Just a Thought

“This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson Knowing what to...

Just a thought: Tap and step

We Boomers began our journey during the poliovirus epidemics in the 1940s and ‘50s, and today we’re ending it with the coronavirus pandemic. Polio...

Just a thought. Of caregiving, book clubs, and mortality

Talk about coincidence. When I planned this issue earlier in the summer, I didn’t know about the book my own book club was going...

Just A Thought. Comparing my grandmother’s last days and my mother’s

The Better Death I was recently honored to be asked to address the graduates of the Certificate program at the UGA Institute of Gerontology, part...

What My Mother Kept. Looking at old photographs and pondering the moment they were taken.

Treasures are found while recently perusing the boxes of unorganized pictures and ephemera left by a mother decades ago. In the disarray, along with elementary school report cards and handwritten Mother’s Day cards, a yellowed newspaper article cut out on the day after Franklin Roosevelt died is worth reading again during today's divisive times.

Honor Reconstruction Legislators

The black and white photo above is of my mother and me in the late 1940s in Hanover Square, a Colonial-era park in the...

Reflecting Out Loud: Letter to White Baby Boomers

Reading Jim Grimsley’s book earlier this year about growing up in North Carolina surrounded by racism in the 1960s has prompted me to reflect...
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