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Letter from the Publishers
he growing modern technology has changed the way the medical field is organized and operated. Computers and their paraphernalia allow individual patient’s files to be kept in a central database for easy accesses with minimal time delay from anywhere in a hospital, or from anywhere in the world, as long as collaborative access is granted to the inquirer. This remarkably saves time, especially for tasks such as sending a patient’s file and X-rays; a process that once took up to a week or more can now be completed within an hour. It is also noteworthy to know that with the advancement of technology, more ways have been discovered to find out what is wrong with a patient without having to cut him or her open. X-Ray technology and radioactive dyes often allow doctors to see inside a patient without making a single incision. Tissue biopsy, less invasive surgeries, use of cameras and smaller incisions is changing medicine and the care patients receive. The extension of this technique is important for subliminal critical diseases that appear as enigmas to the medical profession not quite long ago. Diseases such as Alzheimer’s will be better learned and understood for early detection and rightly categorized for corrective antidote in the near future within the realm of medical repository and body of knowledge. This knowledge is about research, and research requires money. Individuals and companies can make contribution to the Alzheimer’s Association. For more information on how to contribute time and funds, or if you need help with your loved one, please contact alzeasttexas.org or call the 24/7 helpline at 1.800.272.3900. See pages 4-7 for the full story on who is doing what and when for Alzheimer’s. Moreover, it is medically encouraging to know that researchers at MIT are discovering the use of transdermal (needle-free) drug delivery. Similarly significant is the limb replacement bio-technology development by Letourneau University students and their professor, Dr. Gonzalez. What started as LEGS (Letourneau Engineering Global Solutions), a medical outreach for the needy who lost their limbs, has become LIMBS International. Longview is proud to be the home of the world-renowned Letourneau University. Read all about Hudson Pep Elementary School and LIMBS on pages 10-12. Also in this issue is an article for caregivers on pages 8 and 9. For travel, visit London and enjoy all it has to offer on pages 22-24. How about avoiding election stress? We got that covered too on pages 30 and 31. Better yet, learn how to save money. It helps to have extra anytime on page 25. Thanks for reading this issue and sharing it with family and friends. Visit us at www.ipmag.co to download your photos free of charge.
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from the cover The crusade for Alzheimer’s awareness spanned generations at the walk with participants Lexi Smith, Kadi Lambert and Reed Pinkerton with Jack and Nelda Strong. Learn more about the fight along with pictures from the walk and banquet on pages 4-7. Principal Sue Wilson and teacher Alison Campbell displaying a plaque awarded for her Hudson Pep 4th graders raising $1100 and donating it to LIMBS. Their selfless sacrifice will enable many amputees to receive life-changing, state-of-the-art prosthetic legs. Read about these “Super Heroes” on pages 10-12. From David Adkins, Airforce boom operator, to Sinbad the comedian, his career has entertained millions throughout the years. His comedy style proves that clean can still be funny. Get ready for some side-splitting hilarity at the Belcher Center on page 14.
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Elizabeth Abrams, Libby Bryson, and Natalie Waskel at the walk.
Carolyn Ann Walgren and Carolyn Feathers walked strong. www.infinitieplus.com
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His personal dedication to fighting this affliction is unmistakable. “Our first line of defense is education,” he said. “Faith is our refuge, and marching forward is our goal.” Decie Johnston Brookshire broke down as she described her feelings on this matter. “For us to be a part of this is so awesome, and to honor our loved one who passed away in this way is even beyond description. Our whole family is so grateful,” she said. “My father was a private man and my hero.” Roberts was unsure of what to expect when he was asked to serve on the local Alzheimer’s committee. All the other members were women, but he quickly learned they treasured his contributions. “It was mostly women on the committee. Some men have a different idea about women, and will be amazed at what women can accomplish when they get together,” he said. “My mother was an original feminist, and she got things done. This was a chance to see women of different ages do something of this magnitude.” He was impressed with the ability and dedication of the ladies on the committee. “They did a great job. I am delighted to play a part,” he said. “I am tremendously impressed with the committee. Period.” Greater Dallas Chapter President and CEO the Alzheimer’s Association Mike Spencer expressed thanks to all participants in the Walk, especially Strong. “We must raise awareness to let people know about Alzheimer’s, and it will take more Jack and Nelda Strongs to change the social norm,” he said.
Jack and Nelda Strong championing their cause.
Jamye and Julianna Bruyere enjoyed the dinner.
Dr. Peggy Coghlan showing her support.
This Government is influenced by people, and when people begin to value people and not make moral judgements on the older generation, we will see the Alzheimer’s tide turn around.
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He spoke to infinitieplus magazine of how it was once something of a taboo using the word “breast” in discussing breast cancer. Yet in recent years, even NFL players have come out in support of the crusade against breast cancer. He ascribed this to advances in education and awareness. Still, Alzheimer’s was the event’s sole theme. “This disease thrives in darkness, in the back of the house where they used to put grandpa and grandma and call it mental illness when it was actually Alzheimer’s,” he said. Spencer talked of how as the country continues to change its attitude toward this affliction, and highly visible individuals lend increasing support to the cause the movement will gain momentum and effectiveness much as in Magic Johnson’s support for the fight against AIDS. Spencer pointed out that while $3 billion has been allocated for AIDS research, $6 billion for cancer and $4 billion for heart disease, only $480 million has been designated for research into and treatment of Alzheimer’s. “We have the ability in this country to do better,” he said. “Government is influenced by people, and when people begin to value people and not make Po or judgment and moral judgements on the older generdecision making ation, we will see the Alzheimer’s tide turn around.” Inability to mana The Walk was followed by a bange a budget quet in honor of E.C. Johnston. “Be an advocate and not a victim,” said Strong borrowing the words of Losing track of th e date or a seaso her husband, Jack. n
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Aliceson Pinkerton and Corey Howell enjoying the event.
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Ed and Julie Rucker attending the banquet.
Decie Johnston Brookshire, Jan Paine and Nelda Strong showed their support.
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Body, Mind, and Soul
By Marilynn Preston
C aregiving isn‘t f or
are for the elderly can be so challenging. You want to be kind, you want to make them comfortable, you might even want to give them five minutes of prime time at the Republican Convention to say nice things about the Mitt Romney nomination- and then great-grandpa Harry pulls down his pants on the bus and, everything goes to hell. The convention organizers gave 82-year-old Clint Eastwood five minutes to speak; he took 12. They wanted him to be scripted and use a teleprompter; he refused both. He tricked them with his last-minute request for an empty chair on stage and then proceeded to get very naughty and shock the audience with his tasteless and pathetic “go f—k yourself ” joke. Twice. And what was the Republican response? Deep listening. Benign acceptance. Unconditional love. Who said compassionate conservatism is dead? This is exactly what you need for dealing with upsetting senior moments, according to Walter St. John, author of “Solace” (Bull Publishing), a thoughtful new book of advice for the millions of people who are caregivers for the elderly and the chronically ill. “Let the person speak,” says St. John, a retired professor of interpersonal communications. Even if what they are saying is entirely inappropriate and makes you feel uncomfortable, don’t give in to “the urge to squelch the discussion or rapidly change the subject. ... It’s very important to listen unselfishly and avoid responding with, for example, ‘Let’s not get into that right now ...’ The best course of action is to listen as objectively as possible, with an
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open mind and an encouraging attitude.” I’ve been a caregiver and still am. This is excellent advice, because tending to the needs of an aging or chronically ill loved one is a minefield of stress and strain. If you want to avoid tension, awkwardness and burnout, you need a strategy that includes practical tips, tactics and key words to say. Here, then, are a few more guidelines from the gospel of St. John:
God let this happen to me?” You can be a confidante, a support, but when it comes to a more thorough exploration of spiritual needs, St. John suggests you “call in a rabbi, priest or other spiritual advisor. Some patients may be just as grateful for caregivers who are concerned about spiritual welfare, too.” If you end up praying for or with your loved one, he says, “ask if there’s anything specific he would like you to address.”
know when (and how) to say, “I don’t know” let the tears f low What if the person you’re caring for asks you about the afterlife or the unpleasant side effects of a medication? Learn to be noncommittal without seeming evasive, he says. You don’t want your loved one to think you don’t care, but you also don’t want to feel pressured to say something you don’t want to say. You can always respond with a simple, “I don’t know,” or another suggestion in the book: “Wow, that’s the $64,000 question, isn’t it? I need a little time to digest this.”
don’t hesitate to call in spiritual help
It’s natural to experience spiritual anxiety during a serious illness, St. John says. As in, “Why did
Chronic illness and end-of-life matters will bring tears. Instead of whipping out a tissue and saying something along the lines of, “It’s OK; don’t cry,” St. John suggests you let the floodgates open. Tears are a natural emotional release and can be very therapeutic. “The best thing you can do for someone who is crying is simply be present and listen if the person wants to speak.” Amen to that.
don’t offer false hope
Resist the urge to sugarcoat reality. Don’t say things like, “I’m sure you’ll get well soon.” People usually know when they are seriously ill and soon to die. If you fill the silence with empty platitudes,
“Above all, seek to connect heart to heart.” ^ Walter St. John you can destroy your credibility and make your loved one feel you can’t handle the stress of supporting her, St. John says.
respond constructively to anger
Anger is a natural response to aging and to deteriorating health, St. John reminds us. While you can’t control your loved one’s anger, you can control your own response. Make every effort to remain cool and collected. But don’t invite him to be a keynoter in 2016.
Marilynn Preston- fitness expert, well-being coach and speaker on healthy lifestyle issues- is the creator of Energy Express, the longest-running syndicated fitness column in the country. Her website is marilynnpreston.com and she welcomes reader questions, which can be sent to MyEnergyExpress@aol.com.
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Teacher Alison Campbell is proud of her 4th grade class who raised $1,100 for LIMBS International.
udson Pep has earned LIMBS International’s rank of “Super Hero” for its students’ selfless example of helping others. These young scholars have donated proceeds from their fund raisers and pizza parties to fund artificial limbs for amputees in underdeveloped countries. LIMBS International is an organization dedicated to enabling residents of underdeveloped countries to again walk and be
generally ambulatory. By working with research labs and clinics worldwide, developing and delivering inexpensive prosthetic devices for worldwide distribution LIMBS enables the disabled to resume self-sufficiency and become productive to the betterment of both themselves and the nations in which they live. LIMBS has introduced itself and its mission to schools in the Longview Independent School District (LISD.) Hudson Pep Principal Sue Wilson watched her pupils use their knowledge and abilities to assist LIMBS in its mission. Teacher Alison Campbell’s 4th graders raised $1100 and donated it to LIMBS.
The school overall raised approximately $4000 to make it the highest-ranking in the LISD in this category, making these students Super Heroes. Furthermore, Wilson accompanied LIMBS to the Dominican Republic, where she saw heartbreaking poverty in a beautiful country. A hospital she visited was a bedlam of suffering and chaos as seriously ill and injured people received inadequate attention in the confusion. LIMBS helped a 40-year-old diabetic man, a roofer, who had broken his ankle in a fall. Because of his diabetes his lower extremity never healed and had to be amputated. october 2012
Infinitie Chronicles Physically incapable of resuming his former profession, and unable to afford a $200 permit to sell fruit on the street he was part of the “ripple effect” such injuries incur in his country. A 35-year-old man felt positively resurrected when he received a new, state-of-the-art prosthetic to replace the leg he lost at the age of nine, when it had to be amputated after a machete cut became infected. As a barber he had for years been forced to stand for hours daily on a wooden leg that was too heavy and too short. In addition, Wilson’s trip to this impoverished island nation showed her how the area’s LIMBS labs, missions, hospitals and workers design, construct and distribute artificial extremities to people whose lives are enriched and rebuilt by this physical salvation. The Dominican Republic is just one country being helped by LIMBS. Originally called LEGS (LeTourneau Engineering Global Solutions,) LIMBS started out in 2004 when Dr. Roger Gonzales and his LeTourneau University biomedical engineering students designed and constructed a low-cost artificial knee. The organization has since grown into an international operation dedicated to improving the lives of amputees worldwide. To learn more about LIMBS International visit www.LIMBS.org.
Trevor Bergman, LIMBS International Executive Director demonstrates how the limb works when fitted on an amputee, Hudson Pep “Super Heroes” look on.
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take charge of your
Health Stress over financial matters can affect both your health and your family’s well-being. You can reduce the stress by following a few simple tips.
Gather your documents and store them safely. Over time, you accumulate all sorts of important papers from medical histories to bills and insurance information. It’s a good idea to keep all these important documents in a safe place, such as a safety deposit box or fireproof strong box. Here are some things you’ll want to store safely and be able to retrieve quickly: • Insurance plan information: life, health, dental, home owners, renters, auto, boat, etc. • Mortgage information • Tax information: returns, purchase and charitable contribution receipts • Investment paperwork: savings, stocks, bonds and retirement records • Will and trust or health care directives Keep ATM receipts for a month, and paycheck stubs, bills, credit card, bank and investment statements for a year. Hold on to tax returns, medical bills, mortgage and home records longer – up to three to seven years.
Set a monthly budget. It’s important to keep track of your finances and what you’re spending money on in order to determine where you can cut back. Keep an accurate account of your finances for several months, then start trimming expenses where possible. There are excellent software packages available to help you keep your income and expenses balanced.
Set a savings budget and stick to it. Whether it’s for your children’s college tuition, a home down payment or for retirement, it’s important to make your savings goal part of your monthly budget. Set aside a regular amount – starting as early as you can.
Keep an emergency fund. Financial emergencies can happen when you least expect them. Instead of adding to your debt through a credit card withdrawal or bank loan, keep an amount equal to six months expenses on hand. Get started by arranging a bi-weekly or monthly automatic transfer into your savings account
Stay on top of your credit score. Good credit opens many doors – auto and home ownership, backup credit lines, even co-signing your child’s student loans can be influenced by your credit score. In addition, spotting fraudulent accounts – such as credit cards opened via identity theft – is much easier when you’re managing your credit score. Free credit report services with email alerts are available online. Look to life insurance to help protect your family. If the unexpected happens, you want to know your family is safe, and that includes your finances. Talk to a life insurance professional for help in selecting the coverage and life insurance provider best suited for your family circumstances. www.infinitieplus.com
Arts and Culture
sails to stardom
By Kelly Bell Sinbad is not the name on his birth certificate. He came into this world November 19, 1956 in Benton Harbor, Michigan. His father, the Reverend Dr. Donald Adkins, named him David, too. Young David was one of Brother David’s and his wife Martha’s six children. The younger David and all his siblings attended Benton Harbor High School, where he stood out in the band and math club. From 1974 until 1978 he attended the University of Denver, where he was a notable basketball player. After graduation came the Air Force. David served as boom operator on a KC-135 Stratotanker out of the 384th Air Refueling Wing at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas. It was here he discovered his flare for stand-up comedy. It turned out this (rather than the military) was his true calling. Various misdemeanors (such as going AWOL) almost got him booted out of the Air Force. Still, his competition in the U.S. Air Force’s 1981 Talent Contest pointed him in a promising new direction with a memorable stage name- Sinbad. He had always admired the fictitious character Sinbad the Sailor, and realized this name was easy to remember- as would be his performances. He achieved widespread notice by winning his round versus comedian Dennis Miller, and moved on to the Redd Foxx Show, where he played the character Byron Lightfoot. He never believed off-color jokes and profanity are necessary to make audiences laugh, and his career has proven him correct. In 1987 he won a part on the Cosby Show spinoff A Different World, portraying “David Sarrette.” From 1988 until 1991 he played the role of “Coach Walter Oakes.” He moved on to a co-starring spot alongside Scott Bakula in Necessary Roughness. His character was “Andre Krimm,” who was a college professor recruited for the Texas State Fightin’ Armadillos defensive line after the NCAA sanctions the school, forcing it to remake its team from the ground up. His roles are many and their variety is endless and outrageous. Sinbad played the part of an animated condom in the 1992 educational video Time Out: The Truth About HIV, AIDS and You, and hosted Dick’s Night Out on the evening of November 21, 1992. This period was followed by a sabbatical from episodic TV as he appeared in smaller roles in Aliens For Breakfast and Bill Nye: The Science Guy, but by this point he had earned a big enough reputation to get noticed. The premier appearance of The Sinbad Show was September 16, 1993 as he played one David Bryan. This 35-year-old bachelor becomes foster parent to two children to whom he had grown attached. His list of additional successes is impressive. In 1995 The Sinbad Show was nominated for a Blimp Award. In 1996 he was nominated for an Image Award for the category of Outstanding Performance in an Animated/Dramatic Youth or Childrens’ Series/Special for Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child. In 1997 he won a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Family For Jingle All the Way, which had been released in 1996.
Sinbad will be performing at LeTourneau University’s Belcher Center on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 7:00pm. For tickets and additional information please visit www.belchercenter.com. 14
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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2012
Fighting breast cancer takes more than a
By Dr. David Lipschitz
ecently, I caught myself admiring beautiful photographs of a number of women in a local magazine who, I assumed, were modeling clothes. After a moment, I finally realized they were not modeling clothes; rather, they were modeling their own strength, courage and survival. These stunningly beautiful women with wonderful smiles were breast cancer survivors. Most were in their 50s or younger, with one exception- a regal silver-haired woman who refused to divulge her age. Breast cancer remains a national concern, afflicting one in 1,000 women in the United States; 20 percent of these women will die. In June, thousands upon thousands of women (and many men) participated in the National Race for the Cure, sponsored by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Women ran for every possible reason. Many were survivors. Some saw a loved one battle the disease. Some women ran just because they believe in the cause. In the past 25 years, the Susan G. Komen National Race for the Cure has become the largest 5K run in the world and has touched millions of people. The foundation has increased national awareness of breast cancer dramatically and generated millions of dollars for research. In the past 50 years, two clear phenomena have occurred: The incidence of breast cancer has increased worldwide, and the illness is identified at a younger and younger age. While the two may be related to increased prevalence of mammograms to identify cancer early, it seems that more women are afflicted by breast cancer than ever before. In fact, a recent Time magazine cover story examined the effect of westernization on the worldwide spread of breast cancer. From a high-fat diet to hormone replacement therapy, fewer pregnancies, less exercise and more obesity, the effects of a more Western lifestyle may have a marked effect on increased incidence of breast cancer. To compound the problem, developing or underdeveloped countries have less access to medical tools that detect disease and provide adequate therapy. In these countries, 50 percent to 80 percent of patients with breast cancer are succumbing to the disease- as compared to 20 percent in the United States. As a nation, we have made great strides in early detection, accurate diagnosis and therapy. Mammograms are clearly responsible for improved survival. Whatâ€™s more, there are positive findings on the horizon. In the future, MRI of the breast may be used to detect early breast cancer in very high-risk patients, those with a strong family history of the disease, those who have had breast cancer previously or those who carry a gene that increases the risk of breast cancer. Just as importantly, better approaches to radiotherapy and surgery make it possible to avoid mastectomies, and newer diagnostic procedures allow the development of treatment uniquely targeted to the specific characteristics of an individual cancer.
About 1 in 8 U.S. women- a little less than 12%- will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
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Breast Cancer Facts
Moreover, microscopic and genetic testing of the cancer can determine how well you will respond to therapy and your chance of survival. Those having tumors with a high likelihood of recurrence will be treated more aggressively than those in whom the cancer is growing more slowly and more likely to be cured by initial treatment. Chemotherapy also can target specific cancers and can have fewer side effects. Even for those patients in whom the disease recurs, there are numerous therapeutic options that allow many to live symptom-free for years without ever being “cured.” Despite the major strides made in breast cancer therapy and research, many challenges remain. Thanks to the Komen Foundation and many others, Americans have a very high awareness of breast cancer and are active in prevention and early detection. However, it’s time we look beyond our own borders to address the global increase of breast cancer. Every woman, of any age, should take every step to prevent this disease. Eat right, maintain an ideal weight, exercise and make educated decisions about hormone replacement therapy. Know whether you are at increased risk of the disease. But do not rest on your laurels just because you ran in a race and wear a pink ribbon. The race to cure breast cancer is still going strong, and it requires all of us- in and out of the medical community- to take charge and be empowered about this serious illness.
In 2011, an estimated 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer were expected to be diagnosed, along with 57,650 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer. About 39,520 women were expected to die in 2011 from breast cancer, though there has been a decrease in death rates since 1990, with larger decreases in women under 50. These decreases are thought to be the result of treatment advancements, earlier detection through screening, and increased awareness.
Dr. David Lipschitz is the author of the book “Breaking the Rules of Aging.” More information is available at www.drdavidhealth.com.
For women in the United States, breast cancer death rates are higher than death rates for any other type of cancer, besides lung cancer. Except for skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. Just under 30% of cancers diagnosed in women are breast cancers. White women are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer than AfricanAmerican women. However, in women under 45, breast cancer is more common in African-American women than white women. Overall, African-American women are more llkely to die of breast cancer. Asian, Hispanic, and Native-American women have a lower risk of developing and dying from breast cancer. As of 2011, there were over 2.6 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.
A woman’s risk of breast cancer approximately doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Less than 15% of women who get breast cancer have a family member who has been diagnosed with it. About 5-10% of breast cancers are thought to be caused by inherited gene mutations (abnormal changes passed through families). Mutations of the BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 genes are the most common. Women with this mutation have up to an 80% risk of developing breast cancer during their lifetime, often at a younger age than it typically develops. An increased ovarian cancer risk is also associated with these genetic mutations. The most significant risk factors for breast cancer are gender (being a woman) and age (growing older).
Source: American Cancer Society. For more information, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit online at www.cancer.org.
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Contemporary and Classic: 2013 VW CC
Restyled, Rejuvenated By Mark Maynard
he Volkswagen CC is a special car in a segment of sameness. When this midsize fourpassenger sport-roof sedan debuted in 2008, it was a mainstream entry in the wake of the Mercedes-Benz CLS. The CC had that same essence of luxury and freedom for not much more than a traditional sedan. Volkswagen did a big “refresh” on the 2013 CC, and the exterior treatment returns the car to a statement of style. The new front and rear designs add a perception of strength and width while toning down the tapered tail. The design team did its best to make this sedan seem like a coupe. The doors have frameless windows, the interior is swept back and flowthrough, and it is an enjoyable long-distance cruiser. And back-seat legroom is uncouplike long at 37.3 inches. Still based on the last-generation Passat (which was re-engineered for 2012), the CC has passion and emotion at the curb and behind the wheel, where the Passat is toned down and reserved. Competitors include the Acura TSX, Buick Regal, Hyundai Azera and Infiniti G25. The front-wheel drive CC is sold in several trim levels with four- and V6-engine choices. The turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder comes with a six-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed Direct Shift Gearbox automatic, 20
simply explained as an automated manual. Allwheel drive is available only on the V-6 model, which is standard with the DSG. Starting prices range from $30,435 to about $41,000. Pricing includes the $820 freight charge from Germany and free scheduled maintenance for the warranty, 3-years/36,000-miles bumper to bumper. The CC Sport test car with 2.0T, DSG and lighting package was $32,530. The lighting package adds Bi-Xenon headlights (with white sharp beams at night), LED running lights integrated into the headlights and the Adaptive Frontlighting System, which turns the beams up to 15 degrees around corners. Once you see how beneficial this system is at night, you won’t go back to fixed-position headlights. I drove the tester about 800 miles, including a 12-hour round trip to Las Vegas, and sniffed back a tear when the car went back to VW. The seats are supportive, there are no sightline issues and the ride is quiet with little tire or wind noise (the low 0.284 coefficient of drag is a big help). Braking is without question from 12.3-inch vented front discs and 11.1-inch solid rear discs. The 2.0-liter engine isn’t overpowered, but the 207 foot-pounds of torque peak at 1,700 rpm, or about as quickly as the turbo spools up. There’s plenty of kick when needed. And the reserved curb weight of 3,367 pounds also benefits fuel economy, which is EPA rated at 22 mpg city and i n finitie plus
31 highway on the recommended premium fuel. I was getting in the low 30s on the Vegas run and mid 20s around town. And the cruising range is wide with the 18.5-gallon tank. The gracious interior is rewarding with its refined materials that appear to be high quality while resisting glitzy treatments. There is clean simplicity in the white-on-black gauges and matte Chromium trim. I appreciated the electric parking brake. The 12-way power passenger seat is a plus, and the two-tone V-Tex leatherette is a fine imitation of the real thing. It has attractive stitching and perforated center sections. Connecting my phone to the Bluetooth was elusive, but I didn’t take time to read the owner’s manual for directions. Still, this technology has evolved so quickly that most systems sync in seconds without a tutorial. There also is no rearview camera, which as another set of eyes can be priceless. And in my wish book, this car (at this price) deserves a smart key and push-button ignition. The process streamlines entry by allowing the driver keep the fob in pocket or purse, and the doors unlock with a touch to the handle. You can spend a few thousand more for a smaller entry-lux sedan and get a few more features, but you won’t get the CC’s style and presence. Mark Maynard is driving in cyberspace at email@example.com. Find photo galleries and more news at Facebook.com/MaynardsGarage.
2013 Volkswagen CC Body style Compact, 4-seat, front-wheel-drive sedan
Engine 200-hp, 16-valve, DOHC direct-injection 2.0-liter 4-cylinder; 207 footpounds torque at 1,700 rpm
6-speed Direct Shift Gearbox automatic
22/31 mpg city/hwy.; premium fuel recommended
17-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, auto-dimming interior rearview mirror, power windows with 1-touch up/down on all windows, heated exterior mirrors with integrated turn signals, cruise control, daytime running lights, rain-sensing wipers, single-zone automatic AC, electric parking brake with hill-hold, carpeted floor mats, Matte Chromium trim, leatherwrapped multifunction steering wheel and gear shift knob, analog clock, VTex leatherette upholstery with heated front seats, 12-way power adjustable front seats with lumbar, rear seat pass through, Premium VIII touch-screen radio with 8 speakers, HD radio, Media Device Interface with iPod cable Bluetooth connectivity and Sirius satellite radio.
Trunk space Front head/leg/shoulder room
6 air bags, 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS and electronic brake-force distribution, electronic stability and traction controls, electronic differential lock and engine braking assist
Rear head/leg/shoulder room
$32,530, including $820 freight charge
13.2 cubic feet
Options on test vehicle None
3-years/36,000-miles bumper to bumper with free scheduled maintenance and roadside assistance; 5-years/60,000-miles powertrain
Travel and Adventure
Behind the Scenes in
By Sheila Sobell and Richard N. Every ife in 18th-century London for anyone but families with a lot of money wasn’t easy, especially for women. Modern birth control had not yet been invented, and servant girls whose masters fathered their children were simply turned out of the household. We learned these facts and more when we discovered three small attractions offering behind-the-scenes looks at London society.
The Foundling Museum “Dear Sir, could you please let me know if my baby admitted on 18 July is well. How many teeth does he have? I have a little book that I keep account of him until his first birthday. I have a little stuffed rabbit and want to send it but don’t know where. Hoping to hear good news.” That good news never came. In the 1700s, an illegitimate pregnancy invariably meant loss of employment, poverty or prostitution and eventually the workhouse for mother and baby. Pregnant women felt they had no choice but to abandon their babies and hope for the best. With 1,000 infants left to perish of hunger and exposure each year, the streets of London became a cemetery of tiny corpses. For a small group of infants that changed in 22
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1741. With support from artist William Hogarth and composer George Frideric Handel, philanthropist Thomas Coram raised sufficient funds to establish the Foundling Hospital. Now called the Foundling Museum, it tells the story of the 20,000 babies who passed through its doors from 1741 to 1954. Rotating exhibits feature the tokens mothers left in hopes of reclaiming their babies later, oral histories, photographs, letters and even the re-creation of the hospital’s interior. For the first five years of their lives, foundlings were fostered out to community families. When they returned, they enjoyed extraordinary advantages for the period — a good diet, vaccination against smallpox, health care, basic education and apprenticeship to a trade. Because the hospital was considered a fashionable charity to support, the well-to-do lent their sponsorship. Foundlings were even introduced to royalty. Because Handel was their patron, music was a key part of a boy’s education. Each learned an instrument, and many made careers in the army band. What they were never given, however, was affection. In 2011 the museum interviewed 74 surviving former foundlings about their experience. Said one, “Even though I have been married 53 years, I don’t know what love is. I’m incapable of hugging my grandchildren because I have never had a family that was loving to me and I’m unable to express love to anyone else.”
The Foundling Museum
The Mediatheque at BFI Southbank
The Mediatheque at BFI Southbank
The Foundling Museum made us eager to discover more about life during this period. Happily, we stumbled onto a treasure-trove of film history next door to the National Theatre. The Mediatheque at BFI Southbank is charged with preserving, restoring and interpreting British filmmaking through festivals, film restoration and cinema programming. Our film experience picked up where the Foundling Museum left off. By pressing a button at one of its 14 workstations we could call up films that portrayed the starkness of 18th-century life, such as the 1958 film version of “Tale of Two Cities”; the 1920 silent version of “Bleak House”; episodes from the 1985 and 2005 BBC adaptations of the same book; and the first episode of the 2008 “Little Dorrit.”
Backstage at London’s National Theatre
“The play’s the thing,” said Shakespeare, but for the 800-plus crew of creative people who work behind the scenes, it all comes down to illusion. Kids will be fascinated by learning the secrets of making a good severed head and other body parts, why it takes 200 hours to make a wig and that it takes 2530 measurements to fashion a single costume. The final puzzle is figuring out which department uses the most cheese graters (clue - it’s not the kitchens). Touring behind the scenes at the National is both an intellectual and physical workout just keeping pace with the guide through three theaters, six rehearsal halls, dressing rooms, wardrobe facilities housing thousands of costumes and huge spaces for building sets.
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London’s National Theatre
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Travel and Adventure The main dining room at Clos Maggiore looks like a stage set for one of Shakespeare’s romances. Its maitre d’amour makes sure romantic moments go off without a hitch. When it’s time for dessert, the waiter approaches with an elegant covered platter and removes the lid with a flourish worthy of a cacophony of cymbals. Who could reject a proposal when desert is an engagement ring presented with drama suitable for a leading lady? If your plans for the evening are more budget conscious than theatrical, the prix-fixe menus are outstanding. A two-course dinner with half a bottle of preselected wine at this AA-rosette French restaurant is less than $32 each. The set menu has a selection of three appetizers, three entrees and four desserts. Of course, the French sauces make the experience magnifique. The three-rosette Pearl Restaurant and Bar is a gem. Besides being gorgeous, it drips with history, architecture and romance. Located in the former headquarters of the Pearl Assurance Co., the five-star luxury Chancery Court Hotel retains its stunning Edwardian features — a 166-foot cupola, grand Renaissance-style marble staircase that sweeps up seven floors and a bronze gated carriageway opening into an inner courtyard. In the restaurant, pearl chandeliers, mother-of-pearl tables and strands of pearls make booths opulent and private. The huge bar that looks like a walk-in closet for royalty stores 200 vintage wines, many served by the glass. Executive Chef Jun Tanaka juggles his career as celebrity chef with his own TV series, upscale food-to-go Street Kitchen and new venture into cookbooks. His modern French cuisine is poetry to the plate and palate. The roast duck breast with blood orange puree, caramelized chicory tart and pistachios raised duck a l’orange to a new level, and the service is impeccable. The name of his cookbook is “Simple to Sensational.” Our suggestion would be “Simply Sensational”!
Pearl Restaurant and Bar
Sheila Sobell and Richard N. Every are freelance writers.
WHEN YOU GO The Foundling Museum: www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk The Mediatheque at BFI Southbank: www.bfi.org.uk The National Theatre: www.nationaltheatre.org.uk Clos Maggiore: www.closmaggiore.com Pearl Restaurant and Bar: www.pearl-restaurant.com and www.chancerycourthotel.com 24
Finding an affordable hotel in London’s museum-rich Kensington neighborhood was a real challenge. We struck it lucky with the 67-room, 9-year-old Base2Stay. It describes itself as a boutique luxury budget hotel, but to keep costs down, it eliminates extras such as a gym, bar and restaurant, substituting instead a well-stocked mini-kitchenette. Dining out is made affordable with discount coupons to partner restaurants for up to 30 percent off the bill. Rooms range from the tiny single Bijou or standard ($150) to the spacious deluxe room with small balcony ($350). Children are welcome at no additional charge. The Earls Court tube station and several bus routes are nearby: www.base2stay.com. i n finitie plus
How to Save Money,
By Mary Hunt Saving money is a curious term with two meanings: 1) to spend less, as in, “I buy things on sale to save money” and 2) to physically place money where it is safe from being spent.
It’s easy to trick yourself into thinking that 1) and 2) are the same. They are not, unless of course you stop by the bank to deposit the difference between what you would have spent had the item not been on sale into your savings account. That’s one clever way to boost your cash stash this year. Here are seven more:
1. 2. 3.
This year, assess yourself a specific “tax” each time you make an ATM withdrawal. It might be $5 or $10. You decide. Whatever the amount, make sure you become a tough tax collector. No slacking, no IOUs.
Give it up.
Pick one thing that you will sacrifice this year — just cut it out. Stash the amount you would have spent on whatever it is — manicures, french fries, gourmet coffee, cigarettes — into your savings. You could always do your own manicures, swear off the junk food or brew your own coffee for a year. As for that smoking habit, just imagine all the dough in your stash if you give that up.
Whenever you write a check, record the amount rounded up to the next dollar. Then deduct it from the balance. At the end of the month, reconcile and stash the “oops!” overage.
Mary Hunt is the founder of www.DebtProofLiving.com and author of 19 books.You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Impose a moratorium.
Select a specific denomination of currency, like the $1 or $5 bill, that you will not spend this year, but save instead. Forbid yourself, and get very strict. Why not go with the $5? Your stash will grow so much faster if you absolutely refuse to spend any Abe Lincolns this year.
Hoard the coupon savings.
When you grocery shop, ask the clerk to total your order prior to handing over your coupons. That’s the amount you’re going to pay. After you hand her the coupons, you’ll watch as your total plummets. The clerk will hand back the cash equal to your coupon savings. If available, open a savings account at the bank branch located in the supermarket. It’s easy to stop on your way out to make a savings deposit — even if it’s small. It all adds up.
Rack up rebates.
They’re coming back in a big way as manufacturers and retailers want to make their products appear cheaper without actually reducing the price. They offer rebates, knowing full well only a small percentage of consumers who buy the item will ever carry through. No matter how small the rebate or complicated the process, promise you will not be among the lazy bunch in 2012. Apply for, follow up and then stash those rebates as they arrive.
Pay yourself a bonus like a dollar or two each time you eat out and opt for water instead of a pricey beverage. Don’t be a slacker in your obligation to pay up. And remember, no IOUs allowed. www.infinitieplus.com
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Don’t let identity thieves
By Phylis Dills
Social Security Public Affairs Specialist
Your number is confidential
The Social Security Administration protects your Social Security number and keeps your records confidential. We do not give your number to anyone, except when authorized by law. You should be careful about sharing your number, even when you are asked for it. You should ask why your number is needed, how it will be used and what will happen if you refuse. The answers to these questions can help you decide if you want to give out your Social Security number.
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Halloween is a time when many people like a good scare. Whether it’s a frightening costume party or a horrifying haunted house, kids and grown-ups alike line up for a good fright. What makes it enjoyable is that it’s all in good fun. People know that there is no real danger as long as precautions are taken. During the days before Halloween, it also happens to be National Protect Your Identity Week — from October 20 to 27. Identity theft is a real threat. Identity thieves victimize millions of people each year. Don’t be tricked by identity thieves; take the proper precautions. Be sure to safeguard your personal information, such as your Social Security number and mother’s maiden name. Identity thieves hunger for such information like trick-or-treaters hunger for candy. You can help protect yourself by not carrying your Social Security card with you and not providing your personal information to unknown
sources over the Internet or by email. Be sure to shred any documents, bills, or paperwork before you throw it away. Most important, never reply to an email claiming to be from Social Security that asks you for your Social Security number or other personal information. If you think you’ve been the victim of an identity thief, you should contact the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338); TTY 1-866-653-4261. Or you go to www.idtheft.gov and click on the link for “Report Identity Theft.” Learn more about identity theft at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10064.html. If you want to get involved with Protect Your Identity Week, visit www.protectyouridnow.org. Don’t fall victim to an identity thief. Safeguard your identity and take precautions to keep the “bad guys” at bay—during Protect Your Identity Week, Halloween, and throughout the year.
How might someone steal your number?
Should you get a new Social Security number?
Identity thieves get your personal information by: • Stealing wallets, purses and your mail (bank and credit card statements, pre-approved credit offers, new checks and tax information); • Stealing personal information you provide to an unsecured site on the Internet, from business or personnel records at work and personal information in your home; • Rummaging through your trash, the trash of businesses and public trash dumps for personal data; • Posing by phone or E-mail as someone who legitimately needs information about you, such as employers or landlords; or • Buying personal information from "inside sources." For example, an identity thief may pay a store employee for information about you that appears on an application for goods, services or credit.
Be careful with your Social Security card and number
Show your card to your employer when you start a job so your records are correct. Provide your Social Security number to your financial institution(s) for tax reporting purposes. Keep your card and any other document that shows your Social Security number on it in a safe place. DO NOT routinely carry your card or other documents that display your number.
What if you think someone is using your number?
Sometimes more than one person uses the same Social Security number, either on purpose or by accident. If you suspect someone else is using your number for work purposes, you should contact us to report the problem. We will review your earnings with you to ensure our records are correct. You also may review earnings posted to your record on your Social Security Statement (Form SSA-7005). The Statement is available online to workers age 18 and older. To get your Statement go to Get Your Social Security Statement Online and create an account.
What if an identity thief is creating credit problems for you?
If someone has misused your Social Security number or other personal information to create credit or other problems for you, Social Security cannot resolve these problems. But there are several things you should do. You should contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Or, you can call 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4338); TTY 1-866-653-4261. The FTC website is a one-stop national resource to learn about the crime of identity theft. It provides detailed information to help you deter, detect and defend against identity theft. You also may want to contact the Internal Revenue Service. An identity thief might also use your Social Security number to file a tax return in order to receive a refund. If the thief files the tax return before you do, the IRS will believe you already filed and received your refund if eligible. If your Social Security number is stolen, another individual may use it to get a job. That person’s employer would report income earned to the IRS using your Social Security number, making it appear that you did not report all of your income on your tax return. If you think you may have tax issues because someone has stolen your identity, contact the IRS Identity Protection Unit or call 1-800-908-4490. Also, you should file an online complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) at www.ic3.gov.The IC3 gives victims of cyber crime a convenient and easy-to-use reporting mechanism that alerts authorities of suspected criminal or civil violations. IC3 sends every complaint to one or more law enforcement or regulatory agencies that have jurisdiction over the matter. IC3’s mission is to receive, develop and refer criminal complaints regarding the rapidly expanding arena of cyber crime. For law enforcement and regulatory agencies at the federal, state, local and international level, IC3 provides a central referral mechanism for complaints involving Internet related crimes. The IC3 reflects a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National White Collar Crime Center and the Bureau of Justice Assistance. You also should monitor your credit report periodically. Free credit reports are available online at AnnualCreditReport.com. www.infinitieplus.com
If you have done all you can to fix the problems resulting from misuse of your Social Security number and someone still is using your number, we may assign you a new number. You cannot get a new Social Security number: • To avoid the consequences of filing for bankruptcy; • If you intend to avoid the law or your legal responsibility; or • If your Social Security card is lost or stolen, but there is no evidence that someone is using your number. If you decide to apply for a new number, you will need to prove your age, U.S. citizenship or lawful immigration status and identity. For more information, ask for Your Social Security Number And Card (Publication Number 05-10002). You also will need to provide evidence that you still are being disadvantaged by the misuse. Keep in mind that a new number probably will not solve all your problems. This is because other governmental agencies (such as the Internal Revenue Service and state motor vehicle agencies) and private businesses (such as banks and credit reporting companies) likely will have records under your old number. Also, because credit reporting companies use the number, along with other personal information, to identify your credit record, using a new number will not guarantee you a fresh start. This is especially true if your other personal information, such as your name and address, remains the same. If you receive a new Social Security number, you will not be able use the old number anymore. For some victims of identity theft, a new number actually creates new problems. If the old credit information is not associated with the new number, the absence of any credit history under the new number may make it more difficult for you to get credit.
Contacting Social Security
Our website is a valuable resource for information about all of Social Security’s programs. There are a number of things you can do online. In addition to using our website, you can call us toll-free at 1-800-772-1213. We treat all calls confidentially. We can answer specific questions from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Generally, you’ll have a shorter wait time if you call during the week after Tuesday. We can provide information by automated phone service 24 hours a day. (You can use our automated response system to tell us a new address or request a replacement Medicare card.) If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may call our TTY number, 1-800-325-0778. We also want to make sure you receive accurate and courteous service. That is why we have a second Social Security representative monitor some telephone calls.
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Election stress? Unconventional Ways to Energize Your Base
Use your own body’s electrical forces to normalize energy flow as you deal with thoughts or issues that previously would have blown your circuits.” Sharon Promislow
By Marilynn Preston hope you stepped up to the plate and watched at least some of the Republican and Democratic conventions, just now ended. I’ve been paying close attention because health care reform is up for grabs this year — especially for women and children — and following the path to a healthier, happier lifestyle will be much easier or a lot harder in the future, depending on who wins this next election. Meanwhile, our collective neurotransmitters are all in a tizzy. Are we “turning the corner” or “at the precipice”? Who is lying, and who is telling the truth? We are bombarded with wildly conflicting ads and editorials, and this unrelenting attack of cognitive dissonance can get in the way of acting in your own best interest. No matter your party, your
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politics or your position on supersized sodas, the run-up to the November election will continue to be confusing, anxiety-producing and very demanding on your brain. Our emotional stress triggers are being pushed, pulled and pummeled, and the science of psychoneuroimmunology tells us that if you swim in that toxic soup day after day, without any relief, you will pay the price. It could show up as back pain, a bad cold or depression, because emotional stress lives in our bodies as hot spots of pain, blockages of energy or bouts of illness. It’s called the Mind Body connection — your mental state influences your immune system — and since we’re all connected to the outcome of this election, now is a good time to put in place some strategies to relieve your emotional stress and boost your well being. The obvious choices are ones you’ve heard before: Get enough www.infinitieplus.com
sleep; exercise more; practice meditation; bury your head in the sand. Some lesser-known stress-busting strategies work on a deeper level, on your energy body, and those are the ones I want to introduce today. They help balance your electromagnetic flow (aka energy meridians) and produce change in subtle but measurable ways, not unlike the Affordable Care Act, put in place to fix our formerly broken, expensive, inefficient and unfair health care system. But wait! Isn’t the new Affordable Care Act exactly the Obamacare government takeover that the Republicans tell us is evil and unnecessary and must be repealed “on Day One!” This is what cognitive dissonance feels like. So keep an open mind, and try these two exercises, taken from one of my favorite mind-body resource books, “Making the Brain Body Connection” (Kinetic Publishing Co.) by Sharon Promislow.
Just for Chuckles POLARIZED BREATHING (aka alternate nostril breathing). Put your tongue on the roof of your mouth. Press your right nostril shut and breathe in through the left. Release the hold. Now, press the left nostril shut and breathe out through the right. Repeat three times. Then switch, inhaling through the left nostril. Repeat three times. Research shows that polarized breathing through the nose cools the hypothalamus, improves your mood and balances the brain for better thinking. Yogis call this kind of therapeutic breath control “pranayama.” Check it out. It’s perfectly safe and much more effective than taking class with Jack Daniels.
COOK’S HOOK UPS This activity, weird as it looks, brings all your energy meridians into a more balanced state. Begin by
sitting in a comfortable chair with your feet flat on the floor. Put your right ankle over your left knee. Hold your right ankle with your left hand. Now reach over to hold the ball of your right foot with your right hand. And finally — I’m not making this up — put your tongue on the roof your mouth and breathe deeply. Hold this position for a minute or two, until you feel calm. When you do, keep your tongue on the roof of your mouth and move to position two: Uncross your legs, placing your feet flat on the floor. Gently put your fingertips (not the pads) together and breathe deeply. Hold this position for a minute or two. The ends of our fingertips have alternating polarities; when we connect them we create a powerful circuit, and unblocked energy flows though the body. That’s my vision of a more perfect union. And be sure to exercise your right to vote. Marilynn Preston’s website, is marilynnpreston.com and she welcomes reader questions at MyEnergyExpress@aol.com.