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February 2019

What presidents are celebrated on Presidents’ Day?

What are your plans for Presidents’ Day? Enjoying a day off? Exercising? Reading? Binge-watching TV programs? Shopping? Working? Cleaning house? I bet not many people are thinking about their favorite president today or about citizen participation to help our government work better. Again this year, I’ve been seeing the Mount... Read more →


Best Presidents' Day sales this year

Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day sometimes fall within a few days of each other, so sales covering both holidays often are offered. Presidents’ Day is a big sale holiday, and it’s a good time to stock up on home goods, electronics, and clothing. DealNews offers the following list of what... Read more →


Honda recalls vehicles because car wash soap damage may cause them to catch fire

Photo: Kelvin Eng Honda and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are recalling about 106,683 Ridgeline sport utility trucks because they could catch fire after being washed in a car wash. In 2017, 2018, and 2019 Ridgeline trucks, the acid from car wash soaps could cause the fuel pump feed... Read more →


Baby boomers are escaping and remaking

Boomer bloggers are in escape mode whether it’s from the cold, from their comfort zones, or from doing things that don’t benefit them. They’re remedying their situations by being a snowbird and going to South Carolina and Florida, going on walking tours to reduce stress, mastering the art of career... Read more →


Education Department fails to adequately supervise student loan servicers, federal watchdog says

Student loan debt is now the second-largest debt in the United States with only mortgage debt higher. And, since 2013, most people aren’t able to discharge their student loan debts through bankruptcy. That’s what makes a report from the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Education,... Read more →


Diet drinks can cause increased risk of strokes in older women, study finds

Drinking two or more diet drinks daily was associated with an increase in the risk of having a stroke caused by a blocked artery, especially small arteries, among postmenopausal women, according to research published in Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association. While this study identifies an association between... Read more →


Happy Valentine’s Day

It’s the big day for sweethearts. Fewer people are celebrating Valentine’s Day this year, 50 percent which is down from 55 percent last year. Of those celebrating, 18 percent are giving the gift of jewelry; 34 percent, an evening out; 18 percent, clothing; 35 percent, flowers; 52 percent, candy; 15... Read more →


What are the best chocolates to buy for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day?

Like most people, I love chocolate – any kind of chocolate. A box of chocolate from the supermarket or drug store is fine with me. However, I really enjoy Belgium chocolate when I visit my daughter in Madrid. So, since I’m not a chocolate connoisseur, I read a dozen articles... Read more →


As Valentine’s Day approaches and throughout the year, watch out for romance scams

Romance scams are different from other scams. Fraudsters prey on lonely people looking to connect with someone, and the scam can often take months to develop to the point where money changes hands. The emotional harm to the victim can be even more painful than the money lost. The use... Read more →