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May 29, 2001
Five who served They might be your accountant or the secretary at your church, but, in another place and time, they answered their country's call. Story

The steps of friendship Many active folks spend their free time dancing at two bay area ballroom institutions, the Gulfport Casino and the Coliseum, joining old friends and making new ones. Story

[Times photo: Bill Serne]

Tolls along the road to freedom
The weekend before Memorial Day, a family celebration took me to Gettysburg, Pa. Early Saturday morning, I walked along Seminary Ridge, which overlooks part of the vast battlefield where thousands of American soldiers perished during the Civil War.

Medals awarded -- 55 years later
PORT RICHEY -- On April 16, more than 55 years after he served in World War II, Jack Holmes got his medals.

Keeping tabs on my little home town
The Iowa town in which I grew up was small -- very small. I can remember signs on the outskirts of town that read: "722 Friendly People." Even so, in those days it had three grocery stores, a meat market, a hardware store, a couple of "general merchandise" stores, a women's specialty shop, a bank, a garage, three gas stations and a harness shop, two barber shops, a beauty shop (that really is what they called them then), two restaurants, two taverns, two automobile dealers and a theater.

Seeing ourselves as the mirror sees us
'Tis the season to shed turtlenecks and long pants. I got the shorts and sleeveless shirts out of the backs of closets and the bottoms of drawers. They still fit, which is a blessing, but I can't avoid noticing that my upper arms have deeper pleats than I remember from last summer. If I hold my arms slightly forward, like a squirrel with an acorn, the pleats recede into arm parts that I can't see in my mirror. Does this mean I'll have to spend the summer carrying something with both hands in front of me? (Vanity, thy name is Sheila!)

Society accepts a left-handed complement
What do Albert Einstein, Joan of Arc, Billy Graham, Babe Ruth, Pablo Picasso and Bill Gates have in common?

Today's tough decisions smooth life's end
Decisions, decisions, decisions! Life has always been filled with decisions and choices. So why is it that decisions are so difficult now that we're older, retired, have caregiving responsibilities or older parents? Longevity is with us to stay. All of us, no matter what age, should be concerned about our role in our own long-term care and life decisions.

Change your behavior, not your diet
So those easy-to-follow, programmed diets won't produce permanent weight loss. Perhaps you have already discovered that liquid diets, eating special combinations of food and "magical diets" are not the way to go for healthy weight maintenance over the long haul. You have lost weight; you have regained weight.

Amid change some familiar spots remain
When my husband and I planned to drive across the northern United States, I knew that I must return to my birthplace, Carrington, N.D. I had my grandmother's address and remembered clearly the two-story white frame house. I was born in the front bedroom at Gramma's house. She said she carried me to the kitchen for my first bath.

Massage therapist looks for health within
ST. PETERSBURG -- As a youngster growing up on the shores of Lake Okeechobee in Belle Glade, 51-year-old Harvey Pearlman often swam with alligators and water moccasins.

Senior Hall of Fame inducts new members
ST. PETERSBURG -- For 19 years, the Office on Aging has sponsored the Senior Hall of Fame to honor persons for outstanding contributions of time and talent to the community.

A lovely way to pass a Sunday afternoon
A few decades ago, a trip from northern Pinellas County to Tampa over the Courtney Campbell Parkway required crossing a two-lane wooden drawbridge that felt as if it would shake into the water at any second. That trip now is much less nerve-racking with a stronger, higher bridge in its place. See? Not all progress is bad.

Conference on aging scheduled at USF

Pinellas: Help them out

Pasco: Help them out

Citrus: Help them out

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