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June 2017
Miss Nora
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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.

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!

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