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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.

A Week of Disasters


    Today is the morning after Remembrance Day, the end of the week of disasters and of crying my eyes out–a Saturday. Even the heavens are soaking us with an intense downpour in this early hour, the light diffuse … Continue reading

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THE LAST FORTNIGHT OF A WORKING LIFE


The last Fortnight of a working life One can only spend so much time listening to the radio with headphones on, reading emails, soliciting work from colleagues, and trying to come up with something to do, before boredom sets in. … Continue reading

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READY TO KILL YOUR NEIGHBOUR? Strata No-Smoking Policies


  In strata complexes all around the nation a battle is going on to make strata buildings smoke free. Stratas are considered private residences, as opposed to public buildings, which house businesses or government services. Neighbours are not talking to … Continue reading

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ECHO OF WAR


Canadian troops entering a small town, liberating the Netherlands (in Dalfsen) Seventy years after the end of World War II at the height of summer, the Van Noorden family got together on a typical Dutch day with rain drops and … Continue reading

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2015 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,100 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it … Continue reading

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SAIL AMSTERDAM


For the SAIL AMSTERDAM event I coincidentally happened to be in the city for a family reunion weekend; prior to this weekend event I stayed with my sister in Amsterdam. As the only one who emigrated, this trip is an … Continue reading

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BARCELONA part 3


BARCELONA part 3 Park Guell Park Guell was started in 1900 outside of Barcelona as a development for homes, to allow for people to live in a new suburb that was planned for the expansion of Barcelona; the city’s walls … Continue reading

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BARCELONA 2


BARCELONA PART 2 The city is full of interesting buildings, has large lunch and dinner crowds, has a vibrant night life, with various types of performances in many beautiful venues. The province of Cataluña is fiercely nationalistic and residents like … Continue reading

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BARCELONA My travel companion This summer I was in Barcelona for a few days to see the sights and especially some of Spanish (Catalan) architect Antoni Gaudi’s buildings. Besides architecture, Gaudi was also skilled in carpentry, glass making, and a … Continue reading

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HAVING BABIES IN THE NORTH


The North Belonging means to be accepted by those around you. I finally started to have an inkling what that meant as a new immigrant when I was pregnant. Many people began to be so nice to me, even total … Continue reading

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