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Catch Up With The Captain



What You Need to Know By Claire Yezbak Fadden

You Can Go Home Again


ave you ever wanted to embark on a quest to discover your family’s ancestry? Actor, director and award-winning travel writer Andrew McCarthy and the National Geographic Travel Team offer ancestral tourists a guide for family exploration. “Journeys Home: Inspiring Stories, Tips and Strategies to Find Your Family History” (National Geographic, 2015) combines 26 stories from writers who have traveled to find their family history around the world. Each story offers a personal take on journeying home, including actively searching for previously unknown ancestry, meeting up with distant relatives or visiting one’s country of origin. McCarthy, who shares his own story of exploring his Irish roots, is remembered for his roles in such films as “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “Mannequin,” “Weekend at Bernie’s,” and “Pretty in Pink,” and more recently, television shows “Lipstick Jungle,” “White Collar” and “Royal Pains.” For those in Southern California, you can meet McCarthy and have him sign your copy of the book on Tuesday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Avenue, La Jolla. (858) 454-0347.

Fifty Candles


ifty years ago this month Martin Luther King Jr. and 700 demonstrators were arrested in Selma, Alabama; 26-year-old Peter Jennings became the anchor of the “ABC Nightly News;” the Righteous Brothers’ song “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” hit number one; the United States began regular bombing of North Vietnam; Beatle Ringo Starr married Maureen Cox; and Canada replaced the Union Jack flag with the Maple Leaf. Notable personalities born in February 1965 who are celebrating their 50th birthday this month include actor Brandon Lee, actresses Sherilyn Fenn and Maura Tierney, comedians Chris Rock and Carrot Top (Scott Thompson), film director Michael Bay, rapper Dr. Dre (Andre Romelle Young) and sportscaster Chip Caray.

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illiam Shatner, best known as “Star Trek’s” Captain Kirk, shows no signs of slowing down at 83. With a new show on DIY he is preparing to release a Kickstarter funded book “Catch Me Up” (Kickstarter, 2015) about achieving great things in life at any age. “People over 50 have been pretty beat up lately with downsizing, a slumping economy and so many changes in the way things work,” says Shatner. “That’s why I wrote this book.” For a $10 pledge, backers will get a digital version of the book; $2,000 will bring a personal handwritten note from Shatner, while $10,000 will have you and five of your friends welcomed as Shatner’s guests at the William Shatner Charity Gala that will take place in April at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. For more information click on

Be A Sweetheart


ant to know how to be everyone’s sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? Treat family, friends and co-workers to something they will all love by making easy and impressive sweetheart Valentine’s Day cookies.

Here are two ways to leave them smitten with sweets this Valentine’s Day:

Stackable Ombre Heart Cookies Prepare and roll out your favorite cookie dough recipe. Use the three smallest cutters from a four-piece heart nesting cookie-cutter set to cut out shapes. Bake and cool cookies. Divide royal icing (recipe on into three equal portions and tint three shades of rose. Thin out a portion of each shade following recipe directions. Use the full-strength tinted icing to outline cookies. Use lighter tinted icing in decorating bag to fill in cookies; gently tap to smooth icing. Let dry overnight. Use icing to attach cookies, stacking largest to smallest; place icing decoration on top.

Scalloped Heart Cookies Prepare and roll out your dough. Use largest cutter from the four-piece heart nesting cookie cutter set to cut out shape. Bake and cool cookies. Divide icing into four equal portions. Tint one of each portion light burgundy, dark burgundy and a combination of red-red and Christmas red. Reserve the last portion as white. Starting from the top edge of the heart, ice in dark burgundy, light burgundy, red and white to pipe V-shaped groups of two petals, one piped from left and one from right, to create row of petals in alternating colors. Repeat with second row between petals in first row. Continue to repeat pattern until cookies are covered. For more decorative and delicious Valentine’s Day cookie recipes, baking tips and inspiration, click on

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