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Personality Walter Scott,s

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plays Terrence King in Necessary Roughness have a football background?

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WALTER SCOTT ASKS …

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The actor, 29, costars in 50/50 (in theaters Sept. 30), written by his pal Will Reiser and based on Reiser’s bout with cancer. For a movie about serious illness, there are many laugh-out-loud moments. We really tried to be as honest as we could about it. Life is funny and sad, and even while Will was going through [treatment], we still made jokes and had ridiculous conversations. You were on the toilet when he told you he was sick. Why didn’t that make it into the film? I learned doing Superbad that just because it happened doesn’t mean it would be good in a movie. As funny as that is in real life, it just seemed too disgusting. Your characters can be jerks, but they have a sensitive side. Are you a softie off-screen? I cry during ASPCA commercials. Other than that, I’m pretty coldhearted. Have a question for Walter Scott? Visit Parade.com /celebrity or write Walter Scott at P.O. Box 5001, Grand Central Station, New York, N.Y. 10163-5001

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bowl of chili. Earlier this year, the first lady shared his recipe with PARADE (find it at Parade.com /recipe). “When we lived

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write is a window into at least one moment in my life,” says the singer, 34, 4, who had to cancel some me tour dates last month after being attacked on the street in New York. “My single ‘Not Over You’ [from the new album Sweeter] is about vulnerability meeting pride. A lot of people don’t want to admit that the person they can’t get over still has an effect on them.”

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who’ll play Frankie’s sister on The Middle this season, has been guest-hosting The Talk, and she’s developing a show for HBO “about a nun who leaves the convent after 20 years to go into the world of dating,” she says. Shannon, 47, has also just published a children’s book, Tilly the Trickster. “My dad was a big trickster when I was growing up. He loved mischief,” she says. “I passed that on to my kids.”

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many of its superheroes in an attempt to reengage its shrinking fan base and capture the imagination of a new generation. Comic-book franchises may rule at the box office, but they’ve had a harder time in print, in part because kids are no longer big newsstand buyers. In fact, sales have been down 7 percent over the past year. Whether fans cotton to Superman 2.0 remains to be seen, though. Befitting the current climate in the country, even Superman is having a tough go of it. “We take him back to a time when he had to struggle more, when he was more vulnerable,” says Jim Lee, copublisher of DC Comics, who describes the superhero’s mood as broodier. Even his powers are getting something of a downgrade—at least initially. In the first installments, he hasn’t yet gained the ability to fly (though thankfully he can still leap tall buildings in a single bound). A more down-to-earth Superman? What will Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen make of that? —Emmet Sullivan

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EASE YOUR ACHING BACK Elaine Petrone, author of The Miracle Ball Method and the The Miracle Ball Method for Pregnancy, offers a no-impact routine that targets the cause of most back pain: excess muscle tension. With these simple movements, all you need is to breathe and use your body weight.

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Use of the verb “impact” as a synonym for “affect” has invaded the media. Has the meaning changed? My dictionary notes only the definition “to force tightly together.” —Terry Hamrick, Justice, W.Va.

Yes, the meaning has expanded. All languages are in a constant state of evolution, which is the reason we find reading the works of Geoffrey Chaucer (ca. 1343–1400), who is sometimes called the father of English literature, extremely difficult. Newer dictionary editions include the latest definition of “impact.” Personally, I think that the additional meaning is helpful to the language. “Impact” implies having a strong effect. The verb “affect” is more straightforward and has no such connotation.

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russet or Idaho potatoes. Since potatoes are 80 percent water, you’ll need to remove some moisture before cooking to ensure that your hash browns are crispy. The

easiest way to drain moisture from your grated potatoes is to put them into a clean tea towel and squeeze. Finally, serve the potatoes immediately after cooking.

HOW TO LIVE LONG— AND WELL The subtitle of Roy Rowan’s book, Never Too Late, is “A 90-year-old’s pursuit of a whirlwind life.” And Rowan is living proof that your golden years can be among your most pleasurable and fulfilling. We asked the journalist, now 91, to share how he has remained sharp and vibrant into his 10th decade. You officially retired in 1985, but you’ve stayed just as busy in the years since. Why not kick back and relax? I think a lot of people figure that when they retire, they won’t just quit going to work—they’ll quit working. But retirement shouldn’t mean giving up your passions, and it shouldn’t mean that you stop contributing. You

Rise and Shine!

Alton Brown, star of the Food Network’s Good Eats (and author of Good Eats 3, out in October), takes his morning meal seriously

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Breakfast is my favorite meal, bar none. It’s the first meal of the day, so you have the whole day to work things off. If you’re going to have luscious, naughty things to eat, like crispy waffles, bacon, and sausage, why not eat them at breakfast? By and large, American men can’t cook. I blame the fact that they did not join the Boy Scouts. When you learn to cook your breakfast over a fire, you become a man, or at least take a significant step toward becoming one. But men can certainly learn to make what I call the Man Food Breakfast, which consists of bacon, eggs, hash browns, and coffee. Although the best hash browns will always be found at the local diner, here are a few tips for making good ones at home. For starters, you should use

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Diner-Worthy Hash Browns 4 small Idaho or russet potatoes 4 Tbsp bacon fat 1 tsp kosher salt

1. Scrub and rinse the potatoes, but do not peel them. 2. Place a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-low heat;

preheat for 5 minutes. 3. While the skillet is heating up, grate the potatoes using the largest holes of a box grater. Remove moisture from them. (See my quick trick above.) 4. Add the bacon fat

to the skillet and scatter the potatoes evenly in the pan. Sprinkle with salt and cook for 4 minutes without disturbing. 5. Lower the heat, flip the potatoes, and cook for 5 more minutes.

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THE AMOUNT OF TIME THE AVERAGE AMERICAN FAMILY SPENDS ON BREAKFAST EACH DAY Among moms, cereal is the top food choice (73 percent), followed by eggs (47 percent), bread or toast (43 percent), waffles (43 percent), and fruit (41 percent). To find out why a morning meal matters, go to LoveYourCereal.com. Source: Kellogg’s Breakfast in America Survey

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go to a party, and people ask, “What did you used to be?” That’s not a question that I want to hear. You devote an entire chapter to resilience. Why is this quality so crucial to aging well? Everybody encounters roadblocks, but not everyone manages to get past them. Life doesn’t become less challenging as you age; in fact, it can get even more so, and you’ve got to be able to bounce back. The book includes a collection of centenarians’ obituaries. What have you learned from reading about their lives? One common thread was that they all stayed very productive, even into their later years. Organist Rosa Rio accompanied revivals of silent films almost up until her death. Designer Viktor Schreckengost was awarded the National Medal of Arts at age 100. Baseball pitcher Satchel Paige once said of aging, “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you [were]?” For many of these folks, it seemed, the answer was quite a bit younger than their years. Visit us at PARADE.COM

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The actor-writer-director, who plays a presidential candidate in The Ides of March, talks with DAVID GERGEN about politics, life at 50, and what he’s learned from failure

outside the gates of his 18th-century villa, paparazzi wait, ready to pounce. Tour boats pause as passengers snap photos. But inside, dressed in cutoffs and a T-shirt, George Clooney is relaxed and unfazed. Each summer, he retreats to this 13-bedroom piece of paradise, nestled beside Lake Como in the foothills of the Italian Alps. He has a studio here where he writes and edits his films, but mostly he loves to entertain friends. Clooney’s closest buddies stretch back to before he was a star, and they come year after year for conversation, lingering meals, wine, and the freedom to let go. ling In August, Clooney opened his doors to Cover & ope ning PARADE for an interview. The other guests photograph by that weekend included a human rights activist who has traveled with him to Africa and an L.A. pal of long standing. No girlfriend, no Hollywood. My tally for two days: 10 hours of sleep, 20 hours continued on page 17 ho

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of talk, one nasty hangover, nonstop fun. Clooney, it turns out, is a master host.

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Likewise, he’s an engaging interview on a wide range of topics, starting with his new movie The Ides of March, a taut political drama about loyalty and betrayal, sex and power (in theaters Oct. 7). Clooney cowrote and directed the ďŹ lm, in which he plays an inspirational presidential candidate whose aws—and reluctance to compromise—may bring him down; Ryan Gosling costars as the candidate’s idealistic press secretary. Clooney also delved into more personal areas: turning 50, his work in South Sudan, the roles that luck and conďŹ dence can play in life. Serious but quick to laugh, he seems to be in the midst of a life transition, aiming to move from success to lasting significance. It is easy to see why he has great friends—and why they always come back. PARADE: The Ides of March, which is based on a play called Farragut North, is a cracking good story. It’s also quite dark.

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disappointment in the taking away of a dream. Ryan Gosling’s character goes through a really insane week, and you watch how quickly good ideas can be dashed on the rocks. I’ve seen that happen in my industry. Good people get caught in bad systems. And there’s a lot of ambiguity.

I’m at a point where I can make films that ask questions and don’t necessarily supply answers— because I don’t know what the answers are. I don’t know if winning at any cost is wrong or not. There are times I’ve thought that the end justified the means.

The star has gifted his friends with 100 of his favorites from the years 1964 to 1976, which he calls “the greatest era in filmmaking by far.” For the complete list, go to Parade.com /clooney.

most cutthroat game possible. That’s a scene where nobody wins. I really liked the idea of that. You know, we were in preproduction on this film in 2007, before the Obama election. And then we realized that a good portion of the country was elated with what happened in that election, so we had to shelve the movie until people were cynical again. I didn’t think it would be quite this quick. [laughs]

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Clooney on his fourth visit to Sudan, in October 2010.

There’s a scene late in the film between the candidate and his press secretary that has a very sinister quality.

Grant [Heslov, one of Clooney’s cowriters] and I sort of structured the movie around that scene. We were interested in taking two smart men who are very good at what they do, putting their livelihoods in jeopardy, and sticking them in a room to watch them play the

There’s a scene I have with my character’s wife that I sort of took directly from my father’s experience. We’re in the car and she asks if I’m going to take this senator on [offer him a position in return for his endorsement]. And I say, “I wasn’t going to do any of this. I wasn’t going to make union deals, I wasn’t going to run negative ads. I can’t on this one; I have to draw the line somewhere.” I remember my father saying, “I’m going to have to go out and shake hands with people I wouldn’t normally shake hands with [to raise funds],” and it killed him to do that. It’s soul-stealing. So I thought that was an interesting thing to talk about in this film—how nobody gets in without some dealings they wouldn’t normally do. Nobody. This fall, you’re starring in another film, The Descendants. But do you see yourself more as a director now?

Directing is much more satisfying to me than continued on page 20

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★ RUNNING ON EMPTY With Jeffrey Wright in The Ides of March.

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It’s like William Holden says in Network: “It’s all suddenly closer to the end than to the beginning, and death is suddenly a perceptible thing to me, with definable features.” I love that line! One theme I see in your life—not only in the way you live but also in the way you direct—is that you try to keep things simple.

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acting. You know, I turned 50 [in May], and I look at myself onscreen and go, “I don’t look like I did when I was 40—I know that.” The people I’ve respected most in the industry over the years—Paul Newman, for instance. I just loved the way he handled growing old on-screen. It’s understanding that you’re now basically a character actor. Which is fine, but you have to pay attention to it.

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on the windswept plains of western Arizona sits the town of Parker (pop. 3,140). It has no central movie theater and no bookstores. What it does have is a library. When staffer Jeannie Smith opens the doors of the modest building on Mondays at 9 a.m., a crowd is usually waiting. There’s James Johnson, a cook and classic-movie fan, who is returning two John Wayne films. Post Office clerk Angie Crusinberry claims her favorite chair to read a mystery. A teacher from the nearby Colorado River Indian Reservation shushes her students as they run in. Parker’s library is one of the busiest in the country. But like so many others across the U.S., it’s struggling to stay alive. Contrary to what many predicted, the digital age has not rendered the nation’s 16,671 public libraries obsolete. Instead, it’s brought a pulsing new energy as patrons use the free computers and Internet access to research term papers, look for jobs, update Facebook pages, and more. In January 2009 (the latest date for which figures are available), over 25 million Americans reported visiting their libraries more than 20 times in the previous year, a 23 percent rise 22 • September 25, 2011

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The Little Library That Could Arizona’s Parker Public Library is a lifeline for its patrons, but it’s struggling to stay afloat By Christine Wicker

from 2006. But at least 17 states have reported closures, and 16 percent of libraries have reduced hours. In July 2010, the Parker Library’s annual budget plunged from $215,000 to $168,000. Book purchases were halted, hours were cut, and the full-time staff was trimmed from four to two. The impact on the community could have been devastating. In La Paz County, where Parker is located, more than 25 percent of the people live below the poverty line, so residents depend on the library’s free health screenings, lectures, movies, reading groups, and story times. “The library

binds our town together,” says Buni Hooper, owner of the Gingerbread House preschool, who brings her students there often. “And it has pretty things the kids are allowed to touch. It opens up a whole new world for them.” Just as crucial are the library’s 20 computers. One patron, Dori Siers, 67, uses them to email her son, who is in the navy and has been at sea for four months. “If it weren’t for the library, I don’t know how I’d communicate with him,” Siers says. In the afternoons, eighth grader Devanie Fernandez and her friends check their

ALL ARE WELCOME The library gives Parker’s teens—and everyone else, from toddlers to seniors— a serene, safe place to socialize and read.

Facebook and MySpace pages, play games, and slouch on the worn couches. “Without the library,” she says, “there really would be nothing to do after school.” When word of the library’s troubles broke, the town rallied. Membership in the Friends of the Library group increased; the VFW gave $100 and the Soroptimists $500. “We’ve got a high mountain to climb, but we’ll climb it for the people who live here,” says library manager Ruthie Davis. “I love the people of Parker.” Her voice breaks, and she wipes her eyes. “They need this library.” Ensuring its long-term survival requires bigger solutions, such as the creation of a new library district. But the local pastor’s wife, Tammy Brookbank (a part-time employee), is not waiting for the government or a foundation to swoop in and save them. Because of budget cuts, the library seldom gets a thorough cleaning. So Brookbank recently came in after hours to shampoo the carpets. “Somebody had to do it. It’s like the pioneer days. ” At 7 p.m., Smith shoos out the stragglers and locks the doors for the night. She’s exhausted—but satisfied. “Every day, I know I’m doing something important for the community.” For information on how you can help the Parker Library, go to Parade.com/library

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do “The Sexiest Man Still Alive.” How do you continue your public life and maintain privacy?

I don’t tweet, I don’t go on Facebook. I think there’s too much information about all of us out there. I’m liking the idea of privacy more and more. There will be funny things, like I’ll read something I’ve said about a woman somewhere. And I haven’t spoken about my relationships in 15 years. It will be something I said years ago, and they’re still using it. How did you come to buy this villa?

I was riding a motorcycle through the Alps [in June 2001], and my bike broke down. I knocked on this door, and they were nice enough to help out. The Heinz family owned it and offered to sell it to me. I said, “You think I have more money than I have.” [laughs] I bought it as an investment. I never liked the stock market—to me it’s Vegas without any of the fun parts, the girls in bikinis. I like owning dirt. You know, I spent a lot of time broke when I moved to California. So deep in my soul is still this idea of being unemployed. To me, owning land means you could sell it at some point and have money. But you also really like spending time here.

I love the way life is spent in Italy. It’s really nice to sit down and have a two-hour lunch, which the Italians do. I realized that I had spent probably 15, 20 years standing up and shoveling food down my throat. It’s not about wealth; it’s about taking time and actually enjoying things. All of my friends think of this as continued on page 27

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same sounds trail my footsteps through the house. Click-click-click-swoosh. Click-click-click-swoosh. Each time, I hear the same paw give out. “Gracie,” I say, reaching down to scratch our pug’s chin. “I’ll be right back. You don’t have to follow me.” Gracie is nearly 14. She is deaf and sees only shadows, but the scent of my hand is enough for her. She is a lap dog who takes her work seriously. She wags her curly tail and waits. I scoop her up, tuck her under my arm, and move on. “We’re running a nursing home,” I tell my husband later. He is reading the paper, surrounded by Gracie and our two elderly cats, Reggie and Winnie. Sherrod laughs but only a little. We are both feeling the weight of their advancing years. Eight years ago, during our short courtship, Sherrod warned me that he didn’t like cats and also suggested my pug was an alien.“I don’t know what that is,” he said the first time he saw the sausage of a dog quivering at his feet. “But that is not a dog.” Gracie and the cats had arrived early in my single motherhood. My son was grown, but my daughter, Cait, was still little. She was having a hard time believing that one parent and one child constituted a family. We found Winnie at the Animal Protection League in 1994. Two

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Reggie and Gracie are like our children now.

years later, we adopted big-eared Reggie, after he latched on to Cait’s sweater and refused to let go. “He needs me, Mom,” she said. Reggie meowed his gratitude all the way home. Soon, Cait was cutting out pictures of pugs. I told her we couldn’t afford one. Then my father found out. Gracie arrived at our home swaddled like a newborn in my giggling mother’s arms. She has outlived both of my parents. These days, Sherrod carries Gracie around the house like a football. He’s become quite the cat person, too. His relationship with Winnie has always been fragile, as he is too boisterous for her delicate self. But he never stops trying to win her over. Lately, she has started leaving puddles whenever she is startled,

which is often. Sherrod approaches her with the timidity of a teenager on a first date, which suits her. Whenever she ventures onto his lap, I have to remind him to breathe. Reggie is a guy’s guy. When he was younger, he regularly leapt into bathwater, and a handyman once had to chisel him out of a wall. Now, he waits for Sherrod at the door and greets him by looping around his ankles like an eel. He plods around the house with the footfalls of a Clydesdale. When it rains, he limps. Our kids are grown now, and so in some ways our pets have become the children of a second marriage. We’ve grown so accustomed to the ways they make a fuss over us for no good reason. We hover, too. When Gracie underwent surgery two years ago to remove a growth,

my husband called every half hour for an update. Although our pets are increasingly frail, we fixate on signs of resurgence. Gracie barks at a squirrel, and we cheer. Reggie leaps onto the table, and Sherrod all but fist-bumps him before making him move. Dr. Nick Trout, a staff surgeon at the Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, is the author of Ever By My Side. When I called him recently, he reminded me that age is not a disease, for humans or for pets. He assured me it’s normal to feel the tug of loss as we watch our four-legged friends decline. “We’ve come to embrace our animals as family members,” he said. “We are not meant to lose our children. And yet we take pets on, knowing we’ll have to lose them. It’s the package deal, to the very end.” It is our turn to be inexplicably loyal and ever-vigilant. Last week, I heard Sherrod talking to Gracie. I almost reminded him that she couldn’t hear him, but when I peeked at the two of them, it was clear that wasn’t the point. They were nose-to-nose in Sherrod’s favorite chair. Gracie licked his face as he scratched her ears and whispered, “You are the greatest dog in the whole world. There will never be another dog like you, not ever. …” I sucked in a breath and tiptoed out of the room. Reggie followed. Editor’s note: Gracie passed away on Sept. 8, 2011.

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their home. They come even when I’m not here. [laughs] There’s nothing that makes me prouder than this group of friends I’ve managed to stay very close to for a long, long time. Do you find yourself thinking about what your legacy will be?

I’m the first person to say that it’s all luck that I’m in a position where I get to pick what I want to do. But if you’re in that position, it’s your responsibility to pick projects that will last longer than an opening weekend, that you can look at in a couple of years and go, “Oh, that’s interesting.” I’m also spending time working on the issues in South Sudan. Maybe there’s some of this fame spotlight I’ve got that I can use elsewhere. My days are filled doing a lot of emailing and coaxing. I find it’s liberating to do those kinds of things and not have to worry about my career anymore.

You’ve traveled a number of times to Africa, especially to Sudan, drawing attention to conditions there after decades of civil war. You also put a spotlight on the successful referendum earlier this year for South Sudan to become a state independent from Sudan. What prompted you to make this your cause?

Two million people were killed in the north-south war in Sudan before 2005. I wasn’t going to stand on the sidelines and not participate. We [Clooney has traveled with organizations including the International Rescue Committee and the Enough Project] went there four times, got the Newsweek cover [Feb. 28, 2011]. I set up this satellite system on the border of Abyei, and we’ve had incredible success in photographing mass atrocities. The idea is, we’re just going to keep the pressure on. Turning the lights on

doesn’t mean anything stops. But it makes it harder, and that’s our job. Going there has been dangerous for you, hasn’t it?

There were times when it was hairy. Didn’t a 12-year-old kid put a gun to your head?

It was up against my throat. David Pressman [a human rights lawyer, now the director for War Crimes and Atrocities on the National Security Council] just grabbed the gun barrel and pushed it away, saying, “Don’t do that.” He treated him like a 12-year-old, and that was that. You also picked up malaria.

Yeah, that was on the first trip [which Clooney took with his father in April 2006]. That was a fun flight home. I think they had to hazmat the whole plane. You’ve talked about how lucky you are. What have you learned from your failures?

It’s hard when you get thumped. I’ve been proficient at failure. But the only thing you can do is say, “Here’s what I won’t do next time.” I was a baseball player in school. I had a good arm, I could catch anything, but I was having trouble hitting. I would be like, “I wonder if I’ll hit it; just let me hit the ball.” And then I went away for the fall, learned how to hit, and by my sophomore year I’d come to the plate and think, “I wonder where I want to hit the ball, to the left or right?” Just that little bit of skill and confidence changed everything. Well, I had to treat acting like that. I had to stop going to auditions thinking, “Oh, I hope they like me.” I had to go in thinking I was the answer to their problem. You could feel the difference in the room immediately. The greatest lesson I learned was that sometimes you have to fake it. And you have to be willing to fail.

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