With the end of the pandemic possibly in sight, and Valentine’s Day on the horizon, maybe you’ve taken a longer-than-usual look in the mirror and thought: “Oh no! I’m not ready for dinner parties/eating out/dating/seeing friends.” We get it. And we consulted two respected doctors—with no ties to companies or devices—to ask them about some
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By Howard Bedlin & Marci Phillips | 2.9.2021 Things are moving quickly in Congress on the next round of federal COVID-19 relief. In response to President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, House committees are writing legislation to provide additional stimulus checks, unemployment benefits, and rental, nutrition, and utility assistance—as well as important provisions that would support
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The pandemic has had a slew of unintended impacts to almost every facet of life…even Social Security. Retirement planner Beau Henderson, with RichLife Advisors in Gainesville, Ga., says the biggest trend he has seen during the coronavirus pandemic is people being forced into early retirement.  “Because there is so much uncertainty in the workplace, with
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We’re all dependent on Zoom these pandemic days–for our social lives, family visits, clubs, business meetings, community meetings and just about everything else. One reason Zoom took over the video chat app field so fast is that it’s so easy—one click and you’re in.  But that ease of use comes (or did until recently) with
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To date, there are many poems and songs written to document the mistreatment of Black and Brown people and people among marginalized communities; many works that were created solely for the purpose of amplifying the looming shadow of America’s past (and present), that people of color might one day be truly liberated and validated. These
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We all worry about online security these days because so much of our lives are conducted on the internet.  The war between hackers and security experts is ongoing, with no one side declaring victory yet.  Luckily, we consumers have some smart security wonks on our side and they came up with a simple, almost foolproof,
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During the worst of 2020, I had a playlist that reflected my mood.  Most of the time it was (and remains) smooth jazz because sometimes I just don’t want any words of any kind in my head…especially if the song became an earworm.  Besides that, I kept playing “The Waiting” by Tom Petty (“Every day
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Happy new…closet. We will all be happy to bid 2020 goodbye. A great way to have a fresh start is to take a look at what we’ve accumulated over the year   –  or years. Decluttering our spaces is incredibly freeing. Even better, it can be a way to do some good for those of us
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 Data Privacy Day, marked annually on January 28, is the cyber world’s call to arms about protecting the privacy of personal information online (learn more here).  Here’s some information from the Federal Trade Commission on a popular solution to data privacy.  You probably know by now that using your mobile device on the public Wi-Fi
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With 2020 thankfully fizzling to a close, we’re all hoping 2021 will be better. If you haven’t thought about New Year’s resolutions yet, here are our 5 suggestions to make next year better for you and yours—and the planet. Bonus: we asked experts for stick-with-it tips. 1-Demand Better Health Care for All  It’s no secret
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By Kathleen Cameron, BSPharm, MPH | 1.20.2021 Key Takeaways The approved COVID-19 vaccines require two doses to provide optimal protection against the virus. The vaccine is free for people with and without insurance—beware of scams asking you to pay for it. Check with your health department, pharmacy, or doctor about when and where to receive
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