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Mrs. Gert Boyle, Measured For Toughness

One Size Does Not Fit All A young baby boomer might have looked for the definition of ‘tough’ in their dad’s sock drawer. If they found a Silver Star and Purple Heart, then move to the closet and see Marine Corps Dress Blues, they’ve seen enough. After I pulled an Army tour, I asked my dad about […]

A Baby Boomer Sandwich Christmas

And One, And Two, And Three Boomerpdx readers know the Sandwich Generation. It’s a name made up to explain a segment of people raising kids and caring for parents at the same time. The old name was family, but it got updated. Baby Boomers love updates. Family traditions during the holidays don’t get updated. For […]

The Heart Of Portland

Baby Boomer Feels The Chilly Beat From Iceland Urban life grows more imposing the closer you get to Burnside. The pretty lights you see from I-5, the beautiful reflection off the Willamette, disappear once you park your car. Trade wheels on the road for shoes on the sidewalk and the pace slows enough for a […]

When Baby Boomers Cry, They Cry A River For Everyone

It’s Okay, Boomer. You’ve Earned Your Tears. Do women seem offended by men who cry? That they are less than manly? Not Baby Boomer women. They like men in touch with their emo side. Crying is healthy. Sweating is healthy during exercise, so tears must be a good thing. Tears of pity, yes. Tears of […]

WHAT IS A #1 AND HOW DID BOOMER CHIP KELLY GET THERE

IT STARTS WITH A #2 A careful look around the sporting landscape reveals the difference between good and great. Good is good enough. A #2 rolls with the punches and works the problem, a winner who barely runs out of time in losses. Great goes beyond the pale. A #1 warps time and space to […]

PORTLAND BABY BOOMERS WANT DEATH WITH DIGNITY, BOOMERPDX SHOWS HOW

Oregon Death With Dignity Cell Inside the Oregon State Prison, the Beaver State Big House, an inmate wants to die a death with dignity. He’s a two-time murderer looking for the exit. But he’s got problems. The governor doesn’t want him dying on his watch. This same governor signed off on two executions during a prior […]

GENERAL PATRAEUS LIGHTS A LIGHT

    Should an Army Pfc know more than General Patraeus? Non-military people say things like “Thank you for your service” in an automatic voice. What they mean is, “I’m glad it was you and not me.” Baby Boomers who joined the service after the Vietnam draft get a more pointed question. “What were you […]