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March 2019
McCune
Tunnel Visions

How Can We Keep America Beautiful with All Those Flosser Picks Littering?

I’ve got to believe that flosser picks are just as much litter problems as cigarette butts. They’re not biodegradable, they’re ugly once abandoned, they can stab toes and soles, and animal health would be threatened should any ingest the flosser picks. In the litter competition, flosser picks are kicking the butt’s domination.

Rose
The Midnight Gardener

Try Some Delicious New Varieties this Spring

The adorable Fire Fly tomato is not as small as a currant tomato and not as large as a cherry tomato, but is a "just right" in-between size. The round fruits are super sweet, pale white to pale yellow and less than one inch in size. Delicate, translucent skins offer a mild acid flavor that enhances the sweet taste.

February 2019
Miss Nora
Ask Miss Nora

Married to a Decorating Junkie

I know of a husband who refused to put his laundry in the hamper for weeks, leaving it all over the floor instead and called it art until his wife finally got it and stopped adorning their bedroom with birdcages, pillows and candles.

Rearick
Puttin' on the Gritz

‘Cat’s in the Cradle’

Some of my still-active friends have confided in me that their self-involved grown children have little or no time left over for them. As they are not ready to be put out to pasture, they don’t understand why they don’t hold a more important place in their family.

Sprague

Retirement and Maybe Remarriage: Heaven or Hell or Learning to Live Again but very Differently

There are new issues as it pertains to your new spouse – budgeting, bank accounts, holidays, how much money you’re going to spend on the children, family traditions, property issues, retirement savings, wills, two families loosely joined with different practices…and stepchildren.

January 2019
Love Cook

Black Ice, Lying in Wait

I don’t know how helpful I’ve been in warning readers about black ice. I’m certain many have had their own run-ins. Outside of wearing a padded suit like the Michelin Man, I don’t have much advice. Black ice is like a brown recluse spider — you don’t know it’s there until you’re its victim.

Love Cook

Going Forward: Geezer Nation Marches On

I've discovered the most important survival tactic outside of a sense of humor is ego reduction. If you're heading for the big 65 while holding onto your vanity, you'd better let go.

Laundrie

Some of the Coolest Jobs Ever

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.

McCune

Clutter, Hoarding and All Sorts of Habits, Good and Bad

Others say a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind. Someone, or several someones, including Einstein if you can believe a Google search, asked, “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”

Rearick
Puttin' on the Gritz

Twisted Logic

I’m a grandmother so I know certain things. One of which is that the back seat of a vehicle is not a danger zone. The other thing this wise granny knows is that my grandkids stay awake at night thinking up sneaky tricks to play on me.

July 2018
Breslin

Baby, Oh, Baby! I’m Clueless!

The vision of a mountain of old, used, disposable diapers that popped into my mind wasn’t an attractive one. However, I also had a flashback to my high school days when I used to babysit, and all diapers were made of cloth…and sat soaking in smelly diaper pails.

Levine

Old Granddad

Sure, babysitting assures that your grandchildren will address you as “gramps,” “papa” or “grandpa” instead of “who are you.” But this practice could take away time otherwise devoted to building birdhouses, or collecting both Bigfoot and carbon footprints.

Rose
The Midnight Gardener

Stinky and Still Delicious

There seems to be no in between with garlic – some folks, like vampires, wrinkle up their noses and back away. The rest of us adore the aroma and flavor.

June 2018
Lawrenzi, Jr.

Looking Cool after 65

Even when I covered the student riots in Watts or East Los Angeles, I was one of the best-dressed people on the scene. The Black Panthers and Brown Berets took time from burning flags or throwing rocks to admire my wardrobe.

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