How rebellious is a baby boomer? Very.

We always like to hear from boomer writer Claude Nougat, because she always finds other interesting baby boomers to write about. This time, she has found one who has an answer to the question, How Rebellious is a Baby Boomer?

Baby Boomers hold more than half of American wealth and that percentage is no doubt similar in other developed countries. Hence, when the American government recently reported that boomers were abusing drugs in record number, the assumption was that, given our wealth, the scope for drug abuse is exceptionally large.

Author Claude Nougat

Author Claude Nougat

Rising drug abuse? Not nice. Perhaps not so surprising, though, when you consider that we are the “sandwich generation;” some of us have to look after our parents but because of the recession, some of us also often have to look after our grown-up children out of a job. Not to mention the sad fact that many boomers have lost their jobs or their homes. The pressure is often unbearable and drugs are an understandable reaction, even if they solve nothing and in fact make matters worse.

Our boomer generation is also famous for our rebellious stance. But drugs need not be part of it. Author Marsha Roberts’ answer to the question, how rebellious is a Baby Boomer, is quite simply, very rebellious, or in her own words, “instinctively mutinous!” That does not imply drug-taking. Her kind of rebellion is not a depressing refuge into drugs, not at all.

It’s a joyous “go for it,” a “yes, you can.”

She has written a whole book about it, called Confessions of an Instinctively Mutinous Baby Boomer: and her Parable of the Tomato Plant.

Marsha Roberts

Marsha Roberts

It is a highly inspirational read, told in a warm voice full of life and optimism. Indeed, the optimistic note is there right from the start and keeps ringing throughout the book and through the recounting of sadder and more tragic events, like the loss of her mother, and the sudden death of her best friend. These are less “confessions” (in that sense the title is a little misleading) than a string of well-chosen parables (and here the subtitle is spot on).

The parables are really high points or events in the author’s life that have held a particular meaning, more like allegories. In fact, she sees the major events marking her life as a “baby boomer” as allegories of a higher power, of God. This is a deeply religious book, one that will uplift you, recommended reading if you are going through difficult times of your own|

book_Marsha_RobertsOut of each event, Marsha Roberts draws comfort and re-affirmation of the power of Almighty God. And manages to do so in a chatty voice, overflowing with love. You find yourself led into another world of strong faith and unshakable trust that in the end, no matter what happens, things will turn all right. Marsha Roberts has made it her job to be full of faith, love, and joy, and her readers (at least I am speaking for myself) are thankful to her for doing so and being the person she is. She concludes: “I can’t see through the fog, but God can and that’s good enough for me.” That’s a very powerful image.

On another level, I was fascinated by the so very American “can do” approach displayed in this book; nothing ever seems to get Ms. Roberts down and if she does go down on her knees, it’s only to pray. She even managed to overcome the pain of having her home foreclosed, losing it and having to relocate in record time— a devastating drama for most people. Remarkable dynamism and optimism, so very American and no doubt one of the reasons why the U.S. is now slowly coming out of the 2008 Big Recession while Europe is still deep in it.

Marsha’s book is a perfect example of the rising new genre, Boomer Lit. Nine months ago, I created a group on Goodreads to discuss it and so far, some 450 readers and writers joined.

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  1. I’m a boomer blogger, so I’ve wondered about this.

    One thing I’ve noticed, though, is that I’ve met some boomers who have become quite conservative, even Tea Party types.


  2. Marsha Roberts is going places. Watch what happens to her. It is one thing to write a totally enjoyable book. There are thousands of unknown great books out there. What makes Marsha unique is that her business skills will propel her to great heights. Nothing is stopping her…..

  3. Thanks for your support Marsha. This is a beautiful site and a beautiful book, exactly where most baby boomer are or want to be spiritually fit. All the best. Kharis Macey

  4. Hi Claude and Marsha,

    Thanks for the inspiring review. I haven’t had the blessing of reading your book, Marsha, but will definitely put it on the to-be-read list. The tragic events that you lived through resonate with my own. I admire your can-do spirit–a spirit that was not an island–but carried along by prayer and unflinching faith in a God who loves us.

    Looking forward to reading the “rest of the story!” 😉

    1. I appreciate your thoughts, Penelope, and will look forward to hearing from you when you’ve had a chance to read my book. It’s not a typical memoir and it’s certainly not what you would call a traditional inspirational read. What it’s actually about is what happens when real life collides with real miracles! I hope you find the collision invigorating! Let me know!

  5. It takes two to tango effectively. Both Claude and Marsha put a positive human face to being mutinous in our boomer years. Way to go, ladies. Never give up, never give in, never squander an opportunity to live out loud. Be bodacious!

    1. Yeah Sara! Way to tell it! And I want to take this opportunity to thank author Claude Nougat for featuring me in such a terrific Boomer article. Ms. Nougat is an incredible writer herself and those of us who write “Boomer Lit” owe her a debt of gratitude for bringing this new genre into the spotlight. A sincere thanks to you, Claude.

      1. Marsha, thanks for the thanks! But to be honest, it was very easy to write that review, it just flowed out of my pen because that’s exactly what I think of your wonderful book!

        And I always enjoy coming to The Boomer Café, a not-to-be-missed daily stop for any boomer concerned with what moves our generation. We are all entering a new phase in life, and it is only to be expected that writers will write about it – hence the birth of Boomer Lit. And many thanks to the wonderful guys at Boomer Café for the continuing interest and support!

        1. Thanks once again for your kind words about my book, Claude. And I agree totally that Boomer Cafe has become a regular daily stop for so many of us boomers. I check it out every morning, complete with coffee cup in hand! I like how you put it “what moves our generation.” We do have a unique voice as we enter this phase of our lives because we had a unique generational experience. I don’t think anyone expected us to go quietly into the aging process – we didn’t do anything else quietly, why would we start now? One thing for sure, we will be expressing ourselves in all manner of Boomer Lit!

    1. Thanks Susan! I think we all have to keep a bit of that mutinous spirit about us to tackle whatever problems we have today. Besides – it’s more fun! Cheers from The Mutinous Boomer!

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