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It's never too late to learn something new. Just ask 100-year-old Dorris Woods

Watching Dorris Woods intricately paint flowers and a cascade of cobblestone steps, it's not obvious that she only recently learned to paint. An assortment of her finished oil paintings sitting nearby – depicting beautiful oceans, waterfalls and flowers – look similar to those completed by her distinguished teacher, Sally Seago, although Seago has been painting for 60 years and Woods for only two.

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Ask Mr. Dad: A lack of education could kill you

Dear Mr. Dad: My son just finished his sophomore year of high school and has decided that he doesn't want to graduate. My wife and I never finished high school and we're doing OK – she's a waitress and I'm an auto mechanic. Some of my friends (the ones who have college degrees) are telling me that it's a mistake to let my son drop out. But I'm not convinced. What do you think?

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Ex-etiquette: Parents must share positive vision to combine families

Q. I was married 20 years ago to a man with children from a previous marriage. The children were 15 and 23 when we married. The children struggled with their parents' divorce, loyalty conflict and accepting their parents' new partners. The children (on behalf of their mother) rejected me as their father's partner. We struggled to work through the challenges for 22 years; we've been separated the last three years. Can you offer any advice on how parents can support new partners while their children struggle with chronic loyalty conflict? My husband expressed the constant conflict made him feel put in the middle. He now feels he has done the noble thing by leaving our marriage and "putting his kids first." (We did not meet because of an affair.) What's good ex-etiquette?

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Social Security: On vacation? Social Security is still here for you.

Summer is here and millions of vacationers are packing their bags to visit a new locale and soak up some sunshine. You might be traveling quite a ways. You're used to staying connected to important information like your bank accounts and social networks, especially on the go. Social Security is there in the same way – easily accessible when you're away from your home or office.