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The Greatest Generation

At the age of 7, I moved to another country and lost the luxury of almost daily interaction with my grandparents.  At the age of 7 and on a new adventure, making new friends, I didn’t understand the impact that would have on me later in life.

At 45, I understand that everything happens for a reason – it is part of my faith.  It gives me peace and the ability to accept change and never give up hope no matter what life throws our way.

However, at 45 I really miss my grandparents and mourn not only their passing but all those years I didn’t get to spend time with them.  I’m filling that void with a Family Tree research project but that’s a story for another blog!

I’m also fortunate enough to share my husband’s Grandmother.  At a very active 101, she is more than a handful, with a very busy social life but what I love most are her stories (which more often than not involve poking fun at herself), her practical advice and her love of life.

All this got me to thinking – how do we capture this, the essence of the people that have been dubbed “The Greatest Generation”?

Well fortunately, Professor Karl Pillemer, a professor of human development in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University, and Professor of Gerontology in Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College (wow), has done just that.

Check out his blog that was born of a research project: THE LEGACY PROJECT — LESSONS for LIVING from the WISEST AMERICANS

This blog, I believe, contains some of the greatest insights into the Greatest Generation as well as truly enjoyable stories and practical advice.  I have added it my favorites and make it a weekly visit as the content is kept fresh and current.


Ali Britton, Director of Strategic Solutions

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