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Seniors Aging In Place Have Unmet Needs

Finally, someone with a national voice is speaking out for “my people.” You and I, presently self-sufficient, older adults aging at home. I’ve been active on Buncombe County’s Aging Plan Committee and the regional Aging Coordinating Consortium. I find the attention of both groups drawn to the rural frail and poorest among us. Although I understand these currently pressing priorities, […]

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A Friend of a Friend of a Friend

I’ve never met Janice Mason Steeves, but she’s making a big impact on how I’m choosing to live life. She’s a teacher at Cullowhee Arts, where I’ve studied multiple times. She’s also close friends within a shared network of artists. Janice’s impressive body of work is “concerned with using light and colour in a way that offers space for reflection […]

Lessons Learned the Hard Way

Silver Linings

The recent government shutdown brought up harsh memories for me. I recalled sadly how I never caught up economically or emotionally early in my teaching career after spending just one week picketing for better pay and smaller class sizes. In New York at that time, public service workers were fined two days pay for each day on strike. That memory […]

Letting Go

“Letting go” is a phrase that can be loaded with emotional baggage. Most if not all the young adults I know want their parents to start letting go of the reins. But once that wish comes true, we begin discovering the truth: that letting go is never as easy as it sounds. Beyond the middle age years of building and […]

Putting 2018 To Rest

Organizing January is the perfect time to make new year’s resolutions and to organize yourself for filing 2018 income tax returns. Making new year’s resolutions is easy, mainly because we make and break the same ones every year. However, in 2018 there was a major tax revision act. That leaves many of us wondering whether to itemize deductions as we’ve […]

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Ho, Ho, Holiday Fraud

We’re not doing heaps of holiday spending, nor have we been traveling during November and December. And yet, we’ve been the target of not one, but two holiday fraud attempts. The need for holiday fraud awareness is certainly not restricted to those over 65. However, the grey hair of wisdom hasn’t made us any less vulnerable. Monday morning we got […]