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About BABYBOOMER johanna van zanten

My name is Johanna van Zanten. I am a baby boomer, interested in writing and connecting with other writers and readers to engage in discussions and information sharing, to share a point of view about current global issues, writing, and publishing, diversity, immigration, travel, music, life, specific baby boomer issues, and dating/relationship issues. I have written a novella, ON THIN ICE about baby-boomer Adrienne and will link this blog with the information website for this novella. Right now, I am trying out the blog.

WALKING THROUGH AMSTERDAM – 3


WALKING THROUGH AMSTERDAM – NOORD Travel with Air Canada Toronto-Amsterdam in luxury, courtesy my daughter. Public transit is fantastic in The Netherlands. Getting there, of course, meant flying. Once there, you can leave your car behind and use the public system. … Continue reading

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A WALK THROUGH AMSTERDAM 2


A WALK THROUGH AMSTERDAM 2: The Baarsjes and Admiralenbuurt. Two senior sisters who have not lived together for many decades do not always smoothly get along, so when I needed a break during my fortnight at my sister’s home, I had … Continue reading

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A WALK THROUGH OLD-WEST AMSTERDAM


A WALK THROUGH AMSTERDAM In my sister’s neighbourhood, things change all the time. I notice the difference between my visits to Amsterdam every two years, when my family gets together around the birthdate of my mother, who passed away more … Continue reading

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AN UNRELIABLE NARRATOR


AN UNRELIABLE NARRATOR My impressions of SOLAR, a novel by Ian MacEwan.   I always wondered what an “unreliable narrator” in fiction sounded like. I think the protagonist of SOLAR might be an unreliable narrator, although the main character described … Continue reading

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A PREDICTABLE CONFRONTATION


A PREDICTABLE CONFRONTATION The new Rowcliffe Park is open at 6 am till 11 pm. I have planted the garlic and watered my five-by-eight-foot garden this morning by seven-thirty on this beautiful Sunday morning, with only one other gardener working in … Continue reading

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MY EXPERIMENT IN HIGH DENSITY LIVING


MY EXPERIMENT IN HIGH-DENSITY LIVING The trend for developers (also encouraged by town councils) is to build more high-density structures and encourage living inside city centres to accommodate the residential growth, instead of sprawling out into the suburbs. The benefits … Continue reading

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A STROLL ON FATHER’S DAY


A STROLL IN MY NEIGHBOURHOOD ON FATHER’S DAY It was a clear and hot day, and I felt like a walk early in the morning before the sun would get too hot. I live in a new development on Richter … Continue reading

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D-DAY, 75 YEAR AGO


D-DAY, SEVENTY-FIVE YEAR AGO D-DAY ANNIVERSARY ON JUNE 6 Photo Globe & Mail.   What is D-Day and who still knows about it in Canada, let alone in the USA, Britain, France, and Germany? And why is that so important? … Continue reading

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Thoughts on The Tattooist of Auschwitz


The Tatooist of Auschwitz, and the difference between race and religion.   On the recommendation of my writing coach, I read the novel as a primer on how to write a story that will appeal to readers. This novel has … Continue reading

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MY TRIP TO MORELIA


MY TRIP TO MORELIA My trip to the city of Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico In the last couple of days, the Boeing 737 Max – 8 was grounded pretty much everywhere, after the same plane type fell out of the sky … Continue reading

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