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August 2017
Lawrenzi, Jr.

Grandkids, Money and Ghosts

We would go into their bedroom. I would pull the shades on the windows and turn out all the lights, then I would get into a part of the room where they couldn't find me, change my voice, and tell them a ghost story.

Silver Screen, Golden Years

The Best Years of Our Lives

It is left to the minor characters of Butch and Al’s son, Rob, to introduce the post-war world for us by discussing the atom bomb. The central characters are too preoccupied with jobs, and fitting into their families and fitting into their clothes to care about the new geopolitical realities.


Don’t Leave a Bitter Legacy

Could things have been different if my parents completed their wills with the help of a professional, and sat down with us to tell us their wishes? I would hope so.

July 2017

Working for Skippy? How to Get Along with a Much Younger Boss

It’s common for those of us with decades of experience to look at the new CEO and ask, “what did he do to earn that job?” But this is reality. To us they are peers of our kids or grandkids, and to them, we’re practically the crypt-keepers.

Miss Nora
Ask Miss Nora

Languages Ruuules

I further share your consternation that this plague of pointless platitudes isn’t limited to the young. I've heard full-grown adults using such juvenile vernacular that I find myself questioning their values and hoping that they haven’t produced equivalent offspring.

Lawrenzi, Jr.

Lessons Charles Manson Taught Me

He often showed his bitterness at the court system for keeping him imprisoned half of his life.  But he also had words of warning to society for abandoning its children and turning to money, cocktails, and easy living rather than taking care of its children.

The Midnight Gardener

Leave a Tasty Legacy – Plant an Apple Tree

With the popular Red Delicious and McIntosh for parents, Empire was destined to be a hit when it was developed in the 1940s. The Empire apple is a McIntosh type, but it keeps longer in storage.


An Oil Change Ain’t What It Used to Be

For long-term engine reliability, important for seniors who keep their vehicles a long time, a synthetic engine oil can result in less wear over the life of the vehicle.

June 2017
Miss Nora
Ask Miss Nora

A Rat Next Door

If my old age counts for anything it’s that our actions tell the story far, far better than our words ever do. 

Phase Three

The Important Questions to Ask Yourself

Do you agree with what George Bernard Shaw reportedly told us: "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing?

Silver Screen, Golden Years

Herb Jeffries – The Bronze Buckaroo

Black audiences were given a singing cowboy hero at last.  He sang better than Gene Autry, but would not reach Autry’s iconic and financial stature.

The Midnight Gardener

Wow in a Pot!

An attractive container will combine a variety of flower colors, plant shapes, and foliage color and texture. These don't have to match one another – the most exciting containers have a harmony of variety.

May 2017
Dollar Sense

A Scam that Got Me ... Briefly, Another that Tried, and a Test to See How Much You Know About Avoiding Scams

The genuine appearance of the logo fools a lot of people, but with a little diligence, you won’t be one of them. Again, forward such a message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Some scam messages are set up so that you cannot forward them, a sure sign of a scam.

Lawrenzi, Jr.

A Gambler's Dreams

The next time you gamble and win, don't just spend the money on more gambling. Enjoy life and family. That is what the game is all about.

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