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A man driving down a country road spotted a farmer standing in the middle of a huge field of oats. He pulled his car over and watched the farmer standing there, doing absolutely nothing. He approached the farmer and said, “Excuse me, sir, but what are you doing?” The farmer replied, “I’m trying to win a Nobel Prize.” “Really? How?” asked the puzzled driver. “Well,” said the farmer, “I heard they give the Nobel Prize to people who are out standing in their field.”

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• It was celebrated Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky who made the following sage observation: “Talking nonsense is the sole privilege mankind possesses over the other organisms. It’s by talking nonsense that one gets to the truth! I talk nonsense, therefore I’m human.â€? • If you can foretell the future by looking at fingernail clippings, you’re practicing onychomancy. • The name of the islands of Hawaii is thought to come from a word in an early Polynesian language meaning “place of the gods.â€? • You might be surprised to learn that before novelist Salman Rushdie wrote “The Satanic Versesâ€? and had a fatwa issued against him by the Supreme Leader of Iran, he worked in advertising, coming up with slogans for candy companies. • If you’re like the average woman, you will kiss 15 men, go on four disastrous dates, be stood up once and suffer heartbreak twice before you meet the man you want to settle down with. • In 2009, Japanese scientists revealed that the human body emits a very slight, yet perceptible, glow. After using a special camera to study a sample of men in their 20s, they found that intensity of the glow varies, with the lowest point at around 10 a.m. and the brightest at 4 a.m. • Horses can tell each other apart just by the sound of their whinnies. • It is traditional in Scotland to “blacken the bride.â€? In this process, a soon-to-wed woman is abducted by friends, covered in honey, eggs, sauce and feathers, then taken around town on a pub crawl.

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#3 Jumping the Broom

While trendy African-American couples sometimes incorporate this ritual into modern ceremonies, their great-greatgrandparents might not have approved. The practice of jumping the broom started in slave times, when it was actually illegal for slaves to marry. Nonetheless, the people on the plantations sought to form bonds that were acknowledged by the community, so they jumped the broom together in lieu of a legal wedding. Historians note that freed slaves taught their children to disdain the practice, because to them, it was a symbol of bondage. However, the poignant scene in Alex Haley’s “Roots,” in which Kunta Kinte jumped the broom on the plantation with his bride, led to a revival of the custom. In that scene, the captive from Africa is not accepting his captivity, but he is acknowledging a powerful bond with another person despite being trapped in a life he didn’t choose. Despite their ancestors’ distaste for the practice, some modern couples incorporate jumping the broom into their ceremonies as a connection to a painful but significant part of their heritage. See next issue for tradition #4

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DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I hope you can help me with a problem that might get me kicked off the first string. I get cramps in my legs, mostly in the calves. At first, it was laughable. Now it’s not. At practices, I can sit down and wait for the cramp to go. During a game, I have to be replaced. How do I stop them? -- B.L. ANSWER: I have to tell readers that what I say applies to exercise-associated muscle cramps and not to the cramps that so many older people get when in bed. They’re both the same phenomenon, an involuntary, sustained and painful contraction of a muscle or muscles. But they’re not the same when it comes to the situation that brings them on. The actual cause is a matter that experts have debated for years. A lack of potassium, calcium or magnesium, excessive exercise, cold weather, hot weather and dehydration have been cited as possible causes. None has been proven to be the universal cause. Muscle fatigue is another possibility. Some experts say that muscle fatigue affects the muscles’ response to spinal cord signals that continued oN next page...


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A “WHY” WORTHY OF YOUR LIFE “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

It’s been said that if you find your WHY you’ll discover the HOW. But the problem seems to be determining what that is. Have you ever asked yourself, “What is that one thing that would inspire me to act in spite of fear, challenge or potential barriers?” When I ask the question “What is your Why?” I often hear “I want to buy a new car, buy a house, or pay off my debt.” These are great goals, but they are not big enough to keep you going when things get tough. To find your “WHY” you need to dig deeper. You need to find that thing that burns inside of you. What do you really want out of life? What are the most important things to you? What kind of money do you want to make? If you could go anywhere in the world, where would that be? How will you get there? It’s often the dream you are silently afraid of. prevent cramping. Suggestions to forestall cramps are many. Hydration is a reasonable approach. An hour before a game or an exercise session, drink a quart of water. That gives enough time for the water to be absorbed. During play, keep drinking. If you are drinking a lot of fluid, switch to a sports drink to prevent a drop in potassium and sodium. Stretch your calf muscles in three daily sessions. Rising on the toes is a good calf stretch. You can try taking a vitamin supplement that contains most of the B vitamins. Make sure vitamin B-6 is included. To uncramp a muscle, sit on the floor with the involved leg stretched out in front of you. Grab the ball of the foot, and, while keeping the heel on the floor, pull the foot toward you and hold it in that position until the cramp eases. Pinching the skin between the nose and the lip is another way to break a cramp.

So when you begin to find your “WHY” ask yourself these questions. Does your company, product or service make you believe that what you desire is possible? Does it cause you to believe for the first time in the “why worthy of your life?” Is it the fuel that makes you unstoppable? Is it providing the result you desire? The why worthy of life is often who you become. It’s your characteristics, your values, and your purpose. Your inner joy. So if you’re stuck in your business or it’s not giving you what you truly desire, I encourage you to find your WHY and begin the steps towards fulfilling those dreams. What you may discover is what really matters in life. This could take to you to that place of success or move you into that next level that you’ve been dreaming of.

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One of my favorite sayings from Suzan Hart. “It is my belief that women who achieve success have an inspiration that fuels their actions and creates such a desire within them that failure is not an option.”

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• My family’s spring-cleaning checklist is in full effect. Some people dread seasonal chores, but I relish the sense of accomplishment that comes from a job well done. With the right planning, and some helpful tips, spring cleaning can be a breeze. Here are some of the best we have to share. -- JoAnn • “Stainless steel appliances are very popular, and in the kitchen, they get plenty of chances to get fingerprinted up. My appliance guy recommended using a light-mist, wax-based aerosol dusting spray once or twice a week to keep my stainless steel appliance fronts looking their best.” -- R.C. in North Carolina • “In the closet, we all want to pare away unused items, but sometimes it seems like you wear clothes that you don’t. Turn all the clothes hangers the opposite way

(facing out instead of in). When you use an item and it is returned to the closet, replace the hanger normally. In a few months, if an item has not been worn, it will be apparent. If it’s not likely to be worn, it should go. • Spring is a wonderful time to clean the walls inside your house. It clears away hidden dust and really freshens a room. Clean painted walls by dusting them first with a dry mop, then washing with a rag dampened in water. If you need a little extra oomph -- say, in the kitchen or bath -- add a couple drops of mild dish soap. • New drapes or even new pillow covers in a fabulous pattern can really jazz up a room. Consider switching smaller furniture accents between common rooms or a fresh furniture arrangement to change it up. • Keep a bottle of club soda handy for spot stains on carpets or upholstery. It’s good for more than just drinks.

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Prevent Tire Decay

By Ralph Lee

Rotating your car’s tires is like going to the dentist. Nobody likes it, but it’s something that should be done. Depending on where and when it happens, getting a flat tire is similar to teeth issues. If a tire goes flat in your driveway, it’s like a small cavity that has to be filled. It’s annoying but not that

big a deal. If a tire blows in rush-hour traffic, you’re talking full-blown root canal, and who wants that? Here are some tips to prevent tire decay. Most newer model cars are front-wheel drive, and tire rotation becomes important because the front tires wear faster than the rear. The reason for this is simple: When you make any kind of full turn in traffic or follow the curve of the road, more of the vehicle’s weight is placed on the edges of the tires. This especially affects the front tires because these are ones that are actually turning while the rear tires stay in a straight line. This turning causes the edges of the tires to wear over time. If your tires wear unevenly, you’re suspectible to spotty braking and poor handlingreal toothaches, er, headaches. Another important aspect to tire rotation is the eventual replacement of your tires. If you don’t rotate your tires, you’ll replace them two at a time, and that means always having uneven

wear on your wheels. If you replace your tires four at a time-and keep them rotated regularly-you’ll have even wear on all four. How often should you rotate your tires? Well, that obviously varies based on the amount of miles you drive each day. Unfortunately, for some drivers, you may need to rotate your tires more often than you visit the dentist for a checkup. A rotation is often recommended at about 7,500 miles. That’s often the time for an oil change, so do some multi-tasking and get both jobs done at once. Check your owner’s manual to see when it recommends tire rotations for your particular model. How to have your tires rotated has been subject to debate similar to the discourse over the merits of fluoride. Again, check your owner’s manual to see if there’s a specific method recommended for your model of vehicle. If there isn’t, there are two basic ways for front-wheel drive tire rotation, and both are as simple as flossing. One method is to move the front driver’s side tire to the back driver’s side and the back driver’s side to the front passenger’s side. The front passenger’s side then moves to the back passenger’s side and the back passenger’s side to the front driver’s side. Another method is to swap the front driver’s side and the rear passenger’s side tires with each other, and then swap the front passenger’s side tire with the rear driver’s side. Either method seems to help the tires achieve more even tread wear,and that’s what you’re after.

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Risks of Leaving a Nursing Home Leaving a nursing home to go into home/ community care has to be a great feeling. But a study done at the University of Minnesota shows that medically, it might not be the wisest move. Researchers looked at whether there were any differences in the rate of rehospitalizations between Medicaid nursing home and Medicaid home/community care. Yes, there were, and the numbers are dramatic. The study compared patients over age 65 who stayed in a nursing home at least 90 days before going into home/community care with those who had a nursing-home stay of at least 90 days and then stayed in the nursing home. Leaving a nursing home increased the possibility of having a preventable rehospitalization by 40 percent. The Money Follows the Person program seems to be at the root of this. The MFP helps states with the costs of long-term care support with an emphasis on reducing the use of nursing homes and other medical institutions. The Affordable Care Act of 2010 has funded it through 2016 to the tune of $450 million for each year. While it’s all well and good that the goal of some states is to use diversion programs to move patients out of nursing homes, it’s not necessarily good for the patient ... or the financial bottom line if the patient ends up in the hospital. Consider the differences: Nursing homes and hospitals have medical care 24 hours a day as they work with doctors and perform required assessments. Home/community workers have less medical background (if any), no doctors are necessarily involved and no assessments are required. The study offered this conclusion: If patients are to be sent out to home/community, they need long-term care, medical providers and a care plan at the time they go. Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Send email to © 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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It’s Still Winter for Backyard Birds

DEAR PAW’S CORNER: Please tell your readers to remember to keep their bird feeders full in cold weather. Use high-energy food or suet, if possible. When the ground and plants are covered with heavy snow, it’s very difficult for birds to find enough to fill their stomachs. I have two feeders that I’m filling twice a day, and I keep suet out at all times. During warmer weather I only need to fill them twice per week. “My”

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birds are very happy and full! -- D. Oswald, Palmyra, N.Y. DEAR D.: You told them! Even though we’re turning a corner into spring, in much of the country -- especially after this difficult winter -- snow will cover the ground well into March and even beyond. Birds that do not migrate but “winter over” have to put up with the snow and ice just as we humans do. But food is likely hard to find, particularly in this transition period when wintertime sources of food have been depleted. Keeping a backyard feeder filled with birdseed is helpful, while suet -basically, beef fat -- gives birds extra energy and nutrients. Place suet about 5 feet off the ground and close to a tree trunk. Special feeders are available, but many homeowners

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just place it on an upright skewer, or even rub it onto the tree trunk. Raw suet can be set out throughout the winter and colder spring months, but experts advise against putting it out in warm weather. Suet not only turns rancid in the heat, but also melts, creating a risk of coating a bird’s feathers and making flight difficult. Warm-weather brands of suet are available, however. On a side note, avoid putting out bacon drippings for birds: the preservatives used in commercially prepared bacon can be bad for their long-term health. (And ours, too, but that’s another story.) Send your questions or comments to

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My Irish eyes start smiling just thinking of this simple but grand main dish for St. Patrick’s Day.

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3. Spread mixture into prepared baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes. Place baking dish on a wire rack and let set for 5 minutes. Divide into 4 servings. • Each serving equals: 289 calories, 8g fat, 16g protein, 36g carb., 983mg sodium, 3g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 2 Meat, 1 1/2 Starch/Carb., 1 Vegetable. © 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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March 6-12, 2014 THIS IS A HAMMER By Samantha Mazzotta

Prune Trees Before Spring Buds Appear Q: I’d like to trim back some of the branches on trees around my property before the growing season starts, but my wife argues that I should hire a tree service. What’s your take? -- Jim in New Hampshire A: Late winter is a good time to prune back non-flowering trees, once the coldest part of the season is past. It typically results in a burst of new

growth once spring roars in. However, if the tree is already showing buds, hold off on the project until after the leaves are fully open. Homeowners also can prune at the end of summer -- it’s a good time to cut back branches that are hanging down too far under the weight of their leaves, for example. In either case, safety is paramount when it comes to pruning trees. Not only is working from a height a consideration, but surrounding power lines and other hazards can present extreme danger. If the branches involved are near the ground, not close to power lines or hanging over structures, and you have the proper tools to trim the branches along with a helper or three, then go ahead. A number of resources are available online. If the trees are very tall, if the branches involved overhang structures or wires, or if the branches are too large to safely remove with the tools at hand, don’t do it yourself. Contact a tree service or arborist to come out and do an estimate of the time and cost involved in the project. In either case, pruning trees will help keep them healthy and will keep your house and yard safer from falling debris. Trees will weather storms better and develop a more varied branch system. So continued on page 21

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it’s worth the effort and cost of taking care of them regularly, both on your own or with a professional tree service. HOME TIP: Always get estimates from more than one tree-trimming service, and don’t allow work to begin until you’ve agreed to it in writing. Send your questions or home tips to © 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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