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October 29, 2002
Peter’s principles   Peter Matthiessen, a featured speaker at the Times Festival of Reading, has spent his literary career championing causes both human and environmental. Story

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Arm yourself against scam artists
Knowledge is power. With access tools such as the Internet, online newspapers, 24-hour cable news channels and the omnipresent talk shows, it has never been easier to expand your knowledge.

Changing Gears: Diversity flavors friendship
These days, we hear a lot about diversity -- in employment, in college admissions, in club membership and in school enrollment. There is racial diversity as well as cultural and religious diversity. Some of it is mandated by government regulations and not always without dispute.

Sound Off: How they give stress the slip
Here's some good news for Seniority readers. It seems not many of you are stressed out. Or it could it be that not many of you know how to destress. Either way, I heard from a few of you who didn't mind sharing your recipes for relaxation, as well as some interesting comments. Don't forget to Sound Off on this month's issue on seniors and driving. P.S. Kaye, thanks for the invitation. I might take you up on your offer to hit the high seas.

Make these decisions before you need them
How we love our independence. It's our most prized possession. We want to be in control of our life, and we have a right to be in control. But do we know how to safeguard this prized possession?

At 89, he's an award-winning worker
DUNEDIN -- Since childhood, 89-year-old Dunedin resident Rigoberto Gil has placed a high priority on family.

Sound Off: On the road again and again
As the number of drivers older than 85 increases in Florida, should testing be mandatory?

Leaders laugh off seniors' issues, but we're not smiling
Who says our presidential administration doesn't have a sense of humor? It plays practical jokes all the time. Remember when it said free trade is the key to stability and peace in the world? Joke's on us.

Sharing the past can open us up to new experiences
My husband told me a story about how, as a boy, he had watched a newborn colt's first attempts to stand. "It was pathetic, but comical to watch," he said. The scene left a deep impression. "Wouldn't it be great if our girls could witness a miracle like that one day?" he said.

The music man of Pasco County
NEW PORT RICHEY -- Henry Fletcher, 57, said that if he had it to do over again, he would still be a music teacher.

Take time out for a quick memory check
Remember when grocery stores were closed on Sundays and postcards cost a penny and were called "penny postcards?"

Magic diet? Not in the real world
Most people with a history of dieting have experienced the ups and downs that accompany diet programs. They gain weight; they lose weight. This becomes frustrating, made even more difficult by myths and misconceptions about nutrition and weight loss.

Take Note: Take a little time out just for yourself
November promises to be a busier month than usual, with an important election and breaking news to keep up with, as well as figuring out how to get 20 people around the table for Thanksgiving. For a real act of Thanksgiving, make that 21 people and invite someone who might not otherwise have a family celebration. In addition to all those activities, plenty is going on to keep you entertained.

She helps out folks at every stage of life
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. -- Winston Churchill


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