Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | June 26, 2017

Movie Corner – 2017 – Post #6 – Perfect for June

Movie Corner – 2017 – Post #6 – Perfect for June

What movie would be perfect to watch in June?

My two cents, but please share yours:

This month, I’m selecting the musical An American in Paris (1951), featuring Leslie Caron, Gene Kelly, and Oscar Levant. This movie should be served with a decadent slice of chocolate cake and a cut-crystal glass of sparkling Prosecco.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | June 26, 2017

Book Corner – 2017 – Post #6

Book Corner – 2017 – Post #6

What are you currently reading?

My two cents, but please share yours:

For fiction, I’ve been reading The Thing About Love by Julie James, a lovely bit of romantic fluff, light and fun.

For nonfiction, I’m still working on Dialogue: The Art of Verbal Action for the Page, Stage, and Screen by Robert McKee.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | June 21, 2017

Happy U.S. Constitution Day 2017!

Wishing all of my friends, near and far,

Happy U.S. Constitution Day 2017!

June 21, 2017

On June 21, 1788, the United States Constitution was ratified.

Enjoy the Freedom!

Cheers, Ashley

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | June 21, 2017

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #25

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #25

“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”

– Mark Twain

My two cents, but please share yours:

Those in their 20s make the same discovery, once they reach their 50s.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | June 21, 2017

Rise of the Layoff Generation – Post #3

Rise of the Layoff Generation – Post #3

What will enable the Layoff Generation?

My two cents, but please share yours:

The Layoff Generation, ages forty-five to sixty-five in 2017, experienced the negative forces of layoffs, economic downturns, inflation (food, clothing, etc.), and skyrocketing healthcare premiums and deductibles. Many in this generation have been left unable to bridge to retirement. They must now seek income streams to correct their financial gaps.

What individuals in the Layoff Generation have going for them, as they return to the job market, are the following.

  • Strong work ethic
  • No unrealistic feelings of entitlement
  • More rigorous technical skills (post “New Math” era & pre “Common Core” era)
  • Strong self-motivation skills (developed the hard way)
  • Strong entrepreneurial and small-business skills (also due to being laid off)
  • Great cost-cutting skills (had to learn to be frugal, live within a tight budget)
  • Broad-ranging experience (more mental scaffolding on which to hang new information, less “reinventing the wheel”)
  • Patience (less knee-jerk reacting, more even pacing)
  • Renewed emphasis in the country on “Hire American and Buy American”

In other words, folks in the Layoff Generation may not be as energetic as they used to be, but they are once again competitive in the workplace. And they are highly motivated by that basic need called income.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | June 12, 2017

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #24

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #24

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”

– Mark Twain

My two cents, but please share yours:

There seem to be so many majorities these days.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | June 12, 2017

Rise of the Layoff Generation – Post #2

Rise of the Layoff Generation – Post #2

What forces combined to push down the Layoff Generation?

My two cents, but please share yours:

The Layoff Generation, ages forty-five to sixty-five in 2017, experienced the negative forces of layoffs, economic downturns, inflation (food, clothing, etc.), and skyrocketing healthcare premiums and deductibles. Many in this generation have been left unable to bridge to retirement. They must now seek income streams to correct their financial gaps.

A key factor was hire-layoff churn. Newly minted MBAs, in the 1990s, handled their cost-cutting by hiring the young, laying off the older employees (more experienced, therefore higher paid), and then “rinsing and repeating.” This approach replaced the full-employment policies from a more paternalistic era and proved to be far from an improvement. Product quality in many areas suffered, as did employer-employee loyalty. Red tape and “reinventing the wheel” increased. The time has come to reconsider those full-employment policies that worked so well in prior decades.

Next picoblog for this series:  What will enable the Layoff Generation?”

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | June 12, 2017

U.S. Constitution – 2017 – Post #10

U.S. Constitution – 2017 – Post #10

What is Amendment III of the U.S. Constitution?

My two cents, but please share yours:

“Amendment III

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.”

https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/constitution-transcript

https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/bill-of-rights-transcript

https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/amendments-11-27

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | June 6, 2017

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #23

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #23

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

– Benjamin Franklin

My two cents, but please share yours:

A well-educated senior mind should never be allowed to go to waste.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | June 6, 2017

Rise of the Layoff Generation – Post #1

Rise of the Layoff Generation – Post #1

Is the Layoff Generation poised to rise like a phoenix?

My two cents, but please share yours:

Yes.

The Layoff Generation is made up of those individuals between the ages of forty-five and sixty-five in 2017. Many have experienced layoffs, often multiple times, simply because they were more experienced and perceived to be more expensive. They are old enough to have been slammed by several economic downturns but not old enough to receive full Social Security and Medicare. And they have caught the brunt of skyrocketing healthcare premiums and deductibles.

Now the tide is turning in favor of this generation. Details will be covered in future posts in this new series. Enjoy.

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