Boomer Unchained

Susan's son, Lars, during a hike with her in California.
It’s been more than two years since I officially retired from a full-time career that for decades had often extracted nearly 60 hours out of a single week and hardly allowed me to spend quality time with my family. I was competitive, aimed for perfection in my work, loved what I did, and even, at one point, was criticized by a newspaper union president for making other reporters appear lazy. I was...
The lesson in life I am learning every day: Be kind. Keep moving and exercising. Keep staying busy, fix any broken or damaged parts when possible, and enjoy every single moment.
I am on my way to the orthopedic surgeon’s office because of pain in my right ankle, no doubt brought on by my 21-mile hike in Norway a few weeks ago. I figure it is tendonitis or something, with just enough discomfort to keep me soaking my foot in a bucket of ice water several times a day (My son’s advice. He played football in college). Sue soaking her foot and ankle in ice. My pending...
We made it!
Hiking the Hardangervidda August 2019 When I was 25 years old, I married a Norwegian who told me about hiking across the Hardangervidda mountain plateau in Norway: How it was a place of rolling mountains, lakes, glaciers and endless skies. How it is a trip you take over several days, staying at remote and rustic lodges. Since we only lived in Norway for a few years, I never took that hike. I then...
Traffic can be enough to push us over the edge - especially with some not-so-nice drivers out there.
You’re driving south on Route 1 from Lewes to Rehoboth on a Saturday in July. You’re going to meet a few friends for lunch at Arena’s Cafe, an easy place to get to when the traffic is heavy and the parking is impossible. Then it happens. Someone whips in front of you and slams on their brakes. You have to slam yours on, too but the driver behind you isn’t as fast on the pedal. You hear a crunching...
Vintage cars and beautiful gardens.
Summer weekends are the time for area residents to vacation AWAY from Delaware beaches, It’s June and the summer weekend tourist migration to Delaware beaches has begun. As the clock hands round early afternoon on Thursday, Route 1 south through Lewes clogs. Anxious local motorists on Savannah Road crawl carefully across the packed highway, praying no impatient driver, attached at the ear to a...
Spring means summer is just around the corner, with its hot days when we can lounge at the beach, jump in the waves, play golf or ride our bikes, and enjoy barbecues under southern Delaware’s colorful sunsets and star-covered skies.
The fourth of May reminded me of the Emily Dickenson poem, “A Light Exists in Spring:” “A Light exists in Spring Not present on the Year At any other period —" The temperatures that morning rose into the 70s as the sun’s rays lit up the skies, even as threatening clouds moved toward each other. The rays warmed the grass and the deciduous trees and bushes that had finally turned a lush, new green....
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...