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$30McCune/Older Americans Month: Memories Aren’t Made of This if You Can’t Remember. Approx. 750 words.
I remember once when my mother, brother, sister and I all were wandering an apartment mumbling,  “Where are my keys?” Is it genetic? Perhaps. Or it may be the location of our heads firmly up a certain orifice.
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I finally had to admit defeat, and I confess what stuck in my craw (if people have craws) wasn’t the $350 I’d have to pay to replace my car key. It was admitting to my husband that I’d once again lost something essential.
$30Marsh/Memorial Day: Poppies Still a Way to Honor Veterans. Approx. 600 words. Photo.
Poppy sales are based on a simple premise: Honoring the dead by helping the living.
Proceeds go to veteran assistance programs, especially for vets who have been
maimed and disabled fighting for our country.
$30McCune/June 30 Social Media Day: Getting Sociable Even If You’re an Old Grouch. Approx. 750 words.
The basics are to create a web page, initiate a blog, tell everyone you know how to get on them, jump on Facebook and Twitter, add a newsletter and other outlets as you’re able. But the strategies to accomplish this successfully are a mystery to me as dark and deep as the methods to build the Egyptian pyramids.

$45Schlein/Washington Watch: Is Old the New Young on Capitol Hill?  Approx. 1275 words.
More than 20% of the new lawmakers are millennials, making this a particularly fresh-faced freshman class. But many lawmakers are already seniors. As of October 2018, the average age of the 115th Congress was 57.8 years for the House and 61.8 for the Senate ...What's unusual is that the average American is about 20 years younger than their representative in Congress.
$30Stinger: Washington Watch cartoons.

$30Cohen/Dear Pharmacist: New and Novel Ways to Treat Diabetes. Approx. 500 words.
Statin cholesterol medications can easily predispose a person to developing diabetes. After a few months or years, you suddenly need to take medications for diabetes...there are dozens of prescription and over-the-counter medications which negatively impact your blood glucose levels, glycation end products and overall insulin sensitivity. 
$35Slayback/A Healthy Age: Caution: Are These Drugs Really Cures? Approx. 625 words.
We know drug resistant bacteria emerge with overuse of antibiotics. Sadly, seniors are prescribed more drugs than another age group, with doctors writing nearly 52 million antibiotic prescriptions a year — that equals one for each senior in the U.S. every year.
$30Fowler/Eat Right Now: Nourishing, Magical, Curative Mushrooms. Approx. 825 words.
The family of edible fungus holds vitamins A, C, B-complex, D, phosphorous, magnesium, iron, protein, and copper. The potassium in shitake and maitake mushrooms relaxes blood vessels, hence, reducing blood pressure. Packed with fiber, mushrooms improve digestion, lower blood sugars, and fill you up quicker.

$35Telleen-Lawton/Dollar Sense: 20 Military Secrets for Seniors. Approx. 800 words.
With age or disability come other services such as Aid and Attendance, which may cover some costs for caregivers, nursing homes, and even long-term care. One benefit that improved recently is hearing aid coverage.
$30David/Legal Ease: Directing Your Money: When Your Child Predeceases You. Approx. 725 words.
If a child predeceases me, should I have his or her share go to his or her children, if they have any, to my surviving children, or to my deceased child’s spouse if he or she is married? I am confused as to what to do.
$35Telleen-Lawton/Dollar Sense: Money and Parenting. Approx. 900 words.
As a financial advisor and planner, I know that children prefer not to be on the hook for their parents’ retirement. As we’re told on every airline flight, “put on your own mask before you help someone else.” You can be more helpful when you are secure in your own finances.
$35Telleen-Lawton/Dollar Sense: How Much Stock Should I Have? Approx. 800 words.
Invest in what you understand. Unless it will be your full-time occupation, the bulk of your equity funds should be in mutual funds or exchange-traded funds tracking the market.

$30DeLaurentis/Bob’s Tech Talk: App Refunds, Photo Backups, and Laptop DVD Players. Approx. 800 words.
There is no shortage of opinions on the Internet. And when it comes to tech, finding opinions you can count on is like finding one needle in a hundred haystacks. Tom's Guide, an extension of the venerable Tom's Hardware site, is where I tend to start.
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Check out this scrolling page of puppies. Then change the tag in the URL below from "puppies" to "kittens" and press Return. Next, choose another word. Repeat as needed. You're welcome.
$30Duffy: Marry Alexa? It’s a Dull Proposal. Approx. 550 words.
People tell me I need to just ask her yes and no questions, so I do. I asked her if baseball is the world’s greatest sport. She gave me an update on major league baseball. I appreciated her effort, but she didn’t answer my question. 
$30Stone: Sized-up or Down? Approx. 750 words.
Yes, I do remember I once had a screen that had been used with my 16mm movie film. I’d pull up the screen from the bottom of its weighty storage rectangle, and stop at the height available where it affixed to a metal pole that was part of the back. With aging, the wall became easier.
$30Handler/Leslie Goes Boom: Capturing History. Approx. 925 words.
There are photos of Mom and Dad standing in front of the Trevi Fountain. Dad’s in a suit and tie. Mom has on a dress, stockings, and high heels. Most amazing, there’s only one other couple anywhere to be found surrounding the fountain!

$30Truelson: Turning 70: Wandering & Wondering. Approx. 600 words.
I came of age during the Age of Aquarius, the turbulence of the draft and Vietnam and the amazing and indulgent era of drugs, sex and rock’n’roll – “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band,” “Exile On Main Street,” “Blonde On Blonde” and “Born To Run.” What a time! Now, a baby boomer is on Medicare, collecting Social Security and wondering, "who knows where the time goes?"
$30White-Walker: Like Two Feet In One Shoe — Ouch! Approx. 700 words.
I had a better chance of hitting the Mega Millions Lottery where your odds are about 265 million to one of winning, than both of us being propped up on some mantelpiece in a bulging urn.
$30Wolfsie: Hobby Hubby. Approx. 550 words.
When my wife and I go on vacation we enjoy zip-lining, parasailing and windsurfing, but there is just so much of that you can watch before it gets very tiring.
$30Rearick/Puttin’ on the Gritz: Hands That Rocked the Cradle. Approx. 700 words.
It would be nice if the talk shows would cover important issues like age spots, drooping flesh, flabby thighs and age-related cowlicks. What’s up with cowlicks anyway? TV should devote an entire week to women of a certain caught-in-the-process-of aging.

$30Beeson/Sam’s Side: Sentimental Hoarding. Approx. 975 words.
Seriously, a simple letter with nothing significantly sentimental about it. But my dad kept it for his entire life. And then after that, my mom kept it for the rest of hers.
$30Gendusa: Between the Outhouse and the Cherry Tree. Approx. 825 words.
I loved to play between the outhouse and the cherry tree behind my great-grandmother’s house in the summer. The old tree teemed with ripe berries. I would climb to get as many cherries as possible before I got caught by the mighty hands of my tiny, fierce Great-grandmother Sparks.
$30Chamberlin: Add Salt and Remember Delicious Meals of the Past. Approx. 1000 words.
A grad student was sitting cross-legged on the rug, squeezed among others, eating and talking in a general din, when one of those silences that can fall on a crowd fell, just as he suffered a lapse of alimentary poise. A terrific blast it was. The party froze. Nobody said a word except the offender, who said in a small voice, “Oops.”

$30Healy: Lead with Your Heart. Approx. 675 words.
I am particularly intrigued by the research that shows that “appreciation” is the
strongest of all the heart-brain messages. Stronger than love or hate ... stronger than
happiness or anger ... appreciation speaks the most clearly and authentically.
$30Lynch/Silver Screen, Golden Memories: Polio and the Movies. Approx. 775 words. Photos.
Perhaps the most striking drama I can recall involving polio as a plot element was not a movie, but an episode in the old Loretta Young Show on television, called “Earthquake,” originally aired in October 1953.
$30Witham/Ernie’s World: The Aunts Go Marching Two by Two.  Approx. 825 words. Photo.
“If left to their own devices, aphids will deform and stunt your plants.” They’re bonsai. They are already as stunted as I want them to be!
$35Slayback/A Healthy Age: Tease Out the Facts, Not the Dog. Approx. 775 words.
The ADA’s language  describes a service dog as helping a person with “major life activities” such as “caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working.”
$30Lawrenzi: The City Slicker. Approx. 850 words.
Crystal's track record as a performer was amazing. He starred in the hugely successful When Harry Met Sally, along with dozens of other films and was a success as a standup comedian in Las Vegas and around the U.S. He had appeared as a guest on game shows and had been a hit on the “Johnny Carson Show.”
$30Breslin/Alive and Kidding: My Optometrist’s Secret Method for Finding Lost Items. Approx. 1000 words.
She hesitated, as if debating whether or not to say her next words, then finally said, “My grandmother, back in Italy, once told me that if you lose something, to take a tissue, tie a knot in it and then hold it tightly in your hand. The next place you look, you’ll find the item you’re looking for.”
$30Goldfein: Generation ........? Approx. 825 words.
According to my calculations we number almost 28 million (2010 U.S. census), and yet we go about our daily lives without a cultural tag. And personally, I'm feeling a bit resentful. What kind of legacy is this to leave to our children and grandchildren, otherwise known as the Xs and the Vs, and possibly the Zs?
$30Haynes: A Lottery Winner in the Family. Approx. 500 words. Photo.
Before the lottery win, she lived in a small, two-bedroom apartment with her husband and their daughter. My great-grandfather was a professional long distance truck driver, and the lottery money helped them to live the American dream of home ownership.
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$30White-Walker/Father’s Day: The Heart’s Eternal Flame. Approx. 520 words. Photo.
But what about when life’s trials knock you down and it’s not just your fingernails and toes in the dirt but your whole darn face? And if that face is smeared with tears you find yourselves scraping mud out of your eyes. Those are the sad times, but what about the happy moments? Ah, they can come so unsuspectingly and almost border on lunacy.
$30Levine/Father’s Day: Home Team Fans – Remembering Father and Fenway. Approx. 900 words.
Dad was actually in good shape for his age, but it did make the overall visit to Fenway “a schlep,” and I believe that 1997 game was his last visit to the valley of the Green Monster.
$30Haynes: Sensational Summer Sangria. Approx. 625 words. Photo.
Most sangria recipes include liquor or whiskey such as brandy, cognac, moonshine, raspberry liquor, Grand Marnier, bourbon, and white rum. Remember to use clear liquor for the white sangria recipe, and add approximately one-quarter cup of the liquor or whiskey for every one bottle of wine.

$45Schlein/Washington Watch: Rep. John Dingell, Health Care Legend, Dies at 92 Approx. 1000 words.
Among his many accomplishments, Dingell was responsible for helping create, regulate and fund Medicare, and Medicaid programs, the U.S. Public Health Service, the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. He pushed through legislation requiring hospitals to provide charitable care and also was the driving force to get nutrition labeling laws.
$30Stinger: Washington Watch cartoon.

$35Telleen-Lawton/Money Sense: Fraud: How Could it Happen to ME? Approx. 1125 words.
Credit cards have significant fraud protection built in, so even though our contract was a year old, if we’d paid by credit card they might have helped track down the company to improve their service. Payment methods without fraud protection include cash, check, wire transfer, and even Western Union or MoneyGram. Reloadable or gift cards are also untraceable and so offer no protection.
$30David/Legal Ease: The ‘Power’-ful Question Asked by So Many, Answered Here. Approx. 600 words.
If you want the flexibility of having a financial durable power of attorney that can be used even if you are not disabled, you can instead prepare a financial durable power of attorney that takes effect immediately upon execution.
$30Marze: To Will or Not to Will. Approx. 775 words.
In all these years, not once has someone said, “I’m so sorry I wrote out my will,” but plenty of folks have regretted that family members died without wills.
$35Telleen-Lawton/Money Sense: Drug Money. Approx. 925 words.
A recent survey of 250 pharmacies in 12 states by the U.S. PIRG found that “the majority of pharmacies are selling common medications at vastly inflated prices — averaging almost nine times the cheapest available price.”
$35Telleen-Lawton/Money Sense: Bury Me Yes –‘Green’ Alternatives Growing in Appeal. Approx. 900 words.
Conventional burial may be normal, but since it uses carcinogens in the embalming fluid or cremation of the body at 2000 degrees, it is anything but natural. Supporters of green burial cite not only the environmental benefits, but also spiritual ones like connecting death to the cycle of nature.

$30Cohen/Dear Pharmacist: 9 Ways You Ruin Your Teeth. Approx. 500 words.
Drink your kombucha (or other acidic drink) very quickly. Wait 30 minutes to brush your teeth because your enamel is most vulnerable when it has just been exposed to acidic beverages and brushing it may aggravate the enamel at its weakest moment.
$35Slayback/A Healthy Age: Betting CBD/THC Brings Back BBQ. Approx. 1000 words.
“Works on golfing aches,” my husband said.
“Won’t do anything for me,” I said, but put it on my runner’s knees and it did! I’m sure it’s allowing me to run a half-marathon Sunday.
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The National Institutes of Health is working on proof right now — spending $140 million — including the role of cannabinoids in pain management, in conditions including arthritis, cancer, chronic pain, MS, muscle pain, and spinal cord injuries.
$30Fowler/Eat Right Now: Change: The Future of Medicine Is at Your Community Farmer’s Market. Approx. 725 words.
Sadder than we thought, the Standard American Diet (SAD) and food-industry-policed, corporate food pyramid that seniors were encouraged to follow throughout life has caused endless, preventable suffering from chronic mental and physical dis-ease (JAMA).
$35Slayback/A Healthy Age: Truth from the 1800s. Approx. 600 words.
Soluble fiber is found in dry beans, peas, lentils, oats, fruits, and some vegetables like carrots and squash. Eating foods with soluble fiber can help in reducing blood cholesterol levels, heart disease, lowering blood sugar levels and managing diabetes.

$30DeLaurentis/Bob’s Tech Talk: Travel Tips, Level Up Your PC Skills, Linux – New Life for Old Hardware. Approx. 825 words.
While many places have reasonably good Internet, many more places do not, especially in rural areas. Worse, the devices expect the user to know what will happen when the data spigot suddenly turns off.
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And finally, make sure you have access to power. Pack extra chargers and cables. If you  expect to keep taking photos on long summer days, carry a small external battery. Most phone batteries will not last for an entire day of frequent use.
$30Goldfein: Is Your Email Address Telling on You? Approx. 675 words.
Furthermore, those brats claim that AOL users are clinging to an antique, are stuck in the ‘90s, and should never be taken seriously. About anything. Because we are blithering idiots.
$30Vidro/Old-Fashioned, Frazzled Consumer: Saga of the Needlessly Computerized Car Key. Approx. 800 words.
He told me: $239.95 – plus $49 more to “program” the key. I winced in pain. In the past, a new car key had never cost me more than five dollars. It didn’t need programming, and it lasted forever. Of course, that was before car keys became needlessly computerized.

$30Block: The Canal Is Amazing; So Is the Rest of Panama. Approx. 950 words. Photos.
Panama also is one of the best birding sites in the world, with more species than are found in Europe and North America combined. Resident populations include parrots, toucans, quetzals, macaws and the harpy eagle, the nation’s national bird.

$30Sherman: Other Loves and Coats. Approx. 800 words.
“No partner, no peers, no lifelong friends, no adversaries, no companions from my past, no bosom buddies, nothing to recall over coffee with another living sit-down soul who also remembers my memories. I feel lost in time, traveling alone … and lonely.”
$30Wolfsie: Say That Again? Approx. 500 words.
Most of the time, we don’t even realize we had the same exchange three or even four times. Neither of us ever accuses the other of not listening because apparently neither of us is ever paying attention to the other, although we both admit that occasionally the information does sound vaguely familiar.
$30Stobie: Three Conspiracies Against Geezers. Approx. 550 words.
“Hey you packaging design team of punks. You are sadists.” I wrote in a letter of complaint and got back this note. “Dear Mary, This plastic is so tough! We shot it with a pistol and it is bulletproof. See if you old fogies can open this! It used to be childproof but now it’s adult-proof. Ha, ha, ha!”
$30Murphy/Social Insecurity: The Night Is Young, But I Am Not. Approx. 800 words.
Nowadays, when I’m sipping a drink while sitting at a bar with young people milling around, it sure sounds like they’re having a lot more fun than I am. It’s like everyone else in the bar is paired up with Robin Williams while my wife and I are paired up with Mr. Rogers.
$30Kennedy: And They Lived Happily Ever After. Approx. 750 words.
Remember a song called “Happy Talk?” When I listened to it as a youngster, I thought it was the silliest thing I had ever heard. How could singing about “happy talk” make any dream come true? In my opinion, hard work and a bit of luck accomplished your dreams, not senseless chatter.

$30Lynch/Silver Screen, Golden Memories: The Music Box. Approx 750 words. Photos.
It was only the year before this film was released that the “Star Spangled Banner” officially became the national anthem in 1931. The boys are clearly as patriotic as they are optimistic that the hard times need not touch them as long as they are able-bodied and can work. Being utterly clueless does not seem much of an impediment for them, either. We should all be so accomplished.
$30Dee/Moments in Rock ‘n’ Roll History: Did You Know That...? Approx. 900 words. Author mug photo.
The Everly Brothers’ 1957 hit, “Bye, Bye, Love,” which reached the top of the charts, was written by Boudleaux and Felice Bryant, and previously had been rejected by over 30 other singers. Chet Atkins played lead guitar at the recording session. It was the first song Paul McCartney ever sang live onstage – with his brother, Mike, at a holiday camp.
$30Laundrie: Daughter Turns 40. Approx. 500 words. Photo.
More time passed and as the lyrics in Fiddler on the Roof predict, “Seedlings turn
overnight to sunflowers, Blossoming even as we gaze.”
$30Stone: Painted Walls. Approx. 950 words.
But how could I part with the spot I learned smiles, expressions, even studied under my eyelids and inside my mouth? That table represented my ordinary life. My new sitting-room type set-up had no sense of history. Perhaps that’s why, when I got what I wanted, I truly missed familiar.

$30Beeson/Sam’s Side: Deep Thoughts at a Shallow Pond. Approx. 825 words.
I gave up on wishing quite some time ago when the wish faeries failed to deliver the million dollars I respectfully requested again and again. As a kid, before I realized that money was pretty darn useful, I would wish for the love of a cute classmate. That didn’t work very well either, and though I can’t prove it, it might have just worked inversely.
$30Cappellino: A Hot Trend Friendly and Familiar to the '60s Generation. Approx. 675 words. Photo.
To those of us who lived through the 1960s, and '70s, the thinking behind this handmade trend is familiar. We could recall an earlier time when political unrest ignited an era of peaceful community as an anti-establishment statement.
$30Breslin/Alive and Kidding: Too Chicken to Speak in Public. Approx. 700 words.
Sitting in the dentist’s chair and hearing him revving up the drill for my root canal, I realized that the thought of impending, excruciating physical pain made me feel less nervous than the thought of speaking in public.
$30McCune/Tunnel Visions: In the Dog Days of Summer, Are You Cool, Cooler, Coolest? Approx. 575 words.
There’s a second major definition for “cool,” one I never could quite understand. I knew what it meant, even in its most esoteric placements. I just didn’t comprehend why it was supposed to be the epitome of, well, of coolness, nor how to achieve the state.
$30Joseph: The Invasion of the Mind Snatchers. Approx. 450 words.
The “golden years,” as most seniors can confirm, have some tarnish, and watching too many negative news stories and inflated weather predictions can increase this tarnish. For many seniors our emotional and mental “resiliency accounts” have lower balances than when we were younger.

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$30Hansen/4th of July. 4th of July Tribute. Approx. 425 words.
Today he heard the song that says, “His truth is marching on.”
He remarked something about patriotism, and tried to sing along.
$30Gendusa: The Land Below the Red, White, and Blue. Approx. 700 words.
We forgot we were Democrats or Republicans with differences, and instead collectively shouted, "This is OUR country, OUR flag, and we will defend it!" We ran outside to raise the red, white, and blue above our porches and in our yards because we who mourned were all Americans.
$30Murphy: Heat, Fireworks, and Picnics All Led to a Bang-up 4th of July. Approx. 850 words.
Along with fireworks, there was the obligatory 4th of July picnic that one had to attend as a kid, the one where Uncle Marv thought it was a barrel of laughs to throw lit firecrackers at the children and dogs creating a cacophony of screaming kids and howling mutts.
$30Joseph: Dad, July 4th, and Bucket Baseball. Approx. 725 words. Photo.
Because of his experiences with the carnival and the Great Depression, he had a gift for creating low-cost entertainment for family gatherings, and because of his participation in World War II, he had a great love for his country and went all out to honor it on its birthday.
$30Stone: Do Only Birds Fly? Approx. 1075 words.
Propeller blades rotated quickly and the airplane lifted from the ground and climbed higher. I wasn't aware that this was the first airplane for commercial use since World War II ended, and that the cabin was not pressurized.
$30White-Walker: When Things Go Bang in the Night! Approx. 625 words.
Do you remember how maybe you were so petrified the first time you heard “deaf”-defying explosions and you buried your little face into your parents’ thighs – too traumatized to even move?
$30Haynes/summer: Float Away with Ice Cream, Then Make S’mores. Approx. 700 words.
The ice cream float made its first appearance in 1874. Robert M. Green was selling sodas during the sesquicentennial celebration in Philadelphia when he ran out of ice for the drinks. In haste, he asked another vendor for scoops of ice cream to keep the drinks cold.
$30Biechler: The Art of Picking Berries. Approx. 625 words. Photo.
Now my chocolate lab, Jessie, picks like a pro. She delicately places her lips around each one, avoiding the prickers. If the fruit resists her tug or the branch has too much bounce, she plants a paw on the vine, to hold it still.

$45Schlein/Washington Watch: I’m on Social Security – Why Can Debt Collectors Garnish My Benefits for Student Loans? Approx. 1675 words.
But the worst part is that many seniors are now having their Social Security benefits
garnished to pay off these student debts. Student debt experts say that these seniors are the fastest growing segment of student loan borrowers.
$30Stinger: Washington Watch cartoon.

$30Cohen/Dear Pharmacist: Surprise, Surprise – Eggs Reduce Risk of Stroke. Approx. 525 words.
Neither egg consumption, nor cholesterol intake was associated with stroke incidence. The gene that influences cholesterol metabolism (ApoE4) was accounted for. The lack of an association between eggs and stroke is great news for egg lovers!
$30Fowler/Eat Right Now; A Macro-Mineral with a Mighty Punch. Approx. 1200 words.
Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed malignant tumor in men. There are no apparent symptoms in the early stages of the disease. Because your prostate becomes larger as you age does not mean you have cancer.
$35Slayback/A Healthy Age: The Affirmative Side of the Vaccination Debate for Seniors. Approx. 725 words.
The first polio vaccine was the inactivated polio vaccine. It was developed by Jonas Salk and came into use in 1955. The oral polio vaccine was developed by Albert Sabin and came into commercial use in 1961.
$30Vidro/Frazzled Consumer: Portion Sizes Expand; Waistlines Too. Approx. 875 words.
“Look,” I explained. “I’m not trying to chisel the store. I’m willing to pay the posted price for a small. I’m only asking that you give me one scoop instead of two.”
He shook his head. “I’ve never done that before. Don’t want to get into trouble ...”

$35 Telleen-Lawton/Money Sense: How You Can Help Against Elder Financial Fraud and Abuse. Approx. 800 words.
Home repair con artists, predatory lenders, and lottery and sweepstakes scammers are more likely to prey on older or vulnerable adults. Also, grandparent and charity scams, expensive annuities, identity theft, and threatening telemarketers. Medicare scams are high on the list of elder fraud.
$30David/Legal Ease: These Are The Essential Legal Documents You Should Have.  Approx. 600 words.
Both of these durable power of attorneys are critically important. Should you become legally incapacitated without having them in place, there would be no one with legal authority to act on your behalf.
$35Telleen-Lawton/Money Sense: Tried and True Money Adages to Learn Much From. Approx. 875 words.
I am certain that anyone of a certain age understands deeply that money can’t buy happiness. Not only is this true intuitively, but research shows that a sense of meaning, purpose, and perceived control, as well as optimism and positive social relationships, are better predictors of happiness.

$30DeLaurentis/Bob’s Tech Talk: Killing iTunes, Dying PCs, and Missing Email. Approx. 850 words.
In the entire history of technology, no product has grown faster or gone farther than the smartphone. It has replaced entire categories of tech gear. Consider the old Radio Shack catalog: nearly every product in there is a job now performed by a smartphone.
$30Breslin/Alive and Still Kidding: Why Imax and I Just Don’t Mix. Approx. 550 words.
The problem was, I really wanted to see what happened...So I convinced myself it was just a case of “mind over matter” and continued to watch. By the time the movie ended, I honestly couldn’t even stand up. The walls were spinning, my legs felt like limp pasta and my head was pounding.
$35Telleen-Lawton: Laptops – Indispensable or Irritating? Approx. 975 words. Photo.
I get very frustrated navigating technical support, whether online or by phone. You wait for hours enduring pseudo-pleasant music and then are asked all sorts of questions that are unanswerable by non-techies.

$30Block: City Parks: For Much More than Picnics. Approx. 925 words. Photos.
If this introduction to unexpected attractions at urban parks surprises you, read on. An A (animals) to Z (zoos) choice awaits folks in search of something at city parks other than a place to relax and have a picnic.
$30Bardy: Half the  Fun Is Getting There. Approx. 750 words.
Ten minutes later I’m in the ladies room when I hear the following on the loudspeaker, “Will Laverne Bardy please return to the check-in counter for your credit card, on which you can expect to find several new charges for the Home Shopping Network.”
$30Haynes: Plan Now for a Disney Christmas. Approx. 925 words.
Once you have decided on which theme park to visit, check out the restaurants there and make reservations 5-6 months in advance before you arrive. For example, if you are going for Christmas day, make dinner reservations in July or August of that year.

$30Beeson: Making the Best out of the Bad Years. Approx. 1000 words.
Secondhand smoke was not a thing when I was a child. At worst, smoking was considered to only be harmful for the person smoking. And having a pull at your dad’s brewski was simply something that – everyone seemed to do. No one thought about negative long-term health impacts.
$30Strack: Cheers for the Twilight Boys. Approx. 825 words.
Sometimes the mind wills the body back to a time of a perfect sandlot swing and recreates the magic of that moment when despite the number of birthdays of the batter or the bulge above his waistline, the baseball boy inside the gray- haired man rises to the occasion to deliver the big hit.
$30Duffy: Grow Old along with Me; The Best Is Yet to Be. Approx. 575 words.
I’m one of those guys who was never cute when I was young. Girls would cross the street to escape my attentions. Little girls would scream in fright when I tried to play peekaboo with them. Young mothers glowered at me.
$30Wolfsie: Stand Up Guy. Approx. 550 words.
We both got down on the rug in a sitting position, which for me was already way harder than I remembered. We squirmed, rolled around on the floor, grunted, banged into each other, and started laughing (which is good for your heart, so we accomplished something).

$30Lynch: Bogie on the Big Screen - Key Largo. Approx. 750 words. Photos.
In the final scenes where Bogart is taking the gangsters to Cuba on the fishing vessel, the fog seems to envelop us as well. We are not watching the boat; we are on the boat.
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This is another example of why a classic film will have much more meaning for us if we take the trouble to understand the context of what was going on in the real world at the time the film was made.
$30Lawrenzi: Hard Times in Appalachia. Approx. 1000 words.
I was trying to figure out how to solve my dilemma, when somebody walked up to me. I recognized him instantly. It was Strother Martin, an excellent character actor who had played the warden in Cool Hand Luke, a prison film that starred Newman as a convict.

$30Healy: Getting in Touch with My Inner Possum. Approx. 850 words. Photo.
Eventually, I found I had assembled a rather interesting collection of opossum truth. To begin with, our appearance is just our personal history made visible ... and sometimes it gets scorched and wrinkled and worn bare along the way, as it trails along behind us.
$30Dee/Rock ‘n’ Roll: Paul Anka – Canada’s ‘Lonely Boy.’ Approx. 750 words. Photo.
Another of Anka’s biggest hits, “Put Your Head on my Shoulder,” had been penned he said after he, while singing onstage, had watched with envy, all of the young couples slow-dancing to his music. The song, even to this day, still is considered to be one of the all-time romantic favorites at dances.
$30Mattimore: How Using the ‘F’ Word Changed My Life. Approx. 500 words.     
I don’t normally swear. I’ve never used bad language in front of the kids but at this moment I was to break all of the rules. The “F” word erupts from my mouth. Omigosh! I didn’t say that did I? No, not in front of a little kid.
$30Levine: Cursed by Cursive. Approx. 900 words.
Heading into college I felt that I had been able to limit the academic damage of my bad cursive handwriting. Thus, I left I my Olivetti portable typewriter behind when leaving for school. Plus, my typing speed, if you include words counted off for mistakes, was about 0 per minute.
$30Witham: Workout Blues. Approx. 700 words.
Navigating the gym can be a bit of a workout all by itself. My gym has a giant speaker that hangs over many of the machines, which, yes, before you ask, I do start up. Some days they play nondescript music at a reasonable level and I can still read my book. Other days they play music at a level that makes dogs howl three blocks away.