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Simplify life with person-to-person payments

What would you do if you were told you can’t use cash? A year ago, Senior Planet Member Lawrence Lucido (aka “Cousin Larry”) was told to pay someone with no cash – and that’s how he started his journey to learn about Person-to-Person (P2P) payments. “I had never heard of in-person payments, but early last spring my landscaper said to …

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Open Topic: That was the year that was …

Well, it’s finally – almost – over. The disaster that was in 2020. Let’s take a look at 2020 – that year-long dumpster fire – and transfer it to the record books, finishing the above sentence with the word – or phrase – that best sums it up. That was the year that was…. … When toilet paper was the …

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Elections 2020 and retirement planning

The presidential elections have been decided, but uncertainty remains about the post-election outlook for the consequences for retirees and pre-retirees. Much still depends on what happens in the Senate, where the balance of power will depend on two second elections in Georgia. But two major problems arise: taxes and stocks. Taxes and you Americans often underestimate the impact of taxes …

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The Adoption – Senior Planet

The adoption, a graphic novel written by Zidrou (read more about him here) and illustrated by Arno Monin is a different kind of ‘coming of age’ story. Here Gabriel, a 75-year-old retired butcher in France, has to feel his way through the changes when his son Alain and daughter-in-law adopt Lynette Quinaya, a tour year old from Peru, in the …

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Vaccine Update – Senior Planet

Nine months after the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccines are in sight. That’s right, plural, vaccines. Three companies recently published some results from their phase III studies, with efficacy ranging from 70 to 95%. They are Pfizer / BioNTech, AstraZeneca and Moderna. Pfizer and Moderna have formally filed with the FDA for an emergency use authorization (EUA). The FDA will review Pfizer’s …

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Learn to navigate the new Facebook

Living in quarantine made virtual socializing more important than ever, and until recently, few resources were as valuable as Facebook. If you hate the new Facebook, you’re not alone. It’s optimized for phones and tablets – great for some of us – but on a computer it’s very confusing. There’s so much more whitespace, which means finding things requires a …

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Open topic: You know you’re getting older when …

During my daily walk this morning, I saw a strikingly handsome young man in shorts running in the park. Instead of immediately thinking “Hmm, hello handsome” (that came second!), The first thing that came to my mind was, “OMG, put on some pants! You must be freezing!” Getting older is like moving into a slightly different dimension than most around …

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Meet the Virtual Holiday Fair Entrepreneurs

On Monday December 14th from 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM MST (check your local time zone), Senior Planet will host its first Virtual Holiday Entrepreneur Fair on Zoom! Are you stuck with a last minute holiday gift? Curious how talented and entrepreneurial the Senior Planet community is? Join as Senior Planet is organizing a Virtual Entrepreneur Holiday Fair in which …

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Open Thread Follow-up: Guilty Pleasures

Apparently I’m not the only one who spent time in the lockdown parked in front of the TV. Popcorn and binge-watching seem to be the guilty pleasures of choice among readers who have commented so far. And some of them get pretty damn beautiful. “I like popcorn. Sometimes it is my meal, others my dessert. Every time I have it, …

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Senior Planet Book Club: The Round House

The votes are numbered and we are pleased to announce that our next online Book Club offering… .. The round house by Louise Erdrich For week one of our book club, read chapters 1-4 before Tuesday, December 8. Then come back to seniorplanet.org/articles/online-book-club/ and we’ll open up a conversation in the comments so everyone can discuss what we’re reading! We …

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