Dear Boomeon community members:
I am delighted to be a part of this new adventure called Boomeon, and I so look forward to getting to know you and your stories.
My story is that I am on the younger side of the boomer generation, one of those in the so-called “Generation Jones” subcategory of baby boomers. I have no memories related to the assassination of JFK, yet I do remember clearly where I was and the impact on my heart the day the Challenger space shuttle exploded. Though I was fortunately too young to have friends involved in Vietnam, I have family – and friends of my daughters – who served our country in desert storm, Iraq, Afghanistan and more. The soundtrack of my formative years featured the likes of Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Heart not The Beatles, Bob Dylan or Janis Joplin; Live Aid defined activism through music for me, not Woodstock; and when it comes to movies, “The Big Chill” resonates more than “Apocolypse Now.”
Yet both ends of the boomer generation as a whole as well as each of us individually have much in common when it comes to wanting to be the best we can be as we move into our second and third acts. For ourselves, our families, our communities, our world. And it’s those things I plan to focus on as a contributor to Boomeon.
I am a former newspaper editor, a current freelance writer and blogger. My baby is my website, Grandma’s Briefs (www.grandmasbriefs.com), where I write mostly about being a long-distance grandma. I have two absolutely adorable grandsons (Me biased? Nah!) plus their sibling who’s scheduled to arrive in June. I also write about the other hats I regularly wear: mother to three amazing adult daughters; wife of 30+ years to my ever-supportive husband; fervent fan of movies, books, music… and food; and a malcontent striving to improve myself, my life in an empty nest, my impact on the world.
As a freelance writer, I pontificate on those same topics for various spots around the web, including Grandparents.com and others. I’m now especially honored to be contributing monthly to Boomeon. I’ll write often on family in general, more often on grandparenting specifically.
The generous creators of Boomeon call those who contribute to this new and exciting community experts. I’ll readily admit I’m no expert. I am, though, compelled to record my experiences in bits and bytes online and off, to share them with others. I’m flattered by the prospect you might read them, enjoy them. I hope that you might perhaps even learn a thing or two from them.
Whatever lies ahead on this road that we traverse together – as baby boomers and as Boomeon community members – I look forward to sharing the journey with you.
Cheers to new friends, new adventures and a new year!
Lisa is a Colorado-based freelance writer. She publishes the Grandma's Briefs website, where she shares bits on life's second act and strives to smash the outdated "grandma" stereotype. Lisa has been married to the same man forever; together they have three adult daughters, one son-in-law and three adorable grandsons — children of the middle daughter and her husband. Lisa is easy to find online as she's known as GrandmasBriefs wherever she goes: Twitter (@grandmasbriefs), Facebook, Google+ and elsewhere.