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Whether you are dog tired (very tired), living a dog’s life (difficult life), or so busy you feel like you are chasing your own tail (working hard but not seeing progress), this Tidbits should give you a reason to go hog wild (become highly enthusiastic)! • An idiom is “a set expression of two or more words that means something other than the literal meanings of its individual words.” The idioms we’ll explore in this Tidbits are those that deal with animals. • Watch these pages like a hawk (carefully) to see if you recognize these sayings. You may find that many are very familiar to you. You may also find some that are complete hogwash (nonsense). In trying not to beat a dead horse (engage in pointless and repetitive discussion), you may want to read these at a snail’s pace (slowly) so that you can catch the meaning of each sentence! • An expression that seems to have disappeared or just never caught on with current generations is “I’ll swan” or “I’ll swanee!” Mostly used in the south, this is an expression of surprise probably as a replacement for “I swear” or a curse word. If you’ve never heard this one you probably think it is for the birds (not for you.)! After all, birds of a feather flock together, (people associate with similar folks)! turn the page for more!

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CAT AND MOUSE (continued): Many expressions are ingrained in our vocabulary when we are only knee high to a grasshopper (very small.) Some are kept out of earshot of children because they may not be appropriate for young ears! (Those won’t be in Tidbits!) While little children may be cute as a bug’s ear (the smaller they come, the cuter they are), some are bullheaded (stubborn) and make a beeline (go toward) to trouble. After all, when the cat’s away, the mice will play (people misbehaving without supervision). Sometimes supervision is in the hands of the biggest frog in the pond (most important person in a group), while at other times it may be given to the leader who is as calm as a toad in the sun (calm and content). Either way, if there is conflict, it may be necessary to separate the sheep from the goats (distinguish the good from the bad). When conflict arises, there are times when people act like animals. A dumb cluck (person acting stupid) may be pigheaded (stupidly stubborn) and try to find a scapegoat (innocent person who is blamed) when things go wrong. A bullheaded (obstinate) person may try to butt heads (to argue fiercely) with a sheepish (embarrassed) friend only to find that she will pull the wool over his eyes ( fool him). It is easy to get fleeced (swindled) if you don’t pay attention to what is happening to you and just ignore obvious problems. If you make yourself a sitting duck (easy target) you may end up in a harebrained scheme (foolish plan). It is much better to have all your ducks in a row (be organized), than to go down a rabbit hole (enter a fantasy world) when you need to make decisions. (continued on page 4)

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Happy Trails By Sam Mazzotta DEAR PAW’S CORNER: My 18-month-old Lab mix, “Sadie,” is old enough to go camping and hiking with me, but my two usual hiking buddies aren’t sure. They say we won’t be allowed to hike many trails with her, and that she’ll be a distraction on trips. What do you think? -- Bill in Franklin, Tenn. DEAR BILL: Bringing your dog along on camping and hiking trips does take extra preparation and planning, but it can be a blast and an important experience for Sadie. If it’s important to you, make the case with your friends to bring Sadie along. While many city, state or national parks don’t allow pets, a large number do allow them, with restrictions that vary depending on the park. Go online and look up the areas you want to visit this year for their rules regarding pets, or call the park directly. List parks that absolutely don’t allow dogs versus those that do allow them. If your friends won’t budge about Sadie, it doesn’t


March 24 - March 30, 2014 have to absolutely be your dog versus them. Plan some outings with your friends, and some outings with Sadie. If you want to camp or hike with a group, plan that with others who are open to bringing Sadie along. If you don’t know anyone, look for dog-friendly hiking groups on or at the local camping-supply store’s message board. With that said, remember that Sadie needs to be well-behaved and socialized before taking her camping. Conduct obedience training daily and make sure she responds to your commands promptly. You need to be able to call her back from potentially dangerous situations while out hiking. Learn more about training Sadie and packing for your dog at REI’s website. Send your questions or comments to (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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CAT AND MOUSE (continued) • Hold on if you think we are barking up the wrong tree (have the wrong idea), fantasy worlds can be fun and engaging. Just remember that it’s a dog-eat-dog world (there is a lot of competition in life) out there and you need to be careful not to be constantly chasing your own tail (working hard but not getting anything done)! • If organizing gives you a burr under your saddle (causes you to be irritated), remember that the early bird gets the worm (start early so that you have the best chance for success). • Seeing an opportunity to improve your life or your situation, sometimes requires walking on eggshells (being careful not to offend others) or a somewhat opposite situation; taking the bull by the horns (tackling the problem). • You sure don’t need to be told that you are not the sharpest quill on the porcupine (not very smart) if you are having a hard time with an assignment. Most people realize when they struggle and have butterflies in their stomachs (feel nervous) when they have bitten off more than they can chew (taken on too hard or big a task). • Speaking of chewing, when you are hungry as a bear (really hungry), it is usually best to take your time eating anyway. Don’t be silly and wolf down your food (eat too fast) or you may find yourself sick as a horse (very sick)! (continued on page 5)

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by Samantha Weaver • It was nonviolent Indian activist Mahatma Gandhi who made the following sage observation: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” • Beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss had a hobby that few people were aware of: He collected hats. • With the summer holidays approaching, you might want to keep in mind this tidbit: Every year, 75,000 stuffed animals are left behind in hotels. Be sure to check under the bed before you leave! • It was long believed that a single piece of paper couldn’t be folded more than seven times, but in 2002, high-schooler Britney Gallivan disproved that notion. She ordered a 4,000-foot-long roll of toilet paper and, along with her family, headed to a shopping mall to try to break the seven-fold limit. After seven hours, she and her family had succeeded in folding the paper 12 times, putting an end to the myth. • Ancient Mayan warriors were known to throw hornets’ nests at each other in battle. • At some point you’ve almost certainly heard a coward described as “lily-livered,” but did you ever wonder where that expression came from? It was once believed that the seat of courage in the human body was the liver; therefore, someone who was timid presumably lacked blood in the liver, causing that organ to become white. • If you’re like the average American, you spend 38 hours in traffic every year. If you live in Chicago, you’re stuck for 46 hours. If you’re unlucky enough to be driving in Los Angeles, you’ll be at the mercy of traffic for a whopping 72 hours every year.

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes isn’t easy for you. But if you do it, you’ll gain a better perspective of what you need to do to achieve your goals. Be open to new ideas. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) There are still some problems you might have to deal with before moving on to your next project. It’s a good idea to accept help from those who share your objectives. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) It’s time to recognize the difference between those who are truly concerned for you and those who simply plan to use your good nature to their advantage. New ideas become increasingly attractive. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Depending on a promise made becoming a promise kept could be more than a mite unwise at this time. It’s best to proceed on your own rather than wait for aid that might never arrive. LEO (July 23 to August 22) A recently revitalized relationship might not be quite what the Big Cat expected. But give yourself more time to deal with the changes. A little flexibility can go a long way. Good luck. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) A major change could prompt more adjustments. Some of them might be difficult to deal with at first. But hang in there, and before you know it, you’ll be coasting to your next goal. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Your sense of justice prompts you to speak out against an unfair situation, even if you seem to be the only one who feels

that way. But you soon learn that many others agree with you. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Creating a fuss is not usually your style. But that doesn’t mean you should tolerate an ill-mannered attitude. Speak up for yourself, and you’ll earn the respect of others. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) You might have a few loose ends to tie up before you can stamp your project as complete. But once that’s done, you might want to celebrate with someone special in your life. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Disappointment darkens the Goat’s mood. But close friends rally to pull you through with words of encouragement. Use their confidence in you to rebuild your own self-esteem. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) An upcoming decision might be more difficult with inaccurate information. Best to recheck the data you have at hand right now to be sure it won’t mislead you later. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) An offer you previously turned down might no longer be available. But if you do some checking around, you could find something else that would suit you just fine. BORN THIS WEEK: You believe in helping those who cannot help themselves. Although it embarrasses you, the fact is, people like you and tell you so. (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

This Week Last Week 1. Pharrell Williams..............No. 1 “Happy” 2. Katy Perry .........................No. 2 “Dark Horse” 3. Jason Derulo feat. 2 Chainz .................................No. 3 “Talk Dirty” 4. John Legend ......................No. 4 “All of Me” 5. Bastille ...............................No. 6 “Pompeii” 6. Lorde..................................No. 7 “Team” 7. Beyonce feat. Jay Z ..........No. 5 “Drunk in Love” 8. One Republic ....................No. 9 “Counting Stars” 9. A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera ................No. 8 “Say Something” 10. Pitbull feat. Ke$ha ........No. 10 “Timber”

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1. ScHoolboy Q entry “Oxymoron” 2. Soundtrack ........................No. 1 “Frozen” 3. entry “Morning Phase” 4. Kid Cudi entry “Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon” 5. Romeo entry “Formula: Vol. 2” 6. Dierks Bentley entry “Riser” 7. Eric Church.......................No. 2 “The Outsiders” 8. Helios entry “The Fray” 9. Various Artists ..................No. 4 “NOW 49”

10. Beyonce ............................No. 5 “Beyonce”

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1. Brantley Gilbert................No. 2 “Bottoms Up” 2. Jason Aldean .....................No. 4 “When She Says Baby” 3. Dierks Bentley .................No. 11 “I Hold On” 4. Cole Swindell ....................No. 1 “Chillin’ It” 5. Luke Bryan .......................No. 3 “Drink a Beer” 6. Blake Shelton ....................No. 5 “Doin’ What She Likes” 7. Lady Antebellum ..............No. 6 “Compass” 8. Keith Urban ....................No. 10 “Cop Car” 9. Eric Church.......................No. 7 “Give Me Back My Hometown” 10. Scotty McCreery ...........No. 12 “See You Tonight” Source: Billboard © 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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• On March 31, 1776, future first lady Abigail Adams writes to her husband urging him to “remember the ladies” when drafting a new code of laws for the fledgling nation. Abigail pondered if and how the rights of women would be addressed in an American constitution. • On April 4, 1841, only 31 days after assuming office, William Henry Harrison, the ninth president of the United States, dies at the White House. At his inauguration, Harrison declined to wear a jacket or hat and made a two-hour speech. Soon afterward, he developed pneumonia. • On April 5, 1859, naturalist Charles Darwin sends his publishers the first three chapters of “Origin of Species,” which will become one of the most influential books ever published. Knowing the fates of scientists who had published radical theories and been ostracized or worse, Darwin had held off publishing his theory of natural selection for years. • On April 1, 1924, Adolf Hitler is sentenced for his role in the Beer Hall Putsch of Nov. 8, 1923. He had been charged with high treason. Despite his conviction, he was out of jail before the end of the year, with his political position stronger than ever. • On April 3, 1936, Richard Bruno Hauptmann, convicted in the kidnapping and murder of the 20-monthold son of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh, is executed by electrocution. In 1932, Charles Jr. was kidnapped from the nursery of the Lindbergh home. • On April 2, 1979, the world’s first anthrax epidemic begins in Ekaterinburg, Russia (now Sverdlosk). Thirteen years later the epidemic was finally explained: Workers at a weapons plant had failed to replace a filter, causing a release of anthrax spores into the outside air. • On April 6, 1950, a train plunges off a bridge into a rain-swollen river in Tangua, Brazil, killing 110 people. Days of torrential rains had undermined the bridge’s foundation, but there was no warning system to stop the train. The locomotive and five cars fell into the river. The remaining 17 cars somehow stayed on the tracks. CAT AND MOUSE (continued) • Hold your horses (be patient) when you need to wait for your food, whether at your home, someone else’s home or a restaurant. Be a good egg (nice person) not a bad egg (bad person) and avoid fighting like cats and dogs (fierce argument). Don’t bite the hand that feeds you (harm someone who is helping you)! • Take the bull by the horns (face difficulty) when you are strong and can rule the roost (be the boss), but don’t get egg on your face (be humiliated) by taking on more than you can handle. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch (don’t plan on having something until you actually get it)! • If things are going well in your family or work life, don’t kill the goose that lays the golden eggs (don’t destroy the source of your good fortune). Be thankful and don’t ruffle any feathers (don’t upset anyone) or you may find yourself eating crow (having to admit that you are wrong). Remember birds of a feather flock together (similar people stick together).

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Page 5 • Don’t be a fraidy cat (a coward) when it comes to trying new things. Carefully weigh the risks and wing it (improvise) as you are learning. If you get sent on a wild goose chase (to be sent searching for something that can’t be found), then learn from your search. • It is better to let the cat have your tongue (be quiet) than to pretend to be a fat cat (rich and powerful person) when you really have nothing to brag about. After all, the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray (even careful plans can go wrong). • Many times in our everyday lives the weather can be an influencing factor in our decision making. If it is raining cats and dogs outside (raining hard) then we are likely to be as happy as a clam (contended) staying at home reading a good book or watching a movie. If the sun is shining and it is nice and warm out, we are likely to go out to have a whale of a time (great enjoyment). • See you later, alligator (good-bye for now)! After while, crocodile (good-bye to you, too)! Tidbits will be back next week. A fast search of Google found far too many cases of veterans’ mailed drugs being stolen around the country. In one case, a postal worker was both stealing and selling the drugs on the mail route. In Chattanooga, Tenn., a postal worker who also is a veteran on medication said his drugs, sent monthly, had been disappearing right out of the post office where he works. In Indianapolis, a postal worker was nabbed for taking drugs out of 17 packages in the VA mail-order program. In another case, a 24-year employee of the post office stole more than 2,000 pills destined for veterans. The Maine UPS driver was caught, literally, blue-handed. Authorities had put a blue dye pack in the package, which exploded in his face when he opened it. He was taking the drugs when agents came through the door. If you get your medications by mail, you can now track them. Go online to MyHealtheVet web portal. Freddy Groves regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Send email to

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At the very least, insist that the manager help you clean the stove. That doesn’t mean buying you a can of oven cleaner; it means sending a maintenance person to assess the situation and find a safe way to clean it, or scheduling a contractor to clean and maintain the appliance. If the stove is too difficult to clean, if it’s rusting through or otherwise not in safe condition, most leases allow the management to replace it with an acceptable appliance. If the manager agrees to do this, get that pledge in writing along with an approximate date that the appliance will be replaced. What if the manager or landlord refuses to do any of these things? Look up your state’s statute by typing tenant/landlord law and the name of your state in a search engine box. The landlord may or may not be By Samantha Mazzotta required to maintain or replace certain appliances. That said, you can accomplish a heck of a lot just by Renter Faced With Grimy, Rusty Stove being polite and working with the manager or landQ: I recently moved into a small apartment, and while lord to find a solution. It’s hard to react negatively to the stove is old, it seems to work fine. Trouble is, when a tenant asking, “Hey, I want to keep my apartment I lifted the stove lid to clean it, there was about an inch clean and I need some help getting the stove up to snuff, can you help?” Although there are some nightof greasy grime and rust. It’s impossible to get commare landlords out there, most like keeping the value pletely clean, and I’m kind of worried about a grease of their properties up and appreciate tenants helping to fire starting. What can I do to get my stove back in keep them there. shape? -- Clara in Tampa, Fla. HOME TIP: To clean a stubborn stain A: Talk to your apartment manager or landlord. While from a standard (enamel) stovetop, tenants are expected to keep the apartment’s appliancmix equal amounts of table salt, baking es clean, it’s neither fair nor safe to deal with a stove soda and water (about a tablespoon that is unreasonably dirty. each) and scrub the mixture over the The manager may counter that you accepted the stain with a soft cloth. apartment with the appliances listed in good working Send your questions or home tips to condition, but I know very few people who have the (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc. time or wherewithal to pry open the stove hood and check the burners underneath during a tour or a final Valley walk-through. Review your apartment lease. In managed communities these usually comply with what’s required by state and municipal tenant/landlord laws, and it gives you an idea of how much the management is willing to do in this case.


Palace in Las Vegas in March, 2003. Her commitment was to appear five nights a week in The Colosseum, Born into a musically gifted family, Celine Dion is the built especially for her and her show, “A New Day.” youngest of 14 children. Her parents were both musiThe 90-minute show was a “fusion of song, perforcians and raised their children to be involved with music mance art, theatrical innovation and state-of-the-art as well. technology.” The theater cost approximately $95 mil• Celine Marie Claudette Dion was born on March 30, lion! 1968, in the rural French Canadian town of Charlem• On October 23, 2010, Dion gave birth to twin boys, agne, Quebec, about 30 miles (48 km) east of MontreNelson and Eddy. The mother of 3 boys returned to al. Celine’s parents were the operators of a small club the stage in Las Vegas on March 15, 2011. where the entire family performed on weekends. • Her new show features her biggest hits as well as clas• Celine composed a French song, along with her mothsics from other artists. There is a full orchestra and er and one of her brothers, when she was only twelve. band and 31 other musicians are featured in the 4,300 When the demo tape with that song wound up in the seat venue. Within a month of her return to Caesars hands of René Angélil, a personal manager, the course Palace, the new show climbed to the #1 spot on Billof Celine’s life was forever changed. board’s Boxscore chart, which lists the top grossing • Amazed by Dion’s voice, Angélil was intent on makconcerts in North America. ing Celine famous in January, 1981. He mortgaged • Dion released her first English album in six years, his own home to finance the recording of Celine DiLoved Me Back to Life, on November 5, 2013. Ceon’s debut album! (She was only 13!) line is the bestselling Canadian artist of all time and • By 1982, Dion was receiving international attention. the second bestselling female artist in the United She won the Gold Medal at the Yamaha World Song States. Festival in Tokyo in 1982. In 1983, she was the first Canadian to ever receive a Gold Record in France. UP FROM THE GROUND • By the age of 18, Dion had nine French albums re- Springtime is a welcome time of year when the grass corded and many awards. Her first English language turns green and bulbs spring to life with colorful flowalbum was recorded in 1990, containing the hit single, ers. There are also other plants that spring up as the air Where Does My Heart Beat Now. and ground warms for the pleasure of people and ani• The real breakthrough album that propelled Dion to mals! international stardom was her second English album, • Crocus are among the first flowers to burst from their recorded in 1992, The album, Celine Dion, featured bulbs in spring when the ground gets warm. From the theme song for Disney’s animated hit, Beauty and “snow” crocuses, which are the first to bloom, to githe Beast. She and Peabo Bryson, chosen to sing the ant Dutch crocuses, the flowers brighten gardens in duet, were rewarded with the hit reaching worldwide a variety of colors: red, pink, purple, blue, yellow, audiences. orange and more. Even though the latter are called • Celine Dion, became Dion’s first gold record in the “giant,” all crocuses are small, between 2-4 inches (5U.S. and more than 12 million copies were sold in10 cm) tall. Some have strong scents that lure bees ternationally. She has earned awards from all over the out of their hives as early as February to start their world: Juno and Felix Awards in Canada, Grammys in honey-making process. the U.S., and many more. • Crocus means cheerfulness. Appropriately named, the • Dion announced at a New Years’ Eve 1999 concert little blooms are rarely bothered by deer, rabbits and that she would be taking some time off to start a famsquirrels. Snow and freezing temperatures can someily. She and husband, René, welcomed a baby boy, times stop the blooms, leaving the greenery to peek René-Charles Angélil, into their lives on January 25, out alone. Also, fall-blooming crocuses reappear in 2001. After a two-year absence, Celine released a new the spring but without their flowers. album, “A New Day Has Come” in March, 2002. (continued on page 8) • Dion began a three-year contract to appear at Caesars

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1. Is the book of Jonathan in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. Who escaped Damascus when the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket? Naboth, David, Saul, Peter 3. From Luke 23, what does Pilate suggest be done to Jesus, that he be chastised and ...? Hung, Stoned, Crucified, Released 4. When Abraham dwelled between Kadesh and Shur, where did he sojourn? Gerar, Nimrod, Aj, Tarsus 5. From Genesis 41, what Egyptian woman was the wife of Joseph? Euodia, Syntyche, Asenath, Gomer 6. Whose mother-in-law was Naomi and sister-in-law, Ruth? Deborah, Orpah, Adah, Rizpah (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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• Some other small flowers that may sprout from bulbs even before crocus are: glory-of-the-snow, winter aconite, common snowdrop, spring slowflake and netted iris. (Notice: 3 of the 4 early bloomers have names associated with winter!) • Along with the bulbs planted in yards, ephemeral wildflowers are beginning to pop up in forests all around North America at this time of year. Ephemeral means “short-lived.” For the spring flowering ephemerals, they make an appearance as soon as the weather is warm, leaf out, bloom, spread a little and go dormant when hot weather intrudes. Spring ephemerals prefer damp areas like stream banks. • Ephemeral wildflowers, as a group, make up one of the largest types of wildflowers. Unseen by many, they appear and disappear quickly. The small, colorful plants take advantage of sunlight that comes into forested areas before leaves grow on the trees over their heads. Once the leaves block the sunshine, the glorious display of little flowers goes away! • With strange common names such as Skunk Cabbage, Bloodroot, Cutleaved Toothwort, Dutchman’s Breeches and

Trout Lily, many of these plants emerge in April and are gone by May or early June. They emerge again each spring and if the ground has not been disturbed, usually in larger, more colorful numbers. • Skunk cabbage is an ephemeral with an odor of rotten meat. It has the strange ability to raise the temperature inside its flowers to cause snow to melt around it. • A more pleasant ephemeral that is nice to have in a home garden is Dutchman’s Breeches. The cute little white flowers resemble pantaloons blowing in the wind. • Trout Lily is so-named for its timing to bloom when trout are running or spawning. Trout fishermen love to discover these little blooms! • Trilliums always have 3 leaves, 3 petals and 3 sepals. Most of these are native to the United States. They are a favorite snack for deer so their little blooms sometimes disappear quickly. Trilliums, as well as many other flowers, grow from rhizomes, not bulbs. A rhizome is a “horizontal underground stem which can send out both shoots and roots.” • Spring officially started on March 20th, so now is the time to head to the woods to see what has come up from the ground!

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