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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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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.
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$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.
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$30 Fowler/Eat Right Now: Pumpkin: Autumn Gold. Approx. 650 words.
Pumpkin seeds provide overall prostate health (zinc), improved bladder function, prevent kidney stones, lower cholesterol levels and can treat depression with their L-tryptophan, a compound naturally effective against depression. Pumpkin seeds’ (pepitas) anti-inflammatory qualities can help prevent osteoporosis, cancer, diabetes, and age-related macular degeneration.
$30 Chalk/Living Retired: Pumpkin Lalapalooza. Approx. 525 words.
It began last weekend when my wife Jan and I were enjoying an autumn afternoon drive through the countryside looking at the beautiful fall colors and the proliferation of pumpkins.
$30 Finn/Finnicky: Treat or Treat. Approx. 725 words. I grew up on Long Island at a time when we raked the leaves in our yard and were allowed to burn them. Leaves were everywhere and I enjoyed the sound of my rake as it scratched the sidewalk, pushing mounds of leaves to the road to be burned. $30 Gendusa: Surviving Our Worst Thanksgiving Day. Approx. 850 words.
Out of the blue – and to this day, I have no idea why – I remember suddenly sensing it was my responsibility to spread cheer to this abandoned-looking group. To my utter surprise, by the time the tasteless pecan pie was served, our wheelchairs were shaking with laughter.
$30 Witham/Ernie’s World: Come On, Baby, Do the Mashed Potato. Approx. 725 words. “Twenty-two pounds? Wow!” “Butterball? No kidding.” “Enough giblets to make a gallon of guts gravy? Yum!” We all took turns looking at the turkey when Grammy opened the oven. There were many opinions as to when it would be ready. Most common one: no time in the immediate future. $30 Wilkening: Earmuff Inventor Did It with Help from His Grandmother. Approx. 700 words. He is also credited with the invention of the wide-bottom kettle, a folding bed, a decoy mouse trip, a donut hook, and a shock absorber design that led to components in airplane landing gear that are still used to this day. $30 McCune/Tunnel Visions: GOOD GRIEF! What Helps When Dealing with Grief. Approx. 625 words. [Note: Grief Awareness Week is December 2 to 8; Children’s Grief Awareness Day is November 19]
“I didn’t know what to say or do” is often the rejoinder. Sorry, I just don’t buy that. If friends matter, and to me they’re the only thing that does in the end, they deserve our acknowledgment of their pain and loss. It’s never too late to acknowledge someone’s suffering.
$45 Schlein/Washington Watch: Seniors Could See Big Benefits in "Human Infrastructure" Proposals. Approx. 1100 words. The ACA subsidies would reduce the amount Obamacare enrollees have to pay to no more than 8.5% of their income -- particularly useful for frail elderly Americans --- and make assistance available to more Americans. $30Neff: Washington Watch cartoon. $30 Telleen-Lawton/Serendipity: Be a Voting Volunteer . Approx. 825 words. Indeed, the poll was both an efficient and pleasant place. Voters were welcomed and guided through the several-step process. First-time voters were celebrated with claps and cheers while problems were attacked with persistence.
$30 Cohen/Dear Pharmacist: Folate Helps with Brain and Personality. Approx. 450 words. Alzheimer’s is a memory disorder that affects more than 6 million Americans according to the Alzheimer’s Association. On an interesting side note, I can’t help but question how any people with memory disorders are suffering from the “drug mugging” effect of other medications they started a few years ago. $30 Cohen/Dear Pharmacist: How to Manage Hypertension with Modern Treatments. Approx. 500 words. Blood pressure elevations do not happen overnight, they are the symptom of another disease so please do not ignore the warning signs of headache, nose bleeds, fatigue and edema.
$35 Vidro/The Cautious Consumer Guy: Save Money by Minimizing Loan Interest. Approx. 800 words.
Why pay down your loan balance? Because it results in your interest rate being applied
subsequently to a smaller principal, meaning less money paid in interest over the life of the loan. Some mortgages, though, are drawn up in language that prohibits you from paying down your balance until after all your interest is paid off. This is to the lender’s advantage, for it guarantees that the maximum amount of interest will be paid on your loan. $35 Vidro/The Cautious Consumer Guy: Facts and Fallacies About Stock Dividends. Approx. 825 words.
In her view, because we were at the dawn of a new century and had advanced beyond mere dividends, and we now focused purely on stock price, etc. But I never stopped championing dividend-paying stocks. Whether a stock goes up or down in price, you are much better off if that stock pays you dividends.
$30 David/Legal Ease: Avoid Worst Case Scenarios – Go Beyond the Basics. Approx. 700 words.
A common misconception is that probate can be avoided by preparing a last will and testament. This is not true. Having a will has no bearing on whether probate will be required when an individual dies. $35 Telleen-Lawton/Money Sense: Economics of Renewable Energy for You. Approx. 850 words. Our homes are also becoming more climate resilient. A Pew Research Center survey found 6% of U.S. homeowners say they have already installed solar panels at home. This is a small percentage, to be sure, but even this has saved the equivalent of over 130 million acres of forest. $35 Vidro/Cautious Consumer Guy: Folks of All Ages Need Financial Literacy. Approx. 900 words. The result of this non-requirement? Students graduate who are whizzes at clicking Internet buttons at rapid speed to spend their (or their parents’) money, yet are untrained at spotting scams, and far too quick to part with what should be private financial information, such as bank account or Social Security numbers.
$30 DeLaurentis/Bob’s Tech Talk: Emoji Dictionary, Device Chargers, Windows 11 Update. Approx. 775 words. Microsoft’s initial Windows 11 hardware requirements touched off a backlash by some customers. To make a tough situation harder, there were conflicting messages about exactly what the requirements were, and the test app to check for Windows 11 compatibility was pulled back for inaccuracies. $35 DeLaurentis/Bob’s Tech Talk Extra: Smartphones in Cars. Approx. 750 words. Fortunately, there are less-expensive options to enjoy music and audio books in your car. Thanks to my lifelong fondness for older cars, I have used all of following techniques at one time or another. Many smartphones are smart enough to enable a do not disturb mode while driving. If your smartphone has this feature, I implore you to use it. For your own safety, and for everyone else who shares the road.
$30 Block: Cruises That Are More than Deck Chairs and Endless Buffets. Approx. 900 words. Photos. Whatever, hobby, pursuit or pastime you enjoy, it’s possible there’s a voyage that will let you combine it with the pleasures of cruising. From food to the latest fashions, music to mystery -- the offerings are as varied as the destinations which are included on ship itineraries.
$30 Bardy/Laverne’s View: Reinventing Yourself over 50. Approx. 850 words.
Stop yielding to yesterday’s belief of what seniors are supposed to look like. We walk around like we’ve got expiration dates stamped on our foreheads, but examples of 50 and over are George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Costner, Michele Pfeiffer, Meryl Streep, Brad Pit, and Richard Gere.
$30 Justo: Wrong to Bare Arms. Approx. 825 words People get old, people get ill, bodies change, and in case you don’t remember, they also decay and drop off. They are temporary. As women we are constantly judged and criticized about the way that we look as our bodies shift and change. $30 Lickel/The Other Side of 60: Sandwich Filling. Approx. 675 words. I feel like ham salad, ground and blended with pickles, as I negotiate healthcare by adding my name to their emergency contacts and make sure they can switch health care providers and know the pharmacist will step in to help when they don’t want to bother me to handle their prescriptions. $30 Coleman/Notes from the Hut: Kodak Moments from Pop’s School House Approx. 825 words. Photo.
Photographs are priceless, but I’d rather live them than take them, which is what I’ve
been up to lately. For as much tragedy as the coronavirus has wrought, its restrictions have granted me a blessing: the establishment of Pop’s School House in my backyard writing hut. $30 Thiery/Levity & Brevity: Let’s Not Argue; Let’s Just Say That We Did. Approx. 575 words. Married subjects over the age of 70 were not permitted to participate, probably because it is hard to work up a good argument between two people who have been together for decades. By now, we seniors know each other so well that we can conduct an entire argument, from opening volley to final rejoinder, without saying a single word.
$30 Lynch/Silver Screen, Golden Memories: The Singing Cowboy - 1936 . Approx. 775 words. Photos.
So, let’s see. In the first 10 minutes you’ve got a villain out to get the ranch, a murder, arson, and a moppet totally paralyzed from the neck down (except when she forgets and moves her arms), who needs a $10,000 operation.
Gene joked about himself, that he was not the best singer, or a very good actor or even horse rider, but for teaching decency to his young fans, he was tops. $30 Youngman: It Should Have Been Called Lifelong Lessons Instead of Just Home Ec. Approx. 900 words.
Later in the week, I was stunned when Mark Olberding called my office. This friendly gent admitted that in all of his playing years in college and professional basketball, giving away thousands of dollars in free tickets, I was the first guest to send him a thank you note. Ever.
$30 LeVia: Captain D, Yeah That Was Me. Approx. 850 words. Photos.
I was the original Captain D and traveled the country making personal appearances in many venues.. As a veteran character actor and professional storyteller, I leveraged my expertise by developing a presentation specifically for schools. Most effective were in elementary schools.
$30 Dee/Rock ‘n’ Roll History: Over 50 Years Later, the Mystery of the “Ode to Billie Joe” Continues. Approx. 600 words.
“Ode to Billie Joe” originally was 11 verses long and ran about eight minutes, so it was cut by half, and a string section was added to it. “Mississippi Delta” was released in 1967, but DJs began to play the B-side, “Ode to Billie Joe,” more often because they found it so catchy...and intriguing.
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$30 Lawson: Coulrophobia. Approx. 600 words. Photo.
I learned you can hire a creepy clown to jump out of the bushes and scare someone – like locally, like here in my neighborhood. Good to know but now I cannot go outside without watching the bushes. And seriously, like what holiday is that? Surprise! Wet your pants day?
$30 Breslin: There’s a Mouse in the House. Approx. 775 words. “Yeah, he’s just adorable,” my husband said, rolling his eyes. “Please don’t tell me you’re thinking about keeping him as a pet.” Actually, the thought had crossed my mind. I’d even thought about naming him “Mickey.” The only thing that prevented me from keeping Mickey as a pet was he probably would have ended up being Exhibit-A at my divorce trial. $30 Wilkening: Pickled over Pickleball. Approx. 550 words. It’s not a card game. And has nothing to do with pickles. Actually, it has as at times been named the “fastest growing sport in the country” since it was invented in 1965. It can be played at all ages but has proven particularly popular with anyone over 55 in age. $30 Murphy/Social Insecurity: My Kids Did Okay Despite the Books I Read to Them. Approx. 900 words.
Porky Pig is a character who is quite human-like in every way except one — he does not wear any pants! Looking back, I wonder now if it is possible that I was exposing my children as infants to pig porn!
$30 Wolfsie: Book Recalls! Approx. 550 words.
I’m drawn mostly to non-fiction, which is all about getting information I can use to try to look smart when I am out with my snooty friends. But since I don’t recall most of what I’ve read, I’m wondering what the point is.