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Southern Comfort: The ageless glory of the Colonnade

The Colonnade's accepting atmosphere is a main reason why folks keep coming back. The restaurant has some regulars who have been showing up to lunch or dinner two or three times a week for decades. The other reason they come back is the food. The Colonnade offers traditional Southern fare and the same menu all year round.

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Taking Pictures with Your Phone

As we get older and more active, many of us are turning more and more to our mobile phones to take and share pictures and videos as we travel or do things with our grandchildren. To be sure, mobile-phone cameras are not your father’s Brownie camera. They have tons more capabilities, many of which you can master with a little understanding.

Atlanta Senior Life visited the Cobb County Senior Services Assisted Technology Lab in Marietta. Join us for a tour of the facility, hosted by Felicia Alingu, Outcomes Program Specialist, as she demonstrates products and resources designed to make life easier for seniors.

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Ask Rusty: Does Paying Social Security Payroll Tax Increase my Benefit?

Everyone who works and earns—even those who are collecting Social Security benefits—must pay the Social Security FICA payroll tax. But paying that payroll tax doesn’t entitle you to a benefit increase. The FICA tax you pay doesn’t get credited to a personal account for you; rather, it goes into the Social Security general fund to help pay benefits to all current beneficiaries.

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Sherry Frank: An activist and grandmother writes her memoir

Sherry Frank has worked to promote human rights, civil rights and women’s rights. She describes herself as “a pretty passionate feminist.” She’s been involved in Atlanta politics for decades. She helped start a successful synagogue, Congregation Or Hadash in Sandy Springs, and served as its president. She recently published a memoir called “A Passion To Serve: Memoirs of a Jewish Activist,” which was included in the 2019 book festival of the Marcus Jewish Community Center Atlanta.

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Check on Charities before Donating your Dollars

Still, this is a time when charities kick-start their efforts towards the new year’s goals. Along with those charities come the charity scams, those less than lovable parasites seeking to rid you of your meager earnings, consisting of what’s left over from your holiday budget.

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Rosin Up the Bow: Jamming on the old tunes in Sandy Springs

Learning to play her new open-backed banjo led her to “old-time” music, the slice of American folk music associated with songs and string bands of the Appalachians. “The old tunes are pretty,” the 57-year-old Cobb County resident said. “They’re simple melodies. They’re historic. It kind of links you with the past.” It links her with like-minded musicians, too, which is why one recent Saturday afternoon she joined nine other instrumentalists in the back room at Slope’s BBQ in Sandy Springs to play old tunes.

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Ask Rusty: Spousal and Survivor Benefits

Since your husband is already receiving his Social Security retirement benefits, you are eligible to collect spousal benefits at any time after you reach age 62, even though you are collecting Social Security Disability benefits (you don’t have to wait until he’s 70); however, if you start those spousal benefits before you reach your full retirement age (FRA) they will be reduced.

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Common Sense Collaboration: Fred Glassman offers legal mediation class

“I thought there must be a better way.” Turns out there was. The concept of mediation emerged, with a neutral person representing both parties. Glassman saw that some cases were ripe for mediation and he tried to get his clients to travel that route whenever appropriate. Then along came collaborative law. It’s a legal framework in which both parties in a dispute hire attorneys, but the lawyers formally agree not to go to court.

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Personal Safety: Shop Wisely

By default, the last thing on your mind is security. That said, why load you up with a couple of dozen crime prevention tips when most will never see the light of day? Instead, let’s go with a short checklist.

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