Boomer Unchained

Susan Towers on a recent trip to San Francisco
Susan Towers
Susan L. Towers, M.S., retired from Beebe’s Marketing & Communications department in 2017 to pursue her writing, and to experience new adventures with friends and family. She serves on the board of Delaware Humanities, and is member of several organizations, including the Rehoboth Art League and the Rehoboth Beach Writers Guild. She is an advocate of the arts and humanities, and is passionate about the outdoors.
Enjoy socializing with friends at the dog park or walking on the beach in the off season.
They used to say, “the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” I never knew if that was true, but it sure seemed to be about the last two dogs I owned. “Food driven” is a familiar term to us dog folks. Years ago, I had a trainer who told our class to keep a fanny pack filled with the smelliest treats available and the dogs would do anything we wanted. Dewey and Mico are ready to go home...
Stopping by to visit a friend who lost a loved one is a great way to support her.
In recent months, I have been inspired by how people support one another in Delaware, and especially in Sussex County. I am not referring to what people do in crises caused by hurricanes, fires, floods, and other extreme emergencies, but the outreach to those experiencing the inevitable conditions of aging – chronic illnesses, incapacitation, isolation, and death of a spouse, a companion, child,...
Dating in our 60s can be a heart-warming, romantic experience.
Dating in the over-60 crowd is on the rise, according to a number of reliable sources, such as the Pew Research Center, and the Journal of Marriage and Family. Many of the newly dating have children and grandchildren, no doubt. Dating opens a new world of challenges, not the least of which is getting the children to accept it. I’m not saying all children are close minded, but in this case, with...
Use your moral compass when it comes to resolutions - do what you can and what makes you feel your best.
I took an exercise class on January 2. Do I need to tell you the room was packed? You couldn’t see the laminate floor for yoga mats of all colors – turquoise and hot pink being among the favorites – covering the room. We barely had space to spread our arms. As I stepped back to avoid my hand hitting the hand of the person next to me, I realized I was in the middle of a New Year’s Resolution in...
Enjoying the sunset while waiting for a flight.
December is overwhelming: • Holiday parties, parades, festivities, and family gatherings. Church Christmas services and Synagogue candle-lighting ceremonies. • Shopping. Over-flowing outlet parking lots and out-of-state license plates cutting you off on Route 1. • Piles of mail and email messages alerting you to end-of-year giving. Urgent paperwork to prepare for tax season. And, TRAVELING! What...
'Tis the season for cheap eats at local restaurants! Enjoy but stay healthy while socializing.
It’s fall in southern Delaware. The onslaught of tourists is a memory and the Eating Season has begun. Local restaurants have kicked off a mind-blogging array of off-season happy hour discounts, meal deals, and delicacy specials. Alcohol holds the top position of the ‘special-for-you’ heap. Happy hour beers are $2 in some places and ‘house’ wines are not much more in others. These prices will last...
Smith Island by kayak
Now that I’ve decided to be as active as I can, until I can’t, I jumped at the chance to kayak for a weekend around Smith Island. I spotted the calendar item on Facebook that Delaware Nature Society posted months ago for the first week in October (earlier this month). It was part of the society’s Eco Tour programming, like the upcoming trip in November to watch birds in the Andes, and a February...
Sue enjoys a camping and outdoors adventure with the Backroads group.
My favorite life experiences have involved camping – and I don’t want to give camping up. My parents sent me away to Yokuts Club Camp in Yosemite when I was seven years old. Though that first camping escapade for me was actually my expulsion during their divorce, my love for the outdoors was established. I saw the Milky Way for the first time. I smelled the scent of authentic cedar and experienced...
Enjoying the summer with a stroll on the Rehoboth Boardwalk.
Each year, you welcome the colorful, expansive skies and the warm temperatures of southern Delaware’s summer as if they are old friends. Icy roads, sharp winter winds, and layers of clothing are long forgotten. Even the humidity doesn’t slow you down. Instead, the early morning sunrises pouring light into your bedroom remind you how beautiful these days can be. You feel energized and ready for the...
Enjoying an outdoor concert is a great way to relax and visit with friends and neighbors.
Summer in southern Delaware means basking in the sun at any one of a number of beaches. It means fishing, boating, golfing, walking, and bicycling. It means visiting small historic towns, barbecuing in the backyard or eating at great restaurants, and tax-free shopping. It also means free outdoor evening concerts in parks and bandstands in Bethany Beach, Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Milton, Georgetown,...