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January 30, 2001

Add exercise, not excuses, to your daily schedule So you have visions in your head of beginning an exercise program to lose weight, maybe to just maintain your weight? You want to have more energy, feel less stressed, have more feelings of joy. You would like to experience the healing effects that can occur from nourishing your body, mind and spirit with simple exercise. Perhaps these are but a few of your dreams and visions for the New Year. Story

Free prescription drugs? But how do they do it?
It sounds too good to be true -- free prescription drugs just for the asking.

Valentines is for lovers, those who love leisure
Valentine's Day need not be a day for lovers only. It's a grand excuse for remembering all the people who are important to us. Sharing books, music or movies makes a caring way to mark the day.

Real songs, real heroes
It is said we all have our songs to sing. There may not be words to our songs or even music. Sometimes we sing them silently and happily in our hearts. At other times, we may sing them confidently, quietly, anxiously, even fearfully, to ourselves. One thing is sure: Our songs are uniquely ours, and our lives sing our songs for all to hear.

Trying to stay well, despite your HMO
We have joined the chorus of people who are fed up with the treatment of seniors on Medicare whose care seems to depend on the bottom line expected by the bean counters in the Medicare HMO.

Meditations on the media
My favorite technological tool is the mute button on the remote control for the TV. The rackety music during commercials drives me nuts. The remote control is also convenient for changing the channel quickly if sports present themselves on the screen.

Clowning around is his favorite way to have a good time
Jim Galloway, whose registered clown name is "Jimbo," is active in the Fun 'n' Frolic Clown Unit of Egypt Shrine of Tampa, performing throughout the year at Shrine hospitals and parades.

Volunteer is a caring woman on the move
LARGO -- She doesn't drive an automobile any longer, but transportation for 89-year-old Henrietta Baker of Largo includes riding a tricycle and walking.

Living a commitment to those who are in need
The head of Citrus United Basket says, "The value of volunteers just can't be measured in terms of money."

Friday mornings at the salon
Every Friday morning at 9:15 I walk into a small hair salon to have my hair washed and set. It is a ritual, having become a habit like brushing my teeth every morning and night and putting out the garbage every Tuesday evening.

Downsizing: The temporary fix
It has been more than five years now since my wife and I downsized, moving into a condo with less than half the space we had occupied in our home of 20 years. For the most part, we have been satisfied with our smaller quarters, but we continue to miss the extra bedrooms and, especially, the garage. Things we don't miss (at least I don't), are yard work and swimming pool maintenance.  

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