For those of us Catholic Baby Boomers who grew up during the 1960s, the church was about more than religion. It was like an extended family and cultural identity.
I have a solemn confession to make. In a couple months, I am turning 50. Even as I type this I'm imagining anyone affiliated with my career making a frantic dash for my computer. 'You work in television, you can't admit that! Quick, say that you're turning 8. Or that you haven't been born yet.' Please.
Boomers make feckless comparisons with their parents' generation, like 60 is the new 50. Shaving off 10 years simply because we don't like the idea of getting older is just blowing smoke up our collective butts. But, there is one glaring generational difference, and that's our disparate sexualities.
Downsizing. It's a word that's long been part of the American lexicon and should come into even sharper focus as Baby Boomers age and more and more retire.
Sixth grade in Mrs. Gleason's class meant a lot of laughing at you instead of with you. Sixth grade is a pretty snarky place to begin with, and the fact that Mrs. Gleason always seemed to be teaching us how to diagram sentences or not to misplace the modifier meant her back was always turned as she wrote on the blackboard. A perfect adolescent storm.
In his prime, my father was a powerful man. He was the first military judge to wear a judicial robe, presiding over courts-martial across Europe. But his prime ended about 25 years ago. My father is now 86 years old.
I'm lost within ten minutes of leaving the airport parking lot. I didn't think I'd need a GPS in my homeland, but apparently today I do. One town just slides into another these days. I feel like there used to be space between them that let you know you were changing zip codes. Okay, it's been a while.
There are so many life lessons the Boomer generation has learned and can pass on to the youth of today and they are beautifully reflected in this movie. I will touch on them without great detail, because I would like you to see it for yourself.
In January 2013, on a chilly, rainy Washington, DC morning, I adopted a 5-lb, one year-old Yorkie "mix." With 1.4 million dog adoptions in...
The old standard of retiring and shuffling off to a retirement community is being re-written by baby boomers who want to enjoy their homes, embrace their communities and age in place as long as they can. By renovating their homes, engaging in the "Village" model, and finding innovative solutions like the Golden Girls Network's Home Companion program, it's now possible for baby boomers to stay in their homes longer.
Grandma and Grandpa have some stern advice for the younger generation: learn from their mistakes. Now that they've reached retirement, they're finding that a lack of funds is their biggest dissatisfaction, and they strongly urge younger Americans to open a 401(k) or IRA as soon as possible and fund it as much as possible.
Ultimately, whether you think the cap should be raised or abandoned depends on how you feel about progressive or regressive taxation -- and most likely, how much money you make.
I started thinking about those simple, supposedly non-offensive words aimed at baby boomers -- and how that language often evokes negative feelings and thoughts. 'Senior citizen,' 'golden years,' 'early bird special.' Do we really need the marketing world blasting old-fashioned 'aging' reminders?