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Plenty Of Plans Available For ’19 Medicare Insurance Season

QUESTION: My insurance company sent information about my Medicare Advantage plan. My monthly premium looks to be the same. I don’t think I should change plans. I am happy with my current plan. What do you think? How would I know which plan to choose for 2019? ANSWER: The 2019 Medicare ...

Choose Your 2019 Prescription Drug Plan

QUESTION: I got a letter in the mail saying my insurance coverage will go up in price in the new year. What happens now? Do I have to change my drug plan? Does my supplemental insurance need to change as well? ANSWER: This question sounds very similar to the last question I answered, but it ...

Joan Tells All About Her New Husband

Last article we met Oscar, the head of a board of trustees representing a successful financial company. Country drives were an enjoyable activity. A city dweller, Oscar used country drives for clearing his mind. He’d been at a meeting in Pittsburgh and had added several days for unplanned ...

Sayings And Meanings

Have you ever wondered where some of the most (and a few we have just heard and wondered about) used sayings originated? There are so many in a variety of genres that are said and heard every day, but sometimes we just take them for granted as to where they came from and maybe how that were ...

A National Day Of Adventure

All right, everybody. Grab your pitons and a helmet and let’s hit the road. And, yes, I do know what pitons are. I mountain climbed some of Colorado’s peaks in — dare I say it? — 1957. (Good grief! Well, I do imagine the peaks have gotten lower — erosion, you know — while, in ...

A Lesson Learned

I had been hearing that getting mammograms annually was a waste of money. Since I am on Medicare that meant little to me except if the government was going to limit them. I am a firm believer in annual mammograms because after only one year mine showed a growth that could not have been seen a ...

New Ways To Do Fall

It’s hard to believe October is halfway over when you’re still applying sunscreen in the mornings or turning on your air conditioner in the afternoon. I’ve already said goodbye to my beach towels, thanks, and the grill is in the garage. I’m not going to eat another hotdog just because ...

Scottish Deerhounds

At the end of September, there were four dog shows at Sampson State Park on Seneca Lake called the Wine Country Circuit. They are among my favorite shows to attend for many reasons. One is the location, with its view of the lake and plenty of room for the show rings, as well as parking. They ...

Marveling The Beauty Of Autumn

Autumn arrived last weekend. I look forward to this beautiful season each year. Actually, I look forward to the change of all of the seasons. We live in a wonderful area. I have talked to a lot of people who have gone through this area commenting on its beauty. When I was working with ...

Bewitched, Battered, And Bewildered

I’m being stalked! And my stalker has a weapon. We’ve entered the “lampshade” days once again. The last time Minor had surgery I swore up and down and all around that I would never subject my aging dog to that again. It’s been a couple of years (I would think) and, now that ...

Life Sometimes Really Can Be ‘A Million Little Things’

Every year in late spring we watch the season finales of some of the television programs we’ve come to watch the past year or years, and anxiously await the early fall when those shows make their return. We also get a taste of what’s going to be new on television for the upcoming small ...

Let’s Ride To Lexington

It’s fitting that I was in Boston last week, bringing senior citizens from Iowa to the places that were so integral to the start of the American Revolution. I’d had enough with the news last week. It was painful to tune in and witness the moments that served to make a mockery of our ...

‘I Wish I May, I Wish I Might …’

I’m sure at one time or another many of us have heard, and/or remember, the childhood poem we recited when we saw the first night star as a kid looking up at the night sky. Its title was “Star Light, Star Bright.” If you haven’t heard it, or have forgotten it, the poem, by an anonymous ...

Feeding The ‘What’s?’

I stopped feeding my beloved birds. Squirrels. Chipmunks. I’m being eaten out of house and garage one filled feeder at a time. I’ve gotten so flustered I even find myself hollering at the long-tailed varmints. Of course that does no good. If they do skedaddle, they’re back the minute ...

Going Home

Last weekend I went back to my hometown for a class reunion. Our class decided to have a 75th birthday reunion. It was so much fun. Our foreign exchange student from the Netherlands came back for the first time since we graduated. That meant we had not seen each other for 57 years. Anne and I ...

It’s Almost Time To Man Your Rakes

It’s just about that time when we’ll be opening our garage doors to get our rakes out, and if anyone knows anything about me, they’ll know this is my least favorite thing to do in the world. Oh, it’s fun for the first hour. You’re all bundled up in your little sweater, and the ...

Committing Words To Page Is No Easy Task

You now know I have a passion for music. I have admitted that much previously in this space. You may want to know that I also have a slightly more elevated passion for words. I am truly lucky. I get the chance to combine my two passions into one big passion in this space. My third ...

An Affair Disrupts A Family Business

Please meet Oscar. He called a week ago and said he’d like to meet with me. He resides out of state and had been conducting business in Pittsburgh. He set a three-visit schedule to meet his time crunch. “So, Oscar,” I asked as we greeted in the waiting area, “How was your drive?” ...

Has It Really Been Nine Years?

Looking back as I like to do, I realized that a year ago this Thursday marks the nine year anniversary of the debut of the Voice from the Bullpen. With a few extra pieces I’ve done for the sports page, and a couple talking about Babe Ruth World Series experience stories that were more that ...

Making Applesauce

When I was a kid I spent as much time outdoors as I could. With friends, we hiked the hills (which I now think of as mountains — small mountains) around Warren and biked what seemed like great distances. Other times a friend who became a renowned artist and I biked to the hills in the ...