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 […]

6 unusual medical advances baby boomers might appreciate

As we baby boomers confront various health issues as we age, it’s good to keep abreast of medical advances that may offer us hope or, in some cases, maybe just a dose of amusement. Interestingly, some of these developments were the stuff of science fiction when we were growing up. Take a look: Silly Putty […]

They walk among us: Tales of utter stupidity

You know the acronym SMH—for “shaking my head”—that’s used in texting and on social media? Well, I’ve been SMH so much these days that I’m afraid I’m going to get whiplash. Because…stupidity. I’ll be the first to admit I do or say dumb things sometimes (like recently showing up a week early for a lunch […]

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, […]

Got stress? 7 things you may not know about it

There’s a lot of research about how chronic stress is bad for our hearts, brains and emotional health, contributes to obesity, and even shortens our lives because it accelerates the aging process. The physiological response to stress goes like this: When confronted with danger (like when our forebears encountered a wooly mammoth), our bodies flood […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Is the doctor’s waiting room the new singles bar for boomers?

Are you a baby boomer singleton in search of a mate, a friend with benefits, or a social companion? Have you burned out on online dating? Outgrown the bar scene? Wonder where and how to meet eligible singles who weren’t born yesterday? Why not try your doctor’s waiting room? Let’s face it—we’re spending more 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. […]