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$30Merkl: Baseball Ballyhoo. Approx. 825 words. Photo.
They were desperate, so I reluctantly agreed to coach Matt’s new T-ball team, the Dodgers. Panicked, I made a beeline for the library where I spent hours researching how to properly swing a bat, field grounders, slide, run the bases, and, well… play baseball.
$30Breslin/Alive and Still Kidding: Recalling Some Scary Halloween Stories. Approx. 650 words.
Over the years, storytellers have substituted everything from black-widow spiders to scorpions (and even a cobra!) for the bees, but the end result always is the same: the poor lady with the stiff, sugar-coated hair suffers an agonizingly painful death.
$30Murphy/Social Insecurity: I’m Beginning to Look a Lot like a Christmas Tree. Approx. 775 words.
Would we actually eat a lot of this stuff if it wasn’t for some spirit-of-the-season obligation? Can you see yourself sitting down to an eggnog shake and a dish of divinity on a stifling hot July afternoon? No, certainly not. This is stuff that people in their right minds simply would not normally ingest.
$30Laundrie: All the Many Heroes. Approx. 825 words.
I was overwhelmed with facts and proof of our founding father’s devotion to our
country, but my mind kept flicking back to everyday heroes: the police officer who
spoke up, our tour guide who took action, and the young bystander who ran out in the street to pick up manure so the military wouldn’t have to walk through it.
$30Chamberlin: A Thanksgiving Bird in Flight. Approx. 750 words.
The meatballs were rocks, the potato salad went blah, and now, for this Thanksgiving dinner, the turkey slid off the pan, or nearly so. I jumped, yelled, burned my arm, yanked the pan, dumped the drippings — the future gravy — into the oven, plashed sticky substances on the wall and floor.
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The kids were brave. They still are! They’ve grown and flown, overcoming odds by finding answers, jobs, people to love, and ways to thrive. We send cookies, boost them, pray for them. They stay in touch, inspire us. They even find ways to “pay back.”

$45Schlein/Washington Watch: Still in Contentious Limbo: Senior Health, Hunger and Financial Crises. Approx. 2000 words.
Medicare considers observation care an outpatient service, like a doctor's appointment or a lab test. Observation patients may have to pay a larger share of the hospital bill than if they were officially admitted to the hospital. In addition, they must pay for any nursing home care because Medicare's nursing home benefit is available only to those admitted to the hospital for three consecutive days.
$30Stinger: Washington Watch cartoons.
$30Vidro/Frazzled Consumer: Mr. Spock, Mrs. Ashley, and Sugar River Pharmacy  – Or the Canada Alternative. Approx. 1125 words.
When I ran over to the pharmacy I learned that this coverage meant the insurance company, instead of paying zero dollars and zero cents out of the $247, would now happily pay $15.51 and require me to pay $231.49. That’s right; even with so-called coverage obtained from jumping through hoops, I would now be responsible for 93.7% of the full payment.

$35Telleen-Lawton/Money Sense: Autopay Can Help a Lot – Unless You Go on Autopilot. Approx. 750 words.
We’ve been on autopay for decades, so we don’t focus on our bill’s amount due. Instead, we tear open the envelope to check on our water usage...It turns out that the city still was using our old pre-burglary bank account number.  Our bank honored it for 18 months before finally rejecting it.
$30David/Legal Ease: Titling, Trusts and Avoiding Troubles. Approx. 550 words.
You are correct that adding your daughter’s name to the title of your assets, if done correctly, will cause those assets to avoid probate upon your death. However, taking this step is problematic for many reasons.
$35Telleen-Lawton: Money Sense: Legacy Gifts for Small Non-profits. Approx. 775 words.
Your literature should focus on the psychological and emotional benefits to the donor of legacy gifts. Income, gift, and estate tax benefits are reasonable talking points, but they are not generally the primary motivator.
$35Telleen-Lawton: Money Sense: Your Annual Check-up, Medicare Style. Approx. 850 words.
When you’re tapping into government benefits, it pays to know the terms. In particular, before you schedule your first visit, know the difference between the Welcome to Medicare visit, an annual Wellness visit, and a physical exam.

$30Cohen/Dear Pharmacist: 7 Natural Remedies to Treat Psoriasis. 500 words.
Fish oils has consistently been shown to support skin health. Studies have shown that taking fish oil seems to help with itching, redness, and the size of the skin lesions.
$30Fowler/Eat Right Now: A Diet of (Holiday) Stress: The Trash of Modern Life. Approx. 750 words.
Chronic age-related disease is not solely about the vitamin-deficient American diet of processed food, a disconnect from nature, environmental toxins, EMFs and genes. Genes may load the gun, but lifestyle pulls the trigger.
$30Cohen/Dear Pharmacist: 8 Fantastic Reasons to Eat Pumpkin Seeds. Approx. 475 words.
A handful of pumpkin seeds at dinnertime might improve your ability to relax and sleep. The reason is because of the magnesium which helps create more serotonin, which quickly breaks down to melatonin, a sleep hormone.

$30DeLaurentis/Bob’s Tech Talk: Password Managers to the Rescue. Approx. 825 words.
Passwords are often thought of as keys that open locked doors, but encryption is not like a locked door. Encryption is more like a magician’s trick that makes information disappear and reappear on command.
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All of my computing choices respect this principle: follow the crowds. I only depend on products that are used by thousands or millions of other people. I mostly use the software that comes with the device, or third-party apps that have been around for many years.
$30Murphy/Social Insecurity: Man Shoots GPS During Road Rage. Approx. 775 words.
Today, shopping for some new wheels is about as complicated as designing a sandwich at Subway. Naturally you have to decide how many speakers you want, how many air bags you need, how many payments you can miss before the repo man shows up, etc.

$30Block: Breathless Along the Beautiful Danube. Approx. 675 words. Photos.
When we were relaxing on the open-air Sun Deck, watching magnificent scenery pass by, a voice over the loudspeaker described picturesque villages, identified wine grapes growing in terraced vineyards, and offered mini-history lessons about castles and abbeys that we spotted perched on hillsides.
$30Witham/Ernie’s World: Ravens, Eagles, Totems, and Salmon Spit. Approx. 700 words. Photos.
One oddity on some poles – they are topped by Abraham Lincoln. When natives decided they wanted to include a white man on their totems, his was the only printed image they had to go by. It was a three-quarter-length image, so on the totems, Lincoln is always really short!

$30Ward: What It’s Like Not to Be Retired. Approx. 725 words.
But don’t try justifying your choice by pointing out that Queen Elizabeth is 92 and still Queen, and Warren Buffett is 87 and still buying, and how ‘bout that Betty White? Comparing yourself to the “Greats” is never a good idea.
$30Levine/Levine’s Levity: Dropping Out of Dropping In. Approx. 750 words.
It’s not just me who is leery of senior centers. There are many of us boomers who see such facilities as the gateway to dinner theater attendance.
$30Stobie: Geezer on Vacation. Approx. 575 words.
I felt in my ears. My right hearing aid was missing. I panicked. It was worth over two thousand dollars. We checked the car around the seats. Then like a bolt of lightning hit me – I remembered I had taken my hat off during the yoga class.
$30Lebel: 17 Senior Truths and Hints on How to Deal. Approx. 1050 words.
A stitch in time saves nine. Hint: Where are we, in the little house on the prairie? Nobody’s ever heard of Velcro? Get with the program and stop blurting out that stupid saying.

$30Lynch/Silver Screen, Golden Memories: The Toast of New York. Approx. 775 words. Photos.
It had been only some eight years since the Crash of 1929 brought their worlds down upon them, so what we might view as a quaint and possibly over-dramatic representation of the financial panic of 1869 was to them a personal reminder of human frailty and financial Armageddon.
$30Dee/Rock ‘n’ Roll: Pat Boone – King of Cover Songs. Approx. 900 words. Photo.
Pat Boone’s great-great-great-great-grandfather was Daniel Boone. Pat’s cousin, Richard Boone, played Paladin on the TV series “Have Gun – Will Travel.” Another cousin, Randy Boone, appeared as “The Singing Cowboy” in 46 episodes of the TV series “The Virginian.” Pat Boone’s son-in-law is Gabriel Ferrer, the son of singer Rosemary Clooney and actor Jose Ferrer. Gabriel also is the cousin of actor George Clooney.
$30Kennedy: Sipping and Slurping Through a Straw, Approx. 475 words.
Mom said slurping was obnoxious. It wasn't nice. It was a display of bad manners. It was rude. She was always concerned about how our behavior looked to others.
$30Ginther/As I Recall: On the Rails: Watching Time the Old-Fashioned Way. Approx. 650 words.
Standard clocks were provided in locations where train and engine crews reported for duty at their initial district terminals. These clocks were precision timepieces that were set each day at the stroke of noon by a telegraph wire connected to them.
$30Lawrenzi: Urban Cowboys. Approx. 850 words.
It was like being in a John Wayne movie. There was plenty of dust, the smell of creosote and cactus not to mention cows, and an occasional angry steer that would burst out of the pack and start running for the rocks.

$30McCune/Tunnel Visions: A Sorrow Shared Is a Sorrow Halved: Why We Need Funerals. Approx. 600 words.
Perhaps even more important, we require ways to judge, evaluate, measure. If we’re never poor, how do we value wealth? If we never know hate, how do we understand love? If we’re never young, how can we appreciate growing old? Without acknowledgment of the process of dying, where’s our growth in living?
$30Witham/Ernie’s World: More TV Or Not More TV: That Is the Question. Approx. 725 words.
To the senior lifestyle Sit-N-Go electric scooter with built-in "ahooga" horn. "Yes seniors, it's faster than a speeding attendant. More powerful than a Fleet enema. Plus, it folds and unfolds for easy storage in 15 seconds or less with a wireless key fob.
$30Cook: Hole-in-One Becomes a Tabloid Tale. Approx. 675 words. Photos.
Here I’d been driving around with my ONE-HOL plate, thinking motorists identified me as a good golfer. Instead, I was viewed as someone who collected outhouses.
$30Beeson/Sam’s Side: Eyewitness Beeson News. Approx. 975 words.
Mark replies through a tight-lipped smile. “Here is our financial reporter Penny Wise as she concludes her in-depth report on retirement funding for the Beeson household. Penny?”
A dark-haired woman with glasses and a banker’s visor fills the screen. She puckers her lips and “Pffffft’s” a raspberry at the camera. The scene switches quickly back to the anchors.
$30Cappellino: Sprezzatura - Unstudied Style. Approx. 750 words. Photo.
It's fashion unstudied, one seemingly thrown together without thought to trend nor model. Sprezzatura is never careless, but it presents as nonchalance, effortless, far from costume dressing, never exactly molded by a designer's expression of how one ought to dress, who one ought to be.
$30McCune/Tunnel Visions:  Women’s Fight for Social Change: Remember These? Approx. 700 words.
The respected rumor-debunker Snopes says, “During a demonstration by feminists at the 1968 Miss America pageant, some bras — along with numerous other items — were burned when a trash receptacle was briefly set alight.” This was the only occurrence of the symbolic action.

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$30Gendusa: The Pinnacle of Thanksgiving Happiness. Approx. 775 words.
In those days, I never really thought about Thanksgiving changing or a time when I would long to see some of those folks again on a Thursday in the future. I believe it is those days when God protects us from viewing tomorrow and allows us just to enjoy the day.
$30Cook: Of Christmas Lights and Memories Bright; Hot Sox and Smoking Dogs. Approx. 675 words.
Eventually, my husband retired his grandmother’s lights. Whether it was the blown fuses, the mini-shocks he received, or the smoking dog, he reluctantly packed them away. “You don’t see lights like this,” he said, shaking his head. Amen to that, I thought.
$30Cappellino: Holiday Photo Gifting. Approx. 725 words. Photos.
From photo books, to customized wrapping paper, to gift tags or self-sticking labels, my family fully enjoyed seeing images of their own children, pets and projects on unexpectedly useful items.
$30Gendusa: ‘Twas the Day after Christmas. Approx. 775 words.
All our blended five children returned home to celebrate with their broods, plus nieces, nephews, and wait, who was that guy? Maybe it was the policeman who someone called to the scene! I think he decided to eat with us. Not sure.

$45Schlein/Washington Watch: The Confusing, Halting Path of Legislating Healthcare Costs: Yes, No, Maybe, Whatever...? Approx. 2100 words.
Almost all elected officials – House Democrats, Senate Republicans and the White House – all favor lowering drug costs. The differences come over how to do it.
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Pharmaceutical lobbyists suggest that imposing co-pay limits smacks of government price fixing. Consumer groups counter that limiting price increases could be a valuable way to fight the skyrocketing cost of some drugs like insulin, which has seen increases from $175.57 for a 20-milliliter vial 15 years ago to $1,487 now for the same exact vial.

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The key decision for Trump is: Will it be Tuesday Trump or Thursday Trump? How committed is he to pushing Senate Republicans to get drug pricing legislation done as he has promised since 2016, or instead if he prefers to use non-action as a political hammer in his 2020 re-election fight?
$30Stinger/Washington Watch cartoons.
$35Telleen-Lawton: Financing a Spaceship Economy. Approx. 775 words.
We are well past time to transition from a cowboy to a spaceship economy. As seniors, we cannot afford to do less than will make us proud to tell our grandchildren.

$30Cohen/Dear Pharmacist: Potty Talk: B Vitamin Deficiency. Approx. 500 words.
Remember, the mind-set in today’s atrocious health care system is to medicate you, so you’re bound to get a drug for a symptom, even if that symptom stems from a nutrient deficiency! But that's what you have me for – I have written articles for 20-something years to help you identify nutrient depletion and proper ways of restoration.
$30Wolfsie: Fit to Be Tried. Approx. 525 words.
My dentist thinks (no surprise here) that you should visit your dental office three times a year. However, he recommended I see him four times a year because I have deep pockets. I’m not sure if he was talking about my gums or if it was because I told him I made a few good investments last year.
$30Levy: Going Somewhere for the Holidays? 10 Fitness Tips to Move Right Along. Approx. 750 words.
Functional movement might sound like the exercise du jour, but it's really a return to the basic movements that help us to do daily tasks safely and successfully. Functional movements allow all of our body parts to work together as a whole, easily and painlessly.
$30Cohen/Dear Pharmacist: Don’t Do These Before Surgery or Tests! Approx. 550 words.
“Should I really stop eating and drinking before a test?” The blanket answer is YES! If the facility or hospital puts that request on your instruction sheet, you should follow it. Eating and drinking too close to surgery could force a reschedule of the surgery.
$30Vidro/Frazzled Consumer: Unhygienic Signatures? Approx. 750 words.
At its customer service desk, where people wait in line to return purchases, the transaction requires a signature – with the store’s stylus – on a computer screen. How many hands handle that stylus every day? I’d much rather sign on paper with an old-fashioned ink pen from my pocket. But that’s not an option.
$30Buffin: Jumping on the Health Train. Approx. 575 words.
What did the author mean exactly by “jumping?” Is that just plain old up and down? Jumping rope? Jumping on something? Jumping off? Realizing I’m making this complicated enough to talk myself into giving up before I even begin (which explains why I am always on the lookout for the express train), I settle on the standard, time-tested, jumping jack.
$30Fowler/Eat Right Now: Eating ‘Right’ Can Be Such a Guessing Game. Approx. 600 words.
Watchful, albeit confused, consumers are increasingly wary of GMO foods, agrochemicals, food colorings, preservatives, and fluoridated water.

$35Telleen-Lawton/Money Sense: Be Vigilant – Scammers Are Always Out There. Approx. 900 words.
If you fall for this, through a telemarketing call, health fair, or knock on the door, your first bad news will be discovering that the “free” genetic test you took is not free. Medicare does not pay for any testing which is not medically necessary. You’ll be responsible for the cost, which could run into the thousands of dollars.
$30David/Legal Ease: How Much More Is It Costing You to Live Together Without Marriage? Approx. 600 words.
It  seems like more and more people are choosing to live together rather than get married. There are many benefits, legal and otherwise, available to married couples that are not available to unmarried partners.
$35Telleen-Lawton/Money Sense: Looking for Extra Income? Combating Age Bias in the Workplace.  Approx. 750 words.
A resume for a 50-something could run for many pages, but the last 15 years or so are the most relevant. Concentrate on your highlights: don’t write an all-inclusive white paper.
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Other ways to package a job successfully are to offer contract versus direct employment, assuming you have other access to insurance. If you afford to do so without compromising your retirement, you could consider starting a business or buying a franchise in an area you understand.

$30DeLaurentis/Bob’s Tech Talk: New iPhones, Streaming TV, and Apple Watch. Approx. 825 words.
The most useful feature on my list is a new setting to forward any incoming phone call directly to voicemail unless the caller’s ID is recognized by the phone.
$30Bardy/Laverne’s Views: Golden Years? Or Rust? Approx. 775 words.
If the day comes when I can take photos that come out framed; can connect with a deceased loved one, and have makeup apply itself to my face when someone Face Times me, I may feel differently. But, for now, all I wanted was a phone that would allow me to call someone if I’m stuck in a ditch and need help.
$30Lebel:  DVR Madness. Approx. 1075 words.
"Read! How can you read? Don't you want to know what happened to the naked people in the jungle?" I yelled at his retreating back. I finally settled on removing the movies with the happy thought that I can always buy the DVDs.
$30Levine/Levine’s Levity: Bad Car Guy a Samaritan After All. Approx. 675 words.
I could have just cycled away, avoiding what I felt would be a flailing around the 21st century dashboard like a civilian assuming the controls of a 747. I summoned my courage and my inner Triple AAA guy and went right back into the belly of the Subaru.

$30Block: Clean and Sunny in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Approx. 900 words. Photos.
The town of Tarpon Springs, Florida, claims a higher percentage of people of Greek heritage among its 25,000 residents than any other place in the United States. Given that demographic, it’s not surprising that the community offers visitors an immersion in Greek culture. The fact that it’s “the sponging capital of the world” adds appeal.
$30Witham/Ernie’s World: Buonasera!… Again… and Again. Approx. 725 words. Photo.
“Turn right,” Jeeves said, which would have put us into the fountain. We had no choice but to continue on Borgo Vittorio Emanuele and pass the older folks a third time. I wanted to explain that we were Americans, but somehow I think they knew that.

$30White-Walker: Catering to Centenarians and Other Wonders of the World. Approx. 700 words.
We older folks who don't dwell on our headaches and heartaches, nor other litany of complaints like not being the sharpest pencil in the box now – find  life still holds wonder and magic for us.
$30Justo: Richard Branson – Easy, Breezy, Beautiful. Approx. 725 words
I am grateful for the freedom of choices that I have had over the years, but I’m also ready to release more and more and liberate my cluttered mind and closet and hopefully make more important decisions like Richard Branson does.
$30LeVia: Where Do We Go From Here? Approx. 600 words.
Yet there is hope here; there are possibilities promising respite from potential bleak boredoms of aging, from deteriorating to depths of despair that can infect the aged. We don’t have to stay here!

$30Lawrenzi: Glen Campbell: A Satisfied Mind. Approx. 800 words.
He gets standing ovations even when he can't remember the lyrics to songs like “Gentle On My Mind," "Lineman for The County," "Rhinestone Cowboy" or some of his other records that sold over 50 million copies. His concerts are filled with laughter, tears, applause, hugs and standing ovations.
$30Merkl: Finishing the Marathon Just 2 Runners Off ... the Full Roster of Participants, That Is. Approx. 925 words. Photos.
As I limped toward the towering, ornate finish line, workers were tearing it down. My wife ran up to help me across, but one of the workers told her to let me finish on my own. My time was 7:10:21, a mere 5 hours and 7 minutes off the world record.
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A police officer walked over to me and said, "The belly dancers under the bridge have bananas." I'd never heard those words strung together in a sentence before and looked at him like he was crazy. But under an overpass about 50 yards ahead, jiggling dancers were handing out cramp-killing bananas.
$30Kennedy: It's Friday Again. Approx. 475 words.
However, there's a big difference between making sense of the numbers on a wristwatch and knowing where time goes. As we age we often say time flies, but even today's youngsters are more aware of its passage than I was as a child.

$30McCune/Tunnel Visions: Santa’s Not the Only One Making a List. Approx. 650 words.
The trick to controlling lists? If you wait long enough, many of those little notes to yourself are out of date and you can throw them away.
$30Healy: A Treat for Quincy the Dog. Approx. 675 words. Photos.
With all the poignancy and authenticity that only animals and small children can bring to a life-lesson, through this experience Quincy has taught me this: Never assume you know best for another living, feeling being without first paying attention, listening hard to their hearts.
$30Strack: That's Not Funny – Or Is It? Approx. 950 words.
On the third or fourth step, the bottom of the casket broke loose. Out dropped Agnes, hitting the steps before rolling down onto the sidewalk below. Needless to say, but worth mentioning anyway, the woman's family and friends witnessed the entire disaster and shrieked in horror.

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$30Merkl: Finding Santa in Strange Places. Approx.700 words.
At any moment, we might need help from someone – or be able to help someone – regardless of their race, sex, politics, religion, or any of the rest of it. That’s the place to look for Santa Claus.
$30Lynch/Silver Screen, Golden Memories. Star in the Night. Approx. 800 words. Photos.
He almost turned away the Christ child.
The events of this night have been his test and his gift and his redemption. Sometimes redemption is just a second chance to be a nice guy. His eyes fill with tears.
And so do ours.
$30Breslin/Alive and Kidding: The 12 Teas of Christmas Once Again. Approx. 900 words.
"Don't you have any plain black tea?" I finally asked the server. The look she gave me made me feel as if I'd just asked her to brew me a cup of tea using water from the toilet.

$45Schlein/Washington Watch: Better Care? Lower Costs? Better Value? Medicare and Caregivers Moving on It ... Maybe. Approx. 1800 words.
The proposal is supposed to help doctors, hospitals and other medical providers transition from fee-for-services payments to value-based payments, which reward physicians for outcomes instead of the volume of services provided.
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This could give family caregivers needed breaks, provide companionship for lonely seniors and provide some relief from social isolation. Young volunteers might get class credits at a community college or even small stipends for helping out.
$30Stinger: Washington Watch cartoon.

$45Telleen-Lawton/Money Sense: Costs and Benefits of Opioids. Approx. 700 words.
A West Virginia nurse who founded a facility for drug-addicted babies and mothers, says, “We have generational addiction …. It was their mother’s normal. It was their grandmothers’ normal. And now, it’s their normal.”
$35Slayback/A Healthy Age: A Schedule I Never Wanted to Keep. Approx. 725 words.
Even though I’m filled with sadness, the normalcy of arising near sunrise for aerobic exercise and conversation with long-time pals, reminds me that I have support, everyone has problems, life goes on. I even smile occasionally.
$30Cohen/Dear Pharmacist: Who Me? 5 People Who Need More Phosphatidylcholine. Approx. 475 words.
Choline forms phosphatidylcholine (PC). This is a naturally occurring B-vitamin compound that is required to make acetylcholine, your memory neurotransmitter. Persistent fatigue and brain fog could be due to low levels of PC.
$30Fowler: Myth Busting: Fatphobia. Approx. 950 words.
Every single cell in your body needs cholesterol to survive. Some MDs and scientists are now saying that levels of 150 and below can cause psychological side effects. The brain needs cholesterol to grow new nerve cells and for these nerve cells to work properly.
$30Cohen/Dear Pharmacist: The Gross Allowances of Bug Materials in Our Food Supply. Approx. 550 words.
Carmine is a lovely word to use; it flows off the tongue so beautifully, but it comes from boiling up some beetles. It’s a beautiful red dye, that adds color to some popular brands of red/purple jelly and frosting...and is found in millions of different foods, candies and especially lipsticks.
$30Fowler: As Ye Eat, So Shall Ye Sleep. Approx. 750 words.
Insomnia is more common for seniors, partly because of health issues, partly because of the anxiety and the concerns of aging, and sometimes because of medication.

$35Telleen-Lawton/Money Sense: Save Money While You Help Save the Planet. Approx. 775 words.
I figure it’s a win-win: I save money buying less packaging material, and the earth is saved a little plastic. . . When we toss something into the trash, we need to consider that it might end up in the ocean. The good news is that reducing and reusing packaging also saves us money.
$35Telleen-Lawton/Money Sense: Amazing! The IRS Just Realized We’re Getting Older – For Better or Worse, Taxwise. Approx. 800 words.
The new form’s features cater to negative aspects of aging like our aging eyes and brains. The Feds have also designed a tool so we can better take advantage of a positive aspect: potentially lower taxes in retirement.
$30David/Legal Ease: You’re Right. You Don’t Need a Will or Trust Now, But You Should Have Them to Avoid Huge Hassles Later. Approx. 700 words.
If each of you at least prepare a last will and testament, you will at a minimum be able to control who receives your assets upon the survivor’s death. This keeps the state out of your affairs and lets you control who receives your estate.

$30DeLaurentis/Bob’s Tech Talk: Big New TVs, Voice Assistants, Preserving Online Accounts. Approx. 850 words.
The single best way to stay organized is to feed everything into a program like 1Password for Families, and share access with several trusted  people. If you store your vital data in one place, and keep that data up to date, it will be a gift to your loved ones after your incapacity or death.
$30Wolfsie: Auto Neurotic. Approx. 575 words.
Bruce, the car salesman, was very patient with me. He told me that “before you bring this baby home, you need to know how to take care of her and understand exactly how she operates.” This is pretty much what Mary Ellen’s father said to me the night before our wedding.
$30Stone: A Mechanical Moron in This Day and Age When Back in the Day...? Approx. 850 words.
Ms. Pacman was slightly more traumatic as I assumed I was more capable than a machine. A machine! I wasn’t. I told my college-age students and it amused them as I quoted from Shakespeare, wondering how I understood the Bard but not Donkey Kong.

$30Kennedy: The Wild Atlantic Way. Approx. 775 words. Photos.
The scene I gazed upon was like a picture postcard. Ewes munched their breakfast of wet grass as their lambs frolicked nearby, running back to their mothers for a drink of warm milk. Beyond the rocky pasture lay the Atlantic, calm and serene as if the night’s storm had been only a momentary aberration.
$30Block: Shandong Province, China – Land of Contrasts and Contradictions. Approx. 900 words. Photos.
In its cities, modern skyscrapers stretch as far as the eye can see. Members of the “millennial” generation, most attired in the latest clothing fashions, are glued to their cell phones. A short distance away the setting often is very different. Farm fields surround villages where tiny houses line narrow dirt streets.

$30Beeson/Sam’s Side: Melancholia at the Bowling Alley. Approx. 1000 words.
But it was not such much a sadness, as it was a memory. Perhaps the same sad but sweet memories that people have when visiting their loved ones in a cemetery years after their passing. I looked around this bowling alley and “saw” them everywhere. I am bowling where my mom used to bowl.
$30Murphy/Social Insecurity: Car Trouble Can Make You Feel like a Kid Again. Approx. 850 words.
For me such moments were particularly frustrating since I have zero mechanical skill. In fact, I’ve lost track of how many hours I have spent just trying to figure out how to open the hoods of the various vehicles I have owned.

$30Humphrey/Wrinkled in Time: Showing Up Every Morning as a Baby Boomer. Approx. 775 words.
We baby boomers are youthful and vibrant. We do not wear glasses attached to elastic around our necks or madras pants on Sundays. So, it's a surprise to come upon an old photo of our mother or father, and while gazing sentimentally at their sweet face, one realizes, "Oh. No. That's me."
$30Marze: Misery May Actually Love Company. Approx. 800 words.
That person becomes afraid to say anything aloud because there are always those who will criticize by responding with, “It’s been years. Get over it. Move on. Stop feeling sorry for yourself.” But your heart and spirit are tired of getting over it, moving on and putting on a false show that everything is just fine.
$30Healy:  Speaking with Authentic Voices. Approx. 750 words.
There are voices that reach out to us from across fences and walls and cultures and faiths and experience and species and want nothing more than for us to notice them, and to use our own voices on their behalf.
$30Bardy/Laverne’s View: Louder, Please. Approx. 725 words.
My husband, Mighty Marc, is a prime example of someone who is having trouble accepting that he’s no longer getting old. He is old.
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If trips to the bathroom were once periodic and casual, they’re now frequent and urgent. Sprinting to the bathroom, and repeatedly picking my cane up from the floor are my primary sources of exercise.
$30Lawrenzi: Older Means Better. Approx. 525 words.
Some of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most brilliant achievements were completed when he was in his 80s. He passed away at age 91. His widow, Olgivanna, said her husband was "one of the youngest old men I have ever known."
$30White-Walker: Move Over, Eleanor. Approx. 925 words.
My one highly cerebral daughter with her doctorate always accuses me of placing my emotions above my head; therefore, one can't always have an in-depth conversation with me. “WHAT DO YOU MEAN I'M EMOTIONAL?" I may have once, twice – maybe three times tops! –  screamed at her with my eyes bulging and tears streaming down my face.

$30Laundrie: Some of the Coolest Jobs Ever. Approx. 625 words.
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.
$30Rose/Midnight Gardener. Getting Through Dreary Winter with Plans for Spring Flowers. Approx. 725 words. Photos.
Petunia Evening Scentsation F1, is the first petunia to receive an AAS award for its lovely fragrance and stunning color. Its unusual blue flowers are lightly scented in daytime, and become even more fragrant in the evening, with notes of hyacinth, sweet honey and rose.
$30Strack/Frazzled Consumer: Riding the Medical Merry-Go-Round. Approx. 875 words.
Get very sick now. Need multiple prescriptions, but stay out of doctor and hospital care so insurance companies don't have to pay for treatment. Die suddenly right after my term life insurance expires so my beneficiaries don't get a dime while the company gets to keep my premium money.
$30Lamar: Collecting Strutters. Approx. 625 words. Photos.
She later stumbled upon a woman in nearby Manderville, Louisiana, who had designed her entire kitchen with a “rooster” décor. “She had quit collecting, though, so I bought some of her stuff,” she said. Anderson found herself in a collectors’ class all my herself….at least in Hammond, Louisiana.
$30Boylan: Looking for Love Online: 5 Important Tips and Tricks. Approx. 750 words.

I learned to stick to my guns, quickly dismissing those who didn’t rise above the rest. I wouldn’t hesitate to give a guy the boot the second I realized the chemistry wasn’t there, or we didn’t have enough in common, or he was rude, or didn’t call when he said he would. I know it sounds like small stuff, but it’s not. Manners are important.