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At this time of year when we are bombarded with ads for a wide variety of toys, Tidbits looks at those toys that have been inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame, as well as some of our other favorites. •America’s National Toy Hall of Fame, located in Rochester, New York, was established in 1998. It honors those toys and games that have maintained their popularity over many years. In order to qualify for admission, the toy must be “widely recognized, respected, and remembered,” and foster learning and creativity. In addition, it must be more than a passing fad and show innovation. Toys in the Hall are not necessarily brand-name items. For example, the kite, bike, jump rope, rocking horse, and jigsaw puzzles are included. Checkers, yo-yos, jacks, and doll houses are all inductees, along with an item nearly child has played with, the cardboard box, a source of endless creativity. • Originally designed as a cereal premium prize, Mr. Potato Head was the first toy to be advertised on network television. Introduced in 1952, he met the lovely Mrs. Potato Head in 1953. He sported a pipe for many years, but in 1987, it was abandoned when Mr. Potato Head became the official “spokespud” for the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smoke-Out. •A French mechanic took his invention L’Ecran Magique, or “Magic Screen” to the International Toy Fair in Germany in 1959, hoping to find a company to buy it. There were no takers for his mechanical drawing toy at the fair, but he eventually convinced the Ohio Art Company to take a chance on it. They renamed it the Etch-A-Sketch, and by the next holiday season, it was one of the nation’s most-wanted toys. The red plastic frame housed a flat gray screen and two knobs connected to a stylus that “etched” lines in aluminum powder on the back of the screen. Turning the toy upside down and shaking it erased the image and recoated the screen. • The Kenner Easy-Bake Oven hit retailers’ shelves in 1963, the brainstorm of inventor Ronald Howes, who was inspired by New York City street vendors roasting chestnuts and cooking pretzels. Two 100watt light bulbs heated the food in a trendy turquoise oven, after little girls had mixed up the packets of cake mix with water. The first year, 500,000 ovens were sold for $15.95 each. Thirty-five years later,

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The Hope Box Some will chastise me, I imagine, for dealing with this topic during the holidays. But it’s the holidays that make this problem even more poignant: suicide among veterans. The suicide rate for veterans has been coming down. So say the compilers of the statistics. However, the number isn’t coming down fast enough. The last semi-reliable number is 18 veterans per day. The list of treatments and drugs thrown at the problem of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, surely a big cause of suicide, is long. Some veterans have done well with drugs or therapies, and some with combinations of those. Now there is a new ray of hope -- specifically, the Hope Box. This new tool is being tested at the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Portland, Ore. Staff at the medical center are using a smartphone app to collect items meaningful to the veteran as a way

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Superball, invented by chemist Norman Stingley, who received the patent for a “highly resilient polybutadiene ball.” Wham-O produced more than 20 million Superballs during the 1960s. •You might not recognize the name “Thousand Wonder Builder,” the name given to a set of wooden sticks and spools. In 1914, Charles Pajeau and Robert Petit observed kids playing with pencils, sticks, and empty thread spools, and created an inspirational toy for children that sold for 60 cents. Renamed Tinker Toys, by 1918 the inventors had sold more than 2.5 million sets. That 2.5 million figure continued every year up until the 1960s. Originally the pieces were all unpainted natural wood, but in 1932, red was added, followed by green, blue, and yellow three years later. • Two of our favorite toys had the same inventor. Reyn Guyer came up with a game that required the players to use their bodies as playing pieces. He called the simple polka-dot vinyl sheet and accompanying spinner “Pretzel,” but when Milton Bradley bought the rights, the name was changed to “Twister.” “The Game that Ties You Up in Knots” sold more than three million units during the first year, and has been played by an estimated 65 million people to date. In 1968, another Guyer invention brought a reprieve to those kids who were in trouble for playing ball in the house. The four-inch NERF ball, which stood for Non-Expanding Recreational Foam, had sales of four million its first year. • As architect Frank Lloyd Wright was building Tokyo’s Imperial Hotel in 1916, his son John was building an idea of his own. As John observed workers using a construction technique of interlocking beams, he visualized a set of toy logs made of redwood. He named them after Abraham Lincoln with a slogan of “interesting playthings typifying the spirit of America.” More than 100 million sets of Lincoln Logs have been sold worldwide. • Play-Doh’s original use was that of wallpaper cleaner. At the request of his pre-school teaching sister-in-law, chemist Joseph McVicker tweaked the formula a bit to produce a soft modeling compound for her students. Joe premiered his clay at a 1955 national education convention, and by the next year, he had a hit. Not only have kids played with about 700 million pounds of Play-Doh, it even has its own national day of recognition, September 16th. to manage suicidal thoughts: photos, videos of loved ones, music, games, phone numbers of help lines and more. The Hope Box has areas on the touch screen labeled Remind me, Distract Me, Relax Me, Inspire Me and Coping Cards. At this point, only a few dozen veterans have been enrolled in the program, but anyone with a smartphone who needs help can create a similar hope box. Go online and search for the app’s creator, Nigel Bush, and enter its title: Development and Evaluation of a Virtual Hope Box for Reducing Suicidal Ideation. You’ll find a .PDF file full of graphics that show what’s in the Hope Box. Even though your VA medical center might not have the Hope Box program yet, staffers have heard of it and will be able to help set up your smartphone. If you’ve struggled with PTSD and suicidal thoughts, please try creating a hope box. Write me and tell me what you’ve put in it. Send email to Freddy Groves at columnreply@gmail.com.

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Weekly Horoscope ARIES (March 21 to April 19) An old adversary wants to make amends over the holidays. The decision is yours. But wouldn’t it be nice to share the upcoming new year with another friend? TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) As news of your work gets around, expect to receive a special holiday “gift” from influential contacts who could help you launch your new projects in the new year. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Instead of fussing over what you didn’t do to prepare for the holidays, relax and enjoy the kudos for a job truly well done. A happy surprise awaits you early next year. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) The best way to shake off lingering holiday blues is to join loved ones in the fun and festivities of this special time. A confusing situation starts to make sense in upcoming weeks. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Special emotional rewards mark this holiday time for Leos and Leonas who are able to open up to new relationships and the possibilities they offer in the upcoming year. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Your efforts to make the holidays especially memorable for some people will be rewarded in some unexpected (but very welcome) ways in the upcoming year. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Be assured that your efforts to make this holiday special for everyone won’t go unnoticed by those who could make some important changes in your life. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Lots of folks want you to light up their holiday parties. But try to take some quiet time ‘twixt those glittering galas to spend with some very special people. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) While the current round of holiday revels has your social life on the fast track, someone special might want to keep pace with you next year, as well. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Enjoy all the fun you deserve at this holiday time. However, don’t lose sight of the need to check out some of the changes the new year is expected to bring. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) What happens during this holiday time can help clear up some of the confusion jeopardizing a once-stable relationship. Follow your instincts on what to do next. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Your holidays are brightened by new friends eager to become part of your life. But don’t forget to spend time with that one special person. (You know who!) BORN THIS WEEK: You have the ability to encourage people to reach their potential by setting an example with your own efforts.

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We’ve all heard that Santa lives at the North Pole. But as you’ll soon learn, the Pole is not exactly the most conducive location for comfortable living quarters! •There are actually two North Poles – a geographic one and a magnetic one. The geographic Pole is the Earth’s northernmost point, also called “true north.” It’s the point where all lines of longitude converge, found at 90° North latitude. All points in the world are south of the Pole, since east and west have no bearing. The magnetic North Pole is hundreds of miles away from the geographic pole, at approximately 82.7° North latitude, but it’s always on the move. It’s the focus of the Earth’s magnetic field, the place where compasses point. This pole moves about 25 miles (40 km) each year. • There is no land at the North Pole, as it sits in the middle of the Arctic Ocean, about 450 miles (725 km) north of Greenland. It’s covered with a constantly-shifting field of ice, typically between 6.5 and 10 feet (2 to 3 meters) thick. Now and then on rare occasions, open water is visible at the exact Pole site. The sea has been measured at 13,980 feet (4,261 meters) deep. • It’s an international law that no country owns the North Pole or any of the Arctic Ocean surrounding it. • There are six months of darkness and six months of daylight at the Pole. The annual sunrise takes place on the equinox around March 19, taking three months to reach its highest point at the summer solstice, around June 21. During the summer, the sun is always above the horizon. It begins a slow descent after the solstice and the annual sunset occurs around September 24. The sky remains in twilight until early October, when it settles into full darkness. •January temperatures at the Pole average around -29° F (-34° C), and summer temps hover around the freezing point of 32° F (0° C). The warmest temperature recorded was 41° F (5° C). •Although Robert Peary and his assistant Matthew Henson are credited with being the first to reach the North Pole, many believed the team missed the Pole by a few miles. The Peary expedition reached the site in April of 1909, but Peary’s claims were disputed by his rival, Dr. Frederick Cook, who maintained that he had reached the Pole the year before. Cook did not provide detailed original navigational records to prove his achievement, claiming that the records had been left behind. Cook’s reputation was damaged beyond repair. • In 1958, the world’s first nuclear submarine, the USS Nautilus became the first vessel to voyage under the ice at the North Pole. •Situated 2,347 miles (3,777 km) north of Seattle and 140 miles (225 km) south of the Arctic Circle is the community of North Pole, Alaska, population 2,200. The town’s name might be North Pole, but it’s nowhere near that site, and is located 1,700 miles (2,700 km) south of the actual geographic North Pole. •Thousands of tourists visit North Pole, Colorado annually, a Christmas-themed family amusement park with a village of 12 alpine buildings established in 1956 on the slopes of Pikes Peak. The park boasts a frozen “North Pole” in the middle of its 25 acres that stays frozen no matter how high the temperature rises.

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Goal Setting Tips to Help You Plan for the New Year With only a few weeks left in 2012, the New Year is right around the corner, bringing with it the opportunity for a fresh start. Are you thinking ahead about next year? In a recent survey conducted by Express, we asked how many people were setting goals for 2013. Out of a total of 751 respondents, 84% said they were setting goals, and 16% said they were not. No matter which group you fall into, it’s very important to set goals! And now is the right time to start the planning process to get you focused and motivated to kick 2013 off with a bang. Are you ready to take the headache out of this process to help get you where you want to be in 2013? If so, start with these ideas.

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1. When was the last time the Chicago White Sox finished last in their division? 2. True or false: In his only season as manager of the Minnesota Twins, Billy Martin led the team to the playoffs.

3. Who led the NFL in rushing the one year that Cleveland’s Jim Brown didn’t during his nine-year NFL career? 4. How many times has Brigham Young’s men’s basketball team made the NCAA Tournament without ever reaching the Final Four? 5. Name the first eighth-seeded NHL team to eliminate a No. 1 and a No. 2 seed in the same season. 6. In 2012, Kamron Doyle (14 years, 218 days old) became the youngest bowler to finish in the top three in a PBA event. Who had been the youngest? 7. Who was the youngest U.S. boxer to win an Olympic gold medal?

The first step in setting goals is to break them down according to category – personal and professional. Do you want to exercise more, eat healthier, or learn a new hobby? Are you seeking a promotion, wanting to switch career fields, or further your education? You first have to know where you want to go before you can get there. The next step is to make them SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely. Make them specific by identifying in detail what you want to achieve. Then, make them measurable by attaching actions that must occur so you can identify your progress and determine if they have been achieved. An example of a specific and measurable goal is to run two miles without stopping. To make a goal achievable, the key is to make it realistic. Do not set a goal so low that it’s not really a challenge to you, but do not set it so high you never reach it. In addition, also make sure the goal is related to what you want to achieve. For example, if you want to become a professor of history, don’t focus on being able to shoot a perfect free throw by June. There is no connection between those two things. Then, set timelines. This will help you stay on task as you make progress toward achieving the goal. Also, be sure to allot yourself a realistic amount of time. Don’t try to be a do-it-all superhero and get everything accomplished in a day. That will only cause you to stress out and give up when things start to get difficult. Finally, when it comes to goal planning, it’s important to perform goal check-ups along the way. Are you going to accomplish things by their deadline? If you realize you need to revamp goals midway through the year, do it. This year certainly has proven that to achieve a goal, you must be flexible and ready to modify if necessary. The key to achieving your objectives is to simply be realistic in what you can achieve. The good thing about setting goals is that they give you something to work toward. Jason C. Poole Your Employment Expert Express Employment Professional Franchisee and Certified Coach and Speaker of the John Maxwell Team. For more information on this topic please contact Jason Poole at Jason.Poole@expresspros.com

A SPORTING VIEW By Mark Vasto What Year Is It? The front page featured headlines about America’s two theaters of war and the suffering of the Eastern European nations. Korea was a looming threat. A Democrat was re-elected president. The sports pages heralded the upcoming championship game in college football -No. 1-ranked Notre Dame vs. No. 2 Alabama. “Honey ...” I began to ask my wife, lowering the paper enough to peer across the table at my pretty wife, who was sitting there in a nice dress leafing through a catalog. (I start most of my requests with “honey.” It’s my cue to her to pay attention because I am clearly in need of something ... like the time we were running late for a function and I stood at the top of our stairs in my Tshirt and boxers, clearly in need. “Honey! What should I wear to this thing tonight?” Her reply: “Put on a pair of khakis and a polo shirt.” I nodded, went back to my closet and realized that all of the clothes I own are khakis and polo shirts. But I digress.) “Honey,” I asked again, “what year is this?” Forget the wars, Korea and the election thing for a moment. Those things didn’t seem out of place to me. But really? Notre Dame vs. Alabama? For the champion-

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ship? And my wife is Donna Reed? What is this? 1950? I think I may have shared the fact before that I’m a lucid dreamer. That is, I have the ability to know when I’m in a dream. Typically, a surreally preposterous event occurs in my dream ... like the person I’m talking to suddenly morphs into my dad or something. Alarmed, I will seek out a newspaper in my dream. I can’t read in my dreams, and since I write for a living, I know that can’t be true. (I have poor grammar usage both in my dreams and real life, however.) But there it was, in black and white and not some weird kanji script. Notre Dame and Alabama. There is not column space enough to share the rich histories of these two fabled football programs. I suppose that in the days to come, plenty will be written about Grantland Rice, Rudy, Knute Rockne, the “Four Horsemen” and winning one for “the Gipper.” Bear Bryant, Gene Stallings and colorful hat selections, stock footage of Heisman winners from over the years and lots of other bronze ornamental artifacts will be displayed. I’ll just focus on the surreally preposterous for now (the 12-point line for Alabama being one of them ... bet on the Irish). Alabama has an elephant for a mascot. Notre Dame has a fighting Irish leprechaun and plays under the watchful eye of Jesus Christ signaling for a touchdown. I put down the newspaper and spread a little marmalade on my English muffin. I don’t care what year it is, I think to myself ... Rudy was still offsides.

warmer, since Florida weather can be tricky in December). Not out of your comfort zone, but just a little less intense. Running the central air or heat less can knock a little bit off of that electric bill. Shut off any unused rooms by closing the registers and then shutting the doors. If you have Christmas lights indoors or out, light them for only a few hours each evening. As far as your workshop goes, that’s pretty easy. Set limits. Politely ask, or have your wife ask, your in-laws to stay away from the shop area. You don’t need to give an excuse. As added insurance, lock the door to the shop -- as long as it doesn’t impede safe exit from the house in an emergency. HOME TIP: The home workshop can be a welcome escape from a hectic holiday schedule. Make some time to work on a project or just organize your workspace this season. Send your questions or tips to ask@thisisahammer. com, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475.

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If you’re planning a festive holiday meal, don’t forget to celebrate with cranberries. Cranberries often are associated with the holidays, but their nutritious tastiness is worth having anytime. Like many fruits, cranberries are high in fiber and vitamin C and low in calories and fat. A fresh cup of these tangy berries has 5 grams of fiber and 24 percent of the vitamin C the average person needs in a day, but just 51 calories. Use fresh, frozen or unsweetened dried berries for the best nutritive value. Cranberries are packed with antioxidants that may help maintain heart health and reduce cholesterol. The tannins in cranberries might help prevent gum disease and urinary tract infections. In the lab, cranberries prevent bacteria from adhering to the walls of the urinary tract and the gum line. According to the November 2010 edition of the Tufts University Health and Nutrition Letter, “trials investigating cranberry intake and urinary-tract infections showed that there has been some benefit established in reducing the number of infections in women.” Cranberry juice is often the form used when deliberately seeking to prevent infection. The fluid in the juice does help maintain hydration, which is known to help prevent infection. Cranberries are very tart and are often consumed in combination with sugar. For example, a glass of cranberry juice cocktail has about 30 grams of sugar and 137 calories. This wonderful recipe uses a cranberries combined with figs and apples to add punch to a delicious roasted pork tenderloin. (Additional information provided by Janet Eckert, Regional Nutrition and Health Education specialist, Harrison County, University of Missouri Extension.)

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PORK MEDALLIONS WITH CRANBERRY AND FIG CHUTNEY 2 cups fresh, frozen or dried cranberries 1 cup apple juice or apple cider 1 medium Gala, Fuji or Granny Smith apple, peeled, stem and core removed and chopped 1/2 cup snipped, dried figs 3/4 cup packed brown sugar or granulated sugar 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed 2 1/2 teaspoons salt 2 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper 2 (12-ounce) pork tenderloins 3 tablespoons honey mustard 2 tablespoons poultry seasoning 3 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil 6 green onions, tops and white ends, diced (optional) Hot cooked brown or long grain rice (optional) 1. For the chutney: In a small, heavy saucepan, stir together the cranberries, apple juice, apples, figs, sugar, rosemary and 1 teaspoon of the salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 8 to 10 minutes or until the chutney reaches the desired consistency, stirring occasionally. Set aside. 2. Cut each tenderloin crosswise into six pieces (12 pieces total), about 1-inch thick. Press each piece with the palm of your hand to an even thickness. Mix the mustard together with the remaining salt and pepper, and the poultry seasoning. Coat each piece with the mustard mixture evenly on both sides. 3. Pour the oil into a large, nonstick skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Place the pork in batches in a hot skillet. Do not overcrowd. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until the pork is slightly pink in the center and the juices run clear, turning once halfway through cooking time. Do not overcook. 4. Place cooked pork on a plate and cover with foil to keep warm. Add more oil to the pan as needed. Continue cooking, a few pieces at a time, until all the pieces are done. 5. Place 2 pork medallions on each dinner plate. Serve with hot cooked rice. Spoon some of the warm chutney over pork. Sprinkle with green onions, if desired. Pass remaining chutney. Makes 6 servings.

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DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Our 37-year-old daughter lives in Denver. She took her younger sister skiing where the altitude was 11,800 feet. Our younger daughter lives in Toronto, where the altitude is 250 feet. She felt discomfort or worse at the higher level. Is it safe for an unacclimatized person to travel to such an altitude abruptly? How best should one treat altitude sickness? Are there potentially any serious or lasting effects of altitude sickness? -- P and H.M. ANSWER: At high altitudes the pressure of oxygen in the atmosphere drops, so less gets into the blood. Most healthy people can tolerate altitudes of 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) to 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) without difficulty. Older people and people with heart and lung disease might become short of breath at such heights. An unacclimatized person, trying to function at 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) or more, can run into trouble if the person doesn’t make the ascent slowly. Above 8,000 feet, people should not ascend more than 1,000 feet a day without returning to a lower altitude to sleep. They can continue to go higher if they descend 1,000 feet each night to sleep. They will know they are pushing too fast if a moderate amount of activity leaves them breathless and bushed. Acute mountain sickness, a formidable illness, occurs to unacclimatized people in the first six to 24 hours at a given height. People become short of breath, dizzy, have a dry cough and are nauseated. They often have a headache. High-altitude pulmonary edema, an even more serious illness and an emergency, fills the lungs with fluid. People cough, and the cough’s mucus is pink or bloody. These people have to be taken quickly to a lower altitude, and personnel experienced in the treatment of this condition have to manage definitive treatment. People who fully recover from either usually don’t have permanent damage. They are vulnerable to a second episode, however. Your daughter can protect herself on her next visit by slowly ascending and by taking Diamox. It’s a mild diuretic that affords good protection against altitude sickness. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have developed an unquenchable thirst, which makes me drink water all the time. As a result, I have to spend a lot of time in the bathroom urinating. Can a person drink too much water? -- A.C. ANSWER: A person can drink too much water, but that’s a very rare situation. A more likely explanation of what’s happening to you is diabetes. Excessive thirst, drinking water nonstop to satisfy the thirst and the resulting need to urinate frequently are signs of diabetes. You must see a doctor soon.

• On Dec. 30, 1853, the United States acquires 30,000 square miles of land in what is now southern New Mexico and Arizona for $15 million. The purchase settled the dispute over the location of the Mexican border west of El Paso, Texas, and established the final boundaries of the southern United States.

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Can you get ringworm from eating too much candy? Is there any relationship between not keeping the body clean and ringworm? I have been told that both can cause it. -- Z.C. ANSWER: Neither causes it. Ringworm is a fungal infection. The infection can spring up on the head, the body, the hands or the feet (athlete’s foot). The fungus is picked up from someone else or from inanimate objects like the floor of a shower room.

• On Dec. 28, 1869, the Knights of Labor, a labor union of tailors in Philadelphia, holds the first Labor Day ceremonies in American history. In 1894, Congress designated the first Monday in September a legal holiday for all federal employees and the residents of the District of Columbia. • On Dec. 29, 1878, the first game is played between two teams of the first professional baseball league in Cuba. Baseball was introduced in Cuba around 1864, when some students returned home from studying in the United States and introduced their fellow islanders to the bat and ball. • On Dec. 25, 1880, Layne Hall is born in Mississippi. When he died in 1990, Hall was the oldest licensed driver in the United States. In his nearly 75 years on the road, Hall never got a speeding ticket or citation of any kind. • On Dec. 26, 1917, during World War I, President Woodrow Wilson announces the nationalization of many of the country’s railroads. The Railroad Control Act stated that within 21 months of a peace treaty, the railroads would be returned to their owners. In March 1920, the railroads became private property once again. • On Dec. 27, 1932, at the height of the Great Depression, thousands of people turn out for the opening of Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Radio City Music Hall was designed as a palace for the people -- a place of beauty where ordinary folks could see highquality entertainment. It remains the largest indoor theater in the world. • On Dec. 24, 1979, the Soviet Union invades Afghanistan under the pretext of upholding the Soviet-Afghan Friendship Treaty of 1978. Within days, the Soviets had secured the capital of Kabul after overcoming fierce but brief resistance from the Afghan army.

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SENIOR NEWS LINE by Matilda Charles Resolutions Made Easy The New Year is coming, along with all that potential for a fresh start in the form of resolutions. It doesn’t need to be difficult to make changes. All we need to do is start small and decide on what can add positives to our life. Consider asking your doctor what you can do in the New Year to increase your level of health. The answer might be rather simple, such as, “Get some 3-pound hand weights and strengthen your arms and wrists.” Or, “Add one fruit to your diet each day. Canned is OK.” How easy that would be. Vow to stay in better touch with friends. Make a list of people who’ve started to drift away from lack of contact and make a call or send a letter to each one. Stay in touch with them every month. Learn a new skill. The senior center or recreation department will have classes of all kinds. Pick one, but give it some thought. Choose something you can stick with. Does it have a writing class? A beginning drawing class? Photography? How about teaching a class and passing along a skill you have? Do something for others on a regular basis. Schedule two or three days a month when you’ll shelve books at the library, socialize dogs at the animal shelter to give them a better chance of being adopted, answer phones at the food bank or anything else you think is meaningful. Here’s one suggestion with a tangible benefit: Pick one coin denomination, whether it’s a nickel, dime or quarter, and save it in a jar every time you get one in change. Save the coins all year and reward yourself next December. 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@gmail.com.

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Winter Care & Safety Tips for Your Dog Part II If your dog needs to stay outside for long periods of time, make sure he has a dry, warm and draft-free doghouse. And just like Goldilocks looking for a bed, the doghouse should be just the right size in order to provide warmth and comfort. If the doghouse is too large, it will not maintain the appropriate temperatures. But if it is too small, your dog will be unable to move around, thus limiting his circulation and reducing his ability to keep himself warm. If you don’t have a doghouse and have to use your garage for shelter, check for antifreeze spills and other dangerous elements within the dog’s reach. Antifreeze tastes sweet, and some forms of it are toxic to animals. A dog’s internal system works extra hard in the cold to maintain appropriate body temperatures. As such, he needs extra fuel to burn and generate heat. Also, remember to provide plenty of fresh drinking water and keep it from freezing. It is just as easy to get dehydrated in the winter as it is in the summer if proper amounts of water are not consumed. Try to keep snow from building up along fences so it does not provide artificial steps that will allow your dog to get out of the safety of your yard. If he does get out, remember that ice-melting chemicals commonly used on public streets can irritate and burn your dog’s paws. Be sure to rinse off his feet after being exposed to such chemicals. Winter months can be just as hazardous to your dog’s health as the summer months. But by taking the right precautions and using good old common sense, you can help protect your dog from the dangers that can accompany the harsh winter climate. This information is brought to you as a public service by Bark Busters Home DogTraining—the world's largest, most trusted dog training company.Bark Busters is the only international dog training company that offers guaranteed lifetime support. Find more information by contacting your local dog behavioral therapist at 1-877-500-BARK(2275) or by visiting www.BarkBusterscom. © Bark Busters USA. All Rights Reserved.

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• You may not realize it, but not all “light” beers have fewer calories than brews without that label. A beer simply has to be lighter in color to be called “light.”

• It was beloved American film star Katharine Hepburn who made the following sage observation: “Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get, only with what you are expecting to give -- which is everything.” • You might be surprised to learn that one out of every 18 people has a third nipple. • The epic 1939 film “Gone With the Wind” was awarded 10 Academy Awards and is a beloved classic to this day. Given the astounding success of the movie, it’s shocking that one of the stars, Vivien Leigh, was paid only $15,000 for her role as Scarlett O’Hara. • The world’s smallest spider is about the size of the period at the end of this sentence.

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• The African ostrich lays an egg that weighs a whopping 30 pounds. It’s so sturdy that a grown man can stand on it without causing it any harm. • When the Titanic sank in 1912, many passengers perished in the frigid waters because no ship came to their aid until the Carpathia arrived more than two hours after the disaster. However, there was another ship nearby as the liner sank: a freighter, the California, was only 10 miles away. The crew even saw emergency flares fired from the liner, but they thought it was part of a celebration rather than a signal of distress. • Although a normal human infant is born with 350 bones, the normal human adult has only 206 bones. *** Thought for the Day: “I’m an excellent housekeeper. Every time I get a divorce, I keep the house.” -- Zsa Zsa Gabor

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1. It was 1989, when they were 69-92. 2. True. The Twins won the A.L. West in 1969. 3. Green Bay’s Jim Taylor rushed for 1,474 yards in 1962. 4. The Cougars have been to 27 NCAA Tournaments. 5. The Los Angeles Kings, in 2012. 6. Wesley Low, at 14 years, 344 days old, finished third in a PBA event earlier in 2012. 7. Jackie Fields was 16 when won a gold medal in the featherweight division in 1924.

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