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.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Best of Boomer Blogs #293

As Baby Boomers we believe we can do anything and be anyone we want. And we aren't afraid to, in fact sometimes relish, working hard to get the job done.

But now, as more and more of us are looking at retiring – at a rate of 10,000 per day – we are wondering how we are going to manage this next part of our life. We embrace this new path understanding that we may be aging but we will not get “old.” Because we are time rich, we are looking for adventure, change, possibly romance and will do everything we can to prevent our health from deteriorating.

This week The Best of the Boomer Blogs tackles some interesting subjects on how to better handle our new path.

SoBabyBoomer says that studies of 1,500 men and women by the Chicago-based Rush University Medical Center's Alzheimer's Disease Center show that having a purpose in life can help stave off cognitive decline and promote a broadly healthier, longer life.

Laura Lee over at the Midlife Crisis Queen was surprised this week to find out exactly how much of a taboo topic suicide is in the mainstream media. Here are her thoughts on why that isn't such a good idea, and what we can do to change it.

Sara Rowbotham Cornell, editor of Blue Blinds and Life After Married, two individual blogs that explore the spaces between wanting, getting, having and needing spins a light hearted story about entertaining "The Night Demon"

On The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide, Rita R. Robison, consumer journalist, writes about positive items for boomer consumers that President Obama included in his inaugural address. Among them are support for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid as well as the need for action on climate change and rules for consumer protection.

Tom Sightings of Sightings Over Sixty has joined the annual exodus of snowbirds from the North journeying to warmer climes in the South. Along the way, he's offered us a few Notes from the Road ...  before his mind gets fried from lying in the sun. 

With the intensity of a Top Chef competition, ArabianTales Katie and husband Roger are among the lucky guests frantically learning to cook Thai.  This is “Thai Hands On” Dubai style, a gathering of expat friends who appreciate culinary adventures.  


  1. Nice job on the boomer blog roundup.


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  5. And somehow I found your blog while looking for info on how to make a consumer proposal in Edmonton. What do you think of that? Dubai sounds amazing, though. Must experience it for myself some day.

    1. Dubai and the entire UAE is amazing . . . put it on your list and visit. We were pleasantly surprised by how friendly the people are and how many opportunities there are for new experiences. I NEVER thought about riding a camel!