And why not? First of all, we are the generation with the aches and pains. Where marijuana is legal for medical use, we are the first ones to request the cannabis prescriptions. And where it’s legal for recreational use, we will be in heaven. For most of us born between 1946 and 1964, pot or marijuana was our go-to in college. Some of us [me excluded] turned to cocaine in the 1970s disco era and the high-flying affluence of the 1980s, but coke messed with us a little too much, bringing about criminal records and wrecked lives [and death … Continue reading CNN REPORTS BABY BOOMERS ENJOYING MARIJUANA [AKA CANNABIS, WEED, POT, GANJA] MORE THAN EVER
One of the biggest fears of baby boomers is to succumb to Alzheimer’s Disease or another kind of dementia. Rates of dementia among seniors have been rising since medical advancements have enabled longer lives by producing drugs that have cured and even eliminated many diseases. And people are living longer with heart disease, diabetes, many cancers and even HIV. With longer lives and rising populations of senior citizens there is also an increase in people with dementia. But in a revolutionary new book, Timothy R. Jennings MD proves that age-related dementia doesn’t have to be an inevitable part of … Continue reading Did You Know That You Can Prevent Dementia? Noted Doctor Tells You How.
Heirlooms? Think Twice! 8mm films can be converted to files that can be downloaded and shared on the internet. Toss those old projectors and screens. credit: Photo by CEphoto, Uwe Aranas via Wikimedia Commons. I have learned not to … Continue reading Do You Have a Lot of Stuff You’re Saving for Your Kids, Heirs, Grandkids, Nieces, Nephews?
As we baby boomers already know, youth protests are nothing new. We did it in the 1960s and beyond — with marches for racial equality, lowering of the voting age and abortion rights, to name only a few. We protested against the Vietnam War, discrimination and the overall inertia and politicism in Congress. The whole concept of using music as a way to protest started with us: the folk songs of Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan and Phil Ochs are examples. Later, rock picked up the pace: Barry McGuire and Crosby Stills Nash and Young are standouts. What … Continue reading What I Would Tell the Kids From Parkland Who Are Protesting Gun Control in Tallahassee and Washington DC
This article from Everyday Health pretty much says it all. It’s no surprise that baby boomers should be paying attention to what we’re eating. Not only does our metabolism slow down every decade over 30 years of age, but the … Continue reading Foods You Should Be Eating If You Are Over 50
I wish we had known what I know now. But it might not have made a difference because my dad was so stubborn. About two years ago, my sister and brother-in-law were forced to take drastic action where my then-88-year-old dad was concerned. They live in the same town on Long Island as he does. Adding to the physical distance between my dad and me [a 35-minute drive from my apartment in Queens] is my disability. In 2004, I was forced to give up driving and sell my car. I had been diagnosed with ALS 10 months earlier and … Continue reading Some Early Signs of Alzheimers and Dementia to Detect in Our Loved Ones
To say that The Beatles had a conflicted relationship with Christianity and Jesus Christ, is an understatement. In 1966, John Lennon was quoted as saying that The Beatles had become bigger than Jesus Christ. That goes down as one of the most misunderstood declarations of all time. After millions of Beatles records were smashed and burned along America’s southern “Bible Belt”, John Lennon issued a clarification. Lennon said that it was more a statement about teenagers and society than a boast about Beatles fame. But the damage was already done; Christian teenagers had denounced their loyalty and destroyed their … Continue reading A BEATLES CHRISTMAS — HILLSONG’S HIP MASHUP OF PENTECOSTAL CHRISTIANITY AND FAB FOUR MUSIC
I was a little old for the David Cassidy mania because, in 1970, I was already in high school. David was more of a late-boomer sensation. But my younger sister, born in 1962, was seven years my junior and she was as smitten with David as I had been with Herman and The Beatles in the mid-60s. In fact, her first concert was David Cassidy at Madison Square Garden, thanks to our suffering uncle Howard Hauptman who stood in line at the box office for tickets in those pre-internet days. Our mom was one of many who remembered more of the pre-teen … Continue reading MEMORIES OF DAVID CASSIDY
I just joined AARP this year, despite turning 50 more than a decade ago — denial? I am the Queen! Anyway, I am disabled and spend more time than I want to, in front of the TV. But sometimes I sit with remote in hand, scanning the on-screen directory and it seems everything is for viewers under 30. By the way, whatever happened to the MTV I grew up with in my own late-20s and 30s? Well, AARP to the rescue with TV For Grownups and Movies For Grownups, a listing for people who want protagonists who don’t listen to rap … Continue reading Some Great Sites for Us Boomers — Locating Appropriate Entertainment and Delicious Meals Delivered to Your Door
Ask yourself this question: Without electric guitars, what would rock-n-roll sound like? For that matter, would rock-n-roll even exist if not for the electric guitar? Would there be an Eric Clapton, a Jimi Hendrix or The Beatles? Leo Fender, the inventor of the electric guitar was a plain, quirky and unassuming soul who lived in a mobile home in Fullerton, California. He was not a musician, he was nearly deaf and he had one glass eye. He invented his Stratocaster while tinkering around in his radio repair shop. Now Leo’s wife Phyllis has written a book about this fascinating and quirky genius that … Continue reading An Electric Legacy — The Life of Leo Fender