I have to do it once a year, whether I like it or not. No, it's
not an annual physical. No, it's not an annual pap test. No, it's
not an annual mammogram, colonoscopy or other radioactive assault
on my body. It's a blood tes ...
I walked into the office break room the other day to find a
co-worker cleaning up what appeared to be a volcanic eruption. I
knew immediately what had happened - she tried to cook grits in the
microwave. A month prior, I had ...
We all have a claim to fame at some point in our lives. Some
refer to it as a "brush with greatness." It's that time when we
come in contact with a movie star, sports giant, political figure
or other person of perceived stat ...
As I write this column, I am preparing for a Memorial Day
weekend trip to the beach. I am making a mental packing list that
includes bathing suits, sundresses, shorts, tank tops and an array
of polka-dotted flip-flops. I wil ...
If you picked up superstitions or old wives tales from your
parents or grandparents, you may believe that some life events
happen in threes - one of them being death. I am holding my breath
right now after the announcement o ...
I can recall my parents, and their friends, using the expression
"the only thing certain in life is paying taxes and dying." I
thought this was not only a curious view on life, but certainly a
maudlin one as well. I vowed ne ...
I went shoe shopping today. Well, let me rephrase that. I
attempted to go shoe shopping today. Similar to jeans shopping, I
have a difficult time finding the right fit, and the right height,
and the right style, and shall I ...
Daylight savings time is wreaking havoc with my body clock. I
was in a nice routine of waking up 10 minutes before my alarm
chimed at 6 a.m. But since springing forward, I find myself walking
around in a catatonic state unti ...
As I write this column, news of Davy Jones death is about 24
hours old. Boomers get a dose of reality each time a music legend
passes away. The day the music dies is a creepy reminder of our own
mortality. We all want to liv ...
Online dating is big business that continues to gain popularity
at a rapid pace. Sites like Match.com and eHarmony promise to
help you find your soulmate by cross-referencing likes, dislikes
and personality traits. Tho ...
A friend recently compared getting old to a roll of toilet paper
- the closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes. What a
wonderful analogy about how time is literally running out for some
of us. And now to add insult to ...
The first Super Bowl was played on January 15, 1967 in Los
Angeles. Anyone remember who won? Anyone remember who played?
Well Green Bay romped Kansas City in a 35-10 win. I was 12 years
The Super Bowl has become ...
I was raised by a single mom who mastered the art of stretching
a dollar. She would buy a whole chicken and roast it to perfection
for a Sunday dinner, accompanied by creamy mashed potatoes and a
vegetable. During the week t ...
We Boomers have all heard the story of how many people thought
the lyrics in the Creedence Clearwater song, Bad Moon Rising,
actually talked about "the bathroom's on the right." Add to
this list of misheard lyrics Jimm ...
When I moved to Vermont several years ago, my affection for a
good, hearty snowfall took on a new meaning. Snow was good for
business. It meant skiers, riders and snowmobilers would come to
town. I began the habit of turning ...
This Sunday, November 6, marks the end of 2011's daylight
savings time period. It began on March 13th when we all turned our
clocks ahead by one hour. This Sunday, we turn them back and, once
again, the world of time will be ...
I read the news today, oh boy. Paul McCartney wed Nancy Shevell.
I have to admit, here I am 57 years old and I actually felt my
heart drop a little when I saw the headline. Why didn't he pick
I laughed out loud and in a ...
I am the proud mother of a dental hygienist. Getting my teeth
cleaned is an entirely new experience now. My pride starts to swell
the minute I step into the dentist's office. I love seeing my
daughter in her colorful scrubs ...
by Cindy Phillips
I am very familiar with the sound of a dumpster being emptied. At
our business in Vermont, the living quarters are directly above the
dumpster pad. Where I stay in South Carolina, it is also in very
We baby boomers are a resilient bunch. Many of us were raised by
parents who survived the Great
Depression. They found ways to feed their families and keep a roof
over their heads with very little.
Many of our grandparents ...
The New Face of Patriotism
Captain John David Hortman of Inman, SC was killed in a helicopter
crash last week in Fort Benning, GA. He and another soldier, Chief
Warrant Officer Steven Redd, were taking part in a routine ex ...
George Carlin, God rest his soul, used to perform a hilarious
routine on "stuff." He talked about how much stuff we have, how we
feel about our stuff and why we are compelled to buy more stuff. He
referred to our houses as " ...
I'm mad as hell and I'm not gonna take it anymore!
Most Boomers will recognize this line as spoken by Peter Finch in
the movie Network. His character, Howard Beale, was distraught over
the state of the economy, rising crim ...
When Dating Was Fun
Technology is awesome. I love being able to communicate 24/7
whether through e-mails or texts or phone calls or picture
messages. I love that my daughter can send me a picture of my
I was soaking up some rays at our neighborhood pool last
weekend. A lady was in the water with a young girl who appeared to
be about six. The little girl called her Ro Ro. My South Carolina
roommate is named Rosemary, and on ...