Category Archives: Benefits of being older

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs redefined for baby boomers

Do you remember learning about Maslow’s hierarchy of needs? Abraham Maslow was a psychologist whose thinking was pretty original for his time (1908 – 1970). Before then, most psychology had focused on the abnormal; he, on the other hand, wanted to know what contributed to positive mental health. “I was awfully curious to find out […]

In praise of marrying later in life

I’ve often said that it’s not that I didn’t make mistakes—I just didn’t marry them. I remained single until I was nearly 44. I’m in awe of people who marry in their teens or twenties and are able to stay (happily) married for decades, but I wasn’t anywhere near ready to make that kind of […]

Life lessons from my toilet, corkscrew and other inanimate objects

We’ve all seen ‘em: those “listicles” that impart wisdom (“All I Need to Know About Life…”) gleaned from dogs, cats, cows, the Easter bunny, toddlers and the like. Life lessons, it seems, are everywhere if you just pay attention. So, fellow baby boomers, as a believer in the adage that we’re never to old to […]

On learning that I’m “half-Jewish”

I didn’t learn my birth father’s identity until I was in my mid-twenties, and it was a shocker on two counts. First, while I’d never met him in person, I’d grown up knowing his name because he was a realtor whose “for sale” signs appeared around my hometown. Plus, one of his younger sisters had […]

Giving thanks for what I don’t have

There’s no Norman Rockwell-esque, happy-family-gathered-around-a-bounteous-feast scenario in my Thanksgiving memory bank. That doesn’t mean I don’t have a lot to be grateful for, however. In fact, I’d start my gratitude list with the fact that this year, it’s just my husband and me and a 10 lb. turkey getting together for the holiday. Here are […]

Bad bosses this baby boomer has known

I recently saw an ad for a 2011 movie entitled “Horrible Bosses.” The plot centers on three friends who decide to murder their respective overbearing, abusive bosses. While I’ve never felt compelled to take action quite that drastic, I have to admit that, over the years, I’ve had some—shall we say—challenging bosses. For example: A […]

What’ll you have? 8 unusual places to get a drink

When we boomers became “legal” in the 60s and 70s, there were basically two types of places we could get a drink: at a bar or a packie (a New England term for liquor, or package, store). Our access to adult beverages was further limited by blue laws—strict religious laws that harken back to colonial […]

More Girl Scout badges for boomers

Ladies, it’s no surprise that we seldom get credit for all we achieve. That’s why, in an earlier blog post, I suggested some Girl Scout badges that we boomers should be awarded as adults. But that was just the start. Here are more badges that reflect our diverse and often-undervalued capabilities at this stage of […]