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Unleash Your Hippie Power for Today’s Good

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Remember these? Tune in, turn on! Flower Power Far out Peace Janice Doyle, Love the one Editor you’re with Groovy Yes, they’re sayings from the days of hippies, those free-spirited children of the 60s. Hippies drove VW vans painted in psychedelic colors, wore tiedyed clothes and smoked pot for fun. They said they would never trust anyone over 30, and they set about going against society by rejecting it. It was a decade of pursuit—for equality for races and women. There were the anti-war protests, an environmental awareness movement and a longing for a simpler, earth-friendly way of life. And there was the music. From Joan Baez to Jimi Hendrix, the music of the 60s lives on. In the book Hippies A to Z, writer Skip Stone says of that music: “The songs had an impact on the consciousness of not just hippies but all society…they hit us deeply, made us think, made us dream, made us feel as one people.” Not every young person was a stoned and commune-living hippie, of course. The American dream was alive and well. It was a great time to get a low-cost education; small business loans were out there for everyone, and

an individual could make a choice to become anybody he or she chose. We experienced the power of songs and speeches and marches, of protests and plays and events like Woodstock. Whether we participated in major movements or watched from the sidelines, we watched our world change as a result of the youth of our country. Fifty years have passed. Both hippies and non-hippies became mothers and fathers, teachers and scientists, soldiers and airmen, policemen and bankers. Now the society hippies said they didn’t trust supports them in their retirement.

A 1963 declaration Something else happened in 1963 that we were too young and cool to notice—May was declared Older Americans Month (originally Senior Citizens Month). Every year since then has seen a formal declaration for the month by the president and a challenge for everyone to recognize the older Americans as a part of the community. So here’s the thing. On this fiftieth anniversary of that designator, the theme of Older Americans Month challenges you to regain the passion and power of the hippie days as you “Unleash the Power of Age!” We the older generation include some of our country’s best resources. When the kids grow up and leave us with an empty nest or when we retire and leave the workforce, we have the opportunity to unleash our intellectual property, experience and know-how to better our communities.

No protest is needed. You can march or run or use a walker. You can teach, create, grow, develop or use your skills in any one of a hundred different ways. From basic telephone skills to helping construct new paths on the Appalachian Trail, you can unleash your power. If you’re still singing, find a way to help others enjoy singing. If you are an environmentalist tree hugger at heart, engage in some “flower power” by planting trees. Join a group like Senior Environment Corps or the Passport In Time program in national forests. Do psychedelic colors still intrigue you? Consider painting houses with Habitat for Humanity or the elderly in your neighborhood. (Well, maybe not in psychedelic colors.)

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Around Town W H AT ’ S H A P P E N I N G M AY 2 0 1 3

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14, 21, 28 Adult Singles Club of Sarasota/Manatee. Open dance parties with a variety of dance music by bands and DJ. Donation $10 (members $8) 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. BYOB; free snacks. Payne Park Auditorium, 2100 Laurel St., Sarasota. For more information, call 941-756-8303.

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Girls’ Night Out. Enjoy Happy Hour at a “Beauty and Boutique” night. Merchandise and beauty demos from professional stylists. 5:30 – 7:30 pm at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 9th St. W., Bradenton. 941-749-0100. Medicare Assistance and More. SHINE volunteers assist in enrollment and advisement with issues. 10 am to 1 pm at North Port Library. For an appointment call 1-866-413-5337. Good Samaritan Pharmacy & Health Services, Inc., provides discount medical prescriptions for uninsured Sarasota County residents. 10:30 am to 1:30 pm at North Sarasota Library. 941-445-5687.

De Soto County Watermelon Festival in Arcadia’s DeSoto Park. Food, Wacky River Race, arts, crafts, more. For more information, please call 941-204-5540. Festival of Roses. Old Garden Rose tour, displays of roses that grow best in our area, classes on selection, culture, care. Cut flowers and rose bushes for sale. 10 am to 4 pm at Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota. Free. 941-358-6991.

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and 19 Open Disc Golf Tournament at Bobby Jones Golf Club, 1000 Circus Boulevard, Sarasota. 9 am to 5 pm. Free to spectators. More info at 941-321-7609. “Divided Loyalties” Roundtable talk focuses on how the Civil War caused families to split over which side to support, Union or Confederate. 7 – 9 pm at Mark Manor, Village on the Isle, 930 Tamiami Trl. S., Venice. 941-412-8828. and 22 AAA Mature Driving Class. 9 am to 12 pm. at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 9th St. W., Bradenton. RSVP to Debbie at 941-798-2221, ext. 2263. “Senior Scams and Identity Theft” seminar. Learn how to protect yourself. 10:30 am to 12 pm at Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Library, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice. Register/info: 941-861-1260. Summer Antiques, Arts and Crafts Fair, 9 am to 3 pm at Mixon Fruit Farms, 2525 27th St. East, Bradenton. Artists and collectors, food, tram tours and more. 941-748-5829 ext. 268.

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Alzheimer’s VS The Bucket List—Making Every Minute Count playing the drums or traveling the country in their RV. They even decided to learn Spanish, and joined a Spanish church in Palmetto and back up north so they would have some way to practice. They soon made fast friends.

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f someone told you that you only had about 10 years left to enjoy life to its fullest, what would you do? Patti Kuhn, a retired teacher and nurse, knew she was at risk for Alzheimer’s disease; both her mother and grandmother had it. She went in for testing at NYU to be sure. “I’m in seven research studies,” she said. “The first study I was in determined that I have the gene for Alzheimer’s. I also found out that parts of my brain are unable to efficiently metabolize the glucose it needs to run. There are other things in my body that indicate I will probably have Alzheimer’s in five to ten more years,” she told me. Given that diagnosis at the age of 60, Kuhn decided to set out and learn and do everything that she always wanted to do with what time she had remaining to her. Where to begin? Dancing, she said. The Bucket List Kuhn spends winter in Palmetto and summer in Pennsylvania. She started with swing dancing lessons and joined a local Kuhn in Las Vegas team up north. at the 2006 Senior Kuhn impressed America Pageant her teammates so much that she was asked to perform for Senior America as a contestant for Ms. Senior Pennsylvania. “I wasn’t allowed to have a live partner, so I made a dummy,” she said, hoisting a manikin in a WWII uniform, hat and shades next to her. “He’s named Sam, after his Uncle Sam, and I performed and won Ms. Senior Pennsylvania dancing to the song “Bugle Boy.” She went on to the Senior America competition from there and eventually became involved in the organization, performing for senior events, nursing homes, retirement centers and hospitals, “just encouraging people to get up and move, and enjoy life and keep learning,” she said. The most rewarding part of her journey, Kuhn mentioned, is the people

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Patti Kuhn, “Sam” and Jerry Hottinger.

she meets. At the VA hospitals she visits, Sam in his uniform often Flying lessons: power brings back strong memories. glider and helicopter. “We meet wonderful, wonderful people with “At both Spanstories,” Kuhn said. ish churches “When we danced, a lady they don’t speak called me over and told any English. We me the whole story of her went in knowhusband who served and ing only ‘Si’ and had Agent Orange and ‘No,’ but we died. So I dedicated that persisted with one song to her husband that and even Richard. I cry a lot, just though we get a because people’s lives touch me.” lot of things confused, we have a good But even Sam could only keep up for time with them and they have a good so long; Kuhn needed a true partner. time laughing at us,” Kuhn smiled. She found one in Jerry Hottinger, a retired statistician and mathematician. On The Road With Patti “Jerry went to work for 35 years, “I met Jerry five years ago on a 8 to 5, and all of a sudden I come dance team. He’s a ballroom dancer along and his life turned upside and didn’t really know swing, so down,” Kuhn said about her partner. I taught him swing and he taught I asked Jerry Hottinger why me ballroom. Now we’re partners he decided to take on all of in the dance of life,” Kuhn said. It was only the beginning for the two of these activities as well. “We met at a turning point in our them. Hottinger shared Kuhn’s passion lives,” he replied. “Basically, we both for trying new things, and it soon took wanted to do things we didn’t do them beyond dancing into volunteering earlier in life now, while we are physiwith the IRS, preparing taxes for senior cally and mentally fit. What we do is citizens and low-income residents. She usually something new and challenggot a real estate license, motorcycle ing. Our only regrets are if we don’t license and pilot’s license at age 60 do something we could have done.” and flies a Robinson 44 helicopter for I asked him how he felt when he the coastguard on search and rescue learned that Patti was at risk for and observation missions. Hottinger Alzheimers, and if he was prepared is learning boat crew duties as well. for how it may change their life. When they’re not volunteering, “When she told me very early on, I you can find them checking other knew I wanted to be there for her and things off the list: skiing, golfing, help as best I could if it did indeed kayaking, entering the Senior Games,

happen,” he said. “At this time, it is hard to believe that it will happen. But if it does, I think it will be much later in life. To be prepared, I try to learn from her and others (including staff at NYU and researchers) coping with the disease and to be as prepared as possible.” There are two things about Patti that he believes will never change, no matter what: her determination and adventurousness. Fighting Alzheimer’s Not only are Kuhn and Hottinger doing all of this for the fun of it, but studies suggest that the onset of Alzheimer’s may be slowed or prevented by regular physical and mental activity. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, in the study of 800 men and women aged 75 and older, those who were more physically active, more mentally active or more socially engaged had a lower risk for developing dementia. And those who combined these activities did even better. Physical exercise, even a limited amount of light exercise like walking, gardening or doing yoga for 30 minutes a day, helps blood flow to the brain and wards off Alzheimer’s risk factors like heart attacks, strokes and diabetes. And keeping the brain active through enriching activities and social experiences helps create new mental pathways, generate new brain cells and strengthen old connections. So the future is not necessarily set in stone for Patti Kuhn, and while she has taken on more activities than most people would attempt at once, she shows no sign of slowing down. “You know, a lot of people think that I’m crazy for doing all of this, and that’s okay because I’m old, I don’t really care what other people think.” she laughs. “I’m doing it for myself. Knowing that I have the gene and I have maybe five or ten more years, that does make a difference. But time is short for everyone; we never know how short our time is.” Her next great adventure: becoming a magician’s assistant. Keep an eye out for Patti, Jerry and Sam—you never know where they’ll turn up next.


New Specialists on Hand for Boomer Retirement BY EVELYN MACKEY

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n the past, retirement was a destination,” Dorian Mintzer, a therapist and board-certified retirement transition coach based in Boston, told USA Today. “You had your retirement party and bought your condo in Florida. Now it’s a process. It’s a journey that can be daunting but can be very exciting, too.” Many boomers will have to reinvent their lives, and they may have given the matter little thought, the January article noted. It further describes Mintzer and others like him as being in a new category of specialists. They are retirement coaches who aid in setting goals and making plans. Another group—certified senior advisors—find the most appropriate senior housing complex or guide healthcare decisions.

“What are you going to do when you retire?” someone may ask a 60-year-old. The funny answer is “Whatever I want to whenever I want to do it.” That may be easier than it sounds, especially for dual career couples who may have different ideas of when and how to be retired, the USA Today article pointed out. A financial planner may be valuable in helping decide aspects of retirement by taking a good look at your finances and setting boundaries on future spending ability. Some questions he or she won’t be able to help you answer might be the following: 1. What are your goals for your retirement years? Do you know what you want to be able to say you’ve accomplished in the 20 or 30 or more years left in your life? 2. How will you define your life week by week, month by month, year by year without the job descriptions you’ve lived with?

3. What new opportunities do you look forward to with the added time? Travel? Adventure? Mentoring? Volunteering?

4. What skills do you have to make the future happen the way you see it? It’s easy to be pulled in many directions by the whims of family and friends who now see you with time that could be spent with them. It is often very difficult to set your own schedule and define your own retirement.

Do you need a retirement or life coach? AARP figures show that one of the more than 76 million boomers turns 50 every 7.5 seconds. Every coming year, over 4 million men and women will join the ranks of the 50-plus age group. People turning 50 today have half of their adult lives ahead of them, according to William Novelli of AARP.

Goal-oriented boomers are known for consumption and may be wiser about what money does and doesn’t provide. But they may need a coach to help them decide how to use that knowledge. They’ve found a gap between where they are in their current lives and where they would like to be. A coach may help them expand their thinking, clarify goals and hold them accountable for working to achieve their vision. Following dreams requires planning. Without proper planning and commitment (and maybe coaching), a retiree who had dreams of taking on worthy projects or pursuing an education might wake up at age 75 and look back at the jumble of the prior 15 years spent doing whatever someone else suggested and feel the years have amounted to very little compared to the possibilities he or she imagined.

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Save The Yoga! Teacher Brings Happiness, Health to Seniors BY NANCY SAVENKO, JAN HARRIS, AND MARY GINLEY

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n 2007, Elin Larsen met on a public beach in Venice, Florida with six people to do yoga. The group consisted of retirees who were committed to 30 minutes of early morning exercise. Their goal was to be attentive to keeping themselves healthy, strong and flexible as they moved into their senior years. The gathering wasn’t exactly a class; there was no registration, no fees, no schedule. The group simply came together when they could and Elin shared her yoga knowledge with them. Over the years, the tiny group of six grew daily…from six to ten to twenty to fifty, and soon she began holding two classes a day—one at 8 am and one at 9 am. Believe it or not, on beautiful days in the middle of “snowbird season” over two hundred attendees might participate. Those coming to yoga wanted to give something in

(Left) Elin Larsen and young student Amanda.

return for Elin’s leadership. Quietly, they began dropping a dollar or two into Elin’s backpack as a small thank you for what she was doing. Thirty minute yoga classes were literally changing the quality of people’s lives. These classes benefit primarily senior citizens to help them maintain their balance, flexibility and strength. Class attendants reported feeling happier, healthier and stronger. They knew they needed to keep moving in order to stay fit. “Yoga,” Elin earnestly explains, “is about you and what you can do. It’s

about being in the moment, quieting the chatter in your minds and validating how fortunate you are to be here.” Elin, a certified yoga teacher with substantial insurance, has continued to lead the gatherings every day. She took her tips and claimed them on her taxes. Recently, Sarasota County, which had applauded this activity (and even noted it one year as one of the top ten things to do in the county) decided that Elin should pay a fee for using the public beach to provide this public service. The fee was assessed at $7000 a year and must be paid even

if inclement weather causes classes to be canceled. Elin chooses to pay and continues to offer yoga for free. She understands that one reason so many people choose to begin their day, every day, on the beach with her is cost. At first, she had even refused to accept tips. She hadn’t begun the classes to make money. “She had a history of community service beginning back when she would bring her dogs to nursing homes to visit the elderly. She had been given some wonderful talents and wanted to give back,” said one of her students. Her yoga on the beach began and continues to be a service to our community. It is our fear that one day Elin might find that she can’t afford to continue to offer free yoga on the beach. If you would like to help their cause by donating, or learn more about the classes, call 941-408-9642 or visit yogawithelin.us.

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1. Edit. Anything beyond rejuvenation goes out. If it’s frayed, pilled, stiff, too mini, too clingy, way too big, too saggy or small—out! Then organize by color. After color, group and organize by fabric texture, tailored or not, print or floral, solids, etc. Once completed, layering and accessorizing will be easy. Hang or shelve like items by color (cluster jackets, tops, pants, etc.) 2. Wear one color head to toe. “Big-time designers like Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan and Georgio Armani often use the one-color strategy in their collections,” notes Johnson. An exact match gives you the slimmest look, but don’t drive yourself mad; just stay in the same color group for a sleeker line.

3. Wear black with navy like

fashion editors do, pairing them by color intensity (same degree of darkness or brightness, etc. Black with navy, charcoal or brown with burgundy are examples). Do the same with light colors, say white with sand or rose with coral. 4. A longer neck and legs are game changers. Use skin-tone flats or pumps on the bottom and necklines that dip below your collarbones. Johnson cautions that if you go too low and reveal cleavage it can sabotage the whole mission. Unbuttoned shirts form a good V-neck, for example. 5. A nip and a tuck freshens everything. Tailoring tricks include getting rid of shoulder pads and raising shoulder lines. Nip waists for a thinner look on straight-cut jackets, etc. Pants are tough, says Johnson. New styles with improved proportioning and design details solve a lot of issues. Ditch the old ones for best fit possible. 6. Layer clothes like a stylist for an updated look, but beware creating a sloppy, frumpy look. Learn to let go of the old-time perfection that came with shirts buttoned up to the neck and cleanly tucked in at the waist. That look dates you! Johnson is the author of “Wardrobe Wakeup: Your Guide to Looking Fabulous at Any Age.”


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teasing the dog when he wasn’t teasing the dog and who had to wear girls boots the last time it snowed. – Erma Bombeck

Mothers have to remember what food each child likes or When your dislikes, which one is allergic mother asks, “Do to penicillin and hamster fur, you want a piece of who gets carsick and who isn’t advice?” it’s a mere kidding when he stands outside formality. It doesn’t Erma Bombeck, 1927 – 1996 the bathroom door and tells you matter if you answer what’s going to happen if he yes or no. You’re going to get doesn’t get in right away. It’s tough. If it anyway. – Erma Bombeck they all have the same hair color they tend to run together. – Erma Bombeck All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking children My theory on housework is, if the into a house with white carpet is item doesn’t multiply, smell, catch one of them. – Erma Bombeck on fire or block the refrigerator door, let it be. No one cares. Why Everyone is guilty at one time or should you? – Erma Bombeck another of throwing out questions that beg to be ignored, but mothers seem to The age of your children is a key have a market on the supply. “Do you factor in how quickly you are served want a spanking or do you want to go in a restaurant. We once had a waiter to bed?” “Don’t you want to save some in who said, “Could I get you your of the pizza for your brother?” “Wasn’t check?” and we answered, “How about there any change?” – Erma Bombeck the menu first?” – Erma Bombeck Have you any idea how many children it takes to turn off one light in the kitchen? Three. It takes one to say, “What light?” and two more to say, “I didn’t turn it on.” – Erma Bombeck I remember buying a set of black plastic dishes once, after I saw an ad on television where they actually put a blowtorch to them and they emerged unscathed. Exactly one week after I bought them, one of the kids brought a dinner plate to me with a large crack in it. When I asked what happened to it, he said it hit a tree. I don’t want to talk about it. – Erma Bombeck

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Who, in their infinite wisdom, decreed that Little League uniforms be white? Certainly not a mother. – Erma Bombeck

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he days of Marcus Welby, MD, coming to see you in the hospital are long gone. Today you’re greeted by a crowd of specialists, technicians, therapists and nurses. With so many older people suffering from multiple chronic conditions—diabetes, arthritis and high or low blood pressure—different specialists are called in to monitor each part of their care. Let’s say that your mother is admitted to the hospital for hip surgery, but during the course of her stay, her blood pressure skyrockets and her blood sugar plummets. Neither of these conditions will be treated by the orthopedic surgeon. So who decides to do what? It’s done by a relatively new type of doctor—the hospitalist. This physician oversees a patient’s care from start to finish during the entire hospital stay. Lifestyles After 50 • May 2013 • page 16

He or she orders tests, coordinates treatment plans with other specialists, prescribes medications, consults with the primary care doctor and arranges for discharge. Most hospitalists are internists, and they know how to work the hospital’s system on a patient’s behalf. Their mission is to get the entire medical team on the same page and ensure that no patient falls through the cracks. The hospitalist interacts with family members and patients more than the other specialists. If you have questions about your loved one’s care, ask for the hospitalist. Tracking him or her down will be much easier than trying to catch a surgeon during early morning rounds. The hospitalist can also take the time to explain the many moving parts of your loved one’s care. Taken from the book “The Essential Guide to Caring for Aging Parents” by Dr. Linda Rhodes.

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oes a networking organization really get you business? I wondered that myself. When I moved to Bradenton, I needed clients for my counseling business. My philosophy had always been, “if you throw enough spaghetti on the wall, something will eventually stick,” so off I trotted to every networking organization in town! I tried BNI, Kiwanis, Rotary, chamber functions, Sertoma, ABWA, leads groups and more. I spent countless hours trying to “sell” my services and what I had to offer. I did get some referrals and that was good, but it was really hard to meet people and really get to know them well enough for someone to trust me. Many of the groups would have a guest speaker that took up the bulk of the meeting, so there was very little time to “schmooze.” Often, people would bolt out the second a meeting was over so, I didn’t even get to meet them. So what’s a girl to do? Start her own group! And that is what I did. I took all the things that I liked about Network marketing and threw all the rest away! I did not want to get up at the crack of dawn or commit to weekly meetings. What I did want was a place to gather and be able to promote a business in a positive, no-stress way. It started with just a few girlfriends in the back room at Theresa’s Restaurant. “Girls” just getting together without “boys.” Then it became more girls and more girls. The SWAT

Network—Successful Women Aligning Together—grew from this and it seems to be just what the area needed. We soon took over half of Theresa’s restaurant and then had to move to Renaissance on 9th. We later started two more chapters—one in Lakewood Ranch and one near the airport. We came to realize that the true success in business is not in getting clients at all. It is in building relationships—first and foremost. The business exchange will come on its own.

The members of “SWAT” now call themselves “sisters.” The meetings comprise sharing and caring for each other. There are various types of networking organizations and it is important to find the right fit for yourself. If you find that you actually look forward to going, you will know you are in the right place. There are many wonderful networking events and activities around town and they all have benefits and positive things to offer. SWAT Networking, it turns out, is not just a networking organization—it is a huge (over 150 members) band of friends and we hope you will come check us out. swatnetworking.com.


The Wisdom of “Rhoda” BY STAN CRAIG

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ecently Valerie Harper, best known for playing Rhoda Morgenstern on TVs “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and its spinoff, “Rhoda,” was diagnosed with a rare brain cancer and told she has as little as three months to live. Both in real life and in the roles she has played, Valerie Harper comes across as someone who is filled with life, with a great sense of humor and a bright smile.

Retirement Living Valerie Harper knows what we all know—that every member of our family, everyone we are acquainted with, everyone—will die. Beyond that, here is the wisdom of “Rhoda:”

• Immortality is not reality.

Nearly all of us live our lives as if we are immortal. Procrastination is one of the key traits that every human shares,

especially when it comes to preparing for the end of life. We somehow believe that death is going to happen to someone else. At least 5 of 10 of adults who have family do not have a will. Without a will, the state will decide everything. That can have tragic consequences.

• Talking about death can lift away the curtain of fear.

Talking about death can allow us to prepare ourselves and our family for what we all know is inevitable. A living will is a vital document that every hospital will ask about upon patient admission. A durable power of attorney for healthcare allows you to appoint someone to speak on your behalf if you are no longer capable of doing so. Appointing an executor, writing a final letter of gratitude, preparing and planning your own funeral or memorial service can take away much of the uncertainty surrounding serious illness and death. There is even medical evidence that

understanding, discussing and accepting hospice and palliative care can extend your life. Harper says in her interview, “It feels awfully good to be open and honest, face it and see what you can do.”

• Optimism is a gift we give ourselves and those around us.

Even in the midst of the sadness of a terminal and incurable brain disease, Valerie Harper remains hopeful and optimistic. “I am more than hopeful,” she says. “I have an intention to live each moment fully.” She had a choice to either sit at home in a dark room, buried in grief, or to step out, face what was coming and do so with grace, dignity. The choice she made sends a powerful message to all of us.

• Living each day as fully as possible makes it possible to face even difficult days.

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around her brain and is being treated with chemotherapy. Even so, she is planning to appear on an upcoming episode of a series,” Hot in Cleveland,” that will unite many cast members from the “Mary Tyler more Show.” “I’m alive. I’m feeling good. I’m trying to live every moment as much as I can.” It’s an attitude we would expect from someone as filled with life as “Rhoda.” Just knowing what Valerie Harper knows can make a difference both now and tomorrow for you and for your family. Stan Craig is author of “ForeTalk: 7 Critical Conversations for Living in the Season of Now.”

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ake time to develop five habits recommended by dentists that adults do each day to keep oral hygiene in top shape.

1. Use an Electric Toothbrush At more than 30,000 strokes per minute compared to the average of 100 strokes per minute with a manual toothbrush, electric toothbrushes work harder by pushing fluid between teeth and around the gum line, which provides a more effective cleaning. It will help prevent gum inflammation, gingivitis and periodontal disease. 2. Floss at Night The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists recommends flossing at night because during sleep cycles, less saliva is produced to naturally clean teeth and gums, so oral bacteria are free to do more damage. Go to bed with your mouth as clean as possible. 3. Select the Right Toothpaste Be skeptical of any toothpaste that

promises to “whiten” teeth. Such products remove surface stains and make the tooth look lighter, but not change its inherent color. To lighten or bleach teeth, schedule a professional in-office whitening treatment, or use overthe-counter name brand bleaching products that work on the internal aspect of the tooth, not just the external aspect as a toothpaste does. 4. Don’t Forget Mouthwash 5. Eat Foods Good for Healthy Teeth Research studies show that certain foods naturally cleanse your teeth including fruits like strawberries and pineapple, veggies like kale and broccoli, onions and wasabi (a type of Japanese horse radish) and quinoa. All of these contain vitamins and minerals for good dental health.


Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Often Misdiagnosed BY DARLENE MONROE, Community Educator

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s I was preparing to begin a “Lunch and Learn” lecture at a community center, greeting lecture participants as they came through the door, I noticed a couple who entered quietly, arm in arm, with the man walking haltingly. Many of the participants I knew, because I had given lectures at this site many times before, so I took special notice of these new people when they entered. They took seats and I began the lecture called “Is it Alzheimer’s? It Could be NPH.” Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH) is an abnormal increase of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain’s ventricles, or cavities. It occurs if the normal flow of CSF throughout the brain and spinal cord is blocked in some way. This causes the spaces to enlarge, putting internal pressure on the brain. Normal pressure hydrocephalus can occur in people of any age, but it is most common in seniors.

While there are a limited number of neurological symptoms that warn of brain disease or disorder, there are literally hundreds of disorders that can cause these symptoms, including Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, Shy-Drager Syndrome, Stroke, Age-Related Essential Dementia and Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus, to name just a few. Some of the most common neurological symptoms are listed here: • • • • • • • •

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program!” But he continued telling me that, even though both he and his wife were medical doctors, when he began having symptoms of memory loss, dementia, a “sticky” gait and urinary incontinence, they both worried it was either Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. He saw more than 10 different doctors over 8 years before one suggested a spinal tap to test for NPH. With tears forming in his eyes, he told me that if he could have attended a lecture similar to the one I had just presented years ago, perhaps he would not have lost some of his brain function, although treatment had returned about 85 percent of his function and personality. He thanked me profusely for what I was doing, but I had to return the thanks to him. His story was more valuable than gold as it motivates me all the more to get the message out. Call Consult-a-nurse at 1-888-359-3552 for information about the next free seminar on Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus or for a free doctor referral.

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ow long have people been enjoying massages? Try centuries! Evidence can be found in Egyptian tombs and ancient Chinese medical texts. Today’s massage therapists manipulate tissue to achieve deep relaxation and promote healing. Applying skillful touch and pressure, they help treat injuries and health problems. Massage therapy can also prevent injury and enhance wellness. But some myths about massage therapy persist. Below, Center for Integrative Medicine massage therapist Tracy Segall helps counter misconceptions.

Health Myth 1: A massage is a massage —no matter where you go. Fact: Not all massages are created equal. In the spa setting, massage techniques involve the whole body and promote relaxation. Massage therapy in a clinical or hospital setting is given by licensed professionals who are trained to find and focus on problem areas. You may come in with backache, for example, and learn that the problem begins in your ankles. Massage therapists promote healing and may work with other medical professionals to improve the results of treatment. Myth 2: Massage therapy mainly involves moving muscles. Fact: Massage does more than manipulate muscles. Massage can stretch tightened areas of the fascia, a seamless tissue layer connecting muscles, bones and organs. Massage can manually move fluids to loosen joints, reduce swelling and make movement easier. For example, synovial fluid, which normally lubricates the joints, can build up painfully in arthritic joints. And lymph, a fluid that normally moves through the body to fight infection, can cause painful swelling. Massage may help increase circulation of the blood, which moves nutrients through the body and speeds healing.

Myth 3: The effects of massage are temporary. Fact: A good massage therapist does more than address temporary aches and pains. He or she wants you to be as comfortable as possible after the massage’s effects wear off. Muscles have a long memory. Holding them in an awkward position—such as craning your neck forward to see a computer at work—can cut off nerve pathways. This triggers neck and shoulder tension, upper back pain, and sometimes numbness and tingling down through the hands. Regular massages let a therapist address your pain patterns and re-educate muscles to improve body mechanics and posture. Myth 4: Massages don’t help migraines—lying down in a dark room is the only cure. Fact: Massage therapy is a complementary treatment for migraine headaches. Applying pressure to trigger points in the neck, shoulders, head and even face can help release tension. This may interrupt pain signals that would otherwise travel up to the blood vessels supplying the brain. Problems in the way these blood vessels function are believed to produce migraine symptoms: severe headache, visual disturbances, nausea and light sensitivity. Myth 5: Don’t interrupt a therapist during a massage, even if it hurts. Fact: Massage therapy is unlikely to be painful. You may feel uncomfortable while a massage therapist applies deep pressure to release a “knot” of muscle tissue. But if pain or discomfort persist, speak up. Sensations that are painful in a “good” way should be temporary. Don’t hesitate to talk to your massage therapist about any discomfort. He or she will want to know and will make adjustments accordingly.


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everal recent studies show osteoarthritis symptoms can be relieved with acupuncture. One Scandinavian study reported that 25 percent of patients canceled their plans for knee surgery after acupuncture. About 15 million Americans have tried this needle therapy. The World Health Organization recommends it for more than 40 conditions as diverse as asthma and nausea from chemotherapy. The Food and Drug Administration regulates acupuncture needles. So, no, I don’t think you’re nuts. By the 3rd century B.C., the Chinese had documented a medical system that is based on qi (pronounced “chee”), a concept of vital energy that is believed to flow throughout the body. Qi is said to regulate a person’s physical, spiritual, emotional and mental balance. Advocates of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), say qi is affected by yin (negative energy) and yang (positive energy). When the flow of qi is disrupted and yin and yang are unbalanced, the condition leads to pain and disease, according to TCM. Treatments that are integral to this ancient system are herbal and nutritional therapy, restorative physical exercises, meditation, acupuncture and remedial massage. To correct the flow of qi, acupuncture uses superfine metal needles inserted into the skin at more than 2,000 “acupoints” along pathways known as “meridians.” It is believed that there are 12 main meridians and 8 secondary meridians. The points can also be stimulated with heated herbs, magnets, mild electrical

current, manual pressure, low-frequency lasers or even bee stings. Most acupuncture patients feel little or no pain as the needles are inserted. Some people are energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed. Improper needle placement, movement of the patient, or a defect in the needle can cause soreness and pain during treatment. Relatively few complications from acupuncture have been reported to the FDA. However, inadequate sterilization of needles and improper administration have led to complications. When done improperly, acupuncture can cause serious problems such as infections and punctured organs. Western scientists don’t know how acupuncture works. However, studies show that stimulating acupoints causes multiple biologic responses. For example, this stimulation can prompt the release of the body’s natural pain-killing endorphins. If you are interested in acupuncture, ask your doctor about it. Healthcare practitioners can be a resource for referrals to acupuncturists. More medical doctors, including neurologists, anesthesiologists, and specialists in physical medicine, are becoming trained in acupuncture. About 10,000 acupuncturists practice in the United States. Most are state-regulated. About 4,000 doctors have completed a recognized acupuncture training program. Look for an acupuncture practitioner who is licensed and credentialed. And, check with your insurer before you start treatment to see whether acupuncture will be covered for your condition. If you would like to read more columns, you can order a copy of “How To Be A Healthy Geezer” at www.healthygeezer.com. All Rights Reserved © 2013 by Fred Cicetti.


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Before the trip:

• Select a flight that allows early evening arrival. Stay up until 10 p.m. local time.

• Anticipate the time change by getting up and going to bed earlier several days prior to an eastward trip and later for a westward trip.

• Upon boarding the plane, change your watch to the destination time zone. • Avoid alcohol or caffeine 3 – 4 hours before bedtime.

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• Spend time outdoors. The sun can help adjust your internal clock. • Avoid heavy meals and excess caffeine / alcohol.

• Use earplugs and blindfolds to block out noise and light while sleeping. • Request two wake-up calls in case you miss the first one. • If your doctor agrees, take vitamin C for at least 3 days once at your destination.

• Sleep medication can help manage short-term insomnia but can’t fix jet lag. Talk to your doctor first.

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BY CARLENE C. COBB orking side-by-side, Junior League of Sarasota and Kobernick-Anchin staff and volunteers laid black and white tile flooring, painted walls and cabinets aqua, sewed café curtains and laminated tables to create a 1950s kitchen for residents of Kobernick-Anchin’s Memory Care wing. It was a “Done in a Day” project selected by Junior League of Sarasota from many proposals. “We chose the 50s kitchen because we respect the work done at KobernickAnchin; we knew this would have a significant positive impact for residents and be a lasting testament to Sarasota Junior League’s commitment to improving our community,” said Kelly Fernandez, project chair. “And, we thought it would be fun.” When mother-and-daughter volunteers Caryn Riley and Janet Miller led a baking activity in the 50s kitchen, memories came to life. Residents shared stories and laughter while shaping and sprinkling cookies that were later shared with others.

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ts architecture hints of an elegant bygone lifestyle: Stained glass windows in the lobby, a sparkling pool, hand-painted tiles on the stair risers, an awning-covered walkway. It’s the Volunteers of America of Florida’s Ocala Ritz Veterans Village which houses 52 once-homeless veterans from the Ocala area. It’s a secure, safe and clean housing solution in a supportive environment free of drugs and alcohol. Government statistics say that nearly 13 percent of the homeless adult population are veterans. What to do? Enter Volunteers of America, a faith-based organization which for 117 years has stepped forward to help America’s most vulnerable. The agency’s ministry of service helps connect veterans to re-integrate back into society and self-sufficiency. In Ocala, Volunteers Of America bought The Ritz Historic Inn which was a landmark property on Main Street. It had weathered foreclosures, bankruptcies and many owners since being built in 1925. The agency spent over two years renovating and turning it into the attractive and useful place it is today. Wendy Whitescarver, the agency’s Resource Development Manager, says, “The community of Ocala really stepped up to assist in making the veterans a home.” Individuals, groups and businesses donated labor, cash, furniture, skills and time to make it a home for those who qualify. Dolly Rodriguez, Health Services Manager for the facility, says, “It’s a place where a veteran’s basic needs are met so they don’t have to worry.” They begin to move their lives forward again. The one-time hotel lobby is now a community room which turns into a training room, class room, computer lab, meeting room or party space, depending

on the need. Former apartments now provide individual rooms with lounge areas and community kitchens. Residents (both men and women and currently ranging in age from 24 to 65) work with staff to develop their life plans and set goals. If they have income, they must pay 30 percent toward their rent. Assistance is given to finding necessary health or counseling services.

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he slower you walk, the sooner you’ll get there.” Those words, uttered by Wolfgang Wippler as we climbed a mountainside trail in Austria, seemed to make little sense. It wasn’t long, though, before their truth became evident. I began to pant due to exertion and the Innsbruck, the thin air at 7,500 feet above historic capital of the sea level. Next to go were Tyrol region since my legs, increasingly grateful 1420, is a good place for our snail-like pace. As to begin an explorawe caught and then passed a tion. In Old Town, younger couple who had becobblestone streets gun the climb minutes before are lined by elegant us at a faster gait, I understood multi-story 15th and my guide’s tortoise-and-hare Goldenes Dachl 16th century houses approach to walking up a mountain. (Golden Roof) and buildings capped That was my introduction to hiking by onion-shaped in the Tyrolean Alps, sheer peaks domes. Some of the Renaissance that rise sharply from green-carpeted and Baroque buildings today house valleys in the western panhandle of cafes and souvenir shops, but even Austria. If mention of Austria conjures those nods to modern commercialism up images of tiny villages of flowerbedecked chalets, cows and sheep graz- can’t hide their graceful facades. The most famous and photographed ing on hillsides so steep you wonder highlight is the Goldenes Dachl how they stand, and people who cling (Golden Roof), a graceful third-story proudly to their traditions, you’re balcony built in 1420 on what became probably picturing the state of Tyrol. Emperor Maximilian’s Innsbruck residence. Covered by more than 2,600 gilded copper tiles, it served as a royal box from which to view tournaments Vienna is aptly famous for its architectural treasures, musical riches, and festivities in the square below. atmospheric coffeehouses and sinfully The “holiday villages” tempting, artery-clogging, whipped Along with its architectural riches, cream-covered desserts. But the museums and other treasures, Innscraggy mountains, lush alpine meadbruck provides a perfect home base for ows and gentle valleys dotted by toyexcursions into the surrounding counlike villages that characterize the Tyrol tryside. The offering of inviting small have a unique magic of their own. towns includes 25 “holiday villages.”

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Accommodations include hotels, bed-and-breakfast facilities and farmhouses that welcome guests. Driving throughout the compact region is easy, on well-paved and clearly marked roads. An alternative is the excellent public transportation system, which includes postal buses, trains and cable cars that provide easy access throughout the area. Traveling to several of the Tyrolean villages around Innsbruck, I first was struck by their similarities. A graceful church usually occupies the central position. Traditional alpine houses—made of pine that has weathered to a rich, dark patina, and balconies festooned with an explosion of colorful flowers—stand adjacent to rambling farmhouses up to 500 years old that were enveloped as the towns grew around them. Lovely miniature places of worship, often built and used by several neighbors, are enticing. Many of these tiny chapels, most with only four to eight narrow pews, were constructed during

times of plague, as convenient places at which to pray for health and for the souls of the dead. Today, they are used primarily for local funeral services. Each mountain village has intriguing differences. Seefield, a town of about 4,000 residents, is only a 15-minute ride outside Innsbruck up a winding, hilly road. Although one of the more touristy villages, it doesn’t present a crowded feeling in summer. Of special interest is the Baroque Seekirchl Church, with its eight little pews. The town of Igls helped launch the area’s tourism business beginning in the 1920s. The focus then, as now, was on health and the clear mountain air that visitors come to breathe. Little Lans is known for several outstanding restaurants and for a lake area where locals gather to swim, sun and socialize. Gasse is easy to miss. Home to only about three dozen families, the village offers an opportunity to see mailbox-like structures in front of homes that are used by residents to deposit a note with their order for fresh bread, which the local baker leaves the next morning. Whenever I hike now, even near home, I conjure up these and other images of the Tyrolean area of Austria in all of its beauty. I’ll also remember and abide by Wolfgang Wippler’s wise words of advice. For more information, contact the Austrian National Tourist Office at 212-944-6880 or austria.info.


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How to Eat Like a Child is based on the book by humorist and screenwriter Delia Ephron. The clever lyrics and upbeat music are by John Forster. Judith Kahan first adapted the book for a TV special starring Dick Van Dyke. Venice Theatre’s production is sponsored by Doug and Mary Taylor and directed by Cathy Baudrit-Noeth with music direction by Rick Bogner. Tickets are $10 for students, $17 for adults and are available at www.venicestage.com or 941-488-1115. Box office hours are Monday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm and Saturday 10 am – 1 pm. The theatre is located at 140 W. Tampa Avenue.

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ifty years ago David Leong was struggling for Springfield, Missouri, locals to accept foods from his homeland in China. He created Chef David Leong and cashew chicken his son Chef Wing Yee. Photo: Springfield to serve at his Visitors Bureau. Leong’s Tea House and within a few years “Springfield -Style Cashew Chicken” appeared on menus coast to coast. To make his Cashew Chicken, Laong took fried chicken chunks and covered them with Chinese oyster sauce, cashews and chopped green onion. Here are two versions of the classic that use healthier chicken breast rather than the classic fried chicken:

Cashew Chicken

1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes 1 Tbsp cornstarch Salt and pepper 2 Tbsp vegetable oil 6 cloves garlic, minced 8 scallions, white and green parts separated, each cut into 1-inch pieces 2 Tbsp rice vinegar 3 Tbsp hoisin sauce 3/4 cup raw cashews (4 ounces), toasted White rice, cooked

Toss chicken with cornstarch until chicken is coated; season with salt and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 Tbsp. oil over medium heat. Cook half the chicken, tossing often, until browned, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add remaining oil and chicken to skillet along with the garlic and white parts of scallions. Cook, tossing often, until chicken is browned, about 3 minutes. Return first batch of chicken to pan. Add vinegar; cook until evaporated, about 30 seconds. Add hoisin sauce and 1/4 cup water; cook, tossing, until chicken is cooked through, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in scallion greens and cashews. Serve immediately over white rice, if desired. (Hoisin sauce is used both at the table and as a seasoning in cooking.)

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Slice chicken strips diagonally. In a bowl, toss together all ingredients. Reserve some cashews for garnish and serve.

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great pets for the over fifty population? I was like a lot of people who grew up with dogs and thought I disliked cats. The only cats I knew were those that pooped in the garden, killed birds and kept us up at night with their sexy summer serenades. Then I got a job at a veterinary hospital in my teens and had my first real contact with cats. In vet school, I took a stray kitten into my home and that’s when my love affair really began. Banana Mae taught me just how special cats could be in her nineteen years with me. My parents even sent birthday cards to their grandcat.

Kitty Pros & Cons The right cat can give us everything a dog can: provide love and companionship, improve our mental and physical health and give us a sense of purpose. Cats don’t tie us down as much as dogs, are easier and more affordable to care for, are less physically demanding, require less of our time, don’t need to be walked and are better accepted should our living situation change. The disadvantages are few and can be easily remedied: • A brightly colored collar with a bell can prevent tripping over Fluffy. • Litter box cleaning can be made easy by using clumping litter and an odorless disposal system such as the Litter Genie™. • Cats can be trained to accept their carriers and transport to the vet (see CATalystcouncil.org).

• Cats can learn to accept scratching posts, nail trimming, and nail caps to prevent scratching. • Cats bathe themselves, and shorthaired cats shed little and need infrequent brushing.

• Cats kept indoors don’t kill, have less parasites, and stay perpetual kittens who depend on us.

• Re-homing an adult cat can avoid the destructive kitten phase.

Choosing the Perfect Cool Cat I have never paid more than a small adoption fee for any of my pets. Shelters, private homes and veterinarians can be great sources for adoption candidates. Eight weeks is the perfect age for training and best allows you to shape your cat’s behavior. Older kittens or adults are also great, but you will miss out on some of the pee-in-your-pants antics of a kitten. My secret to choosing a great cat is to view the available cats from a distance as they interact with each other, then evaluate their reaction to my approach and handling. Choose the cat who is neither shy nor a bully, does not run away and allows you to pick him up, and seems interested in you. The coolest cats will jump in your lap and allow you to hold them on their backs in your hands or lap. Did you know that indoor cats view their pet parent as their mother that they are dependent on, and are less likely to be aloof? Kittens from momma cats that are people socialized will be friendlier. For these reasons, the feral cat kitten can be a risky choice. Still not convinced that a cat is right for you? Next month we’ll discuss some of my favorite dog choices to share your lap. Kate Brown, DVM is the owner and medical director of Brandt Veterinary Clinic in Nokomis Florida. Visit www.brandtvetclinic.com or email her at drkate@ brandtvetclinic. com. Kate Brown, DVM, and her cat, Frankie.


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e hear it all the time: “Everything has changed.” It seems to be even more true than you might think. Think about this for a minute: The Twitter for the president of the United States ranks No. 6, trailing behind rock stars Justin Bieber and Katy Perry by millions of followers. But have celebrities always trumped achievers for public attention? Sociologist Patrick Nolan decided to test the notion that public fascination with celebrities had grown during the 20th century while interest in achievers or producers such as scientists, inventors or industrialists and religious figures had waned.

Notable Deaths Using The New York Times obituaries as a cultural barometer, he analyzed 100 years of obits from 1900 – 2000, working from the newspaper’s “notable deaths” section. Nolan expected his theory to hold true, but what he didn’t expect to find was just how strong the evidence would be. “Most striking are the simultaneous increases in celebrity obituaries and declines in religious obituaries. They document the increasing secularization and hedonism of American culture at a time when personal income was rising and public concern was shifting away from the basic issues of survival,” Nolan said. “The magnitude of these trends is seismic. While the Greeks may have looked to their gods for guidance and entertainment, we’ve turned increasingly to our celebrities – entertainers and athletes.”

The results showed that obituaries of entertainers and athletes steadily rose in rank across the 20th century, moving from seventh in 1900, to first in 1975 and 2000, at which point they accounted for 28 percent of obits. Religious obits in 1900? 4th in rank. In 2000? not even one among the Notable Deaths. A similar pattern was seen among manufacturing and industryrelated obits, and business/finance obits “halved over the century,” he said.

The Twitter for the president of the United States ranks No. 6, trailing behind rock stars Justin Bieber and Katy Perry by millions of followers. Why the differences? We live in a time of surplus, of producing more than what is needed to keep people clothed, fed and housed. Nolan said, “Surplus creates options. A person who once made $5 beyond their basic needs for food and shelter had to decide whether to save it or buy something. A person who makes more than $100 after paying their bills has more options. That’s when thinking shifts from survival to how to spend one’s time, including leisure activities. The economy has generated this potential.” It’s easier to lazily cater to our passions, pace and appetites with plenty of money. Nolan said, “Obesity wasn’t a major problem 100 or 200 years ago when people struggled to get enough food. Now we’re banning 16-ounce sodas and cutting down fast-food in school cafeterias.” Newswise

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n the day I was born, the nurse wrapped me in a pink baby blanket and brought me to Mama who took one look and began to cry. The nurse chalked it up to postpartum depression, so she was unprepared for what happened next. “I don’t know whose baby this is, but it’s NOT mine,” Mama wailed. “Take her back and bring me MY baby.” The nurse persisted that it was her baby. Mama took another look and shook her head. “There is simply no way I gave birth to a child this ugly. Take her back. Now.”

Humor I don’t know who convinced Mama otherwise, but I went home with her and she decided to turn me into a Shirley Temple doppelganger. She often recited the tale of my first day on earth while attempting to transform me into Shirley. She sang, whistled and hummed to me. She put bubbles in my bath water.

When I looked at myself in the mirror, Shirley Temple did not look back at me. On my seventh birthday, instead of a new doll she gave me a Toni home permanent. Mama said Shirley didn’t play with dolls; Mama said Shirley had curls. Ringlets. And since Shirley was the holy grail of seven-year-old girls and their mothers, she was determined to put enough ringlets in my hair to make my head bounce like a slinky. She plopped me down in the bathroom one morning to begin the arduous work of transformation. Home perms were the rage at that time and they were cheap. Instead of paying $15 for a professional perm, the frugal Lifestyles After 50 • May 2013 • page 44

housewife could have curls for $2. It was a nobrainer for Mama. The permanent wave solution smelled like rotten eggs, but the stink was nothing compared to the tight curlers Mama used on me. “Ow! Ow! That hurts,” I whined for the three hours it took her to wrap each strand of hair on my head for what she hoped would be transformed into sausagelike ringlets, Shirley-style. Madam Makeover continued winding me up and nearly snatching me baldheaded. “All done,” she finally announced, grinning like she had discovered plutonium in the back yard. When I looked at myself in the mirror, Shirley Temple did not look back at me. The stringy blonde locks that had previously hung down to my shoulders like coils of dirty rope were no longer there. I found not one ringlet either sausage-style, banana-style or Shirleystyle. Corkscrews sprang from my head in no particular direction, poking out harem-scarem from here to Sunday as if each lock of hair had been forced into an electric socket till it sizzled. Daddy came home right about that time. He took a long look at me as if I were somebody else’s child and then suggested to Mama that they might ought to take me to see Doctor Cone. She spun around big as you please and looked him square in the eye. “She’s not sick. She’s my little Shirley Temple girl. Isn’t she pretty?” “Oh for gawd’s sake,” Daddy said before moseying on down to the kitchen to pour himself a stiff one. At school the next morning, Miss Dibble announced, “Today is school picture day. Be sure to smile for the camera.” To this day, I totally hate Toni home perms.


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