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The Berlin Wall: My Thoughts

The Berlin Wall was a part of my childhood. I think a picture of it appeared in the first “My Weekly Reader” that was passed out in 4th grade. The Berlin Wall divided Berlin into free and Communist halves. That was the way it had been my whole life, and what child would anticipate a

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BYOB: Bring Your Own Bag

Boomers remember Mom getting the groceries in paper bags. And shopping with white gloves on. Admit it: when you were really little you thought your Mom was as pretty as the lady in the picture, right? Heck, most of us remember when those paper bags doubled as garbage bags. Those were also the days before

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5 Things I Hate About the Fifties

Some things weren’t better in the good ol’ days. There. I said it. We get dewy-eyed over stuff we remember fondly, and that’s very human of us. The 50s were less complicated, right? Or is it just that we were children and the complications escaped our notice? Here are five things that are better now

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The Music Industry and Radio

Baby Boomers got their music from the radio, right?. We ran to the record stores to pick up the latest albums, but we heard everything first on radio. TV shows like American  Bandstand and Hullabaloo reinforced the message, but radio ruled. You can even get books about it, like the one at right. You might be

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The Lennon Sisters: Baby Boomer Ideals

Should it be idols or ideals? (anyone remember Eric von Zipper and  Beach Blanket Bingo?) Anyway, the Lennon Sisters. Everyone’s parents and grandparents watched The Lawrence Welk Show, and the Lennon Sister was as close as that show came to youth. Who were they and where are they now? Fortunately, there are websites that answer

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Reflections on Barbie

This is a My Turn article that I wrote for the Daily Breeze, and it ran on December 15, 2013. Sadly, the newspaper does not carry the column online, so here is my pdf of the article. If it’s too small for you to read, click on the image. It should appear in a larger

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Tinsel Vintage and Modern

Remember the feel of “real” tinsel? Like the kind that decorates this 1953 tree in back of little Wendy, from a 2011 blog post? Or in the background picture of my blog, on the right, taken of me and my brother in 1955? We probably thought it was made of tin. Our parents were careful

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The eBook is Free through Monday!

The Boomer Book of Christmas Memories is up on Amazon! And–the eBook will be FREE from November 29 (the day AFTER Thanksgiving) through the following Monday, December 2nd. Plus, I’ve joined some new program on Amazon where, if you buy the print book ($38), you can get the eBook for .99. What is this book

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Ballerina Jewelry Box

All the girls had one. Whether it was the cardboard and vinyl model from Zody’s or your local discount store, or a fancy import like this one found on ePier.com, all girls treasured a ballerina jewelry box. It was as much a rite of passage as your brother’s first baseball bat, and it came ‘way

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