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I never used to consider myself a bird watcher. But this summer I’ve had various species of birds cross my path. And while they all fly (I haven’t seen any ostriches or penguins) the manner in which they fly differs greatly from bird-type to bird-type.

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Having been born during the real depression of the late twenties and thirties of the last century, I have a true sense of what poverty really was. This modern government thinks that if you make less than thirty or forty thousand dollars a year and are eligible for everything from food stamps…

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I started hunting squirrels at age 12 using a 20-gauge bolt action shotgun purchased from a Sears Roebuck catalog with paper route money, and I have great memories of those days.

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Social Security is here for you, not just when you need us financially, but when you need accurate information about our programs, retirement, and more. There are many online sources for Social Security information, but you need to make sure you’re getting the right information.

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Inge and I have several things in common. We are close in age and both have Germanic roots. Of course, Inge’s roots are stronger than mine since she was born in Magdeburg, a city in the former East Germany.

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Dear Rusty: Please validate or negate this dreadful information: My husband and I are recently retired and living on our combined retirement plans. I was told that when my husband dies, I will NOT be allowed to draw ANY of his hard-earned Social Security income. I cannot survive on my Louisi…

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Dear Rusty: I am 60 years old. I have worked full time since age 22. I am thinking about working part-time ages 62-65. When I start collecting my social security benefit sometime after age 65, will my monthly amount be based on only the last few years of my working? Can you please explain ho…

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During the summer months, I enjoy going barefoot and dipping my feet into the lake. My husband and I experience our own version of a pedicure when we wade in a shallow sandbar and the minnows swimming there nibble on our toes.

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The article I did last winter on the first outdoorsmen in Ohio drew a good deal of interest, and several readers e-mailed asking questions about where Ohio’s native Americans originated and how long ago they wee here. I’m no expert and even archeologists and paleontologists sometimes disagre…

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Older people are at a greater risk of fraud and other forms of financial exploitation. The United States Postal Service has seen an increase in mail fraud and is promoting community strength and fraud awareness as a way to prevent abuse. Social Security agrees. You can help your more vulnera…

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“If I only had more,” said the people. How many of us have made (or thought) this very same comment? How many of us have envied or resented those with more? How many of us have obsessed over how to get more?

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The Environmental Protection Agency just approved the year-round sale of E15, a gasoline blend comprised of 15 percent ethanol. Until now, the agency had banned the mixture during summer months, since high-ethanol blends react with hot air to form smog.

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It ‘s been a long, long time since I was able to vote for a candidate that I felt was a good choice for whatever office he/she was running for. I usually had to cast my vote for either the lesser of two evils, or one who might possibly keep a promise or two made in the feverish heat of elect…

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My grandbaby has started talking. One of her first words was “water.” It’s a multi-tasking multi-purpose word in her life. When she’s in the bath she’s surrounded by water. When she’s in the lake she swims in water. When it rains, water falls down on her from the sky to create puddles for sp…

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I am often asked if I’ve ever experienced anything “spiritual” or “supernatural” while working at FAIRHOPE Hospice. Yes, I have. And I know all of our staff who work directly with people on our service and their families have, as well. Usually it happens the same way that God works in all of…

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Back in the halcyon days of my youth I spent many a day roaming southern Ohio’s fields, woods, and streams, and it was routine to be bitten occasionally by mosquitoes and/or ticks. The mosquitoes caused an itchy bite that required scratching, and the ticks were removed by applying a hot matc…