Balance balance

Regardless of age, everyone hears the hoopla on how important a balanced diet it.  That’s fine and dandy if you have a lot of time, which most of us in this INBETWEENERS age group don’t seem to have enough of.

Oftentimes we are in a power struggle between 1) work, 2) home and what always comes last 3) health.

There are a few tricks that help offset the pitfalls of this battle between wellness and reality.  The best way, I’ve discovered, is to make batches of healthy soups, chowders or chilli in advance and invest in great freezer to microwave containers.


Correlle’s containers take the gold medal for me because of the snap lock lid and the glass bottom that is their trademark for not breaking.  I’ve learned by trial and error that the investment is worth having soup spill out and is plain ugly.

Leftovers are usually not something that I’m a fan of so instead, I will pop leftovers like chicken or beef it in the freezer for pulling out on my energetic cooking days.

Granted it takes planning.  Yet you can make a plan to have back ups and that is just as awesome.

Make a deal with yourself that you won’t resort to take out or dinner outs — it is something your health will thank you for in the long run.  Making the easy to go or easy to eat containers is also cheaper.  Then again, we INBETWEENERS  aren’t necessarily pinching at the pocket book so we can form bad habits without pause.

Soups and chowders are especially hardy and filling.  I have found a few tricks to help speed up the preparation time so that you can’t fall on the excuse of not having anything.   Just yesterday, I was making home made lasagna for my adult kids to come over and have a little chat and some quality times.  I sure miss those times.  You’d think that this would take a long time to make, but it really didn’t.  Setting a lovely table and choosing a wine took more thought.


The only canned item in my pantry is canned tomatoes and sauce, on the ready in a pinch.  I also buy fresh baby spinach, wash it and put in a bag and yes, you got it, put it into the freezer.  I have consciously made that a habit that has expanded to fresh cilantro, parsley and basil from my garden days, each into a bag, on the ready for my culinary creations adding great flavour, but more importantly healthy ingredients.


I found these lasagna in a new Italian Supermarket fairly close by in my neighbourhood.  Truth be told, I’m not a big fan of shopping for groceries.  Yet take me to a cool store like this, and I can wander around and pick up a few things to inspire me to try something new.  Going to a specialty supermarket or farmers market to me is relaxing and enjoyable.  I don’t chose to do it when I’m on a shopping mission, because that just destroys the pleasure.  I’m open to new ideas by wandering around in the crowd of anxious shoppers, feeling I have one up on them, that I’m not in a hurry and it is an excursion, not a chore.

To make my lasagna, I had 3/4 of the ingredients on hand.  First up was creating my always new sauce, which I go by appeal and color:

  • A can of 28 oz cubed tomatoes (I like Roma = best for italian)
  • A can of 28 oz ready made tomato sauce – Hunts tends to be on sale
  • I tossed in a couple of small containers of pizza sauce in my fridge


I found this brilliant must have when one of our largest department stores was closing down.  In the meandering mood of wandering around to discoverimages anything I may not buy at full price to try.  This gadget has been the wunderkind in my kitchen.  So much so, that I did pay full price to give to my daughters for Christmas.  Talk about chopping onions and tears?  Not with this, you just peal the onion, cut it into quarters and plop it in, yank the puller as many times as coarseness desired.  It turns chopping hassle into speed fun!  They can be found in your department store kitchen gadgets area and cost no more than $20.  It is a gift that keeps on giving.


I put on a largish pot with water and a tsp of olive oil to come to a rapid boil before I begin the sauce.  I then start with the canned cubed tomatoes and tomato sauce in a medium saucepan to start a slow simmer while I pulled out and washed what I could find in my vegetable container:  fresh mushroom, small onion, orange pepper, and a full garlic.  30 seconds to rinse and plopped in to pull the string and voila, minced ingredients.  In a separate smaller saucepan, I plopped in a blob of Becel margarine (that tastes like butter) and set the minced ingredients to soften to a bubble then added it to the sauce.  Great color and texture already unfolding and the aroma enveloped the house.

This is when I pulled out a handful of frozen bagged spinach rinsed it and added to sauce for health smart zest.  Along with it went a half a cup of frozen cilantro (Italian parsley).

I tend to judge by color, texture and aroma when I am adding spices:  flaked oregano, basil — I’d say a good tablespoon of each.  I let the sauce simmer and the water for the pasta to boil.

I did have to run out to the grocery store to get important ingredients for the lasagna – but it is always better that way, in my opinion, because you have a list, you have dinner half way done, so there is no time to add temptations or uncalled from items.  What I bought was:

ss1mbukojvymd06zlnkmCheese Mixture:

  • 1 container of cottage cheese (low fat is my motto whenever possible)
  • 1 container of ready flaked parmesan cheese
  • a container of Romano dry cheese from Kraft
  • pre-shredded mozzarella cheese package (about 1.5 cups)
  • a heaping handful of frozen spinach rinsed with warm water to soften

It took me maybe 20 minutes to zip out and get those ingredients along with a case of Coke Zero that was on sale!  Another 5 to the liquor store next door for a Black Tower white wine (I know red wine is usually best but I had two adult kids that may want a glass of wine with dinner and I was working within a budget).  It cost $20 Cdn.  Sadly, they didn’t have my favorite wine from Australia BIN555 (below).

When I returned home to the still boiling water (my son was home from work so, no, I didn’t leave the house unattended while the stove was on), I preset the oven at 375 F for one hour.

I gently added about 8 strips of the lasagna to the boiling water for no more than 7 minutes, just enough to soften, long before mushy.

I combined the cheese mixture (above) in a glass bowl.  Then it was time for assembly:


  • Drizzle some olive oil along the bottom of the glass dish and use washed fingers to smooth it around so that stickiness isn’t an issue
  • Place a heaping spoonful of sauce on the bottom, don’t be shy but don’t be too generous
  • Gently place take one pasta sheet and lay it on one end of dish, repeat with a second one at the other end so they overlap.
  • Add the cheese mixture and drop in on top of the pasta.  (Don’t worry about making it smooth or if it appears in a clump, because when it bakes, it will even out.)  Use all of the cheese mixture.
  • Add another couple of the pasta sheets over the cheese mixture, then add generous amount of sauce, leaving a bit for the last.
  • Add another couple of the pasta sheets again over the sauce.
  • Finally add a generous amount of mozzarella all over the lasagna, ensuring that there it covers all the sauce, end to end in the dish.
  • Sprinkle some parmesan shredded chips all over,  top with Romano cheese and a few sprinkles of dried parsley for color

Pop goes the lasagna into the preheated oven, noting that it probably says 30 minutes left.  You have a generous allowance of time to set a beautiful table.  I usually have lemon on hand, and today I had some red grapes.  So I put crushed ice with the rinsed lemon and grapes into a glass pitcher, adding water.  I’ve seen people do it with a sprig of mint and a fresh cranberry for color and taste, but I was working with what I had on hand.


Once the 30 minutes passed, my daughter had arrived, candles were lit with my son was drooling at the aroma, I pulled the lasagna out of the oven.  15 minutes is the right of time to exchange pleasantries and being seated, pouring either wine or nutrient rich water.  (Go figure, they were both being responsible and stuck to water — the cook had three glasses as a reward to creating the treasured moments.)

The secret to the best lasagna, is letting it set for 10-15 minutes before serving so it comes out in cut pieces instead of slop if you’re too impatient.

This isn’t the most calorie conscious menu, but it has a strong combination of nutrients with the spinach and garlic.  You can ease back on the cheese layer and topping if that appeals to your waistline, but remember if you go for a brisk walk for a good 30-45 minutes, it will allow you the freedom to eat balanced without depriving yourself a delicious food.



BIN 555 Shiraz from South Australia’s Wyndham Estate is a safe bet for me most of the time.  Rate as a 4-star, you can’t go wrong, especially in the pocket book because it prices around $15 Cdn.



54 is a jolly good age

There are plenty of noteworthy athletes, royals, authors, etc. who were born in 1961.  Mostly living, they have made their mark in our lives and how we define success.

Some of the more prolific tend to be athletes, while others may not immediately come to mind when we think of notable inbetweeners.  Here are some worth taking note of born in 1961:

New York Islanders v Edmonton Oilers
EDMONTON, AB – Wayne Gretzky gives a press conference between periods during an NHL game between the Edmonton Oilers and the New York Islanders at Rexall Place on March 06, 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Wayne Douglas Gretzky CC (/ˈɡrɛtski/; born January 26, 1961) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player and former head coach. He played 20 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for four teams from 1979 to 1999. Nicknamed “The Great One“, he has been called “the greatest hockey player ever”[1] by many sportswriters, players, and the NHL itself. He is the leading scorer in NHL history, with more goals and more assists than any other player. He scored more assists than any other player scored total points, and is the only NHL player to total over 200 points in one season – a feat he accomplished four times. In addition, he tallied over 100 points in 16 professional seasons, 14 of them consecutive. At the time of his retirement in 1999, he held 61 NHL records: 40 regular-season records, 15 playoff records, and six All-Star records.[1] As of 2014, he still holds 60 NHL records.[2]


St Louis Rams v Miami Dolphins
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – AUGUST 28: Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino stands on the sidelines before the Dolphins met the St. Louis Rams at Sun Life Stadium on August 28, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)


Daniel Constantine “DanMarino, Jr. (born September 15, 1961) is an American former football player who was a quarterback for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). The last quarterback of theQuarterback Class of 1983 to be taken in the first round, Marino held or currently holds dozens of NFL records associated with the quarterback position. Despite never being on a Super Bowl-winning team, he is recognized as one of the greatest quarterbacks in football history. Best remembered for his quick release and powerful arm,Marino led the Dolphins to the playoffs ten times in his seventeen-season career. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005.




Dennis Keith Rodman (born May 13, 1961)[2] is a retired American professional basketball player, who played for the Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and Dallas Mavericks in theNational Basketball Association (NBA). He was nicknamed “The Worm” and was known for his fierce defensiveand rebounding abilities.

Rodman experienced an unhappy childhood and was shy and introverted in his early years. After aborting a suicide attempt in 1993, he reinvented himself as a “bad boy” and became notorious for numerous controversial antics. He repeatedly dyed his hair in artificial colors, had many piercings and tattoos, and regularly disrupted games by clashing with opposing players and officials. He famously wore a wedding dress to promote his 1996 autobiography Bad As I Wanna Be.


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Nadia Elena Comăneci (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈnadi.a koməˈnet͡ʃʲ]; born November 12, 1961) is a former Romanian gymnast, winner of three Olympic gold medals at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal and the first female gymnast to be awarded a perfect score of 10 in an Olympic gymnastic event. She also won two gold medals at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. She is one of the best-known gymnasts in the world.[1][2][3] In 2000 Comăneci was named as one of the Athletes of the Century by the Laureus World Sports Academy.[4]

Comăneci began gymnastics in kindergarten with a local team called Flacăra (“The Flame”), with coaches Duncan and Munteanu.[8][9] At age 6 she was chosen to attend Béla Károlyi‘s experimental gymnastics school after Károlyi spotted her and a friend turning cartwheels in a schoolyard.[5][10][11] Károlyi was looking for gymnasts he could train from a young age and saw the two girls during recess. When recess ended the girls ran inside. Károlyi went around the classrooms trying to find the girls, eventually spotting Nadia in a classroom. 



George Robert Stephanopoulos (born February 10, 1961) is an American journalist, a former U.S. Democratic Partypolitical advisor, and chief anchor of ABC News.

Stephanopoulos was born in Fall River, Massachusetts, the son of Nickolitsa “Nikki” Gloria (née Chafos) and Robert George Stephanopoulos.  His father always wanted his son to become a lawyer, if not a priest. Promising him he would attend law school eventually.

Stephanopoulos rose to early prominence as a communications director for the 1992 U.S. presidential campaign of Bill Clinton,[3] subsequently becoming White House Communications Director, then Senior Advisor for Policy and Strategy before departing in December 1996. Today he is chief anchor[4] and chief political correspondent for ABC News, co-anchor of ABC News’ Good Morning America, and host of ABC’s Sunday morning This Week.[5]


Diana, Princess of Wales (Diana Frances;[fn 1] née Spencer; 1 July 1961 – 31 August 1997), was the first wife ofCharles, Prince of Wales, who is the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II.[2]

Diana was born into a family of British nobility with royal ancestry as The Honourable Diana Frances Spencer. She was the fourth child and third daughter of John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer and The Honourable Frances Shand Kydd. Following her parents’ divorce, Diana grew up in Park House, which is situated on the Queen’s Sandringham estate, and was educated in England and Switzerland. In 1975, she became Lady Diana Spencer, after her father inherited the title ofEarl Spencer.

As Princess of Wales, Diana undertook royal duties on behalf of the Queen and represented her at functions overseas. She was celebrated for her charity work and for her support of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. She was involved with dozens of charities, including London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, of which she was president from 1989.

Diana remained the object of worldwide media scrutiny during and after her marriage, which ended in divorce on 28 August 1996. Media attention and public mourning were extensive after her death in a car crash in Paris on 31 August 1997 and subsequent televised funeral.

So there you have it.  Some of this year’s notable 54 year olds.  An exercise in discovery for me.  Low hanging fruit to be sure.  Those that are easier to find because of notoriety.

I will keep digging to find more inbetweeners who have never graced the cover of People Magazine or The National Enquirer.  They’re out there.  Keep the faith, I’ll find them for both of us.



BIOS:  Wikipedia




Notable “inbetweeners”

There are a number of notable people: politicians, the famous, the infamous, scientists, writers, artists who fall into what I term “The Inbetweeners”.  A consortium of people joined by the fact that they were born from 1960 to 1965 — the cross between where they fall into “Baby Boomers” or “Generation Xs”.  There is no loss of identity among those that I highlight as I begin my adventure in bringing forward what makes us tick, rock, and take stock in as a unit.  If you don’t agree, that’s when comments come in handy, instead of just ignoring or going on about your merry ways.

I’m going to do things a little off kilter, because I am the author, and I can say so.  Mostly, because I am a self-identified inbetweener, born in 1961.  Marvelously, I share the same year with a lot of people who have achieved fame, notoriety, or infamy.  As I usually do, I search GOOGLE to find an image that brings to the forefront the main message of my blog.  In this case it was way easier than I thought.  This group ensemble was just waiting for me to snap up.



Front and center is Obama — the poster child for achievement regardless of skin color, upbringing, or the variety of distractions we all encounter growing up.

I realize that I should have started writing about 1960s babies, but being the creator allows me to have opinions and make decisions on my own that hopefully appeal to all the inbetweeners out there.  Maybe you have a logo or buzz word we can use to band together to learn, share, immortalize and remember what makes our little hub so great?  By all means, bring it on.  To create a central theme, I have created Twitter @1960to1965 Google+ inbtweeners using the crowd image that I found to represent us – a proud crowd of people having fun, enjoying life!


Starting clockwise, the following famous inbetweeners shown in the above image.  I will identify when I use WIDIPEDIA as my main source for information:  why?  Because it is usually the easiest to find that shares information that isn’t self-promotional.  I will try to keep it simple and standard — date of birth, claim to fame, birthplace, education, career.


Barack Hussein Obama II (US Listeni/bəˈrɑːk hˈsn ɵˈbɑːmə/; born August 4, 1961) is the 44th and current President of the United States, as well as the first African American to hold the office. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate ofColumbia University and Harvard Law School, where he served as president of the Harvard Law Review


Eddie Murphy
Eddie Murphy Premiere of ‘Shrek Forever After’ during the 9th Annual Tribeca Film Festival at the Ziegfeld Theatre – Arrivals Featuring: Eddie Murphy Where: New York City, New York, United States When: 21 Apr 2010 Credit: WENN

Edward Regan “EddieMurphy (born April 3, 1961)[1] is an American comedian, actor, writer, singer, and director. Box-office takes from Murphy‘s films make him the 4th-highest grossing actor in the United States.[2][3] He was a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1980 to 1984 and has worked as a stand-up comedian. He was ranked #10 onComedy Central‘s list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.[4]


Michael Andrew Fox, OC (born June 9, 1961), known as Michael J. Fox, is a Canadian-American[1] actor, author, producer, and advocate. With a film and television career spanning from the 1970s, Fox‘s roles have included Marty McFlyfrom the Back to the Future trilogy (1985–1990); Alex P. Keaton from NBC‘s Family Ties (1982–1989), for which he won three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award; and Mike Flaherty in ABC‘s Spin City (1996–2001), for which he won an Emmy, three Golden Globes, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991 and disclosed his condition to the public in 1998. Fox semi-retired from acting in 2000 as the symptoms of his disease worsened. He has since become an advocate for research toward finding a cure; he created the Michael J. Fox Foundation, and on March 5, 2010, Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet gave him a honoris causa doctorate for his work in advocating a cure for Parkinson’s disease.[2]


George Timothy Clooney (born May 6, 1961) is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, director, and activist. He has received three Golden Globe Awards for his work as an actor and two Academy Awards, one for acting and the other for producing.

Clooney made his acting debut on television in 1978, and later gained wide recognition in his role as Dr. Doug Ross on the long-running medical drama ER from 1994 to 1999, for which he received two Emmy Award nominations. While working on ER, he began attracting a variety of leading roles in films, including the superhero film Batman & Robin (1997) and the crime comedy Out of Sight (1998), in which he first worked with director Steven Soderbergh, who would become a long-time collaborator. In 1999, he took the lead role in Three Kings, a well-received war satire set during the Gulf War.



Henry Rollins (born Henry Lawrence Garfield; February 13, 1961) is an American musician, writer, journalist, publisher, actor, television and radio host, spoken word artist, comedian, and activist.[1][2][3] Rollins hosts a weekly radio show onKCRW. He is also a regular columnist for LA Weekly and Rolling Stone Australia.[4]

After performing for the short-lived Washington D.C.-based band State of Alert in 1980, Rollins fronted the Californiahardcore punk band Black Flag from August 1981 until mid-1986. Following the band’s breakup, Rollins established therecord label and publishing company 2.13.61 to release his spoken word albums, as well as forming the Rollins Band, which toured with a number of lineups from 1987 until 2003, and during 2006.


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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 20: Scott Baio visits the SiriusXM Studios on September 20, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)

Scott Vincent James Baio (/ˈb./; born September 22, 1960[1]) is an American actor and television director, best known for his roles as Chachi Arcola on the sitcom Happy Days and its spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi, the titular character on the sitcom Charles in Charge, the main character in the musical Bugsy Malone, and for his role as Dr. Jack Stewart in the medical-mystery-comedy-drama series Diagnosis: Murder.  By definition and guidelines, he should not have been included because he was born 1960.  However, the rules are the rules, he was still born in 1960 and included in the image.


Julia Scarlett Elizabeth LouisDreyfus[1] (/ˈl ˈdrfəs/; born January 13, 1961) is an American actress, comedienne and producer. She is known for her work on the comedy series Seinfeld (1989–1998), The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006–10) and Veep (2012–present).

LouisDreyfus broke into comedy as a performer in The Practical Theatre Company in Chicago, which led to her casting in the sketch show Saturday Night Live from 1982 to 1985. Her breakthrough came in 1990 with a nine-season run playingElaine Benes on Seinfeld, one of the most critically and commercially successful sitcoms of all time. Other notable television roles include Christine Campbell in The New Adventures of Old Christine which had a five-season run on CBS, and her role as Selina Meyer in Veep, which has recently been renewed by HBO for a fifth season.

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Heather Deen Locklear (born September 25, 1961) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Amanda Woodward on Melrose Place, for which she received four consecutive Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress – Television Series Drama. Her other notable television roles include Sammy Jo Carrington on Dynasty, Officer Stacy Sheridan on T.J. Hooker and Caitlin Moore on Spin City, for which she earned a further two Golden Globe nominations forBest Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy. She had a recurring role on the TV Land sitcom Hot in Clevelandand a main role on the TNT drama-comedy television series Franklin & Bash in 2013.

I’m making the rules as I go along.  The photos will be as recent as I can find, and not in their hay days, which more often than not were in the 1980s.    For the gals, I will try to depict them more au natural whenever possible, simple stated because most of us don’t have teams of image consultants, makeup artists, hair stylists at our beck and call.

I know it isn’t fair that the first ones I’ve shown are all famous.  However, they all share many of the same ailments we share with them:

  1. Aging, fading looks
  2. Declining health
  3. Battles with addiction
  4. Controversy
  5. Being 54

Not to worry.  I will endeavour to find those who make our world a better place without the notoriety, or starting off with a dream that grew.  We will find those that inspire and allow us to celebrate being an inbetweener.





Identify identity

I begin this blog in November 2015, 19th to be exact.  The day after I went to the doctor because I was under the weather.  I had a couple of zits developing on my chin, was feeling exhausted, less than my usual energetic exuberant self.

I could have attributed it towards stress, however, in the grand scheme of things, I didn’t carry the normal stress that most would say contributes to high stress, for example:

  • FINANCIAL:  I am not living paycheque to paycheque, nor am I fighting off debtors.  I live within my means.
  • FAMILY:  Can be a pain in the ass.  They can be sources of great strength or detriment to our overall wellbeing.  That in and of itself will fill pages of blog posts.  Family dynamics with parents, siblings, children, and stepchild.  Overall, it is on a fairly even keel these days.
  • EVENTS:  Yes, we’re ramping up for the Holidays.  That can cause people a lot of stress, financially and emotionally. I’ve got a kickstart on Christmas shopping.
  • WORK:  That is probably my highest contributor these days.  I’m neither failing nor am I soaring.  I took a job at an entry level to get into a great company.  That is going to be worth pondering about here are there.  There are stress factors in and of itself.
  • HEALTH:  That is where I go from hero to zero.  Recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, I am not paying attention to my body or what track I’m on that will ensure a fruitfall 20 or more years.
  • RETIREMENT:  Count me among the thousands of 50+ who don’t think they have planned their retirement as well as they could have.  I can blame a divorce that divided up assets and job turnover.  As many have before me, I’ve used savings to offset unemployment to meet bills and avoid financial disaster.

I have written a lot about business, sales, leadership and social media in my “optioneerjm” blog that has had a chunk of viewers in the 130,000 page views over 5 years.  Nothing remarkable, yet steady.

I exude my creative side with “meanderingsabout”  a blog about beauty, fashion, movies, books, and world events that I want to talk about.




group-people-clip-art-1719138This blog is about so many of us out there.  We have an in between identity:  we are at the tail end of the baby boomers, often counted in and counted out.  Many of us are parents of Millennials, those born in the 1980s to early 2000s, or GenY.  Some consider us GenXers born in the early 1960s to the early 1980s.   Other times, we’re told that we are part of the Baby Boom generation.  Mostly, I’m talking about those of us who are born in between, 1960 to 1965 — the cusp of GenX (1965-1980) or the end of Baby Boomers.

  1. Baby boomers are people born during the demographic post–World War II baby boom approximately between the years 1946 and 1964, giving an age range between 50 and 69 as of 2015. (Source:  Wikipedia)
  2. Generation X, commonly abbreviated to Gen X, is the generation born after the Western Post–World War II baby boom. Demographers and commentators use birth dates ranging from the early 1960s to the early 1980s. (Source:  Wikipedia)
  3. Millennials (also known as the Millennial Generation[1] or Generation Y) are the demographic cohort following Generation X. There are no precise dates when thegeneration starts and ends; most researchers and commentators use birth years ranging from the early 1980s to the early 2000s. (Source: Wikipedia)



No wonder we have a group identity crisis.   You’d think we don’t belong anywhere.  Caught between the two largest population bubbles, yet we have a voice to be reckoned with.  We’re finished with having children, worried about what will be left for us at retirement, since we seem to be glossed over in so many instances, we have health uppermost on our minds.

After all, if we don’t take care of our health, we won’t have to worry about  the next phase in life: grandparenting, retirement.  That is about to change, if we want it to.  We can focus on our health, both mental and physical, to ensure that the next 20 or 30 years are full of life, living, loving and contributing guidance to our millennial children.

I start this journey privately, with a keyboard at my disposal.  To document, share, inspire, teach others to love ourselves first is to take care of our health and wellbeing most.




“The mere process of growing old together will make the slightest acquaintance seem a bosom friend.” Ed Koch

Thanks for joining me.  We will create a common voice for those born between 1960 and 1965.  We have unique concerns.  Perhaps not as pressing as Baby Boomers nor consumed by GenX.  We can help each other.  Your visits will inspire me to write more, your comments motivate others to pay attention.  We’re in this together.


The inbetweeners



“I’m not scared of growing old, I’m just scared of not achieving everything that I want to do.”  ~Melanie Laurent

I created a Word Press identity several years to allow me to read, follow or comment on other Word Press blogs.   At the time, I was considering who and where I would start to write my own blog.

I decided to throw all my cards in with Google’s Blogspot at the time because I was optimistic that Google’s power in and of itself would fuel it to land on others radars quicker than anywhere else.

Five years later, I won’t say I’m disappointed.  After all, it is what I write and who reads, follows, or comments is what determines a blogs success.  I’ve had loyal followers since the beginning, with very few spikes in attracting new followers.  It continues.

“To me, growing old is great.  It’s the very best thing, considering the alternative.” ~Michael Caine

Since I decided to start my third blog about health and wellness, I decided to try WordPress with more concentration to see how it fairs.  I recognize that some of my favorite blogs are written here, a great incentive to continue my learning journey while fueling my passion to write.

“No one longs to live more than someone growing old.” ~Sophocle

Eventually, I would like to create an e-zine.  Inviting writers of distinction or distinct interests.  I am targeting a small percentage of the general population that I’ll deem “The Inbetweeners”.  A term I’ve coined to describe many of us caught between the two large bubbles of Baby Boomers and Millennials.  I describe it in more detail on my ABOUT page.  Call it a mission statement: To help, inform others glide into their 50s while minimizing what concerns us:  health, wealth, retirement, guiding adult children: their education, their principles, their characters, their finances, their values, weddings, children … and everything in between.

“The mere process of growing old together will make the slightest acquaintance seem a bosom friend.” ~Ed Koch

If you somehow fell onto my page accidentally – HELLO!  If you took the time to read — WHY THANK YOU!  If you shared it — BLESS YOU! And, of course, if you subscribed to it — GRATITUDE!

We all start somewhere, somehow and this is it for me.  A journey about writing, learning and most importantly, sharing knowledge that I am discovering.  Together, with you.


“I am growing old, and my future, so to speak, is already behind me.” George Wald



Cindy Crawford is not yet 50, thus is not our target group.  She is 49 and will be 50 February 20.

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