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July 15 2008
Millennials Are Over. It's Gen Z's Turn To Ruin Everything.
We're getting old and losing our edge. Here's some advice — and some warnings — for the generation claiming our crown.
Dear Teens of the World,
Take out your AirPods for a second. We need to talk.
For the past 10 years, my friends and I were the generational stars of the party: They called us millennials, and we were the envy and fascination of the world. Marketers craved our approval, CEOs wanted to hire us, the media fought for our attention, and parents everywhere worried that we were doing sex wrong.
It was fun while it lasted. But like a slice of avocado toast left too long in the sun, our cultural relevance has begun to rot. 2017 is the beginning of the end of the millennial era, and we are rapidly ceding influence to you, a group now dubbed Gen Z.
Some strange, exhilarating, and awful things are going to happen to you as my aging generation hands over the crown. You will be celebrated and scorned, built up and then torn down. You’ll be blamed for a series of absurd and unlikely trends that probably have nothing to do with you: If a company is failing or a TV show bombs or a weird new drug becomes popular, it’ll be all your fault.
I remember the good old days, when we were young and capable of messing things up. We killed golf, destroyed J.Crew, summoned the end of bar soap, eradicated vacations, ruined sex, abandoned cereal, and gave up on democracy and the American dream.
Sometimes it felt weird, being blamed for everything that wasn't working. But seriously, cherish every minute of it, especially when you do something good for once. You might usher in an era of lavish office perks and meaningful career paths. You may reinvent brunch. You won’t have the joy of inventing the selfie, but you’ll probably take it in an exciting new direction. You’ll almost certainly get a Time magazine cover, and an ambitious media company owned by old people will definitely declare itself your generational voice.
The oldest Gen Z'ers are turning 18 this year, and we millennials, long used to being the cool kids, can already feel your cultural power pushing us to the side. While big and deeply uncool companies once paid $20,000 an hour to learn how millennials think, they've now moved on to shelling out cash for Gen Z experts, frequently paying teens themselves to advise on what's cool. Gen Z has already been declared "the next big retail disruptor," and consumer goods companies are already getting anxious about whether you’ll buy their shampoo.
Just this year Google spent big bucks commissioning an entire study on how your generation thinks, and it revealed that teens love Google (also pizza, Doritos, and ice cream). One company has developed a "Gen Z Lilith Fair." Meanwhile, landlords are developing Gen Z rental strategies, churches are trying to help Gen Z kids find God, and the New York Times has begun publishing worried Gen Z explainers.
If I’m honest with myself, the writing has been on the wall for a while. While you crazy kids were busy 3D-printing fidget spinners in your school science labs, we millennials grew up and aged out. We're getting married, buying homes, having babies, and worrying about our retirement funds. In short: Millennials are over.
It’s a hard moment for us to process. Obviously we’re a generation defined by our abject narcissism, whose self-esteem will crumble the moment we're no longer the center of attention. But somehow, slipping into obsolescence also feels like a relief. For one, the Olds in our offices no longer look to us to explain the latest and hippest tech product or internet thing. An uncle wants someone to explain a Facebook meme this Thanksgiving? Great. My 14-year-old cousin can handle that one.
Getting old also means becoming more comfortable with yourself. I recently went to a music festival where the average age was about 16 and realized, you know what? I will probably never wear jorts over a head-to-toe fishnet bodysuit, and that's ok. We millennials had Delia’s and the Limited Too. You, Gen Z, are doomed to endure an age of wide-leg pants and oddly cropped shirts.
But I do want to offer a few words of advice before you ascend the cultural throne. First, you’ll be lied about, constantly. I see that you're already casually "disrupting the way people are shopping" and slowly destroying your lives via smartphones. Congrats. Try to be patient, shake off the haters, and realize that no single trend piece can capture the complexities of a generation made up of over 65 million people.
Second, your youth allows you to take advantage of opportunities that will shape the course of your lives. We millennials created and mastered social media, but even Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel is a married stepdad now. Some members of your generation will undoubtedly found new companies and launch new products that will alter the world in unexpected ways — and many of you will intuitively know how to use those new products better than the rest of us. There's an entire career to be made that way.
When I graduated into the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, one thing I had going for me was that I knew how to use shiny new internet things better than Generation X types. I could have never imagined that the job I took running a popular beer brand's Facebook page and tweeting for one of the most loathed cell phone carriers in the country would lead to a rewarding career in media. Soon, you too will have the chance to be the with-it young person in the office, outshining and outsmarting your millennial coworkers at almost everything that matters.
So make the most of it. It probably feels right now like you’ll be young and in the spotlight forever, but remember that you too will be losing your edge in the late 2020s. As for your coming decade in power, I have one urgent request, and the future of our planet may literally depend on it: Please do not let Jake Paul run for president.
Taylor Lorenz is a journalist and editorial strategist.
Amid an incredible line up of experts and advocates, including poignant remarks from President George W. Bush, something subtle yet significant occurred: Six women led the opening charge.
During the first half of the event, Mrs. Laura Bush emphasized the value of civic engagement and the need to confront the decline in democracy around the world. North Korean escapee Grace Jo courageously shared her story, attesting to the “treasure” that is the legacy of liberty here in the United States. And former Secretaries of State, Madeleine Albright and Condoleezza Rice joined U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and the Bush Institute’s Amanda Schnetzer for a panel exploring American interests and leadership internationally.
In a world where the “all male panel” is known far and wide, I can’t remember the last time I witnessed a plenary comprised entirely of women. And one focused on democracy and security, at that.
When you think about this reality, it is difficult not to pause at the magnitude of the event line up, especially when over half the speakers were female (Bush Institute Executive Director Holly Kuzmich and Jean Case also spoke later in the program).
Like many in the policy world, I grew up admiring the tenacity and resolve of women like Mrs. Bush, Secretary Rice, and Secretary Albright. Trailblazers, their example and the example of others like them broadened my view of global affairs and advocacy, the substance of principled leadership, and perhaps most importantly, the integral value of women in positions of influence. Their presence on stage in New York reaffirmed this view. Ambassador Haley even described the experience from her perspective, sitting between Secretary Rice and Secretary Albright, as “the greatest highlight.”
Own Your Past, Live Your Present, Plan Your Future
If something or someone doesn’t add to your life, there’s a good chance it/they are probably taking away from your life. This holds true in relationships, careers, and how you talk to yourself when no one else is around.
Human beings are incredible, resilient, and adaptable. Unfortunately, we also have long memories. Some memories and pain we bury deep. They’re not resolved but ignored.
Human beings are incredible, resilient, and adaptable.
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They won’t be ignored forever. They can rear their ugly heads when you least expect it. Sometimes you don’t even recognize it for what it is.
I’ve always prided myself on moving on, getting on with my life, and it seems I’ve started over again and again. I never imagined I’d be the type to make the same mistake more than once. When it comes to emotional relationships, I’ve gotten into a few that weren’t good for me from day one but I ignored it, pretended all was well, and allowed them to destroy years of happiness.
I own my past. I accept that I made some really stupid decisions because I felt weak, guilty, or obligated. On the heels of my third (yes, third) divorce, I’m committing to myself and my happiness.
I’m living in my present. I’m fully here for the first time in more than two decades. I’m learning who I am now after completely ignoring the young woman I used to be.
I’m planning my future. Not based on my significant others. Not based on my (now grown) kids. Not rooted in jobs I hate or obligations I feel pressured to fulfill. It seems my conscious and subconscious minds are finally on the same page. I feel more focused than ever before because I finally listened to that little girl’s voice in the back of my head. The one who was still just trying to survive. She was so focused on surviving that she forgot how to live.
It’s okay to help others, to love fiercely. You can’t forget to help yourself, to love yourself. It’s never too late to correct your course. It’s never too late to put down that heavy baggage and try something new.
Take a leap of faith and let it go. Personal freedom, for the first time in my 45 years of life, feels possible.
This time, I’m not going to flinch.
Shayne McClendon - Always the Good GirlShayne McClendon is an author and positivity practitioner. Shayne believes love crosses all boundaries, social castes, races, genders, and belief systems. If you are lucky enough to find soul-deep love, you should fight for it. Life-certified, reader approved.
Pit Bull with Sad Past
BY MADISYN TAYLOR
Our very own lives can be magical like the fleeting morning dew on a flower tip.
The world awakens each day from its nightly slumber, transformed by a sparkling layer of morning dew on the grass, on flower petals and leaves, on cars and car windows. These glistening droplets last only a little while, an integral part of what imbues the early morning with its aura of magic. If we sleep too late, we miss the magnificent display of sunlight playing upon an infinite amount of tiny crystal balls. To step onto the dew-covered grass is to anoint our feet with a form of water that comes only once a day for a short time, a rarefied gift of the night air that will soon evaporate in the full light of the sun. If we inhale slowly and consciously enough, it is almost as if we are drinking in this magical elixir formed in the boundary between darkness and light.
In one myth, morning dew is believed to be tears from heaven, and in another, the droplets are poured from the vessel of the goddess of dawn. When we see the earth draped with these shimmering drops, it is easy to imagine fairies bathing in the water, or a sky god weeping from a longing to be closer to his beloved earth goddess. Seeing the sparkling beauty of the earth emerging from darkness, we may understand this longing in terms of our own gratitude; how blessed we are to be here.
Perhaps heaven really does long to be here on earth, and perhaps that is why we are here--as conduits between the divine and the earthbound. As we drink the morning dew in with our eyes, our skin, our breath, it is easy to imagine that it really is a magical potion, a gift from heaven, a reminder of our true purpose, and a daily opportunity to be transformed.
A short narrative on Moses
In his first 40 years as an Egyptian prince who was looked up to and admired, Moses thought that he knew everything. The Bible says that he was “mighty in words and deeds” (Acts 7:22). Yet, God could not use him to deliver His people from slavery in Egypt.
But in the next 40 years, something happened to Moses. He had fled Egypt after killing an Egyptian who was beating a Hebrew, and went to dwell in the Midian desert. He became a shepherd and was no longer considered mighty in words nor deeds. In fact, he had even become a stutterer (Exodus 4:10). And it was at this point in his life, when he probably thought that he was a has-been, and that his glory-days were behind him, that God appeared to him and said, “...I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people...out of Egypt” (Exodus 3:10). God could finally use Moses!
The Bible tells us that “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Beloved, God will not impose His grace on us. Whenever we want to depend on ourselves and our wisdom to succeed, He will step aside and allow us to do so. His grace is given to those who humbly acknowledge that they cannot succeed in their own strengths and abilities. So when we let go of our self-efforts and humbly depend on His grace, He will take over and do in us and through us what we cannot do for ourselves!
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The Orionid Meteor Shower
Halley's Comet won't grace Earth's skies again until 2061, but its enormous cloud of debris arrives this month in the form of dozens of shooting stars darting above the horizon.
The Orionid meteor shower occurs every October as the rocky particles break away from the comet and pass through Earth's upper atmosphere. The stunning show seemingly radiates from the constellation Orion, lending the phenomenon its name.
This year, the meteors will begin on October 2 and last until November 7, with the shower peaking on October 20 when up to 25 meteors per hour will streak through the skies. That Friday night is shaping up perfectly for viewers. The apex lasts into early Saturday morning, so early risers can go back to bed instead of running off to work. Even better, the new moon will also set that evening for optimal viewing conditions, says AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dave Samuhel.
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The Tasting Table
You're never too old for trick-or-treating, but you do reach an age when you learn to just say no to sad licorice. This year, trade the usual suspects for their artisanal versions. We’re talking grown-up Reese’s Cups, cardamom bonbons and gold-dusted gianduja skulls.
We especially love the butterscotch-like toasted white chocolate bar, which is studded with cocoa nibs and sea salt. Bonus: The (chocolate) spider is realistic enough to scare off anyone trying to steal your sweets.
Jack-o'-lanterns may come and go, but roast pumpkin seeds are forever. Here, the crunchy bits find their way into old-school toffee with bittersweet chocolate, just one of four treats you'll find in this seasonal assortment.
This snappy white chocolate peppermint bark is like an adorable bat-adorned version of the classic Andes mint.
7 Things That Happen to Your Body When You Drink Coffee Every Day
We love our coffee, for sure—but what does it actually do to your body?
America really does run on coffee. There are statistics to prove it. In fact, 54 percent of Americans over the age of 18 drink an average of 3.1 (8 oz) cups per day; the equivalent to 40 billion dollars spent solely on the ever-so-popular cup o' Joe. With over half of the American adult population sharing the same admiration for good ol' java, what's happening inside our bodies if we're drinking it every single day? Fortunately, it seems that drinking coffee is actually pretty healthy.
It’s no secret that coffee is (very, very) good for you. Now, coffee junkies and java lovers have just one more reason to raise their glass—or mug—to their favorite beverage. Not only can coffee improve your memory and protect your brain from dementia, but it can also help you live longer. Plus, you can drink way more joe than you originally thought!
Two new studies published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine just confirmed the good news. The first surveyed more than 520,000 people in 10 European countries, making it the largest study ever to link coffee and mortality. Researchers found that drinking more coffee could significantly lower a person’s risk of death across several conditions, including liver disease, suicide in men, cancer in women, and digestive and circulatory diseases.
“We looked at multiple countries across Europe, where the way the population drinks coffee and prepares coffee is quite different,” said Marc Gunter, reader in cancer epidemiology and prevention at Imperial College’s School of Public Health in the UK, who co-authored the study. “The fact that we saw the same relationships in different countries is kind of the implication that its something about coffee rather than its something about the way that coffee is prepared or the way it’s drunk.”
The second study dug even deeper. It found that coffee increased longevity by 18 percent among its 185,000 participants, regardless of their race or ethnicity.
“Given these very diverse populations, all these people have different lifestyles. They have very different dietary habits and different susceptibilities—and we still find similar patterns,” said Veronica Wendy Setiawan, associate professor of preventative medicine at USC’s Keck School of Medicine and leader of the study.
So, what’s the magic number of cuppas to increase your lifespan? In the European study, those who drank three or more cups of coffee a day had a lower risk for all-cause death than people who did not drink coffee at all. The second study found that two to four cups per day did the trick. If your consumption falls in that range, you’ll likely reap the rewards. (Are you drinking too much coffee? Here are the signs.)
There you have it: Coffee is a miracle drug! All the more reason to pour yourself another cup. And if you’re obsessed with coffee, you’ll definitely understand the problems that all coffee lovers have.
Need for Seed
Chefs are doing way more with pumpkin seeds than just throwing them in the oven . Everything You're Not Doing with Your Pumpkin Seeds.
BY ANDREW BUI
If you're like us, the best part about annual pumpkin carving isn't the jack-o'-lantern itself but its by-product: the seeds. And if all you're doing is throwing them in the oven (or worse, throwing them in the garbage), you're missing out on a surprising number of culinary uses. Just take it from some of the country's brightest chefs, who are using these buttery seeds in ways that might just convince you to carve a few extra pumpkins this year.
First, let's get this out of the way: Yes, the pale-white seeds you scoop out of the gourds look different than the green pepitas used to garnish tacos or pepper granola. Most carving pumpkins have seeds with edible outer shells hiding the green pepitas inside, but there are also varieties grown specifically for the inner seeds that lack this outer hull.
In Nashville, James Beard Award-winning chef RJ Cooper makes an unconventional pumpkin seed "risotto" at his restaurant, Henley. Pepitas are soaked in pumpkin juice for almost a week before being cooked sous vide until tender; Cooper then spins them into a creamy dish enriched with homemade pumpkin milk before showering the completed plate in truffles and fried sourdough starter.
Photo: Henley Restaurant
"When you taste a poached pumpkin seed, it has that kind of firm meatiness to it," he says of the dish, which was inspired by something similar he saw using sunflower seeds. Pepitas give his version an al dente bite strikingly similar to real rice, for a fall menu item that counters conventional pumpkin-filled pastas.
For Anita Jaisinghani, chef at Pondicheri in New York, another advantage of pumpkin seeds is that they provide the same richness and texture as nuts, giving her flexibility to navigate allergies in her restaurant's dining room. She turns the colorful green seeds into a vibrant chutney to be spread onto paper-thin dosa cradling a filling of sautéed vegetables. Like Cooper, Jaisinghani wanted to find a more substantial and flavorful alternative to other commonly used seeds. "I've got a sesame seed chutney, but I wanted something more hearty," she says.
Aside from her pumpkin seed chutney, the chef also keeps them on hand in a mix of black sesame and sunflower seeds as a day-to-day condiment to sprinkle on top of morning scrambled eggs and avocado toasts. "It's really there for both a punch of flavor as well as something that's good for you," she adds.
Though you could hollow out enough pumpkins to satisfy your fill of seeds this season, you could also take Cooper's advice and go the store-bought pepita route. "We would have killed two or three pumpkin farms by now if we did it any other way," he jokes. And if you don't have a spare week to replicate his labor-intensive pumpkin seed risotto, don't worry—here are some other chef-inspired ideas for using this fall ingredient.
Use It as a Base for Homemade Dips
Give hummus a unique spin by swapping out a portion of the chickpeas for pumpkin seeds. Or do as former Top Chef contestant Mike Isabella does at his restaurant, Bandolero, in Washington, D.C., and make the Mexican all-pumpkin seed dip called sikil pak.
Replace Nuts in Condiments & Sauces
Over in Oklahoma City, chef Jason Campbell of Mary Eddy's replaces the hazelnuts in traditional romesco for toasted pepitas and uses the sauce both as base for pizza and as a condiment for braised meats. You can try the same idea by switching out pricey pine nuts for pumpkin seeds in your go-to pesto recipe.
Make Your Own Seed Butters
Instead of peanuts or almonds, throw roast pepitas into a food processor and purée them until they transform into a rich, luxurious spread that will have you questioning peanut butter's place in a sandwich.
Make Vegan Nut Milk
At Café Integral in NYC, equal parts pumpkin seeds and raw cashews are soaked overnight before being blended into a dairy-free alternative for your morning cup of coffee and, yes, even your pumpkin spice latte.
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Turtle Pumpkin Pie
Total Time 1hr. 15min. 10 servings
This recipe takes pumpkin pie to a whole new level, with drizzled caramel, chopped pecans and airy COOL WHIP Whipped Topping. Cue the applause.
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. caramel ice cream topping, divided
1 ready-to-use graham cracker crumb crust (6 oz.)
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. chopped PLANTERS Pecans, divided
2 pkg. (3.4 oz. each) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
1 cup cold milk
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed, divided
This Chicken Marinade Is As Easy as It Is Surprising
Pickle Juice Chicken Marinade
BY DELIA MOONEY
Chicken is always a crowd-pleaser, and the best way to infuse flavor into this weeknight staple is with an easy marinade. But if you think you need a bunch of ingredients or a special sauce from the store to create a flavorful bird, think again. The truth is you only need one ingredient and you probably already have it on hand.
Pickle juice is the easiest chicken marinade on the market.
The leftover liquid from store-bought or homemade pickles is essentially a brine (water and salt) and is pure gold. Pour the juice in a Ziploc bag and let the meat marinate for two hours if you're using chicken thighs, and four hours if you're using breasts. If you're looking to mix it up, varieties like garlic pickle juice or any spicy versions work even better. Trust us on this one.
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Not a pickle fan? Skeptical that your chicken is going to taste like a jar full of dill spears? Fear not. This marinade imparts flavor without overpowering the meat. With this recipe you'll never find yourself in a, ahem, pickle again.
Apart from me, you can do nothing."
Around 1990 I was asked by our friars in Kingston, Jamaica, to give a youth retreat. Many think of Jamaica as an island of wonderful beaches and great hotels. That is true in the north of the island. But, most of it is desperately poor, especially, the capital of Kingston. Most of the people lived in shanty towns. On a Friday night we drove miles from the church to pick up the teenagers who were making the retreat. I said, "They all live so far from the church. How do they get to Mass on Sunday?" They walk 8 to 10 miles every Sunday was the reply.
The retreat was amazing. I had never seen a group of teens eager to know more about their faith. They spoke of Jesus as they would a close friend. At Mass Saturday morning they sang a hymn I had heard many times in the US. It is called, We Are Yours. One line goes, "We are poor, yet we have brought the best we could, we are yours, we are yours." For the first time I heard those words sung by truly poor people. These young people had very little of the world's goods. They lived in shacks, sometimes no running water or electricity, poor schooling, little or no medical care, violence and drugs everywhere. They had every reason to despair and give up. But, their lives were Christ centered. Like St. Paul, they would say we can do all things in Him who strengthens us.
St. Paul tells us about his life. Like many of us, his life was a mixture of good times and bad, of joy and sorrow. In fact, his life would have made a great mini-series. On one occasion he was stoned and left for dead. There were plots to kill him and riots against him. He was shipwrecked three times and three times imprisoned. In his own words, he was beaten, betrayed and often without food or drink. And yet, all through his letters we find words like joyful... happy... delighted... cheerful... glad.
Joy was a profound reality in Paul's life, as profound as sorrow. He says whatever the situation, I have learned to be content. The word "content" in Greek means someone who is independent and not enslaved to external events or other people. In other words, Paul was his own man. Paul tells us the secret of his success in life when he says, "I can do all things in Him who gives me strength." Paul relies on an unseen power. His independence comes not by isolation, but by incorporation into Christ. So what does Paul's life say to us?
If you are like most people your life is or has been a mixture of good times and bad, of joy and sorrow, of satisfaction and frustration, of rapture and despair. Some of us will be wealthy or powerful. Others will just about make it and cry to Heaven against the injustice of the system. Most of us will wrestle with faith and doubt, hope and despair, love and lovelessness. The Christian question is, "Will you be able to say with Paul I have learned whatever my circumstances to be content?"
You can only say that if you also can say with Paul, "I can do all things in Him who gives me strength." All things such as the rough times, the ill health, the auto accident, the death of a loved one, the breakup of a marriage and the thousand and one things that plague human existence and turn individual and family life upside down transforming ecstasy into agony and life into death. Only with the strength that is God‑given will you be able to say with Paul, "For the sake of Christ, I am content." Put up with weakness, insults and hardships. "For when I am weak, I am strong."
On the other hand, how do you handle the other side of the coin, the good times? On the average, most of us live quite well when compared to a great many people. We are on the whole well‑fed, well‑educated, well‑housed and loved. How do you live with that? Easy, you say. You may fail to realize that you need God's strength in the good times, as well as, the bad. Pray to Him in times of laughter, as well as, in time of tears. Isn't it true that when all is well and life is just great that is when we are most in danger of forgetting God and putting our trust in everything except God?
We worship a strange God. A God who needs nothing except that He needs to be needed, needed by you. You can lose your God and you will lose Him unless you love Him and have a relationship with Him. Do not just wait until disaster strikes before you go to Him in prayer. Perhaps, from time to time, we need to remind ourselves of those startling words of Jesus, "Apart from me, you can do nothing." Are you able to say in good times and in bad, "I am content because I do all things in Him who strengthens me?"
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Robert Warren, S.A. Signature