Browsing All posts tagged under »Newsweek«

Generation ‘Special’

June 23, 2012


This week’s Newsweek features a piece by David McCullough Jr, a teacher who gave a speech to the 2012 graduating class of Wellesley High School.  Visit Wellesley’s website.  The school sounds more like a university than a high school.  The gist of McCullough’s speech was “You are not special.  You see, if everyone is special, […]

Labor Days

May 19, 2011


Thanks to Newsweek, I now know that laughing gas is being touted as an aid during labor (the kind that ends in childbirth, rather than the kind that ends in a paycheck).  This got me to thinking about my own labors, in 1975, 1976, and 1980.  This was shortly after husbands began routinely appearing in […]

How to Live Forever

May 4, 2011


Newsweek has an article called “How to Live Forever.”  In spite of that intriguing title, the article isn’t about living with your children or in the nursing home until the universe is finished being the universe and moves on to being something else. If everyone really could live forever, it would bring up other issues.  Like […]

What’s Cookin’ in De Despot’s Pot

April 8, 2011


In its never-ending quest to provide Life in the Boomer Lane with hilarity to comment about, this week’s Newsweek has an article titled “The Despot Index,” in which information about popular despots is given in a number of categories. Ten despotic-looking characters are represented, ranging from the cutting-edge leisureware fashionista Kim Jong-Il, to the next scheduled speaker at […]

What Makes Things Spew Out of My Nose

March 11, 2011


Life in the Boomer Lane can’t help it.  Whenever anything happens that makes her feel uncomfortable or helpless or scared, she makes a joke.  Then LBL makes herself laugh (because she is always her own best audience) and then things come out of her nose.  Her life has never been directly threatened, but on two occasions when […]

My grandfather smoked for 75 years. My grandchildren are doomed.

November 4, 2010


  Thanks to this week’s issue of Newsweek, I now know that “epigenetic changes in sperm are carried forward transgenerationally.”  Don’t even bother to check your online dictionary.  I’ll translate (I’m a full-service blogger): If your great-grandparents or parents or you or your partner participated in a potentially damaging lifestyle (Oh, let’s say like consuming the […]

Mama Grizzlies, Animal and Otherwise

October 5, 2010


The October 4 issue of Newsweek has an article titled “Hear Them Growl,” about the political female Grizzlies.  Life in the Boomer Lanc  decided to get to the bottom of this, doing some mighty deep research for about 15 minutes on Google and on the National Geographic site.  Aside from the time that a bear […]

The Best Country in the World is…

August 25, 2010


Those were the words on the cover of this week’s Newsweek.  The actual article was titled “The Best Countries in the World.”  Newsweek rated the countries that, if you were born today, would provide you with “the very best opportunity to live a healthy, safe, reasonably prosperous, and upwardly mobile life.”  This was followed by […]

Marry. Or live together. Or just get a dog.

July 15, 2010


Time to get serious. Newsweek did a piece on “The Case Against Marriage” with some mighty scary stats. They include: 1. Americans have the highest divorce rate in the world 2. As many as 60 percent of men and 50 percent of women will have sex outside of their marriage (The rest are too busy […]