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It makes sense to pay attention to a study that’s gone on for many years. There’s one that’s been in place since 2,400 men and women were born 1946. The study, reported in a recent issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, was called “Physical Activity Across Adulthood and Physical Performance in Midlife.” Scientists hoped to learn whether leisure-time physical activity at a younger age had anything to do with the status of physical strength in later years. The participants were contacted more than 20 times for updated information, checked at ages 36, 43, and 53 and tested for standing balance, how long it took to rise up out of a chair, and grip strength. Standing balance measured how long the participant could stand on one leg with eyes closed, up to 30 seconds. Chair-rise speed involved getting up out of a chair, standing straight and sitting back down — ten times! Grip strength used an electronic device for measurement. Here’s how the results turned out: At all three checks,

© 2011 King Features Synd., Inc. “chair rise” time was positively affected by prior physical activity. At ages 43 and 53 standing balance was affected. At age 53, women’s grip strength wasn’t affected, but it was with men. The conclusion was that yes indeed, physical activity does affect the status of our physical strength and performance later in life. Cooler weather is coming, with winter right behind. Consider signing up for some type of physical activity class, something fun, that meets on a regular basis. We can’t go back and give ourselves a more active youth, but we can start now to give ourselves a stronger future, right? 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

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Most of us eat cheese several times a week but might not know what we’re really eating. This week, Tidbits brings you some facts about the process and a few different popular types. Even though the United States is the world’s leading producer of cheese, (Wisconsin and California are the leaders in production), Greece and France consume the most per capita. The United States also doesn’t have the most distinct varieties. Great Britain produces about 700 different cheeses, and France and Italy produce about 400 each. The flavor, color and texture of a cheese varies by type of milk used, the bacteria or acids used to separate the milk, the length of aging and the addition of certain herbs or particular molds. Most cheese is made from the milk of cows, sheep or goats, although the milk of yaks, horses, buffalo, camels and even reindeer can be used. One type of Mozzarella cheese comes from the milk of a water buffalo. A very rare cheese comes from a Swedish farm that raises three moose. Because the lactation period of a moose lasts only three months, this farm’s moose produce only 660 pounds (300 kg) of cheese per year, and it sells for about $2,000 per pound ($1,000 per kg). If you want true Roquefort cheese, look for a red sheep on the foil label. This means it has been aged in limestone caves near the village of Roquefort-surSoulzon in the south of France. France’s King Charles VI gave sole rights for making this cheese to the village in 1411. Made from sheep’s milk, its distinctive blue veins come from the mold Pencillium roqueforti, which is injected into the cheese and grows within as it ages. The holes in Swiss cheese are bubbles of carbon

dioxide gas produced by bacteria introduced to the cheese. The CO2 builds up at weak points in the curd, forming bubbles. If you’ve ever smelled Limburger cheese, you’ll remember its unpleasant odor. That’s because the bacteria that is introduced to the goat’s milk is the one found on human skin that contributes to body odor. Produced primarily in Germany and the Netherlands, there are only two makers of this pungent cheese in all of North America. J.L. Kraft was responsible for introducing processed cheese (often called American cheese) to the marketplace in 1915. It consists of melted cheese with added milk and butter. What exactly was Little Miss Muffet eating as she sat on her tuffet? During the cheese-making process, the milk is separated into solid curds and the liquid whey by adding an acid (such as vinegar) or a starter bacteria to sour the milk, followed by heating. Curds are really a raw or unprocessed cheese, such as cottage cheese. Do you know which cheese goes with which wine? A mild goat cheese is a good match with a light, fruity wine such as Sauvignon Blanc, but a strong tangy goat cheese goes best with a Burgundy. Pair up a strong-flavored cheese such as Provolone with a robust red wine like Chianti. Serve Zinfandel or Cabernet Sauvignon with a mellow cheese like Gouda. The soft Brie cheese is best served with champagne.

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September 17–23, 2011 variety of hot deli sandwich — langue de vache. That doesn’t change the fact that it’s cow tongue. Y If you order geoduck off the menu, don’t expect to get an exotic poultry dish. It’s actually the largest burrowing clam in the world and is considered a delicacy in Asian countries, selling for as much as $30 per pound. It’s one of the animal kingdom’s longest-living creatures, at an average of 146 years, contributing to the amazing quantity of eggs produced by the female during her lifetime — five billion! The geoduck has a long meaty siphon it uses to suck in plankton when feeding. That portion of this mollusk is usually cooked fondue-style and dipped in soy or wasabi sauce. (continued on page 8)

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Know the Signs of Heart Valve Trouble DEAR DR. DONOHUE: For the past five years I have known that I have aortic stenosis. I have no symptoms and no restrictions on what I do. My doctor says I need no treatment. I’m happy about that. Will I have a shortened life? I’m 55. —- S.B. ANSWER: “Stenosis” indicates narrowing. The aortic valve closes when the heart pumps blood out and into the aorta and the entire body. Closure of the valve stops blood from leaking back into the heart. Because the valve and its opening have constricted, the heart has to pump harder to empty itself. That strains the heart, and, in time, leads to heart failure. Stenosis is relative. Its danger and its consequences depend on how narrow are the opening and valve. Doctors can get an accurate picture of the valve’s dimensions through an

For Advertising Call: 843-368-2997  echocardiogram, a sound wave picture of the heart. When the valve and its opening reach a critical size, decisions are made about the best treatment. Often, it’s surgery with the installation of an artificial valve. If a severely narrowed valve goes untreated, three symptoms develop: chest pain on activity (angina), shortness of breath and fainting spells. Death occurs within three or fewer years unless a new valve is put in place. Surgery is usually performed well before these signs make their appearance. You might never need a correction if the narrowing process stops. You probably wonder how you acquired the valve problem. You might have been born with a valve that had minor defects, which promoted narrowing. Calcifications could have settled on the valve. Or you might have had rheumatic fever as a child, which caused valve deformity. The booklet on heart-valve disorders gives a comprehensive view on these valves and their treatment. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue — No. 105W, 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. i i i DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have had three attacks of gallbladder pain due to gallstones. My doctor is pushing me to have my gallbladder removed. The prospect of


surgery doesn’t thrill me. Can’t these stones be treated in some other way? How does my body function without a gallbladder? — R.C. ANSWER: Have the surgery. You have had three attacks of gallbladder pain; you’re bound to have more. You won’t find the surgery as frightening as you imagine. Often, it is done through small incisions with the guidance of a scope. The body does quite well without a gallbladder. It’s a reservoir for bile, which is made in the liver. When a person eats a meal that has fat in it, as most meals do, the gallbladder contracts, sending a jet of bile into the digestive tract to promote fat digestion. Without a gallbladder for storage, bile drips into the digestive tract on a constant basis; that works out well. Medicines can dissolve gallstones. They take a long time to work, and the stones have to be small. Frequently, the stones re-form after medicines are stopped. i i i 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.

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“Signing Their Rights Away: The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the United States Constitution” By Denise Kiernan and Joseph D’Agnese (Quirk Books, $19.95) Reviewed by Larry Cox In their previous book, award-winning writers Denise Kiernan and Joseph D’Agnese documented the fate of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Their latest book fast-forwards to the summer of 1787, as 39 cranky, mistrustful men meet — once again in Philadelphia — to ratify the United States Constitution. Agreeing on a new constitution was anything but a slam dunk. It was a turbulent time. The United States found itself on the verge of political collapse. American citizens faced runaway inflation and even the foreclosures of their homes and businesses. It was a turning point in the history of this country, and almost everyone realized that the only solution was a governing framework with enough power to truly work. To accomplish this, the delegates had to put aside their differences and compromise, but that was easier said than done, especially considering how different many of them were. For example, David Brearley of New Jersey wanted to erase state boundaries and start over, Henry Williamson of North Carolina believed in aliens, Governor Morris of New York was a playboy who didn’t let his peg leg get in the way of making a play for Dolly Madison, and John Rutledge of South Carolina was so unstable he attempted suicide twice. Added to the mix was Rufus King, the original Ralph Nader, a perennial candidate who ran for president and vice president every chance he got, losing every time, and Robert Morris of Philadelphia, who despite helping to finance the American Revolution, ended up in debtor’s prison and died penniless. How they found common ground to ratify the U.S. Constitution, the world’s oldest living Constitution, is a fascinating story documented by two gifted historians. Kiernan and D’Agnese make both this period and the men who pulled off this incredible achievement exciting and entertaining.





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EDIBLES (continued): Y Folks in Sardinia, Italy, may change the way you think about cheese. Their casu marzu starts with a sheep’s milk Pecorino cheese but with one variable. Whole cheeses are left outside so that the Piophila casei or “cheese fly� can lay its eggs inside the cheese, as many as 500 eggs at one time. Once the eggs hatch, the larvae eat their way through the cheese, and their acidic digestive juices break down the cheese’s fats, resulting in a very soft cheese. There are usually thousands of little white worms in a casu marzu cheese ready for the market. It’s up to the individual diner whether to scoop out the maggots before eating. Y If your plate is filled with the Bosworth, Falstaff or Bedford Fillbasket varieties, you’ll soon be eating one of the most disliked

September 17–23, 2011 vegetables, the Brussels sprout. This vitamin-rich cruciferous veggie belongs to the same family as the cabbage, collard greens, broccoli, kale and kohlrabi. Brussels sprouts were first brought to North America by French immigrants settling in Louisiana around 1800. Y The Scottish regularly cook up a dish called haggis, which is a sheep’s stomach stuffed with a mixture of the liver, heart, lungs, rolled oats and a variety of spices. Some fast-food restaurants in Scotland even have this item on their menu, deepfat fried or as a burger on a bun. For those who don’t care to eat it, there are contests for “haggis hurling,� a sport that has a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. The current record-holder threw a 1.5-pound (.68-kg) haggis a distance of 180 feet, 10 inches (55.12 m).

Gordon Gets One Back It’s so easy to get all misty-eyed. great memory for those who’ll have one. In NASCAR, Jeff Gordon outdueled Jimmie seldom has so much been witnessed by so few. Johnson — his teammate, friend, Gordon had that Jimmie Johnson Sinking Feeling and protege and nemesis — to win the somehow managed to shake the fever. A winner of 85 rain-delayed AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. races has been in a lot of parades, few of them on Since Johnson first roared into the NASCAR spotlight in Tuesdays, and it appeared as if Johnson was going to rain 2002, the two have competed together in 352 Sprint Cup on it. But Gordon held on, against all expectations, and it races. Johnson has won twice as was a grand and righteous many (54-27) and finished ahead spectacle. of Gordon in 55.1 percent. “Not too many people get to do Johnson has won five straight that these days, and I didn’t think championships, and Gordon I was going to be able to do it, hasn’t won any. His four all were either,� said Gordon, and the before Johnson arrived. “that� translated to “beating When Johnson arrived, everything Jimmie Johnson.� changed for Gordon. It’s so Meanwhile, Johnson’s hands tempting to proclaim, while were reportedly trembling when awash in sentimentality, that he climbed out of his car. Jeff Gordon celebrates with a burnout happy days are here again. in his No. 24 Chevrolet after winning “Man, that is what racing is all the Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 They may be, but it’s been 10 about,� he exclaimed “That was a at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sept. 6. years since Gordon’s fourth lot of fun.� (Getty Images photo) championship, and the Chase Gordon held on by his wits, for hasn’t even started. He doesn’t have Johnson on the dear life, with all he had and by the hair of his chinnyropes, and others have just as much a stake in dethroning chin-chin. the perennial champion. If he holds off Johnson for 11 more weeks, it’ll be magic. No one has Johnson on the ropes. He’s finished in the top If Johnson wins again, it’ll be expected. 10 in five straight races, fourth or better in four of them * * * and second in two of the last three. Oh, by the way, he’s Monte Dutton covers motorsports for the points leader. The Gaston (N.C.) Gazette. E-mail Monte at All of that having been noted, the Tuesday race, run at shortly after 11 a.m., with millions of fans at work and Š 2011 King Features Synd., Inc. nestled in neither recliners nor grandstand seats, was a


Nearly everyone has heard of Helen Keller and her triumph over her disabilities. This week, Tidbits brings you a few more details you might not know about this author, lecturer and political activist. F This amazing woman’s life began on a lovely Alabama homestead known as Ivy Green. Her father had served as a captain in the Civil War and worked as an editor for the local paper. Kellers’s grandmother was the second cousin of Robert E. Lee, and her paternal grandfather had been a Civil War hero as well. The family’s pleasant lifestyle changed forever when Keller was 19 months old, and she contracted a critical illness. Doctors called the mysterious illness “brain fever,� thought today to have been scarlet fever or meningitis. Although fairly short-lived, the illness left her blind and deaf. Keller’s parents thought she had recovered until they noticed there was no response from the toddler when the dinner bell was rung or when they leaned into their daughter’s face. F Although able to communicate with her family on a limited basis with signs, Keller was a very frustrated and difficult child, whose screaming tantrums kept the household on edge. Her parents were advised to put her into an institution. F Keller’s mother contacted the Perkins Institute for the Blind, whose director asked Anne Sullivan to become the child’s instructor. Sullivan herself had suffered the loss of most of her vision at age 5 and was a former student of the Institute. A miraculous surgery restored enough of Sullivan’s sight to enable her to read normal print for short durations. The 20-year-old reported to the Keller home when Keller was 7, and the two became companions for the next 49 years. F Sullivan began spelling words into Keller’s hand immediately upon her arrival, starting with the word for

the gift she had brought Keller, D-O-L-L. It was a full month before Keller realized what her teacher was doing, when Sullivan signed W-A-T-E-R into Helen’s hand while holding it under water rushing from the pump. F After attending the Perkins Institute from age 8 to 14, Keller and Anne made the move to New York, where Keller attended a noted school for the deaf. Six years later, she enrolled at Radcliffe, where at the age of 24, she became the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. F Keller published her autobiography “The Story of My Life� while still in college at age 22. She followed up with “The World I Live In� five years later and went on to publish 10 more books and several articles. Keller was introduced to every U.S. President from Grover Cleveland up to Lyndon B. Johnson. LBJ awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964. F Keller was responsible for introducing the Akita dog breed to the United States. While touring Japan, she obtained the dog Kamikaze-go, followed by another from the Japanese government, the older brother of her dog, named Kenzan-go. F Keller’s life was chronicled on the stage in “The Miracle Worker,� a play that was first made into a movie in 1962, starring Patty Duke as Keller. Mark Twain had come up with the description of Anne Sullivan as a “miracle worker.� After a rich and full life, Keller died just shy of her 88th birthday. Her likeness is on the 2003 Alabama state quarter.

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Bad Decisions Legend has it that a reporter asked a senator how it was that he was so successful, and the man replied by saying “good decisions.” How do you make good decisions? “Experience,” was the reply. And how does one gain such experience? “Bad decisions.” I’ve never won an office pool or fantasy league in my life. I’m a joke at the sports book in Caesar’s Palace. And with that, I bring you this year’s roundup of bad decisions as they pertain to the NFL. NFC EAST Prediction: Eagles, Giants (wild card), Cowboys, Redskins Vegas: Eagles The Eagles just have too much firepower, and QB Michael Vick is the league’s MVP. The Cowboys have an enigma at QB with Tony Romo, and the Giants, despite key offseason losses, have depth and a great coaching staff. NFC NORTH Prediction: Packers, Bears, Lions, Vikings — Vegas: Packers Hard not to pick the Packers here — they still have the most talented team in the NFC. But it’s a tall order to repeat in the NFL. As far as the Lions go…prove it, Matt Stafford. NFC SOUTH Prediction: Saints, Falcons (wild card), Panthers, Bucs — Vegas: Saints The Saints are fired up, and with the shortened preseason their experience

For Advertising Call: 843-368-2997  and QB Drew Brees’ attention to the playbook makes them a nice bet. The Falcons are hungry and aggressive. I wouldn’t be shocked to see either in the Super Bowl. NFC WEST Prediction: Cardinals, Rams, 49ers, Seahawks — Vegas: Rams The Rams seem too young for me to feel comfortable betting on them. I’ll take QB Kevin Kolb and expectations of consistency from the Cardinals. AFC EAST Prediction: Patriots, Jets (wild card), Bills, Dolphins — Vegas: Patriots The Jets may win 12 games. So what? The Patriots might win 16. This will be hashed out in the playoffs. AFC NORTH Prediction: Ravens, Steelers, Browns, Bengals — Vegas: Steelers I believe in QB Joe Flacco. The Steelers are the easy bet, but I’m wondering if they can’t be beat by a few outer-fringe teams this season. AFC SOUTH Prediction: Texans, Colts, Titans, Jags — Vegas: Colts This pick means I believe Peyton Manning will be hurt for longer than anticipated. AFC WEST Prediction: Chiefs, Chargers (wild card), Broncos, Raiders — Vegas: Chargers The Chiefs have a killer running back in Jamal Charles, a good quarterback in Matt Cassell and a young, aggressive defense. This will surprise a lot of people. That said, the Chargers are probably better. Oh, well. NFC CHAMP: Eagles AFC CHAMP: Jets SUPER BOWL CHAMP: Jets VEGAS LINE: Patriots over Packers I’m going to believe the hype and take Rex Ryan for the win. It makes for a good story, anyway.

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THIS IS A HAMMER By Samantha Mazzotta

Check Heating Unit Before Cold Arrives QUESTION: Please settle an argument for me. I feel our heating unit needs to be maintained every year, while my housemate has an attitude of, “If it ain’t broke, don’t mess with it.” Who’s right? — Jackie L. in Maryland ANSWER: While most homeowners don’t have their heating (and cooling) systems checked every year — or for several years, for that matter — they should try to schedule a maintenance checkup at least every other year. A licensed air conditioning and heating professional can check the entire system, including ducting and vents, point out potential trouble spots and ensure the unit is working efficiently. In between maintenance checks, homeowners can do some of their own maintenance to keep the heating system in top shape for winter. Fall is the best time to do this, before you need the heat. Here are some tips: • Change the air filter, even if it is relatively clean and was changed on schedule last winter. Once you start using the heating system regularly, replace the filter monthly. • Open vents and registers, check for debris and vacuum out dust and dirt. This not only keeps warm air flowing freely, it helps reduce allergies from dust and pollen. • Clean the blower and motor housing. Often accessible behind the air filter, make sure these two important parts of the heater are free of dust and dirt. Wipe with a clean rag. If the housing is covered with a film of dirt, wipe with a rag dampened in soapy water to clean. Don’t use solvents or harsh chemicals on these parts. • If your heater is a natural gas unit, make sure the pilot light is working efficiently. Turn the burner control to OFF and wait three minutes for the pilot light assembly to cool. Open the pilot light access panel. Turn the burner control to PILOT and light the pilot light (you may need to depress the control while lighting). The pilot light should relight fairly quickly and burn with a clean blue flame. That’s basically all a homeowner needs to do between professional maintenance checks. It may not seem like much, but simply inspecting and cleaning the heating unit each year can go a long way toward preventing unexpected repair bills. HOME TIP: It’s important to locate the shutoff valve for your home’s gas system in the event of a leak. It’s typically near the meter. Send your questions or comments to, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475.

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“Bambi” Wall Pocket

A In 2010, pitcher Arthur Rhodes tied a major-league record with 33 consecutive scoreless appearances. Who also holds the mark? B Twice during the 1980s, a relief pitcher won the N.L. Rookie of the Year Award. Name either pitcher. C The University of Michigan had retired only five numbers in football entering the 2011 season. Name three of the five. D How many seasons of at least 50 wins did the San Antonio Spurs have in the past 20 seasons (1991-92 through 2010-11). E Before the 2010-11 season (32 goals), what was the lowest goal total for a season for Washington’s Alex Ovechkin? F When was the last time before 2011 that Penn State won an NCAA wrestling team championship? G In 2011, golfer Luke Donald became the second player in a row from England to win the Match Play Championship. Who was the first? © 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

Q: I have a wall pocket of “Bambi” that dates from the mid-1950s. It is clearly marked “Bambi, Walt Disney Productions” and is in almost perfect condition with no chips or damage. The original price sticker of 80 cents is still attached to its bottom. Is this a yard-sale item or something to save for my son? — Rachel, Bethalto, Ill. A: The scene of Bambi learning to walk on ice from the original 1942 Disney production might just be the most famous sequence the studio ever produced for a feature cartoon. Your wall pocket is worth about $75. If it has sentimental value, I would save it for your son. * * * Q: I have a wine set that was made by the Asa G. Neville glass company, but I have not been able to find out anything about this company. Can you fill in some of the blanks for me? — Helen, St. Charles, Mo. A: The company was founded by Asa G. Neville in 1891 and operated in Blairsville, Pa. It made globes for kerosene lamps in addition to battery jars, decanters, novelties and, yes, wine sets. Collectors are especially attracted to the

September 17–23, 2011 various pressed glass patterns that the Neville glass works produced. * * * Q: I was a big fan of David Cassidy of the Partridge Family during the 1970s, and I purchased several of his comic books, including issues from February 1972, May 1973 and September 1973. Are they worth anything? — Debbie, Hammond, La. A: The first David Cassidy comic book was issued by Charlton in February 1972, and that premiere issue is worth about $25 in near-mint condition. The other two are worth in the $10 to $15 range, again depending on condition. * * * Q: I found several pieces of art while sorting through my father’s estate. They include work by Enoch Kelly Haney and Scott Bennett. Calls to dealers in New Mexico have gone nowhere. — Alan, Albuquerque, N.M. A: I would begin by hiring the services of a good art appraiser to determine current values. You should expect to pay for this service. Two established art appraisers in Santa Fe are Suzanne Staley, 888-758-1118, and Bernard Ewell, 505- 954-4113. * * * Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to Due to the large volume of mail he receives, Mr. Cox is unable to personally answer all reader questions. Do not send any materials requiring return mail. © 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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BIBLE TRIVIA by Wilson Casey

Challenging The Way We Think and Live in the Coming Week

“Just Do It”

By Pastor Len Stubbs Nike gets the credit for originating the phrase “Just Do It”; but the Bible clearly beat them to it. And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.” — 1 Chronicles 28:20 King David knew what it meant to “Just do it” when he was “strong” and had “good courage” that came from heaven. David was advising his son on how to accomplish this God-given task. The task was overwhelming, but it was deep within Solomon’s heart. Evidently, Solomon was a little discouraged, as well as under a little fear. He had to be reminded, through an encouraging word from his father, that the Lord God would be with him, and that the Lord God would not fail or forsake him. This is incredible! What good news to hear how our heavenly Father treats those that are called “His people”! For good reason we have all heard it said over and over, ”We just need to wait on God.” Without question we do need to wait on God. But there is so much that He has already called on us to do, and did we “do it”? Often sadly No, we didn’t always do it. But it is to these types of prompting’s that we need to step out in faith and courage and “just do it.” So what keeps us from “just doing it”? Could it be that God is speaking to us and we just need a little more “courage” to follow Him. I want to “encourage” each of us to step out in faith and courage to choose to “just do it”! Now, let’s look at the Bible for some “just do it” times. The Levites “shall do it.” Num 1:51: Whenever the tabernacle is to move, the Levites are to take it down, and whenever the tabernacle is to be set up,

the Levites shall do it. Caleb said “certainly do it.” Num 13:30: Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” The Lord will “do it.” Ezek 17:24: “I the LORD have spoken, and I will do it.’” Jesus says believe in me because I “do it.” John 10:38-39: But if I do it, even though you do not believe me, believe the miracles: that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.” Jesus said, He will “do it.” John 14:14: You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. Paul tells us why we should “do it.” 1 Cor. 10:3132: Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Paul tells us in whose name to “do it.” Col 3:17: And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord. Well, what do you think? I told you that the Bible came up with it first. My prayer for us today is that we will join this group of “just do it people.” Let’s “do it” until we have “finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.” Just maybe we should allow the real life example of Jesus to challenge the way we think and live in the coming week.

1. Is the Book of Machpelah in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. From 2 Samuel, who said, “How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished”? Saul, Simeon, David, Peter 3. Who said, “I have heard many such things; miserable comforters are ye all”? Samson, Goliath, The Devil, Job 4. From the Beatitudes, who shall be called the sons of God? Hungry, Peacemakers, Merciful, Lonely 5. What Jewish lady became queen of Persia? Abigail, Sarah, Esther, Ruth 6. Whose biblical name means “God is judge”? Titus, Festus, David, Daniel Wilson Casey’s trivia book “Know It?…or Not?” is available from © 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.

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By Samantha Weaver z It was 20th-century American humorist Evan Esar who made the following extremely sage observation: “Anger is the feeling that makes your mouth work faster than your mind.” z The Ghirardelli company, now renowned worldwide for the fine chocolate it produces, originally was a purveyor of mustard and spices. z Frank Lloyd Wright was an unusually prolific architect. During the 70 years of his professional career, he designed a whopping 500 buildings. z Unless you’re employed in the publishing field, you might think that a typographical error is rather insignificant, something that only nitpickers worry about. Typos, however, sometimes radically change the meaning of text. Take, for example, the 1631 edition of the Bible published by the royal printers in London. A word was left out of one of the Ten Commandments, resulting in the exhortation, “Thou

u “I love to have sauteed, sliced mushrooms, and I use my egg slicer to get perfect slices. It’s very handy and much easier to use than doing it with a knife.” — K.P. in Arizona u To make your own ammonia-based pretreatment for laundry stains, mix together equal parts water, liquid detergent and ammonia in a spray bottle. Never use with bleach. u You can use a soft cloth dampened with vinegar to clean greasy stains off of suede shoes. This also

“A man has to live with himself, and he should see to it that he always has good company.” — Charles Evans Hughes shalt commit adultery.” This book is now known as the Wicked Bible or the Adulterous Bible. Robert Barker and Martin Lucas, the publishers responsible for the error, were fined 300 British pounds, or about $54,000 in today’s currency. z In 1826, the eastern part of Texas declared its independence from the United States, calling itself the Republic of Fredonia. z You might be surprised to learn that author Norman Mailer, best known for his novel “The Naked and the Dead,” majored in aeronautical engineering when he was in college. z If you’re an arachnophobe, you may not want to read the following tidbit: There are some species of spider that dine on fish — and catch them, too.

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Q: One of my all-time favorite comedies is “Will don’t think Ben (and his daughter Pearl) are out of the & Grace,” and I especially love Eric McCormack picture: The season opens with Karen, Ben, Becca on that show. Can you tell me what he’s got and Pearl on a cross-country RV road trip. coming up? I’d love to see him in something, i i i whether on the big screen or small. — David D., Q: I love Joseph Fiennes and think he is absolutely via e-mail superb as Merlin in “Camelot.” Will he and the A: TNT recently announced that Eric would be starring show be back for a second season? — Sally T., via e-mail in its new original series “Perception,” about an eccentric A: I am sorry to report that Starz neuroscientist (Dr. Daniel Pierce, has decided not to continue with played by Eric) who helps solve the “Camelot” series, citing complex criminal cases. The show production difficulties. Starz also stars Rachael Leigh Cook and released this statement to somewhat Kelly Rowan (“The O.C.”). The explain its position: “Due to series will be 10 episodes long and significant production challenges, will join the network’s lineup in Starz has decided not to exercise summer 2012. the option for subsequent seasons of ‘Camelot’ with our production This isn’t Eric’s first foray into partners GK-tv, Octagon Films drama, by far, as he also starred in and Take 5 Productions.” This “The Andromeda Strain,” “Who certainly comes as a surprise to Is Clark Rockefeller?” and many viewers, considering the “Lonesome Dove,” to name just a premiere of “Camelot” garnered few. Also, if you happen to Eric McCormack the highest ratings ever for an subscribe to Netflix or HuluPlus, you must check out his 2004 three-episode guest- original series on Starz, and continued to pull in high starring appearance on “Dead Like Me” (which you numbers for an original cable series. can rent or stream) to see a side of Eric you’ve i i i probably never seen before. Q: Why isn’t “30 Rock” on NBC’s fall schedule? I didn’t hear anything about it being canceled! i i i Q: Can you tell when/if “Californication” will — Janet F. in Florida return for another season? — John D., Columbus, A: Don’t worry, Janet! “30 Rock” will be back for Ohio its sixth season at the beginning of 2012. NBC A: The David Duchovny-starring dark comedy will decided to postpone its premiere, mainly because of be back for its fifth season on Showtime beginning Tina Fey’s pregnancy and also to give a jump-start Jan. 8, 2012. This season will see author Hank Moody to some of its freshman comedies. (David) even more popular (and richer) than ever i i i after his biopic is released. Rob Lowe reprises his Write to Cindy at King Features Weekly Service, role as Eddie Nero, as does Madeleine Martin as P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475; Becca and Natascha McElhone as Karen. Also, Marcy or e-mail her at and Stu continue their relationship, even though she is pregnant with ex-husband Charlie’s baby. And © 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.


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Endplays take all kinds of forms, but the general idea is always the same. Declarer puts one of the defenders on lead at a time when that defender must hand declarer a trick he might not have gotten otherwise. Such situations are usually brought about by design. A declarer is fortunate indeed if the setting occurs naturally; in most cases, the sequence of plays must be carefully planned and executed in order to arrive at the winning position. Consider this deal where West led the K-A and another club against three spades. Declarer ruffed, drew trumps and continued with the K-A of hearts and a heart ruff. The clubs and hearts having been eliminated from both hands, South was now in position to cut his three natural diamond losers to two. So he re-entered his hand with a trump and played a diamond, rendering the defense helpless. West did as well as he could by playing the nine, but declarer, sizing up the situation perfectly, ducked in dummy. It did not matter what East played on this trick. If he allowed the nine to hold, West could do no better than continue with a diamond, whereupon East would take the ace and be forced to yield a ruff-and-discard. Similarly, if East overtook the nine with the ace and returned a diamond, dummy’s queen would become a trick, and South would again emerge victorious. It is true that the contract could have been defeated had West led a diamond at either trick two or trick three. This would have allowed the defense to score two club tricks and three diamond tricks. But once West had failed to do this, South could not be stopped from getting home safely with proper play. © 2011 King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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