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February 2019
Miss Nora
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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.

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.


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.

January 2019
Love Cook

Black Ice, Lying in Wait

I don’t know how helpful I’ve been in warning readers about black ice. I’m certain many have had their own run-ins. Outside of wearing a padded suit like the Michelin Man, I don’t have much advice. Black ice is like a brown recluse spider — you don’t know it’s there until you’re its victim.

Love Cook

Going Forward: Geezer Nation Marches On

I've discovered the most important survival tactic outside of a sense of humor is ego reduction. If you're heading for the big 65 while holding onto your vanity, you'd better let go.


Some of the Coolest Jobs Ever

It includes openings on various cruise lines and an “Older and Bolder” category specifically for senior applicants. Apply to be a housekeeper, shuttle driver, or manager at a resort, many of which are in gorgeous settings out west, such as Bryce Canyon.


Clutter, Hoarding and All Sorts of Habits, Good and Bad

Others say a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind. Someone, or several someones, including Einstein if you can believe a Google search, asked, “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”

Puttin' on the Gritz

Twisted Logic

I’m a grandmother so I know certain things. One of which is that the back seat of a vehicle is not a danger zone. The other thing this wise granny knows is that my grandkids stay awake at night thinking up sneaky tricks to play on me.

July 2018

Baby, Oh, Baby! I’m Clueless!

The vision of a mountain of old, used, disposable diapers that popped into my mind wasn’t an attractive one. However, I also had a flashback to my high school days when I used to babysit, and all diapers were made of cloth…and sat soaking in smelly diaper pails.


Old Granddad

Sure, babysitting assures that your grandchildren will address you as “gramps,” “papa” or “grandpa” instead of “who are you.” But this practice could take away time otherwise devoted to building birdhouses, or collecting both Bigfoot and carbon footprints.

The Midnight Gardener

Stinky and Still Delicious

There seems to be no in between with garlic – some folks, like vampires, wrinkle up their noses and back away. The rest of us adore the aroma and flavor.

June 2018
Lawrenzi, Jr.

Looking Cool after 65

Even when I covered the student riots in Watts or East Los Angeles, I was one of the best-dressed people on the scene. The Black Panthers and Brown Berets took time from burning flags or throwing rocks to admire my wardrobe.

The Midnight Gardener

Pick a Lovely Pepper

Pepper plants love hot weather and lots of sun. You don't need a large garden to grow peppers, and they make pretty centerpieces in containers surrounded by flowers trailing over the edge of the pot. Here are some delicious hot peppers to grow in the garden or in containers.

May 2018
Miss Nora
Ask Miss Nora

Tea for Two … or 7?

Very simply put, your daughter’s choice to have a large family is none of your business. The ONLY time you should interfere and offer your opinion without being asked for it is if your daughter is unable to care for her children, unable to care for herself or unable to think of further names!

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