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Page12 POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 18, 2014 Ray rron ( 'CL :K l' So what did he confess? eral Hospital study found Pope Francis broke with that those who meditate centuries of precedent by regularly for as little as eight publicly going to confession weeks changed the very O O O in St. Peter's Basilica. It was structure of their brains. believed to be the first time a pope had ever been seen confessing his own sins. The priest hearing his confes- sion appeared to laugh at one point. As you know; the Pope met President Obama privately for nearly an hour, twice as long than expected, an encounter that aides said included a discussion of how to help the poor and those caught in conflicts. The Pope gifted Obama with a copy of his book The Joy of the Gospels. "I'm sure it will give me strength and calm me down," the President said. Amen! Wow! A Georgia teen who found $31,000 mistakenly deposited into his check- ing account allegedly spent most of it: A bank teller put the money deposited by one Steven Field into the account of an 18-year-old by the same name. Within days, the younger Fields spent $26,000 to buy a used BMW and other items, and told bank officials that he thought the money was "from his grandmother's estate," police said. He's been told to return the money, or face prosecution. Fork it overt. A Romanian man went to the emergency room complaining of intense chest pain, admitting after questioning by doctors that he'd swallowed a metal fork to win a drunken bet with a friend. Radu Calincescu, 25, was rushed for an X-ray, which revealed that a piece of cutlery was in fact lodged in his esophagus. Doctors were hoping the fork would pass naturally through Calin- cescu's body. "I don't think I will be taking part in any bets for a while," he said. Driving with kids! 911 re- ceived a call about a woman's screams coming from a Mas- sachusetts man's car. When officers surrounded the car, instead of finding a woman in distress, officers discov- ered several goats in the back seat, and let him go. For brainy people! Until re- cently, neurologists believed that a person's brain stopped physically developing when they were 25 to 35 years old. From that point onward, the hardware was set. But a growing body of research points to the possibility of a lifelong "neuroplasticity" -- the ability of the brain to adapt to new input -- and a 2011 Massachusetts Gen- MRI scans showed that by meditating daily for an aver- age of 27 minutes, partici- pants increased the density of the gray matter (which holds most of our brain cells) in an area that is essential for focus, memory, and compassion. Previous research had already shown that monks who had spent more than 10,000 hours in meditation had extraordinary growth and activity in this part of the brain. But it's now clear that even relative beginners at mindfulness can quickly rewire their brains in a positive way. Robyn Waters of Swamp- scott says age stiffens the joints and thickens some brains. And Robyn's brainy husband Paul says, "If a person has no education he is forced to use his brains." Finders' keepers! An un- named scrap metal dealer from the Midwest made the find of a lifetime when the golden bauble he purchased for 814,000 turned out to be a long lost Faberge egg worth an estimated $33 million. The orb was originally made for Russian Czar Alexander Feodorovna, as an Easter gift in 1887. After the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917, the egg was spirited away to the U.S., where it disappeared for decades. The egg's sur- vival "is nothing but won- derment and a miracle," said Kieran "McCarthy, an an- tique expert who helped con- firm the eggs' provenance. Antiques are things that one generation buys, the next generation gets rid of, and the following generation buys again. Steven Sebestyen wants you to know, an antique is something people forget to throw away until it becomes valuable. The brilliant and lovely Theresa Sebestyen, says, "Some people who buy mod- ern furniture have antiques by the time they finish pay- ing for it." What a poll revealed was more than half of the 2.6 million veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars struggle with physical or mental health problems re- lated to their service. Only 35 percent believe that both wars were worth fighting, but 87 percent are proud of their service. Another poll claims 55 per- cent of Americans support the death penalty, down from 78 percent in 1996. Among whites, 63 percent support the death penalty, while among blacks, only 36 per- cent do. When adjusted for infla- tion, the average graduate student's debt load rose 43 percent between 2004 and 2012 to a median of $57,600. Debt for students pursuing advanced degrees in the humanities and social sciences grew more sharply compared with pro- fessional degrees -- in, say, business or medicine -- which also yield greater long-term returns. Ready for this? An 8-year- old Virginia girl has with- drawn from the Timberlake Christian School after school officials warned that her short hair, T-shirts, and tom- boy demeanor didn't meet its "biblical standards" for girls in a letter home, Principal Becky Bowman warned that Sunnie Kahle's, "dress and behavior need to follow suit with her God-ordained iden- tity." The girls grandmother said, "How do you discrimi- nate against an 8-year=old child?" Looking back! It was in 1962, President John F. Ken- nedy speaks before a Colum- bus Day audience: "My grandfather John Fitzgerald, mayor of Boston, claimed that the Fitzgeralds descended from the Geraldini family of Venice. True? Check it out for me. Reminders! The Jacuzzi hot tub and spa were in- vented by the Jacuzzi fam- ily, whose family of seven sons and six daughters came to America in 1907 from Italy. And the convert- ible sofa was invented by Bernard Castro who came from Italy and opened and upholstery shop in New York in 1931. Time for show business reminiscing with the stately musicologist Albert Natale, Dean Martin fought as a welterweight in his youth and won 24 of his 30 bouts. Ann Miller was the first tap dancer every to appear on television. With the baseball season here it brings back memories of Les Brown's first hit record called "Joltin' Joe DiMaggio," with vocalist Betty Eddie Cantor is said to have lost $2 million in the Wall Street Crash of 1929. He became the high- est paid start on radio by 1936. Songs associated with Eddie include "If You Knew Suzie," "Dinah," "Ida," and "Makin Whopie." Reminder! Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen left his dummy, Charlie McCarthy, $10,000 in his will, via the Actor's Fund, to see that Charlie was kept in good repair. AMERICA IS A BEATIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes from the Horn ela d [ I by Vita Orlando Sinopoli i COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED SHRIMP IN TOMATO SAUCE OVER LINGUINE Vita Sinopoli has been contributing her recipes to the Post-Gazette for 15 years. Vita passed away on March 18, 2014 and she will be greatly missed by everyone. We will be continuing to publish her countless recipes, a gift she left behind and a token to remember her by. 14 ounces of crushed tomatoes 1 medium chopped onion 1 large garlic clove chopped (optional) !/4 cup olive, canola or vegetable oil 1 teaspoon of dried basil or two fresh basil leaves 1/2 pound fresh medium shrimp 3 tablespoons white wine Grated cheese of choice Heat oil in skillet, add chopped onion, garlic (optional), and basil. Simmer until onion is opaque. Garlic should not brown. Add crushed tomatoes and stir thoroughly. Cover and allow th~ Sauce to come to a slow boil. Lower heat and simmer for about twenty minutes. Stir occasionally to pre- vent sauce from sticking to the bottom of skillet. Add a haft- cup of water if mixture appears to be too thick. Remove outer skin from shrimp. Wash thoroughly and set cleaned shrimp aside in a bowl. When sauce has cooked about twenty minutes, add shrimp, stir and cover. Cook shrimp in sauce until they are pink. Do not overcook shrimp. Cover and remove skillet from heat. Cook linguine, or pasta of your choice according to the directions on the package. While pasta is cooking, return shrimp-sauce mixture to burner to reheat slowly. After a minute, add three tablespoons of white wine to shrimp- sauce mixture. Stir and bring to a slow boil. Turn off burner and remove from heat. When pasta is cooked and strained, place in a serving platter and top with tomato sauce and shrimp. OPTIONAL: Adding additional shrimp will give enough shrimp to serve with the pasta and some separately with a fresh green salad. Remaining sauce freezes well. Serves two. NOTE: When I was a child, Mama prepared this quick and easy meal often during the Lenten season. Because my husband and I enjoy shrimp, I serve this meal frequently throughout the year. In the summer, I use an older sturdy skillet and prepare this sauce with shrimp on my gas-charcoal grill. d Iappy aster 50 Sprague Street Hyde Park, Massachusetts 02136 1st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delightful recollection of her memories as a child growing up in Boston's "Little Italy" and a collection of Italian family recipes from the homeland. Great as Gifts FROM MY BAKERY PERCH available on AMAZON.COM and in local bookstores -- ask for Hard cover #1-4010-9805-3 ISBN . Soft ,Cover#l-4010,-980~-5 1SBN