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You see them every day going about your regular day.

They are the retired volunteers, using their time to fill their hearts. They man the non-profit thrift stores and boutiques along the highways. They also dip their hands into improving the land around them.

People such as Nancy Lind, Sam Livingstone, Lu Winsor and Roy Lampson invest huge blocks of volunteer time to the 224 acres of wilderness oasis known as the Rocky Creek Conservation Area. All are retired. read more »


Grant Anderton, a former teacher at the Gig Harbor campus of Tacoma Community College, says there are specific reasons the seniors he teaches attend his classes.

  • They’ve just bought a computer. Usually it’s cutting edge. “They don’t skim, usually it’s overkill,” Anderton.
  • About 20 to 30 percent have been given a computer from someone, usually a relative.
  • There’s people in the market for a computer who haven’t yet bought one. They need to know how it will impact their life, first.

“It’s kind of nice to show what computers can do,” Anderton said. read more »


Sometimes things are just black and white. When a person is colorblind that can be their entire world.

That monochromatic extreme is rare, said Joe Trull, O.D., at Eyedesigns in Port Orchard, who himself has trouble telling different greens apart. read more »


The rules continually change for companies and individuals that deal with Medicare. It can be hard to keep up, even for companies large enough to be able to pay people to do so.

Medicare is the federal program to help older citizens, but it also covers those who have permanent kidney failure and certain people with disabilities. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administers Medicare. The nation’s largest health insurance program covers about 37 million Americans. read more »


Over the last 18 months health insurance possibilities for individuals and small businesses have opened up.

The state legislature passed laws that made it easier for large insurance companies such as Regence and Premera to offer less expensive health options than they had previously offered. Beforehand, the difficulty of obtaining health insurance for a sole proprietor business was a huge thorn in the side. Enough to burst entrepreneurial enthusiasm — fast. read more »

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