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Agewise: Fires and Falls – Avoid both

Falls are a leading cause of injury and hospital stays for older adults. Avoiding falls may help older adults stay independent and remain in their homes for as long as it is safe. According to the National Safety Council, a home fire is reported every 86 seconds. Implementing fire protection strategies in the home also may prevent fires and save lives. In this article, we discuss some basic tips for avoiding falls and keeping your home safe from fires. […]

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The Wine Nerd: Rain Dancing

 It’s easy to complain about the heat in August and September.  These last two months of summer can wear Virginians down, especially during a long streak of cloudless sunshine.  While it may look pretty from inside our air conditioned homes, we tend to pray for clouds and rain once we venture outside.  Instead of this natural thirst for cooling rain, however, we should take comfort when the sun won’t hide; it’s a great time to be a grape! […]

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Newlyweds, both young and old – The Commonwealth may be a third party to your nuptials

The phrase, “To death do us part,” has been a promise frequently found in traditional wedding vows.  Perhaps unbeknownst to many, the Commonwealth extends that commitment to a financial obligation that survives death.  As uncomfortable as the following information may be, the attempted action of disinheriting a spouse does occur.  If you are mad at your spouse and think that you are going to deliver one final and painful message upon your death, not-so-fast.    […]

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Confederate War Memorials

Just writing the title of this blog I know some folks will want to label me a racist. I’m not. That’s a ploy done by people of lesser minds so they don’t have to confront logic or facts. […]

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DATA DUMP: Stop B@d Pa$$word$

Remembering passwords is hard work.  For years, the working theory has been that you need a different password for every website that you visit.  And it can’t be something simple, it needs to be complex.  […]