About this blog
Welcome to my personal blog, Musings of a Gen Joneser.
“Generation Jones” is a term coined by television producer, director, and writer Jonathan Pontell to capture that group of people born between 1954 and 1965. Gen Jonesers fall between two well-defined generations — Baby Boomers and Generation X — and our life experiences — on the whole, at least — are different than those born into the two popularly defined groups.
Years before I heard the term Generation Jones, I referred to my age cohort as the ‘tweener generation. I felt that we didn’t quite fit in with the prevailing characterizations, life histories, and timelines of the Boomers and Gen Xers. And now that we’re decisively into our middle years, I think we have some unique perspectives, insights, and observations worth sharing.
I started this blog in September 2013 to share personal nostalgia, assorted trivia, and pop culture observations. I kept it going for about four years, until I decamped to another site. As of November 2018, I’m reviving this blog. In addition to keeping the lighter content, I’ll be blending in more serious reflections on lifespan issues and adult learning, especially on matters relevant to my generational cohort.
I hope you enjoy what I have to offer.
I was born in 1959, which makes me a prototypical Gen Joneser! I grew up in Northwest Indiana, went to college at Valparaiso University, and then on to law school at New York University. After 12 years in New York, I moved to Boston. I now live in the great little Boston neighborhood of Jamaica Plain.
I work as a law professor in downtown Boston, where I specialize in employment & labor law and have developed an expertise in the legal and organizational aspects of workplace bullying, mobbing, and abuse. You can check out my professional blog, Minding the Workplace, and my faculty bio for more on that.
In terms of social media, you’ll find me on Facebook. Please feel free to friend me if these blog posts strike your fancy.
Updated: November 2018