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“The world laughs through flowers”, a quote from one of my favorite poets, Ralph Waldo Emerson. Well Ha! Ha! Ha! Auburn is in bloom. The flowering trees are ablaze with color and buds appearing on many others.

Won’t be long until we’ll have redbuds and dogwoods in bloom. Of course that means the returning winters, dogwood, locust, blackberry, and cotton britches bringing up the rear. The latter always comes when everyone takes off their longhandles, preparing for warmer weather.

I encourage you to take advantage of the next sunny day with a stroll or drive around town.

The Senior Center had interesting outside activities last week. The parking lot lights were installed. Great help for those who attend the night time functions. The lot was full for the regular line dancing class on Tuesday night. This has proven to be a well attended and popular function at other senior centers too.

Senior citizens are believed to be “old”. This is a myth. We have a lot of dancers and enjoy visiting other venues near here. Sometimes transportation is a problem, but we usually work that out by carpooling in a caravan.

Sorry to hear director April Pawley is under the weather. Hope she’s better soon.

Of course with the necessity of being signed up for health insurance, many people have been receiving numerous phone calls, even though listed on the “Do Not Call” list. Health insurance isn’t the only subject of calls. Many calls are referring to credit cards that you do not have, or for a survey. Harold Tate Hanks finds these particularly frustrating, but here are a few hints.

First, it’s good to have “Caller ID”, then verify that your number is on the “Do Not Call List”. When you answer the phone and there is a hesitation on the other end, this is a pre-recorded call, sometimes requiring you to press certain numbers if you want to continue. Never press a number on you phone pad especially the number “9”. This allows the caller to use you phone number for international calls. Just hang up.

If your caller advises you that you have won money or a prize beware. This is a scam and you will be told the tax on the gift must be paid up front. If you’re up for it, get as much information from the caller as possible without revealing your own, then report that information to your local phone provider for follow-up. Otherwise, hang up.

Never give your credit/debit card number, bank account number or name of your bank. Always withhold your Social Security number. If you have a cell phone or computer you should not reveal the number or email address.

This may not cure all ills, but a word to you local state representative might contribute to a legislative solution to at least part of this problem. Martha Jane, are you reading this?

Okay, time to go out for a breath of fresh air and smell the hyacinths. I love spring, even the April showers. Have a blessed day.

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