As the deadline to submit this month's Boomer Talk column approached, I found myself stymied. What might I write that was new or interesting, inspiring, educational, motivating, and/or uplifting, all the qualities I hope for in producing this once a month, ten year column for the readers of the Newburyport Daily News? I started and stopped my writing assignment over and over again. But nothing of value came forth. Had I said everything I wanted to say before in past essays, and all that was left was just a repeat…same old, same old?
I knew what i did not want to talk about…the dismal economy, the upcoming, contentious elections, police reform and injustice, the Sahara dust cloud, the threat of rising waters, hurricane season coming at us, the daily pandemic numbers, our choices in facial masks. All that has been covered by me and everyone else and the topics of our daily conversations do not vary very much.