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Nadine from Prudential's new ad

I have become a big fan of Nadine, Prudential’s 65-year-old retiree who happily proclaims “I don’t know how much money I need, but I know whatever I have I’m going to live within.” She certainly speaks for me and many of my fellow Boomers who are approaching retirement age without enough savings to maintain our current lifestyle.

The first Boomers started turning 65 last year. Over the next 18 years, 10,000 Boomers will turn 65 every day. (more…)

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We just joined our son Andrew for the annual Walk for Epilepsy down on the National Mall. Several thousand people came from all over the country to attend this boisterous show of support for their family members and friends who are fighting for normalcy in a life challenged by seizures.

My son had his first grand mal seizure when he was 8 years old. He was playing dodge-ball in gym class, fell, and hit his head. This trauma induced a full body seizure in front of Andrew’s terrified young classmates.
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According to a recent Gallup poll, Americans today are evenly divided between the “pro-life” and “pro-choice” camps. Last week’s rollercoaster fiasco involving the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Planned Parenthood has reignited the abortion debate, at the same time that insurance covering contraception is being blasted by the Catholic Church as an infringement on “religious freedom.” (more…)

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My father, Dr. E. Karl Bastress

As we paid tribute to Steve Jobs who died this week at 56, I spent some time remembering my father who died at the age of 59. I have thought of my Dad many times over the past 23 years since his death, but more so these days as I have now reached the age he was when he died.

It is somewhat sobering to reach this particular milestone. I revered my Dad and the legacy he left behind. After growing up as an only child, he raised 4 children with my mother, and another 2 children with my step-mother. He imbued in each of us the value of education, hard work and being considerate of others.
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I am writing this as a pound of black beans is soaking in my new crock pot and a large batch of vegetable soup is simmering. Our green daughter, Caroline, has urged me to write this one month update to dispel any doubts folks may have of our commitment to this dramatic lifestyle change.

The last month has been full of surprises. But first, a confession. As a result of Hurricane Irene, we inherited a crab pot which washed up on our front yard. We have put this cubic chicken-wire cage to good use off our dock which has supplied us with about a dozen Chesapeake blue crabs each week. We have not given up seafood. (more…)

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Watching President Clinton describe his conversion from fried chicken to veggie burgers on CNN’s “The Last Heart Attack” has prompted my husband and me to consider going vegetarian. The advent of life threatening heart problems caused by a lifetime of eating meat and dairy products has given a “wake up” call to not only Clinton, but other Lipitor-dependent boomers as well.

My husband and I met in 1974 when he was a vegetarian ex-Peace Corps volunteer teaching yoga and developing affordable housing co-ops. I was a zealous environmentalist committed to saving the world from rapacious development. We were typical of those in our generation who were challenging authority in pursuit of the greater social good. We grew our own sprouts and cultured our own yogurt, ate fresh made bread and cooked religiously from the “Vegetarian Epicure.” We believed that avoiding meat was a rebellious act and proselytized respect for the sanctity of animal life. We bolstered these arguments with statistics on how eliminating livestock would free up arable land for grain production which would feed exponentially more of the earth’s hungry people. Not to mention the reduced greenhouse emissions which would result from fewer flatulating cows. (more…)

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