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Columns

  • 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.

  • Q&A from Social Security

    Alice Moses-Turner  

    Question:

    What is the earliest age that I can apply for Social Security retirement benefits?

    Answer:

  • Inside a hospice care unit: comforts of home

    Diane Wayne

    An inpatient hospice care center offers all the comforts of home, as well as the compassion and care that patients and families need during an especially challenging time. While most hospice patients prefer to be at home, a care center provides “a home away from home” when patients require more intensive symptom management and pain relief than they can receive at home or in a hospital. It’s also a place where a caregiver who needs a break can trust that a loved one will be in good hands.

  • Should I enter into a pre-nuptial agreement?

      By Pierce Kelley