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Bah humbug to the scumbags who stole the decorative reindeers from my front lawn last December. May you find lumps of coal in your Christmas stockings. Greetings, Ms. Ratner. I was profoundly touched by your recent essay “Oblivious” in “The Widow’s Corner” column. In the piece, you have focused on expressing what a woman may experience when there is an unusual growth on her breast. My opinion? I advise you to fight. I say, tell your friends, readers and loved ones. Let the collective energy help you overcome the fear and avoidance. Set your mind to being strong and to winning. Set an example for other women, and yes, men too, to never give up in the face of a frightening adversity.—Norm I’m a gun rights person. I believe I have a right to a gun. The Second Amendment is a virtue in the Constitution. However, I don’t think that George Zimmerman is

going to be able to solve every problem in his life now at a point of a gun— his relationships, his environment. He is going to kill somebody again. He thought he could literally kill every problem he had. By the way, he’s not alone. There are so many people in America who have poor mental health. They just want to point a gun at something and blow it away. We should have the right to have guns. George Zimmerman shouldn’t have a gun. Parents, if you can’t discipline your children, you need to either give them up for adoption or have them taken away from you by the authorities. Obamacare was a WMD— weapon of misinformation and deceit. To all those people out there who can’t respect your fellow American, or your American laws: You need to leave. Find somewhere else to live. America is not the place for you. DUI laws are over-enforced. I had a personal situation today, when I was nearly killed. A motorcycle and a car came through a

The Curmudgeon My Curmuddy Awards for 2013


: : by Drew Alexander

rom the White House You Didn’t Build That Room, welcome to the 19th Annual Curmuddy awards, presenting mud-pie statuettes for some of the worst things said and done in 2013. The Wretched Excess Curmuddy goes to all the mass media for their feeding frenzy of overdone, over-thetop reporting of the Jodi Arias murder trial. To the city of Seattle, this Curmuddy for Insipid Political Correctness in rejecting “Buy American” ads on its buses and banning employees from using the words “citizen” and “brown bag” because they are “potentially offensive.” A Perversion of the Press Curmuddy to the Gannett-owned suburban New York City Journal News

for irresponsibly publishing a map with home addresses of all law-abiding licensed gun owners in Westchester and Rockland counties. Among those residents placed at risk are police officers and their families who could be victimized by vindictive criminals. The award for Zero Tolerance Stupidity is presented to the officials of Park Elementary School in Baltimore, Md., for suspending second-grader Josh Welch for two days because he shaped a Pop-Tart into something vaguely resembling a gun. Josh “used food to make inappropriate gestures,” said the devoid of common sense school bosses. Other schools around the country have made equally poor judgments related to pictures or other innocuous representations of guns.

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red light and nearly took me out. The signal was red for quite a long time because the green signal for me was long enough for four cars ahead of me to make their turns. As I entered the intersection, it was just about to change from green to yellow, when another car came shooting into the intersection from my right, eastbound. When I caught up to her at the next traffic signal and scolded her for her actions, I could tell she was drunk, but she was aware of her actions. I almost got killed myself. I said, “Lady, you were at fault.” It’s one of those things where DUI enforcement would make no difference

whatsoever. DUI enforcement is not for minor, minor infractions. I think it needs to be changed. I’ve lived in my neighborhood for 25 years across from a dirt lot—a couple of acres of dirt. It has an out-of-state owner. The property is probably some kind of tax write off. They can’t bother to keep people from dumping on it, shooting birds or driving ATVs. Child molesters hide in the overgrown scrub. The city of Phoenix is constantly threatening them with fines. When I did meet the ...continues on page 8

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Fred Phelps, the so-called pastor of the Westboro Baptist Church and his family are recipients of the Extreme Hate-Mongering Curmuddy for picketing and disrupting funerals of fallen American military and firefighter personnel. These sickos—who are not Baptists—are equal opportunity haters of Jews, homosexuals, Mormons, Catholics, Orthodox Christians, America, and just about everything and everybody in sight. In Canada, after having her 2-yearold son in a hospital for five hours, Pauline Tantost and child were ejected from a Montreal city bus and fined $219 for not having the correct fare in coins. Tantost tearfully walked home. The Lack of Humanity Curmudgeon is awarded to the Montreal Transit Corp. The Third Annual Clarence Dupnik Curmuddy for Dopiness co-recipients are Bob Filner, the brazen ex-mayor of San Diego who resigned in the wake of scores of sexual harassment charges, and Rob Ford, the erratic mayor of Toronto, Ontario,

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Canada, who admitted taking crack cocaine while being in a “drunken stupor.” Receiving the Super Silly Censorship Curmuddy is the Air Force for censoring a Christian chaplain, Lt. Col. Kenneth Reyes, for posting an essay on a website using the phrase originating in World War II that “there are no Atheists in foxholes.” The Military Religious Freedom Foundation complained that the wordage was “a bigoted, religious supremacist phrase,” and demanded that Lt. Col. Reyes receive further punishment for expressing a matter of faith. Um, isn’t that what chaplains are supposed to do? And finally, The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight Curmuddy to President Barack Obama and his inept administration and all the blundering Congressional Democrats who brought us the debacle called the Affordable Care Act, or Obama-Scare, and its multi-million dollar joke of a website. Happy New Year.

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achieved an altered state the other day. Sitting still in my living room— eyes closed, focused on nothing but the sound of my own breathing—I was able to crawl out from under the frantic thoughts that crowd our minds every waking moment. If you get on top of those thoughts, there’s this marvelous, relaxing spot in your consciousness. It’s a quiet state of consciousness that I find energizing and inspiring—right up until my little dog’s bark startles me silly. Meditation is something I do fairly regularly now. I was horrible at first, but through sheer persistence, have worked up to merely bad. And I occasionally hit a higher sphere of consciousness in the same way a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then. I don’t discuss meditation much because, when you do, people wait for you to hand them a religious pamphlet or hail the Mother ship. But, in a society strewn with fiscal cliffs, barbed rhetoric and Miley Cyrus’ tongue dangling everywhere, meditation has given me a refuge. And I figure anyone interested might benefit from what I have discovered along the way. Rule No. 1: Everybody stinks at the beginning Starting meditation is hard, especially in a family. Children want to climb you, spouses wonder if they can vacuum around you, and you spend a certain amount of time, sitting cross-legged on the floor, wondering how to think about nothing while the cat tries to sit on you. Those early times are tough, because you close your eyes expecting to touch the face of God, and the only action you get is from last night’s sauerkraut. There’s no shortcut. You have to keep trying. Rule No. 2: Meditation will not make you George Clooney. I got into meditation for all the wrong reasons. Years ago, I wanted a better job and more money and more … everything. Someone suggested

meditation as a way to deeper wisdom. (“Yeah! Wisdom! I’ll take some of that!”) So I read a book, and sat in my backyard in the mornings, seeking higher consciousness for the same reasons people start pyramid schemes or chase leprechauns. I didn’t get anything (except a soundtrack of my dogs completing their digestive cycles) and I’m still not wise, but I did learn this: meditation is not a makeover or a slot machine. It can help you be a better version of who you are. But if you don’t like who you are, breathing deeply in a yard full of puzzled dogs won’t make you George Clooney. Rule No. 3: Don’t shriek at higher consciousness. Occasionally, if my yard was still, my body would relax, my thoughts would roll to a stop and I’d feel this gentle awareness rise. It was nice feeling—energizing without being edgy. It might have been higher consciousness. I’ll never know because I would immediately shout at it: “What should I do with my life?! Should I get another job?!” Nothing screws up inner harmony faster than chasing it across your consciousness, shrieking questions at it in your mother’s voice. Rule No. 4: Everybody has an approach, and none of them will fit exactly. When I wasn’t getting “results,” I thought I was meditating wrong. So I read another book. And another. What I found was that learning meditation was like learning a golf swing: everyone has a different approach, and most of them contradict each other. Mantra. No mantra. Affirmation. No affirmation. Lotus position. No Lotus. Sit in a chair. Visualize light. Eyes open? Eyes closed. Incense? No incense. You can’t follow one method, without violating many others. Except at the end, they all say, “...then just relax.” I wound up feeling frustrated and inadequate, and for several years my mantra was, “the hell with it.”

Rule No. 5: Meditation rewards the persistent. It took a stressful job to make me try meditation again. A very nice Buddhist lady offered a guided meditation class at work. I took it to be nice. But with the addition of a little assistance—and the absence of vacuum cleaners and dogs—guided meditation hit me like a whole lot of umbrella-ed drinks. My shoulders dropped to a place they haven’t been since 1978. But beyond that, I was struck by two things: 1) the ability of a focused mind to release stress and change your perception of the surrounding world, and: 2) the fact that meditation left my hands too relaxed to type the rest of the day. I would flail at my keyboard like a trained seal, thinking: “I’m gonna write about this when I get my fingers back.” Rule No. 6: Look for subtle rewards. We live in a highlight-reel world. Subtle changes—even profound ones—often go unnoticed. But this is what I discovered about meditation: it slows the game down. Whenever college athletes move to the pros, they talk about how fast the professional game is, and how they need to get to that place where the game seems to moves slower, so they can read defenses, recognize plays and react better. After a few weeks of meditation, I noticed that

the little workplace dramas at my job were coming at me slower. The people who drove me crazy could not push my buttons as much. I found more time to react, and the ability to react calmly. Meditation gave me a perceptual cushion, where I could stand back and watch the people at that job like they were at a distance or in an aquarium or something. And from that perspective, all of their whispered gossip, crazed office-speak and elaborate gesturing seemed goofy and even a little amusing. Yes, tequila can do the same thing. But tequila is expensive and makes me fall out of my cubicle. Rule No. 7: Invest the time. Meditation is more effective when you consistently invest time in it. People tell me: “I’d like to meditate, but I don’t have time with my job/ life/commitments, etc.” It’s still a struggle for me, too. But I find the time is worth the investment. You don’t feel the benefits every single time—meditation is not a can of Red Bull—but the cumulative payoff is dramatic. And the very act of setting aside time for yourself, to sit down and do nothing, is therapeutic. It’s like flipping the bird to a caffeinated world that goes too damn fast, anyway. Now if I can only keep that dog from barking. Michael Grady is a Valley-based freelance writer, reporter and playwright. NOW A CCEPTING M EDISUN, SCAN, AVESIS EYEMED, UNITED HEALTH CARE, B LUE CROSS B LUE SHIELD, A ETNA, H EALTHNET AND MANY MORE.

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them is certainly not reported to the government. The rest of us are paying taxes on our income. It does not seem fair to the rest of us. Drew Alexander deserves a Pulitzer for Obamastein’s monster. It should be read at Christmas as a Christmas story, or even as a Thanksgiving story. He speaks the truth. Is there any wonder why the president and our nation are in such shambles? To date, Obama has had five chiefs of staff. That’s an average of one per year. ASU’s 24-point loss to Stanford in the PAC-12 title game clearly confirm that the blowhard head coach, Todd Graham, and his Sun Devils are nowhere nearly ready for prime time. Now that everyone has given their gift cards to the food banks, how about figuring out where the money’s going to. The gift cards are going to the people you’re handing them to. Nine out of 10,

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The Widow’s Corner I Hate Pink

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y breast lump is tiny and pokey. It measures 0.6 x 0.3 x 0.2 cm, a circumscribed tumor nodule with a parallel orientation at the 11 o’clock position, approximately 9 cm from the nipple. Reading over the interim print report, I could only smile about the coincidence of my scheduled 11 a.m. Monday surgery and the position of the nodule. It sounds better to call it a nodule than a tumor. “Why did this happen to me?” I wondered aloud. What did “doing everything” to prevent cancer really mean? There are days I skipped sunscreen. I don’t exercise as much and as hard as I should. And, oh yeah, I live in a highly polluted urban area of the United States, but I eat healthy and try and keep my stress to a minimum. Two weeks before I discovered the lump, I read an interesting article in the New York Times Magazine about breast cancer along with the pop culture of advertising it over the last 10 years. It began with a disclosure that the author was a breast cancer survivor, so I naturally thought it would be a positive article on the strides in breast cancer that science and the Komen organization has made over the last few years. Not exactly the case. The article talked about the flaws of Komen recommending mammograms as a way to prevent breast cancer. While Komen, along with the American Cancer Society are credited with raising the profile of the disease, encouraging women to speak about their experience and transforming “victims” into “survivors,” the Komen pink-ribbon culture has become less about eradication of breast cancer than self-perpetuation: maintaining the visibility of the disease and keeping the funds rolling in. For the last 10 years, I have felt a certain disgust in seeing how the pink-ribbon culture has narrowed our awareness of what is being done in research to prevent breast cancer: Pink

ribbons on high-rise buildings, pink garbage trucks, pink gloves and pink spike shoes on football players, pink stockings, and pink ballet shoes—its relentless marketing has made the pink ribbon one of the most recognized logos of our time. It has come to symbolize both fear of the disease and the hope it can be defeated. One hundred and eight American women die of breast cancer each day. Some can live for a decade or more with metastatic disease, the median life span is 26 months. I don’t want to be part of the statistics. On the Friday before my scheduled surgery, I walked over to the breast center to request the radiologist report. I wanted to study it over the weekend, find a weak link in it, a mistake, something that might lead me to discover some inconsistency in the results. I opened the door to find six ladies with large pink ribbons in their hair. They stood around a table set for a party: a cake as the center piece with bright pink frosting, cupcakes with pink and white sprinkles, pink plastic forks and pink napkins, and purple punch with a pink ribbon painted on the glass pitcher. “What’s going on here?” I asked. “We are having a mammogram party,” a lady told me in between bites of cake. After signing the release consent, the receptionist handed me my ultrasound report. I said goodbye to the giggling women just as one of them was called into an exam room. I wished them luck and left. I didn’t quite understand the concept of the party. It was a sort of celebration before the mammogram study. I couldn’t believe they were resorting to “parties” at the breast center, but then again I had nothing to celebrate yet.

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: : by Gayle M. Lagman-Creswick

ear Old Bag: Enjoyed your December 2013 column. I plan on using the suggestion you made about the older generation writing a story/anecdote for the children or grandchildren. I am going to try to help my dad—who is 96 years young—do this for each of his kids. Here is a suggestion for next year! Best gift I ever gave my dad. My dad has everything he wants and needs, including all of the latest electronics gadgets and enough shirts to last five lifetimes. Last year I wrote in his Christmas card that he was now enrolled in “The Pie of the Month Club.” At first he protested. “I don’t want no pie of the month,” thinking it was from some company. I explained to him I was going to bake him a pie myself, and he thought that was OK. My dad never calls me, so imagine my surprise when he called me on Jan. 10? He didn’t say “hello” or “how are you,” just “Where is my pie?” He said he had been thinking about that pie and was wondering when it was going to arrive...I baked the pie a few days later at his house so he could enjoy the aroma. He wasn’t home so I left it on the counter. About 10 minutes after I left he called and with great enthusiasm said the house smelled fabulous, the pie looked great, and he was just waiting for it to cool. He called an hour later to say he cut into the pie, and it was so delicious he had to have two slices. He called later that evening to let me know he shared a piece with my sister. He called the next day to say he took some to his bridge buddies and they enjoyed it, too. He called one more time to sadly tell me he had the last piece for breakfast and to thank me again for making him the pie. Pie of the Month has been a wonderful way for my dad to remember all of the delicious pies my mom made and for me to reconnect with my dad. He shares pie with his friends and family. Everyone wants to be part of the Pie

of the Month and several people young and old have asked to be my adopted dad! Each pie has been good for at least five or six phone calls; pretty good considering he never called me before! I hope others will consider this way to keep Christmas going all year for their parents. Signed, C.A.M.


ear C.A.M.: I loved your letter and suggestion. It occurs to me that maybe some of those parents who live in the same town as their children, but never hear from them, could bake them a pie once in awhile to get their attention. Thanks for writing!


ear Old Bag: My New Year’s Resolution is to quit (complaining). Before I do, I have to get something off my mind. I have a friend who is living in the past. He was CEO of a big company, but retired 15 years ago. He still thinks he knows everything, and talks about how he single handedly slayed all the dragons. I have heard these stories many times. I know he is brilliant. I know he has been everywhere. He has done everything. But now he is just like me—retired. That life is over and there are a great many interesting and present things to talk about. Can I shut him up and still have him for a friend? Signed, Fed Up Dear Fed Up: Your friend thinks his only importance lies in what he used to be. Perhaps you could say something like, “Friend, I don’t give a tinker’s darn what you used to be or did. I like you now...retired like me. You are an important person right now to your friends.” It won’t change him, but maybe it will make him stop and think. Good luck with your New Year’s resolution!

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his is the time of year when our thoughts turn to that magical date ingrained in our consciousness from the days we started working for a living—April 15. As a CPA, this time of year is not so affectionately known as “Tax Season.” For me, tax season means long hours, eating meals on the run, and not seeing my family for three and a half months. To help make life easier for your “tax lady” or “tax man,” here are some hints to streamline the tax preparation process. It goes without saying that because most CPA firms bill by the hour, following these tips may also save you some money in the process. • Begin assembling your third-party documentation in one place. This includes your W-2, 1099, 1098, K-1 and Social Security statements. When you receive them, take a few minutes to review each one to ensure that the numbers make sense. • If you have purchased or sold real estate during the year, your CPA will need the closing document from the sale (that long HUD-1 form). • If you sold an asset and there is no cost basis showing on the 1099B from your brokerage firm, work with your investment advisor to determine the tax basis of the property sold. It is not the job of your CPA to divine these numbers – they are not clairvoyant.• If your CPA has sent you an organizer to fill out, do not send it back blank! A completely filled out organizer will help your CPA efficiently prepare your return. It will also jog your memory and give you an idea of what can and cannot be deducted. To use the simplified organizer that I have designed for my practice, visit LovinLife/2014/2013Organizer.pdf. • If earned income from a business, provide a summary of income and expenses. • If you own rental property, provide a summary of income and expenses. • If you have donated “stuff ” to charity, keep in mind that the maximum that can be deducted without filing form 8283 is $500. The IRS implemented this additional reporting requirement

because taxpayers had a tendency to place a slightly higher value on their well-loved sofa that they donated to Goodwill than the shopper who purchased said sofa. • Reserve your financial confessions for your minister. You are legally required to report all income—even if it was “under the table” and you didn’t receive a 1099. Don’t tell your CPA about income that you do not intend to report to the government. • While your CPA is not your priest, they are also not a tax collector for the IRS. If you report $487.23 of prescription expense on your organizer, your accountant does not need to see your receipts. We trust you. If additional documentation is needed for a specific item, we will ask for it. • Keep your summary sheet at home! In addition to the information listed above, many taxpayers also give their accountants a handwritten summary sheet of income and deductions. The problem for the CPA is that they need to verify that sheet against the other information in the package. This adds time and cost to preparing your return. Naturally, each tax professional runs their business slightly different. If they have different procedures, you should follow their directions. Finally, keep in mind that because of the government shutdown and the complexity of implementing the tax provisions of the Affordable Health Care Act (also known as Obamacare), the IRS is behind schedule in preparing for tax season. Tax preparers are likewise affected. Be kind and patient with us. We are mere mortals working under tight deadlines to do our best to help our clients. Teresa Bear, CFP, CPA (www.TeresaBear. com), specializes in retirement planning and asset preservation for retirees and those about to retire. Bear is the author of the new book “She Retired Happily Ever After.” Send questions to

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The Engineers Club of the West Valley, 11:30 a.m., Briarwood Country Club, 20800 N. 135th Ave., Sun City West, $18, (623) 544-0942, www.engineersaz. com. The luncheon will be followed by a lecture on “What is Happening at Bell Road and Grand Avenue and looking ahead to transportation in the West Valley.” Society for the Arts Social, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Ben and Jack’s Steakhouse, 4180 Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, $2, (480) 947-7900. Happy hour prices on food and drinks. Music starts at 7 p.m. Come enjoy the new dance floor. “Don’t ‘Weight’ Any Longer,” 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., The Colonnade, 19116 Colonnade Way, Surprise, free but registration required, (623) 455-5633, www. Join certified health coaches Carolyn Boden and Bruce Belanger of Take Shape for Life to learn more about important information to consider when it comes to your health and the health of those you love. Jan. 4 Saturday Phoenix Suns vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 7 p.m., US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, $16.75 to $1,882.75, (800) 745-3000, Jan. 5 Sunday “Mama Mia!,” 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, $25 to $125, (800) 7453000,

Jan. 6 Monday Dr. Harvey Abrams, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Red Mountain Library, 635 N. Power Rd., Mesa, free, (480) 644-3100. Abrams will discuss a variety of topics. He is the clinic director of Rehabilitation Chiropractic Care Inc. in Mesa. LinkUnion, 7 p.m., Sunland Village Auditorium, 4601 E. Dolphin Ave., Mesa, $12 to $18, (480) 832-9003. The Branson, Mo., band performs. Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Discussion, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Mondays in January, Helen Foundation, 105 S. Delaware Dr., Suite 8, Apache Junction, free and reservations required, (480) 389-5431, Stroke Prevention: You Have to Act FAST, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., The Church of the Palms, 14808 Boswell Blvd., Sun City, free but registration required, (623) 455-5633. Donna Holland, RN, BSN, interim stroke program coordinator, Banner Boswell Medical Center, will discuss recognizing stroke symptoms and factors contributing to strokes. Jan. 7 Tuesday Stroke Support Group, 10 to 11 a.m., Valley of the Sun Rehabilitation Hospital, 13460 N. 67th Ave., Glendale, free, (623) 878-8800, MS Disease Treatment Discussion, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Tuesdays in January, Helen Foundation, 105 S. Delaware Dr., Suite 8, Apache Junction, free and reservations required, (480) 389-5431, Nutrition Bingo, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., SCAN Health Education Center, 1400 E. Southern Ave., Suite 735, Tempe, free but registration required, (855) 901-7226, ext. 3420. An entertaining way to learn and remember important health facts. Advancements in Breast Care, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., The Colonnade, 19116 Colonnade Way, Surprise, free, (623) 455-5633. Discussion on the advancements in technology relating to breast imaging during the past 10 years and why these advancements are important in the fight against breast cancer. Jan. 8 Wednesday Fibromyalgia Treatment Discussion, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Wednesdays in January (except New Year’s Eve), Helen Foundation, 105 S. Delaware Dr., Suite 8, Apache Junction, free and reservations required, (480) 389-5431,

“Beatles Experience Concert,” 7 p.m., Carriage Manor RV Resort, 7750 E. Broadway Rd., Mesa, $18, (480) 354-5620. Tai Chi and Qigong, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesdays, SCAN Health Education Center, 1400 E. Southern Ave., Suite 735, Tempe, free but registration required, (855) 901-7226, ext. 3420. Jan. 9 Thursday Pain Support Group, 6 to 8 p.m., Valley of the Sun Rehabilitation Hospital, 13460 N. 67th Ave., Glendale, free, (623) 334-5437, Yoga for Every Body, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, SCAN Health Education Center, 1400 E. Southern Ave., Suite 735, Tempe, free but registration required, (855) 901-7226, ext. 3420. Zumba Plus, 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., Thursdays, SCAN Health Education Center, 1400 E. Southern Ave., Suite 735, Tempe, free but registration required, (855) 9017226, ext. 3420. Jan. 10 Friday George Hamilton IV, 7 p.m., repeats Jan. 11, Arizona Traditions Ballroom, 17221 N. Citrus Rd., Surprise, $13 residents, $15 nonresidents, Dubbed “The International Ambassador of Country Music,” Hamilton brings a solo evening of acoustic music and stories of the music and its legends. Arthritis/Neuropathy Treatment Discussion, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Fridays in January, Helen Foundation, 105 S. Delaware Dr., Suite 8, Apache Junction, free and reservations required, (480) 389-5431, Sun City Christian Women’s Club Brunch, 9 a.m., Sun City Country Club, 9433 N. 107th Ave., Sun City, $15, (623) 933-0217, (623) 594-2107, mwholick@gmail. com. Event includes guest speaker and live music. SLAMM: Sit Less and Move More, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sun Health Corporate Headquarters Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, free but registration required, (623) 455-5633. Practical ideas for increasing activity throughout your day, whether at home or at work. Jan. 11 Saturday Hillcrest Dance and Social Club of Sun City West’s Black and White Ball, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., RH Johnson Social Hall, 19803 RH Johnson Blvd., Sun City West, $26 members, $31 guests in advance, (623) 5440574. Join the group for this semi-formal dinner/dance. Family Resources Seminar, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Red Mountain Multi-Generational Center, 7550 E. Adobe, Mesa, free but reservations required, (480) 833-8347, Seminar scheduled for those needing help with aging loved ones.

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Dryheat, 3 p.m., Willowbrook United Methodist Church, 19390 N. 99th Ave., Sun City, $5, (623) 9745637. Dryheat, presented by Willowbrook Performing Arts, will play traditional bluegrass, gospel, western and folk music. West Valley Symphony: The Three Bs: Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, 3 p.m., Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, 15550 N. Parkview Pl., Surprise, $25, (623) 236-6781, Jan. 13 Monday Huron/Beadle County, South Dakota Snowbird Dinner, 3 p.m., Golden Corral, 1868 N. Power Rd., Mesa, cost of meal, (480) 807-7748, Better Breathers Club, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., The Colonnade, 19116 Colonnade Way, Surprise, free but registration required, (623) 455-5633, www.sunhealth. org. Monthly education and support group for those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Solera’s balroom, 6360 S. Mountain Blvd., Chandler, free but reservations required, (480) 802-6996, ext. 221. Homemade goodies and chili burgers will be served. Donors must bring a photo ID on the day of donation. Jan. 14 Tuesday Amputee Support Group, 6 to 7 p.m., Valley of the Sun Rehabilitation Hospital, 13460 N. 67th Ave., Glendale, free, (623) 334-5358, Parkinson’s Support Group, 1 to 2 p.m., Valley of the Sun Rehabilitation Hospital, 13460 N. 67th Ave., Glendale, free, (623) 878-8800, “Wrap It Up Brunch,” 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., Superstition Springs Golf Club, 6542 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa, $13, (480) 357-7538. Jan Hart—an expert in the field of “scarf folding—will teach the group new and unique ways to fold scarves. Bites and Stings of Desert Critters, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., SCAN Health Education Center, 1400 E. Southern Ave., Suite 735, Tempe, free but registration required, (855) 901-7226, ext. 3420. A look at the critters that live in the desert, including a discussion about which are poisonous and what to do after a bite or a sting. AARP Smart Driver Course, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., The Colonnade, 19116 Colonnade Way, Surprise, $15 members, $20 nonmembers, (623) 455-5633, AARP Smart Driver is intended to help drivers live more independently as they age and remain safe on today’s roads. ...continues on page 14


Are Your Silver Fillings Making You Sick?

n the 1800s, amalgam became the dental restorative material of choice due to its low cost, ease of application, strength and durability. Dental amalgam is an alloy of mercury with various metals for dental fillings. It commonly consists of mercury (50%), Silver (~22-32%), tin (~14%), copper (~8%), and other trace metals! Amalgam is a very durable and strong material for dental fillings, however as it gets older it undergoes contraction and expansion, and could ultimately lead to stress on the tooth itself. These stresses caused by the amalgam can lead to fractures or breakage of a portion of the tooth structure, causing the need for more extensive care to the tooth. For many years the mercury itself has raised questions: should we be aware of health concerns with the mercury in the amalgam? There are environment concerns as well, leading to pollution, as well as global health concerns. It has been shown in certain studies to be a neurotoxin and highly toxic to the central nervous system which can lead to auto immune disorders, memory loss, mood swings and has been shown to cause tremors. The mercury that is in the amalgam fillings have also been shown to be released as a form of vapor during chewing and grinding. Recent findings from amalgam fillings have also shown that during normal tooth brushing some of the vapors of the mercury can be released as well. This can pose significant risk to most individuals that have numerous mercury fillings. Several European countries have banned the dental amalgam fillings all together in recent years. These movements have created a lot of controversy in the United States as well. There has been a recent movement in several U.S. dental schools to stop the use of dental amalgam fillings. Just over a year ago Costa Mesa, California became the first U.S. city and banned the use of dental amalgams. The American Dental Association maintains that silver fillings are safe and should remain an option for patient as a filling material of choice. Patients having dental amalgam fillings should consult with their dentist on how to best evaluate the condition of their amalgam fillings. Generally if the fillings are very old, or have decay, or leaking margins, corrosion, it is best to have the fillings removed and replaced. A thorough examination by a well trained dentist can evaluate the condition of the amalgam and propose a safe effective means of removal for the patient if necessary. There are a number of alternative restorations that can be used instead of dental amalgam. Some include composite resins, or porcelain fillings, which are tooth colored restorations. These restorations use adhesive techniques to bond the tooth together, which gives the tooth more support and is more esthetically pleasing as well. Research shows that people who have their mercury fillings removed have shown improvement in their symptoms.

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Jan. 19 Sunday

National Active and Retired Federal Employee Association (NARFE) Chapter 1395 Meeting, 11 a.m., Brothers Family Restaurant, 8466 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria, charge for lunch, (623) 935-4681, deb. The tentative guest will be a speaker from CASCO Financial Group. All current and retired federal employees and spouses are welcome.

The Phoenix Pipe Band, 4 p.m., Crown of Life Lutheran Church, 13131 W. Spanish Garden Dr., Sun City West, $8 with proceeds benefiting the Lutheran Disaster Relief fund to assist the Philippines, (623) 556-5376. The corps of bagpipes, drums and dancers—the oldest pipe band in the Phoenix area—has played traditional pipe music of Scotland and Ireland since 1958.

Jan. 16 Thursday Many people time Society for the Artsspend Social, 5their p.m. toentire 7 p.m., Hooters, in Puerto Rico enjoying the beaches 8909 Indian Bend $2, (480) 745andE. never getRd., toScottsdale, the countryside. 8282. Happy hour pricing on wings, burgers, fried pickles, sliders and fries. Great service and lots of TVs to watch sporting events.

Jan. 20 Monday Introduction to Nutrition and Blood Sugar Control for Diabetics, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sun Health Corporate Headquarters Community Room, 14719 W. Grand Ave., Surprise, free but registration required, (623) 455-5633, Join Sun Health Dietician Tracy Garrett, RD, as she introduces some of the strategies that can help you feel better today and prevent long-term diabetic complications in the future.

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Snoring and Sleep Apnea: A New Treatment for CPAP Intolerance, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., PORA Headquarters, 13815 Camino del Sol, Sun City West, free, (623) 455-5633, Alternative Jan. 21 Tuesday treatment fromAndrea the traditionalGross CPAP mask with an oral :: by | photos byLovin’ Irv Life Green After 50 Expo, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., appliance, which can significantly improve your health and Sundial Recreation Center, 14801 N. 103rd Ave., Sun quality of life. City, free, (480) 348-0343. The 26th annual event t’s Sunday afternoon, and I’m in options. features booth, exhibits and entertainment for the over the mountains central Puerto I take second helpings of pork and Jan. 17ofFriday 50 market. Rico, munching barbecued pork arroz, all the while tapping my feet Sun City West Dance for the Health of it Club, under a tin roof. “This reminds me in rhythm with the high-energy salsa 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Palm Ridge Summit Hall, 13800 24 Hours in a Poison Control Center, 9 a.m. to 10 of Sundays I was child,” music inCenter, from1400 outside. I feel W. Deer Valley Dr., when Sun City West, $5 amembers, $8 says a.m., SCANthat Healthdrifts Education E. 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Skin Care as We Age, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., T?he Colonnade, 19116 Colonnade Way, Surprise, free but registration required, (623) 455-5633, www.sunhealth. org. Dermatologist Dr. Erica Lau discusses how the skin changes during the aging process and provides some valuable pointers for taking care of it as we age.

Society for the Arts Social, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sangria Bar at Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center, 7700 E. McCormick Pkwy., $2, (480) 596-7500. Happy hour menu features Hawaiian chicken sandwich, shrimp quesadilla, bruschetta trio, selected wines, specialty cocktails and premium micro brew drafts.

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lose to six million Americans carry the diagnosis of heart failure. Heart failure also is the leading cause of all hospitalizations in individuals older than the age of 64. Additionally, once hospitalized for heart failure, the patient carries a 30 percent risk of being readmitted with heart failure in the next 30 days. Can these admissions and readmissions be prevented or at least reduced? The answer is an astounding yes. The patient has a vital role in avoiding one of every five hospitalizations for heart failure. Furthermore, a dedicated patient may decrease the risk of annual readmission by almost 40 to 45 percent.

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Director Connecting with of theHospice Patientof the Valley’s Dementia Program One would think that for such a was all happening out there. Age: 59 common disease as heart failure, the I was definitely drawn into it. treatmentMotivation: would be universal and cut I became a rock ‘n’ roll singer Her mother-inand dry, law as well. Unfortunately, that is in San Francisco and hit the developed Alzheimer’s. not the case. There is no cookie cutter road. I didn’t get to Arizona “I didn’t know anything approachabout to heart failure. The treatment the journey of being a until about 20 years ago.” plan not caregiver only has to the of complement somebody with patient’s dementia. lifestyle, likes andpre-diagnosis dislikes, but Sharing her knowledge: From also has tountil be consistent with his abilities death, we supported her Gallagher will present the and habits. Most importantly, heart free program “Music and through this process. the I learned failure treatment to conform so muchplan and has I felt called to Dementia: Hitting the Right to the beliefs of the patient. All the try to make a difference for Note” from 10 a.m. to 11:30 above-described patient characteristics people with dementia and for a.m. Tues., Jan. 21, at the have to be identifi ed, recognized and Musical Instrument Museum. their caregivers.” She earned acknowledged by the doctor. a bachelor’s and master’s She will highlight the power The cardiologist respect and of music to maximize comfort degrees andmust became a nurse accept these characteristics in her and enhance quality of life practitioner in psychiatry. patients. Then, she found a job with for persons with dementia. The program is sponsored by a grant from The Grayhawk Classic Residents’ Foundation at Vi at Grayhawk.

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The Roles of the Doctor The role of the cardiologist does not stop after diagnosing and treating the failing heart with medications, surgery and/or devices, such as pacemakers and defibrillators. The role of the cardiologist is fourfold in such a setting. The cardiologist wears several hats. She not only has to connect with the patient, engage as an active listener, convey and deliver the treatment plan, but most importantly, she assumes the role of the patient’s coach, as well.

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aribeth Gallagher has witnessed the power of music. As a longtime professional singer, Gallagher moved audiences with her voice, warming up crowds for the likes of Donna Summer, The Beach Boys, Huey Lewis and the News and Frankie Valli. “I went to nursing school and moved to San Francisco, where I was offered a singing job, which was kind of bizarre,” says Gallagher, a Brooklyn native. “I thought, ‘This will last six weeks.’” Her career spanned 30 years. “That led to me being in some places where maybe an American New York woman wouldn’t be received so warmly, shall we say,” she says. “On the stage, you can feel the energy of the crowd. So, when I was in Turkey, a predominantly Muslim country, I noticed in about three songs that it was very, very different. Our differences started to melt away. Our similarity and connection would start to emerge just naturally.

I started to appreciate early in my career that music was so much more than entertainment. It really was a powerful medium.” Now she is taking her passion for music and improving the bonds between dementia patients. As the director of Hospice of the Valley’s Dementia Program, Gallagher encourages families to listen to music together. She has seen those with dementia slowly begin to remember words to songs. Married to jazz keyboardist Peter Zale, Gallagher saw one family sing Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon” together. “They said, ‘We can sit there and hold hands,’” she recalls. “‘We start out by listening to it, then she’ll start singing and then we’ll start singing and then we’ll sing together.’” It’s the depth of that connection where words aren’t required, she explains. “It gets the job done—the expression of spirit, the expression of personhood.”

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Back in the Saddle Broken bones and a damaged heart couldn’t break this jockey’s determined spirit. By Alison Stanton


allyn Mitchell is living proof that if you love what you are doing in life, nothing—not even a broken back and massive heart attack—will keep you from pursuing your dreams. From the time he was a little boy, Mitchell, 51, has been around horses. “Instead of playing ball, I went to the rodeo,” he says. When he was just 3 years old, he saw steeple racing on television for the first time. He turned to his parents and told them right then and there that when he got older, he wanted to race horses too. Mitchell competed in rodeo from the time he was 8 until he was 15.

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He spent only about three months injured during a race at Turf Paradise. “I took a turn for home, and a horse out of commission before he began to pushed me over another horse,” he get fit enough to race again. And once he got back on the horse, he continued says. Although Mitchell recalls thinking his winning record. Mitchell began his spill was “not that bad,” X-rays the 2013 season with all-time trackrevealed a broken ankle and a back leading totals of 1,347 victories, 76 stakes triumphs and $13,847,580 in that was fractured in two spots. purse earnings. He was “The doctors told me the only jockey to record they couldn’t do any 1,000 wins until recently operations, and we had being eclipsed by jockey to let it all heal on its Juan Gutierrez. own,” he says. Then one morning in Although he missed late April this year, out racing as he waited of the blue, Mitchell for his broken bones began to feel very warm. to heal, his spirits “I was really remained upbeat. He sweating—that’s what returned to Washington got my attention. I called to recover, and bided his my wife Denise and told time until his back and ankle were completely Last December, just two her I wanted to go home days before Christmas, and take a nap, but she mended. “When I was sitting Gallyn Mitchell broke his insisted that we go to the there watching other ankle and fractured his back hospital.” in two spots during a race at As doctors soon jockeys race, I really Phoenix’s Turf Paradise. learned, Mitchell had wanted to ride, but at that time I knew I couldn’t do anything suffered a massive heart attack. One of his arteries was 90 percent blocked, about it.”

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he says, and a second was blocked completely. “When we got to the hospital, the doctors told my wife that it was a miracle I was still alive,” Mitchell says. “I had no blood flow anywhere, and I should not have made it.” Mitchell received two stents in his arteries, and several months later he had a third stent placed into an artery that was 80 percent blocked. He had to change his diet After recovering from his broken back, Mitchell significantly, he says, and started the 2013 season with a winning record. Then he resolved to let time in April he suffered another setback when he had a and his new medications massive heart attack. the atmosphere and camaraderie at the do their work to heal him. “My health and my family come jockey’s clubhouse. This fall, shortly after his surgery first, so I knew I had to take time off to recover, but I had been racing on for his third stent, Mitchell says he some pretty nice horses, so it was really started getting back on horses. He was tough to just sit and watch them run at determined to get fit again and get back to what he loves doing most. competitions.” “People asked me if I was ready then Although he did what he could to keep his spirits up and often reminded to compete, and I told him I wasn’t himself that he would eventually race quite ready yet, but that my body again, Mitchell says he especially missed would let me know.”

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allow three days to explore the Selznick produced the movie, which is Gone with the Wind Trail in and the highest grossing film in box-office near Atlanta, but it takes me only one history, earning an estimated $3.3 to become a Windie. A Windie is a billion in today’s dollars. To capitalize die-hard GWTW fan, a person who on the public’s interest, Georgia is immersed in the history, legends created a GWTW Trail that leads and legacy surrounding the Pulitzer people to five sites that are in some way Prize-winning novel and enormously connected to the book, the film or the popular film. Some dream of Rhett; author. Our first trail stop is in Clayton others dream of Scarlett’s fancy clothes or 17-inch waist. As for me, I dream County, where Mitchell’s relatives of publishing a novel that wins one of had a rural home. As a child, Mitchell the world’s most prestigious awards visited often and listened intently as and is turned into a film that earns me her family elders told stories about their experiences during the Civil millions. War. Many of these On the surface, tales were transformed GWTW is the wildly into scenes in her novel, romantic tale of Scarlett leading her heirs to O’Hara, a headstrong dub Clayton County Southern belle (played the “Official Home of by Vivian Leigh in the ‘Gone with the Wind.’” movie) and her love(To Mitchell’s dismay, hate relationship with Selznick upgraded the Rhett Butler, a dashing, comfortable farmhouse successful opportunist of Mitchell’s memory (depicted by Clark into Tara, a much Gable). grander mansion that But on a deeper level, he thought would GWTW is the story of better appeal to movie the American South audiences.) during and immediately One of the most popular pieces The Road to Tara after the Civil War, a in The Road to Tara Museum is time when an entire a replica of the Drapery Dress, Museum has a painting of the old farmhouse, in society was challenged worn by Vivian Leigh. addition to authentic Civil War items and ultimately transformed. The book, written by first-time and reproductions of many of the novelist Margaret Mitchell, was costumes worn in the film, including released to the public in 1936 and the green Drapery Dress that Leigh became an overnight sensation. David wears in one of the movie’s most

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“Gone with the Wind,” the book, has been published in more than 40 languages, including Amharic (Ethiopia) and Kamnada (India). memorable scenes. But it’s not until I and marry Carole Lombard, the love see the display of foreign edition books of his real life. On the other hand, that I begin to morph from casual his co-star Vivian Leigh got a mere $30,000. Yes, Gable was a mega-star tourist to possible Windie. GWTW has been translated into but still, I can’t help but wonder what more than 40 languages and sold in Mitchell, who was quite the feminist more than 50 countries, from Albania for her time, thought of that. Finally, we double back to Atlanta and Burma to North Korea and Serbia. Why are people all over the world so to visit Oakland Cemetery, where intrigued by a story about a war that Mitchell is buried next to her husband. Her tombstone is small compared to took place in America so long ago? We learn the answer the next day many and gives no hint of her fame. when we visit the Margaret Mitchell It’s simply inscribed with her married House, where the author lived when name, Margaret Mitchell Marsh. she began her novel. It takes only a few Someone, a Windie no doubt, has minutes to see the small apartment but decorated the grave with pink flowers, much longer to peruse the exhibits in reputedly Mitchell’s favorite color. I want to extend my stay in Georgia, the nearby hallway. There, on a large signboard, is a quote by Margaret to delve more deeply into the GWTW Mitchell: “If the novel has a theme, it phenomena and to learn more about the era in which the novel is set. But is that of survival.” Why, of course. GWTW addresses we have a plane to catch, so I console a basic concern: If their old world is myself by remembering Scarlett’s “gone with the wind,” how do people words, “Tomorrow is another day.” I’ll create a new one that will work in be back. their new circumstances? This is a For more information: question asked by everyone who has ever suffered a hardship, be whatever A festival celebrating the 75th the cause. When seen in this light, it’s easy to understand the story’s universal anniversary of the film’s release will take place at the Marietta Gone with and enduring appeal. Our next stop is Atlanta’s Public the Wind Museum from June 6 to June Library, where there are more than 8. For more information, visit www. 1,500 of Mitchell’s personal items, including her old Remington typewriter and 1937 Pulitzer Prize certificate. We’re even more fascinated by the items on display at the Marietta GWTW Museum, Scarlett on the Square, which holds a treasure-trove of photos and ephemera. I examine the film contracts. Gable got $160,000 plus a bonus that Clayton County is proud that Mitchell’s heirs dubbed it enabled him to divorce his wife “The Official Home of ‘Gone with the Wind.’”



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A New Year for New Ear Resolutions ::by Lee Sams


illions of people around the world make New Year’s resolutions— the idea that you get a fresh start at the beginning of the calendar year is a powerful notion that cuts across cultures. While losing weight offers a host of benefits for many people, addressing other health issues, like hearing health can make an equally compelling New Year’s resolutions. Why? Studies show that people are being diagnosed with hearing damage at younger and younger ages. Whether you’re in the habit of making New Year’s resolutions or not, consider making hearing health a bigger priority this year by following these helpful tips: Pay attention to noise Have you ever thought about the different noises you encounter in a day? From listening to music loudly, to traffic noise and even electrical equipment, these all can lead to significant hearing loss if not careful. As you head into the New Year, keep in mind that 85 decibels (dB) is the threshold for noises that can be harmful and irreversible for your ears. Get your hearing checked regularly Statistics indicate many people who suspect they have a hearing loss wait an average of five or more years before having their hearing tested. If you or a loved one is having difficulty hearing, set a resolution to get hearing tested in the New Year. Get to know your hearing aid If you are a hearing aid user, make it a priority to work closely with your hearing aid provider to learn the features of your instrument. Many digital hearing aids have new functions that can help improve quality of life if used properly. Be prepared for a hearing health emergency From excessive loud noise to running out of hearing aid batteries, these are hearing health emergencies that you

or a loved could encounter in the New Year. Be prepared to handle these emergencies by having a set of foam earplugs or noise-reducing earmuffs for every member of your family and keeping them accessible. And, because batteries can go bad at any time, it’s always a good idea for hearing aid users to keep an ample supply of batteries on hand. Share hearing health tips And of course, it’s never too early to start talking to other family members and young kids about protecting their hearing. Share your knowledge about hearing healthy with loved ones. Here are a couple things to share: • Remind your family members to lower the volume. If you have to yell to be heard while watching your favorite TV show, it’s too loud. Discuss the importance of keeping the volume on TVs, radios and music devices at a reasonable level to avoid any damage to hearing. • Remind your family members that it’s OK to give your ears a break. Because in today’s busy world, we are constantly around noise. After being exposed to high noise volumes hours on end, it is important to find a quiet space to give your ears a break. • With these simple strategies, you and your loved ones will be well on your way to better hearing health in the New Year and your ears will thank you. For more information, visit www. Lee Sams is an outreach manager for Arizona Relay Service, which is administered by the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing. As an outreach manager, Sams works to raise awareness and promote the different types of relay services available for the deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or speech-disabled communities throughout the state. Sams is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a master’s in rehabilitation counseling and also teaches American Sign Language at Paradise Valley Community College.

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... from page 8 Who wants to see all the blabbing Oh yeah the newest urban mouths that don’t mean a thing and plans for the East Valley—save who don’t interest the children who water, selectively destroy the want to see the parade? orchards and farm land, build estatelike sized homes for the haves of the Oh boo-hoo, businesses are world. The boxes, stack them high, complaining. Holiday sales cram them together for the have-nots, are down. Is no one smart to save on transportation and call it enough to realize that shoppers are progress. Yeah, sure. Let’s have Phoenix unemployed, or prefer to wait until look just like anywhere else back east, after they cook, eat, enjoy TV and greet and then no one would be homesick. visitors, not stuck in traffic or airports? Get over the instant gratification sales. If you think we live in a It would be better to get back to the old democracy, newsflash! It is an days when someone had a day off every oligarchy run by the billionaire now and then. A day off, what in the Koch brothers, for the Kochs and of the world is that? Kochs. Their ultimate goal is to grow the masses of poor while decimating Obama’s Kenyan-born uncle the middle class. It is largely succeeding is allowed to remain in the thanks to the shrewd piggy backing onto U.S. Over 20 years ago he was the Tea Party movement. The Tea Party ordered to leave. He defied that order. controls the House of Representatives Obama’s aunt, who is also illegal, was which has blocked all legislation to ordered to obey the laws don’t apply create jobs, fund education programs, to the Obama family. That pesky build infrastructure, and 99 percent of any bills presented to them. Ironically, Constitution means nothing to them. the Kochs don’t agree with all Tea Party Isn’t it interesting how depraved ideology. Witness the recent government the general public is becoming shutdown. The enactment of Citizens when the TV murdering United provided a means for the Kochs stars are all the people want to see on to use their money to influence elections TV? This country is going to the dogs of Tea Party congressmen, governors, faster than you can realize. There representatives at the federal, state, are disgustingly depraved growing county and city level. The “no new generations of the public. Disgustingly taxes/shrink government” policies are depraved and they don’t even know it particularly destructive to the middle class. They argue that funding cuts to because they’re so doggone dumb. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Oh hey Republican neighbor, food stamps, unemployment insurance, I just had a terrible accident temporary assistance to needy families and I got a $100,000 bill in are a necessary evil. These cuts, as well the hospital, but I didn’t get any of as sequestration, result in more people that Obama insurance. You’re going permanently stranded at the poverty to pay that bill for me aren’t you, aren’t level and pushed out of the middle class you? You said so. Gee whiz. I guess I for good. Tea Party-ers believe that should have gotten that dumb Obama people in need are moochers, parasites, insurance, after all. Oh boy, now what? and the 47 percent of the population. “Punish to poor” is the foundation built If you’re among the many into any legislation they agree upon. people who still read Additionally, the Tea Party Republicans newspapers and listen to PBS, have blocked legislation to regulate you probably don’t realize the problems banks. Without new legislation requiring of current America are being created that banks separate their banking and and controlled by the under 35-year-old investment entities, they have become generations. Who didn’t know Twiddly monstrosities bigger than in 2008. SubDee, Twiddly Dum. They were all prime mortgages are available now cheated of educational systems that with a different name—short sales with didn’t not teach them reading, writing high interest. When the bubble bursts and arithmetic. Poor things, they think again, will our economy be able to they’re running the country and they recover? How many poor people will be produced in the aftermath? call it Congress. God help America.

Tinseltown Talks Here’s to You, Mrs. Robinson

: : by Nick Thomas


hen NASA honored June Lockhart last October, it would have been quite fitting to borrow the above lyrics from a popular Simon and Garfunkel song to salute the 88-yearold actress. Best remembered by sci-fi fans for her role of TV space mom Maureen Robinson in the ‘60s series “Lost in Space,” June told me recently that the NASA recognition was a highlight of her long career, which includes a Tony Award, an Emmy nomination, and a couple of stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “I was presented with the Exceptional Public Achievement Medal for my work with the space agency,” she explained. “I’ve been to two space shuttle launches and worked with NASA since the 1970s, addressing their employees and traveling on NASA’s behalf to promote the agency. So I’m absolutely thrilled by this recognition. No other actress has received this honor.”

“So I went to Mission Control in Houston and, at around 2 a.m., they played the song for the crew of the Columbia mission,” she explained. “Then a voice from space came over the speaker: ‘Some of us up here want to know what Lassie’s mother is doing in Mission Control at 2 o’clock in the morning!’” “Lassie,” one of the TV’s longestrunning shows (1954-1973), was June’s other big hit in which she dispensed maternal wisdom, this time for six seasons as a farm mom. Later, she morphed from matriarch to medic as Dr. Janet Craig for three seasons on “Petticoat Junction.” “‘Petticoat Junction’ was a delight to do with wonderful scripts,” said June. “It was great playing comedy after ‘Lost in Space,’ which was more dramatic, and ‘Lassie,’ which didn’t have many laughs.” On the big screen, 12-year-old June made her debut in the 1938 holiday classic “A Christmas Carol,” alongside both her parents, Gene and Kathleen Lockhart, who played the Cratchits. While she went on to costar with greats such as Gary Cooper in “Sergeant York” and Judy Garland in “Meet Me in St. Louis,” “A Christmas Carol” is special because it was : : by Gayle Lagman-Creswick the only time she appeared with her parents in a motion picture. ear Old Bag: I am a 68-yearear Money: You have many But it was memorable for other old retired widow. I had one son options as I see it: Investigate reasons, too. “My daughter, Junie, who recently died suddenly. He had a reverse mortgage program, which Christianna, no children. I have no close relatives. wouldand givegranddaughter, you more income now while have never let me I feel like my life is over. I wake up you need it. You could rent forget out onethat or Gene, and June in 1953. (Phototwo ofthe first words Itoever in in theKathleen morning and Lockhart I say, “Is this all your bedrooms otherspoke seniors. provided by June Lockhart) movies were: ‘I know, I know— there is?” I used to think my husband (If you do this, be sure to screen your to and I would retire and have 20 good renterssausages!’” carefully).said OrJune, you referring could sell her on-screen guess for the of a Onetogether. of her memorable experiences years We had planned well, your home and move to acontents retirement food packageAnother Mr. Crachit brings home. occurred a spacesecure...but shuttle mission and I amduring financially for community. option would be “We all shriek with laughter when we in 1992. what? For this? The best laid plans...I to get a part-time job. Many people are watchworking it now.” into their 70s and even “I called onetoday spoke suppose youNASA are going telland me to get now In addition to being an know advocate with astronaut Ken Reightler and told off my bottom and do something. Well, 80s! Good luck. Let me howfor it NASA and many other causes, June him I had a good wake-up song for go ahead, tell me. I need something. goes!—O.B. them to use,” Signed, It’s recalled Over June, referring to continues to work and costarred in the spoof Hamlet,” which “The World is Waiting for the Sunrise,” comedy ear Old“Zombie Bag: Here come the world premiere at theI 2012 a catchy hit by ILes andto Mary again, and must Palm face ear‘50s Over: wasPaul going tell had itsholidays Beach International Film Festival Ford. you to get off the pity potty, but my daughters-in-law again, who and are was just released on DVD in December. The song held special significance on second thought, I am going to always telling me they would love to do because the lyrics werea written by her Thanksgiving In 2013, she appeared dinners. in the and Christmas suggest you get into grief support father, beloved character actor Gene interactive movie series “Tex Murphy,” group. Your son died recently, and I am 75 and they are in their 40s, so I Lockhart. a gaming thatenergy combines sure theyplatform have more than you need support for that. Grief is a am strange thing. You cannot avoid it. You I do. However, I have been cooking cannot skip it. It is so much better if holiday dinners since I was 16 years

The crew from the original cast of the television series “Lost in Space” poses for a group portrait in Boston on Dec. 2, 1995. From left, in the back row are: Bob May, Bill Mumy, Mark Goddard, Jonathan Harris; in the front row from left: June Lockhart, Marta Kristen, Angela Cartwright. Missing is Guy Williams, who died in 1989. (AP photo) animation with full-motion video of real admits to still being quite overwhelmed actors. “That was a new experience and by the NASA recognition and is, I really enjoyed it. And in December, I she says, “over the Moon about it!” also celebrated my 80th year as a paid Congratulations, Mrs. Robinson! performer in the business! I made my debut at the age of 8 in ‘Peter Ibbetson’ Nick Thomas has written features and at the Metropolitan Opera House.” columns for more than 350 magazines and While actors are used to receiving newspapers. He can be reached at his blog: accolades for career milestones, June

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What is Medication Adherence and Nonadherence? Medication adherence is a key factor in determining the effectiveness of a medication. Adherence describes a behavior and is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “the extent to which a person’s behavior— taking medication, following a diet, and/ or executing lifestyle changes, corresponds with agreed recommendations from a health care provider.” Essentially, medication adherence is the degree to which a person’s behavior with taking medication, including the timing, dosing, and frequency, corresponds with the recommendations from their health care provider. Not being adherent, or nonadherence, to a medication regimen is a serious public concern and may include any of the following actions: • Never filling a prescription or not refilling a prescription • Skipping or forgetting doses • Taking extra doses • Stopping a medication • Taking a dose at the wrong time or with foods, liquids, and other medications that may cause an unfavorable interaction

• Taking a mediation prescribed for someone else Consequences of Nonadherence Medication nonadherence may result in serious health risks, such as a worsening of the medical condition, if taking less, or medication toxicity, if taking more than prescribed. For example, suddenly stopping a medication used to control high blood pressure can result in organ damage due to spiking blood pressure. Conversely, medication toxicity, such as a dangerously slow heart rate, can result from taking too much blood pressure medication. Poor health outcomes and increased health care costs due to an increase in physician visits, unnecessary additional

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DRAWER LL1354 Let’s you & I make the sun shine this day. It is never too late for a season of understanding, a season for love and season to take a chance. WWF, NS. DRAWER LL1383 WM, 79, 5’4”, 120lbs, very health conscience & very physically active – NS/ND. Hiking, board games, travel, movies, dinner, theatre, etc. Enjoys life! Summer & winter homes, well-traveled. ISO someone with similar interests. DRAWER LL1403 Financially secure Scottsdale widow ISO senior widower or single WM, 5’9” or more to enjoy remaining years doing things seniors do: Birding, star-gazing, moon watching, learning to love again. Life is short; let’s meet for lunch, coffee or whatever. I will anxiously await your reply. DRAWER LL1420 DWM, NS, clean cut, 66 looking for friendship or a casual relationship with NS female. Please include phone number. DRAWER LL1426 SWM retired, NS ISO a slim SWF in her seventies who enjoys dining in/ out movies, day trips. No pets. Let’s enjoy the years ahead. Please send phone number and photo. Lunch on me – you won’t be sorry. Will answer all and return photos. DRAWER LL1441 WWF, 58, blonde hair with nice figure, Non-Smoking, very active and always on the go ISO gentleman who loves all Holidays, Must Be a NonSmoker, 50-60 who is very generous, likes to shop, sight-see, fish & knows how to cook! Must be an animal lover. Please include phone number. DRAWER LL1445 One of the NW Valley’s hidden treasures is this DWM 70’s looks 65 is looking for NS SWF or SHF who is active and well dressed for LTR. Would like a photo. Drop me a line. Looking forward to meeting you. DRAWER LL1448 Single Hispanic Christian lady in her mid-60’s, N/S, N/D seeks Christian male N/S, N/D for friendship first. Race is not important, but honesty is! Loves nature, music, laughter, togetherness & the simple things in life.

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Exercise can be boring, sports makes it fun! Win medals! Make new friends! Improve health! It’s never too late to get fit and enjoy being active. Try out one of these fun sports: Aerobic Fitness, Alpine Skiing, Archery, Basketball, Badminton, Billiards, Bocce, Bowling, Cycling, Dance, Handball, Horseshoes, Power Lifting, Racewalk, Racquetball, Relay Swimming, Shooting: Pistol, Rifle, Trap and Skeet, Shuffleboard, Softball, Swimming, Swim Relays, Tai Chi, Table Tennis, Tennis, Track and Field, Triathlon, Volleyball. Read all about it on or call (602) 274-7742, Tues, Wed, or Thurs 9a.m.-4p.m.

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ASO Initiates ‘Cause Walk’ By Pat Lawlis, Preservation of Arizona Resources and Children

All ASO cyclists will tell you that safe places to ride—and even more so to race—are scarce. Although Arizona has the perfect climate to adopt cycling as regular exercise, it is a sad fact that places for safe cycling are disappearing. As a proponent of physical exercise as a way of maintaining good health, Arizona Senior Olympics is in favor of the development of facilities and communities that encourage regular exercise. The following article is written about a cause we support. The Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway (SMF) has been discussed for 30 years. The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) claims it will save our Valley from traffic congestion and air pollution. ADOT plans to eliminate Pecos Road in Ahwatukee and destroy three ridges of South Mountain to build this $2 billion freeway. The ASO uses Pecos Road in Ahwatukee as its venue for bicycle races and road races. The elimination of Pecos Road would leave ASO without a venue for these events and with the very difficult task of trying to find a suitable replacement venue. So the important issues are whether ADOT is going to build the SMF for sure, and whether it is really necessary. Often, no one looks closely enough at a freeway proposal, so it goes uncontested and approval is quick. The SMF, however, has raised numerous questions throughout

the 30 years since it was first “a line penciled in on a map.” In 2006, when ADOT announced going ahead with the freeway, a grassroots group, Protecting Arizona’s Resources and Children (PARC), decided to examine it more thoroughly. When ADOT released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on the SMF in April 2013, PARC brought together several experts in various areas covered by the DEIS. These experts examined the document and provided comments regarding issues they saw. At the very least, their comments would point out any problem areas that ADOT needed to resolve before getting approval to build. At most, the experts would point out issues that cannot be resolved that would result in disapproval of the project. PARC’s experts found more problems with ADOT’s study than expected as detailed in PARC’s 318page response. Any of the numerous problems would prevent freeway approval if not resolved. Of particular interest is that PARC’s traffic engineering experts have determined that the SMF would result in no appreciable improvement in traffic congestion anywhere, including on Interstate 10 and on arterial streets. Further, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) examined the DEIS and came to the same conclusion as PARC’s air quality

experts and gave the ADOT’s study its lowest possible rating. Correct modeling shows that air pollution would get worse rather than better. The process of closely examining ADOT’s proposal and requiring that all problems be fixed helps all citizens of the Phoenix metropolitan area. If the freeway problems cannot be mitigated, court action may be necessary to protect the interests of the public. This citizen-based struggle is expensive and the PARC

organization needs the support of those who believe in its cause. On March 1, the public is invited to participate in a family “Cause Walk to Save Pecos.” The event will be jointly produced by ASO and PARC. Walkers are urged to seek per-kilometer pledges to donate to help raise money for this critical issue. Registration for the walk should be made on: www., where registrants can also find further information and a pledge form.

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Still Time to Join Our Great Volunteers Arizona Senior Olympics is still looking for volunteers as mentors, ambassadors and administrative assistants. Mentors: People with expertise in a sport who are willing to share their knowledge with newcomers. Ambassadors: Those who are willing to “spread the word” about the annual Senior Olympic Games by taking brochures, etc., to senior

centers, communities and other places they frequent. Administrative assistants: People who are good with detail to help with on-site registrations or the collection of results at the various sports competitions during the games. Those who are interested should call the ASO office at: (602) 274-7742, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

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