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The centerpiece of contemporary Thanksgiving in the United States and Canada is a large meal, generally centered around a large roasted turkey. The majority of the dishes in the traditional American version of Thanksgiving dinner are made from foods native to the New World, as according to tradition the Pilgrims received these foods from the Native Americans. However, many of the classic traditions attributed to the first Thanksgiving are actually myths introduced later.

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"Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude." - E.P. Powell


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Health Eat Like Tarzan, Cook like Jane


Health Dr. Paul's Outside Tarzan

Health Cook Like Jane

Gotta Eat A Thanksgiving Feast

The Hand

American Speaks


Eithics and Etiquitte

Veterns An Amerian Boy Grows Up

Automotive An Alternative to Pain at the Pump DIY

The Color Challange


Home Entertainment

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ecently I’ve been stalked by a bagel. Crazy, I know, it’s seriously crazy, but there it is. Right there! It just ran and hid behind that bush! Did you see it too?   There is no bagel behind the bush (I looked). It just feels like there is, because lately I’ve been obsessing about all the things that I’m not supposed to eat. For some reason, bagels top the list. Oddly, bagels are not something I even eat all that often. I mean, cream cheese and turkey on a toasted bagel is a wonderful comfort food, but the odds of me actually owning the bagel (much less the cream cheese and turkey) aren’t all that great, so I don’t have it that often.   And yet, the bagel still stalks me. They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder and I believe that is true. I don’t think I’ve even thought this much about bagels in my entire life; now that I’m not supposed to eat them at all, they’re everywhere. Have you noticed all the different things you can put on or in a bagel? We’re talking about a large and creative industry has been built around the simple bagel! I didn’t even realize this when I could eat the silly things. Now that I want a bagel I have taken notice of all the creative ways to

enjoy eating a bagel. Oh yeah, I’m supposed to be honest here, I want ALL of them.   How does one get around this problem? Considering that there really is no possessed bagel following me around town, allowing everyone to see its stalking behavior, I don’t think that I will be able to swear out a restraining order. I seriously doubt that any court would issue a restraining order to baked goods anyway. It occurs to me as I write this that it would be very helpful if I could get a restraining order that would prohibit me from going within say, ten feet of any food containing refined sugar, flour, poly saturated fats and red dye number 5. That probably won’t happen either, but it would be helpful.   I don’t think this part is about will power. Its about the real me letting go of the ‘old’ me and welcoming in the ‘new’ me. It’s about being afraid to move forward and having the courage to see myself differently. It’s about choosing what’s best for me and not what’s easiest at that moment. Tarzan and Jane may have had to spend all day in the search for animals to hunt and veggies to gather while I have the convenience of a market where I can

"Its about the real me letting go of the ‘old’ me and welcoming in the ‘new’ me."


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acquire everything I need for a meal in less than ten minutes. My life is such that I don’t have to spend the majority of my waking hours in the quest for sustenance, but the drive through is still much easier than market. What an amazing realization! Somehow I’ve allowed my life to become so full of things to do, that I don’t even have time for the fast, easy and refined method of ‘hunting’ that is grocery shopping. Somewhere along the path to eating like Tarzan and cooking like Jane, I need to reorganize my life so that my schedule is no longer sabotaging my eating habits and my waistline.   It is amazing how every little aspect of one’s life can affect every other little aspect of life. If we are too busy or too tired or too anything, we don’t go home and cook, we drive thru. I have to stop that, take the ten minutes every few days and plan a few meals ahead. Then take another few minutes and go to the market and get the things I need for those few meals. I’ll probably have to actually write that in my date book, but that’s okay if that’s what I have to do. I’ll also have to write in to be home on time to cook the food that I bought. And eat, I must make time to stop and eat. Tarzan darn sure wasn’t shoveling down a quarter of a pound of meat and cheese and fat surrounded by two pieces of oversized bread made from processed flour! No, he and Jane probably sat around the campfire and told each other about their day’s work of hunting and gathering. They rested. They tasted their food. They connected with each other.   Hmmm. Now I know why this program isn’t called a diet or a program, it’s called a lifestyle. It isn’t just about eating something healthier, it should also be about eating those healthy things in a healthier way. I don’t know if I will actually be able to find those few minutes each evening to cook and eat and do nothing else, but I’m going to try. Maybe then the stalker bagel will disappear, along with all the other foods I’ve become obsessed with over the years. Goodbye processed foods! I need to go spend some time with some real food and my family.

Caveman Reviews If you must eat fast… There are healthy choices even in the fast food jungle.   Try a salad and add a piece of grilled chicken. Don’t pour your dressing over your lettuce and veggies, dip your fork and then scoop up your salad. You will use half as much of the dressing and still get to enjoy the guilty pleasure of regular salad dressing. Avoid the fat free type, as it often has more carbs to preserve the flavor. If salads aren’t your thing, ditch the bun! Most of the fast food locations have a covered container to make this dining choice less messy. Some of the more popular fast food locations have fruit, fruit salad or parfaits, choose these instead of French Fries.   My favorite fast burger without the bun can be found at McDonald’s. The Angus Mushroom Swiss, hold the mayonnaise. It is full of flavor, seasoned with salt and pepper and just the right size to fill me up.

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Dr. Paul’s Outside Tarzan


erhaps one of the most frequent complaints I receive from my patients is that they do not know what to eat. Initially, I was baffled as I felt so much of this was common sense. If you follow popular media, there really are so many different diets to choose. With so many different solutions, options and instructions, it is no wonder you are left scratching your head.   Some diets have you eating only proteins and fats like meats and eggs. Others have specialized shakes and foods that are primarily protein based. Still others say eat whatever you want, just know that everything has a point value and you can only have so many points per day. In the end, what I have found is that people usually create a hybrid of several different diets, which then leads to frustration due to the poor results.   Another fundamental problem with diet plans is their “immediate” focus. When you embark on a diet you are essentially agreeing to “Change your habits until you reach your goal, then go back to what you were doing before.” This is considered “goal directed” behavior, and in my opinion, the reason why you have such a “yo-yo” phenomenon when it comes to weight loss and maintenance.   As a culture, we need to focus on a paradigm or “lifestyle directed” behavior as this is truly the only way to achieve and maintain the desired results. In keeping with the “Tarzan concept,” his eating habits were directed by his lifestyle. He ate when he was hungry, not because it was lunchtime, or there was cake in the break room. (Seriously, I know, how do you say no to cake, especially when it's free?) But again, it was a lifestyle that he lived, not necessarily by choice, mind you, but by necessity. Similarly, if you want to live a healthy life, decrease insurance premiums, and keep the President happy, it is necessary that you make the right choices.


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  So what do you eat? Let's break it down to the basics – Nutrition 101. You really only have to remember three groups: carbohydrates, proteins and fats. The rest of the nutrition table is comprised of vitamins, minerals and water, but our main focus is on the first three.   What is a carbohydrate? Simply put, it is the preferred gas or fuel for the human body. It is required to keep you moving. When you don't feed carbohydrates to your body, believe it or not, your body converts existing stored carbohydrates (called glycogens) back into usable energy. Now that is cool! Basically, you are a walking warehouse of stored energy. In fact, if you stopped eating right now, it would take approximately two months to drain your stores of energy, using the stored carbohydrates first, then the stored fats and lastly the protein. (Unfortunately you very rarely break into these stores because you are constantly resupplying your body with fresh stores of energy through the foods that you eat.) There are two main groups of carbohydrates, simple and complex. The simple carbohydrates are sugars found in fruits and honey. These simple sugars are easier for the body to break down and use. They are also typically the sweetest tasting. Complex carbohydrates, on the other hand, are basically chains of several simple carbohydrates strung together. The body has to break them down into simple chains before absorbing them and so typically they do not make the blood sugar spike; they last longer. Foods in the complex category include wheat, beans, potatoes and fiber.   Proteins are even more complex than the carbohydrates and are made up of units called amino acids. The body has to work harder to convert the energy of protein into usable energy, so carbohydrates remain the preferred source for energy. Some of the amino acids our bodies can make through internal chemical

reactions, but some must be present in the diet and these are called essential amino acids. Meats and eggs are probably the most obvious sources of protein. Protein is also the main set of building blocks used to build and support the muscles and tissues in the body.   Lastly, what is fat? Fat is also a very complex chemical, made up of fatty acids and a chemical called glycerol. Fat is used for growth and also to make certain chemicals and hormones within the body. There are several different types of fat, but it can be broken down into two main types: the saturated and the unsaturated, mono and poly. Which is better? Think of it like this; if you had two plates of broccoli and cheese sauce, one had a little cheese sauce; the other was saturated in cheese sauce, which is better? Now to be clear, I’m not asking which tastes better; I’m asking which is better for you? If you chose the unsaturated, you would be correct. Animal fats tend to be of the saturated variety and are usually solid at room temperature. It is also important to know a diet high in saturated fats also tends to be associated with heart disease. The unsaturated fats are mostly plant based and are mainly in oils, and you guessed it, tend to be liquid at room temperature. Finally, there is another group known as trans fat and these

are manmade. They tend to increase the “bad cholesterol” or LDL, while lowering the “good” cholesterol, or HDL. These are found in many commercially processed foods.   Philosophically, in a nutshell, my approach to diet is pretty simple: “If God made it, eat it: If man made it, leave it!”   Need I say more? Ok. Think about it as simply what you need is right in front of you. If you focus on a more natural diet, one rich in fruits and vegetables, (God made) and less on the processed foods (manmade) over half the battle is won. Sure there are going to be times when you eat ungodly food, but the take home message is if the man made food is the exception and the God made food is the norm, you are going to be much better off.   There are also some great government and private sector web sites that help with how many calories a person requires and from which categories. One of my personal favorites is www. As a generalization 50-60% should be carbohydrate, 10-20% protein, and definitely less than 30% fat, ideally closer to 10%.   In the next issue, some more complex nutritional terms including the calories, the glycemic index will be explored and some of the diseases associated with obesity will be discussed.

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Cook like Jane R oa sted Sp ic e s A d d N e w L aye r s of Fl avor   When cooking enthusiasts look for flavorboosting secrets, roasting spices rises to the top as one of the most accessible take-home techniques. Spices like cumin, coriander, cinnamon – even ground ginger – can be heated on the stovetop to release essential oils and create deeper, more aromatic flavors.   Spices burn easily, however, and the speed with which they cook varies depending on heat, pan and individual spice. For those looking to skip the time and temperature guesswork, a new group of roasted spices from the McCormick Gourmet Collection delivers the rich, fuller taste and mouthwatering aromas of roasting – without the extra effort. “The roasting process develops complex layers of flavor that are remarkably different from unroasted varieties of spices,” said Kevan Vetter, Executive Chef at McCormick. “With our new roasted line, we’ve simplified the process and made it even easier for cooks to experiment with taste profiles and create new versions of some of their favorite dishes.”   Add Depth: Explore earthy flavors – and save a step in dishes calling for roasting and grinding cumin seed – by adding roasted ground cumin to Indian, Moroccan and


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Southwestern meals. Try it in favorite recipes for grilled steak, chili, tacos and salsas.   Play with Sweetness: Roasting cinnamon brings out a delightfully strong and sweet flavor similar to red-hot candies. It is a playful addition to mole recipes, spice rubs and sweet dishes such as yogurt, cookies and fresh fruit salad.   Turn up the Heat: With its sharper notes balanced to create a warmer, rounder flavor, roasted ground ginger is surprisingly versatile and brings a mellow sweet heat to barbecue sauces, marinades and chutneys. Find more information and recipes using roasted spices, visit www.   Roasted Cumin-Crusted Grilled Steaks with Tomato Relish   For maximum flavor, refrigerate steaks for 2 hours after rubbing with spice mixture. Tomato Relish can also be prepared earlier in the day and refrigerated until ready to serve. Prep Time: 10 minutes Marinate Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 16 minutes 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar 1 tablespoon McCormick Gourmet Roasted Ground Cumin

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1 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Oregano Leaves, Mediterranean 1 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Sicilian Sea Salt ½ teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Garlic Powder ¼ teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Red Pepper, Ground Cayenne 1 pound boneless beef sirloin or New York strip steaks (about 3/4-inch thick) 1 pint assorted colors cherry tomatoes, quartered (about 2 cups) ¼ cup chopped red onion 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar Mix sugar, cumin, oregano, sea salt, garlic powder and red pepper in small bowl until well blended. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the spice mixture. Brush steaks lightly with oil. Rub remaining spice mixture on both sides of steaks. Refrigerate 30 minutes or longer for extra flavor.   Meanwhile, mix tomatoes, onion, oil, vinegar and reserved spice mixture in medium bowl. Cover. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Grill steaks over medium-high heat 6 to 8 minutes per side or until desired doneness. Slice steak and serve with Tomato Relish.   Makes 4 servings.   Nutrition Information Per Serving: 267 Calories,

Fat 15g, Protein 24g, Carbohydrates 9g, Cholesterol 57mg, Sodium 560mg, Fiber 2g

have to be overwhelming when you are armed with the proper tools to get things rolling. Once you've committed to getting in shape, there are several things you can do to ensure you'll exceed your short and long term fitness goals. • Write down your fitness goals. You're more likely to stick with a program when you have set specific goals. • Always eat for life that includes ample servings of vegetables and fruit. • Assess your current fitness level before starting an exercise program. You'll be able to establish goals that meet your specific fitness needs. • Talk to your health care provider before embarking on a fitness program, particularly if you are struggling with a health condition such as diabetes or obesity. • Always stretch before and after your exercise routine. Make sure your muscles are warm first! • Don't over do it! Slowly increase the intensity of your workouts. • Diversify your workout routine. If you do the same exercises day after day, you'll quickly tire and may hit a plateau. • Work out with a friend. You'll help motivate each other. Time Involved: A little extra planning Body Benefit: A fun and effective workout routine. █

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The Hand By Steve Goodier

At first it sounded like a Thanksgiving story, but the more I reflected on it, the more appropriate it seemed for any time of the year. The way I heard it, the story went like this: Thanksgiving Day was near. The first grade teacher gave her class a fun assignment -- to draw a picture of something for which they were thankful.   Most of the class might be considered economically disadvantaged, but still many would celebrate the holiday with turkey and other traditional goodies of the season. These, the teacher thought, would be the subjects of most of her student's art. And they were.   But Douglas made a different kind of picture. Douglas was a different kind of boy. He was the teacher's true child of misery, frail and unhappy. As other children played at recess, Douglas was likely to stand close by her side. One could only guess at the pain Douglas felt behind those sad eyes. Yes, his picture was different. When asked to draw a picture of something for which he was thankful, he drew a hand. Nothing else. Just an empty hand.   His abstract image captured the imagination of his peers. Whose hand could it be? One child guessed it was the hand of a farmer, because farmers raise turkeys. Another suggested a police officer, because the police protect and care for people. Still others guessed it was the hand of God, for God feeds us. And so the discussion went -- until the teacher almost forgot the young artist himself.

  When the children had gone on to other assignments, she paused at Douglas' desk, bent down, and asked him whose hand it was. The little boy looked away and murmured, "It's yours, teacher."   She recalled the times she had taken his hand and walked with him here or there, as she had the other students. How often had she said, "Take my hand, Douglas, we'll go outside." Or, "Let me show you how to hold your pencil." Or, "Let's do this together." Douglas was most thankful for his teacher's hand.   Brushing aside a tear, she went on with her work.   The story speaks of more than thankfulness. It says something about teachers teaching and parents parenting and friends showing friendship, and how much it means to the Douglases of the world. They might not always say thanks. But they'll remember the hand that reaches out. █

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America Speaks By Sue Magee

In an historic changing of the guard, America has chosen a new Congress. At a time of financial uncertainty, war and social discord, the people of this great country went to their polls and sent a message; a loud and clear message. American voters reminded their government that it is to be “of the people, by the people and for the people” and that the people are paying attention.   Regardless of your political aims, goals and party preference, it is important to note that Americans do use their right to vote to choose who will lead this country. Even if you don’t agree with the current administration, thanks should be given to them because they woke up the American voter. Never before in my lifetime have I heard so many people talking about politics. It is no longer the domain of the rich, the elite or big business. Teachers, janitors, military men and women, every average “Joe and Jane” with a job, a mortgage and a car payment is talking. For many years, aggressor nations have hesitated to ‘awaken the sleeping giant’ that is America: that giant is now awake and looking within. We the people of this country have said, through our vote, that we are not sheep, we will

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not be herded into a pen and ignored while the government runs amuck with the fruits of our labors. The more the populous talks, the more the government should listen, lest they forget that as elected officials they serve our needs. Yesterday we said that we are not pleased and sent many of our elected officials home. Hopefully, this will emphasize to their replacements, and every politician who didn’t have to defend his office yesterday, that they should all be paying attention now.   With rampant unemployment, a housing market that is still diving and a staggering national debt, the voters of this country have sent a warning shot across the bow of all politicians. Voters believed enough in the changes and hopes promised during the last major election in 2008 that they elected a President and Congress to lead that change. Now, two short years later, these same voters are disillusioned, dissatisfied and dismayed to look at the changes that have been not

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been brought about. These same voters went on November 2, 2010 and reacted to these emotions. They have “fired” many of the incumbent officials and “hired” new ones. Yes, those are the right words, “hired and fired.” This should serve as a reminder that a politician’s job is only as safe as his or her country; whether that safety be measured in military security, financial security or if the average citizen feels safe enough to sleep well at night.   To the incumbent who kept his or her job for another few years and to the newly elected going to Washington for the first time, you have been warned. If you fail to keep the promises you made and remember the rights and needs of those who elected you, you will soon be unemployed. If you forget the very principles that this country was founded on, you will be fired. If you do not follow the rules or if you allow your peers to disobey the law, you will be fired.   On the other hand, if promises are kept and rights remain strongly protected and certain, we will allow you to keep your job. If you remember the people who went out this November to vote, all over this nation, to put you where you are right now, there you shall remain.   The American people are tired of listening to politicians talk and sling mud across some invisible aisle. At the end of the day, the average voter is less concerned with parties and agendas; we simply want our elected officials to do their jobs and to do it well. So Congress stop talking, go to work, balance the budget, support the military, find a way out of our economic decline and do all of this by the rules set down for you by those who were elected twenty decades ago. We, the voters, know it won’t happen overnight, but we do expect it to happen. We know that it might not be this Congress who accomplishes all of these things, but we do expect this Congress to do their part to get us there. Remember, we, the American voters, are watching more than ever before. █


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Ethics & Etiquette Ethics: • Do right thing • Moral correctness of action • Requires value metrics, criteria or goal to work toward • Requires internal self examination • Decisions are not black and white the situation, our wellbeing and happiness and that of others plays a part

  When thinking about the comparison of ethics to etiquette the following comes to mind.  Ethics is the essence of doing the right thing. It is all about moral correctness in one’s chain of action. The mental process involved in defining ethics requires value metrics, criterion or goals to toward. The ethical person is one who is familiar with internal examination. Ethical decisions Etiquette: are not black and white, the situation, our • do things right wellbeing and happiness as well as that of • a how to behave list those surrounding us or the situation play a • correct behavior in all situations part in the process. • rules for conducting oneself  Etiquette focuses on doing the right • the goverance of manners thing. It is a complex list of tasks that • many very from one culture to the next guide correct social behavior in all • can be wielded as a social weapon situations. These rules of conduct or situational goverance may vary from culture to culture. The rules may also be utilized as a social weapon between economic and social classes. █


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Who Becomes a Veteran?

An American Boy Grows Up By John Mitchum


ur son was born so long ago, yet it seems like yesterday that I stood in awe before his crib and heard that doctor say, "You've quite a boy there Mr. Jones." I could only answer with a nod, for in his very being there I saw the miracle of God.

  Later in his high chair, in a manner I deplore, I saw that Miracle of God throw his oatmeal on the floor. Well, I fixed him something different, for I felt he must be fed, but when I turned around again, that bowl was on his head!   A few more years rolled along and he didn't spill things anymore. But his granddad sent a big bass drum, and once more I deplored. The fact that my miracle of God, had a lusty taste for noise! When he'd boom! boom! boom! on that big bass drum, I questioned, boys must be boys?   I asked his whereabouts one day...his Mom said, "He's got a paper route," "said he'd help to earn his way as he became an eagle scout." When they pinned that medal on him,


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tears welled in my eyes, and then I gripped his mother's hand, our boy had earned his prize.   I won't forget that September day, when he entered senior high, he had an air of great excitement, but he left home with a sigh. He came back that afternoon, and gave us some puzzled looks, "Wow!", he said, "this school is tough, look at all these books!"   "The choice is yours," his mother said, "You can pick the easy way." "What you put into life, you'll get out of it. Each man pays his price one day." He looked up, and then he smiled, and I saw he'd lost his gloom, He said, "I'd better look at these," he headed for his room.   My son came home late one day. He seemed all worn out. I asked a little sharply what this was all about. He spoke proudly and threw his shoulders back, and in his eyes I caught a gleam. "I wanted to surprise you Dad, I'm on the football team!"   They won most of their games, lost a few, it was a thrill to watch him play. And when they didn't win we knew, he'd met the challenge anyway. He didn't know it at the time, but,

it was a stepping stone, solid footing for the climb, to face life on his own.   How those three years flew past, when graduation came, we saw our boy grown up at last, our lives will never be the same. I guess we've known all along what his goal would be, from that time three years ago, when he chose responsibility.   He stood in the doorway yesterday, put out a strong right hand. I held back tears at the uniform he wore to protect his land. I shook his hand, his mother cried, "Son, why couldn't you wait?" Embracing her, he softly said, "Mom, if we all did, it would be too late."   "I promise I'll go back to school, when I've met my obligation, to you, my friends, my girl, my school, and most of all this nation." "I'll do all I can out there, for I know you'll both be trying, to make everyone you know aware, we've got to keep Old Glory flying."   And then his mother straightened up, with a smile to hide a tear. She said, "we're both so proud of you, we'll feel lost without you here." Someday, you'll know what this moment means, when your boy shakes your hand, And you watch him as he walks away, the day he becomes a man." █

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An Alternative To Pain At The Pump

By Tresa Erickson

Gas prices have risen dramatically in recent years, and it looks like the situation won't be improving any time soon. To ease the pain, many consumers are looking at alternatives like hybrids and vehicles that run on vegetable oil. While the latter may not conjure up a pleasant image, it most certainly has helped drivers keep more money in their pocket.   Almost any vehicle that runs on diesel fuel can be converted to vegetable oil for about $1,000 to $3,000. Known affectionately as grease cars, these vehicles have two tanks, one for diesel fuel and one for vegetable oil. The vehicles must start and stop on diesel fuel and will run on vegetable oil after it has heated up.   Restaurants generally donate the vegetable oil required, but in order for drivers to use it, they must take great pain to filter it. Any old food particles and water must be eliminated from the oil. Generally, this involves letting the oil sit for several weeks, enabling the food particles and water to settle to the bottom. The oil is then heated and filtered. Filtering systems can be purchased or made from scratch.   In some places around the country, drivers 26

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can find vegetable oil at the pump. There are companies that actually manufacture the oil and sell it. The price per gallon can be high, but not nearly as high as regular gas. Drivers also don't have to fill up their tanks as frequently. Depending upon the size of the vehicle, drivers can get as much as 200 miles per gallon on vegetable oil.  Although beneficial, the alternative technology does present some problems. Conversion systems are not readily available for vehicles that run on traditional fuel, and purchasing a diesel vehicle can be difficult in some areas of the country due to emissions laws. The odor put off by vegetable oil can be offensive, and collecting, hauling and storing it can be difficult. Because vehicles cannot switch over to vegetable oil until it has heated up, drivers who go short distances may find the system ineffective.   Vehicles that run on vegetable oil are not for everyone. Do your homework before you make the switch and ensure it will be worth your money. In most cases, the money saved in fuel costs over the years will more than make up for the money spent on conversion. Moreover, the emissions will be far less, helping the environment. █

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When you purchased your house some time ago, the last thing on your mind was the color of the exterior. It had been freshly painted white, and you had more important matters to attend to on the inside. Well, now that the inside is done, you're turning your attention to the exterior. You've been working on the yard for months, and with it under control, it's time you focused on the actual exterior.   Although still in good condition, the bright white paint just isn't cutting it for you. You'd like something a bit richer, but 28

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what? Well, if you live in a particular style of home, that may be your first clue to the right exterior color scheme. Homes come in many styles, some more prominent than others. There are foursquares, Georgians and cottages. There are ranches, Tudors and Victorians. Many of these styles feature a traditional exterior color palette. Here is a brief list of some of the more common home styles and the exterior colors associated with them.   Beach Cottages
It all depends upon which region of the country you live in for the color

scheme for a beach cottage. If you live in the North, you will probably want to stick to neutrals, whereas if you live in the South, you may want to go bolder. Whatever your color palette, make sure you save the brightest color for the door and architectural details.   Craftsman Bungalows:
Traditionally, Craftsman bungalows are green and brown. However, you don't have to go this route. You can step outside of the box. Just remember to use the roof color as your guide and make sure you accent any decorative trim on the house.   English Tudors
Skip the bold colors for Tudors and let the roof color and surrounding landscape guide you to the right color palette. If the roof is a rusty color, use a similar shade on the trim and select a warm shade of cream for the body. Farmhouses
Although many farmhouses are painted white with black accents, you may want to choose a different color palette if you live near the fields or off a dirt road. The dust kicked up in the fields and dirt road will make its way to the home's exterior. Try a sunny yellow or a sage green with white accents instead.  Foursquares:
 Although foursquares are traditionally white with green trim, you don't have to stick to this color palette. In fact, many designers suggest homeowners paint the top and bottom of a foursquare a different color to break up the boxy look. If you live in a historical neighborhood, you will probably want to use historically accurate colors, whereas if you live in an eclectic neighborhood, you may be able to go a little bolder in your color choices.

  Georgian Colonials:
The color palette for Georgians usually consists of three or four colors. Because this style of house is expansive, you can choose a deep color for the body and lighter colors for the accents. Again, though, if you live in a historical neighborhood, you will want to use historically accurate colors.   Queen Anne Victorians:
Known as painted ladies, Queen Anne Victorians can really take the color as design books show. You can select a palette of several contcontrasting colors to really jazz up the place, or you can go with a subtler palette and select shades in the same tone.  Ranches:
Most ranch homes have brick somewhere on the façade. Use this as a guide in selecting the right exterior color palette. If the bricks are white, tan or copper, look for a body color that will blend in. If the bricks are red or orange, look for a contrasting body color. Select a striking color for the shutters and door for added interest.  Spanish Colonials:
The tile roof is the real highlight of Spanish Colonials. Select a light color for the body to really emphasize the roof and blend the house with the landscape. Accent all structures that are part of the landscape.  Split-Levels:
Split-levels allow for a lot of leeway with color choice. To tie all of the various levels and elements together, use a darker color on the body and a bold color on the door for added interest.   These are just some of the many house styles in the United States. Whatever style of house you live in, be sure you do your homework and find out what colors will work best on the exterior. The more you know, the better color choices you will make and the more likely you will be happy with the results. █ November 2010


Home Entertainment

Home Entertainment Highlights By C. E. Morgan

favorite toys for storage in the attic. Only Woody is singled out to go off to school with Andy. This alone is enough to bring tears to your eyes, but what happens next is an exciting new adventure that puts all of the toys in peril. The action begins when the box of mournful toys is mistakenly put out by the curb on trash pick-up day. What was once merely a melancholy retirement to Andy’s attic quickly becomes a nightmare as they must escape or be taken to the city dump. Things go from bad to worse when the escaping band of comrade toys gets tricked into working at a pre-school where they are mauled and abused by sticky-handed two-year-olds. Can anyone or anything save them from this terrible fate?

Toy Story 3

“Toy Story 3” has arrived as a home entertainment offering and it is guaranteed to bring a warm-fuzzy feeling to your heart. Now two generations of “Toy Story” fans can enjoy this newest offering of the iconic Disney- Pixar series in the comfort of their homes.    Lee Unkrich, a longtime Pixar talent, is making his directorial debut with this continuation of the now classic tale of Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen), Jessie (Joan Cusack), Hamm (John Ratzenberger),  Mr. Potato Head (Don Rickles) and all of their buddies, both new and old.   As the movie opens, Andy is preparing to leave for college and packs all of his


“Oceans” is another top Disney release for November, this time an offering for nature lovers. Leave it to Disney to create one of the most beautiful and unique looks at the creatures that inhabit our seas. A documentary with all of the intrigue of a drama, this film will amaze you with its stunning images captured with the most advanced under-water imaging equipment available.

You will marvel at scenes that give the audience a view of the oceans that appears to be projected through the eyes of the animals rather than those of the photographer.   This may be your only chance to safely swim side-by-side with a great white shark and romp with playful dolphins. You will follow giant whales as they migrate thousands of miles and then get to view the depths of the ocean through the eyes of some of its tiniest creatures. Directors Jacque Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud make sure that your visit to the oceans is one that you won’t forget. The familiar voice of actor Pierce Brosnan narrates the English version of the film.

in visuals and sound in its science. He uses an interesting forensic approach to aid viewers in understanding the evolution of the planet. Plenty of good graphics add to the story. You will see the deepest places on Earth, the driest places on Earth and plenty of natural wonders in between. Enjoy the wonder, splendor and majesty of the forces of nature.


Stone (R) (2010) Screenwriter Angus MacLachlan has assembled an interesting group of three characters to be appraised and perused by the audience. None of them How the Earth was Made deserve much of our sympathy, but all have “How the Earth was Made: The Complete an agenda even though they may or may Season One” on Blu-Ray® gives fans the not be easily discerned. First there is the opportunity to own all 13 episodes of this coarse, seasoned prisoner Gerald “Stone” popular History Channel series. Over ten Creeson, a convicted arsonist nearing the hours of eye-popping footage captures the end of his rope and approaching a parole natural forces that shaped and continue to hearing. Then there is parole officer Jack re-shape our planet. You will watch natural Mabry (Robert De Niro), Bible thumpphenomena from the Great Lakes to Kraka- ing clean on the outside, but he is losing toa as forces such as volcanoes, ice sheets ground to some glaring moral weaknesses and even colliding continents fashion geoas he rounds out his long career in correclogic wonders. tions. Last is the sexy, sleazy, provocative   Director Robert Strange creates a series rich wfe of Stone, Lucetta (Milla Jojovich).

Each scene is a carefully crafted exchange between two of the principals.   Their interaction is a cat and mouse plot that blurs the line between good and bad. Who is right and who is wrong is not an applicable question as we are made aware that all three have a dark side. As Stone emotes to Mabry early on, “I’m as clean as anybody. I’m as clean as you.” Chances are, he’s correct. As Stone meets with Officer Mabry in his prison office he tries to convince him that he is rehabilitated and ready for an early release. Outside the institution, Stone’s wife Lucetta attempts to seduce Mabry into signing the release. At times her motive is uncertain but her success is undeniable.

and sentenced to life in prison. His younger sister Betty Anne Waters (Hilsry Swank), certain of his innocence, pledges never to give up on proving her brother’s innocence.   In an act of extreme devotion, Betty Anne puts her life on hold, gets her GED, manages to get into college and ultimately earns a law degree all in an attempt to free her brother. Over the eighteen years of her plight, the use of DNA evidence evolved into an accepted defense tool. Persistence pays off and Betty anne manages to procure some evidence that can free her brother and implicate a crooked cop all with the help of the Innocence Project. █ C. E. Morgan is a member of St. Louis Film Critics.


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