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Dear Lexis, I’ve been talking with my wife about leaving my job for a while; however, the other day something happened at work and I decided to put in my notice. We didn’t plan on me … more
Most of us have known for decades that we live on a warming planet caused by carbon dioxide emissions, so last week’s heat wave should not have been a surprise. Even so, 109 degrees was a … more
He’s charming.  But you knew that. His name is Dick Pust and for 50 years, local old timers and newcomers alike, listened to his soothing voice on the radio. For 50 years he was … more
Dear Lexis, I find that I'm angry or depressed a lot lately but I'm not really sure why that is. I know that there's a lot of good in my life, but that doesn't seem to matter. Any ideas on what I … more
In the spring and early summer, the world is full of perfect leaves, fast growth, and healthy, vigorous gardens. But now the solstice has passed, the heat’s been turned up – way up this … more
Now that you know what constitutes elder abuse (or see previous stories) whom do you contact if you suspect someone is being abused?  Getting Help: There are three main entities in our … more
Dear JOLT Reader: Life can be hard sometimes; it certainly has been for me lately and I don’t really know when things will start to turn for the better. My new husband and I have been … more
Back in the day, some farmers used to test their soil by tasting it. If it was sour, it was too acidic; to sweeten it, they added ground limestone or wood ashes. These days, the Thurston … more
 Here are five actual examples of elder abuse that I have personally witnessed.  Senior # 1 – Non-ambulatory/bedridden senior. Has a caregiver during the day. Her daughter stays with her at night. However, her daytime caregiver sleeps on the couch all day because she works all night. more
Dear Lexis, I’ve been trying to start a business for years but, whenever I think about working on it, I find myself exhausted and depressed. I know I should work, I know I should try to … more
Some garden promoters claim that growing perennials (they mean flowering plants that come back year after year) is an easy, low-maintenance alternative to planting annuals.  As former President George W. Bush might say, they misunderestimate what perennials require. more
Unless you live under a rock you are probably aware and may take part in the celebration of Pride Month each June. But did you know that June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Month?  In … more
Dear Lexis, My husband has ADHD and has serious issues accomplishing tasks. Instead he assigns tasks to me to accomplish between my jobs. It has been extremely disheartening to constantly have … more
We are entering the season when gardening and cooking get married. Already the world’s best salads are at hand. Now, before the tender lettuce plants bolt and go to seed, is also the time when … more
        I recently spoke with Linda Terry, the Founder and Director of STEP, (Sharing Time with Elders Project) and the first thing that struck me was the joy in her … more
Dear JOLT Readers, I know it’s been a tough year for a lot of us and that we’re all trying to find a way forward from here. Who knows what the new normal will … more
I am perennially perplexed about my lawn. The more I read about lawn, the more I have thought that getting rid of it might be the environmentally responsible thing to do. But I like it a lot, … more
For many Americans Memorial Day is a three-day weekend with family gatherings, bar-b-ques and camping trips to local lakes and oceans. For many seniors it is a time to remember… Thoughts … more
Once I was sent to the hardware store to buy nails. I knew nothing about construction. When the clerk said “box or common?” I just felt ignorant and incompetent – which, of course, … more
Well, folks, the end is in sight. A little over a year in lockdown is about to end. We can choose to go maskless in public. We can dine out, attend a movie and shop in stores instead of having our … more
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