Category Archives: Miscellaneous

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 […]

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 […]

5 reasons I think I may be an old fogey

I may have crossed over into the realm of being an old fogey. Why? Because I find myself asking, “What is the world coming to?” with increasing frequency. I remember our parents’ generation saying that about rock and roll, long hair on guys and women burning their bras. Now I’m saying it about things like […]

Fish farts & other weird science news

The sometimes-bizarre stuff that scientists choose to study never ceases to amaze me. Here’s some research that may having you shaking your head in awe—or disbelief: Fish fart to communicate Letting ‘er rip generally is frowned upon in polite company. But in the fish world, flatulence appears to play an important social—even lifesaving—role. Scientists discovered […]