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Aunt Gert

October 10, 2016

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    My Aunt Gert died on October 6, 19 days shy of her 95th birthday.  Gert was a legend in her own time, propelled by looniness that was the fodder for endless jokes between myself and my kids, as well as various blog posts. Nobody who ever met Gert would forget her. Being raised […]

The Story About Family Stories

August 24, 2016

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It’s no secret that, if a room full of people witness the same event, there will be as many versions of what occurred as the number of people in the room.  As we go through life, we create our own reality, even though we believe that the reality we create is the only choice possible. […]

Coming in Third

June 13, 2016

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It’s pretty much a known fact that the diminutive size of First Newborns is, like Napoleon and smallpox, in inverse proportion to the upheaval they cause in people’s lives. While said newborns occupy their copious leisure time with sleeping, eating, and pooping, newly-minted parents create any number of mental crises over these seemingly innocent characteristics […]

My Life in Junk Mail

April 14, 2016

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The US Postal Service, for the first time in over 100 years, has lowered the price of a first class stamp. Before you rush out and send greeting cards to all the people whose birthdays you have forgotten about for the last 10 years, be aware that most of them have already stopped talking to […]

My Mother, Not Me

May 8, 2015

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  Life in the Boomer Lane doesn’t need Mother’s Day to think about her own mother. She does that, pretty much, all throughout the year. She lost her mother four decades ago, before her mother could have experienced the joy of grandchildren. LBL would have liked to have been the kind of person her mom […]

How to Look Good in A Swimsuit

March 8, 2015

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  The following is a re-blog of an old post, with lots of new material mixed in that will, hopefully, trick Readers into thinking they are reading a new post.  Feel free to like this and to comment liberally, so that Life in the Boomer Lane thinks she has actually been successful in tricking you.  […]

Cooking With My Mom

May 19, 2014

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    Several months ago, I entered a monthly contest on a literary site, Midlife Collage. Winners were chosen who had the highest Facebook likes and the best comments from readers.  Thanks to your support, I won that contest.  Now several months later, all winning entries were reviewed and the winners were asked to submit another […]

An Archaeological Dig, Without Leaving Home

July 1, 2013

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It occurred to me over the past year that my children will never remove the approximately 100 large boxes stored in my attic. They have good reasons, mostly consisting of “We have no place for it.” I even resorted to saying “When I die, all you will do is throw everything out in the trash […]

A Postcard to Me From My Uncle, Written Five Years Before I Was Born

June 20, 2013

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It’s difficult to do family research under the best of circumstances. Unless you come from royalty or from a line of nefarious evildoers or from people who etched their names onto the planks of the Mayflower, chances are the just plain folks of your family lived and died in relative obscurity. My family tree has […]

Boomer Grandparenting: Able to Leap Tall Continents at A Single Bound

February 28, 2013

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    When my daughter and her husband of one year moved to London, I thought the worst had happened to me.  Then, within a year, she was pregnant. The loss factor multiplied. Then my first grandson, Jonah, was born. Suddenly, the romantic notion I had always had of grandparents and grandchildren living in close […]