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$30    Murphy/Social Insecurity: There Will Be Bugs. Approx. 825 words.
    You know what a fly in that situation is like. Buzzing around and around while you stand still waiting for it to land. And when it finally does, it somehow instinctively chooses the one spot where you cannot get a clear shot at it with the fly swatter, like right where the wall meets the ceiling or, worse, on top of your toothbrush. 
$30    Patterson: I Am My Own Father. Approx. 650 words.
    I was discharged from USAH Fort Belvoir nearly a year before I was born at USAH Fort Belvoir! Amazing! I was “Apparently in Good Condition” but I am curious about what “condition” the Administrative Specialist was in as they typed Form DD-481-2. 
$30    Thiery: Spring Cleaning: Tag it ‘Sold’ and ‘As Is’. Approx. 825 words.
    If my basement floods, there will be more flotsam and jetsam afloat than was left when the Titanic went down. The only difference will be none of my waterlogged “treasures” will be deemed worthy of a traveling exhibition of artifacts.

$45    Schlein/Washington Watch: Where Is Drug Pricing These Days Among Biden’s Policy Priorities? Approx. 1725 words.
    While the proposals include a significant home health care benefit for some seniors, the only health care provision in Biden’s American Families Plan is a $200 billion proposal for subsidies to those who purchase their own health insurance, intended to cut premium costs. What was left out of the infrastructure and families’ proposals is perhaps more interesting. 
$30    Neff: Washington Watch cartoon.

$30    Beeson/Sam’s Side: The Tunnel. Approx. 1050 words.
    I now face life without her. I have never been without her and I must admit, even at my age, I am terrified. Life was not supposed to be this way. In all honesty, I do not even know who I am without my wife. 
$30      Goldfein: Exiting the Cave. Approx. 750 words.
    Clothing became optional. I don’t mean to say that I walked naked inside my cave. But the pretty blouses, fancy pants, high-heeled shoes (well, maybe at my age, not that high) and decorative accessories gathered dust, while comfy clothes needed frequent washing. 

$35    Telleen-Lawton/Money Sense: Can You Un-sell Your Personal Data? Approx. 775 words.
    We’re basically still in the Wild West era as far as protections regarding how the data might be used. Providing tailored ads is the least of our worries. What’s more worrisome is the thought of being turned down for a loan or insurance or a job because of what your data may predict about your profile.
$30    David/Legal Ease: Taking Care of the Pets When You’re Not Able. Approx. 625 words.
    However, it recently dawned on me that my estate plan does not address what is to happen to my two dogs and my cat upon my death or even if I am unable to care for them for a period of time. 
$30    Reid; Joe Namath and the Medicare Advantage Farce. Approx. 400 words.
    The key word here is “additional.” So call the number on your screen today, IT’S FREE!” The only thing free about this scam is the phone call itself, which connects you to a for-profit insurance company. It’s impossible to read the disclaimer on your TV screen. 

$30    Fowler/Eat Right Now!  Magic Mushrooms Revival. Approx. 875 words.
    John Hopkins Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research scientists have discovered psilocybin found in psychedelic mushrooms has vast benefits for treating trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, addiction (smoking, alcohol, opiate drugs of abuse), OPD, schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorders, clinical depression – and can heighten brain function.
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    Decades researching plant food as medicine taught me many psychoactive plant medicines and treatments – stigmatized as dangerous, evil tools of Satan, and illegal – are rising to new research laboratories, suggesting there just might be something to earth’s psychoactive plant medicines. 
$30    Cohen/Dear Pharmacist: A Commonsense Approach to Glutathione. Approx. 500 words.
    Acid blockers/antacids. These medications severely impact the human gut microbiota. They suppress absorption, or block production of the entire B complex family, especially B12 which is required as a precursor nutrient in the pathway that ultimately makes glutathione. 
$30    Cohen/Dear Pharmacist: 4 Remarkable Medicinal Uses for Baking Soda . Approx. 500 words.
    Get relief for itching and minor bug bites or bee stings using baking soda paste that you make at home. Make a paste that is thick enough to apply to your skin. The amount you use doesn’t matter, just pour it into a little dish, and add enough water slowly until it is thick like a paste, and apply it to your itchy spots. 
$30    Rearick: The Chainsaw Manicure. Approx. 750 words.
    It had taken four and a half hours and six stitches for the doctor to tell Babe he was lucky to still have a finger attached to his hand, and for me to ponder if there was any logic to opposable thumbs when it came to husbands. 

$30    DeLaurentis/Bob’s Tech Talk: Reset Windows, Text Chats, and Disk Space Utilities. Approx. 800 words.
    Making your own ringtones can be fun sometimes, but it is hard to find a quiet one. These collections of ringtones are utterly delightful. Clear, elegant, and short, they are a beacon of tranquility.
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    Although this service is pricy at $99 a year, I am delighted by the fact it exists. Especially now. Spend time with the little ones in your life by reading stories together via video. readeo.com
$35    DeLaurentis/Bob’s Tech Talk Extra: The Golden Age of Podcasts. Approx. 800 words.
    The definition of what constitutes a podcast is disputed from time to time. I listened to podcasts before they were called podcasts, and this has been true since the beginning: Podcasts are audio programs delivered to you on a regular schedule, which you can play back at your convenience. 
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    Most shows are supported by advertising, and there is a growing trend toward pay-to-unlock bonus programs as well, but these are still the exception. When it comes to free entertainment, today is podcasting’s Golden Age.
$30    Wilkening: Dropping a Dime on Cell Phones. Approx. 725 words.
    Various surveys of personal peeves nationwide might expect the No. 1 to be getting stuck in auto traffic. But that often turned out farther down the list. The No. 1 annoyance often was having to listen to other people’s cell phone conversations.
$30    Chalk/Living Retired: Automobile Alarms. Approx. 700 words.
    Every time I stopped for gas I also topped up the oil, replaced the wiper blades, inflated the rear tires, replaced the right turn signal bulb, duct-taped the rear view mirror back in place, kicked the tailpipe back underneath the car, jammed the bent radio antenna back in its hole, smacked the radio to get it going, fisted the fuel gauge to make sure it was working – and held my breath while I attempted to restart the car! 

$30    Block: Happy Trails for You. Approx. 925 words. Photos. 
    Countless trails around the country are available to people with a particular interest. From food to fashions, covered bridges to Kentucky bourbon they offer something-for-everyone variety. No matter how esoteric someone’s passion, there may be a walking driving, biking, paddling or other trail somewhere that focuses upon it.
$30    Crombie: Berlin Revisited. Approx. 850 words. Photos.
    We had come back to Berlin. I had taught at the American Elementary School at the Berlin Brigade. Kent had been in the Security Service across town at U.S. Air Force Headquarters at Tempelhof. In those Cold War days, we had met and married; for our 50th anniversary we had returned. 

$30    Healy: Oh, Wow! Approx. 600 words.
    Still, I had not expected the joy it would be to watch Jane – as she reminded everyone around her about authentic awe and curiosity, as she exampled for us how to appreciate the wonders that are often at the ends of our own fingertips, at the tips of our own noses.
$30    Coleman: In Praise of Ripened Voices. Approx. 775 words. 
    Some folks find idols playing their songs of yesteryear depressing. Not me. I’ll take old performers over their younger versions any day.
$30    Laundrie: Thoughts From an Old Pine. Approx. 575 words. Photos.
    I might be old, racked, missing limbs, and filled with holes, but I could still be useful. I could keep this family warm and dry. I would help bring new life into the world. I would help plan for the future.
$30    Bardy/Laverne’s View: Up Three, Down Two (Not the Dow Jones Averages).  Approx. 800 words.
     I rarely missed one of LaLanne’s shows. The man had me mesmerized but I knew better than to do something that might cause me to break a sweat or mess my hair, so I simply watched from the comfort of my couch, while nibbling Twinkies and wondering how much larger his biceps could stretch without exploding.
$30    Kaiser: Time for the Old Folks. Approx. 600 words.
    It’s funny what a person will do for time and shared memories with grandkids. I zipped from tree to tree, over deep crevices, and lakes right behind them. It was exhilarating!

$30    Lynch/Silver Screen, Golden Memories: Easy Living. Approx. 775 words. Photos.
    Classic films, like popular music of the day, were a barometer of hard times, good times, scary times. Despite splashy musical fantasies, there was more that was real in old Hollywood than there is today. There was a fearlessness, as if, along with Jean, we dare to survive and even to be happy, because there is nothing left to lose.
$35    Vidro/Cautious Money Guy: Wait Four to Six Weeks – Seriously! Approx. 800 words.
    The speed of life -- especially in the computer age -- has led, over the decades, to the loss of 
something we used to take for granted: the delicious sense of anticipation, the knowledge that 
something pleasurable is on its way and will eventually show up at the door.
$30    White-Walker: Lunch With Liberace. Approx. 1150 words. Photo. 
    I must have had that deer caught in the headlights look, because to ease the tension, Liberace leaned over and whispered, “You may call me Lee, all my friends do.” But it wasn’t until he grabbed my hand that he pulled back in horror and gasped. “THEY’RE NAKED!” he shrieked.
$30    Stone: Shifting to Neutral. Approx. 600 words.
    Dress codes can’t be mandated and all the Ivy League universities went co-ed years ago... A legal marriage license may have a same-sex couple, and some documents may ask about the person’s birth-sex since transgender is no longer a hushed word. 
$30    Lawson: Driving to Endanger. Approx. 750 words.
    My mother could smoke, sing along to the radio, drink iced tea, and smack whoever needed it – even if they were in the way back – without ever stopping the car. I think she was like Elasta-girl and her arm just reached as far as it needed to.

$30    Telleen-Lawton/Serendipity: Volunteering for a National Park. Approx. 925 words.
    National parks are part of our American heritage; I’m proud to show off my local one. By being on the ground for visitors, I can help them learn how to appreciate and protect natural resources. All that, plus the perks of spending time there!
$30    LeVia: Rivers of Our Lives. Approx. 675 words.
    Much of our terminology in the English language speaks of rivers. The recycling industry addresses the waste stream in comparing the flow of wastes and recyclables. We go with the 
flow, or we're in the flow. We wonder what is around the next bend. 
$30    Dee/Rock ‘n’ Roll: A Few Lesser-known Facts about the British Blokes. Approx. 1100 words.
    In 1962, British Decca turned down the opportunity to sign a band called The Beatles because they thought guitar bands were on their way out. They subsequently also turned down The Yardbirds and another band called Manfred Mann. Ironically, it was George Harrison of the Beatles who recommended that British Decca take a serious look at a band called The Rolling Stones.
$30    Wolfsie: That Was the Week That Wasn't. Approx. 525 words.
    “A couple of weekends ago, for example, we stayed up until 11:30 to watch Saturday Night Live because it felt like Saturday all day, but it was really Friday. Actually, it was Good Friday. That should have been a clue that it wasn’t Saturday.”
$30    Breslin: In Search of the Perfect Bed Sheets. Approx. 625 words.
    When I was a newlywed, I bought a set of black satin sheets, thinking they would add a romantic touch to the bedroom. They turned out to be so slippery, I didn't dare wear a silky nightgown when I jumped into bed, for fear I'd end up landing on the bathroom floor.
$30    Levine: Not So Trivial Pursuits. Approx. 750 words.
     “You are too old for these bars, Dad,” he said, meaning it would be bad optics and bad comfortability for a balding boomer to hang out in a trendy millennia mecca, even on trivia night, and unfortunately there were no nearby bingo/trivia nights. 
$30    Finn/Finnicky: Silence is Golden. Approx. 650 words.
    Who puts together an awkward phrase like, “Why the big silent?” I’ll tell you who – the same ones that sent me a check for $2000 priority mail and told me to deposit it and send them $500.

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$30    Patterson: Celebrating August Senior Activism. Approx. 600 words. 
Employers may have felt that since Washington wanted older workers to retire at 65, they needed to help by pressuring them to exit workplaces. The Social Security Act was pejoratively called the “Old Age Act” by many which probably also contributed to age discrimination.

$45Schlein/Washington Watch: Telemedicine on Ascendency – Or the Chopping Block? Approx. 1825 words.
Additional uses of telemedicine have also taken off including large increases in the use of 
remote monitoring tools in people’s homes that track vital signs of patients with chronic illnesses such as diabetes. But while companies have jumped in with both barrels to offer remote urgent care, virtual primary care and new wearable technologies to monitor patient health, their reason wasn’t only the pandemic, but profit.
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Unless Congress moves to act, most Medicare beneficiaries will not longer be able to take advantage of these services as soon as the public health emergency is declared over with. 
That change, back to the old rules, will mean that the only time video and audio chats can be 
used will be in specific rural areas, and doctors will be required to be receiving the calls from 
medical facilities like offices or hospitals.
$30Neff: Washington Watch cartoon.

$30Beeson/Sam’s Side: Part Three. Approx. 1200 words.
In my marriage of just shy of 37 years, the heartbreak was reserved for me. My wife was one of the 600,000 (to date) Americans who died of Covid19. It was a fast, cruel and soul-crushing death. It was not peaceful. It was not a relief, as some deaths are. It was monstrous. And it brought to a sudden and abrupt close the best part of my life, and introduced the most terrifying.
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But as someone said to me, the pain shows how much you loved and were loved. You cannot go through life as a germophobe. In this writer’s opinion, that is no way to live. As Tennyson said, “’Tis better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all.” 
$35Telleen-Lawton/Serendipity: Covid Bycatch. Approx. 600 words.
I witnessed these environmental effects most intensely on the days I volunteered at a vaccination clinic in my city. As a “roadrunner” for a drive-through hospital clinic, my most important job was keeping the cars scooted up one behind the other to keep the lines moving. The idling cars made for efficient lanes but inefficient energy use. 

$30Cohen/Dear Pharmacist: Breathe Easier with These Asthma Products . Approx. 425 words.
About 25 million Americans have asthma, and attacks may be mild and short-lived, or serious. Today’s article is for those of you who wish to breathe easier and are seeking natural options to use adjectively with your medication. 
$35Vidro/The Cautious Consumer Guy. The Illogic of Prescription Drug Prices. Approx. 1100 words.
I went with her to the drugstore. Her copay for one pill was the same as it had been in the past for 30 pills. I asked the pharmacist if this was a mistake. No, he explained. The price is per fill or refill. Not per pill.
$30Cohen/Dear Pharmacist: Why A Dill Pickle’s Good for You. Approx. 550 words.
Anethum graveolens, commonly called dill or dill weed, has been used for eons because it has incredible health benefits for your intestinal tract. It can help with diarrhea, flatulence, indigestion and stomach pain. It stimulates appetite too. Active constituents in dill stimulate and activate digestive juices and bile so it aids digestion.
$30Fowler/Eat Right Now: Energy Crisis: Has Your Get-up-and-go Got up and Went? Approx. 850 words.
After we consume food and beverage (and TV), we become what we consume. How we feel at this moment is linked to our last meal. If we snarfed a big ole pile of hard-to-digest biscuits and greasy gravy, fried food, or steak and ‘taters sans vegetables or salad, we’re lethargic from energy-robbing digestion. 

$35Telleen-Lawton/Money Sense: Social Security and the CPI-E. Approx. 750 words.
Each year since 1975, Social Security payments have risen by the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). A zero adjustment accompanies low inflation years like 2009 and 2010. The last four years have averaged under 2%, but the 2022 increase is expected to be the highest since 2008 at 4.5%.
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Seniors’ groups advocate for using the CPI-E, which better reflects the increased costs for elders. The CPI-E index could increase payments as much as 0.25% per year more than CPI-W. Over the 20-year average collection period, it could result in a payment 4% higher or more. 
$35Vidro/The Cautious Consumer Guy: A Warranty Offer You Should Ignore. Approx. 875 words.
The return address of “Personal & Confidential” is useless. A return address is supposed to state who the mail is coming from. This one wasn’t saying. That means the sender doesn’t want you to know, at least not right away. Why not? Because if you knew who it was from, you would discard the scheming offer without bothering to read it.
$30David/Legal Ease: Second Marriage, Surviving Spouse, Kids’ Share -- and Several Solutions. Approx. 775 words.
To make sure that each of your children receive a portion of each of your estates, you could each name your own children as the beneficiaries of certain of your separate assets which remain outside of the trust. Those assets might include a life insurance policy or policies, certain bank and/or investment accounts, certificates of deposit, or perhaps even retirement accounts.
$35Vidro/The Cautious Consumer Guy: The ‘Automatic Renewal’ Ploy. Approx. 825 words.
Automatic renewals can cause confusion. Many a person, especially the elderly, receive these renewals and conclude – despite having no memory of having done so – they must have 
renewed. And so they pay the requested fee. Even if they no longer want to subscribe.

$35DeLaurentis/Bob’s Tech Talk Extra: How to Protect Personal Photos and Videos. Approx. 725 words.
As you try to work out what is best for your situation, note that there are more combinations of hardware and software than would comfortably fit in a single article. However, I can provide some tips to get you started in the right direction.
$30DeLaurentis: Removing Apps, Tracker Tags, and Google Photos New Fees. Approx. 775 words.
A word of caution: while you cannot damage a phone by deleting an unwanted app, you can lose data. Be sure the app is really never used before you remove it. If you delete an app by mistake, you should be able to re-install it, but data associated with the app will be lost.

$30Block: History Tucked into the Suburban Present. Approx. 825 words. Photos.
The Littleton Museum has permanent exhibits which trace the area’s history from the time when Arapaho, Cheyenne and Ute Native Americans passed through to the pioneer era to more recent days. Its role as an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, along with the attractions of two living history farms, are part of the reason why it’s ranked among the most outstanding history museums in the country.
$30Pribus: History and Charm in Charlottesville, Virginia. Approx. 1075 words. Photos.
Thomas Jefferson, our third president, was also an ambassador, winemaker, musician, founder of the University of Virginia, and self-labeled "patriotic gardener." He kept detailed records of just about everything, including his experimentation with more than 70 kinds of vegetables.
$30Witham: Season Cliffhanger. Approx. 725 words. Graphic.
“I’m doing 20 miles per hour,” Pat said, without turning her head. Her knuckles were colorless and she was gripping the steering wheel so tightly I thought she might leave hand prints that even Armor All Heavy Duty Cleanser couldn’t get rid of.
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A truck towing a large camper approached heading down the grade. He was riding the yellow line. Pat moved over a little. I thought about praying but all I could remember was “Now I lay me down to sleep...” and “If I die before I wake...”

$30McCune/Tunnel Visions: How Much Is That Doggie Bag in the Restaurant Window, And Does Using it Label Me as Cheap or Old? Approx. 600 words.
Or is my problem the association of baggies with aging? I have sufficient signs of my status, what with my gray hair and creaking knees, shortened temper, and equally shortened height. I don’t need anyone, or myself, using my salvage of leftovers as an additional indicator of my status.
$30Coleman: The Official Dog Walker’s Mission. Approx. 950 words.
Instead of barking out, “All right, Sherlock,” I heard a whisper in my head: “Come on, John.” It was the gentle voice of a man who is coming of age. I’m not talking about when a boy becomes a young adult, but when a man on 60’s heels begins to understand that with age comes at least a little wisdom.
 $30Bardy: The Woman I’ll Never Be. Approx. 800 words.
I recently learned that another vain senior lives in my town. I know this because I observed three 20-something girls discussing her as I sat in a local diner. “Helen has to be in her late 60s,” one girl said,” and can you believe she still bothers wearing makeup?”
$30Youngman: The Changing Seasons – Who Do We Dress For? Approx. 425 words. Photo.
There is a knowing that comes with maturity. A woman learns when she feels good about herself, she can then concentrate on others. Be forewarned, it is advanced thinking and only comes with maturity. 
$30Lickel/The Other Side of 60: Growing Up Is Hard to Do! Approx. 800 words.
I will be 60 this year, but I will always be #daddyslittlegirl, seen and rarely heard. I have accepted this, having heard it all my life, and generally ignore it. Even my husband has stopped getting tetchy when he receives well-meaning advice, though we admit it got easier to take after his own father passed away.
$30Wolfsie: Some Good Old Advice. Approx. 575 words.
Change your sheets every Sunday. People who change their sheets every Sunday are less likely to develop allergies that disrupt sleep. (No wonder I can’t sleep. We always change sheets on Saturday.)
$30Chalk: Living Retired: Folding Lawn Chairs Don’t Sit Well with Men. Approx. 750 words.
With a bit of luck, you’ll end up in the chair! That’s the good news. The bad news is after sitting with your forehead level with your knobby knees your body takes on the shape of a crumpled bag of Doritos corn chips – which isn’t a problem until men my age drink beer and have to get up to go to the bathroom! 

$30Lynch/Silver Screen, Golden Memories. Rationing - 1944. Approx. 775 words. Photos. 
She is a model of efficiency, gives him forms to fill out in triplicate and cautions him that he must not sell any merchandise in his store that require tokens, or “points’ without the customer turning in those points with the payment. The audience at that time surely could relate and smile.
$30Breslin: Sad Movies Always Make Me Cry. Approx. 925 words.
Well, my mother suddenly started to laugh in the middle of the movie. As heads turned toward us and eyes glared at us, I asked my mother why on earth she was laughing. She explained that one of the actresses in the movie had such yellow teeth, she'd thought that she was Old Yeller, not the dog!
$30Rearick: My Sentimental Journey. Approx. 500 words.
But “Sentimental Journey” set the emotional bar for Mama and me. For the rest of her life, anytime that movie was mentioned either in conversation, a recorded version of the song, or anytime the movie was replayed on television, Mama would look over at me with a knowing smile. 

$30Justo: Go for the Golden. Approx. 975 words.
I don’t like that there are more of my friends and family on the other side than here. I refuse to remove them from my address list. It feels like the light is slowly being turned off like some cosmic dimmer switch and I wonder. If I fade away, will everything in my world go with me? There should be a rule that we all go together. 
$30Finn/Finnicky: Silence Is Golden. Approx 650 words.
I wish I could say, “Lesson learned.” Others, like myself (maybe there is one other like 
myself) just don’t get the scam part of being connected. Today, the crooks are from far away, but just as crafty.
$30Reid: The 99-Cent Strategy That Affects Us All. Approx. 350 words.
 Robert Schindler of the Rutgers Business School studied prices at a women’s clothing store and found that the 1 cent difference between prices ending in .99 and .00 had “a considerable effect on sales.”
$30White-Walker: Approx. Mother Teresa and Uncle Giuseppe in the Same Breath? Impossible! 775 words.
But Mother Teresa did end up meeting two of my cousins, and was even chauffeured around by one of them in the back hills of Kentucky when she was looking to establish a convent for her sisters who would be caring for “the poorest of the poor.” 

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$30Patterson: Our America: September 11 at Twenty.  Approx. 575 words. Photos.
These words from 20 years ago are a valuable lesson for today. Feliciano ended with another valuable lesson: “We must band together in solidarity, for as a nation, there has never been an equal, and as a people, there will never be a dilemma that we cannot overcome.” 

$45Schlein/Washington Watch: New Hope for Alzheimer’s Relief? Studies Are ‘Muddy,’ Reviews Are Mixed. Approx. 1825 words.
It is the first new Alzheimer’s treatment since 2003 and the first treatment ever sold to slow the deterioration in brain function caused by the disease, not just to ease symptoms. Other drugs for the disease only temporarily ease symptoms like memory problems, insomnia and depression. 
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Where this all gets even more controversial – for the patients and their families – is the cost. Aduhelm is expected to carry a price tag of $56,000 a year per patient and it has the potential to be used by millions of patients, adding multi-billions of dollars to the nation’s health tab – with Medicare and Medicaid picking up the bulk of that, depending how FDA writes the rules. 
$30Neff: Washington Watch cartoon.
$35Telleen-Lawton: Corporate Tax: Yell or Yawn? Approx. 725 words.
Proponents and opponents of corporate tax might agree that appropriate tax policies are difficult to enact because reality is not as predictable as theory would propose. What most people care about is fairness. We don’t want some companies freeloading on the rest of us or burdening future generations. 

$35DeLaurentis/Bob’s Tech Talk Extra: Home Automation Do’s and Don’ts. Approx. 800 words.
Most home automation products are hard to set up, they do not work and play well with others, and even the best devices are occasionally unresponsive. Like a desert mirage, visions of a push-button future always feel just out of reach.
$30DeLaurentis/Bob’s Tech Talk: Windows 11, Teaching Online, Apple Watch Battery Life. Approx. 775 words.
My advice is to hold off a while unless you have a PC dedicated to testing. The usual caveats apply to pre-release versions of software. Expect bugs, potential data loss, and no real support.
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Google Takeout
It sounds like another food delivery service, but Takeout is actually a way to find out what Google knows about you.
$30Coleman: Product Literature in Terrible English (PLITE). Approx. 825 words. Photo.
The tips crescendo with a whimper: “Proper keeping in pocket avoding finding nowhere.” 
Incorrect spelling slams into bizarre diction. How about, “If this wallet falls out of your pocket, kiss that baby goodbye”? Anyway, take it from me, if your pocket lets this metal munchkin escape, you need new trousers.
$30Levine/Levine’s Levity: Turning to Tech...Slowly. Approx. 750 words.
Rolling down the windows on our 1976 Pinto didn’t invite in enough cooling air. We weren’t on a bridge over a troubled marriage, but with each interminable minute on the bridge my wife clamored for A/C on our next car. I had to agree; we needed to get with the mainstream, in which more than half of all cars had A/C by 1969. 

$35Vidro/Cautious Consumer Guy: The Cryptocurrency Craze. Approx. 875 words. 
The touted advantage of cryptocurrency is that its usage cannot be traced. Which sounds great if, for example, you are a kidnapper or hacker and want to collect a ransom without risking detection. But do the rest of us need such currency?. 
 $35Vidro/Cautious Consumer Guy: Where Did the Missing $20 Go? Approx. 800 words.  
I asked if this had ever happened before, and she told me, somewhat dolefully, that yes, the computerized system misreads check amounts now and then, perhaps a dozen times a year. And this was one of those times.
$30David/Legal Ease: Lots of Reasons to Rethink This Plan. Approx. 675 words.
 If your daughter passes away prior to dividing the assets with her siblings, those assets will pass through her estate and your other children will end up getting nothing unless your daughter has named them as beneficiaries in her estate plan.

$30Cohen/Dear Pharmacist: Get Control of Headaches Once and For All. Approx. 500 words.
NF Kappa B as a natural compound in your body, but one that is associated with migraines. Activation of this substance is also associated with facial pain, autoimmune diseases, depression, anxiety, attention deficit, diabetes, chronic infections, obesity and just the mere fact that you’re aging.
$30Cohen/Dear Pharmacist: How Certain Medications Increase Lung Complications. Approx. 500 words.
You may not realize this, but two categories of medication can suppress zinc in the human body. Those include the antihypertensives which lower blood pressure, and the acid-reducing medications for heartburn. 
$30Reid: Anyone Else Tired of Drug Ads on TV? Approx. 375 words.
But is smoking cigarettes any more dangerous than some of these prescription drugs? Does cigarette smoking lead to fever, muscle pain, depression, or suicidal thoughts? 
$30Bardy/Laverne’s View: Windshield Wipers Might Work . Approx. 650 words.
The third surgery was a success, until I felt what I thought was an eyelash irritating my eye, and attempted to gently remove it, but the “lash” grew longer and longer in length. When it reached two feet I phoned the surgeon.

$30Witham/Ernie’s World: Water Sight to Behold. Approx. 700 words. Photos.
We had walked to the base of Yosemite Falls and took a selfie that artfully included not only the scenic wonder but 50 other couples behind us with upraised iPhones. Hope their shots featured more than two large noses and my index finger.

$35Telleen-Lawton/Serendipity: Rookie Rewards or the Delights of a Dilettante. Approx. 725 words. 
The last finding surprised and interested me. It appears that people may learn better when tackling multiple new skills at once. In the study, adults over age 55 tasked with taking on three new skills “not only acquired proficiency in these areas but improved their cognitive functioning overall, including working and episodic memory.”
$30Laundrie: Slowing Down Time. Approx. 900 words.
But how do we slow down time? Researchers have found these four things help: have new experiences, feel productive by setting goals and working to achieve them, be fully engaged in your activities, and keep a journal. 
$30Youngman: Wish I Could Remember Where My Memory Went. Approx. 625 words. 
On the other hand, there is a small window when I can always find my cell phone, which means one of the grandkids is in residence. I can double down they are playing a video game on it. On the sunny side, at least a few days a week, I can find it without a lot of wandering. 
$30Thiery: What Kind of a Run-down Joint Is This? Approx. 750 words.
It’s like being married to the bionic man. He has so much metal in his body that I came up with a plan. I would buy a huge magnet and force him to accompany me against his will to every mall and craft show. That plan failed when I found out that metal joint replacements are made of titanium, which is not magnetic. Drat!
$30Rearick/Puttin’ on the Gritz: Project Run Amok. Approx. 750 words.
I made a mental inventory of what I’d stuffed inside that drawer. OMG. In the brain lobe responsible for memory, I saw a flesh-colored stretched-out girdle from 1964 that promised to make me look slim. I looked like Newt Gingrich in drag. 

$30Lynch/Silver Screen, Golden Memories: Nancy Drew…Detective - 1938. Approx. 775 words. Photos.
The plot is fast paced, almost as fast as Nancy’s rapid-fire speech. A rich, elderly woman is kidnapped, and Nancy drags poor Ted along on a spree of clues, thugs, and ineffectual police represented by Captain Tweedy, to save the day. Ted is useful because he can tackle people and knows a lot about carrier pigeons. No, really, that’s a thing. 
$30Dee/History of Rock ‘n’ Roll: In the 1950s, Jukeboxes Ruled! Approx. 925 words.
The name "jukebox" was adapted from the term "juke joint" from the 1940s, which referred to an establishment that featured dancing, music, drinking and even gambling...Although the jukebox is associated with rock and roll, it touched every generation of music and every genre – country, rockabilly, R&B, and even classical, opera and swing music.
$30Cook: My Mother, the Frugal Finn. Approx. 800 words.
The problem was solved by placing me in the center of a gaggle of nuns whose long black habits concealed the offending shoes. While the other kids marched into the church two by two, I shuffled in like a fugitive, surrounded by nuns. 
$30Finn/Finnicky: Book it at the Library.  Approx. 550 words.
Motivated by the lock and key exhibit, I contributed a display of unusual cookbooks. I threw in a few pretty china cups and saucers just to dress it up a bit. I may not own valuable jewelry, but I will brag, brag, brag about my cookbook written in Old English.
 $30Duke: Purple Thumbs? Approx. 875 words.
You don’t know how many Sundays, I went to church with purple-stained thumbs from shelling a few bushels of Mississippi pink-eyed purple hulls. Funny thing is everyone knew exactly why my thumbs were purple but no one ever mentioned it. I wonder what would have happened had I showed up to work when I worked at the Pentagon with purple fingers?
$35Vidro: When Kids Delivered Newspapers. Approx. 875 words.
If paid with a dollar bill, we provided correct change. It was good training for, years later, balancing a checkbook and making a budget. Being a paper boy or girl also taught us time management. I wonder how many kids learn those skills today.
$30Crombie: Up Car, Going Up: The Department Store of the 1940s. Approx. 725 words.
 Rhodes had a music department where, for one dollar, you could buy a record album. Sheet music was a big item; a willing clerk would even pump out the melody for prospective buyers on an old upright.

$30Healy: My Summer of Talking to Foxes. Approx. 550 words. Photo.
Perhaps I will declare this my summer of authentic listening – not just for foxes, but for listening to the earth. My summer for sitting beneath birds’ nests and hearing their hunger for life. My summer for walking into the woods and listening for the heartbeat of trees.
$30McCune/Tunnel Visions: I Learn – If the Glass Is Half-full, I Won’t Drown in It. Approx. 500 words.
I was ready to fling the magazine down. All these happy, or at least contented people were making me recoil. Hadn’t they noticed what’s going on around them? Then I asked myself, “What’s your problem? Do you want people to be miserable and depressed?” Am I a “depressive realist?’” 
$30Gendusa: The Music Just Beyond the Doors. Approx. 825 words.
Yet somehow, the magic that makes life whirl like the wind in the mountains reminds me that we all remain connected to the past, to those we love, and not even death can stop the dance.
$30Breslin:  Just Give Me a Buzz on My Landline. Approx. 875 words.
I couldn't remember where the outside phone box was located. Visions of myself dangling by the seat of my pants from a telephone pole made me think that it might be worth my while to just fork over the $100 for the repairman. Still, I grabbed a phone and headed outside.
$30White-Walker: A Look Into Lunacy. Approx. 975 words.
The neighbors weren’t watching everything my parents did; they were HEARING everything they did, because when two people are about as compatible as Gandhi and Mussolini, even the state that they live in isn't big enough for the two of them. It started as early as 6 a.m. when Mom turned into a nagging human alarm clock.