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Dancing Away the Years

Published July 12, 2018 12:01 a.m.

I’ve never been comfortable speaking in front of large audiences or having the spotlight directed on me.

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The Never-Ending Balance

Published May 17, 2018 12:01 a.m.

It’s less work to see the world in black and white, but as I get older, I find myself more comfortable in the gray.

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My Generation: Why We Must Never Forget

Published April 12, 2018 12:01 a.m.

We recently vacationed in Saint Petersburg, Florida where our younger son and his wife reside.

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Creativity is Key to Thinking Outside the Box

Published Feb. 15, 2018 12:01 a.m.

My summer camp experience in the mid-1960s was not good. There were basically two choices back then—science or sports camps. My brother happily attended science camp. He loved it, but was labeled a nerd and laughed at by the sports camp kids.

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#MeToo—A Real Conversation Has Begun

Published Jan. 11, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Among the many headlines that stood out in 2017, women’s stories of sexual harassment and assault by men in positions of power in the workplace, in politics, in the entertainment industry, in higher education, and in private life, were revealed in the media almost daily, earning the two-word hashtag #MeToo, which went viral in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct against film mogul Harvey Weinstein.

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Hanging Out with my BFF (Best Furry Friend)

Published Nov. 30, 2017 12:01 a.m.

The holidays are approaching faster than ever with the usual hectic pace and pressures, at the same time as my life slows down to a snail’s pace and I’m doing nothing to prepare.

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Looking Forward to Staying Home

Published Nov. 02, 2017 12:01 a.m.

When my husband and I moved to our current house almost 13 years ago, we chose it because it was in our price range, in the community in which we wanted to live, had an unusual and beautiful marsh view, and a nice open, floor plan, without enough space for our sons—one in college and one recently graduated—to move back in.(!)

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Boomers—Continuing to Reinvent Ourselves

Published Oct. 05, 2017 12:01 a.m.

Having one career, even job, per lifetime—with a gold watch, pension, and retirement at 65—had pretty much been the American way until Baby Boomers, particularly Late Boomers, put a spin on this linear way of thinking, taking a more fluid, flexible approach to work as we enter into different ages and stages of our lives.

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The Soundtrack of our Lives Chronicled in Connecticut Rock ‘n’ Roll: A History

Published Sep. 07, 2017 12:01 a.m.

I’m not big into tribute bands, but when I read that the last concert of the season on the Guilford Green was an homage to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, we packed up the cooler and chairs and headed over to join our friends and another several hundred people on a beautiful late summer evening, singing along and dancing to the music that had such a huge impact on our younger selves.

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It’s Never Too Late to Express Yourself

Published Aug. 10, 2017 12:01 a.m.

I love to be around women of a certain age, the same age as I am, and older, who prove the old adage that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, who have the perspective that only comes with having a past and knowing that the future is fast approaching, and so there is no time like the present to start living your dreams.

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Paying the Price for Listening Too Loud

Published July 06, 2017 12:01 a.m.

What do Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Phil Collins, Neil Young, Ozzy Osbourne (to name a few); all have in common besides being legendary rock stars over age 60?

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All’s Right with the World Even When it Isn’t

Published June 01, 2017 12:01 a.m.

This is my happiest time of year. This is when I can’t stop counting my blessings.

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On Photographic Memories and Holding Onto the Past

Published May 04, 2017 12:01 a.m.

Will the Past Disappear Without Them?

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Saving the Planet Starts at Grassroots

Published April 06, 2017 12:01 a.m.

We’ve come such a long way as a society, eradicating so many diseases, making leaps and bounds in technology, demanding equal rights for all citizens.

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Living For Today Catches Up With Boomers

Published March 09, 2017 12:01 a.m.

Baby Boomers, like every other generation, have done great things and not so great things.

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Why We Marched

Published Feb. 02, 2017 12:01 a.m.

I’ve always been socially/politically active—through words.

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Life-saving Reasons to Make—and Keep—New Year’s Resolutions

Published Jan. 12, 2017 12:01 a.m.

You’ve probably heard the news that for the first time in four decades Americans’ life spans have decreased.

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Too Little Time, Too Many Choices

Published Dec. 01, 2016 12:01 a.m.

I stand motionless, except for the pounding of my own heart, in the yogurt aisle of my supermarket.

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Words Matter, in Matters of Gender Equality and Role Modeling

Published Nov. 03, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Women of my generation were coming of age during the first wave of the feminist movement of the 1960s—an energized movement with a second wave that lasted into the 1980s.

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Teach Your Children Well—Every Litter Bit Hurts

Published Oct. 06, 2016 12:01 a.m.

What Is Going On?

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An Extraordinary Small Town Life

Published Sep. 01, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Jonathan Waters was born during the baby boom of the 1950s, which was also a suburban boom, when many people left their childhood roots in search of a brand new house with a lawn.

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Finding Your Inner Happiness Every Month in Madison

Published Aug. 11, 2016 12:01 a.m.

When someone tells you they’re going to a Happiness Club meeting, do you cringe, thinking of corny images of iconic yellow smiley faces, or imagine people making a circle and singing “Kumbaya,” circa 1960?

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We Can’t Afford Another Moment of Silence

Published July 07, 2016 12:01 a.m.

It’s Time to Speak Up for Stricter Gun Laws

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You Can Always Start the (Father’s) Day Over

Published June 09, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Conversations About Love, Empathy, and Overcoming Dysfunction Help Fathers, Children Heal

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Supporting Ourselves, Supporting Each Other

Published May 05, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Baby Boomers didn’t create the support group. Credit goes to Bill Wilson, who founded Alcoholics Anonymous back in 1935. AA was the first support group to help people recover from alcohol addiction when medical intervention just wasn’t working.

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The Luck of the Pot Revisited

Published April 07, 2016 12:01 a.m.

When people ask me what I like about living in Stony Creek, in addition to the gorgeous views of the Thimble Islands, walking my dog on the beautiful trolley trail, and the overall small shoreline town charm, potluck dinners head the list. I think it’s because potluck equates with a sense of community I never experienced to this degree in any other place I’ve lived over my lifetime.

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R.E.S.P.E.C.T—Find Out What it Means to Me

Published Jan. 07, 2016 12:01 a.m.

Find Out What it Means to Me (Aretha Franklin, 1967)

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Meet the ‘Mad Man’ Dad of a Baby Boomer

Published Dec. 10, 2015 12:01 a.m.

Thinking about my previous column on veteran artists, and how veterans are often seen only as a product of their service, rather than the complete picture of who they are, I realized the same thing applies to our parents’ generation. We often look at the elderly only as elderly. We don’t always think about the colorful and interesting lives many of our parents have led. As adult children leading hurried lives, we don’t always make the time to listen to their stories. And sadly, the larger public doesn’t often hear their stories until they die, in an obituary.

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An All Veteran Artist Celebration will be held on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 4:30 p.m. at The Main Stage Theater, 177 College Street, New Haven.

Veterans as Artists, Going Beyond the Stereotypes

Published Nov. 05, 2015 12:01 a.m.

Veterans Having an Artistic Dialogue With the Civilian World

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60: It’s Just a Number

Published Oct. 01, 2015 12:01 a.m.

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