Dec 262014
 
CHRISTMAS, CHRISMUKKAH, INTERMARRIAGE AND THE GREAT BOOMER MASHUP

Welcome to the Boomer mashup at holiday time. Besides sex, drugs, rock ‘n roll and Woodstock, many Boomers went off the reservation for marriage, religion, and parenting—intermarrying, adopting other religions or becoming atheists/Wiccans/Rastafarians, adopting their children, often interracially. We’ve created a multicultural mashup that both blooms and boomerangs at holiday time. It’s especially relevant this […]

May 172013
 
The Mature Single and Mother’s Day:  Angst, Ambivalence, and Brunch

Mother’s Day was founded by a woman who tried to stamp it out. This begins to give you an idea of how fraught with angst, ambivalence, and guilt this holiday is. Most holidays have an underside—the way they twist the knife in the wounds of people who can’t replicate the official, happy version in their […]

Feb 152013
 
Surviving Valentine's Day Single--An Arrow to the Heart

Holidays highlight everything we don’t have. We’re supposed to go through the woods to Grandmother’s house on Christmas Day, but our grandmother may have been a dysfunctional old bat, and we may not have any sleigh bells or snow. Or even celebrate Christmas. We especially may not have the photogenic extended family we see in […]