A week of perfect days

“Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” — Joseph Addison   It’s not often that perfect days come at you so fast. Wednesday, a week ago today, was my birthday, and I had a good one. It was low key and relaxed. Marti…

Retired physical therapist plied her craft in WWII

  World War II veteran Katharine Chambers, 94, doesn’t have a fancy channel package for her television or a well-worn recliner from which to watch old movies. Two things the retired physical therapist does have, however, are a cushy pair of workout shoes and a calendar packed with activities: weaving, art, aquatics and walking her scruffy

10th Heroes Flight leaves on Monday

Brookshire Grocery Co. is gearing up to escort a group of 30 World War II and Korean War veterans to Washington, D.C., May 25-28 on its 10th Heroes Flight. Provided by BGC at no cost to those selected for the trip, the Heroes Flight is designed to recognize WWII and Korean War veterans for their service and sacrifices.

No ordinary hero

Nearly every veteran arriving by bus at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., hopes to see one familiar face. Most have never met the man, but they know him well. After all, he is one of them … a member of that so-called “Greatest Generation,” a young man from a small town in Kansas who marched

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A week of perfect days

“Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” — Joseph…

26 May 2015 [10:27 PM]
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10th Heroes Flight leaves on Monday

Brookshire Grocery Co. is gearing up to escort a group of 30 World War II and Korean War veterans to Washington, D.C.,…

19 May 2015 [10:25 PM]
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No ordinary hero

Nearly every veteran arriving by bus at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., hopes to see one familiar face. Most…

19 May 2015 [10:22 PM]
Unflinching in fighting fraud

If you’re like most people, you protect what’s valuable to you. To protect your family financially, you buy health and life insurance. To protect your home, you get homeowner’s insurance, a security alarm or perhaps a large dog. To protect…

12 May 2015 [10:37 PM]
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Treasures from the Buick

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” — Ernest Hemingway The…

12 May 2015 [10:36 PM]
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Good friends and rainy nights

When the night has come And the land is dark And the moon is the only light we’ll see No I won’t…

05 May 2015 [10:14 PM]
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Making peace with Vietnam

Saturday, I spoke to a great group of Vietnam veterans during the Vietnam 40 Years Later Commemoration at the American Freedom Museum…

28 April 2015 [11:00 PM]
A greener way to do business on Earth Day

Wednesday is Earth Day, a great time to recommit to going green. More than one billion people will celebrate Earth Day this year. Saving energy, conserving water and using less gas are just a few ways to go green (and…

22 April 2015 [12:06 AM]
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Just off the wire

“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” — Maya Angelou I’ll…

22 April 2015 [12:04 AM]
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Taxes, ex-spouse benefits and you

Tuesday was both Ex-Spouse Day and the eve of tax day. These two observances are doubly important if you are an ex-spouse,…

14 April 2015 [10:28 PM]
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It was just a library card

“Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold,…

14 April 2015 [10:21 PM]
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Walking among giants

“Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and…

07 April 2015 [11:18 PM]
Radio Wars and KDOK

April is American Radio Month; not as well-known or celebrated as other holidays, but worthy of noting nevertheless. One morning shortly after the turn of the century, I was reading the paper at the breakfast table when I commented to…

07 April 2015 [11:10 PM]
Let Social Security help jazz up your retirement plan

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, a perfect time to move your feet and revel in the smooth beats of one of America’s most beloved musical genres. Ella Fitzgerald, the “Queen of Jazz,” known for her scatting style, had a vocal…

07 April 2015 [08:36 PM]
Easy way to get benefit verification

Need verification of your Social Security benefits? There’s no need to visit or call an office to get the verification you need. Simply visit www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. There are a number of reasons you may need written verification of your Social Security…

31 March 2015 [11:14 PM]
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Moving ahead without a map

“There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.” — John…

24 March 2015 [10:01 PM]
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Overton celebrates fire chief's 6 decades

Fire Chief Bill Wall, of the Overton Volunteer Fire Department, recently retired after six decades of answering fire calls and protecting homes,…

24 March 2015 [09:47 PM]
Your Final Four from Social Security

Since 1939, March has meant one thing in the world of sports: March Madness. In this tournament, 68 college basketball teams compete through the month until only the final four teams remain. Coaches gather their teams to drive home the…

17 March 2015 [10:32 PM]
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Catching up on the mail

“The two words ‘information’ and ‘communication’ are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is…

17 March 2015 [10:28 PM]
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