April 2, 2016
Question: My kids are 30, 28, and 25. All of them are out of college and on their own. We paid their tuitions, but room and board was on them, so they had some student loans. My oldest son got married two years ago, and his wife's family is helping them out a lot, even though both have professional jobs. When her grandmother died, her parents paid off all their student loans. They also handed down an almost brand-new car because nobody else in the family wanted it. He just told me they are all taking a weeklong vacation out of the country next Christmas, hosted by his in-laws.
February 20, 2016 |
After years of chronicling the dismal outcomes for people with autism who have grown too old for school-based services, Paul Shattuck grew frustrated at how slowly things were changing. The Drexel University researcher approached leaders at the school about a more active approach. This week, Drexel announced that it had received an anonymous $3.5 million donation from a family foundation to develop and evaluate ways to help young people with autism transition into the adult world of work or college.
December 26, 2015
By Paul F. Morrissey On Christmas Eve, my brothers and sisters and I would sing, "Tomorrow will be Christmas, and we will carols sing; So early in the morning, the sweet church bells will ring. . . " No one ever sings that carol now, but it is still in my memory from more than 60 years ago. It was the 1950s, and the earliest Mass then was at 5 a.m. I was a choirboy, and as I hustled across the street in the frosty morning air with the red cassock, starched white surplice, thick celluloid collar, and the crimson silk ribbon bow tie, I stole a glance upward at the stars as the church bells rang.
November 21, 2015 |
A photography exhibit opening in Camden this weekend asks viewers to take a closer look at the city's young adults. The show, "Look Again: The Young People of CASA," will be displayed in a theater at the BB&T Pavilion (formerly the Susquehanna Bank Center) on the waterfront Friday and Saturday. It features portraits of and personal essays by 37 teenagers and young adults who are part of Camden Adolescents Striving for Achievement, a North Camden after-school program that focuses on tutoring and college preparation.
November 21, 2015 |
Pennsylvania leads the nation - and New Jersey is fourth - in drug overdose deaths among young adult men, according to a new analysis, raising the level of urgency about an epidemic that over the last decade has killed more than twice as many Americans as homicide. Bucks and Gloucester Counties led their respective states in overdose fatality rates among males ages 19 to 25 - each of them nearly three times Philadelphia's rate. In the eight-county region, more than 100 young men a year are dying from overdoses of both illicit and legal drugs.
October 12, 2015 |
Elaine Catherine Pierson Mastroianni, 89, of Bryn Mawr, a physician and the author of Sex Is Never an Emergency , a sexual-health guide for young adults, died Saturday, Oct. 3, of lung cancer at home. Dr. Pierson's slim paperback appeared on campuses a decade before Dr. Ruth Westheimer suggested a frank approach to human sexuality, and three years before Our Bodies, Ourselves , a landmark book on sex, was released. "My primary objective of this little book is to prevent unwanted pregnancies and, secondarily, to help students be more comfortable with their level of sexuality, whatever that level is," she wrote.
September 24, 2015
PEOPLE ARE always trying to find the secret to financial success. But I'd like to address the young folks who ask me how to get rich. If you're young, you have something we older folks will never have as much of: time. It's an advantage you shouldn't waste. Start saving in your 20s, and you'll have time for your money to grow. You'll have time to enjoy the fruits of compound interest. You'll have time to weather stock-market volatility. The earlier you start saving, the less you'll have to save over time.
August 20, 2015 |
THERE IS A METHOD to what some readers consider my madness. Some people hate that I hate debt. Others disagree when I encourage families not to borrow for college. And, man, do I get a lot of email when I recommend that college students, especially freshmen, not have credit cards. I value this feedback, so I created the Color of Money "Talk Back" feature, in which folks provide counterarguments to something I've written. "I disagree with the idea that credit cards aren't important for college students," wrote Sallie of Freeport, Maine.
August 14, 2015 |
I GOT THE reaction I expected from my daughter when I suggested that for graduate school, to save money, she live at home. She shuddered. I understand her reservation. But for her greater good, my recommendation makes more financial sense. My husband and I have enough saved to pay for her undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland, including room and board. And because we saved, we were OK with her living on campus even though we live only about a half-hour away.
June 19, 2015 |
Daniel Wallace Jackson, 69, of Philadelphia, a business and family man, died Saturday, June 13, of complications from pancreatic cancer at home. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of Leonard and Julia Jackson. Early on, religion claimed an important role in his life. He was baptized at age 10 at Vine Memorial Baptist Church, and in 2011 returned to worship there. He became a deacon a year later. Known as "Brother Dan" to friends and church members, Mr. Jackson completed his primary and secondary education in the city before graduating from Howard University in Washington.