American Business
Articles of Interest
Week of October 9th, 2017

I have chosen some "non-insurance" related articles for this version of "Articles of Interest".  I hope you find them interesting.  Have a good week.

Babies From Skin Cells? Prospect Is Unsettling to Some Experts
The New York Times , Tamar Lewin, May 16th, 2017

As medical advances accelerate, the rising concern of ethical and moral issues will continue to surface.  This article by Tamar Lewin, opens up the incredibly weird possibilities that can arise from new medical technologies.  This is an interesting read that should open up some dialogue with friends and family.

Why I Wrote This Article on Malcolm Gladwell’s Keyboard
The New York Times , Daniel McGinn, June 2nd, 2017

This article struck a chord with me.  Do we all have "lucky" something's?  Pens, socks, sweatshirts, etc.  Even some professional athletes will utilize this psychological prop.  The author of this article gives some statistical evidence of superior performance tied to "lucky" things

Daniel Tratt: A Story of Adversity, Resiliency and Love, Robert Golomb, June 26th, 2017

What would you do if a night of overindulgence resulted in permanent paralysis and traumatic brain damage? Would you be the exception or the rule? Give up or strive harder, achieving more than most anyone could have conceived? Insert Daniel Tratt, a 38-year old secondary school special-ed educator in New York City who divides his time between an active participation in the triathlon and marathon circuits and pursuing his educational and professional growth. After a tragic accident during his junior year at Binghamton U, induced by a night of binge drinking, Daniel suffered paralysis from the waist down, as well as brain trauma that impairs his cognitive ability. How he is able to overcome these physical and mental obstacles to not only live, but thrive through his accomplishments, is nothing short of inspiring. This article chronicles Daniel's triumphant story of overcoming adversity. 

Haven’t Updated Your Estate Plan in a While? It’s time.
The Wall Street Journal , Cheryl Winokur Munk, July 26th, 2017

This is a real life example of the need to continually update your wills and trusts.  At the same time, many of us have forgotten to execute health and power of attorney proxies for our children, that have reached legal adult status and are no longer minors.