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Live like a Turtle and Keep your Shell Thick

Hundreds of years from now, when historians talk about us, they’ll refer to us as the soft-skin era, the time when we reverted to non-verbal and non-threatening hand signals to avoid any potential offending of someone, according to someone else, not the actual person who should be offended. Who are these advocates for those who are may be or may not be offended?

Safety

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Wear Designer Masks, Watch for Viral Fraud

That said, we need to remember that there are those who are using the pandemic for personal and illegal gain, so let’s not let our guard down. According to a USA Today article, the FTC reported that so far in 2020, COVID-19-related fraud has reached the $13 million mark.

Technology, Technology and Science

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Zoom Like a Pro

With COVID-19 restrictions or safety practices showing no sign of letting up for seniors, it’s time to get yourself up to speed for Zoom or any other videoconferencing service. It’s as close as we’re going to get a personal interaction for the foreseeable future. Zoom has become the go-to videoconferencing service for many families, churches and synagogues, and social and educational organizations.

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Don’t Jump Off a Bridge Just Yet

Life goes on. That is what we keep saying to ourselves. But I think we are all getting a little sideways these days.

COVID-19 wasn’t in the bag, yet we started acting as if it never existed. Crowds on July 4 completely ignored the distancing advice and, yes, they were kids, meaning the under-25 crowd — you know, the ones who will live forever.

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Ask Rusty: Do Joint Tax Filings Alter Social Security Earning Limits?

If you collect Social Security before you reach your full retirement age (FRA), your wife’s earnings from working will not be counted toward your personal earnings limit. The earnings test looks only at your personal earnings and, if you exceed the limit, Social Security will take back some of your benefits. But only your personal earnings — as reported on your W-2 or Self-Employment tax return — count.

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What’s Up Doc? A Local Shelter Just for Rabbits

GHRS was founded in 1996 when rabbits were rising in popularity as house pets and there were few animal facilities that would take abandoned rabbits, according to shelter Manager Jennifer McGee.

“Rabbits are the third companion animal behind dogs and cats,” McGee said. “They stay in the home, they’re litter box trained, they’re very neat and tidy, and you don’t have to walk them.”

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Making New Friends with Old Souls

Denise Fleck, president of the organization’s board of directors, said one benefit of choosing a senior animal was, “with older dogs, what you see is what you get!”

“They have already grown into their bodies and personalities, are often more low-key and just love to sit adoringly at your side,” said Fleck, of Villa Rica. “It is important to remember, however, that a 7-year-old senior dog can be quite different from a 13-year-old. So senior dogs, like senior people, have a range of needs and activity levels, but all still have so much love to give.”

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Surviving quarantine with new four-legged friends

The community answered LifeLine’s SOS call — big-time. In the first week after the shelter’s plea for help, more than 750 animals were adopted or fostered.
So many cages were emptied that LifeLine was able to rescue animals from about six rural shelters that were closing, saving about 100 animals that were going to be euthanized, Hirsch said.
“We’ve been thrilled beyond expectation with how the Atlanta community has come forward and helped,” she said.

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Williams built his broadcasting career on outdoor sports

What Williams does take seriously is his media mini-empire of popular outdoor shows on WSB radio, Fox TV, cable networks and YouTube, along with a podcast, a newsletter, a presence on social media and a book- with a second on the way.
There’s good reason to take his accomplishments seriously: they have been enshrined in The Georgia Hunting and Fishing Hall of Fame, The Legends of the Outdoors National Hall of Fame, The Georgia Radio Hall of Fame and other lists of luminaries.

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