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LEARNING TO LEARN PORTLAND BIG AND SMALL

  Life long learners need classes to learn Portland?   A New York man moved to Portland in his fifties. He returns to The City every year to find something new. “Just walk around the financial district in lower Manhattan and you can read the history of the area on the sidewalk,” he said. “I […]

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 […]

ALL DOGS MATTER, NORTH BEND BULLDOGS MATTER MORE

  Of all mascots, North Bend Bulldogs rise to the top.   You probably heard this before? “You may forget names and faces, but you’ll never forget how you felt being there.” North Bend is where the ‘there’ is. It started early. Those lucky enough to finish their primary and secondary education in one place […]

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. […]

BOOMER PARENTS, BOOMER MATES: THE DUECE

Do good boomer parents make better boomer mates?   You read the stats about marriage and divorce and wonder what it takes to make it work? If you’re a short-time married, pay attention. What if you’re a long-time married? Same deal, pay attention. Not so much as pay attention to a blog post, or some […]

CLAM DIGGERS, CLAM DIGGING, CARRYING A CLAM BUCKET

Life according to clam diggers.   Thoughts of childhood should come with warnings. If it’s one happy, golden moment, after another, it’s not a memory. It’s a Hallmark Card of childhood. Real memories include trying time, leaning time, and what to never do again time. Did you have friends or relatives who owned land and […]

SHARING BABY BOOMER FITNESS GOALS

  If severe illness limits mobility, what do you do for baby boomer fitness?   If sitting is the safest place besides bed, how do you stay fit? More important, how can you help someone in such a condition? That was the challenge when I became caregiver for my Parkinson’s afflicted father in law. The […]

HIDING THE TRUTH IN PLAIN VIEW? GOOD PLAN, MAN

Hiding The Truth? From baby boomers? Try again.   Sports fans know all about hiding the truth. Others not so much. For all the memory problems on record, no one forgets the highlights of hiding the truth. Did Barry Bonds get help breaking the all-time Major League Baseball home run record? He’s the head of […]

OBAMA FAREWELL SPEECH, OR CITIZENSHIP CLASS

President Obama farewell speech a study in civics.   At the crossroads of history, President Obama gave his last big goodbye. The heart of his farewell? The Constitution. You’d expect different from a Constitution scholar with twelve years in the classroom? Like a great politician, a showman for the ages, he did it in Chicago […]

THE DAY DRUGS STOPPED WORKING? NEVER

  The last place you want to go after the drugs stopped. The drugs stopped working at a mom and pop funeral parlor where the owners lived upstairs. A shiny metal coffin sat in the chapel with a beautiful young woman inside. She wore a conservative suit, the sort of clothes that get people hired […]