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by Kathy Wolfe There’s more to know about ice than just the fact that it’s frozen water. Here are the cold hard facts about cold hard ice! • About 10% of the Earth’s land mass and 7% of its oceans are covered by ice. Close to 98% of Antarctica, located at the Earth’s South Pole, is covered by ice averaging at least a mile (1.6 km) in thickness. Its ice sheet holds about 90% of the planet’s fresh water. • An ice sheet forms when snow that falls in winter does not melt entirely over the summer months. After thousands of years of this process, the layers pile up and compress into thick, dense sheets of ice. In order to be classified as an ice sheet, it must extend more than 20,000 sq. miles (50,000 sq. km). Antarctica’s ice sheet covers almost 5.4 million sq. miles (14 million sq. km), which is about the size of the U.S. and Mexico combined. At one spot the ice is 2.96 miles (4.76 km) thick. Greenland, the world’s largest island, has an ice sheet extending 656,000 sq. miles (1.7 million sq. km), about three times the size of Texas. • The size of an iceberg varies between 3.3 ft. and 246 ft. (1 to 75 m) above the sea, weighing between 100,000 and 200,000 tons. About one-ninth of an iceberg’s volume is above water. It’s very challenging to determine the shape of that portion that lies underwater.

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Tidbits® of CDA ICY INFO (continued): • Icebergs are composed of freshwater ice that has broken off a glacier or an ice shelf, causing them to float freely in the open water. During the warmer weather of spring and summer, the formation of icebergs increases as they separate from the Greenland and Antarctica ice sheets and from other outlying glaciers. About 15,000 icebergs separate from Greenland every year, but most melt long before entering the Atlantic Ocean. Less than 400 will flow south of Newfoundland into the North Atlantic. • Iceberg Alley is the area about 250 miles (402 km) southeast of Newfoundland, Canada. This is where the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank in April of 1912. Prior to that disaster, which caused 1,500 deaths, there was no system to track icebergs and protect ships from collision. Immediately, the U.S. Navy began patrolling the waters, and the following year a permanent international system was created. • About 93% of the world’s icebergs are found in the Antarctic, and they are much larger than their northern counterparts. The largest iceberg on record was sighted in the Pacific Ocean in 1956 and measured 60 x 208 miles (97 x 335 km), with over 12,000 sq. miles (31,000 sq. km) of area, larger than the country of Belgium. In the Northern Atlantic, a 551-ft-tall (168-m) iceberg was reported in 1958, the equivalent of a 55-story building. • If all the ice in the world were to melt at the same time, the volume of all the oceans would increase by 1.7%, with a rise in sea level of 1180 feet (55 m). This would be the equivalent of the Empire State Building standing in water up to the 20th floor.

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From the Publisher’s Desk By : Evelyn Bevacqua

TIDBITS ANNOUNCES A NEW CONTEST ENTER TO WIN A RESTAURANT GIFT CERTIFICATE!

It’s FUN and Easy! Each week a different business logo will appear multiple times throughout the paper. The logo will be in color and different sizes Count the number of times it appears including the ads. Then call or email the answer to evelyn2318@ gmail.com or Call 208.755.9120. . The Winner will be contacted and announced each week with a photo in front of the participating restaurant. Answers must be submitted by 6:00 p.m.on Sunday.

This week's $25.00 gift certificate will be from Elmer’s Restaurant and the logo will be All Things Irish!

WILL YOU BE THE WINNER?

Winner of last weeks contest! Eden Irgens from CDA


EVENT CALENDAR

Holiday Light Show

the Coeur d’Alene Resort turns up the bright lights with it’s Holiday Light show. Throughout the holiday season you can experience America’s largest floating holiday light show and laser extravaganza. Cruise boats take you on Lake Coeur d’Alene to view the animated light displays and holiday scenes along the Coeur d’Alene Resort shoreline, and then a special visit to Santa’s workshop. Other events include breakfasts with Santa, Sunday brunches with Dickens Carolers and Mrs. Clause, Santa Cruises for the very young, a downtown Christmas lighting ceremony, fireworks shows and a lighted parade. (208) 664-3194

Dec 17, 2013 Live Soft Blues and Jazz 315 Martinis & Tapas 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM www.315martinisandtapas.com Dec 17, 2013 Unique Gifts Show All Day Event Featuring works by all local artists with beautiful and unique pieces priced under $250 get your Christmas shopping done early! Location: Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N William St, Post Falls, ID 83854 Dec 18, 2013 Live After 5 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Live music, Beer garden (beer by Trickster’s Brewing), food Location: 6th and Sherman, Coeur d’Alene, ID Dec 20, 2013 Daanen’s Delicatessen Wine Tasting & Live Music 4:30 PM - 10:00 PM Wine tasting is available every Friday from 4:30-7:00pm with live local music from 7-10 pm. Location: Daanen’s Deli, 8049 Wayne Blvd, Hayden, Idaho 83835 Dec 21, 2013 Live Music - The Country Club CdA 9:00 PM Live Music at 9pm on the K102 Country Club Stage with NO cover charge! Visit The Country Club’s Facebook page to see who’s playing. Location: The Country Club, 216 E Coeur d’Alene Ave, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814 Open Mic Night - Calypsos Dec 23, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM Musicians, artists, comedians, and poets... all welcome! Located next to Toro Viejo downtown Cd’A. Sign Up starts at 5:30p.m. Visit www.calypsoscoffee.com for more information Location: Calypsos Coffee & Creamery, 116 E. Lakeside, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814 Tuesday Dec 24th 7 PM Candle Light Service Unity Spirit Center of North Idaho 4465 N. 15th Coeur d’ Alene ID 208-664-1125www.unitycenter.org

Tidbits® of CDA ICY INFO (continued): • Water freezes from the outside in, expanding as it freezes. Tiny air bubbles are trapped in the water as it freezes, and the air is pushed to the center of an ice cube, which is shy cubes have cloudy, opaque centers. Ice cubes made from tap water have more air content, making them cloudier. If you want your ice cubes to be perfectly clear, start off with hot water, which has less air than cold water from the faucet. Or use bottled water, boiling it briefly before freezing. • When can you trust walking on ice? Ice with a thickness of two inches (5.1 cm) will support the weight of a man. Ice that is four inches (10.2 cm) thick will support that man on horseback. • Hail forms inside strong thunderstorm clouds when those clouds with updrafts pick up water droplets and carry them above the freezing level. Hailstones measure between .2 inch (5 mm) and 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter. In North America, “Hail Alley” is where hail is most common, that area where Colorado, Nebraska, and Wyoming meet. Cheyenne, Wyoming is the continent’s most hail-prone city, with about 9 to 10 hailstorms during the time from May to September. Vivian, South Dakota recorded the U.S.’s largest hailstone in July, 2010, with a diameter of 8 inches (20 cm) and a weight of 1.93 lbs. (0.88 kg). The world’s largest fell in 1986 in Bangladesh and weighed 2.25 lbs. (1 kg), and was about the size of a cantaloupe. That deadly storm killed 92 people. • What’s the difference between ice and dry ice? Regular ice is frozen water, while dry ice is frozen carbon dioxide. Dry ice is much colder, with temps below -108 degrees F (-78 C). Carbon dioxide does not go through a liquid state as it cools from gas to a solid state, and it also doesn’t melt. Rather, it changes directly from a solid into a vapor.

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® of®Dallas Tidbits County Tidbits of CDA ICY INFO (continued): • The word “ice” doesn’t always refer to water that has frozen into a solid form. It can also refer to an air of unfriendliness or animosity, when the atmosphere turns to ice. It can be a snack of shaved ice flavored with sweetened juice. The term can also mean flashy diamond jewelry or a smokable form of an illegal methamphetamine. As a verb, to a hired assassin, it’s slang for killing their victim and to a baker, it’s what they do to a cake. To a hockey player, it’s their skating surface as well as the act of shooting the puck out of defensive territory and far into the opposing team’s territory. If you’re too busy at work to take any time off, you put your vacation on ice when you postpone it. If you’re in an awkward social situation and no one is speaking, you might break the ice by offering the first remarks. But be careful about offensive remarks – they might put you on thin ice, meaning you’re in a difficult situation. • A glacier forms when multiple snowfalls occur over many years, even centuries in mountainous or polar regions. Glaciers form only on land, and flow very slowly across the land, powered by gravity, altering the shape of the Earth, creating valleys, morasses, crevasses, and changing landforms. Not surprisingly, the world’s largest glacier, Lambert Glacier is located in Antarctica.

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Spirit Gallery 15th Annual Small Artworks Invitational

The Art Spirit Gallery at 415 Sherman Avenue in downtown Coeur d’Alene will host the 15th Annual Small Artworks Invitational featuring 39 artists and over 200 new works. The opening reception will be on Friday, December 6 from 5-8 pm. Everyone is welcome. The show runs from December 6 -31. Duane and Lola Hagadone are sponsoring this show. We thank them for their generous support of the arts in our region. DECEMBER HOURS: Open every day except Christmas from 11-6. On the web at www.TheArtSpiritGallery.com After November 27, you can view a selection from this exhibit online. It’s that time of year again and once again excited for this event. The new work has been arriving daily and it looks to be a terrific show for the Holiday season. We greatly appreciate anything you can do to help us with publicity to keep the arts vibrant in our area. Please contact us if you would like more information. Happy Holidays! by:Steve Gibbs 39 Participating Artists: Steve Adams, Spokane Chuck Aydlett, Helena Marte Cellura, Sagle Harold Balazs, Mead Morse Clary, Pasco Robin Dare, Spokane Allen Dodge, Coeur d’Alene Mary Dee Dodge, Coeur d’Alene Catherine Earle, Seattle Timothy C. Ely, Colfax Mary Farrell, Spokane Ken Fenton, Fruitland Earnest Fokes, Hayden Lake Kathy Gale, Dalton Gardens Catherine Gill, Spokane Del Gish, Medical Lake Elaine Green, Corvallis Glenn Grishkoff, Palm Desert, CA Robert Grimes, Spokane Max Grover, Port Townsend Ric Haynes, Quincy, MA Melville Holmes, Spokane Michael Horswill, Hayden Robert Kraut, Spokane Jerri Lisk, Boise Mark Lisk, Boise Mel McCuddin, Spokane Teresa McHugh, Dalton Gardens Kay O’Rourke, Spokane Kyle Paliotto, Hayden Ann Porter, Sandpoint Kelly Garrett Rathbone, Helena Selene Santucci, Pullman John Thamm, Spokane Sister Paula Turnbull, Spokane Allie Vogt, Hayden Cary Weigand, Jacksonville, OR Gordon Wilson, Spokane

The Art Spirit Gallery 415 Sherman Avenue Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814 208.765.6006 steve@TheArtSpiritGallery.com www.TheArtSpiritGallery.com


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Q: Can an average person improve their own personal intuition for everyday positive guidensess? A: Yes, here are some easy steps to improve personal intuition: The daily practice of Tai Chi excersize. Tai Chi means moving meditations it's made to calm the central nervous system. The nervous system is an empathetic link in receiving intuition. Intuition is a form of Quantum Entanglement that is using yours and universal energy. Be sure to eat and drink things like electrolytes, super foods, trace minerals and natural supplements ect... Adding Tai Chi and energy to oneself will increase awareness of universal timing or to be in sync by positive synchronicity that leads to your own personal gudieness.

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Q: We are hosting a small 4 generation family reunion this summer. We are looking for a dining experience with good food that won’t break the bank. We have quite a variA: There are actually 8 items that can be classified as the 'germiest' items in a home.Our homes and our lives are full ety of tastes and ages – from 3 to 93. Are we of germs and bacteria, but the #1 item in the home is the Fu-Ki appropriate? There will be 10 of us. Q: I am somewhat of a germaphobe. What is the most germ laden item in our homes, and how do I make my home germ free?

kitchen sponge or dish cloth. This probably isn't news to anyone, and yet the item used to “clean” dishes and countertops is still the germ-iest item in most homes. Residential sponges and dish cloths routinely test positive for illnesscausing bacteria, such as Salmonella, E. coli, and Staphylococcus, as well as the influenza virus. And, the damp material is also a breeding ground for mold. Realistically, with every swipe you could be spreading germs all over the place. No wonder the FDA has banned sponges—which tend to be more hazardous than quicker-drying rags—from commercial kitchens. Here's an easy way to treat the problem. After each use, rinse the sponge or cloth in hot water and then wring it out. Let a sponge dry in a ventilated soap dish. Spread a dish cloth out over a towel bar. At the end of the day, and after every raw-meat encounter, sterilize a wet sponge by popping it in the microwave for one minute (emphasis on “wet”—a dry sponge could catch fire). Toss used dish cloths and other cleaning rags in the laundry. Wash countertops daily with a disinfecting spray and switch to a new sponge every couple of weeks. Germs are a natural part of life but don't allow the little things like sponges and dish cloths to become a breeding ground for bad germs.

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A: Congratulations on your upcoming event. Having four generations come together in these times is a big achievement and a great tribute to your family. Our goal at Fu-Ki Japanese Steakhouse is to create a fun, memorable experience with great food. Our many families and friends come for exactly these reasons. At Fu-Ki your guests have a choice of Teppanyaki grill - cooked right in front of you, featuring beef, chicken and seafood dishes, and, for the more adventurous, Sushi. See our delectable menu at www.fukisteakhouse.com. A meal at Fu-Ki is a highly entertaining gastronomic experience. Be sure to bring your cameras – there will be many enjoyable moments. We do have a children’s menu and 10 people fit comfortably around a Teppanyaki grill! Reservations are suggested. Fu-Ki Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Phone #: (208) 457-7077 1500 East Seltice Way. Post Falls, Idaho 83854

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reasontofor a femaleand cat sustain or dog success for any individual or organization! NETWORKING is the single most powerful marketing tactic accelerate to havemutually even onebeneficial litter. It won’t Networking is about making connections and building enduring, relationships. make her a better companion, Ultimately, it’s not about who you know ... but WHO KNOWS YOU!! Ask any senior executive, politician, community leader or successful salesperson which single skill or habit helped them excel in their career – an overwhelming majority will respond with one simple word… Networking. NETWORKING IS CRITICAL We are constantly bombarded with advertisements, emails, status updates, special offers, and sales pitches creating a cluttered message. Personal relationships enable you and your organization to stand out, rise above the noise and remain top of mind. Relationships are the catalyst for success. People do business with those they like and trust. Serve as a resource, help others succeed. Networking provides the most productive, most proficient and most enduring tactic to build relationships. To succeed you must continually connect with new people, cultivate emerging relationships and leverage your network. WHY NETWORK Learn dynamics within your industry Establish your business contacts Get “plugged in” to your community Seek new career opportunities

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EDUCATE BE KNOWN AS THE EXPERT YOU ARE AND SHARETHIS 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 yourbusiness fresh and exciting. Many are mightier than one! Join, have fun, and be ready to grow.

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By Dr. Holly Carling

DIABETES OR HYPOGLYCEMIA? WHY? I am astounded at the incidence of diabetes and hypoglycemia in this country. Much focus is placed on the management of diabetes and hypoglycemia, but how many times do you hear about how to prevent it? Or WHY you have sugar-handling problems in the first place? Diet is one of the biggest causes, but not the only cause. Hereditary factors may have some influence as well; however, most so-called heredity is not so much genetic transfer, but rather lifestyle transfer. In other words, you eat like your parents eat, and you deal with stress similarly. You may have the same tendency to exercise (or not), to run a busy lifestyle (or a sedentary one) or have similar emotional traits – all of which constitute sugar-handling risks. When you first eat a meal, your blood sugar levels are supposed to go up gradually, and then drop gradually over a period of time. Foods rich in fiber and protein ensure this happens. Refined carbohydrates such as white rice, potatoes, white flour, cereals, and breads turn quickly to sugar, altering this gradual change of blood sugar levels. Overt sugars (candy, ice cream, cookies, cake, etc.) dramatically alter the up and down swings of blood sugar. When you consume overt sugars or refined carbohydrates, your blood sugar raises too quickly and too high, then comes down too quickly and too low. This necessitates the consumption of more sugary foods or carbohydrates to raise blood sugar up once more. This cycle is commonly referred to as “roller coasting”. These swings are initially small, but get more and more dramatic over time. At some point a person may be diagnosed as clinically hypoglycemic. Finally, when this has occurred for a long period of time, the blood sugar raises and doesn’t come back down. It then takes medications to bring it down. This is called diabetes. The causes are: missed or inconsistent meals; meals made up of coffee, candy bar or pastry; diets high in refined carbohydrates or low protein. Protein helps stabilize blood sugar. You also need fiber and good fats to slow the rate the sugars enter the bloodstream. Alcohol and certain drugs will also cause blood sugar imbalances. To balance blood sugar, proper meal planning is essential. Eat consistently throughout the day, and include fiber, fats and protein in each meal. If you tend to be hypoglycemic or are diabetic, keep a protein bar, trail mix, and/or fruit with you as a backup. All the organs involved in the sugar handling mechanism have minerals, fats, proteins and enzymes by which they are dependent upon for function. If they aren’t receiving those nutrients, they won’t function properly. The addition of these to the diet, in proper proportion and in non-synthetic form is vital. The amazing thing about the body is that it has the capability to heal anything wrong with it, IF the body is provided with the nutrients it needs and IF harmful food, drinks and other substances are eliminated. 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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By: Bonnie Whiting

What are some of the top rated pet toys? The Bubble Buddy is a bubble toy that has scented flavored dog bubbles like bacon bits. The Bionic Urban Stick is a virtually indestructible chew and fetch toy for dogs. The Rogz Grinz Dog Toy Ball is a fetch ball and float toy with a place to hide treats. Great for dental health also. Cats Meow Undercover Fabric Moving Mouse Toy keeps cats and kittens playing for hours. Bumper Mouse Motorized Cat Toy is designed with a pivoting wheel that keeps the mouse moving keeping the cat in gaged in continual play.

ANYBODY OUT THERE?

Black Jack ( Yorkie/Chihuahua) is looking for his forever home. His a neutered male 1 years old. Very friendly little lap dog. For more available small dogs or more info please go to our Facebook fan page Alternative Pet Rescue Coeur d’ Alene Id. (208) 661-2286 Non.Profit.org


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Emergency-Room Stay Can We Need More Whistleblow- Cost a Bundle The length of time you might spend in ers Let’s give a big thumbs-up to Dr. H, a physician at a regional Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center ... and a whistleblower. Dr. H testified before a House Veterans Affairs oversight and investigations subcommittee about her whistleblower complaints to the Office of Special Counsel, which have resulted in numerous investigations and findings of serious wrongdoing at the regional center. For example: • Nurse practitioners weren’t supervised. They were labeled Licensed Independent Practitioners, which they weren’t, and they were “practicing outside the scope of their licensure.” There was never any oversight or review of the care they gave. Thus empowered, nurse practitioners prescribed narcotics “in flagrant violation of Federal and individual state laws and VA Handbook regulations,” using one-size-fits-all institutional DEA tracking numbers on the drugs, with no physician oversight whatsoever and no means of tracing who prescribed what. • Doctors were pushed to sign prescriptions for patients they hadn’t even seen. When the doctors objected, the chief of staff brought in residents from a local medical school to write prescriptions after hours. • Veterans were scheduled into fictitious “ghost” clinics where there were actually no doctors, only nursing staff. Many veterans were unaware that they were being seen only by a nurse, not a doctor. • Doctors were pushed to sign collaborative agreements concerning the nursing practitioners’ status (essentially monitoring agreements), and when they objected (they could be sued for the work of the nurse), they were told that 55 percent of their performance pay would be withheld. • Nurses weren’t taking complete histories for patients, just “pasting in” previous information. I’ve read a lot of terrible medical-center reports over time, but this beats them all. I haven’t named the medical center because I fear these problems aren’t unique in the VA health-care system. Freddy Groves regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Send email to columnreply2@gmail.com. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

the emergency room has gotten longer -- and longer -- as many Medicare patients are held under what’s called “observation status.” AARP recently completed a study called “Rapid Growth in Medicare Hospital Observation Services: What’s Going On?” that shows the length of time patients are held that way has grown, sometimes to more than 48 hours. If you’re a Medicare patient, you can be toting up out-of-pocket costs with every passing hour you’re held in this medical limbo. There’s no cost-sharing cap with these observation status stays, not to mention that you might not receive the level of care that you should have. As an observation outpatient, you’re liable for the costs of tests and procedures. Additionally, if you end up in skilled nursing, the observation status time you spend in the hospital doesn’t count for the Medicare requirement that you have three days as an inpatient. Your portion of the costs can skyrocket, and you might even be denied skilled nursing care because you weren’t in the hospital long enough as an official inpatient. Here are some specifics from the AARP study: • Observation status stays have increased 94 percent. • Patient status (observation versus inpatient) is sometimes changed by the hospital after the patient is sent home. • The average cost for skilled nursing that Medicare didn’t cover (due to being originally held in observation limbo) was $10,503. A number of senators in Congress have proposed legislation that would require time spent in observation status to count as part of the three-day inpatient requirement. To read the full 25-page report, go to aarp.org and put the study’s title in the search box. Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Send email to columnreply2@gmail.com.

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REAL ESTATE TALK

By Ed Stevenson Why invest here? Coeur d’Alene a vacation destinations or a life style destination? With everything this area has to offer it is difficult to decide. It doesn’t matter if you are seven or seventy there is something for everyone. If you like to play golf on a world class golf course or hit the ski slopes on one of five resorts, then this is the place for you. With 23 miles of trails, you can walk, jog, or bicycle on a Class I & II paved trails “The North Idaho Centennial Trail”. Need more adventurous we offer sport fishing, hunting, hiking in some of the most breathtaking scenery found anywhere. Some of the great annual events are the Ironman, H1 Unlimited Hydroplane, Car d’Lane Hot Rod show, Art Walk, and the Wooden Boat Festival. Topping off the season with a spectacular Christmas light show, parade and fireworks then a visit to Santa’s workshop. So now you know why it is both a vacation destination and a lifestyle destination. Come for vacation and you may never leave. Ed Stevenson 208~771~2161 ed@nwmonarch.com NWMONARCH.COM

by Samantha Weaver • It was American author Erica Jong who made the following sage observation: “Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.” • Jon Bon Jovi is probably best known for his eponymous ‘80s hair band, but he’s also quite a philanthropist, working on behalf of organizations including the Special Olympics, the American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity. In 2011, the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation opened a restaurant called JBJ Soul Kitchen, in which patrons pay only what they can afford, or can even volunteer in lieu of payment. • Those who study such things say that all mammals, from rodents to elephants, urinate for approximately 21 seconds. This now is known as the “Law of Urination.” • A poll conducted by Gallup determined that 42 percent of Americans believe that people are sometimes possessed by the devil. • Scientists unearthed frozen 30,000year-old plant tissue from fossil squirrel burrows in northeaster Siberia. This would not be remarkable, except for what came next: Researchers thawed the seeds and planted them. The seeds germinated and grew, producing viable seeds of their own, making [SET ITAL]Silene stenophylla[END ITAL] the oldest viable multicellular living organisms. • If you die without any friends or family to attend your funeral, Amsterdam is apparently the place to do it. In that city, a civil servant will provide flowers and a poet will compose a eulogy in verse for those who would otherwise make an unaccompanied and unmourned final journey. • If you leave a cold glass on a table, it’s likely to leave a mark. The Italians (of course) have a word for that mark: cualacino.

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For 505-0674 For Advertising Advertising Call (334) 208-755-9120 Key Clinical Findings from 2013

by: Susan Ashley MD As the year begins to come to a close, I’ll review the top clinical findings for the year and sum them up - everything from new discoveries to interesting studies that can affect your health and treatment. Brain Health: The brains of people with Alzheimers tend to have higher aluminum levels than those without the disease. Autistic children also have higher levels of aluminum. International Journal Maedica Jan 2012. Alzheimer’s patients who walked for more than 2 hours per week had a significant improvement in Mini-Mental status exam. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Jan-Feb 2013 Washington state has the highest ageadjusted mortality rate from Alzheimer’s in the country. The national mortality rate for Alzheimer’s disease in 2010 was 25.1 per 100,000. In Washington, the rate is 43.6 per 100,000. While no one knows for certain why this is so, it is interesting to note that the Pacific NW is an area where soil is selenium deficient. Studies have shown that selenium plays a crucial role in the prevention of Alzheimer’s. Resveratrol increases life expectancy as well as reduces cognitive impairment. Journal AGE Nov 2012. Higher serum folate levels correlated to higher reading scores in children. Nutrition, Feb 2013. Premarin impaired working learning and memory in female rats, by disrupting normal activity of new neurons. Neurobiological Aging, Aug 2012. Iodine ensures that there is enough energy metabolism in brain cells. When pregnant women don’t get enough iodine, it causes severe cerebral dysfunction in the infant. Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging 2006 Bone Health: Higher levels of vitamin B6 and carotenoids (vt A) are associated with a decreased risk of developing osteoporosis. PLoS One, Dec 2012. Low vitamin K is associated with increased risk of knee osteoarthritis. Am Journal of Medicine, Mar 2013. Vitamin K2 may help prevent bone loss in post-menopausal women. K2 supplementation improved bone strength and significantly decreased bone loss in vertebrae. Osteoporosis International, Mar 2013. Do most doctors read these articles on how basic supplements, exercise and nutrition can affect health? Ask your doctor - the answer is probably no. Stay tuned for next week, more clinical findings from 2013, regarding blood pressure and cholesterol!

Susan Ashley MD Family Medicine Liberty Lake, 509-928-6700

ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Careful, Lamb. Don’t let your generous nature lead to some serious overspending as you contemplate your holiday gift-giving. Your social life kicks off into high gear by week’s end. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) A positive attitude helps you weather annoying but unavoidable changes in holiday plans. Aspects favor new friendships and reinforcement of existing relationships. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Demands on your energy level could be much higher than usual as you prepare for the upcoming holidays. Be sure to pace yourself. Friends and family will be happy to help. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Don’t allow a suddenly icy reaction from a friend or family member to continue without learning what caused it -- and what can be done to restore that once warm and caring relationship. LEO (July 23 to August 22) A relationship seems to be unraveling, mostly from a lack of attention. It might be a good idea to ease up on whatever else you’re doing so you can spend more time working to mend it. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) New facts emerge that not only help explain the recent rift with a trusted colleague, but also might provide a chance to wipe the slate clean and make a fresh start in your friendship. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) A family member’s personal situation is, fortunately, resolved in time for you to get back into your hectic round of holiday preparations. An old friend might bring a new friend into your life. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Pace yourself in meeting holiday pressures and workplace demands to avoid winding up with a frayed temper and a Scorpian stinger that lashes out at puzzled kith, kin and colleagues. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) A financial matter requires close attention. Also, news from a trusted source provides the means to help sort out a long-standing state of confusion and put it into perspective. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) This is a good time to reinforce family ties. Make it a priority to assess and resolve all outstanding problems. Start the upcoming holiday season with a full measure of love. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Don’t be pressured into a so-called solid-gold investment. Wait until the holiday distractions are over. Then take a harder look at it. You might find that the “gold” is starting to flake off. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A former friend might be trying to heal the breach between you by using a mutual friend as an intermediary. Best advice: Keep an open mind despite any lingering bad feelings.

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MOMENTS IN TIME The History Channel • On Dec. 19, 1732, Benjamin Franklin of Philadelphia first published “Poor Richard’s Almanack.” The book, filled with proverbs preaching industry and prudence, was published continuously for 25 years and became one of the most popular publications in colonial America. • On Dec. 17, 1843, Charles Dickens’ classic story “A Christmas Carol” is published. Dickens never lost momentum as a writer, churning out major novels every year or two, often in serial form. Among his most important works are “David Copperfield” (1850), “Great Expectations” (1861) and “A Tale of Two Cities” (1859). • On Dec. 18, 1912, after three years of digging in the Piltdown gravel pit in Sussex, England, amateur archaeologist Charles Dawson announces the discovery of two skulls that appear to belong to a primitive hominid and ancestor of man. • On Dec. 21, 1945, Gen. George S. Patton, commander of the U.S. 3rd Army, dies from injuries suffered not in battle, but in a freak car accident. He was 60 years old. Descended from a long line of military men, Patton graduated from the West Point Military Academy in 1909. • On Dec. 22, 1956, a baby gorilla named Colo enters the world at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio, becoming the first-ever gorilla born in captivity. She went on to become a mother, grandmother, and in 1996, a great-grandmother to Timu, the first surviving infant gorilla conceived by artificial insemination. Colo is still alive today. • On Dec. 16, 1960, two airliners collide over New York City, killing 134 people aboard the planes and on the ground. A miscalculation by the pilot of the United flight put his plane directly into the path of a TWA Super Constellation. Christmas presents carried by the planes’ passengers were strewn all over the streets. • On Dec. 20, 1989, the United States invades Panama in an attempt to overthrow military dictator Manuel Noriega, who had been indicted in the United States on drug-trafficking charges. Noriega’s Panamanian Defense Forces were promptly crushed. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.


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FLASHBACK By Mick Harper

1. Name the 15-year-old singer who had a No. 1 hit in 1960 with “I’m Sorry.” 2. What was the very first song recorded by Roy Orbison? 3. Who was the first group to release “Hanging on the Telephone”? (No, it wasn’t Blondie.) 4. What was Diesel’s big hit of 1980? 5. Name the song that contains this lyric: “After I gave you everything I had, You laughed and called me a clown, Remember, in your search for fortune and fame, What goes up, must come down.” Answers 1. Brenda Lee, who won her first singing contest at age 3 and was the main support for her family from the age of 10, when her father died. Lee also recorded “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” at age 13. 2. “Trying to Get to You,” with The Teen Kings in 1956. 3. The Nerves, in 1976. Guitarist Jack Lee wrote it for the group. 4. “Sausalito Summernight.” 5. “It’s Just a Matter of Time,” by Brook Benton in 1959. Benton penned the song with Clyde Otis for Nat King Cole, but it was decided that Benton would use it as his first release. The song topped the R&B charts for nine weeks. (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.


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Tidbits® of CDA TOP TEN MOVIES

1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (PG-13) Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson 2. Thor: The Dark World (PG-13) Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman 3. The Best-Man Holiday (R) Monica Calhoun, Morris Chestnut 4. Delivery Man (PG-13) Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt 5. Free Birds (PG) animated 6. Last Vegas (PG-13) Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas 7. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (R) Johnny Knoxville, Jackson Nicoll 8. Gravity (PG-13) Sandra Bullock, George Clooney 9. 12 Years a Slave (R) Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael K. Williams 10. Dallas Buyers Club (R) Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

Spinach Beet Salad Recipe: 1/3 cup thinly sliced red onions 10 kalamata olives, pitted and chopped 1/2 avocado, peeled and diced 2 large handfuls spinach 2 large roasted beets 1 Tablespoon olive oil 1 oz gruyere cheese To roast fresh beets preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut beets into 1 inch cubes and cover with olive oil. Bake beets for 20-25 minutes. Stir at least once until tender and slightly crispy on the edges. Toss beets and all ingredients together and coat with dressing to taste. Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing: 3-5 garlic cloves 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard 1/2 tsp sea salt 1/4 tsp ground pepper 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 3/4 cup olive oil Press garlic through a garlic press into a bowl or salad dressing container. Add other ingredients and whisk well until thoroughly combined.

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Dear Auntie M.,

I am extremely stressed over the upcoming Holiday Season. My problem is one of economics. I am the paternal grandmother of two beautiful grandchildren, ages 5 (boy) and 8 (girl). I am on a fixed income that does not allow for a lot of extras. Their maternal grandmother on the other hand is very well off. She is able to afford lavish gifts - things I could never give. I know there is no way to compete but I feel terrible when the grandkids seem disappointed with my gifts. Do you have any ideas? Stymied in Sandpoint Dear Stymied, Your situation is not uncommon. This is a family values issue. Your son and daughter-in-law need to be aware of your finances and your feelings. Children learn what is important and what has value from their parents and family structure. You and the kids need to see your time, and spending time with you, as a gift. Make up babysitting certificates for your son and daughter-inlaw that they can use together or individually. Gift the grandkids with one-on-one time with you - Grandma and Me Dates! And maybe some time with both of them. The ‘date’ could be to bake cookies, cook, take a walk, go to church or a park, etc. Teach them something you enjoy - they will catch your enthusiasm. Think about making certificates for each month or each season. This gives them something to look forward to. If you don’t live close, use Skype or FaceTime to connect with them. Read them stories, sing, tell jokes - whatever. Ask the kids and grandkids for ideas, too. After all, aren’t the Holidays about spending time with Family? Please send your questions or comments to DearAuntieMmm@gmail.com. I shall be frank and honest with my response and provide resources where appropriate.



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