USA TODAY

USA Today is a monthly magazine published by The Society for the Advancement of Education.

Articles from Vol. 130, No. 2678, November

A Gamut of Games. (Holiday Gifts Galore)
Board games continue to hold their own against the inroads of electronic games, with old favorites being introduced constantly to new generations, while others are appearing in new guises, and still more are seeking to break into the market. Familiar...
America Is Suffering from Cultural Amnesia. (American Thought)
SURVEYING the battleground at Gettysburg in 1863, Pres. Abraham Lincoln said: "The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here." Alas, he may have been right--not only has his short speech...
An Ode to Maxy Noble: The 50th Anniversary of the Japanese Bombing of Pearl Harbor Brings Personal Memories as Well as National Commemorations. (USA Yesterday)
NEW YORK'S SPIRES pierced shrouds of mist pressing down upon the city while wind cut into a matching cap and coat Mom had bundled me in that morning. As autumn's chill slithered across the harbor, the water churned between the U.S.S. Leonard Wood and...
Boomerang Finances: When Kids Return Home. (Your Life)
After all these years, your children have finally decided they like your cooking. They like it so much, in fact, they have moved back home to eat. The number of adult children living with their parents has risen since the 1970s, according to the U.S....
Business Eras Will Dominate the New Millennium. (USA Tomorrow)
WAVES OF ONCOMING activity that will dominate the advanced economies over the new millennium can be clearly foreseen. This succession of economic "mainsprings" defines new growth sectors and declining ones, suggests impending investment opportunities...
Can You Afford Long-Term Care? (Economic Observer)
THE CONSUMER FEDERATION OF AMERICA and the American Council of Life Insurers have released a survey which reveals that more than 80% of American workers have no long-term disability insurance or are covered inadequately. Naturally, most of these workers...
Church and State at the United Nations. (Religion)
THERE IS increasing concern that the traditional barriers between church and state in the U.S. are under threat. Pres. Bush's decision to set up a White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives has caused considerable debate about the...
Construction Crew. (Holiday Gifts Galore)
If there's one constant in children's toys, it's construction sets. Kids just love to build things. To take advantage of this love affair, there is equipment galore out there, virtually enough to build an entire city. Red hot is television's Bob...
Genomics: The New Map of Life. (Science & Technology)
THE STATE OF THE ART in life science--biology, medicine, and agriculture--resembles the situation geographers found themselves in centuries ago. Early cartographers had a small bit of information and tried, with obvious errors, to produce a view of...
Job Flexibility Aids Work-Family Harmony. (Your Life)
E. Jeffrey Hill, a researcher from the Family Studies Center at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, found that job flexibility enabled employees to avoid a negatively impacted work-family balance. "Our research found that giving employees varying...
Keeping Infants and Toddlers Warm Enough. (Your Life)
Dress your infant and toddler "one layer warmer." than yourself during cold weather. "Two common mistakes parents often make is to dress young children inadequately or, alternatively, bundle them up too warmly," notes Lee Atkinson, a staff physician...
Keeping in Touch. (Holiday Gifts Galore)
* We're not usually given to fads and trends, but the walkie-talkie craze we've witnessed on recent vacations, at the beach, and in the shopping malls proved too tempting to resist, and with good reason--having walkie-talkies is fun and, more important,...
Lush Leather. (Holiday Gifts Galore)
* For almost a century and a half, Frye has been the name people look for when buying leather boots. These same discerning individuals would plaintively inquire why the company wasn't producing other leatherware of the same matchless quality. The good...
Mirror, Mirror. (Holiday Gifts Galore)
* Not to belabor the obvious, but the main purpose of a mirror is to provide a reflected image. The trick is to do so in a clear, distortion-free manner. This is especially important when it comes to makeup mirrors. Nevertheless, most are made so poorly...
Music to Your Ears. (Holiday Gifts Galore)
Kids love music--all kinds, it seems. Since they're so receptive, why not start them out on the right foot with the Sunshine Symphony ($49.99) from Neurosmith, Long Beach, Calif.? This cuddly plush toy features four beautifully orchestrated classical...
Palm-of-Your-Hand Games. (Holiday Gifts Galore)
Digital technology is getting more and more sophisticated, as readily evidenced by the use Hollywood is putting it to. Among its many applications, it has filtered down to handheld games for kids, with activities that would have been impossible just...
Picture Perfect. (Holiday Gifts Galore)
* Cameras are getting downright scary. The new digital ones have eliminated film, and, with the rapid advancements in the field, one gets the feeling that the next to go is the picture-taker. After all, they already do so much, shooting pictures by...
Preparing a Healthful Thanksgiving Feast. (Your Life)
To prepare a festive Thanksgiving meal which bolsters health and weight goals instead of undermining them, the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) recommends more plant-based than animal-based food at both the cooking and serving stages....
Psychological Help for the Terrorized. (Psychology)(Cover Story)
WHILE PSYCHOLOGISTS of various stripes have long offered counseling to help people cope with losses of loved ones, the sickening acts of terrorism that struck the U.S. on Sept. 11 seem different and worse. Tragic events often happen without warning...
Quick Pickups. (Holiday Gifts Galore)
* The DustBuster from Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc., Towson, Md., long ago established its reputation for handy household cleanups that don't require dragging out a full-sized vacuum cleaner. Still, there are jobs where even this versatile household...
Reflections on Terrorism. (Parting Thoughts)
TERRORS FROM NATURE--such as earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions, disease, etc.--are one thing; those produced deliberately by humans are quite another. There is a long history of such acts, some more devastating than others, yet humanity has survived...
Reforming U.S. Intelligence: After the Terrorist Attack. (National Affairs)(Cover Story)
"... The President and Congress must radically increase their surveillance of intelligence if America is to have a system that is both effective and reflective of democratic values." THE COLD WAR ended 10 years ago with the demise of the Soviet...
Restoring Justice. (Law & Justice)
RESTORATIVE JUSTICE, forgiveness, healing circles--how sweet they sound. Punishment, mandatory minimums, death penalty--note the discordance conveyed in these notes. As a nation, the U.S. competes with Russia to claim the highest incarceration rate...
Scaly Lesions Can Lead to Skin Cancer. (Your Life)
Actinic keratoses are small scaly lesions that commonly are found on the face, ears, lips, scalp, neck, forearms, and backs of hands. Their appearance can be the first step in the development of skin cancer and is often called a "precancer." Actinic...
Second Coming of the Apocalypse. (Reel World)
FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA'S "Apocalypse Now" was rereleased in an extended version last summer under the title of "Apocalypse Now Redux," enjoying critical fanfare that surprised many people knowledgeable of its history and reception. At its initial release...
Sets Appeal: Boxed DVD Collections of Their Favorite Movie Series or TV Shows Make Ideal Gifts for Film Buffs. (Entertainment.)
ONE OF THE MANY advantages of DVDs is the ease they provide for film buffs to build up their collections of classic and/or well-loved movies, especially with the studios opening up their vaults to release their extensive libraries. If you're looking...
Skiing the Slopes of Telluride: Colorado's Wyndham Mountain Lodge Offers the Ultimate in Resort Luxury, While Providing Some of the Finest Skiing in the West. (Going Places)
OUR EARS POPPED as the van from the Montrose Airport ascended the San Juan Mountains. We were at 9,500 feet above sea level by the time we arrived at our hotel in the Mountain Village in Telluride, Colo. As we got out of the van, breathed in the crisp...
The Clash of Civilizations. (World Watcher)
IN AN EMOTIONAL TIME, we still need reason to be able to understand the origins of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 and, in turn, to be able to respond to them meaningfully. We have to choose a paradigm to structure causality, then select a response....
The End of the Silly Season. (State of the Nation)
A SEA CHANGE in the habits and culture of nation occurs not from speeches and sermons, but from events that shake the earth beneath us. On Sept. 11, we felt such a cataclysmic tremor, and we should understand its message without faltering. American...
"The Honeymooners" Turns 50: A Half-Century after They First Arrived on TV Screens, Ralph and Alice Kramden and Ed Norton Continue to Delight Audiences on Countless Late-Night Reruns. (Entertainment)
ON OCT. 5, 1951, Jackie Gleason premiered a new television sketch on his DuMont Network hour-long variety show, "Cavalcade of Stars." Ironically entitled "The Honeymooners," this precursor to the now-famous life and hard times of Brooklyn bus driver...
The International Monetary Fund Deters Free Capital Flow. (Economics)
RECENT FINANCIAL problems in Turkey along with the debt crisis in Argentina provide ammunition for critics of globalization. They claim that free markets cannot be trusted to allocate capital across the globe. Some argue that the solution is to give...
The Joys of Jumby Bay: A Luxurious Resort off the Coast of Antigua Offers the Option to Do as Much-Or as Little-As You Desire. (Americans Abroad)
IT WAS RAINING when our party of four arrived at the dock in Antigua, West Indies, to catch the private launch to Jumby Bay Resort. Let us amend that. We were in the midst of a drenching tropical storm and forced to take inadequate refuge in a small...
The Real Estate Industry and Environmental Protectionism Can Coexist: Builders Are Finding Ways to Increase Profits While Providing Ecological Benefits to Society. (Ecology)
TAKING NIMBYISM (Not in My Back Yard) to new heights, actor/ writer/director Woody Allen recently objected to a new apartment building in his historic New York City neighborhood by making fun of the developer's alleged "compromise" proposal. In public...
Too Much of a Good Thing. (Words & Images)
EARLY IN THE 20TH CENTURY, when radio news brought information from around the world to living rooms across the country, it was educational and even fun to listen to a friendly voice speaking clearly and concisely about the news of the day. That familiar...
Using the Internet to Help College Students with Career Planning. (Education)
IF ASKED to conjure up the image of college students surfing the Web, one very well might imagine them in their dorms downloading MP3s, playing high-tech video games, or hanging out in chat rooms. However, it is also the case that an increasing number...
Vegan Diets Lack Sufficient Calcium. (Your Life)
An examination of the amount of calcium in strict vegetarian diets that exclude dairy products has found that those diets--known as vegan--lack the calcium needed to prevent osteoporosis later in life. Vegan diets are not likely to provide enough calcium,...
Virtue and Beauty: Renaissance Portraits of Women. (Museum Today)
AN EXHIBITION focusing on the extraordinary flowering of female portraiture in Florence, Italy, from c. 1440 to c. 1540, "Virtue and Beauty: Ginevra de' Benci and Renaissance Portraits of Women," includes 48 works from this period. Together, they illustrate...
Warning Advertising May Be Hazardous to Your Health: Ads Pose a Threat to Physical, Emotional, Social, and Cultural Well-Being. (Mass Media)
AS YOU WAIT at the ATM machine for your cash, on-screen commercial loops keep you "informed" about something to buy. Before you are allowed to proceed with filling your tank with gas, the screen affixed to the gas pump demands that you reply to its...
Welcome to the E-Health Revolution. (Medicine & Health)
DURING THE 1950s, people viewed the year 2000 as a "Jetsons"-like future, complete with floating cars, talking robots, and machines that generate prepared food. Now deep into 2001, we have not yet reached the future projected by that television cartoon...
We're No. 1-We Think. (Sports Scene)
EVERYBODY LOVES A WINNER, or so the saying goes. In college football, though, not everyone is sure who the winner really is. This is despite the Bowl Championship Series' promises to replace the "mythical" national champion (that too often was determined...
Winter Court Sports Can Damage Feet and Ankles. (Your Life)
With the pounding and movements that feet, ankles, and the Achilles and other tendons around the ankle endure, court sports such as basketball, racquetball, and tennis present unique problems for athletes, whether they are professionals or weekend...
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