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.”
Have you ever walked into a bookstore and been baffled about what to buy? Of course, if you have a list of best sellers in hand or got a tip from a friend, your problem may be solved. But what if you want something a little more cutting edge? Or want to buy something for your 17-year-old grandson who loves a genre of books you are unfamiliar with? Or you want to get off the beaten path and find a book that is out of the mainstream?
There are some things that just seem to go naturally with the Christmas season: decorated trees, store windows with special displays and electric trains.
Boomer Steve Connell of Crystal Lake is a mean, miserly skinflint. He is the kind of guy who would not give you the time of day unless you paid for it.
One of the great things about doing the Boomer Beat column is meeting people with inspirational stories of success in helping others. It is amazing to find works of great caring and community spirit right under your nose that you could completely overlook if someone did not point them out.
Our boomer profile this week is of the Rev. Tom Rogers, pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Woodstock.
Al’s Auto Body Shop and Arboretum owner Allen Ritchey likes plants and working on cars.
Boomer Mary Kay Lawrence has been the wardrobe mistress for 36 years for the Judith Svalander Dance Theatre in Crystal Lake.
The heat was oppressive in early August, and I was ready for a get-away. Green Lake, Wis., was my idea, our 43rd wedding anniversary seemed like the perfect excuse. My husband and I had not been there in a couple of decades, but we had fond memories.