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TIDBITS® WANTS YOU TO THINK POSITIVE

by Kathy Wolfe

During this time of year as we focus on being thankful, Tidbits urges readers to take a few moments to improve their emotional wellbeing and happiness by thinking positive! • What makes us happy? Psychologists suggest that each person has a happiness “set point,” which is a personal tendency to be very happy, somewhat happy, or not at all happy. About 50% of the explanation for a person’s set point is determined by genetic make-up, which helps to explain why some folks just seem to be naturally happier than others! It also helps explain why long-term levels of happiness appear to be resistant to many significant life events, both good and bad. Lottery winners initially feel “overjoyed” and people who have experienced a negative life event, such as a job loss or death of a loved one, feel “sorrowful,” But most of these individuals eventually settle back to their set point. Research confirms that personal circumstances, such as level of wealth and where we live, account for a measly 10% of happiness. • Are happier people more successful in their personal and professional lives? It appears so partly because happy individuals’ positive moods motivate them to work enthusiastically toward their goals. They lean turn the page for more!

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toward feeling confident, optimistic, and energetic, they have a positive perception of themselves, and others find them more likable. Happier folks seem to perform better in job interviews and secure better positions as a result. They also tend to have less absenteeism at work. Level of happiness also affects an individual’s health. Data indicates that happier people have lower levels of hypertension and lower blood pressure. Those who use humor to cope with difficulties have stronger immune systems, and are less likely to get sick. They have fewer doctor visits, use less medication, and are much less likely to experience substance abuse. Do you think you’d be happier if you just had more money? Not so, say researchers! Income actually has a weak effect on levels of happiness. In the workplace, employees seem to gain more satisfaction from their rank, position, and sense of achievement than they do from their pay. Surprisingly, spending money on others – as little as $5 a day – creates a boost in happiness levels. Wondering what you can do to increase your happiness level? Since 40% of happiness is subject to self-control, a person’s deliberate choices and intentional activities can amp up cheerfulness and contentment. High-quality social relationships contribute to life satisfaction, and research indicates that married people are generally happier than single ones. Socializing with cheerful people increases the likelihood of being happier. Think happy thoughts! The average woman has 60,000 thoughts a day – can you believe that 48,000 of them are negative? Avoiding “negative self-talk” can improve attitude and enhance happiness. Rather than saying, “I’m not good at this,” try, “What can I do to get better at this?” Substitute “That’s too difficult,” with “I’m going to give it a try.” Replacing negative thoughts with positive ones allows you to focus on all that is good in life. Keeping a journal listing three things that went well each day produces satisfaction and contentment as well. Having an “attitude of gratitude” is one of the best ways to possess emotional wellbeing. Counting your blessings causes you to consider all that is valuable in your life. Gratitude during the bad times actually helps you cope with and adjust to adversity, helping you bounce back to that happiness set point. Taking stock of all you have and recalling contributions others have made for you cause you to be more likely to help others and be less materialistic and envious of others, as well as alleviating bitterness. You are what you eat! Did you know that a diet low in fiber has been linked to depression? Likewise, a Vitamin B-12

deficiency can produce irritability and depression. Residents of countries who eat the most fish possess the lowest rates of depression. A wide variety of whole foods provides brain-enhancing nutrients, causing your mind to be sharper and more energized. Too much sugar can contribute to shrinkage in the areas of the brain involved in regulating your moods. • Letting go of offenses, anger, and resentment is a sure-fire way to be happier and healthier. Brooding and obsessing over wrongs done to you and refusing to forgive takes its toll on your happiness levels as well as your physical health. • Don’t worry, be happy! Worriers experience muscle tension, agitation, irritability, sleep problems, difficulty with concentration, and an inability to relax. They spend much of their time trying to predict the future, and worrying about all that could go wrong. Much of the problem involves trying to solve issues that are not solvable. As Mark Twain said, “I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.” Increase your positive outlook with random acts of kindness. Research has established that these acts induce positive thoughts and can alleviate negative feelings. It seems that individuals get a strong sense that they’re doing something that matters, and subsequently, mood is enhanced. What about age? Studies have determined that people in their mid- to late-50s are happier, worry less, and have less stress than young adults in their 20s. Part of that finding may be that older people have learned how to control their emotions over the years. Positive mindsets can be elevated by visualizing your “best possible self.” This involves imagining success at your life goals, realization of your life dreams, and achievement of your best potential, followed up with using this to guide your current decisions. Practice optimism! Happy folks look at the bright side of each negative situation and find the silver lining in every black cloud. Unhappy people watch 30% more TV. Happier ones are out socializing, exercising, reading, volunteering, or attending religious services. And along that line, studies show that spiritual and religious people are happier and healthier than others. Regular vigorous exercise reduces stress and contributes to great levels of fulfillment. Joggers are 70% less likely to have a high level of stress and dissatisfaction with life. Just 17 to 34 minutes per day produces a significant difference. Need more good news? Exercise also contributes to lasting cognitive functioning in old age.

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THIS IS A HAMMER By Samantha Mazzotta Ceramic Tile Floor Marred by Scratches

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Tiles that have been scratched too deeply to buff out or that are cracked or broken should be replaced. Locate extra tiles, if you have them, or purchase matching replacement tile (you may need to take a piece of the damaged tile, once removed, to match the color). Use a grout saw to carefully cut away the grout around the edges of the damaged tile. This creates a little wiggle room to loosen the tile without damaging surrounding tiles. Next, using a hammer and small chisel, gently tap the tile loose. (Place the chisel on or near the damage rather than at the edge of the tile where other tile might be damaged.) It’s OK if the damaged tile chips or cracks -- save it to do your color match. Once the tile is removed, brush or cut away debris or loose adhesive. Fit the new tile into the open space; if the tile fits correctly, apply a coat of tile adhesive to the back and fix it so that the spacing between the tile’s edges and the edges of the other tiles is even. Let the adhesive dry completely, and then fill the edges with grout that matches the color of the surrounding grout.

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¥ Have a stiff straw or corn broom? To keep the ends in shape, cut a band that’s about 4 inches wide from an old pantyhose leg. Slip it over the bristles to keep them together. ¥ Act now to prevent burst downspouts from ice. Clean out leaves and debris from the gutter and add a topper of wire mesh. It will allow water to flow freely, preventing ice dams from forming. ¥ If you buy a pair of shoes that you LOVE so much you find you’re wearing them almost every day, go back to the store and get a second pair. The lifespan of a pair of shoes is dramatically reduced by

overwearing them. Make a mark inside to distinguish the pairs, and alternate them. ¥ “An old pill bottle can make a handy dispenser for rolls of stamps. Remove the top and cut a slit into the side of the bottle using a handsaw. Set the roll of stamps into the bottle, guiding the end out of the slit. Replace lid.” -- A.F. in Connecticut ¥ “This is a senior tip, but it’s useful for everyone! If you get a new pair of shoes that are slick on the bottoms, get a piece of sandpaper and scuff up the soles to get some traction.” -- L.L. in Alabama

¥ “I start now collecting cheap but pretty dishes in all sizes from yard sales and secondhand stores. I use them at the holidays for cookie gifts, when bringing a dish to a friend, etc. They can be reused, and I let everyone know it’s not necessary to return them. Plus, they are sturdier than plastic ware, which usually gets tossed after the holidays.” -- J.D. in Florida Send your tips to Now Here’s a Tip, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475 or e-mail JoAnn at heresatip@yahoo.com. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


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SPORTS QUIZ By Chris Richcreek 1. Name the only siblings to each toss a no-hitter in the major leagues. 2. Who was the last Baltimore Oriole to lead the American League in batting average for a season? 3. Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon set an NCAA record for most consecutive games with at least 100 yards receiving and a touchdown. How many? 4. When was the last time before 2011 (Miami Heat) that a team had three players who each tallied at least 30 points and 10 rebounds in the same game? 5. In 2012, goalie Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings became the third American player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy (playoffs MVP). Who were the first two to do it? 6. Name the driver who won the first Indianapolis 500 in 1911. 7. Who were the last tennis sisters before the Williamses (2002-03, 2008-09) to meet in Wimbledon’s women’s singles final? Answers 1. Bob Forsch (1978, 1983) and Ken Forsch (1979). 2. Frank Robinson hit .316 in 1966. 3. Twelve consecutive games (2010). 4. Portland’s Isaiah Rider, Brian Grant and Arvydas Sabonis in 1997 (in quadruple overtime). 5. Brian Leetch (1994) and Tim Thomas (2011). 6. Ray Harroun. 7. Maud and Lillian Watson, in 1884. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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NASCAR THIS WEEK By Monte Dutton Dale Earnhardt Jr., seen after a wreck in 2011, decided to sit out the Charlotte race after suffering two concussions. Junior’s Absence Casts Pall Over Charlotte The news that hit NASCAR just before its fall weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway was a shocker ... and almost totally unexpected. Dale Earnhardt Jr., the most popular driver in the sport, wasn’t racing in the Bank of America 500. Or, for that matter, in the Kansas Casino 400 a week later. It turned that Earnhardt, one of 12 drivers eligible for the championship through the Chase for the Sprint Cup format, had been hiding a concussion originally suffered while

A SPORTING VIEW By Mark Vasto Down Goes Jeter Peter is one of the best session guitarists in Los Angeles, but he’s having a hard time playing tonight. Six years sober, he’s usually able to play through a riot with the concentration that comes from almost triple that amount of time playing on stages in bars and clubs. He’s supposed to be recording tonight, but he can’t take his eyes off the game. “Dude ... Swisher looks like he’s on heroin,” he declares. “He completely lost the game for us! What is he? Like, one for 40?” Peter doesn’t really think Nick Swisher, the rightfielder for the New York Yankees, is on heroin, but he does think he’d be a better choice in right than Swisher. Even he could go hitless and not catch any hard hit ball coming his way, he reasons. After a few swigs of orange Fanta, Peter gets back into the pocket during a commercial. The sound on the TV is off while he plays, and he starts recording the track. He stops playing when Derek Jeter goes down. He stands up. “Oh my god! Did Jeter just break his ankle?” The replay shows it all ... and as replays are wont to do, it shows a diving Derek Jeter

breaking his ankle, again and again. At this point, nobody is really certain that Jeter, the best shortstop in Yankee history and the only player to gather 200 hits in postseason play, did actually break his ankle. Watching him get carried off the field is excruciating enough, but the sound has to be turned up to confirm. Ron Darling and John Smoltz surmise that he may have broken his ankle. “Whatever,” he says, rolling his eyes. “Thanks, guys.” The TV is again muted, and he signals to the engineer that he’s ready to play. He takes a deep breath and launches into what ultimately would be just one of about 20 takes that night. The singer misses his mark, and he stops in frustration. “They had, what? Fifteen runners on base tonight? This game should been over in the fifth inning,” he says. The singer says Jeter’s career is over. “He’s got a bum wheel now ... that’s chronic pain,” he says. “I sprained my ankle 20 years ago, and I still can’t put my work boots on when it’s raining.” Peter shakes his head and tries to get back into the song. He takes a deep breath and strums an A chord. He stops again and pulls out his iPhone. After a few clicks, he announces the verdict. Swisher, again, doesn’t fare well. “It’s broken. And Swisher looked like he was on heroin, bro.” He shakes his head and goes back to the guitar. It’s going to be a long night. “Jeter, man,” he says. “Jeter.” Mark Vasto is a veteran sportswriter who lives in Kansas City. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

testing at Kansas Speedway a month earlier. It was a sobering week for observers who When Earnhardt was involved in another began considering whether they had been crash, on the final lap of the Good Sam lulled into a false sense of complacency 500 at Talladega on and security over the Oct. 7, his difficulties revolutionary advances recurred, and in safety that had Earnhardt thought it occurred since father best to consult doctors, Dale Earnhardt’s who determined it fatal crash in the 2001 would be best for the Daytona 500. 38-year-old veteran Shortly after marveling to sit out at least two that every driver Cup races. Regan walked away from Smith substituted for a spectacular 25-car Earnhardt at Charlotte crash at Talladega, and will do so again in many realized that Dale Earnhardt Jr., seen after a wreck Kansas. walking away and in 2011, decided to sit out the Charlotte “Just for my own being OK aren’t race after suffering two concussions. well-being, I couldn’t necessarily the same. ... if I didn’t need Sometimes it’s more to go get in a race car and get hit again, I than a 500-mile race among 43 cars. needed somebody to tell me that, because I Sometimes it’s a race between speed and was going to have a hard time making that safety, and in that competition, safety is a decision for myself,” Earnhardt said. “I moving target. feel perfectly fine, but I don’t want to keep *** getting hit in the head.” Monte Dutton covers motorsports for The To a man, all of Earnhardt’s peers united in Gaston (N.C.) Gazette. E-mail Monte at support of his decision. Some revealed that nascarthisweek@yahoo.com. they had suffered concussions themselves without seeking medical attention. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


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ARC DE TRIOMPHE

At the western end of Paris’ ChampsElysees on the right bank of the Seine, the regal Arc de Triomphe stands guard over the city. Here are the highlights about this monument, the Arch of Victory, the brainstorm of Napoleon Bonaparte. • Following his most important victory of the Napoleonic Wars, Bonaparte ordered the construction of the Arch in 1805. He intended it as a commemoration to all French soldiers who had fought during the wars, and it was his plan that his soldiers would march through the arch upon their return home. However, it took two years just to lay the foundations, and when Napoleon entered the city in 1810, he came from a different direction. • When the architect of the monument died in 1811, the work was taken over by another for a few years. However, when Napoleon lost power, construction was halted and did not resume until 1833. The Arch was not completed until 1836. Meanwhile, Napoleon died in exile on the island of St. Helena in 1821 and was buried there. In 1840, King Louis Philippe I arranged for Napoleon’s remains to be returned to France and at long last, Napoleon entered Paris through the Arc de Triomphe. • The Arch sits at the center of 12 main avenues which radiate outward. It reaches 162 feet (49.5 meters) to the sky and is 72 feet (22 meters) deep. Its base features four groups of elaborate sculptures, the most famous of which is “La Marseillaise,” featuring the woman Marianne, the national emblem of France representative of Liberty and Reason. Six other reliefs are sculpted on the facades of the Arch depicting important battles of the French

For advertising, call Aimee (303.842.8250) Revolution and Napoleonic era. On the inside of the Arch, a list of French victories is engraved, as well as the names of the military leaders of those battles. The names that are underlined represent those who were killed in action. Still more sculptures representing characters of Roman mythology decorate the Arch. • Beneath the vault of the Arch lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, interred there on Armistice Day (November 11) of 1920, to commemorate the signing of the armistice between France and Germany in 1918. Prior to the interment, the Arch was the site of troops parading after military victories, as well as the annual Bastille Day military parade. However, as a sign of respect, parade traffic now marches to the Arch, but then turns to go around its side. A ceremony is held there every November 11. • The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier contains an eternal flame that burns in memory of all the unidentified dead. When President John F. Kennedy and wife Jacqueline visited Paris in 1961, they paid their respects at the Tomb. After JFK’s assassination two years later, Mrs. Kennedy recalled the eternal flame and asked that one be placed at her husband’s grave at Arlington National Cemetery. • Following 1919’s victory parade celebrating the end of World War I, French aviator Charles Godefroy flew his biplane through the Arch, a feat captured on a newsreel. • If you want to reach the top, you can either climb 284 steps, or ride an elevator to the mid-point and climb 64 steps. • Paris’ Arc de Triomphe held the honor of largest triumphal arch in existence from 1836 until 1982. It was displaced by the Arch of Triumph built in Pyongyang in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

COMFORT FOODS MADE FAST AND HEALTHY! By Healthy Exchanges Special Skillet Steaks If you like Swiss steak, then you’ll love this ultra-easy way to prepare it. Nothing could be easier, unless of course, your family likes it so much that they offer to help with the dishes! 4 (4-ounce) lean tenderized minute or cube steaks 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can reduced-fat cream of mushroom soup 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained 1/2 cup finely chopped onion 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes 1/8 teaspoon black pepper 1. In a large skillet sprayed with butter-flavored cooking spray, brown steaks for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. 2. In a large bowl, combine mushroom soup, undrained tomatoes and onion. Stir in parsley flakes and black pepper. Spoon mixture evenly over browned steaks. 3. Lower heat, cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. When serving, evenly spoon sauce over steaks. Makes 4 servings. ¥ Each serving equals: 222 calories, 6g fat, 29g protein, 13g carb., 520mg sodium, 2g fiber; Diabetic Exchanges: 3 Meat, 1 Vegetable, 1/2 Starch. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Caramel-Nut Brownies We tested this brownie recipe with several different brands of caramels and, to our surprise, had varying results. If you want the caramels in the baked brownie to be soft and gooey (our test kitchen’s preference), buy a brand that lists sweetened condensed milk as its first ingredient. If you prefer the caramels to be firm and chewy, buy a brand that lists corn syrup or glucose syrup first. 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter or margarine 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup packed light brown sugar 3 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup (25 to 30, depending on brand) individually wrapped caramels, each cut in half 1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease 13- by 9-inch metal baking pan. 2. In 3-quart saucepan, heat butter and chocolate over medium-low heat until melted, stirring frequently. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in sugars and eggs until well-mixed. Stir in flour, walnuts, vanilla and salt just until blended. Spread batter in pan; sprinkle with caramels. 3. Bake brownie 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted 2 inches from edge comes out almost clean. Cool brownie in pan on wire wrack. 4. When cool, cut brownie lengthwise into 4 strips; then cut each strip crosswise into 6 pieces. * Each serving: About 220 calories, 12g total fat (6g saturated), 43mg cholesterol, 140mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 3g protein. For thousands of triple-tested recipes, visit our website at www.goodhousekeeping.com/recipefinder/. (c) 2012 Hearst Communications, Inc. All rights reserved

1. GEOGRAPHY: Where are the Balearic Islands located? 2. ANATOMY: Where is the ulna located in the human body? 3. ANCIENT WORLD: Who kidnapped Helen of Troy, an event that started the Trojan War? 4. LITERATURE: Who wrote the novel “Light in August”? 5. HISTORY: In what year was the first Zeppelin flight? 6. INVENTIONS: What did Elisha Otis invent? 7. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: Where is original Mayo Clinic located? 8. U.S. STATES: In what state is Mount Rushmore located? 9. ANIMAL KINGDOM: What is a group of ducks called? 10. RELIGION: What is a more common name for the religious group called United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing? Answers: 1. Mediterranean Sea, 2. Forearm, 3. Paris, 4. William Falkner, 5. 1900, 6. Elevator safety brake, 7. Rochester, Minn., 8. South Dakota, 9. A gaggle, 10. Shakers (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.


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lthough the word “Singer” is synonymous with sewing machine, Singer’s machine was far from the first one on the market. European inventors were devising mechanical sewing machines as early as the mid-1700s, with most designed for making shoes. In the United States, Elias Howe, Jr. patented his first sewing machine in 1846, one with a lockstitch mechanism, capable of sewing 250 stitches per minute. His invention moved the world toward mass production of clothing, lowering the cost of clothes and making it more readily available.

saac Merritt Singer patented his first machine in 1851, incorporating Howe’s lockstitch mechanism into his machine. Howe sued Singer for patent infringement and won the suit, and Singer was ordered to pay royalties to Howe, making Howe a very wealthy man.

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¥ If you’re planning a trip to Lima, Peru, you might want to add Puente de Piedra to your sightseeing list. Though the Spanish name means “Bridge of Stone,” the span is popularly known as the Bridge of Eggs. Legend has it that in 1608, the builders the used the whites of 10,000 seabird eggs in the mortar that holds the stones together. ¥ Pumpkins are native to the Americas, not Europe. This is why the original jack-o’lantern was a turnip.

STRANGE BUT TRUE by Samantha Weaver ¥ In this season of bitter partisan rivalries, it would be well to remember the following sage observation: “Do not trust to the cheering, for those persons would cheer just as much if you and I were going to be hanged.” The man who first made that observation was Lord Protector of England Oliver Cromwell, considered by some to be a hero of liberty, by others to be a regicidal dictator. He died in 1658, probably from septicemia. He was so reviled that, three years later, he body was exhumed so that he could be posthumously executed, his body thrown into a pit and his head displayed on a pole outside Westminster Hall. ¥ Those who study such things say that if all the gold in the world were combined in one lump, it would result in a cube that measures 20 yards on each side.

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Women Vets Getting Better Health Care The gap between the health care received by men and women veterans is closing. So says the Department of Veterans Affairs. According to its website, women’s health care through the Women Veterans Health Program focuses on a number of areas: Comprehensive primary care: The plan is to include gender-specific care at every VA site, including physical rehab, maternity care, acute and chronic illness, disease prevention and screening, and more. Women’s health education: The VA is training more and more health-care providers to work specifically with women. Reproductive health: The VA is increasing its coordination of female-specific treatments to provide a full range of medical services, including Pap tests, birth control, mammograms and breast cancer care. A recent press release by the VA says that it leads the nation in breast cancer screening rates with 87 percent of eligible women veterans receiving screening. It has 45 facilities with digital mammography, and mobile mammography in rural areas of the country. Special populations: Women veterans who live in rural areas or are homebound can take advantage of mobile clinics, e-clinics and home-based services. Older women

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veterans can take advantage of treatments for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and menopause. If you’re a female vet and you haven’t hooked up with the VA for any of your health care, check it out. You can start online at the Women Veterans Health Care website: www.womenshealth.va.gov. You can apply online and fill out the VA Form 10-10EZ. Look for the video that will walk you through the enrollment process. Or you can call the VA Health Benefits Call Center at 1-877-222-8387 if you have questions about enrolling or any other benefits. At the website you can locate a facility in your area. For a non-emergency, it’s required that you be scheduled for an appointment within 14 days.

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