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Move Over, Annie Oakley Women Carrying Guns



Veterans: Bataan March: An Untold Story Travel: Whitewater Rafting & Bluegrass

The Cosmo Girl Was One Smart Cookie

Dear Readers,


fter you’re older, two things are possibly more important than any others: health and money.”

A perceptive statement. Quick! Who said it?

Janice Doyle, Editor

Hints: The author of the statement died at age 90 last year. Contrary to the way we were raised in the 40s and 50s, she was among the very public females who believed that women were just as smart and capable as men and could achieve anything they wanted. In the 60s she was one of the first women to break through the glass ceiling in the male-dominated business world. Who was it? Helen Gurley Brown, author of the 1962 book Sex and the Single Girl. The younger generation—if they knew of Helen Gurley Brown at all—thought of her as a joke. Just an anorexic old woman who was pictured when she was younger working from a pink silk-walled and leopard-carpeted office. But for an older generation, Helen Gurley-Brown was a the person who, more than anyone else, personified freedom from the personal and professional boundaries set by the women of her day. Decades before there was Sex and the City (which I’ve never watched), there was Sex and the Single Girl in 1962 (which I never read). Still,

I was aware that she shocked the world by publishing attitudes about women and sex that were as liberating as the birth control pill had been to their physical bodies when it was introduced in 1960. In her writing career with Cosmopolitan magazine, she became a powerhouse of business acumen as she put forth her ideas of career advancement for women. What I hadn’t realized until her obituaries is that she had a world of things to say about life and work which are sensible and realistic. Take this for example:

“Never fail to know that if you are doing all the talking, you are boring somebody.”

It pretty much says it all, doesn’t it? We’re often bored by the talkers around us.

Another quote: “I hope I have convinced you that the only thing that separates successful people from the ones who aren’t is the willingness to work very, very hard.”

Helen Gurley Brown’s father died in Arkansas when she was ten (1932) and her mother moved her and her sister (paralyzed from polio) to California. Later Brown wrote: “I never liked the looks of the life that was programmed for me—ordinary, hillbilly and poor.” In high school, Brown set about working harder than anyone else, went to college and worked secretarial jobs before she became the first woman

to hold a copywriter position at an advertising agency. She was a hardworking career girl in a man’s world.

“My success was not based so much on any great intelligence but on great common sense.”

As editor of Cosmopolitan magazine she changed the Good Housekeeping type magazine into a publication which, at its height, had three million circulation in 27 countries. She was obviously onto something as a business woman. How did her common sense play into that success? Here’s one example:

“The faster you get back to people, the less brilliant you have to be.”

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competitions, food and plenty of Irish beverages. On-theday festivities include early morning mass, followed by a parade passing fountains running green! 4. The huge ethnic community Fountains run green in Boston goes all in Savannah, GA. out with parades, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, New York City Irish comedy, theatre and concerts and a 20-site Irish Heritage Trail. 1. New York City sees 150,000 5. San Francisco goes green with marching band members, bag pipers a parade and all-day festival at and members of the Irish community the Civic Center Plaza. Eat your parade along Fifth Avenue. corned beef and cabbage here! 2. Chicago holds its parade the 6. Head for the Quad Cities for the Saturday before March 17. Look for USA’s only interstate parade. Held the Chicago River to run Irish green. on a Saturday, the parade is cheered from Rock Island, Illinois across the 3. Savannah draws 400,000 people to Mississippi River to Davenport, Iowa celebrate Saint Patrick’s contribution by tens of thousands of onlookers. to the Christian faith. Check out two ( days of live Celtic music, games, or the Irish and those that love a good party, here are the biggest, greenest and most Irish of all Saint Patrick’s Day Parades in the U.S.

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BookFest Joins Celebration of “Viva Florida 500!



articipating in BookFest adds another level to your reading experience as you interact with the speakers and writers who come,” says Judy Buckland, Director of the Lake County Library System’s BookFest (formerly called Festival of Reading). Lake County libraries will host 40 events this year with something for every age group. Playing a huge part in the 2013 festival is that it joins the celebration of “Viva Florida 500,” a statewide plan to highlight the 500 years of people, places and events in the state since the arrival of Juan Ponce de León in 1513. “We have so many great things happening this year,” Buckland says. Viva the possibilities!

Demonstrations and Tastings “Florida Flavors: 500 Years of Eating Locally,” historical foods from Florida through demonstration

and tasting of healthy local foods. Free, no registration needed. 11 Cooper Library, Clermont, 2 p.m.

12 Fruitland Park Library, 5:30 p.m.

13 Cagan Crossings Library, Clermont, 6:30 p.m.


Umatilla—history —history of the railroad and the local citrus industry Fruitland Park – their historic trail Mount Dora – 108-year-old W.T. Bland Public Library Clermont –items, memorabilia and photographs at Cooper Memorial Library Astor – the Astor Historical Project, Hendrickson Family in the 1920s and Lake County history Leesburg – Leesburg’s early Watermelon Festival

Writers and Readers Connect

Buckland says, “We’re excited that once again HarperCollins Publishers is sending two of their most prolific mystery writers. We’ll have Wendy Corsi Staub and Alison Gaylin.” Staub will discuss her newest book “Shadowkiller,” on March 15 at 2 the Leesburg Library. Author Alison Gaylin is on tour with her latest release “Into the Dark” and will lead a workshop on the elements of a good mystery March 16 at the Bland Library in Mt. Dora. 2 p.m. Tim Dorsey, Florida author, talks March 6 in the Leesburg Library at 6:30 p.m. and again on Thursday, March 7 at 2 p.m. in the W.T. Bland Library about his newest “Welcome to Paradise! The Riptide Ultra-Glide.” Dr. James C. Clark, author of “Presidents In Florida: How the

Presidents Have Shaped Florida and How Florida Has Influenced the Presidents” presents March 14 at Cooper Library, Clermont 2 p.m.

Other Presentations:

12 Bob Lovell, author of “Cracker

Outlaw.” Leesburg Library, 10 a.m.

12 Bob Grenier with a look at

Florida’s early settlement days. Paisley Library, 6 p.m.

12 Bill Belleville discusses his

work documenting the nature, conservation and sense of place in Florida. Astor Library, 6:30 p.m.

All the events are free, including travel on LakeXpress for those with library cards. The complete list of events for BookFest is available on For information call (352) 253-6180. To apply for a free library card, visit one of the 15 libraries or go online to


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Around Town: Events In March



and 9 International Vintage Motorcycle Swap Meet and Bike Show. Memorabilia, vendors and more. Free admission. Lake County Fairgrounds, Eustis.


and 9 Pig on the Pond barbecue competition and festival. Music, carnival rides, chili contest and more. Admission $3. Downtown Clermont. (352) 516-5897 or


and 8 31st Annual “FAN”tastic Quilt Show. 9 a.m. $7. For info: (352) 223-3825 or

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“Stayin’ Alive,” a Bee Gees tribute band. $14 to $19. Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala. (352) 854-3670.


Downtown Leesburg BBQ, Blues and Brew. Admission: Adults $10. Details at


through 17 Theatre production of “Prince Charmless.” Ocala Civic Theatre. (352) 236-2274.

Annual Craft & Pie Sale, Clubhouse, Sunlake Estates, 1054 Sunlake Blvd., Grand Island. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch, homemade pies, more. Info at (352) 771-1021. Lake Receptions, Mt. Dora. “Those Were the Days Show” starring William Florian. Spirit and the songs of the 1960’s. Church on the Square, TheVillages, Lady Lake. (352) 753-3229. 31st annual Minnesota Reunion Picnic at Hickory Point Recreational Facility, 27341 SR. 19, Tavares. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring own table service and covered dish to share. Drinks provided. Information at (352) 771-0151.


“Greatest Opera Scenes of All Time” by the Central Florida Lyric Opera at Church on the Square, The Villages, Lady Lake. 17 at Williams Auditorium, Lake Sumter College, Leesburg. centralfloridalyric or (352) 753-3229.

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8th Annual Wine-a-Fare. 5:30 to 9 p.m. An evening of wine, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction and fine art sale. Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Lake Eustis Museum of Art, Eustis. (352) 589-9235.


Fine Arts and Crafts Show, Recreation Plantation RV Resort, 609 Hwy 466, Lady Lake. 9 a.m. to 2 pm. (352) 399-0507.


A Night for the Irish Show. Band and the Rosie O’Grady Highlander Pipers. Irish Happy Hour, 5 to 7 p.m. $15, Mount Dora Community Center. (352) 735-7183.


Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra Concert. 7:30 p.m. Featured program is “Bella Italia.” St. Patrick Catholic Church, Mount Dora. 22 Same program performed at 7:30 p.m. at Family Christian Center, Clermont. Tickets: $42 in advance, $45 at the door. (352) 589-1500.


– 24 Wine and Seafood Festival. Wine, arts, crafts, food and live music. $2 admission. Lakeridge Winery, Clermont. (352) 394-8627.


“The Patriot War in Florida” presentation by author James Cusick, 2 p.m. at Green Clover Hall in the McPherson Governmental Complex, Ocala. Signing, refreshments. (352) 236-5245. “Cirque-Tacular’s World” – aerialists, acrobats and specialty acts. $25 to $30. Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala. (352) 854-3670.


Bird & Butterfly Survey at The Pasture Reserve, Lake Erie Rd., Groveland. Must be able to identify common birds by sight or sound. Bring binoculars/field guides. Info: (352) 253-4950.

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Move Over, Annie Oakley: Women and Guns only thing I do with it...well, I have woodchucks that need to be gone,” said Margaret Dubois from Connecticut.



s I stood there with the gun in my hand, I couldn’t help but notice how shaky my aim was. I was nervous, of course—it was my first time. “Grip it with both hands. Move your thumbs a bit down and to the left. That’s it. Now lean forward some. You want to be in control when it recoils,” instructed Dr. Gerald Colbert, a certified NRA instructor and former naval officer. It was a “dry firing,” part of the First Steps Pistol Course I was taking in Sarasota. One by one, students moved up to the front of the class, aimed at a target and pulled the trigger without ammunition, just to get a feel for how the gun handles. I was surprised by how light it was, by how easy it was to pull the trigger. That’s not all that surprised me. Every student that picked up the gun was female. “The class is typically around 45 percent women,” said Colbert. But he said it wasn’t unusual for him to see a class full. It’s a trend he’s noticed has been growing over the years, especially in response to local crime. Toni Parsons, 81, was taking the class with me. “My son is very much into gun shooting, and he took me shooting a few times. I want to improve at it, but basically it’s self defense,” she said. “I was always afraid to have a gun because I thought that, being a little old lady, a person would get the gun from me and use it on me. That’s partly why I’m taking the course, so I can become proficient in using it and feel that I can use it as protection.” She’s not alone—women over 50 are a growing demographic for gun permits, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Licensing. The number of annual concealed weapon license applications for men and women rose from 28,618 in 1999 to 151,883 in 2012. In the month of January 2013 alone, 77,754 women aged 51 – 65 obtained a conceal carry permit—more than women from any other age group. Lifestyles After 50 • March 2013 • page 6

Dr. Gerald Colbert gives Toni Parsons instruction on aiming a firearm.

Put ‘em up? Taken that way, one would start to think that we boomer women are just waiting for the tumbleweed to blow by at high noon; but that’s hardly the case. I put forth the question: Why arm yourself? About thirty women over 50, from different states, political affiliations and walks of life, responded back. The overwhelming answer was self defense. Trish Shultz, 54, an Independent from Ellenton, said, “I’m single. I just think that the world has become unpredictable. People just want to protect their family and themselves. I don’t honestly agree with guns because it seems the killings have gone up, but I know I need a gun for self protection.” Earletta Maples, 71, a Democrat from Michigan said, “I carried a concealed weapon when I was a schoolteacher in downtown Detroit, Michigan, in the early 70s. I only had to pull it one time.” One night when she was stopped at a red light, someone approached her car. “He was looking in my window, and when I pulled my gun, he backed up all the way to the other side of the street.” Others carry for sport. Mary Sorge, 66, goes to the shooting range with her husband in Illinois and Arizona. Joann Altergott belongs to the Conto Wisconsin Gun Club. “I shoot mostly for recreation,” she says. According to the National Sporting Goods association, more women are participating in target shooting than ever. From 2001 to 2011, the number increased from 3.3 million women to just over 5 million. For hunting, it’s up almost 42 percent. A few women own a gun strictly for animal control. “I have a .22, and the

The Debate Of the women I interviewed, feelings about gun ownership varied. A little over half were against owning or using a gun personally, but not in favor of denying others the right to do so if they chose. Overall, most were against weapons like assault rifles, and in favor of background checks before weapons can be issued. Those who were for gun ownership believed in the right to self defense, their constitutional right to bear arms, and that stricter gun laws only make it harder for law-abiding citizens to obtain firearms, while criminals find a way to acquire them elsewhere.. Mary L.*, a Republican, worked for the army for 32 years and has been around guns her whole life. “My stepfather had a gun. I’ve never lived in a house where there wasn’t a gun. I decided to carry one for self defense,” she said. “My first husband was in security, and I have his .38, and I believe in the NRA. Who wants to live in a house where you can’t protect yourself?” Those that were against believed that the number of guns in the populace is out of control and that the number of gun-related accidents, suicides and conflict escalations far outweigh the number of people saved by using a gun in self defense. Deborah Healy of Sarasota said, “There are too many guns out there, and there’s just no reason for anyone to have the big, automatic assault rifles. The police officers never know what they are going to face out there. My cousin’s a police officer, and I hear about all the kids that get shot accidentally—there’s no reason for it.” Still others believe that the issue might be resolved with non-lethal crime deterrents, like tasers, mace and so forth. Alice Valentine, 65, of Sarasota, is a firm believer in selfdefense of the four-legged variety. She said: “I’m more into German shepherds than guns. They keep me safe and give you love back.”

Having women weigh in on the debate yielded a familiar question: Does arming more people make a society safer or deadlier? Despite strong arguments on both sides, it’s an issue that the nation has yet to resolve.

Parsons presents her target after finishing the class.

After the Class At the end of the class, all of us ladies headed off to the firing range to practice with live ammunition. Toni Parsons was up first, and after a few minutes of applying what she learned in class, the 81-year-old came back with a target peppered with holes. “I want to bring it home and put it on my door—don‘t dare to enter here: sharpshooter inside!” she said as she held it up. I asked her how she felt after the class. “I feel safer knowing how to use a gun,” she answered. When my turn came, my experience was a bit different. I felt safer knowing how to use a gun as well—but safer from the gun, not necessarily from an assailant. Knowing how to fire it, handle it, store it, and how it worked gave me peace of mind should I ever find myself confronted with one, defensively or otherwise. In this country, everyone is given the right to bear arms to defend ourselves and our fellow citizens, but what we are not given is the responsibility and the competence to do it safely and wisely. That’s up to the individual. Firing a gun for the first time, knowing that I had the power to kill another human being, made me want to be a more responsible person. For all of the women I interviewed, the decision to own a gun was a personal one. All I have to say is: look out, bad guys, Toni Parsons’ in town.” *requested name be changed

Baby Boomers Are Not as Healthy as Their Parents

experience lower rates of emphysema and [heart attacks] than the previous generation.” Dr. Dana E. King, professor and chair of family medicine at West Virginia University in t’s a boom that is turning out Morgantown, led the study which to be a bust! In baby boomer’s found that 40 percent of the baby health, that is. boomers were obese, compared Baby boomers have higher levels of to 29 percent from the older hypertension, diabetes, high cholesgroup. Many fewer baby boomterol and higher rates of disability than their parents. They are also more ers get regular physical activity as well. A whopping 52 percent likely to be obese and less likely said they aren’t active, while to exercise. A new study compared only 17 percent of the over-baby health status, functional and work boomer-age group could say that. disability, healthy lifestyle characterKing expressed concern in one istics and presence of chronic disease. “Despite their longer life expectancy interview that boomers may be relying too much on medication to solve their over previous generations, U.S. baby health problems. He added that drugs boomers have higher rates of chronic should be used in conjunction with a disease, more disability and lower healthy lifestyle, not instead of one. self-rated health than members of Disability was defined conservatively the previous generation at the same said one researcher. “To be considered age,” the study authors wrote. “On disabled you had to be walking only a positive note, baby boomers are RAO Women's Imaging Mature Lifestyles.pdf 1 2:19 PM with an6/18/12 assistance device, such as less likely to smoke cigarettes and


a cane, or only able to climb up 10 steps, have trouble stooping down or walking a quarter of a mile.” Boomers consistently had a higher level of disability than their parents’ generation. Nancy Copperman, a public health initiatives director, noted that baby boomers are definitely moving less than their parents did. She said, “Our parents didn’t have the conveniences we have. Now, often both parents are working and spending less time doing manual

labor. Instead of mowing the lawn or cleaning the house, they might hire someone to do it,” she noted. Moderate drinking was more common among the boomers compared to the previous generation (67.3 percent vs. 37.2 percent). In addition, while life expectancy is higher for boomers than it was for the previous generation, more boomers are unhealthy by their own admission. Only one in 10 baby boomers reported being in excellent health compared to one-third of their parents who reported the same. It is predicted that as baby boomers move into their 60s and 70s, they will utilize the healthcare system more than ever before. Doctors’ offices will be busier than ever before, and the need for healthcare professionals will skyrocket in the next decade. “The Status of Baby Boomers’ Health in the United States: The Healthiest Generation?,” March issue of JAMA Internal Medicine.

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It’s the Irish In Me, B’gorry W

hatever our roots, St. Patrick’s Day and the wearin’ of the green are a part of March. Be sure to wear the green and enjoy these: Top Irish American Films: In America – an Irish family in New York City

Boondock Saints – twins and the Boston criminal element Far and Away – great fiddle music and Tom Cruise/Nicole Kidman in a weak immigrant story P.S. I Love You – the old Irish sadness and great actresses (Hilary Swank and Kathy Bates) Yankee Doodle Dandy – James Cagney as first generation Irish American George M. Cohan The Sullivans – five Irish American brothers aboard the USS Juneau in WWII.

A Good Irish Joke: The Fame of Red Adair At the height of the 1991 Gulf War, the expertise of Red Adair (that well known fire fighter) was called upon to go out to the Gulf and put out the oil rig fires. On his way his plane landed in Ireland for an overnight stop, so Red took advantage and visited the local bar for a pint of the black stuff. On entering the bar, two old Irish boys witnessed him walk in and one said to the other. “Isn’t that Red Adair?” The other replied, “No.” The old boy then said, “I’m sure it is and I’m so sure that I will bet you a pint if I am wrong.” The doubting one said, “Ok” and they both went over to Red. The one said, “Are you Red Adair?” to which Red said he was. The doubting Irishman said, “Are you still dancing with Ginger Rogers?” How To Say Hello Greetings in Ireland tend to vary


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from place to place. In the southeast it might be “Well, boy.” Up north you might be greeted with “Bout ye.” In parts of Dublin, it could be “Howyiz,” while in County Cork you might be confronted with “Howsitgoin’ boy?” A more rural equivalent is “How’s she cuttin’?” A suitable reply is “Grand altogether” if you are in good form, or “Survivin’” if not.

Two Irishman Meet a Swiss Tourist A Swiss man, on holiday in Dublin, needed directions. He was standing outside Davy Byrne’s pub when he saw two youths walking by so he stops them and asks, “Entschuldigung, koennen Sie Deutsch sprechen?” The two lads look at each other blankly and stare back at him. “Excusez-moi, parlez vous Français?” He tries. The two continue to stare.

“Parlare Italiano?” Still absolutely no response from the two lads.

“Hablan ustedes Espanol?” The Dublin lads remain totally silent.

The Swiss guy walks off extremely disappointed and downhearted that he had not been understood. One of the boys turns to the second and says, “Y’know, maybe we should learn a foreign language!” “Why?” says the youth, “That guy knew four languages, and it didn’t do him any good!”

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Veterans Corner

An Untold True Story from the WWII Jungles of Bataan, by Bob Welch


luding death. Banding together as one. With character tested, heroes emerge. These themes could apply to many World War II tales, but there are few that take readers to the far-flung Author Bob Welch battlefield of the Philippines during the Bataan Death March, and no other that shares the heroics of Lt. Clay Conner, Jr. He was an unlikely hero whose actions helped him and his men survive thirty-four months amongst an array of enemies. Resolve: From the WWII Jungles of Bataan, The Epic Story of a Soldier, a Flag, and a Promise Kept by military writer Bob Welch is an intriguing blend of courage, perseverance and the absolute resolve to live, even if it meant becoming a member of a native tribe. On April 9, 1942, thousands of U.S. soldiers surrendered as the Philippine island of Luzon fell to the Japanese. A few hundred Americans placed their faith in their own hands and headed for the jungle. Among them was Clay Conner Jr., a 23-year-old Army Air Force communications officer—a Duke cheerleader—who had never even camped out before.

Resolve is the story of how Conner eludes World War II’s Bataan Death March and galvanizes groups of disparate people—among them, a tribe of arrow-shooting pygmy Negritos—to survive the relentless pursuit of Japanese and communist soldiers. As months—and then years—pass, Conner’s mother, Marguerite, refuses to believe her son is dead. Will he prove her right? As in Welch’s previously celebrated titles American Nightingale and Easy Company Soldier, the keen insight into the feelings, fears and foibles of his characters is ever apparent in Resolve. “One’s ability to withstand the toughest ordeals isn’t dependent on who we are when the challenge begins, but on what we become when forced to rise to the occasion or die,” says Welch. Conner persevered, surviving a relentless pursuit of the enemy and to keep a promise, emerging from a Philippines jungle to present an amazed lieutenant general with a tattered American flag on a bamboo pole, symbolic of an unlikely victory won. ““Resolve is more than a book about war,” adds Welch, “but about groups of people whose strength in a common purpose negates whatever differences might threaten to divide them. And, amid a horrific war, about an unlikely hero who forged peace among them—and within himself.” More about the author online at

Salute a Senior Volunteer


he search is on for Florida’s outstanding senior volunteer. The Salute to Senior Service program, sponsored by Home Instead, Inc. honors the contributions of adults 65 and older who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes. Nominations are due by March 31. State winners then will be selected by popular vote at SalutetoSeniorService. com from April 15 to April 30. From those state winners, a panel of senior

care experts will pick the national Salute to Senior Service honoree. Each state winner receives $500 for their favorite nonprofit organizations and their stories will be posted on the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame. In addition, $5,000 will be donated to the national winner’s charity of choice. for info and nomination forms: Completed forms also can be mailed to Salute to Senior Service, P.O. Box 285, Bellevue, NE 68005.

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Sweet Ways to Cook with Sweet Corn F

lorida’s fresh corn is in, and these recipes make the most of it. Executive Chef and Culinary Ambassador, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services say, “From fritters and soup to enchiladas and corn on the cob with some surprising toppings, there are plenty of ways to enjoy this healthful grain.”


each tortilla. Carefully roll up each tortilla, and place seam side down in sprayed baking dish. Pour enchilada sauce over rolled enchiladas, spreading to coat all tortillas. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese. Bake 25 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees until bubbly. Serve with diced avocado, salsa and sour cream, if desired.

Sweet Corn and Black Bean Enchiladas

10 6-inch corn tortillas 2 c. shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided 1 8-oz can enchilada sauce

1 Tbsp. oil 1/2 c. onion, chopped 1 c. fresh Florida sweet corn kernels 2 bell peppers, diced 1 tsp ground cumin 1 c. salsa 1 can low sodium black beans, rinsed and drained Salt and pepper

Lightly spray an 11 x 7-inch (2-quart) baking dish with pan release cooking spray. Cook onion, corn and bell peppers for 3 minutes. Add cumin, salsa and black beans, and continue to cook for two minutes. Season. Remove pan from heat and let cool slightly. Place an even amount of the filling mixture and cheese in

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

of corn mixture to hot pan. Cook on both sides until golden brown. Serve with low-fat sour cream if desired. (Family Features)

Sweet Corn and Ricotta Fritters Yield: 4 to 6 servings 2 ears corn, kernels removed 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped fine 4 oz. low-fat ricotta cheese 2 eggs, beaten 1/3 c. self-rising flour Salt andpepper Olive oil (for shallow pan frying) In medium-sized bowl, combine corn, cilantro, ricotta, eggs, flour, salt and pepper. In a small amount of olive oil in preheated sauté pan, add spoonfuls

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elebrating St. Augustine’s heritage means a culinary history like no other. For March (or any other month), eat, drink and be Irish at Meehan’s Irish Pub on the waterfront in downtown St. Augustine. They’re serving up phenomenal food choices and ongoing stories by the staff about close encounters of the “spirit” kind in the 1914-era building. Look for the chef to cook up traditional food like corned beef and cabbage, but he’ll also incorporate Irish influences, such as Beggar’s Purse— pastry wrapped around chicken pot pie with an ale and cheese sauce. John Meehan, owner of Meehan’s, is hosting a 10-day Celtic Festival this month. Last year he brought in 50 musicians from Europe and had 10

days of music from 6 to 9 p.m. “Don’t look for green beer,” he says. “Meehan’s will give you the authenticity of both food and spirits.” His staff is trained to help visitors find their perfect combination of the two—and they’ll throw in a good story as well. Out back, Meehan’s Backyard is an island cafe and tropical bar with lighter fare such as Conch Chowder or a Sloppy John.

Bad Ideas Won’t Solve Bad Hair Days, Says Expert


isinformation can be just as stubborn as frizz or those pesky flyaways—it’s difficult to manage, impossible to reason with and it just keeps coming back, says longtime hair-care advocate and health scientist Audrey Davis-Sivasothy. “Old wives’ tales and ineffective products that claim to treat or rehabilitate hair often have a placebo effect because people want them to work,” says Davis-Sivasothy, author of Hair Care Rehab. “But many of these ideas and products actually do the opposite of what’s intended, and they delay the user from seeking out real solutions.” Davis-Sivasothy debunks the following common hair-care myths: • Myth: There’s a magic pill (or oil, serum or balm) to grow our hair faster, stronger or thicker. Unfortunately, no. Hair growth is genetically predetermined and controlled by our hormones. Unless the magic pill affects our genes or hormones, there’s no hope that it might make our hair grow. (This includes prenatal vitamins. Credit the upsurge in hormone levels during pregnancy for those vibrant tresses!) Basic vitamin supplements can offer slight improvements in hair quality, but only if our body truly lacks the particular vitamin or mineral being taken.

• Myth: Trimming will make your hair grow stronger, longer, faster or thicker. Since hair is dead, cutting the ends has no effect on what happens at the scalp. Strands will grow at the same predetermined rate each month, and individual strands will grow in at the same thickness as before. While trimming or cutting the hair does seem to give the appearance of thicker hair, this is only because all of the freshly trimmed hairs now have the same, clear endpoint.

• Myth: Expensive products do more! Not necessarily. Always look for ingredients over brand names. There are just as many poorly formulated high-end products as there are bargain ones—and just as many worthy expensive products as there are bargain ones, too!

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• Myth: Products made for or marketed to a particular race/ ethnicity cannot be used by those of other backgrounds. False! The ingredients in a product matter much more than to whom the product is marketed. In fact, most products have the same set of three to five base ingredients. Products for “ethnic” hair types tend to be more moisturizing and have more oils and proteins than those for other hair types. Damaged hair needs a good dose of moisture, proteins and oil to regain its healthy appearance. The same holds true for products marketed to those with color-treated hair. Even if your hair is not dyed, using a product for colortreated hair can be beneficial because these shampoo formulas tend to be gentler (to preserve easily washed away hair color) and conditioners tend to be super-conditioning, but lightweight, to help reduce dryness from the coloring process. • Myth: Washing your hair too often leads to dryness. This depends. Hair can be cleansed as often as you like without dryness, provided you use the proper products to retain moisture. Those who generally have naturally drier hair types (including those of us with curls and highly textured hair) often shy away from frequent cleansing—but water is not the enemy! It’s the stripping shampoos and mediocre conditioners we use that are to blame. Using the proper moisturizing and conditioning products at wash time will actually increase your hair’s hydration.

Pro Rodeo At Its Best


ro rodeo action returns to the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion in Ocala with the 20th Annual Southeastern Pro Rodeo on March 22 – 23, 2013. Get ready for two jam-packed performances filled with exciting competition in saddle and bareback bronc riding, tie down roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and the always popular and most dangerous eight seconds in rodeo, bull riding.

Both Friday and Saturday performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion. Gates open at 6 p.m. both evenings. Advance tickets are $14 and $16 at the gate. Children five years and under are free. Reserve box seats are $18 and up. For more information on reserved box seats, call (352) 401-5900 or visit the website at

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Adventures in Oregon Musicians Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum perform on the Rogue River in Oregon.

BY TRACIE SCHMIDT here’s nothing like being on the water to make you forget your troubles. Add a little Bluegrass to the mix, and it’s pure heaven. Once a year, Echo River Trips invites Grammynominated musicians Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum along for the ride on a fourday whitewater excursion on the Rogue River in Oregon. As an avid Bluegrass fan, I jumped at the chance to experience this twist on the traditional rafting trip.

Travel The gang met up in Galice, Oregon to load up and head out on our adventure. It was all adults this trip, many of them with grown children, but that didn’t keep us from acting like kids. On trips like these, days are spent lazing on the gear raft to the steady rhythm of the guide’s oars, enjoying the teamwork of a six-person paddle boat, or braving the Rogue’s class III rapids in a one-man inflatable raft called a “ducky.” The latter was a favorite among the guests. “The scenery is amazing—the adventure’s in the duckies,” said Jeffery Lewis of California, a retiree who spends his free time traveling and enjoying the outdoors. There’s plenty of time to try all three, whether you want to relax during a rough section of the river or test your mettle against the rapids. The guides make regular stops along the way to give everyone a chance to stretch their legs, enjoy a picnic lunch by the river or take in the sights, whether it’s a hike to an old goldLifestyles After 50 • March 2013 • page 14

panner’s homestead and a dip in a cold spring, or a trip to Zane Grey’s cabin, a famous author of western novels who drew inspiration from life on the river. It’s not hard to see why—with rocky grey cliffs and waterfalls, deep green water, mist-shrouded evergreens and abundant wildlife, there’s no shortage of scenery along the way. Osprey circled overhead as we drifted down the Rogue, and we even spotted deer grazing and a black bear fishing on the banks of the river. After pitching my tent for the night (gear is provided by Echo, or you can bring your own), I sat down to a hearty meal of marinated steak kabobs with onions, peppers and mushrooms, roasted potatoes and blue cheese pecan pear salad. Meals are healthy and savory; there’s always fresh fruit and vegetables on hand to snack on, and vegetarian entrees are served as well. At night, Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum fiddled, mandolined and sang long after the embers of our campfire died down, while guests shared laughter and stories of their travels. I asked Lewis and Rozem what they enjoyed most about the trip. “Unplugging,” said Lewis with a wry grin. “Getting away from all the sounds of machinery into nature. Into the sounds of water, the river.” “I like everything,” Rozum said. “I just love being outside. It’s important to get out into nature once in awhile.” For me, the best part of the trip was the people. Our guides—Nick, Mike, Kayla and Jennifer—were experienced and friendly. Nick and Mike rescued my wayward ducky on

more than one occasion, Kayla and I geeked-out about our favorite books and Jennifer was a first-class camp chef. Each guide is trained in first aid and swift water rescue and knows every twist and turn of the Rogue. For Nick, the river is like a second home. “Being on the river is such a spiritual place,” he told me. “It’s a lifestyle. Echo is like my family.” For guest Lisa Pratt, it was a chance to spend time with other bluegrass fans and meet two of her favorite musicians. She brought her guitar along for the trip, got a few tips from the pros and had a chance to perform

some original music during an impromptu talent night. “Playing along with Laurie and Tom, it’s something I’ll never forget,” she exclaimed. There were jokes and skits, crazy costumes galore—everyone got involved. And on the last day, we all lashed our rafts together and drifted down the home stretch of the river while Lewis and Rozum sang “I’m In Love With A River Guide” and “Going Away.” It was a bittersweet ending to an unforgettable trip. To plan your own adventure, visit or call (541) 386-2271.

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park 90 mins. south of Grants Pass. Home to the Grove of Titans, where some of the largest trees in the world are said to be hidden. Visit Stout Grove for a short, easily accessible trail (0.6 mi.) through some truly humbling giants, or take a longer trek on Boy Scout Tree Trail (5.2 mi.) to really explore the park. Stay: The park offers choice camping, but can fill up quickly, so book in advance.

Grants Pass, Oregon is not only the gateway to the Rogue River, but to the Redwood Highway as well. Check out these nearby must-see must-sees!

Oregon Caves National Monument 30 mins. south of Grants Pass, just outside of Cave Junction. 90-minute tours of the spectacular marble cave system depart from the ranger station every 30 minutes. Bring warm clothes and be in good shape, as the half mile trek through the mountain includes more than 500 stairs. Well worth the trip! Stay: The Chateau at the Oregon Caves—one of the Great Lodges of the National Parks. Open May through Oct.


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Diabetes And Eye Health: A Closer Look


hose with diabetes should take a good look at their eye health. That’s the word from the American Diabetes Association. It reports that nearly 26 million people in the United States have diabetes and 12,000 – 24,000 people lose their sight because of the disease each year. The American Optometric Association (AOA) encourages Americans with diabetes to schedule annual, dilated eye examinations to help detect and prevent eye and vision disorders that could lead to blindness.

Health Diabetic Eye Disorders People with diabetes are at a significantly higher risk for developing eye diseases including glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy, one of the most serious sight-threatening complications of diabetes. Consider the following:

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• Those with diabetes are 40 percent more likely to suffer from glaucoma than people without diabetes.

able aura or dark ring around lights or illuminated objects, visible dark spots in vision or images of flashing lights.

• Those with diabetes are 60 percent more likely to develop cataracts. People with diabetes also tend to get them at a younger age and have them progress faster. With cataracts, the eye’s clear lens clouds, blocking light and interfering with normal vision.

Eye Health Tips In addition to having yearly, comprehensive eye exams, the AOA offers the following tips to help prevent or slow the development of diabetic eye diseases:

Diabetic retinopathy is a condition that causes progressive damage to the retina, the light-sensitive lining at the back of the eye. Damage to the tiny blood vessels that nourish the retina causes swelling of retinal tissue and clouding of vision. If left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can cause blindness. Since early warning signs of diabetic eye and vision disorders are often subtle or undetected, the AOA recommends that people—especially African Americans and Hispanics, who have a higher risk of developing

• Keep glycohemoglobin test results (“A1c,” or average blood sugar level) consistently under 7 percent.

• Take prescribed medication as directed.

• Stick to a healthy diet that includes omega-3s, fresh fruits and vegetables. diabetes—look for initial signs and contact a doctor of optometry if any of the following symptoms are present: sudden blurred or double vision, trouble reading or focusing on nearwork, eye pain or pressure, a notice-

• Exercise regularly.

• Control high blood pressure. • Avoid alcohol and smoking.

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The Healthy Geezer BY FRED CICETTI

Q of fevers as a kid, but now that I’m older, I don’t get them . I remember having lots

like I used to. What gives?


he immune system doesn’t function as efficiently in older adults as it does in younger people. The body’s fever response to infection is not always automatic in elderly people. More than 20 percent of adults over age 65 who have serious bacterial infections do not have fevers. This brings us to germs, which are defined as microbes that cause disease. Infectious diseases caused by microbes are the leading cause of death. Microbes are microscopic organisms that are everywhere. Some microbes cause disease. Others are essential for health. Most microbes belong to one of four major groups: bacteria, viruses, fungi or protozoa. Bacteria are made up of only one cell. Less than 1 percent of them cause diseases in humans. Harmless bacteria live in human intestines, where they help to digest food. Foods such as yogurt and cheese are made using bacteria. Some bacteria produce dangerous poisons. Botulism, a severe form of food poisoning, is caused by toxins from bacteria. However, several vaccines are made from bacterial toxins. Viruses are among the smallest microbes.They consist of one or more molecules that contain the virus’s genes surrounded by a protein coat. Most viruses cause disease. They invade normal cells, then multiply. There are millions of types of fungi. The most familiar ones are mushrooms, yeast, mold and mildew. Some live in the human body, usually without causing illness. In fact, only about half of all types of fungi cause disease in humans. Penicillin and other antibiotics, which kill harmful bacteria in our bodies, are made from fungi. Protozoa are a group of microscopic one-celled animals. In humans, protozoa usually cause disease.

Some protozoa, like plankton, are food for marine animals. Malaria is caused by a protozoan parasite. You can get infected by germs from other people in many different ways, including transmission through the air from coughing or sneezing, direct contact such as kissing or sexual intercourse, and touching infectious material on a doorknob, telephone, automated teller machine or a diaper. A variety of germs come from household pets. Dog and cat saliva can contain any of more than 100 different germs that can make you sick. Mosquitoes may be the most common insect carriers of disease. Mosquitoes can transmit malaria. Fleas that pick up bacteria from rodents can then transmit plague to humans. The tiny deer tick can infect humans with Lyme disease. We become immune to germs naturally and artificially. Before birth, we received natural immunity from our mothers. Once we are exposed to a germ, we develop natural immunity to it from special cells in our immune systems. Artificial immunity can come from vaccines. Most infections caused by microbes fall into three major groups: acute infections, chronic infections and latent infections. The common cold is an acute infection. Hepatitis C, which affects the liver, is a chronic viral infection. Chicken pox is an example of a latent infection that can emerge many years later and causes a disease called “shingles.” Handwashing is a simple and effective way to stop the transmission of germs. Health care experts recommend scrubbing your hands vigorously for at least 15 seconds with soap and water. It is especially important to wash your hands before touching food, after coughing or sneezing, after changing a diaper, and after using the toilet.


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Count Signals

could also be fatal. Declarer’s Jack might be singleton in which case, BY BRIAN GUNNELL if you duck, Declarer ruffs another ount Dracula may have been a scary Heart in Dummy, returns to hand with a Club ruff, and draws trumps. Her fellow, but Count Signals can be shape is likely to be 7=3=2=1, and the defenders’ best friend, as illustrated she can now build her 11th trick by in this month’s deal. You are West, leading a Diamond towards Dummy. so try looking at just the N-W hands So, the success of the defense depends and see if you can beat 5♠ doubled. upon West guessing whether Declarer started with one or two Clubs. But no guessing is required for those defenders who give count signals when Declarer leads a suit. If E-W are using this valuable tool then, on the first round of Clubs, East plays low to show an odd number (of Clubs), and high to show an even number. On the actual deal, East plays the Two, so West knows that Declarer’s ♣J cannot be singleton and that he can safely duck that trick. After winning the ♣J, Declarer ruffs another Heart in Dummy, but can score no more than 10 tricks. If East started with ♣8742, he would play the Eight on the first round of Clubs (high to show an even You lead a high Heart, ruffed in number), from which West deduces Dummy. Then a Club is played to Declarer’s Jack. Do you win this trick? that the ♣J is singleton (Jxx is posAnd how do propose to set the contract? sible but less likely) and that the ♣A You could grab your ♣A and lead your must be grabbed and a trump returned. trump. That will stop a second Heart Visit for more about the ruff in Dummy. The danger is that, after fascinating game of bridge or email drawing trumps, if Declarer has a second To find a bridge Club, she will be able to run the Clubs, club in Florida, go to district9acbl. pitching away all her red suit losers. org/D9Clubsmap.htm. Bridge article Does that mean you should duck the provided courtesy of St. Petersburg first Club trick? Not necessarily, that Bridge Club:


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