I'm the host for this week's Best of Boomer Blogs #452.
As I’m writing articles for the Memorial Day holiday, I’m thinking about my uncle, Frank Gilliam, who died in World War II. I’m also remembering my mom, Ruth Slingsby, who died in 2005, and my dad, Minor Slingsby, who died in 1990.
Meanwhile, our baby boomer bloggers are writing about ways they’re improving their lives and suggestions for the rest of us.
Meryl Baer of Six Decades and Counting noted an anniversary of sorts this past week. On May 26, 120 years ago – in 1896 – the Dow Jones Industrial Average made its appearance. Over the past century and a quarter, many Americans invested in the stock market and in their future. Baer recounts the story one 20th century investor, a modest success story, in her post “To Market, the Stock Market, to Grow a Nest Egg.”
Everyone knows there's an app for weather and GPS, an app for podcasts and Uber, for calendar and contacts, and one for a flashlight. But, when Tom Sightings’ partner, B. the Librarian, rousts Sightings out of his easy chair to get him to do his evening chores, he asks a simple question: “Is There an App for That?”
More than 38 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend. It’s the second-highest Memorial Day travel volume on record and the most since 2005, according to AAA.
With the lowest gas prices in more than a decade, about 700,000 more people will travel compared to last year.
Nearly 34 million, 89 percent, of holiday travelers will drive to their Memorial Day destinations, an increase of 2.1 percent over last year. Air travel is expected to increase 1.6 percent over last year, with 2.6 million Americans flying this Memorial Day. Travel by other modes of transportation, including cruises, trains and buses, will fall 2.3 percent, to 1.6 million travelers.
Spring is slow to come to the Jersey shore, Baer reports. However, the sun did peek through the clouds on Mother’s Day, and it didn’t rain. She offers an article the history of Mother’s Day. Another blogger, who’s been experiencing snow in Southern Colorado, headed to Arizona and New Mexico looking for sunshine.
Meanwhile, other boomer bloggers are writing on healthy snacks to get in shape for summer clothes, unusual food, a famous mystery man of the 1970s, the announcement of new government regulations on e-cigarettes, and a proposed rule to get rid of the ban on class action lawsuits found routinely in many financial contracts consumers sign.
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Copyright 2016, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist
On Equal Pay Day, President Barack Obama designated the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, a site that has been central to the fight for women's equality for over a century, as America's newest national monument.
In a proclamation, Obama describes the history of the house:
The house, located at 144 Constitution Ave. N.E., in Washington, D.C., has been home to the National Woman's Party since 1929. From this House, the NWP's founder Alice Paul wrote new language in 1943 for the Equal Rights Amendment, which became known as the "Alice Paul Amendment," and led the fight for its passage in the Congress.
From here, throughout the 20th century, Paul and the NWP drafted more than 600 pieces of legislation in support of equal rights and advocated for women's political, social, and economic equality not just in the United States but also internationally.
I’m having a good time today remembering the trip my daughter and I took to Ireland last year in March.
Ireland is such a fantastic place. Dublin is doing a good job preserving its historic buildings. Ireland’s countryside is phenomenal. Small, picturesque farms dot the landscape. We enjoyed visiting historic small towns and cities that offer many tourist activities with castles, cathedrals, and good food.
We learned so much on our trip about Irish history. The Irish War of Independence in 1922. The Irish Civil War that followed because some people didn’t like the partitioning of Ireland that resulted in Northern Ireland remaining within the United Kingdom. Visiting the Kilmainham Gaol where leaders of the Easter Rising in 1916 were executed.
Last year, my daughter and I had the opportunity to visit Ireland.
We heard from a woman who shares the same Irish ancestors about research she’d done. She told us our ancestor, Henry Baylee, had lived in Kilkishen, County Clare.
Lisa and I decided to go visit.
Ireland is beautiful. When we flew into Dublin, it felt like I was coming home. It’s very green, just like the Seattle area where I live. The weather is similar – lots of rain.
We liked Dublin. It’s doing a good job preserving its historic buildings. We loved the art museums and learning about Irish history in some of the museums. I’m allergic to beer, but Lisa enjoys drinking Guinness in the pubs. We both have fun going on a tour of the Guinness Store House in Dublin.
County Clare is phenomenal. Picturesque small farms line the countryside. We enjoyed visiting historic towns and cities with castles, cathedrals, and good food.
Saint Patrick’s Day is Thursday. I’m looking forward to celebrating. How about you?
How America celebrates
More than 125 million Americans plan to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day this year and are expected to spend an average of $35.37 per person, down slightly from last year’s $36.52.
Total spending for the March 17 holiday is expected to reach $4.4 billion based on the U.S. population 18 and older, according to National Retail Federation’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Spending Survey.
People plan to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in many different ways. According to the survey, 82.1 percent will wear green, 31.3 percent plan to make a special dinner, 28.7 percent will head to a party at a bar or restaurant, and 21.1 percent will attend a private party. In addition, 22.8 percent plan to decorate their homes or offices in an Irish theme.