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A SPECIAL BRAND OF ACCOUNTS the year) or coal (not so good). Sound familiar? It is thought by many that the tradition of Saint Nicholas Day is where Santa Claus and giftgifting associated with Christmas originated.
St. Nick is not just a nickname for Santa Claus. He was an actual person, the Bishop of Myra, living in what is now Turkey from 270 to 346 A.D. St. Nicholas reputedly would secretly bestowed gifts on others, particularly the poor and children. He December 11 became the patron saint of children, students, merchants, sailors and pawnbrokers. This year, Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, begins at sundown on Friday, Dec. Saint Nicholas festivals are held in many countries 11. This Jewish holiday is celebrated for eight around the world, but in cities in the United States consecutive days and nights and commemorates with a significant German population such as the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem Cincinnati, Cleveland, St. Louis and Milwaukee, which had been desecrated by King Antiochus the holiday is a bit more low key. On the eve of during the 2nd century B.C. When Judah Dec. 6, children put a shoe or sock outside and in Maccabee, the son of the Jewish Head Priest the morning will find a small gift such as candy (in the case of having been “good” throughout Holidays in December ... Continued on Page 2
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Thanksgiving (and for some stores – October!). The holiday is so widespread that it is celebrated Mattathias stormed the temple to reclaim it, he by many non-Christians as well. Gift-giving is found it in very poor condition as it had been a signature custom as well as sending greeting used for the worship of Greek gods with rituals cards, singing Christmas carols and decorating that included sacrificing pigs on the altar. He also with Christmas trees, nativity scenes and lights. found that there was one remaining container of And let’s not forget the all important Santa olive oil that had been sealed by the High Priest Claus, the mythical figure who brings gifts to the to fuel the menorah in the temple. There was delight of children everywhere. A few ‘snippetz’ only enough to light the temple for one day, but about Christmas: miraculously the oil lasted for eight days, which coincidentally happened to be the amount of • The name Christmas originated from the Middle English Christemasse and Old English time it took to press a batch of new oil. Cristes Maesse, meaning Christ’s Mass. In Greek, The holiday is celebrated with rituals that the letter X is the first letter of Christ; therefore, include the lighting of one candle each night, ‘Xmas’ is oftentimes used as the abbreviation for representing the miracle of the oil. Jewish prayers Christmas. and blessings are recited along with singing of songs. And what’s a holiday without food? Foods • Although Christmas is celebrated in most for Hanukkah include specifically those fried in countries around the world, it is not a public olive oil (a symbol of the miracle of the eight holiday for Japan, China (except in Hong Kong days of oil), especially latkes (potato pancakes) and Macao), Iran, Turkey, North Korean, Nepal, Thailand and Algeria. and doughnuts filled with jam.
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Tradition also includes the giving of gifts on each of the eight days of Hanukkah. It was once the giving of coins to children, but it is thought that the influence of the gift-giving tradition honored at Christmas has now taken a stronghold on the Jewish holiday.
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If you like to think of yourself as a Grinch or scrooge, this is your day! It’s difficult to find where Humbug Day originated, but the name seems to speak for itself. Like any other holiday, it should be open for establishing its own traditions and consuming special foods. There’s always the possible tradition of grumbling and complaining about the holiday season in general. Maybe pizza could be the food of choice. Well, we have to start somewhere.
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• In the early ﬁfteenth century, it was traditional for homes and churches in London to “deck their halls” with ivy and other such greenery. Holly was said to protect against pagans and witches with its berries and thorns representing the crown of thorns worn by Jesus at his crucifixion. Ivy’s heart-shaped leaves was said to symbolize the coming of Jesus. • The Christmas tree is thought of as originally a pagan tradition that took place around the winter solstice and involved tree worshiping. • The ﬁrst commercial Christmas card was produced in 1843 by Sir Henry Cole of London. • Santa Claus was ﬁrst seen in America in 1810 and was depicted as wearing bishops robes (see Saint Nicholas Day). His image evolved over the years and by the 1880s, Santa was sporting a two-piece red suit with fur trim.
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Kwanzaa is an African-American holiday Christmas is the Christian holiday that celebrates developed in 1966 by Maulana Karenga, a Panthe birth of Jesus of Nazareth. The holiday is African studies professor. The name Kwanzaa rich in custom and tradition with preparation for the 25th starting as early as the day after Holidays in December ... Continued on Page 3
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First and foremost, the Kwanzaa holiday centers around seven principles of black culture, also developed by Karenga. They are unity, selfdetermination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. Each of these principles has its own day, so to speak, within the seven days of the Kwanzaa celebration. Each evening, a family member lights a candle in honor of the principle for that day. In some families gifts are exchanged and the evening may culminate in a feast of traditional foods such as fruit salad, fried okra and greens, yams, jollof rice (a rice dish with tomatoes and mainly fish or chicken) and cornbread.
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• On Dec. 13, 1950, an unknown actor named James Dean appears in a Pepsi commercial. Dean would later personify the angry, restless youth culture in the ﬁlm “Rebel Without a Cause” (1955). He died in a car crash in 1955 at age 24.
day “Boys and Girls Town” includes a grade school, a high school and a career vocational center on a farm 10 miles west of Omaha.
• On Dec. 10, 1901, the ﬁrst Nobel Prizes are awarded in Stockholm, Sweden, on the ﬁfth anniversary of the death of Alfred Nobel, the Swedish inventor of dynamite and other high explosives. Although Nobel offered no reason for his creation of the prizes, it is believed he did so out of moral regret over the increasingly lethal uses of his inventions in war. • On Dec. 12, 1917, in Omaha, Neb., Father Edward J. Flanagan, a 31-year-old Irish priest, opens the doors to a home for troubled and neglected children. To-
• On Dec. 8, 1987, at a summit meeting in Washington, D.C., President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev sign the ﬁrst treaty between the two superpowers to reduce their massive nuclear arsenals. Previous agreements had merely
• On Dec. 7, 1925, future Tarzan actor Johnny Weissmuller sets the world record for the 150-yard freestyle swim. Already a gold medalist from the 1924 Olympics, Weissmuller competed again in 1928, taking ﬁve gold medals in all. In 1931, MGM cast Weissmuller to play the title role in “Tarzan the Ape Man.”
been attempts by the two Cold War adversaries to limit the growth of their nuclear arsenals. • On Dec. 9, 1992, British Prime Minister John Major announces the formal separation of Charles, Prince of Wales and heir to the British throne, and his wife, Princess Diana. The report came after several years of speculation by the tabloid press that the marriage was in peril. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.
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• On Dec. 11, 1946, in the aftermath of World War II, the United Nations votes to establish the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), an organization to help provide relief and support to children living in countries devastated by the war.
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SNIPPETZ® HEALTH AND WELLNESS kneecap, you’ll find it is tender if you have jumper’s knee. A week or two of rest is all that’s needed in the early phases. Combining rest with Aleve, Advil or Motrin can speed the healing.
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When you get back to playing, apply heat to the knee for 10 or 15 minutes before you start. After you play, ice it for the same amount of time.
BASKETBALL SEASON HERE, SO IS JUMPER’S KNEE DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I play basketball -- a lot. My right knee has started to hurt. It hurts the most when I start to play, and then it eases off. My coach and dad say it is jumper’s knee. My coach says to play through it. My dad says I should rest it. What do you say? -- B.J. ANSWER: Give me a break. What do you think I’m going to say? I side with your dad. At the start of every basketball season, I get many letters asking about jumper’s knee. It’s a common malady of that sport, but it affects players in many other sports, like volleyball. The forces on the knees and the knee tendons when a jumper lands on the ground can be greater than nine times body weight. That’s a great deal of force. Jumper’s knee is an inflammation of the tendon that runs from the bottom of the kneecap to the top of the lower leg bone. The inflammation comes from too much use with too little rest. It gradually builds up over two to three weeks before a player starts to complain. Early on, the knee hurts the most when a player starts to move around and gradually lessens as he or she continues to play. If you don’t let the inflammation quiet down, the pain will worsen and last longer. At its worst, it is present even when you’re sitting. If you press on the area beneath the
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DEAR DR. DONOHUE: When you are obese and then lose weight, how does fat leave your body? Does it go through the digestive system? Does it pass through your gallbladder, liver or kidneys? I recently lost quite a bit of weight through hard work. I have had two attacks of digestive distress since I began to lose the weight and wonder if they were gallbladder attacks. My husband says the fat fairy puts weight on and takes it off. I was looking for a more scientific explanation. -- M.B.
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Rapid weight loss can lead to gallstones and gallbladder attacks. How quickly did you lose the weight? I like your husband’s explanation. It’s poetic and mystical.
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DEAR PAW’S CORNER: We have a male English Bulldog who is about to turn 16 months old, and within the past two days we have noticed that he appears to be having trouble climbing the stairs from our basement to the main floor. “Joey” climbs the stairs, but really slowly, unlike his usual self. Also, last night he yelped twice quite loudly and again he yelped loudly around 4 a.m. We are keeping a close eye on him, but he does not seem to be having any other problems. He is eating and drinking normally, his stool is normal and he doesn’t seem to be running a fever. He played with his nylabone this morning, although my wife noted he went back to his enclosure afterward to sleep, which he doesn’t normally do. We’ve booked an appointment with the vet in a couple of days, but do you have any advice in the meantime? -- Gary in Ontario, Canada DEAR GARY: I’d say you’re doing all the right things so far. You’re
closely monitoring Joey’s activity, diet and sleep patterns, so you immediately noticed his problem with the stairs and didn’t dismiss his nighttime yelps. Bulldogs have a high tolerance for pain -- part of their reputation as tough guys -- so a yelp is worth checking out. And you are doing just that, having scheduled an appointment with the veterinarian to double-check Joey’s health. Some readers might think it’s a bit obsessive to worry about every little change in Joey’s behavior. However, bulldogs, despite their stubborn toughness, can have very specific health issues that breeders, owners and vets must watch for. Besides certain eye and skin issues, hip dysplasia is a possibility, as are certain heart conditions. If Joey doesn’t return to a normal pattern in two days, take him to the vet as scheduled. Of course if his condition worsens, take him right away; but otherwise, continue to monitor him closely.
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HERBAL VINEGARS MAKE GREAT GIFTS
Place a decorative label on the bottle or jar describing the herbal ingredients used. Containers may be decorated by tying a raffia bow, a few herb sprigs or dried flowers around the neck of the bottle or jar. Wrapping strands of brightly colored yarn or strips of festive wrapping paper that have been dipped in glue also add a decorative touch.
HERBAL VINEGAR 2 cups vinegar (distilled white, cider or wine) 4 to 6 tablespoons of fresh or dried herbs (tarragon, chive, basil, marjoram, dill, sage, rosemary, savory, mustard or bay leaves, in combination or alone) 1. If using fresh herbs, rinse them and pat dry with a paper towel. Bruise herbs by rolling over them once or twice with a rolling pin. Place herbs in a sterilized jar.
erbal vinegars are a wonderful gift from the kitchen. They’re delicious when sprinkled on salads, vegetables or broiled meats. You can use either fresh or dried herbs, or fresh or frozen fruit when preparing the vinegars. Pouring heated vinegar over herbs that have been slightly crushed helps extract the flavor of the herbs. Almost any type of vinegar with at least 5 percent acidity may be used, except malt vinegar. The flavor of malt vinegar is too strong to blend well with herbs or fruits. After preparation, herbal vinegars should be stored for one to three weeks in a cool, dark place to allow the flavors to mingle. Herbal vinegars will keep indefinitely, and make great homemade gifts. Do not make herbal oils for gifts. Unlike commercial oils, homemade herbal oils lack enough acidity to preserve them. Homemade herbal oils also tend to turn rancid and may cause botulism. Decorative bottles like those used for wine or bottled water are perfect containers for your herbal vinegars. Sterilize the bottles or jars with boiling water before using them. Line bottle caps or jar lids with a piece of foil, or place a piece of foil over the mouth of the jar or bottle to prevent the cap from rusting. Bottles with a cork or cruets are also perfect containers.
2. In a small, non-corrosive saucepan, heat vinegar until it is warm to the touch but not hot. If using a microwave, place vinegar in a glass bowl and heat on low power for about 30 seconds. Pour the vinegar over the herbs. Let the mixture cool. 3. Place a piece of foil over the mouth of the jar and seal it tightly. Label the jar and place the herbal vinegar in a cool, dark place for at least 7 days and up to 3 weeks so that the flavors have a chance to mingle. After the flavors have infused, place several layers of cheesecloth inside a funnel and strain the vinegar into a sterilized bottle or jar. Leave at least an inch free at the top of the bottle if inserting a cork or glass stopper. Makes 2 cups. *** Angela Shelf Medearis is known as The Kitchen Diva and is the executive producer and host of “The Kitchen Diva!” television cooking show. Visit her Web site at www. divapro.com. Her new inspirational book is “Ten Ingredients for a Joyous Life and a Peaceful Home -- A Spiritual Memoir, co-written with Pastor Salem Robinson, Jr. (www. dunnsmemorial.com). The Kitchen Diva! is brought to you by Eggland’s Best Eggs, www.egglandsbest.com.
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fter a long day of Christmas shopping, how about a quick, hot sandwich that won’t be hard on your budget. 1 (6-ounce) can white tuna, packed in water, drained and flaked
In a medium bowl, combine tuna, celery, mayonnaise, lemon juice and onion flakes. Evenly spoon about 1/3 cup mixture on 4 slices of bread and top each with another slice of bread. In a large flat bowl, combine dry milk powder and water. Add egg and lemon pepper. Mix well to combine. Dip each sandwich in milk mixture, turning to coat both sides. Place sandwiches on a medium-hot griddle or skillet sprayed with butter-flavored cooking spray. Brown for 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Serve at once. Serves 4.
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1/2 cup very finely chopped celery 1/4 cup fat-free mayonnaise 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
• Each serving equals: 198 calories, 2g fat, 19g protein, 26g carbs, 562mg sodium, 133mg calcium, 5g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 2 Protein, 1 Starch; Carb Choices: 2.
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PATRICIA’S CAFÉ JICAMA AND ORANGE SALAD
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1 ea Large Jicama 1 ea Orange 1 ea Lime 2 Tbs Small Diced Red Onion ½ tsp Chili Powder ¼ tsp Sugar to taste Salt & White Pepper 1. Peel jicama and cut into matchstick size pieces. 2. Peel orange and cut into small pieces. 3. Squeeze limejuice over jicama and orange. 4. Add the onion, sugar and salt & pepper and mix well.
icama is a tuberous vegetable that has a crisp sweet flavor. It goes well with fruit so feel free to add to this salad.
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It originated in Mexico and was taken to the Philippines by the Spaniards around the 17th century and then spread to other parts of the pacific and Asia.
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ost red wines are at their best at cool room temperature, 62° to 65°F (16° to 18°C). Fifteen or 20 minutes in the fridge does wonders to revive red wines that have been suffering from heat prostration. But don’t let the wine get too cold. Red wines served too cold taste overly tannic and acidic, decidedly unpleasant. Light, fruity red wines, such as Beaujolais, are most delightful when served slightly chilled at about 58° to 60°F (14° to 15.5°C). The higher the quality of a white wine, the less cold it should be so that you can properly appreciate its flavor.
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1. GEOGRAPHY: Where is the Kenai Peninsula? 2. MEDICINE: What human organ is affected by Bright’s Disease? 3. FAMOUS QUOTATIONS: Who once said, “Man is by nature a political animal”? 4. MOVIES: What famous 1960s movie featured the character Benjamin Braddock? 5. COLLEGE TEAMS: What is the nickname for the University of Minnesota sports teams? 6. TELEVISION: What kind of pets did Bert own on the children’s show “Sesame Street”? 7. FOOD & DRINK: What kind of vegetables are known as capsicums? 8. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: Who was the founder of the Salvation Army? 9. AD SLOGANS: What brand of detergent touted its effectiveness against “ring around the collar”? 10. ANIMAL KINGDOM: How many quills does an adult porcupine have?
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1. How many consecutive seasons has first baseman Mark Teixeira had at least 30 homers and 105 RBIs? 2. Who was the Baltimore Orioles’ last 20-game winner? 3. When was the last time a current football member of the Big East Conference won a national championship? 4. The first two teams to sweep the NBA Finals were Boston (1959) and Milwaukee (1971). Who was the third? 5. Glenn Anderson tallied the most career NHL postseason Game Seven goals, with seven. Four other players had six. Name two of them. 6. Which two countries have won the most gold medals in men’s Olympic soccer? 7. After Muhammad Ali (as Cassius Clay) defeated Sonny Liston in 1964 to become the heavyweight boxing champion, the WBA had its own heavyweight champ until Ali defeated him in 1967. Name him.
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1. What is Bernie Taupin best known for? 2. Name the group that once included Madonna as the drummer. 3. Which two songs were big hits for soul group Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose? 4. Name the group that recorded “Bits and Pieces” and “Anyway You Want It.” Bonus point for knowing the year. 5. Which R&B singer had a hit with “Before You Walk out of My Life”? 6. Name the Huey Lewis and the News song that was used as a track in the movie “Back to the Future.” (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.
In order to keep everyone honest (you know who you are,) we have moved the answers and solutions to the trivia and puzzles to the next page (15).
New DVD Releases for Week of December 7, 2009 PICKS OF THE WEEK
“Julie & Julia” -- This is one of those ﬁlms that sort of came and went in theaters and didn’t receive the kind of hoopla it should have -- because “Julie & Julia” is a gem of a ﬁlm. It stars Amy Adams as Julie Powell, a young woman who takes on the fool’s errand of spending a year cooking every dish in Julia Child’s masterwork, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” Powell’s story is interspersed with the early life of Julia Child
(played with atomic gusto by Meryl Streep) and her love affairs with her husband, France and cooking. “Julie & Julia” is a captivating little ﬁlm, and the performances are all top-notch. Granted, Streep has the easiest job; because Julia Child was such an ebullient, telegenic personality in her own right, all Streep had to do is not cross the line into caricature. Amy Adams has the more difﬁcult role, having to play a less ﬂamboyant person and still hold her own against Streep’s tsunamic performance. I highly recommend “Julie & Julia.” Not only is it a delightful date movie, but afterward you’ll want to stampede into your kitchen and whip up something that’s loaded with butter. “Lost: The Complete 5th Season Dharma Initiation Kit” -- If you’re a fan of “Lost,” you’re already planning to get the Season 5 boxed set, but if you’re a hardcore fan and love innovative packaging, this is the set you
want to own. Not only does it come with all the Easter eggs and a bajillion special features, this set also includes a VHS tape of a Dharma training video, pamphlets, maps, stickers (and in select packages, a submarine patch), plus all the discs are sleeved to look like ﬂoppy discs. “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” -- This is the big, hoo-hah release of the week. This sixth ﬁlm in the series, while not the best (“Prisoner of Azkaban” still holds that spot), it is one of the better ones. Because it’s a major release, the ﬁlm is being packaged nine ways to Sunday: From single-disc, barebones editions to multi-disc, packed-with-extras extravaganzas. There’s not really much else to say. It’s Harry Potter. You either love it or not. Happy shopping. WHAT WERE THEY THINKING? “AK 100: 25 Films of Akira Kurosawa” -To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of legendary ﬁlmmaker Akira Kurosawa, the Criterion Collection is releasing a
massive boxed set of 25 of his ﬁlms. The price? $400. Ayup, four hundred smackaroos. I mean, let’s face it, if you’re already a Kurosawa fan, you already own half the ﬁlms included in this set. So, who is this for? Fans aren’t going to shell out that kind of money for stuff they already own, just to get the four previously unreleased on DVD ﬁlms and a half-dozen or so of his lesser works. And I can’t imagine a person who has just discovered Kurosawa paying that much money on a whim. Still, the collection comes in a pretty red box, so it’s got THAT going for it. TV SERIES “Rescue Me” Season 5, Volume 2 “SpongeBob SquarePants” Season Six, Vol. 1 “Get Smart” Season 5 “Perry Mason” Season Four, Vol. 2 “Fugitive” Season Three, Vol. 2 (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.
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TRIVIA TEST ANSWERS 1. Southern Alaska 2. Kidneys 3. Aristotle 4. “The Graduate” 5. Golden Gophers 6. Goldfish 7. Peppers 8. William Booth 9. Wisk 10. 30,000
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SPORTS QUIZ ANSWERS 1. Six. 2. Mike Boddicker went 20-11 in 1984. 3. Pittsburgh in 1976. 4. Golden State swept Washington in 1975. 5. Wendel Clark, Wayne Gretzky, Trevor Linden and Jeremy Roenick. 6. England (1900, ‘08, ‘12) and Hungary (‘52, ‘64, ‘68). 7. Ernie Terrell.
FLASH BACK ANSWERS 1. Taupin is best known for his collaborations with Elton John, including “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues” and “Daniel.” 2. “Breakfast Club,” a dance group in the late 1970s and early 1980s. It’s best known for “Right On Track.” 3. “Treat Her Like a Lady” (1971) and “Too Late to Turn Back Now” (1972.) And yes, the band members really were siblings. 4. The Dave Clark Five, 1964. The group appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” a whopping 18 times. 5. Monica, in 1995. She’s now starring in her own reality show, “Monica: Still Standing.” 6. “The Power of Love” in 1985. The song shot to No. 1 on the charts.
LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) It might be time for a family council. The sooner those problems are resolved, the sooner you can move ahead with your holiday preparations. Don’t let the opportunity pass you by.
ARIES (March 21 to April 19) That change in holiday travel plans might be more vexing than you’d expected. But try to take it in stride. Also, it couldn’t hurt to use that Aries charm to coax out some helpful cooperation.
SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Take some time out to give more attention to a personal relationship that seems to be suffering from a sense of emotional neglect. Provide that much-needed reassurance.
TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Your Bovine determination helps you deal with an unforeseen complication. And, as usual, you prove that when it comes to a challenge, you have what it takes to take it on.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Cheer up. That unusual circumstance that might faze most people can be handled pretty well by the savvy Sagittarian. Look at it as an opportunity rather than an obstacle.
GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Although a romantic theme dominates much of the week, all those warm and fuzzy feelings don’t interfere with the more pragmatic matters you need to take care of. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Best not to ignore those doubts about an upcoming decision. Instead, recheck the facts you were given to make sure nothing important was left out. A weekend surprise awaits you. LEO (July 23 to August 22) No time for a catnap -- yet. You might still have to straighten out one or two factors so that you can finally assure yourself of the truth about a troubling workplace situation. Stay with it. VIRGO (August 23 September 22) News from an old friend could lead to an unexpected (but nonetheless welcome) reunion with someone who had once been very special in your life. Be open to the possibilities.
CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Someone you believe has hurt you in the past might now need your help. Reaching out could be difficult. But the generous Goat will be able to do the right thing, as always. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Prioritizing is an important part of your pre-holiday scheduling. Try to give time both to your workday responsibilities and those personal matters you might have neglected. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) With the vestiges of your anger about that painful incident fading, you can now focus all your energy on the more positive aspects of your life, including that personal situation. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a way of bringing your own strong sense of reassurance to others and encouraging them to hope. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.
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hat do you do, from a legal point of view, if someone for whom you are responsible – a spouse, a parent, a child – dies? What happens
Legally, the deceased individual is referred to by the courts and attorneys as the “decedent”. And although the natural person (the living, breathing human being) who was the decedent no longer exists, the legal person who was also the decedent continues in existence for some time, in the form of the “decedent” and/or his or her “estate.” However, since the natural person of the decedent is no longer able to physically act on behalf of the legal person of the decedent, another natural person must be appointed to do so. Under Colorado law, that person is the “personal representative” of the decedent’s estate. In some states this natural person is referred to as an “executor”. If the decedent left a will, he or she will have appointed one or more natural persons to act as his or her personal representative after his or her death. If the decedent has died “intestate” (without a will) the probate court will need to appoint a natural person to serve as personal representative. However, in order for this to be accomplished, or for the will-appointed personal representative to be granted authority to act on behalf of the decedent, the will-appointed personal representative or some responsible person must file with the probate court to open probate. First, the will-appointed personal representative or, if there is none, some other responsible person, must request several (one is not enough) certified copies of the death certificate from the Coroner’s office of the county in which the decedent was residing at the time of his or her death. These are necessary in order to be able to do anything at all with respect to the decedent’s estate. Second, if the decedent left a will, the appointed personal representative will need to take one of the original certified copies of the death certificate, together with the original of the decedent’s will, to the clerk of the probate court of the county in which the decedent was residing at the time of his or her death. The clerk will check the death certificate, return it, and accept the original of the will for “lodging” with the probate court; the personal representative will receive a receipt for the lodged will.
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The good news is that in Colorado, if the decedent has left a will, the personal representative can apply for informal probate of the decedent’s estate, which is much easier, faster, and less expensive than formal probate and, if one is willing to spend the time, can be accomplished by the personal representative without an attorney. In that case, third, after lodging the will, the personal representative will need to draft and file the following form documents with the probate court: Application for Informal Probate/Informal Appointment of Personal Representative; Acceptance of Appointment as Personal Representative; Order for Informal Probate/Informal Appointment of Personal Representative (proposed – this is the order actual granting the application above); and Letters Testamentary (proposed – this is the actual document giving the personal representative legal authority to act, physically, on behalf of the legal person of the decedent and his or her estate). All of these forms, and others the personal representative will need, are available at the Colorado State Judicial Branch website: www.courts.state.co.us, at “Forms” and then “Probate”. The forms may be completed online and printed out for signing. The website also has an instruction sheet available to guide one through the process. Fourth, after completing the forms, the personal representative will need to file them with the probate court, and pay the filing fee to the clerk. For informal probate, the filing fee is currently only $164.00. Unlike other states, Colorado does not charge a percentage of the value of the decedent’s estate as a fee. The court will notify the personal representative if and when the Application is accepted, the Order granted, and Letters Testamentary issued. One original certified copy of the Letters Testamentary will be mailed out by the probate court as a matter of course; additional copies (and they will be needed – many organizations and individuals require that they be given an original certified copy to keep on file) may be obtained upon request and by paying a small fee (currently $10.00 in El Paso County, Colorado) for each additional certified copy. With issued Letters Testamentary in hand, the personal representative is now legally able to act for the decedent and the estate just as he would for himself, upon presentment of the Letters to anyone necessary. Fifth, the personal representative must complete, file with the court, and mail to certain legally designated parties, the Information of Appointment of Personal Representative, notifying all parties legally required to be notified, of the fact of the opening of informal probate, and appointment of personal representative. This form is also available at the Colorado State Judicial Branch website described above. The people required to be notified are listed in provisions of the Colorado Probate Code, but they are the usual suspects – anyone named as a “devisee” (beneficiary) in the will; the spouse, if any; children, if any; parents, if no spouse or children; siblings, if no spouse, children or parents; etc. These steps will accomplish the appointment of a personal representative and the opening of the probate estate; another article will address how to actually probate the estate. As always, this article contains general information only, and does not constitute the provision of legal advice; please contact your legal advisor regarding the facts of your particular situation. For additional information contact, Lisa Welch Stevens, Attorney at Law P.C. Representing Colorado Businesses and Business Owners 719.488.9395
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But there is a way to fight the blues: stay busy. Plan now for things you’ll do over the holidays. The key is to be around others. Here are some ideas: • Invite others to a potluck where everyone contributes something to the feast. • Hold a game night at your place. Have a few people bring a game and snacks to share. • Volunteer to cook or serve at a homeless kitchen. Sign up at a hospital or rehab center to pass out gifts or read to patients who don’t have visitors. Don’t show up at the last minute, though. Organizers need to know in advance how much help they’ll have, so call soon. • Play Secret Santa for neighbors. Homemade treats in a tin or basket, topped with a bow and left at their door, will put a smile on their faces.
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It's the philosophy of some Realtors and sellers that it's best to pull their home from the market during the Holidays (Thanksgiving through New Years).
The advantages of doing this are that you get to keep your sanity, and the "days on market" resets to zero (although cumulative days on market will still show the total).
If you will be having a lot of family in town, parties at your home and basic holiday madness, then don't make yourself crazy…..just take it off the market for the month of December and put it back on in January.
There are also many reasons to keep your home on the market during the Holidays. Your home is likely to be decorated with lights and wreaths, scented pinecones, candles and other warm and cozy stuff.
• Check church listings to see if any are holding public holiday meals, then go! • Join a seniors-only group heading to a fun destination, even if it’s only for the day. • If you’re ﬁnancially able, buy a few new toys for a local agency that’s collecting for underprivileged children. • Volunteer at the animal shelter, or sign up to be a foster home for a small cat or dog. • And ﬁnally, plan your days in advance -- actually write them down on your calendar -- so that you have at least one
During the Holidays, there are lots and lots of out-of-towners in town visiting friends and family. Families tend to move closer to each other at some point in their lives, therefore these "out-of-towners" are all potential buyers. The best part of selling during
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