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August 2012

Facts and figures for Labor Day 2012

By Rita R. Robison What’s happening in America this Labor Day? Travel About 33 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend, AAA Travel projects. That’s a 2.9 percent increase from the 32.1 million people who traveled last year. Despite a sluggish... Read more →


Blogging Boomer Carnival #274 offers tips on vegetables, finances, marriage, and food waste

By Rita R. Robison This week, I’m the host for Blogging Boomer Carnival #274. The carnival is a collection of like-minded blogs cooperating to share their best stories of interest to the Baby Boomer Generation. What topics are boomer bloggers writing about as summer winds down and Labor Day approaches?... Read more →


Recall of the Week: Energizer rotating night lights sold at Target due to burn hazard

By Rita R. Robison Energizer is recalling about 260,000 rotating night lights. The night lights can overheat and smoke, posing a burn hazard to consumers, Energizer and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement. Energizer has received nine reports of the night lights overheating, including three reports... Read more →


Great garden produce is my best consumer experience this week, while another power outage is upsetting

By Rita R. Robison Luckily my power is back on, so I can cook garden vegetables. My best consumer experience: Potatoes and kale from my garden Last year, I tried to grow kohlrabi. The bugs attacked with a vengeance. The year before that, I planted cabbage. Also, a bug disaster.... Read more →


Feds crack down on ‘Ab Circle Pro,’ other infomercial companies

By Rita R. Robison Sometimes when I’m blogging into the night, infomercials come on and drone in my ear because I’m too intent on my writing to get up and go to the living room to turn them off. The other night Kevin Trudeau, who’s been the subject of many... Read more →


Private college group sues to keep information from students about what their education could cost

By Rita R. Robison Last week, the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities filed a lawsuit against U.S. Department of Education rules that would require private institutions to disclose to students how much debt they could accumulate by enrolling. Preliminary data released by the department earlier this year indicates... Read more →


Plan to allow federal workers to phase into retirement would benefit baby boomers

By Rita R. Robison A voluntary program for federal employees and their agencies would allow retirement-eligible employees the option of switching to part-time work. They would draw a partial salary and a partial annuity, both prorated according to the time worked, reports an article in The Washington Post. The program... Read more →