Category Archives: Nostalgia

54 things I never thought I’d say

One recent Sunday, a friend asked if I’d seen a certain skit on SNL the night before. I heard myself reply, “No, I can’t stay up that late, but I’ll check it out online.” Then I thought: OMG, did I really just say that? Have I turned into an old fart who nods off after […]

A Mexican root canal and other vacations from hell

As winter descends here in Maine and some of us begin to dream about getting away to someplace warm, I find myself recalling some memorable vacations in the past. And by “memorable” I mean they sucked. Loco with tooth pain When we lived in southern California, Hubs and I flew down to meet friends who […]

Overheard at my 45th high school reunion

I had the pleasure of attending—and helping to organize—my 45th high school reunion this past summer. It was a blast to reconnect, reminisce and catch up on what and how classmates from the Brunswick Class of 1971 are doing. As someone remarked, when we were in high school there were various cliques—like the jocks, the […]

No! Cracker Jack discontinues toy prizes

Say it ain’t so! I recently read that Cracker Jack—the sweet-salty snack hailed as America’s original junk food—is replacing the iconic mystery prize found inside each box with stickers bearing digital codes for “baseball-inspired mobile experiences” (aka online games). WTH? I understand companies must evolve to keep up with changing customer needs and wants, but […]

10 childhood myths debunked

Most of us boomers were fed a certain amount of misinformation when we were growing up. Sometimes, it was a “fact” the adults in our lives really believed. Or they just said whatever it took to get us kids to toe the line—and we bought it. Whatever the motivation, now that we’re adults, it’s time […]

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 […]

13 childhood games updated for today’s boomer

Remember the games we played as kids? There were playground pursuits like tag and Red Rover, party games such as Blind Man’s Bluff and Musical Chairs, and pastimes like marbles or jacks. Now that we’re all grown up, we may not have the fortitude, flexibility or inclination to play the games we did in our […]