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Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. In 2017, the automotive group AAA estimated that 40 million Americans would travel 50 miles or more on Memorial Day weekend. Those estimates also projected that 34.6 million vehicles would be used to make those trips. Often referred to as “the unofficial beginning of summer,” Memorial Day and the weekend that precedes it has become synonymous with beach trips and backyard barbecues. Travelers who want to avoid traffic jams and ensure their weekends get off on the right foot can benefit from employing these three travel-savvy strategies. 1. Start the weekend early. In its “State of American Vacation 2017” survey, Project: Time Off found that 662 million vacation days were unused in 2016. People traveling for Memorial Day who typically leave some vacation days on the table can start their weekends early this year. Many offices close early the Friday before Memorial Day, and workers who aren’t so lucky may just leave work early, meaning Friday afternoon traffic figures to be heavy. By leaving Thursday afternoon or evening, travelers can avoid the Friday rush to the beach. 2. Take public transportation. Travelers who can’t take an extra day off or leave work early the Friday before Memorial Day may want to consider taking public transportation to their beach destinations instead of driving themselves. In 2016, the U.S.-based data firm Inrix noted that a traffic-free Friday jaunt from New York City to Long Island’s East end would take 90 minutes, while the same trip would take three hours and 40 minutes on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend. Travelers who can’t leave early can save themselves from the stress of holiday traffic jams by letting someone else do the navigating. 3. Be patient and depart on Saturday morning.
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It was noted Spanish filmmaker Luis Bunuel who made the following sage observation: "Age is something that doesn't matter, unless you are a cheese." You might be surprised to learn that we call coffee beans aren't actually beans - they're the pits of the coffee beans. Would you believe me if I told you that there were parachutists (better known now as skydivers) before there were airplanes? Yep, it's true! In Paris in the year 1900, a man leaped from the Eiffel Tower and made a safe descent using a parachute. It wasn't until December 17, 1903, that the Wright Brothers made the first controlled, sustained powered flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. According to statisticians, about 200 people a year die while watching - not playing - football. Of all the stamps that have been used by the U.S. Postal Service, more have featured George Washington than any other person; so far there have been 305 with the likeness of the nation's first president. If you ever make a trip to Alaska, you might want to keep in mind the fact that it is illegal there to wake a sleeping bear for the purpose of taking its picture. We don't often associate museums with beverages, but it seems that they're fairly popular throughout the world. For instance, museums dedicated to coffee and/or tea can be found in London, Moscow, Paris, Sao Paolo, Zurich and Kyoto, as well as in China, South Korea, Colombia and Angola. Germany has three of them. Coffee and tea must be quite popular in the Netherlands; museums dedicated to the beverages can be found there in five different cities. It was noted wit Ambrose Bierce who made the following sage observation: "All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusion is called a philosopher." You might be surprised to learn that in January 2004, the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of maggots as a medical device for cleaning wounds. Presidential security was not always as formidable as it is today. In 1913, former President Theodore Roosevelt was walking down a Milwaukee street, heading to a speech he was scheduled to give. A man named John Schrank pulled out a gun and shot toward Roosevelt, who staggered but did not fall. There was no blood evident, and Roosevelt, who was campaigning for a second term, insisted on delivering his speech. When he pulled from a coat pocket the 100 pages on which his speech was written, he saw a bullet hole through the sheets of paper. Still determined to carry on, he gave his speech before going to the hospital, where it was discovered that the bullet had penetrated four inches into his body. After the perpetrator was arrested, it became evident that Schrank was insane; he claimed that President William McKinley had revealed to him in a dream that Roosevelt was responsible for McKinley's assassination. Schrank spent the next 32 years in an insane asylum. If you see a group of flamingoes together in one place, it might be handy to know that the appropriate collective noun is a "flamboyance." The instruments used by professional flute players are usually made from precious metals - either sterling silver, 14-carat gold or platinum.
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Bible trivia By Wilson Casey 1. Is the book of Damascus in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. From 2 Samuel 14, who was the best-looking man in Israel during King David's reign? Joel, Samuel, David, Absalom 3. To whom did Naaman the Syrian ask forgiveness after worshipping the god Rimmon? Saul, Christ, Elisha, Darius 4. From John 3, who was a Pharisee and ruler among the Jews? Zacchaeus, Nicodemus, Judas, Peter 5. Who was known as the "Supplanter"? Aaron, Moses, Jacob, Hosea 6. What was the name of David's first wife? Rachel, Priscilla, Michal, Ruth (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc
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for the Queen. On May 29, 1922, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that organized baseball does not violate antitrust laws as alleged by the Baltimore franchise of the defunct Federal League in 1915. The high court held that organized baseball is not a business, but a sport. On May 28, 1937, Volkswagen is founded in Wolfsburg, Germany. Adolf Hitler's pet project was the mass production of an affordable vehicle that could sell for less than 1,000 Reich marks (about $140 at the time). The "People's Car" was based on Austrian automotive engineer Ferdinand Porsche's design. On June 3, 1956, authorities in Santa Cruz, California, announce a total ban on rock and roll at public gatherings, calling the music "detrimental to both the health and morals of our youth." A crowded dance party attended by 200 teenagers the previous evening led to the decision. On June 2, 1967, Capt. Howard Levy, 30, a dermatologist, is convicted by a court-martial of disobeying orders for refusing to instruct Green Beret medics on skin disease, calling it a "tool of political persuasion." Levy was sentenced to three years at hard labor. On June 1, 1990, President George H.W. Bush and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev sign a historic agreement to end production of chemical weapons and begin the destruction of both nations' reserves.
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On May 26, 1897, the first copies of the classic vampire novel "Dracula," by Irish writer Bram Stoker, appear in London bookshops. In 1890, Stoker published his first novel, "The Snake's Pass." He would go on to publish 17 novels in all, but it was "Dracula" that eventually earned him literary fame. On May 21, 1927, American pilot Charles A. Lindbergh lands at Le Bourget Field in Paris, successfully completing the first solo, nonstop trans-Atlantic flight. The flight of the Spirit of St. Louis between New York and Paris took 33-1/2 hours. Six men had died attempting the same flight. On May 23, 1934, famed fugitives Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker are killed when police ambush their car near Sailes, Louisiana. They died in a two-minute fusillade of 167 bullets. On May 25, 1935, at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Babe Ruth hits his 714th home run, a record for career home runs that would stand for almost 40 years. On May 22, 1958, American singer Jerry Lee Lewis arrives in England as a newly married man, with his pretty young wife in tow. Within days, it was revealed that his new wife, Myra Gail Lewis, was actually only 13 years old and was his first cousin once-removed. On May 27, 1972, Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev and U.S. President Richard Nixon, meeting in Moscow, sign the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) agreements. At the time, these agreements were the most far-reaching attempts ever to control nuclear weapons. On May 24, 1991, the critically acclaimed road movie "Thelma and Louise" debuts in theaters, stunning audiences with a climactic scene in which its two heroines drive off a cliff into the Grand Canyon in a vintage 1966 Ford Thunderbird convertible. On May 30, 1593, playwright Christopher Marlowe, 29, is killed in a tavern brawl. Marlowe, a compatriot of Shakespeare, was nearly denied his master's degree from Cambridge, until advisers to Queen Elizabeth intervened. Marlowe had been a spy
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Salad for supper By Angela Shelf Medearis
A bowl filled with a cold salad with flavorful ingredients are a "hot" menu item this year! There are several ways to incorporate the numerous varieties of spring vegetables, superfoods, grains and cheeses into a "super" salad by using simple preparation methods. Here are a few tips to make a salad that will appeal to even the pickiest eater: Make it colorful! Skip the iceberg and opt for spinach, kale or another dark leafy green. Dark leafy greens supply a tremendous amount of nutrients, including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, calcium and fiber. Add color with some carrots, red bell peppers, tomatoes, blanched asparagus, beets or any other vegetable, and you get additional nutrients critical for maintaining eyesight, bone health and digestive health. Salad isn't just for vegetables anymore! Try adding in cooked grains such as brown rice, quinoa and barley to add nutritious texture, and fruits like apples, citrus segments, grapes, strawberries or blueberries to your plate of colorful vegetables. Like many vegetables, fruits contain antioxidants that can help protect against certain forms of cancer and reduce levels of LDL, or bad cholesterol. Try to limit or avoid dried fruits, such as dried cranberries or blueberries. These often have added sugars that can up the calorie content of your salad. Add a healthy crunch! A few toasted walnuts or almonds, spicy baked garbanzo beans and pickled vegetables are a great addition to any salad. Add some protein! Protein takes longer to digest, so it keeps us full longer. Protein also is needed for healthy muscles. Eggs, lean meat, beans and cheese (in limited quantities) are easy ways to
add protein. Find a healthier dressing that works for you! There now are quite a variety of light dressings and vinaigrettes to choose from. Vinegar-based dressings typically have less fat and calories than creamy dressings. Oil and vinegar is a healthy choice in limited amounts -- the healthy fat from the oil helps your body to absorb some of the vitamins from the salad. Creating a healthy salad can be a simple way to satisfy recommendations for fruit and vegetable intake. It's also a wonderful way to use leftover cooked meats, vegetables and grains. Don't be afraid to use your grocery deli section selections for sliced vegetables and roasted deli meats to make a delicious meal in record time.
Spring Salad Bowl For the Salad Dressing: 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar or sherry vinegar 1 teaspoon sugar, stevia, agave or honey 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 cup olive oil
Using a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, vinegar, sugar, mustard, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Drizzle in the olive oil while whisking until the mixture is well-combined. Dressing will keep up to three days in a jar or container with a tight-fitting lid. Whisk together or shake
For the Salad Bowl: 9 cups mixed tender greens (such as mizuna, tatsoi, arugula, dandelion greens and/or sorrel) 3 cups Romaine hearts, or kale leaves cut into bite-size pieces 2 apples (Gala, Fuji or other sweet, crisp apples) or 2 pears (Green Anjou or Bartlett) sliced thinly or chopped into bite-sized pieces, 1 large orange, peeled and segmented, or 3/4 cup of berries 1/2 cup cooked brown rice, quinoa, barley or any other whole, cooked grain 6 ounces deli sliced roast turkey, roast chicken breast or roast beef, cut into bite-size pieces, or cooked leftover poultry or beef cut into bite-size pieces 1 large Haas avocado, peeled, seeded and cut into bite-size chunks 1/2 cup slivered almonds or walnut halves, toasted
1. Using a large bowl, add the mixed greens, Romaine or kale. Pour 3/4 of the salad dressing over the greens and toss together to coat the leaves, about 1 minute. 2. Add the fruit and grains, meat and the remaining salad dressing; toss together until combined. Sprinkle the avocado and nuts on the top of the salad. Serves 6. TIP: This salad can be separated into containers to pack for lunch or a quick to-go meal. Angela Shelf Medearis is an award-winning children's author, culinary historian and the author of seven cookbooks. Her new cookbook is "The Kitchen Diva's Diabetic Cookbook." Her website is www.divapro.com. To see how-to videos, recipes and much, much more, Like Angela Shelf Medearis, The Kitchen Diva! on Facebook. Recipes may not be reprinted without permission from Angela Shelf Medearis. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc., and Angela Shelf Medearis
Cheesy Asparagus Casserole 2 cups chopped fresh asparagus 1 cup hot water 3 tablespoons (3/4 ounce) dried fine breadcrumbs 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Light Margarine 4 (3/4-ounce) slices Kraft 2 Percent Milk Swiss cheese, shredded
1. Heat oven to 400 F. Spray an 8-by8-inch baking dish with butter-flavored cooking spray. 2. In a medium saucepan, cook asparagus in water for 5 minutes. Drain. Evenly arrange asparagus in prepared baking
dish. Sprinkle breadcrumbs and lemon pepper over asparagus. Dot with margarine. Evenly sprinkle Swiss cheese over top. 3. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes. Place baking dish on a wire rack and let set for 5 minutes. Divide into 4 servings.
Sweet Potato Side 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, packed in fruit juice, undrained 1/2 cup fat-free mayonnaise 1/4 cup no-fat sour cream 3 cups diced cooked sweet potatoes 1 cup chopped celery 1/4 cup chopped walnuts 1/2 cup seedless raisins
1. In a large bowl, combine undrained pineapple, mayonnaise and sour cream. Add sweet potatoes, celery, walnuts and raisins. Mix gently to combine. 2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Gently stir again just before serving. Makes 8 (1/2 cup) servings. TIP: To plump up raisins without "cooking," place in a glass measuring cup and microwave on HIGH for 20 seconds. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.
Classic Barbecued Chicken 1/2 cup tomato paste 1/2 cup water 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar 2 tablespoons molasses 2 tablespoons cider vinegar 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon soy sauce 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper Salt Pepper 1 cut-up chicken (8 pieces)
1. In 3-quart saucepan, combine tomato paste, water, brown sugar, molasses, cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, Dijon mustard, crushed red pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper; stir until well-combined. 2. Heat to boiling on high, then lower heat to maintain steady simmer. Cook 30 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. 3. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon each salt and freshly ground black pepper all over chicken. Place on grill, skin side down. Cover and cook 15 to 20 minutes or until juices run clear when chicken is pierced with tip of knife, turning over once. (Smaller pieces will cook more quickly.) 4. Immediately after chicken is cooked, transfer to a large bowl and toss with sauce until evenly coated. (c) 2018 Hearst Communications, Inc. All rights reserved
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Slow cooked pork perfect for busy families Slow cookers can help busy families enjoy homecooked meals without hurrying to get those meals on the table each night. A surefire hit for even the pickiest of eaters, the following recipe for “Braised Pork Buns with Quick Pickled Cucumbers & Bean Sprouts” from Michelle Dudash’s “Clean Eating for Busy Families” (Fair Winds Press) can satisfy hungry families. Yields 11 servings
Braised Pork Buns with Quick Pickled Cucumbers & Bean Sprouts For pork: 2 teaspoons expeller-pressed grapeseed or canola oil 3.15 pounds Boston butt, cut into 3 pieces along natural muscle separation, trimmed of surface fat 1⁄2 teaspoon salt 1⁄2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1⁄4 cup vermouth, rice wine or dry sherry 21⁄2 cups thinly sliced red cabbage 1 small onion, sliced (about 1 cup) 3 tablespoons molasses (or honey) 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce 2 tablespoons minced garlic 2 tablespoons minced ginger 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds For cucumbers: 1 tablespoon honey 1⁄8 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons rice vinegar 2 large cucumbers, peeled, cut in half lengthwise, seeded with a spoon, thinly sliced 1 ⁄8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper To assemble: 11 soft whole-wheat hamburger buns 23⁄4 cups mungbean sprouts
To make the pork: Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the oil. Season the pork on all sides with salt and pepper. When oil begins to shimmer, add pork and brown on all sides, about 4 minutes per side. Add browned pork to a slow cooker. Off of the heat, add the vermouth and then place on low heat, scrap-
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ing up any brown bits from the bottom of the skillet with a wooden spoon. Add contents of the skillet to the slow cooker, along with cabbage, onion, molasses, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and sesame seeds. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour; then reduce heat to low and cook for 4 hours (alternatively, cook the pork on low for the entire duration, 6 to 7 hours). To make the cucumbers: One hour before serving, in a medium bowl, stir and dissolve the honey and salt into the rice vinegar and then add the cucumbers and pepper. Chill. To assemble: Toast the buns cut side up under a broiler or in a toaster oven. Fill the buns with pork, drained cucumbers and bean sprouts.
Bourbon-Marinated Steak A sweetly spiced marinade adds flavor and tenderness to classic grilled flank steak. 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup bourbon whiskey 1/3 cup soy sauce 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce 2 flank steaks (about 1 1/2 pounds each), well trimmed*
1. Prepare marinade: In jumbo selfsealing plastic bag (2 gallons), mix 1 cup water with all ingredients except steaks. 2. Add steaks, turning to coat. Seal bag, pressing out excess air. Place bag in shallow glass baking dish and refrigerate
at least 4 hours or overnight, turning bag occasionally. 3. Remove steaks from marinade. Discard marinade. Place steaks on grill over medium heat, and cook 15 to 20 minutes for medium-rare or until of desired doneness, turning once. (Or, preheat broiler and place steaks on rack in broiling pan. Broil steaks at closest position to source of heat 15 to 20 minutes for medium-rare.) 4. Transfer steaks to warm large platter, let stand 10 minutes for easier slicing. To serve, cut into thin slices. Makes 12 servings. *Or, use 2 beef top round steaks, about 1 1/2 inches thick (about 1 1/2 pounds each). Follow recipe for flank steaks, but grill or broil 25 to 30 minutes for medium-rare or until of desired doneness.
Easy Grilled Ranch Potatoes 2 pounds baby red potatoes 3 tablespoons olive oil (or other oil) 1 packet ranch seasoning
1. Wash, pat dry and quarter potatoes (for larger ones you may need to chop into slightly smaller pieces, about 1 inch). 2. Place chopped potatoes in a large resealable bag. Drizzle olive oil into the bag, seal and toss to coat the potatoes. 3. Open the bag, sprinkle in half of the ranch seasoning, seal, toss to coat, then repeat with remaining seasoning. 4. Thread potatoes on skewers. Grill over low heat for 10-20 minutes (depending on your grill) turning throughout to ensure even cooking. When fork-tender, remove from grill and serve warm with cold ranch dressing, if desired. Serves 4.
Steak Secrets Steaks that are at least 3/4-inch to 1inch thick won't dry out easily during grilling. Trim off excess fat and slash the fat edges at 1-inch intervals to prevent curling. Turn your steak with tongs once,
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German Potato-Salad Packet 2 1/2 pounds (medium) red potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks 2 slices uncooked bacon, chopped 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper 2 green onions, chopped 3 tablespoons cider vinegar 2 teaspoons sugar
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"Black Panther" (PG-13) - Chadwick Boseman is T'Challa, a young man come home to take his place as king of a hidden, technologically rich and mesmerizing nation, only to face challenges to both the crown and the safety of his country -- and the world beyond. This may be the best film of the past year, with the best soundtrack in a good long while, thanks to the genius of musician Kendrick Lamar. Add a rich tapestry of location, exceptional character development and a ripe, charismatic villain in Michael B. Jordan's Erik Killmonger, this next chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will have you chanting "Wakanda Forever!" "Submergence" (NR) - Based on the novel of the same name, "Submergence" explores the depths of light and dark in a dreamy and philosophical love story. James McAvoy plays James Moore, an SAS operative who poses as a water expert in order to surveil Somali terrorists. Alicia Vikander is Danielle Flanders, an oceanic scientist set to explore the bottom of the sea. The two meet at a swanky resort and fall swiftly in love, but their time together is cut short by the immediacy of their missions. Moore is captured by the Somalis and held in a dark, dank jail cell. Flanders is literally submerged under the weight of the ocean above her. Both trapped, they reminisce and ponder deep thoughts. "10x10" (R) - Luke Evans and Kelly Reilly star in a tight psychological thriller, a game of cat and mouse that begins when Lewis (Evans) abducts the seemingly straight-laced Cathy (Reilly) from an Atlanta parking lot. He brings her home and imprisons her in a 10 by 10 cell made with padded concrete walls, from which discovery or escape are impossible. He doesn't want sex and he doesn't want money. His demand? A story, and one that only Cathy can tell. It's no spoiler that Cathy is not what she seems, and neither, too, is Lewis. The pace of the movie is
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TOP TEN MOVIES 1. Avengers: Infinity War (PG-13) Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth 2. Overboard (PG-13) Anna Faris, Eugenio Derbez 3. A Quiet Place (PG-13) Emily Blunt, John Krasinski 4. I Feel Pretty (PG-13) Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams 5. Rampage (PG-13) Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris 6. Tully (R) Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis 7. Black Panther (PG-13) Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan 8. Truth or Dare (PG-13) Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey 9. Super Troopers 2 (R) Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan 10. Blockers (R) Leslie Mann, John Cena TOP 10 VIDEO ON DEMAND 1. Den of Thieves (R) Gerard Butler 2. Hostiles (R) Scott Shepard 3. Maze Runner: The Death Cure (PG13) Dylan O'Brien 4. The Greatest Showman (PG) Hugh Jackman 5. The Post (PG-13) Meryl Streep 6. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (PG13) Dwayne Johnson 7. Forever My Girl (PG) Alex Roe 8. The Commuter (PG-13) Liam Neeson 9. Paddington 2 (PG) Ben Whishaw 10. Molly's Game (R) Jessica Chastain TOP 10 DVD/BLU-RAY SALES 1. The Greatest Showman (PG) FOX 2. Maze Runner: The Death Cure (PG13) FOX 3. Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (PG-13) Disney 4. Den of Thieves (R) Universal 5. Hostiles (R) Lionsgate 6. Paddington 2 (PG) Warner Bros. 7. The Commuter (PG-13) Lionsgate 8. Forever My Girl (PG) Lionsgate 9. Thor: Ragnarok (PG-13) Disney 10. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (PG-13) Sony Sources: ComScore (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.
Hollywood By Tony Rizzo Ryan Gosling has chosen his next film. While "La La Land" (2016) grossed $446 million, his follow-up films didn't do so well. "Song to Song" (2017), with Michael Fassbender, Natalie Portman and Rooney Mara, tanked; and "Blade Runner 2049" made only $260 million (on Harrison Ford's draw), barely covering expenses. Gosling next will play astronaut Neil Armstrong from 1961 to his 1969 mission to land on the moon. "First Man" co-stars Kyle Chandler and opens Oct. 12. When "Murphy Brown" returns to CBS next season, it will reunite the cast for the first time. Candice Bergen (Murphy Brown), now 71, has made 13 films, including "Sex & the City" (2008), "The Women" (2008) and "Bride Wars" (2009), and co-starred in the ABC series "Boston Legal" (2005-2008). She starred with Reese Witherspoon in "Home Again" (2017) and is top billed in "Book Club," with Oscar winners Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton and Mary Steenburgen, opening May 18. Faith Ford (Corky Sherwood), now 53, made six films, most notably "The Pacifier" (2005), with Vin Diesel and Lauren Graham; and the TV series "Hope & Faith" (2003-2006), with Kelly Ripa. Grant Shaud (Miles Silverberg), now 57, made six films, including "The Crow: Salvation" (2000), with Kristen Dunst and "Ugly Betty's" Eric Mabius. Joe Regalbuto (Frank Fontana), now 68, did a bunch of episodic TV, including five episodes of "Side Order of Life" (2007). Charles Kimbrough (Jim Dial), now 81, also did a lot of episodic TV, plus "The Wedding Planner" (2001), with Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey. It'll be interesting to see how they explain the cast's advanced age and the missing Eldin Bernecky (Robert Pastorelli, who died of a morphine overdose in 2004) and bartender Phil (Pat Corley, who died in 2006 from heart failure). (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc.
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Grandparents called upon to raise grandchildren Older adults whose children have grown up often look forward to the next stages in life, which may involve retirement, downsizing and enjoying visits with their grandchildren. A growing number of aging adults may find themselves playing a key role in their grandchildren’s lives. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 2.7 million grandparents across the country are stepping into parental roles for their grandkids. Some assist their adult children while others have become the primary caregivers. Factors like military deployment, illness, incarceration, and substance abuse are forcing grandparents to take on responsibilities they may have thought were over. PBS reports that, between 2009 and 2016, the number of grandparents raising grandchildren in the United States rose by 7 percent. Although raising the next generation can bring about many rewards, including security, sense of purpose, a deeper relationship with family, and social interaction, there are many obstacles as well. That includes the financial strain that raising children can place on individuals unprepared for the cost of child-rearing. Census figures also show that about one-fifth of grandparents caring for children have incomes that fall below poverty level. Grandparents may be rusty concerning safety requirements and equipment now needed to care for grandchildren as well. As grandparents navigate the unexplored waters of raising grandchildren, there are certain factors they need to consider.
How June got its name There are 12 months in a year, and each has it’s own unique name. Have you ever wondered where these names originated, or why certain months do not seem to match up to their Latin numerical prefixes? This June, it can be interesting to learn how the sixth month of the year got its name. The 12-month calendar used today differs greatly from past calendars. The Ancient Romans were instrumental in establishing the structure on which the modern calendar was built, including the names of the months. The original Roman calendar consisted of 10 months and began in March. There was believed to be a period of unnamed time during the winter when not much was going on with agriculture, and thusly didn’t really concern ancient timekeepers. This period would later be broken up into the months of January and February. Many months, such as March, were named after Roman Gods. Historians believe March was named after Mars, the Roman god of war. May was named after Maia, an earth goddess of plants. The month of June also gets its name from an important Roman figure. June was named for the goddess Juno, who was the queen of the gods. Juno was the patroness of marriages and weddings, according to Roman mythology. Since June and the summer season were prime times for couples to wed, it seemed fitting that the month be named after this queen of weddings. There’s more to June than a name. According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, June’s birth month flowers are the very fragrant and beautiful rose and honeysuckle. Roses represent love, affection and friendship. Honeysuckle is a strong symbol of everlasting bonds of love. June also is one of only two months that has three birthstones. The American Gem Society states that June’s birthstones include the opalescent pearl; the color-changing alexandrite, which is one of the most valuable gems on Earth; and the light-scattering, shimmery moonstone. Each of these stones is mysterious and hard to come by. People born in the month of June fall under the Gemini or Cancer astrological signs. According to many astrological sources, Geminis tend to be gentle, affectionate and curious. However, because it is a sign of the twins, Geminis may exhibit two different personalities or may be inconsistent and indecisive. Gemini belongs to the element of air, and this is related to aspects of the mind. Cancers can be imaginative, emotional and persuasive. Negative traits include suspicion, insecurity and moodiness. Cancers tend to care much about matters of the family and home. Cancer is a sign that belongs to the element of water, which is guided by emotion and the heart. People born in June in the Northern hemisphere get to celebrate their birthdays during some of the best weather of the year. Some famous June birthdays include Johnny Depp, President Donald Trump, Paul McCartney, and Angelina Jolie.
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More and more grandparents are stepping into parental roles for their grandkids. Legal advice or advocacy: Certain circumstances may require grandparents to seek legal help so they can raise their grandchildren in lawful ways. If there is neglect, divorce, arrest, or other factors, it may be a smart idea for grandparents to seek the help of an attorney or advocacy group to clarify their legal rights and ensure access to grandchildren. In addition, grandparents may need certain legal documents, such as a power of attorney, citizenship papers, adoption records, or consent forms. Get educated: The rules have changed since grand-
parents raised their own children. It is important they learn as much as possible on child safety guidelines. Consumer advocacy groups or pediatricians can help explain how guidelines have changed. New furniture and toys that meet current safety guidelines may have to replace older, unsafe items. Take care of yourself: Raising grandchildren can be emotionally taxing, especially if poor circumstances led to the grandchildren being placed with family. It is crucial to recognize feelings and one’s own health when caring for others. A grandparent who is exhausted or overwhelmed may not offer the appropriate care. Emphasizing one’s own mental and physical health is essential, as is getting help and advice when it’s most needed. The organization AARP recommends compiling a list of support services, such as respite care providers, counselors and support groups. Grandchildren will have feelings, too: Children, whether they are old enough to understand or not, may react to change differently. Some children may act out while others may grow detached. Grandparents can focus on providing stable environments and offer support and consistency even if grandchildren are withdrawing or pushing their loved ones away with words or actions. Raising grandchildren can be complicated, but it has become more prevalent. It can take time for these new family units to find their grooves. More information is available at www.aarp.org in their GrandFamilies Guide.
Simple ways to help your children develop self-esteem Confident children can grow up to become confident adults who are in better positions to reach their potential and find success. Parents can help their children build self-esteem that can benefit them throughout their lives. Children with healthy self-esteem may be confident to try new things, feel good about themselves and feel better prepared for life’s challenges than youngsters with low self-esteem. Low self-esteem can lead to feelings of insecurity and doubt and encourage children to focus on the times they’ve failed rather than succeeded. The resource Kids Health also notes that low selfesteem may lead to kids being self-critical. While parents may think they can foster self-esteem in children by consistently praising them and telling them they are wonderful, experts disagree. According to Jim Taylor, author of the book, “Your Kids Are Listening: Nine Messages They Need to Hear from You,” rather than layering on the praise, parents can help kids become more competent in their worlds, which will help children develop self-esteem in turn. This may mean taking a step back and letting kids take risks and work through their own problems. Consistently telling children they’re great at everything never raises the bar, potentially discouraging them from trying to achieve greater goals. When they venture into “the real world,” artificially praised kids may be in for a surprise. Parents also can boost self-esteem by giving children choices, which may help them feel empowered. Parents can facilitate age-appropriate choices, such as letting kids pick their own between breakfast foods or their own clothes, that can gradually prepare kids for more difficult choices. Parents may be tempted to do everything for their children, especially if it is faster or if parents want to ensure a task is done correctly. But letting kids do things themselves helps them to learn new skills. Even if kids don’t perform tasks perfectly, allowing them to
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