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Vol. 25 • April 2014

Hey, Fella! Lighten Up a Bit, Won’t Ya! Dear Readers,


ave you heard the weather forecast? We’re predicted to have a very chilly summer. Keep your sweatJanice Doyle, ers out. April Fool! Editor That’s right! Lighten up a bit. Genuine laughter is so healthy, so good for us, and we all do too little of it, I think. It’s all right if you are picking up your copy of Lifestyles After 50 after April Fools’ Day; go ahead and enjoy some April foolery with us. The best April Fools’ pranks are absurd but also have a kernel of believability at their core—just big enough to reel people in. For instance, one year Taco Bell announced that it had purchased the Liberty Bell. The fast food chain claimed it was renaming the bell to the “Taco Liberty Bell” and relocating it from Philadelphia to company headquarters in California. (Taco Bell claimed publicity from the hoax increased sales by over $1 million in a 24-hour period.) Google once claimed it was launching broadband service using cables that would run through the sewer system. Last year Android offered “Ambient Odor Detection” to collect smells on their phones. See—just almost believable.

Thanks to Reader’s Digest for these examples of other April Foolery.

Great Britain Greatest prank ever? That would probably be a BBC TV report in 1957. The Swiss, they reported, had had a mild winter, which had led to a bumper crop of spaghetti. A report of field hands picking strands of spaghetti from trees duped viewers and many called the station to see how they could get their own spaghetti trees. The answer? “Place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.”

April Fool! Oh, and in 1980 the BBC pranksters announced that Big Ben, London’s historic clock tower, would undergo a face-lift and become digital to keep up with the times. Enraged callers flooded the station with complaints. Denmark In 1965, a Copenhagen newspaper reported that Parliament had passed a law that all dogs be painted white to improve road safety because they could then be seen clearly at night.

France According to Le Parisien in 1986, the Eiffel Tower was going to be dismantled and rebuilt inside the new Euro Disney park. Germany In 2009, BMW ran an ad promoting its new “magnetic tow technology.” The invention enabled drivers to turn off their engine and get a “free ride” by locking onto the car ahead via a magnetic beam. In 1993 a German radio station reported that Cologne officials had outlawed jogging faster than six miles per hour so as not to disturb mating squirrels. Italy In 1919 Venice, Italy, residents of that canal-butno-horses town awoke to find Piazza San Marco dotted with piles of horse manure. I’m game—tell me your best prank, via email address on the right. Laugh a lot.

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Flintknapping Demonstrates a Very Old Way of Life BY JOHN A. PRESTON


t takes practice—a lot of it—and patience and time. But back in the old days—the 1700s, 1800s— they had plenty of time. Flintknapping was a way of life then. Today, flint-knapping has become a hobby for some, a business for others. Although most people practice flint-knapping as a hobby, Claude Van Order and Roy Miller have turned their hobbies into profitable businesses. They demonstrated their skills recently at the Silver River Knap-In Stone Tool Making and Primitive Arts Festival held in the Cracker Village at Silver Springs State Park, which attracted 2,200 people over three days. Flint-knapping is a process used for making tools, gun flints, pre-historic weapons and even decorative objects from hard stone (typically chert, flint or obsidian). The process consists of chipping away material using special tools.

In its most basic form, flint-knapping and has been the subject of countless is controlled breakage. Stone is magazine and newspaper articles dating removed in chunks and flakes through back to 1971. His work is displayed lovarious techniques until the desired cally in the Florida Museum of Natural goal is achieved. This produces History in Ocala. He has also instructed tools such as spears or arrow points, courses on flint-knapping and pottery knives, scrapers, making at the blades, primitive University of Florida hoes, wood working and the College of tools and drill bits, Central Florida among other things. and is featured at Flint-knappers use a numerous flintsoft hammer, abraknapping festivals. sive hard sandstone, “I started collecting a ruler, hand flaker, rocks south of Leessplitting wedge and a burg at age 7,” said Claude Van Order hard hammer, plus any demonstrates flint-knapping. Van Order, who has specialized personal created long bows, tool. The word “knap” actually is atlatls (spear-throwing lever), flint Germanic for “strike, shape, or work.” points and blades. “When I was 12, a Van Order, 66, has been engaged in gentleman named Mike Cunningham flint-knapping for over 50 years. He showed me pressure flaking, or rehas a YouTube video on flint-knapping moving narrow flakes along the edge.” on the internet, a survival school where “Our main goal is to promote the primitive tools are used, has been lithic (pertaining to stone) arts,” featured in television documentaries maintains Miller, another veteran

flint-knapper, who owns his own flint quarry in Ohio. “We show people how the Indians did things in the past. It’s an opportunity to educate the public about American history.” A flint-knapping starter kit can be purchased online. Scott Mitchell, Director of the Silver River Museum, said showing skills like flintknapping is important. “The purpose of the festival is multifaceted,” Mitchell continued. “It is an educational event, but we also strive to make it fun and engaging. We do this to educate people about the art forms and crafts that a lot of people have no idea other people do. We’re preserving that knowledge. The knap-in is also a fundraiser for the museum’s educational programs.” Van Order and Miller are very much a part of showing those old ways. If you’d like to learn more, features a 12-step power point presentation on the art of flint-knapping.




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Around Town

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hrough 12 Lake County Fair at the Fairgrounds in Eustis. Schedule: or 352-357-7111. Women’s Day Conference Luau. Breakfast and lunch, fashion show, speakers, vendors, games, a guided scenic motorcycle ride, more. 9:30 am. $35. Gator Harley Davidson, Leesburg. 352-787-8050.

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and 6 Ocala Symphony Orchestra “Pops! Goes America.” Ocala Breeders’ Sales Auditorium. 352-351-1606.

– 12 “Cabaret” Broadway musical. $24. Savannah Center, The Villages, Lady Lake. Tickets: 352-753-3229. The Villages Orchestra Spring Concert. Tickets: $10 to $15. 6 pm. New Covenant Methodist Church, The Villages, Lady Lake. 352-753-3229.


New Wave Swing presents The Temptations, The Platters, The Coasters and The Drifters salute. $20 to $30 tickets. Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala. 352-854-3670.


Ham Lunch at The American Legion Post 18, Hwy 44, Wildwood. $6.50. 11 am to 1 pm. Call 352-748-7009 for details.


and 13 Blues at the Winery. Wine, food and live music. $2 donation. Lakeridge Winery, Clermont. More info at 352-394-8627.


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– 20 Marion Ballet Theatre presents “Sleeping Beauty.” $20/adults and $12/12 and under. Ocala Civic Theatre. 352-236-2274.


Community Dance Festival. Ballet Theatre evening of ethnic and cultural dances. Ocala Civic Theatre. 352-236-2274.


Earth Day Clean-up and Planting. Help plant flowers and clean up debris at Marsh Memorial Park, 36545 Yale Retreat Road, Eustis. 8:30 – 10:30 am. For more information, call 352-253-4950 or email


– 27 Leesburg Bikefest. Motorcycle and music event includes entertainment, bike shows, expos, exhibitions. Schedule at Downtown Leesburg. More info: 352-365-0053.


Arbor Day Scrub Oak Planting at Lake Thomas Cove Park, Groveland. Call Lake County Parks and Trails at 352-253-4950 or email


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Ybor City Historic Walking Tour Tom Watson guides walkers through Ybor City (an area in Tampa), sharing what he says is the “exciting history and events of the area that was once the cigar capital of the world.” Like all the tour guides, he likes his job because each group is different and the people come from all walks of life. A recent group included a Cuban historian who had written his dissertation on the founder of Ybor City, Jose Marti. Through the gentleman’s translator, Watson involved the man in the discussion and interpretation of events that included Marti and Cuba, from a Cuban perspective.

Pete Corradino shares his love of Everglades wildlife with visitors.

Janey says ghost tours are “not about telling scary ghost stories. Children are very sensitive and have so much fun and get so involved with me as I show them things. There’s no reason to be afraid.” Being a tour guide means you have to have a passion, she says, and that’s what you’ll feel on her tours. You might just spot something you couldn’t see on your own too. or 941-363-9556 Everglades Day Safari Ecotours Bob Cowlishaw, owner of the eco safaris, says, “The Everglades is unique. People have lived here all their lives and don’t know that it covers 5 million acres and has four distinct ecosystems.” One of his guides, Pete Corradino, says, “People come from all over the world to see the Everglades, and we provide them a good day of both cultural and natural history. We see alligators every day and dolphins on pretty much every tour.” Birds are a critical part of the Everglades as well and the tours attract many birdwatchers. Out in nature—and not too often—he says, “People don’t think the alligators are real. We’ve had them actually reach for them.” Oops! Tour guide to the rescue. or 1-800-472-3069

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ometimes we don’t know what to say when a friend or family member is suffering. The book “The Etiquette of Illness” by Susan P. Halpernis is most helpful for learning to find the right thing to say or do in life’s tough moments. Here are some tips for being a compassionate friend or family member:

• Just reaching out is okay even if you’re only saying “I don’t know what to say.” • Get some information about the disease, not so you can rattle off your knowledge, but so you can listen without having to ask too many questions. Listening is the key.

stop thinking about you.” “I keep remembering the time we…” “I look forward to being with you again.”

or tell them “it’s the only way” – Use a must-do tone of voice (it makes advice hard to hear).

• Validate the other person with a few words like courage, resilience, tenacity, humor, warmth, generosity, kindness, gentleness. Please, no fawning—be genuine and give compliments. • Give compliments when you can. For instance, if someone is bald from chemo, you might say, “On you that really works. You look great.”

• If you want to address the subject of the illness, you might say: “What is this like for you?” “I see the condition has left some changes.” • Call, even to leave a message “I am sorry you are facing this such as “I’m thinking of you.” It’s life change.” “Do you want to especially good to get a message talk about your condition?” that doesn’t require a reply. (Questions like these recognize the • Send cards. Here are some ideas for situation, give comfort, open the way what to write in a card: “I am sorry for the patient to either converse at their DrWillard_MatureLifestyles.pdf AM this is happening to you.” “I can’t 1 1/6/14 level11:43 of comfort or change the subject.)

• Tone of voice counts for so much during illness. Don’t use stricken tones, minor key voice or make the patient feel they have to cheer you up. • There are some absolute DON’Ts when dealing with a sick friend or family member (because they are not respectful of the needs of the diagnosed person who is trying to make sense of the situation him/herself). DON’T, for example: – Tell someone a certain tea or vitamin will help – Ask them if you can call in a healer – Suggest that they “have to do this”

• Confidentiality is very important, even though it is tempting to pass on information to other people. (Prayer request time at church isn’t a time to tell the latest medical information about a person.) • If someone is crying, it’s only necessary to say, “I’m here with you. Let the tears come. I am so sad for you. Yes, this is very hard.” Tears come in waves, so staying quietly present can be reassuring, as can silently holding a person. It is not a time for correction, interpretation or attitude adjustment. • Some comments don’t help at all and deny the reality for the patient. NEVER EVER say, “Don’t worry. You’ll be fine. You’ll get better, I know.” Keep this list handy and be the welcome visitor who says the right thing for the moment to a loved one in need.


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l. Break up with your black bag. Using the same old black handbag makes you appear set in your ways (remember Grandma’s pocketbook? Enough said.) Take inventory of the bags you have—if they’re all black or brown, it’s time for something new. Bags no longer have to match your shoes, so add some color. Newest colors are quite appealing in shades of orange, gold, pink and green. They add real “pop” to your wardrobe. 2. Step away from exercise clothes. Yes, baggy clothes and stretch fabric can equal comfort, but they can also make you look, well, frumpy. Instead, choose fabrics

that have some stretch but are also fit so they flatter your body. Check the label and look for four- or five-percent spandex. A firmer fabric will actually hold you in and make you smoother. 3. Embrace flat-front. Once and for all: Pleated-front pants with a high waist are NOT flattering. When women started wearing pants, they wore pants designed just like men’s pants and they fit the same way. But today it’s easy to find a good fit. Have a tummy and think those pleats are hiding your pooch? Reality check: Pleats are actually accentuating the negative. Instead, look for slimming flat-front trousers with a straight or boot-cut leg, which hangs straight down from your hip. As for the waist: An inch under your navel is universally flattering.

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There are probably several sources for your fear. The first is that you’re older and wonder if you’re at greater risk than someone younger. The second is that anesthesia can be dangerous to anyone. The third is that you’ll lose total control when you’re under. I hope some of the facts about anesthesia will help with all of your fears. Anesthesia is risky, but today it is safer than ever for all age groups. Your age is not as important a risk factor as your medical condition and the type of surgery you are having. Safer drugs and major advances in the monitoring equipment doctors use in surgery have reduced anesthesia complications. In the last decade alone, deaths caused by anesthesia have dropped 25-fold, to 1 in 250,000. In addition, shorter-acting drugs, more specific drugs and new intravenous drugs can minimize the nausea and vomiting that sometimes occur after anesthesia. There are three main types of anesthesia: general, regional and local. General anesthesia makes a person unconscious so that the entire body is pain-free. Regional anesthesia is used to block sensation in one area of your body. Local anesthesia numbs a small part of your body. General anesthesia is used for extensive surgeries. The drugs used in general anesthesia are given intravenously or are inhaled. They act as hypnotics, painkillers and muscle relaxants, and they block your memory of the surgery. Regional anesthesia is injected around a single nerve or a network of nerves that branches out and serves an area. For example, spinal, epidural and caudal anesthesia are injected into or near the spinal fluid, effectively

numbing nerves that serve the lower half of your body. Local anesthesia may be used to numb only a small area of nerves at the site where the surgeon plans to operate, such as for cataract surgery. Local anesthesia is also used for minor procedures such as skin biopsies and stitching a cut. During local and regional anesthesia, patients often receive intravenous drugs for sedation so that they can be comfortably drowsy during surgery and remember little of their time in the operating room.

Before your surgery, you can also expect questions from your doctors regarding your anesthesia. The following have to be considered: medical problems you might have, medications you take, whether you smoke or drink alcohol, any allergies you have, previous negative experience with anesthesia, and adverse reactions to anesthesia by other family members. The information collected by your doctors guides them in their treatment. For example, smoking or alcohol consumption can influence the way an anesthetic works in your body during surgery. Knowing whether you smoke or drink alcohol allows your anesthesiologist to choose anesthetics that are suited to you. Some anesthetics include components of certain foods, such as albumin from eggs. Discussing food and drug allergies beforehand helps your anesthesiologist make important drug choices. If you would like to ask a question, write to All Rights Reserved © 2014 by Fred Cicetti.

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Marine’s values. Similar codes can be found throughout history, including the chivalry of Medieval knighthood and codes found among other fabled warriors, including the Spartans and Trojans.

hey’re called “The Few. The Proud.” • A commitment to Does that mean the physical fitness: Part and many Americans who parcel to a code of values admire the U.S. Marines is the commitment to never hope to become physical fitness. Marines more like them? Eric are warriors who must be Wentz, a highly decoable to overcome all manrated military intelliner of physical obstacles. gence specialist who Physical fitness is the served his country for outward reflection of the 26 years, says yes. inner character demanded “Life,” July 2, 1965 “For many, the of these warriors. Marines embody all that the men • Willingness to sacrifice: Military and women of the United States members fighting in wars are routinely military stand for, which includes a asked to make the ultimate sacrifice principled lifestyle that ultimately by putting one’s life on the line to serves to defend the democratic values complete a mission. If a life isn’t espoused in our constitution, and lost, a Marine’s limbs or mental and our love for freedom,” says Wentz. emotional well-being may be. Sacrifice He adds, “There really are bad actors throughout the world who want nothing also means doing several tours in a war zone, half a world away from family, more than to see the destruction of to exist in a hostile environment—for our civilization—all that was built by the greater good of all Americans. our founding fathers and continued throughout the generations—to • Fear of commitment is not an be replaced by a foreign ideology. option: A Marine recruit simply cannot The Marines are often the first to pussy-foot around his or her commitprevent that from happening.” ments; you cannot be a runaway bride Wentz offers four defining or an uncertain, hand-wringing groom. characteristics of Marines Marines must be gung ho in the face of • An adherence to honor and integrity adversity. They are individuals of action and consequence, and there can be no – Semper Fidelis: The translation of the debate with a superior when asked to risk famous Latin phrase is “always faithone’s life for the good of the mission. ful”—faithful to the present mission, to fellow Marines and to the United States, Luckily, civilians rarely face such no matter what. Recruits who enter into demands. However, as Wentz points out, basic training undergo a transformation if they demonstrate such commitment that lasts a lifetime. Once a Marine, alto integrity in finances, health, business, ways a Marine, expected to forever live civic and personal obligations, they’ll by the ethics and values of the Corps: an also do their part in contributing to the aversion to lying, cheating and stealing; strength and defense of the nation. an uncompromising code of personal integrity; a love for accountability, selfEric Wentz is a 26-year veteran of reliance and discipline. Honor, courage the U.S. Navy and author of a novel, and commitment are the bedrock of a “Killing Sharks: De Profundis.”

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s it possible to retire, live free and see the world? In 2010, Lynne and Tim Martin sold their home, disbursed most of their belongings and set out to travel the world for the rest of their lives. Lynne’s popular blog homefreeadventures. com chronicles their nomadic life which was the subject of her cover article in the Wall Street Journal’s “Next” section in 2012. It was the most commented upon WSJ article of the month and featured in various global outlets. This month Lynne’s new memoir “Home Sweet Anywhere” launches internationally. It is an enchanting account of how one couple fulfilled a dream of living abroad one country at a time and invented a new vision for a second lease on life.

Reunited in love after thirty-five years and wrestling with a serious case of retirement wanderlust, Lynne and Tim Martin hit the road. They’ve never looked back. In “Home Sweet Anywhere,” with nothing but their 32-inch suitcases, two computers and each other, the Martins embark on a global adventure, taking readers from sky-high pyramids in Mexico to meeting monkeys in Marrakech, from bargaining in Turkish bazaars to learning the contact sport of Italian grocery shopping. But even as they embrace their new home-free lifestyle, the Martins grapple with various challenges their newly global life presents, including hilarious and frustrating language barriers, finding financial stability and coping with the family they left behind. But together, they quickly learn how to live a life—and love—without

borders while pioneering a new movement of retiring home-free. “For anyone who harbors a secret fantasy of leaving everything behind to see the world, Lynne Martin is the perfect tour guide…I loved this book,” says Mark Chimsky, editor of “65 Things to Do When You Retire.” “Home Sweet Anywhere” is a road map for anyone who dreams of turning the idea of taking risks later in life and living experiences around the globe into a reality. Lynne says, “I’m 73 years old. My husband, Tim, is 68. For most of our lives, each of us lived and worked in California. Today, our home is wherever we and our 32-inch suitcases are.” “Home Sweet Anywhere: How We Sold Our House, Created a New Life, and Saw the World.” Follow Lynne’s Home Free Adventures at

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or some, it’s the tradition of steeping tea leaves to brew the perfect cup of tea. For others, it’s the morning shuffle to a coffee maker for a hot jolt of java. Then there are those who like their wakeup with the kind of snap and fizz found in a carbonated beverage. Regardless of the routine, the consumption of caffeine is the energy boost of choice for millions to wake up or stay up. Now, however, researchers at the Johns Hopkins University have found another use for the stimulant: memory enhancer. Michael Yassa and his team of scientists found that caffeine has a positive effect on long-term memory in humans; in fact, caffeine enhances certain memories at least up to 24 hours after it is consumed. Lifestyles After 50 • April 2014 • page 14

“We’ve always known that caffeine has cognitive-enhancing effects, but its particular effects on strengthening memories and making them resistant to forgetting has never been examined in detail in humans,” said Yassa. “We report for the first time a specific effect of caffeine on reducing forgetting over 24 hours.” According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 90 percent of people worldwide consume caffeine in one form or another. In the U.S., 80 percent of adults consume caffeine every day. The average adult has an intake of about 200 milligrams—or roughly one strong cup of coffee or two small cups of coffee—per day. Newswise (Study published in Nature Neuroscience)

ail Sheehy, author of 15 books, is author of a new “Passages” book. This one is “Passages in Caregiving” about the pitfalls and complications of caregiving. She begins with receiving “the call” when suddenly a son, daughter or spouse moves through a new passage. Sheehy presents eight common Turnings or Crisis Points along the way. She says, “The turnings are not linear, and you come back to ones that you have been over before, but you know them differently because you have been there and you know how to handle them.” The Turnings Sheehy identifies are these:

1. Shock and Mobilization – when the call comes and you begin speaking with doctors. 2. The New Normal – getting accustomed to what is happening, checking on finances.

3. Boomerang – another crisis, but you’re smarter as primary caregiver and know to have a family meeting, get everybody on the same page.

4. Playing God – the thinking that you alone are responsible for saving this person and therefore absolutely essential. You finally have to get to a point of saying “There is a God, but I am not It. I will partner.”

5. “I can’t do this anymore” – realizing that you can’t do it alone and have to have breaks. 6. Circle of Care – creating a circle of people who will assume some responsibility for the care. 7. Coming Back –acknowledging the need to let go and realizing that you are on a different path which starts the thought process of beginning your own way back. This may mean picking up with old friends, finding a new passion or recalling an old one to begin what will be a new life. 8. The Long Goodbye – may be a very long Turning as diseases often come and go. It’s a time of having conversations and bringing in whatever spiritual or friend support is appropriate. Sheehy’s final advice is that you cannot do it alone. Caregiving is not a solitary occupation.

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oth spinach and kale are heart healthy. In fact, they are considered heart-healthy super foods. Spinach boasts more fiber, protein and vitamin A than kale. It’s also higher in calcium and iron. Kale crushes spinach when it comes to vitamins K and C.

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ven when you think you’re eating healthy, you may want to think again—there are some foods pretending to be healthier than they really are. Or they may be healthy in themselves, but only if you don’t overdo them. These foods could be undermining your attempts to lose weight and eat healthy:

Health 1. Smoothies Your smoothie may be a swirl of hidden calories, containing far more calories than you’d imagine, up to 1,500! Try this: Add fruit for flavor but focus on veggies and add some leafy greens in the mix—which are uber-low in calories but superheroes in health benefits. A few pineapple chunks can help make the baby spinach or kale in a smoothie easier to enjoy.

2. Granola and trail mix Granola has healthy properties— whole oats and grains—but it is often prepared with a lot of butter and oil. If it is sticky and clumped, that’s an indicator of an unhealthy recipe. There are also healthy granola recipes, but still, a serving is a very small amount. Granola contains a whopping 400 calories in an average cup.

3. Bagels: Carbohydrate ‘crash cart’ Most bagels contain three or four servings of carbohydrates and if you add cream cheese, it can have more than 400 calories and contain a whopping 25 percent of the daily allowance of sodium.

4. Soup and salad Soup and salad—the devil is in the details: Cream-based soups can be quite high in fat, and when it comes to a salad, once you add croutons, cured meats and high-fat dressing, it’s no longer a low-calorie meal. And soups at restaurants are notoriously high in sodium.

5. Fat-free foods Some fat-free foods really are healthier, like cheese and other dairy products made with skim rather than whole milk. But usually, manufacturers of fat-free foods add sugar or high-fructose corn syrup to help the foods stay shelf-stable, and this adds empty calories. Eat healthy monounsaturated fats in moderation, like those in nuts or fish.

6. Meatless ‘burgers’ If you’re eating a processed meatless “burger” or “hot dog,” consider what has been used as a protein source. Sometimes these products have a lot

of added chemicals. What should you look for? A small ingredient list. The more ingredients you actually recognize, the better that food is.

7. 100-calorie snack packs Single-serving snack packs are helpful for people who have trouble with portion control, but these snacks are not a good source of calories. Choose a banana or a container of Greek yogurt instead, or make your own serving-sized baggies of nuts and avoid the blood sugar spike and drop that you’d get from eating a 100calorie pack of packaged mini cookies. Tip: Eat healthy foods 75 percent of the time The key to healthy eating isn’t just the choice of foods themselves, but also moderation. Remember also that it’s OK to indulge once in a while if you generally eat right. My advice: Try to eat healthy foods 75 percent of the time, rather than it being all or nothing.

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1. Dinner at Antoines The restaurant featured in the 1947 classic murder mystery Dinner at Antoine’s by Frances Parkinson Keyes features 14 dining rooms of varying sizes and themes, with several featuring Mardi Gras krewe memorabilia. Have dinner at Antoine’s by all means. This old, lovely restaurant opened in 1840, (which means the Alciatore-Guste family stayed open through the Civil War, WWI, WWII and numerous hurricanes) and is still one of THE places to dine. Insider’s tip: Go late for lunch and ask your waiter to give you a tour of the restaurant. Of course you’ll give him an extra tip, but he has spent two years being trained and can tell you such details as which rooms presidents and heads of state have eaten in. He can show you a photo to answer this question: Would the Duke and Duchess of Windsor bow to Mardi Gras Krewe royalty? See the pictures. Love the tour.

2. A jazz funeral parade can take many forms, but it often occurs with the deceased riding in a hearse wagon led by white mules. In front of that a jazz group plays mournful songs. After the actual burial, the procession heads away from the cemetery playing—you guessed it!—“When the Saints Go Marching In.” You can join them. Insider’s tip: Become a “second liner” if you see a jazz funeral (or any parade for that matter). Just follow along and enjoy the lively music and twirl a colorful parasol or wave a handkerchief in the air. Bystanders who join the parade are known as “second liners” by joining in the waving and celebrating, according to veteran tour guide Mary Lacoste.

It offers many short 5-minute clips of real people telling their stories. Don’t cheat yourself by thinking you’ll rush through. There is much to see and the veterans who volunteer there to tell their stories are just wonderful to talk to. Insider’s tips: Try to see the Tom Hanks movie “Beyond All Boundaries” first to get an overview of the size and scope of the war. And for those who love swing music and dance, all summer you can enjoy big band sounds and free Swing Dancing every Sunday. 4. Pick a classic New Orleans food, try it in several restaurants and become an expert. It doesn’t have to be an entree—think gumbo or turtle soup or shrimp & grits. Savor each bite; ask questions. Different chefs have different touches and if they have time, they’re happy to come and talk to you about their particular dish! Insider’s tip: This is a lot of fun. I tried it with bread pudding. Chefs enjoyed telling me about their dessert. I learned that my desserts had been made using French bread, funnel cakes, biscuits, even pumpkin bread as the base. And, ah, the heavenly sauces such as rum/raisin and a wonderful white chocolate. Mine was not a low-fat, low-cal foodie trip.

5. French Quarter New Orleans is a pretty safe place to visit. The city police force has a good presence both day and night. During the daytime, wander around the French Quarter, enjoy the architecture, watch (and tip) the street entertainers. Always use common sense, but most people say you can still walk safely to dinner after dark. Insider’s tip: After 10 pm, take a cab. Another tip is that if you’re staying in the French Quarter, take taxis to and from the airport. Then, for daytrips outside the area, rent a car downtown for the day. Parking costs at hotels add up fast.

3. Serve yourself a healthy dose of history at the National World War II Museum. This outstanding museum will amaze visitors with its stories, pictures and gear. Lifestyles After 50 • April 2014 • page 17

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1 cup plain Greek yogurt 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream 1/4 cup, plus 4 teaspoons honey, divided 1 teaspoon Wilton Clear Imitation Vanilla Extract 1/4 cup raspberries 3 tablespoons chopped pistachios, divided 4 Wilton 8-inch Cookie Sticks, cut in half In medium bowl, whisk together yogurt, cream, 1/4 cup honey and vanilla until smooth. Place one whole raspberry in the bottom of each Wilton Round Brownie Pops Mold cavity. Cut the remaining raspberries into quarters.

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et out to the Blue Grass in the Park Festival April 5 at Silver Springs State Park. Sponsored by the Friends of the Silver Springs State Park, three bluegrass bands will play from 5 pm on. Bring your own chair and stomp your feet

to the music of Pasture Prime, Wry Whiskey and Arnold Messer and Lonesome Highway in the Old Florida setting of the Cracker Village. Tickets are $10; under 14 free. Hot dogs and soda will be available for sale. Information online at thefriendsofsilversprings. org or 352-236-7148


isit the Timberline Farm in Belleview April 5, 6, 12 and 13 from 10 am to 6 pm (noon to 6 on Sundays) for the annual Butterfly Festival, featuring a Butterfly and Spring Garden, hayrides, and train rides, face painting, farm animals, corn crib, blacksmith shop, duck race, children’s games, horseshoes, puppet shows, a country store and live music.

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Get Ready For The Senior Games For Young and Young-At-Heart T I t’s time for Senior Games again, just for fun or to qualify for the Florida Senior Games State Championships later in the year. Check the Rules of Competition online to determine whether your sport requires qualifying in order to participate in the State Championships.

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Lake Senior Games will be April 15 – May 31. For information, contact Gary Perigo, 34001 Terragona Dr, Sorrento. Phone: 321-356-6544 or email Info is online at

he classic children’s story The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe is coming to the stage at The Live Oak Theatre Company, Fri., Sat. (7:30 pm) and Sundays (2:30 pm) from Apr. 18 – 27 at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville. An old house in rural England becomes the home base for four children who wander into an incredible country through an old wardrobe and help the

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101 Philosophies for Geezers and Geezerettes Poet Mary Elizabeth Burgess believes the senior years are for shameless flirting, love and new adventures. In her book, 101 Philosophies for Geezers and Geezerettes, Burgess shares a guide for seniors who are looking to still enjoy life. Her poems and mini-essays highlight the irony of growing older and the classic stereotypes that accompany growing older. In a serious vein, some pieces present hope for the end-of-life issues and for the ‘beyond.’ Medical Billing Horror Stories Love it or hate it, Obamacare has arrived. So, will it crack down on billing fraud…or bring about more problems? In her new book, Medical Billing Horror Stories, Sharon Hollander shows readers real case studies taken directly from the headlines where doctors got into trouble with Medicare, HIPPA, The Office of Inspector General or worse …the FBI.

Gluten-Free, Hassle Free, Going gluten free is often not a choice and adapting to dietary restrictions can be anything but simple. Marlisa Brown, registered dietitian and chef, cuts through the misinformation and shares everything you need to know to make going gluten free as easy as possible in the newly updated GlutenFree, Hassle Free, Second Edition. Essential Guide to Paddling the Parks This book was just introduced by the website National Parks Traveler. The full-color guide offers a park-bypark guide where visitors can paddle by kayak, canoe or raft. Also included are gear lists, reviews and insider information on the destination. Featured are guides

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