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Forgetfulness, or something more serious?! That’s what Santa Barbara, California, humor essayist Barbara Greenleaf wonders about in her new book, THIS OLD BODY: And 99 Other Reasons to Laugh at Life.” Barbara flatteringly says she got her start as a humorist on BoomerCafé.com. So when she asked if we’d like to run an excerpt from the book called “What am I doing here?”, how could we say no?!

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In this Boomer Opinion piece, BoomerCafé co-founder and executive editor Greg Dobbs writes that he should stop being surprised these days when he sees what comes out of the White House. Just when I think Donald Trump can’t out-ridiculous himself, he surprises me. The latest? After controversial first-term congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez this past week injudiciously indicted the Speaker of...

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Here’s an interesting perspective we found in salon.com about our baby boomer generation: the American middle class will die with us. Scott Timberg, a staff writer for Salon and author of “Culture Crash: The Killing of the Creative Class,” believes that we boomers weathered the recession just fine … but that it’s all downhill from here. It’s no secret that the American middle class has been on the...

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By the time “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” was in its prime on PBS, most baby boomers were past the prime of their childhood. But before the show ended its 33 year run, most boomers’ children had sat in front of the TV and become Mister Rogers fans. Which means many boomers had had Mister Rogers in their homes. That would include Seattle journalist Tim Menees, but his connection to Mister Roberts...

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What’s the expression, “We are our parents?” Well, not always, but the older we get, the more of our parents we tend to see in ourselves. In at least a small way, that’s what baby boomer Barbara Winard of Jersey City, New Jersey, is beginning to learn, as she sees her grown daughter doing what she once did. I was a rebel back in the day, like many baby boomers. But when I lit out for other...

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When you read that this story is by a baby boomer who wonders and worries, “Will my kids ever retire?”, you might think it’s going to be a farce. But no, it’s anything but. It’s by a retired attorney now teaching in an alternative high school in Seattle, Phyllis Coletta, who can’t see how her own kids will ever be in a position to get ahead of last week’s paycheck. In this Boomer Opinion piece...

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By Greg Dobbs Journalist and Co-founder of BoomerCafé.com With photos of Independence Pass by Craig Turpin/Aspen Daily News with our special thanks and Karin Teague, Independence Pass Foundation. Our Founding Fathers would have been in awe at the sight of Independence Pass, high in the Rocky Mountains. But they never saw the Rockies. Let alone the Pacific. They never even laid eyes on the...

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We live in a youth-obsessed culture. If you don’t believe it, just look at the ads all around you. So as baby boomers, how do we deal with that? Lisa Fields, who writes for publications like WebMD and Reader’s Digest about psychology and health matters as they relate to the workplace, has a piece on the website of our PBS friends over at NextAvenue.org, and she says the way to deal with it is by...

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Nationally published lifestyles journalist Cindy La Ferle wrote to us at BoomerCafé with a story: she had been talking with a boomer friend about the difficulties of caregiving for parents once they need it, and how those difficulties can linger long after the parent (or spouse) is gone. She says she herself battled a “wicked case of depression” a few years ago after her mother died and asked if...

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It’s only realistic for any baby boomer to acknowledge, we have more years behind us than ahead of us. Sherrill Pool Elizondo knows this— she calls it her Swan Song— and is trying to cope with it. From the looks of things, she’s pulling it off, because it’s not over, she says, until the fat lady sings. Older boomers know we’re experiencing our swan song for doing what we want to do and chasing a...

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