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The Old Bag: Advice for the Over-50 Crowd

Dear Old Bag: Is it judgmental to call someone who habitually lies “a liar”?

Easier mortgage processes, positive attitudes inspire renters to buy

Owning a home has been an integral element of the American Dream for generations. But is ownership right for you? And if it is, how do you know if it’s the right time in your life to purchase a home?

A Dance With Three Shoes

“It’s time,” my wife will say, and we exchange grim nods before I rise. It is then, with a loaded sigh, that I forsake couch, ballgame and the comforts of suburban life to don the attire of a killer. In dark jeans, long-sleeved shirt and covered shoes—three of them—I pause at the patio door.

The Seeds of Tyranny

We the people are being wronged. This exceptional young representative republic of ours is being diverted away from its founding constitutional principles toward a centralized government monolith whose primary purpose is a perpetuation of power and self-interest while shielding its questionable activities from public view.

Ten Things

These are things you know about your son—a son who died when he was 25. They are secrets whispered in the dark, privileged information that you hold on to with all your strength.

Cherry Tartlets and Cherry Pioneer Pie

Antique shopping this week I stumbled upon a vintage Popeil’s Pie Maker and Sandwich Grill. Two small metal rounds close like a clamshell and are attached to a metal rod with wooden handles. Place two pieces of pie or bread dough with filling into the rounds and you have a vintage version of today’s Hot Pocket.

Door County, Wis.,

The little girl behind me giggles, a deep throaty tee-hee-hee. The woman next to me catches my eye, and we start laughing too. “Heather, sshh,” says the girl’s mother.

All Aboard!

Americana on wheels to some; to others, it’s the anti-airline. Whatever the draw, traveling by train is catching on—again.

Fridays With Wallace

His sidekick’s not exactly Ladmo, and the Arizona Duuude is no Captain Super. But lunches with Bill “Wallace” Thompson may be the funniest, and the sweetest, weekly get-together in Arizona.

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City Slickers in the Wyoming Wilds

The sign says we’re entering paradise. I’m skeptical. The six of us—my husband, myself, our son, daughter-in-law and their two children—are about to spend a week at a top-rated guest ranch.

The Tale of Two Rice Dishes; Summer and Winter Risotto

This month I’m sharing two beautiful rice dishes for two different seasons, both from the heart of the Venato region of Italy.

Oral Device Used to Treat Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea is a condition where a persons breathing is closed off for a period of time during sleep. Sometimes this can occur as much as 100 times in a night.

Rigorous Study Says Gastric Bypass Surgery Safe and Effective to Control, Even Reverse, Diabetes

New research finds bariatric surgery not only helps people lose weight, but is also a more effective way to reduce or even reverse diabetes, compared to medication and lifestyle changes.

What Would the Founders Say?

In a special corner of heaven, the architects of the United States of America gathered on Independence Day for their annual evaluation of the nation they formed.

The Old Bag: Advice for the Over-50 Crowd

Dear Old Bag: My husband of 50 years and I have been vacationing together for that many years. It has been 50 years of pain.