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Off Track: The Green Flash

From the Images of Old Hawaii website

As the sun sinks slowly in the West, there is cause for pause by people as they wish their luck in seeing the elusive “green flash.” I remember the daily ritual on our deck in Kahaluʻu mauka in Kona (as we were growing up, it was the only home we ever lived in with a western orientation and view of the Pacific Ocean.) Scientists say “at the moment of the departure of the sun below the horizon, the last glimpse is coloured bluish green.”

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Be Smart. Protect Your Critical Documents and Valuables

From the FEMA website

When disaster strikes, your immediate concern will be your safety and the safety of those you care about. Once the immediate danger passes, however, having your financial and medical records and important contact information will be crucial to help you start the recovery process quickly.

Taking time now to safeguard these critical documents will give you peace of mind, ensure you have access to essential medical and prescription information, and help you avoid additional stress during the difficult days following a disaster.

In addition, take the time now to think about the priceless personal items you would want to protect from damage or take with you if you had to suddenly evacuate your home.

The first step is to take an inventory of your household documents, contacts, and valuables. The checklist below will get you started. 

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Even Small Improvements in Cholesterol, Blood Pressure Help Prevent Heart Attack

From the Health Day website

Small, lasting changes in cholesterol and blood pressure levels can dramatically reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes over a lifetime, new research suggests.

The large study found that a combination of a drop in LDL cholesterol (the bad type) of 14 mg/dL and a 5 mm Hg drop in systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure reading) cut the lifetime risk of heart disease and stroke in half.

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Weapons Load Team Competition

Off the Hawaii Air National Guard Facebook page

Hawaii Air National Guard Photograph

There’s nothing that generates excellence quite like a friendly competition! Teams of Airmen from the 154th Maintenance Group and their Active Duty counterparts from the 15th Wing gathered for a weapons load competition on drill weekend. While only one group took on the title of champion, all participants proved they can rely on teamwork, work under pressure and arm the Hawaiian Raptors in no-time!

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The spy in your wallet: Credit cards have a privacy problem

From the Washington Post website

I recently used my credit card to buy a banana. Then I tried to figure out how my credit card let companies buy me.

You might think my 29-cent swipe at Target would be just between me and my bank. Heavens, no. My banana generated data that’s probably worth more than the banana itself. It ended up with marketers, Target, Amazon, Google and hedge funds, to name a few.

I recently used my credit card to buy a banana. Then I tried to figure out how my credit card let companies buy me.

You might think my 29-cent swipe at Target would be just between me and my bank. Heavens, no. My banana generated data that’s probably worth more than the banana itself. It ended up with marketers, Target, Amazon, Google and hedge funds, to name a few.

Oh, the places a banana will go in the sprawling card-data economy. Despite a federal privacy law covering cards, I found that six types of businesses could mine and share elements of my purchase, multiplied untold times by other companies they might have passed it to. Credit cards are a spy in your wallet — and it’s time that we add privacy, alongside rewards and rates, to how we evaluate them.

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This device could cut older people’s risk of dementia, depression and falls

From the MarketWatch website

One small device can make a big difference in the lives of older people, but few of them get the helpful gadget, a new study suggests.

People age 66 and older who got a hearing aid shortly after being diagnosed with hearing loss were less likely to receive a first-time diagnosis of dementia or depression, or be injured by a fall, in the following three years, a study published Thursday by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found.

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Maintaining A Relationship with Grandkids Amid Estrangement

From the nextavenue website

Being a grandparent often means passing along traditions, making memories and building family bonds. But this isn’t the reality for many families, especially those affected by estrangement.

It’s difficult to say exactly how many parents are estranged from their adult children, but experts agree that when grandchildren are involved, the situation grows even more complex.

But if you can’t repair the relationship with their parents, it still may be possible to build and maintain relationships with your grandchild, despite the estrangement. Experts say it will just take time, emotional intelligence, respecting boundaries and setting realistic expectations.

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17 Things You Didn’t Know About the US Air Force

From the Military.com website

In a very special episode of “things you didn’t know,” Team Mighty decided to give a shout-out to the youngest branch of the U.S. military and fill in the blanks to help people, civilians and non-airmen alike, learn a few things about those who live in fame or go down in flame.

And these 17 things are:

Note: some of the items are not completely true.

Oahu Strong Bonds Event

Off The 117th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment Facebook Page

Hawaii Army National Guard Photograph by Staff Sgt. Thomas Foster

Soldiers from the Hawaii Army National Guard and their families joined together for a Strong Bonds event at the Sheraton Waikiki from August 30, 2019 through September 1, 2019. The event assists Soldiers and their Families in building resiliency by strengthening the Army Family through relationship education and skills training. 

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What to Do If Your Identity Is Stolen: 14 Steps

From the LifeLock website

After you’ve received calls from collections agencies and discovered multiple credit cards and bank accounts have been opened in your name, the reality hits you: Your identity has been stolen. If you become a victim of identity theft, you should take immediate action.

Identity theft can happen to you even if you’re careful

In this article, we’ll share 14 steps you can take to help stop an identity thief from continuing to use your identity, along with additional recovery actions you can take, depending on the type of identity fraud you may have experienced.

And these 14 steps are:

What’s Covered App

From the Medicare website

Need to know if a medical item or service is covered by Medicare? Then download our “What’s Covered” app — available for free on the App Store and Google Play. You can use the app at the doctor’s office, or anywhere you use your smartphone or tablet.

The Right Stuff: Brig Gen Chuck Yeager, USAF Retired

US Air Force Photograph

Chuck Yeager is unquestionably the most famous test pilot of all time. He won a permanent place in the history of aviation as the first pilot ever to fly faster than the speed of sound, but that is only one of the remarkable feats this pilot performed in service to his country.

Charles Elwood Yeager was born in 1923 in Myra, West Virginia and grew up in the nearby village of Hamlin. Immediately upon graduation from high school he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps to serve in World War II.

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Everything You Should Do Before – And After – You Lose Your Phone

From the Wired Magazine website

It’s an unfortunate fact that the pricey pocket computers we carry around with us at all times are prime targets for thieves—as well as very easy to leave behind in subway cars or on coffee shop tables. Now that we all rely on our smartphones for so much, having one stolen or misplaced can feel like the end of the world. But it doesn’t have to be, not quite. 

Here are the preparations you can take before the worst happens, and what to do if it does.