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A few years after undergoing hip and knee replacement surgeries, Jane Fonda launched an exercise DVD for aging baby boomers. The former lean queen of workout videos is now dedicated to helping herself and others thrive after surgery by making sure they stay active and don’t pack on pounds.  That’s...
If you knew you were going to have a final exchange with a loved before they passed, what would you say? If you knew after decades of a close relationship, you had five minutes to share your final words, what words would you use?  I am not asking this question rhetorically. Think right now of...
Toni: My problem is different than most couples because now I am finding out that my company’s group health plan is not paying for ANY Medicare Part B medical expenses since I am not married but am in a domestic partner relationship. We have been together for over 25 years but never officially...
In the 2007 comedy “Knocked Up,” a young woman (played by Katherine Heigl) ends up pregnant after an inebriated one-night stand with an underachiever, played by Seth Rogan. Thankfully, the baby is born healthy, despite their lapse in judgment (and like all good romantic comedies, the pair fall in...

Don Newbury
When the prospect of military service popped up, I didn’t know the National Guard from a cattle guard.  Generally speaking, that’s still the case, despite my having “served” in the Texas Army National Guard for nine years, not too long after muskets had been cast aside in favor of more effective...
Hey Taylor - I’m trying to keep Halloween fun for my kids - 9 and 11 - and feel like I’m running out of ideas. All I can think of is buying an expensive costume and that’s the last thing I want to do for one night of trick or treating. Any ideas for a fun, cost-effective Halloween? - Marsha Hey...
I’m very proud of my Hispanic name Even though it doesn’t sound like Smith or Jones. I make no bones I’ll just keep it forever just the same Born into a family that worked the fields Gaining very little from its yields Being a witness in seeing my parents and grandparents. Bending their spirits and...
The cheetah is the fastest animal on earth with a top recorded speed of 75 mph; the black marlin is the speediest fish, zipping through the water at 82 mph; and neither can compare to how fast a falcon can dive -- 242 mph!  But for us humans, it looks like the number to shoot for when it comes to...

Toni King
Reader Alert: Effective October 1st, the new Medicare.gov Medicare plan finder was released. Navigating this site is not easy. Please take your time when searching a new Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage plan…Toni Toni, I turn 65 next March, and I’m overwhelmed by all of the mail I am getting...
In 1902, two Milwaukee women applied for a patent for a one-cup, mesh “tea-leaf holder.” Four years later, a U.S. tea importer began to send out samples in silk bags instead of tins. Folks plopped the whole thing into their teapot and loved the easy-brewing technique. Those two events are credited...

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