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of Kootenai County, Idaho Issue #23 June 3rd

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by Kathy Wolfe This week, Tidbits is not only saying “Hey!” – we’re examining all sorts of words that begin with the letters yo-, everything from Yogi Bear to yodeling! • You’ve probably never heard the term vitellus, but it’s the proper name given to an egg yolk! The yolk, which contains all of the egg’s fat and cholesterol, accounts for about one-third of the liquid weight of an egg and contains approximately 60 calories. The egg yolk might have a bad reputation for its cholesterol content, but don’t overlook the 18 amino acids, vitamins A, D, E, and K, and minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium that are all essential for various body processes. • Can you yodel? If you’re able to make quick fluctuations between your normal chest singing voice and a falsetto, you can! The wellknown “Yodel-Ay-EEE-ooo” features the “EEE” sung in the head voice, with the other tones sung in the chest voice. It’s believed that yodeling got its start as a method of communication between shepherds and their stock in the Swiss Alps. The technique was made popular again in recent years with a song featured in Disney’s 1994 The Lion King called “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” Also known as “Wimoweh,” it was first recorded in 1939, then again in 1961. turn the page for more!

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Tidbits® of CDA YO, DUDE! (continued): • When you open a carton of yogurt, do you know what you’re eating? It’s a mixture of milk and cream that has been fermented with live bacteria at a warm temperature. Because your body needs to have a certain amount of “good” bacteria in the digestive tract, lactic acid-producing bacteria such as acidophilus are added to the mix. Nomadic Bedouins process camel’s milk into drinkable yogurt, and often live on nothing else for six months. Although yogurt has probably been around for about 8,000 years, the well-known Yoplait has only been existence for 49 of those. In 1964, a group of French dairy farmers agreed to merge in order to sell their goods nationwide. They linked the names of two of the farmers, Yola and Coplait to form their new brand Yoplait. • The most important holiday of the Jewish calendar is Yom Kippur, which translates “Day of Atonement.” It’s a day set aside to repent from and atone for the sins of the past year. It occurs on the tenth day of the Jewish month of Tishri, which in 2013 will be September 14. Yom Kippur is a day of fasting, and traditions include no eating or drinking, no bathing, and no wearing of leather shoes. It is also customary to wear white on this day as a symbol of purity, representing the promise that “our sins shall be made as white as snow.” Back in 1965, Los Angeles Dodger pitcher Sandy Koufax made the news when he decided not to pitch the first game of the World Series because that day fell on Yom Kippur. • Renowned cellist Yo Yo Ma was born in Paris to Chinese parents. He began studying the cello at age four, shortly before the family moved to New York City. As a child prodigy he began performing at age five, and at seven, performed for Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy.

From the Publisher’s Desk Evelyn Bevacqua

An INVITATION to Come Together and CONNECT

We are announcing a new network and looking for members who service people in the age group 40 plus. The focus will be to Educate, Support and Expand. We are committed to making a difference, living simply, giving and receiving with care and respect. Rather than a monthly meeting we will come together to help support at least one of our fellow members with a function or event that they may be hosting, especially our not-for-profit members. Coming together in this manner will help us all. A fresh way to network! FOR MORE INFO CHECK OUT PAGE 4!

RDI’s Pet Rescue Donation Drive

All during the month of June and particularly on June 11. Idaho, RDI Heating and Cooling will be collecting all types of pet donation products. RDI will be collecting, not only food, but all pet related supplies such as collars, leashes, food bowls, and toys. RDI Heating and Cooling will be matching the first $500 in donations. Visit for more complete information. All donations will be given directly to Second Chance Pet Rescue, also in Hayden Idaho. SCPR rescues adoptable animals to help them find forever homes. Many of their animals are rescued from local "kill" shelters where they may be just hours away from death. Some are purebred and some are mixes, but all these animals have plenty of love to give, if you will open your heart and your home. We have a lifeline of vets, professional trainers and groomers who are ready to help at any time. We want all adoptions to be a great experience for both you and the pet. When pets come to us they enter a safe haven where they are loved and cared for until their forever home is found. They become our priority. We give them a name if they don't have one, take them home and start loving them as they learn to trust again. Many of them require extra care. All of our pets have been affected in some way by their circumstances. Adopting a rescue pet means taking a possibly neglected, abused and definitely needy pet and making a sincere COMMITMENT to properly care for and love him or her, UNCONDITIONALLY for the rest of their life. For more information John can be reached at RDI 208.762.9857

Page 3 YO, DUDE! (continued): • Baby boomers will recall a favorite cartoon character created by Hanna-Barbera in 1958. Yogi Bear made his debut in the animated Huckleberry Hound Show. In 1961, Yogi was given his own show, which featured his adventures in Jellystone Park, accompanied by his faithful companion Boo-Boo. They spent their days stealing “pic-a-nic baskets” from campers and outsmarting Park Ranger Smith. Yogi was full of self-confidence as he regularly proclaimed, “I’m smarter than the average bear!” Yogi’s character was modeled after the popular Honeymooners character Ed Norton, played by popular celebrity of the time Art Carney. • Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra is considered one of baseball’s greatest catchers. Yogi, who played 17 years with the New York Yankees, was a 15-time All Star and was the American League MVP three times. He was later a player/coach for the NY Mets, a coach and manager for the Mets and Yankees, and a coach for the Houston Astros. As a player, coach, and manager, Yogi appeared in 21 World Series (14 years as a player). The Yankees retired his Number 8 jersey in 1972, the same year he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Yogi was well known for his witty comments, often called “Yogi-isms,” such as, “Baseball is 90% mental and the other half is physical.” When asked why the Yankees lost the 1960 World Series, he responded, “We made too many wrong mistakes.” A childhood friend gave Yogi his famous nickname, saying he looked like a Hindu snake charmer he had seen in a movie.

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• If you keep aloe around for soothing your skin after too much time in the sun, take this tip from J.C. in Florida: Keep the aloe in your fridge; it keeps it cool, and it feels even more refreshing. • Want to eat more fruits and vegetables? Keep precut fruit and easy veggie dippers like carrots, bell pepper strips and celery at eye level in see-through containers in your refrigerator. The more you see it, the more you'll eat it. • Wedding Tip: To create a beautiful garland for banisters, use white or light-colored tulle, draped in sections and gathered with a lovely bow. Twist the tulle around a string of clear lights for an even more dramatic effect. • To create an easy resting mat for toddlers, sew three pillow cases together in a row along the long end. When needed, stuff three pillows in, and it creates a long mat, suitable for naptime or TV time.


Car Show and Shine •

June 1

Downtown Wallace Street Fair

June 3

FPNI Golf and Walk •

June 8

Free Fishing Day in Idaho

June 8

Pig in the Park •

June 8

St Joe River Super Kid River Run

June 11th

• Use wide, flat rubber bands, such as you might find on a broccoli stalk, to identify your drinking glass. Write each person's name in permanent marker on the band, and slip over the glass. Another benefit? It makes the glass nonslip!

Second Chance Pet Rescue event at RDI. 208.762.9857

• M.R. in Wisconsin writes: "Chalkboard paint is a wonderful creation for kids. If you rent and can't paint the walls, purchase large squares of smooth pressboard at a building-supply store and paint those. Then just mount them to the wall using mirror clips. The kids absolutely love ours!"

June 14-15

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 (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

June 13-15

Gyro Days & Lead Creek Derby

Car d’Lane •

June 15

Shrine Circus • 208-661-1560

June 16

Treasure Hunt •

June 16

Big Back-In Lawnmower Races

June 21

Drive for Hope Golf Tournament •

June 22

Rattitude Rod Rumble •

June 23

Ironman Coeur d’Alene •

June 26

Battle of the Bulls • 208-263-8414

June 29

Bikes, Brews & BBQs •

Page 4 An INVITATION to Come Together and CONNECT Are you community minded, want to make a difference, and are looking for a fresh new way to grow your business and yourself? We are proud to announce the expansion of TIDBITS and a new opportunity for you and your business or service: CONNECT, a bright new inclusive network now forming. We are looking for members who serve the 40 + age group and want to CONNECT and: EDUCATE BE KNOWN AS THE EXPERT YOU ARE AND SHARE THIS KNOWLEDGE. You will be a featured ‘Expert’ once each month, answering questions, sharing information or updates about your business, or announcing an event. SUPPORT MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR BUSINESS AND IN OUR COMMUNITY. Come together to support other members - especially our non-profits, be a part of what is happening in our community, and be of service. As we Give, we Receive! EXPAND GROW YOUR BUSINESS AND GROW YOURSELF! Get affordable exposure to new customers and learn new practices that will keep you and your business fresh and exciting. Many are mightier than one! Join, have fun, and be ready to grow. For CONNECT particulars and how to become a member Contact: Mary Thomas, at or call Mary at: (208) 964-9357

® of®Dallas Tidbits County Tidbits of CDA YO, DUDE! (continued): • The name of Denton True Young might not be familiar, but surely you’ve heard his nickname, Cy. Cy Young had a 22-year baseball career that started in 1890 pitching for the Cleveland Spiders. He moved on to the St. Louis Perfectos after eight seasons. Young established records that still stand today after more than 100 years, including most wins (511), career innings pitched (7,355), most career games started (815), and most completed games (749). He earned the nickname Cy after his fastball destroyed several fences. Reporters wrote that the fences looked like a cyclone had hit them, and the name stuck. The Cy Young Award, given to the leagues’ best pitchers, was established in 1956. • The Yorkshire Terrier breed of dog was developed in the 1800s in the county of Yorkshire, England, to catch rats in clothing mills. The smallest Yorkie in recorded history was just 2.5 inches (6.35 cm) tall and weighed 4 ounces (113 grams). Famous Yorkie owners include Paris Hilton, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, and Vanessa Williams. Audrey Hepburn’s Yorkie Mr. Famous appeared with her in a scene in her 1957 movie Funny Face. • The notorious Cole Younger Gang teamed up with the James Brothers in the 1870s and the eight-member band of outlaws went on a spree of train, stagecoach, and bank robberies. Their crimes came to a halt during a Minnesota bank robbery attempt in 1874. The James Brothers escaped, three other members were killed, and the three Younger brothers were captured. Cole Younger had been shot 11 times, but survived to serve 25 years in prison, after which he was paroled. During his prison time, he founded the longest-running prison newspaper in the U.S.

SENIOR NEWS LINE by Matilda Charles

Volunteer at Your Local Schools

A gentleman in Iowa has gone back to school, although not in the traditional sense. He's found his way to the local elementary school, where he volunteers doing a variety of tasks -not just a few hours a week, but every day. He's 74 years old. Some days he spends time one-on-one with children who need help with math. Other times he helps those struggling with reading. During his "spare" time he reorganized the school's library. His school feels lucky to have him. All across the country there are schools in trouble. They're victims of budget cuts that take away valuable resources, perhaps the resources that the kids need most. Instead of a reading specialist in each school, maybe that specialist is spread out over five schools, and too many kids are falling through the cracks. The federal infusion of "turnaround" dollars for the past three years is about to end. Less money will mean even fewer resources. It can be a vicious cycle. But it's one that we can break -- by volunteering at our schools. Here are some things you can do: • Help struggling students with math and reading at all grade levels. • Answer phones in the front office. --Help with building maintenance on an ongoing basis. • Teach art classes. • Assist with field trips. • Give presentations on a topic you know a lot about. • Organize bake sales. • Catalog, repair and shelve books in the library. • Give music lessons. • Chair an afternoon special-interest club. We have the time; we have the experience. Who better than seniors to lend a helping hand at our local schools? To get started, call the school principal, the head of the PTA or the district offices. Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Send email to (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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By Dr. Holly Carling

Hot Flashes: Not Mandatory! Good news for mature women – hot flashes aren’t a normal part of menopause! Common, yes, healthy, no. We have come to accept hot flashes as being a normal part of menopause, when in fact it is a symptom of hormones out of balance. Women who go through menopause symptomfree don’t talk about it! One day they realize, ‘hey, I haven’t had my cycle in a year now, I guess I’m done’. The ones who talk about it are the ones you see fanning their faces, striping layers of clothes off or cursing “their own personal summer”. More women suffer these symptoms than ever because we are so out of balance. It has become the norm – but that doesn’t mean it’s normal. When the ovaries retire (naturally or surgically induced), the body relies on other tissues to produce estrogen – namely the adrenals, liver and breast tissue. The problem today is that the glands mostly relied on aren’t up to snuff. The liver is so overloaded with the synthetic byproducts of the pre-packaged, junk and fast foods we eat, the pollutants in the air and other factors, that making estrogen just doesn’t appear to be at the top of the list of priorities. The adrenal glands take the greatest burden of estrogen production, but in a weakened state, it too doesn’t perform up to par. Adrenals are the major part of the stress-coping mechanism in the body. Sugar, alcohol, coffee and prolonged stress are the biggest culprits for interference with adrenal function. I’m not talking about adrenal failure here. I’m talking about that grey area between perfect function and adrenal failure, commonly referred to as adrenal fatigue. When the adrenals are tired, estrogen levels diminish. There’s much that can be done to prevent hot flashes. This includes providing the raw materials the body needs to make hormones (need good nutritional recommendations), taking the burden off the liver with a carefully monitored detoxification program, acupuncture treatments, herbal treatments, etc. Many medications and Xenoestrogens (chemicals that mimic estrogenic activity), and other compounds interfere with adrenal and liver function, pre-disposing you to hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause. When any of the endocrine glands are out of balance, so will the sex hormones be. Diabetes, thyroid imbalances, pituitary challenges, and previous PMS are all endocrine imbalances that will pre-dispose you to menopausal symptoms. There’s much that can be done to help these conditions as well. Women don’t have to suffer! By taking some positive action to support the function of the entire endocrine system and the health of the body as a whole, you can go through this period of time feeling energetic instead of fatigued, calm and peaceful instead of erratic emotions, “sharp as a tack” instead of fuzzythinking, and in general, enjoy the fullness this period of your life is meant to be! Dr. Holly Carling is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Licensed Acupuncturist, Doctor of Naturopathy, Clinical Nutritionist and Master Herbologist with over 34 years of experience. Dr. Carling is currently accepting new patients and offers natural health care services and whole food nutritional supplements in her Coeur d’ Alene clinic. Visit Dr. Carling’s website at www.vitalhealthandfitness. com to learn more about Dr. Carling, view a list of upcoming health classes and read other informative articles. Dr. Carling can be reached at 208-765-1994 and would be happy to answer any questions regarding this topic.

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Why did you want to get into escrow, how long have you been doing it, what types of transaction to you usually handle and what keeps you interested.


My mother was a real estate agent in the 80’s and she got me a job at an escrow company when I was just turning 18 as a receptionist. I have been processing escrows for 31 years. I process all types of transactions from commercial, businesses, residential, personal property, leases and mobile homes. In escrow all its ever changing which each deal, each person is different so you are not doing the same thing over and over, different challenges come up on each deal which makes it fun and interesting. Call Jacqueline at 208-664-8254

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Q: I have a basic estate, why

should I bother with estate planning? A: Estate planning is your opportunity to make decisions about your medical care, property, and final arrangements while you have input. Without documents in place to direct decisions, the responsibility will shift to others: Medical decisions will be made by the treating doctor or hospital, and the most difficult decisions will fall to family members. Property will be divided and distributed according to a state law-defined hierarchy of survivors. Final arrangements will need to be put together quickly by family members, often with conflicting ideas. The resulting plans and decisions may not match your wishes, or worse, they can place a great burden on loved ones already dealing with loss. Visit for more information on planning for the inevitable.


When is it time to consider replacing my current air conditioner?

A: If your central air conditioner

is more than 10 yrs. Old, replacing it with an Energy Star model can cut your cooling costs by 30 percent and save money on repair costs. The payback for replacing a 10+ yr. old system is typically about 6 yrs. An air conditioners efficiency level is measured by the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). The higher the number the more efficient the unit.

Call RDI Heating and Cooling at 208-762-9857


What is Canine Health?

A: Canine Health is a dietary

supplement for dogs. Canine Health is specifically formulated to reduce oxidative stress through NRf2 activation, and it supports joint function, mobility, flexibility and cognitive function. Canine Health was developed by Life Vantage in conjunction with world-renowned veterinarian pet product formulator, Dr. William Barnett, DVM. Canine Health was formulated using marine sources of omega-3 fatty acids, encapsulated for bioavailability and stability. Canine Health also contains Type II Collagen, providing natural glucosamine, chondroitin and hyaluronic acid. Call Debi for more Canine Health information at: 949-444-3121

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For more on CONNECT call Mary at:208-964-9357

For more on CONNECT call Mary at: 208-964-9357

Q: What are the top three things you should

Q: If Rates Rise, What Should You Do with Bonds?

A:Excellent question! I conferred with my

A: Short-term interest rates are at historic lows — and

look for when picking a Real Estate Agent?

team and came up with these answers:

1. When looking for an agent you want to know if the agent is a full time or a part time realtor. Why you ask? Because a full time agent is more in tune with the current real estate market, and can offer better insight to all the aspects of buying a home. 2. The second thing is to ask how connected they are; who do they work with and why. Agents that have a relationship with a lender, a mortgage broker, a title company, a home inspector, an appraiser, reputable repair people, etc., will be able to offer a more seamless transaction and provide you with resources as you need them. So ask your realtor if they have a team of experts that they work with and get their names so you can do further research if you want. 3. The third thing you want to know about your perspective realtor is how long they have been in the business, and what credentials they have. Real Estate Designations are a good way to know if your agent is educated and knowledgeable of current real estate laws and codes. The best thing you can have in an agent who is working for you is EXPERIENCE! Good Luck!

the Federal Reserve plans to keep them that way for awhile. But long-term rates may rise in the not-too-distant future. If you invest in fixed-income vehicles, such as bonds, what might higher rates mean for you? If long-term rates rise, the value of your existing bonds will decline because other investors won’t pay full price for your bonds when they can get new ones issued at higher rates.

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CONNECT GROUP GOES TO THE DOGS,…..and cats, and horses, and all God’s creatures!

The community event that the Connect group will be supporting this month is a fundraiser for the Second Chance Pet Rescue. We invite all pet lovers to come out on June 11organization.

Examine your fixed-income portfolio to determine if it’s heavily weighted toward long-term bonds. If so, you may want to consider repositioning some of these assets and possibly using them to help build a “bond ladder” containing bonds of varying maturities. Then, when market rates are low, you’ll still have your longer-term bonds earning higher interest rates. And when market rates rise, you can reinvest your maturing short-term bonds at the higher rates. Consider building such a ladder — it may help you in all interest-rate environments. But you must evaluate whether the bonds held within the bond ladder are consistent with your investment objectives, risk tolerance and financial circumstances.

For more information on Second Chance Pet Rescue visit their website at: John is looking for pet related vendors and others interested in making this an event to remember.

Scarlet N. Kelso 206-667-8284

For more information John can be reached at RDI 208.762.9857

David Reed 208-699-5605

The event is being sponsored and held at RDI Heating and Cooling. RDI is located at 9443 N. Government Way in Hayden. Per John Hoffman, RDI will be collecting pet food, pet supplies and accessories, and cash donations all month long. Oh, and RDI heating will match first $ 500 collected.















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Medical Myths

by: Susan Ashley MD The advances of modern medicine have saved countless lives, with new discoveries daily. Thru technology, we have new and more accurate ways to diagnose and treat disease. However, mainstream medicine has failed us in many ways, especially with the treatment of chronic disease and its emphasis on prescribing pharmaceutical drugs. These medications often cover up symptoms rather than identifying the root cause of disease. Advice you are not likely to hear from your primary care provider, and which I will cover in more detail in further articles: Heart disease is a disease of inflammation, not cholesterol; indeed, cholesterol is NOT the enemy! Most of what you have read about saturated fats and cholesterol is wrong, and there is no linear relationship between cholesterol levels and stroke or heart disease risk. Statin drugs that lower cholesterol are over-prescribed and often have dangerous side effects. 1/3rd of all heart attacks occur in patients with low cholesterol. Autoimmune disease can be cured. This includes rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, asthma, fibromyalgia and Crohn's disease. The only thing that traditional medicine has to offer these patients is simply to alleviate symptoms by suppressing immune function - which in turn will increase risk of cancer - and offers no hope for cure. Autism and ADHD are treatable conditions using a bio-medical treatment approach and often do not require medications,. Many chronic diseases are caused by nutritional imbalances, especially with the consumption of highly processed foods that are devoid of nutrients and full of artificial chemicals and preservatives. Good health cannot be achieved without going back to a whole food diet, eating organic as much as possible, and avoiding foods that are genetically modified. The healthiest oils in the diet are coconut, extra virgin dark olive oil (glass bottle only), and nut oils. Avoid the highly genetically modified canola oil, and oils that produce inflammation, such as vegetable oil, corn oil, sunflower or safflower oils, and peanut oil. Sugar and carbohydrates raise triglycerides; saturated fats do not. There is now a blood test to diagnose fibromyalgia, but it is expensive, $750.00, and not covered by insurance. One nutrient that can impact the health more than any other is vitamin D, and levels must be between 70-90 to have maximum benefit. My patients routinely take between 5000-10,000 units of D3 per day. There are strong immune enhancers that can help fight off the cold or flu quickly. Flu shots are loaded with mercury and should in most cases be avoided, especially in pregnant women and almost all children. They have little effect on actual resistance to the flu, and despite massive inoculations of the elderly, incidence of flu deaths have not changed. Cancers can be cured. Properly designed nutritional treatments do not interfere with conventional treatments, but make them much more effective. Osteoporosis can be reversed completely using proper nutritional supplements and bio-identical hormone cream. Medications such as fosamax and boniva do not give a normal architecture of bone, can have dangerous side effects, and if used, should never be given for more than 5 years. It is up to each of us to take charge of our health. To quote the World Health Organization: "Health is not just the absence of disease. It is a feeling of total well-being on the Physical, Mental, Emotional & Spiritual levels of a person’s life." Susan Ashley MD is the owner of Family Medicine Liberty Lake, and is board certified in both Family Medicine and Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. She can be reached at 509-928-6700

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STRANGE BUT TRUE by Samantha Weaver • It was Albert Einstein who made the following sage observation: "The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them." • According to some Native American tribes, all you have to do to make a wish come true is to catch a butterfly, whisper your wish to it and set it free. • If you drive a white automobile, you have a lot of company. There are more white cars in the United States than any other color. • You probably are aware that the names that foreign places are known by in the English language are not always the same as the names of those places in the local tongue. The capital of Russia is called Moskva in that country, and to Italians it's not Venice, but Venezia. Not all names sound so similar, though; if you didn't know the language, it would be nearly impossible to figure out that Ellinki Dimokratia is what Greeks call their country, and that Konungariket Sverige is Sweden to the Swedish. South Korea is known locally as Han Kook, China is Zhonghua Renmin Gonghe Guo, and Finland is Suomen Tasavalta. • When Hernan Cortes reached the New World in the 1600s, he found the Aztecs drinking hot chocolate at their banquets. • President Franklin Delano Roosevelt added both a swimming pool and a movie theater to the White House. • You probably knew that cats were revered in ancient Egypt, but did you know that when a domestic cat died, the family went into mourning? Yep. People would shave their eyebrows to demonstrate their grief over the passing of their beloved pet. Thought for the Day: "The nice thing about being a celebrity is that if you bore people they think it's their fault." -Henry Kissinger (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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® of Dallas ® of CDA Tidbits County Tidbits

Dear Auntie M.,

by Freddy Groves

Veterans Claims Still Backlogged Six months ago, we looked at the claims processing time for a number of small and large locations across the country. Given the Department of Veterans Affairs' efforts to reduce the time to process a claim to less than 125 days, let's check in with a few of the same locations and see how they're doing. In November, White River Junction, Vt., had 969 veterans awaiting claims, with 510 waiting an average 239 days. Now they have 834 veterans waiting an average of 239 days. However, average wait time for first claims is now at 559 days. Lincoln, Neb., had 4,476 veterans waiting, 1,678 of them over 125 days. Now they have 2,560 veterans, with 695 over 125 days. Average wait time is 143 days. Clearly there's been some progress made. Let's look at some of the more populated areas. Last November, St. Petersburg, Fla., had 46,366 veterans waiting an average 207 days. Of those, 30,321 were past the 125-day mark. Now there are 50,492 veterans waiting an average of 319 days. Of those, 34,860 are over 125 days. As usual, the devil is in the details. The office receives 4,293 claims per month and only completes 3,687. Baltimore, Md., had 19,662 claims waiting last November, with 16,472 past the 125-day mark. Average claim time was 343 days. Now it has 18,421 veterans with 15,326 waiting over 125 days with an average claim time of 417 days. Here, too, the incoming exceeds the outgoing: 1,023 claims coming in each month, and only 880 completed. To see how your local claims office is doing, go online to and click on Returning Home to Battle, then click on the backlog map. Freddy Groves regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Send email to (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

I am 36 years old and I’m seriously considering having a ‘boob’ job. It makes me nervous when I think how people might react to this. I’m already rather shy and don’t like a lot of attention. I really appreciate your opinion. Thanks. Need another opinion in CdA. Dear Need….., Hmmmmmmm. I have a dozen questions for you and without more information it is hard to know how to assist you. So, let me tell you a story. Many years ago a young man met a young woman on vacation with her parents to a Caribbean island where he was working. Long story short they ‘fell in love’ and became engaged. Though only 19 years old her parents left her in his care and returned home. The young man came from a very poor and less than perfect family and had promised himself that if it was in his power, his life would be perfect. Things seemed to be going well with them, and he definitely groomed her to his ideals. Months pass and he plans a trip to New York and a visit with a prominent surgeon. So it seems though quite enamored with the young woman he found her breasts too small and her hips too narrow. So, as he was quite successful and had the funds to do so he was determined to make her his dream woman and augment her to his heart’s desire. The young woman just wanted to please him and so was quite ambivalent either way. So off they go to NY and they go on their initial consultation with the surgeon. They are ushered in to this opulent office and without any kind of introduction the doctor rises from his chair, goes over to the young woman, grasps her head in his hands, and says, “Don’t worry about this nose, I can make you beautiful!” Needless to say a ‘nose job’ was added to the list. Fortunately the surgeon was gifted and the young woman looked amazing. Unfortunately the young man lost his interest within the next 6 months and called the engagement off. I telling you all of this because I want you to strongly and honestly at your motivation for this procedure. You mention that you are already shy and do not appreciate a lot of attention. I have had friends get implants after nursing several children, and know women who did it for the endowment and to reduce an over-endowment. If you are good with it, if you are doing it for yourself and not for someone else, then do it. Just do it for the right reasons! Get at least three consultations and be sure to document – oh, and keep us informed. Best, Auntie M. Serious questions welcomed. I shall be frank and honest with my response and provide resources were appropriate. Send your request to: Evelyn Bevacqua Publisher/Owner Cell: 208.755.9120

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