Music, in theory

By: Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on: September 27, 2019

When I was in grade school, the year nearly always began with writing the same report: “What I did last summer.” It was usually a simple recital of the fun activities (and boring ones) we experienced with our friends and family. I don’t remember ever being asked to draw lessons from the experiences, or even to think seriously about them. But it was grade school, and the point I... READ MORE

Your opinion, please

By: Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on: August 30, 2019

There’s only one thing that no one can give you or take away from you: your opinion. What you think in your mind and feel in your heart is uniquely and always yours. Your opinion might change from time to time, even from minute to minute. But at any point it’s still yours. And that’s something we should cherish. Sometimes, however, we can feel we are being bombarded with... READ MORE

No one to trust

By: Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on: July 29, 2019

Every year, when the Medicare and Social Security Trustees issue their annual report on the status of those programs, there’s a flurry of interest in one question: At what point in the future will the programs no longer be able to meet their obligations in full? The 2019 report estimated that Social Security would be unable to cover full benefits as of 2035, just 16 years from now.... READ MORE

Diverse perspectives

By: Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on: June 26, 2019

People who have a passion for traveling abroad often say they relish the opportunity to learn about different cultures, hear unfamiliar languages, meet people from varied backgrounds — in short, to have mind-broadening experiences that change the way they see the world. While there’s nothing like international travel to accomplish those goals, I think most of us could have similar... READ MORE

Saving faces

By: Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on: May 31, 2019

We’re all told to be careful with our IDs because of the burgeoning crime of identity theft. For example, we shouldn’t share our Social Security numbers with businesses or publicize our birth date on social media because facts such as these can help thieves access our bank accounts, falsely claim our tax refunds or apply for credit cards in our names. But there’s one aspect of... READ MORE

Heads in a fog

By: Stuart P. Rosenthal
Posted on: May 01, 2019

Is it me or are more people driving around today with their heads in the clouds than before? Drivers have always had distractions, whether from kids roughhousing in the back seat, cars rubbernecking at an accident, or the urgent need to change the radio station or CD. But today, we have more things than ever clamoring for our attention when we drive. Some of them are external and... READ MORE