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Boomers Write

Genealogical Surprises! Love Letters Reveal a Mother I Never Knew

I retired from the UGA departments of romance languages and women's studies in 2011 after a lifetime of studying and teaching. And for all...

How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood

White baby boomers born and raised in the deep South each have a unique personal history of their  experiences and attitudes about race. They...

Letters from Vietnam, 1967

Small flakes of snow prickled against my face and hands and left little wet splotches on the stationery on my lap.  It was 1967,...

Strawberry Sangria: A cheerful drink in trying times

Despite its ominous name, meaning “bleeding” in Spanish, the Iberian wine punch “Sangría” is a cheery, even gentle, drink in warm weather. The congenially...

Spaghetti alla Putanesca: A Storied Dish to Spice up Winter Dining

The scent of evil perpetually attracts. In the 1890s, for example, Oscar Wilde noted, “As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will...

The Return of Baxter Street as a Dining Destination, Part 2

In part 1 of The Return of Baxter Street as a Dining Destination (July 2019) we highlighted in a two-block section of Baxter, six locally...

The Woodpecker Trail, Part 2 – The Southern Leg

The Fall 2018 issue of BoomAthens carried our piece about the northern part of Georgia’s historic Woodpecker Trail (Highway 121). Now we visit the 140-mile...

To everything there is a season. Some thoughts on inner harvesting

There’s a small branching plant with clusters of yellow pods that burst open in the fall to reveal intense orange, jewel-like berries. In Indiana...

Have some history with your food

One significant advantage of being over 50 is no longer having to cook daily for family. But for those who enjoy cooking, or even...

Failure to follow my own advice

I began my financial planning career in 1999. I enthusiastically assisted my clients in planning for their future, and I did my best to...

The Return of Baxter Street as a Dining Destination, Part 1

In just a two-block section of Baxter Street, six, locally owned restaurants have emerged to establish the locale as a dining destination. Easily within...

On Becoming a Crazy Cat Lady

Here I am, returning to the Athens Area Humane Society one year after adopting Leo. Dear Leo, the cat I wasn’t sure I wanted...

Moving Their “Retirement” Home – All 300,000 Pounds.

  While many boomers are downsizing their living space or are planning to do so, Tom and Beth Allen have enlarged theirs. In fact, they...

Home Ec Revisited: More Than Cooking and Sewing

  Boomer boys took shop and auto mechanics in junior and senior high. We young ladies studied Home Economics. We were introduced to kitchens and...

Uber and Lyft

The money can be very good; the hassles mostly minor, and the hours totally flexible, say some of the boomers driving locally for the...

Genealogical Surprises! Love Letters Reveal a Mother I Never Knew

I retired from the UGA departments of romance languages and women's studies in 2011 after a lifetime of studying and teaching. And for all...

The Acquisitive Generation Begins to Downsize

Teresa Howard, 59, and her husband, Dallas, 63, are anxious to sell their 4,200 sq.f. house in Lawrenceville to move closer to their daughter...