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$30Fowler/Eat Right Now! Eat Well and Be Holiday Healthy. Approx. 875 words.
Death rates from heart attacks and stroke as well as non-heart-related causes spike
during the holiday season and researches have coined this phenomenon, “Merry Christmas Coronary and Happy New Year’s Heart Attack.”
$30Beeson/Sam’s Side: It Was a Dark and Stormy Night. Approx. 1075 words.
The plywood, however, only covered a section of the open grave and there were was about a foot or so of open pit to look into. And…I HAD to look.
$30Breslin/Alive and Kidding: Halloween and the Mysterious ‘Witch’ Sisters. Approx. 725 words.
Her thin, very pale, wrinkled face and short gray hair did not even come close to the Medusa-like snakes and glowing red eyes I’d imagined she’d have. Even worse, she told us she and her sister were retired grammar-school teachers. I’d hoped for something much more exciting, like cleaver-wielding butcher’s assistants.
$30McCune/Tunnel Visions: Treats or Tricks? Scary Halloween-type Assumptions. Approx 675 words. Photo.
In addition to being a fun anecdote for my personal history, our little adventure convinced me that people see what they want to see, not what’s really there. I don’t think our costumes and makeup were particularly artistic, but not a soul really looked at US.
$30Healy: The Princess in the Pink Mask. Approx. 675 words.
Of all the Halloweens and costumes and masks I have ever worn before or since that
particular October in the 1950s, this is one of the most memorable to me. I remember
some earlier times with homemade disguises and dressing up, but this was my first
store-bought costume, and the first time I wore a mask.
$30Stone: Painted Halloween Skeletons. Approx. 700 words. "Gonna be a great wall hanging. Maybe we should hang him by his head in the doorway? How about putting him in the front hall closet?" I started laughing. I felt so worldly and grown-up.
$45Schlein/Washington Watch: Drug Pricing Policies – Rhetoric or Reality? Approx. 1125 words.
Nearly everyone, even the advocates of importation, concede that if states or the federal government tried to import large batches of those drugs from another country, manufacturers could and would quickly limit sales to that country, causing additional problems.
$45Schlein/Washington Watch: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. Approx. 1000 words.
The task force will develop a collection of resources specifically targeted at grandparents raising grandchildren – everything from health care information to how to legally adopt their grandchildren, what Casey hopes becomes a "one-stop shop" to help folks when they take on the responsibility of raising their grandchildren.
$30Stinger: Washington Watch cartoons. $35Ambord: Stuff You Should Know to Protect and Maximize Your Social Security Benefits. Approx. 1000 words.
If you’re preparing to move out of state in the near future, don’t rent the moving truck till you know if your state will take its own bite out of your Social Security check.
Missing one year of wages from your record could cost you up to $30,000 in benefits, said the Social Security Administration, especially if that year would be one of your highest 35 years of earnings.
$35Ambord/Dollar Sense: Working While Retired. Approx. 825 words.
If you’re in the “plan to work” group and your plan is based on knowing your Social Security check and retirement savings won’t be enough to make ends meet, you could find yourself up a creek.
$30David/Legal Ease: Will You or Won’t You? It’s Complicated. Approx. 725 words.
Estate planning forms you find on the internet cannot be relied upon to address your specific concerns, are often poorly drafted and may not even comply with the laws of your state.
$30Fowler/Eat Right Now! Humans Need Fertilizer Too. Approx. 900 words.
The quality of your food determines the quality of your late-life aliveness. You become what you eat. What you must ask yourself: “Is this food feeding or depleting me?”
$30Cohen/Dear Pharmacist: Stop Counting Carbs, Eat Kaempferol. Approx. 475 words.
None of us want to count calories or evaluate ratios of carbs, proteins and fats! It’s much easier to just eat food that is bright and colorful and full of life-giving nutrients such as kaempferol. My vote is to stop counting carbs, just eat kaempferol.
$35Slayback/A Healthy Age: Master of Deception? Yes. Partner in Heart Care? Who Knew? Approx. 525 words.
But, heart health? Who’d a’ thunk it! WebMD calls the “humble toothbrush” a powerful
weapon against heart attacks, strokes and other heart disease conditions.
$30DeLaurentis/Bob’s Tech Talk: Adobe Flash, Smartphone Spies, and Tech Tutorials. Approx. 850 words.
If an acquaintance sets up your phone, you should assume that your phone is an open book. If they know your user ID and password, you should assume they have access to all of your personal data.
$30Block: Cruise the Continents. Approx. 950 words. Photos.
Craft Cruises specializes in planning voyages for people who share a penchant for knitting, crocheting and similar pastimes. Along with the usual cruise ship activities, they take classes from experts in their area of special interest.
What may be the most other-worldly body of water anywhere is Ha Long Bay in Vietnam. Its 600-square-mile seascape is punctuated by soaring jagged spires, limestone islands, caves and inlets.
$30Scott: Frank L. Wright: ‘The Man who Built America.’ Approx. 600 words. Photos.
His architectural style was a reaction to the stuffy, ornate, and crowded look of the Victorian era. He felt buildings should be inspired by the land and that there should be fewer rooms and that they should flow from one to another.
$30Chamberlin: Marriage Is Not What You Expect. Approx. 775 words. Married for 60 years! How long is . . .? 720 months! 260 birthday cards from grandma, 23 moves, 1,247 shoes, 165 stitches, and everyone ran away from home at least once. $30Lawrenzi: The Sweet Power of Silence. Approx. 800 words.
I realize I am showing my age, but today's music just doesn't move me. As I age, silence is becoming more precious to me.
$30White-Walker: A Collection Of ‘Crumbs.’ Approx. 700 words.
Sorry to darken your day, but it was trying to work from your very own home with a retired husband around — God bless his soul. I couldn't even suggest for him to get the heck out and find a part-time job, because he thought that hovering over me WAS his job.
$30Bardy: Online Romance. Approx. 475 words.
There’s something alluring about talking to a faceless stranger. We probably all know someone who has experienced the seduction of getting to know someone through a singles group or a chat room.
$30Lynch/Silver Screen, Golden Memories: Small Screen to Big Screen. Approx. 775 words. Photos. Approx. 525 words.
In all these stories, the transference to film is done with sensitivity to the intimacy created by their original presentations on TV. There seems to be no “bigger is better” attitude in the film versions, and this is rare and fortunate.
$30Kennedy: Jeans with Holey Knees? Not for this Gal. Approx. 750 words.
I’m a sentimental old fool, I know, but they say clothes make the person, so what happens when the clothes have become rags? Is the person who once wore them less important or impressive in the eyes of our society?
$30Lebel: The Power of Prayer. Approx. 925 words.
The first time I had occasion to join a couple in wedlock was a very exciting and, I’ll admit, stressful time for me. I wanted things to go well...And I surely didn’t want to be the fault of this couple divorcing in later years. I can hear it now: “You know, Harold, if only we had picked a better person to marry us we might not be in this boat today.”
$30McCune/Tunnel Visions: Moving Right Along. Approx. 625 words.
In my regular rants against consumerism and avarice, I never counted myself among the bad guys. I was complaining to a friend when I realized the problem wasn’t too little storage, it was too many possessions.
$30Stone: Class of '55 Righted Social Wrongs Quietly. Approx. 825 words.
The Dean of Women gave her annual lecture to incoming coeds: she warned us not to wear the color red as it excites men, not to wear patent leather shoes as it reflects our underwear, and to place newspapers between our buttocks and boys' thighs if we wished to sit on their laps.
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$30Handler: Literally. Approx. 900 words.
Now I kind of get why baby boomers were called baby boomers since there was a boom of baby births between 1946 and 1964, but none of us are babies anymore. Shouldn’t we be called Senior Segues or something?
$30Haynes: Not a Bad Dream – Naked in the Mall. Approx. 1025 words. Photo. A man wearing a suit and a bad toupee soon entered the room, and asked me the question that I never thought I'd have to answer. "Why are you naked in my mall?" $30Justo: I Am a Human Bing. Approx. 1050 words.
Maybe I think this will increase my life expectancy and I'll have to live long enough to wear it all. Maybe it is an addiction and I've fallen down the proverbial rabbit hole and the only pills I need to ask Alice about are the ones on the tops I am buying.
$30Woflsie: Washed Up. Approx. 525 words.
My wife won’t let me load the dishwasher because she says I don’t respect the slots. Somehow I end up deforming all the Tupperware. I’m okay with cups and glasses, although Mary Ellen claims it matters which end is up, which I think is just a compulsive affectation on her part
$30Cuzzolina: On Parenting and All Those Diplomas. Approx. 800 words.
That’s where 18 years of cherished memories played wrecking ball to the wall I had so painstakingly constructed, brick-by-brick, around my brittle emotions. That’s where the tears flowed like there was a fire to put out, and where I yowled in bitter anguish at the shocking and insensitive swiftness of time.
$30Cook: Those Old-Time, Old-School Blues. Approx. 650 words.
One of the teachers, an ancient crustacean from an earlier era, was a stealth missile. She’d creep up behind a talking student and “snap” their chin with a flick of her wrist. This resulted in the victim biting his or her tongue. It was remarkably effective. The student thereafter remained silent while in line.
$30Hattes/Food Ventures: Mangoes for Health. Approx. 850 words. Photos. A one cup serving of mangoes is just 100 calories, providing 100% of your daily vitamin C, 35% of your daily vitamin A and 12% of your daily fiber.