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Essential Ron Colone: A collection of musings from columnist Ron Colone

Essential Ron Colone: A collection of musings from columnist Ron Colone

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It is hard to provide a short bio for Ron Colone. Writer, performer, business owner, concert promoter, music historian, baseball fan, proud son of Detroit for a start. There's so much more. We at the Santa Ynez Valley News have been lucky to work with Ron in various roles for more than 30 years, and we want to make sure you have a chance to read more of his thoughtful and insightful work. Here are a few of our favorites, let us know if you remember one that we missed and we can add it in. 

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Dear Heloise: First, I'd like to thank you for supplying an actual physical address to contact you. Everyone else in the country seems to think, incorrectly, that we all have a computer, so they only give an online address. They discriminate against the many of us who, by choice, do not have a computer or are unable to receive a signal. If they would do like you have and provide a physical address, then everyone would be able to contact them or respond to their message. -- Bill M., Staunton, Vir.

Dear Readers: With all the talk and concern about health care and the coronavirus, scammers will play on your fear through texts, calls or emails with offers of pills and potions they guarantee will flush out toxins from your body or keep you safe from the coronavirus. 

Dear Heloise: My family loves fresh pineapple, so I often buy a pineapple and cut it up for them. The one chore I disliked the most was cutting out the center core, but by accident I found a simple way to do that chore. I use a doughnut cutter to get the center core out. It's easy and quick for this task. -- Lauren in Florida

Dear Heloise: About a week ago I lost my house key. It was a frustrating moment when I discovered I couldn't get into my house. A locksmith charged me $100 to open my door and to make a new house key for me. I never wanted this to happen again, so I put an extra house key in an empty pill bottle with a tight lid, and hot glued a stone on top. I buried it in my garden. The only thing above ground is the stone. I never have to worry about being locked out again. -- Karen in Massachusetts

Dear Heloise: With my children home all day, I've done more baking than usual. Since my kids are very young, they enjoy helping, so I let them decorate sugar cookies. I just measure out about 2 or 3 tablespoons of white sugar in a small bowl, add a few drops of food coloring and keep stirring until all the sugar is colored. Cookies decorated by my kids may not look appetizing, but it keeps them busy for a time, and I love that they are learning to help in the kitchen. -- Vivian in Maine

Dear Readers: During this time of social distancing, it's easy to get off track from our daily routine -- stay in our bathrobe all day or get a bit careless about our appearance or housekeeping.

Dear Heloise: Recently the federal government shut down a fake website that was peddling a cure for COVID-19. In fact, there have been several sites claiming to have a cure. These "cures" are not only ineffective, but in some cases may be dangerous.

Dear Heloise: No matter what I do, my kitchen drawers are always a mess. Buying drawer organizers seemed quite expensive, so I made my own using empty granola bar boxes that I cut and taped to hold my commonly used items. Now I have beautifully organized drawers that never fail to bring a smile to my face. -- Carol in Ohio

Dear Readers: Many of us have lost our jobs or have less income and are now struggling financially. The utility companies know this, and most have been understanding about slow payment of bills. Scammers, however, are using this time to cheat you out of money you can't afford to lose. Someone pretending to be from your utility company might call or visit in person and demand payment then and there.

Dear Heloise: Please help me out. Any ideas on how to remove underarm shirt stains caused by deodorant? I read your answers in our local newspaper, The Bakersfield Californian. -- Thomas D., Bakersfield

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Dear Heloise: When I see the advertisements for scrambled eggs, they always look so fluffy and light. I can't seem to get mine like that. Do I have to put in some water? Help me! -- Amy R., Anaheim, Calif.

Dear Heloise: My husband the golfer is very particular about his polo shirts. The collars no longer lie flat, and he wants me to buy new shirts. I think that's silly. So, is there a way to perk up the collars? -- Kay in California

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