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oin us for the 3rd annual Fun Fest! at the St. Petersburg Coliseum, March 28, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Historic Coliseum is located at 535 Fourth Avenue North, St Petersburg. This event features “Friendly” exhibitors with information on local services, lifestyles, health and wellness, travel and more. A discounted lunch will be available for $5 along with other menu items. Free coffee and goodies will be
Health Screenings Free health screenings will include hearing and eye checks, glucose, blood pressure and bone density checks. Other important health information and services will be provided by St. Petersburg General Hospital.
Thousands of dollars in prizes will be given away, including tickets to Busch Gardens and the Florida Orchestra. The Prize-A-Palooza offers chances to win $100 in cash throughout the day. The Grand Prize drawing at the end of the day will be a two-night stay at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, including round trip airline tickets compliments of the St. PetersEntertainment burg-Clearwater International Airport. Enjoy live performances on stage through- Who says Easter Egg out the day. Celebrate the ‘60s and ‘70s Hunts are for Kids? with Richie Merritt of The Marcels, William Join us for the Official “Duece” Hulett—the “Best in Country EnLifestyles After 50 Easter tertaining” as well as Denise Looney, “The Egg Hunt. Colorful easter eggs will DJ with a Twist!” Don’t miss Fritzy the be hidden in the Colisuem throughout “One Man Circus” and his amazing stunts. the day. Find one and win a prize! Games and Prizes Admission and parking are free. Activities of the day include free Bingo For more info, call (813) 653-1988 games and the Senior Friendly Sports or 1-888-670-0040 or go to www. Area. Try your sports skills to win prizes! Lifestylesafter50fl.com. See you there!
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The Cosmo Girl Was One Smart Cookie
fter you’re older, two things are possibly more important than any others: health and money.”
A perceptive statement. Quick! Who said it?
Janice Doyle, Editor
Hints: The author of the statement died at age 90 last year. Contrary to the way we were raised in the 40s and 50s, she was among the very public females who believed that women were just as smart and capable as men and could achieve anything they wanted. In the 60s she was one of the ﬁrst women to break through the glass ceiling in the male-dominated business world. Who was it? Helen Gurley Brown, author of the 1962 book Sex and the Single Girl. The younger generation—if they knew of Helen Gurley Brown at all—thought of her as a joke. Just an anorexic old woman who was pictured when she was younger working from a pink silk-walled and leopard-carpeted ofﬁce. But for an older generation, Helen Gurley-Brown was a the person who, more than anyone else, personiﬁed freedom from the personal and professional boundaries set by the women of her day. Decades before there was Sex and the City (which I’ve never watched), there was Sex and the Single Girl in 1962 (which I never read). Still,
I was aware that she shocked the world by publishing attitudes about women and sex that were as liberating as the birth control pill had been to their physical bodies when it was introduced in 1960. In her writing career with Cosmopolitan magazine, she became a powerhouse of business acumen as she put forth her ideas of career advancement for women. What I hadn’t realized until her obituaries is that she had a world of things to say about life and work which are sensible and realistic. Take this for example:
“Never fail to know that if you are doing all the talking, you are boring somebody.”
It pretty much says it all, doesn’t it? We’re often bored by the talkers around us.
Another quote: “I hope I have convinced you that the only thing that separates successful people from the ones who aren’t is the willingness to work very, very hard.”
Helen Gurley Brown’s father died in Arkansas when she was ten (1932) and her mother moved her and her sister (paralyzed from polio) to California. Later Brown wrote: “I never liked the looks of the life that was programmed for me—ordinary, hillbilly and poor.” In high school, Brown set about working harder than anyone else, went to college and worked secretarial jobs before she became the ﬁrst woman
to hold a copywriter position at an advertising agency. She was a hardworking career girl in a man’s world.
“My success was not based so much on any great intelligence but on great common sense.”
As editor of Cosmopolitan magazine she changed the Good Housekeeping type magazine into a publication which, at its height, had three million circulation in 27 countries. She was obviously onto something as a business woman. How did her common sense play into that success? Here’s one example:
“The faster you get back to people, the less brilliant you have to be.”
Wow! Talk about common sense. How much time have you spent waiting on phone calls in the last month? And who cared? She did in her day.
Have trouble remembering names? The older I get, yes, the more often I can’t for the life of me remember people’s names. Even as a young career girl, Helen Gurley Brown simpliﬁed her life by calling everyone “Pussycat,” making them feel loved and desirable and they loved her back. I think the lady was on to something! Her word—pussycat—doesn’t ﬁt my personality, but maybe I can come up with something to be a generic catchall, an endearing loveable title to use when I see you without having to remember your name.. Any suggestions?
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W H AT ’ S H A P P E N I N G M A R C H 2 0 1 3
Writers Support Group at Beach Library, 365 73rd Ave., St Pete Beach. 1 to 3 p.m. (727) 363-9238.
Boston Pops concert “The Streisand Songbook” at The Mahaffey Theater. Vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway and Ted Rosenthal on piano. Tickets online at TheMahaffey.com, or at (727) 893-7832. Box office:
through April 28 “Murder Among Friends,” a play called “clever, amusing and surprising” by the New York Times. At Early Bird Dinner Theatre, 200 S McMullenBooth Rd., Clearwater. $30 tickets. Reservations at (727) 446-5898. “1964” a Beatles Tribute Band Concert at the Mahaffey Theater. Tickets $35 to $45 online at TheMahaffey.com, by phone at (727) 893-7832 or in person at The Mahaffey Theater Box Office.
Historical Writing Workshop by author Angela T. Pisaturo. At Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N., Largo. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $15. Advanced registration recommended. (727) 582-2233.
“Ain’t Retirement Grand,” a spoof, at Venue Theatre, 9125 U.S. 19 N., Pinellas Park. $20. (727) 822-6194.
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“Edible Flowers” Cooking Demonstration at St. Petersburg’s Museum of Fine Arts exhibition. 6 and 7:30 p.m. demo. $20/person. Reservations recommended: call (727) 896-2667 ext. 210.
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Writers Group (Florida Writers Association Group) monthly meeting. Diane Sawyer, mystery writer, The New World of Publishing. St. Pete Main Library, 3745 9th Ave. N. (727) 893-7724.
Andy Cooney’s “Forever Irish” brings a full cast of talent and a dynamic stage presence to stir your Irish blood with singers and dancers. At Ruth Eckerd Hall. Tickets: $38, $28 and $21.Phone (727) 791-7400.
13th Army Band Patriotic Concert, tribute to all military,
veterans and families. At Boca Ciega High School Auditorium, 924 58th St. S., Gulfport. Phone: (954) 893-5070 or 13tharmyband.com. – April 21 “When the World was Green” (A Chef’s Fable), stage presentation by American Stage Theatre Company, 163 3rd St. North, St. Pete. (727) 823-7529 for info, or online at americanstage.org.
– 24 Pinellas County Fair at Tropicana Field. Rides, food, exhibits, animals, horticulture. Discount tickets available at Walgreens. Advance general admission $5. Info/ showtimes at (727) 541-6941. Stars & Stripes “USA Spirit of America Show” at the Armed Forces History Museum, Largo. Swing dance lesson, dancing and 1940’s USO show begins 7:30 p.m. 10 O’Clock Swing Band Orchestra with Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra impersonators. $24 tickets. Phone: (727) 539-8371.
Bill Cosby at Ruth Eckerd Hall.Tickets $42, up. Phone: (727) 791-7400 or reh.org.
The Baby Boomer Comedy Show with Kent Rader and Jan Mclnnis (known as the “World’s Cleanest comedians”) at Largo Cultural Center. Tickets: $19.50, up. Info (727) 587-6793.
Needlecraft Club at Mirror Lake Library (2nd & 4th Saturdays). 1 to 3 p.m. All skill levels welcome. Info: (727) 893-7268.
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Move Over, Annie Oakley: Women and Guns only thing I do with it...well, I have woodchucks that need to be gone,” said Margaret Dubois from Connecticut.
BY TRACIE SCHMIDT
s I stood there with the gun in my hand, I couldn’t help but notice how shaky my aim was. I was nervous, of course—it was my first time. “Grip it with both hands. Move your thumbs a bit down and to the left. That’s it. Now lean forward some. You want to be in control when it recoils,” instructed Dr. Gerald Colbert, a certiﬁed NRA instructor and former naval ofﬁcer. It was a “dry ﬁring,” part of the First Steps Pistol Course I was taking in Sarasota. One by one, students moved up to the front of the class, aimed at a target and pulled the trigger without ammunition, just to get a feel for how the gun handles. I was surprised by how light it was, by how easy it was to pull the trigger. That’s not all that surprised me. Every student that picked up the gun was female. “The class is typically around 45 percent women,” said Colbert. But he said it wasn’t unusual for him to see a class full. It’s a trend he’s noticed has been growing over the years, especially in response to local crime. Toni Parsons, 81, was taking the class with me. “My son is very much into gun shooting, and he took me shooting a few times. I want to improve at it, but basically it’s self defense,” she said. “I was always afraid to have a gun because I thought that, being a little old lady, a person would get the gun from me and use it on me. That’s partly why I’m taking the course, so I can become proﬁcient in using it and feel that I can use it as protection.” She’s not alone—women over 50 are a growing demographic for gun permits, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Licensing. The number of annual concealed weapon license applications for men and women rose from 28,618 in 1999 to 151,883 in 2012. In the month of January 2013 alone, 77,754 women aged 51 – 65 obtained a conceal carry permit—more than women from any other age group. Lifestyles After 50 • March 2013 • page 6
Dr. Gerald Colbert gives Toni Parsons instruction on aiming a firearm.
Put ‘em up? Taken that way, one would start to think that we boomer women are just waiting for the tumbleweed to blow by at high noon; but that’s hardly the case. I put forth the question: Why arm yourself? About thirty women over 50, from different states, political afﬁliations and walks of life, responded back. The overwhelming answer was self defense. Trish Shultz, 54, an Independent from Ellenton, said, “I’m single. I just think that the world has become unpredictable. People just want to protect their family and themselves. I don’t honestly agree with guns because it seems the killings have gone up, but I know I need a gun for self protection.” Earletta Maples, 71, a Democrat from Michigan said, “I carried a concealed weapon when I was a schoolteacher in downtown Detroit, Michigan, in the early 70s. I only had to pull it one time.” One night when she was stopped at a red light, someone approached her car. “He was looking in my window, and when I pulled my gun, he backed up all the way to the other side of the street.” Others carry for sport. Mary Sorge, 66, goes to the shooting range with her husband in Illinois and Arizona. Joann Altergott belongs to the Conto Wisconsin Gun Club. “I shoot mostly for recreation,” she says. According to the National Sporting Goods association, more women are participating in target shooting than ever. From 2001 to 2011, the number increased from 3.3 million women to just over 5 million. For hunting, it’s up almost 42 percent. A few women own a gun strictly for animal control. “I have a .22, and the
The Debate Of the women I interviewed, feelings about gun ownership varied. A little over half were against owning or using a gun personally, but not in favor of denying others the right to do so if they chose. Overall, most were against weapons like assault riﬂes, and in favor of background checks before weapons can be issued. Those who were for gun ownership believed in the right to self defense, their constitutional right to bear arms, and that stricter gun laws only make it harder for law-abiding citizens to obtain ﬁrearms, while criminals ﬁnd a way to acquire them elsewhere.. Mary L.*, a Republican, worked for the army for 32 years and has been around guns her whole life. “My stepfather had a gun. I’ve never lived in a house where there wasn’t a gun. I decided to carry one for self defense,” she said. “My ﬁrst husband was in security, and I have his .38, and I believe in the NRA. Who wants to live in a house where you can’t protect yourself?” Those that were against believed that the number of guns in the populace is out of control and that the number of gun-related accidents, suicides and conﬂict escalations far outweigh the number of people saved by using a gun in self defense. Deborah Healy of Sarasota said, “There are too many guns out there, and there’s just no reason for anyone to have the big, automatic assault riﬂes. The police ofﬁcers never know what they are going to face out there. My cousin’s a police ofﬁcer, and I hear about all the kids that get shot accidentally—there’s no reason for it.” Still others believe that the issue might be resolved with non-lethal crime deterrents, like tasers, mace and so forth. Alice Valentine, 65, of Sarasota, is a ﬁrm believer in selfdefense of the four-legged variety. She said: “I’m more into German shepherds than guns. They keep me safe and give you love back.”
Having women weigh in on the debate yielded a familiar question: Does arming more people make a society safer or deadlier? Despite strong arguments on both sides, it’s an issue that the nation has yet to resolve.
Parsons presents her target after finishing the class.
After the Class At the end of the class, all of us ladies headed off to the ﬁring range to practice with live ammunition. Toni Parsons was up ﬁrst, and after a few minutes of applying what she learned in class, the 81-year-old came back with a target peppered with holes. “I want to bring it home and put it on my door—don‘t dare to enter here: sharpshooter inside!” she said as she held it up. I asked her how she felt after the class. “I feel safer knowing how to use a gun,” she answered. When my turn came, my experience was a bit different. I felt safer knowing how to use a gun as well—but safer from the gun, not necessarily from an assailant. Knowing how to ﬁre it, handle it, store it, and how it worked gave me peace of mind should I ever ﬁnd myself confronted with one, defensively or otherwise. In this country, everyone is given the right to bear arms to defend ourselves and our fellow citizens, but what we are not given is the responsibility and the competence to do it safely and wisely. That’s up to the individual. Firing a gun for the ﬁrst time, knowing that I had the power to kill another human being, made me want to be a more responsible person. For all of the women I interviewed, the decision to own a gun was a personal one. All I have to say is: look out, bad guys, Toni Parsons’ in town.” *requested name be changed
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Club Members Say “Come Quilt With Us” BY JANICE DOYLE
sk not what your fabric can do for you, but what you can do for your fabric.” This quote could be the motto for the Quilter’s Crossing Club in Palm Harbor. The 80 members ranging in age from 30 to 92 years can’t seem to do enough with fabric. Each Wednesday they meet to share ideas and stitch up ‘quilty’ kinds of things. Some of the women started young with grandmothers who quilted; others started later in life. Whatever their reasons for quilting, on March 16—National Quilting Day—the club will offer the community a chance to learn and experience the steps in making a quilt. Rhonda Baker, President-elect of the club, says, “If you’ve quilted in the
be teaching others, sewing for good causes and demonstrating their passion for all things quilty. The club is excited because “People may not have grown up with quilting and this is a chance for them to see what we do. We will have all supplies ready for you to sit down and sew, and our club Meet the Quilter’s Crossing Club, Palm Harbor. members will be assisting with each step.” past or if you want to see what goes They plan to make at least three into making a quilt, come and let us quilts that will be given to Athena help you. We’ll have the pieces cut House in Tampa. Each quilt will be and you can choose your fabric, use the same pattern but different colors. our sewing machines to sew them toBaker says, “For me, quilting is gether and stay as long as you want.” therapy, just sitting and sewing From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Centre in or putting pieces together. I like Palm Harbor will buzz (It’s a quilting bee, after all!) as the local group joins seeing the way what I’ve imagined quilters around the U.S. who will also in my head matches up.”
Quilting started as a utilitarian way to use up scraps of fabric and create necessary covers for sleeping. Today, quilts are often a means of decorating and individualizing the look of a room’s decor. Some members, like Baker, do custom quilting, making a quilt according to what someone else has imagined and wants. Quilter’s Crossing Club’s weekly meetings include workshops and learning sessions as well as times to just “sit and sew” on whatever their current individual projects are. The group also holds quilt shows (their January show had over 200 quilts) and participates in national quilting “challenges.” Their most recent challenge was for members to create a hanging quilt depicting their passion. Try out quilting March 16 at The Centre, 1500 16th Street, Palm Harbor. For more information, please call (727) 430-7620.
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It’s the Irish In Me, B’gorry W
hatever our roots, St. Patrick’s Day and the wearin’ of the green are a part of March. Be sure to wear the green and enjoy these: Top Irish American Films: In America – an Irish family in New York City
Boondock Saints – twins and the Boston criminal element Far and Away – great fiddle music and Tom Cruise/Nicole Kidman in a weak immigrant story P.S. I Love You – the old Irish sadness and great actresses (Hilary Swank and Kathy Bates) Yankee Doodle Dandy – James Cagney as first generation Irish American George M. Cohan The Sullivans – five Irish American brothers aboard the USS Juneau in WWII.
A Good Irish Joke: The Fame of Red Adair At the height of the 1991 Gulf War, the expertise of Red Adair (that well known fire fighter) was called upon to go out to the Gulf and put out the oil rig fires. On his way his plane landed in Ireland for an overnight stop, so Red took advantage and visited the local bar for a pint of the black stuff. On entering the bar, two old Irish boys witnessed him walk in and one said to the other. “Isn’t that Red Adair?” The other replied, “No.” The old boy then said, “I’m sure it is and I’m so sure that I will bet you a pint if I am wrong.” The doubting one said, “Ok” and they both went over to Red. The one said, “Are you Red Adair?” to which Red said he was. The doubting Irishman said, “Are you still dancing with Ginger Rogers?” How To Say Hello Greetings in Ireland tend to vary
from place to place. In the southeast it might be “Well, boy.” Up north you might be greeted with “Bout ye.” In parts of Dublin, it could be “Howyiz,” while in County Cork you might be confronted with “Howsitgoin’ boy?” A more rural equivalent is “How’s she cuttin’?” A suitable reply is “Grand altogether” if you are in good form, or “Survivin’” if not.
Two Irishman Meet a Swiss Tourist A Swiss man, on holiday in Dublin, needed directions. He was standing outside Davy Byrne’s pub when he saw two youths walking by so he stops them and asks, “Entschuldigung, koennen Sie Deutsch sprechen?”
“Parlare Italiano?” Still absolutely no response from the two lads.
“Hablan ustedes Espanol?” The Dublin lads remain totally silent.
The Swiss guy walks off extremely disappointed and downhearted that he had not been understood. One of the boys turns to the second and says, “Y’know, maybe we should learn a foreign language!” “Why?” says the youth, “That guy knew four languages, and it didn’t do him any good!”
The two lads look at each other blankly and stare back at him. “Excusez-moi, parlez vous Français?” He tries. The two continue to stare.
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Adventures in Oregon Musicians Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum perform on the Rogue River in Oregon.
BY TRACIE SCHMIDT here’s nothing like being on the water to make you forget your troubles. Add a little Bluegrass to the mix, and it’s pure heaven. Once a year, Echo River Trips invites Grammynominated musicians Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum along for the ride on a fourday whitewater excursion on the Rogue River in Oregon. As an avid Bluegrass fan, I jumped at the chance to experience this twist on the traditional rafting trip.
Travel The gang met up in Galice, Oregon to load up and head out on our adventure. It was all adults this trip, many of them with grown children, but that didn’t keep us from acting like kids. On trips like these, days are spent lazing on the gear raft to the steady rhythm of the guide’s oars, enjoying the teamwork of a six-person paddle boat, or braving the Rogue’s class III rapids in a one-man inflatable raft called a “ducky.” The latter was a favorite among the guests. “The scenery is amazing—the adventure’s in the duckies,” said Jeffery Lewis of California, a retiree who spends his free time traveling and enjoying the outdoors. There’s plenty of time to try all three, whether you want to relax during a rough section of the river or test your mettle against the rapids. The guides make regular stops along the way to give everyone a chance to stretch their legs, enjoy a picnic lunch by the river or take in the sights, whether it’s a hike to an old goldLifestyles After 50 • March 2013 • page 12
panner’s homestead and a dip in a cold spring, or a trip to Zane Grey’s cabin, a famous author of western novels who drew inspiration from life on the river. It’s not hard to see why—with rocky grey cliffs and waterfalls, deep green water, mist-shrouded evergreens and abundant wildlife, there’s no shortage of scenery along the way. Osprey circled overhead as we drifted down the Rogue, and we even spotted deer grazing and a black bear fishing on the banks of the river. After pitching my tent for the night (gear is provided by Echo, or you can bring your own), I sat down to a hearty meal of marinated steak kabobs with onions, peppers and mushrooms, roasted potatoes and blue cheese pecan pear salad. Meals are healthy and savory; there’s always fresh fruit and vegetables on hand to snack on, and vegetarian entrees are served as well. At night, Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum fiddled, mandolined and sang long after the embers of our campfire died down, while guests shared laughter and stories of their travels. I asked Lewis and Rozem what they enjoyed most about the trip. “Unplugging,” said Lewis with a wry grin. “Getting away from all the sounds of machinery into nature. Into the sounds of water, the river.” “I like everything,” Rozum said. “I just love being outside. It’s important to get out into nature once in awhile.” For me, the best part of the trip was the people. Our guides—Nick, Mike, Kayla and Jennifer—were experienced and friendly. Nick and Mike rescued my wayward ducky on
more than one occasion, Kayla and I geeked-out about our favorite books and Jennifer was a first-class camp chef. Each guide is trained in first aid and swift water rescue and knows every twist and turn of the Rogue. For Nick, the river is like a second home. “Being on the river is such a spiritual place,” he told me. “It’s a lifestyle. Echo is like my family.” For guest Lisa Pratt, it was a chance to spend time with other bluegrass fans and meet two of her favorite musicians. She brought her guitar along for the trip, got a few tips from the pros and had a chance to perform
some original music during an impromptu talent night. “Playing along with Laurie and Tom, it’s something I’ll never forget,” she exclaimed. There were jokes and skits, crazy costumes galore—everyone got involved. And on the last day, we all lashed our rafts together and drifted down the home stretch of the river while Lewis and Rozum sang “I’m In Love With A River Guide” and “Going Away.” It was a bittersweet ending to an unforgettable trip. To plan your own adventure, visit echotrips.com or call (541) 386-2271.
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park 90 mins. south of Grants Pass. Home to the Grove of Titans, where some of the largest trees in the world are said to be hidden. Visit Stout Grove for a short, easily accessible trail (0.6 mi.) through some truly humbling giants, or take a longer trek on Boy Scout Tree Trail (5.2 mi.) to really explore the park. Stay: The park offers choice camping, but can fill up quickly, so book in advance. Parks.ca.gov/?page_id=413
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Oregon Caves National Monument 30 mins. south of Grants Pass, just outside of Cave Junction. 90-minute tours of the spectacular marble cave system depart from the ranger station every 30 minutes. Bring warm clothes and be in good shape, as the half mile trek through the mountain includes more than 500 stairs. Well worth the trip! Stay: The Chateau at the Oregon Caves—one of the Great Lodges of the National Parks. Open May through Oct. Oregoncaveschateau.com.
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ou’ll think it’s the 40s again and the USO show is in town. Bigger and better than ever this year is The Armed Forces History Museum’s “Spirit of America USO Show” on Friday, March 22. Enjoy the sights and sounds that can take you back in time. The Museum invites you to put on your dancing shoes and experience this authentic 1940’s re-enactment show! A centrally located, raised stage will put the spotlight on the 19-piece 10 O’Clock Swing Band Orchestra and impersonators Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra.
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You’ll love the swing dancing (and lessons), paparazzi, vintage attire, red carpet, USO arm bands, show hostesses and more for a fun evening of entertainment. WWII reenactors from the 1st Infantry Division will be a part of the show. Here are the details: VIP Dinner at 6 p.m. (Limited number of tickets available); 7:30 p.m. general admission open ($24 tickets); 7:30 swing dance lessons; 8 p.m. to midnight the USO Show, dance and salute to the troops. Valet parking will be available for $5 per car. Additional parking is available near the museum on 34th Way North in Largo and golf cart shuttles will be available to shuttle guests to/from the parking lot. Tickets may be purchased online at armedforcesmuseum.com, by calling (727) 539-8371, or in person at the museum.
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An Untold True Story from the WWII Jungles of Bataan, by Bob Welch
luding death. Banding together as one. With character tested, heroes emerge. These themes could apply to many World War II tales, but there are few that take readers to the far-flung Author Bob Welch battlefield of the Philippines during the Bataan Death March, and no other that shares the heroics of Lt. Clay Conner, Jr. He was an unlikely hero whose actions helped him and his men survive thirty-four months amongst an array of enemies. Resolve: From the WWII Jungles of Bataan, The Epic Story of a Soldier, a Flag, and a Promise Kept by military writer Bob Welch is an intriguing blend of courage, perseverance and the absolute resolve to live, even if it meant becoming a member of a native tribe. On April 9, 1942, thousands of U.S. soldiers surrendered as the Philippine island of Luzon fell to the Japanese. A few hundred Americans placed their faith in their own hands and headed for the jungle. Among them was Clay Conner Jr., a 23-year-old Army Air Force communications officer—a Duke cheerleader—who had never even camped out before.
Resolve is the story of how Conner eludes World War II’s Bataan Death March and galvanizes groups of disparate people—among them, a tribe of arrow-shooting pygmy Negritos—to survive the relentless pursuit of Japanese and communist soldiers. As months—and then years—pass, Conner’s mother, Marguerite, refuses to believe her son is dead. Will he prove her right? As in Welch’s previously celebrated titles American Nightingale and Easy Company Soldier, the keen insight into the feelings, fears and foibles of his characters is ever apparent in Resolve. “One’s ability to withstand the toughest ordeals isn’t dependent on who we are when the challenge begins, but on what we become when forced to rise to the occasion or die,” says Welch. Conner persevered, surviving a relentless pursuit of the enemy and to keep a promise, emerging from a Philippines jungle to present an amazed lieutenant general with a tattered American flag on a bamboo pole, symbolic of an unlikely victory won. ““Resolve is more than a book about war,” adds Welch, “but about groups of people whose strength in a common purpose negates whatever differences might threaten to divide them. And, amid a horrific war, about an unlikely hero who forged peace among them—and within himself.” More about the author online at bobwelch.net. Lifestyles After 50 • March 2013 • page 15
Diabetes And Eye Health: A Closer Look
hose with diabetes should take a good look at their eye health. That’s the word from the American Diabetes Association. It reports that nearly 26 million people in the United States have diabetes and 12,000 – 24,000 people lose their sight because of the disease each year. The American Optometric Association (AOA) encourages Americans with diabetes to schedule annual, dilated eye examinations to help detect and prevent eye and vision disorders that could lead to blindness.
Health Diabetic Eye Disorders People with diabetes are at a significantly higher risk for developing eye diseases including glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy, one of the most serious sight-threatening complications of diabetes. Consider the following:
• Those with diabetes are 40 percent more likely to suffer from glaucoma than people without diabetes.
• Those with diabetes are 60 percent more likely to develop cataracts. People with diabetes also tend to get them at a younger age and have them progress faster. With cataracts, the eye’s clear lens clouds, blocking light and interfering with normal vision.
Eye Health Tips In addition to having yearly, comprehensive eye exams, the AOA offers the following tips to help prevent or slow the development of diabetic eye diseases:
Diabetic retinopathy is a condition that causes progressive damage to the retina, the light-sensitive lining at the back of the eye. Damage to the tiny blood vessels that nourish the retina causes swelling of retinal tissue and clouding of vision. If left untreated, diabetic retinopathy can cause blindness. Since early warning signs of diabetic eye and vision disorders are often subtle or undetected, the AOA recommends that people—especially African Americans and Hispanics, who have a higher risk of developing
• Keep glycohemoglobin test results (“A1c,” or average blood sugar level) consistently under 7 percent.
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Do you suffer from persistent burning, throbbing, or tingling pain in your feet? If so, you could have a condition called Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN). You may be interested in a medical research study using a drug that is approved for neuropathic pain associated with DPN. Individuals who qualify must be: • Men or women who are 18 years of age or older; • Currently diagnosed with Type 1 or 2 diabetes; and • Experiencing moderate to severe pain on walking. To see if you may qualify for this study, please contact:
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able aura or dark ring around lights or illuminated objects, visible dark spots in vision or images of flashing lights.
• Take prescribed medication as directed.
• Stick to a healthy diet that includes omega-3s, fresh fruits and vegetables. diabetes—look for initial signs and contact a doctor of optometry if any of the following symptoms are present: sudden blurred or double vision, trouble reading or focusing on nearwork, eye pain or pressure, a notice-
• Exercise regularly.
• Control high blood pressure. • Avoid alcohol and smoking.
For more information on eye health, visit www.aoa.org. (NAPSA)
Fitness Training for Mature Adults
BY JIMMY BOWEN
utlined below are several of the myths you may have read or heard and the truths behind some common wellness issues for senior adults.
your own groceries in your car and returning the cart to the store are all examples of simple weight training exercises. A productive element of resistance training added to your fitness program can be implemented and completed entirely in your own home using items you already have. No expensive machines to buy or need to visit a gym every day.
Myth #1: Improvement of my
heart health can only be attained by completing high intensity aerobic exercise for an extended period of time. If I’m not completely exhausted at the end of my workout I probably didn’t do myself any good.
Truth: A person does not need to
maintain lengthy periods of intense exercise to improve cardiovascular conditioning. A simple, consistent walking program around the neighborhood, at the mall or a local park will help you to increase your heart stroke volume, your energy levels and your well being. Grab a friend and do some walking.
Myth #2: Weight training is for
growing big muscles, and if I try to lift weights I’ll probably hurt myself.
Truth: A significant improvement
in your fitness level can be attained with moderate elements of weight training. Adding a few extra pounds to your shopping cart, placing
Myth #3: Eating healthy is expensive. Truth: It is true that engaging in a 100 percent organic diet is more expensive. But you do not have to exceed your food budget. Eating healthy means limiting high fat content items and concentrating on items that will help you fuel your body the right way. Utilizing a trainer or designing a program on your own will result in many improvements. Be sure to consult with a professional before engaging in any exercise program to be sure the details are right for your conditioning level and physical circumstances. As the famous sportswear company says ‘Just Do It!’
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Baby Boomers Are Not as Healthy as Their Parents
t’s a boom that is turning out to be a bust! In baby boomer’s health, that is. Baby boomers have higher levels of hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol and higher rates of disability than their parents. They are also more likely to be obese and less likely to exercise. A new study compared health status, functional and work disability, healthy lifestyle characteristics and presence of chronic disease. “Despite their longer life expectancy over previous generations, U.S. baby boomers have higher rates of chronic disease, more disability and lower self-rated health than members of the previous generation at the same age,” the study authors wrote. “On a positive note, baby boomers are less likely to smoke cigarettes and
experience lower rates of emphysema and [heart attacks] than the previous generation.” Dr. Dana E. King, professor and chair of family medicine at West Virginia University in Morgantown, led the study which found that 40 percent of the baby boomers were obese, compared to 29 percent from the older group. Many fewer baby boomers get regular physical activity as well. A whopping 52 percent said they aren’t active, while only 17 percent of the over-baby boomer-age group could say that. King expressed concern in one interview that boomers may be relying too much on medication to solve their health problems. He added that drugs should be used in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle, not instead of one. Disability was defined conservatively said one researcher. “To be considered disabled you had to be walking only with an assistance device, such as
a cane, or only able to climb up 10 steps, have trouble stooping down or walking a quarter of a mile.” Boomers consistently had a higher level of disability than their parents’ generation. Nancy Copperman, a public health initiatives director, noted that baby boomers are definitely moving less than their parents did. She said, “Our parents didn’t have the conveniences we have. Now, often both parents are working and spending less time doing manual
labor. Instead of mowing the lawn or cleaning the house, they might hire someone to do it,” she noted. Moderate drinking was more common among the boomers compared to the previous generation (67.3 percent vs. 37.2 percent). In addition, while life expectancy is higher for boomers than it was for the previous generation, more boomers are unhealthy by their own admission. Only one in 10 baby boomers reported being in excellent health compared to one-third of their parents who reported the same. It is predicted that as baby boomers move into their 60s and 70s, they will utilize the healthcare system more than ever before. Doctors’ offices will be busier than ever before, and the need for healthcare professionals will skyrocket in the next decade. “The Status of Baby Boomers’ Health in the United States: The Healthiest Generation?,” March issue of JAMA Internal Medicine.
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Fad Diets May Be Damaging to the Heart
rash diets and calorie-restricted eating plans can lead to heart damage. Many diet pills being sold under the weight loss umbrella are also not FDA approved and have, in some cases, been linked to heart problems and even death. Repeated crash dieting can increase your risk of a heart attack and severe calorie restriction can cause heart muscle loss. “Cutting out too many calories and going on yet another crash diet could— literally—wear your heart out, says Mohammed Saghir, M.D., Cardiologist at Bradenton Cardiology Center. “The same goes for diet pills containing too much caffeine or other stimulants.” Overuse of diet pills containing caffeine can have very negative ramifications on the heart. “Excessive use may cause arrhythmia (or irregular heartbeat), elevated blood pressure and rapid heart rate. In extreme cases, the pills may trigger ventricular fibrillation, a lethal condition wherein the ventricles of the heart
muscle develop a chaotic rhythm and cease their contractions, upon which the heart stops pumping blood to the rest of the body,” Dr. Saghir explains. While weight control is critical for keeping the heart muscle in shape—the food you eat matters just as much. A heart-healthy diet can reduce your risk of heart disease or stroke by 80 percent, according to the American Heart Association. Dr. Saghir has these tips for healthy weight loss and how to eat to protect your heart in the new year.
1. Don’t “diet.” A crash diet may
work if you’re trying to fit into a dress by next month. But if you’re trying to improve your heart health, cycling through different fad diets won’t help. Diets that demonize one type of food—whether it’s carbs or fat—don’t work either. Instead, take a sensible approach. Focus on lean meats, vegetables and whole grains to get long-term benefits for your heart and your waistline.
2. Avoid caffeine. If you have
atrial fibrillation, caffeine and other stimulants can trigger symptoms.
3. Sea salt is still salt. Most Ameri-
cans think sea salt is a low-sodium alternative to regular table salt. The truth is it has the same amount of sodium. Any type of salt increases your blood pressure. The guideline is no more than a teaspoon a day. If you already have high blood pressure, you should eat even less. And, it doesn’t just come from the salt shaker. Up to 75 percent of the salt we consume comes from processed foods such as soups and frozen meals. If your food comes in a can or a box, check the sodium content.
4. Choose meats wisely. Red meat
is usually high in saturated fat, which is bad for your heart. That doesn’t mean you have to banish meat from your diet. Just be savvy. Choose the leanest cuts and always cut off the fat. Look for cuts such as sirloin, flank, rump roast, and tenderloin.
Or, choose pork tenderloin, turkey or chicken breast, as an alternative.
5. A little wine may be good, but a lot is not. Yes, studies show that
drinking modest amounts of alcohol— not just wine—has heart benefits. “But don’t assume that if a glass is good, a jug must be better,” Dr. Saghir warns. Excess alcohol—more than one drink a day for women or two for men—increases your risk for heart problems. It drives up blood pressure and can trigger irregular heartbeats in people with atrial fibrillation. More information at (941) 748-2277.
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My Heel Hurt So Much in the Morning I Hated to Get Out of Bed
hat sharp, stabbing pain when you first step out of bed is all too common—but it IS possible to find relief. If you suffer from heel pain, you know how much those first few steps of the day can hurt—and how pain throughout the day can keep you from doing all the things you want to do. Most heel pain is actually caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia, the tendon-like structure on the bottom of your foot that runs all the way from your heel to the base of your toes. Tough and strong, it’s built to take a lot of stress. But if your feet aren’t properly supported, or you’re overweight, or you stand or walk all day at work, your plantar fascia can end up strained and swollen, causing the kind of heel pain that’s ruining your day.
At Foot Solutions, our highly trained Fitting Specialists can help you find the relief you need to start your day with a smile. We’ll examine your feet carefully using the latest digital technology. Then we can recommend shoes and arch supports that support your feet and distribute your weight properly to reduce pressure on your feet and eliminate stress. So you can do the things you have to do—and the things you love to do—without worrying about heel pain. Isn’t it time to take back your mornings—and your life? Come see us, and let us give you the help you need to end heel pain. Foot Solutions stores are in Largo Mall and in St. Petersburg. For directions and special offers, check www.TampaBayFootSolutions.com.
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The Healthy Geezer BY FRED CICETTI
I remember having lots Q of fevers as a kid, but now that I’m older, I don’t get them .
like I used to. What gives?
he immune system doesn’t function as efficiently in older adults as it does in younger people. The body’s fever response to infection is not always automatic in elderly people. More than 20 percent of adults over age 65 who have serious bacterial infections do not have fevers. This brings us to germs, which are defined as microbes that cause disease. Infectious diseases caused by microbes are the leading cause of death. Microbes are microscopic organisms that are everywhere. Some microbes cause disease. Others are essential for health. Most microbes belong to one of four major groups: bacteria, viruses, fungi or protozoa. Bacteria are made up of only one cell. Less than 1 percent of them cause diseases in humans. Harmless bacteria live in human intestines, where they help to digest food. Foods such as yogurt and cheese are made using bacteria. Some bacteria produce dangerous poisons. Botulism, a severe form of food poisoning, is caused by toxins from bacteria. However, several vaccines are made from bacterial toxins. Viruses are among the smallest microbes.They consist of one or more molecules that contain the virus’s genes surrounded by a protein coat. Most viruses cause disease. They invade normal cells, then multiply. There are millions of types of fungi. The most familiar ones are mushrooms, yeast, mold and mildew. Some live in the human body, usually without causing illness. In fact, only about half of all types of fungi cause disease in humans. Penicillin and other antibiotics, which kill harmful bacteria in our bodies, are made from fungi. Protozoa are a group of microscopic one-celled animals. In humans, protozoa usually cause disease.
Some protozoa, like plankton, are food for marine animals. Malaria is caused by a protozoan parasite. You can get infected by germs from other people in many different ways, including transmission through the air from coughing or sneezing, direct contact such as kissing or sexual intercourse, and touching infectious material on a doorknob, telephone, automated teller machine or a diaper. A variety of germs come from household pets. Dog and cat saliva can contain any of more than 100 different germs that can make you sick. Mosquitoes may be the most common insect carriers of disease. Mosquitoes can transmit malaria. Fleas that pick up bacteria from rodents can then transmit plague to humans. The tiny deer tick can infect humans with Lyme disease. We become immune to germs naturally and artificially. Before birth, we received natural immunity from our mothers. Once we are exposed to a germ, we develop natural immunity to it from special cells in our immune systems. Artificial immunity can come from vaccines. Most infections caused by microbes fall into three major groups: acute infections, chronic infections and latent infections. The common cold is an acute infection. Hepatitis C, which affects the liver, is a chronic viral infection. Chicken pox is an example of a latent infection that can emerge many years later and causes a disease called “shingles.” Handwashing is a simple and effective way to stop the transmission of germs. Health care experts recommend scrubbing your hands vigorously for at least 15 seconds with soap and water. It is especially important to wash your hands before touching food, after coughing or sneezing, after changing a diaper, and after using the toilet. 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 © 2012 by Fred Cicetti.
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Bad Ideas Won’t Solve Bad Hair Days, Says Expert Davis-Sivasothy debunks the following common hair-care myths:
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isinformation can be just as stubborn as frizz or those pesky flyaways—it’s difficult to manage, impossible to reason with and it just keeps coming back, says longtime hair-care advocate and health scientist Audrey Davis-Sivasothy. “Old wives’ tales and ineffective products that claim to treat or rehabilitate hair often have a placebo effect because people want them to work,” says Davis-Sivasothy, author of Hair Care Rehab. “But many of these ideas and products actually do the opposite of what’s intended, and they delay the user from seeking out real solutions.”
• Myth: There’s a magic pill (or oil, serum or balm) to grow our hair faster, stronger or thicker. Unfortunately, no. Hair growth is genetically predetermined and controlled by our hormones. Unless the magic pill affects our genes or hormones, there’s no hope that it might make our hair grow. (This includes prenatal vitamins. Credit the upsurge in hormone levels during pregnancy for those vibrant tresses!) Basic vitamin supplements can offer slight improvements in hair quality, but only if our body truly lacks the particular vitamin or mineral being taken.
• Myth: Trimming will make your hair grow stronger, longer, faster or thicker. Since hair is dead, cutting the ends has no effect on what happens at the scalp. Strands will grow at the same predetermined rate each month, and individual strands will grow in at the same thickness as before. While trimming or
cutting the hair does seem to give the appearance of thicker hair, this is only because all of the freshly trimmed hairs now have the same, clear endpoint.
• Myth: Expensive products do more! Not necessarily. Always look for ingredients over brand names. There are just as many poorly formulated high-end products as there are bargain ones—and just as many worthy expensive products as there are bargain ones, too!
• Myth: Products made for or marketed to a particular race/ethnicity cannot be used by those of other backgrounds. False! The ingredients in a product matter much more than to whom the product is marketed. In fact, most products have the same set of three to five base ingredients. Products for “ethnic” hair types tend to be more moisturizing and have more oils and proteins than those for other hair types. Damaged hair needs a good dose of moisture, proteins and oil to regain its healthy appearance. The
same holds true for products marketed to those with color-treated hair. Even if your hair is not dyed, using a product for color-treated hair can be beneficial because these shampoo formulas tend to be gentler (to preserve easily washed away hair color) and conditioners tend to be super-conditioning, but lightweight, to help reduce dryness from the coloring process. • Myth: Washing your hair too often leads to dryness. This depends. Hair can be cleansed as often as you like without dryness, provided you use the proper products to retain moisture. Those who generally have naturally drier hair types (including those of us with curls and highly textured hair) often shy away from frequent cleansing—but water is not the enemy! It’s the stripping shampoos and mediocre conditioners we use that are to blame. Using the proper moisturizing and conditioning products at wash time will actually increase your hair’s hydration.
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Cats Bring Good Things to Seniors
he friendly feline eyes his “parent” sit down to watch TV. It is time for the kitty to become a ‘lap cat’ for a lucky cat and its foster parent. Cats can be great companions for seniors who live alone, and cats can make seniors feel needed. A cat helps break the ice and encourages socializing and conversation between people who might otherwise
feel they have nothing in common. And since laughter is important in our lives, a cat’s actions can be entertaining and humorous. The warm touch of a cat is rewarding as well, whether it is curled up in bed or in a nearby chair. Save Our Strays, Inc. is a local agency which offers a selection of felines for adoption or as foster cats. All cats are completely vetted and are microchipped. A no-kill, nonprofit organization, its mission is to rehome abandoned kittens and cats. SOS offers two foster programs for anyone who does not want to adopt a pet. Short-term volunteer foster parents help find forever homes for cats. A permanent foster family cares for an older, hard-to-place cat, in which case, SOS pays the cat’s medical expenses. To learn more, call an SOS volunteer at (727) 545-1116 or check out the website at saveourstraysinc.com. Consider a cat as your new best friend; it’s a win/win situation for you and a lucky kitty.
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Local Author Publishes Memoir REDISCOVER P A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP
art truth and part fiction, Headstone is the story of Dunedin author Brian James’ nontraditional relationship with his father. Born in 1915, Brian’s father majored in mischief at an early age. In this book, he relives his father’s antics— from stealing from a pushcart vendor when he was just a young boy to drawing outlandish cartoons on the backsides of local politicians’ signs. The lives of gamblers and gangsters, special agents and inspectors are interwoven in a fun tale of the life and times of a guy named Junior. The stories are the author’s
well-varnished memories of a man he loved and who will forever be his hero. James says becoming a part of local writers groups helped him with the book from writing to publishing and marketing. He has participated in the Story Circle Writer’s Group at the Safety Harbor Public Library and the Suncoast Writers and Author’s Group in Palm Harbor. Headstone is a quick read and a good story with a timeless message—that even though someone may have many faults, you can love them still.
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When To Do Home Improvements Yourself And When To Call In The Pros
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4-H Benefit Trap Tournament
he Hernando Sportsman’s Club is hosting a 4-H Benefit Trap Tournament on Sat., March 23, at the club’s trap range, located at 16121 Commercial Way (US 19), Brooksville. All proceeds are to benefit the youth of the Hernando Sportsman’s 4-H Club. The trap tournament consists of four rounds of 25 shots each, for a total of 100 shots. Trophies will be awarded from three categories: youth, adult and senior. The winner is determined by most targets hit.
Cost is $40 per trap shooter, $35 if preregistered by March 16. Lunch is provided to all participants. Registration for shooters begins at 8 a.m. Shooting will start at 9 a.m. Please bring your own shotgun, ammo and lawn chair for a great day of fun helping raise funds for the kids of our local 4-H club. For more info, contact Ken at (352) 797-0409.
How to Help Children with Grandparent Divorce BY KATIE SAINT, MA, BCBA
randchildren may be confused, angry and/or sad about grandparents separating. They may have questions like, “If they quit loving each other, will they quit loving me?” The questions they ask can be hard to answer and throw you off guard. You may plan to give my children a short answer as to why Grandma and Grandpa do not want to live together anymore, and hope they don’t bring it up again. Unfortunately the short answer may not satisfy a four-year-old. He may want to know if they would ever get back together, or if the family could teach them to get along. They may be upset because the other grandparent isn’t visiting. To aid in the grieving process, it is good to let children know that the decision to live at separate houses is final. A child having false hope that their grandparents will move back
together is not good for accepting this change. You can say, “They tried everything they could and it did not work. Now they feel the best decision is to live in separate houses.” It is important to point out to children that their love from their grandparents will not change. Just because Grandma and Grandpa do not love each other doesn’t mean they will quit loving the child. Be intentional about having children spend time with Grandma and Grandpa. This can help children see that Grandma and Grandpa are still the same.
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Children may be concerned that Allow children of all ages to ask Mom and Dad will split up too. A as many questions as they like and child may ask the parent when they try to be open and honest with them. are going to move out like Grandma Avoid talking bad about either did. Let the child know that just begrandparent. Keep in mind as you cause Grandma and Grandpa separated talk with them that you would like doesn’t mean Mom and Dad will too. to preserve the relationship between Children often communicate their the grandchild and the grandparent. anxiety with behaviors. Doing things Remember these two important tips: like drawing pictures, asking them 1. If you feel like your children are questions about how they are feeling and reading books like, “When Grand- struggling, and you don’t feel like you have all the tools you want to handle parents Divorce” can help children it, see a counselor. A counselor or adjust more quickly and reduce any therapist can help your whole family negative feelings they might have. process through this major life change. For older children, you can address the issues directly. Explain 2. Any child going through a hard to them what will change and time will benefit from extra quality what will stay the same. time with a loved one. EX: “Grandma will live at ______, and Grandpa will live at ______. Katie Saint is Holidays will be like this. the author of “When Grandma and Grandpa still love you just the same and are excited Grandparents Divorce.” for you to come visit them.”
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competitions, food and plenty of Irish beverages. On-theday festivities include early morning mass, followed by a parade passing fountains running green! 4. The huge ethnic community Fountains run green in Boston goes all in Savannah, GA. out with parades, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, New York City Irish comedy, theatre and concerts and a 20-site Irish Heritage Trail. 1. New York City sees 150,000 5. San Francisco goes green with marching band members, bag pipers a parade and all-day festival at and members of the Irish community the Civic Center Plaza. Eat your parade along Fifth Avenue. corned beef and cabbage here! 2. Chicago holds its parade the 6. Head for the Quad Cities for the Saturday before March 17. Look for USA’s only interstate parade. Held the Chicago River to run Irish green. on a Saturday, the parade is cheered from Rock Island, Illinois across the 3. Savannah draws 400,000 people to Mississippi River to Davenport, Iowa celebrate Saint Patrick’s contribution by tens of thousands of onlookers. to the Christian faith. Check out two (WorldWeb.com) days of live Celtic music, games, or the Irish and those that love a good party, here are the biggest, greenest and most Irish of all Saint Patrick’s Day Parades in the U.S.
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Sweet Ways to Cook with Sweet Corn F
lorida’s fresh corn is in, and these recipes make the most of it. Executive Chef and Culinary Ambassador, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services say, “From fritters and soup to enchiladas and corn on the cob with some surprising toppings, there are plenty of ways to enjoy this healthful grain.”
each tortilla. Carefully roll up each tortilla, and place seam side down in sprayed baking dish. Pour enchilada sauce over rolled enchiladas, spreading to coat all tortillas. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese. Bake 25 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees until bubbly. Serve with diced avocado, salsa and sour cream, if desired.
Sweet Corn and Black Bean Enchiladas
10 6-inch corn tortillas 2 c. shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided 1 8-oz can enchilada sauce
1 Tbsp. oil 1/2 c. onion, chopped 1 c. fresh Florida sweet corn kernels 2 bell peppers, diced 1 tsp ground cumin 1 c. salsa 1 can low sodium black beans, rinsed and drained Salt and pepper
Lightly spray an 11 x 7-inch (2-quart) baking dish with pan release cooking spray. Cook onion, corn and bell peppers for 3 minutes. Add cumin, salsa and black beans, and continue to cook for two minutes. Season. Remove pan from heat and let cool slightly. Place an even amount of the filling mixture and cheese in
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
of corn mixture to hot pan. Cook on both sides until golden brown. Serve with low-fat sour cream if desired. (Family Features)
Sweet Corn and Ricotta Fritters Yield: 4 to 6 servings 2 ears corn, kernels removed 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped fine 4 oz. low-fat ricotta cheese 2 eggs, beaten 1/3 c. self-rising flour Salt and pepper Olive oil (for shallow pan frying) In medium-sized bowl, combine corn, cilantro, ricotta, eggs, flour, salt and pepper. In a small amount of olive oil in preheated sauté pan, add spoonfuls
elebrating St. Augustine’s heritage means a culinary history like no other. For March (or any other month), eat, drink and be Irish at Meehan’s Irish Pub on the waterfront in downtown St. Augustine. They’re serving up phenomenal food choices and ongoing stories by the staff about close encounters of the “spirit” kind in the 1914-era building. Look for the chef to cook up traditional food like corned beef and cabbage, but he’ll also incorporate Irish influences, such as Beggar’s Purse— pastry wrapped around chicken pot pie with an ale and cheese sauce. John Meehan, owner of Meehan’s, is hosting a 10-day Celtic Festival this month. Last year he brought in 50 musicians from Europe and had 10
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The Rose of Tralee It’s March and time to pull those lovely Irish songs out of your memory. Fellas, here are the lyrics of one to sing to your sweetheart. Don’t remember the tune? Go to ireland-information.com/irishmusic/ irishsongs-music-lyrics-midis.htm and get singing! The pale moon was rising above the green mountain The sun was declining beneath the blue sea When I strayed with my love to the pure crystal fountain That stands in beautiful vale of Tralee. She was lovely and fair as the rose of the summer Yet, ‘twas not her beauty alone that won me Oh no! ‘Twas the the truth in her eye ever beaming That made me love Mary, the Rose of Tralee. The cool shades of evening their mantle were spreading And Mary all smiling was listening to me The moon through the valley her pale rays was shedding When I won the heart of the Rose of Tralee. Though lovely and fair as the rose of the summer Yet, ‘twas not her beauty alone that won me Oh no! ‘Twas the the truth in her eye ever beaming That made me love Mary, the Rose of Tralee.
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