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November has been declared National Stamp Collecting Month, Banana Pudding Lovers Month and National Novel Writing Month. Tidbits takes a look at what other occasions are celebrated during the eleventh month of the year. • • November is National Peanut Butter Lovers Month. The average American eats three pounds of peanut butter every year, which adds up to about 700 million pounds, enough to cover the floor of the Grand Canyon. There are about 50,000 peanut farms across the nation, found in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, Texas and Virginia. Just one acre of peanuts produces about 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches. But they’re not for everyone — About 1 percent of the U.S. population is severely allergic to peanuts! And did you know that peanuts aren’t really nuts at all? They’re legumes, just like beans, peas and lentils. • • The Japanese celebrate the Shichigo-san festival on November 15, when they honor their daughters aged three and seven and their sons aged three and five. Shichi-go-san literally translates “Seven-Five-Three, ages that are considered critical in a child’s life. • • November is a big month for Independence Day celebrations, including Poland on November 11, Latvia on the 18th, Lebanon on the 22nd, Suriname on the 25th and Albania on November 28. • • Americans used to celebrate Armistice Day on November 11, commemorating the 11th hour of the 11th day ...continued on page 2

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Laugh Lines! A successful lawyer parked his new Jaguar XK-8 in front of the office, ready to show it off to his colleagues. As he got out, a truck came along, too close to the curb, and completely tore the driver’s door off of the Jag. The counselor grabbed his mobile phone and dialed 911. A policeman pulled up but before the cop had a chance to ask any questions, the lawyer started screaming hysterically about how his Jag was now completely ruined and would never be the same, no matter how the body shop tried to make it new again. After the lawyer wound down from his ranting, the cop shook his head in disgust and disbelief. “I can’t believe how materialistic you lawyers are,” he said. “You are so focused on your possessions that you don’t notice anything else.” “How can you say such a thing?” asked the lawyer. The cop replied, “Didn’t you know that your left arm is missing from the elbow down? It must have been torn off when the truck hit you.” “Oh my gosh!” screamed the lawyer, “My Rolex!”

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of the 11th month of 1918. This was the time when a peace agreement was declared between the Allies and Germany, ending World War I, then called the Great War. It became a U.S. federal holiday in 1938. President Eisenhower officially changed the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954. There are about 9.2 million veterans in the United States over age 65. About 1.9 million are under 35. • • Veterans Day in Canada, Britain, France and Australia also memorializes their heroes on or near November 11. Canada calls it Remembrance Day, and the second Sunday of November in Britain is called Remembrance Sunday. • • The third Thursday in November has been proclaimed the Great American Smokeout, when all smokers have been asked to make a plan to quit or at the least, abstain from smoking on that day. It’s the day the American Cancer Society reminds smokers that cigarette smoking is responsible for over 80 percent of all lung cancer deaths. Just 20 minutes after quitting, the heart rate and blood pressure drop. Twelve hours later, the blood’s carbon monoxide level drops to normal. One year after quitting, the excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a continuing smoker, and 10 years after quitting, the risk of dying from lung cancer is half that of a continuing smoker. • • Musicians, singers and poets pay homage to their patron saint, St. Cecilia, on November 22. This Roman Christian martyr is said to have heard the music of heaven during her wedding ceremony and to have sung to God as she lay dying. The patroness of business and professional women is St. Hilda, who is honored on November 17. • • Everyone seems to have a patron saint, including tavern owners, beggars and drunkards. This honor belongs to St. Martinmas, a noted philanthropist who supposedly hid in a barn to avoid being made a bishop. Because a honking goose gave away his location, many Europeans eat roast goose during the Feast of St. Martinmas on November 11. • • Is matrimony on your mind? According to an old proverb, “Marry in September’s shine, your living will be rich and fine.” However, “If in October you do marry, love will come, but riches tarry.” Now, “If you wed in bleak November, only joys will come, remember.” • • Thanks to Alfred Gerald Caplin we have Sadie Hawkins Day on November 15. Alfred was more commonly known as Al Capp, the creator of the “L’il Abner” comic strip. In 1937, Capp pictured November 15 as a day when the unmarried women of the fictional community of Dogpatch could aggressively go after the town’s available bachelors. Dogpatch’s Sadie Hawkins was dubbed “the homeliest gal in the hills,” waiting interminably for men to “come a-courtin’.” Her father, a community leader, decreed the first annual celebration in the comic strip, and it soon became a popular event across the country. • • November 5 is celebrated in England as Guy Fawkes Day, commemorat...continued on next column

ing the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot, a conspiracy to blow up Parliament and King James I along with it. The plot was an uprising of English Catholics, who believed they were being persecuted unjustly for practicing their religion. Thirty-six barrels of gunpowder were hidden in a cellar under the House of Lords and guarded by Fawkes. Thirteen conspirators devised the plot, and many were killed outright, while others were imprisoned or executed. Fawkes was sentenced to be hanged but jumped off the scaffold and broke his neck. While this doesn’t appear to have been a good idea, it saved him the agony of the drawing and quartering that was to follow the noose breaking his neck. Today, the English celebrate with fireworks and bonfires, with Guy Fawkes’ effigy burned on the fire. • • The day after Thanksgiving has been nicknamed Black Friday in the United States and marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. If it’s one of retailers’ best days, why do they call it Black Friday? It earned this moniker as it is the day many retailers make a profit and are “in the black.” “Buy Nothing Day” is the same day and is a day of protest by some against consumerism and overspending. A Canadian artist conceived the idea and initiated it in Vancouver in 1992. Festivities often include sit-ins with credit card cut-up ceremonies. Some areas use the day to hold a winter coat exchange for the less fortunate. • • Don’t forget Sinkie Day on November 24. That’s the day set forth for recognition by The International Association of People Who Dine over the Kitchen Sink, those folks who think food tastes better eaten over the sink and that it makes less mess as well!


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¥ On Nov. 8, 1847, Bram Stoker, author of the horror novel “Dracula,” is born in Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland. Stoker’s villainous, blood-sucking creation, the vampire Count Dracula, became a pop-culture icon and has been featured in hundreds of movies, books and plays. ¥ On Nov. 10, 1903, Mary Anderson receives patent No. 743,801 for her “window cleaning device for electric cars and other vehicles to remove snow, ice or sleet from the window.” Anderson tried to sell it to a Canadian manufacturing firm, but the company said the device had no practical value. ¥ On Nov. 11, 1921, three years after the end of World War I, the Tomb of the Unknowns is dedicated at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia when an unknown American soldier is buried. A 2-inch layer of soil brought from France was placed below the coffin so that the soldier might rest forever atop the earth on which he died. ¥ On Nov. 7, 1940, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapses due to high winds. At the time, wind forces were not taken into consideration by engineers and designers. The remains of the bridge, at the bottom of Puget Sound, form one of the largest man-made reefs in the world. ¥ On Nov. 12, 1954, Ellis Island, the gateway to America, shuts it doors after processing more than 12 million immigrants since opening in 1892. First- and second-class passengers had easily passed through customs, but those in third class underwent medical inspections to ensure they didn’t have a contagious disease. ¥ On Nov. 9, 1965, Roger Allen LaPorte, a 22-year-old member of the Catholic Worker movement, immolates himself in front of the United Nations headquarters in New York. Before dying, LaPorte, who was against war, declared that he did it as a religious act. ¥ On Nov. 13, 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C. The long-awaited memorial was a simple V-shaped black-granite wall inscribed with the names of the 57,939 Americans who died in the conflict, arranged in order of death, not rank, as was common in other memorials. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Week of November 7th ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A workrelated situation that started last month takes on increasing importance this week. The choice is still yours as to how it will evolve. Be careful not to make quick judgments. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) “Careful” is the watchword for the prudent Bovine this week. Don’t let your emotions overwhelm your logic. Try for balance as you maneuver through a touchy situation. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Your energy levels rise to meet the challenges that will mark much of this month. New opportunities beckon. Look them over, but proceed cautiously before making any kind of decision. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Your private life can be a problem this week, as a partner becomes more difficult. Resist a reaction you might regret. Instead of walking away, try to talk things out. LEO (July 23 to August 22) You should be your usual sunny self these days, as you bask in the admiration you adore. Enjoy it as you move into a new arena to confront an exciting upcoming challenge. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Your perseverance reserves will be tapped frequently this week as you deal with the problems involved in making a new situation work for you. But it’ll all be worth it. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) You’ll find fewer roadblocks turning up as you continue to move ahead with your plans. Expect some important news to come your way by mid-November. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Good news -- you finally get to the bottom of that pesky mystery you’ve been trying to solve for weeks by using some gentle persuasion to get someone to break his or her silence. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) The best time to take on that important task is now. Move forward one step at a time so you can assess your progress and, if need be, change direction. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) The new opportunities you hoped to find this month are beginning to open up. Study them carefully to be sure you make the choice that’s best for you. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Turn a disappointment into a learning experience. Check out possible weaknesses in your approach and strengthen them. A loyal colleague offers good advice. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Your new situation offers opportunities to help you get the skills you’ll need in order to stop swimming in circles and finally move straight toward your goals. Go for it. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a sharp, logical mind and a quick intellect. You would make an excellent mystery writer. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Best Way to Treat COPD? Quit Smoking DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My mother is in her early 70s. She has been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD. She had a bronchoscopic exam to remove a mucus plug. She was a very heavy smoker. She still smokes. She thinks her kids don’t know, but we have seen the evidence. She is on oxygen. Her doctor thinks she has quit. What does this do to her life expectancy? How long can she live this way? -- J.S. ANSWER: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD, is two illnesses: emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Emphysema is a harmful stretching and destruction of the millions of air sacs found in the lungs. Through those delicate structures, oxygen reaches the blood. When they are damaged, a person cannot get enough oxygen and becomes breathless on even slight exertion. Chronic bronchitis is inflammation of the air passageways, the bronchi. They fill with thick, pus-filled globs of phlegm. Air cannot pass through them. A cough that produces of sticky, tenacious sputum is its chief sign. Cigarette smoking is the major cause of COPD, but not the only one. It’s hard to watch people ruin their own bodies and hasten death. That’s what your mother is doing. Tell her that the most important treatment for COPD is total abstinence from smoking. Abstinence allows lungs to recover from the damage done from inhaling cigarette smoke. It doesn’t achieve a complete reversal overnight. It does prolong life. What does this do to her life expectancy? It shortens it. How long can she live? That can’t be foretold. Unequivocally, she will live longer and enjoy her life more if she never lights up again. COPD is a major problem and the fourth-leading cause of death. The COPD booklet explains its causes and treatments. To order a copy, write: Dr. Donohue -- No. 601W, 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. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have arthritis. Every time it rains, my pain seems to increase. I attend the Arthritis Foundation’s exercise classes, and we all have the same response to rainy weather. We’re wondering if this is due to increased humidity, low barometric pressure or just an “old wives’ tale.” -- E.S. ANSWER: A drop in barometric pressure along with an increase in humidity has been demonstrated to cause a flare of arthritis. It’s the exact set of conditions that happen prior to a storm. Some arthritics experience more joint pain when temperature drops. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I would appreciate reading your comments on the current rumor that microwaved food loses all nutritional value. -- C.T. ANSWER: That’s not a current rumor. It’s a piece of misinformation that has been circulating since microwave ovens appeared on the market. It’s not true. Microwaving preserves vitamins and minerals better than almost any other method of cooking. Foods lose some of their nutritional value when they are boiled in lots of water; the water draws out some vitamins. Little water is used in microwave cooking. 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) 2011 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved


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Your risk tolerance — By asking the right questions, a financial professional can help you determine if you’re a moderate, conservative or aggressive investor and then recommend those investments that are suitable for your risk tolerance. Your time horizon — If you’re saving for a down payment on a new home you expect to purchase within two or three years, you may want an investment that offers significant preservation of principal. But if you’re saving for retirement, and you’re three decades away from it, you’ll likely need investments that offer the potential for growth. Your financial advisor can help you choose the mix of short- and long-term investments that can help you make progress toward all your goals. Now, let’s look at the types of milestones that a financial professional can help you with as your life progresses:

From which accounts? Should you rebalance your portfolio to provide more potential sources of income? What about the transfer of your wealth? A financial professional who is familiar with your situation can help you make the right moves to enjoy the retirement lifestyle you’ve envisioned. So, when you really want to invest, leave the “virtual” world behind and connect with a financial professional — someone who has gained insight into your individual needs and who has the experience and expertise to help you build, maintain and adjust a portfolio that can help you move toward your goals.

New child — When you bring a new child into your life, you also add new responsibilities. Do you have sufficient life insurance? Do you plan on helping the child pay for college? If so, what college funding vehicles should you consider? A financial professional can help you answer these questions. New spouse — Whether you’re getting married for the first time, or you’re remarrying, you’ll have to reconcile your financial picture with that of your new spouse. A financial professional can review both your situations and possibly recommend ways for you to reduce debt, eliminate redundancies in your investment portfolios and consolidate insurance coverage. Career change — When you change jobs, you may have to make many investment-related decisions: Should you move the assets from your old employer’s 401(k) to an IRA? Or should you roll over your old 401(k) to your new employer’s plan, if a rollover is allowed? Knowing your options when you leave your job can help you make the right choice for your retirement savings. A qualified financial professional can help you review and understand your rollover options. Retirement — Once you retire, you’ll have several issues to consider: How much can you withdraw from your investments each year? ...continued on next column

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While shopping for vacation clothes, my husband and I passed a display of bathing suits. It had been at least ten years and twenty pounds since I had even considered buying a bathing suit, so I sought my husband’s advice. “What do you think?” I asked. “Should I get a bikini or an allin-one?” “Better get a bikini,” he replied. “You’d never get it all in one.”

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¥ It was French Renaissance essayist Michel de Montaigne who made the following sage observation: “Nothing is so firmly believed as what is least known.” ¥ If someone called you a “mumpsimus,” would you be flattered or insulted? It seems that the appropriate reaction would be to take offense. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a mumpsimus is “a stubborn person who insists on making an error in spite of being shown that it is wrong.” ¥ The English language is unique in the number of collective nouns it possesses. For instance, a group of frogs is known as an “army” and a group of crows is called a “murder.” We have a “shrewdness” of apes, a “wisdom” of wombats, a “congregation” of crocodiles, a “smack” of jellyfish, a “wiggle” of worms, a “crash” of rhinoceroses, a “waddle” of penguins and a “scourge” of mosquitoes, to name a few. Geese flock together in “gaggles,” unless they’re in flight, in which case they are collectively known as a “skein.” ¥ In the Baltic region, it’s traditional for a bride to wear black. ¥ You’ve probably never heard of Harvey Lowe, but in the 1930s he enjoyed a certain amount of notoriety; in 1934 he won the first World Yo-Yo Contest. Now that you know who he is, can you imagine what he had in common with Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and notoriously flamboyant entertainer Liberace? It turns out that all three took out insurance policies on their hands. ¥ If you’re like 20 percent of the respondents in a recent poll, you find it embarrassing to order tap water when you’re in a restaurant. *** Thought for the Day: “A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.” -- Saul Bellow (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

A Dog’s Reading Room Just in time for fall, here’s a selection of pet-related books to enjoy on a blustery evening. This month’s selection features odes to irrepressible dogs, humorous anecdotes, a bit of mystery and some training advice, of course. “A Pug’s Tale” by Alison Pace (Penguin Group) is the author’s second foray into the wonderful world of pugs -- this time in a fictional setting. Heroine Hope McNeill and her beloved pug Max hunt down a priceless painting that’s gone missing from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Psychologist and dog expert Stanley Coren pens a loving ode to Flint, his Cairn terrier, in “Born to Bark: My Adventures with an Irrepressible and Unforgettable Dog” (Free Press). But it’s also an autobiography of his own journey, with and without pets. Well-written and touching, this is an enjoyable and inspiring read. “All My Patients Kick and Bite” is veterinarian Jeff Wells’ second memoir about the joys and pains of caring for farm, domestic and “not-so-domestic” animals. From an escaped dog to an ornery llama, Wells’ anecdotes are humorous looks at caring for animals in a rural area. Finally, if you’re looking for a book that covers the basics of obtaining, training and raising a puppy, look for “The Dog Trainer’s Complete Guide to a Happy Well-Behaved Pet” (St. Martin’s Press). Author Jolanta Bental details everything from choosing a new dog to training and socializing, dealing with common behavior problems and keeping your dog healthy. Anyone considering getting a dog, especially first-time owners, should have a training and care manual close at hand, and Bental’s guide fits the bill. Send your question or comment to ask@pawscorner.com, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. For more pet care-related advice and information, visit www.pawscorner.com. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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