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May celebrity birthdays!



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Do you share a May birthday with a celebrity?

1 – Judy Collins, 81, singer, Seattle, WA, 1939.

2 – Jenna Von Oy, 43, actress (“Blossom”), Newtown, CT, 1977.

3 – Engelbert Humperdinck, 84, singer, born Gerry Dorsey, Madras, India, 1936.

4 – Erin Andrews, 42, sportscaster, Lewiston, ME, 1978.

5 – Chris Brown, 31, singer, Tappahannock, VA, 1989.

6 – Leslie Hope, 55, actress (24, Talk Radio), Halifax, NS, Canada, 1965.

7 – Peter Carey, 77, author (Oscar and Lucinda), born Bacchus Marsh, Australia, 1943.

8 – Stephen Amell, 39, actor (Arrow), Toronto, ON, Canada, 1981.

9 – Billy Joel, 71, singer, composer, born Hicksville, NY, 1949.

10 – Bono, 60, singer (U2), activist, born Paul Hewson, Dublin, Ireland, 1960.

11 – Matt Leinart, 37, sports analyst, former football player, 2004 Heisman Trophy winner, Santa Ana, CA, 1983.

12 – Frank Stella, 84, artist, Malden, MA, 1936.

13 – Lena Dunham, 34, writer, actress (Girls), New York, NY, 1986.

14 – Mark Zuckerberg, 36, founder of Facebook, White Plains, NY, 1984.

15 – Chazz Palminteri, 69, actor (A Bronx Tale), playwright, the Bronx, NY, 1951.

16 – Kirstin Maldonado, 28, singer (Pentatonix), Fort Worth, TX, 1992.

17 – Sendhil Ramamurthy, 46, actor (Heroes), Chicago, IL, 1974.

18 – Chow Yun-Fat, 65, actor (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Lamma Island, Hong Kong, 1955.

19 – David Hartman, 83, actor, broadcaster (Good Morning America), Pawtucket, RI, 1937.

20 – Timothy Olyphant, 52, actor (Justified), Honolulu, HI, 1968.

21 – Sarah Ramos, 29, actress (Parenthood), Los Angeles, CA, 1991.

22 – Naomi Campbell, 50, model, actress (Empire), London, England, 1970.

23 – Drew Carey, 59, actor (The Drew Carey Show), Cleveland, OH, 1961 (some sources say 1958).

24 – Bob Dylan, 79, Rock and Roll and Songwriters halls of fame composer, singer, born Robert Zimmerman, Duluth, MN, 1941.

25 – Cillian Murphy, 44, actor (Peaky Blinders), Douglas, Ireland, 1976.

26 – Lenny Kravitz, 56, actor, singer, musician, songwriter, New York, NY, 1964.

27 – Jamie Oliver, 45, chef, television personality (The Naked Chef), Clavering, Essex, England, 1975.

28 – Gladys Knight, 76, singer, Atlanta, GA, 1944.

29 – Carmelo Anthony, 36, basketball player, New York, NY, 1984.

30 – Cee Lo Green, 46, singer, rapper, record producer, born Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, Atlanta, GA, 1974.

31 – Chris Elliott, 60, writer, comedian, New York, NY, 1960.

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Learning about common types of breast cancer



October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and an ideal opportunity to learn more about a disease that affects one in eight American women. In an effort to raise awareness, here is a bit of information about the two most common types of breast cancer and their main characteristics.

1. Ductal carcinoma
This type of cancer, which originates in the milk ducts of the breasts, can be divided into two categories. Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is a non-invasive variety that remains within the duct tissues. Invasive (or infiltrating) ductal carcinoma is more aggressive and involves cancerous cells that have traversed the duct walls and invaded the surrounding breast tissue.

Invasive ductal carcinoma is the most common type of breast cancer, accounting for about 80 percent of all invasive cases.

2. Lobular carcinoma
This type of breast cancer develops in the lobules, which are the milk-producing glands at the end of the ducts. As with the ductal type, lobular carcinoma can be in situ or invasive. The latter is the second most common type of breast cancer, accounting for about 10 percent of all invasive cases. The non-invasive variety is sometimes referred to as lobular neoplasia because it’s not true cancer. Rather, someone with this diagnosis is simply at a higher risk of developing breast cancer due to abnormal cell growth.

For more information about the characteristics, prevention, and treatment of various types of breast cancer, visit the American Cancer Society website at

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Senior volunteers: pillars of the community



For 30 years, the United Nations has recognized October 1 as International Day of Older Persons. It’s an annual opportunity to highlight the valuable role of seniors in society. While many have retired from the workforce, they tend to dedicate more time and money to volunteer work than any other demographic. Here are some ways seniors contribute to their communities:

• As caregivers for an ailing spouse, with responsibilities ranging from managing household tasks to offering emotional support and providing medical care.

• As babysitters for their grandchildren, whose parents are productive members of the workforce.

• As organizers for events hosted by religious groups and other types of community-based organizations, which often struggle to attract younger participants.

• As donators of time and money to charities, foundations, and non-profit organizations that support members of the community.

• As mentors for the next generation, passing on family legacies, a lifetime of experience, and a career’s worth of knowledge.

• As part of a support system for other seniors, such as by planning activities at their seniors’ residence or running errands for someone with reduced mobility.

In addition to recognizing the generosity of seniors in your community, October 1 should be a time to reciprocate and thank these caring members of society. Whether it’s a phone call to an older relative, a day spent volunteering at a retirement home, or a donation to an elderly rights advocacy group, there are numerous ways to give back to the seniors in your life and community.

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How much should you tip?



Tips or gratuities help service workers earn a living wage. Here are some suggestions for how much you should tip workers in various sectors if you’re satisfied with their service.

• Server: add 15 to 20 percent to your bill before taxes

• Food delivery driver: add 10 to 15 percent to your bill before taxes

• Grocery delivery person: give them $2 to $3

• Taxi driver: add 15 to 20 percent to your fare, and give them a few dollars if they assist you with your luggage

• Beautician: add between 15 and 20 percent to your bill

• Bartender: give them at least $1 to $2 per drink or add 15 to 20 percent to your bill for a large order

Keep in mind that you can adjust the amount you tip based on your level of satisfaction with the service. For less common occurrences, such as a spa treatment or guided tour, ask how much people generally tip when you make your reservation.

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October celebrity birthdays!



Brad Paisley, 48, country singer, Glen Dale, WV, 1972. Paisley performing live in Jacksonville, Florida, August 19, 2007 (minds-eye / CC BY-SA (

Do you share an October birthday with a celebrity?

1 – Julie Andrews, 85, singer, actress (The Sound of Music), born Julia Wells, Walton-on-Thames, England, 1935.

2 – Paul Teutul, Jr., 46, motorcycle designer, television personality (American Chopper), 1974.

3 – Chubby Checker, 79, musician, singer, born Ernest Evans, Philadelphia, PA, 1941.

4 – Vicky Krieps, 37, actress (Phantom Thread), Luxembourg, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, 1983.

5 – Karen Allen, 69, actress (Raiders of the Lost Ark), Carrollton, IL, 1951.

6 – Rebecca Lobo, 47, sportscaster, former basketball player, Southwick, MA, 1973.

7 – Joy Behar, 77, television personality (The View), Brooklyn, NY, 1943.

8 – Bruno Mars, 35, singer, born Peter Gene Hernandez, Honolulu, HI, 1985.

9 – Jackson Browne, 70, singer, songwriter, Heidelberg, Germany, 1950.

10 – Bob Burnquist, 44, skateboarder, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1976.

11 – Jane Krakowski, 52, actress (Ally McBeal), Parsippany, NJ, 1968.

12 – Hugh Jackman, 52, actor (X-Men), Sydney, Australia, 1968.

13 – Jimin, 25, singer (BTS), born Park Ji-min, Geumjeong District, Busan, South Korea, 1995.

14 – Usher, 42, singer, actor (Moesha), born Usher Raymond IV, Chattanooga, TN, 1978.

15 – Paige Davis, 51, television personality (Trading Spaces), Philadelphia, PA, 1969.

16 – Tim Robbins, 62, actor (The Shawshank Redemption), West Covina, CA, 1958.

17 – George Wendt, 72, actor (Cheers), Chicago, IL, 1948.

18 – Ne-Yo, 41, singer, actor (Stomp the Yard), born Shaffer Chimere Smith, Jr., Camden, AR, 1979.

19 – Peter Max, 83, artist, designer, Berlin, Germany, 1937.

20 – Snoop Dogg, 49, rapper, producer, born Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr., Long Beach, CA, 1971.

21 – Kim Kardashian, 40, television personality (Keeping Up with the Kardashians), Los Angeles, CA, 1980.

22 – Derek Jacobi, 82, actor (Cadfael), London, England, 1938.

23 – Ang Lee, 66, director (Life of Pi), Taiwan, 1954.

24 – Drake, 34, singer, born Aubrey Drake Graham, Toronto, ON, Canada, 1986.

25 – Robert Montgomery (Bobby) Knight, 80, former college basketball coach, Orrville, OH, 1940.

26 – Tom Cavanagh, 52, actor (The Flash), Ottawa, ON, Canada, 1968.

27 – Zadie Smith, 45, author (White Teeth), born Sadie Smith, Brent, London, England, 1975.

28 – Brad Paisley, 48, country singer, Glen Dale, WV, 1972.

29 – Tracee Ellis Ross, 48, actress (Black-ish), born Tracee Joy Silberstein, Los Angeles, CA, 1972.

30 – Ashley Graham, 33, model, Lincoln, NE, 1987.

31 – Letitia Wright, 27, actress (Black Panther), Georgetown, Guyana, 1993.

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How to save for retirement



For many people, the coronavirus pandemic has led to considerable financial strain. And while you might be focused on balancing your current income and expenses, it’s still crucial that you plan for the future. So whether your retirement is a long way off or right around the corner, here’s what you should do to ensure financial security in your golden years.

Reflect on your objectives
There are several questions you need to ask yourself as you plan for your retirement. Do you want to downsize early or continue to live in your home? Do you want to travel often or take up particular hobbies? Do you have a plan to deal with potential health concerns or a loss of mobility? These are all factors that can help you determine how much you need to save for retirement.

Take concrete action

While it’s important to reflect on your retirement goals, you should also meet with a financial adviser to put these ideas on paper. A professional can help you evaluate your current financial situation and create a realistic savings and investment strategy to ensure you meet your retirement goals. Taking this step will allow you to enjoy your golden years free of financial strain.

It might seem stressful at first, but taking action to prepare for your retirement will give you peace of mind in the years to come.

Did you know?
You need an average of 60 to 80 percent of your pre-retirement annual income to continue to enjoy the same lifestyle throughout your golden years.

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4 tips for a successful career change



If you’re interested in embarking on a new career, it’s important to consider your options and thoroughly prepare before you decide what to do. Here are four tips to help you make a change.

1. Evaluate your current situation
Take time to reflect on your professional achievements and shortcomings. Assess your skills, interests, and values, and identify sources of dissatisfaction with your current job. A period of introspection before a career change will help guide your efforts and ensure you find fulfillment in your new line of work.

2. Speak with a professional

If you aren’t sure which path to take or how to make the transition, consult a career counselor. They can help you identify your objectives and interests, and then use the information to assist you with developing a career plan.

3. Use the available resources
There are many services that you can access to help you start your new career. You can visit a local employment center, sign up for a mentorship program or take an aptitude test. Many of these services are free, so take advantage of them.

4. Get the right training
In some cases, a career change will mean you have to return to school. Rather than enroll in a full-time program, consider taking various training courses and workshops relevant to your new field. This will allow you to broaden your skillset while maintaining a healthy balance between work, school, and family.

Finally, to ensure you’ll be interested in your new career, start by volunteering or taking on freelance projects in the industry.

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