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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 […]

Words of My Fantasy Democratic Candidate for President 2020

November 6, 2017

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(Note to Readers: Life in the Boomer Lane has recently been appalled by the predictable silence that has followed the Vegas massacre, the proposed new tax code,  the administration announcement that fossil fuels will prevent both sexual abuse and reduce climate change, and a just-viewed recruitment video posted by the NRA in June. And now, […]

An Open Letter to Victims and Family Members of Future US Mass Shootings

October 5, 2017

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Dear Future Victims and Family Members,  I realize that, while I am grieving for the people who died in Las Vegas, as well as for those who loved them, I must also reserve room for all of you who will have been the victims and loved ones of victims of mass shootings to come. After […]

A Valentine for POTUS

February 6, 2017

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    Dear POTUS, This year, I’m sending you a Valentine, not because I love you or respect you, but because I love my country. And you are the duly-elected symbol of that country. You may not know that I love my country, since I’m not in the pro-life movement, I don’t attend church, fear […]

The Women’s March on Washington 1/21/17

January 16, 2017

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  My parents were Eastern European Jews, who came here in the years between WWI and WWII. When people hear this, most will say, “Well, luckily, they weren’t in Europe during the Nazis’ time.” That is correct. But, while they escaped Nazism, they lived the brutality that preceded it. They lived the massacres of the pogroms, […]

This New Orange Era: Rule by Tweet

December 26, 2016

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    It’s no secret that the PEOTUS prefers to convey vital information to the American public via Twitter.  Twitter has some distinct advantages. It allows short bursts of thought, without reference or analysis.  It is unfiltered.  It allows feedback only in the form of other Tweets, not in any real engagement.  It gives the Tweeter […]

This New Orange Era: The New Norm is Not A Norm

December 15, 2016

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  Back in the 1950s, the US, having just survived a horrific war, settled down and chose a general as President. The theme was order and prosperity. The small world that Life in the Boomer Lane inhabited consisted of school, family and friends. The first two were orderly and predictable. School, above all, was a […]

This New Orange Era: The Test of Journalism

December 8, 2016

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On Wednesday, Donald Trump was interviewed via phone by Matt Lauer. Lauer, a genuinely nice guy, is not a heavyweight in the world of journalism. Coming off the flack he received by his wimpy moderation of the pre-debate debate between Trump and Clinton, Laurer was prepared to do some hard talk, this time around.  What […]