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November 2016
Tunnel Visions

The Advantages of Procrastination – How It’s Helpful, Fulfilling, Stress-reducing, Especially During the Holidays

Physical chores are especially suitable for procrastination, since I don’t enjoy doing them. Perhaps you, like me, have put off making a bed. By night time, I don’t care if the covers are smooth and the pillows plumped. I simply fall into it.

Miss Nora
Ask Miss Nora

Too Many Cooks

Inform your spoiled brat husband that it is a big deal to be undermined in your own home and ask that he support your wishes or he’ll be welcome to put his foot, laundry and all other possessions back down at his mother’s house.


Tires Grow Old Too!

Heavily loaded tires stored outdoors in sunny, hot climates and only driven occasionally see the most severe service conditions and potentially have the shortest calendar lifespan. Motorhomes are a good example. Lightly loaded tires on vehicles parked in garages and driven daily in moderate climates can have the longest life.

October 2016

Holiday Shopping Season is Near: Here are Gift Ideas for the Person Who Loses Things

Suppose the item you lose is your phone or tracker. Tap one of the items you have attached a tracker to and it will cause the phone or tablet to ring, even if you’ve set it on silent mode.

Miss Nora
Ask Miss Nora

You Reap What You Sow

We all have grandchildren, comfortable homes and happy lives and we enjoy talking about them. We get together to share our crafts and have a little social outing, not to be an audience for this windbag. She is ruining it for everyone.

Gray Matter

Stink at Buying Holiday Gifts? You’re Not Alone

Don’t you hate people who always buy the perfect gift? And it’s always so prettily wrapped in some shiny paper, that you have to special order over the summer, with a little gift memento entwined in the gorgeously twirled ribbon, all held together with one tiny delicate piece of tape. I buy my ribbons at the dollar store and I tape my packages like I’m afraid something inside the box will escape.

Silver Screen, Golden Years

‘Reality’ Radio

Just as Orson Welles' version was set in his time in the late 1930s and reflected it by use of the radio, and just as author H.G. Wells' original story reflected London of the 1890s, so too, this movie gives us a glimpse of the early 1950s, our innocence as well as our sophistication, our atom bomb and the electronic Martian "eye" that is described "like a television camera."

Vintage Vibes

Gun‑totin’ Grannies

One night a car stayed on her bumper for miles, trying to force her off the road several times. She had to keep accelerating until finally she held her pistol up where the other driver could see it. The car dropped back, way back. This was just one of the situations where Cora Sue believed a firearm protected her life.

The Midnight Gardener

Great Veggies for 2017

The AAS mission is "to promote new garden seed varieties with superior garden performance judged in impartial trials in North America." I am growing these new varieties this year because, although they are short in stature, they are heavy on harvest and big on flavor.

Deal Me In

Pilarski Has Left the Building

I am not completely going away. I still have another book on gambling that will be coming out soon, refresh my website ( to include all 1,040 of my columns, and I will remain active in the Twittersphere.

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So, finally, what was the most often asked question I have gotten over all these years in the gambling business? It was when I worked on the casino floor. Nick, drum roll, please… “Where’s the bathroom?”

Health, Wellness & the Good Life

Tactics to Increase Accessibility in Your Home

Today's grab bars come in designs that provide architectural interest as well as safety. Materials include teak wood which is waterproof, various metallic finishes, and even glow-in-the-dark acrylic. One interesting application has built-in LED lighting which creates an all-in-one night light/grab handle.


We the People

Why is successful communication so difficult? From before we can even articulate it, we each are forming an individual story; a different interpretation of the world. We each experience daily life – even the same event – in a unique way. And yet we’re called upon – we’re required – to come together in this still-grand experience called democracy.

September 2016
A Healthy Age

Five Ways to Improve Your Relationship with Your Adult Child

The conventional wisdom is that we, as parents, shut our collective mouths and smile when our children make purchases they likely cannot afford or our grandchildren go without sunscreen Weren’t we annoyed when our parents commented on our choices?

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Choose the appropriate venue. The old landline phone just isn’t what it used to be. Dr. Nemzoff, who has 10 grandchildren, learned to text because her grandchildren did not want to talk on the phone. She said, “Technology is not something to be feared.”

The Raven Lunatic

Travel Tips for the Addled

Put everything you think you’ll need in a suitcase. Take half out ... Plan on how much money you’ll need. Then double it. The exchange rate is like Vegas – usually the house wins.

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