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BOOMER ‘We’ll always have Paris’ — Artist Gary Kelly turns tour guide Spinning yarns on Windjammer What cruise newbies should know


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‘We’ll always have Paris’

Artist Gary Kelley turns tour guide MELODY PARKER

melody.parker@wcfcourier.com

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ary Kelley seldom travels anywhere without a spiral-bound pad, pencils and felt-tipped pens for sketching and painting. And lately, a tour group in tow. The nationally-known, award-winning artist has illustrated numerous picture books, including Ruth Vander Zee’s latest, “Next Year: Hope in the Dust” about the 1930s Dust Bowl days, collaborated with the wcfsymphony to create illustrations for the recent “Nachtmusik” Halloween concert and completed countless commissions and projects for everyone from the NBA to Barnes and Noble. He never expected to become a tour guide. In the past decade or so, Kelley has shared his passion for art, art history and architecture as host on European adventures for Humble Travel Service in Cedar Falls. The trips take place every other year, and the itinerary has included Paris, Nice, Rome, Florence, Tuscany, the Cote de Azure, Barcelona and England. In “off ” years, Kelley and his wife Linda have begun escorting groups to U.S. destinations such as Santa Fe, N.M., and New York City. The trips appeal to travelers who are interested in art and want an insider’s perspective. “I do my research to make the trips as personal as possible. It’s a kick for me to do something like this,” says Kelley. His knowledge and commentary adds depth and another dimension to a painting or sculpture displayed in a museum setting. Sometimes that can be frustrating, the artist admits. “Docents talk about artwork

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Gary Kelley in his Cedar Falls studio.

It’s not about me being the center of attention. I’m just someone who is knowledgeable about the art in a different way than simply a museum piece. Gary Kelley, artist that’s hanging in that space, and they’re the only ones talking. I want to talk about the work as inspiration, about the artist and their influences and how they influenced me, how to see the work through different eyes,

but sometimes that’s hard to do. “It’s not about me being the center of attention. I’m just someone who is knowledgeable about the art in a different way than simply a museum piece,” he explains.

Arlene Humble of Humble Travel says people enjoy listening to Gary. “Their favorite thing is to see the art and get Gary’s viewpoint on a piece and why he likes it, or why he doesn’t.” Typical tour groups are mostly Boomers, although a few trips have included travelers from their 30s to their 90s – and “the people in their 90s didn’t slow us down a bit,” Kelley says. Many boomers have itchy feet and whether it’s a once-in-a-

lifetime bucket list destination and adventure abroad, or a interesting destination stateside, they’re happy and excited to step off on interesting and exotic adventures with a spouse, friends, in a group or sometimes, solo. According to AARP, most boomers are seeking rest and relaxation, but they value authentic experiences, particularly on international trips. A recent AARP survey shows 38 percent of boomers have a travel


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What cruise newbies

NEED TO KNOW

KATE SILVER

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‌F The Lotte New York Palace Hotel, where the Cedar Valley group stayed, is perfectly situated in midtown Manhattan for walks to major attractions. bucket list of about 8 destinations they want to visit in retirement. About 1/3 of boomers surveyed say they’re reluctant to travel because of security concerns and world events. A third of boomers say world events and security concerns make them reluctant to travel. Joining a reputable tour is one way of easing some of those concerns, plus everything has been organized and arranged to create more of a sense of effortless travel. In addition to visiting art museums, galleries and architectural wonders, Kelley’s tour groups have ridden the bullet train to Nice and the French Rivera, explored Roman cathedrals, sampled wine under the Tuscan sun, painted Venetian carnival masks, stayed at the Frank Gehry-designed Marques de Riscal hotel in Elciego, Spain and admired French Impressionist Claude Monet’s extensive gardens at Giverny. Humble Travel is a member of Virtuoso luxury travel service, which has given Humble excellent contacts and connections for locations around the world, and she also has traveled extensively. “These tours have developed a following. Gary does an amazing job. We sit down and discuss what would be a good fit, what people are in-

terested in, and then come up with an itinerary with a piece of artwork that Gary does. We use that artwork as the theme for the whole trip,” Humble explains. The next European trip will be announced in August or September 2018. The next U.S. tour is the “Shades of La-La Land tour” to Santa Monica, the title for the artwork Kelley created. Both Humble and Kelley have developed new social circles through the journeys. “There are groups of people I didn’t know before we traveled together, and now we’ve all become friends. We have a lot of fun on these trips, and at the same time, people have time to take off on their own,” Kelley explains. Although he’s enormously enjoyed the European excursions, his New York trip will “probably go down as my favorite trip. Linda and I have been going there for years, so we knew a lot of places that are off the beaten path. We also took a day trip to the Culinary Institute and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s home at Hyde Park, then finished the trip on the last night with a group dinner at the Society of Illustrators in New York City,” where Kelley is a hall of fame member. And, of course, the artist always keeps his sketchbook handy.

irst-time cruisers have a lot to wrap their heads around. There are hundreds of cruise lines out there, and sifting through the options — like the themes (“The Walking Dead”) destinations (Caribbean, Alaska, Mediterranean, Asia?) and even ship sizes (travel on the largest cruise ship in the world!) — can be overwhelming. But here’s a little secret: Even cruise experts rely on travel agents to find the right fit. Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor-at-large at CruiseCritic.com, estimates that she’s been on more than 300 cruises and she still depends on her travel agent to help book the right one. “I can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t, because it takes all the hassle out,” she says. Whether you’re a newbie or an aficionado, Spencer Brown has some useful insights on choosing the right cruise and other issues to consider before you embark.

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Always arrive a day early: You don’t want to miss your cruise because of a travel snag, such as weather or a missed flight. Plan ahead so that you’re there well in advance of embarking.

Don’t limit your options at port to the shore excursion menu shared by the cruise, Spencer Brown says. There’s no need to board a giant bus or stick with the crowd. Another idea while at port: Stay on the ship. “You don’t have to wait in line for anything,” Spencer Brown says. “It’s so lovely to be on a ship when there’s nobody else on it.”

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is incredible variety to cruises, with transoceanic options, river cruises, luxury lines, expedition cruises and more.

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Determine your travel style and what you’re looking for Plan ahead to manage seasickness: If seasickness is a before booking: Spencer Brown says the key is to find a cruise concern, Spencer Brown suggests that’s a good match for your va- starting out with a river cruise, cation expectations. because there’s land on both sides and you’re not dealing with the There are cruises for fitness motion of an open sea. fanatics, partyers, foodies, comic lovers, spring breakers, seniors Know that introverts can and just about anything else you cruise, too: But they should could imagine, so choose wisely. consider their personality when selecting a cabin. Those who will Don’t be fooled by cruise or need quiet time and space may cruiser stereotypes: Regard- want to spend for a larger room less of the perceptions of cruising, and maybe a balcony, so they’re the trip is what you make of it. comfortable when they retreat Cruises have evolved over the and recharge. If you don’t expect years, and you can find gorgeous, to spend much time in your room, spacious cabins (for an additional go ahead and get the least-exfee); balconies are less expensive pensive option. than you might think; excellent cuisine and wine are now part of Take charge of your land (and sea) adventures: the cruising lifestyle; and there

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Pack wisely and leave room in the suitcase: Make sure you’ve saved some room in your bags for souvenirs, says Spencer Brown, who adds that she has needed to buy new suitcases on trips to accommodate her new finds. If you’re traveling with kids, visit the kids club right away: For families, a cruise is like a camp where children get the chance to meet friends from around the world.

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Use technology to make advance plans: Today, technology allows you to book in advance, so you can reserve a massage and a blowout weeks before and relax when you get on the ship.


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Knitting seaworthy yarns ON WINDJAMMER CRUISE ANDREA SACHS

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aptain Annie Mahle stood on the deck of the J. & E. Riggin and welcomed more than a dozen passengers already knuckle-deep in the theme of the September cruise. As the guests knitted and purled, she described life aboard the two-masted schooner with no engine and marine plumbing. She discussed the toilet, which requires vigorous hand-pumping, and the bathing options, which include a rinse with a water pitcher and a shower in the narrow head. Then she introduced Maggie Radcliffe, who proceeded to explain the even greater challenges of sailing around Penobscot Bay in Maine. “Don’t put your knitting on the bench,” warned the instructor. “It could go overboard and then you have to wash the salt out of it. And knitting needles can roll on deck and out the scuppers. And put your gear in waterproof bags.” She glanced knowingly at the waves playing patty cake against the hull. Maggie, of Blacksburg, Va., was leading her 10th knitting cruise on the Riggin and, for our edification, she had brought samples of her work, helpful handouts and several salty yarns from previous trips. “It’s very rare that you find a cruise without knitters,” said Maggie, who first taught on a Holland America ship in Alaska. “It’s a very convenient thing to do with your hands while you’re looking at the scenery.” Annie and her husband, Captain Jon Finger, arrange at least three knitting cruises per season, which runs from late May through early October. Several of

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Maggie Radcliffe (center), the knitting instructor on the J&E Riggin, knits with the other cruisers during a weeklong sail on Penobscot Bay in Maine in September. the trips sell out. On the Labor Day voyage, 16 passengers — all women, plus one husband — represented a mix of first-timers and returnees. “Initially, I came for the knitting and the adventure,” said Teresa Kendall, a four-time cruiser from St. Louis. “Now, I could easily come sailing without the knitting.” Sailing and knitting might not seem like obvious hobby-mates: Sharp needles plus swells could equal an accidental stabbing. But sewing has a long seafaring history. Those nets and sails of yore didn’t stitch themselves. Maggie also told me that the marline spike originated as a seaman’s pointed tool for untwisting rope before migrating into knitting circles. And when not harpooning, whalers knit. The 120-foot schooner is based in Rockland — a staging ground for several Windjammers, including the 19th-century Stephen Taber — where

Annie and Jon fell in love with historic vessels and each other. Some passengers settled into stadium seats beneath the boom; others sat on benches wedged between the rigging. Fingers moved rhythmically, hypnotically. The sails puffed their cheeks. Abstract shapes started to transform into recognizable forms. The bowsprit bounced in the waves. I sat quietly, hands still, a nest of yarn in my lap. “Is there any knitting going on?” Maggie shouted over the wind. “Should I be circulating and mentoring?” By the time we reached Warren Island, our first anchor site, my fingers were fluttering, too. If you have cruised on a large vessel or chartered a sailboat, consider yourself pampered. The Riggin has more in common with camping than traditional cruising. The most modern amenity on the former 1927 oyster dredger with National Historic Landmark status is an iPhone


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Caribbean tourism still a ‘go’

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After eight years, the author finally finishes her green scarf, thanks to the help of the knitters aboard the J&E Riggin. charger attached to a 12-volt battery. The Riggin can carry up to 24 J. & E. Riggin knitting cruise guests, who sleep in 11 subterraCaptain Spear Drive, nean cabins accessible by steep Rockland, Maine steps. On sold-out cruises, strangers will sometimes bunk 800-869-0604 with strangers in staterooms mainewindjammer.com containing two or three beds. We ate all of our meals on the Owner-captains Annie Mahle ship except at Warren Island and Jon Finger have planned State Park, where the crew several knitting cruises for dinghied over the fixings for a next season. The four-day lobster bake. cruises depart June 13, 17 and We knitted anytime and ev27 and cost $803 per person. erywhere. Before breakfast The six-day cruise with Magand after dinner. In the saloon gie Radcliffe departs Sept. warmed by the stove and crush 3 and costs $1,108. Price inof bodies, and on the deck lit cludes all meals and onboard by gas lanterns and the rising accommodations the night moon. When the boat was heelbefore setting sail. The J.&E. ing and when she was as still as Riggin offers other theme a pine tree on a windless day. cruises, including photograAlone and together. phy, cooking and rug hooking. On the final night, we gathered below to hear Annie sing and Jon strum guitar. Around the waves and the creak of the the room, knitting needles masts, this was the sound of clicked softly. Like the slap of sailing.

If you go

The travel industry is ramping up efforts to remind consumers that many Caribbean islands were unaffected by hurricanes and that their economies depend on tourism. Tourism agencies and travel companies are promoting deals, events and fundraising efforts while reinforcing the basic message that most islands were unscathed by the storms and are eager for visitors. A new website, CaribbeanIsOpen.com , is part of a million-dollar initiative funded by the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association. The website notes that even destinations that saw some damage from the hurricanes are starting to host cruise visits, such as Key West, Florida, and St. Kitts. Royal Caribbean announced that its ship Adventure of the Seas will resume port calls to St. Thomas on Nov. 10, and that the ship hopes to be in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and St. Martin by the end of November. AAA Travel is also launching a “Caribbean is Open for Business” campaign, calling the region a top AAA-recommended destination for fall and winter getaways, listing Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Martinique, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, the Cayman Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks & Caicos and St. Vincent & The Grenadines. In Dominica, the Secret Bay resort set up a fundraising page to benefit staff after many of its regular visitors from past years asked how they could help. Turks and Caicos is advertising its annual Caribbean Food & Wine Festival in Providenciales, Nov. 2-5, noting that the not-for-profit festival will raise funds for Turks & Caicos educational institutions damaged by Hurricanes Irma and

Maria. Skylark.com, a luxury vacation site, sent out a plea for donations to the official website for the recovery of the U.S. Virgin Islands . Skylark added that “much of the Caribbean was completely unaffected,” with a

link to the website’s “ideas on where to go .” Antigua is promoting its Dec. 5-9 Yacht Charter Show along with island resorts like Curtain Bluff, Verandah and St. James’s, which recently underwent renovations.

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How to get stuffed peppers right JEANMARIE BROWNSON

Tribune News Service ‌

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resh peppers, hot and spicy, sweet and crunchy, are the ultimate quick change artists. Long skinny shishito and squat padron peppers make fantastic seared finger foods. Red poblanos, slender cubanelles and yellow sweet bells prove perfect for stuffing. At home, I start with the tomato sauce that will sit under the peppers as they cook. A touch of ground coriander and olive oil marry this sauce nicely to the sweet peppers. For a moister filling, I pool a little of the sauce over the top of the stuffed pepper before baking. Ground beef, cooked with onions, dried currants and sweet spices, forms the base for a flavorful filling. Taking no chances on crunchy rice, I opt for cooked long grain basmati. It’s a piece of cake to cook rice in the rice cooker. By the time the sauce, filling and peppers are ready, so is the rice. Adding warm rice to the beef means it’ll absorb flavors beautifully.

“Stuffed Pepper” Meatball Soup with Fresh Herbs‌ Meatballs:

„„ 1 pound lean ground beef „„ 1/2 pound uncooked mild Italian

sausage, removed from casing

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„„ 1 large egg „„ 1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs „„ 3 tablespoons chopped fresh

Serbian style stuffed red bell peppers are filled with ground beef, onion, peppers, garlic, pine nuts, rice and raisins.

parsley

„„ 1/2 teaspoon salt „„ 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground

black pepper

Soup:

„„ 1 medium onion, chopped „„ 1 medium red bell pepper,

cored, seeded, chopped „„ 1/2 large green bell pepper, cored, seeded, chopped „„ 1 carrot, peeled, diced „„ 4 cloves garlic, minced „„ 1 quart (32 ounces) chicken broth

Serbian-Style Stuffed Red Bell Peppers ‌ A meatball soup takes on the flavors of stuffed peppers. „„ 1 can (28 ounces) crushed

tomatoes

„„ 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning „„ 1/2 teaspoon salt „„ 1 to 1 1/2 cups cooked rice „„ 1 can (14 ounces) white beans,

drained „„ Chopped fresh basil, parsley and chives

Tomato sauce:

„„ 1 medium onion, finely chopped „„ 1 tablespoon olive oil „„ 2 cloves garlic, minced „„ 1 box (26 ounces) or 1 can (28 ounces) chopped

tomatoes with liquid

„„ 1/2 teaspoon each: ground coriander, salt

Beef and rice filling:

„„ 2 tablespoons olive oil „„ 1 medium yellow onion, chopped „„ 1 pound lean ground beef „„ 1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper „„ 1/4 cup currants or chopped raisins „„ 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped „„ 1 generous cup warm cooked rice „„ 1/4 cup pine nuts or slivered almonds „„ 1 tablespoon sweet paprika „„ 1/2 teaspoon each: cinnamon, salt „„ 1/4 teaspoon each: allspice, finely ground

For meatballs, put meats, egg, crumbs, parsley, salt and pepper into a large bowl. Gently mix everything together with your hands. Shape into small meatballs, each about 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Heat large Dutch oven or saucepan over medium heat. Working in batches, add meatballs in a single uncrowded layer. Cook, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes. Remove with tongs to a plate. Repeat to cook all the meatballs. black pepper For soup, without washing pan, add onion to meatball drippings in pot. Cook and stir to scrape up browned bits, about 3 minutes. Stir in bell „„ 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill peppers and carrot; cook and stir, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic; cook „„ 6 small yellow or red sweet bell peppers, 3 pounds total (or 8 to 12 large long red or yellow 2 minutes. Stir in broth, tomatoes, seasoning and salt. Simmer, partly Anaheim peppers) covered, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes. Stir meatballs, rice and beans into soup. Simmer until heated through, „„ Fresh dill or parsley for garnish about 10 minutes. Taste for salt. Serve garnished generously with fresh herbs. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

For tomato sauce, cook onion in oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook, 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes, coriander and salt. Simmer, stirring often, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Meanwhile, for filling, heat oil in large nonstick skillet until hot. Add onion and ground meat. Cook and stir over medium heat, breaking meat up into small pieces, until browned, about 10 minutes. Stir in green pepper, currants and garlic; cook and stir, 5 minutes. Stir in rice, nuts, paprika, cinnamon, salt, allspice and pepper. Remove from heat. Stir in dill. Taste and adjust salt. Heat oven to 350 F. Cut top quarter off peppers to remove stem and core. Use fingers or a small spoon to scrape out seeds. Pour about three-quarters of tomato sauce into bottom of a 13-by-9-inch baking dish. Use a spoon to stuff each pepper full to brim with meat filling. Stand stuffed peppers upright in the sauce. (If using Anaheim peppers, you will have to lay them in the sauce.) When all peppers are filled, spoon remaining sauce over the top of each stuffed pepper. Pour 1/2 cup water into sauce in bottom of dish. Cover dish tightly with foil. Bake until peppers are tender when pierced with a knife, about 1 hour for Anaheim peppers or 1 hour and 15 minutes for the bell peppers. Let cool a few minutes. Serve garnished with dill or parsley. Makes 6 servings.


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Today’s seniors want more out of their retirement. The Lifecare advantage Lifecare is an exclusive benefit offered by select Lifecare communities; not all communities that offer the continuum of care are Lifecare communities. Having Lifecare allows you to fully enjoy all the services, amenities and social aspects a Lifecare community offers, while knowing a safety net of care is in place. If you ever need higher levels of care, such as assisted living, skilled nursing and rehab, it’s available at predictable, below-market rates. Lifecare is based on shared risk and financial predictability. It’s a way for people without long-term care insurance to protect themselves financially. But Americans are living longer than ever. In fact, the U.S. Census Bureau predicts by 2030, 73 million Americans will be 65 and older. Today’s older adults are looking for options that help them remain active and engaged. But they want a lifestyle that’s different than what their parents had. Seniors want more possibilities with fewer responsibilities, which is why many older adults are considering Lifecare communities.

Home or a Lifecare community? If you stay in your home, consider this: You’ll have upkeep, housekeeping, yardwork, snow removal and cooking to do. Plus, during the winter, it can be hard to get to all your social activities. And if you ever need in-home care, you and your family will have to find and manage the staff that comes to your home. At a Lifecare community, they’ll handle all the inside and outside maintenance. Friends, social activities, amenities and chef-prepared meals are available without leaving the comfort of the community. Most communities also offer scheduled transportation for appointments or trips around town. And if the unexpected

what if you already have long-term care insurance? Lifecare is still a smart choice, because some long-term care policies can pay benefits directly to you. So while you’re receiving care, your long-term care insurance (policies vary by provider) could cover a portion of your monthly fees. Lifecare allows you to take control of your future and proactively choose where you’ll receive any care you may need. Having a plan can provide you with peace of mind, and relieve family and friends from the stress of making a difficult decision during a medical crisis.

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How to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations

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Heart healthy tips As I mentioned above, the leading cause of preventable hospitalizations in older adults is heart failure. The best way to keep your heart healthy is simple — diet and exercise. There are many resources that your family physician can provide you with to help provide you with a healthy lifestyle plan. Keeping up with your blood pressure screenings, controlling your blood sugar and managing your cholesterol can go a long way in preventing heart-related diseases and hospitalization. The DASH diet is an eating plan that has proven to lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol and help decrease your risk of getting heart disease. The DASH diet emphasizes the importance of vegetables, fruits and low-fat dairy products; encourages more whole grains, fish, poultry, beans, seeds, nuts and vegetable oils; and limits foods high in sodium, sweets, sugary drinks and red meats. Also, remember that 30 minutes of aerobic exercise five times a week can help reduce heart disease.

Preventative screening Keeping up with all the health screening requirements can get overwhelming, but it is very important to remain up to date with them and regular visits to your Family physician can help ensure that you don’t miss out on important aspects of health maintenance! What you need to know: Colorectal cancer screening is recommended for all adults between ages 50-75. It is very vital to your health, and there are other screening methods apart from a colonoscopy — ask your health care provider about other options that may be available to you. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, apart from skin cancer. However, mammography can help detect breast cancer early. We recommend that women ages 50-74 get a mammogram every 2 years. Are you a smoker or a former smoker? You may be entitled to lung cancer screening or screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms. Be sure to ask your health care provider about these screenings. Are you older than 65? Do you know that you may be eligible for bone density screening? Ask your doctor. Screening for osteoporosis via DEXA scan can help prevent fractures and help increase overall quality of life.


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There’s more to your story. Chris and Bob’s friendship was born in a barn. A round barn, that is, where hobbyists gather on campus. Chris occasionally‘borrows’ Bob’s 90 year-old eyes to examine his tiny clock parts; Bob relies on Chris to‘keep him in line.’ Or does Bob keep Chris in line? They enjoy each other’s antics and are happily surprised at their later-in-life friendship. Find the rest of the story at WesternHomeCommunities.org/yourstory.

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One fact you should know about disability JERRY NELSON

Social Security Waterloo Manager ‌

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ne fact you should know is Social Security’s definition of disability: the inability to work because of a severe condition that is expected to last for a year or end in

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stricter definition of disability for Social Security benefits. The definition of disability used to qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance is generally the same one that is used for Supplemental Security Income benefits. Most people focus on the medical severity of their condition when filing for disability benefits. They provide medical records that show how severe the condition is. Since Social Security defines severity in terms of being unable to work, we also need complete work information. You can read a description about the process of evaluating whether you can work or not and the severity of your condition in our publication, Disability Benefits at www.socialsecurity.gov/ pubs/EN-05-10029.pdf, under the section, “How we make the decision.” Understanding how we make the disability decision helps you see the importance of information you provide about your condition and the types of work you have done. For more information about how we evaluate your work, you should review this section on our website: www. socialsecurity.gov/disability/step4and5.htm. Remember, when you provide the details about your condition and your work, you’re creating a

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picture of your individual situation. These details show the extent of your disabling condition. These are examples of some of the types of specific information we need about your prior work: „„ Main responsibilities of your job(s); „„ Dates you worked (month and year); „„ Number of hours a day you worked per week; „„ Rate of pay you received; „„ Tools, machinery and equipment you used; „„ Knowledge, skills and abili-

pneumonia vaccine is two different immunizations that should be given to all adults From 8 over age 65. This is especially important if you smoke, have Influenza I also cannot stress the im- diabetes, or have heart, liver, portance of an annual flu shot. lung or kidney disease. Medicare part B covers 100 percent Flu shots are recommended of pneumonia vaccines so talk in all adults to help prevent the spread of the infection. In to your doctor. fact, 9 out of 10 people that die from the flu each season Shingles are 60 or older, further highThe vast majority of older lighting the importance of adults have had chicken pox as your yearly flu shot. a child. Some people may not know that the virus remains your entire life and can reacPneumococcal tivate later in life as a painful The pneumococcal or

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rash with effects lingering for months to years. The shingles vaccine can easily reduce the risk of reactivating this virus. People age 60 and older should get the shingles vaccine whether or not they recall having had chickenpox. Again, insurance coverage is usually better before age 65 when people go on Medicare so try to get your vaccine then. Dr. Sameet Moor is a resident physician at Northeast Iowa Family Practice Center and is accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment call 272-2112.


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t’s time to move. No matter how small. Slowly build a workout routine that fits in with your lifestyle. Here are some building blocks. If you do one exercise from each category below and three sets of 10 reps, it should take about seven to 10 minutes.

Upper body Push-up: This is an all-around excellent exercise and can be done in various ways. You can stand up with your hands against the wall, or start on all fours and focus only on bending the arms with a long spine, keeping your knees on the floor and creating a straight line from your knees to the crown of your head. Or try the full exercise with a straight line from the top of your head to your heels. It is essential to stay tight in your core to do a push-up correctly. With abdominals tight and spine in a solid neutral position, squeeze your glutes and keep your shoulders over your wrists. Ideally, you’d start at a level where you can get your arms to a deep bend, close to 90 degrees. Back extension: We spend so much time rounding forward while sitting, but we forget to bend our spine in the opposite direction. Lie facedown on the floor, with your hands just under the shoulder and your elbows facing back. Feel your elbows pulling back toward the wall behind you. Exhale and engage your stomach while slowly lifting your chest. Most people push their hands into the ground and bend their head back. Instead, imagine the spine bending. Keep the stomach engaged and feel your back muscles as you arch your spine.

Mobility and breathing

Standing straight and breathing: Take a moment and stand tall: ears over shoulders, shoulders over hips, hips over knees, knees over heels. Reach the top of your head toward the ceiling as if being pulled up by a string. Inhale; fill your lungs, belly, sides and back; and exhale, engaging your abdominals while continuing to keep your posture. Take a handful of deep breaths. If you can’t stand, then sit in good posture and breathe. Reach for the sky and down to the floor: Standing tall with good posture, inhale and reach your fingers up toward the ceiling. Then, on exhale, reach your hands wide and stretch toward the floor. Slowly round the spine, reaching your hands to touch the floor. Keep a slight bend in the knees, a deeper bend if needed. Inhale while your hands are pointed to the floor and, on an exhale, engage the abdominals and slowly unwind as you stand up tall and reach your hands to the ceiling. Reach over: In a tall posture, reach one arm toward the ceiling and then toward the opposite wall. In a standing position, if you lift your right arm up and over, you can feel the stretch along the arm and all the way on the side of the right torso. To advance the stretch, reach your right leg back either by slightly stepping back or lunging back. This should take the stretch along the front of the right thigh and hip flexors.

Lower body Bridge: Lie on your back and start with a relaxed neck and upper body. Bend your legs and keep your feet planted on the floor, with your feet and knees hips’ width apart. With arms long, keep your hands pushing into the floor to assist with engaging the triceps and upper back. As you lift your hips, keep the heels planted and feel the engagement of the glutes and back of the legs. The goal is to lift the hips so there is a straight line from the knees to shoulders. It is common for people to arch their back and flare their ribs. It’s also common for knees to roll in or out. Avoid this. Engage the stomach and keep the spine long. Variations include one-legged bridges and leg lifts.

Core and stability Abdominal crunches: There are countless abdominal exercises. The key is to use your core for the work rather than pulling your neck or squeezing your glutes. It is common for the body to think of every escape route to avoid the key core muscles. The first step is using the breath to engage. Inhale, filling your abdomen with air, and on the exhale, squeeze your belly. Feel as if the exhale causes a “scooping” sensation in your stomach. Don’t move anything. Use your breath to engage your stomach. Then, when you have that skill, you can lift your head or legs, incorporate twists or add variations.

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ere are 13 things to know about your Social Security number and card: 1. Your Social Security number is your link to Retirement or Disability benefits since we use it to record your wages and earnings. 2. There is no charge to obtain a Social Security number and card. This service is free. 3. We keep your records confidential and don’t disclose your number to anyone, except when the law requires, or when your information connects you with other government health or social services programs. 4. To prevent identity theft, keep your Social Security card in a safe place with your other important papers and be careful about sharing your number. If asked for your number, find out why your number is needed, how it will be used, and what happens if you refuse to provide it. 5. While you need a Social Security number to get a job or for other services, you often don’t need to show your Social Security card. Many organizations can verify your Social Security number directly with us. 6. If your Social Security card is lost, you can replace it up to three times a year with a lifetime limit of 10 replacement cards. Legal name changes and other exceptions will not count toward these limits. 7. You can request a replacement Social Security card with the ease and convenience of our online services if you have a my Social Security account and meet our qualifications. Visit www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

8. If you suspect someone is using your number for work purposes, contact us to report the problem so we can review your earnings and verify that our records are correct. You also may view your annual earnings by accessing your Social Security Statement, one of the many services available with a my Social Security account. 9. If you suspect someone is misusing your number to create credit or other problems for you, report the identify theft with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at www.identitytheft.gov or by calling 1-877-IDTHEFT. We also recommend that you contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) if fraudulent tax refunds or reporting is involved, quickly file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) at www.ic3.gov, and monitor your credit reports. 10. The nine-digit Social Security number was initiated in 1936 for tracking workers’ earnings over the course of their lifetimes for benefits, not with the intent of personal identification. Since 1936, we have issued over 30 different versions of the Social Security number card. 11. Until June 2011, the first three digits of a Social Security number were determined by the geographical region in

which the person lived. Numbers were assigned beginning in the northeast and moving westward. Residents on the east coast often have lower numbers than those on the west coast. Any number beginning with 000 will never be a valid Social Security number. 12. Beginning in June 2011, we assigned Social Security numbers randomly, which protects the integrity of the Social Security number, eliminates the geographical significance of the first three digits of the Social Security number, and extends the longevity of the nine-digit Social Security number. 13. Since November 1936, we have issued 453.7 million different numbers and there are approximately 420 million numbers available for future assignments. We assign about 5.5 million new numbers a year. If you properly protect your Social Security number and card. Information about applying for a Social Security card, name changes, identity theft, and other answers to frequently asked questions is available at www.socialsecurity.gov, or by calling us toll-free at 1-800772-1213 (TTY 1-800-3250778).


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Quirky quest to create

BOB DYLAN MECCA — in Oklahoma

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‌TULSA, Okla. — Robert Zimmerman was born in northern Minnesota, made a name for himself — specifically, Bob Dylan — in Greenwich Village and lives on a Malibu spread when not on perpetual tour. Oklahoma barely figures in his life’s narrative or his work. But the state’s second-largest city, brimming with Art Deco buildings from its glory days as the nation’s oil capital, is now the polestar of Dylanalia, home to a massive trove of artifacts related to the artist, plus 84,000 items (and growing) in a digital archive of audio, video, film and photography. Curator Michael Chaiken pulls gems from the temperature-controlled archives at Tulsa’s art museum: a pristine leather jacket, packed in tissue like a grandmother’s wedding gown, that Dylan donned for his historic 1965 Newport Folk Festival appearance; the scarred, scratched and yellowed Turkish frame drum that sparked “Mr. Tambourine Man”; spiral pocket notebooks crammed — in microscopic, tidy schoolboy scrawl — with the seismic lyrics to “Blood on the Tracks.” In an antiseptic reading room lined with long tables, Chaiken produces Dylan’s wallet from 1965, Otis Redding’s business card (Dylan wanted the soul singer to record “Just Like a Woman”; it didn’t happen), a piece of graph paper scribbled with Johnny Cash’s phone number (865-1550), a trio of harmonica holders (no Dylan costume is complete without one), a solitary

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Bob Dylan performs in Baltimore in 2002. acoustic guitar. The collection of 6,000 objects includes his written versions of many songs — 20 pages of lyrics for “Dignity” alone, versions of “Visions of Johanna” and “Like a Rolling Stone” (many lines excised, such as “all your frowns turned out to be just method actors all in drag”). On a set of computers with a secure server, it’s possible to listen to take after studio take of “Tangled Up in Blue.” It is a feast of Bob. And a very big deal, for fans and for Tulsa. Dylan, 76, the only musician to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, cautioned “don’t look back,” the title of D.A. Pennebaker’s 1965 SHANE BEVEL / WASHINGTON POST documentary on the artist, yet his PHOTO‌ camp has assiduously guarded his writings and recordings so that A stage outfit that was custom other people will soon be able to. designed for Bob Dylan.

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14 | Sunday, October 29, 2017  “You don’t often get a Nobel Prize winner with this sort of breadth of a career, which makes this archive something special, like Graceland in Memphis,” says Rice University historian Douglas Brinkley, who is friends with the musician and has visited the archives. Housed at the Helmerich Center for American Research at the Gilcrease Museum, the collection will officially be made available to scholars and biographers this month; at least 200 have already filed requests for access. The bulk of the material, much of it stored on those secure computer files, will remain at the museum. But many of the objects, plus audio and video highlights, will move to the planned Bob Dylan Center in a former paper warehouse. The search for an architect is underway, and the center is expected to open the public in 2019. The arrival of the musician’s archive is bound to make this city of 400,000 a primary destination in Bob Land. Actually, it will make

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Left: Tulsa billionaire George B. Kaiser poses for a portrait in his office at Kaiser-Francis Oil. The George Kaiser Foundation and the University of Tulsa purchased Bob Dylan’s archive for roughly $20 million. Right: Among the Dylan archive’s collection are a paper with Johnny Cash’s phone number and a business card for Otis Redding. Tulsa a musical mecca. The city is already home to the Woody Guthrie Center, a museum and archive devoted to the folk singer (and also housing the archive of protest singer Phil Ochs). The heirs of Johnny Cash, a frequent Dylan collaborator, are reportedly in discussions about basing the country music sing-

er’s archives in Oklahoma as well. All of which, says Brinkley, who is writing a book on Dylan’s 1970s recordings, “is going to make Tulsa the headquarters of Americana music.” The Dylan collection is improbably located in this city of verdant hills on the banks of the Arkansas River largely because

of two men: Guthrie and Tulsa billionaire George Kaiser, who is only a nominal Dylan admirer. When the roughly $20 million purchase of his archive by the George Kaiser Family Foundation and the University of Tulsa was announced, Dylan issued a statement: “I’m glad that my archives, which have been collected

all these years, have finally found a home and are to be included with the works of Woody Guthrie and especially alongside all the valuable artifacts from the Native American Nations. (The Gilcrease houses a robust collection of regional indigenous art.) To me, it makes a lot of sense and it’s a great honor.”


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all is the perfect opportunity for families to gather, share memories and celebrate the lives of past, present and future generations. You might think you know everything about your family, but there are conversations that can help spark a better understanding of your collective family history, as well as the individuals who helped shape it. There are many reasons to recall family history and preserve memories for generations to come: Children benefit from knowing family history. According to a study conducted at Emory University, children who understand their family history show higher levels of emotional well-being. Family stories can help kids create a sense of self and understanding of their place in the world. Family history can preserve family traditions. If you’ve ever wondered where your grandma got that famous apple pie recipe or who started the annual game of charades on Christmas, listening to family members’ stories can help you understand the origin of your family’s favorite traditions, ensuring they will live on with future generations. Family history reconnects you to loved ones. Make it a point to ask thoughtful questions when you are with loved ones, like “What is your proudest achievement?” or “How do you want to be remembered?” so you know and can celebrate the moments that have shaped your family members’ lives.

To help jump-start dialogue with family members, the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) created “Have the Talk of a Lifetime” conversation cards. The cards feature 50 thought-provoking questions, such as: „„ What have you learned from your children or other young people in your life or family? „„ Is there a story friends and family always tell about you? „„ What is your most treasured memory of your grandparents or other elderly family members? The cards are designed to be a fun and easy way to get the conversation started at any family gathering, such as a family reunion or holiday dinner, or in a one-on-one setting with a loved one. More than half of families feel it is important to gather family history from older generations, according to findings from the NFDA’s 2017 Consumer Awareness and Preferences Study. Resources like the Funeral and Memorial Information Council’s “Have the Talk of a Lifetime” program can help you take the time to start a conversation with your family and collect family history. These memories and conversations with loved ones can create an abundance of stories and family pride for future generations to cherish and live by long after past generations are gone. For more information about the program and to request a free deck of the conversation cards, visit 50cards50questions.org.

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