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Thursday November 28, 2019 Volume 65 | Number 14



Illuminate the Holiday Season with WildLights

WildLights Spectacular Return to The Living Desert

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he Living Desert Zoo and Gardens will light up the desert this holiday season with WildLights, a spectacular light display presented by the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation, select evenings now through December 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. Now celebrating its 27th year, WildLights will amaze guests with over a million twinkling LED lights and festive activities, transforming The Living Desert into a luminescent winter wonderland for all to enjoy. “The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is a magical place and even more so in the glow of holiday lights,” said Allen Monroe, President/CEO of The Living Desert. “The enchanting assortment of illuminated animal sculptures – many representing species found at the Zoo – sets this event apart from many other holiday traditions. As with all events at the Zoo, WildLights not only helps support our mission of saving endangered species, it makes for wonderful family memories.” Guests are invited to take in the lights and sights while enjoying lively entertainment and holiday activities, fun for all ages. Visit with Santa, enjoy the sparkling tunnel of lights synchronized to music, gaze at the life-sized, ani-

mal lanterns and holiday-themed G-scale model train display, and create a take-home ornament. New this year, a giant 15 foot illuminated present will serve as the perfect backdrop for photos. Throughout the evening, animated light shows will be set to music around the Zoo. Visitors also will be dazzled by animal encounters, educational keeper chats, and many of the animals of Africa including giraffe, cheetah, and African wild dog. For an additional fee, attendees can take a spin on the carousel, make s’mores, and ride the Polar Express train ride that transports them through a snowy, sparkling wonderland. Seasonal refreshments, holiday spirits, WildLights souvenirs, and zoo-themed holiday gifts will be available for purchase. WildLights takes place November 27, 29-30; and December 6-7, 1314, 20-24, 26-28. Event hours are 6 - 9 p.m. with last entry at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $14 per person; $12 for members, military (with ID); $10 for children ages 3-12 and free for those under 3. Some attractions require additional fees. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the main admissions gate. For more information, visit or call 760-346-5694.




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WORD SEARCH When Every Dollar Counts For so many of us, finances can be tough, leaving us few options for the things that make our lives more meaningful. That’s where senior discounts can help. I know...we don’t like to do that. But once we get used to the idea of asking, it gets easier, and leaves money in our pockets. And remember, when you ask if there is a senior discount available, you won’t be the first to ask that question. ANSWER TO WORD SEARCH ON PAGE 9




A Pair of Docs

Jules Verne’s fictional character Phileas Fogg traveled around the world in 80 days. But a pair of British doctors recently made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for doing it in 218 days, 22 hours. And, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC], they earned the

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record on a bicycle built for two. They covered more than 18,000 miles across Australia, Asia, India, Europe and North America. In Verne’s novel, Around the World in 80 Days, Fogg’s circumnavigation of the world was done on a bet. Doctors Lloyd Collier and Louis Snellgrove did it to raise money for Spinal Research and the Brain Foundation. The Association of Mature American Citizens [] provides the Filler Files as a service on issues of concern to Americans over 50.

Serving 110 Mobile Manufactured Home and RV Parks in the Coachella, Morongo and Yucca Valley for 65 years. The Mobile Home News is a household tradition for the 55+ manufactured home park and RV Park population. Available at clubhouses and racks in manufactured home parks. Also available in many area businesses and senior centers. Businesses or private parties interested in advertising to the 55+ community please call 760-820-2610. Published Thursdays by Hi-Desert Publishing Company. News, photos or editorial submissions or story ideas should be sent to All delivery issues should be directed to Ahkto Distribution at or call 760-459-4204 760-820-2610

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Here are a few ideas:

• Check for senior discounts at the local YMCA. Sometimes during membership drives, two friends can sign up for the price of one, or a spouse can be added for only a few dollars. Or there’s a discount if you bring in a few canned goods for the food pantry (especially during the holidays).

• If an annual membership at the local museum is $299 and you can purchase a senior membership for $59, you get the same benefits as those who pay the full price. Sign up for its newsletters and read them for a few months to help decide if it’s worth it to you to see exhibits and hear speakers.

• Call the nearest college. Chances are it offers either discounted or free classes to seniors. Some places even have what they call Senior College, with courses geared to what interests us. Look for brown-bag lunch lectures as well as full courses.

• If you discover that your favorite restaurant gives senior discounts, perhaps you can increase your dinners out from once to twice a month, especially if added to other new discounts you now ask for.

Every dollar counts, especially since Medicare Part B is going up another $9.10 in January, cutting into our 1.6% Social Security increase.

Life in the Wild Is No Life for Pets Dear Paw’s Corner: If a pet gets released into the wild, can it survive on its own? -Ben G., via email Dear Ben: Some domesticated pets can survive for a while outdoors, hunting or scavenging for food. But they have a much shorter lifespan and can easily fall prey to injury, sickness or other predators. Dogs, for example, have been domesticated for so long that they’ve lost many of the key skills required of a wolf or a truly wild dog. According to a study published in 2010, “Pet dogs failed basic intelligence tests that wolves and wild dogs pass with ease.” This may be because pet dogs are trained to expect food at

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certain times of day, and do not have to hunt for it -- so they’ve never really had to think about how to solve certain problems. And while cats are noted for their independence and hunting skills, a cat abandoned in the wild may not fare very well -- and may become prey for larger predators or even feral cats. The same goes for other domesticated pets. Rabbits? There’s a good chance Flopsy will just sit there in the field where you abandoned him until a hawk spots him and swoops in. Parrots? They’ll have trouble finding food they can eat, and except for the very southernmost parts of the U.S., winter temperatures will stress their systems fatally. My point is that releasing pets into the wild is utterly cruel and downright cowardly. A pet is a responsibility, one you’ve taken on. If you’re having trouble taking care of a pet, resources are available in your local community, from shelters to pet charities. Ask for help. Don’t just abandon your pets. (c) 2019 King Features Synd., Inc.


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ACROSS 1. Egyptian bull-god 5. America 8. Type of field (abbr.) 11. Reagan’s Deputy AG 13. Negative 14. Mother of Hermes 15. Summer and Winter Olympics gold medal winner 16. In shape 17. Oh my goodness! 18. People of Guinea or Sierra Leone 20. A form of “to be” 21. Succulent plant 22. Estranges 25. Honest 30. Showing conviction 31. High schoolers’ test

32. Implant 33. Acknowledgment 38. Cash dispenser 41. Transferred to another 43. Superhero group 45. Photographers 48. Small, rich sponge cake 49. Power to perceive 50. Heavy cavalry sword 55. Israel’s first permanent UN delegate 56. Everything 57. Afflicted 59. Language spoken in Chad 60. Pioneering MC Kool Moe __ 61. Jewish spiritual leader

62. Keyboard key 63. Soviet Socialist Republic 64. Impudence

DOWN 1. Type of degree 2. Expression of sorrow or pity 3. Large, predatory lizard 4. River in Romania 5. Biased 6. Parties 7. TV’s used to need one 8. Philly football player 9. Recognized ethnic group of China 10. Gradually disappear 12. Large, dark antelope

14. Vegetarians won’t eat it 19. Takes the energy out of 23. Body part 24. Succeed in achieving 25. Where golfers begin 26. Computer memory 27. One who buys and sells securities 28. Midway between north and northeast 29. Quiet and rather dull 34. A limb on which to walk 35. It precedes two 36. Of she 37. Commercials 39. Necessary for sewing 40. Infectious viral disease 41. Expression of good wishes 42. Some are contact 44. More plentiful 45. Secret political clique 46. Behind the stern of a ship 47. Supernatural force 48. Altar in Orthodox churches 51. Swiss river 52. Impartiality 53. “Luther” actor Idris 54. They resist authority (slang) 58. Criticize



Brain Teaser

Thanksgiving is here, everyone grab a chair, for it’s time to eat a tasty bird who flies through the air. What bird is it?



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1. ANATOMY: What is a common name for the “digitus annularis”? 2. MOVIES: Which 1980s movie featured the song “Up Where We Belong”? 3. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: In which year did Harper’s print its first magazine? 4. U.S. PRESIDENT: Which president invented the swivel chair? 5. GAMES: What is the name of the male mascot in the “Monopoly” board game?


• It was Lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran who made the following sage observation: “I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.” • Those who study such things have determined that one out of every four alcoholic drinks consumed in the world has vodka in it. • Famed actor Clark Gable, dubbed the King of Hollywood, was once a hobo.

7. TELEVISION: What was the name of Lily and Herman’s son in “The Munsters”? 8. U.S. STATES: What is the capital of Idaho?

10. ANIMAL KINGDOM: What is a group of frogs called? © 2019 King Features Synd., Inc.


• At some point you’ve almost certainly heard a coward described as “lily-livered,” but did you ever wonder where that expression came from? It was once believed that the seat of courage in the human body was the liver; therefore, someone who was timid presumably lacked blood in the liver, causing that organ to become white. • Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than for the U.S. Treasury. • There once was a law in Marshalltown, Iowa, stating that it was illegal for a horse to eat a fire hydrant. And in Oregon, it was at one time illegal for a dead person to serve on a jury.

• Paper lunch bags make excellent receptacle for cat litter waste. They are much more environmentally friendly than plastic bags, and can be folded down and placed directly into an outside trash can. The bags are easily stored near the litter box, because they lay flat.

6. HISTORY: Which Revolutionary War figure led the Boston Tea Party?

9. BIBLE: What was Abel’s occupation, compared with Cain’s?


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• Do you need to go to a fancy liquor store for simple syrup? No way! Simply mix equal parts sugar and water, bring to a simmer and store in the fridge in a covered jar. Use in drink recipes and to sweeten iced tea.



• According to waste management company Republic Services, approximately 30% of what Americans place in their curbside recycling bins does not belong there, including greasy pizza boxes, wet cardboard, plastic bags,

• Would the history of medicine be different if Sigmund Freud had gone into law instead of psychoanalysis? That was his original aspiration in life -- to be a lawyer. • Karaoke and karate: Other than the fact that they are both from Japan, you wouldn’t think they have much in common. However, they both have the same root word, “kara,” which means empty. “Oke” means “voice” and “te” means “hand;” hence, “karaoke” is “empty voice,” and “karate” is “empty hand.” • Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of their birthplace. (c) 2019 King Features Synd., Inc.

food-tainted materials, and even bowling balls and garden hoses. Meanwhile, only one in four plastic bottles is recycled. • Scoop up this trick when cooking scallops: Refrigerate uncovered for about 30 minutes before they will hit the pan or grill. This will help to dry out the surface, giving you a good sear instead of a steam. Make sure your pan is hot, and don’t leave the stove or grill, because scallops don’t take more than 1 1/2 minutes per side. (c) 2019 King Features Synd., Inc.


Q: Is the cast of “Friends” reuniting in the form of a new series, like “Will & Grace” did? If so, will it be on network TV or something like Netflix? -- C.I. A: The rumor of an onscreen “Friends” reboot began surfacing when Jennifer Aniston, who played Rachel on the show, joined Instagram and posted a picture of herself with her former co-stars. Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc were all smiling in the group selfie, as close as ever. Even more promising to fans was an exclusive story by The Hollywood Reporter that the cast was in talks with HBO Max about possibly reuniting for an “unscripted special.” It’s not known if that means Aniston, et al. will be improvising scenes as their characters, or if they’ll simply be sharing a couch, reminiscing about the show. We’ll just have to wait and see. Q: Is “Days of Our Lives” going to be canceled? I read that all the stars were taken “off contract.” What does that mean? -- P.A. A: The good thing about “Days,” the NBC daytime soap that has

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been on the air for an astounding 55 years, is that it tapes its episodes about eight months in advance. The bad news is that in mid-November the entire cast was released from their contracts, and the soap was going on indefinite hiatus. The “Days” cast and crew always take a long break over the holidays, but we don’t notice it because new episodes continue to air weekdays. However, what’s different this season is the announcement that all the actors would be taken off contract with no end in sight. With so many months of episodes filmed but not having aired yet, NBC and Sony have time to negotiate with what fans hope will be a positive outcome. (c) 2019 King Features Synd., Inc.

They Lived Happily Ever After Charlotte and John Henderson of Austin, TX were married in 1939 and will celebrate their 80th anniversary in December. But that’s not the reason they made it into the Guinness Book of World Records. The Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC] says it is because they are officially the

oldest known married couple. He’s 106 years old and she’s 105. And they said it wouldn’t last. The Association of Mature American Citizens [] provides the Filler Files as a service on issues of concern to Americans over 50.


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Does A-Fib Diagnosis Mean No More Steak? Dear Dr. Roach: I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation a year ago. A week after that, I had an MRI that showed I’d had a ministroke and probably several others in the past. I love ribeye steak, and eat it maybe two or three times a year. Is this safe? -- R.A. Answer: A-fib is a rhythm problem of the heart. The natural rhythm is lost, so the heartbeat becomes irregular. Because of the lack of normal movement in the heart, the blood can pool and form clots in the left atrium; these clots can travel downstream to lodge in a blood vessel. Clots can cut off the blood supply to the area where they lodge. It’s most critical when it happens in the brain, since if brain cells die, function is lost. A stroke is just a focal area of cell death in the brain. The size and location of the area in the brain where cell death occurs determines how significant the stroke is. Strokes can range from unnoticeable to devastating to fatal. Most people with atrial fibrillation take medication to reduce the risk of stroke. Eating poorly can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke as well. High amounts of saturated fat -- such as in ribeye steak, which is fattier than many cuts of beef -- increase the risk of damage to blood vessels through buildup of cholesterol plaques. These plaques cut off blood supply, and this causes a heart attack if the plaques are lodged in the arteries of the heart, a stroke if in the brain and various problems if in other parts of the body. In people who have a history of stroke, it’s particularly important to take steps to reduce further risk. That means a discussion with your doctor about whether you are on the best treatment for a-fib and whether you have evidence of cholesterol plaques. Even if you don’t have any evidence of plaques, a healthy diet of mostly plants, with whole grains, nuts and seeds, some fatty fish if you enjoy that and sparse amounts of meats reduces many health risks. However, two or three steaks a year is not going to cause harm. The best data available shows that people who have just over 3 ounces of red meat a week are at the lowest risk of developing blood vessel problems. It’s not clear that zero is better than that small amount. (c) 2019 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

Cheesy Cauliflower-Rice Casserole • 2 cups cooked rice • 2 1/2 cups frozen cut cauliflower, thawed • 1/2 cup chopped onion • 1 (4-ounce) jar sliced mushrooms, drained • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can reduced-fat cream of mushroom soup • 1/3 cup no-fat sour cream • 1/3 cup water • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed • 1 1/2 cups shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese 1. Spray a slow-cooker container with butter-flavored cooking spray. In prepared container, combine rice, cauliflower, onion and mushrooms. Stir in mushroom soup, sour cream and water. Add peas and Cheddar cheese. Mix well to combine. 2. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 to 6 hours. Mix well before serving. Makes 8 (1 cup) servings. (c) 2019 King Features Syndicate, Inc.


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WordSearch Answer

Crossword Answer

Sudoku Answer

Hocus-Focus Answers

1. Pillow pattern is different. 2. Boy’s shirt is black. 3. Mom’s shoes are black. 4. Flowers are added to vase. 5. Piano is taller. 6. Mom’s hairstyle is different.

Stickelers Answer 1-C, 2-A, 3-B, 4-E, 5-D

Hitori Answer

TRIVIA ANSWERS 1. Ring finger

5. Rich Uncle Pennybags

2. “An Officer and a Gentleman”

6. Samuel Adams

3. 1850

7. Eddie

4. Thomas Jefferson

8. Boise

Get VA Medical Info on Your iPhone The Department of Veterans Affairs has partnered with Apple to let us access our health records right from our iPhone. This information will include not only the health care we get from the VA, but from other medical providers as well. If you’ve ever looked at the Health app on your iPhone, you’ve seen that it’s comprehensive. With the VA partnership with Apple, you’ll be able to look

up lab results and check prescriptions, shot records and more, right on your phone. It will work with third-party apps to keep track of every healthy (or unhealthy) thing you do. It will remind you to take your pills or check your glucose. It will track your sleep cycles and wake you with an alarm. The phone app can even hook up with an Apple smartwatch and let you know if your heart rate is too fast. So why does this make me nervous? Let me count the ways. • You’ll need an iPhone to access the Health app. At this writing, the cheapest one is $450, for an iPhone 8. • The software will periodically connect your phone to the various medical servers and bring in any new records.

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• To keep your medical data safe, you’ll need to use Face ID, a passcode or Touch ID, whether or not you want it. Are you certain that no one else knows your passcode? • The app includes an unencrypted emergency Medical ID card that EMTs (and anyone else) can use to check your health info.

Brain Teaser Answer

• We don’t know that third-party provider apps are safe. Check your iPhone if you have one. The default setting is to track your walking distance, flights climbed and steps taken. You might have years of data on your phone without knowing it. (c) 2019 King Features Synd., Inc.




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