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Hello Toni: My husband, David, has been laid off because of what is happening to the economy due to COVID-19. He is 68 and has never enrolled in Medicare, but I am turning 65 this June. We both are covered under his employer’s health plan and it is ending April 30th. We have been told that he will...
If a university is to be successful—effective in serving those who choose to study there—it must appreciate the place that hosts it. In the coming weeks I will reflect on the relationship between West Texas A&M University as a place to study and the Texas Panhandle as a place to call home. A...
Hi Taylor: Like everyone else, I’ve been stuck at home with my kids a lot more than in years past. I’m a little worried about the toll it’s taking on my mental and physical health. You’ve got kids—any tips for how to do my work, keep my kids alive, and salvage my health? - Dani Hey Dani: This is a...
Folks who regularly lump alcoholic beverages into the cauldron labeled “witches’ brew” may still be shaking their heads, wondering why Anheuser-Busch didn’t get their famous Clydesdales in harness for Super Bowl LV. The brewery moguls say they’re skipping major SB ads for the first time in 37 years...
Hello Toni: Turned 65 in August 2018, continued to work full-time with an HSA that has a $3000.00 deductible before any prescriptions or medical claims are paid by the insurance plan.  The HR manager of my employer advised me to enroll in Part A when I turned 65. Because I received wrong...
On our way back home, we were still jawing at one another, when we came to the small town of Lefors, Texas. We decided to stop and get a hamburger at this great cafe on the square. As we entered the cafe, this redheaded waitress came running up and grabbed me in a bear hug. At first, I didn’t...
What is it that you control? What is it that you are unable to control? Last month almost a half billion dollars was spent in an effort to get control. More on this later. Our lives are an interesting mix of being in control and not being in control. Mankind has sought power and control since God...
Monty Python’s sketch called “Hell’s Grannies” featured a gang of gray-haired, leather-wearing troublemakers with the slogan “Make tea, not war” on the back of their jackets. Not bad, but we’d like to suggest a different slogan, one that touts another remarkable power of this much-loved, leafy...
Dear Dietitian, I suffer from binge eating. I hired an internet influencer who claimed to be a nutrition coach for people with eating disorders. He gave me a strict meal plan and exercise routine. I asked what I should do when I have cravings to binge. He said not to worry, just follow the meal...
Bugs are tromped, stomped and sprayed to a fare-thee-well in this country. But around the globe, they’re often prized as a tasty food. It’s estimated that 9.5 billion caterpillars are harvested each year in southern Africa, bringing in $85 million in sales. And in Mexico, maguey worms can end up in...

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