You may have noticed that renewal notices for magazines you subscribe to and organizations you belong to arrive in your mailbox months (sometimes years) before the actual renewal is due to occur. Recently, GrandBoomers decided to test some of these renewal offers to see if the deal was sweetened as the actual renewal date drew closer. It worked. Just about everyone from major magazines to AARP offered a discount off the original cost...if only we would renew.
So, here's a way you…Continue
Added by Marc Jasmin on January 2, 2015 at 4:21pm — No Comments
GrandBoomers are close to or already retired by now...how quickly time passes. For many, it will mean a greater opportunity to travel. It may be a vacation, a visit to relatives, to attend an event. However, if you've been to an airport recently, you realize that the security lines can change your mood from excitement to dispair rather quickly. Fortunately the TSA now offers Pre Check. You can fill out an application online and also find a location near you for the final processing. The…Continue
Added by Marc Jasmin on June 17, 2014 at 11:26am — No Comments
It was with great happiness GrandBoomers traveled to Washington DC earlier this month for the Georgetown University graduation ceremony for one of our granddaughters. Last year we wrote about her undergraduate graduation from the University of Colorado and how impressed we were with the potential of the student body.
This year, the situation was very similar with one additional, very obvious, addition. As the names were called, it became increasingly clear that the graduates had…Continue
Added by Marc Jasmin on May 29, 2014 at 3:22pm — No Comments
GrandBoomers are now reaching retirement age. If you are planning on retiring soon, you're probably reviewing your financial situation to see how far your savings will carry you. Hopefully, your assets will take you well past any reasonable life expectancy. Most of us carry life insurance. It's probably been in place since the children were small. For others, policies were taken later in life to protect a spouse who might be left alone.
Retirement plans should also include a…Continue
Added by Marc Jasmin on March 17, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments
Recently an article by Tara Bahrampour, published in The Washington Post, was brought to my attention. It notes that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show a "dramatic spike in suicides among middle-aged people, with the highest increases among men in their 50s, whose rate went up by nearly 50 percent to 30 per 100,000; and women in their early 60s, whose rate rose by nearly 60 percent (though this is still relatively low compared with men, at 7 in…Continue
Added by Marc Jasmin on September 17, 2013 at 10:23am — No Comments
Just a quick reminder that Grandparents' Day is September 8. This day pales in comparison to Mothers' Day and Fathers' Day, but it is nice to have it on the calendar.
Added by Marc Jasmin on August 15, 2013 at 3:18pm — No Comments
There's a lot going on in the world right now that gives us GrandBoomers plenty of grey hair. But, for some of us, the grandchildren are grown up and in college. This past weekend, our granddaughter, Robin, graduated from Colorado University in Boulder. The ceremony took place in the University's Stadium. There were 6,000 in the graduating class and as the grads to be entered, their beaming faces were projected on the Stadium JumboTron for all to enjoy.
For the moment, all the…Continue
Added by Marc Jasmin on May 15, 2013 at 4:07pm — No Comments
It was with great sadness early today that we found out that Rex Trailer has passed away in Florida. He was renowned throughout New England for his love for children and the special place in his heart he had for children with disabilities. In the 1950s and 1960s there was no larger television star in New England than Rex Trailer. His weekend show Boomtown was must family viewing. For those of you unfamiliar with his name, his bio on Wikipedia will give you a glimpse of his…Continue
Added by Marc Jasmin on January 10, 2013 at 4:52pm — No Comments
I couldn't believe the news flashes that came across my computer homepage. I know Sandy Hook well. I have family there and was there for a visit recently. It's a bucolic community in the true New England tradition of farmlands and forests surrounding homes with well-manicured lawns and gardens.
All that was shattered in a burst of gunfire. Twenty-six people, 20 of them children, were gunned down. Horrific. Tragic. How can this happen in Sandy Hook? How can this happen…Continue
Added by Marc Jasmin on December 18, 2012 at 8:31pm — No Comments
GrandBoomers can enter and win this book:
Win a Pipper's Secret Ingredient book!
Enter Snoutz in the Kitchen Photo Contest today.…
Added by Marc Jasmin on October 3, 2012 at 9:12am — No Comments
Quite frequently, family histories are lost or destroyed over time. Now you have an opportunity to research your family history thanks to the US Government. The 1940 census records were released by the US National Archives April 2, 2012, and brought online through a partnership with Archives.com. This website allows you full access to the 1940 census images, in addition to 1940 census maps and descriptions.
These records were hand…Continue
Added by Marc Jasmin on July 23, 2012 at 11:05am — No Comments
Florists lover Mothers' Day. Sporting goods stores love Fathers' Day. The communications industry is probably the largest beneficiary of Grandparents' Day. While we love to hear from our grandchildren on this day, we certainly don't expect gifts from them...we are more the givers than the getters at this stage of our lives. For more information on the event, please go back through the archives of featured articles from past years.
Added by Marc Jasmin on July 23, 2012 at 10:57am — No Comments
In this age of emails, texts and other electronic communication, hard-copy mail has diminished considerably. As a consequence, revenue to the US Postal Service has flagged, while cost of providing mail service has increased with inflation. The result is the announcement of the closing of distribution centers and local post offices across the nation. This will only make matters worse. Slower transit of mail and making…Continue
Added by Marc Jasmin on May 29, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments
With peak summer travel months just ahead, GrandBoomers and the parents of their small grandchildren may be concerned about how the child will react to airport security. We’ve all read about and seen the stories of meltdowns and confrontations among parents, grandparents and TSA staff at security checkpoints.
GrandBoomers recommends you prepare the child for the airport at home...maybe even rehearsing daily for a week or two before you get to the airport. As you…Continue
Added by Marc Jasmin on May 3, 2012 at 10:01pm — No Comments
Let's face it. Americans need jobs. Americans are willing to work; to re-program themselves to qualify for jobs in new areas. The current crop of presidential candidates all provide lip service that jobs is their first priority. The administration has said the same. But none of these people has come up with a sure fire way to increase employment. Enter Diane Sawyer. Sawyer and her staff did the research and found out that many items made in America were the same price or only slightly…Continue
Added by Marc Jasmin on February 9, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments
We're coming up on school vacation week and there's something very important that I forgot to mention in the earlier blog about libraries. No, I'm not suggesting that you pack up the grandchildren and haul them off to a day at the library. While a quick visit to acquaint them with what the library has to offer is OK, you should also look to the library as a resource for discount and free admission passes to area museums and other attractions. Last week, we visited a local art museum and…Continue
Added by Marc Jasmin on February 8, 2012 at 1:53pm — No Comments
With all the electronic media and games available these days, you might have forgotten about one of the best resources in your community...the public library. In fact, when was the last time you visited your local library? Once row upon row of books in racks, surrounded by deafening silence, today's library has morfed into a vital link between GrandBoomers and their grandchildren. Books are still a mainstay, but now you'll find large areas dedicated to music CDs, videos for everything…Continue
Added by Marc Jasmin on January 25, 2012 at 12:01pm — No Comments
From time to time, GrandBoomers will make editorial comments on major concerns affecting GrandBoomer life. The availability of Social Security in the future is one of these items. Here, we feel, is a solution. Your feedback is welcome.
Social Security (FICA) has now moved to the forefront of things GrandBoomers have to think about. Some in Washington want to cut benefits. Others claim the system will be bankrupt not too far down the road. No one seems to want to address the obvious…Continue
Added by Marc Jasmin on January 18, 2012 at 10:37pm — No Comments
Yes, even Grandparent GrandBoomers have iPads. There's a wealth of information out there and one of the easiest ways for GrandBoomers to have it all at their fingertips is to invest in an iPad or iPhone. Part of the fun is going through the app store and searching for apps that interest you. Many are free and those that cost are usually only a dollar or two. You might want to research iPad/iPhone games your grandchildren might like...or check out the ones they've already downloaded. There…Continue
Added by Marc Jasmin on January 17, 2012 at 2:34pm — No Comments
According to a recent study, the use of social networking by Baby Boomers has nearly doubled—from 22% to 42% over the past year. More baby boomers have a computer at home with internet access and they use technology to remain connected with their children and grand children. Do you have a grandboomer friend that still does not own a computer?
Added by Myles Bristowe on December 23, 2011 at 12:48pm — No Comments