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August 2015
Rose
The Midnight Gardener

Putting the Garden to Bed

In the autumn, it is a good idea to clear any debris out of garden beds. Leaf removal at this time of year is important to the garden’s health — whole leaves can be a breeding ground for insects and disease. In perennial beds, remove the fallen leaves and any brown or rotten plant stems.

Pilarski
Deal Me In

Change Only Happens When Customers Demand It

The casino industry I was weaned from was built on fair gambling, cheap food, free spirits and great customer service. Say goodbye to that! Corporate America now runs gambling, ruled by bean counters whose sole purpose is to control expenses while procuring more profits for the house.

Stone

Sealed Lips

Summoned to babysit when she had her second child, I follow her long lists exactly and never upset the toddler’s routine. Being successful with her instructions made my daughter feel replaceable. Thus I learned that grandparenting means diplomacy, making young mothers feel controlled, self-confident. It also means knowing when to go home.

July 2015
David
Legal Ease

So That’s What Those Legal Terms Actually Mean

A living will, also known as an advance directive, is not a will at all but a statement or declaration of what type of medical treatment a person wants to receive in the event he or she has a terminal illness or is in an irreversible coma.

Giddens
Further Review

Sleeping Through the 1980s

So while there was a silver age of film in the 1980s, we slept through much of it. Here are four that eventually became favorites even though we missed significant portions of them on first viewing, plus one worthy film that we just haven’t been able to make it through.

Grossman
Quotation Quotient

Independence Day Quiz - What’s Your QQ?

"That which distinguishes this day from all others is that then both orators and artillerymen shoot blank cartridges."  ~John Burroughs, 1837-1021, was an American naturalist and nature essayist.

Pilarski
Deal Me In

Hitting the Big Kahuna – Possible, But Improbable

Progressive slot machines that offer super-sized, life-changing jackpots eventually are hit, as is a lottery. Unfortunately, on many, especially the wide area progressives, the chances of your hitting your state’s lotto might be easier.

June 2015
Ambord
Dollar Sense

Living on the Love Boat: How Does It Compare to the Cost of Assisted Living?

For someone who is in good health, enjoys the shipboard life, and can live with a few disadvantages, it just might work (which actually describes someone who does not need the “assisted” aspect of assisted living).

Ambord

With Wedding Season Here Again, Online Dating May Have New Appeal

Just like in regular dating, it takes time and trial runs to meet the right one. Don’t reveal your physical address too soon. Many people set up e-mail addresses and even phone numbers just for people they meet online, so that if it doesn’t work out, they can discontinue contact.

Giddens
Further Review

Good to Be Bad

As you’d expect, such tales have been longtime staples of films. Many are classics: There’s something about bringing a failed, flawed, or even evil member of the clergy to the screen that brings out the best in an actor or director.

Grossman
Quotation Quotient

Father's Day Quotes - What's Your QQ?

"My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, 'You’re tearing up the grass.' 'We’re not raising grass,' Dad would reply. 'We’re raising boys.'”

Rose
The Midnight Gardener

Raised Bed Gardening

Try extending the growing season. Grow lettuce, carrots or radishes in the spring. After the harvest, use the same square for heat-loving summer vegetables like bush tomatoes and peppers. Plant spring vegetables again in August for delicious autumn salads, right up to first frost.

Pilarski
Deal Me In

Think of Keno as a Spectator Sport

While any casino action is monetary servitude to the house, played right, you can lose less money per hour at keno than at any other form of gambling.

Pribus
Health, Wellness & the Good Life

Common Sense Upgrades for a Safer Bathroom

Many people are replacing those aging fiberglass all-in-one shower/tub combinations with tiled, walk-in showers with no sill. This means easier access for persons with disabilities temporary or permanent as well as older people.

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