Best of Boomer Blogs #308

I’m the host for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs–a collection of blogs from Boomers who have something to say, whether it’s about cool old people, busting stereotypes, memories for Mother’s Day, banks under fire, world-class shopping adventures or empty nest.

For Mother’s Day, Laura Lee writes about the shoulders she stands on, her heritage from the strong, rural Kansas women in her lineage.

In So Baby Boomer, John talks about the different types of “old” these days. There is Baby-Boomer old, an audacious, aspirational sort of old.  Then there is old old, a realm often belonging to the parents of the Baby Boomers. This is nursing-home old. This is prunes-for-breakfast old.

Tom at Sightings Over Sixty shares how he ran across a few surprises in his daily life last week that upset some preconceived notions, and he tells us all about them in his new post 3 Mythbusters.

On The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide, Rita R. Robison, consumer journalist, writes about New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman’s plans to sue Bank of America and Wells Fargo for repeatedly violating the terms of the National Mortgage Settlement. Schneiderman’s office has documented 339 violations of settlement standards by Wells Fargo and Bank of America since October 2012.

And for the truly adventurous shopper, Arabian Tales Katie Foster has found The Most Unique Shopping Scene in Dubai.  That says a great deal because Dubai is considered one of the best shopping scenes in the world deriving 30% of its gross domestic product from retail sales. The city offers multiple mega malls, Duty Free stores, an outlet mall out in the desert, old traditional souqs, ever expanding online shopping sites and Global Village gathers artisan vendors from all over the world.

This week Sara Cornell of Life After Married  discusses the emotional and financial implications of “Stuff”… As for me, I’m taking a trip down memory lane back to the days when I was preparing for my son’s graduation and my empty nest.  I wrote him a letter before graduation and eleven years later, it still feels like it was yesterday.

Best of Boomer Blog #301

The boomer retirement crisis, the worst four letter-word in the English language (not what you think), midlife as a catalyst for positive change, fraudulent tax preparation schemes and a brief lesson on the Tao Te Ching, are just some of the varied topics for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs.

I’m the host for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs–a collection of blogs on Boomer-related subjects.

On The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide, Rita R. Robison, consumer journalist, writes about fraudulent tax preparation schemes. Each year, consumers file thousands of complaints about tax preparers, so consumers should ask about the preparers qualifications, check their history through the Better Business Bureau, and never sign a blank tax return.

Laura Lee Carter asks the question, “What do you know now, that you wish you’d known ten years ago?” Time for some midlife time travel?

John G. Agno brings our attention to some sobering news on the retirement front. Boomer Retirement Crisis: 57% of U.S. workers reported less than $25K in total household savings/investments excluding their homes.

Tom Sightings was reading an article recently that discussed how we are all social beings, pointing out that as soon as we are free to do what we want, we end up imitating one another. It got him thinking, and led to a Sightings Over Sixty blog post revealing The Worst Four Letter Word in the English language … and no, it’s not the one you think.

As for my Tao Flashes blog…this week I’ll share a little about one of my favorite books, the Tao Te Ching. This ancient Chinese classic was the inspiration for my book, Tao Flashes.

The Tao Te Ching was written by Chinese philosopher and poet Lao Tzu nearly 2,500 years ago (somewhere in the time period  604-531 B.C.) .

Translated thousands of times, second only to the Bible, the Tao Te Ching outlines a simple but paradoxal philosophy to life. Tao means “the way,” and the basic tenets for finding the way to living in unity with the universe is this: live with a spirit of compassion, humility, harmony and moderation. I find these qualities are particularly needed at midlife.

Tzu offers guidance through 81 verses, or chapters, on the art of living with integrity and encourages us to transform our consciousness and evolve with intention.

It is a beautiful book full of paradox, like yin and yang, night and day, good and evil. Much like our human existence, it points to the duality of life. Yet it continues to offer hope, inspiration and guidance for creating a more peaceful, meaningful life –especially at midlife!

“Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.”
― Lao TzuTao Te Ching