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mother and new stepfather in the U.S., Jane descends an extraordinary spiral of familial turmoil, forever pulled like magnetic poles toward her absent father and phantom stepsisters across the world. At the heart of the author’s childhood is an intense competition with Jenny for the affections of the fathers they have unwillingly exchanged. Across far-flung continents and slow years, Jane and Jenny vie for the validating love of both their real and adopted fathers, desperately trying -- both consciously and not -- to answer the little-spoken question of “How did this happen?” The tragedy that ends their competition is fraught with meaning, but few answers, cementing a lifetime of yearning for something and someone long lost. Anyone who has lived through a divorce is familiar with the painful, prodding mystery of what might have been. But Jane confronts a mystery brought on by divorce of another sort: the unrelenting presence of ghosts, an invisible family so deeply intertwined with her own that exist a world away. Truth is often stranger than fiction, but when released in the warm, revelatory glow of Alison’s writing, it is even more so made heartbreaking, reflective and, at times, intricately gorgeous. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Social Security Tips and Tricks… Too many of us have looked over our finances, especially the amount we’ll get from Social Security, and discovered that we can’t make it financially and need to go back to work. Or we don’t retire in the first place. With Social Security, the longer you go without claiming benefits, the more those benefits will be because you keep paying into the system. But then, if you make over a certain amount, some of those benefits are reduced. There’s another way to handle this and get more of your benefits. An idea put forth by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College is called “claim and suspend.” Here’s an example of how it would work. A husband between the ages of 66 and 70 “claims” his Social Security benefits and then immediately “suspends” his claim. The wife gets to put in a claim on his benefits, and he gets to go back to work to keep paying into his fund. Together they’ll have enough to live on, with his paycheck and her benefits check. When he does retire completely, his benefits will be bigger. According to some calculations, those benefits could be as much as 8 percent a year higher -- even more if there’s a cost-ofliving adjustment along the way. The Center for Retirement Research report details the “ideal” retirement ages for both husbands and wives and includes lots of example charts. If you want to read up on claim and suspend, check the Web site for the Center for Retirement Research at (there’s no www for this one) and look for two recent publications called “Strange But True: Claim and Suspend Social Security” and “Strange But True: Claim Social Security Now, Claim More Later.” Before you take any of the steps, it would be wise to talk it over with your financial adviser. Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@ (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Page 6 Tidbits® of Flagler & Volusia TIDBITS GETS MOVING (continued): • The fastest speed by a maglev train was achieved in 2003 by the Japan Railway Company. They clocked their maglev train at 361 mph (581 km/h) in tests they were conducting. • The world’s first steam powered public rail system was the Stockton & Darlington Railway. It was opened in 1825 in Northeast England and connected the towns of Darlington and Stockton-on-Tees. • The earliest track type transportation system (at least, the earliest recorded) is speculated to be the 4 mi (6 km) Diolkos Wagonway, which originated in the 6th century B.C. Grooves for wagons were specifically cut into stone and the vehicles running on it could not leave the track. The wagonway operated regularly for over 1,300 years. • Railway tracks for hauling goods were predominantly wooden before the mid-1700s. In the 1760s, the Coalbrookdale Company began fixing cast iron plates to wooden rails for easier transportation. • The first working steam locomotive was built in 1804 by English engineer Richard Trevithick. However, a working model of a steam locomotive was first designed and constructed by American John Fitch ten years earlier. What’s more, Scottish inventor and engineer James Watts put in a patent for a working steam locomotive even ten years before that! CONVERSING CARS • Paved roads have been around long before the invention of the automobile. Roads were paved using tar as early as the 8th century in the Arab Empire. • Karl Benz was born in Karlsruhe, Germany on November 25, 1844. Benz is the inventor of the modern gasoline-powered automobile, which was the first automobile ever offered for sale.

1. Name the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 R&B song of the year for 1965. (Hint: It was done by a Motown group.) 2. Lionel Richie’s “Say You, Say Me” was the title song for what film in 1986? 3. Name Toni Braxton’s 1997 song that was recorded in multiple languages. 4. What group did “I’ve Been Lonely Too Long,” “How Can I Be Sure?” and “A Beautiful Morning.” 5. In which country was Gilbert O’Sullivan born? Which of his songs was used in multiple films? 6. Who is “Mack” in the song “Mack the Knife”? Answers 1. “I Can’t Help Myself” by The Four Tops. 2. “White Nights,” starring Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines. 3. “Un-break My Heart” was recorded in Spanish, Russian and Hungarian. 4. The Rascals, first known as The Young Rascals, saw their biggest successes in the mid-1960s. 5. Raymond Edward “Gilbert” O’Sullivan was born in Ireland. “Alone Again (Naturally)” (1972) was used in “Stuck on You” (2003) and “Stuart Little 2” (2002), among others. 6. Mack was Mackheath, a serial criminal in the original “The Beggar’s Opera” (1728). It was first translated into English in the 1954 “The Threepenny Opera.” Louis Armstrong and Bobby Darin came out with popular versions of the song a few years later. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

Create Spatter-Paint Art

On a recent trip to California to visit my cousin Ingrid and her family, I discovered what world-famous American abstract artist Jackson Pollock and 13-year-old Audrey have in common. When the urge to paint and create calls, they grab their medium, spatter and throw it all over their canvas and then stand back in joyful amazement. Color everywhere, shooting out in all directions! Pollack called his technique “action painting,” while Audrey described hers as “just plain fun.” While Audrey is too modest to call herself a Pollock protegee, she will admit that she loves to experiment with “paints and crafty stuff,” especially on the spur of the moment. That’s exactly what she did when she and her middleschool friend decided that the canvas butterfly-style chair she decorated when she was an 8-year-old was definitely from another era. A faded “Girl’s Rule” painted slogan and mini drawings no longer fit the updated look of her teenstyle bedroom. Instead of tossing the comfy chair for something new, she repurposed it on a whim. The girls removed the canvas from the frame, grabbed a drawer full of acrylic craft paints in squeeze bottles in Audrey’s favorite colors, and headed outdoors in the backyard. They stretched it out flat on an old ping-pong table and the two of them started squeezing and squirting paint with abandon. The paint took a few hours to dry since some of it came out in “artistic” globs, but the look was sensational and the chair was decidedly hip and trendy. Enjoy this easy and arty activity this summer using a variety of items you might want to decorate. If you use a plain cotton baseball cap, stuff it with newspaper to retain its shape while spattering. For a plain canvas tote bag, insert a piece of cardboard or waxed paper between the two layers to protect the backside from any paint that might soak through. Or, decorate other durable cotton items such as visors, aprons, sneakers or even a lampshade. Set up the project outside with plenty of newspaper placed under the item. Wear an old paint shirt to protect clothing, if you wish. Begin by squeezing out the paint in spurts, alternating with colors. Let dry thoroughly. Note: Find acrylic fabric-style paint in small- and mediumsize squeeze bottles at most craft and art-supply stores. Donna Erickson’s award-winning television series “Donna’s Day” airs on public television nationwide. Visit www. to find out when it airs on your local PBS station and to sign up for Donna’s e-newsletter. (c) 2009 Donna Erickson Distributed by King Features Synd.

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Books Give Pause for Thought… There are some books that you read and you’re not any different because of them. It’s just a way to pass time at the pool or in the doctor’s office. Then there are some books that make you look at the world in a different way, that encourage you or make you feel uneasy about the way you’ve been living -- or perhaps not living. I discovered two of those books recently. One was passed on to me by a friend, “Same Kind of Different as Me.” And one I picked up from the library, “Mrs. Astor Regrets,” the biography of Brooke Astor, a wealthy philanthropist who died at the age of 105 in 2007. Let me compare the books for you. “The Same Kind of Different as Me” is written by two friends, Ron Hall and Denver Moore. Two unlikely friends. Denver is a former sharecropper, and Ron is a wealthy art collector. Denver’s life includes poverty, prejudice and homelessness. Ron’s life includes an education, wealthy clients and luxurious homes. Both lives, however, include Debbie, Ron’s wife. Without giving away too much of the story, Debbie wanted to live a deeper life than cocktail parties, a large bank account and material things. She wanted to give back to God by loving people ... forgotten people ... people like Denver, who was dirty, homeless and unfriendly. Debbie and Ron became dedicated, faithful volunteers at the homeless mission where they met Denver. Ron’s life was changed as well as Denver’s. That friendship and faith in each other was slow-growing but life-changing for both men. Debbie’s persistent love toward both Ron and Denver, as well as others at the mission is an example of how we are to live: not hung up on pretenses or material belongings, but willing to give of ourselves -- time, money, energy, acceptance -- to our family and those whom society casts aside. This is a true story that leaves you buoyed and reminds you that our time, resources and love are not ours to keep to ourselves, but to give back to others. The Brooke Astor biography also is about giving back. Mrs. Astor loved her community and gave millions of dollars to important causes. She is described as America’s favorite aristocrat. But the thing that is different about her story is that her life, at least according to the posthumous biography, centers on fashion, cocktail parties, jewelry and the Who’s Who in Society. She spent a lot of time writing people in and out of her will, and her family life was in shambles -- barely a relationship with her only child, a son who was later accused of taking his mother’s money. I finished the first book and was left with a feeling of lives lived abundantly. Mrs. Astor biography gave me the impression of an empty life built around things that don’t last. Both books made me look at the world in a different way. Write to Taprina Milburn in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475.

TIDBITS GETS MOVING (continued): • The first speeding ticket in the world was given in Dayton, Ohio in 1904. The offender, actor and director Harry Myers, was ticketed for going 12 mph (19 km/h) on a city street. • While we’re at it, what is the world record for fastest speeding citation? A Swedish built Koenigsegg was purportedly ticketed for going 272 mph (437 km/h) in a 75 mph (120 km/h) zone in Texas during the Gumball 3000 rally from San Francisco to Miami back in 2003. • Currently, the most efficient vehicle is the Toyota Prius, which, according to Toyotas website, gets 51 mpg (21 km/L) in the city and 48 mpg (20 km/L) on the highway. • The longest car in the world is the 100 ft (30.48 m) limousine the American Dream. It has a jacuzzi, a king sized bed, a sun deck, a swimming pool complete with diving board and a helipad. It can be adjusted to turn corners by bending at the middles and has a driving compartment at the back to help with turning and reversing. The twentysix wheeled limo was built by Jay Ohrberg, who specializes in building cards for film and television. He built several of the Batmobiles for Batman Returns. • Burbank, California is one of the first cities on the American West Coast to use new hydrogen fuel cell powered buses. These zero emissions buses are able to go 250 miles (402 km) on a six minute charge! UP, UP AND AWAY! • The Montgolfier brothers were the inventors of the hot air balloon. On September 19, 1783, they launched a sheep, a duck and a rooster into the air. The flight was a success and lasted eight minutes and covered two miles, rising to a maximum of 1,500 ft (460 m). The Montgolfier brother demonstrated their balloon before King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

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There’s No Age Limit on Mammograms DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am 81 and have been getting mammograms for as long as I can remember. My doctor insists I continue to get them. At my age, is it really necessary? -- A.C. ANSWER: I can offer you the recommendations coming from different respected sources. They don’t all agree in all particulars. Did you know that half of all breast cancers are found in women 65 and older? A considerable number are diagnosed in women in their 80s. The American Cancer Society says there are no age limits for mammograms, and women should continue to have them if they are in good health. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a panel of experts, tells women to have a mammogram yearly or every other year if her life expectancy isn’t limited by other diseases. The American Geriatrics Society recommends that women 75 and older get a mammogram every two to three years if they have a life expectancy of four or more years. Unless studies are done that show no benefit to continued mammograms, I go with those who favor a yearly mammogram for all women in relatively good health. Breast cancer is a topic that frightens all women. The booklet on that cancer explains it and its detection. To obtain a copy, write to: Dr. Donohue -- No. 1101W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery.

HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My wife has been going through menopause for the past eight years. We have not been intimate through these years. When I bring up the subject of intimacy, she quickly states that she doesn’t want to talk about it. She won’t even hug me. My wife is only 53 years old. It seems like she will be going through menopause for the rest of her life. I have been more than patient, but I would like to have my wife back. If you could give me some advice, it would be greatly appreciated. -- J.T. ANSWER: Menopause can lessen sexual drive, but it shouldn’t completely eliminate it, and menopause doesn’t usually drag on for eight years. Sexual desire is a complex process that involves hormones, nerves, blood vessels, general health and the brain. The brain is, perhaps, the most important element. Your wife needs professional help. Her total lack of sexual desire at a young age and for so long could be a physical problem, so the family doctor is the place to start. If, as is more likely the case, it is a psychological problem, the doctor can start treatment for that, or can refer her to a specialist. You have been more than patient.

HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I take a fish-oil supplement daily. Can you tell me if these tablets contain mercury, as some fish do? -- P.C. ANSWER: Take your fish-oil supplement without fear. Such supplements contain negligible, if any, amounts of mercury. They won’t make you sick. They could make you well.

HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2009 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

• The first human in the Montgolfiers’ balloon was twenty-six year old physician Pilâtre de Rozier. He first rose in the balloon in a tethered experiment and made the first free flight with the Marquis d’Arlandes on the outskirts of Paris on October 15, 1783. • Hydrogen balloons were being developed about the same time as the hot air balloon and on August 27 1783, a hydrogen balloon was launched for the first time in Paris. The first balloon to cross the English channel was a hydrogen balloon. The trip was made by Jean-Pierre Blandraid and Dr. John Jeffries on January 7, 1785. • Hot air balloons were used as tools of surveying and communication in several wars, including the American Civil War and both World Wars. • Although the first hot air balloons intended for passenger use were created in the 1700s, raising lanterns with hot air has been in use in China since 280 A.D. • The Antonon An-225 is the largest airplane ever built. Its first flight was on December 21, 1988 and it can carry up to 550,000 lbs (250,000 kg) of cargo! SAILING AWAY • The world’s largest documented wooden ship was the Wyoming. This six masted schooner measured 450 ft (140 m) long and weighed over 3,000 tons - 6,000 tons when fully loaded! It launched in 1909, last sailed in 1924 and sunk off the coast of Massachusetts. LAST FACT: • Did you know that most automobiles honk in the key of F?

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TIDBITS ALL OVER THE WORLD: SWEDEN Heading just a bit further north this week as we visit the Kingdom of Sweden. The third largest country in the European Union is home to some wellknown musicians and much, much more - lets check it out! • Sweden borders Norway and Finland and is connected to Denmark via the Öresund Bridge. It is the fifth largest country in Northern Europe after Russia, Ukraine, France and Spain.

• The well loved IKEA brand is Swedish. The first IKEA store opened in Sweden in 1958. IKEA now has stores in thirty-six countries around the world.

• The capital of Sweden is the city of Stockholm.

• H&M is another Swedish company. H&M has 1,700 stores in thirtythree countries around the world. It was founded in Västerås, Sweden in 1947. H&M stands for Hennes & Mauritz. The company became H&M when Hennes, (her in Swedish,) a store that catered only to women, merged with Mauritz Widforss, a hunting equipment store.

• Sweden is slightly larger than California. • Several popular Swedish bands have made a big hit in North America as well as internationally. ABBA, from Stockholm, got their name from making an acronym of the first initials of all the members: Agnetha, Beeny, Björn and Anni-Frid. ABBA’s music was the source of inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Mamma Mia! • The Cardigans, from Jönköping, Sweden, have sold over five million albums worldwide and who can forget Ace of Base? The band, from Gothenburg, Sweden, have had four of their single reach gold status in the United States: “All That She Wants,” “The Sign,” “Don’t Turn Around” and “Cruel Summer.”

• Sweden is world renowned for its ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi. It is the world’s first ice hotel. The building process begins in mid-November when the temperature is low enough. The hotel is built entirely from ice, from the glasses to the beds, and contains a bar, church, main hall and reception area and guest rooms. The hotel can sleep 100 guests when complete. More information can be seen in the documentaries of the building of the ice hotel made by the Discovery Channel and National Geographic.

• The world’s largest hemispherical building is in Sweden. The Stockholm Globe Arena was renamed the Ericsson Globe in February of 2009 and can hold up to 14,000 people for hockey tournaments and 16,000 people for concerts. It opened in 1989 and although it is primarily used for hockey, Pope John Paul II held the first ever papal mass in Sweden in the Globen (its nickname) its opening year.

• The nickname of Sweden is Land of the Midnight Sun.

• The Globen also represents the sun in the Sweden Solar System, which is the world’s largest scale model of the solar system.

• The Swedish currency is the krona.

• King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden is dyslexic. His wife revealed the condition publicly in 1997, although there had been prior speculation. • Swedish for father is far and mother is mor.

• The inner planets of the solar system are located throughout Stockholm with the Globen and the outer planets are located to the north in other cities. At a scale of 1:30 million, the planets are sized appropriately and measure an accurate distance from the Globen. For example, the Earth is located at the Natural Historical State Museum 4.7 mi (7.6 km) from the Globen.


Jambalaya Sausage Kebabs… 8 (12-inch) wooden skewers or 4 long metal skewers 2 small (about 6 ounces each) zucchini, cut diagonally into 3/4-inchthick slices 1 red pepper, cut into 1 1/4-inch pieces 1/2 small Vidalia onion, cut into 4 wedges, keeping wedges intact 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon olive oil 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning 1 package (16 ounces) light kielbasa or other fully cooked smoked sausage, cut diagonally into 1-inch chunks 1 large stalk celery, chopped 1 package (8.8 ounces) white rice, fully cooked 1 medium tomato, chopped 2 tablespoons water

1. Prepare outdoor grill for covered direct grilling over medium heat. Meanwhile, soak wooden skewers in water 15 minutes. 2. In large bowl, toss zucchini, pepper, onion, 1 tablespoon oil and 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning. Alternately thread vegetables and kielbasa onto skewers. 3. Place skewers on hot grill rack. Cover grill and cook 10 to 12 minutes or until kielbasa browns and vegetables are tender-crisp, turning skewers occasionally. Remove skewers to platter; keep warm. 4. In nonstick 10-inch skillet, heat remaining 1 teaspoon oil over medium heat. Add celery and remaining 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning. Cook, covered, 5 minutes or until celery softens, stirring occasionally. Stir in rice, tomato, and water. Cover and cook 3 minutes or until rice is hot. Serve rice with kebabs. • Each serving without rice: About 320 calories, 18g protein, 9g carbohydrate, 26g total fat (8g saturated), 2g fiber, 76mg cholesterol, 1,160mg sodium. • Each serving rice: About 85 calories, 2g protein, 17g carbohydrate, 1g total fat (0g saturated), 1g fiber, 0mg cholesterol, 150mg sodium.

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All Eyes on Akron

When you think of Akron, Ohio -- and I know you do -- you think of it as being the rubber capital of the world or the birthplace of Alcoholics Anonymous. But on July 25, Akron becomes the home of the self-proclaimed “greatest amateur racing event in the world” -- the All-American Soapbox Derby. Derby Downs is the place for the race, and has been (with the exception of World War II) held there since 1935, a year after former newsman turned opportunist Myron Scott developed the concept. Covering a local soapbox derby event in Dayton, Scott saw the possibilities of an event on national scale and copyrighted the idea for a tournament based on set rules and uniform parameters. After the inaugural race took place in Dayton, Scott moved the event to Akron due to its hilly terrain (more Akron trivia: Akron means “summit” in Greek). Akron embraced the event, and has run the race ever since. Derby Downs has modern-day significance, too: The racetrack -- three lanes of asphalt that (as you can probably imagine) runs downhill for 989 feet at a 48 feet elevation -- was built through the efforts of the Works Progress Administration, which was the “stimulus package” of its day. So take note, would-be entrepreneurs, maybe you can take some of the taxpayer’s money and make the Pinewood Derby into an international extravaganza.

Think big ... it’s not like it’s your money. If you think I’m making fun, I’m not. The event is a serious one and has the backing of NASCAR: Driver Jimmy Johnson is the celebrity spokesman for the All American Soapbox Derby Association. The event used to be witnessed by more than 70,000 fans per year. It was even televised in its earlier days on NBC. It’s not easy getting to Akron, despite its central location. To compete in the Derby, racers must win their regional contests, and they must purchase their soap-box cars from the All American Soap Box Derby Association. Depending on the stock level (stock, super stock and masters), official soap-box derby racer kits cost between $450 to $650 to start. And there’s a pedigree, a standard to live up to: Several Indy racers have won at Akron, but so have folks like Johnny Carson. Presidents Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon, celebrities like Tom Hanks and racers such as Dale Earnhardt and Tony Stewart have also made the trip to Derby Downs. This summer, more than 500 people representing 43 states and three foreign countries will be in Akron. If you don’t have any plans this summer, why not lather up and point the ol’ Airstream towards Ohio for some clean, all-American fun? Mark Vasto is a veteran sportswriter and publisher of The Kansas City Luminary. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

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is for Coffee

Randomly making our way through the alphabet, this week we talk about that centuries old, caffeinated concoction - coffee! • Coffee has been consumed since as early as the 9th century. It originated in the highlands of Ethiopia, Africa, before spreading to Egypt and by the 15th century it had reached North Africa. From there it spread to Italy and eventually to the rest of Europe and North America. •

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Coffee has been used in religious ceremonies in some parts of Africa but was later banned. It was also banned in Ottoman Turkey in the 17th century because it was considered intoxicating. One legend about the origin of coffee tells the story of an Arab goatherd who lived around 850 A.D. The story goes that the goatherd, named Khalid, wondered about the crazy antics of some of his herd. When he sampled the berry from the bush the goats were eating from he felt a stimulating rush and thus, coffee was discovered. How did the slang word java really come about? Before the 17th century, coffee was grown solely in Africa. Because of its popularity, the Dutch began cultivating coffee on the Indonesian island of Java in what was then known as the Dutch East Indies. Java is a primary component in a Mocha Java, which is a blend of coffee from Java and Yemen.

Here’s some numbers to think about the next time you brew a cup of coffee: it takes forty coffee beans to make one espresso. It takes a coffee tree five years to reach maturity and coffee is only grown in two places in the United States: Hawaii and Puerto Rico. One more while we’re on the subject, while a bottle of soda has the same amount of caffeine as one cup of coffee, a medium sized apple is a better perk in the morning than a cup of coffee.

The two most common types of coffee plant are coffea canephora and coffea arabica.

The Time Is


for Earnhardt Jr. Nine races may seem like an eternity for some, but time is growing short if Dale Earnhardt Jr., the most popular driver in NASCAR, is to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup. With the aforementioned nine races remaining in the regular season, Earnhardt trails 12th-place Juan Montoya by 285 points. He trails point leader Tony Stewart by 760, but Stewart’s point total (2,524) is almost irrelevant to Earnhardt’s situation. Earnhardt, 34, finished 13th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, improving his point position from 20th to 19th but losing eight points in the span between him and 12th place. The crew-chief change at Hendrick Motorsports -- Lance McGrew has replaced Tony Eury Jr. with Earnhardt’s No. 88 Chevy -- has thus far yielded no notable results. It may take time, but now it’s time Earnhardt doesn’t have. He said he’s doing the best he can, hoping a few breaks and improved performance can fuel a comeback.

So what’s with all the fancy names for coffee? Isn’t it just coffee? Why does it need to sound French of Italian? Can’t we just get a plain old cup of joe anymore? If you’ve ever felt a little baffled in a coffee shop (we sure have,) we’ll breakdown some of those names for you:

espresso - this is one shot of straight, strong black coffee. café américano - this is one (or two if you need the extra jolt) shots of espresso plus water café latte - this is espresso plus steamed milk cappuccino - this is equal parts espresso and milk froth caffé macchiato - this is one fat dollop of hot, foamed milk on espresso café mocha - this is one third espresso, two thirds steamed milk with chocolate •

The term coffee came from the Turkish word kahve, which in turn came from the Arabic word qahweh. The English word didn’t appear until the 1600s.

Brazil is the largest exporter of coffee, followed by Vietnam and then Colombia.

And what’s an article about coffee without a little Tidbit or two about Starbucks? The very first Starbucks Coffee opened in Seattle, Washington back in 1971 and today there are currently over 16,000 Starbucks around the world in nearly fifty countries!

After winning once in 2005 and 2006 and going winless in ‘07, Earnhardt moved from the family team, then known as Dale Earnhardt Inc., and replaced Kyle Busch at Hendrick Motorsports in 2008. He won once and made the Chase but finished last (12th). Earnhardt’s fortunes have sagged noticeably since the advent of generic cars, which were fully implemented in 2008. “We’re leaning on our teammates a lot, and if they can run fast with suchand-such setup, I should be able to make it work, and I need to learn how to drive it if it feels different,” said Earnhardt. “I’m really open-minded and trying to adjust whatever I need to adjust to adapt, and it will work or it won’t work, but giving it your best effort is the best way to go. “People say oftentimes the best thing to do is always the hardest thing to do. We’re just putting our foot down and trying to work hard.” Monte Dutton has covered motorsports for The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette since 1993. He was named writer of the year by the National Motorsports Press Association in 2008. His blog NASCAR This Week ( features all of his reporting on racing, roots music and life on the road. E-mail Monte at (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.

“You show up every week thinking you can win and hoping you can win,” he said recently. Earnhardt’s troubles are a mystery. He is a two-time champion of what is now the Nationwide Series. He won two or more races in each of his first five seasons, winning six in 2004 alone and finishing third in the 2003 point standings.

PHOTO: Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s fortunes with new team Hendrick Motorsports have not yet yielded any results, and his chances to make the Chase this season are dwindling fast. (Photo: John Clark/NASCAR This Week)

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