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EVERY MONDAY – OUR COMMUNITY RADIO SHOW – WFOY 1240AM, 9AM – 10AM Join host John Reardon for an enjoyable hour of discussion of your weekend, upcoming events, local businesses w/giveaways and community organizations talking about our community and upcoming events. Call in to participate! 797-1919. EVERY MONDAY: DISCUSSION GROUPS AT THE COUNCIL ON AGING “THE BOOK CLUB” - The Book Club meets each third Monday of every month from 2:30 PM pm until 4:00 PM at the Coastal Community Center 180 Marine St. “CURRENT EVENTS” - Every Monday from 10:30 - 11:30 am Join George Hall at the Coastal Community Center for a lively discussion of today’s current events... talk about the “real” issues. “SOCRATES CAFÉ” - The Socrates Cafe meets each 1st and 3rd Monday from 1 - 2:30 pm at the Coastal Community Center, 180 Marine St. Don’t let the name fool you - this is an interesting and informal way to express and share ideas in an innovative and thoughtprovoking manner. The group is led by facilitator Dan Sullivan. Try this fresh approach to discussion...newcomers always welcomed. Please call Pamela Melfi at 209-3646 for more information EVERY TUESDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON BINGO! That’s the call every Tuesday afternoon as avid players gather from 1-4 at the Coastal Community Center, 180 Marine St. There are 18 games, 2 Jackpots and one Progressive each week. Come a little early and have lunch at the Coastal Café. Bring your dabbers, your lucky charms, good humor and fun spirit to the tables! Call 2093700 for information. EVERY WEDNESDAY St Augustine Beach Market located at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion open from 7:30am to 12:30pm Jewelry, paintings, art, candles, hats, plants, fresh bread, pastries, healthy pet items, birdhouses, wind chimes, fresh produce and so much more… For more info 904 347-8007 FRIDAYS: CHAMPAGNE FRIDAYS AT ROCHELLE’S CLOTHING AT 104 ANASTASIA BLVD (NEXT TO THE BRIDGE OF LIONS). Enjoy an informal fashion show and a glass of champagne beginning at 3pm on Fridays. 810-2208. FRIDAYS: CHOCOLATE AND WINE: Fridays at Claude’s Chocolates 5-8pm. Enjoy a glass of port, bubbly or wine with a selection of bonbons and other chocolates. 15 Hypolita St. Downtown St Augustine 808-8395 Cost is $5.00. FRIDAY WINE TASTINGS: 5pm – 8pm Taste 10 to 12 wines and sample hors d’oeuvres at the Wine Warehouse of St. Augustine, 4085 A1A South, St. Augustine Beach. Cost is $10 per person. Live music is featured at each tasting. Call 471-9900 or go to www. winewarehouses.com. EVERY SATURDAY - Old City Farmers’ Market Shop for fresh produce, baked goods, hand-crafted items and plants directly from the producers. There’s always live entertainment and there is fresh seafood in season. The Old City Farmers Market takes place every Saturday morning at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on A1A South in St. Augustine. 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 1340 A1A South First Saturday of every month – ANASTASIA STATE PARK - Times vary. Rangers or volunteers give programs on varied topics from bird watching to star gazing. On the second and fourth Saturday of every month volunteer Scott Miller speaks about Florida history at the Windsurf pavilion at 7pm. 904-461-2035 Second Saturday Plant Sale at Washington Oaks State Park 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Cost: $1-$4 Take advantage of the “Summer Rose Sale” at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park from 10:00 a.m. to 2: p.m. Choose from single or double Knock Outs, the perfect Rose for your Florida Landscape. Second Saturday Plant Sales always feature plants that are unusual and hard to find. Choose from a large selection of air, bromeliads, butterfly, cactus, ferns, gingers, herbs, natives, pitcher plants, succulents and ti plants. Many of the plants were propagated and grown in the park by volunteers. All proceeds benefit the park for enhancement of current and new facilities. Regular park entrance fees apply during the plant sale. For more information call 386-446-6783. First Tuesday of each month. The Marine Corps League. American Legion Building downtown at 7:00pm (1900 hours). Any Marine can attend the meeting and we would love them to join the league. The Marine Corps League supports many charitable organizations such as TOYS FOR TOTS, YOUNG MARINES, TRYKES FOR TIKES we gave 2 of them to Fl. Elks Children’s Therapy Program. Cost was $454.00, FLAGS FOR CLASSROOMS IN OUR NEW SCHOOLS, SCHOLARSHIPS FOR CHILDREN OF FALLEN MARINES, ST. JOHNS COUNTY VETERANS ORGANIZATIONS and many more. Contact Tony Chiarello at cell 904 315-9117 Second Monday of each month 6pm – The St Augustine Navy League Council at the Southeast Branch Library, 6670 U.S. 1 South. Citizens interested in supporting the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines are welcome. Call 471-6178 for more information. August 27th Wednesday Music by the Sea Music By Elizabeth Roth Band (Rock Tunes) Food Served by The Purple Olive. Concerts presented on Wednesday nights at the St. Augustine Beach Pavilion with food from a different local restaurant each week throughout the summer. 6pm Food – 7pm Music www.staugbchcivicassoc.com

August 28th, Thursday Concert in the Plaza Every Thursday Night Concerts Performers: Gatorbone – Original & Folk Music from 7 to 9 p.m., at the gazebo in the Plaza de la Constitucion (Downtown St Augustine). Weekly concerts continue each Thursday and are free to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets for seating. For the schedule of bands and musicians, go online at plazaconcerts.com or call 825-1004. ST AUGUSTINE’S 443RD BIRTHDAY! 825-1000 for info. August 28th Thursday – 5 to 9 p.m. Indian Pow Wow honors the Native American Traditions that were a part of St Augustine’s history. Fountain of Youth Archeological Park, 11 Magnolia Ave. Friday, August 29th Entertainment of the 16th Century From 5:00pm to 8:00pm, 16th century entertainers, including jugglers, madrigal singers, and actors will present authentic skits and comedies in the gardens of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum located at 19 San Marco Avenue. Admission to the grounds is free. Saturday, August 30th Landing Reenactment & Celebration of Mass 9:30am-11:30am The Landing Authentically clad figures prepare for the reenactment of the landing by the city’s founder, Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, at the Mission of Nombre de Dios, the exact landing point of the Spanish colonists in 1565. The site of the landing is marked today with a 208 foot stainless steel cross erected in 1965 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the city’s founding. Saturday August 30th: Noon to 3 p.m. St Augustine Birthday Party Cake, bluegrass music by local band The Driftwoods, children’s colonial crafts including a special archeology-oriented activity, and an appearance by St Augustine’s Royal Family will take place in the Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum, 53 St George St. Birthday cake will be distributed as long as quantities last and soft drinks and water will be available for purchase. First Thanksgiving cooking contest & living history historic timeline Saturday, August 30 Noon-2:00pm The Feast Decades before the Pilgrims sat down for a harvest feast the good people of St. Augustine had already established the tradition with their neighbors the Timucuan. That First Thanksgiving will be remembered at noon with a cooking contest featuring authentic 16th century foods and recipes. Local restaurants will team with re-enactors to present authentic great cuisine in amateur and professional classes. The contest will take place at a historical encampment featuring a living timeline of the city’s history on the grounds. Authentic 16th century lunches are available for purchase. 825-1000 for info. August 29th Friday – Dark of the Moon: An after-hours paranormal tour begins at 8:30 p.m. at the St Augustine Lighthouse, 81 Lighthouse Ave on Anastasia Island. Cost is $25 for adults, $20 for children ages 7 to 11. Call 829-0745, ext.207. September 1st - City of St Augustine Labor Day Concert - Labor Day/1:00pm-5:00pm St. Augustine Jazz Society presents: Jazz Personified The St. Augustine Jazz Society All-Stars Bring your lawn chairs or blankets! September 3rd Wednesday Music by the Sea Music By Navy Band Pride (Rock and Roll/Contemporary Music) Food Served by Zhanras Concerts presented on Wednesday nights at the St. Augustine Beach Pavilion with food from a different local restaurant each week throughout the summer. 6pm Food – 7pm Music www. staugbchcivicassoc.com September 5th - FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK: More than 20 participating galleries will be open in Downtown, Uptown, on the Island and at the Beach for this fun, cultural event! Guests can always enjoy the latest exhibits, music and entertainment at participating galleries. 5pm – 9pm Visit www.staugustinegalleries.com or went to call 904-829-0065Two for moreattorneys info. September 6th Book Signing – “Old Fairy Tales Anew”, a new a local diner at lunchtime. book by Eva M. Doolittle, is a hard cover with album-quality paper, Theyandeach ordered a soft delightful illustrations interesting graphics enhance the old fairy tales retold in rhyming verses. The book is available at Buy drink, then pulled a The Book bookstore at Moultrie Square (Publix Shopping Plaza on the corner of US1 andsandwich Wildwood Dr.). The next book signing outauthors of their will be at Buy the Book on Sept. 6th at 10am to noon. respective briefcases September 10th Wednesday Music by the Sea Music By Nightfall (Jazz and Contemporary Music)eating. Food Served by TBD and began

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Concerts presented on Wednesday nights at the St. Augustine Beach Pavilion with food from a different local restaurant each week throughout the summer. 6pm Food – 7pm Music www.staugbchcivicassoc.com Florida Heritage Book Festival September 12 & 13th Schedule of Events Friday, September 12, 2008 9:00 - 4:00 Writers Craft of Writing Workshop and Luncheon Hone your craft with a full day of workshops for beginning, emerging, and seasoned writers, including lunch with Friday’s keynote author, Gary Monroe. Location: The Flagler Ballroom of the Casa Monica Hotel 90 Cordova St, St Augustine 8:00 - 3:00 pm Authors Visits to Schools: Throughout the day, students will have an opportunity to meet and enjoy presentations from authors who have volunteered to visit schools throughout St Johns County. 6:00 - 9:00 pm Meet The Authors Reception: Cocktails, hor d’oeuvres, conversation, music and an informal opportunity to mix and mingles with many authors and like minded readers, in a handsome and historical setting. Markland House, Flagler College Campus, 102 King St., St Augustine Ticketed event. Pricing and reservation details will be posted as they become finalized, or call 904-940-0194. Saturday, September 13, 2008 2:00 - 5:00 Keynote Authors Presentations: Hear literary stars speak about their journey, their books, and their craft. Flagler Room, Flagler College, 74 King St, Free 9:00 - 11L30, 1:45 - 5:00 Featured Authors Presentations Meet the personalities behind the books in a full day of presentations and panel discussions by well-known and emerging authors. Ringhaver Student Center, 50 Sevilla St, Free 11:45 - 1:30 Keynote Authors Luncheon The beautiful and historic Casa Monica Hotel is the perfect setting for a gourmet lunch featuring the Festival’s Keynote Authors. Casa Monica Ballroom, 90 Cordova St, St Augustine Ticketed event. Pricing and reservation details will be posted as they become finalized. 10:00 - 500 Author Signings and Book Sales An opportunity to meet your favorite authors and purchase books personalized for you! Ringhaver Student Center, 50 Sevilla St, Free 10:00 - 5:00 Poetry Presentations, Workshops and Readings You won’t want to miss this event if rhyme or haiku are your bent! Markland House, 102 King St, Free 10:00 - 5:00 Children’s Events Storytelling, games, activities, presentations, plus much more are in store for children of all ages. Ringhaver Student Center, 50 Sevilla St Free September 17th Wednesday Music by the Sea Music By Crabgrass (Country/RR Music) Food Served by Wildflower Cafe Concerts presented on Wednesday nights at the St. Augustine Beach Pavilion with food from a different local restaurant each week throughout the summer. 6pm Food – 7pm Music www.staugbchcivicassoc.com September 19th through Oct. 12th “You Can’t Take It With You”, at the Limelight Theatre, 11 OldPAGE Mission Road, FILLER 1 St. Augustine. Show times are 7:30pm Thursday through Saturdays; 2 pm WEEK Saturday and Sunday3Q08 Matinees; -7:30 pm the first35 Tuesday, with two tickets from $25 BoxAUG Office hours are from 10am to 4pm Tuesday 24 - AUG 30 through Saturday. For more info call: 825-1164. Saturday, September 20th Junkanoo Festival – The Junkanoo Island Music and Food Festival celebrates the historical ties between Abaco, Bahamas and St Augustine. A Junkanoo parade with 2008.35 Bahamian natives in colorful costumes and handmade instruments Senior Kara Kovalchik will take place Sept 20thEditor: on St George St, with music and food in downtown Plaza de la Constitucion. For more information call Editorial Director: Sandy Wood Sacha Martin at 824-1212 or go to www.junkanoofest.com. email: tidbitseditors@sbcglobal.net September 24th Wednesday Music by the Sea Music By First Coast Jazz Orchestra (Jazz and Swing Music) Food Served by Sunset Grille Concerts presented on Wednesday nights at the St. Augustine Beach Pavilion with food from a different local restaurant each week throughout the summer. 6pm Food – 7pm Music www.staugbchcivicassoc.com

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By Samantha Weaver • Do you remember those commercials that asked, “How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?” When I was a kid, I could never find out -- I always bit the candy first. Well, some engineering students at Purdue University in Indiana decided to find out in a more scientific manner: They invented a licking machine. As it turns out, it takes an average of 364 licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. • It was Sir Arthur C. Clarke, British inventor, futurist and science-fiction author of such novels as “2001: A Space Odyssey,” who made the following observation: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” • The first U.S. president to ride in an automobile was William McKinley, and the ride was in an ambulance after he was shot in 1901. Another interesting McKinley tidbit: He was the last Civil War veteran to be elected to the presidency. • Think you’re a movie lover? Consider the man who was desperate to be one of the first people to see the film “Star Wars: Episode III.” He actually camped out in front of the box office for 139 days in order to get tickets. He didn’t slack off work, though: He used his laptop computer and cell phone to stay in touch with the office. • Those who study such things say that cats have 32 muscles in each ear. • Have you ever known anyone who engages in grammatolatry? Probably not. “Grammatolatry” refers to the worship of words -- unlikely in this day and age of 24hour must-see TV and on-demand video. *** Thought for the Day: “People like to imagine that because all our mechanical equipment moves so much faster, that we are thinking faster, too.” -- Christopher Morley (c) 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

Jasper. He can and should learn more advanced commands. But do not ignore your other dogs’ training, either. One of those dogs sees itself as the pack leader right now. Figure out which one it is, and establish yourself as the head of the pack -- this includes restarting basic obedience and enforcing “house rules” with all your dogs. Send your tips, questions and comments to Paws Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or e-mail them to pawscorner@hotmail.com. (c) 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

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• Not surprisingly, the food service industry is near the top of the list when it comes to rate of personnel turnover. Whether it’s preparing food or serving tables, a job in food service typically involves long hours working on your feet for low pay and few benefits. Of course, it’s a Catch-22 situation; restaurant owners claim that if they paid higher wages, they’d have to raise menu prices, which would cause them to lose customers. • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the most dangerous job is timber cutting. Incredibly, a lumberjack is ten times more likely to be killed on the job than a police officer. Chainsaws and trees that don’t fall the way they’re supposed to are the main reasons for the high mortality rate. Those curious about what the job is really like can view the action weekly on a new reality TV show: History’s Ax Men. • A recent report by the National Opinion Research Center asked practicing physicians if they’d encourage their children from following in their footsteps. Nearly 30 percent said “no.” They cited two key reasons for the rejection: long work hours and problems with managed care and insurance companies. One interviewed doctor stated that he had advised his own children to become either electricians or plumbers. Experts believe that job dissatisfaction in the medical community might be at an all-time high. • The standard 40-hour work week came into existence in 1938, with the passage of the Fair Labor Standards Act. However, a 2004 study revealed that nearly two-thirds of Americans work more than 40 hours per week. We’re also skipping our allotted sick days and vacation time to the tune of $23 billion each year. Of course, this money goes back into the company’s coffers.

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He was a successful and PRESENTS well-known lawyer, and was elected president as the first (and only) TRIVIA NEWSFRONT™ by KaraBut Kovalchik & Sandy Woodhe single? bachelor president. why was 1. Infind what is TV’s set?edition of You’ll outcity later on inThe thisOffice week’s All the Presidents’ Tidbits. 2. The beleaguered secretaries in the feature film Berries, Nuts, Popcorn and Diverticulosis similar foods in the belief that they would obstruct the neck of a diverticulum and bring on a bout of diverticulitis. • James waswhat borncompany? on April 23, 1791, 9 toBuchanan 5 worked for That position isn’t universally adopted anymore. However, on the outskirts of Mercersburg, Pennsylva- DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I know youFREE have written ALWAYS Designing 3. Which of the characters on TV’s if your personal doctor tells you to avoid those and nia. His early adult life mirrors that of many about diverticulosis before, but would you mind Women is the office manager? similar foods, do so. He or she knows far more about other presidents. He earned a law degree, going over it again? I was hospitalized with it your particular condition than does someone at a word 4. Whathis 2005 motion picture toldand the story served state government, then of be-a and had to have intravenous ALWAYS fluids.FUN My brotherprocessor hundreds or thousands of miles away from you. came a U.S. senator. His efforts as athemember group of female miners who filed first in-law says that wasn’t necessary. He has it, of the Democratic Party did not go unno- and it has never caused him any trouble. He workplace sexual harassment lawsuit? The booklet on diverticulosis and diverticulitis deals ticed, either. When Andrew Jackson took of- says he’s careful about not eating nuts, seeds, with all aspects of this too-common disorder. Readers 5. What 1980s sitcom showcased five waitresses fice in 1828, the new president offered Bu- popcorn and berries, and that’s all you have can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 502W, working at a restaurant atop a skyscraper? Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or chanan a job as a diplomat to Russia. Natu- to do for it. I know I was in pain, and I know it money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 rally, James took the job. He returned stateNAME wasn’t imagined. Can MY you clear up IS Canada with the recipient’s printed name side six years later and won election as a these issues for me? -- W.F. and address. Please allow four weeks for U.S. senator for hisNUMBER home state. PUZZLE delivery. • When Whiteevery House Fill inthe theDemocrats grid so thatretook every the column, row, ANSWER: Your brother-in-law is right about *** Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual with James in the 1845, Buchanan and every 3 xKnox 3 box Polk contains digits 1 through diverticulosis. 9. It seldom causes severe letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever joined Polk’s cabinet as secretary of state. pain. Diverticulosis is the formation of possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, Among his most important duties during this diverticula -- small protrusions on the outer FL 32853-6475. time was negotiating with Great Britain to colon wall. It’s a condition widespread in determine the borders of the Oregon Territo- countries where refining flour is the rage. (c) 2008 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved NUMBER ry. He was able to accomplish this, but when Refining gets rid of fiber, and a low-fiber SPONSORED BY be a major factor ANSWER in the development Lewis Cass outgunned James for the 1848 diet is believed toPUZZLE of diverticulosis. Fiber keeps undigested food soft, moist presidential nomination, Buchanan retired and easily propelled 2 6 9 3 through 5 7 and 8 out1 of 4the digestive from office and left Washington. tract. Without it, stool becomes hard and dry. The colon • Democrat Franklin Pierce won the 1852 pres5 8 9 FILLER 3That 7 force 1 2it through. must exert great 6 force4to pass PAGE 1 idential election. As secretary of state, Bu- generates diverticula formation. 3Q08 - WEEK 33 1 163 4 A MAZE MENT 9 2 8 6 7AUG510 - AUG chanan had developed a strong relationship You had more LAUGHS! than diverticulosis. You had diverticulitis with Queen Victoria, so Pierce chose to name -- inflammation During the Summer Olympics, 2 6 92008.33 1 Kara 4 diverticulum 3a 5 Each 7diverticula. 8the Senior Editor: Kovalchik long queue of of spectators stood Editorial Director: Sandy Wood him envoy to Britain. With other political connects waiting to get into the stadium. with the2colon through aemail: narrow neck. If4that tidbitseditors@sbcglobal.net 7 6 8 3 9 One man had an idea 1 – he’d 5 parties fighting amongst themselves, and neck becomes sneak in through the athlete’s bacteria in the diverticulum obstructed, entrance. He found a roll of with the new Republican Party just getting to multiplybarbed 8TO 1 3IT’S2CLEAR 5 painful. 4 ititto9underswell 6 and 7 become tucked and wire, cause most his arm and approached SEE WHY its feet, the Democrats offered James Bucha- Swollen diverticula break and form abscesses, which add the security guard. 9 in2the 4 1 8must7be 6treated 3 diverticulitis “Are you an5 athlete?” nan as their candidate in 1856; he captured to the pain. Most the guard askedoften, skeptically. IS THE the vote and took the White House. Unfortu- hospital.“Of course,” replied 7TO 3 1 the6man. 2 4 5 9 8PLACE “Really? And in what sport nately, Buchanan seemed more adept at han- At one time, people with diverticulosis were uniformly ADVERTISE! are you competing?” 2 6berries 4 1and 5 7 nuts, 8 seeds, 9 3popcorn, avoid dling international affairs than national ones. instructed to “Fencing!”

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES EMMA Guild meetings begin for the 30th anniversary 2008-2009 concert season on Wednesday, September 17, at 1 p.m. at the Southeast St. Johns County Public Library at 6670 US 1 South, St. Augustine. It is also the Guild’s 20th anniversary and new and established EMMA Guild members are encouraged to attend the meeting. There will be opportunities to learn more about the Guild, pick-up a copy of the new directory and to sign-up for activities such as hospitality, ushering, box office, mailings, fund raising events, and various meaningful duties to support the EMMA Concert Association’s all-volunteer operations. The October 4, opening night Gala details will be reviewed as well.

Ta’i Chi Is Path to Better Sleep

Future meetings are scheduled at the Southeast Library for Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. on: November 12 and January 21. The Guild fundraiser 20th anniversary dinner dance will be March 29, from 5-9 p.m. at the Riverview Club. The final meeting is on April 13, time and location to be announced. For more information about EMMA check-out www.emmaconcerts.com or call the main office at 797-2800. To get involved with the Guild please join us on September 17, or sign-up with the EMMA Guild membership committee by calling 794-9443.

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I’ve always suspected there might be something to Chinese medicine. T’ai Chi (pronounced “tie chee”) is a 2,000-year-old Chinese form of martial arts. I’m not sure why it’s classified as a martial art, because the movements are so gentle. It’s thought that doing the movements allows cosmic energy to flow through the body and boost the immune system. Now there is a short Westernized version, called T’ai Chi Chih. T’ai Chi Chih isn’t exercise. It’s a series of 19 movements and one pose done while standing in place, with the wrists kept loose and fingers spread apart. The soft and continuous arm movements are slow and without effort, like swimming through thick air. There’s little movement of the feet, except for a gentle swaying. (It can even be done while sitting down.) A UCLA study was done recently with seniors who had trouble sleeping to see if there were any sleep benefits to T’ai Chi Chih. Boy, were there benefits. Over the course of 25 weeks, 112 seniors were divided into two groups: those who learned and practiced T’ai Chi Chih, and those who received information on stress, sleep and diet. At the end of the study, two-thirds of those who’d practiced T’ai Chi Chih had significant improvements in their sleep. To see a video that explains more, go online to YouTube.com. Do a search for “tccabq” and you’ll see two short videos, Principles and Bass Drum Instruction. If this is something you’d like to try, inquire at your senior center or recreation department. If enough people ask, they might start a class, if there’s not one already. Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com. (c) 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

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JAMES BUCHANAN (continued): • Slavery was the most important political issue in the mid-1850s. The Kansas-Nebraska Act gave settlers in new territories the right to vote on the issue of slavery themselves. But many members of Congress felt that since they had the power to accept or reject federal recognition of a territory, they should be able to dictate the presence of slavery in those territories as well. In a landmark decision issued just two days after Buchanan’s inauguration, the Supreme Court disagreed. • To appease slaveholding states, Buchanan pushed for a pro-slavery constitution in Kansas. Kansas failed to support the idea, however, and the result was a divisive rift in the Democratic Party. Especially critical of Buchanan was Stephen Douglas – yes, the same Illinois senator who famously took part in several debates against Abraham Lincoln. When it came time for Buchanan’s reelection in 1860, the Democrats dismissed him in favor of Douglas. Southern Democrats wanted no part of Douglas, however, and refused to support him. • With a split vote amongst Democrats, Republican Abraham Lincoln easily won the presidential election. During his “lame duck” period in office, Buchanan did little to prevent the inevitable. On Christmas Eve of 1860, South Carolina seceded from the Union. Over the next three months, several other Southern states followed suit. Instead of a hard-line approach, Buchanan chose to lay low until his White House duty was done. • Through all this, Buchanan remained a bachelor. Why? Most believe that it was the result of the tragic death of his fiancée, Ann Coleman, shortly before their wedding day. He didn’t attend her funeral, and made it clear that he would never marry, “for his affections were buried in the grave.”

• Slavery was the most important political issue in the mid-1850s. The Kansas-Nebraska Act gave settlers in new territories the right to vote on the issue of slavery themselves. But many members of Congress felt that since they had the power to accept or reject federal recognition of a territory, they should be able to dictate the presence of slavery in those territories as well. In a landmark decision issued just two days after Buchanan’s inauguration, the Supreme Court disagreed. • To appease slaveholding states, Buchanan pushed for a pro-slavery constitution in Kansas. Kansas failed to support the idea, however, and the result was a divisive rift in the Democratic Party. Especially critical of Buchanan was Stephen Douglas – yes, the same Illinois senator who famously took part in several debates against Abraham Lincoln. When it came time for Buchanan’s reelection in 1860, the Democrats dismissed him in favor of Douglas. Southern Democrats wanted no part of Douglas, however, 3rd Quarter 2008 him. and refused to support 35 amongst Democrats, Re• With a Week split vote publican Abraham Aug 24 – Aug 30Lincoln easily won the presidential election. During his “lame duck” Page 6 period in office, Buchanan did little to prevent the inevitable. On Christmas Eve of 1860, South Carolina seceded from the Union. Over the next three months, several other Southern states followed suit. Instead of a hard-line approach, Buchanan chose to lay low until his White House duty was done. • Through all this, Buchanan remained a bachelor. Why? Most believe that it was the result of the tragic death of his fiancée, Ann Coleman, shortly before their wedding day. He didn’t attend her funeral, and made it clear that he would never marry, “for his affections were buried in the grave.”

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