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A Long Love Affair with Our Beaches

“I have always loved the beach. The smell of the salty water, the wind in my face, the gentle roar of the waves all combine to create a sense of peace and calm.” —Anonymous Dear Readers,

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t’s all about our beaches. Here in Florida, we love our beaches and the beach lifestyle. We know the satisfac- Janice Doyle, Editor tion of eating seafood on the wooden deck of a restaurant overlooking the water. We can watch boats moving on the water for hours without moving a muscle. We have books we think of as “beach reads.” We kick off our shoes and wiggle our toes in white sand as we watch a sunset. We splash, walk, run or just relax on our beaches. Admittedly we’d love to look young and strong and lithe in our swimsuits when we walk on the beach, but…oh, well…if we don’t, we usually go anyway. And it’s sometimes an appalling sight indeed!

On vacations: we hit the sunny beaches where we occupy ourselves keeping the sun off our skin, the saltwater off our bodies and the sand out of our belongings. —Humorist Erma Bombeck Some notable beach experiences There’s more. Along our coast, you’ll find:

• Pier 60 Sunset Celebration every evening on the white sands of Clearwater Beach with spectacular sunsets, vendors, even free WiFi hotspots. • Siesta Key Public Beach, where families join the Manasota Track Club’s mile-long fun runs at 6:30 p.m. every day all summer. • The Don CeSar Hotel on St. Pete Beach—legendary Pink Palace since 1928.

“Play in the sand; splash in the water; get

dirty; get wet. The beach is the only place my mom doesn’t get mad about me doing that stuff. Of course i love the beach!” —Dixie Dykens (age 5)

• Fishing piers where the diehards really catch fish and others are happy just to drown bait and live in the moment. • Venice Beach, for hunting sharks’ teeth.

• Ft. DeSoto, several times voted America’s Top Beach area.

• Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf Islands area, Florida’s premier ecotourism destination and one of SAIL magazine’s “10 Greatest Places to Sail” • Sanibel Island, considered the best shelling spot in North America. • Sunsets on Captiva Island —breathtaking!

• American Sandsculpting Championships, a five-day event in Fort Myers in November. It’s a fragile existence In late June, Tropical Storm Debby showed us just how fragile the beach heaven we share with various wildlife really is. All up and down the Gulf Coast, places like Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Sarasota’s Mote Marine say that this year’s sea turtle nest numbers were flourishing before Debby’s high winds and flooding caused massive beach erosion. In all areas, around 80 percent of the nests disappeared. The good news is that staff and volunteers are finding new nests every day.

Yes, we love our beaches, and we applaud Mote Marine, Clearwater Marine, Turtle Time in Lee County, Collier County’s Sea Turtle Protection Program and all the others for their work helping maintain the balance of nature. Go ahead, grab the cooler and pack the sandwiches and cold drinks. Get out there and enjoy Florida’s great beaches. I’ll see you there!

Just for Fun!

Humorous author Bill Bryson wrote this about all that beach sand: “Among the many thousands of things that I have never been able to understand, one in particular stands out. That is the question of who was the first person who stood by a pile of sand and said, “You know, I bet if we took some of this and mixed it with a little potash and heated it, we could make a material that would be solid and yet transparent. We could call it glass.” Call me obtuse, but you could stand me on a beach till the end of time and never would it occur to me to try to make sand into windows.”

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See Florida—Top to Bottom... Tallahassee: A Mix of

Politics and Southern Charm BY JANICE DOYLE


ur state’s capital city is unlike any other place in Florida. It has rolling hills and canopied roads mixed with the energy provided by politics and college-town hoopla. Whether it’s your first or five hundredth visit (all you FSU and FAMU grads!), you will find it vibrant or relaxing according to your need.

Travel Find something new by watching the panoramic view of the city from the porch on Hotel Duval’s Level 8 Bar. Looking west over Tallahassee’s trees and rooftops puts new adventure in watching a sunset – especially if you know the landmarks. Outdoor or indoor seating, music, ahh, peace and quiet.

Act like a local and plan to be in town for the Red Hills International Horse Trials in the spring when over 600 local volunteers turn the area into a worldclass equestrian site for dressage, crosscountry and jumping competitions. Held the second weekend of March. Level 8 Bar, Hotel Duval

Enjoy the downtown ambiance— tour the capitol, mix with lobbyists and politicos at lunch, walk through the government buildings. Or you can take a leisurely stroll through the blocks-long Chain of Parks that stretches along Park Avenue and is the frequent site of events and shows under the ancient oaks.

Rest your head in style at the boutique Aloft Hotel downtown. However, the city offers choices from economy motels to quaint little B&Bs as well.

Visit the past at the Tallahassee Automobile Museum, which is as much about Americana as it is about cars. There’s also Florida’s African American Museum, the Hernando de Soto State Historic Site, the Tallahassee Museum and more. You don’t want to miss driving the canopied roads. These follow trails created centuries ago and are easy to find if you pick up a local brochure. Who knew Tallahassee had a plethora of upscale restaurants? Try Avenue Eat & Drink to be seen downtown—trendy menu offerings. Georgio’s has classic cuisine and Cypress is a long-standing gourmet restaurant with an inventive menu of local, fresh food whenever possible.

Get out in nature at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, listed in “Fifty Places to Go Birding Before You Die.” It’s a place to experience the coastal landscape, the monarch migration in October and lunch at historic Wakulla Springs Lodge. The river itself offers opportunities for a riverboat cruise or a kayak or canoe paddle. In the city, Maclay Gardens State Park, Goodwood Museum & Gardens and many lakes, rivers and ponds offer nearly limitless boating and fishing. Whatever your pleasure, at the top of the state, Florida’s state capital city offers a warm welcome full of Southern charm. For more info go to visittallahassee. com or call (800) 628-2866.

The Florida Keys… A Place to Slow Down

Marathon and Islamorada Keys attract fishermen seeking the bonefish in Florida Bay. Many charters are available; I went with Strike Zone Charters which included a tour of coral reefs as well as all fishing gear. Stop in at the town’s Turtle Hospital for a new view of sea life. Sunset at the Driving on south, it Kona Kai resort starts to get easier to slow down as you see where owner BY DAVID LALMOND remnants of the over-sea Kristie Thomas low down, you move too railroad from 1912, manufactures flafast…” Lyrics by Simon and which opened the Keys vored chocolates Garfunkel come to mind leaving prior to a roadway years later. like handmade truffles in flavors that mainland USA for the 160-mile drive Finally, Key West—a laid back include amaretto, key lime and rum. to Key West. A multiday journey from Overnight at Kona Kai Resort owned community where mainlanders Key Largo to Key West seems like an by Joe and Ronnie Harris to enjoy sun- come to unwind and explore. The exercise of progressive relaxation. set from their beach or your suite. Take Cypress House Inn, built in the First stop: Start with conch fritters 1880s, provides a base for the intrepid time for the tropical botanic garden from Alabama Jacks in Homestead. tourist. It is newly renovated, only and a gallery of original artwork of Next stop: an overnight in Key Largo. both local as well as European artists. a couple of blocks from Sloppy Expect opportunities for scuba diving Joe’s bar and a five-minute walk New! Don’t miss! Take a cruise and snorkeling at John Pennekamp from Mallory Square. Breakfast on the restored African Queen, a Coral Reef State Park. Concessionaire registered historical vessel with is plentiful to enjoy poolside. operates motor, sailing and glass Along Duval Street on this four-by the iconic steam engine of the bottom boats to explore the underwater 1951 Bogart and Bacall famous six-mile island, one finds the usual park. Stop at Key Largo Chocolates tourist offerings plus 116 bars. Notable movie of the same name.


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The refurbished African Queen is steered by Stephen Bogart, second from right, son of Humphrey Bogart.

visits include the Hemingway House, Truman’s summer White House and Mel Fisher’s Museum of Treasures. Dinner at Blue Heaven restaurant comes with a 100-year history that included cockfighting, gambling and Friday night boxing matches refereed by Ernest Hemingway. During your outdoor dining experience, you WILL see roosters roaming the grounds. The Old Town Trolley Tour showcases the town with 12 stops along the more than 100 points of interest. Don’t miss the Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square. This consists of arts and crafts exhibitors, street performers, food vendors and psychics all served up to tourists from all over the world. Additional info: FLA-KEYS.COM.

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hrough 18 Grease, musical about the ‘50s at Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 1380 Colonial Blvd., Ft Myers. Phone: (239) 278-4422.


pening in August: “Honor, Country and Heroism,” exhibition of artwork by 32 artists on the concourses at Southwest Florida International Airport. Information at Alliance for the Arts: (239) 939-2787.


hrough 18 Caught in the Net. The funny sequel to Run For Your Wife. At Off Broadway Palm Theater. For general admission tickets, please call (239) 278-4422.


n display now: “Children of the Everglades” exhibition of three huge photos of Seminole-Miccosukee Indians of Florida at Southwest Florida International Airport. Information at (239) 334-4430.


uesdays and Thursdays Pickleball at Estero Gym. Simple game; slow-moving ball. Good exercise. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For info, call (239) 498-0415.


and 6 Repticon Reptile and Exotic Animal Convention at Araba Shrine, 2010 Hanson St., Ft. Myers. Exhibits, seminars, vendors. Adults/ $10; Children (5-12): $5. Two Day VIP Adult Ticket: $15. Phone: (863) 268-4273.


Calendar Girls (over 50 dance group) at Bianca’s, 16251 N. Cleveland Ave., North Fort Myers, 6:30 p.m. 18 at Elks Christmas in August Party, 1900 Park Meadows Dr., Fort Myers. 6 p.m. Information at (239) 850-6010.


The Mangrove Gathering Eco Cafe, for people who care about the Earth. Free, live music, coffee, tea and shared snack/dessert “potlatch” along with information. Bring own mug. 7:30 p.m. Call John Kiseda at (239) 432-2163.


Fort Myers Republican Women’s Club monthly luncheon program. Matt Caldwell will provide pros and cons of each referendum item; Q and A session. At The Helm Club, The Landings, South Fort Myers. Begins at 11:15 a.m. $16. Reservations required by Thursday, August 16 at (239) 489-4701. Club info: (239) 292-5212.


Pine Island Grenade—an event with author Tim Dorsey. 2:30 p.m. Pine Island Library. Call Tonya at (239) 533-4350 for info.


“Around the World with Ernest Hemingway” exhibit, a virtual trip to locations and points in time using Hemingway’s books and stories. 6 p.m. Northwest Regional Library. Information: call Annie at (239) 533-4700.

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njoy the history and beauty of the Art Center, 2301 First St., Ft. Myers. Info at (239) 333-1933.


ondays: TGIM (Thank God for Indie Mondays), independent films from Fort Myers Film Festival; 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets: $5 each. For tickets and information, visit or call (239) 810-6323.


ondays and Wednesdays: My Yoga classes. Info at (239) 247-1680.


uesdays: The Conservatory Art Class. Info at (239) 464-1408. Lifestyles After 50 • August 2012 • page 5

Boomers Have Rearranged Traditional Stages of Life generation institutionalized an ethos of inclusivity in U.S. society. “Most boomers exercised considerable independence in their life choices. They helped to ensure that freedoms applied to African Americans, women, new immigrants and gays, not just middle-class white males.”


t’s been well-documented that the baby boomers caused significant changes to the sociological, financial and economic picture in the U.S. over the past 65 years, but news from MetLife Mature Market Institute advances a number of theories about the impact the Boomers have had on American society. The report notes that those born between 1946 and 1955 changed conventional American life stages, redefined inclusivity and contributed to the health of all Americans. Boomers Rearranged the Three Boxes of Life Instead of going to school, entering the labor force after high school and retiring in their 60’s, boomers rearranged the traditional life stages.

Many went to college, entered the work force a little later and changed jobs a number of times, rather than remaining with one employer. “Not content with living their parents’ lives, boomers pursued education, a multi-faceted worklife and a robust retirement,” said Dr. Achenbaum.

Boomers Widened the Range of Inclusivity Boomers did not necessarily instigate the various struggles for equality over the past six decades, but this

Boomers Advanced Healthfulness —Structurally and Personally Advances in adult boomer life expectancy were attributed to medical breakthroughs in heart disease and strokes as well as changed behaviors (smoking cessation, dietary modifications). While obesity and poor nutrition choices still remain an issue, boomers incorporated preventive care into their life styles with nutrition, exercise and holistic medicine, leading to multi-billion dollar industries. Spiritual Quests for Meaning Changed Many Boomers’ World Views Advances in communication and transportation brought the world

to boomers. Many responded by traveling to remote sites like Africa and southeast Asia to make a difference, while others preferred the comforts of home. Boomers managed to be cosmopolitan and parochial, simultaneously. Personal and collective searches for “meaning” reinforced values and norms that segments in this age group started to embrace in youth. “Perhaps the most lasting legacy of the boomers, the first of whom are now 65-years old, is that they continue to be relevant, making a contribution and remaining trendsetters,” said Sandra Timmermann, Ed.D., director of the MetLife Mature Market Institute. According to the report, they are also the first generation whose impact continues well into middle age and beyond. They’ve also retired once and then re-entered the work force in encore careers.

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Sharing Her Life—East of the Sun BY JANICE DOYLE


oha Shaath Ismail of Ft. Myers said her American friends are surprised to learn that she has a Palestinian father, a Lebanese mother, an Egyptian husband and two American sons. Sometimes, she said, “ . . . all of these identities are braided in my brain and it is difficult to untangle the strands. Even the Arab in me is problematic, since I am always struggling with dialects. I find myself instinctively speaking Palestinian Arabic at home, Egyptian Arabic with my friends, and Lebanese Arabic with my relatives in Lebanon.” Her book East of the Sun, A Memoir is about what made America great—the immigrants who left everything behind and made lives for themselves in a new country. “I have a granddaughter who is almost 14-years old,” said

Ismail via email. “Throughout the two-some years it took for me to write the book, I had her in my mind constantly. More than anything, I wanted her to know that roots matter, that we are all a part of a long chain of humanity that is connected in so many ways, and that to be properly anchored in this world, we need to preserve the dignity of these roots and give tribute to what binds us together.” In her book, Ismail describes her formative years in British schools in Alexandria, Egypt, and the journey that led her to immigrate to the United States in 1970 with her husband and two young children. She writes

about the loss of her homeland in Palestine, Nasser’s Egypt and the tumultuous 1960s in Philadelphia. The book is filled with insightful reminiscences about her family and her rapidly changing world.

Ismail and her grandkids.

She first came to the United States for graduate studies in 1963 where she earned a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Drexel University in Philadelphia. After immigrating here,

she spent her entire career with the Hennepin County Library System in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is currently retired and lives with her husband in Fort Myers, Florida. To tell her story, the author fills East of the Sun with stories about family, Muslim traditions, courting habits and a way of life that has since disappeared. There are stories of her father’s View-Master images from his overseas trips and the freedom to begin her own journey of discovery. She said if she could share a spot from her past with her granddaughter, it would be where she grew up in Alexandria. Her family had just lost its homeland in Palestine, and had became displaced citizens overnight. “We had to grow new roots in Egypt, and that junction was probably the most pivotal period in my life.” Ms. Ismail has shown her granddaughter her roots in Egypt and much more in her book.

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Advice for the Younger Generations


arl Pillemer is professor of human development at Cornell University and author of the recently published 30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans. From surveys of America’s elders, Pillemer uncovered their advice to the younger generation for living a happy, healthy and successful life.

Take risks to avoid regret. People in their 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond endorse taking risks when you’re young, contrary to a stereotype that elders are conservative. Their message is ‘Go for it!’ They say that you are much more likely to regret what you didn’t do than what you did. Make the most of a bad job. The older generation has this advice for work: Make the most of a bad job. Many of these folks who grew up in the Great Depression had bad jobs

early on—in fact, their bad jobs make our bad jobs look like good jobs! They found that they learned invaluable lessons from these less-than-ideal work situations. You can learn how the industry works, about communicating with other employees, about customer service.

Choose excitement over money. The elders are unanimous on one point: Choose a career for its intrinsic value rather than how much money you will make. Our elders think it’s a mistake to waste precious lifetime in work you don’t like. Embrace travel. When asked what they regret in life, many of the oldest Americans said: ‘I wish I’d traveled more.’ Elder wisdom says to look into some travel—and low budget is fine—before you begin that first job.

Laptop Computer Advice

Dim the display laptop’s biggest battery-lifesucking component is its LCD display. To eke out more juice when you’re off the plug, turn down your panel’s brightness to the lowest level your eyes can stand. Most notebooks have a Function key combo—or even a dedicated hot key—for a quick crank-down. (You can also adjust brightness in Display Settings under Control Panel.)


Keep It Cool Thanks to their small, cramped cases and tiny vents, laptops are prone to overheating. Unfortunately, using your notebook on your lap—or on top of a blanket that protects your lap from your scalding-hot notebook—can seriously stifle ventilation and make matters worse. To help keep tempera-

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Back Up Everything Constant movement puts computer components at risk, and because of their portability, laptops suffer a lot more wear and tear than desktops. All of that on-the-go use increases the risk of hard drive failure, so make sure you back up the data on your laptop to an external hard drive, thumb drive, or home server on a regular basis. Portable hard drives like the Western Digital Passport Elite make it easy to back up your data on the road. Tips from Coastal Computers, offering remote service at 1-866324-8692.

Home Remedies That Work Is Vaseline a Good Face Cream? . I know someone who swears help keep skin moist and supple. But I Q by Vaseline as a face cream. wouldn’t recommend using it as face V What do you think? cream because it might clog up pores inegar to heal bruises. Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process.

Cure urinary tract infections with Alka-Seltzer. Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly, even though the product was never advertised for this use. Lifestyles After 50 • August 2012 • page 12

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ences between the skin on your face and the skin on the rest of your body. First, the skin on the face heals much faster. Cosmetic surgery is possible because facial skin heals so well and so fast, even in older people. Second, facial skin has more pores than skin elsewhere. Pores allow sebum, the oily substance produced by sebaceous glands, to reach the surface. Vaseline is 100 percent white petrolatum, an ingredient in many skin moisturizers. White petrolatum is a very effective occlusive, a substance that blocks evaporation and can

and perhaps make the skin look shiny. There are dozens of face creams. Some are exceedingly expensive. I’m sure they’re very nice creams, but the difference between them and far less expensive products is mainly a matter of marketing. Some face creams also function as sunscreens, which is a good idea because sun exposure is so damaging to the skin. I don’t think there is any particular magic ingredient or mix of ingredients to look for in a face cream. You just want to use something that feels and smells right and isn’t too oily. —Kenneth Arndt, M.D. SkinCare Physicians, Harvard Health Letter

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Important Safety Information

wine, may affect your blood sugar when you take NovoLog® Mix 70/30. Before using NovoLog® Mix 70/30, tell your health care provider about all medicines you take and all of your medical conditions, including if you have kidney or liver problems or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. It is not known if NovoLog® Mix 70/30 will harm your unborn baby or pass into breast milk. Your NovoLog® Mix 70/30 dose may change if you take other medicines. Do not inject NovoLog® Mix 70/30 with any other insulin products or use in an insulin pump. Do not share needles, insulin pens or syringes with others. The most common side effects of NovoLog® Mix 70/30 include skin thickening or pits at the injection site (lipodystrophy), weight gain, swelling of your hands and feet, and vision changes. Serious adverse events may include low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), low potassium in your blood (hypokalemia), local allergic reactions at the injection site (like redness, swelling, and itching), and whole body reactions. Get medical help right away if you have any of these symptoms of an allergic reaction: a rash over the whole body, have trouble breathing, fast heart rate, sweating, or if you feel faint. Ask your health care provider or pharmacist for more information.

Do not take NovoLog® Mix 70/30 if your blood sugar is too low (hypoglycemia or if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in NovoLog® Mix 70/30. If you take too much NovoLog® Mix 70/30, your blood sugar may fall too low (hypoglycemia). NovoLog® Mix 70/30 starts acting fast. If you have type 1 diabetes, inject it up to 15 minutes before you eat a meal. If you have type 2 diabetes, you may inject NovoLog® Mix 70/30 up to 15 minutes before or after starting your meal. Check your blood sugar levels regularly. Ask your health care provider what your blood sugars should be and when you should check your blood sugar levels. Do not make any changes to your Please see Brief Summary of Prescribing Information on adjacent page. dose or type of insulin unless your health care provider tells you to. Alcohol, including beer and †For patients with type 2 diabetes.

NovoLog® Mix 70/30 is a prescription medication. If you need assistance with prescription drug costs, help may be available. ‡ Partial LIS beneficiaries are required to pay up to 15% of drug costs up to the out-of-pocket threshold of $6,657.50. Visit or call 1-888-4PPA-NOW. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit, or call 1-800-FDA-1088. After this threshold, LIS beneficiaries have co-pays of $2.60 for generic drugs and $6.50 for brand name drugs. Note that human insulin is not a generic drug. Talk to your doctor about the importance of diet and exercise in your treatment plan. *Intended as a guide. Lower acquisition costs alone do not necessarily reflect a cost advantage in the outcome of the condition treated because FlexPen®, Novolin®, and NovoLog® are registered trademarks of Novo Nordisk A/S. © 2012 Novo Nordisk Printed in the U.S.A. 0412-00009002-1 May 2012 there are other variables that affect relative costs. Formulary status is subject to change.

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Patient Information NovoLog® Mix 70/30 (NŌ-vō-log-MIX-SEV-en-tee-THIR-tee) (70% insulin aspart protamine suspension and 30% insulin aspart injection, [rDNA origin]) This is a BRIEF SUMMARY of important information about NOVOLOG® MIX 70/30. This information does not take the place of talking to your healthcare provider about your diabetes or your treatment. Make sure that you know how to manage your diabetes. Ask your healthcare provider if you have any questions about managing your diabetes. What is NovoLog® Mix 70/30? NovoLog® Mix 70/30 is a man-made insulin that is used to control high blood sugar in adults with diabetes mellitus. It is not known if NovoLog® Mix 70/30 is safe or effective in children. Who should not use NovoLog® Mix 70/30? Do not take NovoLog® Mix 70/30 if: • Your blood sugar is too low (hypoglycemia) • You are allergic to any of the ingredients in NovoLog® Mix 70/30. See the end of this leaflet for a complete list of ingredients in NovoLog® Mix 70/30. Check with your healthcare provider if you are not sure. What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking NovoLog® Mix 70/30? Before you use NovoLog® Mix 70/30, tell your healthcare provider if you: • have kidney or liver problems • have any other medical conditions. Medical conditions can affect your insulin needs and your dose of NovoLog® Mix 70/30. • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if NovoLog® Mix 70/30 will harm your unborn baby. Talk to your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. You and your healthcare provider should decide about the best way to manage your diabetes while you are pregnant. • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if NovoLog® Mix 70/30 passes into your breast milk. You and your healthcare provider should decide if you will take NovoLog® Mix 70/30 while you breastfeed. Tell your healthcare provider about all medicines you take, including prescriptions and non-prescription medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements. NovoLog® Mix 70/30 may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how NovoLog® Mix 70/30 works. Your NovoLog® Mix 70/30 dose may change if you take other medicines. Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of your medicines with you to show your healthcare providers and pharmacist when you get a new medicine. How should I take NovoLog® Mix 70/30? • Take NovoLog® Mix 70/30 exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it. • Your healthcare provider will tell you how much NovoLog® Mix 70/30 to take and when to take it. • Do not make any changes to your dose or type of insulin unless your healthcare provider tells you to. • NovoLog® Mix 70/30 starts acting fast. If you have Type 1 diabetes, inject it up to 15 minutes before you eat a meal. Do not inject NovoLog® Mix 70/30 if you are not planning to eat within 15 minutes. • If you have Type 2 diabetes, you may inject NovoLog® Mix 70/30 up to 15 minutes before or after starting your meal. • Do Not mix NovoLog® Mix 70/30 with other insulin products. • Do Not use NovoLog® Mix 70/30 in an insulin pump.

• Inject NovoLog® Mix 70/30 under the skin (subcutaneously) of your stomach area, upper arms, buttocks or upper legs. NovoLog® Mix 70/30 may affect your blood sugar levels faster if you inject it under the skin of your stomach area. Never inject NovoLog® Mix 70/30 into a vein or into a muscle. • Change (rotate) injection sites within the area you choose with each dose. Do not inject into the exact same spot for each injection. • Read the instructions for use that come with your NovoLog® Mix 70/30. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any questions. Your healthcare provider should show you how to inject NovoLog® Mix 70/30 before you start using it. • NovoLog® Mix 70/30 comes in: • 10 mL vials for use with a syringe • 3 mL NovoLog® Mix 70/30 FlexPen® • If you take too much NovoLog® Mix 70/30, your blood sugar may fall too low (hypoglycemia). You can treat mild low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) by drinking or eating something sugary right away (fruit juice, sugar candies, or glucose tablets). It is important to treat low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) right away because it could get worse and you could pass out (loss of consciousness). • If you forget to take your dose of NovoLog® Mix 70/30, your blood sugar may go too high (hyperglycemia). If high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) is not treated it can lead to serious problems, like passing out (loss of consciousness), coma or even death. Follow your healthcare provider’s instructions for treating high blood sugar. Know your symptoms of high blood sugar which may include: • increased thirst • fruity smell on the breath • frequent urination • drowsiness • loss of appetite • a hard time breathing • high amounts of sugar and ketones in your urine • nausea, vomiting (throwing up) or stomach pain • Do not share needles, insulin pens or syringes with others. • Check your blood sugar levels. Ask your healthcare provider what your blood sugars should be and when you should check your blood sugar levels. Your insulin dosage may need to change because of: • illness • change in diet • stress • other medicines you take • change in physical activity or exercise See the end of this patient information for instructions about preparing and giving your injection. What should I consider while using NovoLog® Mix 70/30? • Alcohol. Drinking alcohol may affect your blood sugar when you take NovoLog® Mix 70/30. • Driving and operating machinery. You may have trouble paying attention or reacting if you have low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Be careful when you drive a car or operate machinery. Ask your healthcare provider if it is alright for you to drive if you often have: • low blood sugar • decreased or no warning signs of low blood sugar What are the possible side effects of NovoLog® Mix 70/30? NovoLog® Mix 70/30 may cause serious side effects, including: • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Symptoms of low blood sugar may include: • sweating • blurred vision • trouble concentrating or confusion • headache • hunger • shakiness • slurred speech • fast heart beat • tingling of lips and tongue • anxiety, irritability or mood changes • dizziness or lightheadedness

Very low blood sugar can cause you to pass out (loss of consciousness), seizures, and death. Talk to your healthcare provider about how to tell if you have low blood sugar and what to do if this happens while taking NovoLog® Mix 70/30. Know your symptoms of low blood sugar. Follow your healthcare provider’s instructions for treating low blood sugar. Talk to your healthcare provider if low blood sugar is a problem for you. Your dose of NovoLog® Mix 70/30 may need to be changed. • Low potassium in your blood (hypokalemia) • Reactions at the injection site (local allergic reaction). You may get redness, swelling, and itching at the injection site. If you keep having skin reactions or they are serious talk to your healthcare provider. • Serious allergic reaction (whole body reaction). Get medical help right away, if you have any of these symptoms of an allergic reaction: • a rash over your whole body • have trouble breathing • a fast heartbeat • sweating • feel faint The most common side effects of NovoLog® Mix 70/30 include: • Skin thickening or pits at the injection site (lipodystrophy). Change (rotate) where you inject your insulin to help to prevent these skin changes from happening. Do not inject insulin into this type of skin. • Weight gain • Swelling of your hands and feet • Vision changes These are not all of the possible side effects from NovoLog® Mix 70/30. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for more information. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. What are the ingredients in NovoLog® Mix 70/30? • Active Ingredients in NovoLog® Mix 70/30: 70% insulin aspart protamine suspension and 30% insulin aspart injection (rDNA origin). • Inactive Ingredients in NovoLog® Mix 70/30: glycerol, phenol, metacresol, zinc, disodium hydrogen phosphate dihydrate, sodium chloride, protamine sulfate, water for injection, hydrochloric acid or sodium hydroxide. All NovoLog® Mix 70/30 vials and NovoLog® Mix 70/30 FlexPen® are latex free. Helpful information for people with diabetes is published by the American Diabetes Association, 1701 N Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311 and is available at More detailed information is available upon request. Available by prescription only. For information about NovoLog® Mix 70/30 contact: Novo Nordisk Inc. 100 College Road West Princeton, New Jersey 08540 1-800-727-6500

Date of Issue: September 20, 2011 Version: 8 Novo Nordisk®, NovoLog®, and FlexPen® are registered trademarks of Novo Nordisk A/S. NovoLog® Mix 70/30 is covered by US Patent Nos. 5,547,930; 5,618,913; 5,834,422; 5,840,680; 5,866,538 and other patents pending. FlexPen® is covered by US Patent Nos. 6,582,404; 6,004,297; 6,235,004 and other patents pending. Manufactured by: Novo Nordisk A/S DK-2880 Bagsvaerd, Denmark © 2002-2011 Novo Nordisk 1011-00005201-1 October 2011

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Veterans Corner

WWII Veteran Discovers New Life Upon Battlefield Return


incent Speranza was in the Belgian countryside, thinking of the men who fought alongside him. It was hard to believe that this peaceful scene was the very same place where he witnessed violence so gruesome and so horrific that it haunts him to this day. He had longed to return to this place to find closure and pay his respects to those courageous young men who fought with him but hadn’t made it back home as he had. It was December 1944 and a 19-yearold Vincent, dirty and bloodied, was rushing through the streets of Bastogne, desperate to find water for a group of wounded soldiers. Climbing over debris, Vincent stumbled on the remnants of a tavern. The dazed owners had only beer to offer and so Vincent, without a canteen, pulled off his helmet and filled it to the brim. Returning to the church where the men were huddled, Vincent passed the helmet around and when it was emptied, he ran back for more, and he did so again and again and again. Revisiting the scene of the battle stirred these long-dead memories and brought on a rush of emotion. But Vincent felt an eerie sense of calm,

as if reconnecting with this traumatic part of his past had finally brought him peace. Everything seemed okay now; he had survived, he had lived a good life, and he had finally made it back to honor his fallen comrades. After visiting the battleground, Vincent set off to explore the restored town of Bastogne. At a local tavern he befriended a group of Dutch officers, and over beers the men swapped stories about the war. One officer said that Bastogne is steeped in lore about the people who fought on those grounds. He told a famous tale about an American soldier who brought beer in his helmet to his wounded comrades. Vincent was floored. His story had spread so far it had actually become a well-known tale, one that many assumed to be a myth. A local Belgian brewer had even named a beer after the story, selling the dark lager throughout Europe in tiny ceramic helmets. Called Airborne Beer, Vincent’s lager is still brewed in Bastogne, and he has returned to the town with family several times since, sharing his memories with his son and feeling at peace with his past. Information from American Advisors Group, reverse mortgages.

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Rule #1: Give others the benefit of the doubt. Maybe the person who made that outrageous generalization isn’t really insensitive. Maybe this person has had a painful experience that made him overreact. Rule #2: When disagreeing with someone, always take responsibility for our own feelings. Make a commitment to respond using “I” statements only. When we begin with “you,” we come off as blaming and confrontational and immediately put the other person on the defensive.

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Life’s a Beach! Fun in the Sun Can be Dangerous

The Benefits of Walking on the Beach A

side from the beautiful view of the ocean and the great people watching there are many benefits of walking on the beach. Walking in sand requires a greater effort than walking on a hard surface. Your muscles and tendons will work harder as your foot moves around. Walking at a slower pace requires more effort than walking fast or even jogging. Walking in sand requires 2.1 to 2.7 times more energy than walking on hard surfaces. Jogging in sand uses 1.6 times more energy than jogging on hard surfaces. For most of us, burning calories is one of the benefits of any exercise. One the primary benefits of walking on a beach is that you will use 20 to 50 percent more calories than you would walking at the same pace on a hard surface.

For a short stroll down the beach bare feet are fine, but if you are going to walk a longer distance then make sure you walk in shoes. Put on your favorite walking shoes or, better yet, your Teva sandals so you do not have to worry about getting your shoes wet. Walking too far in sand in bare feet can result in shin splints or a sore tendon in your heel. As always, if you are walking in the heat take the normal precautions: wear a hat, take a bottle of water and don’t forget to put on your sun screen. Of course, if you get too hot you can always jump in the water to cool off.

Since we all want to protect our walking areas for future generations, don’t wander into environmentally sensitive areas such as dunes. Of course, you gain the same benefits by walking in sand in any form. So you could trek across a desert; but, given a choice, most of us would choose to walk on a beach. In fact, many of us would choose to spend our time walking on beaches even if there were no health benefits. Don’t forget that one of the many benefits of walking is that walking is relaxing, so don’t forget to stop and pick up a pretty shell, look for porpoises playing in the surf and notice the always changing colors of the water and the sky.

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2. Use the internet to find an owner or agency. Remember that Craigslist is often used by individual owners to find renters. Agencies, however, can make it easier to zero in on that perfect property and can solve issues that arise after your arrival. You have to decide which way to go.

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lorida’s sun can be dangerous. As children we didn’t know about skin cancer and the negative sides of sun exposure. Now we do know and we know to USE SUNSCREEN. But how? Available sunscreen options include lotions, creams, gels, ointments, wax sticks and sprays. • Creams are best for dry skin and the face. • Gels are good for hairy areas, such as the scalp or male chest. • Sticks are good to use around the eyes. • Sprays are sometimes preferred by parents since they are easy to apply to children. Make sure to use enough of these products to cover the entire surface area thoroughly, and do not inhale these products. • There also are sunscreens made for specific purposes, such as for sensitive skin and babies. • Use enough sunscreen (one ounce—enough to fill a shot glass) and generously coat all skin that will be not be covered by clothing (think face, ears, arms, hands and lips). Apply the sunscreen to dry skin 15 minutes BEFORE going outdoors. Re-apply sunscreen every two hours or after swimming or sweating heavily.

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another. Through the centuries the bark, leaves, skin and pit have been found in various treatments. Mangos can be considered ready to eat when slightly soft to the touch and yielding to gentle pressure, like a ripe peach. The best flavored fruits have a yellow tinge when ripe, but may be red, yellow, green, orange or any combination. Once ripened, the mango can be refrigerated for a few days but should be used shortly thereafter.

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1/3 cup oil 1/4 cup soy sauce 2 cloves garlic Salt / pepper to taste 1 cup mango slices 1 medium chicken cut in pieces Brown chicken pieces in oil. Add soy sauce, garlic, salt, pepper. Cover and cook till nearly done. Stir in mango slices and cook 10 more minutes. Serve.

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Why Weight Matters


nee pain? Can it be prevented? Being overweight raises your risk for developing osteoarthritis in a weight-bearing joint like the knee since inflammatory factors related to weight might exacerbate this condition. Simply walking across level ground puts up to one-and-a-half times your body weight on your knees. That means a 200-pound man will deliver 300 pounds of pressure to his knee with each step. Off level ground, the news is worse: each knee bears two to three times your body weight when you go up and down stairs, and four to five times your body weight when you squat to tie a shoelace or pick up an item you dropped.

Fortunately, strengthening your quadriceps (the muscles on the fronts of the thighs) changes the equation, and so does losing weight. Each pound you lose reduces knee pressure in every step you take. One study found that the risk of developing osteoarthritis dropped 50 percent with each 11-pound weight loss among younger obese women. If older men lost enough weight to shift from an obese classification to just overweight—that is, from a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher down to one that fell between 25 and 29.9—the researchers estimated knee osteoarthritis would decrease by a fifth. For older women, that shift would cut knee osteoarthritis by a third. Perform this exercise regularly to strengthen your quadriceps and help relieve knee pain.

A Tip for the Caregiver


aregivers often face tough questions asked by patients. Questions that fall into this category may include “Am I going home?” (especially when the answer is “No, nor will things ever be the same again”)…“Will I recover from this condition?”…“And oh, by the way: Is there an afterlife?” “Winging it isn’t a good idea,” says Walter St. John, Ed.D., author of Solace: How Caregivers and Others Can Relate, Listen, and Respond Effectively to a Chronically Ill Person. Here’s a tip from the book: Let the tears flow (the patient’s and yours, too). Just as most of us are not comfortable with chronic illness, we are also not comfortable with crying. When tears appear, we tend to whip out a tissue and murmur something along the lines of, “It’s okay. Don’t Lifestyles After 50 • August 2012 • page 20

cry.” From now on, continue to pass the tissue when your ill loved one starts to tear up, but don’t pressure him to stop sobbing. Tears are a natural release for emotions ranging from anger to sadness to fear, and can be very therapeutic. “The best thing you can do for someone who is crying is to simply be present, and listen if the person wants to speak,” St. John advises. “It may go against your nature, but refrain from interrupting with supportive statements—you can make those after the crying spell is over. At this point, your presence is the crucial thing. Don’t be embarrassed to show emotion yourself, either; crying can also be beneficial for you. And after the tears are dried, encourage your loved one to talk about his feelings… unless, of course, he doesn’t want to.”

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nough people to populate a small city—over 100,000—are waiting for an organ donation in the United States. It can be hard to think about what’s going to happen to your body after you die, let alone donating your organs and tissue. But being an organ donor is a generous and worthwhile decision that can be a lifesaver. Myth: If I agree to donate my organs, the hospital staff won’t work as hard to save my life. Fact: When you go to the hospital for treatment, doctors focus on saving your life—not somebody else’s. You’ll be seen by a doctor whose specialty most closely matches your particular emergency. The doctor in charge of your care has nothing to do with transplantation. Myth: Maybe I won’t really be dead when they sign my death certificate. Fact: Although it’s a popular topic in the tabloids, in reality, people don’t start to wiggle their toes after they’re declared dead. In fact, people who have agreed to organ donation are given more tests (at no charge to their families) to determine that they’re truly dead than are those who haven’t agreed to organ donation. Myth: Organ donation is against my religion.

Fact: Organ donation is consistent with the beliefs of most religions. This includes Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam and most branches of Judaism. You can check the federal site, which provides religious views on organ donation and transplantation by denomination. Myth: An open-casket funeral isn’t an option for people who have donated organs or tissues. Fact: Organ and tissue donation doesn’t interfere with having an

open-casket funeral. The donor’s body is clothed for burial, so there are no visible signs of organ or tissue donation. For bone donation, a rod is inserted where bone is removed. With skin donation, a very thin layer of skin similar to a sunburn peel is taken from the donor’s back. Because the donor is clothed and lying on his or her back in the casket, no one can see any difference. Myth: I’m too old to donate. Nobody would want my organs.

Fact: There’s no defined cutoff age for donating organs. Organs have been successfully transplanted from donors in their 70s and 80s. The decision is based strictly on medical criteria, not age. Myth: I’m not in the best of health. Nobody would want my organs or tissues. Fact: Very few medical conditions automatically disqualify you from donating organs. The decision to use an organ is based on strict medical criteria. It may turn out that certain organs are not suitable for transplantation, but other organs and tissues may be fine. Myth: My family will be charged if I donate my organs.

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nature of the nerve cells. The noise around us is full of low-frequency energy while the high frequency sounds are those that give us clarity of speech. 2. Easily tiring from conversations. Hearing loss should never be confused with deafness. With hearing loss, sound can still be heard; it is just incomplete, like reading a newspaper printed on a press with missing letters. You must slow down and take time to figure out the missing letters. This is similar to what someone suffering with hearing loss goes through each time they engage in a conversation. It is exhausting and frustrating. 3. Faking it. All too often, people suffering with diminished hearing will understand that a question has been asked but they are unclear as to the context. Often they may answer with a grunt or a nod. Sometimes they answer a

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4. Playing the TV too loud. Hearing loss doesn’t always mean volume loss; sometimes it is just a lack of clarity. However, as hearing loss progresses

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5. Isolation, Anger and Suspicion. As hearing loss progresses into the severe and profound stages, the lack of auditory input begins to take its toll on the mind. Someone suffering advanced hearing loss becomes isolated, disconnected and alone. Often this is brushed off as part of the aging process; however, growing older does not have to include isolation and anger from the frustration of not hearing well and the inability to communicate and feel connected to the world around them. Melissa Kay Rodriguez, BC-HIS, is author of “Hear Your Life: Inspiring Stories and Honest Advice for Overcoming Hearing Loss.” For more information, visit her website at BRADENTON š G.T. BRAY PARK 10-6-12 FORT MYERS š CENTENNIAL PARK 10-27-12 NAPLES š SAINT ANN SCHOOL 10-13-12 PUNTA GORDA š FISHERMEN’S VILLAGE š 11-3-12 SARASOTA š PAYNE PARK 10-20-12 SPRING HILL š ANDERSON SNOW PARK š 10-13-12 SUN CITY CTR. š UNITED METHODIST CHURCH š 10-6-12 ST. PETERSBURG š ST. PETE PIER 10-20-12 TAMPA š CURTIS HIXON PARK 9-29-12

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affects about 8 out of 10 people. Back pain is more common among people who are not physically fit. . If you’re carrying a big belly, you put added stress on the muscles in your low back and are a candidate for agony. Some back pain, including disc disease, may spring from your genes. Race can have an influence, too. African-American women, for example, are two to three times more likely than white women to develop spondylolisthesis, a condition in which a bone—vertebra—of the lower spine slips out of place. Your job can be a major influence on back health. If your work requires heavy lifting or sitting all day, you risk hurting your back. Mechanical problems can cause back pain. Perhaps the most common mechanical cause of back pain is disc degeneration. The cushioning discs between the vertebrae of the spine break down with age. If there is stress on these compromised discs, they press against spinal nerves and you may experience what feels like a toothache in a buttock. At almost any age, an injury can force these discs to bulge or rupture causing the same kind of pain. Spine injuries such as sprains and fractures can cause either short-lived or chronic pain. Fractured vertebrae are often the result of osteoporosis, a condition that causes weak, porous bones. One of the best things you can do to prevent back pain is to exercise regularly and keep your back and abdominal muscles strong. A program of regular low-impact exercises such as walking, swimming, or riding a bike—mobile or stationary—will be beneficial. Yoga can also help stretch and strengthen muscles and improve posture. Ask your doctor for a list of exercises appropriate for your age and physical condition.

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• Always stretch before any strenuous physical activity. • Don’t slouch when standing or sitting. • Sit in chairs or car seats with good lumbar support. • Don’t bend over without supporting your back. • Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes. • Sleep on your side to reduce any curve in your spine. • Don’t try to lift objects that are too heavy for you. • Try to control your weight, especially weight around the waistline that taxes lower back muscles. • If you smoke, quit. Smoking reduces blood flow to the lower spine and causes the spinal discs to degenerate.

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The Doo Wop Crew performs live music from 5 – 9 p.m. on the center stage.


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hursdays through Saturdays. Free wine tastings at Catanias Winery, #524 Paul Morris Drive, Englewood. 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy custom blended wines, red and white wines. Gourmet coffees, Espresso/Cappuccino machines and cold press extra virgin olive oil are for sale. Take wine making classes or find a full line of winery equipment for home and commercial winemakers. To learn more, call (941) 475-7553 or visit their website at

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Use Arrow Keys for Text Selection The Close All command comes in handy when you have multiple files open and you want to close them in one swell foop. It still exists, but it’s hidden so it needs to be nudged out into the open which you can do with the Quick Access Toolbar, located by default in the upper left corner of the screen. Use the down arrow to the right of the Quick Access Toolbar to select the More Commands option. Within the Customize category, use the drop-down list on the left to choose All Commands > Close All. Use the Add button to place it on the list for the Quick Access Toolbar, followed by OK. You will then be able to execute the Close All command from the Quick Access Toolbar.

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his month we start a series of hands where the key to success is counting the opponents’ distribution, in each case turning a guess into a sure thing.

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West’s 2♦ was a Weak Two, showing less than opening values and a 6-card suit. East further crowded N-S by jumping to 4♦ and South tried 4♠. The good news for E-W was that they had bounced N-S into a poor contract, the bad news was that South makes her contract if she does a little counting. West leads the ♦A and shifts to the ♣T. East wins the Ace and returns the suit, vainly hoping that

which has a minimum cruising age of 8 years. Or check out the luxury lines Silversea or Seabourn, which are both tailored to the adult cruiser.

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Counting The Hand

West can ruff. But Declarer’s King wins the trick, then comes the ♠A, and a second Spade won by East. Declarer wins the Club continuation in Dummy, and leads the ♥Q which East declines to cover. What next? Three tricks have been lost and Declarer must bring in the Heart suit for no losers if she is to make her contract. She can either play a low Heart to the Ace, hoping that East has started with doubleton King… or she can lead the Jack, hoping to squash West’s doubleton Ten and set up the Nine. There’s no need to guess this one. West has six Diamonds for his 2♦ bid, and has shown up with two Spades and two Clubs. That leaves three Hearts! So, Declarer plays a low Heart from Dummy and, sure enough, the King pops out of East’s hand. Of course, if East had known that Declarer would be so unsporting as to count out the distribution, then he would have covered the Queen with the King and given Declarer a guess for the ♥T. 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:

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