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    Pass Along Traditions With a Family Cookbook

    By Brette Sember for Next AvenueNearly everyone can share a favorite food memory; whether it’s all of the components of the family’s traditional Thanksgiving meal or Grandma’s molasses cookie recipe or Dad’s famous waffles. Gathering these beloved memories together can be a true labor of love.A family cookbook preserves special family recipes, passing them down to future generations. Family cookbooks are popular for family reunions, weddings, and holidays.Virginie Martocq, owner of HeritageCookb...  Read More...

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    Making Social Gatherings More Meaningful

    By Margie Zable Fisher for Next AvenueThe food was great, the wine was flowing and your friends gave you great gifts for your birthday. You were expecting a wonderful evening. But at the end of the night, you felt let down.   Read More...

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    Home Improvements to Help Sell Your House Before You Retire

    By Rodney Brooks for Next AvenueRetiring boomers looking to downsize may be in for a shock when they decide to sell their homes. They may find out that the homes they’ve lived in for decades need thousands of dollars in updates and renovations to attract buyers.Realtor Lisa Bailey-Harper at LBH Group in Northern Virginia says young home buyers with heavy student loan debt have no interest in paying, say, $500,000 for a home and then having to renovate it themselves. They want one that’s mov...  Read More...

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    A Little Culture is Good for Your Mental Health

    By Sharon McDonnell for Next AvenueEve Hammond, 76, a retired scientist in the Bay Area, has a steady diet of museum and gallery shows, plays and/or concerts each month. She has also taken craft classes, from jewelry-making and pottery to mosaics, and is a member of a local museum.“Since my husband died, my only live-in companion is a cat. And while he is wonderful, I enjoy getting out and participating in what this city [San Francisco] has to offer,” says Hammond.   Read More...

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    How to Live With Purpose at Any Age

    By Angela Burton for Next Avenue“Make yourself useful,” my dad used to say to me when I was seven, standing around, twisting my arms into skinny pretzels while he washed our family station wagon. The suds splashed around the blue plastic bucket, his strong forearms scrubbing the baby blue front fenders. The sun shone later as every inch of the car gleamed.His work was meticulous and efficient.   Read More...

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