Browsing All posts tagged under »memoir«

Mining My Mind

April 7, 2016


Life in the Boomer Lane has always believed that, if one changes enough diapers, makes enough visits to the pediatrician, and puts enough miles on the car driving to soccer games, one will ultimately be rewarded by having produced offspring who become not only functioning adults, but who actually find their parents worthy of their […]

Cooking With My Mom

May 19, 2014


    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 […]

Six-Word Memoirs

February 14, 2014


Thanks to all of you who generously commented on Life in the Boomer Lane’s post on Midlife Collage. Thanks to Ermigal, who found the post and re-posted it on her own blog. That post was from February 2013.  LBL just found one of her earliest posts, from October 2010: The current issue of AARP Magazine […]

The Joy of Weed

August 27, 2013


The other day, while engaged in my usual rushing around from one place to another, I had to walk down a street that was in disrepair. The sidewalk was badly cracked and weeds were sprouting up in all the cracks. I don’t see much of that in the white-collar world in which I live and […]

My Mother. Myself? A guest post by Erica Hollinshead Stead

April 1, 2013


Every once in a while, I am struck by the need to blur the lines between the generations of women.  To remind myself that we are all, at heart, the products of other women whose reality differed in countless ways than ours.  That we are all, at heart, traversing a terrain our mothers never knew, […]

Running for Her Life

August 25, 2011


I heard her cries coming from the research carrel next to mine at the Holocaust Museum.  Her name was Irene, a short middle aged woman, staring, as I was, at a computer screen.  Hoping, as I was, that a relative’s name would appear that might prove that family members lived in more than stories told by aging […]

Where I’m From: I Am From City Streets

August 21, 2011


Life in the Boomer Lane is from city streets.  From small houses planted in long rows, brick flowers that rose precariously from concrete soil, hugging each other for safety.  From a gathering of European immigrants who found America by following the vegetable man who came down the street in a horse and wagon. LBL is from city […]

The Steps to Writing Your Life

February 22, 2011


Make a commitment to be honest.  This is the most important step of all.  Take your defenses and put them somewhere for the time being (maybe in a trunk in the attic.)  If you aren’t writing authentically, and you are writing to heal, you won’t be able to heal.  If you are writing for posterity […]

Writing A Memoir

February 21, 2011


Most people have one of three reasons to start them thinking about writing a memoir.  One is posterity.  When we left the communal campfires of our ancestors, we stopped telling the stories that were passed down through countless generations.  Nowadays, as we age, it’s natural to want to pass down our experiences to children and […]

Six-Word Memoirs

October 21, 2010


The current issue of AARP Magazine has a short piece titled “Six-Word Memoirs.”  Many people have submitted theirs online.  My favorite was “Located my childhood sweetheart. Shouldn’t have.” So, here are some six word memoirs of my life: A mistake, telling Steve Jacobs “No.” Can I do eighth grade again? Three children. Two husbands. No […]