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Beyond good health What does it mean to live well in the over-50 stage of life? I’ve been thinking about this as we put together this annual Living Well Issue. Isn’t wellness just a made-up term to sell massage sessions, yoga classes and facials? Apparently not! In fact, the World Health Organization defines the term as “the realization of the fullest potential of an individual physically, psychologically, socially, spiritually and economically, and the fulfillment of one’s role expectations in the family, commu-
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nity, place of worship, workplace and other settings.” Wow. That’s a LOT to strive for, especially for people facing the challenges of aging, including — what Dr. Michael Spilane discusses in this issue — general “wear and tear.” This month’s Cover Star — 75-year-old Larry Gleason, the founder of Gleason’s Gymnastic School, celebrating its 50th year — embodies many dimensions of modern-day wellness. He’s been successful in his career as a champion of athletics. And his philosophy is one of helping children (and increasingly adults) find success in all areas of their lives, not just sports. “Gymnastics ... has the ability to help kids get stronger not only physically, but academically and mentally,” he said. Another thing I find inspiring about Gleason is that, after 50 years of building his business, he’s actually taking some time for himself, traveling and staying active: Gleason participated in a motorcycle race in Ireland last year. In November, he plans to go windsurfing in Venezuela. Back at the gym, he tries to promote the benefits of staying active to his
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The Donald needs to grow up
Getting away with murder Before any of the primaries, Trump was bragging about his growing popularity as shown in those poll numbers he references hourly. This past January, he boasted that he could shoot someone in the middle of Manhattan and not lose
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what bothers me most about Donald Trump, the most likely Republican nominee for president. He hasn’t learned the lessons we senior citizens have over the years about living a life of conscience, character and courage (or at least trying to). It’s not his bluster, bravado, bullying or bawdiness that rise to the top of my concerns — nor his rather outrageous notions of deporting 11 million immigrants, banning Muslims from entering the U.S., building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico or water boarding terrorist suspects.
He loves himself Nope. Most worrisome is his narcissism. Donald Trump is totally, hopelessly, alarmingly and maddeningly narcissistic. He illustrates the Webster Dictionary definition: “Inordinate fascination with one’s self, excessive self love. Gratification derived from admiration of one’s own physical or mental attributes.” He fits it to a T. We seniors have learned the hard way that the world does not revolve around us, nor do we have a corner on truth, beauty and justice; we know there are people smarter than we are, so we seek other opinions, gather some facts and proceed with a little caution. We find it hard to be narcissists when we stare at our naked image in the mirror as we brush our teeth in the morning. This is not the case with The Donald. He is at the epicenter of his galaxy and everything is all about him, from poll numbers to foreign policy. Think about it: The only foreign leader to have anything remotely kind to say about Trump is Russia’s Vladimir Putin. It takes one to know one. 10 / June 2016 / Minnesota Good Age
his popularity. Who thinks like that? I could get away At a town meeting in South Carolina, Anderson Cooper asked Trump a softball question about the music he liked. Donald cited the Rolling Stones, the Beatles and Michael Jackson. And then he turned the answer to himself. Trump knew the real Michael Jackson, the one no else knew and the one who rented an apartment in one of his buildings. Trump couldn’t help himself; he had to make a world icon his second fiddle.
It’s time for a reality check Maybe that helps explain why Trump never feels compelled to offer details, facts, specifics about the HOW: How would he get Mexico to pay for the wall? How would he avoid starting a trade war with China? How would he round up and deport millions of people? How would he destroy ISIL? Trump behaves as though he’s offended by the questions. After all, he’s Donald Trump, billionaire, TV celebrity, savior of the Republic.
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Good Start / Memories / By Carol Hall
The lost art of letter writing →→Unlike emails, handwritten missives can be saved and reread. There’s time to actually think about your reply.
Orlon was the new “in” fabric of the mid-1950s. I know
nursing school with an LPN program.
this because I read it in not one, but two letters written during that time by my best
It ran five pages!
friends — Ardis, who’d rushed out to purchase a sweater, and Marilyn, who bought a
Intending to follow in Marilyn’s
skirt made of the stuff (acrylic). We’d all just graduated from high school and gone our separate ways. Having
footsteps, I loved hearing about her job: “Our big day was the showing of the ’55
vowed to keep in touch — and because long-distance telephoning was costly —
Chrysler in the St. Paul Auditorium.
letter writing was our only option. And write we did — always making mention of
There were over 1,000 people there.”
clothing purchases. Marilyn had moved to Minneapolis, and had taken a secretarial job with Chrysler
Each and every one of the letters was addressed to me as “JoAnn,” my second
Corporation. Ardis was soon to leave home for nursing school. I was living with my
name used throughout school, vali-
sister in a rural community near our hometown, doing clerical work in a small office.
dating that little oddity of my life.
Our letters were filled with oodles of girl stuff: “Marlene and I gave Annie mixing
And they came complete with relics
bowls, white with black polka dots, (sketched out) for her bridal shower.” “Tonight
from that era: There’s the purple 3-cent
I’m going shopping as the downtown stores here in Minneapolis are open. I need a
postage stamp — and the stationery.
new winter coat and a steam iron.” Ardis’s letters were always funny. In one, she told a long, hilarious tale of a Greyhound bus ride to Rochester with a classmate, Ruthie, to get enrolled in a 12 / June 2016 / Minnesota Good Age
Ardis’s stationery was always fancy, with scalloped borders — the kind we’d gift each other for birthdays.
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Good Start / This Month in Minnesota History / By Lauren Peck ⊳⊳ Investigators inspect the home of Theodore Hamm — William Hamm Jr.’s grandfather who founded Hamm’s Brewery — following Hamm’s kidnapping in 1933. Photos courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society
case his Cable Avenue mansion. They also offered a St. Paul officer $25,000 of the ransom money in exchange for keeping the gang a step ahead of the police. At 12:45 p.m. on June 15, Hamm left his office and was stopped by a man who reached to shake his hand, asking, “You are Mr. Hamm, are you not?”
Abducted in St. Paul! →→In a city known as a gangster haven, bribes and ransoms helped bolster organized crime
On June 15, 1933, a kidnapping shook St. Paul.
Hamm was steered to the curb and pushed into a waiting car. The gang drove to a hideout in Bensenville, Ill. When asked to name a trusted intermediary between the gang and his family, Hamm chose his brewery’s sales manager, William Dunn. When the ransom demand came, Dunn
William Hamm Jr., the president of Hamm’s Brewing Co., was grabbed by the Barker-Karpis gang while walking home on his lunch break. A $100,000 ransom secured Hamm’s release a few days later on June 19, but the case marked a new era in St. Paul crime. St. Paul already had a well-established reputation as a gangster haven, due to an agreement instituted by Chief of Police John O’Connor in 1900. The police would allow criminals to stay in St. Paul as long as they checked in when they arrived, paid bribes and agreed to commit no major crimes within city limits. Over the years, everyone from John Dillinger to Bonnie and Clyde spent time in St. Paul, taking advantage of the deal. The Barker-Karpis gang was well known for bank robberies, but in 1933, they turned to kidnapping and ransom as a new source of income. While many breweries went under during Prohibition and the Great Depression, Hamm’s persisted. In 1933, it was one of the country’s most profitable breweries, making its president an attractive target. The gang carefully planned Hamm’s kidnapping, even bringing in a strategist from Al Capone’s Chicago syndicate to help. Fred Barker and Alvin Karpis frequently tailed Hamm to study his habits and 14 / June 2016 / Minnesota Good Age
▲▲William Hamm Jr., president of Hamm’s Brewing Co., was kidnapped by the local Barker-Karpis gang while walking home on his lunch break in St. Paul in 1933.
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▲▲Alvin Karpis was captured by federal agents and brought to St. Paul in May 1936.
instructed drop spot on a highway outside of Pine City, waited for five
became Public Enemy No. 1. When
headlight flashes and then placed
Karpis was finally caught, J. Edgar
$100,000 on the side of the road. Two
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days later, Hamm was released in a
Paul. He ultimately pled guilty to the
farm field, 50 miles north of St. Paul.
Hamm and Bremer kidnappings and
Within a few months, the Barker-
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Karpis gang struck again in January
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found guilty of Bremer’s kidnapping.) Alvin Karpis remained at large and Minnesota Good Age / June 2016 / 15
Good Health / House Call / By Dr. Michael Spilane
War of attrition →→The human body can endure a stunning amount of wear and tear, but we have a job to do, too
Feeling a bit old? Could your body be telling you something about the wear and tear accumulated over the years? Let’s look at a hypothetical man who is celebrating his 80th birthday. Even if he has shunned exercise during his entire life, his feet have absorbed the stress of more than 100 million steps. His stomach and digestive tract have accepted and digested more than 30 tons of food. (In my own case, this would include about one ton of chocolate chip cookies.) His heart muscle has contracted 3 billion times and his lungs have sucked in enough air to fill 1,000 blimps. Consider the kidneys of this man. By age 80, they’ve filtered 4.5 million quarts of water, and tons of chemicals, from his blood. The man has made a lot of trips to the bathroom, but his kidneys have been much busier than the amount of produced urine would suggest. Ninety-nine percent of the filtered water has been
Since we’re accustomed to seeing things wear out over time (cars, refrigerators, clothes), it’s also the easiest to understand. The wear-and-tear theory of human aging puts much of the blame on our physical environment: Like tires that wear out because of continued friction against the road, humans wear out by continued exposure to innumerable physical and environmental forces.
But what else? Aging experts recognize that human senescence involves more than just wear and tear. Heredity plays a significant role. Our complex genetic inheritance can explain why some of us live longer than others and why some of our individual body parts avoid the effects of wear and tear better than others.
reabsorbed by the kidneys’ collecting ducts, leaving
about 65,000 quarts of urine that he’s had to eliminate.
believe we wouldn’t live
Over his 80 years, the liver of our hypothetical man
beyond 110 years old
has produced hundreds of billions of chemical molecules
even if we were
needed to sustain his body’s metabolic processes, and it’s also destroyed billions of potentially toxic molecules. And his brain has been vigilant, 24 hours a day, controlling not only every bodily function, but also his entire life.
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blessed with the
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Good Health / Caregiving / By Susan M. Ryan
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Happiness is a state of activity. — Aristotle
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does my husband sit for hours doing nothing?” or “Why does my mother sleep so much?” Dementia is a disorder in which there’s a decline in mental abilities severe enough to interfere with a person’s daily functioning. Memory loss is a common symptom of dementia along with problems with language and communication, short attention span and decreased judgement and reasoning skills. Losses are seen in the ability to express interests, to identify and plan activities and to carry out the steps of an activity. People with dementia often appear passive with an inability to get started. The opposite can also be true with increased irritation and frustration — and a tendency to say no to usual or new activities. Both behaviors are common for people with dementia beginning in the early stages of the disease. This presents significant challenges for family caregivers. Caregivers must provide structure and routine to the day. Having strong, established daily routines can help your loved one participate at his or her highest level. When planning activities, it helps to think about the following factors:
Past history, interests Consider your loved one’s likes and dislikes for group or solo participation. What is she passionate about? Sports, work, animals, history? Former interests are a good place to start, but as abilities change, so can interests. Observe what makes your loved one engage: When does he look happy or immersed in an activity?
Current abilities Assessing ability is more difficult. Professionals, such as occupational therapists, can be a resource for helping you determine a person’s functional strengths and abilities. Occupational therapists are experts at working with people with dementia and helping caregivers learn skills and approaches for designing activity plans. This type of service is usually covered under medical insurance.
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support the value of activities as a Remember, it’s the quality of the experience for your loved one — not so much the type of activity. Focus on enjoyment, not achievement. Choose activities that provide a sense of meaning, opportunities to assist others, and nourishment and stimulation for the body, mind and spirit. Build in activities that are social, use communication skills, enhance self-esteem and provide pleasure.
Get creative Activities and tours designed for people with dementia and their caregivers are excellent choices. Just a few local resources to explore include artsmia.org, walkerart.org and minnesotahistorycenter.org. Creative arts programs for nonartists don’t rely on memory. Rather, they use imagination and allow selfexpression without the use of words. Try familiar and new activities. Food-related activities are one of the most pleasurable and highly social events. Involve your loved one in shopping, prep work, cooking and eating. Take “long cuts” instead of short cuts (such as baking cookies from scratch) to lengthen the time and
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Good Living / Travel
Dive into a cultural wonderland in friendly Dublin, rich with literature, history, art, architecture and, of course, food and drink
we 20 / June 2016 / Minnesota Good Age
Warm elcome By Carla Waldemar
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fter spending a week in Dublin, I’m convinced its citizens are blessed with extra genes for hospitality and humor. Its Garda (police) are as friendly as your favorite uncle. Shopkeepers leap from their tills to direct lost adventurers. Museum guards profess deep apologies at closing time: “But do come back
▲▲Dublin Castle sits in the heart of historic Dublin and houses magnificent state apartments (used today for state functions such as presidential inaugurations), a royal chapel and a Medieval undercroft (the underground foundations of a previous castle).
tomorrow, luv.” At O’Donoghue’s Pub, featuring nightly music sessions, I could hear the warmth: “Howya keepin’, madam?” and “Ye’re very welcome here.” My weeklong visit unrolled like a feel-good movie. The charming city is ever so easy to stroll —more compact than many a European capital, though you can purchase a hop on-hop off bus pass if you like. Plus, they all speak English. Well, sort of: It’s puzzling how “five” can turn into a three-syllable word.
Literature and liturgy At Trinity College, founded by Queen Elizabeth I, I first explored the campus and then its library’s revered medieval Book of Kells. Next I hit the cozy Dublin Writers Museum, also on the campus, saluting Ireland’s 22 / June 2016 / Minnesota Good Age
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handwritten Gospel of St. John from 300
Wilde and Joyce, and Nobel laureates
A.D., precious ancient Torahs, Qurans,
Yeats, Shaw, Beckett and Heaney.
and fanciful Hindu tomes.
Speaking of Jonathan Swift, you can see his grave with a visit to St. Patrick’s
Art and archeology
Cathedral, where he daylighted as dean.
Art lovers, speed to Dublin City Gallery-
At the nearby Christ Church — the
The Hugh Lane on the River Liffey’s
city’s oldest building — you can see the
north bank for glimpses of Monet and
space in which Handel debuted his
Mondrian and the studio of figurative
now-famous Messiah, using the choirs of
painter Francis Bacon, looking like the
both congregations and an organ he had
aftermath of a tornado due historians’
shipped in for the performance in 1742.
meticulous relocation of 7,000 items
Next I toured the formidable Dublin Castle and, anchoring its gardens, the Chester Beatty Library, blazing with a bevy of religious texts, including the
just as he left them in his London studio before he died in 1992. Next hit the National Gallery of Ireland and National Museum of
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Warm welcome Ireland to discover archaeological wonders, including trea-
cheesemonger who extolled the excellent quality of Irish milk
sures from a longboat dating back to 2,500 B.C. and mummified
as we munched on samples. Pepperpot, in the posh Powerscourt
human sacrifices like Clonycavan Man, preserved since the Iron
shopping mecca, offered farm-smoked salmon. After a swig
Age in a bog and found by a peat harvesting machine in 2003.
of Powers whiskey in the ultra-Victorian Swan Bar — original
His torso and head, including a stylish gelled pompadour, are
marble and brass — we were off on to the George Street Arcade
still intact. St. Patrick’s bell is on view, too, out-shone by hordes
for a hearty sausage roll, a “guaranteed” hangover cure.
of gold and Viking swords. Next up: You can’t miss Merrion Square, once the Duke of Wellington’s turf and now bearing a statue of Oscar Wilde, stretched out in dissolute splendor. St. Stephen’s Green also
Cocoa Atelier provided 20 varieties of handmade chocolates; then we threw a raw oyster down the hatch at Temple Bar’s Market. Next it was time for some serious eating, and the Shelbourne
lures strollers to this, the city’s playground (thanks to the
Hotel was a super place to start, celebrating house-cured salmon
benevolence of the Guinness family), festooned with a swan-
and Kilmore Quay cod. Avenue By Nick Munier, an up-tempo
decked pond and, in spring, the blazing gold of daffodils.
Temple Bar cafe, swears by its famous dry-aged beef, Hartys oysters (oh, yes) and scallops with citrus foam.
Beer and architecture
The lively Fade Street Social does wonders with scallops,
Speaking of Guinness, the city’s most-visited attraction is its
too, with a smoked salmon and butter mousse. And its decon-
brewery. Tours unfold the process behind Ireland’s “mother’s
structed granny’s Irish stew stars balsamic-baptized fillet with
milk,” ending with a pint at its rooftop Gravity Bar and a 360
puddles of potato mousse.
view of the city. If architecture is your passion, Martin Dalton of Architecture Tours Ireland is your man. He led us on a freewheeling romp that started with the serene symmetry of St. Stephens Square.
You can end the orgy with bread-and-butter pudding embellished with salted peanut ice cream. Farm, celebrating all things organic, features Irish crab cakes, sea bass on cauliflower puree, a charcuterie board and fish pie.
We ogled fanlights above the famous painted doors, then
Bang makes a bang, indeed, with its modern takes on Irish
trotted past the Castle and City Hall toward Temple Bar — the
classics, such as lamb rump and slow-cooked shoulder and salt
city’s SoHo — and the remains of an ancient Viking Wall.
march duck breast. Where’s the fish and chips, you ask? It’s batter-coated at pubs
like Wuff on one side of the River Liffey and Davy Byrne’s on
A bubbly food writer, Aoife McElwain, led us on a Fab Food
the other — the pub where Leopold Bloom hangs out in Joyce’s
Trail tour, including eight tasty stops, starting with Sheridan, a
→→The 1916 Rising Remembered The story of Ireland is a story of conquerors — Vikings and Normans alike. But it was domination by the British — the 1 percenters of the day — who caused the most hardship. Just as American Revolutionaries fought their British rulers for independence in 1776, in Dublin during Easter Week 1916, Revolutionary patriots revolted against British domination, too — but with a far more tragic outcome. After six days, badly outnumbered, the rebels surrendered and their bold leaders were shot. This year, the Rising of 1916 Centenary is hailed throughout the city with special activities, exhibits and museum launches, focused on “reflecting on the past, re-imagining the future.” Back then, public opinion aligned with the Brits, for many Irish served in the British Army during World War I. But after a firing squad brutally executed the Rising’s 14 leaders, sentiment swung to the rebels’ cause, paving the way for the formation of the Irish Free State in 1922. The Rising has become what some call “the most analyzed seven days in Irish history.” Learn more with extensive a 1916 Freedom Tour. See 1916tour.ie for more information. 24 / June 2016 / Minnesota Good Age
If it’s time for music, O’Donoghue’s is the place, featuring a nightly changing lineup of whatever musicians walk in (think
▲▲Christ Church Cathedral (founded in 1028) features a beautiful interior and a fascinating medieval crypt, including a mummified cat and rat known locally as Tom and Jerry.
guitar, banjo, squeeze box, whistle). Warning: It’s even more addictive than the free-flowing Guinness. Carla Waldemar is an award-winning travel writer. She edits the annual Zagat Survey of Twin Cities restaurants and writes food and travel articles for publications around the world. She lives in Uptown.
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Good Living / Housing / By Sue Ronnenkamp
KNOW YOUR HOUSING OPTIONS
→→Staying home or going into a nursing home aren’t the only routes
Just as we change throughout our lives, our lifestyles and housing needs also change. Different spaces fit different phases. Moving forward in later life should take you
Call a variety of places that look like they might fit your situation, request a tour, meet the staff, talk to some of
to a setting that’s smaller and more manageable, with less (or no) responsibility for
the residents and ask lots of questions.
maintenance and upkeep.
And don’t let anyone pressure you into
You’re also wise to seek out housing options that afford you some available support and assistance, along with plentiful opportunities for engagement and interaction with others. Why? Because these factors will contribute to your health and well-being, will help
making a decision until you’re ready.
Senior-friendly by design Residential communities designed
you retain your freedom and autonomy, and can provide security and peace of mind
specifically for seniors offer a wide range
for you and your family.
of advantages. Most provide in-house
By making the right choice about your next home, you can also free up time and space to devote to your favorite people and activities so you can live each day to the fullest, and make the most of your golden years.
With growth, progress
dining options, along with housekeeping and maintenance services. Many communities also offer optional services and amenities for residents — everything from transportation and
Unlike the not-so-distant past when the only housing options for older adults were
on-site concierge services to physical and
aging in place at home or moving into a nursing home, options today cover a broad
mental fitness programs, art studios, life-
long learning programs and sponsored
Unfortunately, the general public’s understanding of these options hasn’t kept pace with the changes within the senior housing industry. Most people still think of the old traditional nursing home when senior housing is
trips to cultural and sports events. Some also cover the full spectrum of housing types on the same site, ranging
mentioned or discussed. They don’t understand that nursing care facilities are now an
from units focused on independent living
option the vast majority of older adults may never even need to consider because of all
to units offering assisted living, nursing/
the new types of housing now available.
rehab care and memory care.
Due to the substantial growth of our aging population, senior housing has emerged
This type of senior living community,
as a major focus for new construction, along with the development of new concepts
often called a Continuing Care Retire-
ment Community (CCRC), provides
These include 55-and-older active-adult communities, senior apartments, elder co-housing arrangements and retirement communities. Senior housing also includes assisted-living communities, nursing care/rehab facilities and memory care units for older adults who are dealing with dementia.
Open to possibilities
a one-stop setting that can meet your current and future housing needs. With more married couples growing older together, this type of housing is especially beneficial because it allows spouses to live in the same community,
The best way to overcome any misconceptions you may have about senior housing
even if they don’t age at the same rate or
is to visit a few in your area. Ask people you know for suggestions or check those
in the same way, and even if they need
mentioned in this magazine.
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Good Living / Finance / By Skip Johnson
PETS AND YOUR POCKETBOOK →→Caring for four-legged friends can cost you, but it may also help you save money, too
The key to a happy retirement may come with fur and
Finally, training your pets can help
four legs. Nearly 80 million U.S. households have a pet. Thirty-seven percent those
take up some of your free time as a low-
pet owners are baby boomers. While pets can provide physical and emotional
cost hobby, keeping you from going out
benefits, owners might not realize they can also provide some financial benefits!
and spending money.
There are five ways owning a pet can be a “treat” for your budget:
Keep costs in mind, too
Before you bring home Fido, Fluffy or
Dogs, in particular, need a lot of exercise. Most breeds need to run or walk every day.
Spot, it’s important to consider all of
If you exercise with your pet, you can save anywhere from $30 to $90 a month by not
getting a gym membership.
Health Health care is one of the top expenses for most families, and pets can lend a helping paw in this area. Researchers at Loyola University found patients recovering from
The average dog owner will spend $8,000 over the animal’s lifetime. There are obvious costs, such as food, leashes, toys and cleanup supplies. Also: You may have to board your pet
joint-replacement surgery needed 28 percent less pain medication if they got five to 15
if you travel, especially during retire-
minutes of animal therapy each day. Studies have also found having a pet can lower
your cholesterol and your blood pressure. The American Heart Association, meanwhile, has linked owning a pet with a reduced risk for heart disease. When you give your pet a happy home, you can enjoy a potentially endless supply of unconditional love — and that can impact your mental health. Whether you’ve faced a bad day at work or an argument with a friend, your pet is always there for you.
Home security A home security system can cost about $1,600 to install, and anywhere from $15 to $60 a month after that to monitor. However, a protective pet will work for free. A dog’s bark is often enough to scare away any potential burglars.
Entertainment All pets have a personality, and, more often than not, they demand your undivided attention. Playing with your pet — or getting a good laugh from watching your pet chase its tail — is free entertainment. Pets are also excellent conversation starters. Whether in the pet store or on your daily walk, you never know who you’ll meet simply because they stopped to see your pet. 28 / June 2016 / Minnesota Good Age
And your beloved pet may need emergency care. During a pet’s lifetime, emergency care bills typically range from $3,000 to $4,000. Pet owners are also shelling out big bucks on services for their fourlegged friends, including professional grooming. Indeed, pets are a lot of work (and aren’t free). But most owners will say they’re well worth it. Skip Johnson is an advisor at Great Waters Financial, a financial-planning firm and Minnesota insurance agency in New Hope. See greatwatersfinancial.com. Skip also offers investment advisory services through AdvisorNet Wealth Management, a registered investment advisor.
Good Living / In the Kitchen / By Sarah Jackson
June is peak strawberry season in Minnesota and this no-bake pie — from my mother’s longtime repertoire — shows off their freshness and bright flavors. Check local grocers or see minnesotagrown.com for a list of local farmers markets and U-pick strawberry farms.
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⊲⊲Combine the sugar, cornstarch, salt and water in a medium saucepan. ⊲⊲Bring to a boil over medium-high to high heat, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens to an almost jelly-like consistency. ⊲⊲Stir in the gelatin until completely dissolved. ⊲⊲Remove from heat and cool slightly. ⊲⊲Fold in the strawberries. ⊲⊲Pour the mixture into a baked pie crust. ⊲⊲Chill for six hours or until set. ⊲⊲Garnish with whipped cream and strawberries and serve. ⊲⊲Refrigerate any leftovers.
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g n i d n a L t c e f r e p a Larry Gleason’s gymnastics empire started small and has grown to include training and activities for all ages: Yes, even older adults!
Story by Tina Mortimer / Photos by Tracy Walsh
his year, Gleason’s Gymnastic School is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
It’s a milestone that almost didn’t happen. And no one seems more surprised by the gym’s success than its owner. Ask Larry Gleason and he’ll tell you he never set out to create a gymnastics
empire in the Twin Cities. But with two locations — one in Maple Grove and one in Eagan — and more than 2,000 students, including many adults, that’s exactly what he’s done.
Starting young Gleason came from humble beginnings. He was raised in a single-parent household in South Minneapolis. He opened his first gymnastics school — one of the first in the country, according to Gleason — in a small space in Minneapolis with one goal in mind: He wanted to Minnesota Good Age / June 2016 / 31
teach. The year was 1966. Gleason was 25 and had just dropped out of the University of Minnesota where he’d been attending on a full
▲▲Larry Gleason — the owner and founder of Gleason’s Gymnastic School — works with a student during an adult trampoline class at his Eagan gym.
gymnastics scholarship. “I married young. And after two years of college, I just couldn’t open a book anymore,” he said. “I was
He purchased equipment little by little, most of which he
somewhat of an idealist. I didn’t fit in with the others. So
bought second-hand, until he had a full gym — full of equipment
being young and naive, I quit.”
All he had to fill his little gym was an old trampoline he’d been using since high school. “I knew I wanted to teach, but other than that, I had no real goals,” he said. The former high school gymnast and state champion did have one thing going for him: Experience. Gleason started teaching gymnastics when he was only 15 years old. He continued teaching after high school at the South
He was off to a pretty good start. But it would still be nearly 20 years before he’d hire his first employee.
Family values Joni Selden met Gleason 28 years ago when her children were enrolled in his recreational classes. “Larry and I would talk after class,” she said. “One day he asked
Minneapolis YMCA, and quickly realized he had a talent for it.
me if I wanted a job answering his phone for him. He’d heard at
Students liked him. They responded to him. There was only
a seminar that you should always have a real person answering
one problem: The money he earned teaching gymnastics wasn’t enough to support his family, so he found a full-time job doing research at the University of Minnesota. 32 / June 2016 / Minnesota Good Age
your business’ phone calls, so I started working for him.” As the gym grew, so did Selden’s responsibilities. Today she’s Gleason’s business manager. Selden said she’s stayed on so
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long because Gleason’s gym has always felt like family to her. “Larry is one of the most positive people I’ve ever met,” she said.
▲▲Former national trampoline champion David Kennedy, works with a student in an adult trampoline class at Gleason’s Eagan location.
“He sees the best in everyone and treats everyone like family. It’s part of his personality and the personality of the gym.”
Expanding operations In 1973, Gleason moved his gym from Minneapolis to Eagan, switching buildings twice until he settled into his current location, a gym he’s called home for the past 15 years. “We really didn’t make a profit until around 1986, but I was never in it for the money,” he said. “I loved to teach and planned to work hard and live a modest life.” It was during the 1980s — when his business was doing well, just not well enough — that Gleason decided to give college another shot. He enrolled again at the University of Minnesota, this time with the intention of becoming a public school teacher. Lucky for thousands of budding young — and older — gymnasts, Gleason’s second stint in college didn’t last. He’d quit again a year later when his business finally took off. 34 / June 2016 / Minnesota Good Age
In 1995, he opened a second location in Maple Grove, and — with the exception of a decrease in students during the 2008 financial crisis — both his locations have been thriving ever since. Gleason now employs more than 100 teachers, many of whom are former world-champion gymnasts.
Focusing on the positive So, despite all the ups and downs, how has Gleason’s business persevered through all the financial hardships? Gleason says it comes down to one thing — the quality of the coaching. “I believe in the power of positive reinforcement,” he said. “My sole goal — and it’s what I’ve always taught my employees — has been to give kids a positive influence in their lives. A lot of gyms focus on the kids who are competing, but that was never our focus. We want to teach all students, regardless of their abilities.” Former national trampoline champion David Kennedy, who coaches trampoline and tumbling, agrees with Gleason’s
philosophy. It’s part of the reason he’s been coaching with him for
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more than 30 years.
Gleason’s Gymnastic School offers a variety of classes for adults at its Eagan location at 2015 Silver Bell Road, Suite 180, including Adult Trampoline, taught by former national trampoline champion, David Kennedy; Adult Co-Ed Tumbling; Adult Apparatus; and — for the adult who wants to be a kid again, or at least climb, swing and hang like one — Adult Circus Arts.
“Larry has always been about the kids, and he’s done so much for the sport of gymnastics,” Kennedy said. “He was my coach and mentor. And he’s the reason I’m a coach today.”
Beyond athletics The majority of Gleason’s students are enrolled in recreational classes. These classes revolve around Gleason’s belief that
Beginners are always welcome. For class schedules and pricing, visit gleasons.com or call 651-454-6203.
gymnastics has benefits that reach far beyond physical fitness. It’s something Gleason said he’s long suspected to be true. “Gymnastics, or any exercise that involves focus and thought, has the ability to help kids get stronger not only physically, but academically and mentally,” he said. “We’re just beginning to become aware of all the benefits.” Gleason — despite having had many students go on to win multiple national and international championships — said gymnastics can be life changing for anyone at any age. “It’s transformative,” he said. “I’ve seen how it can build up a kid’s confidence. A child who has confidence in the gym is going to approach life with confidence and have a good chance at success. It’s great for kids to have dreams of being on a competitive team and winning competitions, but that’s not what it’s all about. “Our job is to provide the tools, instruction and equipment to allow kids to go as far as they can go.”
Flying high Gleason, who’s been teaching for more than 60 years, no longer coaches on a regular basis, but that doesn’t mean he’s slowing down. He recently returned from a two-week kite-boarding
excursion on Texas’s South Padre Island. It’s one of many adventure-vacations the 75-year-old has been on in recent years. “I love to teach, but now that I have so many good coaches, I don’t need to be in the gym every day,” he said. “I love to be active. I’ve been to 25 different countries, so I guess you can say I love to travel and try new things, too.” Gleason participated in a motorcycle race in Ireland last year. In November, he plans to go windsurfing in Venezuela. He said he tries to promote the benefits of staying active to his older adult students. “Being active is natural,” he said. “It’s our sedentary lives that are slowly killing us — it goes against our natural state. Exercise has been proven beyond a doubt to help us live longer and better.”
Starting later in life So where does an adult begin in the sport? Gleason recommends the trampoline as a good place to start. “The trampoline is easy to learn, and you don’t have to be particularly strong or flexible to do it,” he said. “It’s also very lowimpact so it’s perfect for adults who have sensitive joints.” While Gleason may have cut back on his coaching duties and
→→Watch Olympic gymnasts Summer: See the some of world’s best gymnasts compete in three disciplines — artistic, trampoline and rhythmic — at the 2016 Summer Olympics, set for Aug. 5–21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Learn more at rio2016.com/en. Fall: The 2016 Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions will showcase gymnasts from the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games at 5 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Target Center in Minneapolis. Local gymnasts are expected to join the show. Tickets go on sale June 23. Learn more at kelloggstour.com.
even his increased vacation goals, he has no plans to retire from gymnastics any time soon. “I want to keep going because I enjoy it,” he said. “My goal is to continue to refine and upgrade the program,” he said. “We’ve built a great reputation and I want to keep improving and moving forward. I also want to keep working — as long as I’m able to sneak away when I want.” Tina Mortimer is an essayist and a contributing writer for many local publications. She lives in White Bear Lake with her husband and two children. Follow her work at tinamortimer.contently.com. Minnesota Good Age / June 2016 / 35
Nordic: A Photographic Essay →→Magnus Nilsson, a Swedish celebrity chef and photographer (pictured), will present his photos of Nordic landscapes, food and people in this original traveling exhibition. Nilsson, the chef behind the world-renowned, Michelin-starred Faviken Magasinet restaurant in Sweden, captured images and recipes from Sweden, Denmark, The Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland and Norway during his travels. Kick-off events include a craft-sprit tasting party and exhibition preview, a Nordic heirloom recipe exchange, a Nilsson book signing and a courtyard feast. Photo by Cameron Wittig
Summer Flower Show →→In a beautiful coincidence befitting of Prince’s life and artistic work, the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory’s annual show will feature a botanical color scheme of purple and lavender, including a new Oriental trumpet hybrid lily named Purple Prince, plus purpletop vervain, Russian sage, beebalm, butterfly bush, heliotrope, roses, caladiums and petunias. Also on display through June 30 is a stunning photo exhibit by local plant and insect photographer Bill Johnson — The Amazing World of Moths — with more than 40 extreme close-up images that highlight the stunning colors, shapes and diversity of these beautiful winged creatures. When: See the moth photos through June 30 and the flowers through Oct. 2. Where: Como Park & Zoo and Conservatory, St. Paul Cost: FREE Info: comozooconservatory.org
When: June 1–Aug. 14 Where: American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis Cost: Museum admission is $10 for adults, $7 for ages 62 and older and $5 for ages 6-18. Info: asimn.org
Music & Movies in the Parks →→Both St. Paul and Minneapolis are offering outdoor summer concert and film series at local parks. When: Ongoing Where: Como Dockside, Mears Park, Rice Park and Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, among others, in St. Paul and Nicollet Island, Father Hennepin Bluffs, Minnehaha, Bryant Square and Theodore Wirth parks and the Lake Harriet Bandshell in Minneapolis Cost: FREE Info: stpaul.gov/musicintheparks or tinyurl.com/music-movies-2016
Seeds of Change →→Presented in association with the Hmong American Farmers Association, this exhibit brings together a collection of photographs, videos and books created by multimedia artist Mike Hazard, featuring farmers in Vermillion Township, Minn. When: Through July 31
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Where: Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul Cost: FREE Info: mmaa.org
Chanhassen Concert Series →→Experienced a variety of tribute bands paying homage to Paul McCartney (June 3–4), the Everly Brothers (June 17–18), James Brown (June 25), Chicago (July 8–9), the Divas of Disco (July 22–23), Led Zeppelin (Aug. 12–13) and others. When: Dinner is at 6 p.m., followed by concerts at 8 p.m., except for Sunday events, which start earlier. Where: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Chanhassen Cost: $40 per person and $15 more for dinner Info: chanhassendt.com
Big Pants and Botox →→Ditch the romance and fluff for a hilarious and emotional evening that one critic called “a funny, moving and ultimately uplifting story of one woman’s refusal to slide gently into middle age.” When: Through Aug. 14 Where: Plymouth Playhouse, Plymouth Cost: $29–$40 Info: plymouthplayhouse.com
Florilegium →→Leaves, fruit, flowers and vines have appeared on ceramic vessels on every continent across millennia, symbolizing love, reproduction and death. This exhibit explores floral imagery in contemporary ceramics. When: Through June 26 Where: Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis Cost: FREE Info: northernclaycenter.org
Skyline Mini Golf →→The Walker’s seasonal mini-golf course has moved to the rooftop, due to the renovation of the museum and sculpture garden campus. The nine-hole course features a giant hot dog, pingpong paddles and a tricky chicken coop. When: May 26–Sept. 4 Where: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Cost: $12 adults, $9 for ages 7–12, free for ages 6 and younger with a paid adult Info: walkerart.org/minigolf
Hennepin Island Hydropower Tour →→Mill City Museum and Xcel Energy are partnering on a series of walking tours highlighting the story of waterpower at St. Anthony Falls, including rare access to an operating power plant. This tour includes about 1.5 miles of moderately paced walking on uneven surfaces. When: 1–2:30 p.m. June 2 Where: This tour departs from 125 Main St. S.E., at the green awning between Pracna on Main and the Aster Cafe. Cost: Tickets — $16 for adults, $14 for ages 65 and older, $12 for ages 5-17 — include museum admission. Info: millcitymuseum.org
Edina Art Fair →→More than 300 fine artists and crafters from around Minnesota, the U.S. and Canada will share and sell their work alongside local and regional musicians, fashion shows, cooking and lifestyle demonstrations, food and a kids-art zone. When: June 3–5 Where: 50th & France neighborhood of Edina Cost: FREE Info: edinaartfair.com
Covers: A Pop Concert →→The Cantus choral ensemble will cover the Beach Boys’ entire Pet Sounds album, using musical styles such as jazz, bluegrass, funk and more. When: 7:30 p.m. June 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11 Where: The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, Minneapolis Cost: $25–$35 Info: cantussings.org
Sense and Sensibility →→This lively and dynamic adaptation captures the romance and heartbreak of Jane Austen’s classic novel in which two sisters’ fortunes — and opportunities for marriage — wane after the death of their father. Sensible, reserved Elinor and passionate, impulsive Marianne find the road to true love is beset with dashing suitors, well-meaning relatives, devoted friends, scandalous secrets and unexpected twists. When: June 3–26 Where: Theatre in the Round, Minneapolis Cost: $22; $18 for ages 62 and older on Fridays and Sundays only Info: theatreintheround.org
Discover Aviation Days →→View a variety of aircraft, including World War II bombers, modern corporate jets and even experimental and homebuilt airplanes. Learn about aviation careers, see flying demonstrations and take an airplane or helicopter ride. Breakfast and lunch will be sold, along with food-booth offerings. The Golden Wings Flying Museum, featuring 30 aircraft, will be open as well. Kids’ activities and vendor exhibits also will be offered both days. When: 7 a.m.–4 p.m. June 4–5 Where: Anoka County Airport, Blaine Cost: Free admission. Some activities are ticketed. Info: discoveraviationdays.org
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Can’t-Miss Calendar June 4–5
Grand Old Days
Minnesota Boychoir Spring Concert
→→This popular annual block party — one of the largest of its kind in the Midwest — will feature a parade, 150-plus food vendors, live music at six festival gardens, a Minnesota-artists’ showcase, a wellness district and a Family Fun District, all in addition to the offerings of the 350 businesses that line Grand Avenue. This year the festival is adding a second day (Friday) to further feature Grand Avenue businesses. It’s also expanding west to cover about 30 blocks along Grand Avenue. When: June 4–5 Where: Grand Avenue between Prior Avenue and Dale Street, St. Paul Cost: FREE Info: grandave.com
→→Hear one of the top choirs in the region sing sacred as well as secular songs such as Here Comes the Sun, Shine to Spare, This Little Light of Mine and Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass. When: 7 p.m. June 12 Where: Ted Mann Concert Hall, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Cost: FREE. Donations will be accepted. Info: boychoir.org
10,000 Lakes Concours d’Elegnace
→→This annual Competition of Excellence features rare and valuable automobiles, watercraft and motorcycles on the shores of Lake Minnetonka, plus retail vendors, fine food, live music and more with proceeds to benefit the ICA Food Shelf.
Food for Your Soul
When: 10 a.m.–4 p.m. June 5 Where: Excelsior Commons, Excelsior Cost: $35 Info: 10000lakesconcours.com
June 5–Aug. 21
Music in the Gardens →→Enjoy live music at the arboretum in spring and summer with a series of performances by local groups, including big-band, brass, bluegrass, country, American folk, blues, roots and rockabilly styles, plus music from orchestras, concert bands and an old-time string band. When: Select Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons June 5–Aug. 21 Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska Cost: Included with admission of $12 for ages 13 and older Info: arboretum.umn.edu
June 10–11, 15–19
North Star Bicycle Festival →→Pro and elite cyclists from around North America — including Olympic, world and national champions — will visit host cities for races around the state as part of this 17th-annual event, which will benefit Special Olympics Minnesota. Events will include races for kids, bike expos, stunt rider shows, interactive programming, live music, food trucks and beer gardens. When: June 10–11 and June 15–19 Where: Blaine (June 10–11), St. Paul (June 15), Cannon Falls (June 16), Uptown Minneapolis (June 17), North Mankato (June 18) and Stillwater (June 19) Cost: FREE Info: northstarbicyclefestival.com
June 10–Aug. 27
Music in the Zoo →→See a wide variety of artists in an open-air atmosphere, including Blondie, The Mavericks, Indigo Girls, The Jayhawks, George Thorogood & The Destroyers, The Willis Clan, Ziggy Marley, Buddy Guy, Morris Day and the Time, and many others. When: June 10–Aug. 27. Check the website for specific artists and show times. Where: Weesner Family Amphitheater, Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley Cost: Various. Enjoy free admission to the zoo beginning at 2 p.m. on the day of show with a concert ticket. Info: suemclean.com/zoo 38 / June 2016 / Minnesota Good Age
→→Fifteen Twin Cities homeowners will host dinners featuring appearances by local chefs, food critics, food writers and restaurant entrepreneurs, including local foodie celebrities such as Sue Zelickson, Stephanie March, Matt Schwandt (Bauhaus Brew Labs) and Marshall Paulsen (Birchwood Cafe). Proceeds will benefit the programs of Sholom Auxiliary, which serves local seniors. When: June 16 Where: Twin Cities Cost: $150 per person Info: foodforyoursoul.org
St. Louis Park Parktacular →→Kick off summer with a weekend of events for all ages, including live music concerts, bingo, festival food, an expo, a climbing wall, a parade and a family day on June 18. When: June 16–19 Where: Venues around St. Louis Park Cost: Most events are free. Info: parktacular.org
GermanFest →→Celebrate German culture at this third-annual event, featuring food, live music, dance, art, education and other traditional activities — not a stereotypical beer-centric Oktoberfest event. Highlights include Lederhosen-clad participants, a strongman competition, human foosball games, brewery tours, arts and crafts, Dachshund races, Great Pyrenees dogs and more. When: June 17–19 Where: Historic Schmidt Brewery, St. Paul
Can’t-Miss Calendar June 21–26
The Bridges of Madison County →→Featuring soulful music that draws from the rich textures of Americana and folk, this musical — based on the best-selling novel — tells the story of Iowa housewife Francesca Johnson and her four-day whirlwind romance with traveling photographer Robert Kincaid. When: June 21–26 Where: Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis Cost: Tickets start at $39. Info: hennepintheatretrust.org
Steve Miller Band
Back to the Fifties Weekend →→More than 12,000 custom, classic and restored cars — all dated 1964 and earlier — will cover the fairgrounds, along with entertainment, live music, games, food, crafts and more as part of the Minnesota Street Rod Association’s 43nd-annual event. When: June 17–19 Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul Cost: $10; one child (age 12 and younger) can attend for free with each paid adult. Info: msra.com
Cost: FREE Info: germanfestmn.org
Stone Arch Bridge Festival →→This popular Father’s Day weekend event features art and music from 250 artists on three performance stages, plus family art activities, a car show and a motorcycle and off-road vehicle gallery, all on the Mississippi riverfront. When: June 17–19, including a free concert from 8–10 p.m. at Water Power Park on June 18 Where: Northeast Minneapolis Cost: FREE Info: stonearchbridgefestival.com
→→Miller, who was recently voted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, will bring to town his diverse musical stylist and hits from the ’60s and ’70s. When: 7:30 p.m. June 29 Where: Northrop, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Cost: $65–$100 Info: northrop.umn.edu
Hmong International Freedom Celebration & Sports Tournament →→Thousands of spectators come to see tournaments, including soccer, volleyball, flag football and the Southeast Asian sport of kick-volleyball, known as sepak takraw. When: July 2–3 Where: McMurray Field in Como Park, St. Paul Cost: $5 Info: hmongfc.org
Red, White and Boom
→→Celebrate Independence Day on the downtown Minneapolis riverfront with a 5K, half marathon and relay races, plus a movie, live music, food, family-friendly activities and a grand finale of fireworks.
→→Welcome summer at the American Swedish Institute with a family-friendly day of cultural events in and around the Turnblad Mansion. Activities include singing, folk dancing, flower head-wreath making, face painting, storytelling, outdoor games and nature-based play activities — plus eats from the museum’s FIKA cafe. When: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. June 18. At 11:30 a.m., see the raising of the Swedish Midsommar pole. Where: American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6–18, free for ages 5 and younger Info: asimn.org
When: July 4 with families activities from 6–10 p.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m. Where: Downtown and Northeast Minneapolis Cost: FREE. Race registration fees apply. Info: mplsredwhiteboom.com
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Brain teasers Sudoku
Word Search LIVE WELL CALM EXERCISE FAITH FAMILY FITNESS FRIENDSHIPS HEALTH
HOBBIES MEDITATION MINDFULNESS PEACE PHYSICAL PRAYER QUIET
RELAXATION RESPECT ROMANCE SLEEP SOCIAL SPIRITUAL STRETCH
Break the code to reveal a quote from a famous person. Each letter represents another letter.
Source: L.W. Lynett
Clue: Y = A
O E Y U Q T
O H Z T
P B R E
Complete the following three six-letter words using each given letter once.
R H .
E T W Z
O I T Y R T
B R .
A ___ C ___ ___ G ___ A R ___ N ___ R ___ C I ___ ___ A
P Y A
T K K T O R B N T
2. Middle finger
D H M R
R E T
Answers 40 / June 2016 / Minnesota Good Age
Trivia HEALTH AND WELLNESS 1. Which U.S. state has the lowest incidence (per capita) of cancer: Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota or Utah? 2. Which finger has the fastest growing fingernail? 3. What food smell is most recognized by people worldwide? 4. Which human bone is most commonly broken: Metacarpus (hand), collarbone, ulna (wrist) or hip?
SUDOKU Caring, Racing, Arcing
WORD SCRAMBLE CROSSWORD
The most effective way to cope with change is to help create it. CRYTPOGRAM
Crossword 69 Get into the pool 70 Silver dollar topper DOWN 1 Medium of much Chinese art 2 Luau chow 3 Tack on 4 Out-of-the-blue 5 “Scat!” 6 Shows confidence and pride 7 Cause of much intolerance? 8 Babe or Baby 9 Capital of Indonesia 10 Overlook 11 All-in-one Apple 12 Quick bite 15 Connect with 21 Bides one’s time 22 Bean cover? 23 Playground response 24 Second word of Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan” 27 Blunders 28 Flagstick holder 29 It’s swung by some pinch hitters 30 Prepares to be knighted Across
37 “Don’t text and drive” ad, briefly
1 Bid with a weak hand, often
38 Lodging provider
32 Long (for)
6 Nikon D5300, e.g.
41 Up-in-the-air approx.
39 “__ say more?”
9 Team up with
42 “This doesn’t __ well ... “
40 Decryption org.
13 “Ya think?!”
44 Wingtip strings
43 Make easier to read, in a way
14 Like newly Botoxed skin
46 Get someone’s name wrong, e.g.
45 Fits in a cabin?
16 Clip contents
47 “Let’s do it!”
48 Hummus, e.g.
17 Young fella
49 Publisher’s guidelines
18 When Valjean adopts Cosette
52 Wine stain color
50 Gently towel off
19 Sorento and Sedona
53 Egyptian slitherer
54 Slight lead
20 Bar exhortation
55 Tough navy guy
23 Firetruck tool
54 Magician suggested by the ends of 20-, 27- and 47-Across
59 Sweet pea
57 Many a Meccan
26 It can cover a lot
60 Seafood restaurant order
58 Tends tots
27 “Defence of Fort M’Henry” poet
61 “In my view ... ”
62 Military address
33 “Total Recall” (2012) director Wiseman
65 Crew of buddies
63 Manjula’s husband, on “The Simpsons”
66 Long-drawn-out account
64 “You betcha!”
35 Designer Klein
36 Acting coach Hagen
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56 Case units, often