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SECTION ONE - FROM THE EDITOR!
Finally it is December of 1999. It's the end of the century,
and the dawn of a new millennium,
Friday is the most anticipated night of our life but Saturday
is the most anticipated day for all of 1999! IT IS the 1st day
of January 2000.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you
HAPPY HOLIDAYS and A Peaceful and Properous HAPPY NEW YEAR.
Boomers International Club At Yahoo
SECTION TWO: Boomerang Parents:
America's New Boomerang Parents: Grandma & Grandpa
The good old days of retirement are over. The golden years when
you had the time, the resources, and still enough life left in you
to pamper yourself ... are over my friend. This is the age of what
I call the "boomerang grandparent". Life no longer begins when "the
dog dies and the kids finally leave home". Those days are gone, and
along with them go the best part of grandparenting. What best part,
you say? The part where you can just ship the grandkids back home
whenever they get unruly or cranky. That's the "best part" that's
gone, because where the grandkids live is now fast-becoming the
same place you live.
Over five million children now call grandma's house their home.
That's right. 5,435,000 children, or nearly 1-in-8 children in the
United States, live in homes with a grandparent, according to the
U.S. the Census Bureau. The findings are part of the Census Bureau's
first report on households where grandparents and grandchildren
"A grandparent maintains the household in three-fourths of families
that have both grandparents and grandchildren," said Ken Bryson,
co-author with Lynne M. Casper of Co-resident Grandparents and
Grandchildren, P23-198. In the remaining one-fourth, parents maintain
homes in which grandparents and grandchildren live together.
Householders are defined as those in whose name the housing unit
is owned or rented.
Casper said that grandchildren in certain types of families are
more prone to economic hardship. "For example, about two-thirds of
grandchildren in homes maintained by a grandmother with no spouse
or parents of the grandchildren present are in poverty," Casper said.
Grandparent-maintained households differ from parent-maintained
households in many other ways. The report contrasts "grandparent-
maintained" (GM family) and "parent-maintained" (PM family) families
where grandchildren live with grandparents. Here's how these two
types of families stack up.
NUMBER OF GRANDPARENTS
GM families: 50% consist of both grandparents.
PM families: 13% consist of both grandparents.
AGE OF GRANDPARENTS
GM: 15% of grandmothers, 21% grandfathers are 65 or older.
PM: 50% of grandmothers, 56% grandfathers are 65 or older.
GM: majority of both grandparents employed.
PM: one-third of grandfathers, one-fourth of grandmothers employed.
AGE OF GRANDKIDS
GM: 50% of grandchildren are under age 6.
PM: 33% of grandchildren are under age 6.
GM: 27% of grandchildren are poor.
PM: 17% of grandchildren are poor.
GM: 33% have no health insurance.
PM: 19% have no health insurance.
The "boomerang grandparent" trend is so impressive, that the report
notes that Census 2000 will include a multi-part question addressing
the issue of grandparents as caregivers. That's right, all you
exhausted "boomerang grandparents" can expect a visit from the
census-taker. If you're smart, you'll find a way to get that
census-taker to watch the grandkids for a spell so you can take
a much needed nap.
Dr. David Demko, Ph.D,
AgeVenture News Service,
SECTION THREE: Carl G. Jung's Quotes.
Our life is like the course of the sun. In the morning it gains
continually in strength until it reaches the zenith heat of high
noon. Then comes the enantiodromia: the steady forward movement
no longer denotes an increase, but a decrease, in strength. Thus
our task in handling a young person is different from the task of
handling an older person. In the former case, it is enough to clear
away all the obstacles that hinder expansion and ascent; in the
latter, we must nurture everything that assists the descent.
"On the Psychology of the Unconscious" (1912).
In CW 7: Two Essays on Analytical Psychology P. 114
Since the aims of the second half of life are different
from those of the first, to linger too long in the youthful
attitude produces a division of the will. Consciousness still
presses forward in obedience, as it were, to its own inertia,
but the unconscious lags behind, because the strength and inner
resolve needed for further expansion have been sapped. This
disunity with oneself begets discontent, and since one is not
conscious of the real state of things one generally projects
the reasons for it upon one's partner. A critical atmosphere
thus develops, the necessary prelude to conscious realization.
"Marriage as a Psychological Relationship" (1925). In CW 17:
The Development of the Personality. P. 331
Excerpted from :
The Essential Jung
By: Jonathan David Walz
SECTION FOUR: GOOD OLD DAYS!
Compiled by Jeri Maier
Time Warp 1900 vs. 1999
U.S. EVERY DAY LIFE IN 1900::
- 1 in 7 homes had a bathtub
- 1 in 13 homes had a telephone
- Brownie camera: $1
- lb.of sugar: 4 cents
- dozen eggs: 14 cents
- lb. of butter: 24 cents
U.S. EVERY DAY LIFE IN 1998::
- 81% of the population has a VCR in the home
- there are 2.3 TVs per household
- 20% of the U.S. is connected to the Internet
- lb. of sugar: $0.43
- dozen eggs: $1.12
- lb. of butter $2.35
World Population :
1900 - 1.6 billions
1999 - 6.0 billions
Sources : Time Magazine Website
Top 25 innovations of the 20th century
100 Years Of Innovations
Technological innovations of the 20th century
A timeline of the century in products and events that
shaped our lives
Sources:Tech Museum of Innovation/Mercury Center,
Mercury News Staff
WTO Protest Has Links With The Past.........
Recent events in Seattle have led some to look back to
times gone by for answers. Answers are hard to find in
this situation, a situation where hundreds of peaceful
protesters with support from the president were treated
horrifically by the Seattle Police and the other battalions
that were brought in. As police used more and more brute
force in Seattle, protesters began chanting "The whole
world is watching!" in reference to the numerous television
and video cameras about. Nary a soul out there knew the
roots of their chant.
The first time that chant was used was in downtown Chicago
in 1968. The situation was much the same. There was a large
organized event, in this case the Democratic National
Convention, and a larger underground event was created
around it in the city streets by the radical left, mostly
youth, from all across America. Radicals such as David
Dillinger and Tom Hayden were in attendance, as well as
Allen Ginsbergh and the Zippies and whatnot. In both cases
the protester's demands were varied but almost all protest
was peaceful, and in both cases the police brutalized them.
"The whole world is watching!" was a spontaneous chant that
got going at one of the peaks of violence in Chicago, where
huge Chicago Police were grabbing anybody they could and
beating them senseless. I've seen a bit of the footage of
it that the whole world was watching and I can tell you, it
looked like a war with only one side fighting.
Who started the parallel chant in Washington, I don't know,
but it certainly was a poignant statement, and one that
deserves looking into. How are we different from how we were
then, as a country? I think some people believed that the
press coverage of the 1968 convention would put an end to
such abuses of power. It may have had some effect to that
end, but obviously incompletely. My sister was in Seattle
protesting, and I would've been too, if I hadn't gotten a
false snowstorm report a few days prior. There are questions
I have about the morality of protesting in the street and
holding up traffic and such, but beyond any of that, how
can these cops get away with beating up America's children?
I pray that this time around, with times changed and the
Baby Boomers in more positions of power, there will be even
more public outrage and productive thought.
In the case of the 1968 Democratic National Convention, I
think it's fairly well agreed upon that much of the violence
had roots in class struggle. The cops, for the most part,
were young men without much economic prospect in life, without
much exposure to the intellectual and political worlds. The
protesters were generally middle class to upper middle class
youths, who were generally in college or had graduated from
college or had dropped out of college. These were people who
had the bourgeois world at their fingertips, but chose to
look beyond it. These cops had little trouble developing a
terrible hatred of the protesters, hippy types that they were.
What created that predisposition to hatred is not entirely
clear, but it seems to fit in with the atrocities in Seattle.
Until we solve problems like these, I won't have the heart to
tell anarchists that this system is good and just or that
they're wrong in tearing it down. And that is something I'd
very much like the ability to say.
By Rowan Millar
Rowan is a Gen Y'er living in Silicon Valley. He has a
personal interest in history of the 60's and Boomers
Generation. Rowan will be writing articles for us and
representing the voice of Generation Y on Boomers
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