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THE SKINNY ON AVOIDING HOLIDAY CALORIES

Are you dreading that day in January when you find that you can no longer zip your pants? You can pretend that you left them in the dryer too long, or you can avoid this situation altogether by following a few tips.

  • Try to balance out the calories throughout the day - if you're going to an evening party, eat less during the day.
  • Cut calories in the kitchen. Opt for low fat milk, fat free yogurt or light cream cheese. You can even substitute applesauce or yogurt for oil when baking.
  • Take the advice of the American Diabetes Association and create the "perfect plate": 1/2 non-starch vegetables (broccoli, carrots, salad), 1/4 starch (rice, potatoes, pasta), 1/4 protein (chicken, meat, fish, tofu).

PEOPLE BEHAVING BADLY - OBJECTIONABLE MOMENTS IN HOLIDAY MOVIES

Are you experiencing an overload of sweetness this holiday season? Then you may need some respite in the form of movies featuring people not at their best during the festivities.

A Budapest gift shop is the setting for antagonistic co-workers Alfred Kralik (Jimmy Stewart) and Klara Novak (Margaret Sullavan) who are lonelyheart pen pals but don't realize it in The Shop Around the Corner. Here's a clip of Alfred counseling Klara on her choice of blouses:

ALLIED HEALTH CAREERS

Even though the national unemployment rate is hovering around 9.1%, a recent study by online job aggregator Indeed.com found that there are many opportunities available in the healthcare field, especially for registered nurses.

Thanks to aging baby boomers, other in-demand healthcare jobs include:

  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Medical Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomist
  • Medical Receptionist
  • Dental Assistant
  • Medical Records Clerk
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Case Manager
  • Patient Care Technician

To learn more, check out these online resources:

HAPPY 60TH ANNIVERSARY TO "STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE"

Shot in 1951 and adapted from the Tennessee Williams play that captivated Broadway audiences, A Streetcar Named Desire was Hollywood's first film made for adult only audiences. Although the script's references to homosexuality and rape had to be toned down to satisfy the Motion Picture Production Code, the film still managed to shock and amaze, and its raw power can be felt six decades later.

As Blanche DuBois, Vivien Leigh gave an anguished, indelible performance that some critics believe reflected her own bipolar condition; she later had trouble distinguishing herself from the character. And Marlon Brando's sly portrayal of crude, sexy Stanley Kowalski made him the crown prince of his generation of actors and helped to redefine American film artistry.

For a non-mumbling version, take home the 1995 CBS Playhouse 90's version with Alec Baldwin, Jessica Lange, John Goodman and Diane Lane.

LISTEN UP!

Nipper and the Gramophone

According to a recent article in USA Today, Denver ranks as the 8th worst city in the nation for traffic congestion.

If you feel your blood pressure rise during your commute or while running errands, why not make use of that time and listen to a book on tape?

You could reread an old favorite, learn a new language or fill in those gaps in your knowledge by listening to a biography or classic you never got around to reading.

THRIFT STORE COSTUMES - CHEAP, PHILANTHROPIC, GREEN AND FUN

Everyone knows the best part of Halloween (aside from miniature Kit Kats) is figuring out your costume. Instead of renting or buying a costume, you can create a unique  look by visiting your local thrift store and taking advantage of the special Halloween section which usually has lots of themed used clothes, actual costumes and a frightening number of ghoulish accessories. 

Got brains?

WHERE WERE YOU IN '86?

25 years ago, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded, the Oprah Winfrey Show debuted, and over 5 million people joined in Hands across America.  A gallon of gas cost $.89, but a Tandy 600 portable computer cost $1599.00.

While Imelda Marcos was fleeing the Philippines (without her famous collection of 1060 pairs of shoes), we were going to the movies ($3.75 per ticket) and seeing:

Alien

Down and Out in Beverly Hills

An American Tail

50 YEARS AGO

What do Night of the Iguana, James and the Giant Peach, Breakfast at Tiffany's, West Side Story and Barack Obama have in common? They're all eligible for an AARP card because they turned fifty this year.

Long before Harry Potter or the Baudelaires and their Series of Unfortunate Events, Roald Dahl wrote James and the Giant Peach, the story of a small boy who is orphaned when his parents are eaten by a rampaging rhinoceros. He is then sent to live with his two horrible aunts and finally escapes by entering a giant peach and having surreal adventures with its insect inhabitants.

AVOIDING IDENTITY THEFT

It's great to be number one. Just last year, Colorado was named the fittest state in the nation in a report produced by the Trust for America's Health.

Turns out we're also number one for identity theft crimes, according to the Federal Trade Commission, with Greeley leading the way.

Below are 10 tips you can follow in order to help secure and protect your personal information and ensure that your identity or your credit have not been compromised:

Versatile, Sustainable, Influential Bamboo

Image: panda

Did you know that bamboo:

Was the first plant to re-green after the atomic bomb in Hiroshima in 1945?
Is actually a grass that can grow 3-4 feet in 24 hours?
Provides houses for over 1 billion people?
Is a crucial element in the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere?
Has the tensile strength of mild steel?
Furnishes 90% of a panda's diet?

No wonder bamboo is considered to be a critical element for lifting thousands of people in developing countries out of poverty. Its fast growth and many options for large uses, such as flooring or building materials, benefit small-scale farmers as well as those employed in the construction industry.

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