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Reflections of A Generation (pt. 1): A Mirror of Social Unrest In Iran: Influenced by Baby Boomers?

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Iranian Echo Boomers: Mirrors of Baby Boomer Revolutionaries


Iranian Echo Boomers: Mirrors of Baby Boomer Reformers





Recent news headlines are awash with the political events that are taking place in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Perhaps at a glance, one might wonder why so much attention is being paid to the social unrest of a nation that is so distant to our own. A closer examination, however, reveals our fascination with witnessing social reformation. US Baby boomers especially, are keen to see the dynamics of change manifest in an environment much like the one that sparked their own counter-culture movement. Indeed, one could easily argue that the great experiment of the boomers has had a direct influence on the calls for social reformation that are now being heard in Iran. For certain, the issues that Iranian society is now struggling with (and the resulting unrest) mirror’s the boomers own fight against a prevailing social structure.

In fact, a closer look at the current social structure of Iranian society is not so different than the conservative landscape that shaped America in the 1950’s. America, prior to our own social reformation; was one of defined gender roles, a Judeo-Christian based morality standard, and a general resistance to any change that would disrupt the status quo. Iranian society could certainly be described in similar terms. Iranian society has definite ideas about the roles of men and women, it features an Islamic (which is to say religious) code of morality, and the government (including older generations) is resistant to any change to the system, especially by the present (which is to say younger) generation of citizens.

And it is this current generation of Iranian citizens that are becoming more restless with the current social structure and vocal in their dissatisfaction. This generation is young and very much in tune with the social dynamics both at home and abroad. Consider the fact that the median age of the 70 million people in Iran is 26 years of age. Further, an estimated ¼ of the population is under the age of 15. This younger generation of Iranians is better educated than their parents, and in this age of technology, they are very much aware of the more liberal (some would say progressive) social structures that make up many western nations.

Baby boomers are very familiar with this situation. They themselves stood at a similar crossroads. As America transitioned from the 1950’s to the 1960’s, there were many social issues that began to ferment unrest. Racial and gender inequality, participation in foreign wars, a negative perception of government policies, to name a few issues, resulted in baby boomers resorting to action. First there were the grass root information campaigns and voices being heard. This soon transformed into protests and political activism on a wide front.

By the 1970’s the counter-culture was in full swing. For baby boomers, it meant a continual drive to influence and drive the direction of society. This meant, on the one hand, to have a consistent and continual voice in the dynamics that formed the social structure. It also meant that their ideas had to have a platform, which turned out to be television, radio, movies, comics and other mediums. What we are seeing in Iran is a generation of Iranian activists who are taking a cue from their American counterparts, as well as their own parents who led the Islamic Revolution of 1979. Having the required education and communication resources has allowed for their own grassroots campaign to spread the idea of social change. Their voices have been heard. Again, using American baby boomers as a model, it seems that the second phase of reformation has begun – protests and political activism.

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Dreams of Unknown Children

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

If you see an unknown child in your dreams ask:How old are you?

If you see an unknown child in your dreams ask: How old are you?

How old are you?


Every now and then people report dreams of a baby or a child that they have never seen before. Although it is not as common as some other symbolisms reported in dreams, it does occur. And if someone asks you, you can probably remember the age of the child, maybe even the exact age, even though you claim to have never seen that child before in waking life.

Jane Teresa Anderson wrote a psychological article on her dream site suggesting that in order to find out what the unknown baby or child might represent, begin by asking yourself “how old was the dream child”. However, she stresses not to take a long time answering this simple question but, to go with your gut instinct and give the first answer that comes to mind. According to Anderson, the age of the child represents how long ago in the past something in your life occurred that caused you to dream. She claims that if you try it, you will find it to be an “amazingly accurate indicator”.

Your next step is to ask yourself what was happening to the child in your dream. Was it hurt or lost? Did the child lose something or was the child scared? Once you find out what the child was doing, you can then ask yourself how that applies to your life. Let’s say you identified the child as scared and feeling lost. She was 6 months old. You then realize that six months ago you lost someone you cared deeply about and have been feeling lost without that person.

The preponderance of psychological articles on dream interpretation report that most dreams correlate to real life experiences or emotions. Usually they simply translate the events of the day (i.e., Freud’s Day Residue), into the symbolic imagery experienced as a dream. However, dreams can also be reflective of “unresolved” past life events. Psychological articles tell us that oftentimes, we humans try our best to suppress our conflicted or traumatic emotional responses, not wanting to face or deal with them. One side effect of this emotional denial is to have our dreams be our “alarm signal” (Gayle Delaney), as the dreaming mind will free the reigns of denial and allow or even force us to confront whatever it is that we have been trying to push out of conscious awareness.

Our best advice at Boomer Yearbook is not to fight it. See if you can figure out the root emotional cause of your dreams and what the dream represents to you. You might find yourself more at peace both in your waking and dreaming life.

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How Unique Dreams & Their Symbolism can be..

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Snake Dreams

Snake Dreams

By Courtenay Turner for

As a dream analyst I often encounter people who ask me to provide
answers to what specific things in their dreams mean. They want me to
respond much like a human dictionary. For instance they will say
“what does it mean when I see a snake in my dream?” They then look to
me hoping I will say “it means you will have money fall into your
hands soon, or that you cannot trust your loved one” etc.
Unfortunately I don’t believe it is this simple at all. Perhaps this
is fortunate because it provides much more specific insight when we
really delve into what these symbols mean to us as individuals.

The reason I cannot provide a universal response to what snakes, or
lightning, or falling or anything else means is because we all come
from such diverse backgrounds and life experiences that mold our views
on the things we may see in our dreams. Let’s take the snake example.
Personally I am terrified of snakes, but I have friends who think they
are beautiful, powerful, have them as pets etc. When I dream of a
snake it will mean something very different for me then when they
dream of a snake.

You may be wondering if there is no universal dream dictionary how on
earth do I decipher the meaning of my dreams. I encourage you to
firstly write down your dreams. This will help you to remember them
more clearly, and to use them as a tool for self discovery. When you
are analyzing various symbols or situations in your dreams, ask
yourself how you would describe the symbol both in the dream and in
life and examine where in your life you see such a description. Here
is an example: again back to snakes. I would describe snakes as
terrifying, toxic, and powerful. Then I would ask myself what in my
life or what part of myself do I think is like a snake which I
described as being “terrifying, toxic and powerful”.

The beautiful thing about dreams being such a unique metaphor for all
of us is that the symbolism and meanings may vary not only from person
to person but even at different times in our lives. If tomorrow I
have a positive experience with a snake and tomorrow night I dream about a
snake, it may have a new meaning than it would have for me tonight. I
look forward to all of you unlocking the key to you lives through your
unconscious nightly reveries!

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This Year’s Top Selling Toys

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

This Year’s Top Selling Toys

This Year’s Top Selling Toys


Okay, baby boomers, for those of you that have kids or grand kids, and want to know what’s in and what’s not, here is a quick tip on two top selling stuffed animals of the season.

Care Bears are this year’s sensation since the Hollywood Reporter has revealed that the very popular Care Bear and Strawberry Shortcake TV cartoons from the 1980s will be returning to CBS. The Care Bears were originally created by American Greetings in 1981, and turned into stuffed Teddy bears in 1983 by Kenner toys. Care Bears are just one more 80s comeback that all our echo boomers will remember so well , and will make a great Christmas gift.

Also, popular as ever is Elmo. TV audiences got their first glimpse of this delicious little 3 1/2 year old red monster puppet in 1998, when PBS’s Sesame Street first introduced this adorable little creature. There are many variations of this children’s favorite from the classic “Tickle Me Elmo”, to the plain plush Elmos, and all are very popular on children’s wish lists.

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Thanksgiving and the Blended Family

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

Pam was a 48 year-old divorced mother of 3 girls recently married to a fellow divorcee with 3 children of his own. This year Pam’s kids will spend Easter, and Fourth of July with her ex-husband and spend Thanksgiving and Christmas with Pam and her new husband Bob. Bob’s kids will also be spending Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve with him while his ex wife will have them over for Christmas Day. This schedule will be switched for next year’s holidays. It sounds complicated doesn’t it?
Well with half America’s marriages ending in divorce, this picture is familiar across many families in the country.

Today, at least one-third of all children in the U.S. are expected to live in a stepfamily before they reach age 18. The blended family is becoming more of a norm than the exception. Born of conflict and loss, newfound commitment, and often heart-wrenching transition, stepfamilies face many lifestyle adjustments and changes.
Fortunately, most blended families are able to work out their problems and live together successfully. But it takes careful planning, open discussions of feelings, positive attitudes, mutual respect and patience.

Many on the outside might think…how hard could it be? If Frank and Carol on Step by Step could do it, why can’t you? The term stepfamily may suggest Cinderella’s troubled family or the eerily perfect Brady Bunch. Actually, neither situation tells the whole story.

Thanksgiving and the Blended FamilyThanksgiving and the Blended Family

Here are some common myths about blended families:
MYTH #1: Love occurs instantly between a stepchild and stepparent.
Although you love your new partner, you may not automatically love his children. Likewise, the children may not automatically love you because you are a nice person. Establishing relationships does not happen magically overnight.
MYTH #2: Children of divorce and remarriage are damaged forever. Children go though a painful period of adjustment after a divorce or remarriage.
MYTH #3: Stepmothers and stepfathers are wicked.
Cinderella, Snow White, and more are timeless fairytales that feature stepparents who are unkind or unfair, new stepparents may be confused about their roles. You may be a wonderful person who wants to do a good job, but the negative model of the stepparent can impact you in a very personal way, making you self-conscious about your new role.
MYTH #4: Adjustment to stepfamily life occurs quickly.
Couples are optimistic when they remarry. They want life to settle down and to get on with the business of being happy. However, it can take a long time for people in newly blended families to get to know each other, to create positive relationships, and to develop a family history.
MYTH #5: There is only one kind of family A stepfamily doesn’t have to be – and probably won’t be – “just like” a biological family. Today, there are lots of kinds of families: first marriage, second marriage, single parent, foster, stepfamily. Each type is different; each is valuable.

Thanksgiving and the Blended Family
The holidays are time to share with family and friends. Bringing together a blended family may be easier said than done. Everyone will need time to adjust and you may not get it right this Thanksgiving or this Christmas. But maybe next Christmas or the Christmas after that, you all will be closer to sharing the spirit of the holidays together as what has become America’s new type of family.

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Echo Boomers: Who are they?

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Echo Boomers: Who are they?

Now that most of the Baby Boomers are heading for retirement, a new generation is taking place - the Echo Boomers.

Why “echo boomers”? Born after the Baby Boomer era, the year 1977-1984 have been dominated by children of baby boomers. Thus the term “echo” - this signifies reflection of the boomers’ culture, beliefs and attitudes. Also known as Generation Y ( after baby boomers who were known as Generation X), the Echo Boomers are gradually setting an impact on the entire segment of the economy and society. It is predicted that they will become the next dominant generation in America as boomers age.

Echo Boomers have usually been regarded as “overachievers” and “over managed”. It isn’t a wonder why they ended up that way as since they were still kids, their parents - the boomers - have pampered them and taught them well, giving them the needed structure for psychosocial growth and development. To return the favor and please their parents, Echo Boomers based their actions on what their parents tell them to do.

Although deprived of riding a bike without a helmet, eating at a cafeteria that serves peanut butter, staying home during a recital, or riding a car without wearing a seatbelt, echo boomers have turned out to be special. They have become followers of rules, conventional individuals who hold traditional values. And although diversity is dominant in this generation, they respect differences and believe everyone should be part of the community.

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