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TIDBITS® CELEBRATES WINNIE THE POOH by Kathy Wolfe This week, in honor of Winnie the Pooh Day on January 18, Tidbits cuddles up with that silly old bear. • A.A. Milne, the author who created Winnie the Pooh, was born in London on January 18, 1882, hence the date of this commemoration. Alan Alexander Milne was already a successful playwright, author of mysteries, and writer for Punch magazine before Pooh was published, but the success of the stories about his son’s bear overshadowed his other work. Turn to page 2 for more Tidbits!
• Milne had already served in the British Army in World War I before Pooh, and was a captain of the British Home Guard in World War II after the stories were published. • Milne’s son Christopher Robin was born in 1920, and became the model for the character in the Pooh books. For his first birthday, Christopher, who was mostly called Billy, received a stuffed bear from Harrod’s Department Store in London from his mother. The bear was given the name of Edward, and sometimes Big Bear, or Teddy Bear. A.A. Milne first wrote of Edward in a poem published in a 1924 edition of Punch, and later in a collection of children’s poetry called When We Were Very Young. • During World War I, in faraway Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, a young lieutenant named Harry Colebourn boarded a train along with other troops being transported to eastern Canada for their deployment to Europe. When the train stopped in Ontario, Colebourn bought a small female black bear cub from a hunter who had killed its mother. He paid $20 for little cub that he named Turn to page 4 for more Tidbits!
Slow-Cooker Chunky Chili With Beans 4 slices bacon, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces 1 1/2 pounds boneless pork shoulder, trimmed and cut into 1-inch chunks 1 1/2 pounds boneless beef chuck, trimmed and cut into 1-inch chunks 1 jumbo onion (about 1 pound), coarsely chopped 1/4 cup chili powder 4 large garlic cloves, crushed with press 1 tablespoon ground cumin 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano Salt 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes 1 cup water 3 cans (15 to 19 ounces each) pinto beans, rinsed and drained Sour cream (optional) 1. In 12-inch skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until browned and crisp, stirring occasionally. With slotted spoon, transfer bacon to plate; cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Pour bacon fat into cup and reserve. 2. Increase heat to medium-high; add pork and beef in 3 batches to skillet and cook until well-browned. With slotted spoon, remove meat to 5- to 6-quart slow-cooker pot as it browns. 3. Return 1 tablespoon bacon fat to skillet; reduce heat to medium. Add onion to skillet and cook 8 to 10 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in chili powder, garlic, cumin, oregano and 1/2 teaspoon salt; cook 30 seconds to toast spices. Add tomatoes and water, stirring to scrape up browned bits from bottom of skillet. Remove skillet from heat. 4. To meat in slow cooker, add onion mixture and beans; stir well to combine. Cover cooker and cook chili on low setting as manufacturer directs, 8 to 10 hours (or on high setting 4 to 5 hours) or until meat is fork-tender. Skim and discard any fat. Stir in bacon. Serve with sour cream if you like. Makes about 12 cups or 10 main-dish servings.
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Winnipeg, nicknaming her Winnie. The bear cub traveled to London with the troops and became the mascot of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade. • When the Canadians shipped out for France, Winnie was loaned to the London Zoo. She quickly became the favorite animal of Christopher Milne, and the bear was so tame, that the boy was allowed to spend time in Winnie’s cage feeding her. The stuffed Edward Bear’s name was soon changed to Winnie. “Pooh” was the name of a swan the Milnes had encountered while on a holiday vacation. And Winnie the Pooh was born. • A.A. Milne began a series of stories about the “bear of very little brain,” centered around the only human character named Christopher Robin for his own son. He incorporated his son’s other toys, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, and Tigger, into his stories. Piglet had been a gift to Christopher from their neighbors, while Eeyore had been a Christmas gift in 1921, the boy’s second Christmas. Kanga and Roo were added to the nursery in 1925. Milne invented two more characters, Owl and Rabbit, to round out the band of friends. Milne created a setting of the Hundred Acre Wood, based
Hemi Lighted Forest of Hope - Through February 28 - Hay rides 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. through New Year’s - 6565 Ashley Drive Admission is by donation - With over 600 lighted Christmas Trees in a wonderful Wyoming setting and a trackless train, this gift of love started out of a desire to bring attention to the Hemisperectomy Foundation, and now also blesses the Cheyenne community. Hay rides, train rides most every night (no train rides and hay rides on nights when the University of Wyoming Ladies Basketball team plays at home). Hot chocolate is always on for those who do the hay rides. Zonta’s Ladies Night Out - March 3 - 4 p.m. Little America Hotel & Resort - Annual fundraising event where attendees socialize, dine, shop, compete for door prizes, and have an opportunity to learn more about the mission of Zonta. A plated, sit-down dinner is served starting around 6:30 p.m., followed by a few remarks about Zonta’s mission. Thankful Thursdays - Every Thursday from 4:30 to 9 p.m. - AMVETS Post 10, 3839 East Lincolnway - The party begins at 4:30 p.m., every Thursday night with a live auction starting at 6 p.m. 100 percent of proceeds raised during the auction and games go back to each respective charity. The event has raised over $850,000 for local charities thus far. Thankful Thursday also gives all patrons an opportunity to win cash just for showing up, including a jackpot of $500!
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PAW’S CORNER By Sam Mazzotta
Cold, Ice No Problem for Determined Dog DEAR PAW’S CORNER: My dog “Hank” is 14 years old and has arthritis. I’m worried about walking him in the snow this winter. Last year, his legs and paws were too sensitive for boots, so I used to put little socks on his paws and cover them with plastic sandwich bags tied with rubber bands. That worked well, but last winter I couldn’t get them on him because his legs and paws, especially the front ones, hurt too much. I’ve tried to train him to go on training pads inside the house, and he does so occasionally. However, he is adamant about going outside in the morning! -- Lauren G., via e-mail DEAR LAUREN: I know you’ve heard me and others recommend booties for dogs going out in freezing, icy conditions, but in this case I think you should defer to your dog’s judgment.
Hank really wants to go outside, and he really does not want to wear booties. I have a feeling that he is shifting his weight around and adjusting his paws when he’s in the unfamiliar little booties, and that shifting and extra movement can exacerbate his arthritis. If it is not super-cold outside (like, below zero), and Hank has clear stretches of sidewalk, he should be just fine with a short walk each morning to do his business. Try putting a doggie vest around him to keep his core temperature up, if he’ll tolerate it. Immediately after his walk, after he sits or lies down in a warm spot, check his paws for cuts or cold spots, and keep an eye on him to make sure he’s warm enough and relatively comfortable. Send your tips or questions to email@example.com. (c) 2016 King Features Synd., Inc.
on the Five Hundred Acre Wood located in East Sussex, England’s Ashdown Forest. The Milne family lived at Cotchford Farm, on the northern edge of the forest. • Because Owl and Rabbit are “real” animals that Milne created, the two let it be known that they are smarter and wiser. In the Pooh stories, Rabbit remarks to Owl, “You and I have brains. The others have fluff.”
DONNA’S DAY: CREATIVE FAMILY FUN By Donna Erickson Reading Bookworm Grows With Books Reading is an important part of growing, and wintertime is the perfect season to snuggle indoors with kids and a book. Picture books, chapter books, there are so many waiting for all ages at the public library. The best part is that checking them out with your child’s own library card is free! Keep turning pages and talk about exciting stories with an activity that’s an incentive to keep family life full of reading. Make this growing bookworm ... or call it a reading caterpillar. It will motivate your young child to pick up a book, finish it and even give it some analytical thought. What a classic combination! Plus, it’s a creative bookish idea to sharpen minds and reading skills. Find a lightweight plastic ball with holes in it, such as a whiffle ball. This will be the bookworm’s head. Decorate one half of it to create the face by gluing on felt and buttons; twist pipe cleaners through holes for whimsical features. Now, tie a 38-inch length of string to the opposite half through one of the holes in the ball. The bookworm’s body will grow along the string. After you and your child read a book, cover the outside of a bathroom tissue tube or papertowel tube cut in half with colored paper or paint, then add pictures cut from magazines or make original drawings that represent the characters and theme of the book. Was it about dinosaurs? Take a crayon and draw a Tyrannosaurus rex. Was it about a little boy who couldn’t fall asleep? Draw a teddy bear or pillow and press on sticker stars in the night. Write the title and author by the decor.
• Milne chose an illustrator named E.H. Shepard for his books. Shepard drew inspiration from Ashdown Forest for his illustrations, and used his own son’s teddy bear “Growler” for the model of Winnie the Pooh. The first chapter of the first book was released on Christmas Eve, 1925, with the entire book published the following October. • Pooh lived in a tree “under the name of Sanders,” not because that was his name, but rather that of the previous resident. In Milne’s words, “…he had the name Sanders over the door in gold letters and Pooh lived under it.” Pooh’s first words each morning are “What’s for breakfast?” and his first activity is to look for “hunny to fill the rumblie in his tumblie.” • The gloomy, pessimistic gray donkey in the Pooh tales is named Eeyore, who lives in an area marked as “Eeyore’s Gloomy Place: Rather Boggy and Sad” on the map in the book. His name comes from the braying sound made by a donkey, “Hee-haw.” Eeyore always seems to be losing his tail, and at one point, it was being used by Owl as a bellpull beside his door after he found it on the ground. • The favorite food of the springy-tailed, bouncing Tigger is extract of malt. • Although Milne’s books suggest he had a close, affectionate relationship with his only son, in fact, Christopher was brought up by a nanny, and was taken downstairs three times a day to visit his parents. He was sent to boarding school for his education. Turn to page 7 for more Tidbits!
Slide the string through the first decorated tube so that the tube touches the ball. As books are read, add more tubes, one after the other, and watch the bookworm grow. You’ll be feeding it books. How healthy! Display on a shelf or table. Extra tip: If you have an avid reader in the family, suggest that for every two or three tubes he adds to the bookworm, he might read a book to his younger sister and help her create a new collection of tubes of her own. This will be a reminder to him that growing the bookworm is a joint family effort. *** Donna Erickson’s award-winning series “Donna’s Day” is airing on public television nationwide. To find more of her creative family recipes and activities, visit www.donnasday.com and link to the NEW Donna’s Day Facebook fan page. Her latest book is “Donna Erickson’s Fabulous Funstuff for Families.” (c) 2017 Donna Erickson Distributed by King Features Synd.
• On Jan. 28, 1777, British general John Burgoyne proposes an ill-fated plan to isolate New England from the other colonies by invading from Canada with 8,000 British troops. The plan failed, and Burgoyne surrendered his remaining 6,000 British forces to the Patriots at Saratoga. • On Jan. 26, 1838, the first Prohibition law in U.S. history is passed in Tennessee, making it a misdemeanor to sell alcoholic beverages in taverns and stores. • On Jan. 23, 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell is granted a medical degree from Geneva College in New York (now known as Hobart College), becoming the first female in the U.S. to be officially recognized as a physician. • On Jan. 27, 1888, the National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C. The 33 men who originally met and formed the National Geographic Society were a diverse group of geographers, explorers, teachers, lawyers, cartographers, military officers and financiers. • On Jan. 24, 1908, the Boy Scouts movement begins in England with the publication of the first installment of Robert Baden-Powell’s “Scouting for Boys.” By the end of April, the serialization of Scouting for Boys was completed, and scores of impromptu Boy Scout troops had sprung up across Britain. • On Jan. 29, 1922, as a blizzard dumps more than 2 feet of snow on Washington, D.C., snow buildup on the flat roof of the Knickerbocker Theatre collapses the building, and tons of steel and concrete crash down on 300 theatergoers attending a Saturday night movie. One hundred and eight people were killed. • On Jan. 25, 1968, the Israeli submarine Dakar, carrying 69 sailors, disappears. The exact fate of the boat remains a mystery. The Dakar last radioed its position as it passed the island of Crete. It was never heard from again. (c) 2017 King Features Synd., Inc.
Cheyenne Artwalk - Second Thursday of the Month - 5 to 8 p.m. - The Cheyenne Artwalk (formerly Art Design & Dine) features the work of local and regional artists at multiple venues around Cheyenne. Participating Cheyenne Artwalk venues include: Cheyenne Artists Guild, 1701 Morrie Ave. Clay Paper Scissors, 1513 Carey Ave. Creative Healing, 514 E. 19th St. Deselms Fine Art & Gallery, 303 E. 17th St. Flydragon Design Studio, 1822 E. 16th St. Indian Paintbrush Studio, 1610 Capitol Ave. Nagle Warren Mansion, 222 E. 17th St. Thursday Night Lecture Series: Understanding Jim Crow - January 12 - 7 p.m. - Wyoming State Museum - Presented by James Peebles, Ph.D., Founder and Board Chairman, Sankofa African Heritage Awareness, Inc. For many people, especially those who came of age after landmark civil rights legislation was passed, it was difficult to understand what it was like to be an African American living under Jim Crow segregation in the United States. Understanding Jim Crow introduces an audience to the recently established Jim Crow Museum of Racist memorabilia, a collection of more than 10,000 contemptible collectibles that are used to engage visitors in intense and intelligent discussion about race, race relations and racism. Why and how did the term Jim Crow evolve and why did this system emerge? The Wyoming State Museum’s newest traveling exhibit, “Empire: A Community of African Americans on the Wyoming Plains” will be on display for this lecture. The Wyoming State Museum’s Thursday Night Lecture Series is held the second Thursday of each month, September through May, at 7 p.m. The Lecture Series is free and open to the public. Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra: Blockbuster Film Scores - January 14 - 7:30 p.m. - Cheyenne Civic Center - Includes songs from such films as Star Wars, Harry Potter, ET and Schindler’s List. I Hate Hamlet - January 19, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m., January 22 at 2 p.m. - Mary Godfrey Playhouse - A young and successful television actor relocates to New York, where he rents a marvelous, gothic apartment. With his television career in limbo, the actor is offered the opportunity to play Hamlet onstage, but there’s one problem: He hates Hamlet. His dilemma deepens with the entrance of John Barrymore’s ghost, who arrives intoxicated and in full costume to the apartment that once was his. The contrast between the two actors, the towering, dissipated Barrymore whose Hamlet was the greatest of his time, and Andrew Rally, hot young television star, leads to a wildly funny duel over women, art, success, duty, television, and yes, the apartment. If your organization has an event you would like to have published here, please contact us. Space is limited but we will make every effort to list special events. Please send your information no later than 14 days prior to the event. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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• While serving in World War II, Christopher received injuries during an enemy bombardment of a bridge he had helped design and build. Flying shrapnel embedded in his brain, which went undetected for almost 50 years. • Christopher Milne resented the books his father wrote about him, saying, “It seemed to me almost that my father had got to where he was by climbing upon my infant shoulders, that he had filched from me my good name and had left me with the empty fame of being his son.” Yet he followed in his father’s footsteps later in his life, penning five books of his own. • Christopher Milne’s original toys are now displayed under glass in the Children’s Room at the main New York City public library. It’s estimated that upwards of 750,000 people view them every year.
• It was American linguist, philosopher, historian and social critic Noam Chomsky who made the following sage observation: “Students who acquire large debts putting themselves through school are unlikely to think about changing society. When you trap people in a system of debt, they can’t afford the time to think.” • If you were to choose a perfectly average snowflake and count up the number of water molecules that make it up, you’d find 180 billion of them. • Some researchers estimate that, if left to their own devices, a single breeding pair of cats could produce a whopping 354,294 offspring within five years. • It’s been reported that saloons once offered free lunches -- and made sure those lunches were heavily salted in order to encourage patrons to buy more beverages. • The word “dandelion” comes from the French phrase “dent de lion” -- supposedly so named because the jagged edges of the plant’s leaf resemble a lion’s teeth.
• When A.A. Milne passed away in 1956, his widow sold the rights to the Pooh characters to Stephen Slesinger, a producer of radio, television, and films, as well as a comic strip creator. Slesinger also owned the rights to Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan character, and was author Zane Grey’s agent. When Slesinger died, his widow sold all the rights to the Walt Disney Company. • In Milne’s 1926 and 1928 stories, all the animals of the Hundred Acre Wood are said to fear the Heffalump, although they never actually encounter one, except in dreams. The Heffalump is depicted in the Disney movies as a friendly lavender creature much like an elephant. • Samuel J. Gopher was added as a character by Walt Disney, and was not a part of the original A.A. Milne stories. In fact, Gopher is frequently heard to say, “I’m not in the book, you know.” His occupation is “bricklayer, builder, excavation, and demolition expert.”
• You’ve probably never heard of Roman emperor Elagabalus; he served for only four years -- from 218 to 222. Among his contemporaries he was known for his decadence and eccentricity. For example, he was notorious for hosting elaborate banquets, then putting the ancient Roman equivalent of whoopee cushions on guests’ seats. • Those who study such things say that a woman’s sense of smell is enhanced just before and during ovulation. • If you had a billion dollars, you could spend $1,000 every day for nearly 3,000 years before you ran out of cash. *** Thought for the Day: “As any honest magician knows, true magic inheres in the ordinary, the commonplace, the everyday, the mystery of the obvious. Only petty minds and trivial souls yearn for supernatural events, incapable of perceiving that everything -- everything! -- within and around them is pure miracle.” -- Edward Abbey
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