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Crafts for the Boomers

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

Crafts: A great boomer hobby

Crafts: A great boomer hobby

By Boomeryearbook.com

Crafts, or hand making a decorative or practical object, is a hobby that seems to be synonymous with children and elderly people; however, there is more to crafts for the elderly than paper chains, dolls and paints. Don’t get us wrong, we enjoy papier-mâché, clay and markers too, but one should not limit crafts to such activities alone and understand that crafts for the aging baby boomers generation can help relieve many elderly problems such as boredom and stress and should be more complex.

One way to keep aging boomers minds and hands feeling useful and alive is to encourage the aging baby boomers generation to continue any hobby or profession they had when then were younger. Baby boomers who were jewelers or tailors should continue making jewelry or clothes. An interesting and enjoyable choice for baby boomer men is clock making, building birdhouses, or making toys of the workshop craft variety. They can also consider miniature models, sculpture and science crafts.

Not surprisingly, crafts are more popular amongst baby boomer women. A lot of our baby boomer women are adept at knitting, crocheting and quilting, which make great craft activities. Sewing, and fine needle work is another craft that many baby boomer women have perfected and should continue as a hobby. Baby boomer women can also use their skills at these crafts to raise money for charity, or start small businesses of their own.

Another popular choice in crafts for the aging baby boomers generation is painting. Many baby boomer men and baby boomer women paint in oils and water colors, and why shouldn’t crafts for the aging boomers have arts incorporated in it? Baby boomers can join memoir-writing workshops and can either share them with grandchildren or consider getting them published through small publishing companies.

Crafts do not have to be limited to the common perception we have of them and the following activities can be choices for crafts for the elderly and baby boomers generation:

• Making handmade pictures, greeting cards, posters, wall hangings
• Ceramics
• Cooking
• Gardening
• Making gift baskets
• Origami
• Beading
• Candle and Soap making
• Woodworking
• Fresh water aquariums
• Collecting rocks, gems, minerals
• Cooking
• Flower Arranging
• Pottery

Interests vary with individuals and the baby boomers should choose craft activities that appeal to their creativity and means of expression. Though some baby boomers may have physical disabilities that inhibit them from some of the more complex craft ideas, the main message we at Boomer Yearbook are trying to get across is that the baby boomers should continue to do something they enjoyed when they were younger, pursued as a profession, or just simply do whatever they find enjoyable.
We at Boomer Yearbook would love to hear your thoughts and see pictures of your crafts.

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A Boomer’s Spring Break

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Baby Boomers Spring Break

Baby Boomers Spring Break

By Boomeryearbook.com

Unless you’re still living in the 60s, the idea of reveling on the sand with loud, drunk half-naked college students doesn’t quite appeal to you anymore. But you don’t have to retire the habit of going on vacation for spring break just yet. After all, who passes up the chance to de-stress and get away from the hassles of your day to day life? Here are some options:

Jamaica
The tropical island is diverse in what it offers to travelers. Negril has seven miles of white sand beach as well as astonishing sea views on the west end cliffs; Montego Bay promises both exciting nightlife as well as unlimited water sport activities; Portland is famous for its lagoons and small private beaches and watering holes and; Ocho Rios has several attractions including Dolphin’s Cove, Dunn’s River Falls and Mystic Mountain where you can experience bobsledding.
Many hotels are all-inclusive and provide you with cultural and historical sightseeing tours of the island. The spa services offered are unique and reflect the tropical atmosphere; golfing and horseback riding are also leisurely options. You can also go white-riving rafting or tubing on the roaring river if you’re more daring. There are underground caves for you to explore, or if you prefer, you can discover the beautiful Blue Mountains where views are breathtaking; service is exclusive and the dining is stellar.

Barbados
This very small island is unique in what it offers to travelers. Fashioned after the countryside in England (thus getting its name Little London), Barbados offers quaint accommodations for those who want to relax and take things slowly in a home away from home with personalized service in the interior of the island. On the coast, you will find exquisite dining and the chance to rent properties that give you your own piece of the beach for the duration of your stay. With staff trained to cater to your every need, service will be the last thing on your mind.

Destin, Florida
Try to remember that feeling you got when you headed to Florida for your first spring break with friends, then erase all the screaming drunk college kids and the too-packed hotels. This is what Destin is- that same beauty with emerald waters and ‘sugary’ sand but with sophisticated dining and shopping; numerous activities; parks; affordable lodging and; quiet when you need it. Destin is the spot for the adult spring break, and the good news is you don’t have to go too far to get there.

Puerto Vallarte, Mexico
Mexico! What more is there to say? Your dollar will stretch here so that’s a few extra bucks in your pocket. All-inclusive hotels are your best bet as you are not guaranteed English-speaking service otherwise. The culture, the beaches, the food will sweep you off your feet. This is a very romantic place to really slow things down and unwind.
The economic crisis, though severely affecting the choices you make daily may also present some unique opportunities to give you an experience of a lifetime- many of these destinations are offering discounts. If you plan wisely and do some research to ensure that you’re getting the best deals possible, a spring break getaway may even cost you less than what you pay to operate your home, your car and eat over that period.
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You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks! New Hobbies For You

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

Boomers! Try a new hobby.

Boomers! Try a new hobby.

By Boomeryearbook.com

So you’re finally at the place where you know how to confidently manipulate the world to suit you and your lifestyle. You have your routine down pat, and time management and achieving goals are simple tasks. But, you’re human and you soon grow bored of the routine. If you’re ready to step out of your comfort zone, here are a few things to try:

Learn to Dance: With so many different forms of dance expression, you’re bound to find one you’re a natural at. Latin Dancing, Line Dancing, Modern Dance etc. There are free classes as well as classes you can take from those who are professionally trained. A bonus is that dancing is a cardio workout that is healthy for your heart. Take your inspiration from ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and get out there on the dance floor!

Snorkeling: Why wait until your vacation? If you live near the coast, get some gear and go discover a whole new world. A step up from scouring the beach with a metal detector, you will sharpen your swimming skills and widen your knowledge about the underwater world. As you become more experienced, consider volunteering with your local coast guard to help clean up polluted areas of the coast - a cool way to go green.

Learn to Surf: Admit it, you’ve always wanted to! Now’s the time to be one with the waves. If your swimming skills are rusty, then brush up on those first. Get advice about which board would be best suited for your body and your skill level, then shop around for the best price. This is an activity you can get into with friends- group rates are cheaper and you get to learn from each others’ mistakes. Surfing will also tone your body and help to maintain flexibility. Surf’s up dude!

Mountain Biking: If your community has more mountains than beaches, biking through them can be a fun and heart-healthy alternative. You’ll be able to go where you can’t with a car and much farther than if you were on foot. Discovering new and different routes to get around will improve your memory as well as give you safe alternatives if the need ever arises in an emergency. Make sure to invest in a good bike, and be sure to always carry water or some liquid to keep properly hydrated. Some bikes even come equipped with GPS for your safety.

Go Skiing/ Snowboarding: Rather than staying wrapped up inside, get outside and get warm by taking part in an activity that will get your blood pumping. The snow is like the big slide at your playground as a child - scary at first, but it gives you a thrill that you become absolutely addicted to. Hey, if you conquered the slide, what’s stopping you from conquering this? (Plus, the snow gives way more cushion than the grass at the bottom of that slide).

Wellness Activities: If you’re looking for a hobby that will mellow you out and give you better focus then you can try karate, tai chi, yoga etc. They allow you to release stress while pushing your body way beyond where you may have thought it could never go. Revel in your new-found balance and flexibility as well as discipline, improved posture and your positive attitude to perseverance and discipline. You can practice alone, in a group or seek out professionally taught classes.

Whatever hobby you choose, be sure to get professional advice and instructions and to use the proper equipment. Take time to get into the groove, the learning process will be just as fun as doing the actual hobbies. Have fun!
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Luxurious Las Vegas

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Fabulous Las Vegas

Fabulous Las Vegas

By Barbara Stitzer for Boomeryearbook.com

My father was in WWI!, and watched so many people that he was in charge of die in combat that he swore that he’d never be in charge of any one ever again, so he became a starving award winning insurance salesman. We’d drive out to Vegas from Lakewood, California every single weekend until I was a teenager, stay at his friend, Doc Bailey’s Hacienda Hotel, where my parents would drop me off so that Dad would play blackjack until he doubled his salary, and then we’d go home. Sometimes it would take two hours, sometimes I barely made it back to school on Monday, and sitting by myself in that dingy hotel room made me hate Las Vegas with a passion. Buzz, a Midwest boy, hadn’t been to Vegas, and he had that “stars in your eyes” look on his face that resigned me to not letting him down, so I prepared a special trip for him.

The place to stay in Las Vegas is Bellagio. If you book a regular room through your American Express Platinum card, they will upgrade you to a suite with a fountain view if it’s available, which is a wonderful thing, because all night long, the fountain dances to music that you can hear from your am/fm/ cd player in the bedroom. The fountains are great from the street side, but I’m not into elbowing for space in extreme weather, so sipping champagne while the lights changed and the fountains danced from our own room really did it for us. Buzz’s favorite part of the Bellagio wasn’t the opulent gardens that change with the seasons, not the magnificent Murano glass on the ceiling, not the bevy of “A”list restaurants and clubs. His favorite thing was the electric window covers. He worked them so hard and loved them so much that we had to get them for our own windows at home. Now that’s luxury.

I love all of the restaurants at Bellagio. You cannot go wrong at any restaurant in the hotel. But if you must leave, there are two outstanding dinners that I must let you know about; the first, the buffet in the Paris hotel, where every single morsel, from the coq au vin to the escargot is absolutely delectable, and doesn’t taste anything like normal buffet food.

If you have a car, or rented a Jacuzzi limo, Rosemary’s restaurant is my first choice for off-strip dining. About 20 minutes away from the strip, it’s a schlep, and when you get to the location, a strip mall, you might be cursing my name, but the food is amazing, the service impeccable, the atmosphere so romantic you’d fall in love with the UPS man if he were sitting across from you.

Experience the spa at Bellagio, shop at the Wynn or the Forum shops at Caesars Palace, get your man the most amazing shave of his live at the aptly named “Shave” in the breezeway between the Mandalay Bay and the Luxor, and, of course, try your hand at gambling. Stay on the strip to gamble, and hold on to your wallet…there’s a reason that the casinos are so well appointed…the odds are on their side!

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Kaua’I part 2

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Kauai Beach

Kauai Beach

By Barbara Stitzer for Boomeryearbook.com

You made it to Kaua’I and are luxuriously ensconced in either the Hyatt or Princeville Hotel leaving your wallet flapping in the wind. No Worries, Brah! Even a luxury lover likes to go check out the local flavor. If you plan to explore and rough it outside of your resort, dress in old clothes that you don’t care about. The beautiful red dirt on Kaua’I will not come out of your shoes, socks or clothes. And no matter how careful you are, you’ll be covered in it. So bring clothes and shoes that will allow you to dig in and get dirty, and then toss before you go back to the Mainland…notice I said Mainland, and not back to the United States. Hawai’I has been a state for almost 60 years, and nothing will make you feel more unwelcome than your saying it isn’t so with locals in ear shot. Most of the great parts of Kaua’I are unmarked, hard to find and totally worth it once you do. My favorite thing to visit close to Poipu is Glass Beach, a totally unmarked slice of nowhere in an industrial area of Hanapepe. It used to be the island dump, where they would burn all of their trash and then send it out to sea, but hurricanes brought back the little glass and pottery pieces, and the surf tosses them up on the beach where they glitter like diamonds. Salt pond is out there as well, and people come to farm Kaua’I’s famous pink salt known for its brine shrimp that give the salt its delectable flavor. It isn’t sold, as a rule, so if you’re lucky enough to have someone offer you some, grab it fast and run. Stop at Kipu Falls for a quick dip in pristine water…wear your hiking shoes, it’s worth it.

On your way back to the Hyatt, Go to Lapperts for Kaua’I Pie ice cream. Mr. Lappert is famous throughout Hawai’I, and after one lick, you’ll be hooked.

There are several great places to eat on Kaua’I, but my very favorite is Hamaura Saimin. Located in Lihue on a side street that you just have to find, it’s the quintessential Local’s Only spot. Order the special saimin and a stick of yakitori chicken and try not to look in the kitchen, or at the locals who are probably giving you stink eye for sitting in their restaurant, slap a huge dollop of hot mustard in the bowl and just inhale that saimin. It is a slice of heaven that will have you craving it years later.

Back up north, you absolutely must do the horseback riding at Princeville Stables. The horses fan out, not just nose to tail, and you can gallop them into a cloud and out through a rainbow. Walk across the waterfall and swim in the waterfall’s pool while your guides make you lunch. After lunch, grab your mask, fins and snorkel and drive past the buffalo farm, past the taro fields, past Hanalei to Haena, and go to the end of the road. Flop down in knee deep water and experience the most breathtaking array of exotic fish you’ll ever see north of the Great Barrier reef. Stop for a shave ice in Hanalei on the way back, or a fresh cut coconut and you’re ready to get back to your luxurious life at the Princeville Hotel.

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Kauai Hawaii:The Magnificent Misunderstood Island

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Kauai Beach

Kauai Beach

By Barbara Stitzer for Boomeryearbook.com

I was lucky enough to have lived on the most beautiful, subtle, amazing, misunderstood island in the world, and it’s right here in the United States; Kauai. I used to shoot tourist magazine covers for the four major islands of Hawaii, so I flew every day. I’d always ask my morning seatmates what they thought of Kaua’i. The answers were always extreme; either they totally got it and were mortgaging their souls to buy a slice of paradise, or they thought it was hideously boring and were on their way to bomb their travel agent’s office.

There are two luxurious places to stay on Kaua’i, the Hyatt, in sunny, happy Poipu, and The Princeville Hotel in waterfall, rainbow filled Princeville. If you can swing it, do a week at each. Don’t stay in Lihu’e, you’ll be inundated by the cruise ship yentas, and don’t stay on the East or west sides. The West side is too hot and isolated, and the East side is too windy and miserable. When you enter the Hyatt Poipu, on the South side of the island, it’s almost as if the soul of Kauai has stepped out and wrapped its arms around you. It’s so warm and inviting. The open air breakfast room has swans swimming around. Every single thing says quality and tranquility, and they teach a mean hula daily, as well. You could leave the resort, but why? Take your haku lei making class, sip a pina colada, and chill. If you want adventure, go jump off nearby Shipwrecks rock, a 45 feet of sheer terror leap that some locals take daily to clear their heads and ready them for their days. Time it right, so that the wave is coming in when you jump and make sure you keep your body ramrod straight on entry. It’s exhilarating.

You must check out the spa at the Hyatt. Get one of the utterly amazing specialty treatments and massages; they’re all worth it, and make sure not to skip the indoor/outdoor lava showers which are just the nicest little slice of heaven.

The Princeville Hotel is located on the north side of the island at the base of Mount Wai’ Oli’ Oli’, the rainiest spot in North America, so with more than 500 inches of rain a year, it’s a lush, green rainbow filled paradise. One thing that makes the Princeville Hotel so unique is its bathrooms…every bathroom has an ocean view. It has a different feel from the Hyatt….austere, classy, elegant, and dressy; a place to see and be seen. From there it’s a tiny hike to the coolest activity on the island; horseback riding to a waterfall, and a short hop to the quaint town of Hanalei.

Want to know what else to do on Kaua’i? You’ll be surprised… tune in next time.

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Watercolor, Florida, Fun for the Whole Family

Friday, January 9th, 2009

By Barbara Stitzer, for Boomeryearbook.com

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As stated before, I’m a luxury person, so I was a little wary of staying in the middle of the “Redneck Riviera”, the sugar white sandy beaches of Florida’s panhandle route 30A, but the town names of Seaside, Watercolor, Alys Beach, and Rosemary Beach took my heart, so away we went.

We rented a 3000 square foot home, quaintly named “Squeeze Me Inn” with a pool in Watercolor Florida fourth of July weekend for $5400 for the week, gulp, but we brought Buzz’s best friend from life and his family to share the fun and the bills, which is what everyone does out there. It is rare when a vacation home outdoes my own home. I’m not being rude, it’s just true. We have a very resortish, luxurious home. But we were blown away by our home in Watercolor. There was more than enough room for the ten of us, including a bunk room that could have held our four girls, separate rooms for the teenage boys and two master suites.

30A has so many things for families to do. It’s more than a vacation; it’s a good, clean fun lifestyle. Everyone rents bikes and leaves their cars, and attitudes behind. They bike to the beach, where the ocean is warm and clear and you can learn to surf in the gentle waves. There is a roaming sandcastle guy who trains you to transform the usual sloppy monstrosities into true palaces, s’mores roasts, evening plays and movies under the stars, a cheese shop with the most exotic cheeses and meats I have ever had, a little goofy airstream trailer that churns out the best “mounds” shave ices in the world, outrageous, one of a kind shopping, and tons of award winning five star restaurants you can wear a sarong and flip flops to without feeling out of place; our favorite is A Fish Out of Water, in the Watercolor hotel, which is the epitome of luxury and always wins Southern Living magazine’s best family resort award. For casual dining, Pizza by the Sea couldn’t be beat. They had hula hoops and toys for the kids to play with while they waited…I actually learned to hula while I was there! And their pizza really ruled. When it rained, I took the four girls out and we jumped in puddles until we were soaked, then we jumped in one of the many Watercolor pools with our pajamas on, which was definitely a highlight of the trip.

While we were lounging on the beach, Jessica Simpson and Tony Romo took up the beach umbrellas next to us, and NO ONE bothered them. I did have to stuff a couple of tongues back into a couple of nameless mouths, however.

If you go, fly into the new, international Panama City airport, but bypass that touristy town. Head straight to Watercolor, remove your shoes, and chill. You deserve it!

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Beautiful, Perfect, Undiscovered Wakaya

Friday, January 9th, 2009

By Barbara Stitzer for boomeryearbook.com

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I am not a roughin’ it kind of gal. My idea of camping is a five star hotel whose room service is down for the day. If I don’t travel in absolute, unfettered luxury, I would rather not go. So when our plane landed in Wakaya, Fiji, and someone slapped a mosquito off my leg before it stung me, I started getting a really good feeling.

I couldn’t have been more right. Our Bure, or little house, was the epitome of luxury, resplendent with outdoor shower, 1200 thread count sheets, a giant living room, and a little glass jar of homemade cookies that got replenished by the cookie fairies as any single one cookie was eaten. But that was just the tip of the iceberg. Our service people, Filo and Lemba, were superb. The first morning at breakfast, they served a little fruit cup topped with a single lychee. I love lychee more than life itself, but it’s almost impossible to get them fresh in the U.S. mainland, so when I saw the lychee, I freaked out and promptly tried to steal Buzz’s plump, tasty morsel. My husband loves his food, so a little tussle ensued. Filo noticed, and every day sent a plane and lychee pickers to get more for me.

One night, I slept through dinner, and they brought one of every single thing on their menu to tempt me. We ate every morsel, of course. The food was utterly amazing. To help keep our weight in check, we hit the immaculate tennis courts where pro, John/Charlie, (we’re not sure of his name…he answered, unfailingly politely, to both), played brilliantly while somehow still managing to let us win every time, even at croquet, of which, he is a national champion, and we, most definitely, are not. Then he brought us icy towels to wipe the sweat off with, and massaged our shoulders while we drank our fresh-squeezed fruit juices.

Buzz wanted to sing and play ukulele with the band…no problem. I wanted to take pictures in the village…in their church on Sunday; done. We went deep sea fishing with Panna, chief of the village, “Panna catch big fish”, he said, winking, and wouldn’t you know, just when I was at that point where you either have to catch a fish or hurl over the side, I caught a marlin, and five seconds later, Buzz caught a barracuda. Upon our return, the entire village came and sang songs of praise to us.

The highlight of the trip was our private picnic, where they took us by jeep to the other side of the island, dropped us off with a radio and all of our favorite foods and drinks which they had just observed, and we spent the day on our private island within a private island doing, ummm, private things, of course.

If you go, bring school supplies for the kids. They love it!

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Of books and baby boomers

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Of books and baby boomers

Of books and baby boomers

by BoomerYearbook.com

The years between 1946 and 1964 not only constitute an era of the boomers, but they are also among the glory days of literature as books of several genres and subjects tackled the very sensibilities of boomers, most of whom displayed an admirable love of reading.

In the dawn of the information age, the boomers’ select books started gathering dust but the younger generation of echo boomers also did take the time to read the pages of yesteryears.

The great writers of a preceding era are almost always put on a literary pedestal by their followers. But it is not by tradition, or fad, or blind faith that today’s readers held with utmost awe and respect the books read by their predecessors. Think analogically of having listened to an aging and experienced adult and reading from the baby boomer authors.

One of the most popular books in the boomer period was published in 1946 as a literary journalistic piece— Hiroshima by John Hersey. Hersey narratively presented true-to-life accounts of Hiroshima residents, a portion of whom who survived the Hiroshima bombing. The reader steps into a bomb-ridden far away world, that Hershey fashioned using words that filled the reader with cutting terror.

Another literary piece of the boomer period that made it into one of the most-read books is Thomas Mann’s Doctor Faustus, which was published in 1947. People were not only discussing Faustus but they were equally interested in the evil spirit to whom the German legend sold his soul, Mephistopheles.

Another book, which is even more magical and fantastical than Doctor Faustus, was published in 1951— J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings. The trilogy’s movie adaptation in the new millennium was an instant success. The commendation credited to the fictionist who imagined the Middle Earth and presented it before us in his gorgeously descriptive writing.

Only a few geniuses are born in every period but the boomer years exceeded what their followers and predecessors expected of them. Their contributions not only to the literary field manifest until today and will continue to reverberate for generations to come.

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Boomers and Books

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Boomers and Books

Boomers and Books

by BoomerYearbook.com

The most tremendous thing our generation has encouraged and hopefully has passed on to our next generation is our wonderful love of reading.

Ever since reading has become a popular pastime, Americans have been at the fore front, and, irrespective of the genre, the greatest number of books are purchased in the US. Along with eating and playing Golf, reading remains among our top pastimes, and by far may be the healthiest of the three.

Boomers have always been very fond of books, and over the last 50 years, thanks to the versatile appetites of boomer readers, there have been more writers than ever before. The reading habit was handed down to us from our parents and grand parents. During hard times, like depression or war, books provided solace and escape. Earlier generations took the art of book reading very seriously and restricted it to the elite few. The world famous genres of detective novels, mysteries, and socially impacting novels were started during those years.

The biggest influence boomers have had on books is the popularization of the fiction genre. Today, fiction is such a huge seller that there are multiple sub-sections like children’s fiction, youth fiction, and sci-fi fiction. There have been a lot of psychologists who have propounded several theories about why our generation is obsessed with fiction; but the simplest and the true reason remains that we enjoy it!

In spite of all the talk and cross talk about computers and e-books replacing the good old book culture, the fact remains that the sales of books, and novels in particular, is at an all time high! So, we probably are reading much more – e-books, as well as real ones!

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