Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Top Weird Stories of 2008

1) A Beverly Hills doctor faces accusations that he turned fat removed via liposuction from his patients into biodiesel for his Ford SUV and his girlfriend's vehicle. Some patients have filed lawsuits, alleging he allowed his assistant and his girlfriend to perform the liposuction surgeries with a medical license.

2) 42-year-old Michelle Duggar of Arkansas delivered her 18th child, a baby girl by Caesarean section. The baby, named Jordyn-Grace Makiya Duggar, weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces. Michelle and her husband Jim Bog Duggar’s other children are: Joshua, 20, Jana, 18; John-David, 18; Jill, 17; Jessa, 16; Jinger, 14; Joseph, 13; Josiah, 12; Joy-Anna, 11; Jeremiah, 9; Jedidiah, 9; Jason, 8; James, 7; Justin, 6; Jackson, 4; Johannah, 3; and Jennifer, 1.

3) A defense lawyer says an Ohio woman dubbed "the Granny Robber" in several bank heists was trying to support a grown son who had fallen on hard times. Sixty-eight-year-old Barbara Joly has admitted she robbed a bank in March and investigators suspect her in as many as three other holdups. Police say the former bank teller from Middletown, Ohio, probably got away with less than $10,000 total. Attorney Chris Atkins said in court Tuesday that his client wanted to send money to help her only child.

4) Eau Claire, Wisconsin police said a man accused of stealing a soda worth $1.57 chose to go to jail rather than pay up, even though he was carrying more than $70. Police responding to the report of a theft recently say the 27-year-old man appeared drunk. An employee told officers the man had taken a cup from the counter, filled it and began drinking. When employees told him he had to pay for the drink or leave, the man refused to do either. A police officer told the man he could pay $1.57 or go to jail, and the man chose jail. The officer handcuffed and searched him, finding the money in his pocket.

5) A 33-year-old Indian farmer married a female dog to atone for stoning two other dogs to death and stringing them up in a tree 15 years ago. He believed the act cursed him and he had been suffering ever since. After he stoned the dogs he said his legs and hands got paralyzed, he lost hearing in one ear, and his speech was impaired. With doctors unable to help him, Selvakumar turned to an astrologer who told him he was cursed by the spirits of the dogs he had killed. He could undo the curse only if he married a dog and live with it. Family members chose a stray female dog who was then bathed and clothed for the wedding occasion.

6) A Canadian man has built an android to fulfill a man’s fantasy. Her name is Aiko. Talk dirty to Aiko the android, and she will talk dirty back. She's five feet tall, with brown eyes, and cost $20,000 to develop. She has breasts, nipples, and other lady parts. Aiko is a 32-kilogram female android built by Le Trung. She is just under five feet tall, has brown eyes that can distinguish 300 faces per second and speaks 13,000 English and Japanese phrases. Her skin is made of silicone and her insides are made of an expensive collection of wires, motors and various sensors.

7) A man in Mary Esther, Fla., at the DRS Technologies building, got his arms stuck in machinery that resembled an elevator and he saved himself by dialing 911 with his big toe. Police pried him free and he was airlifted to a Pensacola hospital.

8) Steve Kruescher, a 57-year-old school bus driver from Illinois, has won the right to change his first name to "In God" and his last name to "We Trust." The father of four says God pulled him through a painful divorce, and he's worried atheists might succeed in having "In God We Trust" removed from U.S. currency.

What were your picks of 2008?

Monday, December 15, 2008

"Not Tonight Honey, The Web is Calling"

"Not tonight honey, I need to get on the internet."

Sounds like a bizarre reason for not wanting to be intimate doesn't it? But according to a new survey released today, nearly one out of two women would rather give up sex for two weeks than go without the internet, according to a survey released today.

Forty-six per cent of the women polled said they would rather go without sex for two weeks than give up access to the internet for the same period of time, according to the survey, ``Internet Reliance in Today's Economy.''

Ninety-five per cent of those surveyed said it is ``very important, important or somewhat important'' to be able to access the internet.

Sixty-five per cent of those surveyed rated internet access above other discretionary spending items such as cable television subscriptions (39 per cent), dining out (20 per cent), shopping for clothes (18 per cent) or a health club membership (10 per cent).

Sixty-one per cent of the women surveyed said they would rather give up watching television for two weeks than give up access to the internet for one week.

The survey was conducted by the online research firm Harris Interactive and sponsored by Intel Corp, the world's biggest computer chip maker.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

A Baby Boomer Santa Fantasy?

Some of the so-called experts and surveys tell that life in the bedroom just ain't what it used to be when we reach a certain age. Growing older supposedly makes us tired and unnattractive to our mates.

If you fall into that category, here's a little tip on how to spice up your love life this holiday season.

Dress up like Santa or Mrs. Claus!

Why? Because more than one in five women has a secret Santa Claus fantasy, according to flirty dating website

Research by reveals that women find the chubby, bearded gift-giver very sexy indeed. More than 1,000 women were asked whether they fancied Santa Claus in the poll.

"We can't decide whether it's the beard, the red suit or his obvious kind and friendly nature that makes him appealing," said Max Polyakov, head of the UK's top dating site.

"It could of course be that he brings a lot of presents and smiles a lot."

Research also revealed that one in 16 (6%) men had, at one time or another, dressed up as Santa Claus in the bedroom. And one in 10 (9%) women had worn a sexy Mrs Claus outfit.

But whatever you do, don't try coming down the chimney--that exerts way too much energy!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Having a Baby Post Menopause

A 70-year-old woman has now become the oldest woman in recorded history to ever give birth. On November 28, she delivered a baby girl in India. This is a woman who had reportedly been in menopause for the last 20 years.

The "new mom", who has been married for 50 years, said she had been trying, without success, to have a child for much of that time. The baby was conceived through the use of a donor egg that was injected with her husband's 72-year-old husband’s sperm. The baby was born premature, since the embryo transfer took place on April 18, according to newspaper reports, and she was born seven months later.

Several months ago, I wrote about a 60-year-old New Jersey woman who gave birth to twins. She called it a wonderful experience. Wonderful for her, right. But what about the boys she has to care for and raise? Did she ever stop to think about the impact her age will have as they grow older? The same goes for this 70-year-old from India. How much longer will she be around---or her husband for that matter---to take care of her child? The new mother was quoted as saying, "We longed for a child all these years and now we are very happy to have one.”

I've asked it before. I'm asking again. How old is too old to have a baby?

Do these women need a medicare bond in order to give birth? Maybe they should get one!

Monday, December 08, 2008

Casey Wohl: The Girlfriends Getaway Expert

I connected with Casey Wohl, the author of the Girls Getaway Guide, ealier this year when I was planning a Baby Boomer Girlfriend's Spring Break in Florida. Although she's not quite a boomer babe, I was immediately impressed with Casey's "girls just wanna have fun" attitude and her book was most helpful in helping me make my arrangements.

When my good friend, Teresa Morrow, invited me to be a part of a blog tour for Casey to promote her new book, I didn't hesitate. What I appreciate about Casey is she does her homework by visiting the cities and then providing an honest assessment of what she discovers. My advice is don't plan a girlfriends trip without her book.

Please enjoy my interview with Casey on this leg of her blog tour:

When did you really start traveling?

Honestly, I have always been a traveling girl. Fortunately, my parents were great about exposing us to different parts of the country and have always encouraged us to travel as much as we can.

What made you decide to write a travel guide for girls/girlfriends?

During a very tough year both personally and professionally, I came to find a tremendous amount of solace in traveling with my girlfriends. I love the adventure of experiencing new cities. It is almost like a re-birth for me. I also love re-visiting cities, where you can re-visit old memories and create new ones at the same time. Before I traveled to new cities, I would always look for city-specific travel books geared towards fun-loving girls. I could not find any city guides that highlighted trendy hotels, restaurants, spas, shopping, entertainment, cultural attractions, bars, plus provided a calendar of events throughout the year and activities unique to that area.

What is the message you would like to share through your books?

The tagline for all the books in this series is “Leave Your Baggage at Home.” Everyone has “baggage.” For me, I went through a divorce and lost my job, so I carried a lot of personal baggage. For some people, just their daily routine alone can wear them down and weigh on them like baggage. No matter what type of “baggage” you carry in everyday life, a fun-filled girls getaway is the perfect way to rejuvenate yourself and spend quality time with your family and friends.

Do you know what your next guide may be focused on?

The next city in the series is Nashville.

What other things are in store for you and your business in the upcoming year?

We have some amazing things coming up in 2009. Some are so new that I cannot even talk about them yet. But, be sure that 2009 has some wonderful things in store for women of all ages who love to travel. A few trips we already have scheduled are to Austin, TX; Napa Valley and Jackson, MS for the St Patricks Day Parade and the Sweet Potato Queens march through the city! For information about upcoming trips, promotions and other fun girl getaway stuff, visit and sign up for our monthly E-newsletter.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Baby Boomer Men Need Help This Holiday

Listen up guys: you are going to need some help getting through this holiday season. Now, more than ever, your mate is counting on you to pitch in and help out wherever she thinks she needs it. Some of you many be required to go well above and beyond the call of duty.

You can keep yourself out of harms way by "listening" for some code words your mate uses and the tone in which she uses them. This can be especially challenging if your better half is going through a little something called menopause.

Those words include:

1.) FINE: It s the word women use to end an argument when they are right, and you need to shut up.

2.) Five Minutes: she is getting dressed, this means half an hour. Five Minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.

3.) NothingThis is the calm before the storm. This means something, and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with nothing usually end in fine (see #1).

4.) Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission. Don't Do It!

5.) Loud Sigh: This is not actually a word but a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you about nothing. (Refer back to #3 for the meaning of nothing.)

6.) That's Okay: This is one of the most dangerous statements a women can make to a man. "That's okay" means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.

7.) Thanks: A woman is thanking you - do not question or faint. Just say you're welcome.

8.) Whatever!: Is a women's way of saying "%@ &* YOU!"

9.) Don't worry about it, I got it: Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something that a woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing it herself. This will later result in a man asking "what's wrong" - for the woman's response refer to #3.

My suggestion to you is that you do everything possible to make your mate happy during the holiday season and I guarantee you she won't utter not one of those words! Instead, you'll be hearing words like: "I Love You!" "Honey, you're the greatest!" and "Oooo-la-la!!!"

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Beauty is in the Eye of the Bottle?

A lady was walking down the street when she was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless woman who asked her for a couple of dollars for dinner.

She took out her wallet, got out ten dollars and asked, 'If I give you this money, will you buy wine with it instead of dinner?'

'No, I had to stop drinking years ago', the homeless woman said.

'Will you use it to go shopping instead of buying food?' the lady asked.

'No, I don't waste time shopping,' the homeless woman said. 'I need to spend all my time trying to stay alive.'

'Will you spend this on a beauty salon instead of food?'

'Are you NUTS!' replied the homeless woman. I haven't had my hair done in 20 years!'

'Well, the lady said, 'I'm not going to give you the money. Instead, I'm going to take you out for dinner with my husband and me tonight.'

The homeless woman was shocked. 'Won't your husband be furious with you for doing that? I know I'm dirty, and I probably smell pretty disgusting.'

The lady said, 'That's okay. It's important for him to see what a woman looks like after she has given up shopping, hair appointments, and wine.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Laughter is the Best Medicine

A Preacher was explaining that he must move on to a larger congregation that will pay him more. There is a hush within the congregation. No one wanted him to leave. Joe Smith, who owns several car dealerships in the City, stands up and proclaims, 'If the Preacher stays, I will provide him with a new Cadillac every year, and his wife with a Honda mini-van to transport their children!' The congregation sighs in relief, and applauds.

Sam Brown, a successful entrepreneur and investor, stands and says, 'If the Preacher will stay on here I'll personally double his salary and also establish a foundation to guarantee the college education of all his children!' More sighs and loud applause.

Sadie Jones, age 88, stands and announces with a smile, 'If the Preacher stays ... I will give him sex!' There is total silence. The Preacher, blushing, asks, 'Mrs. Jones, whatever possessed you to say that?'

Sadie's 90-year-old husband, Jake, is now trying to hide, holding his forehead with the palm of his hand and shaking his head from side to side, while his wife replies, 'Well, I just asked my husband how we could help and he said ... 'Screw the Preacher!'

Isn't senility wonderful? Look at the things you can say and get away with at menopause and beyond?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Seven Dirty Words of Heart Disease

Thanks to George Carlin we know there are seven dirty words you can never say on TV. There are also seven dirty words about heart disease that everyone should know:

• Diet – fat, sugar and foods high in cholesterol are known to contribute to heart disease; diabetes (also diet related) also damages the heart and blood vessels.

• Genetics – African Americans, Hispanics, native Americans all have higher rates of high blood pressure and heart disease.

• Stress – working too much, dramatic personal lives, worrying, depression; also feeding stress with too much alcohol and other drugs (Carlin reportedly went through drug and alcohol rehab in 2004).

• Smoking – constricts blood vessels and strains the heart and lungs.

• Inactivity – the heart is a muscle that needs to be exercised; even moderate activity is helpful, and losing 10 pounds can reduce your cardiac risk.

• High blood pressure – leads to undue stress on a variety of organs, including the heart; combined with other risk factors it increases the chance of a heart attack many times.

• Denial – saying “it won’t happen to me,” without changing your lifestyle, guarantees you won’t see a decrease in your risk.

“Advances in heart research and changes in the way physicians manage heart disease have made heart disease a chronic illness. Modern therapies, such as statins and the simple drug aspirin, together with our knowledge of prevention, have prolonged the lives of many people who, just 30 years ago, would have died much earlier,” according to Dr. Cam Patterson, chief of the Division of Cardiology and director of the Carolina Cardiovascular Biology Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

Heart Disease remains the number one killer of women.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

No Bailout for the Auto Industry

It seems everyone wants a piece of this $700 billion bailout plan. Lawmakers representing states with large numbers of auto workers urged the Bush administration Monday to use part of a bailout plan to prevent U.S. automakers from collapsing under a weak economy.

I've got a better solution. MAKE BETTER VEHICLES!

The big three automakers have unloaded big flashy, gas guzzlers---called Sports Utility Vehicles---onto the American public with no regard for energy conservation. Unfortunately, many of us bought into the hype that bigger was really better.

One of every four automobiles sold in the United States is a sports utility vehicle. Every SUV purchase produces $15,000 in revenue for the vehicle''s maker. With high consumer demand and lucrative sales potential, the makers of SUVs have been accused of allowing safety to take the back seat when it comes to the design and production of their products.

Sports utility vehicle accident statistics show that SUVs are three times more likely to rollover in a single vehicle accident than any other car on the road. Of all vehicle accidents, rollover crashes are among the most fatal. Sports utility vehicle accident statistics comprise only three percent of the total number of accidents, yet three times that number of SUVs is involved in fatal rollover accidents. Sixty three percent of all SUV deaths and 46 percent of all SUV injuries are the result of rollover every year. (Source: Online Lawyer Resource)

Although we don't own an SUV, the 2007 Chrysler Sebring my husband and I bought last year has been in recall at least three times. The first recall came less than three months after we purchased it. We are still dealing with a brake light malfunction that mechanics keep telling us is nothing to worry about. All I have to say about that is, there will be PLENTY for Chrysler to worry about should something happen while my grandson is riding in the car. So on second thought...they may, indeed, need some bailout money!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Sex Can Get You into Trouble

...especially if it's a dog named Sex :) This was posted on another blog and I felt compelled to re-post it here. It apparently came from an Ann Landers Advice Column some years ago.

Woof Woof Woof!!!

A Dog Named Sex.

Everybody who has a dog calls him “Rover” or “Boy” I call mine “SEX“. He’s a great pal but he has caused me a great deal of embarrassment.

When I went to city hall to renew his dog license. I told the clerk , “I would like a license for Sex.” He said,“I would like one, too.” Then I said, “But this is a dog.” He said he didn’t care what she looked like. Then I said,“You don’t understand, I’ve had Sex since I was 9 years old.” He winked and said,“You must have been quite a kid.”

When I got married and went on my honeymoon,I took the dog with me. I told the motel clerk that I wanted a room for my wife and me and a special room for Sex.

He said,“You don’t need a special room. As long as you pay your bill we don’t care what you do. I said, “Look you don’t seem to understand,Sex keeps me up at night.” The clerk said,“Funny-I have that same problem.”

One day I entered Sex in a competition, but before long the dog ran away. Another contestant asked me why I was just standing there,looking disappointed I told him I had planned to have Sex in the contest. He told me I should have sold my own tickets.“But you don’t understand,” I said. “I had hoped to have Sex on TV.” He said, “Now that there is cable ,it is all over the place ,it’s no big deal anymore.”

When my wife and I separated we went to court to fight for custody over the dog. I said,“Your Honor I had Sex before I was married.” The Judge said,“This courtroom is not a confessional. Stick to the case, please.”

Then I told him that after I was married, Sex left me. He said that’s not unusual. It happens to alot of people.

Last night Sex ran off again. I spent hours looking around town for him. A cop came over and asked,“What are you doing in this alley at 4 o‘clock in the morning?” I told him I was looking for Sex. My case comes up Friday.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

My Changing View of America

Reprinted with permission:

I've been thinking all wrong! I've been wondering who America is and what America has become, trying to find a national destiny if one even existed any more. America is not the America of my grandparents...not by a long shot. Did you ever see a Norman Rockwell painting of an an African American family on vacation at the beach? How about an Asian American family with the grandmother in the back of a Woody heading for the north woods? Or what about a Mexican American boy looking googly-eyed at his Arab American girlfriend over ice cream sodas in the corner drug store. Or how about a Caucasian husband, carving knife and fork in hand, practically drooling over a Thanksgiving turkey his ebony wife is lowering onto the holiday table surrounded by their mixed race children with black grandparents and white grandparents grinning and looking on with delight?

Who are we? What are we? Can anyone tell?

I have made the mistake...and I'm just realizing believing that America's identity lies in its past somewhere where things and people were better, but that is a fallacy. There has been trouble and evil all through history in every culture and civilization, and America is no different. It just hurts more because America has had an opportunity to be a nation of promise, hope and freedom and is using that freedom to make itself nominal. We are Rome. We are Greece. We are Good. We are Evil. But no nation has done better. Many have done worse. America is becoming what it is to be.

I have, until today, been frustrated by the mixing of cultures (notice I did not say "races") that, to my mind, erodes the spiritual bedrock upon which America was founded. But today, for the first time, I saw what America truly is...and I cried at my hardness of heart, lack of understanding and selfish, short-minded thinking.

Instead of a confusing mass of people with nothing in common generally, I saw today a glimpse of Heaven. And, even though Sunday morning is still the most segregated hour in America, this melting pot we call The United Sates of America is surely a representation of heaven with its diversity of men, angels and creatures; a diversity that makes us complete, not separate. It is love that is missing in America, not not the right political party or candidate.

Every time we say to ourselves or others, "If so and so gets in office it will mark the beginning of the end," we should step back and lecture ourselves on how to trust God again. The Lord won't allow great things to go amiss in our country if his people seek him. At the same time, we can't change the direction of our country by simply voting for a particular presidential candidate, we must influence our country's direction more by becoming involved in life at a local level, at a heart level. Instead, however, many take the lazy approach and only get amped up about the major elections and the like. It is similar with Christians who go to church and prophesy or preach or teach or simply complain and yet don't do anything outside the church.

Think of what we are really saying when we argue over politics. Are we suggesting that a particular political party is more godly than another? Is there not great fault among us all? And how can we ever change the world through politics? Obviously the platforms represented by politicians can change society, but do the platforms change the hearts of those in the society?

Christians have benefited from the political environment created in the United States but perhaps to their own detriment. We are not the new Israel. Our nation is not simply a piece of geography on the North American continent. Our home is not of this world, it is a spiritual kingdom. Are we really any earthly good according to how God measures goodness? We're really good at becoming indignant, and we're very accomplished at threatening with God's judgement, but how good are we at living life the way Jesus and the prophets have laid it out?

We should vote. We should have opinions...strong ones, but we should not fear for the future because a particular candidate gets in office. That reveals a lack of trust in the Lord. He is in control and will have his way in the earth. And although we may speed his will with our obedience, or delay his will with our rebellion, His will be done. God's works are more evident in hard times, so why should we dread them? He says he can work better through the weak than through the strong, so why should we fear not being as powerful as another nation? He says we should pray for our enemies, so why don't we?

The next time we are tempted to become animated over politics, we should ask ourselves when was the last time we committed an act of charity? Have we changed the world around us? Made an impact on a neighbor? What will change for the better in our spiritual lives if our candidate gets in office? Pray for America and our leaders. Pray that we will come to repentance as a nation without having to endure terrible hardship. Pray that God will show his love to our enemies, for if we can't do this, there is no hope for us at all. And if we do, the Lord will truly be glorified through us!

In Christ,

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places

When you’re a single woman over 40 years of age, finding companionship with the opposite sex can be a challenge. Gone are the days of Looking for Mr. Good Bar in a bar, or being fixed up with the friend of a friend. They're looking too!

These days, more and more baby boomer men and women people are discovering true love on the internet. I’m not knocking it because I did it and ended up getting re-married. But I have to tell you, I had to weed through some garbage to find him. You see, for every decent individual out there in cyberspace, there are at least a dozen weirdoes, freaks, and others who give the concept a black eye. There are men whose motives are simply to prey on the poor old widow, divorcee, or “I’m desperate” never-been-married woman.

Then you have many men in our age group are already married, gay or dead. So what’s a middle-aged woman to do when she wants to meet a guy? Here are some suggestions on some DIFFERENT places to meet men:

Why not try prison? I actually heard a woman on the radio recently talking about her upcoming nuptial plans with someone sentenced to 30 years behind bars. She fit the profile perfectly. She was over 40, had never been married, no children and no real social life. Before hanging up, she joked about knowing where her man was going to be at all times.

A Funeral: This is a great place—especially if the deceased is the “wife.”

Home Depot: Men love a woman who is good with her hands and is self-reliant. So go to the store and look like a confident women who can fix things. Strike up a conversation about that deck you're going to build on the back of your house and invite him over to help.

The Park: Walk your dog, cat, bird, rabbit or whatever! If you don’t have one, borrow one from a neighbor or friend. While you’re at the park, check out your prospects--make eye contact, smile, start a conversation about dogs, cats etc.

Sporting Events: Take a crash course in Football 101. Then buy yourself a jersey of the home team in your area and bring out that inner cheerleader at the game.

Where would you suggest?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

African-American Baby Boomer Women Have no Time for Suicide

There's a new report out saying the suicide rate among middle-aged white women is rising rapidly. According to a report recently released by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the annual suicide rate for middle-aged white women between 40 and 64 rose 3.9 percent. The raw numbers for white women in this age group show a 35 percent jump, from 2,429 suicides in 1999 to 3,280 in 2005.

Meanwhile, the suicide rate for African-American baby boomer women barely raised the meter and certainly wasn't enough to trigger a discussion as to why the differences between the two female groups. What's the stress causing middle-aged white women to want to end it all?

Who knows better than an African-American baby boomer woman why it would be easier just to throw in the towel and push up some daisies than to deal with all of the craziness and drama that goes on in our daily lives.

Here's the facts:

More than half of us are single---with no real prospects in sight. Many of our men are behind bars, another portion are on the down low. Then you have those who are just looking for a handout, while handing out their own goodies to someone else.

The vast majority of us are not only trying to take care of ourselves but also take care of our children--children who have been written off by the public school systems and have been left to raise themselves because "dead beat daddy" ain't around and mama has to work more than one job.

And while on the subject of children--let's not forget about the mothers who are raising their children's children. Too many moms are stressed out over their wayward sons and daughters. Too many moms have grieved over seeing their children die from violence.

Some of us who were blessed to become first-time homeowners are now being threatened with foreclosure because someone sold us a dream that was beyond our means. Now we have to decide whether to put food on the table, keep gas in our vehicles or keep a roof over our heads.

On the other hand, some of us have never been afforded the opportunity to live on Main Street and Lord knows, we don't know the directions to Wall Street so that just leaves us stuck between a rock and a hard place.

OK, so if that ain't enough to make you want to kill yourself, what will?

Say It Ain't So Joe the Plumber

The most famous person in America is not JOE-Mama. It’s Joe the Plumber. As soon as presidential hopeful Barack Obama mentioned his name during the last debate, opponent John McCain grabbed hold of it like a pit bull and wouldn’t let up.

Joe the Plumber became the voice for every hard-working “wanna be self-employed” man in America. Initially I was proud of Joe because he represented my home state of Ohio---but then, as all good journalists do, I started looking into his background and what I found now makes me think he was a “plant” for the Republican Party.

First of all, Joe said he was a plumber and would like to buy a plumbing business but was worried about Obama's planned tax increases on small business owners earning more than $250,000. Well, what Joe failed to mention was that he makes no where near $250,000 and, furthermore, he doesn’t even have a license to do his job. The county Joe and his employer live in, Lucas County, requires plumbers to have licenses. So what’s up with that Joe?

Another thing, Joe admitted later on that he doesn't have a good plan put together on how he would buy Newell Plumbing and Heating from his boss. He said he's worked there for six years and that the two have talked about his taking it over at some point. Just how long is “some point?” It could be next week or it could be in 10 years. Surely Obama won’t be in office by then.

"There's a lot I've got to learn," Joe the Plumber told a reporter.

Joe, you said it right. There’s A LOT you need to learn so here’s my advice: Meet Joan—The Teacher. She’s someone who went to school, got a degree (license) and could certainly teach you a thing or two---especially if you’re required to take some kind of test to get your plumber’s license.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Marcia, Marcia, Marcia...How Could You?

If you're a baby boomer like me, you probably grew up watching the Brady Bunch on TV This was the story of a lovely lady who was raising three small girls. She met a man named Brady who had three small boys. They got married and became one great big happy family known as the Brady Bunch--along with their housekeeper Alice and dog Spike.

In real life, the actors were far different than the roles they portrayed. Robert Reed, who played all-American dad, Mike Brady, was a homosexual who eventually died of Aids. Florence Henderson, who played goody two shoes wife, Carol, was having an affair with her TV son, Greg--played by Barry Williams.

Now we have Maureen McCormick, who played the prissy, yet sweet Marcia Brady. In a newly released tell-all memoir, she talks about being a cocaine addict who traded her body for a sniff on many occasions. "Here's the Story" reveals how the 52-year-old boomer babe got deeper and deeper into Hollywood's drug scene. She says she sought refuge in seemingly glamorous cocaine dens above Hollywood and spiraled down a path of self-destruction that took away her acting career and very nearly hr life.

Over the years she battled drug addiction and bulimia and was even treated in a psych ward and went in and out of rehab.

McCormick says she traded sex for drugs with a Hollywood cocaine dealer who later went to jail, and once allowed an older man she met at the Playboy Mansion to videotape her naked in exchange for drugs.

After several visits to a drug rehab, Maureen now lives a Brady-like life in the Westlake suburb of Los Angeles with her husband and their 19-year-old daughter. She says she has finally made peace with her past as a Brady.

Marcia, Marcia, Marcia....shame on you!

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Halloween: Baby Boomer Style

As you know, Halloween is just around the corner. Remember when you were a kid and you dressed up in your favorite costume?

If I invited you over to my house for a Baby Boomer Halloween Party, what or who would you come dressed as? Pick a favorite cartoon or storybook character from your past or your favorite actor/actress and tell us why you picked them.

I'll start:

If I'm having hot flashes, I'll come as Annie Oakley because she carried a gun! Otherwise, I would probably come as Little Bo Peep. I loved those puffed fancy dresses and I know I'd look really cute in one--plus it hides fat :)

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Baby Boomer Sues Over Circumcision

A 61-year-old Kentucky man claims his penis was removed without his consent during what was supposed to be a circumcision.

Phillip Seaton and his wife are seeking unspecified compensation from a doctor they say performed the circumcision for "loss of service, love and affection."

The Seaton's attorney said the doctor's post-surgical notes show the doctor thought he detected cancer and removed the penis. Attorney Kevin George said a later test did detect cancer.

"It was not an emergency," George told The Associated Press. "It didn't have to happen that way."

The lawsuit court claims the doctor removed Seaton's penis without consulting either Phillip or Deborah Seaton, or giving them an opportunity to seek a second opinion.

The couple also sued the anesthesiologist, Dr. Oliver James of Shelbyville, claiming he used a general anesthesia even though Seaton asked that it not be administered.

The Seatons' suit is similar to one in which an Indianapolis man was awarded more than $2.3 million in damages after he claimed his penis and left testicle were removed without his consent during surgery for an infection in 1997.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Should Women be allowed in the Pulpit?

What should've been a non-story has suddenly turned into an international controversy surrounding the cover of a Gospel Magazine cover. Gospel Today decided to feature five female pastors on its cover for their latest issue.

A chain of book stores, owned by the Southern Baptist Convention, decided to pull the magazines and place them under the counter---out of public view. Why did they do it? The REAL answer remains unclear, although a spokesperson for the LifeWay Christian Book Stores says it goes against their doctrine because they don't believe in having women in the pulpit. But they do support Sarah Palin in her bid to become second in command of the whole country.

Read the entire story on Vibrant Nation

Monday, September 15, 2008

Baby Boomer Woman Gives Birth to Triplets

Here I am---a 51-year-old baby boomer grandmother who has her hands full trying to help raise my two-year-old grandson and now I learn that another baby boomer woman has actually given birth to triplets.

A 59-year-old French woman has given birth by Caesarian section to two boys and a girl, and according to a Paris hospital spokesperson, everything went smoothly.

The woman, of Vietnamese origin, is thought to have resorted to a private Vietnamese clinic willing to overlook the age limit for egg donation and in-vitro fertilization (IVF), set at 45 in Vietnam, according to press reports.

This woman has become the latest in a strong of older women who feel the need to become mothers at midlife. In 2001 a 62-year-old Frenchwoman gave birth to a child conceived through IVF, and earlier this year, an Indian woman said to be 70 years old gave birth to twins after receiving IVF treatment.

I don't guess having a baby in your 40s is a bad thing. After all, look at this list of celebrity moms who did it:

Jane Seymour Twins at 44
Susan Sarandon 46
Madonna 41
Lisa Hartman-Black 44
Iman 44
Jerry Hall 41
Annette Bening 41
Cheryl Tiegs Twins at 52
Beverly D'Angelo Twins at 49
Geena Davis Twins at 44
Helen Hunt 40
Holly Hunter Twins at 45
Halle Berry 41
Nicole Kidman 41
Sarah Palin 44

But how old is TOO OLD to have a baby?

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

The Difference between Sarah Palin's Daughter and Mine

Let me start off by saying the one thing they both share in common is the fact that they became pregnant as teenagers.

Now the differences:


Bristol comes from a white privileged family, where her mother has a high profile as Governor of Alaska and now as the Republican nominee for Vice-President of the United States. She has two sisters and two brothers. Her father is in the home.

Janie comes from a middle class black family where her dad was absent more than he was around. She is an only child. Her mother is a journalist, who left Corporate America because her boss never respected her role as a working mom. (long, unappreciated hours and no opportunity for advancement)


Bristol’s boyfriend is an 18 year old named Levi Johnson who described himself as an F----- redneck on his MySpace page before it was taken down. He also indicated he did not want children.

Janie’s boyfriend had a bright promising future as an actor or chef before he was murdered the day after Christmas for defending his little sister who was being harassed by a gang banger on a city bus.

Mother's Reaction to Pregnancy

Bristol has received very public support from her mother, who issued a statement saying her daughter was going to keep the baby and marry the baby’s daddy. The wedding date has yet to be announced. Sarah Palin is a staunch supporter of abstinence. How much she told her daughter about sex and having unprotected sex is unknown.

Janie hid her pregnancy for fear of how I would react and, rightfully, so. I was livid! Obviously, all those times I told her to keep her dress down and drawers up fell on deaf ears. I wanted my daughter to weigh all of her options because she had plans to go to college and we all know raising a child can seriously alter your plans.


Bristol’s future remains unclear, although her mother has assured the public the family will stand by Bristol and offer their undying support. One thing we know for sure is she will be a mother in a few months and married to her boyfriend.

Janie, meanwhile, is raising her son alone with the love and support of family members on both sides. She is also out to prove the naysayers wrong by pursuing her college education. She is currently enrolled at North Carolina A&T, while grandma takes on the role of Ma.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Who is Adam Brickley?

Since learning of college student Adam Brickley’s connection to Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin, I have been intrigued to find out about him. He's really piqued my curiosity. I guess its just in my blood as a veteran journalist.

So here’s what I’ve discovered about the 21-year-old University of Colorado senior. This information was taken directly from one of his blogs. He calls himself Elephantman:

His favorite books include:

• "Breaking the Real Axis of Evil" by Mark Palmer
• "Conclave" by Greg Tobin
• "All the Best...George Bush" George H.W. Bush
• "Cocaine: An Unauthorized Biography" by Dominic Streatfield
• "The Humanitarian With the Guillotine" by Isabel Paterson

He lists his favorite music as: Country Music in General (among other artists).

I also learned that Adam was initially a Rudy Giuliani for President supporter. He still has a link to Giuliani’s campaign site on his ConservaGlobe blog. As you all know, Giuliani dropped out of the race in January 2008 and endorsed John McCain.

On Sunday, March 4, 2007 Adam wrote on his Draft Sarah Palin for Vice President blog:

The only way to kick-start talk of a Palin candidacy is for the bloggers like us to band together to show our support. Otherwise, the media and the political establishment will remain blissfully unaware that there are other VP options beyond the current presidential candidates.

Show the world that you want a new face on the ticket in 2008 by becoming a Blogger for Palin!

I also discovered he receives an annual scholarship from the: Phillips Foundation Ronald Reagan College Scholarships Fund.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Sarah Palin Picked by a Blogger

It appears that a young blogger by the name of Adam Brickley is taking credit for the fact that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was selected as the VP choice for John McCain. He apparently started a blogging campaign: Draft Sarah Palin for Vice President blog last year and has relentlessly promoted the idea ever since.

The 21-year-old University of Colorado senior has reportedly never been to Alaska or met Palin. But while researching potential vice presidents, he stumbled on Palin and thought she would be a good No. 2.

OK, here is my question. Has the world wide web gotten so powerful that we can now pick political candidates based on the word of an over zealous college student? Are we really that gullible to take the word of a wide-eyed college STUDENT---not graduate---but STUDENT--that a woman he doesn't even know can help lead out country?

But there's an even bigger question here. Why did John McCain go for it?

It's one thing to pick a woman for the VP spot to represent women everywhere---but it's another to pick her as the result of a web campaign from a young man who was on a mission. Where's the credibility here?

On the other hand, who am I to criticize what happens on the internet? After all, that's how I found my husband.

Read the entire article: Sarah Palin picked by a blogger

While, I don't know if this is really the whole story, I've read enough to believe a good portion of it.

Hold Firmly without Waivering

I was one of more than 38 million viewers who saw the first TRUE African-American give his acceptance speech as the official democratic candidate for President of the United States.

To be perfectly honest, I never thought I'd see this moment in my life time because America still has issues with race. The other issue is white males don't want to see black males achieve real positions of power. But that's not what this post is about.

The whole speech was captivating but it was Obama's last paragraph that drove me to tears. He said:

America, we cannot turn back. We cannot walk alone. At this moment, in this election, we must pledge once more to march into the future. Let us keep that promise, that American promise, and in the words of Scripture, hold firmly, without waivering, to the hope that we confess.

Check out the last sentence: Hold firmly, without waivering...

That sentence (which comes straight from Hebrews 10:23) is a reminder to all of us that no matter what obstacles we may face in life, we are to hold firmly, without waivering ...

Business may not be going as well as we'd like but hold firmly, without waivering...

We may have challenges in our personal lives with our family members, our health, finances, friendships, etc but hold firmly, without waivering

We may not be where we think we ought to be in life but hold firmly without waivering...

And do you know why?

Because the rest of Hebrews 10:23 says: for the one who made the promise is faithful.


Thursday, August 21, 2008

Boomers Everywhere are Facing the Glory of the Olympics

41-year-old Dara Torres has proven what I've been saying all along. Women over 40 are on the move and making a difference! Dara's outstanding performance in this year's Olympics has been an inspiration to me so at 51, I'm prepared to make history along side her. Baby Boomer Divas Rule! Check out the video:

Friday, August 15, 2008

A Baby Boomer's Life in Corporate America

My girlfriend sent me this email today, along with a note asking me if I would be a character witness if she had to stand trial for murder.

That told me she was having a ROUGH day on the job with her thirty-something "know-it-all" boss. I've been there---done that---and even wrote a book about it so I can feel her pain. What's a poor baby boomer to do when they have to put up with a boss who knows less but gets paid more?

In the meantime, here's the email she sent me:

You spend most of your time in a 10X10 cell

You spend most of your time in a 6X6 cubicle

You get three fully paid for meals a day

You get a break for one meal,and you have to pay for it

For good behavior, you get time off

For good behavior, you get more work


The guard locks and unlocks all the doors for you

You must carry a security card and open all the doors yourself

You can watch TV and play games

You could get fired for watching TV and playing games

You get your own toilet

You have to share the toilet with people who pee on the seat

They allow your family and friends to visit

You aren't even supposed to make personal calls on the phone. And don't even think about sending an email!

All expenses are paid by the taxpayers with no work required on your part

You must pay all your expenses to go to work, and they deduct taxes from your salary to pay for prisoners

You spend most of your life inside bars wanting to get out

You spend most of your time wanting to get out and go inside bars

You must deal with sadistic wardens

They are called 'managers'

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Go to College Online and for FREE

I’ve always been told you can never get too much education. Even at midlife, there are opportunities to improve on your existing skills or to gain new ones.

More and more Universities around the country are offering online courses to help those of us who are interesting in learning more than we already know. And the cool thing about these courses are they’re absolutely FREE. Although you won’t be awarded any college credits or a degree, you will gain some additional knowledge:

The University of Washington's FREE courses include Greek mythology, American Revolution and Heroic Fantasy.

Economics is being offered at the University of Nebraska.

Teach yourself sign language from Michigan State University.

You can study theology at Covenant Seminary; course offerings are delivered via a combo of free downloadable .pdf files and podcasts, and include subjects ranging from Church History to the Modern Reformation.

Learn mathematics with this extensive list of free online math courses from Whatcom Community College.

Visit Carnegie Mellon University and take Biology, Causal Reasoning, Statistics, and more, all for free.

The University of Washington School of Medicine offers free CPR classes online, complete with video and instructional guides. You can also take health courses from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; anything from adolescent health to population science.

Learn about bioterrorism and other hazards from the University of North Carolina.

You can also take advantage of Tufts University's open courses on dentistry, medicine, nutrition, and more.

Since you're already spending a lot of time on the internet, why not put it to good use?

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Who's in Your Business?

I was inspired to write this post today after seeing an advertisement on the side of a truck in the grocery store parking lot.

The banner was promoting a lawn care service. It gave the name and phone number and a slogan: We're doing God's business. That wouldn't have been so bad but it was the fact that he wasn't acting very godly at the time. As a matter of fact, he was yelling at a young child, who looked to be about 13. I presumed it was one of his children. He told the boy person to get his d--- a-- in the truck or get left!

First, was it necessary for him to promote God in his business? I'm assuming, in his frustration, he lost his religion for a moment and forgot the fact that he was riding in his company vehicle.

Next thing I'm curious about is: Is he only seeking businesses from Christians? Is he telling us that if we aren't Christians, we shouldn't call him for service?

What if he did a job that wasn't up to your satisfaction? Should the customer just accept the shoddy work because he says he's working for God? Is the customer obligated to pay because he says he's working for God? What happens if we should ever see him in an "ungodly" light?

As someone who believes in God and the power of prayer, I do believe faith and prayer can get you through some tough business situations where other people give up and quit. God has placed opportunity and responsibility in my life and I'm doing my best to follow what the Bible teaches financially and ethically about my business.

I do believe in mixing my faith with my business but I also believe actions speak louder than words. What do you say?

Friday, August 01, 2008

Are Baby Boomers Rolling over and Playing Dead?

I don't know about you but I am absolutely OUTRAGED at the latest news involving the profits made by the big oil companies! I feel like I'm the lone voice out here. I thought I was part of a generation---the baby boomer generation---who used to fight for the injustices of the world. We protested against Vietnam and stood up for civil rights but now it appears we are being bamboozled by big corporations and we've turned a blind eye and deaf ear.

Could it be because baby boomers are the ones who are responsible for these injustices? Exxon Mobil Chairman Rex Tillerson is, in fact, a baby boomer, and he's getting rich off of the backs of poor baby boomers like me.

Well, I am happy to report that I haven't patronized Exxon since 1989 when The Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred in Prince William Sound, Alaska. It is considered one of the most devastating man-made environmental disasters ever to occur at sea. All because someone was drunk on the job---that's the story I heard.

So, here we have today, millions of Americans who must be in a drunken stupor to allow oil companies like Exxon to get away with stealing our hard earned money.

Exxon Mobil Corp. broke its own record for the highest quarterly profit for a U.S. company on Thursday, joining other major oil companies in posting stronger earnings on the back of sky-high oil prices.

Exxon's second-quarter net income rose 14 per cent to $11.68 billion.


- Exxon earned more than $128 million a day, or nearly $1,500 every second during the quarter. The company said that was after it paid $4,100 a second in taxes and $14,700 a second in expenses to run the business.
- Exxon's quarterly earnings were slightly larger than the annual gross domestic product of Afghanistan, which was $11.63 billion in 2007, according to the World Bank.
- With Exxon's quarterly profit, one could potentially buy Gap Inc., Ford or Starbucks, which have market capitalizations of $11.67 billion, $10.76 billion and $10.69 billion, respectively, according to Reuters data.
- $11.68 billion could buy roughly 179,692 new Cadillac Escalades, or 15.57 billion individual Snickers chocolate bars.

It could also wipe out hunger around the world and take care of the entire baby boomer generation for the rest of our lives.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Boomers: Pack Your Bags and Head to Hawaii

Today, announced the results of its second annual “State of Longevity Report,” which ranks states according to boomer life expectancy. Colorado and Hawaii top the list this year with the highest average calculated age of 92.15. The results are based on data collected from more than 650,000 members from May 2007 to May 2008 who completed its proprietary Longevity Calculator at

Thomas Perls, M.D., M.P.H., is creator of the Longevity Calculator and founder and director of the New England Centenarian Study, the largest study of centenarians and their families in the world.

“Both online and offline relationships are one of the keys to longevity,” said Dr. Thomas Perls. “As boomers go through life changing events like retiring, moving, downsizing, or relocating – they need to create new networks. Boomers are not as accustomed to building social groups online, so they’re going to have to get creative about meeting new people and staying in touch with family and friends. is a great place for them to connect with interesting people who share similar life experiences.”

If you can't make it to Hawaii or Colorado, the survey also lists: California, Utah, New Hampshire, Alaska, Montana, Oregon, Connecticut and Arizona as states where you're life expectancy is at least 91 years.

It's interesting to note that not one southern state made the Top 10.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Three Things for Baby Boomers

Being a baby boomer means we've lived long enough to THREE things:

Three things in life that, once gone, never come back-




Three things in life that are most valuable




Three things in life that are never certain




Three things that make a man/woman –

Hard work



Three things in life that can destroy a man/woman




Three things in life that, once lost, hard to build-up








Sunday, July 27, 2008

Turning Opposition into Opportunity

No one goes through life problem free. The question is, how do you handle your circumstances? Do you try to ignore them and hope they'll go away or do you allow yourself to nearly drown in a self-made pity pool?

Paul in the Bible was faced with constant challenges and opposition. In 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 he said, "We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed..."

Every opposition in your life carries an opportunity for you to learn, live or give.

Ask yourself the following questions when you're facing some type of opposition:

1. What can I learn about myself from this situation? (What attitudes, character traits, choices, etc. does this situation reveal about me?)

2. How should I live in the face of the challenge? (Choose courage, faith, love, hope, etc.)

3. What can I give in the situation? (Give yourself another chance, give your time to help someone else, give the gift of forgiveness for some offense, give up your own pride, give up on negative thinking)

One final note, challenges are a part of life's lessons designed to make you stronger and wiser not only in your personal and spiritual life but in your business dealings as well.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

50-year-old Baby Boomer Jock Makes a Comeback

The Detroit Shock Women's Pro Basketball team signed 50-year-old Nancy Lieberman, a Hall of Famer and one of their former coaches, to a seven-day contract and she's expected to play TONIGHT in Houston.

Lieberman became the oldest player in WNBA history at 39 while playing for the Phoenix Mercury in 1997, the league's inaugural season. During her professional playing career, she averaged 15.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 6.1 assists,

Prior to her pro career, she played at Old Dominion University from 1976-80, helping the school win two national titles, and played for the U.S. Olympic team in 1976 and 1980.

A spot opened up for Lieberman on the Detroit Shock team when standout forward Cheryl Ford suffered a season-ending knee injury Tuesday night when the Shock, assistant coach Rick Mahorn and the Los Angeles Sparks were involved in a fight.

Lieberman was the first woman to play professionally with men as part of the USBL's Springfield Fame in 1986.

She was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996 and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame three years later.

All I have to say is you go baby boomer mama!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Danger of Iced Tea

It's summer. It's HOT! To quench your thirst, your drink of choice might be a nice, tall glass of iced tea. For many southerners, drinking iced tea is as natural as eating grits. But hold up! Did you know that iced tea contains high concentrations of oxalate, one of the key chemicals that lead to the formation of kidney stones, a common disorder of the urinary tract that affects about 10 percent of the population in the United States.

"For many people, iced tea is potentially one of the worst things they can drink," said Dr. John Milner, instructor, department of urology, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, Ill. "For people who have a tendency to form kidney stones, it's definitely one of the worst things you can drink."

Kidney stones are crystals that form in the kidneys or ureters, the small tubes that drain the urine from the kidney to the bladder. Men are four times more likely to develop kidney stones than women, and their risk rises dramatically once they reach their 40s.

The most common cause of kidney stones is the failure to drink enough fluids. During the summer, people are generally more dehydrated due to sweating. The dehydration combined with increase iced tea consumption raises the risk of kidney stones, especially in people who are prone to develop them.

"People are told that in the summertime they should drink more fluids," said Milner, who treated Mulac's kidney stones. "A lot of people choose to drink more iced tea, thinking it's a tastier alternative. However, in terms of kidney stones, they’re getting it going and coming. They're actually doing themselves a disservice."
To quench thirst and to properly hydrate, there is no better alternative than water, Milner said. You might try flavoring it with lemon slices. Lemonade helps to ward off kidney stones.

"Lemons are very high in citrates, which inhibit the growth of kidney stones," Milner said. "Lemonade, not the powdered variety that uses artificial flavoring, actually slows the development of kidney stones for those who are prone to the development of kidney stones."

Milner also said people concerned about developing kidney stones should cut back on eating foods that also contain high concentrations of oxalates such as spinach, chocolate, rhubarb and nuts. They should easy up on salt, eat meat sparingly, drink several glasses a water a day and don’t avoid foods high in calcium, which reduces the amount of oxalate the body absorbs.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Is Expensive Always the Best?

Would you spend $1000 for a pizza?

Nino’s Bellissima in New York is offering the world's most extravagant pizza -- a $1,000 pizza topped with six sorts of caviar and fresh lobster. It’s known as the Luxury Pizza, a 12 inch (30 cms), thin crust topped with caviar, lobster, creme fraiche and chives. Cut into eight, it works out to be $125 a slice.

The restaurant owner says he knows this type of pizza isn’t for everybody---no kidding! But he says there are people in New York who can afford it and once tried, they'll be back for more.

The only catch to getting this $1000 pizza is the restaurant needs 24 hours notice for the gourmet dish as it orders the caviar in advance.

And after you’ve dropped a cool $1000 on the pizza, if you have some change left over you can always head over to the midtown restaurant Serendipity that sells a $1,000 ice-cream sundae called Golden Opulence which is covered in 23K edible gold leaf.

Monday, July 07, 2008

The Death of Jesse Helms

As a television reporter, I was privileged to cover quite a few interesting people over the course of my career. Former Senator Jesse Helms is definitely on that list. I was assigned to cover the late senator's visit to New Bern, NC in the late 80s. I actually wanted the assignment because I wanted to meet face-to-face with the man whose political career was built around his stand AGAINST civil rights. As he was swarmed by reporters, I became just another face in the crowd---but it was the only "black" face. It was obvious that he had an adoring fan base of North Carolinians who felt the way he did about certain issues. He was "their" voice and he had no problem speaking his mind.

In an editorial written by Columnist Myron Pitts of the Fayetteville News & Observer, he said, "Perhaps no single figure in the 20th century could claim more credit for sowing enmity between whites and blacks in North Carolina, and if you know history, you know that the minority group is always the biggest loser when racial strife reigns."

Helms once called the University of North Carolina the “University of Negroes and Communists,” and once suggested a wall be put around the school to contain its liberal views. He was also a staunch opponent of a national holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and ended up casting the only dissenting vote.

Helm's died July 4th. The local media has been portraying him as a man of the people. They say he fought for what he believed in---even at the expense of creating hate and divisiveness in the Tarheel State.

I guess the only thing left to wonder is if Jesse believed there's a segregated place waiting for him in Heaven.

Friday, July 04, 2008

70-year-old Gives Birth to Twins I've heard of everything!

70-year-old Omkari Panwar, the wife of a retired farmer, has given birth to twins in the Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh, delivering a boy and girl by emergency caesarean section on June 27th, seven hours drive north of the Indian capital New Delhi.

Omkari, a resident of Doghat village in this district, has two adult daughters and five grandchildren and underwent in vitro fertilization treatment to produce a male family heir. If Omkari can prove her age, she’d become the oldest woman ever to give birth.

Mrs Panwar, who has no birth certificate, uses the date of India’s independence in 1947 to gauge her age. She remembers being nine when the British left India - meaning she is now 70.

Her husband, Charan Singh Panwar, 77, mortgaged his land, sold his buffalos, spent his life savings and took out a credit card loan to finance the treatment.

The boy and girl each weighed 2 pounds when they were delivered a month early by Cesarean section. Doctors at Jaswant Roy Specialty Hospital said the twins are expected to survive.

I have a few questions:

1) What doctor would agree to vitro fertilization on this poor old woman? How greedy can this doctor really be? Was he American?

2) Isn't it impossible to give birth once you're post menopausal?

3) Who will take care of these children in a couple of years? Can they take care of them NOW?

Monday, June 30, 2008

How to Maintain a Healthy and Safe July 4th

As a veteran journalist, I believe it's important to disseminate information so with the help of some experts at Kansas State University, here are some tips to make this Fourth of July safer for the whole family:

* Before putting that hamburger or steak on the grill, K-State's J. Scott Smith, professor of food chemistry, recommends rubbing a little rosemary extract on the meat. Research by Smith has shown that rosemary can help stop the carcinogenic compounds known as heterocyclic amines, or HCAs, from forming in meat cooked over high temperatures. Rosemary extract has a light aroma, so Smith said your burger won't end up with the minty taste of the herb when used in its whole form. Rosemary extract also works on poultry, pork and fish.

* If topping grilled burgers with fresh tomato and lettuce or serving a fruit or vegetable salad at your backyard barbecue, K-State's Douglas Powell recommends finding out all you can about how your fresh produce was grown before purchasing it. "Fresh fruits and vegetables are the most significant sources of foodborne illness today in the U.S.," said Powell, an associate professor and scientific director of the International Food Safety Network. "Because fresh produce is not cooked, anything that comes into contact with it is a possible source of contamination." Wash water, irrigation water, manure in soil, even contact with animals or humans, can introduce dangerous microorganisms onto fresh produce. Powell recommends asking produce suppliers -- whether you buy your fruits and veggies from the supermarket or the farmer's market -- about their food safety measures, including if they test wash water and irrigation water for bacteria, the type of soil amendments they use and if employees and staff have been trained about proper hand washing.

* Fireworks are a Fourth of July tradition, but if you plan on watching them up close or even shooting them off in your yard, use earplugs, recommends Robert Garcia, an audiologist at the K-State Speech and Hearing Center. Depending on how close you are to them, fireworks can be loud enough to damage your hearing, Garcia said. "An easy way to protect your hearing is to use disposable earplugs available at drug stores and retailers like Wal-Mart," he said. "They are specially designed to appropriately filter noise, while cotton balls or tissues or not. The earplugs are an effective way to protect hearing, especially for kids who will be shooting fireworks."

* If your dog is a scaredy-cat when it comes to the loud noises and bright colors produced by fireworks, the best place for your canine may be indoors and inside a kennel or dog crate, according to veterinarian Susan Nelson, assistant professor of clinical sciences at K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine. "Many dogs feel safer in the confines of their crate. Plus, being indoors helps decrease the chance of your pet being injured from fireworks or running away because of fear," Nelson said. If your canine companion needs additional relief, Nelson recommends checking with your veterinarian about medications or other options that help decrease your pet's anxiety level.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Supreme Court Says Americans Have Right to Kill

You can put a different spin on it and say "Supreme Court Says Americans have Gun Rights" but the bottom line is the door has been opened for hate mongers and lunatics to claim self-defense every time they get trigger happy.

In a 5-4 decision, the high court determined that Americans have the right to own guns for self-defense as well as hunting. So my question is, how is self-defense going to be determined in a court of law that is already full of holes and errors?

If someone looks at me funny and then puts their hand in their pocket, does that give me the right to pull a gun out of my purse and shoot them because I felt my life might be threatened? What if someone tries to cut me off on the highway and I reach for my gun and shoot them? I can say I felt my life was being threatened because I could've been killed by their "road rage."

It's all in how you spin it---and the color of your skin.

Monday, June 23, 2008

The Dead DO Count

A lady died this past January, and Citibank billed her for February and March for their annual service charges on her credit card, and added late fees and interest on the monthly charge. The balance had been $0.00 when she died, but now somewhere around $60.00. A family member placed a call to Citibank.

Here is the exchange:

Family Member: 'I am calling to tell you she died back in January.'
Citibank : 'The account was never closed and the late fees and charges still apply.'
Family Member : 'Maybe, you should turn it over to collections.'
Citibank: 'Since it is two months past due, it already has been.'
Family Member : So, what will they do when they find out she is dead?'
Citibank: 'Either report her account to frauds division or report her to the credit bureau, maybe both!'
Family Member : 'Do you think God will be mad at her?'
Citibank: 'Excuse me?'
Family Member : 'Did you just get what I was telling you - the part about her being dead?'
Citibank: 'Sir, you'll have to speak to my supervisor.'
Supervisor gets on the phone:
Family Member : 'I'm calling to tell you, she died back in January with a $0 balance.'
Citibank : 'The account was never closed and late fees and charges still apply.'
Family Member: 'You mean you want to collect from her estate?'
Citibank : (Stammer) 'Are you her lawyer?'
Family Member: 'No, I'm her great nephew.' (Lawyer info was given)
Citibank: 'Could you fax us a certificate of death?'
Family Member: 'Sure.' (Fax number was given )
After they get the fax:
Citibank: 'Our system just isn't setup for death. I don't know what more I can do to help.'
Family Member : 'Well, if you figure it out, great! If not, you could just keep billing her. She won't care.'
Citibank: 'Well, the late fees and charges do still apply.' (What is wrong with these people?!?)
Family Member : 'Would you like her new billing address?'
Citibank : 'That might help.'
Family Member: ' Odessa Memorial Cemetery , Highway 129, Plot Number 69.'
Citibank : 'Sir, that's a cemetery!'
Family Member : 'What do you do with dead people on your planet???

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Richmond: Not a Romantic Place for Baby Boomers

In celebration of my 51st birthday, my husband and I decided to re-visit Richmond, VA. That's one of those "in-between" places we used to meet up when we were dating. Mind you, we hadn't been back in about five years so we know that things do change.

As we walked along the Canal Street area this time, the atmosphere seemed different. There were plenty of people but not many friendly, smiling faces. I didn't get a "Welcome" feeling. I'm a firm believer you can tell a lot about a place or business by the people who represent it.

Even when we went back to our favorite restaurant, Sine Irish Pub & Restaurant, I didn't have a sense of "we're glad you're here!" like I did the last time. The last time we were there the female bartender was warm and friendly. This bartender seemed to care less if we were there or not.

I guess I just expected more. After all, it was my birthday and I wanted to spend it with my hubby in a place that brought back some fond memories. But not this time. Richmond, VA is definitely NOT a place I would recommend for baby boomers who want to re-kindle flames.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Come On Baby Boomer, Light My Fire

We are the baby boomers who grew up with drugs, sex and rock-n-roll. Woodstock gave many free thinkers the opportunity to express themselves with their bodies. So what’s wrong with those of us who still have a healthy appetite for sex?

According to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive(R) of 2,000 married baby boomer men and women between the ages of 40-70, physical intimacy was determined to be as important now as it’s ever been. As a matter of fact, 84 percent of baby boomers rank physical intimacy as being important or very important. The number of boomers in the survey who rank physical intimacy as important to a successful relationship is higher than having enough money (72 percent) or even good health (78 percent).

The survey also found that only half (50 percent) of boomers surveyed are satisfied with the physical intimacy in their relationship, and 41 percent of men and 43 percent of women desire more emotional intimacy in their relationships.

Those of us who enjoy intimacy understand that great sex is the result of an excellent relationship, not the cause of it. Both women and men know being a good lover is not a matter of having extra-large physical equipment, knowing the "correct" technique, or being able to last all night. It's a matter of knowing, understanding and caring for your partner. It’s the tenderness and caressing. It’s also a matter of communication. Letting your partner know what turns you on and guiding him/her to your pleasure spots goes a long way in keeping the flames of passion well lit.

If you want to know how your baby boomer partner can light your fire, check out this article on

Thursday, June 19, 2008

A $200 Burger

Who in their right mind would pay $200 for a Burger at Burger King? They're obviously doing it in London.

It's something I call a sin and a shame---especially since there are so many people living in poverty and way too many fat people who don't need it.

The burger is Japanese-style Wagyu, flame-grilled, garnished with Italian truffles, Spanish cured ham, aged balsamic vinegar, Champagne onions and popped onto a saffron- and truffle-dusted bun.
se-style Wagyu, flame-grilled, garnished with Italian truffles, Spanish cured ham, aged balsamic vinegar, Champagne onions and popped onto a saffron- and truffle-dusted bun.

Ridiculous doesn't even begin to describe what I think about this!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Gay & Lesbian Baby Boomers & Seniors

After 55 years of living together, 84-year-old Phyllis Lyon and 87-year-old Del Martin made their common law marriage legal today by tying the knot in San Francisco. Their nuptials are the result of a decision, back in May, by the California Supreme Court to overturn a voter-approved ban on gay marriage.

The justices ruled in a 4-3 decision that domestic partnerships weren't a good enough substitute for marriage.

Please excuse my ignorance, but I didn't realize there were more than 15 million gay and lesbian consumers in the United States, whose buying power exceeded $660 billion. That was information I found on the website PackagedFacts

I also didn't know there were a reported 2.9 million Lesbian-Gay-Bi-Sexual-Transgender (LGBT) people over the age of 55 in the U.S. as of 2006.

Does that mean more and more baby boomers are coming out of the closet or were they already out and we just didn't recognize or acknowledge them?

Friday, June 13, 2008

What is Your Ministry?

I believe everyone is called to the Ministry. No, you don't necessarily have to stand in a pulpit and preach to a congregation but I firmly believe God calls on each one of us to use our talents to bless others. He then provides us with the additional resources we'll need to carry out our task.

One of the things Rick Warren says in his book, Purpose Drive Life is “We are healed to help others...We are blessed to be a blessing...We are saved to serve."

With that being said, my journey and my ministry continues.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Celebrities Join Women on the Move Event

Actresses Debbie Zipp and Bern Nadette Stanis will headline a Women's Business and Social Networking Seminar/Luncheon on October 18 in Durham, North Carolina.

The event, sponsored by the non-profit organization Boomer Diva Nation, LLC,comes on the heels of their successful Baby Boomer Girlfriend’s Spring Break weekend this past April in Daytona Beach. Author and Radio Host Beverly Mahone is its Founder.

Mahone says Zipp and Stanis will share their stories of pursuing their passions at midlife and offer tips for women who may be in a life transition. Both actresses are members of Boomer Diva Nation.

Zipp is probably best known for her recurring role as “Donna” on the hit TV show, Murder She Wrote. Today she has spread her wings as a talented Producer and teamed up with three other Hollywood actresses to form In The Trenches Productions. They call it “The first entertainment website celebrating the power and beauty of women over 40.”

Stanis played the character “Thelma” on the TV sitcom, Good Times. Since then she has written two books and is currently traveling around the country promoting them.

In addition to the appearances of the celebrity actresses, a gynecologist will be on hand to answer questions regarding menopause and other health-related issues. A mini-concert will be performed by gospel recording artist Jennifer Evans and there will be trivia contests for prizes. The first 50 women who register will receive Diva-licious gift bags.

The event will be held at the Durham Arts Council Building, 120 Morris Street, in downtown Durham. To learn more about how you can participate as a Sponsor or attendee in another fabulous event sponsored by the Women of Boomer Diva Nation, send an email to: or call 301-356-6280.

To pre-register, go to:

About Boomer Diva Nation, LLC:

Boomer Diva Nation, LLC is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting health and wellness, business and social networking for women aged 40 and beyond. For more information, contact Beverly Mahone at 301-356-6280 or via email:

Friday, June 06, 2008

How Close are you to Foreclosure?

The list of homeowners going into foreclosure has topped the one million mark. This week a Georgia newspaper reported the upcoming auction of the home of former Heavyweight Boxing Champion Evander Holyfield. His 5,000-square-home — located on Evander Holyfield Highway — has 109 rooms, including 17 bathrooms, three kitchens and a bowling alley.

Holyfield reportedly defaulted on a $10 million loan to Washington Mutual Bank, which plans to auction off his home on the courthouse steps on July 1. (Did he really need 109 rooms?)

Former baseball star Jose Canseco is walking away from his 7,300-square-foot mansion in a Los Angeles suburb. He bought the six-bedroom, five-bath Encino mansion in 2005 for about $2.8 million. The house already had at least one lien placed on it, from the Internal Revenue Service.

Ed McMahon, the longtime sidekick to Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show," defaulted on $4.8 million in mortgage loans with a unit of Countrywide Financial Corp., which filed a notice of default in March, according to ForeclosureRadar, a company that sells default data pulled from public records. The 85-year-old is reportedly $644,000 in arrears.

California, Florida, Nevada and Arizona accounted for 89 percent of the total increase in new home foreclosures.

Who's really to blame for this mess?

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Baby Boomers Don't Like to Face Ugly History

Today marks the anniversary of the worst race riots in our nation’s history. It was known as the Tulsa Riots of 1921.

The trouble began on May 31, 1921 when a young black man named Dick Rowland was accused of assaulting a white girl named Sarah Page in an elevator. Although police questioned her, there was never a written account produced of her statement. Whatever the conversation was between Page and the police, it is generally accepted that the police decided that what had happened between the two teenagers was something less than a serious assault. In any event, the police did not launch a man-hunt for her alleged assailant. They apparently knew who they were looking for, but they felt no great urgency.

Whether or not an actual assault had occurred, Rowland had reason to be afraid. In those days, just an accusation of an assault on a white woman might incite violence. He realized the seriousness of the situation, and Rowland fled to his mother's house in the Greenwood neighborhood.

The morning after the incident, Rowland was located, booked on suspicion of assault, and taken to an interrogation room on the top floor of the Tulsa County Courthouse for questioning.


By late morning, news of the event had apparently reached the Tulsa Tribune. The newspaper broke the story in that afternoon's edition with the headline: 'Nab Negro for Attacking Girl In an Elevator', describing the alleged incident with the details that could be assembled on such short notice. It was, however, another article in the same paper that is credited with providing the misinformation which sparked the chain of events that ensued later that evening.

When it was all over, the area known as “Black Wall Street” was completely destroyed and it’s believed that more than 300 blacks were killed---although the official number only reported 39 deaths.

As baby boomers, this is a part of history we do our best to shy away from because we know these people were mothers, fathers, other relatives and friends. Even if our family members weren’t directly involved in the Tulsa Race Riot, it’s safe to say the majority of baby boomers have parents and grandparents who were either the racist culprits or the victims somewhere in America. The question is how much of that attitude and racism is still a part of the baby boomers you know today?

Saturday, May 31, 2008

A Baby Boomer's Review of the Iron Man Movie

Last night my husband and I went to see the movie Iron Man with Robert Downey, Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges and Gwynneth Paltrow.

My husband had been saying he's like to see it because Iron Man was one of his favorite comic book heroes when he was a child. Now, he knows I am NOT a fan of comic book hero movies so he was quite surprised that I suggested we see it. I figured it's the least I could do since he's always going to see the "chick flicks" I want to see. Besides, I could always say it was an early anniversary gift since our second wedding anniversary is coming up in a few days.

I actually ENJOYED the movie! Although it dragged for the first 30 minutes or so, I could get into the storyline and it held my attention. Robert Downey, Jr. played a self-absorbed millionaire who inherited his father's weapons company empire but got a rude awakening after being held captive for three months in the Middle East. I've never been a fan of Downey's but I must admit I was impressed with his acting in the movie.

Gwynneth played the faithful assistant. I've never been a fan of hers either but I appreciated her acting talent in the movie.

I can't say enough about Terrence Howard. It's like that role was made for him. It's a shame he doesn't get more opportunities to display his talent range.

I almost didn't recognize Jeff Bridges. He looks a lot different than you would expect in this movie. He played the bad guy.

To my fellow baby boomer divas, if you're looking for something to do for a "date night" take your partner to see Iron Man. Take it from one who had a good time seeing her man enjoy watching one of his favorite comic book heroes.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

A Baby Boomer's View of Memorial Day

Ever since I was a little girl, I remember Memorial Day as a time when we remembered the soldiers who fought and died for our country. My Uncle Bob was a WWII veteran. He was one of the lucky ones. He returned home from the war---even though he was shell-shocked. As a child, I didn’t understand the terminology but upon observing my uncle’s subsequent behavior over the years, I knew it had something to do with his inability to cope mentally back into society.

As a baby boomer, I have memories of Vietnam but I never knew anyone who died in the war. As a television reporter stationed at Camp Lejeune, I covered many stories of Marines preparing for Operation Desert Shield & Desert Storm. I covered Memorials and some of the happy homecomings.

On this Memorial Day I have decided I am not going to mourn over the dead. Yes---I will pray for their souls and hope they discovered who God is---but on this particular day I choose to pray for the living. I will pray for the men and women who are in harm’s way daily. I will pray for their safekeeping until they are able to return home to loved ones.

More importantly, I will pray for peace.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Baby Boomer Obama Wins Big in NC

Despite the fact that North Carolina’s Governor went against the grain and endorsed Hillary Clinton, it was fellow baby boomer Barack Obama who came out the big winner during Tuesday’s Primary election.

The numbers are beyond impressive! Obama won a lopsided victory by more than 200,000 votes. With 99 percent of the votes counted:

Barack Obama 887,186
Hillary Clinton 654,484

What is even more astonishing is the fact that nearly 1.5 million votes were cast (by Democrats) in the race. According to the NC Board of Elections, there are 2,633,502 registered democratic voters (as of 5/7/08). More than 100,000 new voters were added to the rolls just for this election.

Never in the history of NC voting has there ever been a turnout like this. Yes, Obama overwhelmingly won the black vote, but he clearly crossed over racial lines and received a significant number of white votes as well. (The media’s not talking about that!)

Even though I’m not a fan of FOX News, they reported some interesting statistics:

74% of voters with college degrees voted for Obama
56% of voters with no degree voted for Obama

69% of first-time voters voted for Obama
61% of Obama voters were under 30 (my daughter was one of them).

Obama received 92% of the black vote
Obama received 61% of white women

If you want to learn more about how the early voting went, see my report by clicking on the title of this blog.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Baby Boomer Divas on the Move in Daytona Beach

I've been back home a few days after spending several days in Daytona Beach for the First Annual Baby Boomer Girlfriend's Spring Break. Everyone has been asking me, "How was it?"

It's really hard to describe in words because there were so many different things going on. It was a non-stop weekend. It was nothing short of incredible to finally meet some of the baby boomer divas I've been networking online with for more than a year. You would’ve thought we had known each other for years. Actually it felt like a sorority sisters reunion. And when you add in Baby Boomer Actresses Bern Nadette Stanis and Jo Kelly, you get a star-studded event designed for Queen Divas.

One thing I've discovered is, we are truly a group of fabulous 40 and beyond women. Just click on the title of this blog (Baby Boomer Divas on the Move...) and see what I mean.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

First Annual Baby Boomer Girlfriend's Spring Break a Success

After spending a FABULOUS weekend in Daytona Beach for the First Annual Baby Boomer Girlfriend’s Spring Break, I am CONVINCED there are many of us out here who are doing great things. We many not be recognized by the masses but we are still a force to be reckoned with!!!

I want to personally thank those of you who believed in my vision and helped make it a reality. Baby Boomer actress Bern Nadette Stanis deserves a **special** thank you for her participation.

I am inviting you to become a member of Boomer Diva Nation and join us now and beyond as we work to make a difference in the lives of those around us.

See some of the pictures from the event at:

Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Political Boomerworld Comes to North Carolina

The baby boomer democratic presidential candidates are vying for North Carolina. The tarheel state has become important to the overall delgate count and Barack and Hillary are duking it out to see who gets the prize.

Barack, his wife, Michelle, Hillary and Bill have been to North Carolina several times courting votes.

My daughter registered for the first time yesterday. She was really excited to do so and has made no secret about her choice---Barack Obama. And neither has my grandson for that matter.

According to the State Board of Eelections, more than one hundred thousand new voters have registered. Most of them are African-American and Democrats.

Friday, April 11 is the last day potential voters can register for the May 6th primary.

I wonder will N.C. Senator John Edwards get any votes---oh, he's out of the race isn't he? I wonder who he plans to endorse.

Are You A "Make-Do" Baby Boomer Woman?

Every now and then a "floating" email catches my attention---like this one did. It got me to thinking about the kind of woman I've become. Beverly Mahone is living fabulous at fifty and not lamenting on the would've, should've, could've of life. I'm NOT a "make-do" woman. I'm a "make-time" woman. What about you? If you identify with the type of woman described here, it's definitely time for a change.

When I was preparing to get married (the first time around more than 20 years ago), I started getting all sorts of advice especially at bridal showers and things like that from family and friends. But one of the most interesting "lessons" came from a woman I met for the first time, just a few weeks before the big day.

She said, "Honey, whatever you do, don't ever let yourself become a "make-do" woman" I had no idea what she meant, but, of course, she was about to explain.

She continued, "men" don't deny themselves anything. Whatever they want to buy, they buy. Whatever they want to do, they do. Meanwhile, there is the wife, making do with her hair not being done, her clothes from yesteryear, her nails in need, never had a pedicure, scraping the bottom of her tube of lipstick! Oh, I could go on and on with how "we" make do.

And why? Because the car needs fixing, this Bill is behind, we have to use our time to take care of this, or take care of that; we're saving for this, working, cooking, cleaning, raising, etc." She warned me to never become a make-do woman, because she says if you start, it is hard to stop and one could easily find themselves making-do for the rest of their lives.

I vowed it would never happen to me. I didn't think much more of the conversation until one day, I began to take notice, she was right. Men are a lot better at being good to themselves. Some call it being selfish, there has to be another word for it. Tell me if you know. Whatever you call it. It does have its place.

When they want to play ball, or golf, or fish, they go! When they want to buy clothes, or equipment, or video games, or whatever their "thing" is, they buy! Have you ever tried to stop one? Has anyone ever been able to stop one? Let me know! When I look around, I see a whole heap of make-do women, married or not, with or without children, they are all over the place!

I have decided that I am going to make my best effort to become a "make-time" woman! I will make the time to do what I need to do to be good to myself, whether that's a trip to the salon, or the gym or the mall. This time I'm going to take a lesson from the guys!

All right ladies, single and married... Let's NOT be a "MAKE-DO" Women!

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Baby Boomers in the Hood--Part II

How well do you know your neighbors? In case of an emergency, could you call on them or vice versa? I’m happy to say I live in a baby boomer community where we actually know each other. I’m also happy to say our neighborly looking out for one another has been put to the test several times but there was one recent incident that makes me question how far one should go in “looking out” for their neighbor.

Here’s what happened to me: After my neighbor (a baby boomer diva) across the street told me her home had been broken into twice, I made it my business to become a “nosey neighbor” and look for anything suspicious.

One day, I observed an unfamiliar vehicle with temporary tags park in my neighbor’s driveway. The young man who got out of the car had a baseball cap on his head as if to disguise his face and he had a backpack on his back. That was definitely suspicious-looking to me so what did I do? I immediately got on the phone and called the police! Surprisingly, they came right away and I sat at my bedroom window to watch the drama unfold while staying on the phone with the police dispatcher. With guns drawn, two officers ran around the back of my neighbor’s house. To think that I would be responsible for helping to catch a criminal in the act was exciting! Minutes later, the police walked back to their vehicles but there was no suspect. Did he run and leave his car? Did they shoot him? Then the police dispatcher informed me that the person inside the house was actually my neighbor’s grown son.

It had been awhile since I saw him and he obviously had a new car so I didn’t recognized him.

The next time I saw my neighbor, we talked about what happened. Her son was pretty scared over having guns drawn on him. She said she figured I was the one who called the police and she thanked me for keeping a watchful eye. I couldn't help thinking what would've happened had the outcome been different.

OK…so there is a moral and lesson from this story. First, it’s good to be a “watch dog” for your neighbors but stereotyping people can get innocent people seriously hurt or even killed.