Unearth Your Jewish Ancestry

By JUDI HASSON | AARP.ORG Though parts of history were lost in the Holocaust, you can still find out a lot about your family roots My grandfather, Max Hasson, a Sephardic Jew from Monastir, Turkey, left his homeland in 1915 when he was 19 for a better life in America. He always told us that […]

Forming the next government

By Judi Hasson | for America.gov | 31 October 2008 New U.S. Citizens Prepare to Vote in 2008 Election First-time voters ready for an Election Day they believe will be historic Washington — David Vanca, a native of the Czech Republic, has plenty to celebrate this year. He became a U.S. citizen on September 22 and will be voting for […]


A Young Grandson Steps Up to Care for Grandfather

By Judi Hasson | for Kiplinger’s Retirement Report | July 2013 Al Weaver was unhappy with his living situation, but he didn’t know what to do. A widower with Parkinson’s disease, Al was staying at an independent-living facility in Silver Spring, Md., and he didn’t like it one bit. He tried visiting his daughters, spending a week with one, […]

Women Farmers On The Rise

by Judi Hasson | for AARP Bulletin | June 10, 2011 Robin Dunn has some big boots to fill. She’s the fourth generation of her family to farm some 1,000 acres at Dunn’s Landing in Wellsville, Kan. Now 53, Dunn bought her great-grandparents’ homestead from her father in 1990, and today grows soybeans, corn, sorghum and hay, […]

Don’t Be THAT Mother-In-Law

By Judi Hasson | for AARP.org For generations, mothers-in-law have been the butt of jokes, the villains in movies, and OK, probably occasionally a total nightmare in real life. But now you’re playing that role and you certainly don’t want anyone to cast you into those old stereotypes. Don’t worry: There are plenty of ways […]