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  • COLUMN: Happiness perhaps not what we think it is?

    In 1776, when Thomas Jefferson wrote the wonderful Declaration of Independence, he listed the pursuit of happiness as an “inalienable right,” just after “life” and “liberty.”
    Could he and John Adams and others have ever expected that some day people would ever think that “happiness” includes things like a huge TV set, a fancy watch or automobile, or a larger, more luxurious home, or some form of cosmetic surgery?

  • COLUMN: ‘Mommy Potatoes’ a classic hashbrown recipe

    There is a very popular dish in my house. I serve it mostly at lunch but occasionally it shows up at dinner too. My daughter christened it with the heart-melting name, “Mommy Potatoes.”

  • SAVVY SENIOR: Heartburn: Minor nuisance or sign of serious problem?

    Dear Savvy Senior:
    Is heartburn considered to be an uncomfortable inconvenience or a symptom of a more serious problem? I’ve had mild heartburn for years, but it has gotten worse since I’ve gotten older. What can you tell me and what should I do?
    Rolaids Eating Ron

    Dear Ron,
    Almost everyone experiences the discomfort of heartburn or acid indigestion from time to time, but frequent episodes can signal a much more serious problem. Here’s what you should know, along with some tips and treatments to help relieve your symptoms.

  • COLUMN: Carlin offers good advice, amazing wisdom

    Part of this week’s column was not written by me, but in it you will find some of the best wisdom. This was written by a man just after the death of his wife.
    This man was a gross and mouthy comedian of the ‘70s and ‘80s, yet this, you will most likely think, is eloquent and appropriate.

  • New feature: Column offers helpful hints for seniors

    Jim Miller is the creator of Savvy Senior, a weekly question-and-answer information column for older Americans. Savvy Senior was created as a means to channel useful information and valuable resources that is fun to read and easy to understand. Every week, Savvy Senior addresses a different issue chosen from the wide variety of topics relevant to senior living in the 21st Century.

    Dear Savvy Senior,

  • COLUMN: ‘Love’ in the context of today’s contemporary marriage

    In 1979, humorist Sam Levenson, wrote: “The gods gave man fire so he put it out with water. They gave him love so he put it out with marriage.”
    Whether or not that is true, there is something that makes this statement ring “true” in many of the marriages I work with, and have been working with, for the past 40-plus years.
    The institution of marriage by itself is obviously not responsible for people falling out of love. How is it that so many couples struggle to sustain love in their marriage after the romance of the courtship begins to fade?

  • COLUMN: Birthdays: A celebration of life

    My birthday is this week. I have always loved having a January birthday, because the New Year is also a new year for me.

  • COLUMN: Building an ‘affair-proof’ marriage

    One of my favorite authors, Dr. Willard Harley, a noted clinical psychologist, states in one of his books, “His Needs, Her Needs,” that when a husband or wife comes to him for help, his first goal is to help them identify their most important emotional needs — what each of them can do for each other to make them happiest and most content. He has found that most of their responses can be classified into 10 emotional needs categories.

  • COLUMN: There is no 'ideal' mate

    What happens when your partner does not measure up to your expectations? How does this happen, especially when at the beginning of the relationship, the thoughts were much different than they are now?
    Maybe you…
    •Yearn for a mate and marriage that fits your ideal more closely, that measures up to your hopes and dreams...
    •Are frustrated with your mate’s failure to share your interests as you think an ideal mate should...
    •Regret your choice of a mate though you may not admit it even to yourself...

  • Pecan praline tort will take the chill off the cold winter months

    Rena Baird shared her pecan praline tort with friends at the Waterford Homemakers’ December meeting. It was the first time she used the recipe. She wanted to try something different.