There's no question that the money saved over many years allowed my parents to build a large enough college fund to send me to the private college of my choice. That's a whole lot of money saved on tuna.
Nowadays, it's more difficult to know when summer is about to end. Both Now Husband and Miracle the Cat continue their usual routine year-round, and give no indication of being aware that the calendar pages are flipping by.
The economic upheaval we've experienced since 2007 has really upended our long-held assumptions about employment and retirement. My generation grew up thinking that we would retire comfortably at age 65 and that younger people would naturally come along to take our jobs and keep the economy growing.
Falling in love at any age is a wondrous experience. But love at fifty-something is different than love at thirty-something.
The most important thing to remember at all times is that if you are retired and your children are grown and gone, try, in general, to maintain a low profile at this very busy time of year.
We have gone from DEpendence to INdependence, she observed, but we have one more step: INTERdependence.
They didn't stop that war and invent new religion just to end up watching "The Simpsons," reading "Doonesbury" and blogging on Facebook. Is that what the boomer generation is going to be remembered for? Just a single burst of youthful idealism, then a quick fade to the back?
Whether it's to make money, pursue a second (or third!) career or simply for your own personal entertainment, don't let the voices inside your head convince you that you can't try to learn and apply a new skill.
Most boomers' parents didn't grow up with cars as their ultimate status symbol. A lot of them had to interrupt their joyriding days in order to save the world from war. And the generation that followed us cared more about fancy technology than something on four wheels.
We're all connected online, yet we don't communicate as humans. We are all so self-important looking down at our phones that we never have to engage with each other ever again.
If you're looking for a fun way to make music, energize your body, and stimulate your brain then consider tap dancing. The 'noise' we make reminds the world that boomers want to be heard!
By Alex Salkever Alex Salkever is a technology executive, journalist and consultant based in San Francisco. Alex is co-authoring a book with Vivek W...
Because I knew these folks way back when, I saw the distant, teenage past in their eyes and in their words as well as the surface of the present moment so evident in their faces, in their hands. I saw lives lived. I saw entire lifetimes.
I don't have to keep up the fast-paced lifestyle anymore, I don't need to reach the top of the mountain or climb the tallest ladder of success or even get dressed every morning to play the part. However, what I do need to do is give myself permission to change.
Mad Men and Women of America, let me remind you. There are nearly 80 million of us and we're going to be around for a good long while. We are the "youth generation" and no matter how old we get, we will continue to believe that we are the "youth generation."
Much of what is commonly being said about the federal budget is either mischaracterization or flatly wrong. When you slice through all the heated rhetoric, the budgetary choices we face may be painful, but they are actually much simpler to make than the debate would suggest.