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Did you know that about 7,500 magazines are published in America? Some are very familiar titles, others not so much! Tidbits takes some time to look at the history of one of our favorite sources of information and reading material. • Benjamin Franklin came up with the idea of publishing America’s first magazine in 1741. He put his plans in place, but just three days before his American Magazine came out in print, Andrew Bradford beat him to the punch with General Magazine. Perhaps the nation wasn’t ready for such publications, because Bradford’s magazine lasted just three issues, and Franklin ceased printing his after six issues. A few others, including Christian History in 1743, tried their hand at publishing, but it wasn’t until 1821 that the first truly successful U.S. magazine, The Saturday Evening Post, hit the stands. • The Saturday Evening Post was a weekly publication that quickly grew to become the most widely circulated weekly magazine in America, and the first to reach the 1,000,000 copies sold mark. The Post featured articles, human interest stories, cartoons, poetry, and features by well-known authors. It may be best remembered for its covers that featured paintings by artist Norman Rockwell. Rockwell’s first cover was in May, 1916, and over the next 50 years, he provided more than 300 paintings for the magazine’s cover. (Continues Next Page)

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from someone you have feelings for -- hoping upon hope that he feels the same way -- to the insecurity with one’s body and the topsy-turvy “Eleanor & butterfly stomach of Park” your first kiss, Rowby Rainbow ell expertly plumbs those adolescent Rowell depths. (St. Martin’s Griffin, $18.99) Of course, it’s not all unicorns and Reviewed by butterflies. Eleanor Cindy Elavsky has to deal with some major issues “Eleanor & Park” at home, as well as tells the story of a being the target of school year (1986bullies at school. 87) in the life of the And Park’s issues titular characters. stem from not feelThe reader gets a ing fully accepted by bird’s-eye view (or his macho father, or should I say bus-eye the town in general, view) from their since he doesn’t fit first encounter and the All-American getting to know one Boy standard. another to their fall- I also have to mening in love. Don’t tion the main charworry: It’s not a acters’ (and Rowteen-angsty, cutesy ell’s) great taste in book. Rowell delves music. This book’s deep into the charac- soundtrack will have ters of both Eleanor you rushing to your and Park, so much iTunes account to so that they practibuy some of these cally jump out of the songs that you only page, sit next to you had on cassette or and read the book vinyl 25 years ago along with you (like and really want to Eleanor and Park hear again. do on their bus ride Rowell’s sophoto school sharing a more effort (her first “Watchmen” comic). novel is the superb Rowell perfectly “Attachments”) is a captures the tentadandy, and I highly tive awkwardness recommend it to that one feels as a anyone looking for teenager who isn’t a wonderful story to quite used to her lose themselves in. body, her hormones or the opposite sex. (c) 2014 King FeaFrom the electricity tures Synd., Inc. of that first touch

MAGAZINES (continued): • National Geographic with its familiar yellow border has been published continuously since the first issue in 1888. Its articles about geography, history, and world culture are read by 8.3 million people in 36 languages around the world every month. National Geographic published its first wildlife photographs in 1906, and its first color photo appeared in 1914. • Recently graduated from Yale in 1923, Henry Luce borrowed $86,000 from relatives to start up TIME magazine. TIME was designed with news summaries that “busy men” could read weekly in under an hour. The first issue’s cover featured retired Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Joseph G. Cannon. In July of that year, a woman was on the cover for the first time, a popular actress of the day, Italian Eleanora Duse. Starting out with 12,000 subscribers, by 1963, after 40 years of publication, TIME had a circulation of 3,600,000 in 150 countries. Today it has the world’s largest circulation for a weekly news magazine with over 25 million readers. • In 1928, TIME began its famous “Man of the Year” issue, with Charles Lindbergh as the first person of distinction. This individual is chosen as the person who “for good or ill” has most affected the course of the year, with “ill” choices including Adolf Hitler. In 1936, the title became “Person of the Year,” when American socialite Wallis Simpson, the woman for whom King Edward VIII of England abdicated his throne, was chosen. TIME’s December 31, 1999 issued named Albert Einstein as the Person of the Century. • LIFE magazine debuted in 1936 and is credited with establishing photojournalism. Publisher Henry Luce had already achieved great success with TIME, and wanted a publication that told the story in pictures. LIFE’s first cover featured a photo of Montana’s Fort Peck Dam, and the issue sold 380,000 copies. Just four months later, circulation was up over one million copies a week. LIFE was published weekly for 37 years. (Continues on Page 8) 1. Who wrote and released “Suzanne”? 2. Name the musical number released in the same year by Carol Channing, Petula Clark, Bobby Darin, Duke Elling-

ton and Louis Armstrong. 3. Which New Kids on the Block song was released in two very different versions -- keyboard solo and guitar solo? 4. Who released “No Matter What”? 5. Name the song that contains this lyric: “Baby, is he looking after you? Is he showing you the same love, the Answers in Back☺ warm love, just like we knew?”

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HOLLYWOOD -- The much-ballyhooed $50 million lawsuit Tom Cruise dropped on The Bauer Media Group and its magazines “In Touch” and “Life & Style” is over. In cover stories, both magazines intimated that Cruise abandoned his daughter with Katie Holmes, Suri. Both Cruise and Bauer were prepared to fling dirt from TMZ to The Wall Street Journal. Their Mexican standoff ended because they realized they could tarnish their reputations forever, so the lawsuit was dropped. Cruise was prepared to accuse Bauer Media of having un-American ties, while Bauer was prepared to rake Scientology over the coals. For instance, Tom involved his three wives -- Mimi Rogers, Nicole Kidman and Katie Holmes -- in

Luckily for the religion, its board of directors is made up of many lawyers, who can resolve most of their legal problems swiftly and quietly. *** CBS thinks we’re ready for a reboot of Neil Simon’s classic “The Odd Couple” and has chosen “Friend’s” star Matthew Perry to play the messy Oscar Madison ... now that is odd! *** Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber may have lost

perstar,” “Evita,” “Cats,” “Starlight Express,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Sunset Boulevard” and recently “The Wizard of Oz,” has chosen “Stephen Ward” as his latest project. Who is Stephen Ward, you ask? In 1961, Dr. Stephen Ward was at the center of the infamous Profumo scandal in which the very-married John Profumo, secretary of state for war for the British government, began an affair with a call girl named Christine Keeler, who also was having an affair with a naval attache at the Soviet Embassy in London. The affair lasted only two weeks, and the story didn’t break until 1962. Variety’s British theater critic described the show by saying, “How could the fallout from Britain’s most notorious real-life sex-andpolitics scandal have been turned into something so flaccid?” Well, that certainly is a stiff review!

the religion, but all three left the church soon after cutting ties with him. Scientology has had some major defections to worry about. Jason Beghe, best known for the films “Thelma & Louise” and “XMen: First Class” and who will star in the upcoming NBC series “Chicago PD,” premiering Jan. 8, left the church in 2007. In 2009, “Crash” director Paul Haggis, a 35year member, left. In 2012, Lisa Marie Presley exTom Cruise ited quietly, for fear she would alienate her his way with his mother, Priscilla latest musical efPresley, still a Sci- fort. The musical entologist. And genius who gave most recently, us such mega“King of Queens” hits as “Joseph star Leah Remi- and the Amazni announced on ing Technicolor “Dancing With the Dreamcoat,” “Je- (c) 2014 King FeaStars” that she’d sus Christ Su- tures Synd., Inc. left the church.

Shingles Rash Gone; Pain Lingers On DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Will you please do a column on shingles? I have gone through 12 weeks of the nastiest, worst illness possible. I never hear anything on TV about it. -- J.C. ANSWER: I’ll have another go at shingles. Others probably think I overdo it. But it’s such a common problem of older people that it deserves repetition.

Shingles is the work of the reawakened chickenpox virus that has been asleep in nerve cells ever since a person was infected, usually in childhood. It’s a safe bet to say you were infected even if you don’t recall it; more than 95 percent of adults were. The rash of shingles usually disappears in two to four weeks. Pain, however, can stay with you. The pain is now called postherpetic neuralgia. In making the trip to the skin, the virus damaged the nerve roots that it crawled down to reach the skin. Pain is a consequence of the nerve injury. A large number of treatments exist for this aftermath of shingles. One is amitriptyline, whose primary use is relief of depression. It also has pain-re-

lieving properties in doses lower than what’s given for depression. Neurontin (gabapentin) is a seizure-control medicine that often is successful in suppressing pain. The extended-release form of this drug, called Gralise, is given only once a day. Lyrica (pregabalin) has had a good record in quieting postherpetic neuralgia Lidocaine skin patches, placed on the skin where pain is felt, are another way to ease pain without taking an oral medicine. Lidocaine is a numbing agent. The latest innovation for shingles treatment is Qutenza, another skin-patch medicine. The doctor has to apply this patch, and lets it stay on the skin for an hour. Then the doctor removes the patch, and the effect of the medicine lasts for three months. It is expensive. In cases where no treatment brings relief, opioids -- pain


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relievers of the morphine family -- have a place in treatment, so long as they are supervised carefully by the doctor. The booklet on shingles explains this problem in depth. Readers can order a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -No. 1201W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Canada with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I suffered from an enlarged prostate, so I was sent to a urologist. He checked for cancer, but I don’t have it. He put me on Flomax and Avodart. After three years, the doctor said the medicines were no longer working and that I had to have surgery or my bladder would be damaged and I would have to carry a

bag for the rest of my life. I am 57. I had a transurethral resection of the prostate, TURP. It’s been two months, and I still am passing blood clots. Is this normal. -- J.G. ANSWER: It’s normal to bleed after a TURP, but it’s not normal to be bleeding two months after the procedure. Give the urologist a call. Let him examine you again and determine why the bleeding is lasting this long. *** 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) 2014 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved


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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Although you’re getting kudos and other positive reactions to your suggestions, don’t let the cheers drown out some valid criticisms. Better to deal with them now than later. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Following your keen Bovine intuition pays off, as you not only reassess the suggestions some people are putting in front of you, but also their agendas for doing so. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You continue on a high-enthusiasm cycle as that new project you’ve assumed takes shape. You’re also buoyed by the anticipation of receiving some good news about a personal matter. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Your eagerness to immerse yourself in your new assignment is understandable. But be careful that you don’t forget to take care of that pressing personal situation as well. LEO (July 23 to August 22) This is a good time to learn a new skill that could give a clever Cat an edge in the upcoming competition for workplace opportunities. Enjoy the arts this weekend with someone special. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) You could risk creating an impasse if you insist on expecting more from others than they’re prepared to give. Showing flexibility in what you’ll accept could prevent a stalemate. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Although you can weigh all factors of a dispute to find an agreeable solution

for others, you might need the skilled input of someone you trust to help you deal with an ongoing situation of your own. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) The good news is that your brief period of self-doubt turns into a positive “I can do anything” attitude. The better news is that you’ll soon be able to prove it. S A G I T TA R I U S (November 22 to December 21) This is a good time for Sagittarians to start making travel plans while you still can select from a wide menu of choices and deals, and not be forced to settle for leftovers. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Like your zodiacal sign, the sure-footed Goat, you won’t allow obstacles in your path to keep you from reaching your goal. Don’t be surprised by who asks to go along with you. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Let your head dominate your heart as you consider the risks that might be involved in agreeing to be a friend’s co-signer or otherwise act as his or her backup in a financial matter. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Prioritize: Resolve to close the door and let your voicemail take your phone calls while you finish up a task before the endof-week deadline. Then go out and enjoy a fun-filled weekend. BORN THIS WEEK: Your capacity for care and compassion helps to bring comfort to others. (c) 2014 King Synd., Inc.


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VA Links 5 More Parkinson’s disIllnesses to TBI ease, certain types of dementia, deThe Department pression, unproof Veterans Af- voked seizures or fairs has added certain diseases five illnesses to of the hypothalaservice-connected mus and pituitary Traumatic Brain glands. Those secInjury (TBI). ondary illnesses What this means will be considered is that veterans service-connected who have those and won’t require opinillnesses as well medical as TBI will have ions to establish an easier time get- whether there is ting additional correlation to TBI. disability benefits. There’s a time peThe VA based its riod for three of decision on a re- the five illnesses, port by the Na- however. Parkintional Academy of son’s disease or Sciences Institute unprovoked seiof Medicine that zures don’t have a found “sufficient time frame. evidence” to link „ Dementia, if it moderate to se- manifests withvere TBI with the in 15 years with five conditions: moderate or se-

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(864)962-7600 vere TBI. „ Depression, if it manifests within three years with moderate or severe TBI or within 12 months with mild TBI. „ Diseases of hormone deficiency from hypothalamo-pituitary changes if they manifest within 12 months of moderate or severe TBI. Even if you don’t meet the guidelines for severity of TBI or length of time between TBI and the onset of the second illness, file your claim anyway, says the VA. If you have questions or want to file a new claim, go online to www.eBenefits. or call toll free to 1-800-827-1000. If you’re still active duty but within 180 days

threatening, as it causes severe diarrhea, which causes dehydration. It can develop after taking a course of antibiotics or being in a hospital. The spores that cause the illness can stay on surfaces -- bed railings, counters, telephones -- for months. According to the Mayo Clinic, more than a half million people get C. diff every year, and it’s very difficult to treat. Seniors age 65 and older are 10 times more susceptible to C. diff. MRSA isn’t a walk in the park either. It’s a staph infection that resists the antibiotics usually used to treat it. The infection can spread all over the body. It’s usually seen in people who have been in hospitals or health-care settings, or who have had invasive procedures. In other words, both of these illnesses are serious and potentially life-threatening.

of discharge, you can file a pre-discharge TBI claim at the same link to phone number. To see the whole final determination (the comment section is informative), go online to and put this in the search box: VA-2012VBA-0029-0212 For information about VA and DOD programs for brain injury, go to www.dvbic. org. F r e d d y Groves regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Send email to columnreply2@ (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

If you have your choice of hospitals for a procedure, don’t you want the one that’s more likely to keep you safe from infections? Go to the Hospital Compare site ( and enter your ZIP code. You can click up to three hospitals to compare. Click Compare Now and then click Readmissions, Complications and Death. Click Healthcare Associated Infections. The information that’s posted now only covers the first three months of 2013, but check back in April 2014 for updates on the next six months. Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Send email to (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

On Jan. 26, 1788, the first of 50,000 convicts banished from England to Australia land in Botany Bay. These were not hardened criminals; only a small minority were transported for violent offenses. Among the first group was a 70-year-old woman who had stolen cheese to eat. On Jan. 20, 1841, China cedes the island of Hong Kong to the British. In 1898, Britain was granted an additional 99 years of rule. In September 1984, the British and the Chinese signed a formal agreement approving a 1997 turnover of the island. On Jan. 25, 1924, the first Winter Olympics begin at Chamonix in the French Alps. Spectators were thrilled by the ski jump and bobsled, as well as 12 other events involving a total of six sports. On Jan. 23, 1957, the Wham-O toy company rolls out the first batch of aerodynamic plastic discs, now known as Frisbees. The story of the Frisbee began in Bridgeport, Conn., where students from nearby universities would throw empty Frisbie Pie Company tins to each other, yelling “Frisbie!” as they let go.

On Jan. 21, 1976, from London’s Heathrow Airport and Orly Airport outside Paris, the first Concordes with commercial passengers simultaneously take flight to Bahrain in the Persian Gulf and Rio de Janeiro, respectively. The Concordes flew well past the sound barrier at 1,350 mph. On Jan. 24, 1980, U.S. officials announce that America is ready to sell military equipment (excluding weapons) to communist China as a reaction to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. An additional agreement was signed for the construction of a station in China that would be able to receive information from an American satellite. On Jan. 22, 1998, in a Sacramento, Calif., courtroom, Theodore J. Kaczynski pleads guilty to all federal charges against him, acknowledging his responsibility for a 17-year campaign of package bombings attributed to the “Unabomber.” The “Unabomber” was named after the UNABOM Task Force. The name came from the words “university and airline bombing.” (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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1. Is the book of Delilah in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. In Acts 8, the Ethiopian eunuch that Philip met was under what queen? Hephzibah, Esther, Azubah, Candace 3. From Psalm 23, what did the psalmist say would follow him, goodness and ... ? Love, Mercy, Despair, Vanity 4. Who, along with his men, hid in caves to avoid the wrath of Saul? Solomon, Ezekiel, David, Job 5. In John 8, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at ... “? Evil, Him, Priest, Her 6. From Genesis 20, who was king of Gerar? Abimelech, Ahab, Zedekiah, Josiah


Q: I feel like my life is the same old, same old. I want to get in better shape and eat better, but I get psyched-up for a few days and then lose steam. I need to shake things up. Any advice on how to make changes that stick? -- Barry D., Calgary, AB, Canada A: Barry, sounds like you’re ready to make changes -that’s a big first step. The next step? We think you’ll have good luck making things stick if you have fun while pursuing new experiences, and you’ll be surprised at how that changes your outlook and your health! First, find a buddy who wants to join you in your pursuit of new experiences and better health: Hardly anyone (including the two of us) can sustain important changes by him- or herself. But if you can’t recruit a buddy right away, get started by yourself. Sign up your pal later, after setting an example. New Tastes: Discovering new flavors is a major step toward a healthier diet (that works best for long-term, permanent weight loss). Fatty, sweet, processed foods dull your taste buds and make you crave more of those same old, same old. Just what you want to stop doing! You can learn to enjoy new foods (look, I’m eating an artichoke!) one adventurous bite at a time. Try a new food experience (Indian, Japanese, Mexican) at least once a week. (There are great recipes at www.clevelandclinic. org/wellness.) New Activities: Enjoy activities that you haven’t tried before. Go to and build a walking program! If you’re already a walker, sign up for ballroom dancing lessons, snow-shoeing treks or a new gym (you’ll meet new people there, too). New Sights: Discovering new sights brings new energy to your life. Try a photo fieldtrip of local architecture or explore a museum. Traveling to another city could be part of this adventure. And remember, as you pur-


sue your goal of new experiences and better health, there’s pleasure in the journey and building shared memories with a buddy. Q: I have arthritis and was wondering if a vegan diet is really less inflammatory than other ones and could it help me feel better? -- Ellie B., Providence, R.I. A: Many studies show that a vegan diet is anti-inflammatory if it contains healthy food choices and is supplemented with missing essential nutrients. Remember, you can eat a lot of highly inflammatory refined carbs, added sugars, syrups and processed foods, and still be vegan. And the vegan diet (no meat, dairy, eggs or any associated animal products) can be lacking in omega-3 fatty acids, essential for fighting inflammation, as well as B-12, D-3, K-2 and calcium, all vital parts of a healthy diet, strong bones and a strong immune system. But a nutritious vegan diet with lots of 100 percent whole grains, a wide variety of veggies and fruits, and supplements like algal oil DHA omega-3 can ease arthritis pain and help prevent other inflammatory conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease. (Chronic inflammation is very destructive to tissue, bones and organs in your body.) Venus Williams was on “The Dr. Oz Show” last October talking about how effective a plant-based protein (no meat) diet has been in maintaining her health while living with the inflammatory autoimmune disease Sjogren’s syndrome. Also vegans tend to take in fewer calories and have a lower body-mass index than meat eaters. And maintaining a healthy body weight with good muscle mass is the single best thing you can do to control bodywide inflammation. (Check out the six-recipe vegan challenge at www. If you’re thinking about getting started on a vegan diet, but it seems daunting, try a modified Mediterranean or Asian-style diet. They’re low in saturated fats and high in omega-3s and fruits and vegetables. Then gradually remove animal products from your plate until you’re fully vegan. *** Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Wellness Officer and Chair of Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. Email your health and wellness questions to Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen at youdocsdaily(at sign) (c) 2013 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.


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• Henry Luce’s next success story was Sports of Greenville


Illustrated, which debuted in 1954. His advisors strongly cautioned him about launching a magazine strictly devoted to sports. Two previous magazines of the same name had already failed during the 1930s and 1940s. The first issue’s featured article was about Roger Bannister, who had broken the four-minute-mile barrier three months earlier. The cover was a photo of Milwaukee Braves third baseman Eddie Mathews. Michael Jordan holds the record for the most appearances on the cover of SI, with 50 covers. The team that’s been honored the most times is the New York Yankees, with a record 71. Over 23 million people read Sports Illustrated every week. • The Lady’s Magazine is considered the first significant women’s magazine. First published in London in 1770, it contained essays on female virtues, fashion advice, hints for wives and mothers, medicinal recipes, and embroidery patterns. Upwards of 150,000 American women were reading Godey’s Lady’s Book when the Civil War broke out, making it the most widely circulated magazine in the country. • McCall’s was initially established as a women’s magazine called The Queen in 1873. It was renamed in 1897 and remained such until 2001 when Rosie O’Donnell became editorial director and changed the title to Rosie. Rosie lasted a little over a year. Female baby boomers may remember Betsy McCall paper dolls printed in McCall’s beginning in May, 1951. • We started reading Better Homes and Gardens in 1922, Ladies’ Home Journal in 1883, Good Housekeeping in 1885, Redbook in 1903, Woman’s Day in 1931, followed by Family Circle in 1932. (Continues on Page 11)

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try to move the bricks back into alignment, but that might not work without undertaking more time-consuming or costly repairs. The depressed bricks can be lifted back into place by repairing the base underneath them. Use a pry bar or other lever to carefully lift up a sunken brick. Then, using one end of a sturdy piece of wood such as a two by four, tamp the existing sand down into place. Put the brick back into the tampeddown section, tapping with a mallet if it doesn’t go in. Measure the different in height between the sunken brick and the surrounding bricks. Remove the sunken brink and fill the section with sand (that has rocks and larger particles screened out of it) up to the height of the measurement you took. Tamp down the new sand and remeasure the height, adding sand if necessary to bring the brick level. Once the brick is in place and flush with the surrounding bricks, pour sand over and around the repaired brick so that it fills the crevices. Use a broom to sweep sand from the top of the bricks and into the crevices. HOME TIP: Pull or treat weeds that spring up between paving bricks as soon as possible, before their roots have time to spread. This helps keep a brick walkway even over time. Send your questions to (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Puff Pancake Makes Dramatic Breakfast Make weekend breakfasts extra special when you put this delicious puff pancake on your menu. Also called a Dutch baby, this version of the recipe is simple to prepare with kids, and dramatic to serve piping hot, right out of the oven. Believe me, mouths will be watering when it arrives at the table. Take a bow, and then serve with fresh fruit or other favorite toppings. DRAMATIC PUFF PANCAKE 4 eggs 1 cup skim or whole milk 1 cup all-purp o s e flour 1 tablespoon sugar 1/8 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons unsalted butter Topping: 1 tablespoon powdered sugar and a squeeze of fresh lemon 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. 2. Let one of your kids count and crack the eggs into a mixing bowl. Inspect it to be sure there are no remaining shells. Beat eggs with a beater until light and pale. 2. Another child may measure and gradually beat in the milk, flour, sugar and salt. 3. Meanwhile, place butter in a 10- or 12-inch

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cast-iron or ovenproof skillet, or a 9-inch-by-13-inch oven-safe glass baking dish. An adult should place it in the oven until it is hot and the butter sizzles. Remove from oven and pour batter into the hot butter. Return to oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until puffy and golden-brown on the edges. (Keep oven door closed until done.) 4. Squeeze lemon juice on top, dust with powdered sugar and serve tableside immediately. Serves 4. Serve with fresh fruit, such as berries, grapes and kiwi slices. Alternate blender method for steps 1-2: Put eggs in a blender and whirl for one minute. With motor running, add milk and slowly add flour, sugar and salt. Whirl for an additional 30 seconds. Proceed with step 3. *** Donna Erickson’s award-winning series “Donna’s Day” is airing on public television nationwide. To find more of her creative family recipes and activities, visit www.donnasday. com and link to the NEW Donna’s Day Facebook fan page. Her latest book is “Donna Erickson’s Fabulous Funstuff for Families.” (c) 2014 Donna Er-

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Walk Your Way to Better Health Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates (known as the father of Western medicine) once said, “Walking is man’s best medicine.” What a relatively simple and inexpensive pill to take to make such a big impact on maintaining and improving your health. The inspiration for my renewed interest in walking is Sheri Simson, aka “The Pole Lady.” Pole walking is an exercise where you walk with two poles that look like ski poles. It’s a low-impact exercise that not only makes walking more beneficial, it actually takes less effort and is easier on the body. I have joint pain, so walking is just about the only exercise that I can effectively do. Walking with Simson’s Keenfit Walking Poles boosts the benefits of my exercise. It basically turns a simple walk around the block into an aerobic total body workout. Pole walking is a rhythmic, energizing form of exercise that uses a specially designed pair of walking poles that helps you (with less effort) use your entire body rather than just your lower body. It’s like skiing without the skis or the snow. I like to call it “Texas skiing”! Pole walking originated from the sport of cross-country skiing. It’s believed to have started around the 1930s, when the cross-country ski coaches of Finland were struggling to keep their athletes in peak form during the offseason. It soon became popular with non-athletes once they discovered the total-body benefits and the overall fun of pole walking, and it spread throughout Northern Europe.

Pole walking, also known as Nordic walking, has only recently been seen here in North America -- but it is here to stay! You use less than 50 percent of your major muscles when walking without poles. Walking with fitness poles, you use more than 90 percent of your major muscles. The poles help to spread your weight out, lessening the load when your feet hit the ground by 26 percent. This makes a big difference for people like me who have back, hip, knee, ankle or foot problems. Walking with poles also naturally aligns your spine and strengthens your core with each step -helping you to stand and sit taller. I usually lose a pound a day when I walk using the Keenfit Walking Poles. You don’t have to walk as far or work as hard. Walking poles help to increase your cardio by 20 percent and your calorie burn by up to 48 percent without any extra effort. And 30 minutes of pole walking is equal to 50 minutes of regular walking. It’s one of the most beneficial and rewarding activities that you’ll ever do. Studies on walking and health have determined that patients with knee arthritis who walked three times a week “reduced their rates of pain and disability by 47 percent.” Patients at high risk for diabetes who walked and made other healthy lifestyle changes reduced their risk by 58 percent. Walking has been shown to reduce anxiety, and it is the No. 1 treatment for improving sleep. Before starting your walk, try drinking a caffeinated drink. A recent study found that not only can caffeine wake you up -- it can also boost your reactive ability (the ability to change direction quickly).

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1. Leonard Cohen. The words originally came to life as a poem Cohen wrote in 1966, “Suzanne Takes You Down.” 2. “Hello, Dolly!” from the musical of the same name. Armstrong received a Grammy for his version in 1965. 3. “Hangin’ Tough,” 1989. Of the two, the guitar solo version is more widely recognized. 4. Badfinger, in 1970. 5. “Things I’d Like to Say,” by New Colony Six in 1968. Between 1966 and 1971, the group saw 10 of their releases hit the Hot 100 list. The group wore Colonial costumes on stage at the same time as Paul Revere and the Raiders, and once showed up at the same audition as the Raiders, all of them wearing the same outfits.

According to Women’s Health, just one cup can often make a difference in your quickness/alertness -so maybe you should meet friends for coffee before your pole walk rather than after. If you prefer a cool drink before working out, try my recipe for Greek Iced Coffee. It provides caffeine, antioxidants, a little boost of calcium and protein. The new year brings a new opportunity to take charge of your health. Happy pole walking! (Additional information provided by Janet Hackert, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, Harrison County, University of Missouri Extension. For more information about Keenfit Pole Walking, go to: www. and

GREEK ICED COFFEE 2 teaspoons instant coffee 1-2 teaspoons sugar 2 ice cubes 1/4 cup cold water 1/3 cup chilled milk Place instant coffee, sugar, ice cubes and water in a jar with a tightfitting lid; shake vigorously for 30 seconds, or until frothy. Stir in milk. Makes 1 serving. *** Angela Shelf Medearis is an award-winning children’s author, culinary historian and author of seven cookbooks. Her new cookbook is “The Kitchen Diva’s Diabetic Cookbook.” Her website is To see how-to videos, recipes and much, much more, Like Angela Shelf Medearis, The Kitchen Diva!, on Facebook and go to Recipes may not be reprinted without permission from Angela Shelf Medearis. (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc., and Angela Shelf Medearis

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MAGAZINES (continued): • Adolescent girls got their very own magazine in 1944, when Seventeen hit the stands, bringing fashion, beauty, and dating tips. Early cover girls included Carol Lynley, Twiggy, Cybil Shepherd, Olga Korbut, and a 13-year-old Brooke Shields. • The first issue of TV Guide was released in April of 1953, a comprehensive listing of the week’s television programs, TV-related news, celebrity interviews, program reviews, and crossword puzzles. Actress Lucille Ball was on the cover holding her newborn son, Desi Arnaz, Jr., whose birth had been written into the storyline of the popular sitcom I Love Lucy. • In March of 1974, you could have purchased the inaugural issue of People magazine for 35 cents. The beautiful 29-year-old Mia Farrow was on the cover, the star of the upcoming movie The Great Gatsby. In 1985, the magazine introduced their new feature “Sexiest Man Alive,” with 29-year-old Mel Gibson capturing the first title. Since then, People has created their “World’s Most Beautiful People” and “Best & Worst Dressed” special issues. About 47 million people read People every week. • Although magazines derive about half of their income from advertising (the other half from subscriptions and single copy sales), a few magazines do not accept advertising. Consumer Reports does not want to give the impression that their product evaluations are influenced in any way by an advertiser, and have no paid advertising. • The list of leading magazine advertisers includes Procter & Gamble, L’Oreal, Johnson & Johnson, Toyota, and Nestle.

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It was Polish chess grandmaster Savielly Tartakower who made the following sage observation: “Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake.” In the late 19th century, a single female Bengal tiger, known as the Champawat Tiger, was solely responsible for an estimated 430 deaths in India and Nepal. After evading hunters and the Nepalese Army for years, she was finally killed in 1907 by a hunter named Jim Corbett. A leech can consume 10 times its weight in its vic-


dwarf star. It’s about the size of Neptune, and it’s very, very hot -- roughly 820 degrees Fahrenheit. None of this is terribly unusual; what’s truly surprising is the fact that the planet’s surface is made up largely of ice (with an outer layer of hydrogen and helium) despite the heat. It seems that the gravity and atmospheric pressure are so great that water is forced into a solid form, creating so-called hot ice.

In 2011, during a tough financial time for the nation of Romania, the government instituted a 16 percent tax on the incomes of self-proclaimed witches, fortunetellers and astrologers. Those so employed were incensed and vowed retribution, some casting spells against the president and those members of the government who had supported the legislation. In an unrelated incident, the legislature also drafted a measure A Louisiana man once that would punish those who caught a grape in his mouth incorrectly predicted the fu- that was tossed from 252 ture. feet away. *** Famed magician Harry Thought for the Day: “He Houdini was born with the has all the virtues I disless-than-inspiring name Er- like and none of the vices ich Weiss. I admire.” -- Sir Winston Churchill There is a planet named Gliese 436b orbiting a red (c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Braciole with Grape Tomatoes Braciole is traditionally cooked slowly, simmered in tomato sauce. This recipe is a quicker method: roasting the beef in high heat and pairing with tiny sweet grape tomatoes. 1/2 cup Italian-style bread crumbs 1 clove garlic, crushed with press 1/4 cup finely grated Pecorino Romano cheese 1/2 cup packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon olive oil Salt Pepper 1 (1 3/4- to 2-pound) beef flank steak 2 pints grape tomatoes 1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees F. In small bowl, combine bread crumbs, garlic, Pecorino, parsley, 1 tablespoon oil and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. 2. On large sheet of waxed paper, with flat side of meat mallet or heavy skillet, pound steak to even 1/2-inch thickness. Spread crumb mixture over steak in even layer; press into meat. Starting at 1 long side, roll steak into long cylinder (about 2 1/2 inches in diameter) to enclose filling completely. (Some bread crumbs may spill out.) With butcher’s twine or kitchen string, tie roll tightly at 1-inch intervals. Place roll in center of 18 by 12-inch jellyroll pan. Rub remaining 1 teaspoon oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper all over steak. Scatter tomatoes around steak. 3. Roast 25 to 27 minutes or until temperature on meat thermometer, inserted into thickest part of roll, reaches 130 F. Let steak stand in pan 10 minutes to set juices for easier slicing. Remove and discard twine; cut roll crosswise into 1/2-inchthick slices. Transfer meat and tomatoes with their juices to serving platter. Makes 8 main-dish servings. Each serving: About 255 calories, 14g total fat (5g saturated), 54mg cholesterol, 290mg sodium, 10g total carbs, 1g dietary fiber, 22g protein. For thousands of triple-tested recipes, visit our website at (c) 2014 Hearst Communications, Inc.All rights reserved

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