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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Lessons from a broken toe

By Janet Lindsay Take my advice: Do not break your toe. You might think, “I have ten toes. What difference does it make if one gets...

Viewpoint by Janice Lindsay

By Janice Lindsay (Photo Janice Lindsay, Photo Submitted) Sound the alarm. Or not. Uh, oh. We had a crack in our downstairs bathtub. Correction: I thought we had...

Viewpoint by Janice Lindsay

The snake and I By Janice Lindsay (Photo Janice Lindsay, Photo Submitted) We’ve often had garter snakes in our garage, but we never had one as bold...

Cranky consumer lady speaks up

By Janice Lindsay Cranky Consumer Lady buys two nifty stainless steel water bottles with plastic sports caps from a popular outdoors-oriented catalogue company. She keeps one...

Viewpoint by Janice Lindsay

Visit the past. Its safer. For this column, I delve into the past. I need a vacation from the present, which I find a...

Sometimes you get sunflowers

One raw, late-winter day many years ago, arborists took down a grand, ancient pine in our yard. I don’t remember all of our reasons for this but, once it was cut, signs of internal rot made it clear that the tree would have come down anyway, probably tumbling huge limbs onto somebody’s house. The decision to cut it down had been a good one.

Congressional two-step: Cut taxes, then entitlements

Elder rights groups are warning that the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (HR 1) will be financed by gutting entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare.

My cloak of invisibility

One chilly, blustery day, I was browsing in a bookshop when a willowy young woman breezed in. I immediately noticed that she wasn’t dressed appropriately for the weather. More than that, in my opinion, she wasn’t dressed appropriately for any public viewing: flimsy, slippery beige T-shirt clinging too revealingly to her torso, her tiny black skirt like two napkins stitched together, long bare legs, model-perfect make-up, every hair in her puffy dark bob in its assigned position.

Treating poor people as “passive” health care consumers

By Al Norman In 2009, a state legislator who chaired the House Financial Services Committee on Beacon Hill introduced a bill that would "automatically enroll...

Daydreamers, Inc.

One day, as I sat at a window, gazing toward the back yard – in other words, daydreaming – I suddenly saw: A great business opportunity! We often hear that “thoughts have energy.” We know about the power of positive thinking. We send happy thoughts to friends and family far away. Whenever we have a thought, it’s released into the atmosphere and goes about its work, we don’t understand exactly how.
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