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Wendy Green

 
Reflecting on Caregiving: Lessons Learned
February 22nd, 2024

Wendy – Hey, Boomer I had the opportunity and good fortune to be able to listen to the podcast of Dr. Terri Pease last week re: her journey of moving from being a care partner with her husband suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, to the roll of caregiver.  This particular subject caught my attention as soon as I saw the title as I had walked the same road over the last few years, though my wife, now deceased, suffered from a different disease. Dr. Pease gives so much great advice about the stages and steps you can take but none more important than to sit down and talk with each other about... Continue Reading

February 22nd, 2024
The Reluctant Caregiver
February 20th, 2024

Wendy – Hey, Boomer This is the first in a series of guest blogs, written by caregivers with different perspectives and different experiences. I am thankful to all who chose to submit a story and to all who have lived these experiences. I didn’t want to be a caregiver – and I still don’t.  I also never expected to be a caregiver, not in this way, not at this point in my life.  But for the last four years, I’ve been filling that role for my aunt, whose health deteriorated rapidly just at the start of the pandemic.  Because she never married or had children, the responsibility... Continue Reading

February 20th, 2024
Finding Joy Amongst Life’s Challenges
January 25th, 2024

Wendy – Hey, Boomer In this blog post, I delve into the sincere question: How do we find joy amongst life’s challenges? Life is undoubtedly a journey filled with ups and downs, joys and sorrows. Father Richard Rohr’s powerful words resonate deeply: “Life will be tough; the only question is whether we will become tougher, wiser, and more resilient.” In the face of life’s challenges, we are invited to reframe our narratives, embracing both mourning and celebration, and laboring for the birth of a better future. A Tapestry of Opposites The Hey, Boomer! podcast has delved into the profound... Continue Reading

January 25th, 2024
Be Impeccable with your Word: Embracing the First Agreement
January 18th, 2024

Wendy – Hey, Boomer In a recent Boomer Banter, community members engaged in a thought-provoking discussion on the First Agreement put forth by Don Miguel Ruiz in “The Four Agreements“: “Be impeccable with your word.” This profound notion inspired a lively conversation about the power of self-talk and the influence of words on our self-perception and relationships. I am inspired by this group and wanted to share their insights around the First Agreement with you. The Impact of Language: The participants shared personal anecdotes and revelations regarding the impact of language on their... Continue Reading

January 18th, 2024
Healing Estrangement: Families Matter
January 11th, 2024

Wendy – Hey, Boomer Healing Estrangement is the focus of Hey, Boomer podcasts for January 2024. Kimberly Best is a conflict mediator and a previous guest on Hey, Boomer. IF you missed her episode you can find it here. Kimberly is the author of this blog post. The holidays have come to a close, and for many the joy of celebration was offset with the sadness of loss.   Broken family relationships, especially during the holidays, leaves us with feelings of sadness, grief, anger, loss, and regret.  This is the time of year when a lot of people reach out for help, trying to find a way to re-establish... Continue Reading

January 11th, 2024
What is Your Word for 2024?
January 2nd, 2024

Wendy – Hey, Boomer I have been selecting A WORD for my year for many years. I used to set New Year’s resolutions. I suspect, like you, many of the resolutions we set were soon abandoned once we failed to meet our expectations of what it took to keep that resolution. Gym memberships – started strong… Lose weight – until that first craving for chocolate or ice cream Get organized/declutter – just can’t get started. Then you feel badly about yourself and engage in negative self-talk. “I am no good at keeping resolutions.” “I will never lose weight, get smarter, get more fit.” “I... Continue Reading

January 2nd, 2024
Who are your Aging Role Models?
December 7th, 2023

Wendy – Hey, Boomer Who are your Aging Role Models? When I think about my grandparents, they always seemed old to me. They were certainly not “cool.” They dressed modestly, which is a nice way of saying, they dressed old. They were kind to me. We did spend quite a bit of time with my paternal grandparents. My mother’s parents were not close by and my maternal grandmother died before I got to know her. When I think about aging, I do not think that I want to be like my grandparents. My parents were positive role models for aging, which is probably where I get a lot of my perspective from. My... Continue Reading

December 7th, 2023
Pepper’s Pops of Wisdom
November 16th, 2023

Wendy – Hey, Boomer Life Lessons from Pepper, my rescue cat How is it possible for a creature to embody both dependency and independence, love and distance, all within a single day? Meet Pepper, my rescue cat, resembling a petite Maine Coon with her brown and black fur and a delightful fluffy, orangey tummy. Every night, Pepper follows a familiar routine. As I settle down with a book, she stares up at me from the floor. Soon enough, she is up on the bed, and she positions herself between my eyes and the book, ensuring her presence isn’t overlooked. After a few turns, she snugly settles... Continue Reading

November 16th, 2023
Life is a Journey
November 9th, 2023

Wendy – Hey, Boomer Back in March of this year, I wrote a blog and did a show about Taking a Pause. I was rereading that article and I thought it was pretty good. I also thought that there were parts of it where I wanted to go deeper. Steven Tyler from Aerosmith sings Amazing, which contains the phrase “Life is a Journey, not a Destination.” This song is about hitting bottom, feeling the pain of wrong choices and bad decisions. And how, amazingly, we get past them. I am sure we have all been there at times in our lives. The chorus of the song says: “It’s amazingWith the blink of... Continue Reading

November 9th, 2023
Natural Rhythm of Life: Staying Active, Engaged, and Vibrant
October 18th, 2023

Wendy – Hey, Boomer There is a natural rhythm of life. That is not a profound statement. We all know the rhythm. We are born, we grow, if we are lucky, we have a long healthy life and eventually it ends. There’s a narrative we’re changing here at Hey Boomer: retirement age should not represent the closing but rather the opening of a new, exciting chapter. Living meaningful and vibrant yet peaceful lives where the rhythm of life becomes a harmonious balance of exploration, self-expression, and fulfilment. Embracing Transitions and Reinvention Change is a fact of life. This sentiment is... Continue Reading

October 18th, 2023