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Raise a hand if your childhood memories include decorating a Christmas tree on Christmas Eve – the day or even the night before, not a month. That’s what my family did when I was a kid. Now that sounds so last century, but we had our reasons. For one, our Christmas trees were real trees. I w…


Make gift giving easy this year with unique green gifts that provide weeks, and in some cases, months and even years of beauty. Plus, gifting easy-care blooming plants is an experiential gift that’s ideal for everyone, especially that person on your list who has everything.

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Social Security plays an especially important role in providing economic security for women. In the 21st century, more women work, pay Social Security taxes, and earn credit toward monthly retirement income than at any other time in our nation’s history. But women face greater economic chall…


For years, I’d been hearing glowing reports about Barcelona, the glittering city on the Mediterranean with the iconic Gaudi cathedral more than 135 years in the making. It’s called Spain’s artiest city for good reason – artist Hal Marcus told me he absorbed enough artistic inspiration during…

You don’t find a lot of places like Mukan anymore – a place where you can relax at the side of a bioluminescent lagoon, unspoiled by any nearby interstate. Where the strains of a gentle surf mingling with the sonata of nesting songbirds are never shattered by the sound of leaf blowers or cha…




As December arrives, we are reminded of the ancient tradition of holiday gifting. Giving gifts is a loving gesture, usually, but not always. An estimated $3.4 billion was spent on unwanted Christmas and holiday gifts last year in the United States. Finding the perfect gift can be challenging.


Now’s the time for Texans with Medicare to check their health and drug coverage for 2019. Medicare’s open enrollment period runs through Dec. 7.

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