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Recent polls examine how Americans see their nation.

With the 2020 election a year away, it’s far too early to predict who will be up or who will be down next November. It is equally difficult to gauge which direction the country is headed in. 

On everything from health care to immigration to trade, Americans are divided, but they do agree on one thing…the country is in dire need of government reform. 

Lemonade vendor at Rodeo Austin, the city’s annual stock show and rodeo in Austin, Tex.

Egyptians first enjoyed lemonade as early as 1,000 A.D., and since then the refreshing beverage has been enjoyed worldwide with different cultures tweaking the basic lemon and sweetener recipe to reflect their regional tastes. 

In Bangladesh, they add ginger. In other parts of Asia, salt, saffron, or cumin may be added. 

A black and white photo of a submarine, taken in 1944.

Of all the branches of combat military service during World War II, submariners faced some of the highest attrition rates. Typically, when something went terribly wrong (whether mechanical or enemy related), all hands were lost with the boat.

An older man and an older woman enjoy a movie in a movie theater. His arm is around her like they're on a date together.

Over four years ago, my mother met her boyfriend through the online dating site PlentyOfFish (now POF). They began messaging one another, talked on the phone, and finally decided to meet. It’s safe to say the match was successful because they are still going strong almost five years later. 

Legendary record producer John Simon is behind some the most iconic acts of modern pop music, including Big Brother & the Holding Company with Janis Joplin; Blood, Sweat & Tears; Simon & Garfunkel; and The Band.

When it comes to music, and more specifically, rock and roll, few people possess the talent and experience that has long defined musician and record producer John Simon’s career. Indeed, his work is legendary.

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Erickson Living owner and chairman Jim Davis talks with community members at Oak Crest, an Erickson Living-managed community in Parkville, Md.

For many business leaders, success is all about the bottom line. When they make an investment in a stock, a property, or a new enterprise, success will be measured by how much revenue is returned. 

Four different shades of denim jeans

As we approach the dawn of a new decade, the hottest new trend in fashion isn’t short skirts or high heels, it’s sustainability. In other words, green is the new black.

Sustainability describes systems or processes that do not deplete resources or create unusable waste. Sustainability also includes respect for workers, communities, and, most of all, the environment. 

Celia Cruz in the 1950s with the members of the  Sonora Matancera in Havana, Cuba.

Luis Fonsi’s enormously popular song “Despacito” became the first Latin song to be streamed a billion times. Reflecting on his phenomenal success, Fonsi points out Latin music is nothing new and he just happens to have the good fortune of working in an era when streaming services and social media expose new sounds to a wider audience. 

Francine Ashby smiles from the clubhouse at Charlestown, an Erickson Living community near Baltimore, Md.

Over the last two years, the economic landscape has changed for the better. More Americans are employed now than ever before and consumer confidence is climbing.