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Odds Improve for Cracking 100-Year Barrier

Is there a difference between old and too old? Looking ahead to becoming a centenarian. Eight years ago, when I was a wet-behind-the-ears age of sixty-six, I wrote about “joining the legions of 90-and-older” one day, which was still almost two dozen years into the future. Well, that one day would have been October 7, 2037, which doesn’t seem so far away now. Therefore, with increasing optimism, I have expanded my goal to breaking the 100-year age [...]

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By |2022-07-01T13:26:33+00:00July 1, 2022|Aging, Baby Boomers, death, Diet, Moderation, Uncategorized|

Still Feeling Fortunate After All These Years

Once you get to the top, the only way to go is down. There’s really no need to sprint to the bottom. Baby Boomers in their sixties and seventies were taught by our parents and grandparents to work hard and be loyal. Loyalty is a two-way street, or so we were told, and employers supposedly recognized and respected this asset as exemplified by our hard work and willingness to go the extra mile. Our parents were better [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:09:29+00:00January 11, 2022|Aging, Baby Boomers, Newspapers, Old Age, Paychecks, Retirement, Writing|

Blaming the Boomers for America’s Woes

If at first you don’t succeed, just hang around and try not to screw it up. The boomers inherited a rich, dynamic country and have gradually bankrupted it. They habitually cut their own taxes and borrow money without any concern for future burdens. They’ve spent virtually all our money and assets on themselves and in the process have left a financial disaster for their children. — Bruce Gibney, A Generation of Sociopaths: How the Baby Boomers Destroyed [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:09:48+00:00July 12, 2021|Aging, Baby Boomers, Discrimination, Gen-Y, Greatest Generation, World War II|

Striving for Spunk and Spryness

They’re the “oldest-old” and they’re soaking up Social Security. About seven years ago, not long after I had passed traditional retirement age of 65, I pondered the possibilities of making it to the age of ninety — an age range that was becoming more common among the U.S. populace than ever. It seemed that by 2050, according to a prognosis from those dedicated to the science of aging, a.k.a. gerontology, there would be at least nine million [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:09:48+00:00July 12, 2021|Aging, Baby Boomers, Health, Old Age, Social Security|

Looking Back at the Lyrics of Our Lives

Every generation has the songs and lyrics that remind us of the events and feelings we may have forgotten otherwise.  There are song lyrics that get you right where you live. As a kid, I remember Chuck Berry singing a song that basically told the older generation, namely our parents, to back off. This is our music, as crude as you may think it is, and you can have your Big Band music and your symphonies. "Roll [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:09:50+00:00May 19, 2021|Baby Boomers, Classic Rock, Lyrics, Music|

Boomer Slogans and Catch Phrases Live on

Boomers killed America’s love affair with smoking before it killed more of us. Skill Note: Most of  following was written in July of 2015 as a newspaper column several years after retiring from 39 years as a reporter and editor for three different newspapers. Aside from several edits, addendums and asides, it remains the same. I know the range of age for retired people grows wider and wider with each passing year. For starters, people retire a [...]

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When Patriotism Contorts into Nationalism

Calling all patriots who want America to be the best we can be. If you are looking for a concise definition of patriotism — a phrase that captures its general meaning— it would probably be “love of country.” There really is no simple definition of patriotism, because it is not so much about blind love as it is an affection for and allegiance to your country acquired over a lifetime. It is a love instilled and nurtured [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:09:58+00:00September 2, 2020|1918, Baby Boomers, History, Hitler, Nationalism, Patriotism, Slavery, World War I, World War II|

How Fox Changed the Integrity of Our News

Keeping up with the virus on Fox News. I believe that the public journal is a public trust; that all connected with it are, to the full measure of their responsibility, trustees for the public; that the acceptance of a lesser service than public service is betrayal of this trust… I believe that a journalist should write only what he holds in his heart to be true. — Part of The Journalist’s Creed by Walter Williams (1914) [...]

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Drawing Line between Patriotism and Nationalism

When Uncle Sam wants you, make sure history is on your side. I might have to write and run here, because Mary and I will soon be abandoning our cozy little hideaway along the bay front in St. Petersburg, FL. We’re exiting for home in the wee hours tomorrow morning to escape the horrendous traffic through Tampa. Then, after vegging out in Asheville, NC, we’ll embark on a more leisurely drive along about 400 miles of the [...]

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By |2022-01-24T09:10:30+00:00February 19, 2020|Baby Boomers, Civil War, Education, Fact Checking, Fairness, History, Patriotism, Slavery, Truth|

Laughing at Our Scary Clown Prince

Insult comic or harmless clown? Donald Trump has become the Clown Prince of American Politics. I’m talking about the entire history of American politics. This is a jester who elicits few laughs and, like the modern breed of clowns, is more scary than humorous. He looms in some of our nightmares as something out of a Stephen King novel. For others, his brand of humor is a confirmation of pent-up animosity, fear, frustration and intolerance that allows [...]

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