Author Archives: Hillary

Conflicted Karaoke

It’s that time of year again. Time when Country Legends holds their annual Karaoke Contest. It’s held in various locations in the Matsu Valley for the final showdown at the Alaska State Fair. I am undecided if I should enter this year, due to my experience in two karaoke contests last year. I always loved […]

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A Senior Olympic Inspiration Despite the Truth of My Current Baby Boomer Athletic Status

I recently had the pleasure of meeting an amazing and inspirational woman, Jane Soeten, who is now 88, and an active participant in the Senior Games, also known as the Senior Olympics. Jane has even been featured on the Rosie O’Donnell Show, and is also a recipient of the Humana May 2015 Athlete of the […]

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The Daylight Savings Time of Aging – A sampling of “Boomer Haiku and More Random Silliness”

Aging. If we could only have Aging Savings Time. Oh – I forgot-it’s called Botox and plastic surgery. Nevertheless, it would be so nice if we could just keep the acquired wisdom of the advancing years and stop the physical clock. However, if that happened, then there wouldn’t be many aging jokes!   Single Boomer’s […]

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The Holiday Potluck

The Holiday Potluck It’s that time of year, folks. The season of Company Parties and The Holiday Potluck. Since I’m the daydreaming type, I imagined this conversation held by the water cooler by any number of organizations: Supervisor:  “Let’s discuss the theme for our holiday party.” Worker #1: “We could have a zombie apocalypse party […]

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The Horticulture Lottery

“I am going to make so much money since pot is now legal!” The customer said to her friend, as they stood in front of me in the line at the post office. They talked on, their conversation speckled with modern idioms that my generation usually does not use such as, “We will make bank!” […]

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Fish on!

I finally get it. The excitement. The comraderie. The addiction. Fishing! The day finally arrived. I was ready for the drive to the Deshka River with friends Nan and her husband Cam to meet Ben and Amber Allen at 5:00am. Ben and Amber are the proud owners of Millers Riverboat Service. We had been planning this excursion for quite some time. Eagerly anticipating […]

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Oh, Go Take a Hike! (I Actually Did!)

“Are you ready to go? I’m waiting for you at my house.” Nan waited patiently on the phone for my answer. “It’s raining. I don’t think we should hike today.” “Oh now, come on over. You’ll be fine. It’s not really raining here. We’re all waiting for you.” I knew that Nan would help me […]

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The Voice – A Tribute to Big Mitch

            “I’m going to do it, Carol! I’m going to audition for “The Voice!” The scream through the phone was exuberant, but deafening. I screamed back. Carol shouted loudly again. I laughed. She snorted. This was another typical phone call between Carol and me when I make a life decision that she agrees with – […]

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Weathering In Like a Lion, Out Like an Indecisive Lamb

Are you tiring of indecisive weather? I used to think that a breed of non-committal men were a challenge; now I believe that periods of fickle temperatures are just as exasperating. When I describe the seasons in Alaska to my friends in the lower 48, I tell them that they are “before Winter“, “Winter”, “break-up” […]

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The Lindsey Lohan Reality Show

Lindsey Lohan is planning a reality show. Really? Do I care? It seems that Oprah does, and perhaps some comedy writers as well. I believe that we are all stars of our own reality shows, though I’m sure that some are more exciting than others. As I look back on my life, I realize that […]

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