Parents of Grown Offspring (POGO) offers constructive, supportive strategies for family issues.

Barbara Greenleaf

Today’s parents and grandparents are being asked to understand, accept, and even embrace modern lifestyles that would have sent their parents into cardiac arrest. From the live-together/baby-out-of-wedlock phenomena to tattoos, piercings, and pick-your-own gender movement, Baby Boomers and Beyond are living in a world that looks very different from the one in which we grew up.
Like me, you may feel like Rip Van Winkle, who fell asleep and woke up twenty years later to find he missed the American Revolution. I feel I went to sleep and woke up to find I missed the Social Revolution. We need look no further than tattoos. Once the exclusive province of seaman, gangsters and sideshow performers, tattoos have gone mainstream. Check them out in Tattoos: From Edgy to Everywhere.
Once there was man and there was woman and that was it.  Not anymore. There’s such a wide range of identities today I thought it would be helpful to lay out some of the new terminology in a piece I call Guess Who I Am.
Finally, I feature the rapidly developing trend of having a child but no spouse. Never in human history have social norms changed so quickly as in this arena. Learn all about it in Baby: Out of Wedlock and into the Family.

Speaker Barbara Greenleaf

     I'm happy to report that the fall speaking season is upon us, and I'm bringing THIS OLD BODY: And 99 Other Reasons to Laugh at Life to life through readings and book signings. Starting on September 28th, I'll be at the Book Loft in Solvang. Then on October 11th, I'm La Cumbre Country Club's Distinguished Speaker. From there it's on to Speaking of Stories, the Kiwanis Club, Federation, the Humanist Society, and the Santa Barbara Women's Club. For the next two months my mouth will be in the upright and locked position!

Sending warmest regards,

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