Friendship is about connection

Hey, Boomer Walk-about #4 I was at the beautiful campus of Furman University in Greenville, SC. It must have been time for scheduled campus tours because there were lots of parents and students walking around or sitting on the lawn in groups. The trees were just starting to bloom, but no baby ducks in theContinue reading “Friendship is about connection”

Are we doing enough?

Hey, Boomer Walkabout #2 It was very cold on Sunday morning, 21 degrees. I wasn’t sure we were going to be up to walking in that kind of chill. Luckily for us, it warmed up into the 40’s by the time of our walk, the sun was high, and the sky was vibrantly blue. GayleContinue reading “Are we doing enough?”

What I learned about Happiness, Joy and Friendship on my First Walk-about

My inaugural Hey, Boomer walk-about was with my dear friend Doris McLallen. Doris wanted to walk around the Greer City Park. This is a 12-acre park, and I anticipated an hour or so of active walking and talking. Doris had designed a more historic agenda for our walk, and I gladly went along with herContinue reading “What I learned about Happiness, Joy and Friendship on my First Walk-about”

Can it happen here?

I have been ruminating on this blog for days. The war in Ukraine looms over everything I am thinking about. It is also Women’s History month, and there is a lot to say about that. And there is the quote that Dr. Bob Saul left with us when he appeared on Hey, Boomer, that hasContinue reading “Can it happen here?”

Hey, Boomer Walk-about

It is too easy, as we age, to tell ourselves that we can’t move like we once did. That may be true. We may not be able to move like we once did but that does not mean that we can’t still move. Let’s do a Hey, Boomer Walk-about. More about this below. First theContinue reading “Hey, Boomer Walk-about”

Fred Rogers & Transitions

There is a fabulous 13-episode podcast called “Finding Fred.” It tells the story behind the story of the beloved Fred Rogers. The sometimes-radical ideas he presented to Congress, the barriers he broke when he shared a towel with Officer Clemmons, a black policeman on his show. He talked to kids about the war, about disabilities,Continue reading “Fred Rogers & Transitions”

Consider Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

I look outside and the colors of the autumn leaves give me a sense that things are alright. Summer turns into fall, fall turns into winter. Seasons change as they always have. Thanksgiving is in two weeks, and I will be with my children, as I always have since they were born (except last yearContinue reading “Consider Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs”

Guest Post: Regeneration

Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation I received this post as a guest post from the Modern Elder Academy and asked if I could share it with the Hey, Boomer audience. I felt like it was a good post to follow our discussion with Dr. Wes Dripps, from the Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities.Continue reading “Guest Post: Regeneration”

Four Ways to Channel Anger into something Positive

When I posted my blog last week about frustration with anti-vaxers, I was asked the question, “How do we channel anger into something positive?” The news is filled with statistics about the Delta variant. ICU’s full, health care workers completely burned out, more children getting sicker. We see terrible pictures showing the effects of climateContinue reading “Four Ways to Channel Anger into something Positive”

The Comfort is in the Questions

Monroe Free is the President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Greenville County. He wrote this letter in response to an email from the Greenville Partnership for Philanthropy newsletter. I found it so compelling that I asked Monroe if I could share with the Hey, Boomer! audience as a guest post. He said yes. InContinue reading “The Comfort is in the Questions”

Seven Steps to Reach your Dreams

Six years ago, I wrote that “I would create a community of like-minded people, open-minded, educated, people who want to improve their own quality of life and who want to leave the world a better place.” Six years ago, I was not thinking about how that would happen, I just knew that I had aContinue reading “Seven Steps to Reach your Dreams”

Mothers’ Day Movement Gratitude

The light from the sun is just beginning to remove the shadows of darkness. I can see the fence and trees through my back window and the birds are slowly waking up. Pepper, my cat, is nearby resting on the blanket on the ottoman. And I am in my favorite spot – the “cozy corner”Continue reading “Mothers’ Day Movement Gratitude”

Apathy is the Enemy

Apathy – noun, lack of interest, enthusiasm or concern. Today I had the opportunity to help the League of Women Voters, register graduating seniors to vote. Kids from three area high schools were coming to one location to pick up their cap and gown for graduation. While they were waiting in the car line, weContinue reading “Apathy is the Enemy”

Ubuntu – I am because you are

I came across a post on Facebook a few days ago that told a story of an anthropologist who explained a game to the children of an African tribe.  He placed a basket of delicious fruit at the base of a tree and explained that the first child to reach the basket would get theContinue reading “Ubuntu – I am because you are”

Becoming Aware – Help Me, Help You

It is 7:30 in the morning. You are rushing to get the kids in the car, so you can get them to daycare, and you can get to work on time. Your three-year old still needs her shoes and jacket on. As you are trying to help her with her shoes, she looks at youContinue reading “Becoming Aware – Help Me, Help You”