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Traditions y clan creates new traditions as the family grows. We draw names among those who are 16 years and older. Each of us will be filling a stocking for the name we drew. I don’t know about the others but I am seeking to fill my name’s stocking with as much as I can that is “Made in America.” I received a message from Charmaine, an e-mail about the Birth Of A New Tradition that is making rounds among our peers. I read it through and agree with much of what is contained in the message. This year can be different. This year Americans can think ahead and give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. Things can be found that are produced by American hands. Haircuts: Everyone gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber? Gym Membership: It’s appropriate for all ages thinking about health improvement. Car Detailing: Who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American-owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates. Driveway / Lawn Care: Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or games at the local golf course. Local Restaurants: There are so many owner-run restaurants offering gift certificates. If your intended isn't interested in the fancy eateries, what about a half-dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast restaurant. This


You Name It …by Kitty Maiden is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open. Oil Changes: How many people could not use an oil change for their car, truck, or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy? Cleaning: Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would love the services of a local cleaning lady for a day. Computer Overhaul: If you know a friend or family member’s computer could use a tune-up—pledge that as a gift. Crafts: Looking for something more personal? Local crafts people do quilting, knit scarves, make jewelry, pottery, and beautiful wooden boxes. Local Entertainment: Plan your holiday outings at local, owner-operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. There are other ways to gift, straight from the heart and straight from the home. A local bank teller said she gives her brother a homemade cake that he totally appreciates. I’ve toyed with an idea for some time… a personalized calendar for the coming year. Some computer gurus are already doing this. While adding new traditions, hold true to the true meaning of Christmas. Kitty Maiden is a staff writer for Seniors Today.

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Seniors Today 360 S. Yonge, Street Ormond Beach, FL 32174 Phone: 386.677.7060 Fax: 386.677.0836 Website: Published by Schillinger Enterprises, Inc. General Manager Bonnie Schillinger Editor Bonnie Gragg Staff Writers Kitty Maiden Peggy & George Goldtrap

What’s Happening Around Town… Free Caregiver’s Days First United Methodist Church of Ormond Beach is providing a free Caregiver’s Days Out that includes food, fun, and special attention for care receivers. The days are from 9 A.M. to 2 P.M. on Thurs., Dec. 15; Sat., Jan. 14; and Thurs., Feb. 16 at First United Methodist Church of Ormond Beach. For details, please call 386. 677.3581, ext. 311.

Dancing Join Bailey’s Best at the Schnebly Recreation Center in Daytona Beach every Friday for Adult/Senior Dancing. The fun begins at 1:30 P.M. and runs until 3:30 P.M. The cost if $5 per person and includes refreshments. For more info, please call Dave at 386.214.2316.

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Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center, 305 Memorial Medical Pkwy., Ste. 100, Daytona Beach now offers a Center For Health And Wellness with state of the art equipment, group fitness classes, specialty programs and training, and much more. They are now accepting SilverSneakers too! For hours, fees, and more information, call 386.231.3415.

New Lunch Bunch Lunch Bunch meets every Thursday at 12 NOON at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 724 Big Tree Road, South Daytona and now there is a second location at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1205 Ridgewood Ave., Holly Hill. Just $5 gets you lunch and bingo with non-monetary prizes. RSVP by NOON the Tuesday prior to the church where you wish to attend. Holy Cross, 386.767.6542 or Trinity, 386.255.7580.

Medicare Workshops Come find out how medicare works on Dec. 6 or Jan. 3 at 6 P.M.; or Dec. 7 or Jan. 4 at 10 A.M. at Great American Senior Benefits, 1930 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach. Seating fills fast! RSVP to 386.671.9150 or great americanpr@ and leave name and date you wish to attend.

Outreach Dinner Open Arms is an outreach ministry for the blind and visually impaired in the Daytona Beach area. You are invited to a free dinner, fellowship and a program being offered at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 724 Big Tree Road, South Daytona, on the second Saturday of every month from 3:30–5:30 P.M. Please the church at 386.767.6542 one week prior to reserve your place.

Open Forum Find out What’s New With Medicare during this free seminar presented by Debra Sephton, a Licensed General Agent and owner of Atlantic Benefit Consultants, LLC on Tues., Dec. 20 from 2–4 P.M. at Florida Hospital Flagler, Classrooms A/B, 60 Memorial Medical Pkwy., Palm Coast. Learn about the often over-looked financial burden of healthcare during retirement and the importance of selecting appropriate senior healthcare coverages and more. For information or to RSVP, please call 386.586.4440 or e-mail

Free Computer Classes Adults can improve their computer skills with free classes at the New Smyrna Beach Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway. Upcoming programs include: • All about Google: 10:30 to 11:30 A.M., Thursday, Dec. 1. • Introduction to Android tablets: 10:30 to 11:30 A.M., Tuesday, Dec. 6. • Getting started with computers: 10 to 11:30 A.M., Wednesday, Dec. 7. • Introduction to e-mail: 10:30 to 11:30 A.M., Thursday, Dec. 8. • Introduction to the iPad: 10:30 to 11:30 A.M., Tuesday, Dec. 13. • Intermediate computer skills: 10 to 11:30 A.M., Wednesday, Dec. 14. • Microsoft Word 2007: 10 to 11:30 A.M., Wednesday, Dec. 21.   Participants may bring their own laptops. Eight library laptops, which use a Windows 7 operating system, are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is required; call 386.424. 2910, option 4.

Genealogy Databases Are you ready to explore your family tree? Learn about genealogy databases during a free program from 10:30 to 11:30 A.M., Thursday, Dec. 15 at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway. Eight library laptops are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants are welcome to bring their own laptops or tablets. Registration is required; call 386.424.2910, option 4.

Free Movies The New Smyrna Beach Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway will show four Hollywood films in December. The movies will be shown at 2 P.M. on Dec. 9, 16, 23, and 30. Reservations are not required. For movie titles, call 386.424. 2910, option 4.

Holiday Events Christmas Concert Song Of The Coast Sweet Adeline Chorus will present a Christmas Concert entitled Christmas Treasures on Sun., Dec. 11 at 3:30 P.M. at the Tomoka United Methodist Church, 1000 Old Tomoka Rd., Ormond Beach. Musical selections will be both religious and secular. Also performing will be the On The Edge and Pitch Pipers. Donation is $10. For details, visit:  songofthecoast. org or call 386.673.4398. Stetson Concert Stetson University's string and piano quintet will perform from 2 to 3 P.M., Sunday, Dec. 11 in the auditorium of the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona. Reservations are not required for this free concert.  For details, call the library at 386.789.7207, option 1, then 4. Choir Performance The Southeast Volusia Community Choir will present a Christmas concert from 5:30 to 6:45 P.M. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway, New Smyrna Beach. The program will feature traditional and spiritual arrangements done in four-part harmony. Reservations are not required. For details, call 386.424.2910, option 4. Christmas Concert Join the New Smyrna Beach Barracuda Band for their Winter Concert Wednesday, December 7, 7 P.M. Get into the sprit of the season by enjoying holiday music by these very talented musicians. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Refreshment will be offered for purchase. Christmas Tea Enjoy Christmas Tea at Lilian Place Heritage Center, 1000 S Peninsula Dr., Daytona Beach, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2 P.M. Cost is $20 plus tax and includes a tour of decorated Lilian Place, 1884 Museum, and Christmas Gift Shop Sale. Reservations are required. Call 386.256. 4810. Charles Dickens Irene Curran, a literary lecturer and retired teacher, will discuss the life and works of Charles Dickens, author of A Christmas Carol and other great novels at 1 P.M., Saturday, Dec. 10 at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway. Reservations are not required. Call 386.424. 2910, option 4.

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How To Dress A Naked Bird by George Goldtrap nce again we’ve experienced Turkey season, that time of year when we celebrate our abundance and count our blessings by sacrificing a fellow creature. Has anyone asked turkeys about that? They might offer some feed back. Come to think of it … they do! It has been said that everybody gets their 15 minutes in the spotlight. Turkey’s get a whole day… but only once. Turkeys suffer a lot. Their species is maligned when somebody displays an obvious penchant for stupidity. ‘What a turkey,’ we say! Or, let someone eat like a pig and what do we say… ‘oh he just ‘gobbled’ it up!’ We eat pig’s feet, chicken livers, and cow tongues but nobody, and I mean nobody eats turkey beaks! Turkey’s have wings but can’t fly any further than Dolly Parton, and for the same reason. They live in the woods, or on wire floors, are forced to eat bugs, or commercially prepared mash and are given more hormone injections than Phyllis Diller.  In the days of yore turkeys lost their feathers to writers like me. Today brave hunters roam the woods in ATV’s looking for a wild turkey to shoot. There’s only one well known Wild Turkey and that one is confined to a store shelf. Then there’s the seasonal stuffing ritual when a normally mild mannered woman viciously assaults a fowl cadaver with enthusiasm usually reserved for a proctologist. What about their nickname... butterball. I mean really?  Would your wife allow you to introduce her as your butterball? Turkey meat is touted as non fattening, good for those who are diet conscious. Well I guess so. Turkey meat is so bland and blah that after two bites you’re ready for a baloney sandwich. If you wanted to create the sorriest sausage available, what would you use … hello! Turkey! What’s to be said for Turkey jerky? If you have to be in jail guess where the worst jail in the world is. Remember the movie Midnight Express? You got it…

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Happy Talk …by George & Peggy Goldtrap Turkey! If you were giving an award for the worst movies of the years what would you call them? Of course…the Golden Turkey Awards. Turkey’s are musically illiterate too. Ever hear a symphony play Turkey in the straw? What about that phrase…. ‘let’s talk turkey.’ Just try it and you’ll spend Thanksgiving on the funny farm. Who would want to be a turkey?  Well now wait a minute. Ben Franklin wanted to make them our national bird and put their picture everywhere, and he might have too were it not for the soaring presence of the eagle. Ever wonder what would have happened if turkeys had made it to national prominence? There’d be a turkey atop every flag poll, turkey plaques on the walls of every politician. (That might not be a bad idea yet!). Scouts would aspire to be Turkey Scouts. Fishermen would fish with turkey hooks. Thanksgiving dinner would be eagle and dressing. Turkey shoots would be ‘eagle shoots.’ Won’t that send cold chills down the spine of any invironholic worth his salt. Can you imagine the Super Bowl being won by the Philadelphia Turkeys? So, the eagle won out. It’s just as well. Would the Turkey Federation even consider freezing an eagle. I think not! Even the Turkey Vulture is a protected bird! I can’t figure it out. Turkey good, turkey not so go. They go through life praying for a presidential reprieve with odds of millions to one, but that one… boy is he happy! The others… they just await their time to thaw out and become a slice of life! The annual feast is now over for most … but we’ve got some scraps and leftovers if you wana come over.

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Christmas Customs Trace To Druids Special to Seniors Today any Christmas customs are carryovers from pre-Christian celebrations. Hanging gifts on trees is supposed to stem from tree worship of the Druids and the belief that the tree was the giver of all good things. In the eighth century, Saint Boniface is said to have substituted a fir tree for the pagan oak as a symbol of faith. Martin Luther, the Protestant reformer, fostered the Christmas tree cult in the 16 century by using a candlelit tree as a symbol of Christ's heavenly home. It's said he was so taken with the Christmas night sky that he wished to bring “the lights of the stars” into the home of his family. Trees decorated with candles, fruit, and paper flowers were introduced into Britain soon after Queen Victoria's marriage, leading to our customs today. The Druids also are partly responsible for the use of mistletoe at Christmastime. They regarded mistletoe as sacred because it stayed green even during winter. On the sixth day of the new moon, a Druid priest would cut mistletoe from an oak tree with a sacred sickle. A passing virgin was called upon to catch the falling plant, which was not allowed to touch the ground. The Druids dedicated the plant to the Goddess of Love, which explains the kissing that goes on under it. Originally, when a boy kissed a girl, he plucked a berry from



the cluster and presented it to her. When the berries were gone, so were the kisses. A wreath with holly, red berries, and other decorations dates from at least the 17th century. Holly, with its sharply pointed leaves, symbolized the thorns in Christ's crown-of-thorns. Red berries symbolized the drops of Christ's blood. A wreath at Christmas signified a home that celebrated the birth of Christ. Tinsel on the Christmas tree is attributed to a woman whose husband died. She was left to bring up a large family of children herself, and she was determined to make a happy time for them at Christmas. She prepared a Christmas tree to surprise them on Christmas Day. Unfortunately, spiders visited the tree, and crawled from branch to branch, making webs all over it. The Christ Child saw the tree and knew she would be devastated to find this on Christmas morning. He changed the spiders' webs to shining silver. In Christmas tree decorations, angels are usually portrayed as wimpy blondes in girl's blouses and sandals. In the Bible, however, angels are muscular bullies who frequently goad humans into fistfights. Life isn't all harps and heavenly choirs for angels; there's a strict career structure. The only angels mentioned by name in the Bible are archangels, the eighth-ranking order of angels.

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For The Week Of December 5 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Some changes might seem confusing at first, especially to an Aries whose impatience levels are pretty shaky this week. Take it one step at a time and it will be clear. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) That difficult situation you've been dealing with continues to call for careful handling. Avoid quickly made choices that might not stand up when put to the test. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You still have lots of evaluating to do before you can consider making a commitment. It's better to move cautiously than to risk stumbling into a misunderstanding. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) A previously peevish partner offers to be more helpful with your problems. Remember: The final choice is yours. Be guided by what you feel is right. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) As the Big Cat, you sometimes can be pretty rough on those you suspect of betrayal. The best advice is to pull in those claws and listen. It might surprise you. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) Your inner voice usually guides you well. A note of caution: This is a period of mixed signals for you, so be careful that you don't misunderstand.

LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Cupid's call beckons both single Librans looking for a new love, as well as couples hoping to strengthen their relationships. A workplace problem is quickly resolved. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) It's been a hectic time for you, and you might want to take a break to restore both body and soul. You'll then be set to face new challenges later this month. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) It's a good idea to take a more conservative approach to your financial situation right now. Some plans made earlier this year might need readjusting. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) This is a fine time to move boldly into those new opportunities that were promised to you. Check them over, and then choose the best one for you. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Congratulations. Your self-assurance is growing stronger, and you should now feel more confident about making a decision about a possible commitment. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) You're very close to reaching your goal. Be wary of distractions that can lure you off-course and leave you stranded far away from where you really want to be.

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he statistics on elder financial abuse are ugly. Abuse victims lose roughly $2.6 billion per year. One in every 20 seniors admits to being the victim of financial abuse, but only one in every 44 cases is reported. In the online blog Recognizing Signs Of Elder Abuse (and Traits of Elder Abusers), attorney Will Sleeth lists the ways abusers can put pressure on seniors to change their estate plans. They can include bullying, isolating, and threatening. The tactics and suggested investments from a financial abuser might sound a bit off as well, such as an anonymous investment club. Characteristics of the abusers themselves can be surprising. They're often educated, sophisticated, and well-off. Sometimes they're convicted felons, or attorneys or doctors who lost their licenses to practice. Mostly, however, they're socially isolated, having few friends or social contacts. That's where the Internet can be handy. Many states have court case search features in their online judicial record


systems. These are searchable by location, date, and name. Anyone who is a financial abuser of seniors likely has done it before, and there will be a record of previous court cases and lawsuits. For more information, check Sleeth's site ( and read more of the articles he's written. The National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse ( has a large section on financial abuse. Financial scammers can sink so low as to read newspaper death announcements to identify those who are recently widowed and therefore vulnerable. If you've been the victim of financial abuse, or think someone is trying to scam you, speak up. Call the police. Call your bank and ask to speak to the manager. You can be protected.

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former Marine has come up with a great idea: a veterans' television network. He didn't come by that idea the easy way; it took the suicide death of his pal to force him to realize that humor might be the only real way to combat the horrible statistics of veteran suicide. Thus, he launched a Kickstarter program for a proposed television network called Veteran Television, or VetTV. According to the three-minute video, VetTV intends to use “humor and camaraderie to bring veterans together to heal the mental wounds of war” using authentic humor, not the kind that Hollywood produces. Some of the proposed shows sound promising: Kill, Die, Laugh; A Grunt's Life; The Veteran Mating Game; and Gods Of War. It will show the good, the bad, and the ugly of military life—but with humor. The creator says he's aiming at the post9/11 veteran, but from what I've seen so far, it speaks to all veterans. The shows will be streamed to phone, tablet, or computer once a week, like


Hulu or Netflix. Subscribers will vote on the shows that will be seen next. The venture needs $250,000 to create four months of shows, with one new episode per week for each branch of the military. After the initial funding, the VetTV will be self-sustaining. Content will be for veterans, made by veterans. Subscriptions will cost only $5 per month. VetTV has already partnered with veteran-owned businesses and nonprofits to help with Kickstarter. At this writing, it has nearly 1,000 backers and $80,000. To view the three-minute info video, go to, and for more information, go to Click on Kickstarter to view the fundraising campaign and decide if you can send a few dollars. After all, it's for us. Write to Freddy Groves in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to

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Holiday Scams hether by telephone, in person, through e-mail and social media, outside the grocery or department store or while walking through the mail, we all receive numerous appeals to give to a variety of organizations and causes. For many, the holidays are a time to donate money to those less fortunate. While it’s good to contribute to charitable causes, the decision to give is a personal one. Before you decide, you should take some precautions to make sure that the charity is legitimate. That’s because the holidays in particular are a time when con artists are cooking up schemes designed to take advantage of the public’s sympathy and giving spirit. For instance, you may be asked to give to an organization whose name is very similar to other wellknown organizations. Are these organizations the same or somehow related? Is one totally unrelated to the cause of the other, but just trying to capitalize on another organization’s good name? What if you’ve never heard of the organization that’s soliciting you for a donation? You also should know that charitable organizations often will contract with professional fundraisers to solicit on their behalf. If that’s the case, then a portion of the contributions collected on behalf of the organization will pay the expenses of the fund-raiser. That will affect the percentage of the organization’s funds that directly benefit the program or charity you’re giving to. You might be asked to donate to a local family in need that may have lost their possessions in a fire or natural disaster. In these cases, a trustee is required to open a trust account in order to solicit donations. If you decide to contribute, it’s best to give by check, made payable to the trust fund and not an individual. Here are some additional suggestions to consider before deciding whether to donate to a charity: • Make sure you know who’s asking for the money and how they plan to spend it. Ask questions, and don’t contribute unless you’re satisfied with the answers. • Be wary of emotional appeals. • Ask the person seeking your donation whether they are a volunteer or paid solicitor for the charity.


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Antiques Art Deco Q: I have become fascinated by Art Deco after purchasing a cocktail set from the 1930s at a flea market in Chicago. Can you recommend a good general reference? —Laura, Naperville, Illinois A: Judith Miller claims in her new book, Art Deco: Living With the Art Deco Style, that Art Deco completely transformed all branches of design, from the fine and decorative arts to transport, product design, fashion, graphic design, and even architecture. The clean lines of Art Deco make it classic and timeless, and she points out what to look for as a collector. Miller is considered an expert of antiques and collectibles and frequently appears on television, both in America and the U.K. Her book explores all the key collecting areas with chapters on furniture, glass, ceramics, sculpture, metalwork, silver and jewelry, prints, posters, rugs, and textiles. Miller’s handsome, lavishly illustrated book also features accurate, up-to-date pricing. Her book is published by Millers/Mitchell Beazley. This might be a good place to begin your exploration of Art Deco. *** Q: During the 1940s, I attended a Nelson Eddy concert in Springfield, Illinois, with my parents and brother. How can I find


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To Your Good Health Old-School Dieting? by Keith Roach, M.D. Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 68-year-old man, 5-feet-10-inches tall and weighing 223 pounds. Last January, my weight was up to 247, so I decided to diet and exercise in order to lose it. My goal is to get below 200. In a recent visit to my physician, I told him that I was losing weight by restricting my total calories to 1,700 per day on a sevenday running average (so I can go out to eat once in a while). I am trying to keep my fats below 30 percent on a seven-day calorie basis, and I am trying to keep total carbs to 50 percent or so. My physician told me that my diet plan was old-school. He said that I should eliminate all sugars and all grains. I should eat a couple of ounces of meat and/or eggs. I should eat as many fruits and vegetables as I want without worrying about calories. In your opinion, should I follow his advice, or should I continue with what has been working for me? —J.B. Answer: Your physician is right that counting calories is old-school. However, if you can stay with it, it will work. If you expend more calories than you take in, you will lose weight. That is the energy balance equation, and there are no exceptions. However, the issue isn't so straightforward as you might think from that statement. Fat and protein make almost everybody feel more full and satisfied, comparing meals of

the same calories, than a high-carbohydrate meal. Plain, fresh fruits and vegetables, absent of dips or sauces that load on the calories, are low in calories, in most cases, and can be eaten in relatively large amounts without slowing weight loss much. I also agree with your physician that simple sugars and processed grains add calories without a lot of real nutrition and don’t fill you up much (and may even make you hungrier later). I don’t think all grains need to be avoided: The fiber present in whole grains also improves satiety, and I recommend that all grains be whole grains. However, some people find that eliminating grain entirely helps them. By all means, you can stick with what works for you. That being said, most people find that by adding a little healthy protein and fat, you can stick with your eating plan with less hunger or discomfort. Losing weight can make people feel a little uncomfortable. I think you will find that the eating plan he outlined, while still keeping an eye on calories, will allow you to reach your weight goals. Dr. Roach regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but will incorporate them in the column whenever possible. Readers may email questions to ToYour To view and order health pamphlets, visit or write to Good Health, 628 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803.





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