After seven years writing a weekly column “Full Circle,” Kay Hoflander celebrates the unique experiences of the post-war generation in her nonfiction debut, Musings of a Baby Boomer: Life Before X, Y, and Z.
In her book, the chairwoman reminisces on the past while exploring the adventures in aging, in a collection of humorous and thought-provoking shorts. Whether reading about Siri or the art of dressing chickens, readers are treated to whimsical stories that span across generations. Join Kay Hoflander on an honest, humorous, and refreshing look back on the experiences of a unique generation as they face the challenges of the digital age.
This colorful and entertaining approach brings to mind the writings of Erma Bombeck, featuring sometimes funny and sometimes philosophical stories that share a continuous theme: the reluctant aging of the Baby Boomer generation. Hoflander tells stories about everything from yard flamingos and college move-in days to battling internet bots. She reflects on the simpler times and addresses present day changes to which, as a baby boomer, she adapts:
memory loss, evolving technology, and politics. Through it all, she uses humor and wit to remind readers not to take life too seriously — and to focus on the things that really matter.
The book, published by Brown Books Publishing, is now available for purchase through Amazon.
Praise for Musings of a Baby Boomer:
“This book entails family, friends and wisdom from the perspective of the baby boomer generation! A great read for all! Delightful.”
—Teresa Parson, First Lady of Missouri
“Kay Hoflander has just written a book that I think is critical for this moment…I recently turned 60 years of age and became a grandpa in the same year. I was born at the tail end of the baby boomer generation in 1961. America needs a bridge; it needs a book that reflects upon a different era and age that some may deem uncool — but in essence, we could use some of those principles and values today. Kay’s book is not just about musings; it is a reflection upon a time, a period, in America where there were struggles, but there were also triumphs. Kay provides an opportunity to share with the current and future generations the lessons we learned from the Greatest Generation, men like my dad, who fought in World War II. America needs healing, and instead of destroying our history, perhaps musings from those who have been part of history can provide a way forward. That is what Kay Hoflander’s book offers.”
—Lieutenant Colonel Allen B. West (US Army, Retired); Member, 112th U.S. Congress; Former Chairman, Republican Party of Texas
“Hoflander has the magical skills to hit upon daily life with humor and understanding. Her stories are delightful and impactful, stirring up many memories of my youth. For those of us who grew up in the ‘50s and ‘60s, these stories create great nostalgia. Some make me laugh, some make me cry, all make me remember. For younger readers, this book just may help you better understand your parents or grandparents. It is a book for all generations to enjoy.”
—Suzanne Skelly, University of Missouri Graduate Educator, Realtor, Genealogist and life-long Bibliophile
About the Author:
Kay Hoflander holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked as a daily newspaper reporter and editor, freelance writer and publisher of bi-weekly newspaper-shopper. She loves writing, volunteerism, and politics. Kay and her husband live in rural Missouri and are the parents of five children and ten grandchildren. Their big, boisterous, and lively family enjoys spending time together at the lake of the Ozarks and in the Colorado Mountains.