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Mar
02
2011

Get comfortable taking risks

02, Mar

By Katie Kieffer

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland. Image copyright Katie Kieffer. All rights reserved.

By Katie Kieffer

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland. Image copyright Katie Kieffer. All rights reserved.

Due to the government-induced recession, young people are hesitant to take two kinds of risk: Home ownership risks, and entrepreneurial risks. Today, I will explain the two major instances where young people avoid risk, to the potential detriment of their long-term happiness and financial security.

In September of 2009, the National Bureau of Economic Research released a paper with data compiled from 1972 to 2006 indicating, as Newsweek reports, “one really tough year experienced in early adulthood is enough to fundamentally change people’s core values and behaviors.” Newsweek adds, “…there’s an entire body of research to show that recession babies not only invest more conservatively, they tend to make less money, choose safer jobs…” Continue reading

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Feb
23
2011

Why young people are happy

23, Feb

By Katie Kieffer

Image credit: "sunlight smile" by espresso marco on Flickr via Creative Commons.

By Katie Kieffer

Image credit: "sunlight smile" by espresso marco on Flickr via Creative Commons.

The latest Pew Research Center poll shows that young people (ages 18 – 28) are happier now than they have been in over 30 years. Why is this? Aren’t we in the middle of a financial meltdown in America? Aren’t the costs of living going up? Aren’t young people losing their jobs? If you are down on America or down on your life, I’ll help you change your mindset to match that of today’s youth. I promise you, you’ll be happier for it.

I believe young people today are happier for two reasons: First, most Millennials want to live more like grownups and less like their parents who sometimes act like babies. And, second, they understand and are excited by the opportunities America has to rebound out of recession and back to greatness. Let me explain: Continue reading

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Jan
12
2011

‘Stop this war in Afghanistan’

12, Jan

By Katie Kieffer

Image credit: "Afghanistan Observes 2007 International Peace Day" by United Nations Photo on Flickr via Creative Commons.

By Katie Kieffer

Image credit: "Afghanistan Observes 2007 International Peace Day" by United Nations Photo on Flickr via Creative Commons.

Ambassador Richard Holbrooke must have known that his last words would echo around the globe. Unsure if he would survive emergency aorta surgery, he told his doctors: “You’ve got to stop this war in Afghanistan.” Holbrooke never came out of that surgery: He left this world on Dec. 13, 2010. Holbrooke was a man of influence in peace-brokering and foreign affairs. This week, the White House will honor him at his funeral in Washington.

At the time of his death, he was the Obama Administration’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He was a key diplomatic leader in both the Clinton and Carter Administrations and also advised Sen. John Kerry and former Sen. Al Gore. Despite his liberal leanings, I respect Holbrooke for urgently seeking to end the War in Afghanistan. Sadly, Holbrooke did not live to successfully end this war, as he did the War in Bosnia in 1995.

We can honor Holbrooke by thinking realistically about Afghanistan and by pursuing peace. But, first, we need to understand Afghanistan. Continue reading

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Jan
05
2011

Keep the BCS, baby!

05, Jan

By Katie Kieffer

2010 BCS Championship. Image credit: "The BCS National Championship" by 50%ChanceofRain on Flickr via Creative Commons.

By Katie Kieffer

2010 BCS Championship. Image credit: "The BCS National Championship" by 50%ChanceofRain on Flickr via Creative Commons.

It’s college football championship season and time for the annual debate on whether to keep the current Bowl Championship Series (BCS) or switch out to a playoff system. Last fall, I blogged about this topic here and here to show why politicians should leave football alone. I still think politicians should stay out of sports and focus on bigger issues like national security and job creation.

The problem is, pro-playoff politicians like Sen. Orin Hatch (R-Utah) are trying to throw mud on the BCS’ face and financial heavyweights like billionaire Mark Cuban are lobbying politicians for a playoff system. Since outspoken politicians and lobbyists on the left and the right favor a playoff, the debate is not going away any time soon. Continue reading

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Oct
27
2010

Hot Halloween costume idea

27, Oct

By Katie Kieffer

"Hot Tea Pot" Halloween costume. Art copyright Amie Kieffer. All rights reserved.

Remember last Halloween when I showcased the Sexy Acorn Halloween costume? This year, my sister Amie and I decided to keep the “sexy” while taking out the “scandal” in our 2010 costume.
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Aug
04
2010

Cornered in a museum

04, Aug

By Katie Kieffer

Katie Kieffer in Venice, Italy. Image copyright Katie Kieffer. All rights reserved.

By Katie Kieffer

Katie Kieffer in Venice, Italy. Image copyright Katie Kieffer. All rights reserved.

Imagine living in a place where things rarely improved or modernized. Imagine living a modern life in a quaint museum of ancient ruins. There are real people living in such a place today. Welcome to Italy.

I recently returned from spending a month abroad and I had the opportunity to talk to many of the locals in Rome, Venice, Bologna, San Miniato and Florence. Continue reading

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Jun
24
2010

I’m back in the USA

24, Jun

By Katie Kieffer

I’m back. Back in the USA. It feels good to be home after spending 20 days traveling throughout Italy and Ireland. I have a new appreciation for and understanding of European history and culture.

At the end of my journey, however, I have a renewed pride for America. I’m proud and blessed to say that I’m an American. Continue reading

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Oct
29
2009

Leave football alone!

29, Oct

By Katie Kieffer

Football

By Katie Kieffer

It must be nice to be president. I thought it would be a stressful job in this economy with consumer confidence at an all-time low, our country at war, a swine flu pandemic and multiple national security threats. Apparently I was wrong.

With 32 newly-appointed “czars” to help run the country, President Obama appears to have ample time on his hands for more serious issues like whether NCAA football should convert from a Bowl Championship Series (BCS) system to an eight-team college football playoff system.
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