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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently reported in financial exploitation cases that older adults lost an average of $34,200. Unfortunately, these funds are often never recovered. You can ensure this doesn’t happen by learning more about scams and how to protect yourself. Here are…

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Years ago, a wise old king called his wise men together and gave them a commission.  “I want you to compile for me the ‘wisdom of the ages’ and put it in book form so we might leave it to posterity.”

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In a weekend of eating chili at the American Legion, snow cones and enchiladas at St. Ann’s Fall Festival, and learning about gardening at the Vintage Garden Market, it was also time for some fried food.

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Christopher stood on the pier watching the big ship leave port, slowly, then gaining speed as the sails caught the wind.  He watched until it became a speck on the horizon, then vanished out of sight.

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Believe it or not, there is every reason to hope that we’ll be entering into more traditional fall weather in Texas soon.   Monday Sept. 23 is actually the “official” date, but of course, it’s Texas, so who knows?

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A letter in the mailbox with the IRS as the return address is sure to raise your blood pressure. Here are some tips for handling the situation if this happens to you:

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During the journey of life families make memories.  One of my memories is from my childhood when in late October the Sears Roebuck Christmas Catalogue came to our country home.  We called it the “Wish Book.”

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According to the Federal Reserve, U.S. student loan debt is now $1.5 trillion with more than 44 million borrowers. Only mortgage debt currently has bigger numbers among types of consumer debt. Even worse, more than 10 percent of these loans are past due. Here are some tactics to help make st…

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One day I talked with a man in the sunset years of life.  He reminisced about the past, how good life had been, and lamented how the present generation is hopeless.

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A sad and oft-repeated truth is that half of all new businesses fail within the first five years. Although many factors contribute to business failure, a common culprit is poor cash management. Follow these practices to moderate the ebb and flow of cash in your business:

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I am writing this letter to provide your readers with a little information about our Scott Ryder Veterans of Foreign War Post 3905 located here in Kaufman. 

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At some juncture in life every person should ask this question: “What do I really want out of life?”  It’s best to ask the question when you are young.  

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The journey of life is challenging, hard work, fraught with obstacles, detours, and at times treacherous, but in the long run it can be fun.

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Are you getting enough sleep?  The National Sleep Foundation recommends that if you’re a newborn, you should be getting 14 to 17 hours of sleep a day.  However, if you’re a newborn you’re probably not reading this column, and if you are, I want to talk with you!

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Wages and self-employment earnings are taxable, but what about the random cash or financial benefits you receive through other means? If something of value changes hands, you can bet the IRS considers a way to tax it. Here are five taxable items that might surprise you:

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Research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2019 in Los Angeles in July suggests adopting multiple healthy lifestyle habits provides high levels of benefit for brain health, and may offset genetic and environmental risks of Alzheimer’s disease and other …

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A friend said to me, “I guess I’m losing my grip on life.  I feel as if I’ve stepped off a cliff and managed to grab a nearby small tree, but I can’t hold on much longer.”

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Whether you are hiring for the first time, filling an open position, or conducting annual performance reviews, finding a salary range that attracts and retains valued employees can be a difficult task. Here are some suggestions to help make the process a bit easier for you and your company:

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I remember back in the early nineties when I first began to learn how useful the internet could be when it came to planning my hunting and fishing trips. Even in those early days of instant communication via a computer screen,  there was much information for those of us that taught ourselves…

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With a freshman in high school here in Kaufman, I’m about to become the mother of a lion.

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Fred (a fictitious name) worked for the same company for 35 years.  The day came for him to retire, so he received his gold watch and went home to enjoy the rest of his days.

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Very few things in life can create a higher degree of stress than having your Social Security Number (SSN) stolen. This is because, unlike other forms of identification, your SSN is virtually permanent. While most instances of SSN theft are outside your control, there are some things that yo…

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I have been escaping the summer heat the past few days by doing what the critters do, moving early and late and staying cool the remainder of the time! I have done a bit of outdoor cooking recently and thought I’d share a couple of easy summer recipes that you might wish to try. Since I use …

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I had the pleasure of attending the Sharing Community Resources Coalition meeting last Thursday. This group of community service providers is getting things done in our area, and I came away with several ideas for upcoming stories.

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My first encounter with the Rocky Mountains was awesome!  Even in the summer time the nights are cool, sometimes cold.  Those majestic peaks exceeded my youthful imagination.  They looked as if they were reaching into the sky for the sun to absorb its warmth for the coming night. 

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At first glance, the little 12 by 20 foot building nestled in the trees behind the house might look just like a building used to house lawn equipment and ‘stuff’ that will eventually wind up donated to a resale store. Once inside my little ‘Cooking Shack’, the casual observer might wonder ho…

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Remember that feeling of having teenagers blow into your house, taking it over with noise and talk and teasing and unbounded energy? And they eat a lot.

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After graduating from a small rural high school, I went to the big city for an education, and to make my mark in the world.  City life was a new experience: busy traffic, sirens, horns blowing, roaring jets, and people rushing to keep appointments.

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Armed with a who’s who of collaborators, a slew of great songs, and her trademark, stately, effortlessly anthemic writing-style, Jenny Lewis has outdone herself again with On the Line, her fourth solo album since 2006’s Rabbit Fur Coat.

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I was well into my twenties before I set down to a platter of catfish fillets. I was raised eating catfish either fried, whole or cut into steaks. My Dad probably didn’t even know what a fillet was. Had he known, I’m positive he would have considered the practice of filleting a waste of good fish! 

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Since time man has sought the mythical Fountain of Youth.  After Columbus discovered the new world, rumors spread like wildfire that a utopia was somewhere in that vast unexplored land.

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With the knowledge that something was going to have to be the film to follow the second-biggest movie of all time (because even marketing trickery can’t beat Avatar), Marvel decided to bring out the big guns and trot out Spider-Man, whose at an all-time high following Insomniac’s PS4 game, a…

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With summertime activities in full swing, tax planning is probably not on the top of your to-do list. But if you take the time to plan now, you’ll have six months for your actions to make a difference on your 2019 tax return.

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In a recent poll by Dr. David Jeremiah’s team this question was asked: “What is the biggest giant in your life?”  The respondents gave six categories: worry 30%, fear 29%, loneliness 14%, anger 11%, and jealousy 3%.

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I am continually amazed at what I don’t know about the outdoors. Oh, I’ve spent a very active life in the woods and on the water, learning about the patterns of fish and wildlife. It’s now been almost six decades since I was a 10 year old tromping the backwoods of East Texas. As a long time …

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There have been a number of disparate opinions and theories on what makes a great song. When Rolling Stone compiled their list (however flawed) of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time back in 2011, Jay-Z wrote that “A great song doesn’t attempt to be anything - it just is. When you hear a grea…

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When I was a boy I had a very vivid imagination.  I remember sitting with my dad and talking about bear hunting in the great northwest woods, or traveling with Seargent Preston in the cold, frozen trails of the Yukon with his sled and team of huskies.  Dad would ask questions or make comment…

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Did you ever see a new, innovative product or way of doing something that made you stop and think, “WOW, why didn’t I think of this?” As a lifelong outdoors person, I have occasionally come across such products. One was a mirror blind several years ago that a company called Ghost Blind intro…

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