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Sep 21,2007
Ruthe Hirsch of San Rafael, Calif., has just turned 80. Now, before young cynics ask, "So what's to celebrate? That only means she is another old woman whose best years are in the past," let's take a moment to examine Ruthe's life. You cynics obviously don't know Ruthe (pronounced "Ruthie"). Let me tell you about her. Ruthe is no traditional octogenarian. Oh, no. Not only does she have a lot to celebrate in her past ... [full story]
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Sep 07,2007
It might be hard to think about getting geared up for the winter ski season when the heat of the summer is still blistering, but if planning ahead meant skiing for free, you might be interested right? The beautiful mountainous region of Gunnison-Crested Butte in Colorado is encouraging visitors to try out their snowy slopes by offering free lift tickets from Nov. 25 - Dec. 15.   HEADWALL - Skiers and snowboarders on the Headwall, one ... [full story]
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Sep 07,2007
Q: Our 17-year-old grandson is coming to visit for a few days. We don't get to see him often. In our retirement community there isn't much action for him, and we do not know anyone his age nearby. Do you have any ideas for making his visit enjoyable? A: Being able to communicate one-on-one with a grandson is a wonderful opportunity to bond. He will enjoy receiving your full attention, regardless of what activities you ... [full story]
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Sep 07,2007
Recently, I suggested in this space that it was time to retire that irrelevant word from past centuries - "retirement." After all, many of us don't "retire" to the front porch or the golf course when we stop getting paid for working at a full-time job. We start new careers, take part-time jobs or embark on vigorous rounds of volunteer work. We needed a word that was, well, more 21st centuryish, I concluded. Something that ... [full story]
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Aug 31,2007
Physicians make mistakes.  Occasionally they admit their mistakes.  Their insurance companies and lawyers do not. A senior legal helpline caller encountered such denial.   He is 62 and a member of a state health plan through he was required to choose a primary “gatekeeper” physician.  “I’ve never really liked the doctor I selected; more importantly I’ve never felt he was competent,” the caller said. After feeling poorly for several weeks he visited his designated physician, who ... [full story]
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Aug 31,2007
Blenheim Palace, Winston Churchill's birthplace and one of Britain's most opulent houses with seven acres under its gilded roof, is a sight to behold, even if you arrive by bus. But my friend Diane and I dreamed of a different sort of arrival - something a "Brit different" that would provide a lasting if not indelible memory.   BLENHEIM PALACE - Blenheim Palace was home to the 11th Duke of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir ... [full story]
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Aug 31,2007
SEATTLE - It happened last year when we went to Prague, Vienna and Budapest. It happened the year before when we were on a Baltic cruise, and in 2004 when we ventured to Paris and the Loire Valley for a week.   SEATTLE LANDMARK - The Space Needle, one of Seattle's landmarks, is just a stone's throw from the architecturally mind boggling Experience Music Project. CNS Photo by Preston Turegano.    FARMERS MARKET - From produce to homemade ... [full story]
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Aug 31,2007
Elegant shopping along the Bahnhofstrasse is legendary, chocolates from the Sprungli shop should be required for good health, but the culture of Zurich is much older and more profound than its well-known indulgences. Zurich, situated in the center of Switzerland, is a renowned center for art   VISIT ZURICH - Church towers etch Zurich's skyline with the Alps as a backdrop. Fraumunster is at the lower right, St. Peter's, with its enormous clock face slightly above ... [full story]
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Aug 31,2007
If you could rack up frequent-flyer miles on ships, trains and trucks, a little square plastic bottle of Fiji water would be eligible for some big-time rewards.   POUR CHOICE - Designer drinking water comes to you from afar. Fiji water travels 5,600 miles from Viti Levu, South Pacific to the port of Los Angeles; Voss comes 5,400 miles from Aust-Agderin, Norway; Pelligrino comes 10,000 miles from Italy; and Ty Nant water comes 5,300 miles from ... [full story]
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Aug 31,2007
Though it was a warm summer day, Perla Perez wrapped the sweat shirt around her. She couldn't stop hugging it. She couldn't stop smiling. Across the room, Maria Guadalupe Mendoza's eyes brimmed with tears as her nephew, Lucio Calderson, pulled on his sweat shirt.   COLLEGE PREP - Adriana Sixtos of San Diego was thrilled with all she received at a recent surprise party at Barrio Logan College Institute. Through the San Diego institute, graduates receive ... [full story]
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Aug 31,2007
It began innocently enough. A college student studying in southern Spain snapped photos of herself in a bikini and e-mailed them to her boyfriend in the United States.   ID THEFT - Keith Burt, a deputy district attorney in San Diego, says his office gets two to three calls a week from people who claim they were harassed or impersonated online. CNS Photo by Nelvin Cepeda. In the months that followed, she didn't give the images much ... [full story]
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Aug 31,2007
Q: We are embarrassed because we have noticed that both our dog and our son have some similar bare spots. Our dog has some circular areas where his hair has fallen out, and our son has a spot on his head where he has lost some hair. All of the sores, the ones on the dog and the one our son, look very much alike. Our dog sleeps in our son's bed and he is ... [full story]
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Aug 31,2007
It's no mystery how Michelle Satren lost 95 pounds. She simply ate less and exercised more. "Instead of eating three or four pieces of pizza, now I'll have just one. Maybe two if they're small," She said.   WISE WORDS - Despite the temptations of her jobs at Cheeburger Cheeburger Restaurant and the incredible Cheesecake Factory, Michelle Satren lost 95 pounds. CNS Photo by Laura Embry.    ON HER WAY - Colette VandenBroeck, left, helps Michelle Satren with ... [full story]
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