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Recommended vaccines for Medicare recipients

Dear Savvy Senior, My husband and I recently turned 65 and would like to find out which vaccines are recommended and covered by Medicare? – New Beneficiaries

She was the Thorpe, Ruth and Nicklaus of sports

We talk about Jim Thorpe, Babe Ruth Jr. (The Babe), and Jack Nicklaus, but do you know the greatest athlete of them all? After reading Gene Schoor’s “Babe” Didrikson: The …

The freedom of living in the United States

I was thinking the other day about just how much freedom we have living in the USA. What got me thinking about this? Simple, I happened to be driving past a very large gas station – …

Guinness brownies for St. Patrick’s Day

My annual salute to the Irish always includes a pint of Guinness beer, a delicious black stout from Dublin, Ireland. This full-bodied beer has a considerably smooth finish despite its bold …

Did you know that climate change can make farming harder? It can decrease global food security. Food security is the availability of nutritious food and economic access to food. Most people …

Introvert or extrovert? I had it all wrong

Since March is the month to explore introverts, I have this to offer: After over 19 years of teaching on the university level and now looking back at my grading process, I know I had it all wrong …

Your Public Records Act is being eroded

The people have a right to know. That was the idea in 1972 when a citizens’ Coalition for Open Government in Washington state successfully worked for the passage of Initiative 276, a …

Why not more trees?

In 1991, my wife Cate and I, along with our 5-year-old daughter Caitlin and her Dalmatian Sparky, headed north on I-5 from Southern California to our new life in the Great Northwest. We wanted our …

Quilting is a form of art

Like any artistic medium, a creator may never know how their creative weight will change the world. An example: quilters. Rather than those journaling an emotional memory or talking about a social …

Utterly unfeasible? They said it couldn’t be done

Women in Aviation Week is celebrated annually in March. This year it's March 4-10. Aviation history was supportive of it being “utterly unfeasible” for women to become pilots; this …

Navigating pain in the golden years

O lder adults often grapple with chronic pain, a complex issue that significantly impacts the overall well-being and quality of life for many older adults. As the aging population continues to grow, …

Elizabeth Jennings Graham: Another unsung woman hero

February being Black History Month, let us not forget that her name was famous among many. But today Elizabeth Jennings Graham, who had a lot to do with the Civil Rights Movement, was until recently …

Voters supporting schools, but bond threshold needs to be lowered

Local levies and bonds are one important way that communities support their schools, and preliminary results from Tuesday’s special election show how committed voters are to their local public …

Our presidential Anthem: ‘Hail to the Chief’

Presidents Day is Monday, Feb. 19, so let’s take some time and review the history behind our presidential anthem. We do not know the words per se, but there’s no denying “Hail …

Valentine’s Day through the adventures of Harry Potter

I don’t usually read fiction, especially fantasy books. Although it could be argued I do read a lot about behavioral health treatment articles – maybe some of those would be counted under …

Angels all around us

“And suddenly we see that love costs all we are and will ever be. Yet it is only love which sets us free.” – Maya Angelou, from the poem “Touched By An Angel.” The …

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