Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would be moving to a foreign country to live, let alone a country in the Middle East. Over the 2009 Christmas and New Year’s holidays, my husband Roger and I discussed what we wanted the next part of our life to be like. He thought that before retiring, he would like to do one more airport project but only if he could find something very interesting. I half-jokingly agreed that would be fine but could he try for an exotic location? As usual, Roger came through and soon we were headed to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. This blog is a recap of our "leap-of- faith" wanderings around the Middle East and beyond. We joyfully share these expat experiences.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The August Blogging Boomers Carnival

      This edition of the Blogging Boomers Carnival touches on a variety of 
subjects from the gustatory to the spiritual, from the world of business 
to the world of good works. So page down and take a look. 

     Laura Lee opens by saying that 
summertime is novel reading time for 
the Midlife Crisis Queen, who's an
 ex-librarian. Here's a review of her 
favorite read this summer.

     In honor of what would have been 
Julia Child’s 100th birthday, 
the Accidental Locavore turns her literary attention to the how-to shelf. 
She decided she was going to make a French-inspired dinner. But 
instead, she may have discovered the one  ingredient that the French 
rarely use. What do you think it was?

     On The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide, Rita R. Robison, 
consumer journalist, wrote about trends in aging that could affect 
baby boomers. Among them are more women working, and 
increasing housing costs and rates of diabetes.

     Eliza at her blog, Silver and Grace, teases out one aspect of those 
trends, claiming that the beauty industry makes a lot of money by 
creating a fear of aging. Case in point are promoters of hair dye, 
who make sweeping statements like, "The truth is, natural gray hair 
makes people look older. " But is that really true? Find out at:
Will gray hair make you look older?

     Meanwhile, the Vaboomer has 
a few answers if you're wondering, 
What Businesses Thrive in a 
Recession? If you think it's businesses 
that are lean and mean, you're on the 
right track, but you'll have to check out 
her post to see how they fit in with . . . 

     Waxing more philosophical, So Baby Boomer believes that our lives 
are shaped by something, and that each boomer has the ability to 
discover the something that will give meaning to their lives. As an 
outgrowth, your life experiences have taught you valuable skills that 
you may now be ready to apply in your encore career.

     Finally, our Arabian baby boomer reports
in from Dubai. She believes that even one
 person can make a difference in the world, 
and then asks you to contemplate what 
happens when no less than 11,000 
volunteers show up. On her blog, 
Arabian Tales, Katie Foster relates
her experience with the  overwhelming 
generosity of the Emiratis and expats who call Dubai home. 
And her post Adopt a Camp Ramadan Care Package Project 
demonstrates the enormous power of a generous idea.

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