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4.....THOSE WERE THE DAYS Reading between the lines... Book Trivia 5.....THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR MUSEUM OF OHIO 6-7 . OHIO’S LITERARY TRAIL Ohio is birthplace to many famous authors 8 .... CALENDAR OF EVENTS 9 .... IN THE SAME BOAT Holiday Hangover 10 .. THE DOLLAR IS UP, THE DOLLAR IS DOWN. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? 11 .. PREPARE FOR COLD AND FLU SEASON

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1. I was born January 31, 1934 in Clayton, Missouri. I played the role of Detective Jim Halloran in “The Naked City” TV series and played the title role in the series “Mr. Novak.” Who am I? 2. I was born January 30, 1951 in London, England. I am an English singer-songwriter, drummer, pianist and actor best known as a drummer and vocalist for British rock group Genesis and as a solo artist. Who am I? 3. I was born January 29, 1940 in Hollywood, California. I am a film and stage actress and am best known as playing the role of Elaine Robinson in the 1967 film The Graduate, opposite Dustin Hoffman, which won me an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, and my role as Etta Place in 1969’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Who am I? 4. I was born on born Feb. 6, 1962 in Lafayette, Indiana. I am a singer-songwriter and musician. I am the lead vocalist of the hard rock band Guns N’ Roses. Who am I?

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sidered one of the most important books in the world. This first published work by Shakespeare contained 36 of his plays and was 900 pages long and was published seven years after Shakespeare died. Some 750 copies of the First Folio were printed, and Most Valuable Books: about a third have survived, though most •The Gutenberg Bible. In 1456, the are incomplete. All but a few are in museGutenberg Bible was the first book ever ums, universities or libraries. However their printed with moveable type. About 180 is one copy in private hands. Microsoft bilversions are believed to have been printed lionaire Paul Allen bought a copy of the originally. Many of the remaining Bibles First Folio for $6,166,000 at Christie’s in have been broken down into sections. Only New York in 2001. 21 are believed to be completely intact. A •Birds of America. This book by John fully-intact Gutenberg Bible is valued at James Audubon contains scientific descrip$25-35 million. tions and illustrations of native birds of •Codex Leicester. This 72-page note- North America set in their natural surroundbook contains the scientific writings and ings. The book was published between sketches of Leonardo da Vinci. In 1994, Bill 1827 and 1838 by a British publisher and Gates purchased the notebook for $30.8 mil- was well-received. An elephant folio first lion and renamed it Codex Leicester. Gates’ edition of John James Audubon’s Birds of purchase of this notebook made it the most America was the most expensive book sold expensive book ever sold. at auction in 2010 and, at well over $11 •The first edition of Shakespeare’s million, sold for the highest price ever for plays, published in 1623, is widely con- a book. In January of 2012, bidders will again have a chance to acquire a double elephant folio edition of Audubon’s Birds of America. Considered an American masterpiece, there are known to be 107 intact copies in institutions, and 13 in private hands. •A rare first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll raised $1.5m at auction in New York, making this the most valuable children’s book ever sold. The book was Carroll’s own working copy that he used First edition of Shakespeare’s plays is one to prepare the text for a simpliof the most valuable books in existence. fied version for younger children. During these cold winter months many of us pull out those books we wanted to finish or books we have always wanted to read. So here is a bit of trivia about some of the most well known books.

Reading Between the lines
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A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever.

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In January of 2012, bidders will again have a chance to acquire a double elephant folio edition of Audubon’s Birds of America. Only 22 copies of the 1865 first edition are cabinet in his office. One cabinet was laknown to exist today, 17 of which are in li- beled “A to N,” and the second was labeled braries and just five, including the copy just “O to Z.” •Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s sold, are in private hands. •Where the Wild Things Are. This Cabin” was published March 20, 1852. It 1963 first edition of Maurice Sendak’s was the first American novel to sell one milpopular children’s book is estimated to be lion copies. •Margaret Mitchell wrote Gone with the worth $10,200, if it is in excellent condition and has the original dust jacket. As far as Wind between 1926 and 1929. In her early children’s picture books are concerned, this drafts, the main character was named “Panis the most valuable one, with the next clos- sy O’Hara” and the O’Hara plantation we est being And To Think That I Saw It On know as Tara was called “Fountenoy Hall.” •Sherlock Holmes never said ‘ElemenMulberry Street, a 1938 first edition by Dr. tary, my dear Watson.’ Seuss worth $8,400. •Who do you think has sold more chilBook Trivia: •All the proceeds earned from James M. dren’s books than any other author? J. K. Barrie’s book “Peter Pan” were bequeathed Rowling? Try again! It’s R. L. Stine, the auto the Great Ormond Street Hospital for the thor of the Goosebumps series. More than 220 million of the books have been sold Sick Children in London. •Cinderella’s slippers were originally since 1992, when the first book, Welcome made out of fur. The story was changed to the Dead House, was published. It’s not in the 1600s by a translator. It was the left surprising since Stine produces about two shoe that Aschenputtel (Cinderella) lost at books every month. •A.A. Milne, the author of the Winnie the the stairway, when the prince tried to folPooh series, used his son as inspiration for low her. •Dr. Seuss wrote “Green Eggs and Ham” the character Christopher Robin. His son, after his editor dared him to write a book us- also named Christopher Robin, grew up hating the stories because his schoolmates ing fewer than 50 different words. •Frank Baum named “Oz” after a file teased him about his imaginary friends.

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“Many of my books prove that I am never very far away from Ohio in my thoughts, and that the clocks that strike in my dreams are often the clocks of Columbus.” James Thurber

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Powell (Morrow). The Ohio Literary Map is available as a downloadable PDF files from www.ohiocenterforthebook.org or by contacting Ohio Center for the Book @ Cleveland Public Library, 325 Superior Ave., Cleveland, OH., phone: 216.623.2881 A sampling of writers worth the drive time to follow on the map: 1. James Thurber Central Ohioans can begin with a trip to the Thurber House, 77 Jefferson Ave., Columbus. Although Thurber lived in several houses in Columbus, the Jefferson Avenue locale was immortalized in My Life and Hard Times (1948). Listed on the National Register of Historic places, Thurber House was the home of author, humorist, and New Yorker cartoonist James Thurber and his family when Thurber was a student at The Ohio State University. Thurber House is a living museum. Visitors experience Thurber’s life by becoming a guest of the Thurber family. While in the house museum, visitors are invited to sit on the chairs, play a tune on the downstairs piano, see the typewriter that was Thurber’s while he was at the New Yorker, and become a part of literary history. The first two floors are open daily for tours. Between the buildings is the Centennial Reading Garden, complete with sculptures of five Thurber dogs, a fountain, and three Central Park benches. Hours: 1 to 4 p.m. daily (closed on holidays) Admission: self-guided tours, free; guided tours from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays or by

It’s no secret that the Buckeye State has yielded some of the nation’s greatest writers. Thousands of Ohioans have made substantial and lasting contributions to America’s literary heritage. The Ohio Literary Map, only reinforces the notion. A joint project of the Ohioana Library Association, the Ohio Center for the Book in Cleveland and the State Library of Ohio, the map features 90 writers from many of the state’s 88 counties. Since it is impossible to list all of the many notable writers on this map, a representative sampling of the talented writers who have called Ohio home are presented (individuals born in Ohio or who resided five years or more in the state). The map also features selected literary landmarks and literary markers throughout the state. Among the contemporary authors: Tom Batiuk (Medina), Elizabeth George (Trumbull), Nikki Giovanni (Hamilton), Toni Morrison (Lorain) and R.L. Stine (Franklin). Among the pantheon of late greats: Paul Laurence Dunbar (Montgomery), Zane Grey (Muskingum), Harriet Beecher Stowe (Hamilton), Sherwood Anderson (Sandusky), Hart Crane (Portage) and Dawn

appointment, $2.50. Call 614-464-1032. 2. Harriet Beecher Stowe The anti-slavery activist and author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852) lived in Cincinnati from 1832 until the early 1850s, when she moved back east. Upon meeting Beecher Stowe in 1862, Abraham Lincoln said, “So you’re the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war.” The Harriet Beecher Stowe house, 2950 Gilbert Ave., is a historical and cultural site dedicated to Stowe and her family and friends; the Lane Seminary; and the abolitionist, women’s rights and Underground Railroad movements. Admission: free, although there is a fee to visit by appointment. Call 513-751-0651 or visit ohsweb.ohiohistory.org. 3. Zane Grey The “father of the adult Western” wrote more than 80 books in a prolific career that began in 1910 with the best-selling Heritage of the Desert, followed two years later by his best-known novel, Riders of the Purple Sage. The National Road/Zane Grey Museum, 8850 E. Pike in Norwich, features a re-creation of the writer’s study as well as original manuscripts and memorabilia. (During a summer break while attending college in Pennsylvania he enjoyed baseball playing ‘summer nines’ in Delphos, Ohio. ) Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays

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4. Paul Laurence Dunbar The first published work of the late 19thcentury “poet laureate of African-Americans” appeared in a newspaper owned by his high-school friends Orville and Wilbur Wright. The Dunbar House, 219 Paul Laurence Dunbar St. in Dayton, was the poet’s final house before his death at 33 of tuberculosis. Call 1-800-860-0148 or visit ohsweb. ohiohistory.org/places/sw03/index.shtml.

5. Louis Bromfield Bromfield made his name as a novelist (winning the 1926 Pulitzer Prize in fiction for Early Autumn), but his legacy might be his contributions to agriculture, documented in nonfiction titles such as From My Experience. Malabar Farm State Park, 4050 Bromfield Rd. in Lucas, features Bromfield’s 32-room Great House, a farm dedicated to sustainable farming (the author’s passion) as well as several hiking trails. 6. Erma Bombeck Erma Fiste was born in Bellbrook, Ohio. She grew up in a working-class family in Dayton, Ohio.

The anti-slavery activist and author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe, lived in Cincinnati from 1832 until the early 1850s,

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In 1976, McGraw-Hill published Bombeck’s The Grass Is Always Greener Over The Septic Tank, which became a bestseller. In 1978, Bombeck arranged both a million-dollar contract for her fifth book, If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries. Erma Bombeck is buried in an unmarked grave in Woodland Cemetery in Dayton in her family’s plot. A 29,000 pound rock has become a monument for her grave. It was brought by flat-bed truck from her home in Arizona. Other famous authors from Ohio include: R.L. Stein Robert Lawrence Stine, who was born in Columbus, Ohio, loved scary stories from the start. In addition to reading Edgar Allen Poe and baseball stories, he discovered -- and devoured -- Ray Bradbury thrillers. After graduating from Ohio State University in 1965, Bob headed to New York City to become a writer. He wrote dozens of joke books and humor books for kids. And he created Bananas, a zany humor magazine which he did for ten years. In those days, he wrote under the name Jovial Bob Stine. In 1986, R.L. turned scary! He wrote his first teen horror novel, Blind Date, which became an instant best-seller. Many scary novels followed, including Beach House, Hit And Run, The Babysitter, and The Girlfriend. Today he is known as the Stephen King of children’s literature.

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Holiday Hangover
should be able to ease out of the Christmas season, and not have to face a depressing Ohio winter without the moral support of colorful lights, a background of meaningful music and an endless supply of my brother –in-law’s peanut brittle. I propose the following steps be taken in order to extend the season of peace on earth, goodwill to men: 1.) Radio stations must continue to play Christmas music, at a minimum ratio of one out of every five songs, through January. However, stations that comply by playing “Santa Baby,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks’ Christmas Song” or “I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas,” will be severely punished by having to air political commercials, which everyone knows will make the station’s ratings tank. 2.) Christmas trees will be allowed to stay up until February 14th, at which time they can be festooned with paper hearts and cupids. This does not apply to real trees, of course, as I do not want to be responsible for house fires, chronic allergies or emergency removals of petrified pine needles

A blob of tinsel from the Christmas tree is stuck to the yellow Lab’s back paw, and she is dragging it all through the house. Two wire ornament hangers are securely wedged in the rollers of my vacuum cleaner, rendering it frozen and useless. Mounds of discarded boxes and wads of crumpled wrapping paper are in garbage bags slung over the shoulder of yesterday’s Santa, making him today’s grouchy dad. And all I want to do is nap. Yes, ‘tis the season of my annual Holiday Hangover. The PostChristmas Pouting. The End-ofDecember Slump. It happens every year at our house because we, well, mainly I, can’t adjust to the abrupt ending of the Christmas season. The build-up lasted for weeks, beginning when I was still wearing shorts, weeding the flowerbeds and swatting flies. The sales, the shopping, the baking, the parties, the TV specials—the list goes on and on! The kids come home from college, the hustle and bustle reaches an epic peak and then….everything comes to a screeching halt. The calendar page turns and the once-inspiring

Christmas music reverts to secular drivel. Houses are suddenly dark, like they are preparing for an air raid. The already-stale fruitcake on the counter becomes even less edible. And I can barely entertain the thought of boxing up the decorations I so happily displayed only weeks ago. There has to be a better way. We

By Mary Beth Weisenburger

from the soles of anyone’s feet. 3.) The tradition of baking and giving assorted varieties of cookies, cakes and other treats (to me) must continue without abatement until sometime in the Spring. This practice should be accompanied by the systematic censoring of any messages, commercial and otherwise, referring to Losing Weight in the New Year. These changes could really help

prolong the high spirits of the holiday season! Who’s with me? I’m going to get started on this public service effort immediately! Yessiree, I sure am. Yep. Right after my nap.

Mary Beth Weisenburger writes from her home office and loves the holiday season. Feel free to wake her up from a winter nap by emailing her at Marybeth@marybethw.com.

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ing overseas. If the dolYou hear it regularly in the lar loses value compared news: “The dollar rose today to the currency of the against other major currencies,” country you are visiting, or “The dollar lost ground today it will cost more to make on foreign exchange markets.” purchases in that region. Just like stocks and bonds, curIf the dollar strengthens, rencies can fluctuate in value in your buying power will comparison to each other on a improve. daily basis. In terms of the larger For example, at the start of economy, U.S. compa2011, it would have cost apnies seeking to sell prodproximately $1.34 to purchase ucts overseas will benefit one euro (the European comwhen the dollar is weaker mon currency). By the end of because this makes it April, the U.S. dollar lost value, and $1.48 was required to buy a By JoAn Smith, CFP cheaper for other countries to purchase Amersingle euro. ican-made goods. In Why should you care? Because currency fluctuations affect anyone general, multi-national companies that sell who buys goods made in other countries, American goods around the world will gentravels abroad or invests globally. In other erate more profits from sales during periods words, almost all of us are impacted on some of a weak dollar. As an investor in overseas stocks, you level. The impact of fluctuating currency val- also may benefit when the dollar is declining in value. Suppose you invest $1,000 in a Euues Consider what happens if you are travel- ropean company at a time when the exchange

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rate is $1.25 U.S. per euro. Your investment would be worth 800 euros. If after one year, the investment appreciates by five percent, it will be worth 840 euros. But if at the same time, the U.S. dollar had weakened to $1.35 per euro, your investment would be equivalent to $1,134, representing a much more sizable gain of 11 percent. The bulk of the return, in this case, comes from the euro gaining strength. By contrast, if the dollar gained ground during that period, your investment, when sold, would be worth less after being converted back into U.S. currency. An unpredictable market One of the significant challenges of the currency market is that it is very unpredictable in the short run. Any number of factors can come into play in determining the strength of a specific currency. A currency tends to become more valuable when the demand for it exceeds available supply. A number of factors can affect the exchange rate. For example, the dollar may be more attractive to others if interest rates here are higher

and bond investors can gain a yield advantage by putting their money in bonds from U.S. issuers. Currencies may also thrive if a nation’s economy is strong (relative to other world markets) and business activity is high. But movements in currency values can also be affected by the actions of speculators who may try to take actions that affect the short-term direction of the exchange rate. Overall, it is important to understand that the changing value of the dollar is a factor to consider when investing in global companies or purchasing foreign products, though the risk associated may not be largely influential.
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Prepare for Cold and Flu Season
Both colds and various influenzas (flu) the flu each year. It can be very serious are caused by a wide variety of viruses and even fatal. not bacteria. The influenza virus or flu is spread by Common Cold droplets released by coughStudies show that the aving or sneezing of people erage person contracts about with influenza. These two to four colds per year; droplets are spread via and young children tend to hand contact or by touchget six to ten. Often a cold ing an infected surface and begins with a sore throat. A then touching your nose or runny or congested nose folmouth. Symptoms appear 1 lows and, within a few days, to 3 days after exposure. a cough begins. Cold sympWhat makes flu particutoms can last two or three larly challenging is that you weeks; however, most people can infect someone the day are better within seven to ten before your own symptoms days. develop, and up to five days Because colds are caused after your symptoms apby viruses, there is no cure for pear. That means you can the common cold; but there give the flu to someone else By Sami Kennedy are natural ways to shorten before you even know you the viruses’ cycle. Antibiotare sick. ics do not kill these viruses and can lead Here are a few tips to prepare you and to resistant strains of bacteria. Prevention your family for the onslaught of the cold is the best approach to combat the cold and flu season, which tend to run from virus; however once it’s taken hold, the September until March or April. best you can do is try to minimize your Wash Your Hands symptoms. Frequent hand washing is one of the What Is the Flu? simplest and most effective ways to keep The flu is similar to the common cold from catching cold. Anti-bacterial washbut the symptoms are usually much more es allow you to get the benefits of hand severe. Five to twenty percent of the washing when you don’t have access to American population comes down with soap and water. Alcohol based foams and gels are recommended by the Center for Disease Control for hand hygiene. Just realize, antibacterial washes kill all bacteria good and bad, so when possible use a non-anti-bacterial soap and wash your hands completely for 20 seconds. Fall Medicine Cabinet Cleaning Just in case you do catch cold, make sure your medicine cabinet or first aid kit is fully stocked with current over the counter medications or natural supplements. You should examine the contents of your medicine cabinet and discard any expired medicines at least once a year. Then you’ll want to restock with a supply of cough suppressants, pain relievers and antihistamines that may provide the perfect combination to combat the symptoms of any colds you might catch this season. Keep this in mind that the most convenient medicines are portable so that you can manage your symptoms even when you’re not at home. Portable medicines, such as cough drop suppressants mean you can get effective cough relief whenever and wherever you need it. Cut Stress Levels Address your emotional stress. Emotional stressors can also predispose you to an infection while making cold symptoms worse. Finding ways to manage daily stress as well as your reactions to circumstances beyond your control will contribute to a strong and resilient immune system. Eat Your Fruit and Vegetables/Drop the Sugar and Breads Maintaining a well-balanced diet is also a cold prevention tip. Plenty of nutritious food is essential to building a healthy immune system. A well-balanced diet provides sources of energy and nutrition for optimal growth and development. Taking a daily multi-vitamin also helps ensure that you will receive an adequate dose of minerals and vitamins and drink plenty of water. Get Enough Sleep On average, a person needs seven to eight hours of sleep every night. Lack of sleep can lower the immune system’s ability to react when needed. Without sufficient sleep, the immune system is hard pressed to keep up with its nightly repair work. This creates the opportunity for the disease process to begin. These are just a few suggestions to help you and your family enjoy the winter season without a runny nose, itchy eyes, achy head and persistent cough. If you have any questions or would like more information e-mail me at the Delphos Trading Post sami@delphostradingpost. com. Good luck and best wishes for a cold and flu free season.

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Vegetable Leek Soup
•4 quarts chicken broth •1 ½ cup carrots •1 cup Celery •8 cups leeks •1 head garlic (crushed and chopped fine) •2 medium sweet onions (finely slivered) •10 Bay leaves •2 teaspoons Marjoram •1/8 teaspoon Thyme •1 teaspoon salt •¼ teaspoon pepper Bring chicken broth to a boil; add all ingredients that are left; bring all ingredients back to a boil, then bring temperature to medium and cook 20 to 30 minutes, depending on how you like your vegetables cooked. This recipe has a great flavor and is full of antioxidants that will boost your immune system fighting off the common cold or flu, and if you already have one or the other, it will help diminish your symptoms, helping you have a shorter duration period.

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•4 quarts chicken stock (immune stimulant) •½ to 1 pound skinless chicken cubed into bite size pieces (immune stimulant) •3 - 10 ounce bags frozen corn •2 - 10 ounce bags frozen green beans •2 - 10 ounce bags frozen peas •2 cups ¼ inch cut carrots •1 cup ¼ inch cut celery (immune stimulant) •2 cups finely diced onions (antioxidant) •1 head crushed then finely chopped garlic (this releases its antioxidant properties) •4 cans - 14 ½ ounce stewed tomatoes •1 tablespoon Marjoram (antioxidant) •1 teaspoon Thyme (antioxidant) •1 ½ tablespoon Basil (antioxidant) •1 tablespoon salt •1/8 teaspoon pepper •8 Bay leaves (antioxidant) Bring chicken stock to a boil; add all ingredients except for cubed chicken bring up to a boil again, then turn down to medium cook 20 minutes, then add cubed chicken, cook another 10 minutes. Freezes well. Great wintertime meal with homemade cornbread or crackers also does a great job to boost your immune system or fight the symptoms of cold or flu. This recipe was cut down from a larger one and can be cut down even further.

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