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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 […]

Teaching Trump in 1972

January 4, 2018

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Yesterday, a weather event arrived on the East Coast, so severe that it was called a bomb cyclone.   People were glued to their TVs. Significant snow arrived in places that rarely saw snow. New York, in a highly irregular move, announced school closings. Ferocious wind arrived. CNN blared that the temperatures were lower than Mars. […]

Being Not Normal in 2018

January 2, 2018

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The holidays are over and now Life in the Boomer Lane can get back to normal. Her first order of business will be to find out what “normal” is. She hasn’t been successful thus far. The word continues to elude her. Yesterday, she was asked at a walk in clinic what her height and normal […]