Planning for retirement; remodel your home for easy maintenance

  As you get older and you're beginning to plan for what you will do in your well-deserved retirement, you'll be relishing the thought of having time to yourself, curling up on the sofa with a good book and, maybe, a glass of your favorite wine, or pottering about the garden doing one or two little jobs here and there.   What you probably don't want to do is lots and lots of housework, so now is the time to think about how you could remodel your home to make it much easier to maintain. Housework can be hard work at the best of times and in your senior years it's an additional physical strain that you don't need.   Floor coverings   Carpets can look great but they can also be tough to clean, especially when something gets spilled on them. If you have Read more

Second Chance

High Heels & Hot Flashes received a letter this week from former gangster and ex-convict, Roy Albert Andrade. We decided to publish his letter because all people deserve a second chance. Dear Dianne: I didn’t join the Boy Scouts of America, and learn how to survive in the wilderness. I joined a gang, and learned how to survive on the streets. I was 12 years old, and running amok in the San Fernando Valley. I would ditch school, and burglarize houses with other gang members. We would fill our backpacks with stolen goods, and sell them to local pawn shops. We raised funds to buy alcohol, drugs, guns, and video games. People started calling me Bandit in the early 90s, and it didn’t take long to figure out why. I was shoplifting, and robbing people in the area at gun point. I was the Read more

Cyber Monday

It’s Cyber Monday! Let’s all stay in our pajamas and do what real Americans do: Shop. Guys: make sure you don’t shave. They can’t see you. They can’t see the turkey gravy stain on your undershirt or tie. Ladies: No makeup today. And you can wear that frumpy nightgown your mother gave you… the one she knows will make you unattractive to that scuz you married over her heartfelt objections.  And which doesn’t. First let’s say that you’re smarter than the average Black Friday shopper.  You don’t pitch a tent at Best Buy on a perfectly lovely Thanksgiving evening, leaving the dishes for your spouse and the kids. If you’re a stereotypical woman you KNOW they won’t wash the dishes adequately and you’ll have to re-do them when you get home from your concrete camping Read more

The Experts

Some people love listening to the experts, reading what the experts have to say and truly believing the experts are in fact experts. We're talking about the experts on any kind of law and order. Since Ferguson, Missouri blew up like 1955, the experts are yapping again. They want to form panels, coalitions and discussion groups. White police and elected officials are visiting black churches, putting their arms around black preachers, making speeches to black "youth" and getting their 15 minutes of fame on the national morning shows. In the meantime, police in weird cities like Cleveland and Albuquerque are still shooting black children up close. The experts say they want to find a way to "change" things, "fix" things and "improve" the relationship between black "youth" and white officials. Read more