Tag Archives: Roxanne Jones

4 odd studies reveal differences between sexes

I recently saw an ad for a play based on John Gray’s book, “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus,” and it got me to thinking about the differences between the sexes. So I did an exhaustive Internet search to determine exactly what we know about this phenomenon (well, not really—I came at it […]

Choked on chicken: A tale of parental caregiving

My 80-year-old mother-in-law came to live with Hubs and me for what turned out to be the last six months of her life in 2004. Pat had lost her husband the year before to complications from Alzheimer’s disease, and was in year eight of her own struggle with metastatic breast cancer. Since Hubs was retired […]

This baby boomer is sick of drug ads

If you watch television, you can’t miss ‘em: the relentless barrage of ads for prescription and over-the-counter medications to treat virtually every malady under the sun. In fact, the Nielsen Company estimates that there’s an average of 80 drug ads every hour of every day on American television. It’s enough to make you sick. While […]

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 […]

Scenes from a boomer marriage

Anyone who’s in a live-in relationship surely has them—those slices of life that reveal what day-to-day cohabitation is really like. With apologies to Ingmar Bergman for co-opting the title of his cinematic masterpiece, here are some scenes from my marriage that take a somewhat—shall we say—lighter tone: Scene One: It’s 3:00 a.m. Hubs has returned […]

7 classes I wish Adult Ed offered boomers

Flipping through our local adult education organization’s latest catalogue, I must admit it offers a decent assortment of classes, some of which Hubs and I have taken. For example, together we learned how to roll our own sushi, he took yoga for men (until he hurt his knee), and a friend and I took a […]

Being cautious at our age: Wisdom or paranoia?

As winter has descended on us here in Maine, I can’t help but think about the S-word: Snow. Winter can be a b**ch, to put it bluntly. The whole winter’s-upon-us awareness also has me thinking about how my perception of things like bad weather has changed as I’ve gotten older. When I was in my […]

Toilet talk: Let’s go with the flow

So let’s talk about toilets. That’s what a friend and I did over lunch recently as we brainstormed Boomer Haiku topics. She pointed out that this once-pedestrian bathroom fixture – long a lowly receptacle that no one discussed in polite company – has been elevated to virtual rock star status in some homes. I sh*t […]

Sometimes, rules just beg to be broken

Roxanne Jones

When my husband and I moved to the southern California desert in 2000, our first home was in one of those active adult communities for those “55 and better.” Hubs had just turned that age and I was a relatively youthful 47 (only one of us had to have attained double-nickel status to become residents). […]

Weird medical advances boomers can (maybe) use

Many medical advances we take for granted today were the stuff of science fiction when we boomers were growing up. Now that we are grown up, medical science continues to make some incredible discoveries. For inquiring minds that want to know, here’s some recent medical news you might find useful (or at least amusing): A […]