What’s in a Generation? Examining Baby Boomers, Millenials and Generation Z

Carolyn Hoy Baby Boomers. Millenials. Generation Z. Although some records exist nearly as far back as America’s beginnings of people naming the generations, these three generations are likely the most well-known today, although where one ends and…

Wise People CHOOSE Their Battles

By Donna L. Friess, Ph.D…Suddenly there was a noisy scuffle. I turned on the powerful outdoor light and saw Buddy had caught a skunk – a very big black and white skunk!

So Long, Cubicle Refugee

by Sherri Scheck-Merrill…A revamped workspace improves productivity, recruitment, retention and the general culture of a company or business, especially where multi-generational demographics are involved.

Spring Cleaning Your Life

by Shannon Ingram…I found myself at the WomanSage salon, seated next to guest speaker, Kathleen Ronald, who turns out to be the de-cluttering dynamo of the Western world.

More People are Finding Work than Losing It

Who’s dropping out of the labor force? Not just retiring Baby Boomers (via NJ.com) The story behind the falling unemployment rate in New Jersey and across the United States has been told with a significant asterisk: It’s falling not so much because more people are finding work than losing it, as it is that more […]

Is Global Warming Here Now?

Climate change: Growing threat (via Repost Video News) A new report shows global warming is a looming threat to health, the economy and food and water sources. The United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has issued a dire new warning.

Online News Boosts Media Industry

Digital ventures boost ailing news media, study shows (via AFP) Online news ventures have added nearly 5,000 US media jobs in the past few years, boosting an industry that is still reeling from technology changes, a study showed Wednesday. The Pew Research Center’s “State of the News Media 2014” report said these…

“Much to be Done” – A Boomer Woman Speaks Out…

Insights from a Baby Boomer (via inspiremetoday.com) As a female baby boomer, I am proud that my generation of women has made many forward strides with women’s rights and workplace equity, but there’s still so much that needs to be done. Gen Y Women – your combination of a clean slate, fresh insight…

Fewer Foreclosures but Pets Still Left Behind

Many pets still left behind when families lose homes (via Repost Video News) While the numbers are going down, that doesn’t mean were not still hearing horror stories about foreclosures. Just last week an emaciated dog was found in an abandoned house in Las Vegas. The owners picked up and left without him.

Malaysia Airlines Mystery Update

Malaysia says jet’s disappearance ‘deliberate’ (via AFP) A missing Malaysian airliner was apparently deliberately diverted and flown for hours after vanishing from radar, Prime Minister Najib Razak said Saturday, stopping short of confirming a hijack but taking the excruciating search for the jet into uncharted…

Good-bye Flock. Hello Plank.

by Sherri Scheck-Merrill…This week’s trend is not about your grandmother’s wallpaper but rather a wallpaper covering that offers unbelievable texture as well as “surprising intrigue” once the admirer realizes it’s not the real deal!

Economy is Rebounding, but….

Five years since Wall Street cratered: Economy rebounds but questions, uncertainty remain (via NJ.com) Five years ago today, Wall Street hit rock bottom. The Dow Jones industrial average closed at 6,547.05. The Standard & Poor’s 500 hit 676.53. The Nasdaq composite index ended at 1,268.64. Then it barely looked back. The bull market that began […]

The Simple Power of Friendship

by Shannon Ingram…“Wow, that’s too bad. I think you should reconsider that,” he said. “Those Toastmasters are your friends now.”

Social Security & Medicare Eligibility Ages

How to Keep Lengthening Life Expectancies from Broadening our Budget Deficit? (via PR Newswire) Increasing Social Security and Medicare eligibility ages most popular among those already eligible, least popular among those approaching eligibility Harris Poll Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Harris Interactive) NEW YORK, March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Social security…

Collaborating: The Art of Many Returns

Trend Whisperer, A blog by Sherri Scheck-Merrill
This week’s trend report was inspired one year ago and to this day, still strikes a chord. Here’s how it began…..
THE GOOD NEWS: Ikea announced plans to open a budget hotel chain via a collaboration with Marriott International and would brand it: The Moxy?!