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Baldo by Hector D. Cantu and Carlos Castellanos for May 7, 2017 | 

Baldo By Hector D. Cantu and Carlos Castellanos

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Reality Check by Dave Whamond for Apr 13, 2017 | Read Comic Strips at

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Cute Retro Photos of Children Playing – BabaMail

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Writing Letters – Doreen Frick

Letters: Doreen Frick Still Writes Them!
Posted on December 12, 2016 by Barbara Younger

I find myself writing shorter and shorter notes on Christmas cards these days. I type so much that writing longhand feels uncomfortable. It’s like my fingers have lost the art. So in honor of letter writing, I bring you a post from writer Doreen Frick, who has not lost the art at all

Yesterday my daughter texted this: Mom, how many letters a week do you write?

 I took a quick inventory of letters awaiting stamps (5) and letters I remember sending so far this week, (6) and letters I was thinking of writing tomorrow (2) and gave her a “guesstimate” of 15.

She tread carefully, remembering the four letters she’d received in the last month, (two to her kids), because she asked me if I really thought only fifteen.After all, I have four kids, and eleven grandkiddies, and she knows I don’t email, barely text, and rarely call. I re-evaluated my correspondence (I keep track on a tablet) and decided she was right. It was more like twenty letters a week.

And in that instant, I counted the cost. Twenty letters a week, forty-seven cents each, hmmmm. How much am I spending a month on postage? Envelopes. Cards. Small packages. And in that one moment I made a decision. I will be cutting back next week to one letter. Just one.

Now I’m sure that wasn’t the real reason my daughter texted me. In fact, she likes to get my letters. And so do her kids. She texted because, as she put it,“It just dawned on me that letter writing is your ministry, Mom.”

 Thirty-eight years old, and she’s just now “getting me.”

But the real beauty of all of this is not that one of my kids finally understands me but that all these years I’ve been hoping that my friends and family will see the beauty and love I have for a hand-written letter. And that was one other thing my daughter said,

It’s nice to get a letter when all you ever really seem to get in the mail are bills.

Mission accomplished. I can let that one go now.

21 Life Lessons For An Awesome Retirement | Baba Recommends – BabaMail

Many seniors will offer a different piece of advice on life. This collection of tips will allow you to live the most wondrous golden years imaginable.

Source: 21 Life Lessons For An Awesome Retirement | Baba Recommends – BabaMail

21 Life Lessons For An Awesome Retirement
These are just the headlines. -keith
1. It’s time to use the money you saved up.
2. Stop worrying about the financial situation of your children and grandchildren.
3. Keep a healthy life, without great physical effort.
4. Always buy the best, most beautiful items for your significant other.
5. Don’t stress over the little things.
6. Regardless of age, always keep love alive.
7. Be proud, both inside and out.
8. Don’t lose sight of fashion trends for your age, but keep your sense of style.
9. ALWAYS stay up-to-date
10. Respect the younger generation and their opinions.
11. Never use the phrase: “In my time”. Your time is now.
12. Some people embrace their golden years, while others become bitter and surly.
13. Do not surrender to the temptation of living with your children or grandchildren.
14. Don’t abandon your hobbies.
15. Even if you don’t feel like it, try to accept invitations.
16. Be a conversationalist. Talk less and listen more.
17. Pain and discomfort go hand in hand with getting older.
18. If you’ve been offended by someone, forgive them. If you’ve offended someone, apologize.
19. If you have a strong belief, savor it.
20. Laugh. Laugh A LOT. Laugh at everything.
21. Take no notice of what others say about you and even less notice of what they might be thinking.

BOXES: The Secret Life of Howard Hughes | By Douglas Wellman and Mark Musick

Howard Hughes: Madman, Genius, or Both?

After eight years of extensive research and finally coming to the conclusion that Eva McLelland’s wild tale was absolutely accurate; the book “Boxes” was published, a true story of intrigue and mystery that rewrites history.
During 1972 and 1973 Howard Hughes’ description bounced between a long finger-nailed mentally incompetent man and a well-groomed articulate businessman.   Confusion ran rampant as two distinctive descriptions of Hughes spread throughout in the media waves. History changing secrets are finally revealed. . .  Hughes assumed another identity and sought refuge in the woods of Alabama for 25 years after his presumed death in 1976.

The mystery is unveiled as Eva McLelland, Howard’s wife for 31 years, reveals intricate details of the life she shared with Hughes and his continued dealing in government affairs. Married in Panama on May 13, 1970, she realized there was extreme mystery in her new husband’s existence. However, several years passed prior to her learning she was actually married to Howard Hughes. Even with Hughes’ idiosyncrasies, Eva was loyal to the end; preserving his secret, while living a semi-nomadic existence.

Nik Nicely
Nik Nicely (1990)

For protection Hughes acquired the identity of a former CIA employee, Nik Nicely.  Nicely had mysteriously disappeared in the late 1960s, after his involvement with counter drug activity while on assignment in Central America.  Hughes, alias “Nik,” had many reasons to seek refuge and the “resources” to be successful.

The long finger-nail, bed-ridden, mentally incompetent “Hughes” who died in 1976 was a stand-in.

Personal artifacts from the “Boxes” story were displayed for seven months at the Nebraska Strategic Air and Space Museum. Douglas Wellman and Mark Musick authored and researched the book.

Riveting interviews and dynamic presentations can be arranged by contacting Douglas Wellman and Major General (ret.) Mark Musick.

Source: BOXES: The Secret Life of Howard Hughes | By Douglas Wellman and Mark Musick

How to Whistle Loud: 14 Steps (with Pictures) – wikiHow

Old Dogs CAN learn new tricks. I have only a high pitch whisper of a whistle so far but still – Whistling this way has always been on my unspoken bucket list – Keith

Source: How to Whistle Loud: 14 Steps (with Pictures) – wikiHow

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