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May 2019
Breslin
Alive and Kidding

My Optometrist’s Secret Method for Finding Lost Items

She hesitated, as if debating whether or not to say her next words, then finally said, “My grandmother, back in Italy, once told me that if you lose something, to take a tissue, tie a knot in it and then hold it tightly in your hand. The next place you look, you’ll find the item you’re looking for.”

Healy

Lead with Your Heart

 I am particularly intrigued by the research that shows that “appreciation” is the strongest of all the heart-brain messages. Stronger than love or hate ... stronger than happiness or anger ... appreciation speaks the most clearly and authentically.

April 2019
Bardy
Laverne's View

The Agony of Defeet

I, who am elated if I safely make it from point A to point B without tripping over low air currents, would really like to know how the beautiful people stand erect, forge ahead and even dance, on five-inch needle-thin mules that make even the ugliest pylons look willowy.

Lawrenzi, Jr.

Prizing the Library

The library provides another world for readers. It provides people with armchair adventures that can open their minds to new experiences, new thoughts and exotic destinations.

Murphy
Social Insecurity

Time to (Carefully) Jump on the Senior Fitness Bandwagon

My wife and I recently joined a regular local health club using our insurance provider’s discount program which is a real bargain. I admit that I had some serious qualms about joining since my idea of heavy lifting is whether to tackle an entire apple fritter with my morning coffee or just half.

Rose
The Midnight Gardener

The Three Sisters Gardening Magic

“The corn, the bean and the squash are three loving sisters who must always live together to be happy. The older sister is tall and graceful, the next younger loved to twine about her and lean for strength upon her. The youngest rambled at the feet of her sisters and protected them from prowling enemies.”

March 2019
Miss Nora
Ask Miss Nora

My Husband’s Shipboard Infatuation Lingers On

My husband is still in touch with this woman through emails. She is careful to address the emails to the both of us but what they are discussing in their exchanges has nothing whatsoever to do with me and clearly meant to keep their infatuation alive.

Beeson
Sam's Side

Traveling the Road Best Untraveled

I care a great deal when someone I love, or someone who has perhaps not experienced life the same way that I have, is unjustly faulted. I’m old. I’ve learned. And I’ve learned that there are things worth fighting for.

Healy

Begin Anywhere

I suspect the best bits in life always do happen that way – when we don’t worry about knowing how or where or if we’ve missed the beginning, and we just begin anywhere. And trust in the outcome.

McCune
Tunnel Visions

How Can We Keep America Beautiful with All Those Flosser Picks Littering?

I’ve got to believe that flosser picks are just as much litter problems as cigarette butts. They’re not biodegradable, they’re ugly once abandoned, they can stab toes and soles, and animal health would be threatened should any ingest the flosser picks. In the litter competition, flosser picks are kicking the butt’s domination.

Rose
The Midnight Gardener

Try Some Delicious New Varieties this Spring

The adorable Fire Fly tomato is not as small as a currant tomato and not as large as a cherry tomato, but is a "just right" in-between size. The round fruits are super sweet, pale white to pale yellow and less than one inch in size. Delicate, translucent skins offer a mild acid flavor that enhances the sweet taste.

February 2019
Miss Nora
Ask Miss Nora

Married to a Decorating Junkie

I know of a husband who refused to put his laundry in the hamper for weeks, leaving it all over the floor instead and called it art until his wife finally got it and stopped adorning their bedroom with birdcages, pillows and candles.

Rearick
Puttin' on the Gritz

‘Cat’s in the Cradle’

Some of my still-active friends have confided in me that their self-involved grown children have little or no time left over for them. As they are not ready to be put out to pasture, they don’t understand why they don’t hold a more important place in their family.

Sprague

Retirement and Maybe Remarriage: Heaven or Hell or Learning to Live Again but very Differently

There are new issues as it pertains to your new spouse – budgeting, bank accounts, holidays, how much money you’re going to spend on the children, family traditions, property issues, retirement savings, wills, two families loosely joined with different practices…and stepchildren.

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