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Life used to be so simple. If you wanted to contact someone, there were three ways: physically go see them, call them on the telephone or write a letter. Then along came e-mail and that was an easy and convenient way to keep in touch with family and friends until it became overrun with spam for everything from auto insurance to solicitations for things I won’t even mention in a family newspaper.

Communications have become so complicated these days. Choices range from FAX, text messages, Facebook, My Space, voice mail, pagers, Blackberry, Twitter and more. (Did you ever wonder who makes up those names?) There seems to be a compulsion to share every minute of your existence with half the world. If I got a message beginning with “What are you doing right now?” I would consider it an invasion of my privacy and reply “wasting my time reading a pointless message.” I’m going to start a new service: Leave me alone!

Senior Center and Thrift Store

Cindy Backes from Payson Care Center will speak on “Life Matters” at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 27 in the Senior Center Dining Room, 514 W. Main St. The program is free and open to the public.

Thanks to the Rotary Club of Payson for brightening the dining room with a new paint job. The club provided the paint and the volunteers who did the actual painting. Stop in for lunch or to attend one of the programs and check out the new, cheerful decor.

There’s also a new look at the Senior Thrift Store, 512 W. Main St. To make shopping easier and more convenient, many departments have been reorganized and streamlined. Prices also have been lowered on merchandise. Beginning July 27, men’s and women’s clothing with blue tags will be 25 cents per garment; yellow tags, 50 percent off; and green tags, 25 percent off the marked prices.

The store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and all proceeds benefit the Senior Center and its programs for the elderly of the community.

Senior Circle

David Lloyd of AARP will conduct a Driver Safety Class for Seniors Saturday, Aug. 8 at the Senior Circle, 215 N. Beeline Highway. The class will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with an hour break for lunch. There is a $14 fee for course materials. Your auto insurance company may give a discount for attendance. Advance registration is required and may be made at the Circle office or by calling (928) 472-9290 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Enjoy a cup of hot tea or a glass of refreshing iced tea and a light lunch at the Tuesday, July 28 “Lunch and Learn” presentation from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Circle. The topic to be discussed is “Mammograms: Questions and Answers.” Attendees will receive a mammogram birthday card and are eligible to win a bag full of healthy woman gifts. RSVP to the above number.

Pine Senior Center and Thrift Store

The Pine Senior Center serves lunch weekdays at the Community Center, 3916 N. Highway 87. The salad bar opens at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is served at noon. Call (928) 476-2151 for information and reservations.

Card and board games also are played at this location weekday afternoons. The schedule is Monday, board games; Tuesday, canasta; Wednesday, pinochle; Thursday, Scrabble; Friday, bridge and poker.

Check out the Thrift Store next door to the Community Center, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Daffynition of the day:  Vitamin — what you do when someone comes to your door.

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