At this time of year, shopping is akin to a national sport, and different people have different venues. Some like the hustle-bustle of State Street or Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Others prefer the convenience of the mall, where everything is under one roof. Then, of course, there is a growing number of us who shop online with a simple point and click.
I once asked Boomer Bob Blue, a Woodstock potter and artist, if he played with dirt as a child. He laughed and said, “No, not with dirt, but I did play with fire.”
Rick Trahan, the blacksmith at the John Deere Historic Site in Grand Detour, recently posed a question to my husband and I: “What would John Deere say if he was run over by a tractor?”
Meet boomer Susan Coe. With a smile that tells me there is a bit of whimsy in her statement, she described herself as the “black sheep” and the “odd one out” in her family. I believe many people become the proverbial black sheep not by being negative, but by simply being different and forging a new and positive path. Dr. Coe proves my point.
After being away from home for a while, I have some catching up to do. High on the list is apple picking. It has been a family tradition ever since our children were old enough to walk, and it is one our children are passing on to their children.
Be careful which table you choose in a restaurant. Recently, my husband and I took our favorite table in a local establishment and then discovered it also was the favorite table of the next customer to walk through the door, David Walker of Lakewood. This led to some good-natured ribbing and, as is often the case, a good story.
It was supposed to be a boating getaway in Dubuque, Iowa, but Mother Nature had other ideas.
Soon our children and grandchildren will be heading back to school.
“Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, there lived …”
Boomer Debbie Collins was born in 1960 and raised in Cary. She was the oldest of four girls. She took after her dad, who gave her a love of nature and the outdoors along with his can-do attitude.
Every year, I look forward to the Garden Walk hosted by the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners of McHenry County and McHenry County College. This year’s event will be 9 to 4 p.m. July 13.
There are some days that are magical. The planets aligned, and this past Tuesday was one of those days.
Many of the folks I have met while writing this column would say they are still learning, still questioning and still wrestling with life’s great questions. Boomer Deborah Wright does that for a hobby.
You have been to Lake Geneva. You have even taken the boat tour around the lake. You have shopped until you almost dropped, and you returned home with your purse significantly lighter.
One of the challenges Boomers have to face because of their large numbers is competition for jobs and rapidly changing skill sets.
When folks in McHenry County get an urge to go to the city, they are fortunate to have a choice. There is Chicago, of course, and Milwaukee, as well.
Every so often, one meets a person who is doing exactly what they were meant to do.
Dollhouses are not just for children. Take a look at the dioramas that are part of the permanent collection of the Chicago History Museum, or better yet, the collection of miniature rooms at the Art Institute.
I took the conventional path when I was in college.
As Ben Franklin once said, “Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy.” Where better to test Franklin’s wisdom than Milwaukee, the “beer capital of the world.”