A familiar scenario with a twist

Yesterday my friend Terry and I went to see Judi Dench in her new movie, Philomena. I must admit, based on the trailers I saw on television, I was expecting a mildly interesting film about a common occurrence, something perhaps more appropriate for a Philomenamade-for-TV movie. Philomena, a young Irish girl has a baby out-of-wedlock in the 1950s. She is given over to nuns in a convent for the duration of her pregnancy and the delivery of the baby. In return for their “charity” Philomena is indentured to the convent for four years after the birth during which time her little boy is given for adoption.

The movie reveals Philomena’s 50 years of silence about the birth and her final search for the little boy she lost. While I’m not going to give away the plot and twists, I will say that we were both surprised and uplifted by the quality and intelligence of the film. We should have known that anything with Judi Dench would not disappoint and Steve Coogan’s subtle performance was perfect. “Philomena” is based on a true story and may have a limited run because of its subject matter so check it out while you can. Hope you enjoy it too.

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How to rock on . . .

I’ve just finished watching the most fascinating British documentary that came to me via The Huffington Post. It’s about fashionable women in their 70s, 80s and 90s and how they view life. What an inspiration for Boomer Broads like ourselves. Make yourself a nice cup of tea or coffee, or pour yourself a lovely glass of wine, allow a bit of time (I think it’s almost an hour) and tune in. It’ll put a smile on your face and you’ll feel much better after.

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Facing my addictions

My name is Lynda and I am an addict. My preferred substance is even stronger than fountain Diet Coke and music from the 60s. There is no 12-step programme and even if there were, I am not interested in rehabilitation. My problem has become addict magparticularly intense since I retired and now have the time to truly indulge myself.

I am a magazine junkie. I buy them, I read them, I hoard them and blow my money on them every chance I get. My pulse quickens when I encounter ancient magazines in doctors’ offices, big fat fashion magazines in hair salons and salacious dog-eared gossip rags on the dirty coffee table where I get my car detailed. No sources are beneath my enjoyment. It started with a simple subscription to Chatelaine many years ago. That felt so good, I soon had to up the ante and ordered a Canadian decorating magazine, then another.

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Take my advice and live happily ever after

Once upon a time I considered writing a book to pass along the wisdom I’ve acquired in 66 years of living and more than 40 years of working for a living.  I roughed out a draft, gave it a title, “Broad Perspectives” (nice play on words, don’t you think?)  took female bloggersome creative writing courses including a great week-long mentoring programme at Humber College last summer, and never really got the show on the road. Intimidated by the prospect of dozens of rejection letters in my future and no one actually listening to me, I decided to blog instead. And I love the medium. No editors. No censors. No critics I can’t handle. No R.O.I. to consider. Just me and whoever cares to tune in to BOOMERBROADcast.

So here’s the thing. If I had my life to do over, there are many things I would do differently, both in business and personally. Not a whole lot, as my mistakes and wrong turns are part of what makes me the fabulous person I am today. But with some tweaking, life could have been an easier, more satisfying journey.

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Another look at the entitlement debate

One of my favourite times of the day is enjoying my second cup of tea while reading teaThe #Globe & Mail’s essay on the Facts & Arguments page. And this morning’s “Nice work – if we can get it” by Braeden Banks did not disappoint.

His honest, intelligent commentary on the reality of young graduates finding a job in today’s economy was a realistic response to an issue I addressed in my earlier post, “The age of #entitlement”.  Braeden is obviously not one of those people seeking the perfect job in the perfect World of Oz. I applaud his resourcefulness, his determination and his lack of ego.

Braeden did all the right things,

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We had hope . . .

With the 50th anniversary of the death of President Kennedy approaching, I can hear all kennedythe Gen X’ers, Y’ers and Millenials moaning, “We don’t care that you can remember what you were doing when you heard that Kennedy had been shot.”

Well, it changed our lives forever which is a fairly significant event. What if he’d lived? Think of the possibilities. Our lives might be quite different today. He was just getting started on a seismic shift in societal attitudes that only began with civil rights.

Our response? We don’t care that you don’t care. We care. Back then we had hope – which is a far cry from the sad state of affairs our politicians are offering today.

P.S. Ironically, I was in Grade 11 history class when the Principal knocked on the door to announce to our teacher what had happened. Where were you, fellow Boomers? Add it to the “Comments” section below. We’re interested. Thanks.

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