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  • Who has the most beautiful braid, German, 1926

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    Alogue Ben
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:31 pm
  • Superior Singing Method Analysis

    Steves Midlife Crisis
    ironik
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Once we listen to music whether we know it or not we tend to choose songs driven by emotion. For example how many individuals listen to sad depressing music as they’re getting ready to go out for a party? Nobody, a person usually listens to music that gets them hype and ready to dance. Sit back and break the song your singing down Analyze each sentence so you realize what feeling to portray in that line You can use variations of tone Attempt to say some words in various methods, such as centering on vowels and consonants Certain vocal effects like a breathy voice, growling can add some…
  • I love Michelle Obama laughing in this picture

    Whose shoes are these anyway?
    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    30 Aug 2015 | 12:49 am
    Right now I'm doing something that people on the Internet used to do a lot more of, informal reciprocal linking. An example of that would be Bob links to one of Susan's post for good reasons and without any prompting from her, and when Susan finds out that Bob's linked linked to her post, she finds something of Bob's she'd like to link to at her blog. People used to do that automatically back
  • Fred The Newf – 10 Months

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    Suzanne
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:01 am
    Fred turned ten months old on Sunday. I took him to the beach for a sunset walk to celebrate. It’s been so hot lately. Fred wanted to spend some of his beach time hanging out on the cool, wet, sand. Fred – Now a 10 Month Old Newfoundland Puppy! Fred now weighs approximately 130 pounds. (He kept moving as I tried to weigh him which is why I say “approximately.”) Every time we go to the beach, Fred gets a lot of attention and love from total strangers. He doesn’t seem to mind. (When Fred gets tired of it, he lays down and sighs.  “Why must everyone want to…
  • Trees and Memories

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    Cindy La Ferle
    18 Aug 2015 | 10:39 am
    This week, while looking for an arborist to identify and treat our diseased Bradford pear trees, I remembered a column I wrote about the trees in 2004 for The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI). If you don’t believe that trees can be part of our sentimental landscape, please read on … Trees and Memories — […]
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    vintage everyday

  • Who has the most beautiful braid, German, 1926

    Alogue Ben
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:31 pm
  • 20 Interesting Black and White Photographs Capture Everyday Life in the U.S. in 1942

    John VE
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Marjory Collins described herself as a "rebel looking for a cause." She began her photojournalism career in New York City in the 1930s by working for such magazines as PM and U.S. Camera. In 1941, Collins joined Roy Stryker's team of photographers at the U.S. Office of War Information to document home front activities during World War II. She created remarkable visual stories of small town life, ethnic communities, and women war workers.New York. Italian-Americans on MacDougal Street relaxing on Sunday, 1942Washington, D.C. Sunday swimmers at the municipal swimming pool, 1942New…
  • Last Known Photos of Jim Morrison in Paris on June 28, 1971

    John VE
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:10 am
    On June 28, 1971, Jim Morrison, Pamela Courson, and their friend, Alain Ronay, took a day trip to Saint-Leu-d’Esserent, north of Paris, less than a week before Jim died on July 3. These are the last known photos of Jim...Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson in Saint-Leu-d’Esserent, June 1971. (Image credit: Alain Ronay)Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson in Saint-Leu-d’Esserent, June 1971. (Image credit: Alain Ronay)Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson at the Hôtel de l’Oise in Saint-Leu-d’Esserent, June 1971. (Image credit: Alain Ronay)Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson at the Hôtel de l’Oise…
  • A fashionable young woman pours alcohol into a cup from a cane, February 1922

    John VE
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:43 am
  • Historical Photos of Fans in The Grateful Dead's Concert at Raceway Park in Englishtown, 1977

    John VE
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:12 am
    Fans of the Grateful Dead have their favourite songs or favorite shows. Many have their favorite years, and for them, 1977 often stands out. Only 8 years after Woodstock, on Sept. 3, they had finished one of their most successful tours and played what many fans consider the best Dead show at Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey. Here are some of great historical photos of the band live in 1977, via Mashable/Retronaut.Image: James McGrath/NY Daily News via Getty ImagesImage: James McGrath/NY Daily News via Getty ImagesImage: Keith Torrie/NY Daily News via Getty ImagesImage: James McGrath/NY…
 
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    Steves Midlife Crisis

  • Superior Singing Method Analysis

    ironik
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Once we listen to music whether we know it or not we tend to choose songs driven by emotion. For example how many individuals listen to sad depressing music as they’re getting ready to go out for a party? Nobody, a person usually listens to music that gets them hype and ready to dance. Sit back and break the song your singing down Analyze each sentence so you realize what feeling to portray in that line You can use variations of tone Attempt to say some words in various methods, such as centering on vowels and consonants Certain vocal effects like a breathy voice, growling can add some…
  • Webinar Jam Review Information

    ironik
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:40 pm
    If you are a webmaster or small business owner which has been searching into creating and broadcasting a video seminar (much more generally referred to as a “webinar”), it’s suggested that you select a webinar provider that provides the capability of reside replay. This function can advantage you in two ways: greater general viewership and viewers having a better understanding of the message you’re trying to present. But first, when it comes to webinars, what precisely is “live replay”? Unlike the regular video conference exactly where all attendants should…
  • Gmail Login Reviews

    ironik
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:06 am
    Virtually everyone appears to have Gmail as their e-mail client. It can be quick, hassle-free plus the finest solution for e-mailing. However, even soon after using this service for long you still may well not be precisely acquainted with its most valuable attributes. It may be a bunch of handy tricks that you’re nonetheless not conscious of. Provided right here is often a number of some most beneficial capabilities of Gmail. Attachment Possibilities Generally, it occurs that you are so busy with perform that though sending e-mails you overlook to attach the presentation or that…
  • Teardrop Advertising Flags

    ironik
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:36 pm
    Stickers, Indicators and Promotional Flags in Australia Welcome to Inventive Dept, where you will find everything you have to get noticed and leave a lasting impression. Offering high quality sign, stickers, labels and teardrop banners all through Australia, such as significant cities such as Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast and Brisbane with Australia wide delivery, we are your quick and easy answer for all things promotional. Also as providing an excellent range of products, our handy online store tends to make putting an order a breeze. With a passion for inventive striking promo products, we…
  • Private Krankenversicherung Vergleich Expertise

    ironik
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:21 pm
    Mit dem unabhängigen Vergleichsportal STRAVO vergleichen Sie über 16.000 verschiedene Tarifkombinationen aller über 40 privater Krankenversicherer und erhalten den Überblick der PKV-Tarife. Es stellen sich ihnen bestimmt viele wichtige Fragen, wie z.B.: Gibt es die beste PKV? Wenn ja, wo finde ich diese? Worauf muss ich beim Wechsel meiner Krankenversicherung achten? Denn im Gegensatz zur mehr erfahren, bietet die Private Krankenversicherung ihren Kunden einen individuellen Versicherungsschutz. Jeder Versicherte hat die Möglichkeit sich seine Leistungswünsche selbst frei…
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    Whose shoes are these anyway?

  • I love Michelle Obama laughing in this picture

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    30 Aug 2015 | 12:49 am
    Right now I'm doing something that people on the Internet used to do a lot more of, informal reciprocal linking. An example of that would be Bob links to one of Susan's post for good reasons and without any prompting from her, and when Susan finds out that Bob's linked linked to her post, she finds something of Bob's she'd like to link to at her blog. People used to do that automatically back
  • Born to the Beat: NOLA poets prepare for The National Beat Poetry Festival

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    15 Aug 2015 | 9:42 pm
    Visit the mobile site for B2TB In conjunction with the National Beat Poetry Festival, a New Orleans poetry event, Born to the Beat is in the works. The poetry and prose reading is set for Saturday, September 12, outside Morning Call Coffee Stand at City Park, New Orleans, 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (inside if it rains). Some of the poets who will be reading are former Louisiana poet laureate
  • When Christians praise themselves for not rioting . . .

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    21 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Dear fellow believers in Charleston, South Carolina, who are also black like me: I thank God that you have praised Him through this trial. The loss of nine sisters and brothers is a tremendous burden for a church and family to bear. The recognition that racial hatred still breeds in your state and this nation is frightening, but as witnessed on national television, you have a strong faith. From
  • Everybody Loves Rachel Dolezal (Video)

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    13 Jun 2015 | 3:53 pm
    Your browser does not support the video tag. If you used to watch "Every Body Loves Raymond," then you may have seen the episode called "Robert's Date" in which Raymond's brother begins to dress and behave like how he thinks black people talk and behave. Robert also quickly jumps to a conclusion about how Judy thinks of him. I immediately thought of that episode when I first heard of
  • Slave ship ruins reveal horrid conditions Africans endured

    Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams
    1 Jun 2015 | 5:04 am
    Yesterday's New York Times featured the article "Grim History Traced in Sunken Slave Ship Found Off South Africa." People have been sharing the story on Facebook and Twitter. The article tells some of the disturbing details of abuse 400 to 500 Africans endured on the São José Paquete Africa before the slave ship sank not far from the Cape of Good Hope. Unfortunately, the detestable conditions
 
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  • Fred The Newf – 10 Months

    Suzanne
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:01 am
    Fred turned ten months old on Sunday. I took him to the beach for a sunset walk to celebrate. It’s been so hot lately. Fred wanted to spend some of his beach time hanging out on the cool, wet, sand. Fred – Now a 10 Month Old Newfoundland Puppy! Fred now weighs approximately 130 pounds. (He kept moving as I tried to weigh him which is why I say “approximately.”) Every time we go to the beach, Fred gets a lot of attention and love from total strangers. He doesn’t seem to mind. (When Fred gets tired of it, he lays down and sighs.  “Why must everyone want to…
  • What Professional Photographers Know

    Suzanne
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    Everyone has a camera these days. Everyone, therefore, calls themselves a photographer. And …? That’s fine. I think it’s awesome photography has become so popular. But … there are a lot of problems in the photography world. (!!!!) Some of those problems are downright dangerous. (I’m sure you’ve read news stories of photographers being killed while taking photos on train tracks, etc.) A few years ago I met a woman, about 30 years old, who told me about her love for photography. She was (and still is) very much a “fan” of my work. Her photos…
  • Final Friday

    Suzanne
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    Today is the last Friday I consider to be summer. This has been the longest, most boring, summer of my life. I’m glad it’s over, even though I know the heat waves will go on … and on, and on for months to come. Hopefully, monsoon season will end soon? Monsoon clouds at the beach. The heat is much more bearable when it isn’t humid. September gets busy for me, and I’m glad. The bulk of the tourists will soon leave “my” beaches …. which means I’ll be out shooting more. I’ve also got a couple short trips etched on my calendar for…
  • How Hot Is It?

    Suzanne
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    How hot is it? It’s so hot, birds have been drinking from (and bathing in) Fred’s water. AND HE’S LETTING THEM! How hot is it? After running zillions of errands in the heat yesterday, I decided I didn’t want to move from the air conditioning all evening. Also …? I need to move closer to the beach. I’m getting tired of the HOT in my canyon. (That’s what he said!) Fred and I are going for late night, and very early morning, walks together. He’s not happy about missing his late afternoon walks, but it has been way too hot for him. (We play football…
  • When The Universe Gets Weird

    Suzanne
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    I’ve felt like my world is a little off kilter lately. I keep thinking, any day now things will get back to “normal” … whatever that is. Yesterday, I was all over Orange County. I ran into a friend I haven’t seen in about six months. She’s older than I am. She suddenly looks like she’s fifteen. Yes, she has a new haircut. But, no, that wasn’t why. Her appearance was so drastically different, I nearly didn’t recognize her. Facelift? Yes. Boob job? Yes. But, there was more … she just looked entirely like a different person. I wanted to…
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  • Trees and Memories

    Cindy La Ferle
    18 Aug 2015 | 10:39 am
    This week, while looking for an arborist to identify and treat our diseased Bradford pear trees, I remembered a column I wrote about the trees in 2004 for The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI). If you don’t believe that trees can be part of our sentimental landscape, please read on … Trees and Memories — […]
  • Life in the sixties

    Cindy La Ferle
    8 Aug 2015 | 11:18 am
    “This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.” — Taylor Swift August is my birthday month — always a time of deep reflection for me. Looking back on the past year, I am amazed at the incredible changes that occurred a few weeks after my 60th birthday. That’s the topic of […]
  • August garden story

    Cindy La Ferle
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:52 pm
    Look for my new garden feature on the Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden (at the Frederik Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids) in the Aug/Sept issue of Michigan BLUE magazine. Editor Lisa Jensen invited me to write a narrative piece on this world-class garden project after learning about my lifelong interest in Japanese […]
  • Collecting beach stones

    Cindy La Ferle
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    It takes courage to grow up and be who you really are.” — e.e. cummings For me, the highlight of vacationing on Lake Michigan is the rare chance to collect my wits and a few beach stones.  Adventurous souls will dive into its frigid waves or skim its surface on motor boats and jet skis, […]
  • Summer reading

    Cindy La Ferle
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:51 am
    Whether you’re planning a vacation at the beach or a day off in your own back yard, summer is the best time to chill with a great book. There’s no shortage of articles and reviews of new summer fiction, so my July column in Michigan Prime (delivered this week with your Sunday Detroit Free Press) highlights several nonfiction […]
 
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  • Being pissed off – A love choice

    Candelaria Silva
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:22 pm
    Some posts are published quickly after being written. Others sit for days, weeks, or even months. Usually written in anger or hurt or in quick response to something, by the time I set them down and re-read them, the impetus for their creation has lost its urgency and the urge to share the purge has died.  Not so with this post. It keeps nagging me, calling me from the papers where I hand wrote in it a blur, and then put at the back of my desk. It keeps pushing to the forefront of my brain, making me read it whenever I can’t resist it or happen upon it while searching for something else. It…
  • You don’t even know – the shadow self

    Candelaria Silva
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:47 pm
    You don’t even know who you think you know.  The shadow self exists. When the story first broke, Joyce Mitchell’s son spoke to reporters about his mother. He defended her and said: “She’s always been a good person. I mean, you can talk to anybody in Dickinson that really knows her, and they’ll tell you they’re the nicest people,” (Source: nbcnews.com) Joyce Mitchell has now been arrested for helping inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat plan and execute their escape from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York.  She’d even spoken to…
  • Better grandmother than mother (I am)

    Candelaria Silva
    12 Aug 2015 | 5:21 pm
    I love being a grandmother.  (Love, love, love!) It is one of the roles I am gifted at because I am purposely embracing the role.  I am being the grandmother I wanted to have (which includes bits of the grandmother I actually did have.) I am a better grandmother than I was a mother. As a mother, I was in learning mode.  I was growing with my two children, who I had in my early 20s.   As a young mother, I was anxious; always rushing forward to when they would get older, acquire new skills, finish this, move on to that.  Little did I know how quickly their childhood years would go and…
  • The Missing Panties Caper

    Candelaria Silva
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:23 am
    A pair of my panties has gone missing.  I don’t know how long they’ve been AWOL.  Let me explain. I have a wardrobe of lingerie.  I’m not as meticulous as my Mom but I do try to coordinate my undies with my tops.  This is why I don’t know how long they’ve been missing.  I went looking for them to go with a particular outfit.  They were nowhere to be found. I reorganized my pantie drawer in the process of searching for them. Where could they be? I asked out loud and went tearing through the house – asking each location plaintively like the bird in the children’s story,…
  • To Be Real – Thoughts about Rachel/Caitlyn/Laverne

    Candelaria Silva
    15 Jun 2015 | 7:46 pm
    “It’s got to be real. To be real. It’s got to be real.“ The chorus from Cheryl Lynn’s 1978 disco hit, To Be Real,  keeps running through my head as I think about Rachel Dolezal, a white woman who’s been passing herself off as a Black woman for quite a while and even became President of the NAACP Chapter in Spokane, Washington. To deny your parents is wrong (even if they weren’t good parents).  To deny your heritage is a travesty (even if you don’t want to own everything about that heritage). To pretend to be someone you’re not and claim position and…
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  • More from Ireland

    Granny Sue
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:26 am
    Copyright Susanna Holstein. All rights reserved. No Republication or Redistribution Allowed without attribution to Susanna Holstein.
  • Photos from Ireland

    Granny Sue
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:36 am
    We have been havingssuch a good time here on the green island.  Can't type much on this phone but here's a few pics:first is in Limerick.Then Adare:With my friend Gretchen who just moved to Adare.We stopped in The Locke Pub last night for music and dinner.This is the River Shannon, which runs right by our Limerick hotel.Copyright Susanna Holstein. All rights reserved. No Republication or Redistribution Allowed without attribution to Susanna Holstein.
  • Heading To Ireland

    Granny Sue
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:47 pm
    On my way to Ireland right now! I will try to post when I can. Looking forward to fun!Copyright Susanna Holstein. All rights reserved. No Republication or Redistribution Allowed without attribution to Susanna Holstein.
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    THE MIDLIFE GALS...Gone Gray

  • Happy Friggin' Labor Day!

    The Midlife Gals
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:37 pm
  • match(dot)not.com

    The Midlife Gals
    9 Aug 2015 | 5:44 pm
    Um...a post script to this blog posting from 2012...I haven't had a date since...Enjoy!Okay, perhaps it was not the right thing to say on a first date, “Those aren’t your real top teeth, are they?”  I shouldn’t have gone on when he answered, “No.”  “Do you take them out at night and put them in a glass of water?”  It was when he answered, “Yes” to that question that a very disturbing visual arose in my head, with the glass and the teeth and his top lip all sucked inward without his teeth.  You’ve seen those photos, I know.I fully expected him to turn…
  • Gratification...Delayed vs. Instant

    The Midlife Gals
    9 Jul 2015 | 12:32 pm
    I could probably go three or four days without french fries...I’m sure I could.  I think that’s delayed gratification, but, don’t dare me.  And, I like the really soft, greasy kind that bend like...a stick of licorice.  I’d rather eat french fries than the burgers that accompany them, frankly.  I’m not into sweets...give me potatoes and watch me smile.People who clean receive instant gratification.  I receive the same gratification when I hand them the money to clean, thus giving me a similar sensation but without the groundwork involved.  As some of…
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    The Midlife Gals
    13 Jun 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Our Annual Love Letter to Daddy...I love the word, Daddy.  It just sounds like someone you would love.  Of course, I tend to think about things as if they are chapters from a good southern novel, so a Daddy for me connotes a big, strong, handsome man in uniform in an old black and white Polaroid from 1943.  He’s with his Navy buddies on a crowded ship in the middle of the Pacific.  They’re off duty, drunk, smoking and playing poker on an overturned bucket from their bunks below deck.I picture a Daddy tying his little girl’s shoe laces and teaching her how to make the…
  • Soon...Summertime Fun!! Pish Posh

    The Midlife Gals
    16 May 2015 | 2:51 pm
    And, HERE are many reasons why we settled on moving to PARADISE!!***************************************************************Original posting from July 8, 2011:If I were to make a list of fun things to do this summer in central Texas, it would be short:STAY INSIDE WHERE IT’S COOL.Some people just don’t listen. Sal and I see those whose minds have completely left them, jogging in the afternoon when the temperature hovers around, well, it’s going to be 103 degrees here today. They don’t care.  Human beings were not meant to run any further than the ‘flight or fight’…
 
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  • Blue Nile For Back To School — Be It Undergraduate, Graduate, Or “School Of Life”

    Lisa
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:12 am
    This post and giveaway are presented in collaboration with Blue Nile Most back-to-school efforts focus on grade-school supplies — pens, notebooks, backpacks — or college dorm furnishings. But the first day of graduate school can feel momentous too, a new job even more so. What might we give, to mark these occasions? I’d be inclined towards a talisman, a piece of jewelry that’s not too out there, but clearly personal. Something that could be worn every day, but not without notice. Blue Nile offers a host of possibilities. When I started business school I had to break a…
  • The Moving Picture Show, Or, Saturday Morning at 8:38am

    Lisa
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:04 am
    Here’s something I haven’t done in ages. Go to the movies. So, I think we’re going to remedy that today. Maybe. Plans often change. I was pleased at how quickly I could figure out a) what’s playing nearby b) what critics think of the various offerings. Google and Rotten Tomatoes, I forgive your sins of advertising and tasteless graphics, although Google, you’re still in trouble for what you do to privacy. In any case, this morning, I know what movies to think about.mI’m torn between Trainwreck, Inside Out, Ant-Man, and Mission Impossible Number I’ve…
  • How Do You Feel About “Formality” In Your Style?

    Lisa
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Often, it seems to me, the ideas of “style” and “formality” are smushed together. Conflated. Which can feel quite deflating, if you want panache without fuss. Or, if heels, hairspray, and tight waists feel out of place, for your body and your social context. Can we deconstruct? Of course! Picture The Role Of Propriety, Attraction, And Aesthetics In Style I can even show you an infographic, having amused myself this weekend designing one. OK. What the heck did that mean? Let’s do it by the numbers. Some people think in pictures, others in lists. Such is humanity,…
  • Little House Stuffs, Big Effect

    Lisa
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:59 am
    That was the scene on my kitchen counter top, until just recently. Not terribly attractive, as Mom might say. Since my kitchen is also my living and dining room, I knew I wanted quiet replacements. We would not welcome screaming. “I HAVE SALT AND PEPPER RIGHT HERE! NO, LOOK OVER HERE, DUMMY! ON THE COUNTER!” Since my cabinets are white, and my counters black granite and butcher block, I thought at first all the implements should be white, but, this white didn’t complement my aged melamine white. Clashing shades of neutrals, not attractive in the slightest. Hence, a blonde…
  • The Profound Impact Of Civility, Or, Saturday Morning at 8:30am

    Lisa
    22 Aug 2015 | 9:02 am
    I was at my father’s house last night, he and I were talking. He said, and I paraphrase, “The question of whether evil exists has been central to theology for over 1000 years.” I promise, this was a logical remark, given our conversation. My immediate reaction. “Then since we can’t know about evil, we’ve got to try to be as civil and amiable as we can.” A series of images went through my head — a full day of Kind and Polite. Smiling at the checkout clerk and letting them know that yes, indeed, you did find everything you were looking for. A very…
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  • So Tired Almost Forgot to Give the Post A Name

    Gena
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:25 pm
    It is tough trying to be creative, productive and earn a living. I am tired. As in sleepy. I want to say a lot of things but there are too many people talking already. Most of them are pushing air out there is no sense in their words.I'd pontificate more but it is way past my awake time. But I did it. Imperfect and popping more Ps than a field of popcorn but the sucker is up.
  • Say the Name and Accept Who We Are

    Gena
    9 Aug 2015 | 10:38 pm
    I'm grinding down to a halt but I wanted to get this posted. There is a web site called Teaching Books.net. As I understand it it is a way to find authors for children and young adult books.The site seems to support the people that make reading magical.I say hook that rascals by any means necessary so it is all good to me. One of the items on the site is how to say an author's name.I learned about the origin of Karen Finnyfrock's name. Hint: Chow Chow!I think I'm going to have to practice Geert Spillebeen's name because there is more to it than it looks on a page. And author Chieri Uegaki…
  • Bonding with Tewt

    Gena
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:47 pm
    Not too many animated cartoons got past me as a kid. I even watched the ones I didn't like just to be informed of how much I didn't like it. I was a shade too young to catch up with The Mighty Hercules.The initial run of the Trans-Lux Hercules was from 1963 to 1966  and I managed to miss it. I was hip deep into the Mighty Marvel Marching Society.This is Tewt.Me and Tewt have bonded and I wished I had seen him as a kid. I like the little fella.The kid's got sense and spunk.The Mighty Hercules had better animation than Clutch Cargo. Clutch, you might remember was the animation where only…
  • We All Rock at Different Speeds

    Gena
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:04 pm
    I was on the bus and this man was verbally attacking a woman. Nothing new in that; seems to be an open sport now days. But you could tell that she had a problem, a mental health problem.Old boy thought that insulting her, damning her and otherwise make her aware that she did not measure up to the high bar of humanity that he set himself up to be as lord and master of the planet.The bus driver had had enough. He told the man "Shut up or get off the bus. You will not continue to disrespect this woman on my bus. "Shut up or get off...shut up or get off."The woman was rocking back and forth and…
  • My First Step Into The Void

    Gena
    16 Jul 2015 | 4:53 am
    This is the start of what I have been working on for about six months. It has changed forms. It will change again but I had to stop talking about it and do it.This is episode 000 of the Anxiety Road Podcast.  The podcast will talk about anxiety and panic attacks, treatment, some history and a wee bit of goofyness to make the information go do a bit easier. I wish I could do the mental health version of Beakman's World. I can't but I can try to get the word out that mental health information and stigma busting does not have to be total drag.The show notes page is located at…
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    SEASONALITY: Embracing Change

  • I DID A BAD, BAD THING

    Hill Country Hippie
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:35 am
    I have this thing. This thing for hi-liters. Whenever I'm reading a book I own, I can't resist hi-lighting anything that resonates with me. Which is why, when my friend Paula recommended The Happiness Project to me, she added "But, you need to buy your own copy so you can hi-lite things. You know how you are!"So, recently I started reading this book called Crazy Rich Asians, which takes place in a part of Southeast Asia where we used to live, in one of our very favorite cities, Singapore! And, well, pretty much everything in the book resonated with me, from the mention of places I remembered…
  • A COLOR-MAD GET WELL GIFT

    Hill Country Hippie
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    On Friday my hubby announced that he needed to make a  frame-run to Michael's, over in Austin. "Need any art supplies?" he asked sweetly. "No, not really," I replied automatically. Then I saw his smile fade and realized, he wasn't just being polite, he actually wanted -- no, needed -- to bring me something.You see, my hubby doesn't handle it too well on the rare occasions when I have anything more than a cold. It shatters his view of the world order, threatens to send the earth spinning out of control. And, since I mostly just want to be left alone when I don't feel well, I guess…
  • NOT FOR THE SQUEAMISH

    Hill Country Hippie
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:52 am
    Well, you learn something new every day!Although we did just fine the whole time we were in Mexico, within a couple of days of our return, Hubby and I were both having tummy issues. We didn't touch any of the street food while there, and our hotel had a reliable filtration system throughout, so we're thinking we must have met our Waterloo at that giant travel stop our bus took us to on the way back to Mexico City, where we shared a sandwich.So what did we do when "La Turista" hit? Why, we took some Imodium. What else? That stopped the trots, alright. In fact, it stopped everything, for days!
  • OFFICIALLY SICK OF SUMMER

    Hill Country Hippie
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:40 am
    It happens around the end of August/first of September, every year. One day I'm fine, the next I've suddenly had my fill of Texas' searing summer. Getting away to the coolness of San Miguel was marvelous, but it made readjusting to the heat and drought when we came back even more difficult. When I checked the 10-day weather forecast last night and saw an endless string of temps in the upper 90s/low 100s, without a chance of rain in sight, I dropped my head into my hands and moaned "I just can't take it anymore!'Therefore, I was more than a bit shocked when I stepped outside for my morning…
  • A BUTTERFLY BONANZA

    Hill Country Hippie
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:46 am
    There used to be a wonderful horticulture program at Richland College in Dallas, with amazing greenhouses and demonstration gardens, and I was lucky enough to spend several years studying there before they shut it down. The most spectacular thing I ever discovered there was a plant called Butterfly Vine.They had a plant sale there every year, and my Propagating instructor had taken some cuttings from that vine and potted them up, so I bought one. She warned me that it might take several years for it to get "butterflies", but I thought it was worth the wait. Unfortunately, the year it finally…
 
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  • Do Baby Boomer Women Need a Drug to Improve their Sex Life

    Beverly Mahone
    23 Aug 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Baby boomer men have viagra and now it looks as though baby boomer women could have their own little pill for making magic happen in the bedroom.The Federal Drug Administration recently approved a prescription drug, called Addyi, for women who suffer from low libido.  The F.D.A. says the drug was approved "for women whose loss of sexual desire causes marked distress or interpersonal difficulty and is not the result of illness, relationship problems or side effects of other medicines."  So now the question is just how many women will take advantage of having a "little pink pill" to…
  • The South Offers More than a Place to Retire for Baby Boomers

    Beverly Mahone
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:53 am
    What do Abilene, TX, Asheville, NC, Athens, GA, Blacksburg, VA and Cape Coral, FL all have in common?  Forbes has named these cities among the Top Ten Best Places to Retire in 2015.  And, in case you don't now your geography, all of these cities are located in the South.But there's even more good news about the South according to the results of a newly released Harris Poll. More people below the Mason-Dixon line have a positive attitude about the future of the job market.Here's how it breaks down according to the Harris Poll:·  Positive attitudes toward regional job…
  • Why Do Republicans Have to Be Asked to Embrace Diversity

    Beverly Mahone
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:47 pm
    As a veteran journalist, I try real hard not to get caught up into the political arena but, the truth of the matter is, no matter how objective we tell you we are about the subject, we all still have OPINIONS.  And  those opinions come shining through in some form or fashion.  No one---and let me repeat that---no one is purely objective when it comes to anything. With that being said, I recently read an interesting article in the Tampa Bay Times, where GOP presidential contender Jeb Bush is quoted as asking his fellow republicans to embrace diversity if they expect to win the…
  • And the Survey Says Blacks are Living the American Dream

    Beverly Mahone
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:43 am
    There's a new survey out that says:"MORE THAN 80 PERCENT OF AFRICAN AMERICANS, ASIANS AND LATINOS SAY THEY ARE EITHER LIVING THE AMERICAN DREAM OR BELIEVE THEY CAN."The poll was conducted by Burson-Marsteller and and Penn Schoen Berland.Wow!  Really?  All I can say is I was NOT polled and neither were any of my friends.  You would think that with 80 percent making this kind of statement that someone I know would've been a part of this survey.Oh, but wait a minute.  Asians and Latinos are also included in this 80 percent so who knows how many of "us" were actually polled.
  • Jump Start Your Job Search on Monday

    Beverly Mahone
    10 May 2015 | 10:33 am
    Mondays are the worst days for many people who have jobs. They insist the weekend wasn't long enough or they wake up with the Monday morning "blahs" and then they muddle through the week waiting for Friday to return.But did you know Monday is actually a great day for people who are unemployed? According to a survey by Bright.com, 30 percent of job applicants who apply on a Monday have a good chance of making it to the next stage in the hiring process. Getting your application in at the beginning of the week gives it the best opportunity to be seen by a fresh pair of eyes and ahead of all of…
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  • Mugged … a baby boomer recalls being stabbed

    Cafe
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    If baby boomers are old enough to reflect on the decades that have passed and how their lives have taken the impact, New York City executive and essayist Bob Brody has reflections that the rest of us are lucky not to have. He wrote a long piece about it for New York’s Daily News, and abridged it for BoomerCafé. Forty years ago this month, only five weeks after I’d moved to New York City, a stranger came at me with a knife and stabbed me in the chest. Bob Brody in 1975. It happened around noon on a hot Saturday in Manhattan’s East Village. I’d left behind my family’s split-level in…
  • Health benefits of walking for people over age 50

    Cafe
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:48 pm
    Walking is healthy. It’s a fact, backed up by research and people who are in the habit of walking. What’s surprising is just how powerful a medicine a daily or near-daily walk can be. New studies find new benefits all the time: preventing heart disease and diabetes, relieving back pain, reducing anxiety, and improving quality of life. “Walking is the single best exercise we can recommend on a large scale,” says Bob Sallis, MD, physician-spokesperson for Everybody Walk!, a national public health campaign created by Kaiser Permanente. “Exercise is like a medication we should be…
  • The day one boomer’s earth sped up

    Cafe
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:38 pm
    What do we often preach to you baby boomers? LIVE IT UP. TRY SOMETHING NEW. GO FOR IT! From the sounds of things in this story by Hawthorne, New Jersey’s Alan J. Paul, he does. It’s called, The Day The Earth Sped Up. Several years ago I decided that I really wanted to make something into a reality that I had only fantasized about most of my adult life: I wanted to drive a race car on a race track. My wife Jan — God bless her — instead of saying what most wives of going-on-elderly husbands would say, like, “Grow up, old man! Go bowling, whydontcha?” said instead, “Sounds like…
  • What’s changed for baby boomers since we were kids?

    Cafe
    23 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    If you were to list, say, the hundred things that have changed for baby boomers since we were just kids — maybe even the thousand things — you might not include your medicine cabinet. But for BoomerCafé contributor Erin O’Brien of Redondo Beach, California, that one goes right near the top of the list. Not because times have changed, but because … um … we have. When I was just a young baby boomer, I used to open the medicine chest to look for three things inside: my toothbrush, a tube of Gleem toothpaste (with tasty green sparkles), and my imaginary friend, Callie. Nowadays, the…
  • It’s vacation time at BoomerCafé

    Cafe
    19 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    David and Greg – the Café Guys – are both away on well-deserved vacations (of course we’re the ones who wrote this, so what else would we call them but “well-deserved?”). That’s why, through the end of September, instead of all new stories by and about baby boomers, BoomerCafé will feature some of our best blasts from the past. Chilling … If you’re a regular subscriber and receive our sometimes daily notice about “This Morning’s New Feature on BoomerCafé,” you’ll know we’re back when you get your next notice in October. Meanwhile, please enjoy what we post … or,…
 
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  • Spending a Life Together – 47 Years So Far

    goinglikesixty
    16 Aug 2015 | 9:51 am
    47 years ago August 17, 1968, Nancy and I started the rest of our lives together. Happy Anniversary Nancy! Still love you a lot… To celebrate we are going to see the movie Trainwreck.  After our wedding ceremony at the Quincy, Michigan Methodist Church here, these are the songs we listened too in our 1968 Oldsmobile Convertible – a wedding gift from my parents. Top #5 songs in the USA The Rascals – People Got To Be Free The Doors – Hello, I Love You Hugh Masekela – Grazing In The Grass Steppenwolf – Born To Be Wild Mason Williams – Classical Gas And…
  • I remember Hee Haw, C’mon on Netflix, We Need Pickin’ & Grinnin’

    goinglikesixty
    5 Aug 2015 | 2:31 pm
    We’re big fans of streaming TeeVee on Netflix. We often choose what we are gonna watch based on the series or number of episodes available. Netflix is recommending a lot of BBC series based on what we have previously watched. Imagine if Netflix had Hee Haw in it’s streaming TeeVee inventory. We can only hope. Hee Haw is gonna be big in September, so there is hope that Netflix will spring some bucks to add some pickin’ and grinnin’ and offset the snooty BBC programming. Hee Haw was one of the longest running shows in TeeVee history. The citizens of Kornfield Kounty…
  • Atenas Costa Rica Rain Report for June 2015

    goinglikesixty
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:01 am
    It was an odd month for rain in the Atenas area in June 2015. It should have been the start of the rainy season, meaning a regular dose of rain almost on a daily basis. The month started out that way, the first week brought 4 inches of rain at Sedolsoder, Guacimo de Atenas, our housecos – and then it stopped. And it didn’t start again! We had a few days of “pelo de gato” (hair of the cat) a very drizzly rain that didn’t accumulate. On the other hand the east coast has been slammed with record rainfalls and it continues… at the end of June in the Limon…
  • My Twitter Hashtag Entry Soars to Top of Podcast

    goinglikesixty
    20 Jul 2015 | 1:23 pm
      I’ve been having some fun Tweeting. One of the ways I’m entertaining myself, aside from retweeting fun stuff and opining on anything that enters my Twitter, is playing the Hashtag game. If you want to follow me, I’m GoingLike60, and my tweets are featured on the right hand column ————————–>>>>>>>>> If you’re not a Tweeter, a hashtag is the # symbol. Added in front of a word or phrase without spaces makes the word/phrase searchable and all tweets that contain the same hashtag are…
  • The Black Hills of Costa Rica – Ten Hills in Ten Years

    goinglikesixty
    17 Jul 2015 | 11:18 am
    Knowing that you are hanging on every word regarding the improvement of the road from Atenas to our house, I have an update… We made a trip to the free dentist clinic Thursday. Since we were a little early, our plan was to stop by and hassle our favorite eye doctor, Victoria. She was behind closed doors, so we missed her. But to our good fortune, a couple real estate agents were hanging around their office and we grilled them about news of the road improvement. Gerardo got on the phone and called the secretary to the Mayor of Atenas to see what discussed at the meeting that I got thrown…
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:36 pm
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:36 pm
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:36 pm
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:36 pm
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
 
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:36 pm
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:36 pm
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:36 pm
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:36 pm
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:36 pm
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:36 pm
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
 
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  • Why haven’t 401(k) managed accounts gained more traction?

    Mark Miller
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Retirement savers who get professional help with their 401(k) portfolios stand a good chance of seeing better outcomes than those who don’t. But that doesn’t mean plan sponsors or participants are rushing to adopt one-on-one advisory services. The U.S. Department of Labor gives defined contribution plan sponsors three options for a qualified default investment alternative (QDIA), which are to be used if a plan participant doesn’t make an investment election on their own (many don’t). The options are target date funds (TDFs), managed accounts and balanced funds. While all three offer a…
  • Young workers in target-date funds hit hard by market drop

    Mark Miller
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:19 am
    As the stock market has whipsawed for the past two weeks, young workers who have all their retirement funds tied up in long-range target-date funds may have been the hardest hit. The average 25-year-old fully invested in a 2060 target-date fund series saw a 10 percent decline in account value from the market’s recent peak on July 17 through Monday’s close, according to Morningstar – close to the 10.96 percent decline of the S&P 500 over that period. Meanwhile, the average 65-year-old set to retire this year and invested in a 2015 TDF series saw just a 5 percent decline. Even if…
  • Retirees driving for Uber? Older Americans gearing up for the shared economy

    Mark Miller
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:23 am
    Brooke Folk Five dollars may not sound like much pay for doing a job, but don’t tell that to Brooke Folk. At age 67, Folk spends up to 30 hours a week on projects generated through Fiverr.com, a shared-economy website that requires all its vendors to offer something to customers for just $5 and takes a 20 percent commission on earnings. Folk, a former radio announcer and small business owner who lives near Pittsburgh, earns approximately $10,000 per year in supplemental income to his Social Security benefits on the site writing short stories and narrating scripts. He also sells –…
  • White House throws in the towel on auto-IRA, and turns attention to the states

    Mark Miller
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:33 am
    The White House is throwing in the towel on its stalled initiative to extend retirement saving accounts to millions of workers who currently aren’t covered by employer plans. Instead, the Obama Administration is turning its attention to helping states close the coverage gap. That’s one headline that surfaced at the recent White House Conference on Aging. President Obama announced that he has directed the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to clear the path for states to create retirement saving systems for employees of that don’t offer 401(k)s. If the rules are finalized before the…
  • At age 50, let’s weigh the future of Medicare

    Mark Miller
    10 Aug 2015 | 6:47 am
    Medicare is having a midlife identity crisis. Our most important health insurance program celebrated its 50th birthday on July 30, and two political and policy visions for Medicare’s future are competing for supremacy in Washington. And the winning direction will have important consequences for retirees in the decades ahead. The question on the table is how to best pay for health care for our aging population. In 2050, the 65-and-older population will reach 83.7 million–almost double what it was in 2012, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Medicare has accounted for a rising…
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  • 28 Reasons to Be Grateful For My Daughter (With NEW photos!)

    arlene
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:52 pm
    It’s the annual birthday blog -and seriously, I could not come up with anything better of a message to her than to add to the blog I wrote her last year because now I have 28 reasons to be grateful for my daughter as she turns 28 on Monday. I’ve been reading a lot about gratitude lately, and most of us don’t regularly express how grateful we are. I am so lucky and proud to have such a strong, well adjusted, successful, and loving daughter. 1. Compassionate Healer – She chose to be a mental health counselor (therapist) and has made a remarkable impact on her patients,…
  • Mad About Gray Hair

    arlene
    23 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Yes, you read that title right. I love, love, love gray hair, especially if it is on a good looking person and is styled correctly. There is something so distinctive about it, and I am drawn to it like a magnet. On everyone except me of course. With my looks and coloring, I could NOT pull it off. Don’t even think about it. Besides, I don’t have a single gray hair left on my head, it is stark white. The blonde blends in well. I blame Richard Gere for my inclination towards gray hair. You see, I had a major “star crush” (as opposed to a real crush) on Richard Gere. If…
  • When Your Decor is Wall Beams and Plumbing Pipes

    arlene
    16 Aug 2015 | 1:37 pm
    The big question EVERYONE asks these days is,”Where are you living?” Everyone knows we flooded and that our home was destroyed. So it is a natural question. In the very very beginning, we didn’t know that the house would be totaled, so we remediated it. That means we had the flooring and walls and cabinets ripped out from the ground up to 4 feet. (NOTE: It’s very expensive by the way to achieve this “Natural” look, and as a result we are staying in a FAR MORE expensive temporary place than the most luxurious hotel, given what we spent on remediation only to…
  • Lost: Brain. If Found, Please Return!

    arlene
    9 Aug 2015 | 7:09 am
    Remember that old anti-drug commercial? “This is your brain.” (and they drop an egg in the pan.) They then fry the egg to a sizzle and say, “This is your brain on drugs.” No, I am not on drugs. I am a victim of weather-related disaster and my brain is still as fried as if it was on drugs. In fact, there are times when my brain is completely out to lunch. I did a lot of research before writing this blog, and found that there is a reason why I have lost my brain. Multiple traumas this summer have changed my normal, rational, multi-tasking, highly functional brain to a…
  • My Big Fat (Not Greek) Appetite

    arlene
    5 Aug 2015 | 8:34 pm
    You know those stereotypes of the Italian grandmothers that did nothing but cook and bake and shove food into their grandchildren’s chubby cheeks throughout their childhood? Or the Greek grandmothers I have heard about who did the same? Well, I had a Jewish grandmother, and let me tell you, the Italians and Greeks have nothing on the Jewish version. Being fed large quantities of food was how I grew up. I lived a block away and walked to my Gram’s house on a regular basis – these were also the days where schoolchildren in my area ate lunch at home each day, and her closeby…
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