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May 2017
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.

Tunnel Visions

For Summer Reads, Try Comfort Books

Often books read in childhood or adolescence, sometimes a volume from adulthood that I've read over and over, they function like an old friend. I greet them with a cry of recognition and close them with a sigh of satisfaction.

Tunnel Visions

For Your Own Peace of Mind, Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth

Presents I gave were a different concern. I spent hours comparing, juggling my budget (yes, I saved money from my own allowance for gifts), thinking what each adult might appreciate. Why I dreamed my mother might yearn for a ceramic statue of a windmill, I don’t know.

Miss Nora
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Who Said Retirement Was Supposed to Be Like This?

I'm a firm believer that we teach people how to treat us so somewhere along the way you’ve allowed there to be an unfair apportioning of household tasks. Perhaps your husband worked longer hours, further away … whatever – but that was then and this is now.

April 2017
Dollar Sense

Scams and Scoundrels are Seeking Your Wallet: Know How to Shut Them Down

At the appointed time, vacationers show up on the doorstep with suitcases and sporting equipment. But instead of a vacant house, they’re greeted by a puzzled – and possibly angry – homeowner asking “who are you and what do you want?

Miss Nora
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Where Has Love Gone?

Women often feel that it’s the man’s obligation to do all the romancing … but why? Have you returned to the slip of a gal your husband fell in love with? Or have you reluctantly sat on the sidelines judging his attempts to win you back?

The Midnight Gardener


Seed companies offer combinations for different seasons, colors and flavors, as well as gourmet, fashionable, antique, tangy, tender, and sweet mixtures. Or, create your own mesclun mix using greens that are suitable for “cut and come again” harvesting. The best part is that they are easy and inexpensive to grow.


Don't Get Locked Out of Your Car

These fobs not only let you secure and unlock your vehicle without using a key, they also let you start the engine remotely, set the driver seat to your desired preferences, pre-cool or pre-heat the interior before your trip, and more.

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Just like the habit of putting on your seatbelt every time you enter your vehicle, get into the habit of checking for your keys every time you exit the vehicle.   

March 2017
Miss Nora
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Old Dogs, Old Tricks

It’s never a good idea to fight manipulation with manipulation. If you’ve invested 30 years in the partnership, there must be something worth salvaging. Nevertheless, while I agree, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, I'm also a firm believer that you should never tease an old dog – because they might have one bite left!

Lawrenzi, Jr.

How to Beat Bullies

If my grandson Harrison, who is nine, ever comes to me with a problem of being bullied, I am going to give him the same advice my two younger brothers and I followed, and that my son adhered to on that fateful day in Phoenix.

The Midnight Gardener

Tomatoes: Grow with Care, Enjoy with Gusto

Start tomato seeds indoors six to eight weeks before the last frost. Three keys to successful indoor seed starting are light, seed starting mix, and water. A south-facing window or grow lights are perfect for starting tomato seeds.


Signs of America’s Greatness

What these signs had in common was the recognition that we’re in a new era of fighting for democracy. As older citizens, we not only have the perspective but a bit more time (in theory!) to act. We need to support one another in protecting all the values of a democratic society.


10 Tips for Decluttering Your Mind

Negative situations and thoughts from our past can stick with us like Velcro. We keep a large cabinet of mental drawers filled with mistakes, missed opportunities, fears, expectations, hurts and worries. It has yet to be proven that worrying and focusing on the past does anything but distract us from the positive, and deplete our energy.

February 2017
Miss Nora
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Love Thy Neighbor

Evidently, my neighbor knows the magic word that causes this selfish husband of mine to turn into Mr. Helpful. When I confronted him about it he couldn’t even muster up enough consideration to come up with a decent excuse. He dismissively said that he didn’t think I ever needed help.

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