Taking Up the Pen: Going to Press

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-02-21T09:30:00+00:00">February 21, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-02-05T17:08:19+00:00">February 5, 2018</time> by AARP Texas

This is part three of a series. The first two posts are Taking Up the Pen: Duo Releases Award-Winning Mystery and Taking Up the Pen: “Seeking Like-Minded Souls”. SQUARING AWAY query letters and final edits, Dixie and Sue were almost ready to get Shrouded committed to a publisher in November 2016 when they received unexpected news. The team was shaken. A mutual friend, an accomplished children’s writer, had died in the Hutto library. She hadn’t published her latest work. News …

Taking Up the Pen: “Seeking Like-Minded Souls”

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-02-14T08:19:00+00:00">February 14, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-02-05T16:59:13+00:00">February 5, 2018</time> by AARP Texas

This is part two of a series. Find the original post here. REGARDING THE MYTHICAL MEREDITH LEE, Dixie and Sue are often asked why they chose to have a pen name that combines their middle names. Why not list two names on the cover of one novel? Dixie explains, “At some point we decided to create this persona. I’ve done some writing, Sue’s done some writing, and so this way we can preserve our individual work separately from our joint …

Taking Up the Pen: Duo Releases Award-Winning Mystery

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-02-07T09:00:00+00:00">February 7, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-02-05T16:59:11+00:00">February 5, 2018</time> by AARP Texas

FOR THIRTY-FIVE YEARS, they’ve been together. Sitting with each other in hospitals. Laughing until their sides hurt. Through funerals and festivities, Dixie Everett and Sue Cleveland have remained self-declared “super friends.” And now, they’ve written a book. Using the joint pen name Meredith Lee, a combination of Sue’s and Dixie’s middle names, the team published their first mystery novel in 2017. The story of a troubled graduate student who travels abroad, Shrouded details intrigue behind a series of murders connected …

Free Tax Help at 200 Texas Sites

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-02-02T07:05:00+00:00">February 2, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-02-05T11:58:08+00:00">February 5, 2018</time> by AARP Texas

Beginning today and continuing through April 17, AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation around the country–including at more than 200 sites across Texas–through its Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, celebrating its 50th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. Since its inception, the program has served more than 50 million taxpayers. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide started in 1968 with just four volunteers working at one site. Last year in Texas alone, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide …

Adjusting Our Rearview Mirror

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-02-01T06:56:00+00:00">February 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-01-30T11:40:37+00:00">January 30, 2018</time> by AARP Texas

Texas historian weighs in on Black History Month It’s midday at Huston-Tillotson University, and rows of offices are quiet, a lunchtime lull. Dr. Theodore Francis’ office, however, is buzzing with activity. As I sit talking to the professor, a series of students eagerly appear in his doorway. One student drops in to ask Dr. Francis what he missed the other day in class. There’s a moment between them, a sense of rapport. “I’ll see you in class,” Francis reminds the …

Rep. John Frullo Receives AARP Texas Legislative Achievement Award

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-01-22T15:35:14+00:00">January 22, 2018</time> by AARP Texas

In recognition of his work during the 2017 Regular Texas Legislative Session, we recently presented State Rep. John Frullo (R-Lubbock) with a Texas Legislative Achievement Award. Rep. Frullo authored and fought for successful passage of legislation – SB 507 – that increases Texans’ access to mediation after being hit with a surprise medical bill. Specifically, SB 507 makes mediation available regardless of physician or facility type. It also gives current and retired teachers this right. The legislation was signed into …

Former Agency Head Joins Executive Council

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-11-30T17:53:42+00:00">November 30, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-11-30T17:55:57+00:00">November 30, 2017</time> by AARP Texas

Former Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services Commissioner Jon Weizenbaum joins the AARP Texas Executive Council as its newest member. Since 1998, Weizenbaum has worked with AARP Texas on a number of policies and advocacy issues. Now, he will lend his leadership experience and background of supporting older Texans to a two-year term on the council. “AARP has one of the strongest voices in Texas for the rights of consumers and seniors,” Weizenbaum said. Executive Council members serve as …

Toolkit helps shield Texans from financial exploitation

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-11-15T17:55:44+00:00">November 15, 2017</time> by AARP Texas

Updated “Managing Someone Else’s Money” guides just in time for holidays AARP and Texas Appleseed today released updated versions of five “Managing Someone Else’s Money” guides—fresh with references to recently enacted laws—in time for the holiday season when many families gather for important decision-making conversations. The series of guides, originally distributed in March, are a tool for financial caregivers in Texas who manage money or property for those unable to do so for themselves. The interactive resource is available online, …

New Protections for Texas Pocketbooks

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-06-06T16:16:38+00:00">June 6, 2017</time> by AARP Texas

AARP Texas is proud to announce that three new laws, already signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott, will help protect financially vulnerable Texans. The news measures were strongly endorsed by AARP, which worked closely with lawmakers of both parties to ensure their passage. Preventing abuse as it happens Financial institutions and securities professionals have new ways to report and address suspected exploitation of clients age 65+. This change is thanks to HB 3921, by State Representative Tan Parker (R-Flower …

Texas Volunteers: The Heart and Soul of AARP

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-04-24T18:33:41+00:00">April 24, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-06-01T11:24:53+00:00">June 1, 2017</time> by AARP Texas

It’s that time of year, folks! It’s time to celebrate and recognize our outstanding volunteers during National Volunteer Week. In Texas, we’d like to highlight several outstanding folks who have gone above and beyond for their communities. Without the help of our committed volunteers, our Texas communities would not be the same. From CAREversation family caregiver support groups to Fraud Watch Network shredding events, from volunteering with AARP Tax-Aide to help neighbors file their returns to urging elected officials to …