The other day I found myself thinking on how long I have been a part of the newspaper industry - it turns out that this will be my 50th year, with one year of my life working with mentally challenged adults and two working with people going into their final sunset, through Hospice.
As I get older unfortunately death rears its ugly head more than I would like to see.
I wrote this some time ago. With so many folks in the same boat as I was in those early days of my adulthood, I thought you might get a chuckle from my young eager mistakes:
One of the advantages of being an older baby boomer is that your mind can easily wander back to days of your youth and every detail of those experiences can be seen as clearly as if you were still that age.
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With trouble brewing big time in the Middle East again, it got me thinking of a time when we had similar issues in Asia.
For those of us of the baby boomer age, the truth is that we've had the opportunity to be a part of a lot of positive changes in this world. I am sure that most of us can look back and say that we have really enjoyed our lives.
One of the issues facing you if you're a baby boomer is something that pills and exercise won't help. If your parents are still alive, they're still 18-plus years older than you.
I read someplace that everyone at one time or another has his or her 15 minutes of fame. I don't know if that is true or not but I did have a moment in the national spotlight once and of all the good things that I have ever done which could have brought that famous 15 minutes into my life, I earned mine for just having fun.
With graduation just a few days behind us, it brought my own days in school to mind.
I have always, as far back as I can remember, had a fascination for politics.
This is a tough Mother's Day for me as I am sure it is for any of you whose mom might be suffering from dementia or Alzheimer's. Molly and I were talking about what to send my mother this year and there really isn't anything that I know of that she needs. Actually sending gifts is a way for us to feel good about ourselves anyway.
For the past week, instead of the major media writing about the economy, worrying about the apparent lying in our federal government or bringing to light proper care of veterans, it has focused its attention on Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.
It's amazing, in a short 68 years since the beginning of the baby boomer age, how attitudes and meanings have changed so dramatically.
I was driving between Covington and Rockdale the other day and listening to one of the "oldies" stations when the song "Moon River" played, which got me reminiscing about my first date.
If you are considered to be the first of the baby boomers you are in your 60's.
There was a story on the news recently that the Obama administration is freeing almost as many illegal immigrants as they are rounding up on our western boarders.
The other day I was listening to a group of millennials (birth years ranging from 1980s to the early 2000's) being interviewed by a person who does such things and, with the exception of one person, almost every ideal they discussed was different than the ideals we were brought up on.
The truth of the matter is that most of us have a great deal to be thankful for of all the discoveries that have made modern medicine a pure miracle.
On Saturday of last week, I attended the annual workshop meeting of the folks who make Newton County's 2050 plan work.