Canada’s own Alice Munro winning the Nobel Prize for Literature is just about the most exciting thingAlice Munro that could ever happen in the literary world. As Canadians, as women, as readers we’re thrilled that she has been recognized on such a prestigious level. But the best part is that her writing  celebrates simple, every day life in southwestern Ontario.

I’m looking forward to going back and re-reading her stories, particularly “Who do you think you are?”. In 1967 I actually had a male boss at Bell Canada say those very words to me. I had presented him with a summary of 10 suggestions on how we could improve efficiency and work flow in the Cable Assignment office where I worked. He informed me that “There are people in other departments getting paid a lot more than you are to come up with solutions – who do you think you are?” That’s when I stopped speaking to him altogether and went on to accomplish more in life and business than he ever could have hoped to. And I’m not alone. I have friends who also were also told “you aren’t smart enough for university” and other similar put-downs. Alice understood this. That’s worth a Nobel Prize. You go girl!

Lynda Davis

As an early Baby Boomer, born in 1947, it seems to me that as we approach our retirement years, Boomers have gone from being the energy driving our nation to slowly becoming invisible. We risk losing our identity as society remains stubbornly youth-centric. And the irony is that Gen Xers and Ys are not the majority; we are. BOOMERBROADcast is my platform for being the voice of Baby Boomers, women in particular. We've generated a lot of changes over the decades but there's still a long way to go. After a 40-year career in the corporate world, I've taken up expressing the observations and concerns of our generation. Instead of pounding the pavement in my bellbottoms with a cardboard sign, I'm pounding my laptop (I learned to type on a manual typewriter and old habits die hard). If you have issues or concerns you would like voiced or have comments on what I've voiced, I'd love to hear from you. We started breaking the rules in the sixties and now that we're in our sixties it's no time to become complacent. Hope you'll stay tuned and if you like BOOMERBROADcast, share it with your friends. Let's rock n' roll! If you would like to be notified whenever I publish a new posting, click on the little blue box in the lower right of your screen that says +Follow→ Lynda Davis

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  1. Indeed, an achievement for all Canadians to be proud of. As a high school English teacher, I enjoyed sharing her stories with my students. One story, “An Ounce of Cure” is timeless in its exploration of a teenage girl and her first disastrous encounter with alcohol after being dumped by the boy of her dreams. This story plays out in young girls’ lives as much today as it did years ago when it was first read by school girls.

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