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Did you know that one in six people lives on an island? This week, Tidbits takes a little island getaway, bringing you facts about “any land mass completely surrounded by water.” • Not all islands are alike! Continental islands lie on the shelf of a continent, for example, Greenland, which lies on the shelf of North America, and Great Britain on that of Europe. Oceanic islands do not sit on a continental shelf. Most, such as the Hawaiian Islands, were formed by volcanic activity. The Hawaiian Islands, a 137-island chain, are the exposed peaks of a massive undersea mountain range. They were visited by British explorer Captain James Cook in 1778, and he dubbed them the Sandwich Islands after his friend, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich, John Montagu. • Each of the eight main Hawaiian Islands has a nickname. The largest, Hawaii, is of course, the Big Island. Next in size, Maui, is the Valley Isle, followed by Oahu, the Gathering Place. Fourth in size, Kauai is the Garden Isle, Molokai is the Friendly Isle, Lanai is nicknamed the Pineapple Isle, Niihau is the Forbidden Isle, and the smallest of the eight, Kaho’olawe is the Target Isle.

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ISLANDS (continued): • Although Australia is completely surrounded by water, geographically it is considered a continent rather than an island. It’s not only too big to be formally classified as an island, it also sits on its own tectonic plate. Because of this, the title of world’s largest island goes to Greenland, a continental island lying on North America’s continental shelf. • Located between the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans, Greenland has an area of 836,330 square miles (2,166,086 sq. km), with 81% of that area covered by an ice sheet. If that ice sheet were to melt away completely, the sea level of the world would rise by more than 23 feet (7 m). Most of the island’s 57,600 people live along the coasts, the only areas that are ice-free. It’s the most sparsely populated country in the world. Although Greenland’s main export is shrimp, the island is rich in natural resources, including zinc, lead, iron, gold, and platinum. Even diamonds are mined there. • Contrast Greenland’s population of 57,600 in 836,330 square miles with that of Sumatra. Sumatra’s area equals about 21% of Greenland’s, yet this island is home to 50 million people! Located in Indonesia, Sumatra is the world’s sixth largest island, but is the world’s largest volcanic island. • Just south of the Arctic Circle is the second largest volcanic island, Iceland, home to the world’s largest concentration of geysers. Over 14% of its surface is covered by lakes and glaciers, and there are 130 volcanic mountains on the island. Iceland has the second-highest quality of life in the world, as well as one of the world’s highest life expectancies.



DOLLARS AND SENSE BY David Uffington Do You Know Your Credit Score? Before you begin your holiday shopping, ask yourself this: Do you know your credit score? A recent survey by the American Bankers Association showed that 56 percent of those polled did not know their FICO, which is their credit score. A credit score is more than just a number, it represents your total creditworthiness: whether your bills are paid on time, how much of your available credit you’ve used and much more. Here are some tips from the American Bankers Association: ¥ Order your credit report every year, and take a close look at it. By law, you can get one free at or call 1-877-3228228. ¥ Be clear on the value of a good credit rating. The consequences of having a low score can be far-reaching. At the very least, the number will help lenders determine if they’re going to give you money, and if so, at what rate of interest. However, others use that same credit score for employment screening, insurance rates -- even applications for housing rentals. ¥ Pay more than the minimum every month on your credit cards. If you can’t make a payment, call the creditor and work out a plan. Doing so might keep you from getting nailed with higher interest rates. ¥ Read the fine print on any credit application. Note the credit limits, annual fees, terms and conditions, and the grace period. ¥ Don’t pay those who say they can fix your credit report. It can’t be done. Accurate information (even negative) is on your report until it scrolls off, usually many years from now. It’s not easy to fix a low credit score, but you can with constant monitoring of your spending. Keep your credit use low, and pay your bills (more than the minimum) on time every month, and eventually your credit score will climb. ¥ Don’t make late payments, and don’t approach the limit on your credit cards. Using too much of your available credit causes your credit score to fall. If you can’t afford the payment, don’t make the purchase. ¥ Beware the danger signs: If you can pay only the minimum each month, get a lot of cash advances just for living expenses or transfer balances back and forth, you’re likely getting into trouble. Talk to someone about it to help get you back on track. The National Foundation for Credit Counseling ( is a good place to start. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Send email to (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

ISLANDS (continued): • Sitting in the mouth of the Amazon River in Brazil is Maraj_, the world’s largest island that is completely surrounded by fresh water. It’s about one-third the size of New York state, and compares in size to Switzerland. About 250,000 live on Maraj_, which lies right on the equator. • The official name for a group, cluster, or collection of geographically-related islands is archipelago. Familiar archipelagos include the Canary Islands, the Bahamas, the Caymans, Indonesia, the British Isles, and the Philippines. The Philippines consist of more than 7,100 islands. Total land area is about the same as the state of Arizona, yet its population exceeds 97 million people. About 20 measurable earthquakes occur there daily. Over 170 individual languages are spoken in the Philippines. • The Guinness Book of Records lists Bishop Rock as the world’s smallest island with a building on it. It’s 151 feet (46 m) long by 52.5 feet (16 m) wide and is situated at the end of Britain’s Isles of Scilly, 30 miles from England. Bishop has nothing but an uninhabited 160-ft (49-m) tall lighthouse, completed in 1858. The Rock has been the cause of many shipwrecks over the decades, including one wreck resulting in 2,000 deaths. The lighthouse’s last keepers left in 1992, and it has operated automatically since then. • One of America’s newest national parks is located 60 miles (96 kg) off the coast of southern California. Channel Islands National Park was named such in 1980, and is home to the largest accumulation of blue whales in the world. The last permanent lighthouse in the country was built on the archipelago’s 699acre Anacapa Island in 1932. ISLANDS (continued): • There are 6,852 islands in the nation of Japan. Its capital city Tokyo is the largest metropolitan area in the world with a population of over 30 million people. There are 109 active volcanoes throughout the islands, more than any other country. Its location at the junction of four tectonic plates makes Japan vulnerable to powerful earthquakes and tsunamis. The March, 2011 earthquake, which registered 8.9 on the Richter scale, was the cause of nearly 16,000 deaths. Japan has a 100% literacy rate, one of the world’s highest life expectancies, and a remarkably low crime rate. • From the mid-1700s until the late 1830s, Massachusetts’ Nantucket Island was the whaling capital of the world. About 150 whaling ships made port there during that time. Today this 47.8-sq-mile (124 sq. km) island is most famous today as a tourist destination. During the summer months the population swells from 10,000 to 50,000. Its home values are listed as among the highest in the U.S. • Not every island is formed by natural forces. Japan’s Kansai International Airport is located on an artificial island in Osaka Bay, a project that began in 1987. Rock and 48,000 concrete blocks form a seawall around the island, for which three mountains were excavated for the layer of earth over the sea floor. The airport opened in 1994. Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is in the midst of creating the Palm Islands, a chain of artificial islands shaped like palm trees, constructed from sand dredged from the bottom of the Persian Gulf. • An island that has formed on the surface of a coral reef is called a cay, while one that forms by deposits of sediment in a river is called an eyot. A small rocky island, usually too small for habitation, is known as a skerry.

NOW HERE’S A TIP 4th Quarter 2013 By JoAnn Derson

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1. OK, I’ll say it: I love tradition, but sometimes Dec 1 - Dec 7 I want to mix it up for Thanksgiving dinner. I Page 3 the same as they always keep the main dishes are, but I add my drama in the details. For instance, mix your choice of herbs into a stick of softened butter. Using plastic baggie with the corner cut off or a decorating bag, pipe the herbed butter onto a butter dish. Refrigerate and enjoy the oohs and ahs. -- JoAnn 2. “In the week before Thanksgiving, have a leftovers day and get all those bits and pieces out of the refrigerator. It will make it easier to clean so you’ll have room for the turkey and the sides.” -- S.T. in South Carolina 3. “For easier cooking when making large holiday meals, simply choose two side dishes that can be oven cooked in the same amount of time at an average temperature. I like one or two that can be cooked in the microwave as well.” -- E.U. in Texas 4. “For a delightful twist on cranberry jelly, slice and sprinkle with orange zest. Dress up your mashed potatoes with a sprinkling of chopped fresh chives.” -- A Reader, via email 5. The night before serving your large sit-down dinner, put all the serving pieces on the table, and all the dinnerware in the dining room. You don’t want to have one person trying to get plates and spoons when you are getting dinner on the table. 6. “You know what works really well to keep hot casseroles hot when waiting for other sides to finish? A cooler. Line it with a towel and set 4th Quarter 2013 your casseroles inside. Then, when they are on the table, Week stick the 49cooler back in the kitchen. You can put the dirty casserole dishes back in Dec 1 - Dec 7 the cooler after you pack away leftovers. Add Page 4 water, and they can even some warm, soapy wait until the next day to get cleaned.” -- M.B. in Georgia Send your tips to Now Here’s a Tip, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475 or e-mail JoAnn at (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.



PHOTO: Hugh Jackman in “The Wolverine” COUCH THEATER -- DVD PREVIEWS By Sam Struckhoff EDITOR’S NOTE: DVDs reviewed in this column will be available in stores the week of Dec. 2, 2013. PICKS OF THE WEEK “The Wolverine” (PG-13) -- Hugh Jackman’s growly superhero gets another solo adventure -- this time he’s off to Japan to settle old scores and fight ninjas. The story begins after “X-Men III,” with Wolverine getting some alone time in the wilderness to grieve the loss of Jean Grey in the last movie. Wolverine is summoned to Japan under mysterious circumstances. Before long, there is a sultry woman (Tao Okamoto) asking for Wolverine’s protection while plots thicken and arrows fly. This adventure requires more emotional weight from Jackman’s Wolverine -- he’s recovering from heartbreak while he’s a stranger in a strange land. There also is all of the hard-to-follow comic-book stuff going on, like the reptilian lady who shows up to steal Wolverine’s healing power. In the end, the Wolverine has enough action and enough style to warrant a rental from anyone who had fun at the “X-Men” movies. “Good Ol’ Freda” (PG) -- The Beatles were a band for 10 years, yet Freda Kelly of Liverpool was their secretary for 11 years. She’s kept quiet for a long time -- no juicy tell-all book, no scathing interviews -- and now she shares her story in this documentary. Kelly’s not out to reveal scandalous details or suggest any romance she may have had with any of the musicians, she says, “that’s private.” Instead, it’s a cozy, endearing account from a grandmother who spent her youth working for the hardest-working band of the ‘60s. “The Smurfs 2” (PG) -- The little blue peasants of Smurf Village make another excursion into the world of live-action people -- yielding few laughs and a lot of irritation. The evil wizard, Gargamel (Hank Azaria), has the usual plan of kidnapping a smurf so he can harvest whatever it is that he wants from them. Smurfette (voiced by pop star Katy Perry) is taken prisoner by some gray anti-smurfs created by Gargamel. Expect 90 minutes of joyless slapstick and the word “Smurf ” wedged into every phrase. DOG OF THE WEEK “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” (PG-13) -Soon on DVD: Another Young-Adult snoozefest with all of the supernatural romance, boring love triangles, hunky dudes with exposed chests, pointlessly complicated rules and, of course -- vampires and werewolves. Clary (Lily Collins) is a boring, conventionally prettybut-not-too-glam Brooklyn girl. She learns she’s part of a clan of demon hunters who are invisible to normal humans. The film explains every nuance of every scene for the audience. The film asks us, the audience, to care about a love triangle where Clary must choose between her nerdy male friend (who has no powers) and the muscular, blond, half-angel who introduced her to the magic world. Movies like these must be part of some plot to keep young adults from picking up books. TV RELEASES “Simpsons: Season 16” “Hot in Cleveland: Season Four” “Duck Dynasty: Seasons 1-3 Collectors Set” “Transformers: Prime -- Season Three” “Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United” (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

The Good Earth won the Pulitzer Prize for literature in 1932 and continues as one of the most popular novels of all time. How much do you know about its author, Pearl S. Buck? Here are some details about this prolific writer. • Pearl Sydenstricker was born to Southern Presbyterian missionaries in 1892. Although they were stationed in China, Pearl was born during a U.S. furlough, but moved to China at three months of age. Her mother had established a dispensary in China, where she ministered to Chinese women, while Pearl’s father spent months in the Chinese country side seeking converts. • Pearl attended a women’s college in Lynchburg, Virginia, then returned to China shortly afterward to care for her ailing mother. After marrying an agricultural economist, the Bucks held teaching positions at China’s Nanking University. • The couple welcomed a daughter, Carol, in 1921, who was a victim of Phenylketonura, or PKU, a genetic disorder that left her profoundly mentally challenged. Carol’s specialized care required large amounts of money, and the Bucks’ financial situation became so perilous that Pearl, a born storyteller, began writing to earn extra income. In the 1920s, she published essays and stories in several magazines. • Times were tense in China in the 1920s, and in 1927, she and her husband narrowly escaped a violent battle known as the Nanking Incident. They were rescued by American gunboats, and spent a year in Japan before moving back to a turbulent China.

PEARL S. BUCK (continued): • Pearl’s first novel East Wind, West Wind, 4th Quarter 2013 was published when she was 38 in 1930. The followingWeek year,49The Good Earth, the novel that would bring her international fame, was Dec 1 - Dec 7 published. Having lived in China for most Page 5 had plenty of experience in of her life, Pearl writing the story of impoverished Chinese farmers struggling to survive. The novel was the best-selling book of both 1931 and 1932, and was translated into 30 languages, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1932. In 1937, the MGM film version, three years in the making, was released and was nominated for five Academy Awards. A 500-acre California farm was transformed into a replica of a Chinese farm for the movie. Years later, the book regained popularity when it was chosen by television host Oprah Winfrey for Oprah’s Book Club. • Two books followed to make The Good Earth into a trilogy, Sons in 1932, and A House Divided in 1935. • Needing better care for her daughter, Pearl, single after 18 years, moved to the U.S. permanently in 1933. She returned to school and earned a second Master’s degree. All the while she continued to write and in 1938, she became the first American women to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Most of her writing featured China as the setting. • Pearl later married an editor from her publisher’s company, and the couple adopted six children during their 25 years together. Over the course of her life, she published over 70 books, story collections, an autobiography, poetry, children’s books, and a cookbook. When she passed away in 1973, her tombstone of her own design featured her name inscribed in Chinese characters.




TOP OF THE CHARTS as of Nov. 18, 2013 PHOTO: Arcade Fire Top 10 Pop Singles This Week Last Week 1. Lorde No. 1 “Royals” 2. Miley Cyrus No. 3 “Wrecking Ball” 3. Eminem feat. Rihanna new entry “The Monster” 4. Katy Perry No. 2 “Roar” 5. Avicii No. 4 “Wake Me Up!” 6. One Direction new entry “Story of My Life” 7. Drake feat. Majid Jordan No. 5 “Hold On, We’re Going Home” 8. Imagine Dragons No. 9 “Demons” 9. One Republic No. 8 “Counting Stars” 10. Lady Gaga No. 7 “Applause” Top 10 Albums 1. Arcade Fire new entry Reflektor 2. Katy Perry No. 1 “Prism” 3. Kelly Clarkson new entry “Wrapped in Red” 4. The Robertsons new entry “Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas” 5. Drake No. 3 “Nothing Was the Same” 6. Thomas Rhett new entry “It Goes Like This” 7. Toby Keith new entry “Drinks After Work” 8. Lorde No. 5 “Pure Heroine” 9. Miley Cyrus No. 4 “Bangerz” 10. Linkin Park new entry “Recharged” Top 10 Hot Country Singles 1. Luke Bryan No. 1 “That’s My Kind of Night” 2. Thomas Rhett No. 2 “It Goes Like This” 3. Blake Shelton No. 3 “Mine Would Be You” 4. Tim McGraw No. 5 “Southern Girl” 6. Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert No. 7 “We Were Us” 7. Joe Nichols No. 10 “Sunny and 75” 8. Florida Georgia Line No. 14 “Stay” 9. Parmalee Carolina No. 11 “Carolina” 10: Eli Young Band No. 12 “Drunk Last Night” Source: Billboard (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

Although there are more than three dozen islands situated in the waters of New York City, Manhattan is the one we hear the most about. Here are some facts about the smallest of the city’s five boroughs. • About 1.6 million people live in Manhattan, about 70,500 people per square mile. • Manhattan was originally inhabited by the Lenape Indians. It’s believed that explorer Giovanni da Verrazano was the first European to visit the island. But the area was not mapped until after the exploration of Englishman Henry Hudson in 1609. • A Dutch fur trading settlement on neighboring Governors Island was founded in 1624, and the following year, the Dutch began construction of a fort on Manhattan, an island they called New Amsterdam. This 1625 completion is recognized as the birthdate of New York City. • In 1626, the Dutch colonists purchased Manhattan from the Native Americans with trade goods valued at about $24. In modern currency, this would be about $1,000. • The 778-acre Central Park, nestled in the center of Manhattan opened in 1857. Today the park is 840 acres and receives about 35 million visitors every year. • The opening of the Brooklyn Bridge across the East River in 1883 and the launch of the New York subway system in 1904 revolutionized travel in and out of Manhattan. • In the midst of the Great Depression, New York City was building some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers. The Empire State Building was completed in 1931, the Chrysler Building in 1930, and the G.E. Building in 1933.


COMFORT FOODS MADE FAST AND HEALTHY! By Healthy Exchanges Biscuit Breakfast Scramble When my grandkids stay overnight, I like to serve them dishes like this. It doesn’t take very long to prepare, but they think I’ve made a big fuss over them. Let them keep on thinking that!


6 eggs, beaten or equivalent in egg substitute 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper 2/3 cup nonfat dry milk powder 2/3 cup water 2 teaspoons prepared yellow mustard 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes 3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese 1 cup diced extra-lean ham 1 (7.5-ounce) can refrigerated buttermilk biscuits

1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Spray an 8-by-8-inch baking dish and a large skillet with butter-flavored cooking spray. In the skillet, combine eggs and HOLLYWOOD -- The only statement Mia Farrow’s 25-year-old son Ronan Farrow made after her lemon pepper. Cook over medium heat until eggs recent assertion, in “Vanity Fair” magazine, that he are set, stirring often. Set aside. might be Frank Sinatra’s son and not Woody Allen’s, 2. In a medium saucepan, combine dry milk powher partner at the time, despite no DNA test was, der and water. Stir in mustard and parsley flakes. “Look, we’re all possibly Frank Sinatra’s son.” All that Add Cheddar cheese. Mix well to combine. Cook aside, his new book, “Pandora’s Box: How American over medium meat until cheese is melted, stirring Military Aid Creates America’s Enemies,” was just constantly. Remove from heat. released, and he’s set to host a new weekday show on MSNBC, starting in January. Ronan did admit, “Be- 3. Fold in ham and cooked eggs. Spread mixture into prepared baking dish. Separate biscuits and ing under the microscope meant I was never given any slack. I wasn’t given a lot of margin for error; it’s cut each into 4 pieces. Evenly sprinkle biscuit pieces over top of egg mixture. Lightly spray tops kept me driven.” of biscuit pieces with butter-flavored cooking *** Sad to report, Joanne Woodward is suffering from spray. Alzheimer’s disease. Woodward won her Oscar for 4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until biscuits are “The Three Faces of Eve” (1958) and was nominated golden brown. Place baking dish on a wire rack three times after that. She won two Emmy Awards and let set for 5 minutes. Makes 6 servings. for “See How She Runs” (1978) and “Do You Remember?” (l985), in which she, ironically, played a professor suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. When Paul Newman died in 2008 at age 83, he left everything to her. All monies from “Newman’s Own” salad dressings and such go to charity. Now Newman’s own five daughters, three with Joanne and two from his prior marriage to Jackie Witte, are fighting over Woodward’s estate, despite having been given millions of dollars by Newman before his death. Newman’s only son, Scott, became addicted to prescription drugs after a motorcycle accident and died from an overdose of Valium and alcohol in 1978. Paul created The Scott Newman Center to educate children about the dangers of alcohol and drugs in 1980. It’s scheduled to be shut down Dec. 31. Friends say Woodward would not have let that happen if she wasn’t ill. Her last on-screen appearance was in the mini-series “Empire Falls” in 2005. Her voice is heard in the just-released “Lucky Them,” with Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church, and as the narrator of the animated film “All the World.” *** It’s official: The original “Star Wars” will be re-released Dec. 18, 2015, in 3D. Meanwhile, Ewan McGregor, Obi-Wan Kenobi in the three “Star Wars” prequels, has the Australian crime thriller “Son of a Gun”; “August: Osage County,” with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts (out Christmas Day); and the action-drama “Just a Gun,” with Natalie Portman, in the can. He currently is shooting “Mortdecai,” with Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow. Ewan will then jump into rehearsals for his Broadway debut in the revival of Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing,” opening in October. Not surprising, the 42-year-old Scottish actor, who also starred in screen fantasies such as “Big Fish” and “Moulin Rouge,” is still looking for “The Real Thing”! (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

¥ Each serving equals: 262 calories, 10g fat, 20g protein, 23g carb., 839mg sodium, 2g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 2 Meat, 1 1/2 Starch. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

MANHATTAN (continued): • From 1890 to 1973, Manhattan was home to the tallest building in the world, with nine different buildings owning the title, including the Singer Building, MetLife, the Woolworth and Chrysler buildings, the Empire State Building and the Twin Towers. The new World Trade Center, scheduled to open next year will stand 1,776 feet (541 m) and will be the tallest skyscraper in the U.S. • Fifth Avenue is lined with prestigious stores, such as Tiffany, Saks Fifth Avenue, Cartier, and Lord & Taylor, and is ranked as one of the most expensive shopping streets in the world. Yet in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, it was flanked by extravagant mansions of the rich and famous, including Andrew Carnegie, William A. Clark, and Cornelius Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt’s home on the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 57th was six stories tall and was and remains the largest private residence ever built in New York City. It was demolished in 1927 and is the current site of the Bergdorf Goodman department store. William A. Clark’s 121-room home cost $7 million to build in 1907 (about $162 million in today’s money), and only stood for 20 years. Only a very few mansions have survived, including Carnegie’s home, which is now the Cooper Hewitt Museum. • The annual New Year’s Eve ball drop took place in Times Square for the first time in 1907, and the celebration has been held every year since. The two largest gatherings in Times Square have been the August, 1945 celebration marking the end of World War II, and the millennial celebration on December 31, 1999. About two million crowded downtown Manhattan to welcome the new century.




“The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion: A Novel” by Fannie Flagg Q: I have what I think is a Queen Anne desk. (Random House, $27) Even though it does seem similar to this style of By Ealish Waddell furniture, I can’t find a date on it. Where would it be imprinted? -- Patrick, West Warwick, Ill. With her daughters happily married and a newly A: It probably would not have a date actually empty nest, Sookie is looking forward to having on the piece. This was seldom done by cabinet- some quiet time to herself -- until her world is makers. The Queen Anne style of furniture was rocked by the revelation that she was adopted. developed during the reign of Anne, Queen of For all her 60 years, Sookie has had a complicatGreat Britain (1702-1714). Cabriole legs and ed relationship with her dominating and overcurving lines often are found in furniture from bearing mother, a woman obsessed with heritage this period. Most of the pieces I’ve seen were and status. Finding out that they’re not actually made during the early years of the last century. related throws Sookie for an emotional loop, as To determine if your piece is antique and genwell as into confusion about her rightful place in uine, you need to consult with an expert. Don’t their traditional Southern society. rely on a neighbor, unless the neighbor is a certi- Unable to resist her curiosity, she begins to delve fied appraiser. cautiously into her own past, and is introduced *** to a family of dreamers and daredevils with Q: I have a glass bowl that is signed “Chippenwhom she has far more in common than she dale.” According to what I’ve been told, the bowl could ever have guessed. Learning about their was a wedding gift in 1925. I can’t find the mark lives gives her a new lens through which to see in any of the reference books I own. Can you herself and evaluate her impact on the world, help me? -- Susan, Deland, Fla. and may even give her the courage to finally step A: One of the better references is “Miller’s out of her mother’s shadow and into the sun. Antiques Marks,” compiled by Judith Miller. This humorous, easygoing novel is a smooth This portable, pocket-size book helps identify read, constructed as a series of connected viand date such items as silver, bronzes, ceramgnettes that roll gently back and forth through ics, glass, costume jewelry, dolls and even teddy the decades between Sookie’s quest and her birth bears. Each mark is labeled with the name of the family’s saga. Some of the most fascinating tales factory or designer that used it, its location, dates concern the little-known history of the WASPs, of operation, plus additional information when or Women Air Force Service Pilots, who proavailable. Your mark, for example, was used vided homefront support to the Army Air Force by the Jefferson Glass Company of Follansbee, during World War II. These admirable women Wyo., from 1900 until 1933. This reference, dis- performed their dangerous jobs in the face of tributed by Hachette Book Group, is $9.99 and rampant sexism for little recognition, knocking available at down barriers for all who came after. *** Likewise, the “all-girl filling station” of the title is Q: I have a copy of “You’ve Had It, Charlie a wartime phenomenon, active only for a relaBrown,” by Charles M. Schulz, published in tively short time during the century-long scope 1969. Is it valuable? -- Ada, Sioux Falls, S.D. of this novel, but looming large in the story of A: I’ve checked with several used book dealers, this indomitable family. For each generation, and they seem to agree that your book is proba- it’s a symbol of fortitude under adversity, and of bly worth about $15. having the courage to defy convention and meet *** life with open arms. Q: I have service for eight in Spode china, the fleur-de-lis pattern. What is the current value of (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc. this set? -- Barbara, Brighton, Mich. A: You probably can find this pattern referenced at Replacements, Ltd., inquire@replacements. com, and 800-737-5223. The company specializes in retired patterns of both crystal and china. *** Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to questionsforcox@ Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox is unable to personally answer all reader questions. Do not send any materials requiring return mail. Queen Anne Desk

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Q: I was so happy to see E.G. Daily competing on “The Voice.” Of course, I was bummed when she was eliminated. Can you tell me what she’ll do next? -- Tara B., via email A: I, too, was excited to see E.G.’s great performances on “The Voice” a few weeks back, as I’m sure were a lot of “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure,” “Rugrats” and “The Powerpuff Girls” fans. E.G. was thrilled to get the chance to show off her singing chops, as she told me recently. “It was so much fun. All of these people where wondering who the heck E.G. Daily is. The same woman who does the theme song to ‘Two and a Half Men’? The same woman who was Dottie in ‘Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure’? The same woman who sang on ‘Saturday Night Live’ in the ‘80s? The same woman who guest-starred on ‘Friends’ as Phoebe’s next songwriting partner? It was like everything came together for me on that show the day I did my blind audition and sang ‘Breathe.’ That was the day for me where, as a 51-year-old woman, everything just popped together. It was magic.” E.G. is excited for what the future will bring for her reawakened singing career: “I’d like to see myself doing things like singing something at the music awards with Keith Urban, because he’s got an edge to him -- a little country rock. As far as music, I like adult country. Like Faith Hill, she does adult women music. It’s age appropriate. It’s womanly -- that’s the kind of music I’d like to do. My voice has a little bit of an edge to it; it’s a little bit rock. Bonnie Raitt does stuff like that: bluesy and soulful.” To keep up on E.G.’s career, head over to and check out what she has in the works. *** Q: Have they canceled the new “Ironside” with Blair Underwood? I thought it was a fresh and exciting new show. -- Beverly T., Richmond, Va.Ê A: NBC has indeed canceled the “Ironside” remake after four episodes due to low ratings. Beginning Jan. 8, the “Chicago Fire” spinoff, “Chicago P.D.,” will take over the Wednesday 10 p.m. timeslot. Until then, NBC will air “Dateline,” repeats and specials. *** READERS: Just a note to let you know the premiere dates (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc. of two shows that just happen to be two of my favorite series, both of which air on PBS. The first is “Downton Abbey,” which premieres its fourth series on Sunday, Jan. 5, at 9 p.m., and concludes its eight-week run on Feb. 23. More great “Downton” news: After a successful series-four run in the U.K. this past fall, the show has been renewed for a fifth series, to premiere in January 2015. And “Masterpiece Mystery” fans rejoice: “Sherlock” returns (along with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman) from its shocking series-two cliffhanger for a third series of three 90-minute episodes beginning Jan. 19 at 10 p.m. Write to Cindy at King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475; or e-mail her at (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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