September 2011 Archives

Catching Up With..

Catching Up With...Teri Gault

By Bob on September 30, 2011 2:59 AM | Read More

Teri Gault is the one person you want pushing your grocery cart on your next trip to Target. She's a coupon Goddess, grocery Guru, lifestyle expert and genius at helping people learn how to save money shopping. She's constantly on the run, but we caught her just as she was heading to lunch and she filled us in between bites...

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The Entitled

By Bob on September 29, 2011 5:59 AM | Read More

Ray Liotta and Kevin Zegers make The Entitled an unexpected surprise of a film. It's a terrific whodunit with more twists and turns than the road to Hana, Maui and some great supporting help from veteran character actors Victor Garber and Stephen McHattie.

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Don't Try This At Home

Gates Opens Up

By Bob on September 28, 2011 10:22 AM | Read More

Charlotte and I saw former Defense Secretary Dr. Robert Gates last night in Dallas at SMU's Tate Lecture Series. CNN's David Gergen interviewed the man who's spent the last five decades of his life in public service - from the CIA, to the Pentagon with a lot of stops in between.


Secretary Gates is a living legend (he's one of only a handful of living recipients of this country's highest honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom) and he's served five presidents going all the way back to Carter. His resume is solid gold and when he speaks world leaders listen.


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Of course, having the most powerful military in the world at your disposal is a great way to get global attention. But, Gates comes across as more of a walk-softly-and-carry-a-big-stick kind of guy. He fielded Gergen's questions - and those from an almost capacity crowd at SMU's McFarlin Auditorium - with the same ease as Josh Hamilton taking batting practice.


He knocked every answer out of the park with a measured cadence that was one part experienced diplomat, one part pragmatist and one part Aggie (No mean comments please - I mean that in a GOOD way).


If you think the only threats to our national security are a zombie apocalypse and Iranian nuclear weapons, you're only half-right. Dr. Gates pulled back the curtain on his top picks for terror and he never mentioned zombies. Not. Even. Once.


Here are the four things that keep Dr. Gates up at night.


1. Iran
Iranian President Mahmoud Amadinejad's desire to go make his country a nuclear power has been a problem for a long time - for the U.S., Israel and the entire region. Gates' view is that the country is dangerously unstable and its possible nuclear armament will likely be one of the first problems to hit the desk of whoever occupies the oval office in 2012.

Watch for: "If they (the Iranians) throw out the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) watch out. It's a sure sign they are weaponizing nuclear material."



It's looking like Vladimir Putin is angling to become Russia's version of Texas governor-for-life, Rick Perry.


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Guest Room

Six Secrets to Stress-Free Packing

By Charlotte on September 28, 2011 6:34 AM | Read More

Bob and I have been housebound most of this year. After months of moving and making over our attic, we're ready to hit the road. We're planning treks to Napa Valley, New York City (to visit our one-and-only-son Cole!) and Gulf Shores, AL soon.

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Daily Distraction

We Can't Take Him Anywhere.

By Bob on September 27, 2011 6:28 AM | Read More

This was the day Ruffles decided he wasn't going to take crap from anyone...

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Dust Jacket

Thrilling Territory

By Charlotte on September 22, 2011 6:17 AM | Read More

Whether you're soaking up some warmth at the beach, by the fire or in the tub, you'll find a great escape in these four lively whodunits perfect for fall:

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Home Runs

ThermaCELL Mosquito Repellent

By Bob on September 21, 2011 5:56 AM | Read More

Anyone who lives in the south will tell you there are two things you can count on: 1) the summer's can be brutally hot and, 2) mosquitoes. Now that the temperature has finally dipped into fall-like temperatures (it was in the mid-90's all last week...brrrrr!) we're finally sitting outside again. The only trouble is that we're sitting outside with - you guessed it - mosquitoes.

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Daily Distraction

I Don't Use Plastic Bags.

By Bob on September 20, 2011 5:57 AM | Read More

I'm thinking she should run for Congress.

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Out of the Closet

Fun-size Wallets

By Charlotte on September 19, 2011 8:20 AM | Read More

Normally, I'm all about a BIG, roomy handbag. I need space for my keys, cell phone and wallet. Then there's that tape measure, the ever-essential lip gloss (or five) and all those coupons. Somebody's always having a sale!

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Don't Try This At Home

HGTV Goes Colleywood

By Bob on September 19, 2011 4:58 AM | Read More

We're remodeling Blogger HQ to take in some attic space and create a new home office. We've hired our favorite contractors Doug and Christine to tackle this job and basically turn our lives upside down for the next two months. Join us as we find out if remodelers and home owners can peacefully coexist and/or discover if it's OK to hide a body in a construction dumpster. 


Remodel Diary

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The last time we talked about our remodeling project we'd just been picked as a "B" story for the HGTV reality series Donna Decorates Dallas. Those of you who know Charlotte please feel free to go EEEEKKK! right now. Trust me, she still is.


So we got THE CALL. No, not the call to move to the desert and start a cult - THE CALL telling us HGTV was coming over to film the first part of our episode. Yeah, I know we're just a "B" story, but hey, it's a "B" story that takes not one, but two filming sessions. How 'bout that!


We got the full Colleywood treatment. Makeup...tiny microphones stuffed down our clothes...and plenty of filming and more filming and still more filming. Seriously y'all, this is the real deal.


Charlotte didn't need it, but makeup artist Chelsea Lee made her "camera ready"...

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The woman's a freakin' Rembrandt with a makeup brush. Here's what I looked like when I got out of Chelsea's chair...


Bob after HGTV makeup - 500.jpgSo, what are they doing to the remodeled room? Will there be special effects? Rainbows? Unicorns dispensing Skittles? Do you wanna know what Donna Decorates Dallas is going to do to our Colleywood home....huh, do ya?


Can't tell you...yet.


See, there's this bunch of home & garden lawyers that have sworn us to secrecy and promised to take out their pruning shears if we talk. And if I DID tell you, I'd have to kill you. That would mean I'd probably mess up my hair and makeup on that late-night drive out to Aledo or Garland to dump your body. Now that Chelsea has me camera-ready, it's just not worth the effort.


I promise to give you all the back story with pictures of everything and probably a video. Until then, here's a little behind-the-scenes peak at what our first HGTV filming day was like.



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Catching Up With..

Catching Up With...Betsy Robinson

By Bob on September 16, 2011 6:57 AM | Read More

Betsy Robinson is an accomplished author and former actress happily living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. This New York City boomer loves her dog, reading and writing to her dead mother. Maybe I should let her explain that one...

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Meet Monica Velour

By Bob on September 15, 2011 3:30 AM | Read More

Meet Monica Velour, is a coming of age movie with a twist. Nerdy teenager living with his grandfather takes a road trip to meet his crush: a washed-up 80's porn star. If you're thinking "this is Napoleon Dynamite meets Linda Lovelace." we're pretty much on the same page.

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Don't Try This At Home

3 Reasons Why Rick Perry Is Our Next President

By Bob on September 14, 2011 10:51 AM | Read More

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Guest Room

Boomers, Sex...and Mom?

By Bob on September 14, 2011 5:07 AM | Read More

A few years ago Charlotte and I became empty nesters. Since Cole's an only child, we were among the first in our group to get the house back to ourselves. It seemed that everyone wanted to know what it was like to finally be the master of our domain after 18+ years.

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Daily Distraction

Members Only?

By Bob on September 13, 2011 5:49 AM | Read More

Stay with me, it looks like we're going in.

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A Time To Kill

By Charlotte on September 9, 2011 6:34 AM | Read More

Imagine if your neighbor, your co-worker or the clerk behind the counter at your local Starbucks was sent to kill you, but you had no way of knowing. This is the landscape debut author Trevor Shane has created in his breakout novel, Children of Paranoia (Dutton; Sept. 8, 2011).


The fast-paced, espionage-laced story depicts an ancient, underground war raging in the shadows of a world much like our own. The conflict is governed by rigid rules:


rule #1: no killing innocent bystanders.

rule #2: no killing anyone under 18.


We're giving away two autographed copies of Trevor Shane's breakout novel, Children of Paranoia.


Set in a dystopian landscape reminiscent of I am Number Four and The Hunger Games, this edge-of-your-seat thriller has surprising heart that will entice fans of Showtime's Dexter.


Click "Read More" for details on how to enter*. Contest ends Sept. 22!

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Don't Try This At Home

Three Reasons Why Rick Perry is Our Next President

By Bob on September 8, 2011 12:03 PM | Read More

Don't worry Boomers, we're not turning The Boomer Brief into a political soapbox, we're just telling you what we see. So, hold your hate mail, or at least include $20 with every letter so we can monetize this column. Please remember, The Boomer Brief is the Switzerland of the blogosphere - totally neutral with a deliciously rich, creamy, cheese-filled center.


I saw the first of what will likely be 454,345 presidential debates and I've come to this conclusion: RICK PERRY IS OUR NEXT PRESIDENT. No, this isn't an endorsement it's just what I'm seeing out here in the blogosphere.


Here are three reasons why the Lone Star State's governor-for-life is going to be the 45th President of the United States:


1. He's a good ol' boy
Governor Perry has that, Aw-Shucks-I-Just-Stepped-In-Cow-S*** attitude that's totally irresistible to the electorate. This country (even those not blessed to have been born in the South) has a long history of electing leaders it'd like to have a drink with. That's why Mitt Romney isn't the front runner. The dude's a teetotaler...and totally unelectable.  


2. He's got good hair

I know you're saying, "Thank You Captain Obvious". But, Perry's got hair so good you'd think he was the result of a science experiment gone horribly wrong where Rod Blagojevich and Bobby Goldsboro somehow got together and had a son. Americans love presidents with good hair, that's why we lather, rinse and repeat every four years.

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Jacob's Creek

By Bob on September 8, 2011 1:08 AM | Read More

The folks at Jacob's Creek invited us to a "virtual" tasting the other afternoon (and yes, I'd use air quotes " " even if I was telling you this story in person). Their idea? Send Boomer Headquarters five of Jacob's finest Reserve wines: Jacob's Creek  Barossa Dry Riesling, Adelaide Hills Chardonnay,  Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir, Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon and its Barossa Shiraz, so we could give 'em a try.

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Here's the Dish

The Everything Salad Book

By Charlotte on September 7, 2011 6:04 AM | Read More

Serving salad is my favorite way to sneak more nutrient-rich vegetables into our meals. But who doesn't get tired of having the same, old lettuce-and-tomato medley? That's when I pull out The Everything Salad Book (Adams Media; 2011).

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Daily Distraction

They Grow Up So Fast.

By Bob on September 6, 2011 5:41 AM | Read More

It was the first day of Kindergarten and even the teachers were saying he was mature for his age...

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In the Mirror

Almond Delightful Shape

By Charlotte on September 5, 2011 6:39 AM | Read More

After spending ALL summer in skirts, shorts and dresses, I've been dreading pulling out the skinny jeans that are my go-to garment for fall. Sure, they look great with flats, booties or stilettos (another good reason to buy more shoes), but thigh-hugging denim is not always my friend.

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Catching Up With..

Catching Up With...Larry Felder

By Bob on September 2, 2011 4:50 AM | Read More

Larry Felder is one of those Baby Boomers who never took his eyes off the prize. Years ago, Larry and wife Linda decided they wanted to move to Costa Rica when they hit retirement. They'd been coastal residents for years and decided that the people, terrain and quality of life in this Central American country made perfect sense to them. After years of research, planning and preparation, they took the big expatriate leap - left their family and art gallery back in lovely Port Aransas, Texas - and landed in the jungle near Playa Hermosa.

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Winter's Bone

By Bob on September 1, 2011 5:35 AM | Read More

Winter's Bone is one of those rare motion pictures that stays with you long after the closing credits. It's a powerfully poignant movie that whispers its message in a way that is mesmerizing, terrifying and as real as tomorrow's headlines.

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Guest Room

Diabetes-Friendly Chicken Burrito Bowl

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By Laura Cipullo and Lisa Mikus, authors of Everyday Diabetes Meals
Image credit: Colin Erricson

Prepare your own Mexican quick fix with this Chipotle-inspired bowl. Carbs are moderated by filling the bowl with beans, extra veggies and chicken. No need for rice, since the beans count as carbs.


If you love tomatoes, increase the quantity to 1/2 cup, but note that the carbohydrates will also increase.

If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.

Health Bite: The iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc in black beans help to keep bones strong and healthy.

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Playing Favorites

Windy City

It's been almost 18 years since Alison Krauss gave us a solo album, but the wait is over with Windy City. The release (her fifth solo studio album) features ten covers of classic songs (and some bonus tracks) she picked with producer Buddy Cannon.

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