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Dishwasher Phobia Q: My husband went to add dishwasher soap to the dishwasher yesterday morning, but instead of soap he accidentally put Zep commercial drain care into the soap dish -- and turned it on! Now I'm afraid to use either the dishwasher, or any of the dishes or silverware that came out of it. What should I do? -- Alice S., via e-mail A: Check the drain cleaner bottle's label for either directions on cleanup of the chemical, or the manufacturer's phone number. Zep also has a Web site at www.zep.com, where you can find information on that drain cleaner in the Products section under "General Maintenance," as well as a Contact Us section. My instinct tells me that -- if it's household-grade drain cleaner -- running the dishwasher through its full cycle several times while empty should clear it, and washing and drying the affected dishes and silverware with soap and water a few times should clear any residual drain cleaner. Wear rubber gloves while washing them, and keep the kitchen well-ventilated while the dishwasher is running. However, you don't have to do this if you're uncomfortable. Like you, I'm a big fan of making absolutely sure the dishwasher and dishes are safe. That's why I would recommend contacting the company directly, either by calling the number on the label of the bottle, or contacting Zep through its Web site. If you don't get a satisfactory or timely answer, contact a plumber, who can either guide you through a cleanup process, or can come over to assess the situation and provide a solution that you can live with. HOME TIP: For best results, run your kitchen's hot-water tap for a few seconds before starting the dishwasher to make sure the first water fill is hot. Send questions or home-repair tips to homeguru2000@ hotmail.com, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.
Time for Giving This is the time of year when many of us think about those who are in need. Of course, we want to help, but the ability to do so can be limited by our own financial circumstances. Even with limited funds, however, there are ways to help others. Keep it local. Call the clothing bank and ask what it needs. A few new shirts or a winter coat for a child can help a family that's struggling. Call the food bank in your area and ask what it's running out of. Add a few things to your own grocery cart, perhaps spending $5 on a weekly basis, and drop them off. Charities of all types are feeling the loss of donations, and they're stretched to the limit in the goods and services they provide. If you have the means, see about sponsoring a family for the holidays. There are privacy issues, and social-service organizations probably can't give you the names of the recipients, but chances are you can get a list of specifics a needy family would like to have. The social-service office acts as the middleman and hands out the goods as the families come in. Unfortunately you need to watch out for the scams that constantly surface. If you get a call, beware. Anyone can dial your phone and ask for a donation. Get specifics, like a call-back number, and ask for literature if you haven't heard of the organization before. Check before you donate. If you'd rather write a check to a large organization and let it decide where it should go, there are ways you can determine whether your charity dollar is likely to be used on those in need. Here are two charity survey sites that can help you decide: Charity Navigator (www.charitynavigator.org) is a good one. Charities are rated by their efficiency at using the donated funds. You can browse by category (and sort by rating or location) or get information on a specific one by putting the charity name in the search box.
GuideStar (www.guidestar.org) shows the Form 990 of charities. That form will help you determine how much of your donation will go to advertising and solicitations for even more donations. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475, or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.
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Cranberry Trivia Cranberries were originally called "crane berries" by early settlers because drooping cranberry flowers resembled the head of a sandhill crane. Over time, the "e" was dropped. Good, ripe cranberries will bounce, which is why they are nicknamed "bounceberries." To help neutralize the acid in cranberries, add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda when cooking. You'll find you will need less sugar. Cranberry juice has been traditionally used to prevent and treat urinary tract infections. It is thought to help prevent bacteria from adhering to the walls of the urinary tract. Cranberry juice may also have antioxidant and anticancer properties.
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Store-bought pie becomes extra special with homemade, bourbonlaced whipped cream. 1/2 cup heavy or whipping cream 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar 1 1/2 teaspoon bourbon or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 prepared pumpkin pie 1/2 cup(s) packaged spiced sugared pecans 1. In medium bowl, combine cream, sugar and bourbon. With mixer on medium speed, beat cream until stiff peaks form. 2. Cut pie into 8 wedges. Top each wedge with a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle with pecans. Each serving: About 420 calories, 23g total fat (9g saturated), 86mg cholesterol, 395mg sodium, 46g total carbohydrate, 1g dietary fiber, 8g protein. (c) 2009 Hearst Communications, Inc. All rights reserved
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Events Calendar Fri Nov 13th - 15th Holiday Food and Gift Festival. @ Lane County Events Center Exhibit Hall. Fri 12 - 7. Sat 10 - 6. Sun 10 - 5. FREE. Fri Nov 13th Pre-School Story Time at Eugene Public Libray Downtown from 10:15 - noon. 682.8316 Fri Nov 13th An Evening with Bill Maher @ The Hult Center, Eugene. 8pm 682.5000 Fri Nov 13th Conjugal Visitors @ Axe and Fiddle, Cottage Grove. 8:30pm $5 942.5942 Fri Nov 13th Sleepytime Gorilla Museum Featuring Fawn Fable @ WOW Hall, Eugene. Doors open 8pm. $13 advanced. 687.2746 Fri Nov 13th Karen Lovely @ Vets Club, 2nd Floor, Eugene. 9pm. 344-8600 Fri Nov 13th Lisa Lampanelli @ The McDonald Theatre, Eugene. Doors open 6pm. Sat Nov 14th Saturday Songs & Stories @ Springfield Public Library. FREE. All ages welcome. 726.2243 Sat Nov 14th Springfield Youth Farm Stand from 10am to 2pm. 343.2822 Sat Nov 14th Eugene Saturday Market from 10am to 5pm. Rain or Shine. Sat Nov 14th Lane County H1N1 Flu Shot Clinic @ Lane County Events Center, Wheeler Pavilion. 9am - 3pm. FREE 682.4041 Sat Nov 14th - 15th Oregon Crafted Sampler - A Fine Arts & Crafts @ Lane County Events Center, Auditorium. Sat 10am - 6pm. Sun 10 - 5. 683.5589 Sat Nov 14th Pixie @ The Hult Center, Eugene. 8pm 682.5000 Sat Nov 14th Electric Six Featuring The Gay Blades & Millions of Brazillians @ WOW Hall, Eugene. $ 13 or $15 9pm 687.2746 Sat Nov 14th Trunkful of Faces Puppet Theatre@ Axe and Fiddle, Cottage Grove. 8:30pm. $5. 942.5942 Sat Nov 14th - 15th VX36 @ Goodfellas, Springfield. 9pm. 726-9815 Sat Nov 14th Rain Machine @ The Hult Center, Eugene. 7pm 682.5000 Sun Nov t15h The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller by Chip Davis @ Hult Center, Eugene. 7pm. 682.5000 Sun Nov 15th Roger Clyne @ John Henryâ€™s, Eugene. 7pm. 345- 9315 Sun Nov 15th Built to Spill, Disco Doom, Finn Riggin & Doug Martsch DJ Set @ WOW Hall, Eugene. 8pm. $22 Advanced. 687.2746 Mon Nov 16th Eek - A - Mouse with Medium Troy @ WOW Hall, Eugene. Doors Open 8pm. $12 Advanced, $15 Door. 687.2746 Mon Nov 16th Escape the Fate, Abandon The Shore, Forever Ends Today @ WOW Hall, Eugene. 7:30pm. $12 Advanced. 687.2746. Tue Nov 17th Tiny Tots Story Time at Eugene Public Library Downtown. 10:15. 682.8316 Tue Nov 17th Mower - Phychocstick The Athiarchists @ WOW Hall, Eugene. Doors Open 7pm. $15 Advanced. $17 Door. 687.2746 Tue Nov 17th Poetry Night @ Axe and Fiddle, Cottage Grove. 7pm. FREE Wed Nov 18th Casey Neil @ Axe and Fiddle, Cottage Grove. 6:30pm Wed Nov 18th Eugene Symphony: Guild Preview @ The Hult Center, Eugene 12pm. Thu Nov 18th Wine Tasting @ Territorial Winery 5-11pm $5. Thu Nov 18th Cherry Poppin Daddies @ WOW Hall, Eugene. Doors Open 8pm. $15 Advanced. 687.2746 Thu Nov 18th Eugene Symphony: The Mighty Organ Symphony @ The Hult Center, Eugene. 8pm. Thu Nov 18th SHOcase: Oregon Old Time Fiddlers @ The Hult Center, Eugene. 11:15am.
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"The Goliath Bone" by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins (Mariner Books, $13.95) By Chris Richcreek The problem with being a dead author is that your fan base often doesn't get the message when you release a new book, mainly because your fans thought you were dead. But death rarely seems to stop artists of all fields these days. And if anyone would know about death -- and, more specifically, about killing people -- it would be Mickey Spillane, the creator of hard-boiled private investigator Mike Hammer. Many Spillane aficionados might have already stumbled upon "The Goliath Bone," recently released in paperback. It is the first Mike Hammer novel since 1996's "Black Alley," and it's based on an extensive outline by Spillane before his death in 2006. Fellow writer (and Spillane friend) Max Allan Collins finished the story. "The Goliath Bone," whose title doesn't exactly shine along the lines of "I, the Jury" or "Kiss Me, Deadly," appears to be an ending point for an aging Hammer, who is about to marry his longtime secretary, Velda. In a story conceived by Spillane after the events of Sept. 11, Hammer faces terrorists and international intrigue in a case involving what the title describes. The ending seems a bit farfetched, but also contains elements that are vintage Hammer. Collins has indicated that there are some more uncompleted Spillane writings, which means "The Goliath Bone" might not be the final book involving Hammer. That's good to know, because even Hammer describes himself in this latest outing as "a notorious old-time private eye half the public thinks is already dead." Indeed, they did think that. But apparently neither aging nor death can slow down Mike Hammer. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.
1. GEOGRAPHY: What is the only Central American country that doesn't have a coastline on the Pacific? 2. MOVIES: Who played the role of Boo Radley in the movie "To Kill a Mockingbird"? 3. MYTHOLOGY: In Norse mythology, what is the name of the goddess of the past? 4. SCIENCE: What is the only known metal that turns to liquid at room temperature? 5. TELEVISION: Which long-running variety show featured a fictitious radio station named KORN? 6. LANGUAGE: What is the American equivalent of the British term "braces"? 7. RELIGION: Who served as the first pope of the Catholic Church? 8. GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: Who was the founder of the online auction service eBay? 9. ENTERTAINERS: What actor uttered the movie line, "The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed -- for lack of a better word -- is good"? 10. LITERATURE: What is the subject matter of the book "Ten Days That Shook the World"? Answers On Page 7...
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1. Which soul singer was called "the real fifth Beatle," and why? 2. What song did Loverboy contribute to the soundtrack for the movie "Top Gun"? What year? 3. Name the female singer who did "I Am Woman," as well as the year. 4. Name the singer who did "Dreamy Eyes," "Poetry in Motion" and "Talk Back Trembling Lips." 5. What part did Meat Loaf play in the movie version of "The Rocky Horror Picture" show? 6. The Kingsmen were known for their version of "Louie Louie," but who wrote it? Answers On Page 7...
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"Crumpled foil makes an excellent pot scrubber. It works in both metal dishes and in glass casserole dishes. Just wad it up and use it as you would a scrubbie." -- J.H. in Oregon To freshen a musty dishwasher, add a quarter-cup of lemon juice to the soap dispenser and run it empty on the hottest cycle. To ensure the hottest water, run water at the kitchen tap until hot just before you start the dishwasher. "If you go camping with kids, here's a fun way to identify your campsite: Bring several brightly colored helium-filled balloons with you and attach them to the top of the tent. It will be easier to find your tent when coming back from the facilities or hikes." -- P.L. in Louisiana "My digital camera eats up batteries, so I always have a spare pair. Did you know that some breath-mint containers are the perfect size to hold two AA batteries? Check out your candy aisle. My batteries are safely stored in the camera case, not banging about, just waiting to be used." -- D.C. in Michigan
1. Who was the only second baseman before Boston's Dustin Pedroia in 2008 to win the American League Most Valuable Player Award? 2. Jim Kaat pitched 25 seasons in the major leagues. Who was the president of the United States when he started, and who was when he finished his career? 3. The University of Oklahoma's football team set a mark in 2008 for most points scored in a season (716). What team had held the record? 4. Three fathers and sons have each won an NBA championship. Name two of the three combos. 5. Name four of the five NHL teams Scotty Bowman coached. 6. When was the last time an American male won the gold medal in the Olympic marathon? 7. True or false: Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player all won their debuts on the PGA's Championship Tour (formerly Senior Tour). (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.
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Don't Forget Fido During Holidays It's that time of year again. The holidays are moving into full swing as we prepare for Thanksgiving, with Christmas and New Year's approaching fast. And amid all the bustle, it's important to remember our pets and keep them safe. Melanie Monteiro, the author of "The Safe Dog Handbook: A Complete Guide to Protecting Your Pooch, Indoors and Out" (Quarry Books) offers some important tips to keep dogs -- and other pets -- safe this holiday season and throughout the year. ¥ Poisoning: Ingesting chocolate or sweets that contain ingredients like raisins or xylitol (an artificial sweetener) can cause severe health complications and possibly death. ¥ Choking: Small decorations, candy wrappers, holiday lights and wrapping papers are among the items that a pet can ingest and possibly choke on. ¥ "Bolting": A pet can run away when alarmed, particularly at loud noises or when surrounded by unfamiliar people. A pet may run outside as you open the door, or may escape unnoticed while you're entertaining. ¥ Costumes: Antlers on a pup are cute, but make sure they aren't hurting it and that no small parts can fall off or be chewed off and ingested. Pet costumes shouldn't restrict movement or have elastic bands, and should allow the pet to eat, drink and eliminate when needed. Throughout the season, make time for your pet. It's easy for extra walks and play time to fall by the wayside as relatives and friends filter through. Your pet will adjust more easily to the stresses of the holidays if its regular schedule is maintained.
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CranberryOrange Relish Cranberry-Orange Relish is a holiday essential, and this nocook recipe takes just 15 minutes to make. It also tastes great on turkey sandwiches.
1 bag (12-ounce, 3 cups) cranberries 1 medium orange, cut up 1/2 cup seedless raisins 1/2 cup sugar In food processor with knife blade attached, blend all ingredients, pulsing food processor on and off until mixture is coarsely chopped. Cover and refrigerate relish until well-chilled, about 2 hours. If you like, transfer relish to an airtight container and refrigerate up to 2 days. Each serving: About 70 calories, 18g total carbohydrate, 1g protein. (c) 2009 Hearst Communications, Inc. All rights reserved
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Putting Out the Fire of Burning Tongue
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have burning tongue syndrome. At times, it is almost unbearable. The only thing that helps somewhat is a saltwater mouth rinse. My dentist, my internist and a neurologist haven't offered any relief. I also get sores in my mouth and on my tongue. Any insight? -- P.H. ANSWER: Burning tongue syndrome is also known as burning mouth syndrome because the gums, roof of the mouth and lips also can feel like they are on fire. It happens mostly, but not exclusively, to women after menopause. Although painful and disturbing, it's not a health threat. No one knows the exact cause, but it might be that nerves serving the tongue and mouth are malfunctioning. Let me give you a few home remedies for it: rinsing the mouth with cold apple juice; and combining equal parts Benadryl elixir and Kaopectate as a mouthwash. Don't swallow these rinses, and use them four times a day. Another remedy is six drops of hot pepper sauce (Tabasco sauce) in a teaspoon of water and swishing it around in the mouth
25 Tips to Survive Holiday Gatherings It doesn't take a miracle to get through the season's holiday parties with grace and good cheer. The key to stress-free fetes is to apply the same good manners that carry us through the rest of the year, says P.M. Forni, co-founder of The Civility Initiative at Johns Hopkins University and the author of "Choosing Civility: The 25 Rules of Considerate Conduct." With office parties, family gatherings and social events in mind, Forni has made the following list and suggests we check it twice before heading out the door.
Answers To Sports Quiz 1. Nellie Fox of the Chicago White Sox in 1959. 2. Dwight Eisenhower in the beginning (1959) and Ronald Reagan at the end (1983). 3. Hawaii tallied 656 points in 2006. 4. Matt Guokas Sr. (1947) and Matt Guokas Jr. ('67), Rick ('75) and Brent (2007) Barry, and Bill ('77, '86) and Luke ('09) Walton. 5. St. Louis (1967-'71), Montreal ('71-'79), Buffalo ('79-'80, '81'87), Pittsburgh ('91-'93) and Detroit ('93-2002). 6. Frank Shorter in 1972. 7. True. Answers To Flashback 1. Billy Preston, of "My Sweet Lord" and "Nothing From Nothing" fame, played keyboard on the Beatles' "White Album," "Abbey Road" and others. 2. "Heaven In Your Eyes," in 1986. In spite of exposure from the film, the song never climbed higher than No. 12 on the charts. 3. Helen Reddy, in 1972. The song became an empowering anthem for women everywhere. 4. Johnny Tillotson. Even though he never toted up many No. 1 hits, he keeps his career going with personal appearances. Two Grammy nominations didn't hurt. 5. Meat Loaf, born Marvin Lee Aday, played Eddie, a former delivery boy. 6. Richard Berry. Unfortunately, he sold his rights before the song became a major hit. Answers To Trivia Test 1. Belize 2. Robert Duvall 3. Urd 4. Mercury 5. "Hee Haw" 6. Suspenders 7. St. Peter 8. Pierre Omidyar 9. Michael Douglas ("Wall Street") 10. The Russian revolution
At an Office Party: --Drink in moderation. --Gossip and holiday cheer donâ€™t mix. --A good conversationalist is a good listener. When you listen, you show poise and make friends. --As you speak with many colleagues, seek out those you seldom see and those who seem left at the margins of the fun. --Do not say or do anything that is going to be embarrassing in retrospect. You will have to face your colleagues every day back at work.
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four times daily. It might increase the burning at first, but after a day or so it should lessen it. If it doesn't, abandon it. Don't eat or drink spicy or acidic foods or beverages. Don't use mouthwashes with alcohol in them. Change your toothpaste brand. Chew sugarless gum. When burning mouth fails to respond to the above, the medicines Klonopin, Elavil or Neurontin might help. Have your doctors looked for things like dry mouth, B vitamin deficiencies, anemia, diabetes, lichen planus, thyroid problems and Sjogren's syndrome? Sores on the tongue and in the mouth are not ordinarily a part of burning tongue syndrome. Get to a doctor when the sores are present. You might have recurrent canker sores and not burning mouth syndrome. *** The booklet on peripheral artery disease explains this illness and its treatment. Readers can obtain a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 109W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Can. with the recipient's printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. *** 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
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Turkey Not Only Reason For Thanksgiving Nap As you flop on the couch after that Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings, you might find yourself drifting into an afternoon nap. Some people say tryptophan, an amino acid found in turkey, has proved itself to be an effective sleep aid, causing that post-Thanksgiving meal sleepiness. Tryptophan is a precursor of serotonin, a neurotransmitter produced in the brain that can affect mood, according to Delores Takemoto, a professor of biochemistry at Kansas State University. Serotonin can give you a calm and happy
feeling, making you more relaxed and able to fall asleep easier, she said. But Scott Beyer, a professor and poultry researcher at K-State, said that while scientific research shows tryptophan can make people sleepy, it's not the only reason for that post-Thanksgiving meal sleepiness. Only a small percentage of tryptophan can be found in turkey, Beyer said. The sleepiness caused after a Thanksgiving dinner probably has more to do with the actual meal, which is high in fat and carbohydrates, he said, and if you had any alcohol with the meal. (c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.
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