One of the reasons it’s been almost two weeks since I’ve blogged is because the little bit of free time I’ve had has been dedicated to goldfinchreading “The Goldfinch”, a best-selling novel by Donna Tartt.

At almost 800 pages it requires a fair commitment time-wise but it’s worth it. The title is the name of a rare seventeenth century painting by a Dutch master that is taken by Theo Decker a 13-year-old boy when the museum in New York he is visiting is bombed, killing his mother. His low-life absentee father turns up and takes Theo to live with him in Las Vegas where he meets Boris, a young Russian immigrant in his class at school with a similar chaotic home life. As life evolves they lose track of each other until they meet again ten years later in New York.

The story is engrossing and entertaining. One friend found it to be a bit tedious about half-way through but I rather enjoyed the level of detail and minutia. I’m always amazed at how authors come up with such plots and characters. The book is full of vivid descriptions of alcohol and drug-taking and leaves me wondering whether the author gained this knowledge through personal experience or thorough research. She also is knowledgeable about European art. Characters are clearly described with philosophical observations throughout the book and particularly at the end where she ties up the loose ends. The painting is treated like a live character. I can see why it is a best-seller.

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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