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Aging leadership

How old is too old? An article in Time Magazine states: “At some point, and statistically it’s in the 80’s, you begin a more rapid decline.” Physically and mentally, we pose questions about...

 

Body odor isn't just about cleanliness

According to an article by Jude Stewart, a person’s odor can tell a lot about their age, diet, emotions and health. “Your body is constantly radiating information.” When my daughters were...

 

Archaeology

Archaeology: as old as the plundering of Egyptian Tombs and as modern as dumpster diving. I still recall the wonder of viewing the breast plate of King Tutankhamen at a display in Dallas over 20...

 

Generation gap

Baby Boomers, Millenials, Gen Z, Generation X – are any of these relevant to society or are they labeled only to generate bickering on social media? Are there real issues to address for each of...

 

Medicare Advantage

Medicare open enrollment runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. During this period, Medicare enrollees 65 and older can switch plans. Options include traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage. Unlike...

 

Water, water

“Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink!” – Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. According to Kris Maher in the Wall Street Journal, roughly 60 million Americans...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    October 8, 2021

Digital currency

Digital currencies: what are they, how are they created, how are they used? Known as bitcoin, stablecoin, etherium and dogecoin, all are created by blockchain technology, mined from complicated...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    October 1, 2021

Metabolism

The speed at which our bodies utilize food is called metabolism. It varies greatly among individuals as some eat anything they want in the amount they want and never gain weight. Others can look at a...

 

Cash for clunkers

“Better for the seller than the buyer.” That quote from an article in Car and Driver Magazine tells all about today’s used car market. When Jim Norton’s ads include the offer to “buy your...

 

Spending money

We are entering the age of no cents. There is a possibility that the government may quit minting the penny. It costs nearly two cents to produce and millions are discarded yearly. Many people won’t...

 

Early recordings

Dear to my family, I have a 78 rpm record that my mother and Aunt Carrie made in the ‘40s. There were record-making machines available and they had one “cut.” The first phonograph was invented...

 

Hot peppers

In 1969, character actor Jack Somack made an Alka-Seltzer commercial that today would go viral. He bites into some spaghetti and states: “Mama-Mia, that’s-a one spicy meatball.” How spicy do...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    August 27, 2021

UAPs

You hear about them, you talk about them, you even see them yourself: Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon, aka UFOs. Why are humans on the lookout for extraterrestrial life? It wasn’t as widespread as...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    August 20, 2021

Storage units

Buck Knabe was ahead of the times with storage he built 50 years ago. Cushenbery's has had units nearly as long and I remember when storage was available in the warehouse in the 500 block of Santa...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    August 13, 2021

Gladiators

Humans have enjoyed conflict long before recorded history. Pecking order was established and survival of the fittest was the order of the day. Accounts of Mayan contests are known to have ended in the...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    August 6, 2021

Vaccination dilemma

“Some aerosol sunscreen products are found to contain benzene, a cancer-causing chemical.” That headline led me to check the one I was using and, yes, it was listed. Other recent recalls have...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    July 30, 2021

EV for everyone

The news articles are rich with the stories of electric vehicles – those with familiar names such as Tesla, and startups like Lucid and Lordstown. Do we need more brands? It was General Motors that...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    July 23, 2021

Chickens

Hearing the rooster crow to start the morning was common in the early days. Chickens were a main course in many homes when I was growing up and many Alvans raised their own in backyard pens. I’m...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    July 16, 2021

Trash

One of the world’s favorite billionaires, Richard Branson, recently returned from space. During his suborbital flight, pilots, along with their other responsibilities, had to be aware of space...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    July 9, 2021

Heat exchange

Earth is spinning ever closer to climate change. Whether we agree that human influence is a contributing factor or not, time is of the essence to prepare for the inevitable: global warming. The world...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    July 2, 2021

Chips

A two-page spread in Time Magazine shows a huge wafer, the size of a 12-inch pizza, soon to be cut into an assortment of chips. Not corn or potato but silicon. Each of them is specific to a product....

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    June 25, 2021

Hoe, hoe, hoe

Resting in the corner of our guest house is an old hoe that my mother used for over 50 years. I guess she didn’t do much leaning on it as it has the original worn and weathered handle. Its blade,...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    June 18, 2021

Alcohol issues

Alcohol is the third leading preventable cause of death in this country. “Alcohol was involved” has been a universal excuse for bad decisions since before Beowulf. Edward Slingerland, in the Wall...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    June 11, 2021

Alcohol

Scientific dating places the production of alcohol, which originated in China in 7000 B.C., when farmers were concocting a brew of rice, grapes, hawthorn berries, and honey in clay jars. Sipping rice...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    June 4, 2021

Newest car models

America is entering a new wave of vehicle manufacturing. While we are familiar with the “Big Three” – General Motors, Ford and Stellantis (Dodge, Ram, Jeep) – a whole slew of newcomers are...

 

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