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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 […]

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 […]

THE BOOMER END OF THE SPEEDO CHALLENGE

    Any challenge but the Speedo Challenge?   Even without a dashing, single-ski dock start, or the dive team Speedo, the man carried a lethal air. He looked like he could fight death and fear, and win. It made him an icon. Leaping off a houseboat deck rail into thin air with one foot […]

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 […]

BABY BOOMER ZEN FOR THE SELFISH

    Baby Boomer Zen: You’re quiet time is more important than anything? Yes, it is.   An English cousin came to visit one summer in the early 90’s. Cousin Andrew. We lived on SE 11th and Lincoln, tagged the Industrial Eastside, in an upstairs flat with a crow’s nest front bedroom overlooking the street. […]

WHERE IS TOO FAR? YOU’LL KNOW WHEN YOU GET THERE

Trust only those who’ve gone too far. And come back.   Does it hurt to fall down? If you’ve never had the experience you could say falling looks painful. So does the getting back up part after falling. Whether falling down on the ground, falling down on the job, or falling down on the family, […]

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 […]

LETTER TO ENGLAND, IN ENGLISH. ENGLAND WRITES BACK

  Who writes a letter to England?   Before you scroll off to other click-bait, consider this: Write one letter to the person or place of your choice. One letter. Start with the usual, “Dear.” Then send it. If your letter sends death threats or rings fire alarms, this isn’t for you. Instead, call it […]