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When my mom moved to Memphis in the late forties—leaving forever the small town of McKenzie, Tenn.— she lived in a duplex on Felix Avenue. She walked daily to Cooper Avenue, where she caught a streetcar that took her downtown to the telephone company where she worked as a switchboard operator.

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At my high school reunion this summer (a milestone year, not saying which one) someone asked, “Is there anything to get rid of sweetgum balls?” Here’s the answer I promised my classmate.

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Retirees are often advised to stay busy. We’re expected to volunteer, take classes or travel. And, for the most part, it is a good idea to stay active.

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“The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly” - F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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Last month, one perfect sunny morning, Mojo and I were returning from a brisk, one-mile jaunt. Moe was behaving well—no lurching at cats, no insolent glares at scampering squirrels. No Bucky Buckingham antics. But as we headed into the cove I noticed a neighbor’s dog playing contentedly in h…

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Ed Tuten, the antiques and collectibles columnist for The Best Times, has said the collecting of items is akin to a hunt, or a search that can become personally consuming.

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Callas are an elegant addition to an early summer garden. Ever since their arrival in this country in the late 1800s, Americans have loved this graceful flower. It was a popular motif in Art Deco design, showing up in paintings, stained glass, fabrics, and of course bouquets. In old movies, …

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An ever-shrinking number of American veterans will stand on Normandy’s beaches on June 6 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the massive World War II invasion to help liberate France from Nazi Germany.

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The way we see ourselves, and how we perceive others see us, shapes our very identity. Yet older adults with Alzheimer’s disease experience a cognitive unraveling of the memories that weave together their sense of self. As our older brothers and sisters in Christ struggle to recall their own…

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What triggers the act of bonding with a cat? Is it that casual encounter where eye contact is made, and sustained? Maybe it begins with a petting session, or just boils down to feeding a hungry vagabond who decides you’re a human worthy of attention and affection.

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A glossy brown buckeye seed in your pocket is supposed to bring good luck. A buckeye seed in your mouth is poisonous. A buckeye plant in your garden can provide years of pleasure with attractive flowers in spring and early summer.

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Physicians and health care professionals often become so used to walking into and around hospitals that we forget that most people are frightened at some level with the experience of being in a hospital.

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Tipton County Master Gardeners Sale & Expo: April 6, 9-4 p.m., Brighton High School, 8045 US-51, Brighton, Tenn. Plants, garden art, herb gardening, composting, vegetables, speakers and visits with the Master Gardeners. Door prizes. Free admission. A special garden provided for children.…

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The arrival of spring means people start to trade in their thick sweaters for lightweight blouses and bright colored sundresses. But spring doesn’t have to mean sacrificing comfort for style. Older adults are embracing casual spring styles and trading their work pants for floral jeans.

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When Linus passed away in 2013, Tammy was inconsolable. I remember hearing later about friends rushing to her house, bringing wine and whatever comfort they could offer her broken heart. Linus was a loving fixture in her life for 12 years.

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Many Christians are observing the season of Lent now. The season of Lent began on Ash Wednesday and continues for 40 days (excluding Sundays) until Easter. Prior to Jesus beginning his ministry, he spent 40 days of prayerful preparation in the wilderness, and Lent’s length commemorates that …

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For more than 20 years, Suanne Aguirre has headed a grass-roots ministry that feeds up to 100 people each Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in downtown Memphis regardless of the weather.

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