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Judge Judy—p5

Book Club—p8


Senior Spotlight—p13

Aspen, Colorado—p18

Fabulous Finds—p26

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February Calendar of Events

It may be February, but there’s a whole lot going

on around Orange County besides Valentine’s

Day. There’s everything from car shows to a

motorcycle fundraiser. Grab a warm jacket and

head out of the house to any of these fun events.


Car Show to


Rotary charities,

Capistrano Animal


San Juan Capistrano

Feb. 4

8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Car Show offers a chance

to glance at a variety of antique

and classic cars and

trucks, as well as the “New-

Car Row” from the 11 dealers

of Capistrano Auto Center. On

hand, too, will be South County

Lexus and its new 2012 LFA

sports coupe. Enjoy entertainment,

food from Las Golondrinas,

exhibits and prizes. At

San Juan Capistrano Community

Center/Sports Park.

Annual Dr. Joe

Cortese Memorial

Motorcycle Poker

Run - Irvine

Feb. 4

The annual


event honors

the local vet who passed away

in 2008 with motorcycle rides

provided by sponsor Orange

County Harley-Davidson in Irvine.

Participants ride through

various south Orange County

locations and end the fundraiser

at the Annual Rotary/

CARE Car Show in San Juan

Capistrano. The cost is $35

for rider and $25 for passenger.

Price includes coffee and

donuts, lunch, prizes for best

and worst poker hand, and

car show admission. Location

starts at Orange County Harley-Davidson,

8677 Research

Dr., Irvine.

Surf City (Pacific

Shoreline) Marathon -

Huntington Beach

Feb. 5

Run on

Pacific Coast


past the famous Huntington

Beach pier and wind through

the breathtaking surfing

beaches of Southern California.

Retro surf bands entertain

along the way and the Finish

Line Party includes a beachside

beer garden in the California

sun. Finishers receive

surfboard medals. Held at

Huntington Street and Pacific

Coast Highway. Call, 888-

422-ORUN (0786).

Laguna Beach Music


Feb. 6-12

This festival


an internationally



musician or ensemble along

with other talented artists in

a week-long blend of performances

and education. Held in

Laguna Beach. Visit

for more information.

Taste of San Juan -

San Juan Capistrano

Feb. 15

6-9 p.m.

Enjoy the


celebration of the Fiesta de las

Golondrinas at The San Juan

Hills Golf Club. The Taste

brings together a variety of San

Juan Capistrano restaurants all

under one roof. Come taste and

enjoy the scenery. Admission

is $20.00 per person which includes

all tastes. Held at San

Juan Hills Golf Club, San Juan

Capistrano. Call, 949-493-

1976 for more information.

Timberwolf 5 K Run/

Walk - Irvine

Feb. 18

8 a.m.


Certified 5K

course was designed by former

NHS Track coach, Rob Duncanson,

an age group winner

of numerous road races. Walkers

and casual participants are

welcome. Race distances include

5K Run/Walk and 1K

Fun Run. Held at Northwood

High School, 4515 Portola

Parkway, Irvine.

Los Alamitos

‘Race on the Base’

Los Alamitos, Feb. 25

The race is held on the runways

at the Joint Forces Train-

ing Base in Los

Alamitos and

features helicopters,

planes and

military vehicles

with music

throughout the

course. Events

and activities for the whole

family. Call, 562-430-1073 for

more information.

Get Outdoors! OC at

O’Neill Regional Park

Trabuco Canyon

Feb. 25

12 - 3 p.m.

The day

will be filled

with outdoor

activities such as naturalist-led

hikes, nature crafts, and more.

Each Get Outdoors event is

at a different location with

various games and activities

depending on the park. Cost:

Free (This program is generously

sponsored by a grant.).

Held at O’Neill Regional Park,

Trabuco Canyon. Call, (714)

708-3885 for more information.


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Patients Stop



To help protect

you and

your family

from tobacco-related

death and disease, researchers

from Legacy®, a national

public health organization

dedicated to building a world

where anyone can quit smoking,

recommend two actions:

stop smoking or never start. If

you do smoke or use tobacco,

speak to your doctor about

quitting smoking.

A survey of more than 3,146

adults in the U.S. conducted

by Legacy discovered that

more than one in 10 smokers

have concealed their smoking

status from a health care

provider—nearly half of them

stated it was because they are

ashamed that they smoke. Another

reason for not disclosing

this important information to

a medical professional: twothirds

surveyed who did not

disclose their smoking status

reported not wanting to be lectured

about smoking.

Fortunately, health care professionals

such as doctors,

nurses, physician assistants,

nurse practitioners, dentists

and pharmacists can help

smokers by bringing up the

subject with patients. To assist

with that, Legacy and Pfizer

have developed a downloadable,

user-friendly guide for

health care providers to help

them discuss smoking and tobacco

use with their patients.

Here are hints to help:

• Talk openly about smoking.

Ask every patient if they

smoke. This may open the door

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Judith Sheindlin

Judith Sheindlin, better known

as Judge Judy (born October

21, 1942), is an American lawyer,

judge, television personality,

and author. Since 1996,

Sheindlin has presided over

her own syndicated courtroom

show, Judge Judy, and is well

known for her no-nonsense legal

style and powerful personality,

sharpness, and quick wit.

Sheindlin passed the New

York Bar examination in 1965,

and became a prosecutor in the

family court system. In 1982

Mayor Ed Koch appointed her

a judge, first in criminal court,

then later as Manhattan’s supervising

family court judge

in 1986.

Early life and


Sheindlin was born Judith Susan

Blum on October 21, 1942

to German-Jewish parents,

Murray, a dentist, and Ethel

Blum.[1] She described her

father as “the greatest thing

since sliced bread”, and her

mother as “a meat and potatoes

kind of gal.

Sheindlin attended James

Madison High School in

Brooklyn before going on to

American University in Washington,

D.C., where she majored

in government. She then

enrolled at the Washington

College of Law at American

University where she was the

only woman in a class of 126

students. She finished her law

school education at New York

Law School, where she graduated

in 1965.

Marriages and family

In 1964 Sheindlin married

Ronald Levy, who later be-

Sheindlin in 2010

came a prosecutor in juvenile

court; they moved together to

New York and had two children.[1]

The couple divorced

in 1976 after 12 years of marriage.

In 1977 she married Jerry

Sheindlin, also a judge and

also a divorcé. They divorced

in 1990, partially as a result

of the stress and struggles that

Sheindlin incurred after her

father’s death that same year.

They remarried the following

year. The Sheindlins have five

children between the two of

them as well as several grandchildren.

Legal career

Sheindlin passed the New

York Bar Exam in 1965, the

same year as her graduation,

and was hired as a corporate

lawyer for a cosmetics firm.

Within two years she became

dissatisfied with her job and

left to raise her two children.

She was soon made aware of a

position in the New York court

system as a prosecutor in the

family courts. In her role as a

lawyer Sheindlin prosecuted

child abuse cases, domestic

violence, and juvenile crime.

By 1982 Sheindlin’s no-nonsense

attitude inspired New

York Mayor, Ed Koch, to appoint

her as a judge in criminal

court. Four years later she was

promoted to supervising judge

in the Manhattan division of

the family court. She earned

a reputation as a tough judge,

notorious for fast decisionmaking

and wise-cracking


In February 1993 Sheindlin’s

outspoken reputation made her

the subject of a Los Angeles

Times article, profiling her as

a woman determined to make

the court system work for the

common good She subsequently

was featured in a segment

on CBS’s 60 Minutes,

bringing her national recognition.

This led to her first book,

Don’t Pee on My Leg and Tell

Me It’s Raining, published in

1996. She retired as a criminal

court judge that same year after

hearing over 20,000 cases.

After her retirement, Sheindlin

continued to receive increasing

amounts of public attention.

Not long after her retirement

in 1996, Sheindlin was approached

about possibly starring

in a new courtroom television

program, featuring real

cases with real rulings. She

accepted the offer.

Sheindlin’s syndicated courtroom

series Judge Judy debuted

on September 16, 1996. The

show met with instant success

and made Sheindlin a celebrity,

becoming well known

for her strict, no-nonsense attitude

and wit. The program

has been the number one court

show since its debut, the only

original show on television to

increase its ratings yearly, and

has integrated itself into American

pop culture.

The show’s ratings have been

very high, averaging approximately

10 million viewers

daily It is especially popular

among female viewers between

the ages of 25 and 54.

Author Brendan I. Koerner

commented in regard to the

popularity of Judge Judy:

“Court-show viewers don’t

seem to want moral conundrums

or technical wrinkles.

They love Sheindlin’s show because

she offers them a fantasy

of how they’d like the justice

system to operate—swiftly, and

without procedural mishaps or

uppity lawyers. They get to see

wrongdoers publicly humiliated

by a strong authority figure.

There is no uncertainty after

Sheindlin renders her verdict

and bounds off the bench, and

there certainly are no lengthy


Judge Judy stands next to

a portrait of herself

Sheindlin resides in Connecticut

and New York, and travels

to Florida in the winter. She

commutes to Los Angeles every

other week for two to four

days to tape episodes of Judge

Judy. Sheindlin extended her

contract through 2012–13 (its

17th season)[ due to high ratings

as well as her belief that

people are still engaged in the

program. Sheindlin admits the

show is “seductive” and hard

to give up. Said Sheindlin,

“I’m not tired. I still feel engaged

by what I do and I still

have people who like to watch

it.In 2005 Sheindlin’s salary

was US $25 million per year.]

Her net worth at the beginning

of 2007 was $95 million and

she ranked number 13 on the

Forbes magazine top 20 richest

women in entertainment In

February 2006, Sheindlin received

a star on the Hollywood

Walk of Fame. As a result of

her stardom, she served as a

judge for the 1999 Miss America

Pageant References to

Sheindlin as Judge Judy have

appeared on TV shows including

Will & Grace, NBC’s The

Weakest Link, The Practice

and the Academy Awards, as

well as the book “America: A

Citizen’s Guide to Democracy

Inaction” by Jon Stewart, she

has also appeared in numerous

cable news interviews In

December 2009 Sheindlin told

the story of her life and career

in Family Court, as well

as “Judge Judy” and her published

works in a two-hour

interview for the Archive of

American Television. In July

2010 Sheindlin’s contract was

renewed, so she now will receive

$45 million per year to

tape her show, which is currently

the top rated daytime

show in the US. On March 30,

2011, Sheindlin was admitted

to the hospital after she fainted

on the set of her show. She was

released the next day, and it is

not known what caused her to



Living Alone and Liking it

By Susanna Starr

When I returned

to New York,

after 33 years,

to attend a wedding

with my

daughter, we

were invited to

stay with the

one and only

friend from

those times that

I had kept in contact with. She

had visited me some years ago,

and we had been in contact

ever since.

Jennifer was excited to know

that we were planning on being

in New York and enthusiastically

and generously

offered to pick us up at the

airport on Long Island, take

us to her home for a couple of

nights and then send us off on

the Long Island Railroad to the

city where we would spend the

next couple of days.

The trip turned out to be so

much better than I had anticipated

and being back in a oncefamiliar

environment was

sweet. Having Jennifer pick

us up when we returned from

our city trip, taking us back to

her house,

meeting old

friends for

dinner, and

then taking

us to

the airport

the followingmorning

was so


And she smiled all the way

through the visit, interspersed

with laughter and good humor.

Yes, being with Jennifer was a

delight, but equally as delightful

was seeing the life she had

created for herself. Divorced

from her husband for many

years, she was completely relaxed

and satisfied with the

way her life had unfolded and

with the decisions she had


A former librarian, she was

still actively involved with

the library in her small town

where she also worked as a

volunteer. She lived practically

in the center of this charming

North Shore town located on

Long Island Sound, which was

quaint and attracted tourists as

well as providing ferry trans-

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portation across the Sound to

Connecticut. Her house was

small and easy to maintain and

she had close-by access to the

railroad when she wanted to

visit her children in the city.

Every year she traveled with

friends to a different part of the

world and seemed to thoroughly

enjoy these trips. Another

avid reader, she had lots of

time to pursue her most enjoyable

interest. It’s hard to think

of her except for a smile on her

face and laughter in her voice.

She’d like to lose weight but

feels that giving up her smoking

habit was more important

to her health.

Of all the people I know, she

seems to have eliminated the

word “stress” from her vocabulary.

Now, isn’t that a gift!!

Susanna Starr is the author of

“Fifty and Beyond: New Beginnings

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Winter Colds

By Jim McDevitt

Everyone sooner or later gets

a winter cold. Right now, as

I speak with you I am fighting

a head cold that is trying

to kill me. I shouldn’t say this

but I hate my cold. I really, really

do. It’s personal between

the cold and me. I go through

boxes of Kleenex like ants go

through food dropped on the

ground at a picnic.

I was on the checkout line today

with my groceries when

I started sneezing and blowing

my nose. People left the

line to avoid me like I was the

walking plague.

Years ago, when I was working

in an office, one of my

colleagues was sneezing and

coughing just as I am. He was

a new employee and we hit

it off, becoming friends. He

remarked how he wished he

could get rid of his cold. Having

a sense of humor, I turned

to him saying, “You know

John there is an old Irish remedy

that works and it’s been

used for years to cure a cold.”

“What’s that,” he asked.

Keeping my serious game face

on, I said, “You take some

Irish whiskey in a shot glass,

tilt your head back and pour it

down both nostrils, keeping it

there for a full 30 seconds and

it cures the cold.” The phone

rang when I finished giving

this advice and I answered it,

forgetting completely about it.

The next day John came to

work looking and sounding

worse. He sat down still

coughing and sneezing and

turned to me saying, “Jim, I

tried your Irish remedy for my

cold. It just about killed me.

It burnt my sinuses but didn’t

help.” I almost bit my tongue

in two to prevent myself from

erupting in laughter.

After that event, I’m careful of

what I say to anyone in jest. I

just hope John doesn’t read

this story because I never had

the heart to tell him it was just

a joke.

There are good points about

having a cold but you have to

search long and hard to find

them. One is my wife treats

me as if I’m Typhoid Mary.

No longer am I allowed in the

kitchen. Everything I need is

served to me.

“I need some butter for my

toast,” I say to myself as I prepare

to get up and go to the refrigerator.

“I’ll get it,” my wife says jumping

up from her seat and into

the kitchen to retrieve butter. I

offer to unload the clean dishes

from the dishwasher and I am

told not to touch them. I offer

to set the table for dinner and

my wife says “No, no.”

Previously, when I was well,

I was pressed into service for

these jobs. I answer the phone

when it rings and when I am

finished with the call and hang

up, my wife comes over, picks

up the phone, sprays a disinfecting

spray all over the

phone and wipes it clean.

If someone were to invent a

pill that gave a man the outward

appearance of having a

cold while actually not having

one, he could become rich. It

would be a pill for men only

advertised as: “Guaranteed to

keep you out of the kitchen.

Side effects are no housework

for the man of the house.”


“From true-crime legend Ann

Rule comes this riveting story

of a young woman whose life

ended too soon—and a deter-

mined mother’s eleven-year

crusade to clear her daughter’s

February Book Club by Debbie L. Sklar

There has never been a better time than this month to start reading a good

book. Whether it is a good mystery that you like or something deeper, there

are plenty to choose from. Here is a short list of some of the latest and

greatest book finds.

In the Still of the Night

By Ann Rule

Pocket Books Publishers


It was nine days before Christ-

mas 1998, and thirty-two-year-

old Ronda Reynolds was get-

ting ready to travel from Seattle

to Spokane to visit her mother

and brother and grandmother

before the holidays. Ronda’s

second marriage was dissolv-

ing after less than a year, her

career as a pioneering female

Washington State Trooper had

ended, but she was optimis-

tic about starting over again.

“I’m actually looking forward

to getting on with my life,”

she told her mother earlier the

night before. “I just need a few

days with you guys.” Barb

Thompson, Ronda’s mother,

who had met her daughter’s

second husband only once be-

fore, was just happy that Ron-

da was coming home.

“At 6:20 that morning, Ron

Reynolds called 911 and told

the dispatcher his wife was

dead. She had committed

suicide, he said, although he

hadn’t heard the gunshot and

he didn’t know if she had a

pulse. EMTs arrived, detec-

tives arrived, the coroner’s

deputy arrived, and a post-

mortem was conducted. Lewis

County Coroner Terry Wilson,

who neither visited the death

scene nor attended the autopsy,

declared the manner of Ron-

da’s death as “undetermined.”

Over the next eleven years,

Coroner Wilson would change

that manner of death from “un-

determined” to “suicide,” back

to “undetermined”—and then

back to “suicide” again,” ac-

cording to the publisher.

A Universe from


Why There Is

Something Rather

than Nothing

By Lawrence M. Krauss

Free Press Publishers

“Lawrence Krauss’s provoca-

tive answers to these and other

timeless questions in a wildly

popular lecture now on You-

Tube have attracted almost a

million viewers. The last of

these questions in particular

has been at the center of reli-

gious and philosophical de-

bates about the existence of

God, and it’s the supposed

counterargument to anyone

who questions the need for

God. As Krauss argues, sci-

entists have, however, histori-

cally focused on other, more

pressing issues—such as figur-

ing out how the universe actu-

ally functions, which can ulti-

mately help us to improve the

quality of our lives,” according

to the publisher.

Fatal Error

A Novel

By J.A. Jance

Pocket Star Publishers

“Ali Reynolds begins the summer

thinking her most difficult

challenge will be surviving a

six-week- long course as the

lone forty-something female at

the Arizona Police Academy—

not to mention taking over the

6:00 AM shift at her family’s

restaurant while her parents

enjoy a long overdue Caribbean

cruise. However, when

Brenda Riley, a colleague from

Ali’s old news broadcasting

days in California, shows up in

town with an alcohol problem

and an unlikely story about a

missing fiancé, Ali reluctantly

agrees to help.

The man posing as Brenda’s

fiancé is revealed to be Richard

Lowensdale, a cyber-sociopath

who has left a trail of

broken hearts in his virtual

wake. When he is viciously

murdered, the women he once

victimized are considered suspects.

The police soon focus

their investigation on Brenda,

who is already known to have

broken into Richard’s home

and computer before vanishing

without a trace. Attempting

to clear her friend’s name, Ali

is quickly drawn into a web of

online intrigue that may lead

to a real-world fatal error,” according

to the publisher.


Fat Eyes Can Make You Look Old

By Abigail Aaronson

Has anyone you known ever

asked you, “Do my eyes look

fat?” Probably not. So, why is

there eyelid surgery?

Actually, over time, fat does

accumulate in that area. There

is also a build-up of excess skin

and muscle, which creates a

droopy and puffy appearance.

Fat can also contribute to bags

under your eyes, which make

you look perpetually sleepy.

Look older or younger

Your eyes are probably the

biggest factor in whether you

look older or younger than

your age. Drooping, bags, and

puffiness make you look older

than your years, even if you’re

just over 30. But, smooth, tight

lids can take years off your

face, and give you confidence

about your appearance.

What eyelid surgery

won’t do

Before electing to have this

corrective procedure, there are

two things that eyelid surgery

will not do.

The procedure can reduce

droopiness and make you look

younger, but it won’t get rid of

“crow’s feet.” These wrinkles

have a totally different cause,

and if you want to get rid of

them, you must use a method

of wrinkle removal, such as

Botox or supplements.


In the medical world, eyelid

surgery is called blepharoplasty.

Before you decide to

have this procedure, here are

some basic things you should


Eyelid surgery won’t drastically

alter your appearance. It is

best for those whose eyes are

droopy due to aging, or those

for whom baggy eyes run in

the family.

Who’s at risk?

If you have thyroid problems

or any ocular medical disorders,

blepharoplasty may be

quite risky. Heart disease or

circulation problems may also

put you at risk. Be sure to tell

your doctor everything during

the consultation.

The entire process takes up to

three hours but rarely involves

a hospital stay. A local anesthetic

is usually used.

The first step is your


This is very important. Tell

your doctor exactly what you

want done, and discuss with

them what you can expect.

Most importantly, follow your

doctor’s orders about what you

can eat, drink or do before the



Smokers will have to quit cold

turkey for some period of time

before the surgery. It is very

important that you follow all

of your doctor’s instructions



Your doctor will probably perform

the blepharoplasty there

in the clinic. You will be put

under local anesthetic. The

doctor will make incisions just

above and just below the upper

and lower lids (depending

on which procedure you are

having) in a natural crease so

that the scars will not be readily


Most surgeries involve removing

extra skin and fat and trimming

down the muscles. After

this is finished, the doctor will

suture the incisions and you

will be ready to go.

What to expect after

the surgery

After surgery, you may experience

some soreness and swelling

around the incision site.

For this, your doctor will give

you cold compresses and pain

medications. You can usually

return to normal activity in

about 10 days.

Within the first few days, you

will be able to watch TV and

do most things you regularly

do, but contact wearers will

have to wait longer before putting

in lenses.

Eyelid surgery plus

Eyelid surgery is often used in

conjunction with other types

of plastic surgery, such as a

brow lift or a face lift. Through

a combination of methods, you

can have a totally new facial

appearance, and take years off

your looks!

Abigail Aaronson is an expert

on skin care and cosmetic surgery.

This article originally appeared

on the online website

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Every January, the extravaganza

known as the Consumer

Electronics Show (CES) in

Las Vegas is a mecca of gadgetry

expected to hit the retail

shelves in the next 12 months.

What I found, however, was far

more exciting. Almost hidden

behind the behemoth booths

that occupy huge chunks of

real estate on the show floor

were scattered windows offering

some spectacular views of

what’s in store for the future.

At auto shows, these windows

are called “concept cars.” At

CES, they are known as prototypes

– mockups of products

The Gizmo Geezer by Les Goldberg

Consumer Electronic Show Offers Glimpse

Into Gizmo Crystal Ball

not quite ready for prime time.

What will consumer electronics

devices look like in the not

too distant future? Join me for

a words-eye tour:

A must-see was the Quality

of Life Technology

Center exhibit, sponsored

by Carnegie Mellon University

and the University

of Pittsburgh. The center’s

purpose is to “transform

lives in a large and

growing segment of the

population – people with

reduced functionality due

to aging or disability.”

Here some examples:


Takes listening to music, playing

video games or watching

movies to a new level by allowing

you to feel the vibrations

of sounds, as if you were

at a live concert. A set of vibration

motors are embedded

or sewn into ordinary clothing

and all you have to do is plug

in your MP3 player or other

mobile devices. VibeAttire is

especially helpful for therapy

and people with hearing loss.


This is a pet-like, do-it-yourself

toy robot kit designed for

therapy to improve people’s

emotional and social responses.

It responds to touch, sound

and presence, and users can

change its appearance. It is

mobile (you can take it anywhere),

and is compatible with

today’s standard hand-held

Smartphones and personal


Health kiosk

Carnegie Mellon scientists

are working to create a homebased

system for senior citizens

to easily, conveniently

and affordably collect their

health vital measurements by

themselves, and communicate

them to their doctors when

needed. Nothing to wear, just

step in and step out and the information

is collected, recorded

and transmitted.


By attaching sensors to every

day objects, like pillboxes, telephones,

etc., that seniors use,

valuable information can be

gathered to help assess cognitive

decline without the need

of a clinician to provide input

every day.

Home Eploring

Robot Butler

Engineers are exploring ways

for robots to provide physical

assistance in the home.

Seniors with mobility challenges

can summon the robot

to “fetch” items, like food or

beverages from the refrigerator,

a book from a shelf, or an

item of clothing in a closet.


Engineers also are working on

systems that will provide feedback

to older drivers so they

can be more aware of their

own driving habits while offering

guidance on vehicle operation.

In addition, automated

systems are being developed

to give motor vehicles the

ability to park safely in parking


And here’s something you can

use right now to help you keep

your New Year’s resolution to

lose weight:

iHealth Digital Scale

Uses Bluetooth technology

so you can weigh in from

anywhere. With the iHealth

Digital Scale App from Apple,

it can read and record

your weight on your iPod

Touch, iPhone and iPad. You

can track your progress and

organize records with simple,

personalized graph tools, then

share the information with

your doctor or physical therapist.

Price: $69.95 and batteries

are included. Available

at The

app is free at the App Store.



This month’s Senior Spotlight

centers on Tom Berney, 55, a

mail carrier by day, and a motorcycle

lover in his off time.

During his busy work days,

one can see Berney in South

County sorting and delivering

mail and packages, but as soon

as his shift is over, look out.

He likes to jump on his motorcycle

and ride into the sunset.

Here’s a closer look at Berney

who doesn’t let age get in his


Q: Where were you born and


A: Scranton, PA

Q: What is your full time job?

A: My father moved the family

to Capo Beach in 1959 to

work at South Coast Hospital

as one of the first doctors on

staff. I went to San Clemente

High School and Fullerton

Junior College before working

as a dental technician. After


Senior Spotlight of the Month

by Debbie L. Sklar

that, I joined the Civil Service

as a letter carrier in 1989. I’ve

worked for the US Post Office

for 25 years.

Q: What is the best part of your


A: Getting to know my customers

and taking pride in

Civil Service work.

Q: What keeps you young at


A: Keeping in good shape and

riding my Triumph Scrambler.

Also staying connected to my

daughters and their friends, because

the more you know what

the latest trends are and if you

engage in meaningful conversations,

we all stay young and

grow closer to each other. I

also say to choose a belief and

cultivate the God of your understanding.

The God qualities

will then become who you are,

as we are all spiritual beings

having a human experience

and enjoying the here and now.

Any advice I would give to anyone

is to stay in the moment

and live for today without any

regrets of any past mistakes.

Q: Tell us about your affection

for motorcycles.

A: My passion with motorcycles

started when I was young

and it still is a passion. I used

to ride a dirt bike to high

school through what we called

the ‘tomato patch,’ an old farm

field that went from Capistrano

Beach to San Clemente.

My passion for motorcycles

was shared by my closest

friends who still also ride.

Q: Family?

A: Single, dating a nice woman,

and I have two daughters,

19 and 22, and a cat named


Q: Where do you hope to be in

five years?

A: I hope to retire and move to

a mountain community, but I

love my job and don’t plan on

leaving any time soon.

Q: Any community volunteering?

A: I had umpired high school

teams and youth baseball for

19 years, I hope to start again.

Q: Spare time?

A: I feel connected to my religious

science teachings and

continuously take classes

Colon Cancer Screening

Saves Lives, But Many

People Don’t Get Tested

(NAPS)—One in three people

50 years old or older has not

been screened for colon cancer,

yet screening could help

save their lives. This statistic

is just one of the troubling

findings of a na tional study by

the Colon Cancer Alli ance, the

leading national patient advocacy

organization dedicated

to increasing colon cancer

screening rates and survivorship,

and Quest Diagnostics,

the world’s leading diagnostic

testing company. The two

organizations re cently teamed

up to uncover the barriers that

prevent people from being

tested for colon cancer (also

known as colo rectal cancer),

the second-leading cause of

cancer-related deaths in men

and women in the U.S.

Screening by colonoscopy, fecal

immunochemical tests and

other methods helps identify

colon cancer in early stages

when it is still highly treatable.

For this reason, the American

Cancer Society recommends

screening for every man and

woman of average risk, beginning

at age 50. African

Americans, smokers and anyone

who has a family history

or other risk factors should

be tested even earlier. Yet the

Colon Cancer Alliance/Quest

Diagnostics study found that

many people 50 and over are

not being screened. Moreover,

the barriers to screening

ranged from the lack of recommendation

for screening

by a healthcare professional to

time and cost constraints. The

study also suggested that fear

of the bowel preparation, side

effects and anesthesia typically

associated with colonoscopy

are additional barriers.

“Screening tests like a colonoscopy

do a superb job of

catching colon cancer in early,

treatable stages,” said Jon R.

Cohen, M.D., senior vice president

and chief medical officer,

Quest Diagnostics. “Unfortunately,

some people re fuse to

undergo these proven tests because

they find them inconvenient

and unpleasant. Other

individuals simply do not understand

the value of screening,

in some cases because a

healthcare professional has not

talked to them about it.”

The study also found that 80

percent of respondents said

they’d be more likely to be

screened if a convenient blood

test were available. Blood tests

that detect the DNA of colon

cancer tumors shed into the

bloodstream are available in

the U.S. and Europe, but have

yet to be adopted into medical

guidelines for screening.

Quest Diagnostics offers its

ColoVantage blood test to help

physicians evaluate colon cancer

risk in patients who refuse

to undergo colonoscopy or

other guideline-recommended

tests. A positive test result requires

further evaluation that

may include colonoscopy.

“Any death from colon cancer

due to a failure to screen

is a tragedy that could have

been prevented,” said Andrew

Spiegel, chief executive officer

of the Colon Cancer Al-

Continued on page 14


Showing Compassion For

Community Cats

(NAPS)—It is no secret that

Americans love house cats.

Research estimates that more

than one-third of all U.S.

households have one or more

cats as pets. However, what

may be less well known is

that this affection does not end

with house cats.

Caring For Outdoor


“Americans care about outdoor

cats, too, and want to

help them,” said Becky Robinson,

president of Alley Cat

Allies, an advocacy group.

“Research shows that 40 percent

of Americans have fed a

stray cat at least once in their

lives. Millions provide this

help every day, making sure

the outdoor cats in their communities

have food, water and

simple shelter.”

Most of these cats cannot be

adopted into homes because

they are not socialized to people.

These cats are known as

“feral” cats and are the same

species as domestic cats, but

are not accustomed to life indoors.

Instead, they live outdoors

in family groups called


Science, said Robinson, shows

feral cats can be just as healthy

and live the same long lives as

pet cats, content in their outdoor


The traditional response to

feral cats is called “catch and

kill.” More than 70 percent of

all cats taken to animal pounds

and shelters are killed there.

For unadoptable feral cats,

impoundment in a shelter almost

always means a death

sentence. This approach, say

critics, is very costly and cruel,

and it doesn’t work to control

the cats’ numbers.

A Better Approach

In the past two decades, many

communities across the country

have rejected catch and

kill in favor of Trap-Neuter-

Return, a program that ends

the breeding cycle humanely

while respecting the cats’ natural

life outdoors.

Benefits Cited

The experts at Alley Cat Allies

say that communities that have

embraced Trap-Neuter-Return

see huge benefits. The cats

are neutered, which means no

more litters of kittens. They’re

vaccinated, which broadens already

successful public health

efforts for rabies prevention.

The cats also become better

neighbors, because once they

are returned to their colony,

behaviors associated with mating

cats—such as yowling and

fighting—cease. Cats in Trap­

Neuter-Return programs have

an “eartip”—a small portion

of the left ear is removed while

under anaesthesia—to indicate

they’ve been neutered and


According to Robinson, Trap-

Neuter-Return respects Americans’

empathy for the four-legged

creatures who share their


“We are an animal-loving

society. Americans want

compassionate and com-

Photo credit: Jason Putsché

monsense ap proaches to

outdoor cats,” she said.

For more information, visit

Cats in Trap-Neuter-Return

programs have an “eartip” to

indicate they’ve been neutered

and vaccinated.

Colon Cancer

Screening Saves

Lives, But Many

People Don’t Get


continued from page 13

liance. “I encourage patients

to talk to their healthcare providers

about the importance of

colon cancer screening, their

risk factors for colon cancer,

and the different screening

tests available. With increased

screening rates, deaths from

colon cancer may one day be a

thing of the past.”

To learn more, visit


Over 50? Talk to your doctor

about getting tested for colon







Aspen, Colorado

By Mel and Ronnie Greenberg

Photos by Mel Greenberg

Historic Aspen, a magically

enchanting winter skiing

mecca is on par with Europe’s

finest. The presence of the surrounding

magnificence of the

mountains can be felt and seen

on every corner of this legendary


Aspen’s origins were sparked

in 1879 when the cry of “silver”

sent prospectors flocking

across the Continental Divide

into Ute City. By spring the

city with its awe inspiring natural

beauty, and stunning panorama

of mountains, became

known as Aspen.

Rich silver ore, two railroads,

and investments from wealthy

entrepreneurs, turned Aspen

into a boomtown. But boom

turned to gloom in 1893,

when gold replaced silver as

the national standard. Mining

declined and farming and

ranching sustained the valley

until the 1940s when it was

re-invented as a ski town and

cultural center. Over the years,

the rich and famous made it a

haven for upscale shops, and

restaurants as well as luxury


Unpack Your Bags

The Hotel Jerome an Auberge

Resort has been Aspen’s crown

jewel since 1889, when mogul

Jerome B.Wheeler, built his

posh European style hotel in

the heart of downtown. Well,

over a century later, it’s still

said that, “if you haven’t been

to the Jerome, you haven’t

been to Aspen.” The 93 richly

appointed guestrooms and

spacious junior double, double

king and one-bedroom suites

offer special touches, including

beds with down comforters,

feather pillows, bathrobes,

exceptionally roomy closets

and oversized baths.

The outdoor pool with a Jacuz

zi on each end provides year

round enjoyment. Tiles around

the pool are heated, and

there’s a hutch stocked with

warm towels, robes and slippers.

Other amenities include

a video library, complimentary

wireless and wired (high

speed) Internet access, ski

storage, spa tub and fitness facilities.

Hotel Dining

Enjoy breakfast and lunch

in the relaxed atmosphere of

Jacobs Corner located adjacent

to the airy hallway that leads to

the garden terrace. The menu

has a choice of breakfast essentials,

soups, salads, sandwiches

and specialties with

dishes ranging from traditional

favorites to current culinary


For lunch and dinner, The Garden

Terrace offers distinctive

American cuisine, seasonal regional

specialties and Sunday


The Library, marked by custom

wallpaper, carpeting, draperies,

oversized leather sofas and

club chairs, is a sophisticated

lounge that offers an abbreviated

menu from all the venues.

Featured are specialty coffee

drinks, premium liquors, wine,

port and an extensive selection

of Scotch and cigars.

The J-Bar, an authentic saloon

ambiance with a brick and

wood bar, has been Aspen’s favorite

watering hole since the

1890s. Lunch and dinner, plus

beer, wine and cocktails are

served at this après-ski hotspot

that attracts a diverse mix of

locals, tourists and celebrities.

Take a Guided Tour of

Historic Hotel Jerome

Enjoy viewing the old photos

and artifacts of the hotel that

was a paragon of hospitality in

1889. In its heyday, the Jerome

was a modern marvel, boasting

90 guestrooms, 15 bathrooms

with indoor plumbing, hot

and cold running water, steam

heat, elevator and was fully

lit by electricity. The “silver

crash” sent the Jerome reeling

until it was restored to its former

glory in 1948. When it

began attracting artists, avantgarde

writers, and movie stars

like Gary Cooper, Lana Turner,

Hedy LaMarr and John

“Duke” Wayne, the Jerome

and Aspen were propelled onto

the world’s celebrity map. In

1985, restored once again, the

historic Jerome was recognized

as an exceptional example

of mine camp architecture.

Subsequent renovation projects

have continuously taken

place throughout the years.

The Hotel Jerome an Auberge

Resort is located at 300 East

Main St. in Aspen. For reservations

phone (800) 331-7213


The hotel provides guests with

complimentary transportation

to and from the airport. Upon

landing contact the hotel for

pick up.

Aspen Recreation

Winter sports fanatics will find

the skiing is intoxicating and

the powder heavenly. Aspen

offers skiers and snowboarders

the power of four of the

world’s greatest mountains-

Aspen, 11,212 feet and a 14

minute ride to the summit on

the Silver Queen Gondola,

with 76 trails on 673 acres of

skiable terrain; Buttermilk,

9,900-foot summit with 42

trails encompassing 430 acres

of skiable terrain; Aspen High

lands at 11,675 feet; offers

131 trails on 790 acres of skiable

terrain; and Snowmass

the highest of them all at 12,

510 feet. Together they form

one giant ski resort, which

can be accessed with multimountain

life passes. Scenic

cross country trails are available

for beginner, intermediate

and advanced skiers. Private


and group ski lessons can be

tailored to individual levels of


If you get tired of skiing you

can explore the surrounding

mountains on snowshoes,

glide across the snow on

horse-drawn sleighs, or go

snowmobiling and dog sledding.

Ice skating is available at

Aspen Ice Gardens and at The

Silver Circle. The Aspen Recreational

Center offers access

to a 32-foot climbing tower,

aquatic center, NHL–size ice

arena with grandstands and individual

locker rooms.

Nearby Activities and

Points of Interest

The Wheeler Opera House was

built in 1889 when Jerome B.

Wheeler deemed it only fitting

that there should be a truly

magnificent opera house, and

so he built one. Restored to

its Victorian splendor by the

city of Aspen in 1985, it is one

of the town’s most treasured

historic buildings. Today, the

Wheeler Opera House is the

Roaring Fork Valley’s premiere

site for concerts, movies,

festivals, lectures, community

events, opera, and a whole

lot more.

The Holden/Marolt Mining &

Ranching Museum is set in the

1891 barn house that was part

of the extensive Holden ore

processing mill. On view is a

9-foot square model of the site

as it was in the early 1890s,

and the actual machinery that

made the mining process work.

The Wheeler/Stallard Museum

is set in a 1889 house that was

built by Jerome B. Wheeler

The house and carriage house,

overseen by the Aspen Historical

Society, serves as a setting

for revolving exhibits and

headquarter for collections and

archives from Aspen’s history.

Phone (970)925-3721.

The Aspen Art Museum offers

year round exhibitions of fine

arts and architecture. Phone

(970) 925-8050 or

Hallam Lake Nature Preserve

and Learning Center are places

to discover and study natural

communities. The preserve has

been permanently set aside to

protect plants and animals native

to the Aspen area. Hallam

Lake encompasses a marsh,

a wet meadow, a river, and a

pond. A half-mile loop nature

trail is available for visitors.

This trail meanders in and out

of wetlands and includes stops

at various observation decks.

Ute Cemetery – In 1880 “Colonel”

Kirby from Texas was the

first prospector to die in Aspen

and buried at was to become

Ute Cemetery. Continued to

be used by the town’s working

class it is estimated that at

least 200 graves are located on

the site, over half of which are

unmarked. In the late 1990s local

residents urged the city to

restore the cemetery. With well

attended volunteer work it was

completed in 2001. Two monuments

dedicated to those who

are buried at Ute Cemetery

are installed at the entryway.


The John Denver Sanctuary

is located in a peaceful park

near Rio Grande Park in Aspen,

near the Roaring Fork

River beneath the mighty

snow-capped peaks of Maroon

Bells mountains. The memorial

features many of Denver’s

songs carved into large granite

stones. www.john-denversanctuary.


A premier dining destination

Aspen features restaurants

that appeals to every palate.

Popular ones include: Little

Annie’s Eating House established

in 1972 and known for

its home-style cooking. Favorites

include Rocky Moun-

tain chili, beef stew, spinach

pie veggie plate, grilled veal

brat, grilled prime rib sandwich,

and topped with Annie’s

apple crisp, vanilla or mocha

ice cream pie, or chocolate avalanche

brownie sundae. (970)

925-1098; Woody Creek Plaza

is the place where locals and

celebrities love to hang out.

The tavern menu includes the

likes of wild caught smoked

Pacific salmon filet, smoked

trout filet, chicken and vegetarian

chorizo flautas combination,

New Mexico-style green

chile, and New York Black

Angus steak (970) 923-4585.

Other favorites are: Boogie’s

Diner for burgers and shakes;

Su Casa for traditional Mexican

fare; Bruno for pizza and

pasta; and Ute City Restaurant,

a relatively new Americanstyle


Getting To and

Around Aspen

Aspen/Pitkin County Airport

is served by United, American

and Frontier and is located five

miles from downtown. Aspen

is also accessible via Eagle

Airport, a 75-mile drive from

Aspen, as well as Denver International

Airport, which is

208 miles away.



Income For Life

by Valerie Schwait

A recent study found that

when retirees were essentially

faced with a coin toss, where

if it came up heads they’d win

$100 and if it came up tails

they’d lose $10, half of the retirees

wouldn’t take the bet—

even though the upside is 10 to

0ne. This has strong implications

for fixed annuities. The

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first one is that a significant

number of retirees won’t have

anything to do with the stock

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money can be lost. The key

here is the retiree understands

that there is a risk of loss.

The study also found the most

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“this product can help you remain

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retirement because the money

will never run out.” All in all,

around 60 percent of retirees

thought the independence and

peace of mind that a lifetime of

annuity income provides were

worthwhile reasons to consider

buying an annuity.

Passing The Written

DMV Test

Are you worried

about passing the

written DMV test?

According to the LA Times,

you should be. They say that

50% of the first time takers

fail the test. That means that

nearly 400,000 Californians

fail the test every year. And

if you are a senior citizen, you

have to re-take that same test

starting at age 70.

For many people, reading a

driver’s manual makes comprehending

the rules of the

road very difficult. That’s

why Powell Productions, an

Emmy award­winning firm in

Torrance, California, produced

“Passing the Written DMV

Test”. It’s an educational DVD

that translates all the information

found in the sometimes

cumbersome Department of

Motor Vehicles handbook into

an easy 40-minute program

that guarantees viewers will

pass the written exam the first

time they take it or their money


The program can eliminate

the frustration that comes with

reading the driver’s manual,

which normally takes both

seniors and teenagers several

days to read. By incorporating

audio, visual and written cues

throughout the program, viewers

learn the driving information

in a fast, fun and friendly

manner. The program is based

on California Law, but works

for all 50 states and comes in

English and Spanish.

There are several programs

that help people understand

the vehicle code. But in my

53 years in driving training, I

believe this is the best product

on the market,” said George

Hensel, Ph.D., former president

of Driving Schools of

America. Additionally, the LA

Times headline raved: “Skip

the Book, Watch the Film.”

The program can be purchased

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money order. The DVD is

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and shipping and handling, the

total cost is $25.85. Our address

is: Powell Productions,

2600 West 225th St., Torrance,

CA 90505. If you have any

questions, simply call Charles

Powell at 310-880-6427.



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Imagine a doctor spending

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Remember when doctors actually

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Orange County Senior Center Directory

Senior Centers offer a wide variety of programs and services designed to meet the educational, recreational, social and human service needs to a vital and diverse aging

population. Activities vary from center to center and reflect the needs and interests of the community, as well as the resources. Programs and services my include, but are

not limited to:

All Orange County Senior Centers are listed below alphabetically by city. If additional assistance is

• Art Classes

required in locating a senior center or service to meet a particular need, please contact the Senior

Information and Referral Service at (714) 567-7500.

• Bingo

• Cards

• Caregiver services

• Dance classes

• Dances

• Emergency assistance

• Foreign language classes

• Gift shops

• Health and resource fairs

• Health screenings

• Information and referral


• Legal/tax assistance

• Mature driving courses

• Meals

• Medicare/insurance


• Music and drama programs

• Outreach services

• Special seminars

• Sports teams (volleyball,

softball, golf, etc.)

• Support groups

• Tai chi and yoga

• Travel opportunities

• Volunteer opportunities

• Walking clubs and more

Continued on page 24



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Mission Viejo / Saddleback Valley Elks Lodge #2444

Charity Marathon Bingo

Wednesday, February 1, 2012—6:15pm

Wednesday, February 8, 2012—6:15pm

Wednesday, February 15, 2012—6:15pm

Wednesday, February 22, 2012—6:15pm

Wednesday, February 29, 2012—6;15pm

25092 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo 92692

(949) 830-3557

Charity Bingo fundraiser for benefit of youth, vets, special kids, police,

firefighters and other groups in the South Orange County and Saddleback

Valley communities.

Hal Mattson, Lodge Publicity

Orange County

Senior Center Directory

continued from page 23


These senior centers sponsor a non-time meal program for seniors

60 years of age and older Monday through Friday. Oftentimes

other supportive services are also offered.


Integrative Medicine: An Alternate Path to Better Health

By Les Goldberg

With Congress squabbling

over how to combat the rising

costs of Medicare and medic al

insurance in general while attempting

to slash the national

debt, many seniors are joining

all Americans in search

of a better way to stay healthy

and live longer. Their search is

finding a solution in “integrative


What is it? Integrative medicine

combines conventional

Western medical practices

with non-traditional therapies,

including stress management,

lifestyle changes, massage,

herbal treatments, nutrition

and nutritional supplements,

acupuncture and much more.

The main difference between

traditional medicine and integrative

medicine,” according

to Kevin Barrows, clinical director

of the Osher Center of

Integrative Medicine at the

University of California, San

Francisco, “is that the latter

is designed to treat the whole

person and not just the illness.

The old thinking was, ‘You’re

broken – now we’ll fix you.’ ”

More and more people are

switching to the integrative

medicine approach. A recent

national health survey showed

that 42.8 percent of women,

33.5 percent of men, and

nearly 12 percent of children

under 18 had used some kind

of integrative medicine – without

abandoning conventional

medicine all together.

Today, more than 20 percent

of the nation’s hospitals offer

IM, and medical schools

throughout the country now

offer courses in non-traditional

therapies. And, certified IM

physicians and therapists can

be found in every community.

In Southern California, a respected

and experienced IM

practitioner is Julian Whitaker,

MD, founder of the Whitaker

Wellness Institute and Medical

Clinic at 4321 Birch St., Newport

Beach. Since Dr. Whitaker’s

facility opened in 1979, he

has treated more than 40,000

patients who either were looking

to overcome serious health

challenges such as heart disease,

diabetes, hypertension or

Parkinson’s disease or wanted

to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

“Many of our patients come

to us because they hope to

avoid recommended surgery

or reduce their reliance on prescription

drugs,” he says. “Still

others simply want to adopt a

healthier lifestyle within a

structured and supportive environment.”

Here’s how Dr. Whitaker approaches

some of the most

common medical issues:

Weight Loss -- With more

than 60 percent of Americans

overweight or obese, Dr. Whitaker’s

approach to weight

loss goes beyond conventional

medicine’s prescription of diet,

exercise and weight loss drugs.

“We emphasize not only exercise

and caloric intake, but the

type and quality of the food

you eat, along with targeted

therapies and supplements to

boost metabolism.”

Anti-aging – In addition to

traditional anti-aging treatments,

including drugs and/or

surgery, the Whitaker clinic’s

goal “is not to prolong life to

some unrealistically advanced

age, but to promote successful

aging – staying healthy

and functional up to the end of

a long, productive life with a

focus on proven natural therapies

to prevent and minimize

age-related diseases.”

Diabetes – “For a type 1 diabetic…insulin

is appropriate

and necessary,” says Dr. Whitaker.

“However, for the more

than 90 percent of all diabetics

who have type 2 diabetes, the

problem isn’t with an insufficiency

of insulin, but with the

ability of the cells to properly

utilize it. Taking prescription

drugs can lead to high

levels of insulin. This may

result in lower blood sugar, ultimately

increasing the risk of

heart attack. “Our approach

is twofold – we lower blood

sugar levels to reduce risks of

diabetic complications, and we

focus on diet, exercise and targeted

nutritional supplements

that can actually improve insulin


Chronic pain – Instead of

relying on conventional painkiller

drugs and over-thecounter

medication, the integrative

medicine approach as

practiced by Dr. Whitaker is

to find the source of the pain,

whether is stems from musculoskeletal

problems, fibromyalgia,

migraine, neuropathy

or other conditions. “Rather

than masking the pain,” he

says, “we seek to relieve it

by addressing the underlying


Anxiety – According to Dr.

Whitaker, the usual treatment

for anxiety is a prescription

tranquilizer such as Valium,

Xanax, or even antidepressant

drugs like Prozac and

Paxil. “These drugs mask

the symptoms…and do not

address the underlying cause.

Even worse, they can be addictive

and cause serious side

effects. Our natural therapeutic

approach is more likely to

provide long-term through a

program that includes targeted

dieting, exercise and nutritional


In a paper commissioned by

the Institute of Medicine, it is

reported that the “widespread

implementation of an integrated

medicine approach would

fundamentally transform our

nation’s current fragmented,

inefficient, expensive and reactive

‘sick care’ system to

one that is more proactive,

personal, efficient and appropriately

focused on enhancing

the health of each person and

the population as a whole.”

The report states that the number

of U.S. physicians who are

adopting the integrated medicine

approach is growing rapidly

as they rely more on teamwork,

combine better physical

and mental health services, utilize

more non-physician practitioners

for patient education

and counseling and involve

more complementary and alternative

medicine practices.

Helping Doctors

Help Patients

Stop Smoking

continued from page 4

This may open the door to successful


Be positive and encouraging.

Smokers are often dealing

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Congratulate the smoker on

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Remind smokers that quitting

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(NAPS)—There’s good news

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The percentage of dogs and

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the last few years, while the

number of healthy and treatable

pets losing their lives for

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That’s the goal of The Shelter

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the next year, but many remain

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their pet. “Pets end up

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of their own—they are often

victims of circumstance,”

said Wayne Pacelle, president

and CEO of The Humane Society

of the United States. “If

Continued on page 27


Spreading Love on Many Levels

By Carine Nadel

There are many people

who are considered to be “Renaissance”

in nature but Jeanne

Sanner has the background to

prove the claim.

Holding a Bachelor’s degree

in psychology, a Master’s in

secondary education and a

Doctorate in spiritual studies is

only the beginning.

Sanner also owns her own acting

studio, has held leads in

Summer Stock musicals, directed

many of the old pros

productions, she is an orchestra

leader and a sought after motivational

speaker, teaches and

coaches acting, volunteers at a

local hospital, written a Barnes

and Noble best seller (“The

Spirit of Unconditional Love:

A Handbook”) and is launching

her new book during the

next SOUL Club meeting. The

title on this latest endeavor is

“Finding Unconditional Love

A Little “Peace” At a Time.”

SOUL stands for: Students of

Unconditional Love. Sanner

talked with me about her life.

CN: Of all your talents, do you

have a favorite?

JS: I love, in a different way,

everything I do. I like to say

that there is a core nucleus to

what I do, and the hope is that

what I do will be of benefit to

everyone is some way.

CN: Your new book, do you

consider it to be a sequel to

your bestseller?

JS: The two books are very

different. The first book was

more academic. My second

book is much more personal.

I share my personal experiences,

and then I talk about how

my spiritual philosophy helped

me deal with the events in my


CN: On the Old Pros site, your

bio states that you don’t know

what retirement means. Let’s

say you had to slow down,

what would you cut out?

JS: That depends on what was

causing the slowdown! If it

was a physical health reason,

I could still write. Depending

on the role, I could still act

and probably teach. Directing

is very physically demanding,

so that might be the area. My

volunteering I could still do.

I’d like to think that as long

as I have an avenue in which

to give and help others I’ll be


CN: What has been the best

decade of your life and why?

How did it play into your new

book? You talk about some

very difficult experiences

through anecdotes and relate

them to viewpoints are you

glad you included them.

JS: Every decade has its own

beauty. Even during some

of the darker days in my life,

my opportunity to teach high

school and college gave me

great joy. I talk about some

very personal happenings.

Right from page one where

I talk about trying to end my

life and only because the gun

jammed am I still here. I do

not consider the writing of the

book cathartic since I had resolved

the issues by the time I

wrote the book, but taking the

time to reflect upon the past

was enlightening.

CN: Tell us about the creation

of SOUL.

JS: About 8 years ago, I wanted

to start an online church.

I had the license, I wanted

to help others and found that

what I was missing was seeing

and ministering to actual

people! It was like that children’s

finger game­here’s the

church, here’s the steeple,

open the doors and WHERE


It seemed silly, so I first wrote

the book, then I thought my

idea would make a great club

here in the Village. It was a

way to encourage everyone to

seek out their spiritual lives.

SOUL sponsors the class I

teach called A Course in Miracles.

We all come and discuss

our lives, our experiences, how

spirituality and unconditional

love help us accept ourselves,

others and get us to grow.

CN: Who has been the most

influential person in your life?

JS: I can’t limit it to one. I’d

have to say three. Because of

the abuse at my father’s hand,

I’d have to say he was significant

because for me to forgive

him was quite the challenge.

But it was either I forgave him

or become a victim. I will never

be a victim; I will always be

a victor.

That’s what I hope people will

get out of my new book- that

we can all say we’ve come

out as victors. That we are all

more than our physical beings

and we all are infinite in our

ability to love unconditionally.

My mom was a positive influence

because of her strength

and character.

The most influential though is

my partner of 33 years, Laura

Flynn. She truly taught me the

most about unconditional love

and has supported me throughout

all of my ups and downs,

highs and lows.

CN: Do you have a personal

motto or mantra?

JS: In a way, there’s a song

that ends with “Reach out and

touch somebody’s hand.” I’d

like to think we can give something

positive to all those we


For those interested you

can find the hard cover

copy on either amazon.

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com for $30. A soft cover

version is available on for $19.99,

search Jeanne Sanner.

For more information log

onto www.JeanneSanner.

com. Sanner will also begin

a series of 5-minute

videos based on the chapters

in the book on her site

around the end of February.

Good News For

Pet Lovers Can

Get Better

continued from page 26

enough people in our nation

choose adoption, we can eliminate

the euthanasia of healthy

and treatable pets in our country.”

The campaign hopes to encourage

people to adopt from

shelters by explaining that “A

person is the best thing to happen

to a shelter pet.”

The Shelter Pet Project is the

first animal welfare campaign

that the Ad Council has undertaken

in its 60-year history.

The campaign was taken on in

partnership with The Humane

Society of the United States

and Maddie’s Fund®.

According to Maddie’s Fund

president Rich Avanzino, “We

are hopeful that the new ads

will also inspire the 14 million

animal lovers who have

already adopted to tell their

friends why shelters are the

first and best places to go for a

new four-legged family member.”

The ads, created pro bono by

Draftfcb, focus on the relationship

between shelter pets

and their owners by featuring

pets observing their humans’

quirky yet lovable behaviors.

“We are confident that the optimism

of our message will

resonate with the millions of

potential adopters who are still

out there and bring us even

closer to our goal,” said Nick

Paul, EVP, global chief growth

officer, Draftfcb.

Each year, approximately 4

million pets are adopted.




February Crossword Puzzle - Puzzle #1 for January 24, 2012 - Puzzle #1 for January 24, 2012 - Puzzle #1 for January 24, 2012


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Celebrate The Sandwich

By Baking Delicious Bread

(NAPS)—This year, sandwich

lovers are celebrating

the 250th anniversary of this

handy, delicious meal. Since

the best sandwich starts with

homemade bread, the best way

to launch any celebration is to

bake some bread.

The 250th anniversary only

marks the naming of this classic

meal. Bread has been eaten

with meat or vegetables since

Neo lithic times. During the

Middle Ages, slabs of bread,

called trench ers, were used as

plates. Eventually, the sandwich

ap peared as a late-night

meal among the aristocracy.

The meal was named after

John Montagu, 4th Earl of

Sandwich, an 18th century

English aristocrat, who in

1762 ordered his valet to bring

him meat tucked between

bread. Others began to order

“the same as Sandwich!”

Here is a recipe to help you enjoy

some classic sandwiches.

The whole wheat bread works

well with peanut butter and

jelly. The recipe uses Fleischmann’s

RapidRise Yeast,

which reduces rising time by

as much as 50 percent, eliminating

the first rise.

100% Whole Wheat Bread

Makes: 2 loaves

Prep time: 30 minutes

Proof time: 30 to 60 minutes

Bake time: 35 to 45 minutes

8 to 81⁄2 cups whole wheat


2 envelopes Fleischmann’s®

RapidRise Yeast

2½ teaspoons salt

22⁄3 cups water

2⁄3 cup milk

1⁄4 cup honey

1⁄4 cup vegetable oil

1⁄2 cup wheat bran

Combine 31⁄2 cups flour, undissolved

yeast and salt in a

large mixing bowl. Heat water,

milk, honey and oil until very

warm (120˚ to 130˚F). Gradually

add to flour mixture; beat 2

minutes at medium speed with

electric mixer, scraping bowl

occasionally. Add 1 cup flour

and wheat bran; beat 2 minutes

at high speed, scraping bowl

occasionally. With spoon, stir

in enough re maining flour to

make soft dough.

Knead on lightly floured surface

until smooth and elastic,

about 6 to 8 minutes. Cover

dough and let rest 10 minutes.

Divide dough in half. Roll

each half to 12 x 7-inch rectangle.

Beginning at short end of

each rectangle, roll up tightly

as for jelly roll. Pinch seams

and ends to seal. Place, seam

sides down, in 2 greased 81⁄2 x

41⁄2­inch loaf pans. Cover; let

rise in warm, draft-free place

until doubled in size, about

30 to 60 minutes. Bake in preheated

375˚F oven for 35 to 45

minutes or until done. Remove

from pans; let cool on wire

racks. (Note: To test for doneness,

internal temperature of

bread should register 190˚F in

center of loaf.)

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Don’t Pay For A Purebred—Adopt One

(NAPS)—Are you looking for

a certain kind of furry family

member? Consider adoption

as an option. Despite popular

belief, not all pets needing

homes are mixed breeds.

In fact, as many as 25 percent

of the 8 million dogs and cats

in the care of animal welfare

agencies are recognizable

breeds. All kinds of pets end

up homeless for a variety of

reasons—frequent ly due to

“people issues” rather than

problems with the pets themselves.

As a result, local animal

shelters and breed­specific

rescue groups are great options

for people interested in adding

a specific breed of pet to their

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For example, when Destini

Hollis decided to get a dog,

she had her heart set on a

Bouvier des Flandres, a large

dog originally bred in Belgium.

Rather than turning to

a breeder, Destini sought out

rescue groups that specialized

in caring for homeless dogs

of her preferred breed. She

soon found her match: Baku, a


























7. Detest 43. Peevish

113-pound gentle giant whose

family could not keep him in

their small apartment.

“We did our research,” Destini

said, “and we found exactly

what we wanted. I highly recommend

searching out a purebred

rescue group if you want

a specific type of dog.”

Narrowing down your options

can be tough, but some online

tools can help prospective

pet parents with their search

for the right pet and the right

adoption agency. The PetSmart

Charities Adoptable Pet Locator,

found on its People Saving

Pets website (www.people-


N E L T, allows you to

search for local adoptable pets

based on criteria such as size,

gender and breed.

Many homeless pets end up

that way because their original

owners couldn’t provide what

they needed. Every breed has

websites that can help you find

the right match for you. Here

are some basic criteria to consider:

1. Space—Some pets do

just fine in an apartment; others

need more room. Energy is

the key, rather than size. Many

large-dog breeds spend lots of

time sleeping and are content

with daily outings and play,

while some small and medium

breeds need more opportunities

to run and explore.

2. Time and energy—Herding,

hunting and other types

of dogs— and several cat

breeds—need to keep their

brains and bodies busy. Some

others are napping professionals.

The time needed for training,

attention, play and outings

can vary depending on breed


3. Coat—Some dog and cat

breeds must be professionally

groomed to stay healthy and

to keep you happy. Almost

all dogs and cats shed, so ask

yourself how much hair you

are ready to handle.

Most pets available through

adoption come spayed or neutered,

vaccinated, licensed and

often microchipped for a very

affordable adoption fee. You

can find a listing of local adoption

agencies by using your

zip code to search on www.

Purebred pets are available at

animal shelters.


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(NAPS)—Most resolutions focus

on living a healthier life—

eating healthier, exercising

more or being less stressed—

but attempts to achieve that

goal can lead to more stress

and less success, found a recent

survey by Braun Research.

According to the survey, about

one in five women (19 percent)

admit they were not successful

in sticking to their resolution

to eat healthier and more than

a third of women (36 percent)

were not successful in attempting

to exercise more.

Two in five women (42 percent)

admit they were not able

to reduce their stress levels.

Less than half of women (45

percent) stuck to their resolutions

for three months or less

while one in five (20 percent)

only stuck to their resolutions

for a month or less.

Breaking such goals into more

manageable steps may be the

key, says Kathy Freston, author

of “Healthy Living Conscious

Eating.” Keeping it simple can

make healthier eating a reality.

She suggests these tips:

Continued on page 33


Your Body Reflects the Stories in Your Life

By Pat Samples

Our bodies are a great source of stories. Hidden in

our muscles and corpuscles is a record of all our

experiences and what we have made of them – the

stories of our lives. Indeed, our bodies have been

shaped, in part, by these stories.

Cause and effect

If we’ve been beaten down

often enough, physically or

otherwise, our chest may have

a caved-in tendency or it may

stick out in perpetual defiance.

If we’ve “held our tongue” like

we were taught in childhood,

we may experience TMJ in our

later years. If “hurry up” was

our family’s mantra, as it was

in mine, a tendency to rush

and its accompanying tension

may take up residence in our

neck and tummy muscles, and

more than the needed amount

of adrenaline and cortisol will

regularly overwhelm our bodies.

Rewriting our stories

This massive archive in our

somatic library is available for

24-hour checkout. The longer

we live, the more it seems to

invite us in for a look. But we

can also take notice of what’s

on the shelf before pain and

illness strike, if we choose,

and find some very interesting

reading. We can even rewrite

some of the stories, potentially

reshaping our identities and

our lives. This activity is especially

powerful when shared in


A freedom to live by


In a course I teach, called

“Writing Your Own Permission

Slip,” participants pay at-

tention to their bodies through

reflective and playful activities,

and then do some writing

to discover the stories living

there. Once on paper, the stories

become artifacts, separate

from the writer, and open to revision.

A new freedom to live

by choice, rather than by circumstance,


Dusting off the body’s

hidden story

A retired engineer in his early

60s had lost all sense of joy

or pleasure. His only remaining

destiny, as he saw it, was

to care for his wife who had

Alzheimer’s. This was obvious

in his sober expression

and stiff torso, A therapist had

diagnosed depression. In this

man’s case, his body’s hidden

story of playfulness and creativity

was dusty on a basement

shelf in the more remote corner

of his personal library. In

fact, he said he had never really

played in his life, because

he had to do farm chores and

field work from his earliest


Re-activating the


In the class, we played catch

and made faces and did other

activities that re-activated the

sensations and movement of

childhood pleasures. At first,

this man was quite stiff and

couldn’t recall having had

such experiences, but his body

had not forgotten.

The feeling of connecting bat

to ball or of running from “tag,

you’re it” never goes away.

Soon, as the class acted out

one member’s wildest dream

— a fun fantasy of being

queen of the jungle, the man

with the no-play memory was

on all fours at her side, purring

playfully in loud tiger style.

His ability play imaginatively

with others had come back to

life. By the end of the class,

he had remembered the fun of

playing in his school band and

decided it was time to take up

guitar lessons. He also made

plans to find a tai chi class.

Our bodies, when

attended to, have

much to tell us that

will free us

Another student in the class,

who had suffered considerable

discomfort for many

years from breast enhancement,

found the courage to

reverse the surgery. In a class

writing exercise, she asked her

breasts to tell her their wishes.

After listening inwardly for

their response, she wrote out

their passionate request to be

returned to their original size.

In a circle of people who were

honoring the history and wisdom

of their bodies, she found

the support to write a new

chapter in her body’s story.

Tapping into the

body’s hidden wisdom

and healing stories

You can tap into the wisdom

and healing stories in your

body’s library. Try this exercise

suggested in my book,

Body Odyssey: Lessons from

the Bones and Belly:

“Make a list of your chronic

body ailments. Choose one

of them. Give it a name and

a personality. (One friend of

mine called her tumor Penelope.)

Write, dance, act out, or

tell the story of your ailment

from the point of view of the

personality you choose. If you

can share this expression with

a circle of the caring people in

your life, all the better.” You

may be surprised at the fresh

take you’ll get on your condition.

Pat Samples, MA, MFA,

newest book, Body Odyssey:

Lessons from the Bones and

Belly, offers a new view of the

aging body as a remarkable

resource filled with stories we

can learn from.

This article originally appeared

on the online website

“Let Life In.” Check out other

articles of interest. www.


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continued from page 32

Switch out milk for Silk in

your cereal. Whenever you

have cereal for breakfast, try

switching delicious Silk®

Pure Almond® Vanilla Almondmilk

for your typical

dairy milk. Not only will your

hearty breakfast help keep you

satisfied, but you’ll also enjoy

an excellent source of calcium,

vitamins D, B12 and antioxidant

vitamin E.

Eat an apple a day. Apples

are rich in dietary fiber and a

lower-calorie snack that can

help fill you up. According to

the USDA nutrient database,

apples are low in sodium and

contain a variety of essential

nutrients including B vitamins,

vitamin C, beta-carotene, potassium

and other minerals.

Eat them chopped, whole or

sliced but not juiced, as juice

can have too much sugar and

lacks fiber.

Stay hydrated—drink 8 ounces

of water, eight times a day.

Water is crucial to your health

as every system in your body

depends on it. You can drink

glasses of water or eat plant

foods like fruits and vegetables

that contain a lot of water.

For example, oranges are 87

percent water and cucumbers

are 95 percent water.

For more information, visit

One way to get the benefits of

plant-based nutrition is to substitute

almondmilk for typical

dairy milk in your cereal.




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by Les Goldberg

Do you know any senior volunteers

who are making a difference

in people’s lives? Are

you one of them?

If so, you or the person you

nominate could be recognized

as one of the nation’s most

outstanding senior volunteers,

an honor bestowed by Home

Instead Senior Care and its

“Salute to Senior Service” program.

Volunteers must be 65 or older

and give at least 15 hours a

month to their communities.

Winners will be chosen from

each state and then a national

winner will be selected during

Older Americans Month

in May. State Senior HeroSM

winners will receive plaques

and their stories will be told

on the SalutetoSeniorService.

com website.

Also, $5,000 will be donated

to the national winner’s nonprofit

charity of choice.

To nominate yourself or someone

you know, go to the


and submit your story and fill

out the online form, or you

can request a form from Home

Instead, Inc., c/o Cat Koehler,

13323 California Street, Omaha,

NE 68154. Deadline for

nominations is March 15.


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