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Small Acts of Great Courage

June 9, 2020

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Life in the Boomer Lane lives in a neighborhood of mostly (overwhelmingly) white, professional people, people whose livlihoods ultimately depend on the behemoth we affectionately call the federal government. They are government workers, consultants, facilitators, researchers, attorneys, statisticians, politicians. They work for the Federal Reserve, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and a host […]

The Price of Human Dignity

June 2, 2020

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For many years, my uncle ran a butcher shop in one of the all-black neighborhoods of North Philadelphia. On August 28, 1964, a woman came into the shop and asked for the largest, best cut of steak my uncle had. He began to pull it out of the case to show her. She stopped him […]

To Lubbock With Love

May 29, 2020

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A long time ago, Life in the Boomer Lane participated in a workshop in which people declared their visions for their lives. Huge visions were encouraged. Impossible visions were applauded. As time went on, visions became grander, more expansive. LBL will admit, she was enthralled by these visions. And some of these visions actually manifested. […]

Disasters, Natural and Unnatural

May 15, 2020

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The news lately has been filled with so much to ponder, that Life in the Boomer Lane barely had time to focus on her three hour cry-for-help call to Apple this morning. But she did get through the call, learned her issue would remain unresolved, and so could then get back to the musing at […]

The Ultimate New Years Resolution: First, Do No Harm

December 19, 2019

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Life in the Boomer Lane prides herself in being the caring type. She is guided by strong morals and ethics. She values people over things. She volunteers. She donates money to people and causes that do good in the world. She is impressed with people who aren’t impressed with themselves. She is most impressed with […]

Stonewall 50

June 10, 2019

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In June of 1969, I graduated from college. The road ahead seemed clear and straight. I would get married in August and the day after the wedding, my newly-minted husband and I would leave for graduate school in Bloomington, Indiana. I would become a teacher. I would start a family. The years would spool out […]

When Shallow Has Depth

February 18, 2019

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Life in the Boomer Lane has been, for the last couple years, obsessed with a TV series that, to her, is unique. The series is Schitt’s Creek, on POP TV (shoutout to all Canandians) and now streaming on Netflix. She has a ticket to see the cast live this month and so she has been […]

Why Things Aren’t As Bad As They Seem

February 5, 2019

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In this age of rapid-fire communication, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all of the bad news that keeps popping up everywhere: Horrific weather events keep gently nudging us that we are on a collision course with the environment, and that far worse is in store. Democracies around the world are failing, replaced by dictators, […]

Yesterday

September 28, 2018

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Along with countless other people, I was glued to the TV yesterday, to watch the Senate hearing with Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh.  There were so many thoughts swirling around in my head throughout, that I thought I’d never be able to make sense of it enough to write anything. Yet here I am, […]

Getting Out the Vote

August 23, 2018

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Like many other Americans (roughly half of the population) Life in the Boomer Lane has been inhabiting an alternate universe since November 8, 2016. On this date, we learned that the other half of the population had done something completely inexplicable. And, in the time since, the lines have been even more firmly drawn. Many […]