I am a forward thinker, and rarely a status-quo type guy. That often gets me in trouble here at my retirement community. All of my life I have been in the “Mr. Fix-It” mode. I am always looking to how to make things better. In my mind, there is no situation that can’t stand improvement. I think many of us baby boomers grew up with … Continue reading RetComLife – I Am A Forward Thinker…
They say that those of us with Aspie traits don’t live in the real world. There is some truth to that, at least as far as I am concerned. My view of the world is probably somewhat different from yours. But I have a basic question about all of this. What’s So Great About The Real World? In my senior years, I am weaning myself … Continue reading What’s So Great About The Real World?
I know I don’t need to use a big word here. I could have just said “couch potato”. But, since I am a wordsmith, I am always on the lookout for the most descriptive description. How does “sedentary” fit in with Retirement Community Life? That is what this post is all about. During my recent On-The-Road trip that covered 6,000 miles of the South and … Continue reading RetComLife #38 – Sedentary…
“ People become stupid when they do not want to understand, where understanding would cause anxiety or guilt feeling, or would endanger an existing neurotic equilibrium. Deitrich Bonhoeffer This is a short quote from Bonhoeffer, but it speaks volumes about stupidity. I like the term Neurotic Equilibrium, it is a shortened way of saying they resist change, any change. I am just one to welcome and even seek … Continue reading Understanding Stupidity #4 -Neurotic Equilibrium
A recent study from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College found that 38 percent of 65-year-olds will develop moderate needs, almost one-quarter will have severe needs, 22 percent will have minimal needs and 17 percent will have no care needs. I don’t know the new math, but that says that about two-thirds of us Baby Boomers will soon require care that most families … Continue reading RetComLife#22- How Many Will Need To Join Retirement Communities?
For those of us who live on the margins of life, getting shoved to the background is almost a daily thing. I really don’t have any recollection of ever belonging to the mainstream in any area of my life. But, unlike me, getting shoved in to the background is a harrowing experience for many who reside mostly in the mainstream. Every generation, as they age … Continue reading Getting Shoved In To The Background…
50 years from now I will certainly be worm food, but maybe not. If I am cremated I don’t think they would much like the ashes. 🤪 Ok, enough silliness, let’s get to the point. 50 years from now people will be astonished that it took an 8,000 lb vehicle to move a one-hundred pound person from point A to point B. How crude! And … Continue reading 50 Years From Now…
Those of us Baby Boomers on the spectrum have usually spent our lives trying to live up to other’s expectations. We were told very early own that we were too shy, so get over it and join the mainstream. That started us out on a life of low self-esteem until something finally kicked that falsehood to the curb. Being outside the mainstream is pretty much … Continue reading Living Up To Others Expectations…
We Baby Boomers were the first generation to easily travel. Airplanes, the Interstate system and such allowed us to experience lots of regional and international foods that were not available to the previous generations who are presently the majority in senior communities. As we Baby Boomers retire we will demand more from retirement communities, especially in the area of cuisine. We will demand more than … Continue reading RetComLife #18 – Technology-Driven Improvements in Dining.
One thing that annoys me is that the sit-down dining option which is basically the only option aside from after the meal carry-outs in my retirement community wastes too much of my time. Having a full-service sit down dining is nice once in a while in that special restaurant, but you wouldn’t appreciate it for every meal you eat. I know many think we retirement … Continue reading RetComLife #17 – Other Choices In Food Services
I have to admit up front that I don’t know much about Ruth Bader Ginsburg but that she was a progressively minded Supreme Court Justice. I know she is an idol to many women who are still attempting to break through the glass ceiling. They use her as an example of a hero to be emulated. All that may be true but I see her … Continue reading The RGB Legacy – About Ruth Bader Ginsburg
We spend too much of our time running away from problems instead of addressing them head-on. Let’s be honest, we in America have a history of messing things up and then moving on instead of fixing them. We have been struggling with the idea of equality and justice for our whole existence, maybe it is time to finally look at fixing that problem. We have … Continue reading Don’t Run Away
Since going forward I am trying to confine my political posts to primarily Mondays, this will be the last one for the year. I want to end it on a positive note to talk about Generation Z in general and Greta in particular. I think you know who I am talking about but to make sure I am giving you the bio of here. Greta … Continue reading Greta & Generation Z
I am going to use this Sunday post as one of the last in the political arena. Starting mid-November I will be making some fundamental changes in what I post about here at RJsCorner. More on that later… Let’s start off with some explanations for the logic behind the core of this post. I have had a veggie garden for most of my life. It … Continue reading Compost For The Next Generation…
A politician or judge suddenly dying or being forced to retire for medical reasons can be disastrous, as we’ve just seen with Ginsburg. Any sensible person should have been thinking about their successors. They should be nurturing them and giving them a legacy to live by. Instead, many including Judge Ginsburg chose to try and hold on to power. She chose wrong and now our … Continue reading Put Retirement Back Into Politics
I don’t know why, but I am reminded again and again lately that the USA is just a “babe in the woods” of the world. We have a mere four hundred-year history and that’s not even enough to say we are mature, we are still teenagers. From what I have been reading much of Europe and especially China and Japan see us as a possible … Continue reading We Are A Teenage Country Who Think We Know It All.
There are a few people on earth who can think long term and then actually make it happen. Elon Musk is one of those people. The quote to the right is one of the primary reasons for SpaceX. I don’t really know how he came about this fundamental belief, but I know how I did and that is what this post is about. 😎 I … Continue reading Becoming A Multi-Planet Species
The first thing I noticed about the latest Pew Research data was their view of the current Oval Office Occupant (#CO3). 77% of Gen Z disapprove of him. Millennials were slightly below that number at 69%. Meanwhile, we Baby Boomer approve his time in office at 48%. I, a baby boomer, can’t even fathom why Boomers don’t see what is so clear to later generations. … Continue reading What About Generation Z?
I can see in the not too distant future a revolution coming that will make what us Baby Boomers created seem minuscule in comparison. Yeah, we had our days but now we seem to be more a source of the problems than solutions. Just look at our “Senators and Congressmen” who are stifling any possible change to keep our planet healthy or to live up … Continue reading For The Times, They Are A Changin…
I have always been proud to call myself a Baby Boomer. In fact, I am at the head of that herd. I have always been proud that we made changes to our nation that made America a better place to live. We created massive protests to get us out of a war on the other side of the world were we simply didn’t belong. We … Continue reading Tainting The Baby Boomer Brand!
Let’s start out with a little history lesson here. In 1935 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt along with a Democratic congress passed the Emergency Relief Appropriations Act which resulted in the Work Progress Administration (WPA). That organization employed millions of job-seekers during the Great Depression to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads. Part of the WPA that I am … Continue reading National Service… WPA Style
I did some looking-forward in the last Looking Glass post in order to guess what the coming six months will look like. But this is the first post to go full-forward in that regard. Being the amateur futurist that I am I can see lots of changes during this fourteen-year period. Since I am also an optimist most of my predictions will be progressive and … Continue reading In To The Looking Glass – 2021-2035
All my life I just can’t seem to feel joy the way I want to. I have called my down times depression but I don’t think that is the real truth. Trying to zero down to the core reason for not being able to accomplish happiness is the topic of this second post. To briefly summarize yesterday’s post I ended up thinking that I don’t … Continue reading The Root Of It All – Part 2
This is a personal perspective of the years between 2017 and 2021. This post is not meant to provide you with a high-level view of the world during this period. Instead, it is from the viewpoint of the 71-year-old to a 74 year-old with some pretty significant Aspie traits, although I didn’t know it had that name. Of course, the main subject on this period … Continue reading Into The Looking Glass – 2017 – 2021
This is a personal perspective of the years between 1950 and 1965. This post is not meant to provide you with a high level view of the world during this period. Instead, it is from the viewpoint of the 4-year-old to a 18-year-old with some pretty significant Aspie traits, although I didn’t know it had that name. I was born in 1946, so I was … Continue reading Into The Looking Glass – 1950-1965
It looks like after the Super Tuesday Blow-outs it is now a two old-person choice. Will the next president be a 75 year-old, or a 78 year-old, or a 79 year-old. The possibilities are what this post is all about.Continue reading “Sanders vs Biden – The Pragmatic Choice is…”
Most of you Baby Boomers out there likely know where the title of this post came from. Even though I use the film as the header above that is not what this post is about. Instead, it is about how we are giving up our country and maybe the world, just to get a few dollars more into our pocketsContinue reading “For A Few Dollars More…”
The US has been a primarily a consumer driven economy for more than a hundred years now and I kinda think Enough is Enough. That is what this post is all about.Continue reading “Consumer Driven Economy Or…?”
Let’s face it, by the time change has happened it is already on the road to obsolescence. The pace of change is kinda like skywriting. That is what this post is all about.Continue reading “Change Has Never Been This Fast – It Will Never Be This Slow Again. – Part #1”
It’s been an interesting journey trying to stay up on the happening of the Millennial and Centennial Generations. They seem to be learning lessons we Baby Boomer couldn’t make happen. One of those lessons is keeping your hormones corralled. I don’t think that suddenly the teenage years and slightly beyond have changed that much when it comes to hormones. So something else is taking place.Continue reading “Being The CHEF Of Your Existence”
I can still remember my view of the 1960s when I was in college. They were primarily about how the old guys in Washington were messing things up. College campuses were raging with demonstrations against a senseless war in Vietnam that eventually cost us over 58,000 my generation. The Chicago police were beating up peaceful demonstrators at the 1968 Democratic convention. Inflation was running in double digits. … Continue reading The Visions of Youth
I love thinking at the macro level. I guess my attitude is “think big or go home”. We have a lot of problems in this country that desperately need solutions. It would be great if one solution could solve multiple problems. That is what this post is about. The Problems Problem No. 1 – Teachers aren’t paid enough. Most everyone agrees that teachers, especially those … Continue reading Two Birds With One Stone (aka Think Big)
For all you Baby Boomers out there be sure to tune into the next episode of American Experience entitled 1964. See a You-Tube preview here. It airs on January 14 on most PBS stations. Continue reading For All You Baby Boomers….
I know the trend nowadays is to blame us Baby Boomers for all the troubles in the country. They say we sucked all the money out of the economy but I as usual look at it from a different perspective:
- We created a strong middle class where average workers earned enough to buy the products they made. You allowed the politicians and CEOs to ship all those jobs to cheaper foreign labor on the idea that you could buy things a little cheaper. You didn’t have the foresight to see that one day your job would also be taken from you. Continue reading “Don’t Blame Us Baby Boomers….”