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The View from 98: Audrey Sweat

It’s 1923 and picture perfect. Two little girls in ruffles and bows pose with a handsome young man in a starched, striped shirt. It’s Audrey Payne and her sister, Claudine, smiling for the camera with their dad. In real life, things

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Working Late at 98: Jack Warnack

Working Late at 98: Jack Warnack

Life’s vicissitudes? Jack Warnack has nearly a century’s worth of experience taking those in stride. Life is funny, he’ll tell you. Enjoy it.

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Lou Allie Heath: A Country Girl’s Life in 488 Pages

Lou Allie Heath: A Country Girl’s Life in 488 Pages

“I didn’t write it because I thought I was special,” says 101-year-old Lou Allie Heath of her two-volume memoir. “I had just an ordinary country girl’s life.” Lou Allie was born into a farm family on Nov. 6, 1910, in

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The View From 101: Erma Giussi

The View From 101: Erma Giussi

“Overalls! Oh my Lord,” says Erma  Giussi. “You had to wash every day or you’d never keep up.” From her cozy Sonora living room, Erminia Paradisa Girardi Giussi is looking back to 1926 where she can still see herself washing

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The View From 100: Holly Rice

The View From 100: Holly Rice

‘We cut weeds, worked on the roads or cleaned out the rivers. Each of us would get just a little work, a few days at a time, and then someone else would get the work. Can’t even remember how much they paid us. Just some kind of money.’

— Holly Rice on work during the Depression years

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The View from 98: Camille ‘Mickey’ Nichols

The View from 98: Camille ‘Mickey’ Nichols

“I was a happy-go-lucky girl.” Mickey Nichols is relaxing into the story of her 98 years. Orioles are visiting the feeder outside her living room, and she’s comfortable in an easy chair. Her memory is excellent, so there’s a lot

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The View from 100: Emmalou Olson

The View from 100: Emmalou Olson

“Mother didn’t fool around when it came to having her children,” says Emmalou Olson, recounting the story of her dramatic and premature arrival in 1910. She was expected to appear in April, but instead chose the pre-dawn hours of February

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The View From 100: Lurline Bird

“Find something you love to do and just keep on doing it.” That’s the secret to her happiness, says retired schoolteacher Lurline Bird, who turns 100 years old in October and has been happy for every one of them. “It’s

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Tommy Manson: At 97, She Embraces Exercise, Life and Helping Others

‘If you’re doing things that are good for your body, you’re doing good for your soul.’ – Tommy Manson

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