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Shakespeare walks into the local tevern and the bartender says “You can’t drink here, you’re bard!” ®

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SHAKESPEARE by Kathy Wolfe

Every year during March, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust celebrates Shakespeare Week, a time to promote the works of this English playwright. This week, Tidbits brings you some info on the Bard of Avon that you might not know! • There are no birth records for William Shakespeare; however, there are baptismal records from the Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon for a baptism on April 26, 1564, which traditionally would have been when a child was three days old. This has led scholars to declare April 23 as Shakespeare’s birthday. • Born in Stratford, 91 miles (146 km) northwest of London, Shakespeare was the son of a glove-making father and a mother who belonged to a wealthy farming family. • At the age of 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, age 26. Six months later, their first child, Susannah, was born. A set of twins, a boy and a girl, followed two years later. The boy died at age 11. If anyone comes forward claiming to be a descendant of William Shakespeare, it’s false! The twin girl had no children, and Susannah’s only child, a daughter, died childless, leaving no family line. • When Shakespeare was 33, he had already written 15 of his 37 plays. He purchased Stratford’s secondlargest house and was doing quite well for himself. He was not only writing plays, he was acting in his own plays as well as in others’ productions, and was co-owner of a drama company. At age 35, he and his

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business partners built their own London theater, the Globe, a three-storied theater with a seating • capacity of 3,000. In addition to his 12.5% share of the Globe, Shakespeare purchased real estate leases near his Stratford home, which quickly doubled in value, providing him an income of 60 pounds a year (about $17,500 in today’s dollars), income that enabled him to write his plays uninterrupted. He became quite wealthy as his real estate portfolio increased. When the plague broke out in Europe in 1592, all London theaters were closed and no plays were presented. Shakespeare began to write poetry • during this period, and he went on to pen 154 sonnets. Shakespeare himeself had already survived an outbreak of the bubonic plague at the tender age of three months. Shakespeare’s plays are generally separated into three main categories – comedies, histories, and tragedies. You might be familiar with the comedies “All’s Well that Ends Well,” “Much Ado about Nothing,” and “As You Like it.” “Henry IV,” “Henry V,” and “Julius Caesar” are considered historical. Nearly everyone is familiar with Shakespeare’s great tragedy “Romeo and Juliet,” and “Hamlet” and “Othello” are tragedies as well. The Globe Theater advertised what type of play was being performed by hanging colored flags outside. A red flag signified a historical play, while white was for comedy, and • black for a tragedy. Apparently, fans of the television series “Star Trek” are also fans of Shakespeare, as two plays, “Hamlet” and “Much Ado about Nothing,” have

been translated into the Klingon language. Out of the total most quoted lines ever written or spoken in the English language, Shakespeare is responsible for nearly 10% of that amount. He is the second mostquoted writer in line after the writers of the Bible. Shakespeare is credited with adding up to 3,000 words to the English language, as well as many familiar phrases, such as “wild goose chase,” “foregone conclusion,” and “in a pickle.” While the average person’s vocabulary is estimated to be in the 15,000word range, the Bard’s vocabulary is believed to have been close to 30,000 words. There are hundreds of large and small S h a k e s p e a r e Companies around

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Happy St. Paddy’s Day! was a common practice, for religious or research purposes, or to make way for more graves. Some the world that perform the Bard’s plays, 400 years bones were even used for fertilizer. Fearful that this after his death. The Stratford-upon-Avon Royal would happen to him, Shakespeare’s epitaph was Shakespeare Company sells more than 500,000 carved into his headstone, “Blest be the man that tickets a year for its Shakespeare productions. spares these stones, And curst be he that moves my • Three years before Shakespeare’s death, the Globe bones.” Theater burned to the ground due to a special The first portfolio of Shakespeare’s plays was effect on stage gone awry. During a performance of not published until seven years after his death. “Henry VIII,” a cannon shot set fire to the theater’s Published as Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, thatched roof, and in less than two hours, the • Histories, & Tragedies, the collection is commonly structure was destroyed. A replacement theater was referred to as the First Folio, and contained 36 plays. rebuilt in the same spot the following year, 1614. The volume was published by two of Shakespeare’s fellow actors. At least two of his plays have been lost over time, “Cardenio” and “Love’s Labours Won.” • Shakespeare’s plays refer to dogs 200 times and to birds 600 times. In the late 1800s, an ardent U.S. Shakespeare fan, realizing that several of the bird species mentioned in the plays were not found in America, endeavored to import each of those missing varieties as a tribute to the playwright. How could this gentleman ‘You are what you eat’, said someone wise, a while back. The phrase holds more importance than ever in our modern times of rushed meals and fast-food diets. National Nutrition Month, celebrated in March, is the perfect excuse to be more mindful of what you eat. An initiative of American Dietetic Association, first celebrated in 1973, National Nutrition Month is meant to make Americans more aware of what they eat.

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National Kick Butts Day – March 20, 2019 Get ready to kick some butts this March 20! We’re not talking about beating people up — we want you to kick those cigarette butts to the curb. National Kick Butts Day is a day of antismoking activism. Teachers, kids, youth leaders, and health advocates all participate! They come together and organize events that raise awareness of the problem of tobacco use in their communities, encourage kids to stay tobaccofree, and try to get anti-tobacco legislation passed. The day is organized by The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, and it was

One month before his death, Shakespeare prepared his will, with his opening statement describing himself as being in “perfect health.” He died on his 52nd birthday, with no apparent explanation, and was buried at Holy Trinity Church in Stratfordupon-Avon. His will bequeathed nearly everything to his eldest daughter, Susannah. To his wife, Shakespeare gave his “second-best bed,” including • the bedclothes. Anne Hathaway was not further mentioned. Shakespeare had also written his own epitaph for his grave, one that included a curse on anyone who moved his bones. In his time, digging up bones

first held in 1996. Get ready to kick some butts and take some names! How to Observe National Nutrition Month - Volunteer at nutrition awareness events Local events, like food drives, are organized across neighborhoods and schools in the US. Check for events in your area and volunteer for the ones you can. Donate food A healthier nation also includes the less-privileged citizens of

the country. If you can’t find time to volunteer, donate food at food camps or centers that accept donation. Make a meal plan If you have been struggling to curb your eating habits, National Nutrition Month is the perfect month to put it down in writing. Make a meal plan and make sure it’s balanced; include healthy carbs, proteins, and fiber. And keep some room for cheat days, too!

know what he would create? He released 100 European starlings into New York City’s Central Park. Sixty years later there were 50 million starlings across the country, becoming one of the continent’s most harmful and unpleasant birds. There are an estimated 200 million birds today. It’s not unusual for flocks to reach a million birds, creating crop damage of an estimated $800 million annually. Their droppings cause several diseases dangerous to humans and animals alike. In 1960, a flock of 10,000 starlings flew straight into an airplane, causing it to crash, killing 62 people. REMARKABLE PEOPLE: FRED ROGERS

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You’ll want to discourage well-meaning but potentially illadvised interference in what you intend to accomplish. Your work has a better chance to succeed if it reflects you. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) The Bovine’s well-deserved reputation for loyalty could be tested if you learn that it might be misplaced. But don’t rely on rumors. Check the stories out before you decided to act. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You’ve been going on adrenaline for a long time, and this unexpected lull in a recent spate of excitement could be just what you need to restore your energy levels. Enjoy it. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Friends can be

counted on to help you deal with a perplexing personal situation. But remember to keep your circle of advisers limited only to those you’re sure you can trust. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Security-loving Lions do not appreciate uncertainty in any form. But sometimes c h a n g i n g situations can reveal hidden stresses in time to repair a relationship before it’s too late. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) This is a good time for single Virgos to make a love connection. Be careful not to be too judgmental about your new “prospect” -- at least until you know more about her or him.

LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Your sense of justice helps you resolve a problem that might have been unfairly attributed to the wrong person. Spend the weekend doing some long-neglected chores. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) You might feel justified in your anger toward someone you suspect betrayed your trust. But it could help if you take the time to check if your suspicions have substance. S AG I T TA R I U S (November 22 to December 21) Ignore distractions if you hope to accomplish your goal by the deadline you agreed to. Keep the finish line in sight, and you should be able to cross it with time to spare. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Your creative self continues to dominate through much of the week. Also, despite a few problems that have cropped up, that recent romantic connection seems to be thriving.

AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) As curious as you might be, it’s best to avoid trying to learn a colleague’s secret. That sort of knowledge could drag you into a difficult workplace situation at some point down the line. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Instead of spending too much time floundering around wondering if you can meet your deadline, you need to spend more time actually working toward reaching it. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a natural gift for attracting new friends, who are drawn to your unabashed love of what life should be all about. (c) 2019 King Features ynd., Inc.


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I-25 Exit 78 & 80 role of a preacher, the only time he appeared on television as someone other than himself. Rogers was the recipient of numerous honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, for • his contributions to children’s education. George W. Bush spoke of Mr. Rogers at the time of the award, saying that “Fred Rogers has proven that television can soothe the soul and nurture the spirit and teach the very young.” Rogers also received 40 honorary degrees from universities,

For 895 episodes, beginning in February of 1968, Fred • Rogers taught children about life during his program “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Here’s a look into the life of this endearing educator. • Every episode of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” began with Fred singing the theme song “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”, a song composed by Rogers himself. He began playing the piano at age five. Nearly all of the music on the program was composed by Rogers. • Bullied as a child for being overweight, Mr. Rogers sought to teach children to love themselves and others, and how to overcome their fears. Each program had a theme, addressing life’s issues, such as going to the doctor, starting school, divorce, and racism, or demonstrations of how things work or the manufacture of everyday items, often including a field trip. Mr. Rogers frequently fed fish in his aquarium during the program. • A Pennsylvania native, during high school Rogers was president of the student council, editor of the yearbook, an honors student, and even obtained a pilot’s license. After earning a degree in music composition, he entered seminary and became an ordained Presbyterian minister. Yet his desire was to work in television, and he landed a job with NBC as an assistant producer on musical programs. He went on to produce an hour-long program “The Children’s Corner,” also serving as the show’s puppeteer, music composer, and organist. • Mr. Rogers’ signature outfit was sneakers and a zippered cardigan. He got into the habit of wearing sneakers on set when he noticed they were quieter than work shoes. The cardigans were knitted by his mother, who had knitted sweaters for American soldiers fighting in Europe during World War II. • Fred Rogers wrote upwards of 35 books for children, helping them handle what might come their way in life, including Going to the Doctor, Moving, Going to Day Care, Making Friends, The New Baby, and When a Pet Dies. After the September 11 attacks, he issued public service announcements for parents, instructing them on how to discuss the tragedy with their children. • Comedian Eddie Murphy parodied Fred Rogers on Saturday Night Live, as “Mister Robinson’s Neighborhood.” After an including Yale, Carnegie Mellon, and Dartmouth. SNL taping in 1982, Fred, who truly enjoyed One of his cardigan sweaters is on display at the Murphy’s portrayal, surprised the comedian in his Smithsonian Institute. dressing room. When Murphy opened the door, • Fred Rogers took great care of himself, observing he stepped back, then with a huge smile, said, a vegetarian diet, swimming every morning, and “The REAL Mister Rogers!” never smoked or drank. However, he was no match • In 1996, Rogers veered away from children’s for stomach cancer diagnosed in December, 2002. programming for one episode of television’s Dr. Just two months later, Mr. Rogers passed away Quinn, Medicine Woman, in which he played the shortly before his 75th birthday. TERMITES Who knew there was a week set aside to celebrate termites? March 10 – 16 has been designated National Termite Week, the perfect time for Tidbits to check into the facts on these destructive yet sometimes beneficial insects. • There are more than 3,000 known termite species, present on every continent except Antarctica. Only about 50 species live in North America. Their colonies live in mounds that range in size from a few hundred insects to gigantic groups numbering several million. One of the largest known mounds was 42 feet (12.8 m) tall, about the height of a two-story house. • The worker termites are responsible for the labor within the colony, including foraging, food storage, and taking care of the nest. These are the ones found in infested wood. Strangely enough, the workers are blind, and spend their existence in the dark, damp nest where eyesight is not needed. • When the workers detect a threat, they send out a warning to their fellow colony members. They

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send out an alarm by banging their tiny heads against the walls, so that the others can detect the vibrations and respond to the danger. Reproductive termites, the kings and queens, must fly to find new nest sites as well as seeking a mate, so these termites have eyesight, as well as two pairs of prominent wings. The female termite queen has the longest lifespan of any insect in the world, averaging about 25 years. She lays one egg every 15 seconds. Do the math – that’s 30,000 eggs per day! The kings and queens are larger than the workers. Workers will reach a length of ¼ to ½-inch, while the reproductive termites will be over an inch (2.54 cm) long. • Entomologists, those who study insects, estimate there are 1,000 lbs. (453.6 kg) of termites for every human on Earth. • There are three types of termites, based on their habitat and diet. Dampwood termites, found only in coniferous forests, favor moist, decaying wood, and remain close to the ground. Drywood termites live in hardwood forests and don’t require much moisture in the wood they eat. They’re often found in attics. Although subterranean termites prefer soft woods, they will invade nearly every type of wood, and can live nearly everywhere, except for cold habitats. A termite’s diet isn’t limited to just wood – they’re also fond of paper, drywall, and even plastic. They get their nutrients from cellulose, the organic fiber in wood and plants. • Every year, termites cause more than $5 billion in damages to American homeowners. A group of about 60,000 of these tiny insects can eat one foot (30.5 cm) of a 2x4 beam in about five months. Yet ecologically speaking, they have an important role in organic decomposition, providing benefits to the environment by breaking down tough plant fibers, and recycling dead trees into new soil. Their miles of tunnel networks aerate the soil, and actually enrich the soil. • In certain cultures, the termite is considered a delicacy to eat, and the creatures are even used in the manufacture of many medicines, including those for the treatment of asthma and sinusitis.


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the world and deciding to join it decided to counter all again. the TV watching with Experts say this happens a personal strategy frequently, that once we retire designed to at least get we don’t know how to make new me out of the house. On friends, and so on. I think they’re a big calendar I’ve made wrong. It’s not that we don’t know entries for things like how to do those things, we just visiting the library once Doing Nothing in Retirement don’t want to. When it comes to a week or checking out v o l u n t e e r i n g , a class at the senior A show of hands, they say that the college. please: How “menial” type of And when the time many of us are volunteer work comes I don’t actually doing nothing available doesn’t have to do those things. we’d planned to appeal to us. I can say no. do once we quit But then neither does the working? How “mentoring” they say should (c) 2019 King Features Synd., Inc. many of us are, be the answer to more accurately, it all because it doing nothing at would use our all? skills. I thought it was just me, jettisoning carefully laid plans for how I’d spend my time and Once I identified this “I’m not going to do opting to do ... not much. anything” I’m not the only one among mentality my friends. Those who are in myself, I ahead of me claim they did the same thing for one year. That length of time seems to be the common theme, spending a year chilling out, avoiding responsibility if it involves making plans for his cattle? Beersheba, and in general hiding from Succoth, Jerusalem, Kidron those who want to rope 5. On which “Mount” us into doing ... anything. did Moses receive the Ten The suspected reason: We Commandments? Sinai, did too much during our Zion, Carmel, Pisgah working years. 6. Whose two sons were At the end of the year, I’m Hophni and Phinehas? 1. Is the book of Hebrews in told, it’s like coming up Ichabod, Eli, Jehoiada, the Old or New Testament for air, looking around at Mattan or neither? 2. From Ecclesiastes 4:9, two ANSWERS: 1) New; 2) One; are better than ...; because 3) Rested; 4) Succoth; 5) they have a good reward for Sinai; 6) Eli their labor? None, One, Few, Many Sharpen your understanding 3. On the seventh day of the of scripture with Wilson’s creation week, what did Casey’s book “Test Your Bible God do? Created man, Divided Knowledge,” available in bookstores the oceans, Named the animals, and online. Rested 4. From Genesis 33, where did Jacob (c) 2019 King Features Syndicate, Inc. build a house and make booths

DOUGLAS, WYOMING adventurer to a lethargic h o m e b o d y doesn’t seem normal. If the vet doesn’t want to do any tests, go to a by Sam Mazzotta different vet. Angus may indeed have arthritis or just Dog’s Rapid Decline Blamed be slowing down, but there could on Arthritis be an underlying cause that can be DEAR PAW’S CORNER: My Border Collie treated. Diseases “Angus” is 12 years old, so he’s getting along. of age, like thyroid Until a few months ago he could whip along disorder, diabetes, as fast as anything heart disease and arthritis could be at work. A and had plenty of tick-borne disease (Lyme disease being just one of energy. At feeding several) can cause symptoms similar to arthritis or time, he would neurological illness. There are other possibilities jump up and down that should be considered, like cancer. waiting for his Even if an illness or condition can’t be completely food. However, cured, there’s a good chance it can be managed. lately he runs very Angus shouldn’t have to slow down or stop doing little, seems to have the things he loves just because of an assumption little energy and that he’s too old. Get more tests, get a more just waits patiently detailed diagnosis of what may be causing Angus’ for his food. The loss of energy, and work forward from there to veterinarian said rebuild his health. he has probably developed arthritis, and it’s just to be expected at his age. What do you think? -- Carl Send your questions or pet care tips to ask@ in Madison, Wisconsin DEAR CARL: Ask the veterinarian to run some tests. pawscorner.com. While yes, 12 years is getting up into senior years (c) 2019 King Features Synd., Inc. for a dog, Angus’ sudden change from an energetic

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