Going abroad sometimes comes as a response to a personal shakeup: the end of a relationship, a financial loss, or the passing of a loved one. Getting out of Dodge, at least for a while, can provide the opportunity to gain a fresh perspective and explore your options.
No matter who we are or where we come from or why we moved in the first place, there is something about Thanksgiving that--somehow, somewhere--brings us together. Even Canadians, Europeans, and locals.
Expats have settled all over Belize, but one spot is starting to earn lots of attention lately... Corozal, the northernmost of Belize's six districts.
Everyone who was older than, say, five, on November 22, 1963 has a story that begins, 'On the day that Kennedy was shot, I...' Those too young to remember it have filed away Kennedy's murder in their minds along with other national tragedies: the assassination of President Lincoln, the Hindenburg disaster, Pearl Harbor, the sinking of the Titanic, the San Francisco earthquake.
It has come to Life in the Boomer Lane's attention that if she doesn't write about boomers soon, she might as well change her blog to Life in the General Doo-Doo Lane. To avoid this, she has returned to Boomerdom. Here goes.
President Kennedy, frozen in time at the age of 46, with much promise on the horizon and smiling into the Dallas sunshine, is with us still. Like Peter Pan, he never ages, while all of the rest of us, like Wendy, grow old.
Let's face it, dumping your old life and taking off to live -- even part time -- in Ecuador or Belize or any other likely foreign haven is not what most folks do. They may dream about it. But actually doing it is not something most folks seriously consider. It isn't what most people would call "normal."
In becoming obsessed with the Kennedys, we not only followed their fashion and lifestyle, we learned about government and politics.
Conventional wisdom dictates that people cut back on spending after age 50, but Boomers and older consumers have bucked this trend and earned their place at the marketing strategy table.
Research in 2001 suggested that seniors were skeptical of technology and would be slow adopters given their beliefs that the effort to learn might not be worth the end results.
My mother passed away just last month, and once again, Linda has been there. She has been a vital source of strength for me and for our father, who suffers from dementia and requires constant attention. I am so grateful to Linda.
We now find life more convenient than it ever was back where we could get 10 brands of anything on the planet. Because we no longer need 10 brands of everything... we just need one, and we've become very used to it being within easy walking distance in excellent weather.
A half-century later, pessimism has replaced optimism for many of today's college students, recent grads and the many of that generation who cannot afford college. As globalization and technological innovation intensify competition, those who can't bear the cost of college wonder what their future holds.
I've spent many years worrying about ridiculous things that either don't matter, or more likely, that I can't do anything about. (I mean how many girls secretly smiled when Baby Got Back started blaring from car stereos?!)
I cannot believe how much fun I'm having thinking about where I might like to live, once the kids are gone and my husband and I are in a position to think about retiring. Well, maybe not retiring exactly, but doing something different than the same old thing. We very well may continue working but I'd like to have a new adventure.