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September 2016

5 Lessons I Learned from Old People

After working in facilities and seeing some people (even young ones who were there due to accidents) I learned that life is short, you do not have forever. Stop waiting for a better time or 20 years will fly by. Say yes and do it. Live your life before your life is lived.

Passport Perspectives

What Does it Really Take to Move Overseas?

It may surprise you, but what we have seen take people down, destroying their retirement dreams and sometimes even their marriages, are the emotional and psychological challenges one faces in adjusting to their new lifestyle overseas.

The Midnight Gardener

The Scent of Herbs

The leaves of the lemon-scented herbs are an irresistible mixture of sweet and citrus that compliments the lighter foods, drinks and desserts of summer. Use only the leaves when cooking or drying. Instead of discarding the leftover stems, run them through the garbage disposal with hot water and enjoy the clean, refreshing scent.

August 2016
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A Free Spirited Change of Fortune

However, as I get older (and now, old) I'm constantly told that I should “act my age,” dress more conservatively and be more unobtrusive when in public. Last week, my granddaughter actually told me to stop singing so loudly while we were in a shop at a shopping mall and the music in the store was considerably louder than I was!

Gray Matter

Crazy from the Heat

The truth is that extreme heat causes sun poisoning, burned shoulders, and looser ear wax. Hot weather makes us irritable, violent, and depressed. In other words, the heat makes you crazy. And I'm not kidding about the ear wax thing.

Deal Me In

Quick Draw McGraw: ‘I’ll do the thinnin’ around here – and don’t you forget it!’

What is working against her and her Quick Draw McGraw speed is the total amount she is wagering, especially against any machine that carries a high house edge – which, by the way, is all of them.

July 2016

Summer Potpourri

Some of the ads went farther, claiming the programs are clinically proven to help improve the symptoms of age-related cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease, strokes, as well as conditions that affect younger people. Some of their ads using wording such as, “our results are clinically proven, scientifically measurable and permanent.” The Federal Trade Commission now says these claims are unproven and not based on solid science.

Gray Matter

The Ten Commandments of Grocery Store Shopping We Wish Everyone Would Follow

Thou shalt respect personal space at the register...  If you continue to breathe on me, I will pretend to go through my pockets looking for my debit card for an extraordinary amount of time and will begin to ask the cashier about her cats.

Silver Screen, Golden Years

Gas Rationing in World War II-era Movies

As noted in Life magazine of August 27, 1945, the end of rationing received as much joyful hysteria across the nation as did the end of the war.

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Witness Protection Program

Perhaps she’s lonely. Maybe she’s used to full-time activities or large gatherings and has moved away from the throng and misses the connection such events gave her. It also sounds as though she might be trying to engage the neighbors in similar camaraderie.

Deal Me In

Are Players Falling in Love with this Machine, Or Is this Just a Passing Attraction?

Some players actually respond to the looks and personalities of these virtual dealers. It is one thing to have an affection for a machine that offers a decent return, another when players develop a love interest in an avatar. There's "into you," and then there is "head-over-heels gaga." I have seen female Table Master virtual dealers tip a man over that edge.

June 2016
Silver Screen, Golden Years

Clifton Webb in Stars and Stripes Forever

In real life, he was a renaissance man composer of scores of songs, operettas, even wrote novels and articles. In the movie, he wants to play his romantic ballads, but the public prefers his marches.


Finding the Right Retirement Community

You could also compare today's retirement communities to college campuses for seniors. They usually have an exercise room, a game room and an abundance of free weekly classes that teach everything from crafts to foreign languages, meditation, and how to write short stories and memoirs.

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Episodic Anguish

Instead of seeing this as an awkward situation, perhaps you should recognize that your husband actually relishes in the election year hullabaloo. Maybe he feels vibrant only when he’s engaged in intelligent dialogue with people he’d otherwise not have motivation to talk to.

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