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of Kootenai County, Idaho Issue #27 July 1st

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by Kathy Wolfe Hurray for the red, white, and blue! This is the perfect week for Tidbits to examine these three colors and their meanings and usage. • The red of the American flag is symbolic of valor and bravery, while white signifies purity and innocence. Blue represents vigilance, perseverance, and justice. • Canada’s current maple leaf flag of red and white has only been the country’s official flag since 1965 when it was proclaimed so by Queen Elizabeth II. Prior to that, Canada had used the Canadian Red Ensign since 1870. Red and white are the official colors of Canada, declared by King George V in 1921. • Red is the color of blood and fire and often symbolizes love, passion, and romance, as well as strength, courage, and leadership. It’s associated with anger, danger, and malice as well. • There are hundreds of varieties of red wine grapes, each offering a different flavor to the beverage. The region of Bordeaux, France, is the original home of many familiar red grapes, including the cabernet sauvignon, which contributes a flavor of black currant, and the merlot, which offers a hint of chocolate or fruitcake. Bordeaux is the world’s major wine capital, where Bordeaux wine has been produced since the 8th century. turn the page for more...

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Tidbits® of CDA RED, WHITE & BLUE (continued): • Surveys indicate that the color most often associated with innocence, purity, perfection, and honesty is white. Although royal brides have worn white for centuries, it didn’t become the color of wedding gowns for the commoner until the 19th century. Prior to that, brides just wore their Sunday best. In China, it is symbolic of death and mourning, and people wear white to funerals. • Brides in China usually wear red, because it’s the color of happiness and fortune. The Chinese bride walks down a red carpet to meet her groom, who lifts her red veil. When the couple has children, friends and family give them red eggs. During Chinese New Year, homes are decorated with red, red clothing is worn, and unmarried children are given red envelopes filled with “luck money.” Those who follow feng shui, the art of balancing the energies of a space to promote health and good fortune, say that painting your home’s front door red invites prosperity. • The Chicago White Sox began as the White Stockings in 1900. Their new home, Comiskey Park, opened in 1910 on the former site of a city dump and remained the team’s ballpark for the next 80 years. The first-ever All-Star game was played there in 1933. At the time of its demolition in 1991, Comiskey was Major League Baseball’s oldest park still in use. Famous White Sox players include Goose Gossage, Tom Seaver, and Steve Carlton. • Combine all the possible tones of all the different frequencies that a human can hear and you have what is called white noise. It takes its name from the way that white light works. White light is made up of all the color frequencies of light combined. It’s what the human eye sees when it looks at light that contains all of the wavelengths of color’s visible spectrum.

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!

Page 3 RED, WHITE, & BLUE (continued): • If you’ve ever been asked to bring a white elephant to a party, you know to pack along something that you don’t want, perhaps an inexpensive, useless, or humorous item. This term has its origins in Southeast Asia in ancient times. Tradition states that the mother of Buddha dreamed of a white elephant presenting her with a lotus flower on the eve of her son’s birth. The white elephant was considered sacred, and a monarch who possessed one reigned with justice and power. However, because the animal was sacred, it could not be put to any practical use, although it cost a considerable sum to maintain. It became burdensome to keep, but the owner could not dispose of it. • Looking at the color blue can promote rest and cause the body to produce calming chemicals that release feelings of tranquility. Experts in feng shui tell us that blue is the perfect choice for the bathroom because of its tranquil and healing properties. Some cultures believe that blue keeps bad spirits away. In Iran it’s the color of mourning. To those of the Jewish faith, blue is the color of holiness. In China, it represents immortality. • There are more than 700 species of the flowering plant indigofera. Although we think of indigo as a dye used to color our denim jeans blue, other varieties are effective as anti-inflammatories to relieve the pain of bug stings, snake bites, swelling, and ulcers. Colonial planters in the mid-18th century began exporting the plants, but indigo had been a major source of capital for India since around 300 B.C.

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EVENT CALENDAR • My best tip for the beach? A laundry basket and a bungee cord. I put my cooler, bags and beach toys in the basket and pull it along the sand using the bungee. It has worked for me many times -- and it's so convenient to keep things corralled! Here are more tips on beach vacationing. -- JoAnn • Must-haves at the beach: Zipper-top bags for trash and clothespins to clip a napkin down so it won't blow away! • "Freeze bottles of water (take out a sip or two to allow the ice to expand) and juice boxes or pouches before you head out to the beach (or anytime you're taking a cooler). They will act as ice packs to keep food and snacks cool, and double as refreshing beverages along the way!" -- A.A. in Florida • "My eyesight started to falter a few years ago, and I had found that my glasses slipped and were uncomfortable during seaside trips. I dearly love to read, and have since discovered audiobooks, or books on tape. I download them to a digital music player and can listen all day if I like. It also allows me to people watch and even doze off! I am almost 80, so I can do that if I feel like it!" -- R.A. in Connecticut • "I keep an empty gallon jug in the trunk of my car. When I go to the beach, if there's no shower, I can fill it with water at a faucet and get a good rinse there before I leave." -- L.G. in Mississippi • I bring a thin, nylon bag to the beach in case I go shopping or collect shells, etc. It folds and zips down really small, so it takes no room, but has come in handy most times I've gone to the shore. -- T.T. in New York 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.

July 3 Kiddies Parade July 4 4th of July Festivals, Parades and Fireworks July 7 Old Timers Annual Picnic 208-691-9823 July 12-14 Post Falls Days July 13 Hayden Sprint Triathlon July 13-14 Classic Boat Festival July 19-21 Rathdrum Days July 20 5th Annual Steak Fry July 20 3rd Annual Muddy Miles July 20 CHaFE 150 July 21 Ride the Pass-50 Miles at the Pass July 26 1st Annual “Spay-ghetti and No-Balls” July 26-28 Julyamsh • July 26-27 Old Time Picnic • harrisonidaho.orgs July 26-27 Hayden Days • July 27 Kids Day in the Park •

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 RED, WHITE, & BLUE (continued): • The word “blue” has found its way into our language in several different arenas. Stocks that are solid and stable are called blue-chip stocks and a first-place winner is awarded the blue ribbon. Laws designed to restrict immoral behavior are referred to as blue laws and a bluenose is an overly puritanical person. A member of the working class is called a blue collar worker, while the classic politician is often called a blue suit. • Founded in 1987, the Blue Man Group achieves their unique look with blue grease paint over latex bald caps. The members create music with a number of unique instruments fashioned from ordinary items such as PVC pipe, flexible fiberglass rods, ball bearings, and surgical tubing. The group is also well-known for its twostory drum wall with seven percussion stations. The musicians never speak, sing, or make any vocal sounds on stage, and do not speak to audience members after the show, signing autographs with a smudge of blue paint. • Legend has it that the white flag has represented surrender since the 15th century. During the Hundred Years War between France and England, multicolored flags became popular among European armies. When an army wished to cease hostilities, it raised a white flag. The Geneva Convention officially recognized it as such in 1949. • Surveys reveal that those who drive red cars have dynamic personalities, are high-energy, speedy, and sexier.

SENIOR NEWS LINE by Matilda Charles

Medicare Unveils New Summary Notice Form Medicare fraud is rampant, but because of seniors who asked questions about improper payments, more than $4.2 billion was saved last year. To continue to fight fraud and to help seniors understand the quarterly Medicare Summary Notice, a new form has been designed. To make sure the new summary you receive is actually from Medicare, start with the envelope. The return address will say Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Look for "Official Medicare Information" on the front and contact telephone numbers on the back. The changes to the form: Page 1 is a summary of your notice. It includes your name, deductible status and the status of all claims, including whether they've been approved. The total amount you may be billed and how many facilities (such as hospitals) submitted claims also are itemized. Page 2 offers tips on how to review the notice. There are instructions on how to check for possible fraud, how many Inpatient Hospital and Skilled Nursing Facility benefit days you've used, and a phone number to call. Page 3 is your Claims for Part A information, and includes where you were hospitalized, whether the claim was approved, how much Medicare paid and how much you might billed. Check the hospital dates carefully to make sure you were actually there on those dates. The final page tells how to handle denied claims or file an appeal. To file an appeal, follow the step-by-step instructions. If you need help with it, there is a phone number to call, or Medicare suggests asking for help from the facility itself or a friend or family member. Don't miss the date it must receive the appeal. At the bottom is the address of where to send the appeal. 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

Rheumatoid Arthritis Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that affects about 2 million Americans. It’s characterized by the body’s immune defenses’ inability to differentiate between normal healthy cells and foreign invaders. It behaves as if normal cells need to be destroyed. The joints begin to deteriorate as the cartilage breaks down. Then inflammation (a normally protective mechanism) sets in and the pain becomes evident. “RA” is more serious than osteoarthritis as it not only affects the joints, but also the muscles, tendons and other tissues. Because it is an immune system disorder, in addition to the common achiness, pain and stiffness, RA can also be accompanied by fatigue, low grade fever and small nodules that form under the skin. Lifestyle many times sets the stage for RA to occur. There is no proven genetic link, although it can run in families, and is suspected to be the result of lifestyle transfer rather than genetic transfer. What we eat can either be contributory or preventative. Certain fats, for instance, are very beneficial to RA because they can be converted to the hormones that reduce inflammation and pain. On the other hand, certain fats, such as trans-fats actually contribute to inflammation. Other substances we consume that are classified as “pro-inflammatory foods” include sugar, coffee and for many people wheat as well. Foods that tend to be helpful are vegetables in general, as well as easy to digest proteins. While we’re on the subject, healthy digestion is critical to the prevention and treatment of all forms of arthritis – possibly the most important component. There are also several herbs and other supplements with great benefits. RA is frequently treated by managing the pain and inflammation; however, unless the immune dysfunction is handled simultaneously, the dependence upon medications for control becomes a lifetime endeavor. In a Johns Hopkins Health Alert report they reported that acupuncture has been found to be beneficial for RA and recommends acupuncture as an adjunctive treatment. Many people don’t like the side effects of medications and choose acupuncture as a stand alone treatment and they are quite pleased with the results. In Arthritis Today, it discusses the mechanism of acupuncture, in addition to the effectiveness: “It helps regulate the body’s nervous system, which can stimulate the release of natural pain-fighting endorphins…Acupuncture also alters the perception of pain…Brain magnetic resonance imaging shows that needling of acupuncture points deactivates the part of the brain that deals with our perception of pain.” This only discusses the pain perspective. Acupuncture also improves immune function. In several studies Acupuncture has been demonstrated to be effective in improving many immune deficiency diseases. While many people feel they are stuck with this often times debilitating condition, there is hope. There is help. 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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Q: I’m a first time home buyer. Can you please clarify the following terms: Contingency, As Is, and Rights of First Refusal? Thank you. A: Being a first time buyer can be daunting. I hope the following helps you in your purchase! CONTINGENCY: A contingency is a clause in a contract that requires the completion of a certain act before the parties are obligated to perform their contractual obligations. The most common contingencies are financing, acceptable property condition, and condition of title. AS IS: In an “AS IS” contract the seller is saying that the property will be sold in its existing physical condition and the buyer is taking the property’s condition into account when making an offer. The clause does not negate a seller’s common law duty to disclose known latent material defects. RIGHT OF FIRST REFUSAL: A first right of refusal is a provision in a contract that requires the owner of a home to give another party (usually a tenant) the first opportunity to purchase or lease the property before it is offered for sale to another. Jacqueline Sergeant, Escrow Officer, Pioneer Title Company,



Q: I’m a single mom who needs your help. My children and I live in a 1950’s era home with large trees in the front and back yard. week when my son mowed A: No you’re not required by law Last the front lawn he complained unless it’s in the escrow agreement. about it being soggy and smellHowever as a courtesy to ing bad. I checked it out and he the new owners you should do a is correct. What should I do? move out cleaning. Now the big A: Based on the age of your home question: how to you find the time and the fact that you have large to organize, pack, move and clean. older trees I can think of several Call The Cleaning Girls we will conditions that could be the root help, cleaning from the ceiling to cause (excuse the pun). You need the floor. The Cleaning Girls will to assess the condition of the sewer clean the house you move from pipes running from your home to and the house you’re moving into. the main sewer line. Your pipes We customize our services accord- may be cracked, split, or corroding to your needs and budget. We ed. This could be a result of age, cleaning all light fixtures, fans, ground changes, or the tree roots walls, doors, blinds and baths as have invaded the lines. I suggest well, we will clean the inside of you have an inline video camera your stove and refrigerator pull- inspection. This will provide you ing them out and cleaning under with answers and from there, opas well the dishwasher too. Call or tions. Do this sooner rather than email me with your special request later. and questions. The Rooter Guys (208) 772-4408 Twila 208-691-0086 serving CDA and Sandpoint When I sell my home am I required to clean it when I move out?


My kids keep asking me to paint their faces however I am so busy . Is there a location anywhere near CDA where I can take them to get their faces painted for a reasonable cost?

A. Yes,

everyone is welcome to come to the New Post Falls Local Market in front of Post Falls City Hall in Post Falls!! Come join us for ton's of fun, live music, over 32 booth's of homemade goodies every Thursday (closed July 4th) 4:00 - 7:30 through Mid-October. Find us online for more information. Hope to see you there!

Call or text Debbie at 949-444-3121

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

The CONNECT list for505-0674 two ®‘hit’ For Advertising TidbitsCall of(334) CDA very worthy benefits in July.

Saturday, July 20th, is the 5th Annual St. Vincent de Paul STEAK-FRY. The food, fun, and festivities will be held at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds. Award winning ‘Pit-Masters’, Jeff Selle and Jay Bremner will be doing their magic on the steaks. Yumm! Headlining the evening’s Q: How do I find out if I qualify for a Habitat entertainment is Kelly Hughes, with Colby Acuff and Justin Sherfey opening the show. for Humanity home? Left to right: Evelyn Bevacqua, Dave Reed, John Hoffman Admission is $25 Lori Chissie, Terry Peterson, Scarlet Kelso, Arthur Shaw,in advance and $30 at Barbara Smalley, Suzan Helmhout, Sergeant, theJacqueline door. All proceeds go to the St. VinA: The goal of HabitatDebi for Humanity Melkonian is to show cent DePaul North Idaho’s Family EmerGod’s goodness by entering into partnership with gency Programs. Come out and join in the families currently living in inadequate housing, fun at this great community event. Yahoo! who wish to own a home of their own, but have not been able to get the help they need elsewhere. Friday, July 26th, is the 1st Annual ‘SpayHabitat families purchase their homes directly ghetti and No-Balls’ fundraiser for Animal from Habitat with no profit, no interest loans. Allies of Idaho. This is a new non-profit The selection of families who will purchase homes organization and their mission is simple and from Habitat for Humanity of North Idaho will be effective: ‘Animal Allies of Idaho (AAID) done by the Family Selection committee in a way was established in January 2013 to AAID that does not discriminate on the basis of race, our community and its animals by sustaining sex, color, age, handicap, religion, marital status, a healthy pet population. AAID is establishor because all or part of the applicant’s income is ing a low cost spay/neuter clinic in Coeur derived from public assistance programs. d’Alene and raising awareness throughout The primary qualifications for the Habitat for Hu- Northern Idaho that pet sterilization benefits manity program are: both people and pets.’ Cost is $ 25, and it • The family income must fall within approved will be held at The Pizza Factory in Coeur guidelines. d’Alene. Stay tuned for more information on • The family agrees to partner with Habitat by AAID and this sure to be fun ‘fun’draiser! contributing at least 250 hours per adult of “sweat Can we say ‘Bow-WOW’! equity” on Habitat projects. • The family is living in inadequate housing.

Call (208) 762-HOME (4663) and ask to speak with the Office Manager to begin the application process. Good luck!

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Recapture Your Youth!

by: Susan Ashley MD Have you ever noticed how some people seem to age much faster than others? Not only in their outward appearance, with wrinkles, sagging skin and weight gain, but inside, with a loss of vitality and enthusiasm for life. As we age, it's easy to miss the subtle changes in how we feel. These changes accumulate until one day we wake up and realize that we no longer feel young. The first 2 signs of aging are insomnia with disruption in sleep patterns, and fatigue with a concurrent loss of motivation and drive. Lack of physical vigor, reduced mental acuity, and the lack of sexual desire are also common signs of aging - the loss of vitality. Over and over again I hear patients express the desire to feel young again, and have more energy and pep like they used to enjoy. While aging is inevitable, we do control the rate of the aging process and can slow it down significantly. First and foremost, nutrition. If you're pouring in junk in the form of fast foods, trans fats, processed and highly chemicalized foods, too much alcohol, or smoking, then the machine doesn't work well and will break down much easier. Let's go back to a time of eating whole foods with no artificial ingredients or preservatives, lots of vegetables and fruits, little or no sugar, and organic as much as possible. Then, have your hormones evaluated and balanced. If you're trying to have the energy of a 25 year old, but your hormone levels are that of a 70 year old, it will be hard to do. All hormones, except cortisol, the stress hormone, decrease with age. Only accept bio-identical hormone replacement. Keep your weight down. Obesity kills, and dramatically shortens your life span. Our children may be the only generation that may not have a longer lifespan than us, because of the obesity epidemic. It is a struggle to continue to keep the weight off, for many reasons, including insulin resistance which promotes fat storage and carbohydrate intolerance. We have to eat less, and especially less carbohydrates. Exercise! Our bodies are made for movement. To stay healthy we must perform some kind of cardio work and weight training, to help maintain muscle mass and bone strength. Our muscle mass does decline as we age, and this will help slow the progress. Our genes can be modified to a more youthful state. When we are young, the genes that say "stay young" are fully expressed, and as we age, they start to get turned off, while the genes that say "get old" are turned on. This affects our cells' ability to function at their peak. When trillions of our cells feel sluggish, it's no wonder that we can also feel so tired all the time. We can reverse this! The key to youth is in our genes. This can recharge the "power plants" of our cells - the mitochondria - and increase our energy production. NuSkin is the leader in the research involved in genetic modification. I tell my patients, take charge of your life today and enjoy life to the fullest - you are in control!

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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by Samantha Weaver • It is still not known who made the following sage observation: "The difference between 'involvement' and Ôcommitment' is like an eggs-and-ham breakfast: The chicken was 'involved'; the pig was 'committed.'" • If you wanted to use fossil fuels to equal the amount of energy released by the sun onto the Earth, you'd have to burn 550 billion tons of coal every day. • Lightning isn't solely a phenomenon of Earth: Astronomers have noted lightning bolts on Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Venus. • In 1915, the average annual income for a family in the United States was $687. • You might be surprised to learn that the name Adam isn't actually a proper name in the classical Hebrew language; it's a generic term for a human being. • If you're planning a visit to the village of Chester in the United Kingdom, be glad you're not from Wales. In that town, the law says that any Welshman found within the city walls after sunset may be shot with a longbow. • In Germany, cacao was used for medicinal purposes long before it was used to make chocolate. • It is, perhaps, unsurprising that the first duty-free airport shop -- those favored sources of tax-free liquor -- was in Shannon, Ireland. • It was in the very early years of the 20th century when, in his "Devil's Dictionary," Ambrose Bierce defined a corporation as "an ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility." • In Alabama, every purchase of a deck of playing cards is subject to a special 10-cent tax. Those who sell the cards must pay a $1 to $3 license fee. Thought for the Day: "When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world." -- George Washington Carver (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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® of Dallas ® of CDA Tidbits County Tidbits Dear Auntie M.,

by Freddy Groves

Make the Connection

If you're a veteran who is struggling to find ways to improve your life, perhaps because you're dealing with a service-related issue, I invite you to take a look at Make the Connection, a website run by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Make the Connection is a one-stop site for a wide variety of concerns affecting veterans: homelessness, jobs and employment, family and friends, mental-health concerns, transitioning from the service, dealing with physical injury and more. Most impressive and useful is the Signs & Symptoms section. It's long, with dozens of symptoms, including flashbacks, feeling on edge, noise or light irritation, confusion, trouble sleeping and nightmares, and more. Each section is broken into three parts. The first part is, "What can I do about it right away?" The steps aren't silly, either; they're ones a counselor or medical adviser likely would talk about first, things you can do at the moment to feel better and regain control. The second step is to make the connection with medical or mental-health advisers. The third step is links to immediate information. You even can customize the site to give information tailored more closely to who you are. Select from male/female, the era in which you served, the branch of service and whether you were exposed to combat. If you don't have a computer, try to find one to use, possibly at your local library, and check in with Make the Connection at You'll likely find sources of information and help. Don't miss the videos of veterans who talk about their own experiences. If you're with a veterans service organization, especially if you're in an advising capacity, look over the Make the Connection site and become familiar with what it has to offer the veterans you help. 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 know that fads come and go, but I really can’t understand the reason behind tattoos. When I see young people covered with tattoos I just want to shake them. What can they be thinking? Don’t they know this is permanent? When they’re 90 they will still have this mark on their body. Heaven only knows what that dragon will look like then. Or that ex-boyfriends name in a heart on their back - how will a future husband feel about that? I want to understand. Can you help? Appalled in Athol Dear Appalled, If you are of a certain age tattoos carry a negative connotation, and unless you were in the Navy and woke up with one after a drunken shore leave, it probably wasn’t an option. If we look back on history almost every ‘age’ had a ‘craze’. Like flappers and the 1920’s dance craze, the Charleston. In the 60’s we had the Love Generation. Long hair, short skirts, bra-less, marijuana smoking, hallucinogenic taking, free-love, peace advocating, indulging youth. Remember? Recently it’s the Goth craze and the whole fascination with Vampirism. Romance, pain and horror? Not a combination I find alluring. Recent studies report people get tattoos for several reasons: To Belong. This is a symbol of affiliation –gang, religion, membership. A Tribute or Memory of a loved one. A Special Date. A Passion – a symbol or picture that evokes a personal meaning. Then there are the bad, terrible, do not have that second drink reasons to get a tattoo: A boyfriends or girlfriends name. (Let’s see how this works out!) A depiction of your favorite vice. (May seem like a statement but will eventually look stupid.) Art you currently like or a tattoo because someone else is wearing it. An interesting fact: once first-timers get used to the pain and the process of getting a tattoo, it is not long before they get a second. I hate needles and have passed out with a finger prick, so no way am I ever going to get a tattoo. And, I must confess that I have recently thought a cute little heart on my ankle might be fun. Yikes! This is what happens when a craze becomes universally accepted. In my teens I met a woman who, as a teenager, survived a Nazi concentration camp. She lived with many emotional, physical and spiritual scars from that experience, scars that were kept alive by the memories that the tattoo on her left wrist evoked every day of her life. I also know a woman who has a tattoo that reminds her every day of the love, courage and support she received from her grandfather. Her grandfather was her only positive influence in her childhood and helped her overcome many adversities. Christian tattoo parlors (no nudes, dark idols, or non-reverent depictions) are springing up and the tattoo artists and their clients are finding a ministry through their art. Huh! Never would have thought of that. ‘To Ink or Not to Ink’ all comes down to personal choice and honoring the right for people to have a choice even if it is not my choice. Every choice has a consequence; it is not my job to judge. Appalled, you and I may never understand the diversity and the choices of our fellow human beings. I say all we can do is live in love, reverence and gratitude; to live our lives the best we can in every moment. Thank you for such a stimulating conversation and wanting to understand. Let me know your thoughts. Auntie M.

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