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Who gets grandma’s yellow pie plate?
At first glance, this seems like such an innocuous query. However, the possible answers to such questions are sparking small inter-and-intra-generational conflicts all over the country.
As the elderly parents of Baby Boomers die or as aging Baby Boomers downsize or die themselves, there arises a huge issue. How do you best dispose of all the personal property, collections, and keepsakes that have been acquired over the decades?
In some cases, nobody wants grandma’s pie plate. Many of today’s younger generations have more mobile lifestyles or live in much smaller accommodations than their elders and truly don’t have room for such items. Then there are others who don’t attach the same sentimental value to certain items that their predecessors did and simply don’t want them.
Of course, sometimes the converse is true. Several family members may want Grandma’s well-used pie plate since they want to treasure it to remember grandma and all her loving greatness.
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From when we’re born until we die, everyone ages. But, after the advent of the youth-driven Baby Boomer era, getting older (remember Hope I Die Before I Get Old and Don’t Trust Anyone Over 30) was considered a bad thing. Now Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) are the ones getting – dare we say it – old. And just like they have done at every stage of their lives, Boomers are reinventing and redefining what it means to age.
Today, 65 might not be the new 35, but it certainly isn’t our grandmothers’ 65.
In an ongoing collection of articles I’ve written for Booming Encore, I’ve culled good ideas about getting older in the 21st Century from some of the best known boomer icons like Jane Fonda and from some lesser-known, but equally important thinkers on the issue like Mortimer Adler, the author of War of the Roses.
You can read the ones that interest you here by clicking on their titles. Happy, healthy, harmonious aging everyone …
Welcome to My New Writing/Speaking/Consulting/Tour Guiding Communication Practice
This is a sample of what I hope will be a long line of newsletters from my new communications and learning practice I officially opened here in DC this week. In my practice, I focus on 3 topics – the Baby Boomer Generation, classic rock music, and issues on aging, especially as they affect men.
How You Can Get This Newsletter Sent Directly to Your Inbox
All you need to do is send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the phrase Dave Price Newsletter in the subject line. It’s just that easy. Then each month (or on special occasions) you will receive a link to our just published newsletter so you can find out all the latest news about what’s going on with my writing, speaking, consulting, and tour guiding.
I’m currently contributing regularly to 2 online publications
I’m also researching for my 1st book tentatively titled Rock of Agers: How Has Classic Rock Remained So Popular for More Than 50 Years?
Here is a sample of some of the fun stuff I’ve done for the book over the Summer
- Continued a series of interviews with Animals singer Eric Burdon
- Interviewed fans of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead at The Hamilton Live concert series
- Spent 6 hours covering the National Air Guitar Finals here in DC
I’m meeting later this month with the program director of the Arlington County Library to finalize a series of 9 interactive talks I will be delivering on some major issues of aging.
I’m designing a special inter-generational writing program where senior citizens in nursing homes will correspond with seniors in local high schools.
In Tour Guiding
I’m taking a 5-week course at the Newseum to prepare me to guide tours there.
The Blog Beat
You can keep up with all the latest news about the subjects I’m focused on by following the 4 blogs I’ve created, sometimes write for, curate, and publish. You can either bookmark or favorite the blog sites and check them when you have time or you can sign up on the individual blog sites and have posts delivered directly to your inbox by email each time there is a new entry. Here are links to the 4 blogs:
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Special Thanks This Month To …
Keith Berquist, the marketing manager of The Hamilton Live for setting me up to interview Grateful Dead fans at the venue.
Eric Burdon’s wife and agent, Marianna Burdon, for all her help facilitating my contact with Eric and his band.
And to my wife of 44 years, Judy, for proofreading everything I send out. She might be an artist by training, but she has turned into a hellaciously good editor to catch my mistakes and suggest changes.
Obviously, since classic rock is almost 55 years old, we are losing many of its performers. While all represent a loss, some tug at our hearts more than others.
For my former South Jersey English teaching colleague Shirley Giddens, that was the incomparable David Bowie. Here is a link to an article I wrote for Booming Encore about Shirley and “her man” David. And yes, that is Shirley’s license plate pictured above.
For Judy and me, it would be the recent death of Gregg Allman, vocalist and keyboard player for the legendary Allman Brothers Band. We saw Gregg perform on numerous occasions, the most special being on Judy’s 65th birthday when we actually got to chat with him and then see him perform stage-side right in front of his Hammond B-3 organ. Unfortunately (or fortunately), we also got to see him play live for his final concert at his Laidback Festival in Atlanta. Here’s an account of Judy’s 65th birthday on The Rock Legends Cruise IV with Gregg Allman.
It’s My Life
Obviously, I spend a lot of my time researching, reading, writing, and speaking for my communications practice. Of course, I have to do extensive napping from all that exertion. But I do get to do other things and in each issue I’ll let you know about a few of them.
Living in DC (well to be precise just across the Potomac River in Crystal City, which is 3 Metro stops from the district), we’re in the heart of Trumplandia. Recently, while walking around the area, I spied a fashion faux pas involving Donald Trump and tie-dye. Here’s the Trump-toodian non-tasteful tale.
I spent 18 hours this summer trying to figure out the brilliance that is David Lynch as I watched his Twin Peaks: The Return on Showtime.
I thought maybe a week of reflection might help, but still Lynch’s arresting, disturbing, magnificent aural and pictorial vision of good and evil is beyond my powers of comprehension.
Words like brilliant, genius, unique, simply fail to do it justice. I realize it’s not for everyone, but it certainly is for me. Simply put, I believe David Lynch is the greatest all-around creative artist of my lifetime.
Twin Peaks is to fantastical surrealism what The Wire is to gritty realism. Opposites in most every way, but equally powerful, they are the two best shows ever to air on TV.
Got a light?
Where the hell is Audrey Horne?
What year is this?
A blood-curdling scream from the Laura-Not Laura-Maybe Laura Palmer.
Black … fade to credits.
So many, many questions as yet unanswered. Perhaps some day, but not yet today.
If you followed the series closely and have any theories about what Twin Peaks: The Return actually meant, send me your thoughts by email to (email@example.com) and maybe together we can figure out the enignmatic masterpiece. I really would enjoy hearing your thoughts.
I Don’t Know Why You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello
Well, that’s it for this month. And as my Tex-ian Daddy used to say “Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise” I hope to see all of you back here next newsletter.
A Parting Thought
A good way to go through life is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.
Peace, take care, be well, and, most of all, be kind …
The 5th Beatle?
By Dave Price – Senior Writer
This article 1st appeared in Booming Encore
It was Father’s Day in Washington D.C. and the line of fans, some young, some old, many of them dressed as their favorite comicbook or screen heroes, stretched over more than half of the huge main exhibit hall at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
They were all waiting to spend less than a minute with their real-life idol Stan Lee and have a professional photographer snap their picture with him. Each photo would cost $120. It would cost another $120 to collect an autograph.
It was fitting that Lee was making an appearance on Father’s Day since you can rightfully claim he is responsible for creating more than 50 children of his own, some of them good, some of them very bad. In fact, even if you don’t recognize Lee’s name, you’ve probably heard of at least some of his creations. There’s Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk, The Thing, Ant-Man, the cute Groot, all the X-Men, and at least 40 more.
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Pictures from Awesome Con in DC …