Blogging Boomers Carnival

Accidental Locavore Stormy NY

Welcome to the Blogging Boomer’s Carnival, a compendium of blogs by and for Baby Boomers (and those who love them). For those of us like the Accidental Locavore, living on the East Coast, or more specifically, New York City, this has been a very tough week. While we were lucky to escape relatively unscathed,so many of my friends and family have been living without light, heat or water for days now. The devastation from Hurricane Sandy is immense and any donations made to the Red Cross will be greatly appreciated!

Our newest member, Helene, watched in horror as Hurricane Sandy devastated the Jersey shore and prayed that her beloved beach town would be spared. In her own home in Pennsylvania, she lost power for four days, but she’s counting her blessings.

One of the many other without power is Tom Sightings who survived Sandy, but has not been able to post any items on his blog. As soon as he’s back online, he will be back to posting on Sightingsat60. Be sure to check it out and see how he dealt with Sandy.

On The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide, Rita R. Robison, consumer journalist, writes about avoiding scam artists when you remodel or rebuild your home after Hurricane Sandy or when you donate to a charity or buy a used car.

All is not lost for Boomers looking for work. SoBabyBoomer reports the number of workers age 55 and up grew by 3.5 million from September 2009 to September 2012. That represents the lion’s share of the gain of 4.2 million for all workers 16 and older, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Laura Lee aka the Midlife Crisis Queen, had a unique opportunity to visit the “Becoming Van Gogh” exhibit at the Denver Art Museum this week. Go see how Van Gogh followed his passion later in life! And then learn how to turn life changing crappiness into happiness over at How To Believe In Love Again! And now she asks “What lessons can we all learn from Hurricane Sandy?” Here are just a few.

Accidental Locavore Pak-Boong-Fai-DaengIf the Locavore thought she was doing well, making Thai red curry duck during the hurricane, see who was making the real deal! Check out another Dubai adventure from Arabian Tales Katie Foster. Top Chef eat your heart out. Dubai is cookin’ with gas! BAM! “Thai Hands On” Cooking Dubai Style.

And don’t forget to vote!


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The Top 7 Things on Baby Boomers’ Minds

by Anne Maxfield on September 10, 2012

Accidental Locavore Pig RacesFor this, the first full week back to school and work, the Accidental Locavore is hosting the Blogging Boomers Carnival. See what’s on the minds of Baby Boomers worldwide (yup, that’s right). Don’t forget to chime in, comment and let us know which postings touched you.

First up: Grandparents can play a vital role in today’s families. SoBabyBoomer asks, “How do you build closer bonds across the generations in your family?” John has some great ideas to bring the generations closer together. Be sure to check them out.

Tired of job hunting? The unemployed are outsourcing their job hunting.  Read more at What do you think of this idea?

Can you imagine the traffic? The Midlife Crisis Queen, Laura Lee, would like to encourage you to imagine if the world was going to end in 3 weeks. What would quickly rise to the top of your “to do” list? It’s sort of like a midlife crisis with a very strict deadline!

Tom Sightings had a interesting conversation with his friend Peter about what he did last week — one that involved the limits of freedom of speech. See if you agree with the outcome. What would you have done?

Accidental Locavore IndiaArabian Tales Katie Foster relishes her “Regal Experience” at the Oberoi Udaivilas during her Elegant Journey through India. See what happens after she’s showered with rose petals (hint, there’s a private pool and a butler).

On The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide, Rita R. Robison, consumer journalist, wrote about the latest high-tech scams. Watch out for companies that offer to remove the computer virus they found for $100; tell you to start bidding to win an iPad; or offer special coupons for high-priced products such as razors, pet food, diapers, infant formula, coffee, and restaurant meals. Important information for all of us!

Is ice cream ever out of season? The Accidental Locavore makes some delicious ricotta ice cream. Turns out it’s easier than making plain vanilla. Here’s the recipe, give it a try!



Accidental Locavore Lobster and Butter

The Accidental Locavore is hosting this hot summer version of the Blogging Boomers’ Carnival. First up to ease you into the carnival:

Summer is the time to relax, count your blessings, and enjoy the moment. Here’s what the Midlife Crisis Queen has been enjoying lately. The Queen has also been writing about finding love at 50+ over at her HOW TO BELIEVE IN LOVE AGAIN BLOG! And, she hopes you are having a good summer!

Have you ever wondered what deals exist at dollar stores? On The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide, Rita R. Robison, consumer journalist, writes about getting bargains at dollar stores in the article “Looking for Bargains? What to Buy and Not Buy at Dollar Stores.”  A survey by Consumer Reports’ ShopSmart magazine showed buying a dollar store’s private-label brand can save shoppers 29 percent on average over national store brands; a better deal than the 25 you can save from Walmart and the 15 percent from Target.

Polka Dots have a Spotty History (sorry).  Read more at Vaboomer (and check out the great tights!).

As do bankers. SoBabyBoomer says something is rotten in banking.  Run properly, big banks have just as much a right to exist—and thrive—as any other corporate entity. But it’s difficult to defend a banking industry that defrauds the market with fake interest rate figures, thereby stealing from other banks and customers.

For something a little less rotten (we hope!), Tom Sightings has found himself on his own this week, and so after spending a few days in the kitchen he’s offering “A Week of Easy-to-Prepare Recipes.”  You might be interested — you know, for the next time you’re cooking for one. Which one is your favorite?

The Accidental Locavore finishes up by offering a side dish to go with Tom’s recipes with4 ways to cook corn on the cob.  There’s even a added bonus if you need to impress neighbors or guests. Try them and let us know what your favorite way to cook corn is.





Accidental Locavore Lilacs

What do you think every mother wants? The Accidental Locavore has the privilege of hosting this week’s Blogging Boomer’s Carnival and mothers seem to be on a lot of peoples minds. And we’d like to welcome Rita Robison, the newest edition to the carnival! Be sure to check out her blog: The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide.

With Mother’s Day in the USA coming up this Sunday, Arabian Tales’ Katie Foster is digressing from her regular Arabian travel stories and imparting just a little grandmotherly advice for teenagers.  14 Reasons Why Mom Is Always Right! Do you think Mom is always right?

SoBabyBoomer asks, “What does every working mom want?”  A new survey reveals that working mothers care more about having flexible hours than any other benefit an employer can offer. Working mothers biggest challenge is: Work/Life Balance. What’s your biggest challenge?

The Midlife Crisis Queen is constantly amazed at how the choices she makes often turn into trends much later. Here’s a few examples of how she has been ahead of the curve in terms of American trends!

Laura Lee would also like to add a bit of historical perspective on Mother’s Day 2012.

This week at The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide, Rita R. Robison, consumer journalist, focuses on Mother’s Day topics. You can find information on American mothers, how to check out a company before buying that important gift for mom, and last-minute suggestions for Mother’s Day gifts. You can also find tips for stressed out moms. Women are more likely than the general public to cite family health and family responsibilities as sources of stress, according to a study by the American Psychological Association.

Tom Sightings shares A Little Health Scare he had last week and how it got him to thinking about the important things in life. What’s important to you?

Hope you enjoyed this week’s carnival. Please be sure to comment and let us know what you’re liking!