Baby Boomers – A Look Back

I’m considered a Baby Boomer – supposedly the largest generation born in the USA post WWII between  1946 and 1964. According to some demographic experts, Millennials (ages 18-34) will surpass the number of Boomers in the U.S. in the near term, followed by the Gen X’ers (ages 35-50) in 2028.


Boomers - A Look Back
Boomers – A Look Back


Although generations are considered “analytical constructs,” groupings of births in a specific country during a specific era for the purposes of study by social scientists, we often overlook the fact that the labels we use to create generation members, disguise the fact that they are composed of living, breathing human beings.


For Boomers, more has been written about my oftentimes maligned cohort than any other generation. I won’t recount that here. However, recently I have been pondering the privilege of being a Boomer – of having lived during this particular epoch in human civilization. Here’s some things that have come to mind that only Boomers can truly appreciate – as we have lived it – together:


Boomers - A Look Back
Boomers – A Look Back


  1. Remember the “party line” on your parents’ home telephone service?
  2. C:/
  3. Black and white television – with three channels and  tin foil wrapped “rabbit ears”  or a rooftop antenna.
  4. VHS v. Beta
  5. Smoking was allowed on airline flights.
  6. Practicing “atomic bomb/civil defense drills” as a student in school – covering your head beneath your desk with your teacher and fellow students.
  7. Gasoline was 23 cents a gallon.
  8. A movie was 30 cents.
  9. A lift ticket at a ski resort was three bucks.
  10. The milkman
  11. There was no such thing as a microwave oven or a remote control.
  12. Carbon paper.
  13. The day your rotary dial phone was replaced with a push button phone.
  14. A carton of milk at school was two cents.
  15. Vinyl 45 RPM records with the big hole in the middle.
  16. Drive-in movies.
  17. The term “communist” was heard frequently.
  18. Automobiles had no seat belts.
  19. Garbage trucks had nothing to lift the garbage cans with – except garbage men.
  20. A dishwasher was a human – not a machine.
  21. The mailman walked to every home to deliver the mail.
  22. The term “software” referred to pajamas, sweat pants and sweatshirts.
  23. Police cars had red flashing lights.
  24. Nurses wore white outfits with white caps.
  25. An eye pad was something one wore over an injured eye.
  26. There were only about a dozen different kinds of beer.
  27. Hubcaps were standard on all automobiles.
  28. Tattoos were  seen only on men – typically those who had served in the U.S. Navy.
  29. Portable music was solely available on a transistor radio.
  30. Amazon was a rain forest in a far away place.


Be kind to Boomers. Perhaps you might use this article as a tool to stimulate interesting dialog with the Boomer’s in your life.




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2015 Social Media Meaning Manufacturer of The Year Award

It’s time for my annual award for the 2015 Social Media Meaning Manufacturer of the Year. It’s simply a way for me to recognize someone whose social media presence and posts consistently challenge me throughout the year – and make a positive deposit in my life. This particular 2015 Award Winner’s  posts grow me as a person. The web and it innumerable platforms can numb the mind of the billions that regularly consume its fare each and every day. Perhaps, you might friend the person I have selected for my 2015 award on Facebook and begin to digest his posts on a daily basis for your 2016. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.


Ron Cole 2012
Ron Cole of Victoria, British Columbia Canada is my 2015 Award Winner. Ron is retired, dad, husband, writer, thinker, activist, Questian, musician, blogger and passionate poster on Facebook whose content can be characterized as:
Motivates &
The subject matter of Ron’s posts include global issues, the human spirit, multi-faith religious issues, the environment, food, struggle, politics, social justice, activism, and the universe in which we live. Several years ago, Ron coined the term “the redemptive imagination” – a core concept that inhabits his life and the refreshing variety represented in his posts – sharing poetry, music, quotes, images, original writings, links and video clips. 
Question Everything
Question Everything – Image From Cole’s Blog
Ron observes things many overlook, from his perch on an island in northwestern Canada. He is one of the few “magnates of the mystery” that inhabit the world wide web. He is genetically curious and distinctly appreciates the questions versus the certainties in life. He is a consistent, persuasive advocate for “the least of these.” Ron works at his Facebook posts – he shares what is meaningful to him in hopes that you will be similarly impacted.
You can find Ron on Facebook here: –
You can email Ron at
As part of your start to 2016, send Ron a friend request on Facebook and begin to follow him. Enjoy the journey in 2016 with Ron Cole…trust me – you will be glad you did. Expect to be inspired, to grow, learn, be challenged, become perplexed, awed, entertained and begin a journey with a man who will lead you into an understanding of what living life with a redemptive imagination really means.
Ron Cole 12-2015
May 2016 bring change to the habits you may have unwittingly developed in 2015…Make following Ron Cole on Facebook a new habit in 2016. You’ll be glad you did. To journey with Ron is to “move beyond” the mind numbing, routine content most folks become seduced into consuming – primarily on Facebook. Change that…change…change for the better in 2016 with Ron Cole.


Thank you Mr. Cole. Congratulations from ALL of us!
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Wintering Deer

The wildlife of central Oregon persevere in winter to eat and survive.


I caught these images yesterday of a herd in the Lone Pine, Oregon area.

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Winter Scenes

A snow before Thanksgiving 2015 allowed Reggie and I to spend the day AFTER the dump capturing some wonderful winter scenes.

These images are LARGE – VERY HIGH QUALITY  ( I shoot with Canon Professional Gear and shoot in RAW vs. jpeg) and are NOT intended to be viewed on a mobile phone.

PLEASE view on a high resolution PC, Mac, HDTV, iPad, SurfacePro 3 or Tablet to enjoy these images.

A Winter Wonderland

You can view the entire photo album by copying this link into you browser or clicking on it


1. Go to the Link Above. Click on it.

2. Click on the 1st photo you come to in the album or click the SLIDESHOW button in the upper right hand corner of the screen.

3. CLICK the arrow on the right side of each image to move to the next image….or click slideshow… Heck, if we met you on the road or in Dubois – invite some friends and neighbors over and enjoy these images together – sit back and soak up the beauty…that’s what my photography is for…to pause and ponder the wonders of the outdoor world that inhabits our lives…(most HDTV’s can access FLICKR and you can roll these images across your big screen in your living room).

These images are ALL copyrighted – ALL Rights Reserved.  They are the Rights Managed intellectual property of Bill Dahl. Feel free to share the link to this page with others.



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