Boomeresque:Definition
1. Adj.: Describing a person born between 1 Jan. 1946 and 31 Dec. 1964
2. Adj.: Description of a person, place or thing possessing Baby Boomer je ne sais quoi
3. See also, Boomer, Esq.: A Baby Boomer who is also a licensed attorney (See, e.g., About).

Zentangle Diva Challenge #219 – “Down the Shore” in Brigantine, New Jersey Edition

May 25, 2015 27 comments

Sunset over Saint George's Thoroughfare, Brigantine Beach, New Jersey

[Zentangle?? Huh?? What??  Read about it here.] This week, the Zentangle Diva, Laura Harms, challenged us to produce a tile using only straight lines — maybe a little ironic the week after Irish citizens voted by a large margin to amend their Constitution to provide for marriage equality. 😉 My first thought was to do […]

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Zentangle Diva’s Challenge #218 — Back in Blanes on the Costa Brava Edition

May 19, 2015 36 comments

Marimurtra Botanical Gardens, Blanes, Catalunya, Costa Brava, Spain

[Not sure what Zentangle is? Start here.] This week, the Zentangle Diva (Laura Harms) challenged us to produce a white on black Zentangle tile (composition). I have to admit, I don’t love working in white on black. None of my white drawing implements deliver the control I find with my Sakura black pigma micron pens, […]

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AARP Member Discounts – A 50th Birthday Present

May 16, 2015 50 comments

Because sometimes you need a rainbow, butterfly, unicorn kitten

Like many Baby Boomers, I was a little taken aback around my 50th birthday when I received my invitation to join AARP (formerly known as the American Association for Retired Persons). However, I soon realized that eligibility for AARP membership did not mean I was old retired. Consistent with Mr. Excitement’s sometimes annoying philosophy that life’s […]

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Zentangle Diva’s Challenge #217 – “I’m Baaacck” from Catalunya, Spain Edition

May 12, 2015 24 comments

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Despite having a seriously challenging week during which her young son was hospitalized with viral pneumonia, Laura Harms, the Zentangle Diva, managed to post her weekly challenge. She celebrates her 35th birthday this week. Our challenge was to create a duo tangle using the tangles Dex (3 letters) and Bunzo (5 letters). 35—get it?? It’s […]

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G Adventures – Best of Turkey Trip Report

April 23, 2015 30 comments

Ayasuluk Fortress at Selcuk, Turkey

When Mr. Excitement was invited to speak to his physician/scientist peeps in Israel, I looked at the map and realized this was our chance to travel in Turkey which had been on my list of places to visit ever since it was highly recommended by our travel blogger son, Mr. The World or Bust. We […]

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Zentangle Diva’s Challenge #214 – Earth Day (Happy Birthday to Me Edition)

April 20, 2015 33 comments

Zentangle Zendala

When I was born on April 22nd many decades ago, Earth Day didn’t exist. What did exist was radioactive rain, atmospheric atomic bomb testing, rivers that were so polluted they caught fire and couldn’t support any form of life, and dumping of all manner of nastiness into the oceans and seas. Then in 1962, Rachel […]

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A Visit to Masada – Israel’s Alamo*?

April 5, 2015 72 comments

Looking down at the desert and the Dead Sea from the top of the mesa at Masada, Israel

My visit to Israel caused me some uncomfortable despair about the human race’s capacity to endure. This is perhaps the opposite response many visitors have. They see Israel (and Masada) as a shining symbol of the triumph of the Jewish people’s will to survive despite thousands of years of persecution and banishment. My trip to […]

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Zentangle Diva’s Challenge #210 – Expletive Deleted Edition from Tel Aviv, Israel

March 25, 2015 18 comments

Ceiling in the Blue Mosque, Istanbul

(If you’re clueless about Zentangle, start here.) This week, the Zentangle Diva, Laura Harms, challenged us to use a spiral as the string (guide) for our tile (composition). I’m afraid I got a little considerably carried away with the spiral thing. Rather than just treating it as a string, my tile has spirals coming out […]

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The Riviera Maya: Where Jungle, History and Beach Converge in Mexico

March 23, 2015 16 comments

Mayan Ruins at Tulum Mexico

Our first family vacation with our sons that did not involve the New Jersey shore, was a holiday in Mexico at an all inclusive resort just south of Playa del Carmen on Mexico’s Caribbean coast. We were there in 1994, just as the Riviera Maya was being developed as a tourist destination. For better or […]

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Zentangle Diva’s Challenge #209 – Ayvalik, Turkey Edition

March 16, 2015 31 comments

[If you’ve never heard of Zentangle, start here.] This week’s Zentangle Diva’s challenge has been a cross-cultural experience for me. As I was contemplating how I was going to “green up” a tile (composition) honoring the Christian Saint Patrick, I was sitting on the veranda of our pension in Ayvalik, Turkey, listening to battling calls […]

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