— AARP Mississippi is observing Operation Stop Scams with a series of events throughout the state from April 16 – May 21. Operation Stop Scams aims to help Mississippians in the fight against fraud. According to the latest reports on identity fraud, more than $20 billion was stolen from about 13 million victims in 2012. One common method that criminals use to gain private information is sorting through trash. Americans can reduce their risk of identity fraud by destroying all documents …

— From raising families to serving the country, women have made many contributions to society. Let’s celebrate women and all the great achievements they have made with the start of Women’s History Month! This month we will highlight some successful and empowering women that are not only shattering the preconceived notions that exist amongst gender but also of aging. Stay tuned each week to read the inspirational stories behind each of these influential women! Isabel Negron An accomplished speech and language …

— Are you eager to help your community? Do you want to meet new people? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should consider volunteering with AARP Mississippi. Being a volunteer is a fulfilling experience that allows you to give back to your community in a meaningful way. All that is required is a genuine interest in helping the community by donating your time and skills, said Associate State Director for Community Outreach Ivory Craig. Once you have …

— Join AARP Virginia for a Parisian evening with jazz by Award Winning James “Saxsmo” Gates, red carpet photography, makeovers by Lou Stevens Glam Squad, and delectable French inspired menu and wine tastings.  We are bringing together the network of RVA entrepreneurs, business leaders, and community based organizations to unwind and relax at “Une Nuit En Rouge – A Disrupt Aging Evening Affair”. Disrupt Aging is a call to shape the future of aging.  We do this by challenging outdated beliefs about …

— This is the final post in a series. The first three posts are Taking Up the Pen: Duo Releases Award-Winning Mystery, Taking Up the Pen: “Seeking Like-Minded Souls” and Taking Up the Pen: Going to Press. LIKE THEIR PROTAGONIST, the future has unlimited possibilities in store for Sue and Dixie. Shrouded’s Crispin Leads has only begun her journey. The fictional heroine will be featured in a sequel later this year. Crispin’s creators have and will continue to have stops along …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

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— The favorite holiday of our proud state falls on Friday, March 2. While a weekend trip to the San Antonio Southside Missions is a popular way to commemorate our state’s independence, as a Texan, you’re probably not too keen on following the herd. Here are three rebellious ways that you can embrace your Texan identity and keep community close to your heart. Explore the Multicultural Lone Star State Houston was listed in 2017 as the most culturally diverse city in …

— Life has hardly slowed down for Jerry Soble after starting his retired life 13 years ago. Soble has always had an active mind. As a young man he attended the Richmond Professional Institute (now Virginia Commonwealth University) before ultimately opting to volunteer for the military, serving in the US Army. After discharge he began working in the insurance industry. Several years later, a friend presented him with an opportunity to move into the furniture business, where he worked for many …