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Public Pianos

What do you do when people balk at buying pianos? Naturally, you put them in train stations, building lobbies or parks and take videos.

And the visual stories you record can be tear-jerking and heart-tugging, making you yearn for the days when families could actually afford pianos and had room for them in their houses. 569 more words

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From the Maid's Quarters

In her docu-novel, Nickel & Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich took jobs as a waitress, store clerk and maid to experience living on a minimum wage. 624 more words

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Child's Play and Evolving Medicine

When I was a kid, we played doctor with a toy stethoscope. My grandkids play doctor using telemedicine.

On a visit over the holidays to Scottsdale to see our grandkids, I overheard Dr. 553 more words

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Coot TV

The days of Tiddlywinks and lawn bowling at the old folks home are a thing of the past at one retirement home. It has gone Hollywood. 536 more words

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Vincent Van Gogh's Weather Map

If you are like me, you struggle to think of clever, fun and useful gifts to give at Christmas. Play-Doh has solved my problem.

Actually, Play-Doh hasn’t exactly solved my problem. 463 more words

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Kitten Piercings and Dog Tattoos

I’m not hip, I admit it. But subjecting your cat or dog to body piercing and tattoos? No way.

I had no idea people did this to their “pets” until reading an AP story about legislation in New York banning cosmetic decoration of dogs. 367 more words

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Daily News on a Blackboard

Many of us continue our love affairs with newspapers, in part because of the occasional headline that makes us laugh, like “Statistics show that teen pregnancy drops off significantly after age 25,” “Republicans turned off by size of Obama’s package” or “Homicide victims rarely talk to police.” 481 more words

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