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Several weeks ago, in one day, I received my Medicare Supplement Insurance updates for 2016. In the 2 ½ inches of paper there were changes in just about all areas of coverage. The results were roughly: • In the monthly base amount – up $10. • In changes to co-pays – down to zero within the network • In changes to prescription costs to customer – they are inching upward in general

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Do you want to possibly save money on your Medicare insurance costs? Do you have a phone? Do you have fifteen minutes to call your insurance guy or gal? If you answered “yes” to those questions, you are strongly recommended to do so before December 7, 2015. If you don’t call, you’ll have to wait another year for the next Medicare Open Enrollment period to make changes.

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If you use your laptop or PC to do your daily computer tasks you may have heard about Windows 10. Windows 10 is Microsoft’s new operating system for users currently running on Window 7 or Windows 8. This blog will hopefully answer some questions regarding the update and some update tips should you decide to take the plunge.

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If you are on Medicare or have a loved one on Medicare, you should read this. If not, thanks for checking-in.

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What happened to you in 1961?  Was it memorable? Good memories or not so good.  My 1961 was memorable but upon reflection, the memories are not pleasant.  In fact I tend to put 1961 on the back burner of life.  And then I read this book.

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I was in eighth grade the first time I heard Bill Haley and the Comets perform Rock Around the Clock.  I loved it.  Shortly after that came Elvis singing Heartbreak Hotel, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Buddy Holly and on and on.  The thing is, rock ‘n roll was our music, not the music of our parents.  Rock had many flavors in the beginning, instrumental, rockabilly, novelty, blues, and soul.  Blues

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I suffer from “sleep apnea.”  Fortunately I’ve treated it successfully for the last seven years with a CPAP.  What is sleep apnea?  It is a sleep disorder that shuts down breathing while you sleep.  Because the body doesn’t like that, it goes into rescue mode by waking you up.  Waking automatically allows you to resume breathing, and you repeat the cycle over and over again.  I was doing it on ave

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About ten days ago I had my annual appointment with my urologist.  Yes, he stuck his finger up my butt to check my prostate.  And his nurse drew blood for the PSA test.  The digit test said my prostate was normal and I had to wait until this morning to get a call back from his office with the PSA results.  I’ll share that with you a little later.

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If one of your PCs is running with Windows XP (as I am), Decision Day is around the corner – April 8, 2014 to be exact.  On April 8, 2014 (I’m repeating the date for emphasis), Microsoft will stop supporting XP.  That means no fixes, no anti-virus updates, and no new hacker prevention tools.  If you continue to use XP, it’ll be Groundhog Day all over and over again, except it’ll be April 7, 2014.

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Sometimes we start something without realizing how it is going to evolve – the potted plant that becomes a garden, or the new hobby you know will eventually bankrupt you, etc., you get the idea… that happened to us. I spotted a darling orchid while waiting in a grocery checkout lane.

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