Monday, June 3, 2013

Best of Boomer Blogs #311

Photo by Domen Jakus
I am pleased to announce that I am hosting my first blog carnival. This refers to a digest of sorts. Every eight weeks, I take a turn hosting links and overviews to seven other blogs, authored by other Boomers. This gives you a chance to see what some of my peers are discussing.

On The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide, Rita R. Robison, consumer journalist, writes about new, voluntary labeling for alcohol, which took the Treasury Department 10 years to adopt. It’s unfortunate that the labeling isn’t mandatory because consumers need to know how many calories are in the alcohol they’re drinking and, in addition, what the alcohol content is. 

Sean McGrath
SoBabyBoomer remembers that half a century ago, the birth-control pill offered women the ability to switch off ovulation, to separate sex from reproduction. It played a part, as the ‘60s got under way, in propelling a host of profound changes, cultural as well as reproductiveThis post also discusses new research on "female Viagra" drugs and the more psychological nature of female desire. 

Tatters : )

The Midlife Crisis Queen asks: Do you need some inspiration to learn more about your family history? Her post gives great detail about two books (Finding Family & Die Free). It also describes Laura Lee's own forays into her family history.  Read   

Food Thinkers
Arabian Tales and Other Amazing Adventures describes a stroll through Abu Dhabi's downtown Arabian Tales Katie Foster where she discovers a new comfort food. The sign on the shop says bakery, but why is the man sitting in the window?  Click through to see pictures and a video of men baking bread in a tandoor oven. Oh, how delicious! 

Tao Flashes writes: On a recent visit to New Orleans, the Dalai Lama spoke to graduates and told them to think of how to make this a more peaceful, compassionate century. In her post, Lisa Garon Froman shares her thoughts on the Dalai Lama’s comments and visit, including how one local paper displayed the story of His Holiness’ trip: The Dalai Lama, Non-violence and Gun Ads.

401(K) 2013
Sightings Over Sixty. Tom Sightings in What, Me Worry About Retirement? wonders if we spend too much time wringing our hands over how we will fare in retirement. Do we really need to fall into despair because we can't possibly save up the astronomical amounts of money the experts tell us we need? It's hard to save money. Nobody has enough money. But the chances are we'll all get by, don't you think?

The Generation Above Me looks at the work of psychologists Robert G. Peck to learn more about the tasks people at midlife and late life face in their growth and development. In her post Robert G. Peck's Tasks for Older Adults, she describes how Peck builds on the work of Erik Erikson by expanding the number of developmental tasks people face in the second half of life.

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