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My aged Uncle Mort sometimes stumbles across what he calls “business opportunities,” not unlike hogs stumbling over acorns every now and again. He claims that an epiphany experienced … more
**This piece is by Michael Gartner, editor of newspapers and past president of NBC News. In 1997, he won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. It is well worth reading, and a few good chuckles … more
Do you live life in the bleachers or in the arena? Living life right should be living life in the arena. Each of us has been equipped to do great things, but to do so we need to have the courage and … more
Hello Toni, I have a $2,000 doctor bill with a new cardiologist and Medicare says they will not pay. I recently retired and enrolled in Medicare and a Medicare supplement for the freedom to pick … more
Dear Dietitian, My teenage daughter was recently diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia. She follows a vegan diet and has been taking a vegan supplement. Are these as good as regular iron pills? … more
Hey Taylor: My spouse and I have been diligently reviewing our financial situation and contemplating retirement, but we’ve encountered a stumbling block: we’re unsure of the total sum we … more
Far-out occurrences often are illuminated through the miracle of the Internet, sometimes resulting in findings that may, uh, need additional study. Such occurred recently in Dallas, where a … more
One of the most emotional and beloved hymns ever written is “Amazing Grace.” It is regularly played at funerals, church services, and other events. My family was on vacation in … more
Dear Toni, In August 2017, Hurricane Harvey absolutely devastated my wife. Now, her 88-year-old mother is living in an assisted living facility, and we live over 10 miles away from her. … more
Dear Readers, You’ve probably heard that the United States has one of the highest obesity rates in the world. Estimates put 42% of Americans in the obese category. The World Health … more
Hi Taylor - My hours get cut back in the middle of June and I need to think of a few ways to make ends meet from then until work picks back up in September (I’m a teacher’s aide). Any … more
Prayers of university presidents and school superintendents for commencement exercises to be executed as planned often are short-circuited. Some leaders are extremists--the kind who decree that … more
The day we would like to forget! As we all live out our lives, there are certain things we wish had never happened to us. So now and then, I get these “flashbacks,” and sometimes … more
There I was, just sitting there looking at myself in the mirror. It seemed like forever as the minutes clicked off. I am not used to looking in a mirror for much longer than a quick glance just to … more
Dear Readers: This past week, I attended the funeral of my best friend’s brother, who died suddenly of a massive heart attack. He was only 49. You don’t realize how many lives one life … more
Toni, I need your Medicare guidance because in December, I was rushed to the ER because of kidney failure caused from stage 4 of prostate cancer which has spread to my pelvic bones. Because … more
Hi Taylor - Even though everything costs too much, my family still wants to go on some kind of vacation this summer. Do you have any tips for traveling without breaking the bank? Hey Kylie - I … more
Stephen F. Austin State University, newest member of The University of Texas System, has a storied basketball history, but in football--for a few seasons, at least--not so much. Such was true … more
It was a sunny afternoon in October of 1994. I am driving on the loop, which circles around Bryan/College Station, Texas, having just returned from my old hometown of Pampa, Texas. Our high school … more
Toni, My 86-year-old mother with Alzheimer’s needs 24-hour care and lives in a personal care home. She is enrolled in a Medicare Advantage HMO and taking her to the doctor is quite an … more
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