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KEN KESEY, SOMETIMES A GREAT OREGON IN KERNVILLE

Kernville house for Ken Kesey’s Sometimes A Great Notion In some parts of America I balk at driving the back roads. I drive on, but carefully. Those roads show more about a shared history if you look hard enough. The Siletz Highway, OR 229 headed east off of 101 north of Depoe Bay, is one […]

BABY BOOMER LIFE QUIZ FOR NOSY MILLENNIALS

Ask your parents about these life quiz situations   Life Quiz 1 Ever made to sit at the childhood dinner table until you finished everything on your plate…or fell asleep in shame? If a millennial asks their parents, and mom and dad say, “No, of course not. We weren’t raised in a gulag,” do a […]

SNAP, CRACKLE, POP: WAKING UP OLD AND MOBILE

Fight waking up old by not moving? Oh those magic moment between sleep and awake. You could be any age at any place and be a vital force. So you don’t move to enjoy the moment as long as it lasts. Then you swing out of bed. Your back cracks. Take a step and your […]

WHAT IS THE BABY BOOMER BOND, YOU ASK

    3 Shortcuts to understanding a baby boomer bond   If some bright-eyed middle aged face pops up in your life, you know what it’s there for. You need to shop smarter, invest better, learn the art of kindness. But you’ve already bought more than you need, are happily invested. People know how kind […]

BEAVERTON, PORTLAND’S EASTSIDE FOR ADULTS

  Beaverton sees Portland as a necessity of suburban life. They need a city nearby But it doesn’t work the other way around. Portland sees Beaverton in the same lot as Tigard, Lake Oswego, Gresham, even Vancouver. Suburbs feeding off the urban tube. You can defend any town, but a suburb takes more thought. Start […]

MILLENNIALS TURN ON YOU? IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT

    When millennials turn on you, don’t take it personally. But you will. See, it’s not you. Hard to imagine any baby boomer thinking anything’s not about them? That’s you and me and every hair-dyed, botoxed, Elvis-girdle-wearing-but-calls-it-a-weight-belt boomer man and woman alive. Millennials aren’t turning on you, so relax. But they are persistent about […]

LEARNING FROM WHERE YOU LIVE, PT2: BABY BOOMER ERA

  The baby boomer era state of mind.   What is there to learn from the baby boomer era? Every passing year the nostalgia grows stronger, but that doesn’t change history. Consider the boomer time line from 1946-1964. The oldest boomers were twenty year olds in 1966. The youngest were twenty in 1984. My cohort […]

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: NO NOBEL LIKE A NEW JERSEY NOBEL

    Bruce Springsteen a future Nobel Laureate? If Bob Dylan wins a Nobel Prize for Literature, why wouldn’t the man once called ‘The Next Bob Dylan?’ Along with lyrics that dare challenge the scope of epic rock and rollers of the past, Gilgamesh, Homer, Virgil, Ovid, The Boss and his body of work stand […]

HOW TO EXPLAIN BOOMERPDX: PICTURE OF PIE, AND PIE

  If someone asks what you’ve been reading lately, explain Boomerpdx like this:   You’ve been reading a single author blog with over a thousand posts. Eight categories organize the posts. Why eight? In honor of Troy Aikman and Marcus Mariotta, of course. Boomer Up, all twenty four pages, includes either boomers stepping up, or […]

SPORTS BOUNDARY FOR JASON WITTEN COWBOY FANS

  How serious is a sports boundary? Ask a Cowboy fan.   You’ve been at gatherings where there’s a game playing in the TV room. Maybe it’s a family reunion, or a party, or a guy in the neighborhood’s house. Someone catches you watching the game. “Oh, you’re one of them?” they say, and leave. They […]