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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 2, 2012 4. Y rrorls And so begins another month and a month of readying for the holiday season! Ugh. Thanksgiving is but weeks away and of course, the Christmas season is also facing us! Time to think of purchasing Christmas cards! Gee, do remember to send me a Christ- mas card without mustard stains on it! So whaUs new? Well, the nation's first animal obesity center has opened in Massa- chusetts. The Tufts Obesity Clinic for Animals charges pet owners 8250 for medi- cal help and visits with a pet nutritionist. "Pet obesity is so common," said clinic official Lisa Freeman. "This is a place they can come to get really comprehensive care." Ready for this? A scostumatoI A New Jersey hor .9 er putj4p a sign on the lawn read- ing, "House for sBl~3y~+4tyfner;b~edc~e my~ neighbor's an a hole." Warning! Britain's National Pig Association warned that due to withering droughts and soaring grain prices, a "world shortage of pork and bacon next year is now unavoidable." Holy! Holy! German bishops decreed that German Catholics who don't pay their church membership tax can no longer receive sac- raments or a Catholic burial. "There must be consequences for people who distance themselves from the church by a public act," said Archbishop Robert Zollitsch. German Christians -- both Protestant and Catholic pay an extra 9 percent on their tax bills to support their churches. They can avoid the tax by formally renouncing their faith, and in the past two years more than 300,000 Catholics have done so. Revelations that German bishops had covered up decades of child sex abuse by priests peaked two years ago. Amen. Amen. Weird! Iranian women are no longer allowed to pursue certain majors includ- ing engineering, computer science and accounting at the country's top universi- ties. Iran has long been a leader in women's education in the Middle East and women now make up more than 60 percent of under- grads. The government gave no reason for the new restrictions, although it has expressed alarm at declining birth and marriage rates. Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi said the regime was trying to "restrict women's access to education and to return them to the home to weaken the feminist movement." Ah, the mind! Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill says, "Crime begins in the mind. A man has to think wrong before he acts wrong." Carlo Scostumato claims girls are crea- tures who can make up their faces more easily than their minds. The astute Joe Albano of Revere says, "You're never quite sure what kind of mind a person has until he gives you a piece of it." How true! The great hunk, Kyle Waters of Swampscott says, "A boy's mind is a wonderful thing. It starts working the minute he gets up and never stops until he gets to school." The charming Rosalie Cunio of Waltham says, "To have an open mind doesn't mean you must always have an open mouth." More about the mind! Many a man thinks he has an open mind when, in reality, it's merely vacant. Oucht New research has uncovered a surefire way to add up to 20 years to men's lives: castrate them. So claim Korean researchers. Hey, mommy! Trampolines may seem like harmless fun and good exercise -- for kids. But a new report from the American Acad- emy of Pediatrics warns that the bouncing mats are far too dangerous for use in the backyard. In 2009 alone, 98,000 people were injured and 3,100 hospitalized after trampo- line accidents. Many of those accidents led to fractures and dislocations, and nearly one in five of them resulted in head and neck injuries. Some 75 percent of accidents hap- pen when more than one person is bounc- ing. In that scenario, the biggest at risk population is the smallest person on the trampoline. Now hear this! Popping common over-the- counter pain relievers like Tylenol and Advil may take a serious toll on your hearing, says I Recipes from the I Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYmGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Researchers BISCOTTI at Harvard's Brigham and 0 0 0 4 cups flour 4 teaspoons baking powder Women's Hos- 4 beaten eggs 3 teaspoons vanilla** pital asked I cup vegetable oil 1 cup chopped walnuts* more than 62,000 female volunteers to record 11/2 cups sugar their use of pain relievers containing Mix sugar and oil. Add beaten eggs and vanilla. Gradually acetaminophen and ibuprofen for almost 15 add flour and baking powder. Fold in chopped walnuts last. years. They found that the more of the drugs Spoon mixture by tablespoon onto highly greased cookie -the women took, the more likely they were sheet, forming a long strip about two inches wide and one to report hearing loss. Those who took a pill inch thick. Place each strip about two inches apart because two or three times a week were about 12 mixture spreads while baking. Bake at 350F in preheated percent more likely to report hearing loss over about fifteen to twenty minutes or until firm with than those who took less. "Even though these bottoms slightly browned. pain relievers are widely available, they're Allow cooling only a minute. With spatula, carefully lift still medications with side effects " says one strip at a time onto cutting board. With sharp serrated ~Imdy author Sharon G. Curhan. Previous knife, slice each into l-inch thick biscotti. As you slice, studies have linked ibuprofen, acetami- place sliced portions on the baking tray, side down. Return nophen, and aspirin to hearing loss in men, full tray into heated oven of 350F for about ten to fifteen though aspirin didn't seem to have any effect minutes to toast lightly. on the women in the new study. Though After toasting, remove from cookie sheet to cool. These researchers can't prove causation so far, they store well in a large canister. say it's possible the medications damage **OPTIONAL: To make anise biscotti, replace vanilla hearing by decreasing blood flow to the inner flavoring with two teaspoons of arose. ear. *Walnuts can be eliminated. Miracle! Chris Bires lost his wedding ring out of an act of charity, but a stranger's char- NOTE: My sister-in-law. Rose Sinopoli. introduced me to this ity helped him to get it back. The 41-year-old recipe around 1955. I have made them in my home ever since. had given a pocketful of coins to a street saxo- Rose began baking biscotti as a young girl. The family came phonist while walking to work in Chicago, to America around 1920. She learned to make these biscotti not noticing that he'd handed over his ring from her mother. Antonietta (Pisano) Marcantonio. These old- as well, When he returned to the spot, the time popular Italian treats are wonderful with coffee, tea or musician was gone and Bires figured his ring alone. They are also well received by family members or friends was. too. Then, passing by weeks later, he as a gift during holidays. was approached by Bonita Franks, who had witnessed his frantic search. The 61-year- old panhandler had since spotted the sax player and recovered the ring -- and had been saving it for Bires until she saw him again. A terminally ill woman making a final trip Stirpe Nostta (Continued from Page 2) to Hawaii was forced by TSA agents at a and halted in front of the had been carried. Relatives Seattle airport to!Kt up her shirt in full view rostrum. Those who were and mourners placed other of other passengers. Michelle Dunaj, who is wearing the wax masks things also, such as clothes. dying of leukemia, said the agents aggres- took their seats upon curuleornaments, dogs, birds, etc. sively inspected the bandages and tubes on chairs on the platform and The pyre was sprinkled her chest and stomach. "Everyone was look- the eulogy was given by with perfumes, gums and ing at me like I was a criminal " she said. a close relative. From the spices and was lighted by a The TSA says it followed proper procedure. Forum. the procession moved relative with face turned Huh? Since 2007. 73 members of Congress on to the place of burial oraway. When the pyre had have sponsored bills that benefited them- burning. Ceremonies at the burned down, the glowing selves or their families, The Washington Post grave site had the double ashes were extinguished reported last week. object of making the grave awith wine. Some interesting useless information, religious spot and of purify- Those who attended the During the chariot scene in Ben Hur, a small ing the family and house funeral uttered a last fare- red car can be seen in the distance. The which had been defiled by well and then departed, amount of potato chips Americans eat each the presence of a corpse, while the nearest relatives year weighs six times more than the Titanic. Earth was thrown onto the remained to collect the One more time! It is estimated that Ameri- face of the dead, a pig was bones or to bury them. A cans consume ten million tons of turkey on sacrificed, an offering was period of mourning lasted Thanksgiving Day. Due to turkey's high sul- made to the family gods and for nine days, at the end of fur content, Americans also produce enough a funeral feast was held at which time a banquet was gas to fly a fleet of seventy-five Hindenburgs the grave site. held. from Los Angeles to New York in twenty-four If cremation was in order, Today, some of us corn- hours, then the funeral pyre was plain about having to spend Show business reminiscing with the hand- -erected over the trench an hour attending a wake. some, stately musicologist Albert Natale. which was subsequently to Amen. V0~a!i~{~,~lqgwr-li~edrtzt~hl~. ~er,F~6~clI~+ose. once be the grave. The corpse was had a radi0~show called "Fred Rose~6ng Shop," placed on the top of the pyre NEXT ISSUE: on which he wrote songs on the spot. Compo- with the couch on which it Origin of the Mausoleum sitions include "Deed I Do," "Be Honest with Me," ~Slowpoke," "Bonaparte's Retreat," and "Tennessee Waltz." Actress Mercedes 1st Generation McCambridge provided the unbilled voice of the Demon in the 1973 movie '~rhe Exorcist." Italian-American Again, one more time! Prior to becoming a movie and stage actress, Patty Duke Vita Orlando Sinopoli did TV commercials for Ronzoni spaghetti. Shares with us One of Artie Shaw's wives was Betty Kern, daughter of famed composer Jerome Kern. a delightful recollection And Jerome Kern wrote his bittersweet "The F~-om of her memories as a child Last Time I Saw Paris" shortly after Paris fell to the Germans in June, 1940. The song growing up in featured in the movie "Lady Be Good" and Boston's "Little Italy" earned Kern the first of his two Academy Awards. and a collection of Andy Williams, the last of the great easy- Italian family recipes listening crooners, is now crooning up in \q'rA ()~~ .,~ m~ St ~opoL~ from the homeland. heaven! Born in Wall Lake, Iowa, Williams start singing as a boy with his three older brothers in the local Presbyterian Church Great as Gifls choir. He had earned 17 gold records. One of FROM MY BAKERY PERCH available on AMAZON.COM his most memorable songs was "Moon River." and in local bookstores -- ask for His hits made Williams a multimillionaire, Hard cover #1-4010-9805-3 ISBN but he never considered retiring. Soft Cover #1-4010-9804-5 ISBN AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME