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RED, WHITE & BLUE by Kathy Wolfe Hurray for the red, white, and blue! This is the perfect week for Tidbits to examine these three colors and their meanings and usage. • The red of the American flag is symbolic of valor and bravery, while white signifies purity and innocence. Blue represents vigilance, perseverance, and justice. • Canada’s current maple leaf flag of red and white has only been the country’s official flag since 1965 when it was proclaimed so by Queen Elizabeth II. Prior to that, Canada had used the Canadian Red Ensign since 1870. Red and white are the official colors of Canada, declared by King George V in 1921. • Red is the color of blood and fire and often symbolizes love, passion, and romance, as well as strength, courage, and leadership. It’s associated with anger, danger, and malice as well. • There are hundreds of varieties of red wine grapes, each offering a different flavor to the beverage. The region of Bordeaux, France, is the original home of many familiar red grapes, including the cabernet sauvignon, which contributes a flavor of black currant, and the merlot, which offers a hint of chocolate or fruitcake. Bordeaux is the world’s major wine capital, where Bordeaux wine has been produced since the 8th century. • Surveys indicate that the color most often associated with innocence, purity, perfection, and honesty is white. Although royal brides have worn white for centuries, it didn’t become the color of wedding gowns for the commoner until the 19th century. Prior to that, brides just wore their Sunday best. In China, it is symbolic of death and mourning, and people wear white to funerals. • Brides in China usually wear red, because it’s the color of happiness and fortune. The Chinese bride walks down a red carpet to meet her groom, who lifts her red veil. When the couple has children, friends and family give them red eggs. During Chinese New Year, homes are decorated with red, red clothing is worn, and unmarried children are given red envelopes filled with “luck money.” Those who follow feng shui, the art of balancing the energies of a space to promote health and …turn the page for more

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Dietary Supplements If you’ve ever stood in the drugstore and wondered if you should take a dietary supplement, or wondered just what is in some of those supplements, the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements has come up with a database that can help. The database, in conjunction with the National Library of Medicine, allows you to make a quick search online, browse dietary ingredients, browse products, get a list of manufacturers and do an advanced search of 17,000 supplements. I did a quick search for “magnesium” and got 223 results for magnesium in the product name, and 42 results for magnesium as a dietary ingredient. I searched for “Spring Valley,” the manufacturer of a relatively inexpensive line of supplements, and found nothing. I searched for NewChapter vitamins and got a list of 52 of its products, but none of them were the Tiny Tabs multivitamins. At this point it’s hit-or-miss on whether your product is in the database yet, but it’s worth keeping an eye on. It’s even included a My Dietary Supplements app to help keep track of vitamins, supplements and herbal supplements you might be taking. However, the My Dietary Supplements app [myds. nih.gov] might not work on your computer or phone. (It didn’t work on mine.) On a computer, it wants you to use Google Chrome or Apple Safari. The list of iPads, iPhones and other devices isn’t as limited. Instead, use the whole database at www.dsld.nlm. nih.gov/dsld/ and search for your information. If you hold the mouse cursor over the magnifying glass, you’ll even see a popup image of the label. Once you’ve found your information, be sure to ask your doctor if certain supplements are right for you. Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Send email to columnreply2@gmail.com. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

Tidbits® of the River Region RED, WHITE & BLUE (continued): good fortune, say that painting your home’s front door red invites prosperity. • The Chicago White Sox began as the White Stockings in 1900. Their new home, Comiskey Park, opened in 1910 on the former site of a city dump and remained the team’s ballpark for the next 80 years. The first-ever All-Star game was played there in 1933. At the time of its demolition in 1991, Comiskey was Major League Baseball’s oldest park still in use. Famous White Sox players include Goose Gossage, Tom Seaver, and Steve Carlton. • Combine all the possible tones of all the different frequencies that a human can hear and you have what is called white noise. It takes its name from the way that white light works. White light is made up of all the color frequencies of light combined. It’s what the human eye sees when it looks at light that contains all of the wavelengths of color’s visible spectrum. • If you’ve ever been asked to bring a white elephant to a party, you know to pack along something that you don’t want, perhaps an inexpensive, useless, or humorous item. This term has its origins in Southeast Asia in ancient times. Tradition states that the mother of Buddha dreamed of a white elephant presenting her with a lotus flower on the eve of her son’s birth. The white elephant was considered sacred, and a monarch who possessed one reigned with justice and power. However, because the animal was sacred, it could not be put to any practical use, although it cost a considerable sum to maintain. It became burdensome to keep, but the owner could not dispose of it. • Looking at the color blue can promote rest and cause the body to produce calming chemicals that release feelings of tranquility. Experts in feng shui tell us that blue is the perfect choice for the bathroom because of its tranquil and healing properties. Some cultures believe that blue keeps bad spirits away. In Iran it’s the color of mourning. To those of the Jewish faith, blue is the color of

holiness. In China, it represents immortality. • There are more than 700 species of the flowering plant indigofera. Although we think of indigo as a dye used to color our denim jeans blue, other varieties are effective as anti-inflammatories to relieve the pain of bug stings, snake bites, swelling, and ulcers. Colonial planters in the mid18th century began exporting the plants, but indigo had been a major source of capital for India since around 300 B.C. • The word “blue” has found its way into our language in several different arenas. Stocks that are solid and stable are called blue-chip stocks and a first-place winner is awarded the blue ribbon. Laws designed to restrict immoral behavior are referred to as blue laws and a bluenose is an overly puritanical person. A member of the working class is called a blue collar worker, while the classic politician is often called a blue suit. • Founded in 1987, the Blue Man Group achieves their unique look with blue grease paint over latex bald caps. The members create music with a number of unique instruments fashioned from ordinary items such as PVC pipe, flexible fiberglass rods, ball bearings, and surgical tubing. The group is also well-known for its two-story drum wall with seven percussion stations. The musicians never speak, sing, or make any vocal sounds on stage, and do not speak to audience members after the show, signing autographs with a smudge of blue paint. • Legend has it that the white flag has represented surrender since the 15th century. During the Hundred Years War between France and England, multicolored flags became popular among European armies. When an army wished to cease hostilities, it raised a white flag. The Geneva Convention officially recognized it as such in 1949. • Surveys reveal that those who drive red cars have dynamic personalities, are high-energy, speedy, and sexier.


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Chia Seeds: Healthy or Hype? More than 30 years ago, the Chia Pet craze burst onto the scene as a fun tabletop plant. Now, chia seeds are being viewed in a different way: as a popular diet choice. “While chia is certainly a unique food with a strong nutrient profile, its claim as the next superfood may be a bit premature,” says Susan Mills-Gray, nutrition and health specialist with University of Missouri Extension. Chia is an unprocessed, whole-grain food that can be absorbed by the body as seeds (unlike flaxseeds). One ounce (about 2 tablespoons) contains 139 calories, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams fat, 12 grams carbohydrates and 11 grams of fiber, plus calcium, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. Their mild, nutty flavor makes chia seeds easy to add to foods and beverages. Chia seeds are gluten-free and do not trigger a reaction for those allergic to nuts. However, MillsGray says, “If you have an allergy to sesame or mustard seeds or are on high blood pressure medications or blood thinners, you should ask your health-care provider before adding chia to your diet.” Here are 34 tips for using chia seeds: 1. Soak one level tablespoon of chia seeds with a quarter cup of water to make an egg substitute for baking cakes and cookies. 2. Grind seeds and add to hot milk to make a “porridge.” 3. Add seeds to soup to thicken and add nutrition. 4. Grind seeds and mix into pancake batter, or into flour when making bread or biscuits. 5. Eat seeds whole and raw as a snack. 6. Make a “lassie” by blending chia seeds, yogurt and fruit juice. 7. Add seeds to beaten eggs, soak for 10 minutes and make an omelet. 8. Mix with Worcestershire or BBQ sauce and brush over barbequed meats. 9. Add whole chia seeds to a cake batter to make a heavy, poppy seed-like cake. 10. Add seeds to thicken stews. 11. Throw some seeds into a stir fry.

12. Make a thin batter of ground chia seeds and milk and cook in a 275 F to 300 F oven to make crackers. Sprinkle with salt. 13. Pureed fruit, chia seeds and a little fruit juice are a good topping for ice cream. 14. Stir whole seeds through cooked lentils. 15. Cook brown rice in vegetable stock and stir chia seeds through when rice is cooked. 16. Top a cheesecake with chia seeds soaked in fruit juice to make a gel topping. 17. Add whole or ground seeds to cookie mixes. 18. Mix ground seeds with ground beef to make meatballs. 19. Cook brown rice in apple juice, add grated apple and stir whole Chia seeds through the mixture for a tasty dessert. 20. Toasted ground chia seeds mixed with honey and cinnamon makes a wonderful cheesecake base. 21. Add whole seeds to granola. 22. Mix white chia seeds that have been soaked in milk with mashed potatoes. 23. Sprout the seeds and use in salads. 24. Mix ground seeds with butter or peanut butter for a nutritious spread. 25. Spread a mixture of honey, cinnamon, dried fruit and ground chia seeds on to filo or puff pastry, roll up and cook in a hot oven. 26. Mix seeds, whole or ground, through Nutella. 27. Add ground seeds soaked in an egg to bind a hamburger mix. 28. Soak chia seeds in milk and mix through hot oatmeal. 29. Don’t waste leftover liquid from a stew. Add chia seeds, allow to thicken, then heat and serve with toast, over rice, pasta or a plate of vegetables. 30. Whisk 2 teaspoons of chia seeds into coconut water. This is especially good on a hot day for keeping hydrated and an excellent idea for athletes. 31. Want a crunchy breakfast or salad? Add 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of chia seeds to crunchy toasted muesli. Add milk, fruit juice, soy or nut milk and eat immediately. Or add chia seeds as a topping for salads or vegetable dishes. The chia seeds will retain their crunch. 32. Add ground chia seeds to your favorite fish-cake recipe. 33. When eating canned tuna in spring water, don’t drain it. Put the entire can of tuna and spring water in a bowl and add chia seeds. Let it stand until the seeds soak up the water, and use in sandwiches. Add about 1 tablespoon of chia seeds for the largest size can, less for smaller cans. It’s very filling and more nutritious than just tuna. 34. Add chia seeds to any spread, sweet or savory, such as peanut butter, jams, jellies and cream cheese. Use a ratio of 1 tablespoon of seeds to 4 tablespoons of spread. *** Angela Shelf Medearis is an award-winning children’s author, culinary historian and the author of seven cookbooks. Her website is www.divapro.com. Recipes may not be reprinted without permission from Angela Shelf Medearis. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc., and Angela Shelf Medearis

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* On July 15, 1888, the Bandai volcano erupts on the Japanese island of Honshu, killing hundreds and burying many nearby villages in ash. The eruption left an 8,000-foot crater in the earth. In the aftermath, the ash from Bandai dimmed the sun slightly worldwide for months. * On July 21, 1899, Ernest Miller Hemingway, author of such novels as “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “The Old Man and the Sea,” is born in Oak Park, Ill. The influential American literary icon became known for his straightforward prose and use of understatement. * On July 17, 1920, Nils Bohlin, the Swedish engineer and inventor responsible for the threepoint lap-and-shoulder seatbelt, is born. Before 1959, only two-point lap belts were available in automobiles, and for the most part, the only people who regularly buckled up were race-car drivers. * On July 16, 1945, the Manhattan Project comes to an explosive end as the first atom bomb is successfully tested in Alamogordo, N.M. The destructive power was the equivalent of 15,000 to 20,000 tons of TNT. The original $6,000 budget for the Manhattan Project ballooned to a total cost of $2 billion. * On July 19, 1956, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles announces that the United States is withdrawing its offer of financial aid to Egypt to help with the construction of the Aswan Dam on the Nile River. The Soviet Union rushed to Egypt’s aid, and the Aswan Dam officially opened in 1964. * On July 18, 1969, shortly after leaving a party on Chappaquiddick Island, Sen. Edward “Ted” Kennedy of Massachusetts drives an Oldsmobile off a wooden bridge into a tide-swept pond. Kennedy escaped the submerged car, but his passenger, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, did not. The senator did not report the fatal car accident for 10 hours. * On July 20, 1973, the actor and martial-arts expert Bruce Lee dies in Los Angeles at age 32 from a brain edema possibly caused by a reaction to a prescription painkiller. His film, “Enter the Dragon,” was released in the United States one month after his death. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.


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Quick Summery Veggie Tart Refrigerated ready-to-unroll piecrust is the shortcut secret to this savory tart. Slathered with basil cream cheese, it’s filled with squash, peppers and zucchini. 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 clove garlic, crushed with press 1 small red onion, finely chopped 1 large red pepper, finely chopped Salt and Pepper 4 ounces cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, finely chopped, plus additional for garnish 1 small (4 ounce) zucchini, trimmed 1 small (4 ounce) yellow squash, trimmed 1 (9-inch) refrigerated piecrust, ready-to-unroll 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. 2. In 12-inch skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil on mediumhigh. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds, stirring. Add onion, red pepper and 1/8 teaspoon each salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cook 4 minutes or until softened and browned, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Mixture can be refrigerated, covered, up to overnight. 3. While mixture cools, combine cream cheese, basil and 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper; stir until wellmixed. With vegetable peeler, peel zucchini and squash lengthwise into thin ribbons. 4. Lay piecrust flat on jelly-roll pan. Spread cream cheese mixture in even layer, leaving 1-inch border. Spread onion-pepper mixture over cream cheese; decoratively arrange zucchini and squash ribbons on top. Fold border of dough over vegetable mixture. Brush remaining teaspoon oil over zucchini and squash. 5. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until browned. Serve tart warm or at room temperature. Makes 4 main dish servings. TIP: Make pretty zucchini and squash ribbons using a vegetable peeler: If the vegetables have a lot of seeds, rotate them 90 degrees each time you hit the seeds, and start peeling on a different side. Discard the core of seeds. „ Each serving: About 395 calories, 29g total fat (12g saturated), 37mg cholesterol, 520mg sodium, 34g total carbs, 2g dietary fiber, 5g protein. For thousands of triple-tested recipes, visit our website at www.goodhousekeeping.com/recipefinder/. (c) 2013 Hearst Communications, Inc. All rights reserved

by Samantha Weaver * It was actor-turned-politico Arnold Schwarzenegger who made the following sage observation: “Everybody pities the weak; jealousy you have to earn.” * Southern California has more cars than India has cows. If cows are sacred in India, what does that say about how Californians feel about their automobiles? * If you’re like an average person, the time you spend blinking in one day adds up to about 30 minutes of shut-eye. * A New Yorker named Ashrita Furman holds the world record for the most world records: He has set 462 of them and currently holds 160. Among his exploits are the longest yodel (more than 26 hours); the longest distance traveled via acrobatic somersaults (12 miles, 390 yards); jumping up steps on a pogo stick (1,899 steps in 57 minutes, 51 seconds); the fastest time skipping through a marathon (5 hours, 55 minutes, 13 seconds); running the fastest mile with a milk bottle balanced on his head (7 minutes, 47 seconds); creating the largest popcorn sculpture (20 feet, 10 inches tall); underwater hula hooping (2 minutes, 38 seconds); the most candles burning simultaneously on a cake (48,523); the longest rally while playing table tennis with an egg (14 hits); and the fastest time for orange peeling and eating (3 oranges in 1 minute, 9.72 seconds). * In the Middle Ages, chicken soup wasn’t just comfort food for those suffering from a cold; at the time, it was considered to be an aphrodisiac. * Scientists at NASA are working on developing a kind of space broom. The device will use a laser to sweep debris out of the way of the International Space Station. *** Thought for the Day: “Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.” -- H.G. Wells (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.


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To Your Good Health By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

DASH to Lower Blood Pressure DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I was very interested in your column on the DASH diet. Is there a diet sheet listing all the items pertaining to this diet? How can I get one? I think it’s a doable diet. -- I.P. ANSWER: DASH, Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, is a doable, simple and good-tasting diet. People are disappointed to find out that the diet is contained on one page with straightforward directives. The sheet lists the number of servings of a particular food group, what constitutes a serving and examples of the foods in each group. That’s all there is. You can expect a drop of 8 to 14 points in blood pressure if you’re faithful to it. One of the most important diet changes is limiting sodium (salt) consumption to 1,500 grams. Here’s the diet: GRAINS: Six to eight servings a day; whole-grain breads like wheat, cereals (both dry and cooked), brown rice and pastas are grains. A serving is one slice of bread, one cup of dry cereal and half a cup of cooked cereal. FRUITS: Four to six daily servings, with a serving being a moderately sized whole fruit, a half-cup of frozen or canned fruit or a half-cup of fruit juice. VEGETABLES: Four to five servings a day, with a serving being one cup of leafy green veggie, 1/2 cup cut up, raw or cooked vegetables or 1/2 cup vegetable juice. DAIRY: Two to three servings a day of low-fat dairy products, with a serving being a cup of skim or low-fat milk, a cup of yogurt or one and a half ounces of cheese. LEAN MEATS, POULTRY, FISH: Six or fewer

Hardware Store Drops the Ball

By Samantha Mazzotta

Q: I get so frustrated going to my local hardware store, because the people there aren’t very helpful. When I need a tool or maybe some replacement parts, I’ll ask a clerk, who just points me toward an aisle, and I have to find it myself. I’ve complained to the manager, but nothing seems to change. What can I do? -- Charlotte in Concord, N.H. A: Well, if you’re really dissatisfied with that particular hardware store, and complaining to the manager didn’t help, your best option is to take your business to another hardware store. You can do one last thing to help them improve their service: Tell the manager why you’re leaving, and, if you feel so inclined, write or email the store’s corporate office (if there is one) explaining the problem. The giant home-improvement stores, like Home Depot and Lowe’s, got big for a number of reasons. One is the availability and choice of supplies that they can carry. But to stay competitive, they

servings a day. A serving is one ounce of cooked meat, skinless chicken or fish. One egg is also a serving. NUTS, SEEDS, DRY BEANS: Four to five servings a week. One serving is a third cup of nuts, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, a half a cup of dry beans. FATS AND OILS: Two to three servings a day, with a serving being equal to 1 tablespoon of low-fat mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon of margarine, 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil, 2 tablespoons of salad dressing. SWEETS: Five or less a week. A serving is a tablespoon of sugar or a teaspoon of jam or jelly. The booklet on high blood pressure explains what it is and how it’s treated. Readers can order a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 104W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have osteoporosis. I was put on Actonel (risedronate) by my former doctor. My new doctor had me switch to Fosamax (alendronate) when it came out as a generic. This doctor says you must take vitamin D and calcium also. Are they necessary? -- B.G. ANSWER: They are necessary. They work hand in hand with osteoporosis medicines. Calcium is the mineral needed for strong bones. Vitamin D enhances the absorption of calcium from the digestive tract into the blood. Not having a supply of these two is like trying to build a sandcastle without sand. *** Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475. (c) 2013 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

emphasize customer service to their employees. It’s normal for an employee, when asked for help by a customer, to take them to the aisle and specific product that the customer is looking for. If the store you’re dissatisfied with is one of these major chain home-improvement stores, definitely communicate the problem to store management and their regional office. Now, I don’t know what repair you’re trying to do, but if it involves replacement parts, bring them to your newly selected hardware store. This will help the employee in that department match the part. If it’s a specific tool you’re looking for, write down the name of the tool or bring in a picture of it. (This is where smartphones are really helpful, because you can search for the tool online, often while in the store ... but I digress.) This will speed up the process considerably. HOME TIP: Disassembling something for repair, like a faucet? Use your smartphone to snap pictures of the item before, and as, you take it apart. That way you have a quick reference guide as you reassemble it. Send your questions or home tips to ask@ thisisahammer.com. My new e-book, “101 Best Home Tips,” is available to download on Amazon Kindle! Pick it up it today for just 99 cents. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.


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Finding the Real Cost of College

College Abacus was a winner of part of a $2.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for its innovative college-search website. At collegeabacus. com, prospective college students plug in their information one time and the program hunts for the net cost of attending college. There is no charge. The Higher Education Opportunity Act, passed in 2008, required schools to put a net-price calculator

on their websites. But the process of determining the cost of college was still complicated, as the resulting numbers from the calculators haven’t always matched the stated prices on the schools’ websites. In 2012, the U.S. Department of Education realized that all colleges had their own method of itemizing tuition, books, room and board, fees, grants and loans on their financial-aid letters, and asked colleges to adopt a standardized letter. Most colleges didn’t, leaving the original problem: It’s difficult to compare aid packages. With Abacus, students can compare their projected financial-aid packages from various schools, locate schools that are within their budgets and get a closer estimate of projected costs. Abacus does this by using the actual prices quoted on the school’s site, not what the estimated calculators come up with. The student enters the information from his existing aid packages into the Abacus Shopping Sheet, and the Abacus machine sorts out the numbers, giving the net price of attending each college. Net price is defined as estimated cost (price) of attendance -- including tuition and required fees, books and supplies, room and board (meals), and other related expenses -- minus estimated grant and

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scholarship aid. The calculators on the Abacus site do not take loans into account. College Abacus generates estimates for more than 2,500 post-secondary institutions in the United States. If a school isn’t yet in the Abacus database, a popup note will direct you to the link at the school’s site. Many colleges now are sending electronic award letters, and Abacus is working on a way to automatically plug those numbers in from the email. If your student hopes to complete college without being burdened for years with college loans, narrow your hunt to no-loan financial-aid colleges. More schools across the country, especially those with wealthy alumni, are putting together financial-aid packages that include money from the school, as opposed to having the student take out loans. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Send email to columnreply2@gmail.com. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.


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1. Name the last catcher before San Francisco’s Buster Posey in 2012 to win a National League batting title. 2. Among Whitey Ford, Ron Guidry and Tommy John, which pitcher won at least 20 games in a season the most times for the New York Yankees? 3. How many times has Bob Stoops won a Big 12 football conference championship during his 14 seasons as coach of the Oklahoma Sooners? 4. Who holds the record for playing in the most NBA Christmas Day games? 5. Terry Sawchuk is the all-time leader in career goaltender wins for the Detroit Red Wings, with 351. Who is No. 2? 6. In the past five seasons, how many times has Joe Gibbs Racing won NASCAR’s Nationwide Series owners championship? 7. Who was the first female tennis player featured on a Wheaties cereal box?

1. Is the book of Psalms in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. In the sight of the Lord, how many years are but as yesterday when it is past? 1, 100, 500, 1,000 3. From Psalms 23, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not” what? Lead, Restore, Walk, Want 4. Which Psalm charges the Lord with making void the covenant? 5, 89, 103, 116 5. From Psalms 147, what did God giveth snow like? Praise, Outcasts, Wool, Clouds 6. David sang, “Oh that I had wings like a” what? Dove, Raven, Bird, Locust


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WHAT IS YOUR WEIGHT LOSS IQ?

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Gather Round for Artichokes

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I just ran across French writer Marcel Proust’s wonderful passage from “Remembrance of Things Past” while sorting through dusty textbooks. He dipped a madeleine cookie into his tea, and an entire village with its gardens and people surged up in his memory. Can’t we all relate to his involuntary taste and smell recollection? It happens to me this time of year when the subtle aroma of boiling artichokes wafts through my kitchen. It’s my childhood summers, and my mom is preparing a favorite vegetable that keeps family lingering around the table. One by one we picked off the leaves, dipped them in mayo or melted butter, and the sweet velvety texture of the earthy-tasting meat slid through our teeth. The anticipation was getting to the heart below the choke -- the best part! Artichokes are a kid-friendly food for the prep (I was in charge of trimming off the pointy ends of the leaves with scissors), and because it’s just plain fun to eat finger food. You can cook artichokes easily in the microwave or boiled on the stove, or steam, marinate and finish them on the grill for a delicious appetizer. First, to prepare artichokes for cooking, slice off the stems at the base and about 1 inch off of the top. Cut off the points of the leaves with scissors. Microwave: Arrange two prepared artichokes upsidedown in a microwave-safe flat baking dish with 1/2 cup of lightly salted water. Cover. Cook on high for about 8 minutes or until the base is tender enough to pierce with a fork. Boil: Fill a large pot with 4 quarts of water, 1 tablespoon salt and juice from 1 lemon (optional). Bring to a boil, and drop in one to four prepared artichokes right side up. Boil uncovered until the base tests tender when pierced with a fork, about 30 minutes. Drain upside-down on a cooling rack. BBQ: Cut and trim several medium-size artichokes, then cut in half lengthwise down through the stem. This will expose the choke or furry part. With a paring knife, dig out the choke. Put them in a steamer and cook until bases are fork tender, about 25 minutes; add more water as needed. Cool. Marinate with equal parts olive oil, balsamic vinegar and soy sauce, about 1/3 cup of each for four artichokes. (Add grated fresh garlic and salt and pepper, if you wish.) Refrigerate at least two hours. Barbecue cut side down about five minutes on each side over medium heat until there is a slight charred look. *** Donna Erickson’s award-winning series “Donna’s Day” is airing on public television nationwide. To find more of her creative family recipes and activities, visit www.donnasday.com and link to the NEW Donna’s Day Facebook fan page. Her latest book is “Donna Erickson’s Fabulous Funstuff for Families.” (c) 2013 Donna Erickson Distributed by King Features Synd.

BIBLE TRIVIA ANSWERS:

1) Old; 2) 1,000; 3) Want; 4) 89; 5) Wool; 6) Dove

1. The Braves’ Ernie Lombardi, in 1942. 2. Guidry did it three times, Ford and John twice each. 3. Eight times. 4. Kobe Bryant, with 15. 5. Chris Osgood, with 317. 6. Four times (2008, ‘08, ‘10, ‘12). 7. Chris Evert, in 1987.


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