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New Year’s Quotes & Toasts “Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.” —Benjamin Franklin “May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions.” —Joey Adams “Happiness is too many things these days for anyone to wish it on anyone lightly. So let’s just wish each other a bile-less New Year and leave it at that.” —Judith Crist

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is necessary, moment by moment, in order to ease your hangover. I think it would be much more sensible if resolutions began generally on January the second.” —Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones’s Diary “In the New Year, may your right hand always be stretched out in friendship, but never in want.” —Irish toast

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Make The Most Of The New Year!


t has always been my belief that a day spent without learning something new is a waste… and should never happen. So I decided to start the new year right. A friend of mine who lives in Minnesota informs me that she is enjoying time spent inside her home while the snow falls outside. One of the ways Ruth is spending her time is learning stuff… (and often sharing with me). It’s natural that this former librarian has the art of learning and I love hearing from her! As we come into the new year, 2011, I’ll share some of Ruth’s information with you in the form of a question and answer quiz. (Gives you time to think about it). 1. Where did Brazil get it’s name? 2. What country has the greatest number of lakes? 3. Where is 20 percent of the world’s oxygen supply produced? 4. What American city has the second largest Polish population in the world? 5. Which of our states has more than half the coastline of the entire United States? 6. Where is the only land on our planet that is not owned by a country? 7. Where is the oldest continuously inhabited city in existence? 8. What is Los Angeles' full name? 9. What city was the first to have over a million people? 10. What American city was originally called Pig's Eye? …and here are the answers: 1. Brazil was named after the ‘nut’… not the other way around. 2. Canada, an Indian word meaning 'Big Village,' has more lakes than the rest of the world combined. 3. The Amazon rainforest produces more than 20 percent of the world's oxygen supply. The Amazon River pushes so much water into the Atlantic Ocean that, more

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4. Next to Warsaw, Chicago has the largest Polish population in the world. 5. Alaska 6. Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country. Ninety percent of the world's ice covers Antarctica. This ice also represents seventy percent of all the fresh water in the world. Antarctica is essentially a desert; the average yearly total precipitation is about two inches. Although covered with ice (all but 0.4 percent of it, ice), Antarctica is the driest place on the planet, with an absolute humidity lower than the Gobi desert. 7. Damascus, Syria, was flourishing a couple of thousand years before Rome was founded in 753 BC. 8. El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula —it can be abbreviated to 3.63 percent of its size: L.A. 9. The first city to reach a population of 1 million people was Rome, Italy in 133 B.C. There is a city called Rome on every continent. 10. St. Paul Minnesota was originally called ‘Pig’s Eye’ after a man named Pierre 'Pig's Eye' Parrant who set up the first business there. Happy New Year and God Bless You as you face the future, working together toward a better economy, a better world, a better…everything! ST

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Are you to planning travel in 2011? High Performance Travel welcomes you to a travel expo on January 15 from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M. at the Daytona Beach Airport. Hear travel ideas and advice from featured representatives and receive tips on making your travel more enjoyable. The seminar and parking are free. For more information and to RSVP, call 386-252-4423.

ARC Acupuncture and Physical Therapy is hosting an upcoming seminar series for January entitled Take A Holistic Approach To Pain Relief. There are a variety of seminars at different times and locations to choose from. For seminar topics, dates, and locations, please contact Liz Hargis at 352-4089441for more information.

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Start the new year by taking control of your health. Prevention Plus, Inc., is conducting tests for stroke, arterial disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm, osteoporosis, heart scan, and more on Thurs., Jan. 6 at Daytona Beach Shores Senior Center, 3048 S. Atlantic Ave. Early detection saves lives. These reasonably priced tests don’t require a doctor’s prescription. To register, please call 1888-667-7587.

Local walking clubs of the American Volkssport Association host organized walks throughout the United States. The walks are non-competitive and follow pre-determined routes, making them an excellent activity for the whole family. The events encourage physical activity and appreciation of history and the outdoors. They are designed for people of all ages and levels of physical fitness. To learn more information, please call Marvin Stokes, President at 386-788-4026 or e-mail:

Need a break from caregiving? First United Methodist Church of Ormond Beach is providing two free Caregiver’s Day Out that includes food, fun, and special attention for care receivers. The days are from 9 A.M. to 2 P.M. on Thurs., Jan. 8 and Thurs., Feb. 10 at First United Methodist Church of Ormond Beach. For information, call Sherry at 386-677-3581, ext. 311. This is a wonderful opportunity for caregivers to have a break and know that their loved ones are being taken care of in a loving, safe environment.

Lunch Bunch Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 724 Big Tree Road, South Daytona will host Lunch Bunch every Thursday beginning Jan. 6 at 12 NOON. Just $4 gets you lunch and bingo with non-monetary prizes. Reservations are required by noon the Tuesday prior. Call 386-7676542 and leave a message.

Acupuncture Education Dr. Lorenzo Phan will hold education workshops at the Acupuncture & Skin Care Clinic, 725 W. Granada Blvd., Ste. 15 in Ormond Beach on January 12, 19, and 26. Providing natural alternatives to pain medications and surgeries of the typical Western medical model, Dr. Lorenzo Phan will educate Americans on alternative solutions of acupuncture and herbal remedies to alleviate chronic pain that accompanies the most common medical conditions that affect Americans today. For seminar topics and more information, call 386-615-1203.

Flagler County’s RSVP RSVP stands for Retired Senior Volunteer Program, and in Flagler County the organization recruits, places, and recognizes senior volunteers. They have many new projects and are looking for volunteers. If you would like to help, please contact RSVP at 4750 E. Moody Blvd., Ste. 233, Flagler Beach, or phone 386-439-9997.

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Health Screening

Doo Wop Here is a fantasict show you won’t want to miss! Richard Nader Entertainment presents Doo Wop With A Twist on Fri., Jan. 7 at 7:30 P.M. at the Ormond Beach Performing Arts Center on U.S. 1. Enjoy special guests Malt Shoppe Memories and many other performers from yesteryear. Tickets on sale now at orm or you may call the box office at 386-676-3375.

Camera Club The Shores Camera Club meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at 7 P.M. at the Daytona Beach Shores Community Center, 3048 S. Atlantic Ave. (A1A). All ages and levels of photography knowledge from beginners to experts are welcome. There are funfilled "safaris" each month to local events and locations, speakers, competitions, and workshops to learn new photo skills. For more information, call 386-233-3336 or see our website at

Volunteer Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to join its corps of dedicated advocates who protect the rights of elders residing in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and adult family care homes. Special training and certification is provided. All interested individuals are encouraged to call toll-free 888-831-0404 or visit the website at: The local council meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 10 A.M. at 210 N. Palmetto Ave., Room #148 in Daytona Beach. Meetings are open to the public.

Azaleas And Camellias The DeBary Garden Club will be hosting Howard Jeffries on Thurs., Jan. 6 at 7 P.M. at Gateway Park in the Administrative Building Conference Room at 860 N. Highway 17/92. Mr. Jeffries is a certified ISA arborist. Mr. Jeffries will be discussing the history and care of azaleas and camellias. The DeBary Garden Club meets on the first Thursday of the month at 7 P.M. at Gateway Park. Meetings are free, and new members are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Shredding Party Join Newkirk & Company at 632 N. Woodland Blvd. in DeLand, for a Shredding Party, January 21, 2011, 2 to 6 P.M. Shred your confidential documents free of charge. For more information, please call 386-738-7535.

Thursday Dance Join the Port Orange singles dances every Thursday night at the Port Orange VFW, 5830 S. Williamson Blvd., SW on the corner of I-95 & SR 421. Doors open at 6 P.M. and the dance will be held from 7:30–10:30 P.M.

Support Groups New Alcoholics Anonymous A new Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) support group called 1, 2, 3, Miracle will meet at Covenant United Methodist Church, 3701 S. Clyde Morris Blvd. in Port Orange every Thursday at 8 P.M. in room 204. For more information, call Bill at 386-383-9470 or the church office at 386-767-8544. Hurting Yourself With Food? Are you tired of Yo-Yo dieting? Are you addicted to food? There is hope. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) is a solution for all forms of food addiction. People have found recovery from overeating, under eating, and bulimia in FA. For more information, call 386-258-0610.

Estate Tax Update


any, including me, are surprised about what happened with the estate tax law during the week of December 13. As often happens, a change in estate tax law was attached to a bill about other taxes. The estate tax aspect was discussed in the news very little. Estate tax is charged on assets owned by a deceased person. In 2001, Congress set a new estate tax exemption for upcoming years, eliminated estate tax for 2010, and provided that the law would sunset at the end of 2010, resulting in return to a one-million dollar exemption beginning in 2011 and thereafter. The exemption was 3.5 million dollars in 2008 and 2009. Experts believed that Congress would amend the law in 2009 in order to avoid receiving no tax in 2010. However, the law was not changed as to 2010. A significant change to the estate tax law was included in the massive tax bill approved by the Senate and the House during the week of December 13. The estate tax exemption was raised to $5,000,000, and the estate tax rate was reduced to 35 percent. An amendment to the bill was proposed in the House to reduce the exemption and increase the tax rate, but it failed.

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What is so shocking is that Congress allowed many huge estates to go completely untaxed in 2010, and now will receive much, much less than previously anticipated in 2011 and 2012. Reducing taxes does not provide needed income for various budgetary needs, including the health care plan and reduction of the deficit. Since President Obama specifically requested that the bill be passed in the form as it was approved by the Senate, and it was, he signed it into law. The good news for people with between one and five million dollars is that they can stop worrying about their estates being taxable, for the next two years.

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Heart Scan—Echocardiogram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $95 Screening to view wall motion, valves, enlargement, calcifications, stenosis, prolapse, blood clots, tumors, and fluid around the heart.

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Lesser Known Deaths of 2010 by Jason Goldtrap


eg and I enjoy the opportunity to write this column. We always appreciate readers like the nice folks who wrote this week offering to make us ‘real Mexican tamalies.’ We are not the only writers in our family. Our son Jason, writes prolifically, including special articles, humor, editorials, and several novels. Each year end he writes an article called Lesser Known Deaths. This year he has agreed to share it with our readers. Peg and I proudly present it for your reading pleasure:

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Again this year, folks we likely did not know, died. While unknown to us, many of them made a mark in history. Consider: Maj. Robert M. White, 85, flew the X15 nearly 60 miles high. Edward Uhl, 92, co-invented the bazooka. David Warren, 85, invented the “Black Box.” Pamela Murphy, 90, was the wife of WW2 hero Audie Murphy and a staunch, compassionate advocate for veterans. USMC Col. John Hampton, 103, helped create Toys For Tots. Artist Robert T. McCall, 90, painted the future we deserved. Juan Carlos Caballero Vega, 109, was a driver for Pancho Villa. Alf Howard, 104, was the last survivor of the 1929 exploration to Antarctica. Bobby Charles, 71, wrote See Ya Later, Alligator. George David Weiss, 89, wrote What A Wonderful World. Hank Cochran, 74, wrote Make The World Go Away. Doug Fieger, 57, opined for My Sharona. Pauly Fuemana, 40, commented musically, How Bizarre. Rainbow In The Dark was the best known song by heavy metal star Ronnie James Dio, 67. As lead singer of The Chairmen of the Board, General Norman Johnson, 67, pleaded Give Me Just A Little More Time. Lolly Vasquez, 70, sang Come And Get Your Love. Let The Day Begin was the closet thing to a hit ever achieved by The Call which was lead by Michael Been, 60, who had a heart attack at a music festival in Belgium. The next day, after a performance by UK synth pop band Ou Est La Swimming Pool, their lead singer, Charles Haddon, 22, jumped off a lighting tower. Bruce Graham, 84, designed Chicago’s mighty Sears Tower. Art Bartlett, 78, cofounded Century 21 real estate. Next time you need cash remember ATM inventor John Shepherd-Barron, 84. Joseph Strick, 86, invented 6 legged motion simulators like the kind used in amusement parks. Will Koch, 48, was a dreamer, planner, and manager of Holiday World theme park in Santa Claus, Indiana. What board game did Chris Haney, 59, co-invent? The answer is: Trivial Pursuit. At some point in your life you have likely sat in a 40/4 chair which was invented by David Rowland, 86. Martin King, 60, is the co-inventor of modern cell phone texting technology. We can listen to the universe thanks to William Gordon, 92, and his Arecibo Tele-

scope in Puerto Rico. Jack Horkheimer, 72, had a 3 minute weekly show on PBS about astronomy. Arnold Friberg, 96, painted The Prayer A Valley Forge. Robbins Barstow, 91, made an amateur film in 1956 chronicling his family going to Disneyland. Disneyland Dream is the only home movie in the National Film Register.

Happy Talk …by George & Peggy Goldtrap Aaron Reuben, 95, was a producer for The Andy Griffith Show. Jean Carroll, 88, was a comedian from the Golden Age of Television. Christopher Cazenove, 66, played Ben Carrington on Dynasty. Michael Pataki, 72, was a Klingon who used insults to instigate a fight with the crew of the USS Enterprise in the Tribbles episode of Star Trek. Robert Ellenstein, 87, was the Federation President in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. James Gammon, 70, played Nick, Nash Bridges’ father. The biggest movie role for Grace Bradley, 97, came in The Big Broadcast of 1938 which featured the song Thanks For The Memories. Joe Mantell, 94, is best remembered for the line, Forget it Jake, it’s Chinatown. Johnny Sheffield, 79, was Boy in the Tarzan films. Kit Horn, 80, helped developed surfing into a sport. George Nissen, 96, invented the trampoline. Raymond Parks, 96, put NASCAR into gear. Slow-mo enhanced sports video thanks to technological innovator, Robert Trachinger, 86. Animator Bill Littlejohn, 96, drew Snoopy dancing atop Schroeder’s piano for A Charlie Brown Christmas. Alex Anderson, 90, created Rocky and Bullwinkle. Art Clokey, 88, created Gumby. Allen Swift, 86, voiced Simon Bar Sinister on Underdog. Ilene Woods, 81, was the voice of Cinderella. Peter Fernandez, 83, was the voice of Speed Racer. The recitation of the birth of Jesus delivered by Linus Van Pelt in A Charlie Brown Christmas will forever be a part of the holiday season thanks to Chris Shea, 52. Doris Eaton Davis, 106, was the last surviving Ziegfeld girl. Dorothy DeBorba, 85, was a Little Rascal. Mary Emma Allison, 93, urged trick-or-treaters to collect money for UNICEF. Dr. Fred Plum, 86, coined the phrase “persistent vegetative state.” Georges Mathé, 88, performed the first bone marrow transplant in 1959. Three stars of Rebel Without A Cause died this year. Corey Allen, 75, was Buzz the gang leader who lost a Chickie Run to James Dean when he drove his car off a cliff. Steffi Sidney-Splaver, 74, was a girl in Buzz's gang. Dennis Hopper, 74, was a goon. ST

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Kiss Your Liver And Tie Your Telomeres by Mitch Booth


love this time of year because it gives all of us time to count our blessings and make a new commitment to creating more health and happiness in our lives for a new year of challenges. Didn’t quit smoking this year? Let’s give it another try. One glass of wine leads to a whole liter at one sitting? Make a new choice. Has sugar or comfort food turned into a major food group? Now is the time to make a change. No shame or blame just suck it in, refocus, and spend time with loved ones and more time in environments that support your new choices. One of those places is Love Whole Foods. This community market has provided a haven from work and home for more than two decades. We have not only striven to provide a resource for good as medicine, but we strive to create a stress free environment. A place where you can interact with like minded folks from your home community. It is also a place where ideas are exchanged and discussed. With the advent of the internet and its information overload and TV personality doctors, we give insight to what’s relevant and what’s just the flavor of the month. You can find out what has worked for our customers—your neighbors. One product that gained prominence this year was the antioxidant-anti-aging nutraceutical called Resveratrol. Dr. Oz (of Oprah fame) calls it the most important medical discovery since aspirin! This food extract was created by an ecologically oriented biochemist named Peter Voight. He spent years studying how grapes naturally fight fungus and repel predatory insects. The result: he isolated the Polyphenol that accounts for wines identity through history as a revitalizing drink. In 2006, the internet played a critical role in uniting Peter’s discovery with the anti-aging work being done by Dr. David Sinclair, head of the anti-aging laboratory, Harvard University. The Voight wine extract, Resveratrol, was thoroughly analyzed in clinical studies on humans. The results were remarkable: increased cellular endurance, increased muscle strength, and the restoration of memory cells. Indeed, the research showed a restorative impact directly on cellular DNA linked directly to the genes that promote longevity. The end result of this collaboration from vineyard to laboratory was best summed up by Dr. Joseph Maroon, MD in his book The Longevity Factor (page 75 Artria Books, 2009): Drs.

David Sinclair and Joseph Bauer, Harvard University researchers have shown “there is growing evidence that Resveratrol can prevent or delay the onset of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, pathological inflammation, and viral/fungal infections.” Folks, read that again! No wonder Dr. Oz states on his website: “I am taking 500 mg. of Resveratrol (250 mg. two times a day) as an essential wellness insurance.” He makes the connection between the JAMA study on fish oil and Resveratrol’s ability to slow down the aging process by preserving the telomeres of a cell’s DNA. Telomeres are the caps that hold the double helical strands of DNA together. Preserve the telomeres and cell longevity is preserved. Come in and get a free copy of the JAMA study, February 19, 2010. Ah, but to all the smart boomers reading this article: I’ll just drink my wine this holiday season and get healthy. The research was done with the extract taken directly from the grape mash and skins from the Vitis vinifera grapes. When the extract was taken from wine, the alcohol was shown to have a negative effect—it was toxic to the liver. Detoxification uses up over eighty percent of the amount of energy your body devotes to making replacement molecules. Your liver is in charge of this process. If it is overloaded, which it is in the case of most Americans, you never feel vitalized. Want optimal health and slow down of the aging process, then kiss your liver everyday with Dr. Michael Murray’s Liver Health Formula. Its unique blend of milk thistle, curcumin (another Oz favorite), and licorice will give you remarkable energy levels and preserve your good health. Just add a capsule along with your Resveratrol both A.M. and P.M. You will not only feel the vitality, you’ll see it after two months of discipline. Come on in and take advantage of an exclusive twin pack offer by Natural Factors: 33 percent off regular retail price all of January. Now that’s a great way to celebrate your new year’s commitment to getting healthier, happier, and feeling great.

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Safeguard Your Credit Card Codes


here are a number of ways you can charge things to your credit card these days without having to physically present the card to the seller. You can order nearly anything you want on the Internet, and now even places like pizza delivery businesses will take credit card orders over the phone. However, these conveniences have led to new opportunities for identity thieves to charge things to your card without having to actually steal it. The determined thief can get hold of your card’s account number by digging through the trash for discarded receipts or credit card statements, or finding some other way to scam the information out of unsuspecting victims. In response to this problem, many credit card companies have added a new level of security. On the back of many cards in the signature block is a series of numbers, the last three of which are a personal identification number. This PIN is not encoded in the magnetic strip and does not appear on receipts. Many vendors cannot process credit card purchases without getting the PIN from the customer, which ensures the purchaser has physical possession of the card. Now the thieves have to find a way to get your PIN, otherwise the account numbers they’ve obtained are useless. One way to get that PIN is to employ a telephone scam that preys upon people’s tendency to accept apparent authority without question and a willingness to cooperate to right a wrong. The scammer might call you posing as a person from the Security and Fraud Department of your credit card company and claim your card has been flagged for an unusual purchase. The scammer will ask you if you made the purchase, and, of course, you’ll say no, because the scammer made it up. He or she will assure you that your account will be reimbursed for the supposed fraudulent purchase and that an investigation will be initiated. You’ll be directed to call the 1800 number on the back of your card if you have any further questions. Having won your confidence that this is a legitimate call, the scammer will then ask you to give your PIN to him or her

under the pretense of verifying that you have the card in your possession right now. Once the call is over, you’ll probably hang up thinking that all is well and that the credit card company is doing a great job looking out for you. However, you may get a shock when your next billing statement arrives loaded with purchases you didn’t make.

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…Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson Credit card companies and the financial institutions that issue the credit cards typically don’t ask cardholders to disclose security codes or provide any information verifying physical possession of the card. The best way to avoid becoming a victim of this scam is to verify the identity of the caller. If you have security questions or concerns about your credit card, call the financial institution that issued your card. If someone calls you about your card, ask the caller to provide his name, department, and extension, then hang up and call him or her back through the phone number listed on your card or billing statement to verify he is legitimate. ST

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You might feel that you have all the answers right now. It might be wise to listen to other ideas before you decide to close the lid on other possibilities. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Bovines give and expect loyalty, so it is not easy to reconcile with someone you feel let you down. Ask a neutral party to set up a clear-the-air meeting? GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Anticipating the holidays with family and friends fuels your must-do Gemini energies. Try to pace yourself so you’ll be up for whatever comes along later. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) More background information might come through regarding a decision you expect to make. Be sure to check the source carefully before you move. LEO (July 23 to August 22) The strong, nurturing nature of the Lion comes through this week as you reach out to family and friends in need of your warm and loving support. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) A relationship that has almost totally unraveled could be close to being restored with more effort on your part to be more patient and less judgmental.

LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Your sense of fair play is strong this week, which can cause a problem with a longtime relationship. In the end, you’ll know what decision to make. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) You might not know all the facts behind an unwelcome development, so keep that Scorpion temper in check and resist lashing out at anyone. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) This is a good time to reinforce relationships—family, friends, colleagues —that might have been overlooked in recent years. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Family situations continue to thrive. Business associations also improve. Some new plans might need to be shifted a bit. Be flexible. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Avoid any influence of negative energy in this week’s aspect by not allowing small problems to grow into large ones. Work them out immediately. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) A friend might need advice on how to deal with a challenge to his or her moral values. Who better than you to give the honest answer? Good luck. ST

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Section B December 24, 2010 Area Groups Give HHS Early Christmas Gifts by: Kevin Hancock hristmas is the time for giving. How many times have we heard that expression? After last week and this past weekend there is no doubt that several local groups have not only heard that saying, but in fact live by those words. From the local community and the many sponsors that supported the Fur Ball, to the Ormond Elks Lodge, The Chronicles Of Narnia movie goers and the Ormond Regal Cinema 12, they all gave and gave to the animals housed and cared for by the Halifax Humane Society.

The Fur Ball Gala, even though most of the participants showed up in some pretty tacky sweaters, which incidentally was the theme, raised thousands of dollars at the inaugural event. The advocates that strived so hard to put the event together are already scheming, oops, working, to plan and make next year’s event even more successful. Speaking of the animals, the Elks Lodge did an over-the-top effort at their annual Santa Paws fund-raiser, though from my personal view the event should be renamed the annual Santa Paws Party. Not only did they all have a great time with raffles,

karaoke, and great food, they raised an overflowing truckload of animal food, toys, clay litter, blankets, and newspapers; and presented the HHS with over $1,000 in cash. The Ormond Regal Cinema 12 theaters, along with The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader movie provided a wonderful venue, prizes, and a prize wheel, which allowed us the chance to give away Narnia goodies. From their generous donations, and with Laura’s, the theaters Promotions Director, help we raised over $330. This thank you would not be complete without including Subaru of Daytona, which

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he New Year is coming fast with hopes of better things to come. One method people use to get their lives on track is to make resolutions or goals to make personal improvements. In 2011, why not put a healthy twist to your resolutions. Here are a few suggestions to get you started. Eat The Right Amount Of Food For You. Keep from getting hungry by eating four or five small meals a day. Planning to eat several small, healthy meals will keep you nourished so you can avoid mindless nibbling in-between meals or overeating at any one meal. Eat Breakfast. Breaking the fast from overnight is the best and healthiest way to begin the day. Follow up by making lunch both nourishing and substantial so you won’t crave mid-day snacks. Then eat a lighter dinner. If you absolutely need a snack before bed, try refreshing fruit and maybe a slice of cheese. For those in-between-meal hunger pangs, try fresh fruit or vegetables or a small salad. Choose Healthful Snacking. If you crave sweets, reach for canned or fresh fruit as an alternative to sugary snacks. Avoid consuming too much salt by snacking on unsalted nuts or cereal. Allow Occasional Indulgences. If you are sticking to an overall healthy diet, reward yourself with a little treat. Just control the amount and frequency of sugary and salty treats. If

you regularly indulge once a day, try cutting back to once every other day or cut your portion in half. Instead of nibbling on a bag of snacks, remove a small portion from the bag so you know how much you are eating. Then, really enjoy what you do eat.


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t is everywhere I go these days; this negativity, this lack of belief in people or, for that matter, right now in almost anything. Maybe it started last year or the year before that, or maybe ten years ago, or maybe it was 50 years ago. This thing has slowly seeped into people’s lives and is slowly, meticulously taking over little by little. The religious will tell you it is the telltell signs of a society turning their backs on God. The agnostics and atheists will say it is just man’s greed or own self-importance that is beginning to take over. The complexity makes it difficult to pin down so, therefore, most haven’t even noticed that it is going on or even exists. If you look closely you can see it in people’s faces. Smiles are not there like they used to be. It used to be that people would speak to you out of kindness or courtesy; now we pay people to speak to us as we enter places of business. There are some remnants of courtesy left; some people will still hold a door open for you or let you in a line of slow moving cars as you merge on the interstate. Those numbers are dwindling. Maybe it is the politics of the day that have taken away the smiles. It could be our diversity, that we are so particular about our own beliefs or expectations that we are no longer willing to do something for the common goal. Is it so important that we do it our way or not at all? Is it so important that if I can not have it, then you will not get what you want either? It is better to destroy the whole than to allow someone a part of that whole, seems to be the new philosophy. This jealousy that acts on the premise,” if I can’t have it, then you don’t deserve it,” has taken root. This thing I am talking about is like a cancer to society and if left unabated will spread through generations and will change history in time. It is not a liberal thing or a conservative thing. It is just simply a thing with no real ties other than in the hearts of people. People are becoming less and less tolerate of each other and especially each other’s differences today. One sign of this thing I’m talking about manifests itself in hate. It is a subtle hate, a hate that justifies itself, because it does not rear its head in defiance. It lays in shallow hearts and minds simmering like winter soup, mixing in with all of the other parts until it is barely detectable. That is when it is the most dangerous, because no one calls it hate anymore, just part of the soup. Another sign of this thing I talk about is denial, that it is really not there, because we can not define it so therefore it must not exist. Granted it is hard to detect. Let me give you a way to see that it is there. Look in the eyes of the people you know as a starter. What do you see? How do they act and, most importantly, how do they treat you?

Now start looking at those that you meet. Are they courteous or friendly? Did they avoid eye contact; are they rude or just indifferent to you? The worst part of this thing is that over a period of time we will start losing our ability to place trust in other people. Even lowering our expectations will not stop this lack of trust.

Winding Roads …by Byron Spires

A good sign of this is our political system. I don’t think I need to draw this one out in graphic detail. I wish I had the answer. I wish that it was a simple answer. There is a way to change some of this thing that is eating away at our society. Martin Luther King Jr., said it best. “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” Think about it. ST

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argaret Stortz wrote, “No difficulty remains forever. All things are simply part of our infinite history. They come to pass but not to stay.” There’s a lot of comfort in these words. When some difficulty comes our way, it often feels like it will stay forever. We see it as a permanent problem. Thank God, no problem or difficulty is permanent. They will pass. It’s also a comfort to realize we are infinite beings with an infinite history. We are not aware of that part of our infinite history that preceded this life but we did have one because we are told that God knew us “before the foundation of the world.” We do not know exactly what will follow this life but we are told, “We shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He is.” That last verse has always fascinated me. It says in some way we shall suddenly be changed when we see Christ and in some way we shall be like Him. I do not know exactly how we shall be like him but it is a great comfort to me. Any way I can be like him will please me immensely. All this reminds me that Einstein said if we miss the mystery we miss the most important part of life. Verses like these leave us in a beautiful spiritual state of suspension. They promise something spectacular but we don’t know exactly what it is! When we see this life and our total spiritual journey as an “infinite history” it gives us a world of perspective. Look at any problem that comes your way as a small part of your infinite history and it comes into perspective. It may be extremely important and it may just be a blowout on the road of life, requiring us to change tires and get back on our way. As my song His Amazing Grace on my gospel album and on the Lewis

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We are coming to see that life is forever. I recently saw a TV program where several people described their experiences after they died. I now think enough of these have been verified (like seeing what was going on in the room where they died) that I am confident we never die. Jesus said, “Those who believe on me shall never see death.” Somewhere in he process of the physical body expiring we move into our spiritual body and it must be a seamless process—so much so that we never experience the death of the body. I know such a statement sounds ridiculous when we look at a dying person and see what their body is going through but I still think it is possibly the truth. Think about how bad being born looks if you judge by appearances but it results in a great new life! It’s all just a part of our infinite history. Look at it that way and you will experience liberation. ST

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he Council on Aging of Volusia County, a private, notfor-profit organization, was chosen to be the recipient of hundreds of gifts generously donated by the employees of Daytona State College this year. Alison Ryan, of the Marketing, Communications and Events Department at DSC said, “I’m so glad that college employees responded so generously to the call-out for donations and we received many comments about it being a worthy cause to help our seniors.”

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Q: I love teddy bears and recently inherited one that has been in my family for almost a century. It is a blond-colored mohair bear made by Farnell, with glass eyes and defined paws. I would like to get an idea of how much it is worth for insurance purposes. — Susan, Amsterdam, NY A: One of the newest guides is the nifty Collector’s Guide To Teddy Bears, by Judith Miller and published by Firefly Books. Miller, who had a Merrythought Bear as a child, claims your bear was crafted in about 1918 and is worth in the $1,500 to $3,000 range, depending on condition. *** Q: When I was a kid, I took my PB&J sandwiches to school in a Star Trek lunchbox made by Aladdin. It is still in fairly decent condition with its original thermos bottle. I have been offered $150 for it, but am hesitant. What is your advice? — Charlie, Los Gatos, CA A: Your lunchbox was manufactured in 1968 and is valued at $450, accord-

ing to Toys And Prices, edited by Karen O’Brien (Krause, $19.99). I contacted two collectors, who both agreed with this assessment. *** Q: I have seven pieces of Red Wing pottery and wonder if you can recommend a good price guide. — Laura, Greenfield, MA A: There are several excellent guides. My personal favorite is Warman’s Red Wing Pottery, written by Mark F. Moran (Krause, $24.99). It lists more than 2,000 Red Wing pieces with 1,200 illustrations in full color. There also is a history of the company, an index of shape numbers, and prices that I think accurately reflect current values. ST

Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to questionsforcox@aol. com Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox is unable to personally answer all reader questions.

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very once in awhile, a book is published that eloquently depicts the emotional toll and devastating impact that parental drug addiction and poverty have on its most powerless victims—children. In Breaking Night: A Memoir Of Forgiveness, Survival, And My Journey From Homeless To Harvard first-time author Liz Murray recounts her hardscrabble journey from homelessness to Harvard with unflinching detail in this beautifully written, emotionally raw memoir of her life. Growing up on University Avenue in the Bronx, Liz received an early education on the devastating impact of drugs, describing them as “a wrecking ball tearing through our family.” She realized at a tender age that her loving yet cocaine-addicted parents were not equipped to be the parents that she and her older sister, Lisa, wanted and needed them to be. At the age of 9, Liz was the only one in her apartment who could hold down a job. She pumped gas and bagged groceries at the local supermar-

ket. Whatever tips she made went for food and her parents’ drug supply. After her mother died of AIDS when she was 16, Liz had an epiphany: She was capable of carving out a life for herself that was in no way limited by what had occurred in her past. She returned to school, studying round the clock in tenement stairwells, dimly lit hallways, and near-empty subway cars. “Breaking night” is urban slang for staying up through the night until the sun rises, which is what Liz did in order to study and squeeze four years of high school into two. While homeless, Liz graduated high school, won a New York Times scholarship, and was accepted into Harvard University. Liz Murray’s extraordinary story of survival and forgiveness is a stellar example that it is possible to rise above impoverished circumstances. Her courageous story speaks for itself. Her triumph and tenacious determination speaks to us all. ST Books reviewed in this column are available at your local bookstore.

Senior Service Line Possible Heart Attack? Every Minute Counts by Matilda Charles


here’s one thing that seniors haven’t gotten better at over the decades, and it can be deadly: We delay too long in getting help if we suspect we or someone we love is having a heart attack. In a study of more than 104,000 heart-attack patients reported in Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers compared the time it look to receive care with the rate of mortality from heart attack. The average time of delay in going to the hospital was 2.6 hours. There are two types of heart attack: STEMI and non-STEMI. The STEMI portion means “ST segment elevation myocardial infarction,” which is when a coronary artery becomes blocked by a clot and the heart sustains damage. Minutes count when it comes to getting care. The difficulty, researchers said, is that the patient can’t tell if he or she is having one type or the other. Only by getting to the hospital quickly and being hooked up to an electrocardiogram machine can it be determined.

Quite often the symptoms of heart attack are initially mild. Rule of thumb if you experience any symptoms—such as shortness of breath or discomfort in the chest or any other upper-body area—is to call for help within five minutes. That’s right: five minutes. When you call 911, not only will you get initial care fast when paramedics arrive (faster than having someone drive you to the hospital), but once you get to the emergency room, if you’re brought in by ambulance you’ll be seen immediately. For more information, go to www. and put “heart attack symptoms” in the search box. ST

Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or e-mail to columnreply

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Pet Care Think Twice Before Adopting A Pet by Sam Mazzotta

Dear Paw’s Corner: Thank you for printing Dori’s view on pet adoption in your column. I have been in the animal rescue business for many years and have 10 “unadoptables� (now quite senior and living the life of Riley.) Dori is so right, and I applaud her for her ability to state her position so clearly. I hope many of your readers got it. I have the results of poor choices—lucky for me because they are so dear, but they had to go through so much, which is very sad. — Pam Y., Lewiston, CA Dear Pam: Pam, thank you for the update and for taking in the “unadoptables�—pets that, in many cases, have behavioral or health issues that their former owners couldn’t deal with. People who are interested in purchasing or adopting a pet must do their homework before making the big leap, especially if they have no prior experience. It’s not enough just to read up on the breed of dog or cat you’re interested in, their traits and behavior (although

this also is a must). You have to take into account the impact on your lifestyle and your bank account. Pet care costs money, so you must be prepared for routine veterinary examinations—typically annual—and regular vaccinations, at least one of which, rabies, is required by law in most cities and states. You must have the ability to pay for unexpected illnesses. Caring for a pet takes time. A pet becomes part of the family—so much so that pets who are abandoned often suffer irreversible emotional damage. Are you ready to take your dog out at 6 A.M., potty train him, and spend an hour each day teaching or reinforcing basic obedience skills? Can you handle a cat that yowls late at night, or has soiling issues outside the litter box? You may not know how to handle everything that comes up, but you must be prepared before getting a pet to take time out and learn to really care for that pet. ST Send pet questions to ask@pawscor or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475.

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e exited the ship in Durban and were greeted by a dancing Zulu band—very loud and fierce. One can certainly believe that the Zulus defeated the English army—once. The population is between four and five million. There are many illegals working here, nine or ten million people live in the province. Durban exports Mercedes Benz, Toyota, and BMW, as well as beverages, processed food, and sugar. We saw the Victoria Embankment where they brag of their revolving restaurant. The Vasco da Gama clock soars from neat green grass in the park. The very rich enjoy their yacht clubs and the Durban’s men’s club that was recently opened to women. Durban was the original home of the first Sand People, bushmen who lived in harmony for 100,000 years. Then the Quincy tribe migrated in, using up wildlife, and forcing the Sand People to the desert. Quincies had fought among themselves until Henry I of England, stopped it. The Zulu’s King Shaka was wounded during one of the battles and nursed back to health. For ten years the Zulus were grateful and left the whites alone. Homes in the city are luxurious with double garages and swimming pools. Whites must have security systems. Fences, gates, and razor wire help protect them from unwelcome invaders. Bright red flamboyant trees, imported from Madagascar, grow throughout Durban, along with frangipani trees, natal mahogany, and purple jacaranda, imported from South America. Unfortunately jacaranda uses a lot of water as do the eucalyptus imported from Australia. They drink 200 liters of water per day, more than any native plants. They are categorized as Invasive Aliens and are gradually being cut down. They had been imported to provide wood to shore up the mineshafts. Computer paper is being made from them now. Parts of the city look like New Orleans except that people use their balconies as

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we might use a garage to dry clothes and store tools. Durban is considered an African city. It’s cheaper to live here than Cape Town.

Life Travels …Julie Eberhart Painter

They have something like our flea markets called a Boot Market where people sell goods out of the boot or trunk of their cars. Durban has the largest Hindu population outside of India. Indians came to harvest the sugar cane. They worked hard and stayed. We saw a Hindu temple right next to an Islamic school—no problem there. The botanical gardens were a restful spot to sit and commune with nature. Ibis ducks with a black dot on their beige necks winged happily above us. Some have red necks and wide gray wings. They frolicked in the lily pool. During Apartheid which separated Indians and blacks from whites, especially on the western edge of town, the city was downgraded. Vagrants and criminals lived in windowless buildings, subsisting on “informal trading.” The beach park looks very clean with its circular brick toilets every few blocks. Because the ocean is too cool for swimming, the public beaches and the saltwater pools serve best. We were shown the oldest public toilet, a yellow stucco affair dating back to 1914. Durbanites were repairing the city’s infrastructure for the opening ceremony of World Cup Soccer in 2010. ST

Julie is the author of seven books including Mortal Coil and Tangled Web and are available from www. For more information see her website at www.booksjepainter. com or call 386-760-2670.

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