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    There is a risk that one or both spouses will be...

    There is a risk that one or both spouses will be in need of long-term care, in case of dementia or other debilitating conditions. LTC insurance transfers the financial risk of paying for care to an...
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    Fireflies and Everybody

    I stepped out to listen to 500 frogs, and I watched the lights of the fireflies.

    May God be with you and bless you,
    May you see your children's children,
    May you be rich in blessings,
    May you...
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    Saddens me to hear of your loss. Hugs.

    Saddens me to hear of your loss.

    Hugs.
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    My Old Dad was full of pithy advice, like ...

    My Old Dad was full of pithy advice, like

    "Don't vote. It only encourages them."


    Gone but not forgotten.
  5. There can be confusion about what financial...

    There can be confusion about what financial products have FDIC or NCUA (credit union) deposit insurance. The websites of these agencies give information and have online calculators you can use to...
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    This was my first attempt with a new steel mesh...

    This was my first attempt with a new steel mesh pan I bought from Chicago Metallic. The loaf is 14" long. I was kinda liberal with the egg-white wash. Bon appetit.

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    Green Smoothies

    I whipped one up, with a combination of wild and storebought ingredients.

    Wild:
    strawberry leaves (3 at a time)
    lamb's quarters (tips and upper leaves)
    sunflowers (cut micro-greens, less than...
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    Are you Walking Still? It is a downpour here...

    Are you Walking Still?


    It is a downpour here -- much needed rain -- so I am baking baguettes. When the bread is done, I plan on an umbrella walk around town.
  9. Three Cheers! --- for all you do!

    Three Cheers!

    --- for all you do!
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    Sounds like you had a good day, ZG. Yay!

    Sounds like you had a good day, ZG. Yay!
  11. Today Durango wind speed is down to 0-1 mph. The...

    Today Durango wind speed is down to 0-1 mph. The air quality reportedly is hazy... Durango is about 10 miles upwind from the site of the fire in Hermosa Township. As of 10 PM Sunday 6/10 19,500...
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    A guy who was going to roast a pig for a fund...

    A guy who was going to roast a pig for a fund raiser had a totally sleepless night, anxious that somebody might burgle the pig the night before the fundraiser. Small town. No crime. But the...
  13. Wildfires (Durango CO area for instance)

    In 2017 wildfires burned a record 10 million acres in the US. Will 2018 be a new record?

    I see that in the Durango area, "Fire 416" had forced the evacuation of 1,300 residential structures (all...
  14. I often wonder what gets counted as a job...

    I often wonder what gets counted as a job opening. A national trucking company might be hiring drivers (assume they want 140 more drivers to operate over the roads), but they bulletin the job...
  15. Ya, me too, no longer in the paid workforce. I...

    Ya, me too, no longer in the paid workforce.

    I understand that one of the jobs (back in January) with lots of openings around the country was "Masonry Helper". Hurrah for the right to bare arms!
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    Blessings be upon Grandma and Grandchild! I am...

    Blessings be upon Grandma and Grandchild!

    I am a great believer in being a grand-parent ( at last count I had 5 grand-kids...). When each one reached age 1-year-old, I started a 529 College...
  17. BLS says Job Openings > Number of Unemployed

    The Bureau of Labor(ed) Statistics seems to be saying there is more than one job opening in America for every unemployed person over 16 years old.

    In April 2018 (preliminary data) according to the...
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    If my household was receiving no paychecks for...

    If my household was receiving no paychecks for August and September, I would plan to save for the spending in those 2 months during the other 10 months. Getting a gig for those 2 months obviously...
  19. The CDC analysis of suicide in 2016 points to...

    The CDC analysis of suicide in 2016 points to increasing suicide rates in 49 of the 50 states. The state with the smallest increase over 2015 was Delaware (up 6%), and North Dakota increased 57%.
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    This morning for instance I listened to Bach's...

    This morning for instance I listened to Bach's Concerto for 3 Harpsichords, Strings and Continuo #2 in the key of C Major. BMV-1064. I enjoy the positivity of C … and trills on the harpsichords...
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    When I am sleeping best, I have something...

    When I am sleeping best, I have something terrific to look forward to in the morning: which can be simply sitting and looking out my window at the sunrise.

    I have made my morning sits really...
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    from The Testing-Tree In a murderous time the...

    from The Testing-Tree

    In a murderous time
    the heart breaks and breaks
    and lives by breaking.
    It is necessary to let go
    through dark and deeper dark
    and not to turn.

    -- Stanley Kunitz...
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    Ramona Africa, the sole adult occupant of the...

    Ramona Africa, the sole adult occupant of the bombed house in Philadelphia who got out alive, was arrested and went to prison until about 1992.

    Her first speech after her release from prison can...
  24. Manhattanhenge - NYC - Sunset 5/29 and 5/30

    The street grid of Manhattan will be aligned with the sun's position on the horizon at sunset 8:13 PM on May 29 and 8:12 PM on May 30.


    As the sun sets between skyscrapers on either side of the...
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    US gun control without repeal of the Second...

    US gun control without repeal of the Second Amendment would realistically involve "common sensical" restrictions, such as background checks on firearm buyers, red-flag court-ordered surrender of...
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