January 1, 2010
This past fall while doing research for a legal case I came across a fact that surprised me and then became a source of comfort. On January 1, 2011, just a year from now, the first members of my generation born between 1946 and 1964 – The Baby Boomers – will turn 65 years old. We, of the perpetual "youth generation" will start to enter the traditional American retirement age. Being born myself in 1955 I will not be that far behind the first to cross the threshold. Now, many of my generation are fighting this transition with Botox and denial but I think this cycle of change is a good thing for our country. Of course many of you have no regrets; this site is for the rest of us.
We have had a good run, made progress in some areas but really caused problems for our nation in others. Mostly, due to the sear size of our generation, at 79 million, we sucked the air out from under our parents, out of the room for our children and may be from our grandchildren if we are not careful.
In our true youth of birth to 18 we were "hippies", in our summer we were "yuppies" and recently in the fall of our lives we have been the "grumpies". Now as we head into the winter of our lives we have one more chance to provide a lasting legacy for our generation which isn`t one of being known as the "selfish problem people". President Carter may have correctly called us on this fault in July of 1979. A simple re-write of his Malaise Speech
to stress "character" not "confidence" may have gotten our ear.
Thus I have started a new column called "At the Beginning of Next" which takes off from a column I did in the 1990`s called "Crossroads Considerations". That column dealt with my musings on being a new father and living on the Llano Estacado. I thought those writings had been lost but I found them in the attic while rummaging for Christmas decorations this past holiday season. The new column it is my hope will bring perspective to becoming an empty nester and the importance of leaving a positive Llano legacy for my children while finally giving my long suffering parents their do.
Along the way I also plan to add some technical writing from my "day job" as a Public Defender regarding the state of our criminal justice system tentatively entitled – "Correct Convictions in Public Defense"
. And of course like all writers I have a long pending trilogy of "WesternSouth" mystery novels about the Llano Estacado. A place until 1995 I had never lived before, but now call home.
"A Pilgrim on the Plains"