What One Woman Can Do

Say “Florence Nightingale,” and instantly the word nurse pairs with it. Probably she was the most extraordinary nurse in history. Kings, queens, and princes all consulted her, as did the president of the United States, who wanted her advice about military hospitals during the Civil War. It was Florence Nightingale who revolutionized hospital methods inContinue reading “What One Woman Can Do”

Are Men Abandoning College?

In yet another indicator that they are not ok, men in America are abandoning higher education in record numbers. According to the Wall Street Journal, at the end of the 2020 academic year, the percentage of male college students dropped to just over 40 percent. Soon, if current trend lines continue, one expert predicts, for every man whoContinue reading “Are Men Abandoning College?”

Parent Repeat Parent Repeat Again

My parenting playlist has multiple tracks on repeat. “Did you brush your teeth?” goes out to four children at least twice a day. “Don’t forget your chores” is the tune of every Saturday morning. “Please put your shoes away” is in the queue more often than I can count. To those I add “Did youContinue reading “Parent Repeat Parent Repeat Again”

American Sports Are Letting Us Down

Nearly 30 years ago, in a 1993 Nike commercial, professional basketball legend Charles Barkley fired the first shot at the “role model” concept popularized by Columbia University sociologist Robert K. Merton in the aftermath of the 1960s counterculture movement. “I am not a role model,” Barkley proclaimed in the half-minute spot. “I’m not paid toContinue reading “American Sports Are Letting Us Down”

Ageism Is the Newest Threat for the Oldest Among Us

Given the headlines associated with older people, even before the pandemic, it may not be surprising to discover that the last five years has seen a steep rise in ageism in the UK. The government’s recent announcement of the Health and Social Care levy to help address funding of social care has perhaps reinforced theContinue reading “Ageism Is the Newest Threat for the Oldest Among Us”