more important than others and deserve to be recognized officially as our: "Big 3 Birthday Bashes".

Being Sweet 16

Few girls would disagree that the 16th birthday is a big day. It certainly was for Miley Cyrus, as 5,000 of her closet friends gathered at Disneyland to celebrate her Sweet 16. Even if you can not afford to rent a theme park for your birthday, turning 16 is still a memorable day for young women. For guys, well, it's not quite as big as a deal as it once was. Back in the day, you could get your driver's license on your 16th birthday that they did not have any of the restrictions they have now. Your 16th birthday was your ticket to hi-jinks on the highways.

Turning 18

Wow! Who does not remember turning 18? For most of us it's time to graduate high school and enter the adult world. And if that were not enough, you get to vote for the first time and any restrictions on driving a car are lifted. Now that's worth celebrating! You can also join the military, but you'll have to wait for the final Big Birthday below to hoist a brewski with your unit.

The Big 21

If you've been waiting to get into a bar legally, your 21st birthday bash is the day you've been waiting for. You no longer need the fake ID you borrowed from your brother and you can tie one on with your friends until all hours of the morning. Turning 21 also is a right of passage that makes you feel like you've left the teen years behind forever and are now an adult.

And there you have Happiest Birthdays'Big Three – 16, 18 and 21! What we consider to be the Big 3 Birthday Bashes you can look forward to in your life. Of course, if you've already passed these miles, that's OK Any birthday today with family and friends is a good one!

There’s hope for baby boomers

In Brian Greenspun’s July 15 column, “Boomers to blame for the mess we’re in,” he correctly points out that his generation “has spent a lifetime of trying to do the right thing that all too often has turned out to be the wrong thing,” and says it’s time for young people to take charge, that baby boomers should “find something else to do on Nov. 6.”

As a fellow baby boomer, I agree. We have been on watch during such scandals as Enron and mortgage fraud, and the worst scandal of all — the election of President Donald Trump, a pathological liar, racist, misogynist, xenophobic climate change denier.

What other generation elected someone who colluded with Russia, denied it, then recently met privately with Russia’s president and sided with him over U.S. intelligence agencies that have determined that Russia interference in our elections?

At the same time, I’m optimistic that baby boomers will experience a Peter Finch moment, as in the movie “Network,” and shout out “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more.”

Remember the words from Dylan Thomas’ famous poem, “Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

It’s never too late, and I for one will not go gentle into the night with the likes of Trump. I implore my fellow baby boomers to do the same.

On matters of spirituality, baby boomers are changing paths and writing their own scripts

CAMBRIDGE — Kate MacDonald grew up Catholic, but now attends an Episcopal church. And after retiring from a stressful job and recovering from an illness in her 60s, she turned to yet another spiritual influence: Raja Yoga-inspired meditation.

Early last week, as the lunch-hour bustle engulfed Harvard Square, she sat in the quiet room at the Inner Space Meditation Center with other baby boomers listening to soothing flute music, staring at a point of light embedded in an Indian painting on the wall, and breathing in and out.

“It’s an internal balancing, and a release,” said MacDonald, now 73, a retired professor who lives nearby. As she’s gotten older, she said, she takes a broader view of faith and no longer feels she has to choose between competing beliefs and rituals. “This blends with any kind of religious practice,” she said. “It all comes down to loving one another.”

That eclectic approach to spirituality might have been branded as eccentric in earlier generations of older Americans, but is now increasingly mainstream. Millions of boomers are happily writing their own scripts on matters of faith, experimenting, changing religions, and incorporating diverse traditions into their own beliefs. In an era of religious fluidity, they are bringing open minds to a time of life when many reassess what’s important.

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“There’s a blurring of the boundaries between the religions in the US,” said David Campbell, professor of American democracy at the University of Notre Dame, who studies the changing religious landscape. “There was a time when being Catholic or Lutheran or Jewish meant you had a certain set of practices, and could even define where you lived. But in the current era, there’s been more mixing and intermarriage and borrowing from one faith into another.”

Findings from a Pew Research Center survey in 2015 show that 40 percent of boomers have switched faiths. But shifting religious affiliations don’t tell the whole story of this restless cohort. Many are exploring spiritual life outside of organized religion, or sampling from a variety of traditions. While only 38 percent attend services weekly, more than six in 10 say they pray at least once a day, according to Pew, compared to fewer than four in 10 younger millennials. Forty-five percent of boomers say they meditate at least once a week.

In all, nearly 60 percent say religion is very important in their lives, the Pew survey found. But their notions of religion may look very different from those of past generations.

Lester Strong, 69, a former news anchor for WHDH-TV in Boston, grew up in a Pennsylvania coal town as the son of a Baptist church deacon. He began exploring Eastern philosophies as a young man. Now as he nears his eighth decade, he thinks of himself as a spiritual seeker. He has created a program at New York’s Union Theological Seminary to help boomers contemplate love, fear, purpose, and death.

“All of us are searching for meaning,” Strong said. “I’m open to wherever that meaning may come from. I consider myself a lover of God and a lover of Jesus. I’m also a lover of Buddha, Mohammed, and Moses. There’s validity in many religious disciplines.”

Baby boomers meditated at the Inner Space Meditation Center.

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Baby boomers meditated at the Inner Space Meditation Center.

Grazing at the spiritual smorgasbord, for many boomers, is part of reevaluating what’s important to them as they age. Those who have recently retired are grappling with a new life with fewer deadlines and demands, and contracting networks of associates. Time becomes more precious, and the question of how to use it becomes more pressing.

The late Swedish sociologist Lars Tornstam, who began surveying older people in the 1980s, coined the term “gerotranscendence” to describe how aging affects spiritual life. He found that, as they get older, many people become less materialistic and more connected to others. They reflect on their ties to generations past and future.

“We’re trying to imagine what we want to do now,” said Sister Sherryl White, 65, a social psychologist who belongs to a Catholic religious order outside Pittsburgh. “In the sense that we’re finite and closer to the end, we need to make good choices.”

Choices are particularly important to a generation that came of age during the religious flux of the 1960s and ’70s. The era was marked by the liberal reforms of the Roman Catholic Church in Vatican II, the spread of Eastern religions in the West, and the advent of a politically active evangelical Christian movement.

It was also the era of the Vietnam War and the civil rights and women’s movements, when “we marched and questioned authority,” said Maureen Haughey, 66, who attended Catholic schools and Stonehill College, a Catholic college in Easton, but now considers herself a humanitarian open to many beliefs. “That entire atmosphere was not conducive to being a nice Catholic girl.”

‘It all comes down to loving one another.’

Many who emerged from that era have stuck with their religious origins but channeled some of their spiritual energies into volunteerism or social justice activism.

“Going to church is part of the experience, but it’s not the whole experience,” said the Rev. Peter Gyves, 66, a Jesuit priest who moved from California to Boston in 2016 to run an ecumenical program that fights poverty, racism, and homelessness.

Yet the ranks of the “spiritual but not religious” have also grown nationally, especially in the secular precincts of Massachusetts where church scandals and the mixing of religion with politics have driven many away. As part of a generation suspect of institutions, from businesses to government, many boomers have turned a skeptical eye on organized religion.

“I try to do good and avoid evil,” said Jack Murray, 69, who grew up Catholic in Brockton, married a Protestant, and raised his two sons Catholic but ultimately became disillusioned and no longer attends church. “I don’t need a doctrine to do good and avoid evil.”

But while some have left the churches or synagogues of their youth, others have returned after long hiatuses. They can recall growing up in communities with strong civic organizations, and some now seek to reconnect with that sense of community as traditional touchstones like fraternal clubs and bowling leagues have faded.

“If you grew up in a world where neighbors still knew each other, a congregation is one place you can still find that,” said Campbell of Notre Dame.

Malden resident Nancy Kassabian, 72, was brought up in the Armenian Orthodox church but was less involved during the years when she was immersed in her job as a teacher and assistant school superintendent. Now retired, Kassabian said her faith has deepened and she has become more active. She found herself profoundly moved by the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide of 1915, when the Ottoman Turks exterminated large numbers of Armenians.

“Your faith is your origins, your history, your family, your heritage,” Kassabian said. “It gets deeper and deeper as you get older and you have more time to reflect. When I go into church and pray, I think of all the people who died and I pray for them, too.”

Rabbi Moshe Waldoks, 69, senior rabbi at Temple Beth Zion in Brookline, said the ritual of attending religious services or observing Shabbat, the Jewish sabbath, can be like a “booster shot” to older people.

Waldoks, while firmly planted in the Jewish tradition, also sees great value in blending in elements of Buddhist wisdom and practice, including meditation. The rabbi, who jokingly refers to himself as a “JuBu,” said the aim is to focus on being, not doing.

“When you get older, there’s an openness to a spiritual life that perhaps wasn’t there when you were younger,” Waldoks said. “People are looking for a framework for living their lives. . . . We’re looking for interconnectedness. If you can somehow diminish your ego-driven personality, you begin to feel more humble. And that helps you have room for other people.”

Focusing on others has also become paramount for Bob Weber, 72, a retired psychology professor at Harvard Medical School, who sees aging as part of his spiritual path.

Weber was set to be ordained as a Catholic priest in the 1970s but changed direction, spending his career teaching and practicing psychology. Although he remains an active Catholic, he now looks at his religion — and his relation to God — in a richer and fuller way. He has co-written a book that is billed as “a seeker’s guide to growing older.”

These days, with his busy professional life faded into the background, he said he derives as much spiritual sustenance from simply taking his dog for a walk in the morning and greeting people of all backgrounds along the way as he does from attending Mass.

“A big part of the aging process is moving toward greater wisdom,” Weber said. “What matters is being a good human being. I’m not just dashing around filling out checklists of things to do.”

Robert Weisman can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeRobW.

The Difference Between a Casio Baby-G and a Casio G Shock Watch

Are you looking for the perfect watch that can stand up to your tough lifestyle? There are two that come to mind: the Casio Baby-G and the Casio G shock. These two watches are remarkably similar. They are both tough and durable. They can withstand large falls and impacts that other watches would crumble under. They can both be used in water, and they both have sleek designs that set them apart from other watches.

Their similarities make sense, though. After all, the Baby-G is just a smaller version of the G shock. Despite their similarities, however, there are a few unique differences you should consider before you decide to make a purchase.

Analyzing the Differences

  • Men vs. Women – One of the biggest differences between these two watches is that the G shock is made for men, and the Baby-G is made for women. The sizes of the straps and the watch's face are different because of this. The Baby-G's face is generally about the same in length, but it is usually not as deep as the men's version of the watch.
  • Water Resistance – AG shock watch is generally (although not always) water resistant for up to 200 meters. While some Baby-G's are as well, many are only resistant for up to 100 meters. Without your favorite activity is snorkelling or deep sea diving, however, this should not be a problem.
  • Color – The men's version of this watch generally comes in very few colors, like black, red, silver, gray, and white. The women's version, however, is much more colorful. You can find these watches in red, pink, green, white, purple, black, blue, and silver. This allows women to pick and choose different and vibrant colors to match any outfit they put on.

What do These Watches Have in Common?

Aside from their sleek look and unmatchable durability, these two watch styles have several features in common, including:

  • Temperature resistance – Some of the watches can withstand temperatures as low as-20 degrees Celsius.
  • Electro-luminescent backlight – The backlight on these two types of watches allows you to enjoy them anytime- no matter what time of day it is.
  • Auto-Calendar – These Casio watches are programmed so you will not only know the time, but the date as well. While the number of years the auto-calendar is programmed until will vary, depending on the exact version you purchase, some are programmed all the way until 2099.
  • Long Battery Life – The Casio G shock and Baby-G both come with long-lasting batteries. You can use these watches for up to two years before you need to replace them.
  • Stopwatch – Are you in training or simply trying to lose weight? These watches can help with one hour countdown timers, complete with an auto-repeat option, and a one hour stopwatch.

Whether you are a man or a woman, you are going to enjoy all of the unique features available to you from Casio's line of G shock watches. If you are a woman, you can enjoy the traditional G shock gives a masculine flair and has all the bells and whistles you need, and if you are a woman, you can enjoy all the same great features, but with a more feminine and colorful accessory.

How baby boomers may hold the key to auto lending sales

By now, you’ve probably heard the sad auto industry news, that vehicle sales are down this year and are not expected to rebound anytime soon. Basically, auto manufacturers did too good a job in recent years, building cars that last longer than ever and still run properly. As a result, consumers are not forced to replace their vehicles as soon or as often as in years past.

Of course, unfortunately for the auto lending industry, as auto sales stall, so do lending sales. To combat a loss in traditional lending opportunities and increase your lending amounts to approach the 2016 peak, when total outstanding auto loan amounts hit $1 trillion, consider shifting your primary target from young adults to baby boomers, who may prove to be your next great group of borrowers.

Baby boomers are the generation born between 1946 and 1964. We have almost 75 million baby boomers in the United States today, and they’re the perfect current target for auto lending sales due to their financial status and spending habits:


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Baby boomers are now the old geezers

Exit an American century.

The 20th century, that is. In 1900, the United States was an emerging world power; by 2000, we were the world’s only superpower. Some historians have dubbed it “The American Century” and, indeed, it was.
A critical assessment of this 21st century, however, suggests that this one probably won’t be ours. China’s, maybe, but not ours.

Perhaps it was inevitable. That “greatest generation” of Americans who grew up in the Great Depression and won World War II created great power and wealth for this nation, and gave birth to a big, fat generation of kids who didn’t have it nearly as tough as their parents did. We baby boomers have been acting like a bunch of spoiled rich kids ever since.

I’ve been down on my generation for a while now, and not just because the very personification of a spoiled rich kid got elected president, but because of the way we lost our idealism.

Remember when we sang about how “peace will guide the planet, and love will steer the stars”? For a brief moment in our formative years, it really did look like the dawning of a new age, but such sentiments quickly gave way to the harder lessons of Vietnam and Watergate. Seems all that wealth and power our parents handed over to us wasn’t enough to shut out a cold war and political misbehavior. A lot of us became cynical and, instead of trying to change the game, simply learned how to play the game.

Somewhere along the way, our generation became divided in our world perspectives. Some boomers clung to their youthful idealism and grew into activists, while others simply rejected such hippy-dippy notions and did what their parents did, focusing on the acquisition of more power and wealth. And the schism between these such “liberals” and “conservatives” has only grown wider through the years.

Our generation has given rise to unprecedented “liberation” movements. The civil rights movement was born from our parents’ generation but it reshaped us more than them, and it gave rise to the Chicano movement, women’s lib, gay and lesbian rights and much more. Visit with a liberal grandma these days and she might tell you the ‘60s were a time when America came face to face with its true self, while a conservative grandpa might tell you that decade marked the beginning of identity politics. Both would be right.

We’re such a contradictory generation. We gave birth to the environmental movement but now we’re the most outspoken deniers of global warming out there. We’re the first generation to accept and embrace equal rights literally, not just rhetorically, and yet we still cling to the idea that some people (the rich) are more equal than the rest of us.

And while we created some of the best and most diverse and liberating music ever, we’ve now become the old geezers who sit around and complain about that new-fangled rap music, as if it’s only noise — just like the old geezers of our parents’ generation, only for them it was that devil music rock ‘n roll.

Age changes one’s perspective, but it certainly doesn’t assure wisdom. Sometimes we older folks are clueless to the reality of the here and now, even if it is of our own creation.

I think we were a transitional generation. We ushered in the digital age. We’re the last generation to remember unlocked doors and home-cooked meals and the first to experience virtual reality. We lived through exciting times that got the best, and the worst, of us.

I’ve been noticing more and more the rise of the coming generations. Generations X and Y and maybe a little Z have given birth of the Millennials, and slowly but surely they’re taking over. Donald Trump will almost certainly be the last baby boomer president — a sad, sad commentary on our generation, don’t you think?

But that’s just the old liberal geezer in me coming out. I realize a lot of people in my generation approve of the “great again” theme to his rise to power, but that’s because we, as a generation, were never consistently great. We were too divided, and still are.

Maybe the young-uns out there will do better. After all, what our children and grandchildren do in their time says more about us than anything we can say about ourselves. Let’s hope we at least raised ‘em to be better than we were.

Tom McDonald is founder and editor of the New Mexico Community News Exchange. He also owns and operates The Communicator, a weekly newspaper in Santa Rosa. He can be reached at [email protected]

Millenials, Baby Boomers twice as likely as Gen X-ers to donate bodies to science

Millenials and Baby Boomers are twice as likely as Gen X-ers to donate their bodies to science, while women are more likely than men to be registered organ donors, according to a survey by MedCure, an accredited non-transplant tissue bank.

More than 1,600 people responded to MedCure’s Mortality Survey, which posed a range of questions about mortality and the afterlife.

The survey found that:

  • Millennials are 19 percent less likely than Gen X-ers to opt for cremation alone.
  • Millennials are 16 percent less likely than baby boomers to talk to their family after their afterlife wishes.
  • Millenials and baby boomers are twice as likely as Gen X-ers to donate their body to science with cremation.
  • Women are 10 percent more likely than men to believe in the afterlife.
  • Women are 12 percent more likely to be somewhat afraid or terrified of the afterlife.
  • Women are 10 percent more likely to speak to others about their wishes for their body after they die.
  • Women are 12 percent more likely to be registered organ donors.

Established in 2005, MedCure facilitates whole body donations for medical research and education. The organization is accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks and has facilities in several locations including Orlando; Portland, Oregon; and Cumberland, Rhode Island.

“Whole body donation is a viable option, and we’ve seen a 30 percent annual increase in the number of people leaving a lasting legacy by pre-signing to donate their body to science,” said Heidi Kayser, director of donor education and outreach at MedCure, in a news release. “Much as organ donation has become a ‘norm,’ we are normalizing whole body donation — particularly for those ineligible to donate their organs.”

MedCure is one of several companies in the U.S. that facilitate whole body donations. If you plan to donate your body to science, research the facilitating company first to make sure they’re accredited and have a good reputation.

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Social Security crisis: why baby boomers need immigrants to fund retirement

The Social Security system is in trouble. It’s not just a future problem; America’s retirement insurance program is in trouble now. The federal government will start dipping into its Social Security savings account this year to help pay retirement benefits to millions of Americans.

In 2018, the federal government expects to receive about $2 billion less in payroll taxes and investment income than it will need to pay workers through the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance program. If nothing changes, that savings account will run dry by 2034, right around when the last of the baby boomers reach retirement age. After that, the government will only have enough money to pay retirees and disabled workers 79 cents for every dollar they’re owed.

These findings were recently published in the Social Security Administration’s 2018 trustees report, prompting the expected torrent of alarming headlines, such as “Get Ready for the Great Depression” and “Social Security & Medicare are slowly dying, but no one in Washington will lift a finger.”

The annual report, prepared by government economists at the SSA, cited many reasons for the crisis, but it basically comes down to this: More Americans are retiring, and they are living longer. And there is no economic boom in sight.

But buried in the trustees’ report were a few calculations that point to a potential silver lining, though it’s one that the Trump administration probably doesn’t want to hear. Economic estimates show that immigration would help save the Social Security system. Not just legal immigration — illegal immigration too.

Undocumented immigrants and immigrants with legal status pay billions of dollars each year into the Social Security system through payroll taxes. Based on estimates in the trustees report, the more immigrants that come in, the longer the Social Security system will stay solvent. That’s because immigrants, on average, are a lot younger than the overall US population, so their retirement is far off. And undocumented immigrants pay for Social Security, but they’re not allowed to get benefits.

Here are two charts that show the impact of immigration on the Social Security system. The first chart shows how the Social Security Trust Fund (essentially a savings account) will run out of money if Congress doesn’t do something to boost its reserves, such as increasing legal immigration and closing a tax loophole for rich workers.

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The reason for that nose dive is because, for the first time in more than 30 years, the Social Security system is running a deficit. That means that in 2017, the federal government cut more Social Security checks to retirees and disabled workers than it collected in payroll taxes from the current workforce. The federal government will have to start dipping into the $2.9 trillion trust fund to keep paying out benefits. This year, the government will probably have to take about $2 billion from the trust fund, according to the report.

Furthermore, Social Security now costs more than before because more Americans are retiring, and they are living longer. In 1960, about 5.1 workers supported each person receiving a retirement or disability check, and that ratio has been shrinking ever since. In 2013, there were 2.9 workers for every beneficiary. So the current level of payroll taxes is no longer enough to keep the program afloat.

But here’s how immigration could change that:

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The number of immigrants in the US peaked in 2005, when the population had 2 million more immigrants than the previous year. That number reached a historic low in 2008 at the start of the Great Recession but has been ticking back up. In 2014, there were about 1 million more immigrants in the US than the previous year.

Even though the economy has improved as more immigrants join the US workforce, the Trump administration has insisted on restricting legal avenues for immigration. That will hurt Social Security, according to the SSA report.

If Trump allowed current immigration levels to stay the same (about 1.6 million more immigrants lived in the US in 2017 than the year before), then Social Security would have a better chance to stay solvent. The SSA’s estimates include authorized immigrants, unauthorized immigrants, and foreign workers on temporary visas.

As the chart shows, any growth in immigration lowers the Social Security deficit. The higher the growth, the lower the deficit.

According to the SSA, the reason is pretty simple. Immigrant workers tend to be younger, so they have a lot more years to work and pay taxes before they retire. But another reason that goes unmentioned in the report is that undocumented immigrants, ironically, provide an added boost to the system because they pay into the Social Security system, but they can’t receive benefits.

Undocumented immigrants pay billions of dollars in federal taxes each year. Payroll taxes for Medicare and Social Security are still withheld from their paychecks, even if they use a fake Social Security number on their W-2 form. The IRS estimates that unauthorized workers pay about $9 billion in payroll taxes annually.

A portion of the payroll tax withheld from undocumented immigrants — like all workers — goes into the Social Security Trust Fund (that savings account in the first chart). In 2013, the agency reviewed how much money undocumented workers contributed to the retirement trust fund. The number was even higher than average that year: $13 billion.

The chief actuary of the Social Security Administration, Stephen Goss, estimated that about 1.8 million immigrants were working with fake or stolen Social Security cards in 2010, and he expected that number to reach 3.4 million by 2040.

“We estimate that earnings by unauthorized immigrants result in a net positive effect on Social Security financial status generally,” Goss concluded in the 2013 review.

These numbers are a stark contrast to the often repeated rhetoric that undocumented immigrants are a drain on the US economy — rhetoric repeated by President Donald Trump. But working-class Americans, including many who voted for Trump, need immigrants to help pay for their retirement.

Congress needs to close the tax loophole

Boosting immigration alone isn’t enough to save the Social Security system. Immigration lowers the deficit, but it doesn’t eliminate it. One of the main problems is that low-wage and middle-class workers are paying a disproportionate share of their income into the Social Security system. Rich workers don’t have to pay the 6.2 percent tax on any income they earn above $128,400, so a worker who earns $128,400 a year is paying the exact same amount in Social Security taxes as a billionaire. It’s basically a tax loophole for the wealthy.

In July 2017, a group of House Democrats, led by Reps. Ted Deutch (FL) and Mazie Hirono (HI), introduced a bill to gradually phase out that cap. Under the bill, named the Protecting and Preserving Social Security Act, all wages would be subject to the 6.2 percent tax within seven years. It would also adjust the formula to calculate annual cost of living increases for retirees who get Social Security checks, so that the increase better reflects the spending habits of elderly Americans, who tend to spend more of their income on prescription drugs and energy bills.

The proposal would nearly close the deficit. An analysis by the Social Security Administration said it would keep enough money in the trust fund to pay retirees their full retirement benefits for an extra 25 years.

The bill was sent to three House committees. It’s been one year since then, and Republican leaders still haven’t put it up for a vote.

Baby Boomers: An Investigation – Tonightly With Tom Ballard

Who are Baby Boomers and why are so many of them blocking our twitter feeds? Bridie Connell investigates the rich culture of this misunderstood generation.

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Things To Look For While Searching For That Online Degree College

Education is the most important arsenal in a person's life. Globally, education has turned into a necessity in every job aspiring person's road to success and glory. However, there are several people among us who had to leave studies mid-way and opt for jobs due to certain reasons. Given an option these people would love to start studying all over again but due to their crunch job timings they are unable to continue with their studies. To help out such individuals there has been a surge in online degree colleges and online education. But before opting for any such courses one has to search for that right online college degree course that suits their needs.

For your online college degree you must search the internet to find that perfect college that provides accredited online courses that meets your demand. Accessing and searching only your local or community colleges would not help as online courses are widely offered throughout the world and since it is online, such courses can be accessed from anywhere in this world. You need to go through every online college and select the best courses available for you. Although searches may take time and get frustrating you have to go through them carefully as your future education depends on your choices.

The internet allows comparison of online courses offered by several colleges making it easier for you to search for online degree colleges. There are several online services which will provide you the best search results for your online college needs. On top of that such searches also provide in-depth reviews of the colleges, details of the courses offered, subjects you can major in as well as details about your college fees and scholarships. Once you select on the course that meets your requirements you can simply download the admission form from the college website and get informed to an online degree course.

Accreditation of the college is very important as accredited online courses have greater value and quality compared to non-accredited courses. So opt for colleges that offer accredited courses and make sure to read the reviews before getting yourself admitted to any course. Searching for online degree college courses has become far easier with the Internet providing all details about the colleges. So make use of the internet and search for the best online courses before finalizing on any online college degree course.