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GINGRICH, ROMNEY, SANTORUM BEAT THE DRUMS OF WAR! Shoot First Ask Questions Later - No Peace Talks John Gabriel - Award Winning Writer -

1. Newt Gingrich, 2. Mitt Romney, 3. Rich Santorum, 4. Ron Paul

If you listened to the Republican debate on Monday evening you must have come away shocked at what you heard regardless of what party you support. With the exception of Ron Paul, the candidates agree that we will build a stronger military, especially a navy for which we have no real use in a world where air power dominates, if we elect a Republican President. They agreed, with the exception of Ron Paul, that there will be no talking with the leaders of other nations with whom we disagree; the sole answer will be a preemptive strike to demonstrate the military might of the United States. We will not seek a peaceful solution with Iran, no, rather, we will bomb Iran. We will bomb their airplanes, their military bases, we will attack them at sea, we will take out their nuclear sites, although we have no proof they are about to produce an atomic weapon. Sound familiar? We have seen the consequences of a war begun at the whim of one president, a president who lied to the people of the world and to the people of the United States. He assured us that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction that represented a serious threat to the United States. It was a downright lie. The lie was so terrible it made an American Hero, General Colin Powell, resign his post as Secretary of State in shame. It marred an outstanding career of service to the United States of America. Powell made that clear in a book he wrote. Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum were quick to beat the drums of war. They rattled sabres at Fidel Castro, Venezuela, Iran, and anyone else who disagrees with us. No wonder Gingrich has been divorced over and over again; aside from his alleged adultery it is clear he would rather go to war than talk. One thing is very clear. We are not going to get out of debt under a Republican president. Why? Because they want war with Iran and anyone else

who dares blink at us. We cannot afford another war but the Republican connected arms manufacturers will get rich just as Dick Cheney’s Haliburton got rich off the war in Iraq. There will be payoffs enough to go around. They want to send space ships to the moon and to mars and to probe space. They say that will provide jobs in Florida because NASA will be so busy launching spaceships. Don’t worry we will just go deeper into debt to pay for that nonsense that cannot produce any rewards. Oh they say science will benefit. SO WHAT! American is not graduating scientists – we import our scientists from other nations. Last year NASA boasted that it spent Five hundred million dollars on a space vehicle to examine the small planet Mercury where the surface temperature is consistently incredibly hot or unbearably cold. Have we gone crazy? We got nothing in return for that $500 million dollars! There is no place in space we can reach that will have any financial profit for us. We do not have the technology to cheaply send anything into deep space or to bring it back. Thinking about going any place in space beyond Mars, which takes years to reach, is a dumb idea and it will only drive us deeper into debt with nothing to show for it. What difference does it make to you if the scientists learn more about how old the universe is. All they are trying to do is to prove there is no God and all the fair weather hypocrites are going to vote for these liars who want to pay the bill for it. The candidates themselves made it clear we are not going to have peace. They want war; they want to demonstrate the might of the United States. They want to get rid of anyone who does not speak English; deport them, don’t write anything in any language except English. Continued on Page 2

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Continued from front page - Drums of War You can rest assured that if we elect a Republican president we will have war, we will go deeper into debt by growing government not by scaling it back. NASA alone will grow by leaps and bounds. (see a related article on NASA in this issue). How can we be certain? They said so. The candidates say they believe in free enterprise. If that is so why WAR CAN BE AVOIDED - TALK FIRST don’t they promote space exploration by private businesses instead of making the government pay for NASA’s fun and game playing. If they really believe in getting us out of debt why do they want war instead of peaceful discussions with nations whose actions we do not like? War makes money for the rich. If we elect a Republican president the debt will grow, the government will become even larger, and we will SOME PEOPLE FIND THRILLS IN WAR waste more countless billions of dollars every month for more war. The candidates told you so, it is not an opinion. Listen to what they said publicly. They, like George Bush, want to play cowboy with your money and with the lives of American sons and daughters. Not once did they mention bringing the troops home safely. Lives are not important to them but big business profits are. The one Republican who makes any sense at all, Ron Paul, is being shunned and pushed aside by the idiots with Grand Theft mentalities, people who support the war mongers. Shame on us! When will we choose life over death? We hear so much about the Christian Right. When will they remember “Thou Shalt Not Kill!” Or “Love One Another as I Have Loved You.”. We must end hatred.

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There are many radicals across the United States. Some of them just make noise and attach themselves to slogans or clichés without having any genuine knowledge of the person or the cause at hand. In 1953 a U.S. Army hero Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected to the White House. He had served America well during the Second World War as Supreme Allied Commander in North Africa and then as General in Europe. Eisenhower was a patriot through and through. He had strong ideals as an American General and he adhered to those same morally strong principles when he was elected President of the United States. Ike as he was kindly called by the people served as the president from 1953 until 1961. Under President Eisenhower the nation prospered and the American people enjoyed good times while he struggled against Communism and the very radical Senator Joe McCarthy. He so much disliked the attacks of Senator McCarthy on ordinary citizens and the U.S. Army that he worked behind the scenes to end the Senators witch hunt for Ron Paul Communists. Ron Paul seems to be the same sort of individual that Eisenhower was personally. He is an individual who firmly believes in a strong America, a sound economy and peaceful negotiations rather than all out war. Ron Paul is not a radical. The radicals seem to fear him however, perhaps because the favor hatred and despise sound reason. He is a man every Republican ought to be supporting. Why? Because he is not a hater; he is a thinker. He is rational and he wants the nation to support the ideals of the founding fathers, the framers of the U.S. Constitution. He believes in strong state rights and less federal intrusion into the lives of citizens. If you listen closely to Ron Paul you cannot help but respect his decency and his love for this country. In a time when many Americans are panicking over the immorality of the country while many are hypocritically contributing to it he is an individual who has the good sense to see the problems for what they are and is capable of finding rational solutions for them.

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1 SHUTTLE LAUNCH COSTS $450 MILLION Candidates Want More - When Will We Stop Wasting Dollars? Many people have hobbies. Many people are curiosity seekers, they roam remote trails in search of new sights, new sounds, while others build hotrods or restore classic cars. If it costs anything to do it they pay for it; taxpayers do not fund their fantasies. They are thrilling hobbies that’s all. There is another kind of thrill seeker. You pay him. He gets to live out his fantasies at the expense of the American Taxpayer – YOU! That thrill-seeker works for NASA the space agency for the United States Government. He or she just spent $2.5 There are of course some scientists intent upon proving there is no God. So, using your tax dollars they are blowing billions and billions of dollars to hopefully, in their minds, declare there is no God. YOU ARE PAYING THE BILL MR. TAXPAYER. If you happen to be a person of faith such an effort on the part of our government is a sacrilege. In 1990 NASA launched the Hubble telescope. What are its duties? To peer into deep space, to find the farthest point in the universe. Oh great! No one could go there if they lived a thousand years. But scientists cheer it on while you have paid $10 billion dollars on the Hubble project. The scientists will tell you it is all worth it because they have learned so much. So what? What difference does it make to know how far away the most

billion of your tax dollars to send another rover to Mars!. Before that we sent Messenger to photograph Mercury – at a cost of $500 million dollars!! Is it any wonder we are deep in debt – a debt that is growing without an end in sight? Scientists announced last year they would extend the explorations of Messenger because it has so successfully photographed Mercury. Now, bear in mind that Mercury is the closest planet to our Sun. When it travels closest to the earth it is approximately 77 million miles away and has a surface temperature that varies from minus 300 degrees Fahrenheit to as much as plus 800 degrees at mid afternoon, a fluctuation of about 1100 degrees! At its farthest point from the earth it is about 138 million miles away. There is nothing profitable for us on Mercury. We could not land a man on it, we could not mine anything there; we can only photograph it and pay the bill so someone infatuated with peering at objects in space can thrill to seeing it close up at our expense.

distant object is from earth? What difference does it make to know the temperature of Jupiter or how many

it does nothing to improve our economy! Now the Candidates, one of whom will become the Republican candidate ANOTHER $450 for President, want to invest more MILLION money in space projects. Are they also DOLLARS part of this fantasy team who have a hobby that involves looking at worthless objects at space, an endeavor that is robbing us blind? They all claim to have religious beliefs – are they lying? Why do they want to prove there is no God? The United States Government has declared there is no such thing as a UFO. They say there are no little green men out there to frighten us, so what galaxies there are? That makes for are we searching for? If we could find a good conversation but that idle curiosity planet that was filled with gold it would is costing American taxpayers billions not pay to retrieve it. The big money and billions of dollars we cannot afford; guys would not allow it because it would destroy the gold market here. Continued on Page 4

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MORE WASTE -- WE COULD HAVE BUILT ON THE MOON INSTEAD Leave it to the government to waste money; and why not, it’s only taxpayer money? When we sent astronauts to the moon it was a big deal. We believed we had really done something special. Well perhaps we did; we proved we could sent men into space, land them someplace and return them to earth safely. That was a demonstration of great technology. Then it fizzled. The interest in visiting the moon waned and finally luynar exploration was forgotten.Someone decided it would be a great technological step forward if we could build a laboratory in space and actually man it with earthlings. Lo and behold it happened – at a cost to the United States taxpayers, according to NASA, of a about $58.5 billion dollars. There have been additional costs that have been paid by international partners. One has to wonder why NASA spent so much money to send men to the moon and then simply dropped the project. One has to wonder why NASA chose to build a space station to house a laboratory when it could have built a laboratory on the moon perhaps for less money. A laboratory built on the moon could last indefinitely with Continued from Page 3 - NASA

No, the NASA ventures are nothing but one gigantic waste of our money just as the tons of money spent to send men to the moon was. We have not reaped anything of value from those missions and all we have to show for it are some rocks and photos that are useless except, perhaps, to a collector who want to say “I have one”. When will Americans wake up and stop funding projects intended to disprove their belief in God, when will Americans wake up and stop funding the fantasies of some strange minded scientists who cannot sensibly explain why we are spending all this money. If you elect someone who wants to send more of our tax dollars up in smoke to satisfy the curiosity of some scientist who is living off your taxes then America deserves to be broke because its citizensdo not care. If you happen to be a Christian with a genuine belief in God, why are you paying for this nonsense? It is time to tell our government that enough is enough and shut down this foolishness that we can no longer afford. If these scientists get thrills out of motion an space let them learn to play with yoyos they travel in space too.

proper maintenance. The ISS (International Space Station as it is known officially) is estimated to have a useful life of perhaps 8 years perhaps more. The Space station orbits the earth 15.7 times each day at a height of 330 miles while traveling at a speed of 17,227 miles per hour. The moon, on the other hand, is about 239,000 miles from the earth on average. It seems obvious that one might have an advantage peering into space from the moon as opposed to peering at the same universe from the very small space station. On the moon we could have constructed many buildings to serve many purposes; among them The International maybe a water Space Station producing plant, a power plant, and might even have constructed greenhouses in which to grow food for the workers. We could have conducted explorations of the moon to learn things we cannot learn from the confines of the ISS. It does not make a great deal of sense to a layman that one would prefer a shed when you could have a skyscraper, a very apt comparison of the ISS and the moon. We could have built a spaceport a sort of Moon airport if you will where craft might land and take off. We might have found useful minerals that could be mined practically and returned to earth. We might even have discovered new minerals or elements that do not normally exist on the earth. Why? Why have we not done something that seems to make seems to be so logical. Years ago there was talk of manufacturing ball bearings in space because they could be made more perfectly without the strong influence of earth’s gravity. Surely such a venture does not make sense in the confines of the ISS. But, on the moon one might even build a factory for that and other purposes. We may never know why NASA did not build a moon colony; that question is sure to linger for a long time. Blog gingrich-worth-201107250725 The Squeaking Wheel


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With Valentine’s Day close at hand here is a bit of neat rope artistry you might use to woo your lover. The know is known as the Celtic Heart Knot by Tiat. It can be woven into a bracelet or perhaps something to hang from a rearview mirror if that is allowed in your state. The knot tying is really simple and the narrator ties the knot slowly so it can be mastered by even someone slow at knot tying such as me myself. It could be woven and glued to a posterboard to create a wall decoration or sewn to a decorative throw pillow. Think about gluing it to the top of a heart shaped candy box to give to your special person on Valentine Day. Whatever you choose to do with it we hope you have fun and that you will pass it along to someone else so they can also share the novelty of it.

The Hubble telescope began its journey on April 24, 1990. Scientists had great expectations for it but they were disappointed when a flaw in the 100 inch lens prevented them from getting the pictures they expected. Astronauts traveled to repair it and spent about 35 hours making the repairs that it needed. They were working out in space just floating there. The Hubble has allowed the world to see sights in space that were never before possible from earth. We can see into space billions of light years. Some of the light that is received to create the images began its trip long before the earth existed. You can view more videos and exciting photographs taken by NASA across the entire reaches of space by going to the NASA home page. You can reach it by clicking here.



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Tax resolutions for the new year (ARA) - It might be coincidental that the new year and the beginning of tax season arrive so close together. Many people resolve to be wiser with their money in the new year, and it just so happens that being smart about your taxes is a good way to get started. Whether it's your only resolution or just one of a few, sticking to your new year's tax resolutions throughout the whole year is the trick to being successful. And just like taking losing weight during the year will have you in better shape for the future, following

your financial resolutions can make tax time far easier next year. Use these tips for a successful approach to your tax resolution. * Get started now. Procrastination can be your downfall - it often happens that the longer you put something off, the more daunting a task it seems. And the last thing anyone needs is an excuse to be more overwhelmed by the thought of working on taxes. If you know that you struggle with preparing your return, make the call to a professional who can help you. But

* Take advantage of tax-saving benefits offered by your employer. If they're available to you, consider how much smarter it is to use pre-tax dollars for things like medical expenses and child care. If you need more guidance about how to best take advantage of the offered programs, check with your human resources department, or your own tax preparer or financial planner. * Promise to give yourself a tax check-up twice a year. Don't let yourself be shocked when tax time rolls around the psychological and financial stress of being unprepared for a big tax bill can take a major toll. Do yourself a favor by checking on your tax liability a couple of times through the year. If you need to make adjustments to your withholding, do so as quickly as you can. Even if you find that nothing needs to be changed, you'll have something to smile about and one less worry to occupy your mind. * Make it a habit to save. Putting extra money away is always a good habit, whether the intent for it is to help pay off tax bills or to purchase a new vehicle. Giving yourself a little extra cushion to fall back on doesn't have to make you

again, don't wait - tax preparers' appointment books fill up fast during tax season. * Set up a filing system - and stick to it. The flurry of paperwork is stressful enough when you're doing your taxes - not being able to find a necessary slip of paper only makes it worse. Create files for receipts and other documents and be sure to keep them updated. If you want to go digital, use a scanner to file everything neatly away in specialized folders on your computer.

feel fiscally stressed, though. Put away $20 here and there, or have a percentage of your paycheck sent directly to a savings account, and you'll be excited by how much you have at the turning of the next new year. Bothersome as taxes can seem, if you prepare for them throughout the year, you might find the experience far easier the next time you have to file. For more ideas about a financially sound new year, visit

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(ARA) - You've waited your whole working life and now it is finally here: retirement. Savings, 401(k)s, investments: you did what you needed to get to the finish line. So now what? Determining how to manage your nest egg during retirement can seem daunting without proper guidance. Here are some tips to get you thinking about your retirement income strategy from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Products with guarantees help retirees succeed Establish a floor of income with product guarantee features. Take a closer look at products like selected annuities to help supplement your guaranteed income stream. When part of a broad retirement strategy, guaranteed products can help provide you with or supplement other income.

Have you made these six tax mistakes? How to avoid them this year (ARA) - Tax time is a stressful time, even for the most prepared filer. This year, don't let yourself be affect by the stress - or at least find ways to cut back on it. By avoiding these six common mistakes, you'll be making the process of filing your taxes a lot easier on yourself. 1: Rushing to file by April 15 If you aren't ready by the 15th, you don't need to panic. Six month extensions are now an easy-to-use option. 2: Being a perfectionist The IRS isn't going to hunt you down and send you to jail over a simple mistake. If you've lost some information that's necessary to your tax return, do your best to fill it out using reasonable estimates. 3: Going it alone Getting help from a tax professional is much more

how will you use your nest Asset management is critical Make sure you have the right combination of stock market exposure for long-term growth and investments for short-term income and stability. Long-term equity exposure can help portfolio growth and act as a hedge against inflation. Short-term income should be managed more conservatively to create added stability to your retirement strategy. Protect your income strategy Guard against the loss of income that can come with unexpected catastrophic events. Even the best retirement strategy can be rendered meaningless if unexpected health care costs, death or other life-changing events occur. Protect your retirement by ensuring you have the proper levels of life insurance and long-term care insurance. Work with a financial professional The phrase "set it and forget it" does not apply to retirement income strategies. As lives change, so do needs, and a financial professional can provide ongoing guidance and maintenance for your strategy. They bring a knowledge and understanding of the economy and markets, and they can be a resource for answering questions you have along the way. Keeping these simple tips in mind will help you clear the last hurdle to a satisfying retirement. For more information, visit affordable than you might imagine, and can pay off in a lot of ways, not least of which could be a lower overall tax bill. 4: Not reviewing your work Going back to your taxes with fresh eyes can help you catch mistakes or areas that were simply missed. Check the details. 5: Being afraid to ask questions Go directly to the IRS website or the IRS help line, but if you still need more assistance, ask your question at Equifax's blog or check with a tax professional. 6: Not being careful with direct deposit The IRS can only deposit the funds into the account you tell them to use, so make sure that the information you provide is correct.

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The Weekly Reporter Somethin’s Cookin (ARA) - When Janelle Maiocco learned she was traveling to Italy last summer on an all-expenses paid trip through Tuscany, it was as though the chef and blogger were really just coming home. Having spent a year living abroad in Florence with her family, the Seattle-based mom and urbangardening foodie was certainly no stranger to adventure. So when Maiocco discovered DaVinci Wine's Storyteller Experience application on Facebook, she decided to throw her hat in the ring for a chance to visit the old country once again. She wasn't alone. DaVinci received over 200 applications from other chefs, bloggers, videographers, artists and wine enthusiasts, selecting just four lucky Storytellers to travel to Vinci, Italy and learn about the people, place and passion behind the storied Italian wine brand. Four categories - culinary arts, visual arts, language arts, and documentarian - comprised this year's coveted spots. "It was such an overwhelmingly fantastic opportunity," says Maiocco. "I love stories. We're all either reminiscing about the last story or making the

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the next story. To get to travel to Tuscany and help share the story of DaVinci wine - from the growers to winemakers to local artisans - was a dream come true." Maiocco was selected as the "Culinary Arts" storyteller, bringing her love of Chianti and Tuscan-style dishes to the forefront of the weeklong Storyteller Experience. "We met growers, winemakers, chefs and employees of DaVinci Wine. We made lifelong friends, enjoyed countless food and wine pairings, and soaked up the Tuscan landscape," she says. She also translated her experience in the best way she knew how: through authentic Tuscan-style dishes paired with delicious Italian wine. Below are two such recipes inspired by DaVinci wine, and include insider information on proper pairings. With simple ingredients and easy preparation, you too can share the Storyteller Experience with friends and family this holiday season. For more recipes, works of art, photos and video from this year's storytellers, visit Primi: The first course is generally a starch. Italians spread out their courses, so no two menu items go on one plate because each course is deserving of its own. The primi course includes everything from pasta to risottos, polenta, gnocchi and gnudi. Chianti Meat Ragu with Pappardelle Start to finish: 2 hours (30 minutes active time) Servings: 4-6 Ingredients: 1/4 cup olive oil 2 carrots, minced 2 small shallots, minced 1 celery stalk, minced 1 teaspoon dried thyme 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped Kosher salt Coarse pepper 1 pound beef, trimmed of fat and cut into 1/4 inch dice 3 tablespoons tomato paste Continued On Page 13

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Mark Goodson (ARA) - From a young age, we're often told the path to a successful career leads through college. However, college is not a one-size-fits-all experience for everyone pursuing a post-secondary education. Where one person might stand to benefit from completing a degree at a fouryear university, another may be just as well off with an associate degree. Might you be one of the many who are well-suited for an associate degree? Here are a few scenarios where an associate degree might be the best college option for you: * You need career-specific training. Associate degree programs often cater to those who need training relating directly to the career they would like to pursue. You may need specific computer programming training, or certification in a certain field of health care. For example, Westwood College offers a number of careerspecific associate programs featuring plenty of hands-on training in the fields of health care, IT and business, among others. * You're looking to bolster your earning potential. You may find yourself in a situation where simply adding a college degree to your resume will increase the amount of money you can earn. This could be through a promotion at your current workplace, or simply receiving some necessary training that will open other doors for you. Those with an associate degree earn, on average, $6,000 more in annual income than those with a high school diploma, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. * You're looking for flexible scheduling. Because associate degrees are often aimed at nontraditional students who may be completing degrees while continuing employment or juggling other life events, you're likely to find plenty of options when it comes to completing your degree. Taking night classes, going to

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school part-time, enrolling in an accelerated program and attending classes online are all options you can expect to find from an associate degree program. * You're looking for a shorter path to a degree. If making a four-year commitment at this point in your life is difficult, an associate degree might be the right choice for the time being. Programs such as those offered through Westwood College allow you to complete your associate degree in as little as 17 months. If you're in a place in your life where you immediately need to provide an income for your family, or you've recently been laid off, an associate degree is one short-term option that can help improve your job prospects. * You haven't identified a career path. If you're looking to further your education, but aren't quite sure what you want to do for a living, an associate degree allows you to complete many of the general education courses that are the building blocks of any college degree. Once you complete your associate degree, you can decide whether you'd like to take what you've learned and apply it to a more advanced degree, or you can enter the workforce with a leg up on those who only have a high school education. The unemployment rate for those with some college education or an associate degree was 8.2 percent compared to 9.6 percent for those with a high school diploma, according the most recent numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. When you're planning your college education, it's important to find a program that meets your goals, rather than just selecting a program based on what society has told you. For many, an associate degree is a sensible option for their lifestyle and career plans. To learn more about the types of associate degrees offered, visit

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What 26 million Americans should know about diabetes and oral health (ARA) - People living with diabetes need to take care of and monitor their health very closely. While monitoring their blood glucose is usually top of mind, the 26 million Americans living with diabetes may be surprised to learn that 95 percent have a form of

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gum disease. This is compared to only 50 percent of the general population. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that people with diabetes are twice as likely to develop serious gum disease as people without diabetes. "People living with diabetes are at an increased risk for developing periodontal disease because they are generally more susceptible to infection, and have a decreased ability to fight bacteria that invade the gums," says Dr.

increase awareness of the critical link between oral health and diabetes. Colgate is donating $100,000 to the American Diabetes Association to Stop Diabetes to help end the devastating toll that diabetes takes on the lives of millions of Americans. Visit to become part of the movement and learn more about how you can share, act, learn and give in raising awareness about diabetes. Larry Hausner, MBA, CEO, American Diabetes Association says: "Too often people don't realize all of the effects of living with diabetes. It's this type of awareness that helps more people to be educated patients, learn something new and take immediate action." People living with diabetes and those who may be at risk should take an active role in their condition management

Maria Emanuel Ryan, professor of oral biology and pathology, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, N.Y. A big misconception is that patients always experience pain if they have gum disease; this is not the case and it is especially important for diabetes patients to know and watch for the following signs and symptoms: * Bleeding gums when you brush or floss. * Red, swollen, puffy or sore gums. * Gums that have pulled away from your teeth. * Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite. * Pus that appears between your teeth and gums. * Constant bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth. In light of these complications, Colgate Total aligned with the American Diabetes Association in November in support of American Diabetes Month to help educate and

to combat the risk of gum disease and other health problems by flossing, visiting the dentist regularly and brushing twice daily with antibacterial toothpaste specifically formulated for gum health, like Colgate Total. It is the only FDA-approved toothpaste to prevent gingivitis and the No. 1 recommended most by dentists for gum care. Colgate Total(R) toothpaste reduces 90 percent of plaque germs that cause gingivitis, the most common form of gum disease, for 12 hours. If you do suffer from diabetes and have any of the signs and symptoms of gum disease, it's important you visit your dentist to determine if there is any oral care procedures you can follow to give you better oral health.

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Planning for the inevitable: Start young and be prepared

Top five gifts for her under $50 (ARA) - Finding a perfect gift doesn't always mean spending a ton of cash. Whether it's a handy gadget, a fashion accessory or a day's worth of spa-quality pampering, the following gift ideas for women are all available for $50 or less. An MP3 player for musical enjoyment A workout partner, a travel companion, a convenient way to enjoy music on the go; an MP3 player makes the perfect gift. The tiny Sansa Clip Zip MP3 player is affordable, easy to use and comes packed with features such as an FM radio, a stopwatch for timing laps and a larger color screen. The player is compatible with virtually all audio formats, including DRM-free iTunes, and comes in seven colors. Scarves for keeping cozy Scarves are the perfect accessory for the stylish woman's wardrobe. For sophistication, choose a soft pashmina; for a casual, organic look, a chunky knit scarf should do the trick. Classic colors like black and beige are always a hit, but bright hues of purple, blue or red are also popular this holiday season. With so many materials and designs available, you'll find the perfect one to fit her unique personality. At-home pampering Women love the spa, but with treatments so expensive, many consumers are opting for the affordable indulgence of at-home pampering. A foot bath can revitalize tired feet at the end of a long day and a back or neck massager can relieve tension. For a personalized present, create a gift basket of manicure essentials such as files, buffers, scrubs and fun shades of nail polish. Remember, not all gifts come wrapped with a bow; take the kids for an outing and give mom some alone time, or cook her favorite meal and do the dishes afterward. Glam up the cell phone Every modern woman owns a mobile phone, and it's not just for texting, calling and surfing the Internet; a phone can serve as an extension of personal style. Mobile phones and matching accessories come in every theme imaginable, from diamond sparkles to sleek black leather and bright neon designs. For an added touch, mix fashion with utility by including a helpful accessory like a car charger, handsfree headset or pair of ear buds.

(ARA) - Planning for life's end is not something we look forward to doing, but creating a concrete plan today helps give us peace of mind. As one of the country's best-known hospice and palliative care providers, Hospice of the Western Reserve offers advice for all ages in a booklet called "Courage in Conversation: A Personal Guide." Here are a few points to consider: 1. Have a plan as to how you will share your wishes. Will you have things written down? With whom will you be talking? 2. Create an environment that is conducive to listening. It is usually helpful to sit down with your loved ones and try to be at the same eye level. 3. Share the information in small segments. Avoid apologizing for the information you are sharing. These are your wishes for one of life's most important moments. 4. Allow time for your loved ones to process information and respond. This is one of the most important things you can do. They may have questions or feelings to share with you, but may need time to process your desires.

















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1 cup DaVinci Chianti 1/2 pound pappardelle pasta 1 cup vegetable or chicken stock (or pasta water from boiling the pappardelle) Directions: In a large skillet over medium-low, heat the oil. Add the carrots, shallots, celery and seasonings and saute for seven to nine minutes. Increase heat to just above medium. Add beef and stir occasionally, cooking for five minutes. Add tomato paste and stir into mix. Cook three minutes. Add Chianti, lower heat to just below medium, and let simmer for 30 minutes. Add stock or pasta water and let simmer, uncovered, for one hour. Adjust stock and seasonings for desired consistency. In large pot, boil pasta per packaging instructions in salted water. When pasta is al dente, remove from water and place directly into ragu pan. Remove from heat, stir to blend and serve immediately. To loosen sauce, add a little hot pasta water while stirring together the pasta and ragu. Wine pairing: DaVinci Chianti Riserva Secondi: The second course is the main course: the protein climax. Big forks and knives dive into wild boar stew, tuna steaks, shellfish or sausage nestled in a bed of cannellini beans with garlicky tomato sauce. Mussels in Pinot Grigio and Garlic Start to finish: 45 minutes Servings: 2 for main course; 4 as appetizer Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 cloves garlic, chopped

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2 shallots, coarsely chopped Coarse pepper 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 2/3 cups DaVinci Pinot Grigio 1 1/2 pounds cultivated mussels, scrubbed 2 tablespoons fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley, chopped 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold Kosher salt Directions: In large pot over medium low, heat the oil. Add garlic and shallots then salt and peppers. Saute for six to eight minutes, careful not to burn the garlic. Add wine, let simmer for a few minutes, then add scrubbed mussels. Cover and cook for seven to nine minutes. Open pot, discard any unopened mussels and place opened mussels in serving bowl. Swirl parsley and butter into wine sauce, then pour over mussels. Optional: Halve one baguette lengthwise, rub with olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt and coarse pepper. Grill or broil. When still hot, rub face of bread with raw garlic. Serve alongside mussels. Wine pairing: DaVinci Pinot Grigio

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