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September 2012


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Why We Laugh At Ourselves “Man, when you lose your laugh you lose your footing.” ~Ken Kesey

“Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.” ~Bob Newhart Dear Readers,


here was a time when young people laughed at older people and older people were seriously “old.” Janice Doyle, Times change. There Editor are enough of us in the 50+ age group that it has become quite all right to laugh at ourselves for what happens to our minds, bodies, emotions, personalities—even our bank accounts. We love movies and

TV shows that make us laugh about our life situations. We laugh together when someone says, “Sorry, I can’t hear you” or “I’ll just get out my glasses so I can read the menu.” What’s funny about not being able to see without glasses? Or not remembering what you came into a room for? Research shows that we find something funny because something about a situation or episode of life is subjectively true—that is, it rings true for us. For me. And glasses and momentary forgetting, well, they ring very true for many of us. The first time someone offered me a senior discount on coffee at Burger King, I said, “Huh?” I was still raising teenagers and was a few years pre-50. Oh, okay, I was one

year pre-50. It took me a minute—and embarrassed the young girl who offered it—but I recall turning her down, even as I laughed. The thing was, I was laughing at the IDEA of being taken for someone old enough for a senior discount. It didn’t ring true. I went home, looked in the mirror and had a good laugh at myself. Why? It suddenly all rang true! I was aging fast there for a few years. As it happened, the kids finally all left home and the aging process slowed almost to a stop. Well, not really. Why laugh with a friend over lost glasses? Because I’ve misplaced things equally necessary for life. And a joke about the husband who doesn’t hear his wife is funny to me because… well, if I have to explain it, you’re either my husband or someone else’s. What’s more is that we search out those who share our sense of humor. We think you’re going to share a laugh with us each month as you enjoy the comic strip Boomerish. Creator Steve Greenberg takes a contemporary look at life for those over 50. His characters face their changing physical selves, coping with aging parents, relating to younger generations, facing economic challenges and reconciling their youthful ideals with their maturing realities. If it sounds a little close to home – you’ll probably find it funny! Enjoy!

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Opera Maestro Helps Students’ Voices Soar

renti Opera Theater in New York, and before that, spent many years touring as a pera aficionados in the Bay dramatic tenor. area know and love maestro He started listening to Mario Laurenti, co-founder and phonograph records of artists artistic director of the Tampa such as Caruso when he was Bay Opera; but few hold him in a kid. “I fell in love with the higher regard than his students. music,” he said. “Not only I met them at one of their workthat, my brother in Italy was shops, held every Saturday at 2:30 studying voice, and it made p.m. at Peace Memorial PresbyMaestro The maestro and his students at me want to do it more.” terian Church in Clearwater. My Mario Laurenti their weekly workshop. Growing up, Laurenti spirits lifted instantly as I walked studied with greats like Kevin Nickorick, student and lead into a chamber filled with resonatUmberto Urbano and Ricardo Stracing voices—opera students, new and sea- tenor with the Tampa Bay Opera, ciari, and he expands upon those says the maestro focuses on helping soned, stepped forward to practice arias teachings in his own lessons. students develop confidence and the and duets before an audience of their “One instructor, Pedrosa, was good best sound for their voice and range. peers and the softspoken maestro, who “People identify themselves with their at getting high notes out of people,” offered his encouragement and expertise. voice, and get very self-conscious when Laurenti said. One of his techniques John Smith, student and close friend involves practicing the syllables “ahhthey sing,” Nickorick mentioned. “He of Laurenti for 35 years, was among eeng-ahh” to develop your range. the crowd. “Mario’s worked with some helps to give them more courage with “I lost my upper range,” said Patricia their sound—bigger, richer sound.” of the greatest singers of all time. Agnew, a student who had gone from Laurenti, 93, has been teaching opera Because of all his experience singa soprano to a contralto after tonsil for over 50 years. Among his accoming and working with these Golden surgery. “Maestro Laurenti used that plishments: he established the Long Age singers, he is able to bring out same technique to get my high voice Island Opera Showcase and the Lauthe best in all of his students.”





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back up. I had trouble singing anything above an A flat, and he’s got me back to where I’m singing a B flat!” I asked the maestro if anyone could learn how to sing opera. “Anybody can sing, but to sing opera, it’s different. The challenge is how to get these students to study. When you sing opera you have to be an actor, you have to be a musician and you have to understand what you are saying, which is usually Italian or French or German.” To see his students grow and succeed, however, has been one of the most rewarding aspects of teaching. “I really enjoy giving a voice lesson, listening, and out come beautiful tones,” he said. Newcomers are also welcome to the workshop. “Singing makes you healthier, makes you breathe, makes your mind work better, whether you’re 60, 70, 80 years old,” Laurenti smiled. The group will also be performing a concert on Sept. 30 at 3 p.m. at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center. Entry is free, but donations are welcome. Call (727) 576-0100 for more info.

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Around Town

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– Oct. 27 “Moon Over Buffalo” Stage performance by Early Bird Dinner Theatre, 200 South McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater (Italian-American Club). 11 a.m. $29.90 tickets. Call (727) 446-5898 for information and tickets.


Stars and Stripes USA Spirit of America Show at The Armed Forces History Museum, 2050 34th Way N., Largo. 7:30 p.m. to midnight. Enjoy 1940s reenactment with the 10 O’Clock Big Band orchestra, tribute performances of singing sensations from the big band era, tours, swing dancing lessons, show hostesses, vintage attire, paparazzi and a red carpet welcome. Tickets: $23; online at, or at (727) 539-8371 or at the museum.


St Petersburg, FL. Coin Club “Coin and Currency Show” at Disabled Americans Veterans Hall, 4801 37th St. N., St. Pete. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission and free appraisals. Call (727) 580-4108.


The Socrates Cafe; exchange ideas and opinions on a variety of topics. 1 p.m., Largo Public Library: Local History Room, 120 Central Park Dr., Largo.


“Beneficial Garden Insects and use of Insecticides” class with Nancy Bevilacqua, Master Gardener at Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska, Palm Harbor. Free. Register at (727) 784-3332.

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Coastal Cleanup by volunteer groups and individuals. Register online at Eventbrite site.

“Beyond the Sun” concert with Chris Isaak recapturing the classics from Sun Records glory days with Sam Phillips in Memphis. Mahaffey Theatre. Tickets at (727) 892-5767 or online.


TBH Family Fun Fest, 10 a.m. at Safety Harbor Marina Park, Safety Harbor. Arts, crafts,

games, vendors, entertainment. Call (727) 724-1572


– Oct. 5 “Crazy For You” By The Gershwins And Ken Ludwig at Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. 10:30 a.m. All the classics. Tickets: (727) 446-1360.


Senior Citizen’s Club meeting at Christ Lutheran Church, 3451 30th Ave. N., St. Pete. Bring covered dish and $1 donation. Everyone welcome. Info at (727) 328-1266.


City-wide yard sale. St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Dr., St. Pete Beach. Call (727) 363-9245.


Fourth Annual Industrial Strength Chili Cookoff at the Industrial Arts Center, Gulfport Art Village Courtyard, Beach Blvd. and 29th Ave S. 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. $9 adult tickets at (727) 289-9365 or

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Suncoast Dixieland Jazz Society jazz concert. Dick Maley Band from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Bilmar Beach Resort, Treasure Island. $10/15. Reservations: (727) 596-7142.


American Legacies: Preservation Hall Jazz Band and The Del McCoury Band from New Orleans. “World-class bluegrass ensemble” at the Mahaffey Theatre, downtown St. Pete. Tickets: $45 and up. Tickets online or call (727) 892-5767.


and 30 Folkfest Saint Pete by Creative Clay’s Cultural Arts Center, supporting developmentally challenged adults and children. Folk art, fine art, food booths. Live music. Opens at 10 a.m. 1124 Central Ave., St. Pete. Call (727) 825-0515.

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Great Senior Events!

Mark your calendar for these great FREE events near you, brought to you by Lifestyles After 50 magazine. Find great information, entertainment, health screenings, prizes, giveaways and more! Call 888-670-0040 or visit our website at for details. September 21, 2012, (9am-2pm) 16th Lifestyles After 50 Fun Fest & Crazy Legs Walk, Brandon Community Center, Brandon, FL. Live 50s & 60s Music, Free Bingo Games, Over 50 Exhibitors, Free Coffee & Snacks, Prizes. October 5, 2012, (10am-3pm) Lifestyles After 50 Fun Fest, New Port Richey Recreation Center, New Port Richey, FL. Live Music, Dancing, Free Bingo Games. Free Coffee & Snacks, Free Health Screenings, Prizes, Fun Walk, Senior Sports Area. November 14, 2012, (10am-3pm) 8th Lifestyles After 50 Fun Fest, Largo Cultural Center, Largo. Live Music, Free Bingo, Free Health Screenings. “Grandkids Are the Greatest” Photo Contest! Early Morning Senior Fun Walk! December 5, 2012, (10am-3pm) 6th Fun Fest & Jamboree!, Plant City, FL, Strawberry Festival Grounds. Live Music, Dancing, Free Bingo, Health Screenings, Sports Area. Free Coffee & Muffins. Fun Games & Prizes. Free Parking & Admission. January 10, 2013, (10am-3pm) Lifestyles After 50 Fun Fest, Robarts Arena Sarasota, FL. Live Music, Free Bingo, Free Health Screenings. Sports Center, Free Admission. January 23, 2013, (10am-3pm) 8th Lifestyles After 50 Fun Fest, Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, FL. Live Music, Free Bingo, Free Health Screenings. Sports Center, Free Admission & $3 Parking. “Grandkids Are The Greatest Photo Contest.” Fun Walk.

Free Admission on Museum Day Live!


mithsonian Museums offer free admission every day, and on Sept. 29 other museums will join in that spirit. Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket…for free.

Bailey Matthews Shell Museum, Sanibel

Note these ticket rules: Only an official Museum Day Live! ticket is eligible for free entry. Official tickets can be found on the Museum Day Live! website. One ticket per household, for two people. A ticket will gain entry to only one of the participating museums, excluding parking and special events and exhibits. If the museum reaches capacity, the museum has the right to limit the number of guests until space becomes available.

Participating area museums include: • Historic Spanish Point, Osprey, • The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, Sanibel • Florida Holocaust Museum, St. Petersburg • GWIZ – The Science Museum, Sarasota • The Pier Aquarium, St. Petersburg • The Armed Forces Military Museum, Largo • Tampa Bay History Center, Tampa • Henry B. Plant Museum, Tampa • Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland

Ongoing Activities Tribute to Harry Belafonte

Square Dancing


hursdays Promenade Squares Square and Round Dance Club meets every Thursday at Pinellas Park Senior Center, 7625 59th Street N., Pinellas Park at 7:15 p.m. Inexperienced dancers’ lessons begin Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. Info: Mickey (727) 789-3836 or email at

Titanic Exhibit

Opening Oct. 6, The Mahaffey will host Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition during the 100th anniversary year of the ship’s sinking. Through March 3, 2013. For more information, please visit TheMahaffey. com or call (727) 892-5720.

This Month at the Palladium 21 8 22 Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones, ‘50s Chicago jump blues. $12/ adv.

September offerings:

Suzanne Westenhoefer: Jilted Gypsy, Comedy, Adult humor. $26 admission.


St. Pete Muscle Classic, Body Building Competition

Whitney James, Jazz. $20/ adv.

Suzanne Westenhoefer, comedienne.

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Palladium Theater, at St. Petersburg College, 253 5th Ave. N, St.Pete. Call (727) 822-3590 or visit for info.


Eric Deggans, a et tickets book signing for his now for “A memoir “My Song” Celebration of Harry and much more. Belafonte, A Harlem Belafonte’s many Renaissance Event” career successes on Saturday, October included the RCA 6 at 8 p.m. The album “Calypso” event will launch the which made him the year-long celebrafirst artist in industry tion of the Harlem history to sell over Renaissance, a one million LPs, and Tampa Bay initiative an Emmy for prodeveloped by The ducing “An Evening Studio@620 and The With Belafonte.” Mahaffey Theatre Belafonte has that will explore continued to devote the artistic, cultural himself globally and social history to civil and human of this early 20th Musician and activist, rights issues, focuscentury movement. Harry Belafonte ing in particular The evening will include a commissioned celebration in on the United States and Africa. He dance, music and song, video montag- has been an activist for peace and es, on-stage interviews with Belafonte social justice for all of his life. Tickets are available online at the by Tampa Bay Times’ book editor box office or at (727) 892-5798. Colette Bancroft and TV/Media critic

Teens Advise Grandparents: Be a Little Bit Parent, a Little Bit Teacher and a Little Bit Best Friend



2. WORK Jason said, “Do something for someone else. I want a grandparent I can respect, not one that just talks all the time.”

he song goes, “Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we go.” 3. CONNECT “My grandmother is Today’s grandchildren might change just the coolest shopper,” added it to “Out of one plane and into the well-dressed Lisa. another, to Grandmother’s house we “Twice a year we spend go.” Or maybe “In the front door the day at the mall, and there she is; in Grandmother’s have lunch there house I live.” When it’s long-distance and all that kind of grandparents, the song might even stuff. She looks at be “In the pictures and through clothes with me email, a grandfather I do have.” for a while, and We have to admit that grandparenting then we try on silly today is much more than sharing jewelry together. fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies on It’s so much fun.” the front porch or a kindly grandfather fixing a kid’s bike in the driveway. 4. PLAY “Grandpa taught Grandparenting today means me to pitch,” said facing problems that Brian. “And sometimes are often difficult to he’d take all my comprehend. Lifefriends with us to styles have changed the ball field and drastically, but just play with us.” teenagers still face 5. REALLY the uncertainties LISTEN “When of changing my folks were bodies, moods and getting a divorce, identity. That means I thought it was all they desperately need my fault,” commented grandparents. Grandma Holt. “My grandmother and Grandpa (or Duke and Gigi, Daddo and Nana—whatever they’re called by grandchildren) can hen I get be neutral ground, a support system, old, I want a listening ear, a “True North” in to be just like an otherwise confusing world. A group of teens has advice about Daddo. He’s how grandparents can influence awesome.” grandkids... or step-grandkids... or a son’s girlfriend’s kids.... or whatever relationship kids come into your life when they might need that grandparent touch. Their answers may surprise you!


1. HUG “Give lots of hugs, at least that’s what my step-grandmother does that makes me feel okay,” said Elizabeth. “She doesn’t care if I’m her real granddaughter or not, she hugs me anyway.”

listened to all my hurting and convinced me I wasn’t to blame. To this day, I tell her my problems first.”

6. EDUCATE “I learned sex education from my grandparents,” said red-haired Trevor. “Of course, I live with them, but they are the ones who explained everything to me. They said they wished they had talked to my mom more when she was young and maybe she wouldn’t have gotten into so much trouble. I think they look at me as a second chance to do it right. Whatever!” 7. SUPPORT “My mom yells a lot and gets mad,” said dark-haired, overweight Stuart, “but not my grandfather. He stays steady with me and tells me how not to listen to the yelling and to turn it off in my head.”

8. LEARN “My grandmother tries to learn about everything I’m going through. She even does math with me. When my dad got into

drugs, she started learning about the drugs he was doing so she could talk to me about it. That made me feel like I wasn’t alone.”

9. ROLE MODEL “When I get old, I want to be just like Daddo. He’s awesome,” said Grayson. From a teenager, there’s no greater compliment. 10. STORYTELLER Kaitlyn said, “I truly enjoy Nana’s stories about when Mom was a teenager. Mom acts like I’m supposed to be so perfect, and it helps to know that she hasn’t always been mature like she is now. Nana really doesn’t ever say anything about my clothes, but Mom is never happy with what I buy and wear. Nana tells me stories about how silly the styles were in the 90s when Mom was a teenager, and we laugh together about their disagreements so I know it’s going to be okay.” 11. TRADITION “We don’t ever eat together at home anymore, so I really like it when Grandma makes us all sit down together for meals,” said Briana. Then she added, “It feels good to do it like storybook families do. And she cooks good too.”

12. TECHNOLOGY “Pappy is so cool. It took a long time to teach him how, but now I have a message from him on my Facebook page every morning, and he’s constantly sending me pictures and jokes on email,” said Brim. And there’s always room for shared cookies, too. Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani says, “What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies.”

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In January 2013,



or more than a decade, the cold and dreary months of January have been warmed up by the sailings of The Jazz Cruise and The Smooth Jazz Cruise, each produced by Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC. These cruises are simply phenomenal. Each is a full ship charter on a Holland America luxury cruise ship and each is filled with the top performers in their genre from all over the world. Interestingly, each cruise is populated by guests who have sailed almost every year and fill the balance of the ship with their friends and new converts. As a full ship charter, all of the guests on the cruises are there for their common interest in the music…and having fun! The music is amazing and it is produced in the most intimate and professional manner. But not only is there wall to wall music, but the artists are on the ship for the entire week in most cases and you will have the opportunity to visit with them and hear them speak about all types of interesting things in their lives in addition to their music. And do not forget the fun! Each cruise features parties, dancing, costume events, top flight comedians and, of course, the elegant service, food and accommodations offered by Holland America. The cruises each depart from Ft. Lauderdale. The Smooth Jazz Cruise has two sailings, one from January 13 – 20, 2013 and January 20 – 27, 2013. The Jazz Cruise sails from January 27 – February 3, 2013. With so much alike, what are the differences between the two cruises? First of all, the ports of call differ. The Smooth Jazz Cruise is headed to the western Caribbean to visit Belize and Cozumel

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before heading home through Key West. The Jazz Cruise is taking an eastern Caribbean route to Nassau, St. Thomas, St. Barths and the private island of Half Moon Cay. But the major difference is the musical presentations. The Smooth Jazz Cruise offers the finest in smooth jazz, R & B and funk music, with hosts David Sanborn and Marcus Miller. This year’s lineup includes Rick Braun, Alonzo Bodden Jonathan Butler, Brian Culbertson, Candy Dulfer, Richard Elliot, Ken Ford, Bob James, Angie Stone, Steve Cole, Paul Taylor and a host of other musicians. As always, everyone’s favorite party band, DW3, will be there as well. For the complete lineup, go to The Jazz Cruise is the first and only full ship charter dedicated to “straight-ahead” jazz. The lineup is simply a “Who’s Who” of jazz. The cruise features some of the true legends of the genre, Roy Haynes, Arturo Sandoval, Phil Woods, Houston Person, Eddie Palmieri, Gary Burton and Freddy Cole. In addition to Freddy Cole, the vocalist lineup is very strong, including Kurt Elling, Ann Hampton Callaway, Karrin Allyson, Niki Harris, New York Voices and Byron Stripling, when he is not playing his trumpet. The cruise presents its own Big Band under the leadership of John Fedchock, and

some of the most accomplished jazz instrumentalists in the world will be on board. The Clayton Brothers, Randy Brecker, Joey De Francesco, Gary Smulyan, Ken Peplowski, Jay Leonhart, Jeff Hamilton, Wycliffe Gordon and Anat Cohen are just some of the artists you will hear and see on the cruise. The programming of the cruise is directed by pianist Shelly Berg, who masterfully creates an amazing cruise experience for everyone involved. As said earlier in this tome, January is the month to leave your worries behind and head out for The Smooth Jazz Cruise or The Jazz Cruise. If it is an Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC cruise, you know that it will be great! • ADVERTORIAL




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101 Things To Do With a Retired Man. . . to Get Him Out from Under Your Feet!

Gabrielle Mander wrote this book when she realized that, after a lifetime of marriage, she and her husband were not having blissful years of retirement. He was always underfoot. She began looking for new challenges—for him! This book is a hilarious and practical look at retirement, offering ideas ranging from windsurfing to bread baking to photo albums.

Step Into Her Shoes—One Size Fits All

Nina Mohadjer, author of This Mother’s Life, was born in Iran, raised in Germany and became a mother and professional woman in the U.S. In a format called “gritty” and “no-holds-barred,” readers will recognize the journey of this remarkable woman as she moves from feeling foreign wherever she is, to feeling at home in the heart of her dreams.

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Protect Yourself as a Patient

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Boomers Travel Together? Just Watch This Group Pack Their Bags! BY JANICE DOYLE


renda Pitisci loves to travel. Anywhere. “Let’s go,” she would say when she and her husband used to travel together. As her husband’s health issues made it so he could no longer travel, she thought, “There must be others like me who really want to continue traveling, even without a spouse as a companion.” And so she created a “meetup” group called Boomers Travel Together to find other baby boomers—both men and women—who are looking for travel buddies, companions, roommates and friends. Meetup groups are a phenomenon made possible with computers. Someone with a special interest decides to find other people with the same interest. They follow the online format to create a

group communication site. The group’s first trip Voila! The word is out to was to Alaska. The trip anyone with a computer. was important to Pitisci Groups can be for those in a because she saw her small area or a large area. plan work as she helped Actual face-to-face meetups singles create roommay take the form of discusmate relationships that sions, eating a meal together worked for that trip and or participating in an activity. perhaps future trips. Groups can advertise themPitisci says the monthselves online under as many ly meetings are held in as 15 topics. That’s why the south Tampa area you’ll find Pitisci’s Boomers to be most convenient, Travel Together group if Brenda Pitisci, founder of but truly it is Pitisci’s you’re looking for a group Boomers Travel Together personal touch that in the Tampa area or under makes the group work. any of these topics: travel, singles, She’s a “people person” and an encourboomers, meeting new people, outdoor ager for boomers who want to travel. adventure, travel partners, women who One example is that a woman in travel, men who travel and more. Ft. Myers contacted her and said Pitisci created the online site last she wanted a group of eight to go to October and it now has well over China. It didn’t take long to fill the 300 members with contacts from spots once the information went on as far from Tampa as Ft. Myers. the Boomers Travel Together site.

A travel agent friend of Pitisci’s found a “phenomenal price” for an October trip to the Amalfi Coast area of Italy. Those who were interested contacted Pitisci through the website and then arranged a mutual time to meet in person to hear details. (Space is still available.) “We’ll be matching people up with trips they want to take,” Pitisci says, “figuring it out as we go.” Groups with space still available include a Caribbean cruise in October and a Mediterranean cruise in late November. She and other group members are also working to start local and state-wide trips. The group is not just for women by any means. “A few men now have now joined, and we expect more as word gets out,” says Pitisci. If you’re a single boomer, get that suitcase out—it’s time to travel again! Find the group at this website:

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Lest We Forget…the MIAs and POWs


eptember 15 is National POW/MIA Recognition Day, observed across the nation as a salute to those military men missing in action. They were left behind—in Bataan, Corregidor and Russia. In Vietnam, Cambodia and Korea. But every year many Americans take the time to remember those who were prisoners of war (POW) and those who are missing in action (MIA), as well as their families.

Books that tell the stories

• The Endless Hours: My Two and a Half Years as a Prisoner of the Chinese Communists by Wallace Brown

• I Was a Captive in Korea by Philip Deane

• Voices from Captivity: Interpreting the American POW Narrative by Robert Doyle

• Leading With Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton by Lee Ellis, who was held five years in North Vietnamese POW camps • In Love and War by Admiral Jim Stockdale and Sybil Stockdale. • The Missing Man: Politics and the MIA, by CAPT Douglas C. Clarke, U.S. Navy.


The National League of Families’ POW/MIA flag symbolizes the United States’ resolve to never forget POWs or those who served their country in conflicts and are still missing. The flag’s design features a silhouette of a young man. The flag features a white disk bearing in black silhouette a man’s bust, a watch tower with a guard on patrol, and a strand of barbed wire. White letters “POW” and “MIA”, with a white five-pointed star in between, are typed above the disk. Below the disk is a black and white wreath above the motto “You Are Not Forgotten” written in white, capital letters.

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• Until They Are Home: Bringing Back the MIAs from Vietnam: A Personal Memoir by Thomas T. Smith (the story of the 2003 – 2004 search for MIAs) • Missing in Action by Kevin Diviness

• M. I. A.: Accounting for the Missing in Southeast Asia by Paul D. Mather. • Inside Hanoi’s Secret Archives: Solving the MIA Mystery by Malcolm McConnell.

• Honor Bound: American Prisoners of War in Southeast Asia, 1961 – 1973, by Stuart I. Rochester and Frederick Kiley.

More than 88,000 Americans are still listed as Missing in Action.

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• When you’re in need—Most phones allow you to set up special numbers for efficiency purposes. Be sure to set up speed dials for your emergency contacts, such as your family, close friends and doctors.

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f your loved one might get lost and not be able to find their way home, consider these tips: • Give your senior a Smart phone and create an “If I’m Lost” folder on the home screen—in the folder, include the senior’s family and caregiver numbers, 911, a cab company phone number and the senior’s home address.

• Install a GPS tracking system on the senior’s cell phone—make sure they have one for their car and they know how to use it.

• Make a plastic laminate card with all pertinent information—place this in your senior’s wallet and attach it to their car visor. • Have your senior wear an ID bracelet—they come in very fashionable designs.

For Seniors With Dementia and Alzheimer’s: • Consider disguising the doors in your home—painting or hanging posters on the inside of doors to disguise them as bookshelves or other furniture can often deter a senior from attempting to walk out. • Install door chimes on all entry doors—this alerts those at home whenever a door is opened. This comes in handy, especially in a two-level home. Security systems also offer this type of alarm.

• Alert your local authorities of the RISK of wandering—many local police stations maintain an Alzheimer’s and dementia patient “registry.” Caregivers provide personal information that would be critical in a search and rescue effort, such as name, height, weight, etc…

• Caregivers should keep a list of previous homes, occupations—this is helpful if authorities need to search for a senior. Elderly with Alzheimer’s tend to recall former homes, occupations and other milestones as though they are present day. Some seniors with dementia are wandering in attempt to “return to their roots.”

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A Senior Lost and Found Action Plan is especially critical for families with elderly loved ones with dementia or Alzheimer’s. That’s why caregivers trained in Alzheimer’s care can help families keep seniors active and engaged so they don’t wander in the first place. One last tip: It is especially important to keep seniors hydrated in the heat of summer. To learn more about how to care for your senior loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s through the Senior Helpers’ programs, visit

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he Skunk Ape of the Everglades announces its arrival with an aroma that grabs our imagination. But there’s nothing captivating about our own body odor. Fix for the fumes of four common body odors this way:

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or anyone planning on making a trip this summer, cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon Jonathan Fong, M.D. from the VeniceOcala Heart Institute has these tips on staying healthy during a getaway.

Tip #1: Move Around During Long Trips

Shift positions and keep active, moving on a consistent basis. Avoiding long periods of immobility as you travel this summer will help to prevent the formation of deep vein thrombosis or DVT. “These are blood clots that can form in your extremities and may show no symptoms before they cause an issue. The non-specific signs of DVT include pain, swelling, redness, warmness and engorged superficial veins in the leg,” Dr. Fong says.

Tip #2: Locate the Automated External Defibrillator (AED)

For those who have a history of heart problems, it is vital to know and make sure others around you know where the AEDs are and how to use them in case of a heart attack episode. The prevalence of AEDs in public places continues to grow and, when used properly, they can be a lifesaving tool with the ability to prevent a summer trip from ending in tragedy. Dr. Fong recommends, “To learn how to safely operate a defibrillator, research an area educational course, provided at most Red Cross locations.”

Tip #3:Talk to Your Doctor and Carry Extra Prescriptions

Discuss your trip with your physician. For those with regular prescriptions, make sure that you pick up and carry extra medication

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Keeping an I.D. and critical medical information in an easily found place on your person, such as your wallet or in a fanny pack, is one of the smartest precautions one can take. This should include a driver’s license, phone numbers of relatives, information about allergies and medical conditions, and any other significant information.

“If you were to have a sudden medical problem, this would help to identify you and provide speedy access to a medical history for relevant personnel,” Dr. Fong says.

Tip #5: Plan Heart Healthy Travel Activities

Taking a vacation does not mean taking a break from cardiovascular fitness. Wherever you go, there will be plenty of opportunities to get your exercise, even if you’re in vacation mode. Hopping aboard a cruise ship? There’s plenty of room to walk around each day to keep your heart and muscles pumping. Staying in a romantic hotel for a few days? Seek out nearby health clubs where you can get a day pass, or find out if the hotel you’ll be staying at offers gym services. Keep these tips in mind and travel in the best of health this summer and many more seasons to come. Info from Venice-Ocala Heart Institute.


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t seems suddenly that every family has someone who is gluten-intolerant. Research shows that approximately 70 percent of the U.S. population has an adverse reaction to gluten. Gluten is found in wheat, barley, rye and other grains such as kamut and spelt. Reactions include: • Constipation • Diarrhea • Gas and bloating • Abdominal pain • Joint pain • Migraines • Fatigue • Asthma and eczema • Anemia • Failure to thrive • Sinusitis Reactions to gluten are described in three ways: 1. Gluten intolerance: Intolerance suggests vague symptoms such as abdominal pain and that no testing has been done. 2. Gluten allergy: Allergy suggests that testing has been done and reveals a positive reaction to gluten. 3. Celiac disease: Celiac disease describes the autoimmune form of gluten intolerance. This means that the body’s immune defenses see gluten as a foreign substance. Celiac disease is confirmed by blood tests or biopsy. A diagnosis calls for lifelong avoidance of gluten.

Gluten reactions are usually delayed from several hours to several days after ingestion. In contrast, the allergic response to peanuts, strawberries or shellfish is generally more immediate, occurring seconds to hours after ingestion. Delayed allergic responses affect quality of life, while immediate allergic responses can be life-threatening (causing a severe reaction called anaphylaxis).

Trial of diet may improve symptoms Treatment for gluten intolerance, gluten allergy and celiac disease begins with trial of a gluten-free diet. Patients may not recognize that gluten is responsible for their symptoms because they have learned to live with them and regard them as normal. Patients start following a glutenfree diet for five to seven days to see if they notice a difference in symptoms. For many patients, trial of a gluten-free diet yields a positive response in symptom management. If symptoms do not improve and tests results do not support maintaining a gluten-free diet, then patients may reintroduce gluten into their diets and watch for previous symptoms to return. Other potential causes for their symptoms are then pursued, such as intestinal bacteria overgrowth, Candida or other food allergies.

Diet benefits others, too Gluten-free foods have become much more palatable and available over the past 10 years as word of their benefits has spread. A gluten-free diet may benefit those who are unaware of or have not been diagnosed with gluten allergy. For example, joint pain is often considered a normal part of aging, but nowhere does it say that joint pain automatically develops after a certain age. Anyone with joint pain who doesn’t want to take medication may be pleasantly surprised by a trial of a gluten-free diet. Eliminating gluten may relieve their symptoms. Similarly, patients with a family history of stomach disorders may believe that constipation, diarrhea gas and/or bloating simply “run in the family.” Eliminating gluten in the diet may relieve abdominal symptoms in people who never considered them abnormal. Many stores now carry gluten-free foods and recipes are widely available.

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Diabetics, Medicare May Foot Most of Your Shoe Bill


he Medicare Therapeutic Shoe Bill provides proper footwear and inserts for people with diabetes who qualify under Medicare Part B. Each calendar year, Medicare will pay 80 percent of the cost of one pair of shoes and three pairs of heat molded inserts specifically approved for the diabetic foot, and the remaining 20 percent that Medicare does not pay may be covered by your secondary insurance. “This program was designed to help prevent complications such as lower limb ulcers and amputations for individuals who suffer from diabetes,” says Lauretta Fernandez, licensed board certified pedorthist and owner of Foot Solutions. “And you’d be surprised at the variety of stylish and comfortable shoes that qualify under this program.” Ask your doctor to complete and sign the appropriate paperwork and

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espite all of the other advances made in our society in recent generations, women continue to face unique challenges when it comes to preparing for their financial futures. Recognizing the Shortfalls For starters, women on average still earn less than men, according to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. And because women tend to serve as primary caregivers for young children and aging parents, women typically spend fewer years in the workforce. As a result, the average woman could earn significantly less than the average man during the course of a lifetime. That combination of lower earning power and fewer years in the workforce translates into less retirement savings for women. In addition, the average annual pension benefit for a retired woman is less than that of the average retired man. Adding to the inequity, Social Security benefits, based in part on workplace longevity, are also adversely affected. The end result is that retired women also tend to receive smaller monthly Social Security checks than men. Closing the Gap Consequently, it’s essential that all women and their loved ones embrace a more active approach to investments to make up for the financial shortfalls they could face at retirement. It’s particularly important to take advantage of tax-deferred individual retirement accounts and employersponsored savings plans when available. Remember, even a small increase in the amount of your investments or contributions may add up to significant savings over time. For More Information If you’d like to learn more, please contact Daniel Edmondson, Financial Advisor, 813-286-5661, http://www.morganstanley. com/fa/daniel.edmondson.

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Fitness—Being Proactive with Muscle Pain What to do when you have pain:



have been in the gym 3 to 4 days a week for about 17 years and competing at a national and international level for 12 to 15 years. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s to be proactive with pain. Preventative maintenance can eliminate the majority of your injuries. Whether you’re a regular in the gym or a weekend warrior who wants to play hard— everyone gets sore muscles or joints. It’s natural and part of the game!

Health When you participate in physical activities you cause micro-tears in muscles that manifest as sore or aching muscles. These micro-tears are normal and are repaired while the body rests. The resulting muscle is slightly larger than before and better able to handle the stress that caused the initial tears.

intense is a sign that you’ve injured yourself. If therapeutic massage, ac1. Use ice to reduce pain and swelling tive release or all the above remedies and even as a preemptive measure to won’t work, seek out your doctor for get blood back into those torn muscles. an MRI or at least get his feedback. 2. Heat can also be used for muscle You should seek medical advice if: or joint pain—however, my favorite remedy is ice. 1. You have a serious loss of movement. 3. Try over-the-counter pain 2. The pain is severe. relievers like Aleve, Tylenol or Advil. 3. You are unable to bear weight on a Ways to avoid muscle aches and pain: 4. Research some of the joint or leg or use an arm. pain supplements, which often help 1. Do a dynamic warm up— 4. The area is swollen and/or warm to eliminate pain. something that raises your body touch, or you have extensive bruising. temperature like a light jog, stair 5. When muscle pain is more master, rowing, etc. before you stretch. 5. The pain or discomfort has not intense than normal, and you improved after self-care treatment. 2. Continue your warm up with have not sustained a major muscle dynamic stretching rather than tear, joint or cartilage damage, seek As always, if you have a medical static stretching. Active Release Therapy—it condition or you are unsure about targets specific problem areas. 3. Warm down after you are done your health, check with your doctor with your workout. before starting any exercise program. Sometimes soothing sore muscles To find more information on Walter requires more than an ice pack or 4. Get regular therapeutic deep tissue massage whether your muscles over-the-counter pain reliever. Muscle Urban and his World and National records, please visit pain that comes on quickly and feels are sore or not.

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No Kidding! Lying Less = Better Health and Relationships


Participants said they realized they new study (“Science of could simply tell the truth about their Honesty”) reports that telling daily accomplishments rather than the truth when tempted to lie can exaggerate, while others said they significantly improve a person’s stopped making false excuses for mental and physical health. being late or failing to complete tasks. The study showed that Americans Others said that they learned to avoid average about 11 lies per week, but lying by responding to a troubling that participants could purposequestion with another question to fully and dramatically reduce their distract the person, she said. everyday lies. That, in turn, was associated with significantly improved health. Telling three fewer white lies than they did in other weeks resulted in less feelings of tension or melancholy, fewer sore throats and headaches. In weeks when participants told fewer lies, they reported that their close personal relationships improved and ATW_50069_45507_10x4.75:ATW-50069_10x4.75 8/24/12 1:36 PM Page 1 that their social interactions overall went more smoothly.

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Mr. Modem

How Do I Clean My Smartphone Screen and Other Burning Questions

the ports. If your screen is caked with foreign matter, the more important by Richard Sherman question becomes, “What the heck are you doing with it?” Attempt to remove You have answered questions surface debris with a soft brush or in the past about cleaning compressed air first rather than using flat-screen monitors, but how do I the cloth because you may inadvertentclean the screen on my smartphone? ly drag a disgusting particle across the screen, which could cause scratching. To clean a smartphone, iPad, When you’re done, use the dry poriPhone, Kindle or similar tion of the cloth to remove any moisdevice, you will need a microfiber ture that remains. When the screen is or other similar lint-free cloth and shiny and dry, power the device back water. Once you have assembled this on and let it reboot and resync with extensive list of cleaning materials, your cellular or wireless network. disconnect any USB or power cables Oodles (it’s a technical term) of from the device and turn it off. additional device-oriented tips can be Dampen the corner of a soft found in my iPad and Kindle eBooks microfiber cloth with a trickle of at water. Don’t use Windex or any other I can delete unwanted solvents, and if you’re thinking of documents from Microsoft giving it a quick swipe with a Brillo Office 8/27/12 2007 easily enough, but how pad, you might want to think again. JBP_47546_45506_10x4.75:JBP-47536_10x4.75 4:00 PM Page 1 do I delete them from the Recently With the damp cloth, gently wipe Used list? Thanks, Mr. M. the screen surface, but avoid wiping

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Is there any way to have folders appear in Vista and Windows 7 with File, Edit, View, Tools, etc. at the top of each folder?

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Vinyl Siding: Popular Styles; Anything But Ordinary


any know (and appreciate) that vinyl is among the easiest siding products to install and maintain, but simplicity doesn’t have to mean boring. Several styles of vinyl siding are available on today’s market, including Traditional, Dutchlap, Beaded, Scalloped and Shakes. With so many colors, textures and styles to choose from, making your home exterior vision a reality is simple. The following are just a few of the unique styles available to you:



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Scallop—Scallop vinyl has rounded bottom edges in overlapping rows. It creates more of a Victorian style.

Traditional Vinyl Siding—Essentially, vinyl in its most classic form. Each individual board appears to overlap another horizontally, like traditional wood siding.

Dutchlap—According to homedoctor. net, dutchlap style siding is a more decorative variation of regular vinyl siding. With a clapboard style, the face of the siding is beveled (or tapered),

rather than cut into perfect rectangles. It illustrates the careful, handcarved craftsmanship of Old World carpenters.



Beaded—Featuring a half-round molding effect at the bottom of the pane, beaded vinyl provides more depth and dimension than traditional cuts. It resembles the Southern Colonial look. Shakes—Used on the entire home, or just as a focal point, shakes’ square-edge design is reminiscent of a New England style. Info from

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Have Some Flavor Fun in the Kitchen Y

ou don’t have to be a gourmet chef to add great flavor to your favorite recipes. Just look around your kitchen and try something new. Here’s a delicious Garden Tomato and Basil Soup that helped inspire the flavor of Lay’s® Garden Tomato & Basil flavored potato chips.

1/2 cup parsley, chopped and divided 1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, shredded and divided Zest of 1 lemon Juice of 1 lemon, divided Freshly ground white pepper

Recipe Garden Tomato and Basil Soup

Makes 4 to 6 servings 1 T canola oil 1 1/2 cups diced white onions 3 T fresh garlic, minced 4 cups red tomatoes, chopped 2 14-oz cans vegetable broth 1/2 cup tomato paste 3 Tbsp. chopped basil Salt and pepper to taste Juice of 1/2 lemon

Sauté onions in oil for 4 to 5 minutes, avoiding browning; remove from pan and saute garlic. Stir together. Add tomatoes, vegetable broth and tomato paste. Bring to boil, reduce to a simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until tomatoes are soft. Remove soup from heat; add basil and blend in a blender or food processor for 2 to 3 minutes until mixture is smooth. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice and serve immediately.

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Also, try this roasted cauliflower side dish with a gluten-free crispy topping that’s infused with lemon juice and fresh herbs.

Roasted Cauliflower

1 large head cauliflower, cut into bite-size pieces Canola oil cooking spray 1/2 tsp. paprika 1/2 cup Lay’s® Lightly Salted Potato Chips, crushed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place cauliflower pieces on large-rimmed baking sheet. Coat with cooking spray and sprinkle with paprika. In small bowl, mix together crushed Lay’s® Lightly Salted Potato Chips, 1/4 cup parsley, 1/4 cup cheese, and lemon zest. Add chip mixture to cauliflower and combine with hands on baking sheet until incorporated. Top mixture with white pepper and juice of 1/2 a lemon. Bake for 25 minutes, mixing halfway to ensure even browning. Transfer to serving dish, garnish with remaining parsley, cheese and lemon juice as desired and serve. Recipe sources: and Family Features.

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Overseas Travel Tips


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Be Street Smart: Women should wear cross-body bags and men should put a rubber band around their wallets to create resistance against their pants while site-seeing. Limit fancy jewelry or handbags.

Keep A Closed Door Policy: Do not open your hotel door for someone you don’t know. If you didn’t request something from a hotel bell hop, communicate via phone or through the closed door. Don’t open your hotel door to “room inspectors” who will swipe a valuable or two as they pretend to check the “quality of housekeeping.” Keep your hotel key with you during the day (not at the front desk), and leave your Do Not Disturb sign on your door so others think it is occupied.

Mix Up Your Money: Use credit cards, but have local currency on hand as well. Don’t use an ATM machine if someone is standing around you. Keep some extra cash or credit cards stored in the hotel safe or a secret, safe place. Credit card companies can provide travelers with a new card very quickly.

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Movies Filmed in West Central Florida I

f your idea of a perfect afternoon is to watch a good movie, try one of these. All of them were filmed in West Central Florida locations and are probably available for checking out at your local library.

The Yearling (1947) —Hawthorne, Ocala The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) —Sarasota Easy to Love (1953) —Cypress Gardens Beneath the 12 Mile Reef (1953) —Tarpon Springs Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

—Silver Springs, Wakulla Springs Rebel Without A Cause (1955) —Silver Springs Revenge of the Creature (1955) —Marineland, Silver Springs

The Creature Walks Among Us (1956)

—Fort Myers Follow That Dream (1962) —Crystal River, Inglis, Inverness, Ocala, Yankeetown Moonraker (1979) —Ocala, Silver Springs Never Say Never Again (1983) —Silver Springs

Smoky and the Bandit 3 (1983) —Ocala

Cross Creek (1983) —Cross Creek Cocoon (1985) —St. Petersburg

Manhunter (1985) —Captiva Island, Clearwater

Doc Hollywood (1990) —Micanopy, Ocala Edward Scissorhands (1990) —Dade City, Lakeland, Lutz, Wesley Chapel Rosewood (1997) —Cedar Key, Eustis Area

Great Expectations (1998) —Cortez, Sarasota Ocean’s Eleven (2001) —St. Petersburg

The Hawk is Dying (2004) —Gainesville The Punisher (2004) —Dunedin, Tampa

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Visit your local Barbershop Harmony Chapter, The Palm Harbor Crystal-Aires at 6:45 p.m. on Monday evenings at the Palm Harbor Community Center, 1500 16th Street, Palm Harbor. For questions or more information, call Wes Branch at (727) 784-8052.

hh, the fall months on the beaches are wonderful. Cooler mornings, light evening breezes…all at a much slower pace. Welcome to the off season! Hotel and motel managers will also tell you the fall months are the best time to visit for other reasons. Look what they say!

“Rooms with a view are easier to come by.” Forget about looking out over the local laundry room or the construction site next door and enjoy a view of the water. “We can give more personalized service and attention.” There’s time to chat, more time to answer questions and locals look up and greet you with a smile. You’ll find restaurants without lines. Ah, what a relief.

“Room rates are often exceptionally discounted.” Out of season vacations equal out-of-your-mind prices on many rooms. “The fall months are the best time for relaxation appointments. Court times and golf tee times are easier to come by. Same for spa treatments.” In addition to these, you’re just a short drive from

the many activities which make the area so inviting, such as galleries, parks, sports venues and more. “And don’t forget the spectacular sunsets over the Gulf…radiant golden sunsets right outside your door.” So make a reservation and go to the beach. While everyone else will be paying top dollar to stay during the winter months, you’ll be soaking in the relaxation, solitude and the satisfaction of a fabulous getaway…at a great bargain.

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Banking in Bygone Times BY JOHN C. LIBURDI


he old banker back in my small hometown was king of a small empire. He was an extremely distinguished gentleman, not unlike the banker on Monopoly game cards. We all addressed him as “sir”; in fact, he was on a par with our mayor and minister. Our banker benevolently granted long-term loans so people would have roofs —TUCKover their heads and cars to drive.adopted He didn’t 05-04-11slice, dice and roll over mortgages to produce toxic assets; he was partnered with his bank customers for the long-haul. Plus, when I opened up my savings account, he gave me a free Toastmaster toaster! Besides the toaster, I received a passport-size savings account book that showed exactly how much


money I had in the bank’s huge vault. Back then, a printing machine at the teller window documented each of my face-to-face banking transactions, right in my little book. Yes indeed; I proudly went to the bank every Friday afternoon to cash my weekly paycheck and make a deposit, knowing that others saw me as a working man reaping the fruits of his labor. And it was a pleasure to socialize with townsfolk while standing in line between long velvet guide ropes in rare summer air conditioned luxury. The bank’s splendor included Roman columns outside, thick carpeting inside and marble all over the place. When our old banker finally retired, his bank was absorbed into a regional banking group that soon went bust. At first the town thought it was a replay of the Great Depression, but then the FDIC stepped in to protect our

savings. Still, it wasn’t long before been digitized and, much like ocean the old bank lost all its customers to a tides and currents, it’s shifting back newly established branch of a national and forth across a global network banking conglomerate, housed in a of computer memory banks. Now cheap looking prefab building. They my wife complains that I spend too offered teaser interest rates to lure much time on my computer surfing in customers, but that only lasted the web. She doesn’t realize that I’m until our old bank closed its doors. continuously logged into my bank The new bank eagerly welcomes account, staring at the numbers to customers inside to open accounts and ensure that no one steals my money. take out loans. Afterwards, they’re The town’s old bank ultimately encouraged to make their transactions became the sales office for Wild Bill’s remotely via ATMs and home comput- Used Cars, where every car price ends ers, or even on smartphones while in 99. And so, we eventually succumb watching their kids out on the soccer to Keeping doing business with branches of Moving is the best medicine. active and losing field. Oddly weight enough,are thejust fewtwo tellers big banks. I suppose I can forgive of the ways that you can fight in the new bank are all very young them for destroying my hometown In fact, for every pound you lose, daughters ofosteoarthritis the old bank’spain. highly ex- bank, for taking billions in taxpayer pounds less pressure on money each knee. Forpaying me perienced butthat’s now four unemployed tellers. bailout and for information on managing pain, go to The new bank’s décor is all young and negligible interest on my savings. contemporary too, pretty much like But, darn it, where’s my free toaster? the cell phone store across the street. Liburdi’s recent book is Well, I for one have come to accept “Italian American Fusion: that my money isn’t sitting in a Italy’s Influence on the Evolution nearby vault anymore. The money has of America.” (SENIOR WIRE)

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WOMEN SEEKING MEN 4119 SEEKING CHRISTIAN GENTLEMAN Former airline stewardess and model, 5’4”, 104 lbs., widow, slender, white with Ph.D. in healthcare. Fulbright scholar, eats healthy and exercises. Likes sports and animals. Loves the Lord. Florida. 4158 WW ASIAN LADY ISO healthy, active W/SOH, NS, W gentleman 60 – 70 YY for FF and companionship who would like travel to SE Asia and day trips in USA. Please send recent photo. North Pinellas.

4160 HI, LONESOME Me—short, plump and beautiful, 70’s, long hair, blue eyes; lots of love and no sweetheart – sense of humor. Write to me soon. 4161 ATTRACTIVE ITALIAN SWF 64YY ISO youthful SWM with SOH. Possible LTR (age open). Enjoy outdoors, music, dancing, candlelight meals, cooking, baking, daily exercise, simple lifestyle, laughter, basic togetherness. 5’2” HWP, R, NS, NDrg, unique, honest, loving, healthconscious, witty, spunky. Zephyrhills. 4162 SEEKING COMPATIBLE GENTLEMAN NS, ND, H, W, sincere Christian, likes gardening, reading, cooking, music, dining out, concerts, dance, no ballroom, etc. Loving and honest. 4166 LIFE TO SHARE Active, petite 5’2” WW, NS, ND, W, C, F, R, 70s – swims, hikes, day trips, seeks savvy gent. FF. Palm Harbor.

MEN SEEKING WOMEN 4157 WM SEEKING HEALTHY, FUNLOVING C or J lady, 65 to 75. Retired guy ISO companion to share trips and cruises. NS looking for romance, have SOH. Picture appreciated, phone, write. Sun City.

4159 LOOKING FOR A NICE LADY for companionship to spend time with. NS, ND, 75, retired, 5’10”, 210. Tired of being alone. Age not important. Dade City. 4163 PINELLAS COUNTY W, M, 58, 5’(“, 160, ISO female 58 to 65, HWP, NS. Looking for laidback woman, fishing, beach, taking day trips. Looking for romance too. Send photo and letter. Madeira Beach. 4167 ISO EASYGOING SWF 45 – 65. M,W, R, D, 62, 6’1”, 170, NS, ND, FF, LTR maybe, SOH and TLC. Likes pets, swimming, beach walks, bicycles, tv, movies, similar. Hudson.

Commonly Used Abbreviations: F-Female, M-Male, S-Single, D-Divorced, WWWidow, A-Asian, B-Black, H-Hispanic, I-Indian, W-White, C-Christian, J-Jewish, YO-Years Old, YY-Years Young, ISO-In Search Of, SOHSense Of Humor, SM-Smokes, S-Light Smoker, NS-Non Smoker, ND-Non Drinker, SD-Social (Light) Drinker, DR-Drinks, NDrg- No Drugs, LTR-Long Term Relationship, HWP-Height & Weight Proportional, R-Retired, P-Professional, FF-Friendship First, TLC-Tender Loving Care.


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To clean a computer mouse with a trackball, unplug the mouse and then open the bottom up. Remove the ball and wipe it with a dry lint-free cloth. Look inside the mouse and use a cotton swab dipped in alcohol to clean the “gunk” off the small plastic wheels inside the mouse. Reassemble the mouse, and wipe the outside with the lint free cloth.

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From The American Contract Bridge League

It Pays To Stay Awake

ast’s 3♠ bid was preemptive, showing a long suit (usually 7 cards) and a weak hand, its purpose being to make life difficult for the opponents. And so it does, pushing N-S into an ugly 4♥ contract which has 5 top losers. West cashes his three Clubs and then, for want of better, shifts to a Diamond. Dummy wins that, and draws trumps. It was fortunate for Declarer that West started with no Spades, otherwise he would have been down two in a hurry. But now, if Declarer can bring home the Diamond suit, both of those Spade losers will

disappear and this rotten contract will actually make! Do you play Diamonds from the top (hoping that they are 3-3 or that East has Jx)? Or do you finesse the Ten (playing West to have Jxxx)? It may be tempting to think “East has seven Spades and West has none, therefore West is more likely to have Diamond length.” But that’s only part of the picture and Declarer will count the whole hand. East started with seven Spades, two Hearts, and one Club, that much we know. This leaves three Diamonds, no more, no less! So Declarer confidently plays the Diamonds from the top and the Spade losers are thrown off. It pays to count in this game! It also pays to stay awake. Yes, you noticed, the defense was fast asleep! East must ruff the third Club, just in case West has no Spades. Now the Spades are cashed and it is down two. And let’s also mention that West should have helped his dozing partner by leading a low Club at Trick 3. That will wake him up! Visit for more about the fascinating game of bridge or email To find a bridge club in Florida, go to Bridge article provided courtesy of St. Petersburg Bridge Club:

Senior Trips This Month

Grandparent Humor



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eminole Senior Center trips in September: Chow Crowd goes to downtown St. Pete for lunch. 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Hard Rock Casino, Tampa. 9 a.m to 3 p.m.

Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info: call Kristyn at 727-391-8345.


y granddaughter came to spend a few weeks with me, and I decided to teach her to sew. After I had gone through a lengthy explanation of how to thread the machine, she stepped back, put her hands on her hips, and said in disbelief, “You mean you can do all that, but you can’t play my Game Boy?” ~Author Unknown


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