About The Itty Bitty Boomer


I’m 66 years old.  Somewhere along the way life started sliding sideways – and what I thought was going to be the picture-perfect, picket fence life evaporated and was replaced by experiences that have stunned and devastated me; forced growth and education; proved to me just how strong I can be; and some have brought me incredible joy and fulfillment.old, once widowed (my kids’ father passed away in 1992 after 23 years of marriage), twice divorced and contentedly single.   I work  full time in the hospitality industry, and have since  I was 18 years old.

Mom to two adult children (each with their own mental health issues) and Grandma to two young men (one with mental health issues), my experiences have to amount to something positive – and perhaps my tales of the past, along with the adventures still to come – will ring a bell of familiarity to some, help make one person realize they are not alone in their journey, educate, entertain, or even disdain others … the certain thing is that it is all real life.  I still learn lessons from my experiences  and people who have crossed and continue to cross my path in life.

Friends have said I need to write a book … truth is that reality is far stranger than fiction – I wouldn’t known where to begin.

The most important thing I have learned is to be grateful and find joy in the midst of chaos… and I use this forum to share my life, wisdom, and questions with you .. with grace and humor, joy, sadness and, at time even anger … and I always welcome your stories and comments … for we can learn from each other.  And even though it’s quite imaginary, I guess I do have my white picket fence  

Welcome!  to life behind the  picket fence – it’s certainly not what I expected and …

Namaste … I honor YOU and all your experience and wisdom!

The Itty Bitty Boomer



  • The Itty Bitty Boomer

    February 28, 2016

    Joe, I think the majority of us who were at VAFB during that time have a grand affinity for the place – many fond memories!

  • Kitt O'Malley

    July 11, 2015

    Now that’s quite a list! You’re leading a full life. I commend you.

    • The Itty Bitty Boomer

      July 13, 2015

      Kitt, thanks for your comment – at times a little overwhelming – but as my mama said, just pull up your big girl panties and deal with it!

  • John Phillipis

    July 3, 2013

    Aloha Marie… I hope I have the right Marie. If you were married to Big Dan and lived in Honolulu, then you are my lost friend. Just dropping a line to say Aloha! I’m now living back in Hawaii. Been back 14 years. I’ve been raising my last two, Alisha (19) and Landon (17). Hope life has been kind to you. Aloha. John Phillipis (Flip)

    • The Itty Bitty Boomer

      July 4, 2013

      Hi John! Saw your connect on Facebook – yes, same Marie …. I was thinking about you a few weeks ago – wondering what you’re up to! lol! I’m doing well – my “kids” – 37 and 41! Also have two grandsons – 14 and 18 – good Lord how time flies! Let’s reconnect! (new) hubby and I visit Hawaii every few years.

  • Karen

    February 23, 2013

    You sound an amazing woman. Full of experience and knowledge. I wish you the highest and the best on your life’s journey.
    Love and light x

  • acflory

    May 17, 2012

    I’m still working my way towards the positives of being 59 but I’m a pollyanna like you and I know they will come. Keep up the good work!

    • The Itty Bitty Boomer

      May 18, 2012

      Meeka – Thanks! for your comment – the positives come and they are, indeed, fulfilling! I am enjoying this time of my life, scary as it is.

  • Maryl

    May 5, 2012

    Hi itty bitty boomer,
    We have long been fans of Boomer Adventures and follow it regularly. It has been an inspiration to us as bloggers at Second Lives Club. Recently we expanded our blogroll to include pictures and titles from recent posts. We just wanted to let you know you continue to be well positioned there.

    We hope this will help in some small way to drive traffic to your deserving site. If you have any ideas and suggestions for SecondLivesClub, we’d love hearing from you.
    Thanks Maryl & Caryl

    • The Itty Bitty Boomer

      May 6, 2012

      And I get clicks from your site which continually amazes me! I’m so new at this so even more appreciate your kind words and support!

      I’m behind you both 100%!

  • Sharon Sultan Cutler

    April 30, 2012

    Compliments on being candid, honest and humane. Those of us who’ve had multiple challenging life experiences deserve to be heard – and hearing these stories confirms that we must cope and hope.

    We would love you to do a guest blog on our Once Upon Our Times Blog. We will contact you. Thanks, Sharon & Cookie

    • The Itty Bitty Boomer

      April 30, 2012

      Sharon & Cookie – thanks for your kind comments! Would love to guest blog – and am looking forward to your book “Once Upon Our Times” to be released!

  • Betty Londergan

    April 27, 2012

    Love your blog — found you on Any Shiny Thing… you are such a positive, upbeat person (but you look about 12 .. are you sure you’re a boomer??) Can’t wait to read more…

    • The Itty Bitty Boomer

      April 27, 2012

      Betty, thanks so much for checking out my little blog … I read a line in your blog intro about loss and figuring out we reach a point where we just need to roll with life, basically … that’s it … as my dad used to say, pull up your socks and keep on walking. Also, when I was going through my mom’s wallet after she passed away, there was a little cartoon folded up in her wallet that had the inimitable caption on it reading, “Pull up your big girl panties and DEAL WITH IT”! I figured out it was her last lesson to me.
      I’ve just poked a bit around your blog but can already see I LIKE YOU!
      Have a great weekend!

  • clownonfire

    April 19, 2012

    The Itty Bitty Boomer,

    Don’t be fooled by Le Clown. He thinks he can shock people but he’s so old news…

    You have a lovely blog.

    Le Clown

  • Jennifer Worrell

    March 29, 2012

    I want your attitude and spunk when I’m sixty. You go, Girl!!!!!!!

    • The Itty Bitty Boomer

      March 29, 2012

      Hey, Jennifer – thanks! Life is too short to waste time … there’s so much to do … now if I can just get off my arse and do it! I am looking forward to poking around on your blog – sounds interesting!

      Best to you!

  • Maggie O'C

    March 29, 2012

    I had to click on your thumbnail when I saw your comment on another blog. 60+??? You are darling! I love your ‘tude and isn’t it amazing that age really does bring wisdom? and peace. I’ll be back!!! Maggie

  • totsymae1011

    March 15, 2012

    You’ve just given me hope. THanks. And hey, if you’re interested, try http://www.arise.com. It’s a legitimate work at home job.

    • The Itty Bitty Boomer

      March 16, 2012

      Totsy … Hey, anytime I can give someone hope, I’ll take it! Some day maybe I’ll even be an interesting, eclectlic blogger like you! Enjoyed poking around yours, looking forward to reading more!

  • DM

    March 1, 2012

    The most important thing is to be grateful and joyful. I too am experiencing my 60’s

  • Jody Thompson

    February 27, 2012

    Great blog! I look forward to reading more. Cheers!

  • Corinne Rodrigues

    February 22, 2012

    I can see that you’ve had a wonderfully full life…You look so young and full of fun…looking forward to visiting your blog again.

    • The Itty Bitty Boomer

      February 22, 2012

      Thank you, Corinne! It’s an interesting life to be sure! Never know what’s around the next corner! Hope to see you again soon and I look forward to updates from your blog!

      namaste … I honor you!

  • The Itty Bitty Boomer

    January 13, 2012

    Unni, Thank you for your kind comment!

  • The Itty Bitty Boomer

    January 13, 2012

    Unni, Thank you for your kind comment!

  • Jodi Aman

    November 14, 2011

    I love Pollyanna, too!

    • The Itty Bitty Boomer

      November 14, 2011

      Thank you for your comment, I am so guilty of playing “The Glad Game” – but I figure gratitude is gratitude!

      Have a great day!

  • Sana Johnson-Quijada MD

    July 27, 2011

    polyanna is one of my favorite memories. keep smiling and living w “gratefulness” as u remind us.

    • The Itty Bitty Boomer

      July 27, 2011

      Thank you so much for your comment! I am guility of being a “Pollyanna” – working to find the positive, or GOOD, in everything … and thank you for your support!

      Marie – The Itty Bitty Boomer

  • Frances

    July 26, 2011

    Hi Itty Bitty Boomer-
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