Journal Gen X

Journal Gen X - dispatches from a member of the forgotten generation - family, nostalgia and finding balance in life.
Christina Deidesheimer
Christina Deidesheimer writes the Journal Gen X blog and is the Director of Marketing Communications for Beebe Healthcare. She is an actor, playwright, and textile artist who prizes spending time with her husband and two dogs.
Sadie and Toby
I’ll always be a dog person. I’m the one on Facebook posting the adorable puppy photos, the tear-jerking dog rescue stories, the funny videos of dogs who can’t catch. Living with dogs makes me a calmer and happier person. When I get home every day, there are two creatures at the door, over the moon to see me. Nothing else matters to them at that very moment, except that they must show their...
Reading outdoors connects you with nature and your imagination!
I can’t imagine a life without daily reading. From the time I was a child, winning reading contests in Mrs. Fletcher’s third grade class to present day, where I read from a book, newspaper, or industry journal every day, reading is just part of who I am. By the way, the reading contests? A mixture of my competitiveness and my absolute love of reading books. One of the first books I can remember is...
We may desire perfection for ourselves, but we must balance it.
I have never been a particularly patient person. I’ve been known to fast-forward to the end of a movie or read the last page of a book first, just so I will know the ending more quickly. I occasionally find myself wishing someone would ‘cut to the chase’ during a conversation. At the same time, I am also a planner. Planning appeals to me because it allows me to see across the horizon to the end of...
This ‘Holly Hobbie’ figurine reminds me of Thelma because of the human connection we had when we made it. It’s a tangible representation of our bond.
When I was a child, I spent a lot of time with relatives. I had many cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. My parents would spend summers and holidays shuttling me and my brothers to various relatives’ houses to celebrate the cause of the day. Sometimes, it was just me who visited a relative, and I spent most of that time with my paternal grandmother, Thelma. Smart phones (or cell phones, for...