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December 2016

Come Join the Band

The first Prime Time Band, organized by local music educators and musical business owners, began in 1995 with 30 participants. Half of these had never before played an instrument.

Many are still in the band over 20 years later. I was approaching a decade birthday, and had been experimenting with new things all year. I agreed to take a few months of lessons and then contact him.

November 2016

Enjoy Your Holidays, but Keep Your Eyes Open for Signs of Elder Abuse

The scammers who can do the most damage, financially and emotionally, are the ones who target lonely seniors and “befriend” them. The senior trusts the scammer and feels he or she can help. That’s when the money begins to slip out of Aunt Irma’s bank account and is gone forever.


Potpourri: Stuff You Need to Know to Stay Safe While Traveling and at Home

When you rent a “connected car” that has hands-free calls and texting, web browsing, streaming music, you give the car your personal information. Of course when you return the car, you may not think about it, but that information stays in the car. And the next person to rent the car, or employees of the rental company or anonymous hackers may all be easily able to tap your information.

Tunnel Visions

The Advantages of Procrastination – How It’s Helpful, Fulfilling, Stress-reducing, Especially During the Holidays

Physical chores are especially suitable for procrastination, since I don’t enjoy doing them. Perhaps you, like me, have put off making a bed. By night time, I don’t care if the covers are smooth and the pillows plumped. I simply fall into it.

Miss Nora
Ask Miss Nora

Too Many Cooks

Inform your spoiled brat husband that it is a big deal to be undermined in your own home and ask that he support your wishes or he’ll be welcome to put his foot, laundry and all other possessions back down at his mother’s house.


Tires Grow Old Too!

Heavily loaded tires stored outdoors in sunny, hot climates and only driven occasionally see the most severe service conditions and potentially have the shortest calendar lifespan. Motorhomes are a good example. Lightly loaded tires on vehicles parked in garages and driven daily in moderate climates can have the longest life.

October 2016

Holiday Shopping Season is Near: Here are Gift Ideas for the Person Who Loses Things

Suppose the item you lose is your phone or tracker. Tap one of the items you have attached a tracker to and it will cause the phone or tablet to ring, even if you’ve set it on silent mode.

Miss Nora
Ask Miss Nora

You Reap What You Sow

We all have grandchildren, comfortable homes and happy lives and we enjoy talking about them. We get together to share our crafts and have a little social outing, not to be an audience for this windbag. She is ruining it for everyone.

Gray Matter

Stink at Buying Holiday Gifts? You’re Not Alone

Don’t you hate people who always buy the perfect gift? And it’s always so prettily wrapped in some shiny paper, that you have to special order over the summer, with a little gift memento entwined in the gorgeously twirled ribbon, all held together with one tiny delicate piece of tape. I buy my ribbons at the dollar store and I tape my packages like I’m afraid something inside the box will escape.

Silver Screen, Golden Years

‘Reality’ Radio

Just as Orson Welles' version was set in his time in the late 1930s and reflected it by use of the radio, and just as author H.G. Wells' original story reflected London of the 1890s, so too, this movie gives us a glimpse of the early 1950s, our innocence as well as our sophistication, our atom bomb and the electronic Martian "eye" that is described "like a television camera."

Vintage Vibes

Gun‑totin’ Grannies

One night a car stayed on her bumper for miles, trying to force her off the road several times. She had to keep accelerating until finally she held her pistol up where the other driver could see it. The car dropped back, way back. This was just one of the situations where Cora Sue believed a firearm protected her life.

The Midnight Gardener

Great Veggies for 2017

The AAS mission is "to promote new garden seed varieties with superior garden performance judged in impartial trials in North America." I am growing these new varieties this year because, although they are short in stature, they are heavy on harvest and big on flavor.

Deal Me In

Pilarski Has Left the Building

I am not completely going away. I still have another book on gambling that will be coming out soon, refresh my website ( to include all 1,040 of my columns, and I will remain active in the Twittersphere.

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So, finally, what was the most often asked question I have gotten over all these years in the gambling business? It was when I worked on the casino floor. Nick, drum roll, please… “Where’s the bathroom?”

Health, Wellness & the Good Life

Tactics to Increase Accessibility in Your Home

Today's grab bars come in designs that provide architectural interest as well as safety. Materials include teak wood which is waterproof, various metallic finishes, and even glow-in-the-dark acrylic. One interesting application has built-in LED lighting which creates an all-in-one night light/grab handle.

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