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Weekend Boomers Coffee & Ideas

Boomer News and Ideas

Go and get a cup of coffee – tea if you insist – pull up a chair and relax. You’re going to want to read and watch these. They are some of the posts, articles and video that I hope will be of interest to you.

Huffington Post – Men Need a Lift, Too

What I have learned in being, thinking about, and learning about boomer men is this – if you are one of us and don’t agree, you can contradict me if I’m wrong. You are less interested in taking care of yourself than your wife. For me, my sweetheart drags me kicking and screaming to anything that resembles self-improvement. I’d rather watch movies with people dying and cars and buldings blowing up than anything “cultural.” Ask me sometime about “Rabit Proof Fence.

Baby Boomer Knowledge Center – In the Middle? – All Work, No Pay

Studies show that boomers, the ones who are aptly called the sandwich generation – put in as much as a second job in taking care of aging parents.

Baby Boomer’s Network – Some Good, Some Not So Good

What is exciting about being our age? Baby Boomers Network tells us the only downside is that we have too many choices.

Baby boomers are truly blessed. We are one of the most influential generations in the world. We are more active, more determined to stay young and healthy and more willing to live our lives freely and robustly.

Age Myths – Choosing Change As Long As You Live

Are big changes ahead? For many years – not necessarily the good ones – my motto seemed to be that I started over again so many times it seemed like a way of life. Is it harder as we get older? From Madeleine at AgeMyths, some ideas about handling change -

  • Change is a trade-off. To get something, you have to give up something (sometimes without knowing exactly what it is).
  • It’s your choice whether what you get is worth what you may give up.
  • You need to have a plan for making the change. Fortunately, Dick always has a plan.
  • If you’re in a relationship, it’s crucual that you both commit to the change and to helping each other get through it when things go wrong. Get mad at the obstacle, not at each other.
  • As we age, we tend to accumulate a fair amount of baggage–both literal and metaphorical. Nonetheless, we can choose change as long as we live.

Huff Post – The Art of Mindfulness

An interview with a writer, researcher, and, in my opinion, a philospher on aging, Ellen Langer, shows up in the Huff Post.

“Mindful attending, noticing, is enlivening,” says Langer. “People who say they’re bored—with their relationships, for example, or their jobs—that’s because they’re holding it still. They’re confusing the stability of their mind-set with the stability of the underlying phenomena. Things are always changing.”

Now, when you look below, don’t click away (as if you would) Before I get to Dan Pink’s book and video, here is one more just for fun.

Positioning the Booty-Call Relationship on the Spectrum of Relationships: Sexual but More Emotional Than One-Night Stands

This is an actual study cited by Mind Hacks

Dan Pink – Whiteboard Magic

Dan Pink’s Book, Drive (Affiliate Link Below) is depicted by RSA as an animated whiteboard presentation. The book is a must read if you are an employer, an educator or even if you want to understand your own motivations. The video is below as well.

That’s all for now. I’ve also included a Sudoku game below.

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About Mike

Writes for men in transition, interested in personal development, and who are excited or lost when it comes to life and all the possibilities it offers after 50.

Comments

  1. Mike, Thank you so much for the mention of Age Myths in your post. I’m honored to be included in such terrific company. I was particularly struck by Vivian Diller’s article called “Men Need a ‘Lift’ Too.” As we grow older, both men and women get the message that we’re not good enough the way we are, (although I think women have a shorter shelf-life than men do.)

    • Mike says:

      I’m happy to have you out there to mention. I look for boomer and aging blogs, and many of them are very spammy – or seem that way.

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