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Sunday, May 18, 2008

It's ShowTime! Blogging Boomers Carnival #70 Hits a Home Run!

Now, why would I say that? Because there is nothing I can think of that is more fun than to start off a week as the Blogging Boomers Carnival Host! So, today, it gives me great pleasure to tease you, prod you, and encourage you to visit our carnival bloggers and get their perspective on the world in Boomerland. If you don't know what a carnival is, it is a collection of posts from a group of bloggers, gathered together every week and posted on different host sites. Usually fascinating and always something for everyone! Just like a real....Carnival.

Ever wonder if your childhood elementary school was still standing (mine was Glencoe Elementary in my little neighborhood of Nouveau Bordeau in Montreal, Quebec)? The Boomer Chronicles wants to know: "What institutions from your past are gone forever -- your elementary school? church? synagogue? childhood home?"

Some thoughts on a 60th birthday celebration the value of friends, both grown up and very small, and of the wonder that is the Jersey shore at Don't Gel Too Soon. If you haven't yet visited Cindy's blog, it is definitely worth the trip.

And then...ayay! LifeTwo notes that chronic pain is yet another thing to not like about middle age.

How's this for some serious carpel tunnel? With the news that someone in Australia has translated all 31,173 verses of the bible into text speak, Ann at Contemporary Retirement asks, 'Is text just a passing fad or will it be around in 20 years' time?' <;O

One of our new Carnival members, the MidLife Crisis Queen (love the blog!) talks about becoming the elders of our tribe. Really, it's about how we all may struggle with becoming the elders, in a tribe that does not respect it's elders.

So Baby Boomer gives us a bite of reality (and, yup, sometimes reality CAN bite!) The middle Baby Boomers are 52 or 53, with 13 to 15 years of work left. Some get the fact that their lifestyle will be a heck of a lot better if they forgo some consumption in the next 10 to 15 years. Many do not. (Oh crikeys...I'm going to have to give up the spinach/parmesan artichoke dip at Trader Joe's. I bought TWO bags of groceries today for just shy of $50.00! And spent $90 filling up my tank. And that was before lunch.)

Have you been struggling to define your style since you’ve reached midlife? (Yes, I have...always! I'm a whiz on the keyboard, but a disaster at the mall...) Then check out a cool new tool at
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And another welcome to one of our new carnival members over at This Marriage Thing. Many would say that compromise is the key to a happy marriage, but is that entirely true?

For my special contribution of the week, I saw a couple of my friends get laid off in their late 50's and that prompted a bit of speculation, observation, and, of course, a few comments.

Enjoy the reads and make sure to make comments whenever you feel like it...it always makes a blogger feel that much more special.


gailmaria said...

Hey there blooger festival. I just went to "The Marriage Thing" web-site and commented. Lo and behold I had to register in a separate email. Bummer and who has that kind of time? Besides which I could hardly read the 100 digit registration link. Too much like work and reminds me I need to get my vision checked! So I wrote a comment I can't post! What's up with that kids?

Janet Wendy, founder, Gen Plus said...

Hi Gailmaria -- sorry to hear about your comment challenge. Unfortunately, as bloggers, we use the free software as provided by our hosting programs (Google, Wordpress, Typepad, etc.) and comment and posting guidelines are set by those companies. We LOVE getting comments, and there is a barrier to entry by having all the encryptions/passwords, but there are so many spammers, spiders and robots that look for ways to infiltrate websites, the hosting companies typically don't have any choice if they want to keep their sites (and us blogger...their clients) secure. Hopefully you'll try again and it will be easier second time around.