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LEFTIES (continued): ● Left-handedness appears to be an inherited trait. Left-handed members of the British royal family include the Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, and Prince William. But if both parents of a child are lefthanded, there is only a 26% chance that the child will be as well. ● About 1% of the world’s adults are equally skilled with both hands and are dubbed ambidextrous. Other people are awkward with both hands and are said to be ambisinister or ambilevous. ● There is no definitive answer as to why handedness exists. Many studies have been conducted in an attempt to identify characteristics shared by left-handers. Research indicates that they have unusually good visual-spatial skills. Creativity, music, perception, emotions, and spatial awareness are controlled by the right side of the brain. This makes lefties good architects, artists, mathematicians, and musicians. Consider that Albert Einstein, Mozart, Beethoven, Leonardo da Vinci, and Henry Ford were all left-handed. Four out of the five designers of the original Macintosh computer were lefties as well. ● University studies suggest there are more lefties with an IQ over 140 than righthanded people, a list that includes Einstein, Isaac Newton, and Benjamin Franklin. A study of 100,000 students taking the SAT test revealed that 20% of the top-scoring group were lefties, twice the rate of left-handedness in the general population. ● There also seems to be a connection with athletic ability. About half of fencers are lefthanded. Tennis greats Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, and Rod Laver are lefties, and we can’t deny the talent of baseball southpaws Yogi Berra, Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Stan Musial, Ted Williams, and Reggie Jackson.

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LEFTIES (continued): ● But all is not easy for left-handed folks. Because the left hemisphere of the brain controls speech, language, and writing, lefties controlled by the right side of the brain are more likely to be dyslexic, stutter, and have autism. They also process emotions differently than righties and are more prone to negative emotions, such as anger. In the physical realm, lefties seem to have more allergies, migraines, and insomnia. And since the right side of the brain has a lower tolerance for alcohol, left-handed people are more likely to become alcoholics. ● Being left-handed has had negative connotations for centuries. In the 17th century, lefties were thought to be witches and warlocks, and black magic is often referred to as the “left-hand path.” But Incas believed that lefthanders possessed magical abilities and could perform healing. If you receive a “left-handed compliment,” it is deemed unflattering. The Bible mentions the right hand 100 times, all in a positive light, while the left hand is mentioned 25 times, all negatively. The English language even derives the word “sinister,” which means threatening or menacing, from the Latin word sinistra, which can mean either “left” or “unlucky.” ● Even folklore seems to paint lefties in a bad light. If your right palm itches, legend has it that you’ll be coming into some money, but if the left one itches, you’ll be paying money out. A twitch in your right eye means you’ll soon be seeing a friend, while a twitching left eye denotes an enemy on the way. A ringing in your right ear says someone is praising you, while a ringing left ear means someone is cursing you. Going on a trip in the near future? An itching right foot promises a pleasant journey, but if your left foot itches, the trip is going to be a bad one.

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For Advertising Call (740) 446-4543 LEFTY LADIES (continued) ● England’s Queen Victoria had the longest reign of any British monarch, 63 years and seven months. (Her left-handed great-greatgranddaughter Queen Elizabeth II has been on the throne over 61 years.) When Victoria was born in 1819, she was fifth in line of succession behind her father and his three brothers. Her father died while she was an infant, and following the death of her three uncles who had left no heirs, Victoria ascended the throne at age 18. She married her first cousin, Prince Albert at age 21 and the pair had nine children and 42 grandchildren. Her children were linked with so many European royal families, Victoria was nicknamed “the grandmother of Europe.” After 21 years of marriage, Albert was struck down with typhoid fever and died at age 42. Victoria sank into despair and never overcame her grief, wearing black for the remainder of her life. She was the first British monarch to live in Buckingham Palace and the first to ride a train. Victoria survived eight assassination attempts on her life during her reign. A devoted writer, she filled 122 journals during her adult life. ● Leftie Olympic figure skater Dorothy Hamill got her start taking once-a-week group lessons at age 8. Over the next several years, Dorothy’s father spent close to $20,000 a year on the expenses involved in training an Olympic medalist. Dorothy nabbed the gold medal at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria, and instantly became “America’s Sweetheart,” setting a new fashion trend with her bobbed hairstyle. She is also credited with the invention of a figure skating move that became known as the “Hamill Camel,” a camel spin that turns into a sit spin.

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Conditions other than infection can produce symptoms similar to those of an infection -- painful and frequent urination. Interstitial cystitis is such a condition. The woman (less often a man) spends much of the day and night dashing to the bathroom to empty her bladder. She does this with urgency to avoid losing urine control. It's something that disrupts life. A specialist can view the bladder with a scope to see if there are changes of the bladder lining that are consistent with interstitial cystitis. Treatment is not with antibiotics. It's not an infection. A number of other medications are used. If you haven't gotten a definitive diagnosis soon, I'd recommend you see a urologist or a gynecological urologist. The booklet on urinary tract infections provides a summary of typical signs and symptoms and the appropriate treatment. Readers can order a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 1204W, 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 want to ask you about my thyroid. I started to take thyroid medicine for hypothyroidism in 1997 and still take it every morning. My blood tests indicate I am taking the correct dose. How long do I take this medicine? Is it safe? -- E.A. ANSWER: You take thyroid hormone because your thyroid gland doesn't produce enough of it. You are hypothyroid -- low in thyroid hormone. Usually this is a lifelong condition, and taking the medicine is only supplying your body with something it needs. It's safe to take forever.

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1. Neil Sedaka, in 1960. 2. "Patti Smith Group," in 1978. Smith rewrote the Bruce Springsteen song when he wasn't happy with it. 3. "Handy Man." All versions of the song were hits, but Taylor's version netted him a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. 4. Talking Heads, in 1981. The song was used in the film "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" in 1986. 5. "Lipstick on Your Collar," by Connie Francis in 1959. In this very early rock 'n' roll cheating song, the lipstick on the boy's collar isn't the color his girlfriend wears, and she learns he's been "smooching" her best friend.

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Using a putty knife, fill the gouged areas, small holes and the newly created holes where you tapped down errant nails with patching compound or wood putty. Work on one spot at a time, using the putty knife to force the compound into the spot and pressing the blade down until it lies flat on the floorboard. Scrape away excess compound from the edges, feathering outward. Let the patched areas dry completely, usually at least a day. Once dry, sand each patch with fine-grit sandpaper until the compound is flush with the board surface. Sweep away the sanding debris and wipe the area with a damp, not wet, cloth. Finally, apply wood restorer to each patched area, working one at a time, until the patch blends in with the rest of the floor. HOME TIP: Hardwood floors need only sweeping, vacuuming and an occasional damp mop to clean them. For more thorough cleaning and conditioning, look for a hardwood floor cleaning solution. Send your questions or home tips to My new e-book, "101 Best Home Tips," is available to download on Amazon Kindle! Pick it up it today for just 99 cents.

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