Category Archives: Miscellaneous

How to cope with “morning peevishness”

It’s been called getting up on the wrong side of the bed. My grandmother called it feeling ugly (as in waking up in an ugly mood). My default word is pissy. But one of the best descriptors of starting the day cranky and reluctant to emerge from under the covers comes from Norwegian explorer Roald […]

Another batch of blog soup: More random musings

I’ve cooked up another batch of blog soup—creating a concoction out of tidbits from my notes and files to produce what I hope you’ll find to be a tasty read: Excuses for when a simple no won’t do While “no” is a complete sentence and uttering it tends to get easier as we get older, […]

A cat leash law and other stray thoughts

This week’s Boomer Haiku post is the blog equivalent of cleaning out the fridge to make soup. I’m pulling together leftover tidbits from my files—items that weren’t meaty enough to make a complete blog post on their own but, when mixed together, produce something that’s reasonably filling. Please have a taste: Cat leash law Citizen […]

The velocity of penguin poop and other odd scientific studies

Okay, all you climate change doubters and intelligent design believers: I get it. I understand why sometimes it’s hard to take science seriously. Well, not really…I just wanted to reel you in with a little empathy. But the truth is, when you read about some of the crazy stuff that supposedly legitimate scientists spend time […]

Baby boomer pet parents unleash their purse strings

Think about this: There are more than 75 million baby boomers in the U.S., and we control about 70% of the country’s disposable income. We also make up a significant portion of pet parents: Nearly 80 million U.S. households own a pet, according to the American Pet Products Association; of these, 37% are baby boomers. […]

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

I began to feel pretty powerless after the presidential election. So with the magical thinking and emotional intelligence of a four-year-old (remind you of anyone?), I got to fantasizing about what if I had a superpower (or ten) to make me feel more in control of my world. Here’s what I came up with: Telekinesis—I […]

This baby boomer has one word for 2017

Last year, I adopted the one-word approach to New Year’s resolutions. Instead of compiling a list of things to achieve, the idea is to choose one word to inspire your actions all year long. Proponents say this focus helps inform your goals and provides clarity about how you want to live your life. My word […]

Can you suspend your disbelief in these situations?

As countless children eagerly await the arrival of a fat, bearded man in a red suit who travels in a sleigh pulled by eight flying reindeer, I thought it was an appropriate time to talk about suspension of disbelief. You’re familiar with the phrase, right? It was coined in 1817 by poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. […]

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 […]