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New Technology Allows Doctors to Replace Aortic Valve without “Cracking” the Chest I ’m old enough (just barely) to remember when the original Star Trek came on television. My favorite character was Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy. I was fascinated that he could find some hapless Red Shirt and pull out his Tricorder and cure him, just like that! Maybe we don’t have tricorders (yet), but we have some really fantastic technology now that is helping to save more lives, even those that, not long ago, couldn’t be saved. Take the new procedure called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (or TAVR for short) now available at Blake Medical Center. The Aortic Valve opens to permit blood flow out of the heart into the aorta, which leads to all parts of the body. It closes between beats to prevent backflow. Sometimes, due to illness, aging or other conditions, the aortic valve narrows and becomes stiff. Malfunction of the valve decreases blood flow out and permits backup of blood into the heart and lungs, causing sufferers to often experience the symptoms of extreme fatigue, problems breathing, chest pain/ pressure, dizziness/fainting, irregular heart rhythms and an increased risk of an infection in the heart. Bottom line…their quality of life is very low. The standard treatment for patients with mild symptoms is medication and monitoring by a cardiologist, but those with severe aortic valve stenosis (AVS) need surgical intervention to replace the valve, or they risk heart failure. Of course, there are risks to any surgery, but without surgical treatment, 50 percent of AVS patients die within two years. Usually, in Aortic Valve Replacement surgery, the patient’s breastbone is divided, the heart’s pumping function is diverted to a machine, and the heart is stopped or slowed so that the surgeon has a clear visual field for surgery. The procedure has a high rate of success and a low risk of causing other problems. However, sometimes a person is just too sick to survive “open-heart” surgery.

Up until now, the only choice for those high-risk patients was to wait… TAVR, designed for patients who have no other options, does not require a large chest incision, division of the sternum or bypassing the heart. Using the same technology that permits heart catherization and stent placement to open blocked arteries, the surgeon fits a new artificial aortic valve into the catheter and threads it up through the femoral artery (in the groin area) into the heart. The artificial valve is placed using the damaged valve as an anchor.

The TAVR procedure currently is available in only about 150 hospitals in the United States, 8 hospitals in Florida, and only one hospital in Manatee County. Blake Medical Center has a state-of-the-art CATH LAB and is busy with site construction for a “Heart Pavilion” which will include the latest in medical technology and patientcentered care. The Hybrid Room, a specialized surgical suite, was slated for completion in November, 2012. Eventually the Pavilion will include a cardiac intensive care unit and eight high-amenity patient rooms. For those needing to come long distances to benefit from TAVR, plans are in place to facilitate patient travel and find accommodations for family members. I think Dr. McCoy would approve! For more information, visit or for information about free Heart/Valve Seminars, call 1-888-359-3552. Lifestyles After 50 • December 2012 • page 3

So, Here Is Christmas Again!

Dear Readers,


nto us a child is born...” Those simple words announcing the birth of Christ over two thousand years ago Janice Doyle, have endured through Editor the ages to represent the season embracing late December. But what we all know is that from August in the craft stores to New Years Day on the football fields, the common theme of Christmas is commerce, and the air is full of images to make our heads spin with expectations. Surely you, too, can expect one of those happy early morning family reunions over the aroma of Folgers coffee in a beautifully decorated home! Perhaps you’d like to simplify. Keep the basic carols. Watch a few light, familiar (or Hallmark Channel) movies. Give a friend or spouse another unneeded item to unwrap. Call old friends and family. The problem is how to deal with the expectations—yours and others. (I did hear about a man who smiled as he reported that last year his wife had not asked him to get the 25 boxes of Christmas decorations from the attic. He never said a word about it—smart man!) I’m not anti-Christmas; I just believe that by having such a long, commercialized season children especially are the real losers instead of the winners, and that makes me sad.

There’s just no way to match the expectations set up by the ads and stories and visual images which surround us. It’s what makes a child keep opening gifts until there are no more and then say, “What else?” (And then he’s apt to be scolded for his attitude of ingratitude.) I am a retired middle school language arts teacher (it used to be called English class). Each year on the day before the school Christmas vacation I gave each of my classes a little talk. I explained that although movies and TV would have us believe that the Christmas season was going to be a time of perfect families, I knew that would not always be the case. I would then lower my voice to a confidential tone and say that some of them would have less-than-ideal vacations because of alcohol, drugs, shouting, arguing, neglect and loneliness in their homes. As I spoke of behaviors which happen in homes somewhere in every neighborhood, I would see faces identifying—and hurting—with my message.

My little talk with them always ended the same way: “I wish I could magically make all of your homes into the wonderfully lovely and happy places we see on TV, but I can’t. And if you experience any of this, I want you to know I am so sorry. Please know that I care. Try to be the very best person you can be, maybe even the only peacemaker in the house, no matter what.” Invariably, one little guy—who maybe hadn’t said much all year— would mutter “Thanks, Mrs. Doyle” on his way out of the room. And I remember one year a girl sat in the back saying softly through the whole talk: “Uh huh. You got it, Ms. D. Uh huh.” Let’s all promise this year to help alleviate unhappiness and suffering wherever we find it. Our world is hurting at every level and let’s each find ways to help, ways to bring peace to someone who is hurting. So, yes, here is Christmas again. Our gift to you would be what was said two thousand years ago: Peace on earth, good will to men.

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Around Town

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aturdays Adult Singles Club of Sarasota/Manatee Open Dance Party. 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Payne Park Auditorium, 2100 Laurel St., Sarasota. Cost: $10. Come with or without partner. Live music. Free snacks, BYOB. (941) 756-8303.


Holiday Dinner and Dance at the Senior Enrichment Center at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 9th St. W., Bradenton. A fun-filled evening, complete with musical entertainment, dinner, dancing and holiday cheer. Reminisce with old friends and make new ones! 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. $23. (941) 749-0100.

lenged visitors. Laurel Community Center, Laurel Park, 509 Collins Road, Nokomis. Preregister at Info at (941) 861-5000.


Film Friday—Special Holiday Screening—It’s A Wonderful Life. 6 – 8 p.m. South Florida Museum, 201 10th Street West, Bradenton. $5. (941) 746-4131.


SHINE ( Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders). Meet with a counselor, learn about your Medicare options and plan your care. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Senior Friendship Center, 1888 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota. (941) 955-2122.







to 16 Nate Jacobs’ ‘50s Jukebox Revue, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. Swing to upbeat music from Fats Domino, Little Richard and Muddy Waters. $28. 1646 10th Way, Sarasota. Times/info: (941) 366-1505.

– 22 “It’s A Country Christmas.” Christmas carol hayrides ($5) and “Live Manger” family photos (costumes available) for $5. Old-fashioned picnic, farm tours and more separately priced. Dakin Dairy Farms, 30771 Betts Rd., Sarasota. (941) 322-2802.

Sugarcane Harvest. Cane grinding and syrup boiling, wild hog sausage and pancake sandwiches, handson craft demos and more. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Crowley Museum and Nature Center, 16405 Myakka Rd., Sarasota. Free. $2 parking donation to Sarasota Military Academy. (941) 322-1000.


36th Annual Sandy Claws Beach Run. 7 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. one-mile fun run, 8:20 a.m. 5K. Siesta Key Beach, 946 Beach Rd., Sarasota. One mile fun run. $25. Info at (941) 861-5000 or


A Taste of Chanukah. A festival of food, entertainment, artisans and vendors. 3 – 8 p.m. at Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Free. (941) 925-0770.


Free surrey bike ride on the Legacy Trail for mobility-chal-

Pine Needle Weaving, art class, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the art studio at the Friendship Center, 1888 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota. More info at (941) 955-2122.

– 23 Jazz Juvenocracy Presents Ellington’s Nutcracker’s Suite. The music of Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, the Sultans of Swing and more comes alive in this reimagining of a holiday tradition. $25, 8 p.m. Glenridge Performing Arts Center, 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota. (941) 552-5325. Candlelight Christmas Eve Service. An outdoor, candle-lit traditional service with live music at Selby Five Points Park, 1331 First St., Sarasota. Free. 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (941) 677-2872.

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New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Bay. 11:30 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. Bayfront Park, (941) 809-3094.

an. 3 – 6 15th Annual Thunder By The Bay Motorcycle Festival. Scenic rides and bike shows, silent auctions, parties and more. Schedule of events at or (941) 371-8820 Ext. 1800.

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– 8 “Winter Wonderland,” Sarasota Orchestra. Christmas and Hanukkah music. Excerpts from the “Nutcracker,” “Fantasia on Greensleeves,” “The Polar Express” and more. Times vary. Holley Hall, 709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 925-3183.


Sarasota Ballet—“The Nutcracker” combines the classic story with a Ringling circus spin. 8 – 10 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets and info: (941) 953-3368.


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The fad caught having been reborn, gave to my Florida Department of Highway Safety on and in short order children around family’s newest generation the same & Motor Vehicle Approved Course the country began toting their own great pleasure he had given to me so sock monkey dolls, each with its own many years ago when I was a child. personal touches and characteristics. They were charming, soft, cuddly and a favorite of many children—myself included. And then they disappeared, going the plus much, much more. arty inside Selby way of Gumby and Pokey, Mr. Bill and Cash bars will be available Library at a casual Mr. Potato Head. Yet there they were from Libby’s Cafe+Bar. friend-raising fundraiser, again—the appealing little dolls in an Event proceeds will “Looking Into the Crystal assortment of colors and sizes, replicas Ball,” sponsored by support the hundreds embroidered onto cuddly lap blankets of free Selby Library Friends of the Selby Puband fashioned into scarves, winter hats programs that focus on lic Library, on Wednesday, and slippers. 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e id u G y a d li o H r u o Y Gifts With Character— Geek Turns Chic Gifts Not Your Typical Gift Ideas Education The gift of education is the greatest gift and something your grandkids will not outgrow. A Florida Prepaid College Plan or Florida 529 Plan are tax-exempt plans and offer a variety of savings options to suit any budget. With the Florida Prepaid College Plan, families have the ability to lock in today’s plan prices and prepay tuition and fees at Florida’s 11 universities and 28 colleges.

Where Do Missing Things Go When They Just Disappear? “Where Do Missing Things Go?” is a kid’s book full of gentle illustrations and a text that not only makes sense, but tells kids how to keep track of their stuff. And it solves the mystery of where the socks go in the washing machine. The end is touching – telling kids that while stuff is good, it’s not, in the final analysis, what really matters

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Being a tech-obsessed geek has never been more fashionable and col lines form for the latest candy- colcomput ored phones, cameras and computers. Young and old alike have an eye for style and an affinity for gadgets. You may not know what a tablet is in today’s gadget world, but if “they” have one, their gadgets can go stylish in one of these trendy cases.

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All Faiths Food Bank, Volunteers Give Hope To The Hungry



unger is an issue that many in our community struggle with on a yearly basis—especially our seniors—and that need is felt all the more keenly during the holidays. “The biggest challenge is keeping our shelves filled; as fast as the food goes in, it comes out,” says Aundria Castleberry, Director of Development at All Faiths Food Bank, an organization that has distributed 5.5 million pounds of food to 190 partner agencies and programs throughout Sarasota county, from the airport to North Port, Englewood to Arcadia. “The donations every year seem to be a little harder to get, or a little smaller; it’s always a challenge to be able to feed all the people that need feeding during the holidays,” says Pauline Cook, one of the volunteers at All Faiths Food Bank. “The food bank doesn’t just feed individuals; it supplies food for other organizations as well.”

over the years; bowls It is through the efforts are made by a lot of of staff like Castleberry, professionals in town, dedicated volunteers like schools, art centers. Cook and the donations of People buy them as individuals and businesses Christmas gifts.” that local food banks can Cook has also been reach so many people. invaluable at Giving Cook, originally from Hunger the Blues England, moved to Saraand other events, sota in 1975 and has been and she encourages working in the health care others to volunteer field for most of her life. whenever they can. Her current position is at Pauline Cook (L) and “It’s life enrichSavannah Grand senior Aundria Castleberry (R) ing,” she says. “It’s living, but when she is not working, she spends much of her time always fun, and you always get to volunteering for various organizations. meet so many great people. The most rewarding is what you get out of it, She fell in with All Faiths Food Bank knowing that you are helping somein 1996, where she regularly lends a body somewhere. For many seniors, hand with their fundraising events. they can either afford to eat or buy “At Bowls of Hope, I put together medicine. I volunteer most for seniors and man a specialty bowls table that because that’s the kind of life I’m in. sells bowls made by a variety of I’ll do anything for my seniors.” people,” she says. “For the past four or five years we’ve made around How You Can Help $1,000 or S1,200 for the food bank Donations, whether you offer food, just by selling the bowls. It’s grown

funds or time, are the best way to support your local food bank. Food drives are going on all over the county, held by local businesses and organizations, Castleberry says. The best way to drop food off is at any Goodwill location—All Faiths Food Bank always has barrels on hand for non-perishable donations. You can even host your own food drive. If you’re interested in volunteering, you can call All Faiths at (941) 379-6333 or visit allfaithsfoodbank. org. Duties can include helping with their children’s program, sorting and boxing food, assisting at events and more, and it truly makes a difference. According to All Faiths, one volunteer working one hour can sort enough food to create 130 meals, and a donation of $100 can provide 159 meals for individuals and families in need. “We want the community to know that hunger has no season,” Castleberry implores. If you have been blessed, extend the gift of giving this season into the year to come.


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Thirty Days With My Father—A Memoir of the Effects of Generational PTSD


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f you’re here just visiting, you may be thinking you’d like to buy your own place. No doubt you’ve discovered that there are many choices to consider when it comes to retirement living. Whether researching a retirement community for yourself or a loved one, it’s important to ask the right questions, keeping in mind factors such as present and future needs, community location and financial situation, among other considerations.

Retirement Living Here are some tips from ACTS Retirement-Life Communities that will put you on the right path toward finding a retirement community to best meet your needs now and for the long-term.

1. Check the background of the community: Find out who owns and manages the community, as well as the track record of management. Determine if the community is accredited for meeting high standards in services, operations and finances. Review the financial performance of the organization, including any credit ratings the company has received from agencies like Standard & Poor’s or Fitch. 2. Consider future health needs: Retirement communities today offer many amenities and services but

not all provide medical care, making another move a possibility should health needs change. Continuing care retirement communities are the only type of senior community that offers independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing care on a single campus. Some CCRCs even offer specialized programs such as memory care, home health care and adult day programs as part of their services.

3. Get detailed information about fees: Learn what all fees do and do not include, when fees are subject to increase and under what conditions. Ask about the average fee increase over the past five years. Consider the financial advantages and disadvantages of the contract options the community offers. 4. Meet with residents and tour the community: Arrange an appointment to tour the community, meet with residents and staff and sample the food and the service. Notice if the community is clean, well maintained and secure.

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hen you have worked in an industry as long as I have, certain questions repeat themselves. In this case, there are two questions that are on opposite sides of the issue. My answer is always the same. The best age for looking into Long-Term Care insurance is now. Too often when people are considering retirement or just retired a few years ago, they feel as if it is “much too soon” to consider Long-Term Care Insurance (LTCI). There is a very prevalent misconception that you should wait until you are “old” to buy this. That is very wrong. For one thing, LTCI is much less expensive when you buy it younger. Age is a considerable factor when calculating premiums. But even more important is the fact that if you wait too long, you can preclude yourself from qualifying. This is the biggest mistake of all. Your current state of health when you look into purchasing LTCI is even a more important factor than age. And of course, since we cannot change the age we are (although we wish we could sometimes), we certainly can take advantage of our state of health. Long-Term Care Insurance is a retirement planning tool. It is a very important piece of asset preservation planning. Once you retire, you have worked all your life to be able to kick back and enjoy things—to do whatever you please. If you have

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For the Car-Lover: The Gift of Speed and Performance


he experience is unique,” says David Lalmond, 71, who drove a black Lamborghini for 8 laps at the Exotic Driving Experience on the Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando. “There are no intersections and no speedometers. It’s just driving one of the world’s finest automobiles.” Marie, 65, from Ohio, checked an item off her bucket list by driving a yellow Lamborghini. Two dads and their three 30-something sons from Boston drove Porsches and

then gave high fives all around while comparing the speeds they’d achieved on the track straightaway. Now, in addition to the long-time stock car driving experience offered at the Richard Petty Driving Experience (next to Magic Kingdom), anyone with a driver’s license can get behind the wheel of a “supercar” and live the dream of going from 0 to 60 in 3 to 4 seconds, braking on a dime and taking corners like a pro. The Exotic Driving Experience makes a great gift! Driving Experiences start at $169. Thrill Rides with a professional driver behind the wheel are available for $99. Junior Rides are available, too. Reservations can be made at or by calling (855) 822-0149.

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et into the spirit with music and fun for all ages! Venice Theatre cordially invites you to three special events that will be sure to put you in the holiday spirit. First, enjoy a cozy evening that will take your mind off shopping, cooking and the holiday rush. The traditional “Sounds of Christmas” concert returns on Saturday, Dec. 15 (with an encore performance on Dec. 22). It features Venice Theatre’s most talented vocalists singing beautiful renditions of wintertime favorites old and new. Then, join us as we celebrate the diversity in our community with our 2nd Annual Multicultural Holiday Extravaganza on Dec. 16. Don’t miss an all-star line-up of our area’s best musicians and performers from a variety of traditions and backgrounds. The program will include cantors Debbi White and Marci Victus, soprano

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ooking for that great holiday gift? Why not give the gift of live theatre? The Players Theatre is thrilled to offer a winter subscription to the final four shows of the Broadway Season. Now you can see the exciting shows Sunset Blvd., 9 to 5, Harvey, and Side Show for the low price of $80! What’s even more exciting is that you can pass along this tremendous discount as a gift to your loved ones by purchasing a gift certificate in the amount of $80. Looking for more to do this holiday season? Try the Blend Forever Doo-Wop, a tribute to the 50’s and 60’s. This amazing acappella quartet will sing hit songs from some of

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f hearing “Anchors Aweigh” stirs your soul, San Diego may be in your past. A trip back to the port can offer a trip down memory lane as well as some new adventures. Generations of men have either trained at a Navy or Marine facility in the San Diego area or shipped out on one of the ships attached to the Pacific Fleet. The San Diego area is home to the largest military complex in the world, with an estimated 170,000 military and family members.


We enjoyed the drive on Route 79 with charming mountain communities. Here are some suggestions about what to see and do:

• First stop: San Vicente Resort near the town of Ramona for golf, tennis, swimming and hiking plus restaurants on site for true relaxation. • Ramona, the town, embraces its Wild West and pioneer roots through displays at the Guy B. Woodward Museum in town. Check the town’s website for rodeos and pow wows.

• Dudley’s Bakery as you drive through the village of Santa Ysabel is known for yummy breads and pastries!

Naval Base San Diego is homeport to more than 50 ships. And you can tour the USS Midway, an aircraft carrier with a long and noble history. Movies featuring the area include Top Gun with Tom Cruise, who flew out of Miramar Naval Air Station, and Sands of Iwo Jima where John Wayne raced up a hill at Camp Pendleton, the setting for the WWII battle. Hotel Del Coronado

Across a bridge from downtown, be sure to see one of the last of the great hotels, the Hotel Del Coronado. Central to the complex is the 1888 original turreted wooden hotel with its sparkling white clapboards and red tile roof. This landmark has been the site of numerous movies such as Some Like it Hot. San Diego County Ready for a new adventure? Then do what we did and head for the mountains east of the city and the Anzo-Borrego Desert.

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• Julian is a hilly town known for gold mines in the past and apple orchards today. Stay at the legendary Gold Rush Hotel (fabulous breakfast!) right in the middle of town. Eat apple pie at one of the cafes early because the town closes up at dark and is a haven for restful sleep. Check the Julian website for the many festivals they hold.

• The nearby California Wolf Center offers understanding of both the Mexican and Alaskan wolves. There’s a great education center and easy live viewing of both species. Only open weekends. Then it was over the mountain and down, down, down via switchbacks to the town of Borrego Springs on the floor of Borrego Valley in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The town is fast turning into a haven for retirees and boomers. We stayed at the Santa Fe-style Borrego Valley Inn with an aviary of finches. There are two pools, one with “clothing optional” designation.

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• We took a California Overland offroad excursion in an open air military truck to experience the desert. Our guide pointed out where Patton’s army trained before heading to Africa and where training is still held by the military at times. The tour bounced us along rough roads, dry lake beds and into the Badlands, wind caves, slot canyons and more. Jeep tours are also available. • Don’t miss the Anza-Borrego Park Headquarters, literally built into the desert to conserve energy and to be unobtrusive. Great displays inside and outside hiking trails radiate from the visitor center.

Communities in the world. Ask around for stargazing opportunities offered by various groups.

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• If you’re not prepared, the sight is startling. What are those creatures in the middle of the desert? Galleta Meadows sculptures are a giant welded metal managerie by Ricardi Breceda. Dozens of statues through the valley now include notable humans as well. • When the sun goes down, the desert wakes up. Stargazing is popular in Borrego Springs, one of three certified Dark Sky

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ince 1995, amateur, commercial and professional bakers have competed in the National Pie Championships to determine who makes the best pies in America. The new book, America’s Best Pies: Nearly 200 Recipes You’ll Love is a collection of some of the award-winning pies from the American Pie Council/Crisco national Pie Championships.

Recipe Inside the book, you’ll find sections for apple pie recipes, cherry pie recipes, followed by sections of chocolates, custards, peanut butter, pumpkin, raisin, special dietary and much, much more. Most have pictures alongside the recipe. Each recipe comes with a recipe for crust and there are numerous variations on your mother’s basic pie dough recipe—like this one:


2 c flour 1 c cake flour 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar 1 tsp salt 8 Tbsp frozen butter, cut up 1/2 c plus 2 Tbsp frozen Crisco, cut up 2 Tbsp vinegar 1 large egg yolk 4-5 Tbsp ice water 1/2 c crushed cornflakes Egg glaze: 1 egg white plus 1 Tbsp water To make crust: blend dry ingredients; cut in butter and shortening with a pastry blender. Add egg yolk, vinegar and minimum amount water. Toss until mix begins to clump together. If it looks dry, sprinkle on more water. Form dough into ball and flatten into a 6-inch disk for single shell or divide in half and make two disks for double-crust pie. Wrap dough and chill 1 hour or overnight. Soften to room temp, roll out for crusts. Here’s a sample of a pie that could grace any holiday table:

Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Pie

Oreo Almond Crust 24 Oreo cookies 1 c almond slivers 4 Tbsp butter, melted Filling 8 oz cream cheese, softened and cut in half 4 oz dark chocolate melted in the microwave 4 oz milk chocolate melted in microwave (do not melt until ready to prepare 3rd layer) 3/4 c Cool Whip 12 oz jar red raspberry preserves (seedless) To make crust, grind cookies and almonds in food processor. Add melted butter. Press into pie tin; bake 10 minutes. Cool before adding filling. To make filling: beat 4 oz cream cheese. Add melted dark chocolate. Beat until smooth and spread into crust. Freeze

until set. Meanwhile, microwave preserve 30 seconds or until liquid. Cool slightly and pour over chocolate layer. Freeze until preserves are cool and have returned to gel state. Beat remaining cream cheese until smooth and add melted milk chocolate. Beat til smooth. Beat in Cool Whip. Spread over raspberry layer. Freeze until set. Garnish with Cool Whip rosettes, chocolate curls and shavings. Enter to win a copy of the book “Americaʼs Best Pies.” Enter early! Weʼll draw a winnerʼs name on Dec. 18 and mail the book in time for you to use as a Christmas gift if youʼd like. Submit your name, address and phone number by mail: News Connection USA, Inc., P.O. Box 638, Seffner, FL 33583, Attn: Pies. Or by email: (subject line: Pies). Drawing Dec. 18.

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hat can you do to lower your 2012 taxes? Before the year fades away, you have plenty of options. Here are a few that may prove convenient: • Make a charitable gift before New Year’s Day. If you give cash, you need to document it. If you pledge $2,000 to a charity in December but only end up gifting $500 before 2012 ends, you can only deduct $500. Does the value of your gift exceed $250? If so, document it and file Form 8283 when your total deduction for non-cash contributions or property in a year exceeds $500.

Finance • Contribute more to your retirement plan. If you haven’t turned 70½ and you participate in a traditional (i.e., non-Roth) qualified retirement plan or have a traditional IRA, you can reduce your 2012 taxable income by the amount of your contribution. If you are self-employed and don’t have a solo 401(k), a SIMPLE plan or something similar, consider establishing and funding one before the end of the year. In 2012, you can contribute up to $17,000 in a 401(k), 403(b) or profit-sharing plan, with a $5,500 catch-up contribution also allowed if you are age 50 or older. You can put up to $11,500 in a SIMPLE IRA in 2012, $14,000 if you are 50 or older.

• Practice tax loss harvesting. You could sell underperforming stocks in your portfolio—enough to rack up at least $3,000 in capital losses. If it ends up that your total capital losses top all of your capital gains in 2012, you can deduct up to $3,000 of capital losses from your 2012 ordinary income. If you have over $3,000 in capital losses, the excess rolls over into 2013. Are there other major moves that you should consider? Your to-do list might be long, for much financial change may occur in 2013… • Pay attention to asset location. Here are two big reasons why tax efficiency should be a priority as 2012 leads into 2013: Next year, dividend income is slated to be taxed as regular income. So tax on qualified stock dividends could nearly triple for the wealthiest Americans. Capital gains taxes for high earners are scheduled to jump 33% in 2013. Long-term capital gains are now taxed at 15% for those in the highest four income brackets; that rate is supposed to rise to 20% next year. Federal taxes are poised to rise next year, but one little detail isn’t getting enough publicity: the planned 3.8% Medicare surtax scheduled to hit single/joint filers with AGIs over $200,000/$250,000 will not apply to qualified payouts from Roth accounts.

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he game show contestant was only 200 points behind the leader and about to answer the final question—worth 500 points! “To be today’s champion,” the show’s smiling host intoned, “name two of Santa’s reindeer.” The contestant, a man in his early thirties, gave a sigh of relief, gratified that he had drawn such an easy question. “Rudolph!” he said confidently, “and... Olive!” The studio audience started to applaud (like the little sign above their heads said to do) but the clapping quickly faded into mumbling, and the confused host replied, “Yes, we’ll accept Rudolph, but could you please explain... ‘Olive?!’” “You know,” the man circled his hand forward impatiently and began to sing, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer—had a very shiny nose. And if you ever saw it, you would even say it glowed. *Olive,* the other reindeer...”

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In the grid below, twenty answers can be found that fit the category for today. Circle each answer that you find and list it in the space provided at the right of the grid. Answers can be found in all directions – forwards, backwards, horizontally, vertically and diagonally. An example is given to get you started. Can you find the twenty answers in this puzzle?

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his month we feature a terrific opening lead, found in real life by John Brady of Jacksonville, FL (known to some as Dr. Goodlead).

Imagine yourself as East, if you will, looking at the N-E hands. West, the good doctor, leads the Spade Ten. A strange-looking lead, don’t you think? It’s not fourth best, not top of a sequence. Has the doctor’s legendary common-sense finally deserted him? While you are puzzling over that bizarre opening lead, Dummy plays the ♠Q and you gleefully ruff. What next, Mr East? West found a grand opening lead, and life would be even grander if only you could get back

Introducing Dr. Goodlead to West’s hand for a second ruff. If that is to happen, West must have ♦A or ♣A. Any clues as to which? The opening lead is your muchneeded clue. West led an unnecessarily high Spade, and is trying to tell you something. Yes, he is advertising the Ace in the higher-ranking sidesuit! So, after ruffing, you shoot back a Diamond to West’s Ace and get your second Spade ruff. Down one! Doctor G’s lead from ♠KT5432 was not without risk, but he saw no appealing alternative, and he reasonably concluded that East had no more than two Spades (due to non-support in the auction). He didn’t necessarily expect a void, but singleton was also a possibility (in which case West would later win the ♥A and give East a second-round Spade ruff). What just happened was a Suit Preference signal, whereby, in certain situations, the play of a high card says “I have the higher-ranking suit,” vice versa with a low card. This defensive signal is a rare bird on opening lead, it usually comes later in the hand and even then only in specialized situations. Dr. Goodlead gave us the caviar, we’ll have some meat-and-potatoes examples in later Bridge Bites. Visit for more about the fascinating game of bridge or email To find a bridge club in Florida, go to district9acbl. org/D9Clubsmap.htm. Bridge article provided courtesy of St. Petersburg Bridge Club:

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The Healthy Geezer BY FRED CICETTI


. I’ve noticed that I can’t drink a cup of regular coffee after mid-afternoon. It keeps me awake at night. I used to be able to drink coffee at dinnertime and it never bothered me. Is this another age thing? Uh-huh. Sensitivity to caffeine—the pick-me-up in coffee—tends to increase as you get older. Children metabolize caffeine quicker than adults. About 90 percent of Americans consume caffeine daily. More than half of all American adults consume more than 300 milligrams of caffeine every day, making it America’s most popular drug. Caffeine occurs naturally in many plants, including coffee beans, tea leaves and cocoa nuts. It is therefore found in a wide range of food products. Caffeine is added artificially to many others, including a variety of beverages. The most common sources of caffeine for Americans are coffee, tea, colas, chocolate and some over-the-counter medications. Here are some useful numbers to help you determine how much caffeine you take in: A 6-ounce cup of coffee—100 mg A 6-ounce cup of tea—70 mg A 12-ounce can of cola—50 mg An ounce of chocolate—6 mg One tablet of Extra Strength Excedrin—65mg One tablet of Anacin—32 mg One tablet of Maximum Strength NoDoz—200 mg For most people, 200 to 300 milligrams a day aren’t harmful. But, if you are sensitive to caffeine or use certain drugs, you may want to cut down or eliminate caffeine from your diet. Your caffeine consumption is worth discussing with your doctor. Caffeine can cause restlessness, anxiety, irritability, muscle tremors,

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sleeplessness, headaches, nausea, diarrhea and abnormal heart rhythms. Some medicines and supplements interact negatively with caffeine. These include some antibiotics and bronchodilators. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about whether caffeine might affect the medicines you take. In the practice of medicine, caffeine is useful as a cardiac stimulant and also as a mild diuretic. Caffeine is an addictive drug. It stimulates like amphetamines, cocaine, and heroin. If you feel you have to have caffeine every day, then you are addicted to it. Eliminating caffeine suddenly can cause withdrawal symptoms, such as headaches and fatigue. These symptoms usually pass after several days.

Here are some tips if you want to chase the caffeine monkey: • Read labels carefully for ingredients and keep track of the caffeine you consume.

• Gradually reduce the amount of caffeine you take in. This will enable you to acclimate to less caffeine and reduce the effects of withdrawal. • Start drinking decaffeinated coffee, tea and soda.

• Brew your tea for less time to cut down on caffeine. Or try herbal teas, which are caffeine-free.

• Check the caffeine content in overthe-counter medications that you take. If you can, switch to caffeine-free forms of the medications you need. If you would like to read more columns, you can order a copy of “How To Be A Healthy Geezer” at All Rights Reserved © 2012 by Fred Cicetti.

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