‘The Boomer List’: Big Names, Great Stories

American Masters: The Boomer List, sponsored by AARP and airing from 9 to 10:30 p.m. ET on PBS Tuesday, is a light-hearted look at the Baby Boom generation through the eyes of 19 icons representing each year from 1946 to 1964. Directed by photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, whose other works include The Black List, The Latino List and The Out List, the film focuses on individuals whose experiences touch all the important movements and moments of the boomer generation, from Vietnam and racism to the sexual …

5 Things on a Mother’s To-Do List for Mother’s Day

When the kids were growing up, Mother’s Day brought breakfast (crumbs) in bed, handmade gifts and special dinners. But with adult children, is the notion of “Queen for a Day” as outdated as the 1960s TV show? Over the years, our fantasy changes: At one time we wanted 10 minutes alone to take a shower. Now we want our adult children under the same roof at the same time. Stoked by the advertising hype, it’s easy to imagine a magical Mother’s …

Household Products You’ve Been Using Wrong

Did you know that aluminum foil boxes have little tabs you push in on the ends to hold the roll in place? Did you know most people use those paper toilet seat covers in public restrooms the wrong way? Or that Chinese takeout containers are made to be unfolded into plates? Yeah, neither did I. Neither, apparently, did the 4 million other people who viewed Gabby Noone’s recent Buzzfeed list of 18 everyday products that you’ve been using wrong. I’m …

I Must Have a Puppy

It occurs to me that my mother never told us some basics about what she wanted should she ever have Alzheimer’s.  True, few people think in those terms, but since both my grandmother and mother had Alzheimer’s, there’s a good chance I will be next.  So, here’s my first list for my husband, daughter and son: I must have a puppy to lick me and stay by my side and think everything I do is wonderful. Hair: I must always …