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TIDBITS® BRINGS YOU SOME IRISH INFO by Kathy Wolfe This week, Tidbits has lots of information about the Irish, everything from St. Patrick to Notre Dame. Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day by learning some interesting facts about the Emerald Isle. • The man has a day named after him, but who exactly was St. Patrick? Strangely enough, his name wasn’t Patrick, and he wasn’t born in Ireland, but rather in Scotland! Maewyn Succat was born in the late fourth century to a wealthy family, but at the age of 16, he was kidnapped from the family estate by a group of Irish raiders and sold into slavery. During his six years of captivity, he was a shepherd, and experienced a conversion to Christianity. According to folklore, a voice came to him urging him to escape, which he did, aboard a pirate ship. Yet the voice further counseled him to return to Ireland as a missionary to convert the Irish to Christianity. • After 15 years of study for the priesthood, during which time Succat took on the name Patricius, he began his 29-year-long mission in Ireland. Ancient legend tells of Patrick standing on a hilltop holding up his wooden staff, banishing all the snakes from Ireland. Because there were no snakes in Ireland, it’s believed this was merely symbolic of Patrick driving out the evil and pagan philosophies. • Patrick wasn’t made a saint until the early 17th century, hundreds of years after his death in the year 461. March 17 is the anniversary of his death and is his religious feast day. • Although we think of the color green when St. Patrick is mentioned, blue was the first color to represent the hero. In 1783, The Order of St. Patrick was founded, the senior order of chivalry and fellowship of knights. The Order of the Thistle already used green for their uniforms and the Order of the Garter used dark blue, so the Order of St. Patrick used a shade of sky blue. Military uniforms were of “St. Patrick’s Blue” and during the time of King Henry VIII, and the flag of Ireland was a gold harp on a blue background. The harp remains as the country’s national emblem today. • Between 1846 and 1900, about 2,873,000 people emigrated from Ireland to America, making it the second largest nationality group of immigrants, second only to Germany. The most predominant occupation of those newcomers was that of skilled weaver. • In 2010, about 34.7 million U.S. residents claimed ancestors from Ireland. What were the most common Irish

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www.APetsMemoryCremation.com 1520 28th St. • Gulfport • (228) 863-7389 surnames of these folks? The last names of Murphy, Kelly, and O’Sullivan are considered the top three “most Irish.” Other common Irish surnames include Walsh, O’Brien, Byrne, Ryan, O’Connor, O’Neill, and O’Reilly. • Ireland has had its influence on geographical locations in the U.S. Seven communities are named Shamrock, including locations in Texas, Oklahoma, and West Virginia. Sixteen other towns are named Dublin, sharing the name with Ireland’s capital. North Carolina is home to the community of Emerald Isle, population 3,655. • St. Patrick’s Day often brings beer and taverns to mind, but that tradition didn’t start in Ireland. The Irish Parliament declared the day a religious holiday in 1903, meaning that all the pubs were closed. In 1970, that bill was overturned and the day became a national holiday rather than a religious observance. • The tradition of a St. Patrick’s Day parade began in America, not Ireland. New York City was home to the first parade, held on March 17, 1762. Irish soldiers serving in the British army organized the celebration to honor the Catholic feast day of Ireland’s patron saint. Today, New York’s parade is the largest in the world with more than 200,000 marchers along the Fifth Avenue route. Close to three million spectators observe the parade, which does not allow automobiles or floats. • Canada’s longest-running parade is in the city of Montreal, where it first took place in 1824..

VA ‘Walks the Walk’ on Mental Health In April 2012, the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, announced his intention to beef up the number of mental-health professionals at the VA. Specifically, it would hire 1,600 nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, marriage counselors, family therapists, addiction therapists and social workers, along with 300 support personnel. A few months later, President Obama signed an Executive Order instructing the VA to boost its mental health staff by 1,600, with 300 support personnel, by the end of June 2013. At this point, the VA is well on its way, with 1,058 providers and 223 support personnel hired. In addition, and per the Executive Order, the VA has increased by 50 percent the call capacity of its crisis line. One wonders, however, how an Executive Order comes into play here. Historically, these orders have been huge. Some have ordered wars, or integration of the military, or desegregation of schools, or Japanese-

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• The three-color Irish flag – orange, green, and white – was created in 1848, and is symbolic of the country’s politics. The orange stands for the Irish Protestants, green for the Catholics, and white represents the hope that peace be reached between the two. • Have you ever heard of the trifolium dubium? That’s the name given to the shamrock by botanists. The early Celts referred to the shamrock as the seamroy, and considered this three-leafed clover a sacred plant with mystical properties. Legend has it that St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to first-century Irish pagans. During the 17th century when the English began seizing Irish land and prohibiting the use of their native language and Catholic religion, many Irish started wearing the shamrock as a symbol of pride in their heritage. • The Irish word lobaircin means “small-bodied fellow,” and has been modified a bit to the English word “leprechaun.” These little imps date back to the early Celtic beliefs in fairies, those tiny men and women with magical powers, who used those powers for either good or evil. Leprechauns were seen as grumpy little men, whose duties were to mend the shoes of the other fairies. We’ve all heard of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Folklore claims that the little men have great treasures stored in crocks, and use trickery to protect it from others. If a leprechaun is captured by a human, he has the magical power to grant three wishes in exchange for his release. In 1959, Walt Disney Studios released the film Darby O’Gill and the Little People, which gave us the image of cheerful and friendly leprechauns, but in Irish folklore, they are cantankerous and mischievous. • Indiana’s University of Notre Dame is home to the Fighting Irish, a team that played its inaugural game in November of 1887. In 1918, Knute Rockne took over as head coach and his record of the highest winning percentage (.881) in football history, either college or professional, still stands. Notre Dame has produced the second largest number of players drafted into the NFL, the greatest number of Heisman Trophy winners, and ten former Irish have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Every home game has been sold out since 1966, with the exception of one Thanksgiving Day contest against the Air Force in 1973, when the students had gone home for the holiday. Americans to be forced into camps, or have allowed the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on phone calls without a warrant. Using an Executive Order to instruct the VA about staffing levels, with specific numbers of personnel to hire, after the VA has already stated its intentions, is a bit curious. Meanwhile, if you’re a mental-health professional and want to work with the VA, go online to www.vacareers.va.gov and www.usajobs.gov. If you’re a veteran and need help, call the nearest VA facility or go online to www.va.gov. If you have a mental health emergency, whether you’re a veteran or family/friend of a veteran, call the crisis line (1-800273-8255, press 1). You can do an online chat as well at www.veteranscrisisline.net or text to 838255. Just so you know, most of the people on the other end of the phone at the crisis line are veterans, too. Write to Freddy Groves in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com.

Weekly Horoscope ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You could have some problems with doubters who don’t share your enthusiasm for that new project you’re supporting. But use the facts to win them over to your side. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Someone is impressed by how you managed to get your case to the right people, despite attempts to keep you on the outside looking in. Expect to hear more about this. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Good for you -- your gift for seeing both sides of a dispute helps cool down a potentially explosive workplace situation. Some family-related tensions also begin to ease. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Your determination to prove yourself is put to the test by midweek. Counting all the positive factors you have going for you will help you get over your self-doubt. Good luck. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Several co-workers are still determined to resist coming over to your side. But don’t let that stop you from presenting your proposal to the people who count. Stay the course. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) You might prefer to be taken on faith and not have to prove yourself. But the truth is, you need to offer more facts if you hope to persuade people to accept what you say. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) A family situa tion takes an unwelcome turn. While others might be looking around for answers, you’ll soon sort it all out logically, and the matter will be resolved. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Someone might try to create doubt about your reliability for his or her own agenda. But your reputation and your colleagues’ long-standing faith in you saves the day. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) An unexpected change of plans forces you to come up with an alternative by the end of the week. Look for colleagues to offer valuable suggestions. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Noth ing upsets the Goat as much as broken promises. But before you vent your anger, consider that this could ultimately prove to be a blessing in disguise. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) An old workplace problem you thought you had solved for good resurfaces. But this time, co-workers will take a more active role in helping you deal with it. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Be careful not to be misled by a negative reaction to one of your more important projects. If you believe in it, then it has worth and is, therefore, worth staying with. BORN THIS WEEK: Everyone appreciates your gift for finding beauty, even where it seems least likely to exist. Men and women are gamblers! Are you a constant loser because of your gambling? Are you losing your income,self-respect and loved ones? Compulsive gambling is an addictive, progressive disease. If you want help for you or someone you love, please call 228.864.0442. This number is manned 24 hours and the person answering will give information on Gamblers Anonymous and on the meetings that are held on the Mississippi Coast.      

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The most popular child star of all time, Shirley Temple, brought a ray of sunshine to the troubled folks of the Great Depression era. How much do you know about this bright and talented individual who was a success not only on the screen but in public service as well? Follow along as see! •Born in 1928, Shirley was the daughter of a bank employee father and a homemaker mother, who enrolled her in dance school at age three. When a talent search was conducted at the school, Shirley was signed by Educational Pictures and appeared in a number of movie shorts, as well as modeling for cereal ads. The 1932 movie Red-Haired Alibi brought Shirley her first feature film role. •The first feature film created specifically for Shirley was 1934’s Bright Eyes, which featured her famous number “On the Good Ship Lollipop.” Over 500,000 copies of the sheet music were sold following the movie’s release. At the age of six, she received a miniature Juvenile Oscar for her 1934 accomplishments, and her feet and hand prints were added to the concrete forecourt of Grauman’s Chinese Theater. • By the time she was six, Shirley had already starred in 20 movies. The Shirley Temple doll was introduced, wearing a polka-dot dress modeled after the one she wore in 1934’s Stand Up and Cheer! By 1941, sales on the doll had topped $45 million. The sizable list of her other products included a line of clothing, soap, dishes, and books. Shirley also endorsed Quaker Puffed Wheat, General Electric, and Packard, among others. At age seven, her merchandise royalties were double the income from her movies. • Shirley was the top box-office draw for a four-year period, 1935 through 1938, saved 20th Century-Fox from bankruptcy, and had her own personal bodyguard. • Following the huge success of Heidi, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, and The Little Princess, Shirley performed in her last film as a child actress in 1940 at age 12. The film was The Blue Bird and was her 44th movie. Her popularity declined as she entered adolescence, and she made just a few films as a teen and young adult. When she was 15, Shirley met an Army Air Corps sergeant named John Agar, and at age 17, she married him. Their daughter was born when Shirley was 19, but the marriage was over after four years. • December, 1950 was the time of two momentous occasions in Shirley’s life – she announced her retirement from the film industry at age 22, and she married wealthy California businessman Charles Black. This union would endure 54 years until his death. She entered the political arena in 1969, when Richard Nixon appointed her as the U.S. Representative to the United Nations. Under Gerald Ford, Shirley served as Ambassador to Ghana and White House Chief of Protocol. Her assignment under Ronald Reagan was that of a foreign affairs officer with the State Department. During the George H.W. Bush administration, she was the Ambassador to Czechoslovakia. She became a best-selling author in 1988 with the release of her autobiography Child Star.

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Loving Your Job Everyone wants a job they love. I’m sure no one has ever said, “I want to spend 40+ hours of doing work I hate” or “I just want to feel mediocre about my career.” Unfortunately, finding a job that you’re passionate about or maintaining your zeal for a job you once loved isn’t easy. A survey of American workers by Ipsos, a global market research company, found that only 55 percent of U.S. employees say they love their jobs. Check Your Perspective Every situation can look different, depending on your perspective. So, take a step back and consider how you’re looking at your job. Is it just a job, or is it a career, with the goal of advancement? Do you see your job as a calling, where you focus on the sense of fulfillment the work gives you? An article from the Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit medical care, research and education organization, points out that neither of these three choices are bad, and most people actually find aspects of all of them to be true in their current work situations. To help revive your job satisfaction, try to remember why you took this job in the first place. Don’t Stop Learning Boredom with your normal, day-to-day tasks can quickly drain your passion for work. So make it a goal to always be learning something new. Watch a webinar, read a book or attend a conference. This is also a great precedent to set for your entire department or company. The most successful leaders are those who never stop learning and stay at the forefront of their industry. Get Out of Your Office Personal connections are key to maintaining your job satisfaction and ensuring you actually look forward to going into work each day. In a Fox Business article, Jeanette Mulvey recommends making friends with the people you work with. If you’re a supervisor, it can be tricky to maintain the balance of friendship and leadership with your employees. But, you should at least learn what’s going on in their lives and about their goals. This will empower you to help them achieve their dreams, which will fulfill you as a leader. By changing your outlook about work and rekindling that passion you once had for your job, you can love the job you already have. As career advice columnist Curt Rosengren from US News points out, when you love your work you will have more energy, feel more confident, be more persistent and find more enjoyment in your life outside of work. Plus, happiness is contagious, so you just might spread your new found love for the job to the rest of your team. 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

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1. Who holds the pitching record for most consecutive batters struck out? 2. Name the last major-league team before the 2011 Philadelphia Phillies to win more than 100 games in the regular season and not reach the World Series.

3. When was the last time before 2010-12 that Notre Dame won at least eight games for at least three consecutive seasons in football? 4. Who was the last NBA rookie before Detroit’s Brandon Knight in 2012 to have at least 20 points and 10 assists with no turnovers in a game? 5. How many times has Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin been the runner-up for the Hart Memorial Trophy (NHL MVP)? 6. Who was the last NASCAR Cup season champion to drive a Dodge before Brad Keselowski in 2012? 7. Who was the last teen to win a singles title in a Grand Slam women’s tennis event?

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It’s not that I wasn’t used to seeing my boss at the time give me a look of utter disappointment, but this time I was quick to recognize that it was more a signal of defeat -- hers. I didn’t wear glasses then, but if I did, this would have been a perfect moment to take them off, slide my chair around and emote some sort of empathy. “Got your (butt) handed to you again, didn’t ya?” I asked with a smug grin. “I’m getting killed out there,” she complained. “I go in front of the board, and I can hear their eyes glazing over. She gets up there and they go wild for her.” “Why’s that? It’s not like she’s stunningly attractive or anything like that,” I reasoned. “No, man ... you don’t get it,” she said, rolling her eyes. “She’s using all of these sports analogies! I don’t know any of them.” “This looks like a job for a sports writer!” I declared, stepped into the supply closet and emerged moments later dressed the same way but with a notepad and two pens. “Look,” I said, drawing a baseball diamond. “Tell me what she said at the meeting? That she was looking to ‘hit a home run,’ right?” “Come on, even I know that one. But she says things like ‘we’re not trying to hit a home run here, we’re just look-

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A: Yes, it’s very possible. In fact, with the wintertime pre-seeding method, the bare spots still usually need a bit more seed the following spring to completely fill them in. Try to match the new grass seed with the type of grass that makes up your lawn. (You may need to take a sample of the sod to a professional landscaper or garden center.) Also, note how much sun the bare patch gets. You’ll want a seed that performs well in the available sunlight. Or, you can just pick up a sun-and-shade seed mixture. To reseed, clear the bare spot of debris and rake out loose or dead thatch. Use a pitchfork to puncture the soil, then spread the new seed according to package instructions. Be careful not to overseed, as that can lead to rot. Water the spot, but don’t flood it. Tamp the soil to press the seeds in, then scatter straw or grass clippings on top to keep birds from eating all the seed.

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ing for a hit here.’ What does that even mean?” “It’s nonsense,” I said. “First of all, a ‘home run’ is a ‘hit.’ Also, the whole phrase is just another sports cliche. Even if she wanted to hit a ‘single,’ she could still excel at hitting singles if she ‘hits it out of the park,’ get it?” “No.” “Good. The next time she does that to you -- a term called ‘grandstanding’ by the way -- you just ask her to hold up. There are lots of ways to get on base. Is it a rope single? Was it a slow roller? Did you bunt your way to first?” She wasn’t getting it. “I don’t get it,” she said. “It’s business, and like any game, you go out there to win. What is this ‘only get a hit’ stuff? What is she ... afraid to succeed? Is she opening a restaurant? Is this a ‘soft opening?’” She smiled. She was stepping up. “Well, when it’s your turn to talk, you just tell the board that you don’t care what’s tossed toward your plate because your team’s not above taking bases on balls. What matters is getting to score.” “Perfect! Thanks!” Satisfied, I wrote a few turns of phrase down and handed her the paper. “There. Now go deliver your pitch.” She took the paper out of my mitt and walked towards the door, then paused to turn around. “I thought we were hitting, though.”

Another option is to completely re-sod a bare spot. If the spot is fairly large with a lot of underlying thatch buildup, de-thatch the area so you have clear ground underneath. Purchase sod that matches the surrounding grass (this is where taking a sod sample into the garden center comes in handy). Measure the height of the new sod against the depth of the de-thatched bare spot. If the spot is too deep to ensure an even lawn, fill the bare spot with soil, tamped down firmly, until the difference is made up. Add a little more soil so that the new sod sits about a half-inch higher than the surrounding lawn; it will settle in the next few weeks. Lay the new sod pieces, packing them tightly together. Tamp them down lightly and poke a few holes with a pitchfork so the soil stays porous. Keep the new sod moist for the next two weeks so that the sod grows in well. In both cases, protect a newly seeded or sodded spot by marking it with stakes and string around the perimeter so that people stay off it while the lawn regrows. HOME TIP: Clear away old mulch around trees and shrubs and replace with fresh mulch each spring. Send your questions or home tips to ask@thisisahammer.com, or write This Is a Hammer, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475.

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Sweet Facts About Sweet Potatoes I’m often asked about the difference between sweet potatoes and yams. The sweet potato is not a potato or even a distant cousin. Potatoes are tubers; sweet potatoes are roots. True yams (from tropical and subtropical regions of the world) contain more starch and less sugar than sweet potatoes -- and they must be cooked before eating. African slaves in the South called the sweet potato “nyami” because it reminded them of the starchy, edible tuber of that name that grew in their homeland. The Senegalese word “nyami” was eventually shortened to “yam.” When the orange-fleshed, Puerto Rican variety of sweet potatoes was adopted by Louisiana producers and shippers, they called them “yams” to distinguish them from the white-fleshed sweet potatoes grown in other parts of the country. The yam reference became the trademark for Louisiana-grown sweet potato, and refers to sweet potatoes that are grown in Louisiana. There is a difference between sweet potatoes grown in northern states and those grown in Louisiana. Sweet potatoes produced in the northern states are mostly “firm” and tend to be drier and more mealy with yellow flesh. Folks in Louisiana enjoy the second type, “soft,” which is higher in natural sugar. Louisiana sweet potatoes are moister, and have a bright-orange flesh color. Most often, it is the “soft” type that is referred to as a yam. Sweet potatoes are stored in temperature- and humiditycontrolled warehouses that extend their shelf life for the entire year. So the “season” for fresh yams is 12 months. Canned yams also are available year-round. Here’s some great information about the health benefits of sweet potatoes, and how to select, store and prepare them: --Orange, leafy green and red fruits and veggies, such as sweet potatoes, are full of beta-carotene/vitamin A, which regulates cell production and turnover for a smooth skin surface. --The CSPI ranked the sweet potato at 184 in nutritional value, more than 100 points ahead of a baked Idaho potato, spinach or broccoli. --Sweet potatoes provide twice the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A and more than one-third of the daily requirements of vitamin C. --Sweet potatoes are an important source of betacarotene, vitamin B-6, iron, potassium and fiber. Sweet potatoes that are a pretty, bright-orange color are richest in beta-carotene. --Studies have consistently shown that a high intake of beta-carotene-rich vegetables and fruits, like sweet potatoes, can significantly reduce the risks for certain types of cancer. --Sweet potatoes contain virtually no fat or sodium. --When selecting fresh sweet potatoes, choose those that are smooth, plump, dry and clean. --Sweet potatoes should not be refrigerated unless cooked. Store at 55 degrees to 65 degrees F. --Always use a stainless-steel knife when cutting a sweet potato. Using a carbon blade will cause them to darken. --One cup of canned sweet potatoes equals one medium-size, cooked fresh sweet potato. --When using canned yams, add them at the end of the recipe because they are already pre-cooked. This recipe for Vietnamese Sweet Potato and Pork Soup showcases the flavors of the sweet potato in a spicy, coconut-milk broth.

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Farmers Market- Every Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., under the I-110 over pass off Howard Avenue in Biloxi VIETNAMESE SWEET POTATO AND PORK SOUP 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 pound ground pork 1 small onion, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup) 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil, divided 1 (3-inch) piece lemongrass or zest of 1 lemon 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 2 cups) 1 quart chicken stock 1 (13.5-ounce) can light coconut milk 1 tablespoon soy sauce Chopped fresh cilantro, basil or jalapeno pepper slices for garnish 1. In a large stockpot, heat oil over medium heat. Add pork, onion, 2 tablespoons basil, lemongrass or lemon zest, garlic, jalapeno, ginger, cumin, cardamom, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Cook until pork is browned and onion is soft, about 10 minutes. 2. Add sweet potatoes, chicken stock and coconut milk. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook until sweet potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes. Uncover, remove lemongrass (if used) and stir in soy sauce. Garnish with remaining cilantro, basil and jalapeno, if desired. Serves 4.

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Spread Literacy: Share Your Books What do you do with all of the picture books spilling off your family-room bookshelves, or the already-read novels collecting dust in tall stacks next to your bedside lamp? Todd Bol has a suggestion. Relocate them to a Little Free Library that stands on a post in your front yard, a street corner or by a coffee shop, and let other book lovers enjoy your titles. The “take a book, return a book” library is the nonprofit, grassroots concept that grew out of Todd’s Hudson, Wis., home. When he built the simple freestanding library in his front yard in honor of his mom, neighbors passed by with excitement. “They hugged it like it was a new puppy on the block!” he said. The idea is spreading. With more than 4,000 registered libraries in front yards and public spaces in the U.S., Europe and beyond, the mission of the nonprofit is to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide. “The project is about building community, too,” Todd said. Neighborhoods have created their own Facebook page where they organize events around their Little Free Library. From storytimes with kids to book reviews with adults, the little library is a happy gathering place for exchanging more than books. Your family might wish to become volunteer stewards and build, decorate and maintain a small, friendly reading place where you live. Check out how to register, construct and promote one in your community at www. littlefreelibrary.org. Here are more ideas for sharing books: --Browse through your bookshelves with people on your holiday gift list in mind. Attach a bookplate on the inside cover with a few comments about why you like the novel, biography or collection of poems. If you are passing the book on to your grandkids or adult children, include a memory of shared reading times. --When throwing a birthday party for your young child, small books make a welcome addition to guest goodie bags. --Do a twist on birthday gift-giving, like Jamie Hyman of Orlando, Fla., did when she turned 30. She made a list of her 30 favorite books, bought and wrapped them up with gift wrap, and enjoyed the pleasure of giving them away. Some were favorite children’s books, which she gave to kids. --Promote books you are reading with family, friends and co-workers with a simple tagline at the end of your emails. For example, under your signature, you might write, “I’m reading ‘Cutting for Stone,’ by Abraham Verghese.”

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To Your Good Health By Paul G. Donohue, M.D. Life Is Still Good Without an Appendix DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My 13-year-old son went to camp for five days. On day three, he had terrific stomach pain and started to vomit. The instructors were alarmed and took him to the local hospital, where doctors diagnosed appendicitis. We had to give phone permission for him to have an operation. Everything went fine, and he recovered quickly. My wife and I have a few questions. Could he have eaten something that caused appendicitis? What does not having an appendix do to people? No one in my wife’s or my family has had such an operation. We’re ignorant about all this. -- G.G. ANSWER: The appendix dangles from the first part of the colon in the lower-right side of the abdomen. It looks like a slender worm, and has an average length of 3 inches (8 cm). The function of the appendix isn’t clearly defined, but it might have a role in body immunity. Life without an appendix goes on as normally as life with one. The appendix has a hollow core, which is lined with lymphoid tissue, the same kind of tissue found in lymph nodes. Bacteria from the colon can invade the hollow core and cause the lymph tissue to swell. Swelling cuts off blood supply, and the appendix begins to disintegrate -- appendicitis. Undigested food or hard fecal material also can block the appendix’s core and lead to the same situation. Nothing your son ate is likely the cause. All the other campers ate the same food, but he was the only one to develop this problem. The pain of appendicitis most often starts in the area of the navel (bellybutton) and works its way toward the lower-right corner of the abdomen. Temperature rises. Vomiting is common, and sometimes diarrhea is part of the picture. A doctor, by what he or she hears from the patient, along with the examination of the abdomen, usually can make the diagnosis. In confusing circumstances, an ultrasound is most helpful. Millions of people worldwide live without an appendix. They do quite well. So will your son. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Can hand sanitizer kill all harmful bacteria? -- D.D. ANSWER: By “hand sanitizer,” do you mean waterless hand cleaners? Most of them incorporate ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol. They kill many bacteria, but not all harmful ones. Nothing short of sterilization does that. Frequent hand-washing with soap and water for 20 seconds is an effective way of eliminating many germs, including cold and flu viruses. You don’t have to use soap that has antibacterial agents in it. The water doesn’t have to be hot; cool water is fine. Dry your hands with a paper, disposable towel, and turn off the faucets in a public restroom with a paper towel.

• On March 17, 1762, in New York City, the first parade honoring the feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is held by Irish soldiers serving in the British army. Early Irish settlers to the American colonies, many of whom were indentured servants, brought the Irish tradition of celebrating St. Patrick’s feast day to America.

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: When is the better time to take medicines: a.m. or p.m.? Is it better to take them with water or juice? I have been told conflicting answers. --- S.R. ANSWER: If the prescribing doctor or the pharmacist hasn’t specified a particular time, you can take medicine when it’s most convenient for you. You’ll never go wrong taking medicine with water.

• On March 11, 1818, “Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus,” is published. The book, by 21-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, is frequently called the world’s first science-fiction novel. • On March 12, 1933, eight days after his inauguration, President Franklin D. Roosevelt gives his first national radio address, or “fireside chat,” broadcast from the White House. Roosevelt made sure each address was understandable to ordinary Americans. • On March 13, 1944, Britain announces that all travel between Ireland and the United Kingdom is suspended, the result of the Irish government’s refusal to expel Axis-power diplomats within its borders. Ireland stood its ground.

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• On March 14, 1950, the Federal Bureau of Investigation institutes the “Ten Most Wanted” list in an effort to publicize particularly dangerous fugitives. The creation of the program arose out of a news story in 1949 about the “toughest guys” the FBI wanted to capture. • On March 15, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson addressed a joint session of Congress to urge the passage of legislation guaranteeing voting rights for all. On Aug. 6, 1965, Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act. • On March 15, 1972, “The Godfather” -- a three-hour epic chronicling the lives of the Corleones, an ItalianAmerican crime family led by the powerful Vito Corleone -- is released in theaters. “The Godfather” was adapted from the best-selling book of the same name by Mario Puzo. • On March 16, 1985, in Beirut, Lebanon, Islamic militants kidnap American journalist Terry Anderson. On Dec. 4, 1991, Anderson’s captors finally released him after 2,455 days. Anderson spent his entire captivity blindfolded. .

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Sometimes brochures and cards that come in the mail look like something real and legitimate. I received a card that at first glance appeared to have come from Social Security. It invited me to send back the card (postage paid) to receive a free brochure entitled “New Social Security Changes and Benefits.” It was only when I looked at the very bottom at the fine print (and yes, I had to use a magnifying glass because it was so tiny) that I learned the sender was not affiliated with the government: It was a sales pitch! When I traced down the person named on the card, it turned out he’s selling investments. I found the same card on a marketing site on the Internet. Marketing companies sell the cards as a direct-mail piece, part of a lead-generation program for salespeople. Somehow they got my name and address, and hoped I’d fill out even more information on the card (date of birth, home phone number and email address) and mail it back to them. With that information, they could start calling me to push whatever they’re selling. I found a similar website, one that deals with promotional mailers, with this banner streaming across the top: “Social Security Leads are HOT ... mailers pulling 5 percent-plus.” That means that one in every 20 people who receive the mailing piece will respond. The lesson in all this is to hesitate before you fill out something you get in the mail, even if it appears to be legitimate. Get out your magnifying glass and look carefully. You might find a line or two of the truth at the bottom.

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DEAR PAW’S CORNER: I met my neighbor coming up the walk with her dog this morning. When I reached out to pet “Sassy,” she growled and nipped at me. My neighbor apologized and explained that Sassy cannot see well. I’m not sure that’s a good enough answer. She should have better trained her dog to respond in a friendly way to people. Don’t you agree? -- Stung in San Antonio DEAR STUNG: No, I don’t agree. Dogs with vision or hearing problems can be startled easily, and often react instinctively with a warning growl and even a nip. Even if you know a dog well, when you meet, always greet the owner first, keeping your hands in a relaxed position by your side. If you want to pet the dog, ask the owner if it’s OK to do so. If the owner tells you to go ahead, call the dog’s name first to get its attention, then slowly present the back of your hand and let the dog sniff it. If the dog stays calm, gently scratch along its jawline and behind the ears. Don’t pat the dog on the top of the head, which can be seen as threatening. Owners should keep their dogs leashed at all times during walks. If someone asks to pet your dog, you can say no -- you don’t have to explain why. There’s a growing movement to attach yellow ribbons to a dog’s leash to indicate to others that a dog needs space. YellowDog, which started in Sweden, now has a U.S. branch. You can find YellowDogUSA on Facebook. Another good resource is DINOS (Dogs In Need of Space), which gives more details on what kinds of dogs need a wide berth, how to approach dogs and so on. Send your questions or comments to ask@pawscorner.com, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. For more pet care-related advice and information, visit www.pawscorner.com.

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That may not seem to be a fact of much interest, but it turns out that those were all secret code words used by the Allied military in planning the upcoming offensive. The puzzle’s author, a schoolteacher, was tracked down and interrogated, but the puzzle’s content was ultimately chalked up to coincidence. • It was screenwriter, playwright, novelist, director and producer Ben Hecht who made the following sage observation: “Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock.” • Those who study such things say that the Earth spins faster on its axis in September than it does in March.

1. Collinwood 2. Five -- two compound eyes and three simple eyes 3. Ava Gardner 4. 1931 5. Martin Van Buren 6. Woody Allen 7. Sheltered bay 8. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” 9. Bullet 10. A type of pickled cucumber

1. The New York Mets’ Tom Seaver struck out 10 San Diego batters in a row in 1970. 2. The 2004 New York Yankees won 101 games. 3. It was 1987-93. 4. Houston’s Steve Francis, in 1999. 5. Twice (2008, 2009) before he won it after the 2011-12 season. 6. Richard Petty, in 1974-75. 7. Maria Sharapova won the U.S. Open in 2006 at the age of 19.

• The country’s first pay phone was installed in a bank in Hartford, Conn., in 1889. It cost 5 cents to place a call, the equivalent of $1.25 today. Thought for the Day: “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” -- Albert Einstein

• When the TV show “Bewitched” first started filming, the star, Elizabeth Montgomery, was just a month away from giving birth to her first child, so the first five episodes were shot almost in their entirety without her. It wasn’t until the baby was a few weeks old that she was able to go on the set to film her scenes. • If you’re a fan of the Beatles, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that during the decade of the 1960s, they had more top 10 hits and more No. 1 records than any other recording artist. • Before the June 1944 invasion of Normandy, a crossword puzzle that was printed in the London Daily Telegraph contained the words “mulberry,” “Neptune,” “Omaha,” “overlord” and “Utah.”

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