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Tuesday, March 28, 2017
NABBW - National Association of Baby Boomer Women

Friends of the Wigwam: A Civil War Story

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Friends of the Wigwam: A Civil War Story John William Huelskamp Reviewed for the NABBW by Anne L. Holmes Given that I live in Galena, Illinois, one of the main settings of this book and the home of nine Civil War generals, and I also have a fondness for history, I was delighted to be invited to read a copy of “Friends of the Wigwam” a meticulously researched Civil War-era historical novel.  With the exception of scenes that take place in Chicago and on Civil War battlefields including Vicksburg, Shiloh and Missionary Ridge, the majority of the story takes place in northwestern Illinois.... (Read More ...)

Widowhood – Will We Boomers Find a Way to Reshape It, As We Have Already Done With Funerals?

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I’ve recently read three excellent books – one a novel – by two NABBW members, both dealing with the topic of widowhood. Life as a widow is not a scenario I’ve ever given much thought to, despite being advised, many decades ago in a collegiate gerontology course, that since women tend to live about five years longer than men, if we don’t want to end up widowed  it’s best to marry a younger man.  (In my defense, I was already married by that time, so couldn’t act on this sage advice.) More recent statistics, provided by WISER, the Women’s Institute... (Read More ...)

Why I Can’t Find Any Fun With – or Long term Benefit From – the “Generational” Bad Manners of Boomer Bashing

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By  Anne L. Holmes, APR NABBW’s “Boomer in Chief” Recently, Rick Montgomery, a reporter for the Kansas City Star called me, in my role as the Boomer in Chief of the National Association of Baby Boomer Women, for an interview. He was seeking my point of view on a generational demographic tidbit he had picked up recently: the fact that sometime this year, the Baby Boomer generation will no longer be country’s largest. Due to our kids’ aging into adulthood, we’ll be losing our famed demographic “pig in the python” position to a younger generation, the... (Read More ...)

Reluctantly Related: Secrets To Getting Along With Your Mother-in-Law or Daughter-in-Law

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Reluctantly Related: Secrets To Getting Along With Your Mother-in-Law or Daughter-in-Law Kindle edition Barnes & Noble Nook edition Author:  Deanna Brann, Ph.D. http://www.drdeannabrann.com/ Reviewed for the NABBW by:  Anne Holmes Dr. Brann, a licensed clinical psychotherapist, begins this book by telling of her own experience with her daughter-in-law, sharing an example of a family thanksgiving get-together that became a disaster  because both she and her daughter-in-law interpreted events from their own perspectives. To make the situation totally clear, she tells us both sides of the... (Read More ...)