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Seeing America Through New Eyes
By Jonathan Look
Seeing America Through New Eyes
In 2011, at 50, I took early retirement from my job as an air traffic controller, left Texas and began traveling the world. Since then, with the exception of a few short visits back to see family, I’ve been hopping from bases as diverse as the Chiapas Highlands of Central Mexico to my current home on the banks of the Mekong River in Southeast Asia...
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Is Marijuana Safe for Your Pet?
By Debbie Swanson
Is Marijuana Safe for Your Pet?
With medical marijuana laws now in effect in 25 states and Washington, D.C, we’ve all heard much discussion about the pros and cons of pot. But whether or not you embrace marijuana’s new reputation, if you own pets, it’s time to pay attention. A Tempting Treat? If you own a dog, you’ve surely witnessed his…
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One of the Most Important Things to Do For Your Grandkids
By Donna Butts
One of the Most Important Things to Do For Your Grandkids
Grandparents and grandfriends go to great lengths to protect the children in their lives. Among other things they provide safe environments, share stories that connect children to their roots and, in some cases, help pay for their education or after-school activities. They care deeply. So why then does the number of adults up to date…
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A Sneak Peek Into the Future of Work and Retirement
By Richard Eisenberg
A Sneak Peek Into the Future of Work and Retirement
Most retirement and employment analysts believe that, for many Americans, 21st century retirement includes — and will include — some work. My Next Avenue colleague Kerry Hannon calls work “a pillar of retirement.” But is that a good thing for older Americans? And have employers and the U.S. government morphed appropriately to accommodate this reality?…
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Single People Worry: Who’ll Be There For Us?
By Holly J. Lawrence
Single People Worry: Who’ll Be There For Us?
Growing up during the heyday of The Beatles, I used to sing along to Eleanor Rigby when it played on the radio: Eleanor Rigby died in the church and was buried along with her name Nobody came Father McKenzie wiping the dirt from his hands as he walks from the grave No one was saved…
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Superheroes of Caregiving Need Better Support
By Terry Fulmer
Superheroes of Caregiving Need Better Support
Rosemary Rawlins feels a deep sense of gratitude for what she learned from her aging parents while providing them with help and comfort. Her father had dementia and her mother suffered with COPD. “My parents brought me into the world,” Rawlins recalls, “but also taught me how to leave it with dignity.” She is a…
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Back in the Rat Race at 67
By Patricia Corrigan
Back in the Rat Race at 67
Ten years after leaving a full-time job, I’m back at it, working as a reporter for a newspaper. Two weeks in, I was exhilarated; 12 weeks in, and I am exhausted. That’s mostly my fault. Though my time-management skills have improved since my start date, I have yet to diminish the Frazzle Factor…
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Can’t-Miss Ways to Get Your Emails Noticed
By Nancy Collamer
Can’t-Miss Ways to Get Your Emails Noticed
In today’s world of information overload, how can you get your emails noticed when you’re looking for a job, trying to attract clients or just get your boss’ attention? It’s a real problem. Last year, more than 205 billion business e-mails were sent and received, which translates into roughly 122 emails per user per day,…
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How to Get Your Boss to Allow You a Phased Retirement
By Cali Williams Yost
How to Get Your Boss to Allow You a Phased Retirement
Recent surveys have found that many people working full-time in their 50s and 60s would like to move into a “phased retirement” through their employer. So how do you get your boss to let you shift from full-time to part time work? You have to take the lead and see the possibilities that benefit both…
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Late Night Commercials Aren’t So Funny Anymore
By Peter Gerstenzang
Late Night Commercials Aren’t So Funny Anymore
There once was a time when the act of watching television was completely carefree and always good for a few laughs. Like, when my friends and I were young, strong and nicely baked. To the point where we thought even the test pattern was a great show — even if it was a little short…
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