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Dear Readers, By now, you probably know someone who has adopted a vegetarian diet. Estimates put vegetarianism at around 5 percent of the American population (1). That may not sound like many, but it comes to roughly 16.5 million people. People cite different reasons for converting to vegetarianism...
Hi Taylor - I saw stocks take a big hit a week or two back and read that a lot of it was due to coronavirus fears. Do you know why an outbreak like this can affect the markets so much? - Charlene Hey Charlene - That’s a really good question. You see a lot of headlines about markets dropping because...
I have been educating myself on healthy nutrition. There is a lot of conflicting information on the internet, and sometimes it’s downright frustrating! Can you help steer me in the right direction? Thanks, Jim Dear Jim, Believe me, I share in your frustration in regards to nutrition information....
Dear Toni, My husband recently was laid off from his job and I needed to sign up for Medicare Part B. I only signed up for Medicare Part A when I turned 65 because his company insurance was excellent. When I went to the local Social Security with the “Request for Employment Information” signed by...
The tale unleashed in this space this day is difficult to categorize. Some will say it is typical of “fake news”; others will insist that it best “fits” somewhere in the dizzy, digital world of social media.  This column reminds me of the line TV’s long-running series, Hee Haw, tossed at viewers...
Say hello to 85-year-old Beverly. After a severe heart attack she went from shuffling along to dancing the two-step thanks to her enthusiastic participation in a cardiac rehab program. And she’s working out at a fitness center three days a week. “I don’t think I could have done this alone,” she...
I have trouble with the “victim” mentality. There, I said it. If I have offended someone, I am sorry. I really am. My comments to follow are not designed to minimize those reading this who have the right to be called a “victim,” because these individuals exist among us. I just think that too many...
I will not pretend to know the answer to this question for every individual; however, two ideas are repeatedly reinforced to me. First, students are interested in getting a job. A university that neglects this will falter. Second, students are interested in a fulfilling and meaningful life....
Hello Ms. Toni: I am a Vet and have always received my healthcare from the Michael DeBakey VA center. I turned 65 last April 2019 and did not sign up for Part B in Medicare.  Now I have a serious heart condition requiring surgery and I would like to go to a heart specialist outside of the VA, but I...
In 1970, when Kermit originally sang “It’s Not Easy Being Green,” he bemoaned having to “spend each day the color of the weeds,” and said it “seems you blend in with so many ordinary things/and people tend to pass you over.” But he came to embrace his green skin as precisely what he wanted to be....

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