.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Columns

  • Wow! Council meeting was eye-opening

    By Jerry Robinson

    Guest Columnist

  • Social Security can show you the way

    By Ruqayyah Nicholas
    Social Security District Manager, Gainesville
    Social Security’s homepage, www.socialsecurity.gov, has a new look.
    Our redesigned homepage now features a service channeling guide on the left side of the page, which lists the most sought-after services and information on the site.  You’ll find the information or service you want quickly and easily, including links to:
    applying online for benefits;
    estimating your retirement benefits;
    Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug costs;

  • Outside the box

    By Susan Howell

  • Now I learn a new language of love for her

    When my mom was born, her parents named her Darlene. Seymour and Anne Horton thought they had coined a new name for their daughter, whom they called “Darling” in a domestic language of love.
    Once a strong voiced loquacious performer and confident matriarch of 10 children and a clan of about 100 –counting in-laws, grandchildren and great-grandchildren – my mom speaks mostly gibberish now in a weak, high, thin voice. Hers is a pigeon language of heartbreak and lucidity.

  • Champion of the underdogs

    By Ada Lang

  • It's the people who matter

    Tom and I decided this summer that we have finally reached an age where we don’t need “stuff” so we made a pact not to buy expensive gifts (over $50) for each other.
    We have most everything we need–and a lot of what we want. Anything we might consider as a gift, we can buy for ourselves. With those thoughts in mind, we decided to channel any extra money we have into traveling.
    “We’re making memories,” he told someone recently.

  • Bird solidarity

    By Susan Howell

  • Social Security questions and answers

    By Ruqayyah Nicholas
    Social Security District Manager Gainesville

    Question:
    How do you replace a damaged Social Security card?
    Answer:
    While you can replace your Social Security card for free if it is lost or stolen, you may not have to do so. Knowing your Social Security number is what is most important. You may need a new card if you are starting a new job and your employer asks to see the card. For more information about getting a replacement card, go to www.socialsecurity.gov/ssnumber.

    Question:

  • It’s not witty or daring–it’s just my life

    I never thought my life was anything out of the ordinary. Sure I’ve had some random adventures over the years, but who hasn’t?
    However, this past month was one I’m ready to put behind me–once and for all. It was an October to remember–and forget.
    But I suppose it started a week before that. I developed a little cough, along with a sinus headache. Ah, September, I thought. Allergy time.

  • Summer Farewell

    I think it is safe to say that by this time of year most of us Floridians are ready to let summer go. Cooler days and nights are almost within reach and the change of season for me is always anticipated.