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FICTIONAL ROMANCES (continued): • Although the love story about Lois Lane and Clark Kent, aka Superman, has been told in many different ways in various forms of media, they were first introduced in June of 1938 in the DC Comics publication Action Comics #1. Their romance started out as a rivalry, after Clark scooped Lois on a story at the Daily Planet, an exclusive on Superman. Clark was enamored with Lois, but ironically, her affections were fixed on his alter-ego Superman. The couple didn’t tie the knot until 1996 when the event was published in the comic book to coincide with the nuptials on the TV series Lois and Clark. In 2007, they welcomed the addition of an adopted Kryptonian boy then named Chris Kent. • Peter Parker made his first appearance in August of 1962 in the Marvel Comics’ publication Amazing Fantasy. He was an orphaned high school student in Queens, New York, living with his Uncle Ben and Aunt May. When he was bitten by a radioactive spider, he attained the “agility and proportionate strength of an arachnid,” and acquired



Grandma Moses is proof positive that you’re never too old to learn something new. Take a look at the life of this celebrated folk artist who started a new career in her 70s. • Grandma Moses was born Anna Mary Robertson in upstate New York in 1860. As a child, she began painting, squeezing juice out of grapes and lemons to obtain colors. • At the tender age of 12, Anna left home to work on a neighboring farm doing housework. At 27, she married one of the farm’s hired men, Thomas Moses. While on their honeymoon to North Carolina, the couple spied a farm in Virginia they liked, and invested their meager $600 savings to rent the place, where they remained for 20 years. For spare cash, Anna sold homemade potato chips and butter to the neighbors. The Moses had 10 children, only five of whom survived. • The family then moved to a farm at Eagle Bridge, New York, and it was here that Anna completed her first painting. While wallpapering her parlor, she ran out of paper, pasted up plain white paper and painted a scene. That first work still hangs today in a Bennington, Vermont museum. • When Anna was 67, Thomas passed away and she handed

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• Homer and Marge Simpson were first introduced to TV viewers in December, 1989, along with their three children, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. The blue-haired Marge Bouvier met Homer Simpson during her final year at Springfield High School. Although the couple might be a little rough around the edges, they seem to have a way of working through their marital difficulties with unending dedication to each other. Actress Julie Kavner provides not only the voice of Marge in the animated series, but Marge’s mother Jacqueline and sisters Patty and Selma as well. Dan Castellaneta voices Homer, Grampa Simpson, Krusty the Clown, Barney Gumble, Mayor Quimby, and Hans Moleman.

• Author Edgar Rice Burroughs conceived the idea of the British Lord and Lady Greystoke being marooned on the coast of Africa in 1912. Lady Greystoke gave birth there, but died on her son’s first birthday, while the Lord was killed by the leader of the Mangani ape tribe. Their son, John, Clayton, Earl of Greystoke, was adopted by the ape tribe, and grew up to be their leader. Thus went the story of Tarzan over the course of 24 novels. Tarzan met Jane Porter when she and her expedition were marooned in a similar manner. The pair married in Burroughs’ second over the farm duties to her son and daughter-in-law. During her spare time, she embroidered pictures with yarn wool, which were much admired by family and friends. However, arthritis set in, forcing her to give up her needlework when it became too difficult to hold the needle. But she could hold a brush, and so turned to painting at age 76.

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• Floriography, or the language of flowers, began during the Victorian era, when individuals used flower symbolism to express feelings they were unable to speak aloud, or wanted a discreet form of communication. Various blooms were used to send secret or coded messages of love and other sentiments. Flower dictionaries containing the meanings of different varieties filled the shelves as the long list grew. • Most of us know that sending red roses denotes enduring, passionate romantic love, meant for the love of your life. Pink roses are for a lesser affection, and yellow are to be used to symbolize the joy of a devoted friendship. While white roses represent purity and virtue, a bouquet of mixed red and white roses is used to designate unity with your loved one. Can’t afford a dozen roses? Just a single red rose in full bloom also says, “I love you.” Trying to tell your

loved one it was love at first sight? Lavender roses are the symbol for that sentiment. • Blue flowers are used to send a message of calm, beauty, tranquility, and peace. Specifically, blue hyacinths indicate constancy and faithfulness, as do blue violets, which represent faithfulness and say, “I’ll always be true.” If violets are unavailable, blue forget-me-nots also let the recipient know that your love is true.

• On Feb. 14, 278 A.D., Valentine, a holy priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II, is executed. Claudius the Cruel had banned all marriages and engagements. Valentine defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. • On Feb. 17, 1904, Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Madame Butterfly” premieres at the La Scala theater in Milan, Italy. Set in Nagasaki, Japan, “Madame Butterfly” told the story of an American sailor, B.F. Pinkerton, who marries and then abandons a young Japanese geisha, Cio-Cio-San, or Madame Butterfly. • On Feb. 11, 1916, Emma Goldman, a crusader for women’s rights and social justice, is arrested in New York City for lecturing and distributing materials about birth control. She was accused of violating the Comstock Act of 1873, which made it a federal offense to disseminate contraceptive devices and information through the mail or across state lines. • On Feb. 13, 1920, The League of Nations, the international organization formed at the peace conference at Versailles in the wake of World War I, recognizes the perpetual neutrality of Switzerland. The League also established its headquarters in the Swiss city of Geneva. • On Feb. 16, 1959, Fidel Castro is sworn in as prime

• On Feb. 15, 1965, in accordance with a formal proclamation by Queen Elizabeth II of England, a new Canadian national flag is raised above Parliament Hill in Ottawa, the capital of Canada. Canada’s national flag was to be red and white with a stylized 11-point red maple leaf in its center. • On Feb. 12, 1973, the release of American POWs from the Vietnam War begins in Hanoi as part of the Paris peace settlement. Operation Homecoming was completed on March 29, 1973, when the last of 591 U.S. prisoners were released and returned to the United States. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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“Create a Card” Kit for Valentine’s Day I love getting homemade cards and personalized notes from my kids, don’t you? But sometimes they need a little extra prodding -- a bit of help to get the creativity flowing. If you have young children in your house, give them a “Create a Card” kit this week for some do-it-yourself valentines. You’ll be giving a little gift to get another heartfelt gift started. If you’re a grandparent, assemble inexpensive mini kits for each of your school-age grandchildren (as a hint, hint: “I’d love a homemade card from you”). Send the assembled kits in the mail, and who knows, you might in turn find a surprise “craft with a heart” delivered to YOUR address come Feb. 14. Here’s how: A Valentine-making starter kit in a box might contain red, pink and white construction paper, lace or paper doilies and a small bag or tin can filled with valentine stickers, cut-outs from vintage valentine cards, conversation heart candy, buttons, pieces from old jewelry, sewing trim such as rickrack and ribbon, glitter, etc. Add a new marker in a fun color, a pair of decorative-edge scissors from a craft store and a new glue stick. Tuck in envelopes and some postage stamps, too. Or, make mini kits to give to grandkids, cousins and friends. They might contain a small tablet of colorful paper, heart stickers and a valentine-themed stamp and inkpad. Put the items together in a sandwich bag or in a clear cellophane gift bag with a decorative ribbon for a nice presentation.

a kiss -- and even their thumbs. A child may press her thumb onto an inkpad and then onto the closed flap of the envelope with the first print angled to the right. Make a second thumbprint to the left to create a one-of-a-kind heart shape. *** Donna Erickson’s award-winning series “Donna’s Day” is airing on public television nationwide. To find more of her creative family recipes and activities, visit www. and link to the NEW Donna’s Day Facebook fan page. Her latest book is “Donna Erickson’s Fabulous Funstuff for Families.” (c) 2013 Donna Erickson Distributed by King Features Synd.

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In Part One of “Quiet,” Cain charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal and how its far-reaching effects permeate our culture. In Part Two, she explores the psychology of temperament and the roles of hereditary and free will in personality. In Part Three, Cain compares the differences between Western culture, where the individual is deemed most important, and Eastern culture, where the success of the group is valued above that of the self. In Part Four, she offers practical advice on everything from how to network if you dislike small talk and being a “pretend extrovert” when it is beneficial, to better negotiating introvertextrovert relationships and helping an introverted child

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to navigate school and foster friendships. “Quiet” commands attention by championing the power of silence and solitude in a world that often rewards attentionseeking behavior. It is a book that will get people talking at a time when the pressure to entertain and sell ourselves -- and never visibly be anxious -- keeps escalating. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Q: A while back you wrote that “Unforgettable” had belatedly been renewed for a second season; however, I’ve seen neither hide nor hair of it yet. Please tell me that the suits didn’t change their minds again! -- Hilary S., Portland, Maine A: Don’t worry, Hilary, the Poppy Montgomery-starring police procedural will indeed have its second season on CBS. And we now have a premiere date, which is Sunday, July 28 at 9/8c. As I reported previously, season two will comprise 13 episodes, with Dylan Walsh, Jane Curtin and most other cast members returning. Readers: A few months ago, I was disheartened to report that AMC had decided not to renew “The Killing” for a third season. In another rare reversal -- along the lines of CBS’s renewal of “Unforgettable” -- AMC recently announced that the crime drama WILL be back for a third season.

Q: I’ve always really liked Anthony Michael Hall, especially his recent sci-fi series, “Warehouse 13.” However, I do miss seeing him in comedies: His gueststarring turn on “Community” a few seasons back was hilarious. Can you tell me if he’ll be on a comedy soon? -- Audrey W., via e-mail A: When “Awkward” returns to MTV this summer for its super-size third season, Anthony Michael Hall will join the hit series as a teacher at Jenna’s high school. According to those in the know, Anthony will play a sadistic creativewriting teacher who insists on pushing his students beyond their academic limits. Anthony also co-stars in the featurefilm comedy, “Sexy Evil Genius,” along with Michelle Trachtenberg, Seth Green and William Baldwin. Q: While I wasn’t a big fan of the story line Scott Foley had on last season’s “True Blood,” I was excited to see him in my living room again after leaving “Grey’s Anatomy.” What can I see him on next? -- Trudy K., via e-mail

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underrated, underutilized actors who we need to see much more of. So, you can imagine my happiness upon discovering that he is set to guest-star on one of my favorite shows, ABC’s “Scandal.” His character is said to be a part of a major story arc that will play out toward the end of the current season. Creator and head writer Shonda Rhimes was eager to work with Scott again after his run on “Grey’s,” so one show’s loss is another’s gain!

Season three takes place a year after the Rosie Larson case was solved, as Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman) searches for a runaway girl and uncovers a string of murders connected to Sarah Linden’s (Mireille Enos) previous murder investigation. Linden, no longer a detective, must return to both a career and a case she had put behind her. All this renewal reversal has given me new hope for ABC’s “GCB” to return, whether with ABC or another network. Let’s make this happen --TNT, I’m lookin’ at you! Write to Cindy at King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475; or e-mail her at (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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