A Boomer’s Painful Retrospective

A Boomer’s Painful Retrospective

Kathleen Pooler, Author

Kathleen Pooler, Author

At this age, many of us are evaluating our lives, wondering why we made so many bad choices.

In her brand-new memoir, my friend Kathy Pooler, nurse, cancer survivor, and all-around-good girl, comes to understand why she married two abusive and borderline-dangerous men. It’s a great narrative which reads like a novel. As I read, I felt like screaming “NO!” Of course, it’s…

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Resilience: The New Self-Esteem

Resilience: The New Self-Esteem

We Boomers may have tried too hard to give our kids a sense of self-esteem. We stand accused of rewarding the munchkins for all manner of nothingburger “accomplishments” and fostering a sense of entitlement in Gens X and Y. Now, the tide has turned. Self-esteem is out and resilience is in.

Resilience, which allows a person to roll with the punches, is built internally, and does not rely on…

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Empty Nest: Heartache and Opportunity

"For 20 years, we packed lunches, helped with homework, and paid too many bills…" So begins the lament of the empty-nester, in this case, …

Empty Nest: Heartache and Opportunity

"For 20 years, we packed lunches, helped with homework, and paid too many bills…" So begins the lament of the empty-nester, in this case, …

Is Reinvention Elitist?

I just finished Your Life Calling by Jane Pauley.  The objective of this book, according to the author, is “to inspire people…to imagine their own future in powerful and positive ways.” Pauley weaves her story into the telling of those anecdotes.

Is Reinvention Elitist?

I just finished Your Life Calling by Jane Pauley.  The objective of this book, according to the author, is “to inspire people…to imagine their own future in powerful and positive ways.” Pauley weaves her story into the telling of those anecdotes.

The Human Experience

July is a poignant month for my family. My dad died in July, 2008. He and mom had just celebrated their 59th anniversary, on July 17. Three years after he died, Mom broke her leg and, in July, had to move from their beloved home in the high desert of Hesperia, California. That was in 2011. She just celebrated her 89th birthday last month. In spite of leg pain and other challenges, she’s doing…

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Sting is Jazzed to be Old

Sting is Jazzed to be Old

StingHe had a serious case of writers’ block. For the past dozen years, Sting, aka Gordon Sumner, lost his creative mojo.

“I had no interest in tailoring songs for Top 40 radio, for 14-year-old girls or boys. I’m a 62-year-old man. Where is the arena to present my work?” he asked in an interview with Time Magazine (June 30, 2014).

This talented boomer was facing a challenge so many of us are going…

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Web-Addicted Boomer Goes Offline for One Day and Lives

Web-Addicted Boomer Goes Offline for One Day and Lives

Like all baby boomers, I grew up in the days of carbon paper and white-out. So it’s funny to find myself, at this age, more or less addicted to the Internet. I spend way too many hours online. Maybe you do, too.

How many is too many?

It’s too many if you have a hard time breaking eye-lock from the small screen long enough to pay attention to the people you love and/or live with, if you’re late to…

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Boomers Aren’t Old, Right? Right?

Boomers Aren’t Old, Right? Right?

Remember Gloria Steinem’s quote on my home page?

To be defiant about age may be better than despair – it’s energizing – but it is not progress. Actually, after fifty, aging can become an exciting new period; it is another country.  

Many of us boomers don’t like thinking of ourselves as old. Nope, we’re in midlife (guilty – see website subhead). Age is just a number, because we “still” (fill in…

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Linda Ronstadt Tribute

Last April, Linda Ronstadt was inducted – finally! – into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You probably know she is ill, and as a result, doesn’t sing anymore, and couldn’t attend. So her friends did it for her. I was moved by this sweet rendition of Different Drum, sung by the very young Carrie Underwood. It brought back memories of my own youth. (By the way, you know I redesigned my website. If…

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A Feminist Salutes Fathers’ Day

In honor of Fathers’ Day, I, a lifelong feminist, would like to salute fathers everywhere and, in particular, my husband, son, stepson, and son-in-law.

A Feminist Salutes Fathers’ Day

In honor of Fathers’ Day, I, a lifelong feminist, would like to salute fathers everywhere and, in particular, my husband, son, stepson, and son-in-law.