Articles, activities for boomers & seniors
Recently, at several NFL games, some players have taken to “taking a knee” during the national anthem in protest of something they don’t like about America. This has exploded into a controversy that will not be explored here. However, the concept of kneeling has been around probably forever, and can be read in different ways.
When I was growing up in the 1960’s and 1970’s, my mother’s parents lived ten minutes away. We often visited them on Sunday afternoons, or they drove to our house to sit in the living room or on the porch and catch up on news of family and friends. On Christmas Eve, my grandmother hosted a big dinner for all the family who lived in town. This was the extent of the time I spent with my grandparents, except on the rare occasion my parents were both away and my grandparents stayed with me in our home.
You may remember the popular TV ad jingle from the 1980’s, “This is not your father’s Oldsmobile.” Likewise, retirement today is not your father’s retirement. The face of traditional retirement is changing. People are working longer, retiring later, and going back to work after retirement.
Being a grandparent can be a fun and rewarding experience. Grandparents have a wealth of knowledge both in education and life experiences that can have a profound effect on their grandchildren’s lives. Unless you are the primary care provider, you may find that being a grandparent offers the fun of parenting without all of the responsibility.
Editor’s Note: I met Mark Zimmerman, the author’s son, who told me of a short biography that his dad, Robert, wrote with the help of Mark’s sister, Gail. Gail and Mark have graciously agreed to allow us to print excerpts from his book in his memory. This is the next installment. I hope that you will enjoy this looking back in time.
We all look back on our school days with a certain nostalgia. I was not a particularly outstanding student. Yet I must have achieved some degree scholastically since I skipped two entire grades in James Monroe Elementary School along with several other students.
There was an interesting bike ride for charity this year that piqued my interest. I spoke with one of the cyclists, Carol Wroblewski, to get a firsthand account of this amazing ride for charity. The ride is a 600 mile trek that this year ran from Saginaw, MI to Easton, PA – a route that took them to Canada and Niagara Falls.