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Social Security and You / Senior Living

My Mom and the Lady Next Door

I think it's time to once again share the story of my mom and the lady who lived in the big house directly behind our modest home. I've told this tale before in my column, but it bears repeating. And that story is on my mind because of an ...

Russell Baker and Me

I just finished reading (or actually re-reading) Russell Baker's memoir, "Growing Up." For those of you who don't know him, Russell Baker is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who worked for many years as a columnist for the New York Times. He and I ...

Social Security and You: My Mailbag

I get dozens, sometimes hundreds, of questions emailed to me every day. As you might guess, many of them are the same questions I've been asked thousands of times in the past. And as I put those questions into a column, I worry about covering the ...

Social Security and You: Benefits Overseas

As you read this, I should be sitting on a talcum-powder-soft white sand beach in Aruba, sipping Mai Tais with my wife and watching bikini-clad bronzed beauties saunter by as the tropical sun sinks slowly over the turquoise waters of the southern ...

Social Security and You: Disability Reviews

Q: After a long process, I started getting disability benefits about a year ago. And now, out of the blue, I just got a letter from Social Security telling me they want to review my claim. I think this is harassment! It took me almost 12 months, ...