I’m participating in the Boomer Lit Friday Blog Hop again this week, which means I’m one of about two dozen boomer authors posting snippets of their work on their blogs.  I hope you’ll check us all out at

A tenet of Boomer Lit is that it’s about my generation’s transition to the third stage of life. In most cases, this refers to a boomer reaching the age of fifty or sixty and dealing with the changes that brings. But I was precocious.  I developed an obsession with aging when I turned thirty-five.  Having outgrown the 18-34 demographic, you see, I was no longer “officially” young.  It shocked me that I was now older than the active National Football League players I’d once dreamed of dating. And as this week’s excerpt from my memoir, Incomplete Passes, shows, that wasn’t the only problem with my self-image:

I was excited to host Joan and her family, and I pulled out all the stops.  But Joan told me, “You’re working too hard.  This isn’t fun for you or for us.  You’re turning into a regular Jewish mother.” 

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I supposed Joan–nee Goldberg–ought to know one when she saw one.  Was she right?  Was I turning into a Jewish mother, like my mother, like my mother-in-law?  Even worse, was I turning into a 

guilt-inducing …

Q: How many Jewish mothers does it take to change a light bulb?

A: Never mind, I’ll sit in the dark.

food-pushing …

Story of every Jewish holiday:  They tried to kill us; we won; let’s eat.

… chronically anxious …

Jewish telegram: Begin worrying. Details to follow.

Jewish mother JOKE?

Was this the image I wanted for my middle years?

And so began my premature mid-life crisis. Fortunately, I’ve pretty much resolved this now that I’ve reached my sixties and don’t closely resemble the lady above.  (Yeah, that’s me at left.)

How did I come to terms with getting older?  Would you believe … by scripting a musical comedy?  If you’d like to know more, please use one of the links above to order Incomplete Passes, inquire at your favorite bookstore, or stop by my website at

And remember to visit my fellow Boomer Lit authors at  We have something new for you every week.



  1. Linda, Very funny. Love your jokes. We have something in common, my wife is from Green Bay and her family has season tickets to the Packer games ! Go Pack!

  2. Linda, you are such a hoot! I’m not Jewish, but the neighborhood I grew up in was very close to a synagogue and consequently, 85% of the kids I went to school with were Jewish. The way you walked us through the comedy of it all – priceless! And I SO remember realizing when I was too old for the NFL players!? How very funny. I relate to your writing and look VERY much forward to reading your book!

  3. Great question, Claude, because originally it was part of the opening chapter. My original intent in writing the book was to present, in a different form, the play I had written. The entire play was in the book, and the narrative chapters popped in at points where they related to the action. The Jewish mother shtick set up the play. This did not go over well with publishers I queried, or even with some of my friends. Conventional wisdom: People do not read plays. So more than 95% of the play came out. Now there’s an intro, a section about homecomings where you meet me and my friends in Green Bay as we are now, and then the rest of the book is pretty much chronological.

  4. Thanks again to all, and to Donn, Go Pack! (Your wife definitely should read INCOMPLETE PASSES!) I will try to get to all of the other blogs and comment over the weekend. It’s been so much fun getting to know all of you and your work.

  5. Nothing like a good Jewish mother joke. My favorite: A Jewish mother gives her son a red shirt and a blue shirt. The next time she sees him he is wearing the red shirt. She says, so what’s the matter, you don’t like the blue one?

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