B8 • SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 22,2002 • THE HAYS DAILY NEWS FAMILY CIRCUS DENNIS THE MENACE 9-21 02002 Bft Keano. Inc. Dial, by King FHturai _,, www.lamllydrcus.ci "Could we watch this nature show instead of going outside for some fresh air?" BEETLE BAILEY *...ANP GOP £L£5S MY LIZARP, WHEREVER HE IS." WHY 60 MANX PILLS? THIS ONE'S FOR YOUR LIVER, ' THIS ONE'S FOR THE STOMACH, THIS IS FOR YOUR HEAPACHE, ANP ONE FOR THE PAIN IN YOURARM HOW PO THEY ALL KNOW WHERE TOGO? ,=> rn GARFIELD THE CATERPILLAR IS EMERGING FROM THE COCOON TO BECOME... A RARE AMAZONIAN VAMPIRE MOTH; J-l NfcCK/ IT'S ON MV NECK/ •fe SOMETIMES VOL) CAN'T IMPROVE UPON REAL LIFE WIZARD OF ID BABY BLUES FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE lOUSTPlCKEPUPAPRILAhlD ' SHE RAN UPSTAIRS IB BEDT\ i. ~ i-~-- 1-^=.-, ,-._i,-= lu , HER FRIENDS FROM THE MALL. APPAREHTt-S THERE WAS I IT. NOD RE TOO YOUh4& To BLONDIE HERE I AM WRITING CHECKS AND VOU WANT ME TO GIVE you $20;.' GEECH HOUJIOU6 CM'T It UIW1 TlU KOV/fcP? DlLBERT GRAB YOUR. DENTAL FLOSS AND FOLLOW ME. I'LL EXPLAIN ON THE UAV. OKAV. THE NEWLY HIRED MUTANT IS NAttED "PEEVED EVE." WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE HER PEEVED EXPRESSION. GAM! PUBLIC FLOSSING! Annie's Mailbox KATHY MITCHELL/MARCY SUGAR DEAR ANNIE: My husband and I have a 3-year-old daughter, 'Emily." We have decided not to spank her because I believe spank- ng is child abuse. My husband disagrees, but he respects my wishes, and we discipline Emily with timeouts. Our relatives are aware of our decision. Last month, we were at my in- laws' house. Emily became excited and accidentally knocked an ornament off the coffee table. My father- in-law picked her up, spanked her on her bottom and sent her to the bedroom. When I confronted him, he told me, "In my house, she will abide by my rules and my punishment." I took a deep breath and replied, "I understand." 1 then scooped up my crying daughter and informed Dad that from now on, if he wants to see Emily, he will have to do so at our house, where she is subject to our rules and our punishments. He has not bothered to visit us since. My husband believes his father was within his rights. Dad's birthday is coming up, and my husband wants Emily to go to the event at my in-laws' house. I have yet to hear an apology from my father-in-law. Who is right? —Mom in Edmond, Okla. Dear Mom: While your father- in-law can set the rules in his house, he should respect your wishes that Emily not be spanked. Inform him that he can ask you to discipline Emily, or take her home, but he is not entitled to lay a hand on her. Your father-in-law knows he overstepped his bounds but is too stubborn to admit it. Let Emily make a brief appearance at the party (since it is a special occasion), and then, if possible, take her home, and leave her with a baby sitter. And please, do not transmit your anger or nervousness to Emily Your reaction is what makes the difference. If she sees that you are calm and content, she will be, too. DEAR ANNIE: I am 29 years old and divorced. I have no desire to get married again, nor do I want to have children. I find it insulting when people say "Oh, you'll get married again, you just haven't met the right person," or "You'll change your mind about having kids." I want to tell these people that it is none of their business. How can I respond to such rude comments without being rude myself? — Spartanburg, S.C. Dear S.C.: These people mean well, but their mouths and their brains aren't in synch. Marrying and/or having children are extremely personal decisions. You don't have to respond. Simply smile coolly and change the subject. DEAR ANNIE:! hate my job with a passion but can't seem to find another one. I cannot afford to quit since I have only a small amount of money saved. Suicide is better than continuing at this place. I have talked to my supervisors, and they do not understand why I would want to quit such a cushy job. My parents are no better. They tell me, "All jobs have problems." They think I'm just looking for attention. I'm 40 years old, and I don't know what to do. It's starting to affect my health. I want to disappear arid start over. Please help me. —' Desperate in Panama City, Fla. Dear Panama: You need to talk to a therapist. You are obviously depressed, and your job is only part of the problem. Check out the Employee Assistance Program at work, or ask your family physician for a recommendation. Please see someone today and get help. We're worried about you. — Write to Annie's Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 5777 W. Century Blvd., Suite 700, Los Angeles, CA 90045 ore-mail email@example.com REAL LIFE ADVENTURES CLOSE To HOME see,,. JUGS AM HO VI*. PVTT//V& FQLDtNG. LAUMDKY. X UP FCK 8€f : 0fte GUILT cA'ST GK.AB5 TH€ HA/% /AA/D OP firstname.lastname@example.org 9-2J "It's been specially trained to gobble up and then spit out up to 10 golf balls per cast." Dr. Paul Donohue HEALTH DEAR DOCTOR: Can you please explain fiber? Labels say "soluble" Fiber and "insoluble" fiber. Some just say "dietary" fiber. I guess what I need is soluble fiber. Please clear this up for me. — N.J. Fiber is the part of grains and vegetables that is not digested. It is the outer cover of grains (bran) and the skin of many fruits and vegetables. Fiber is also found within fruits and vegetables. It's what your mother or grandmother called roughage. In a desire to make food look more appealing, manufacturers refine grains by removing and discarding fiber. Soluble fiber, when mixed with water or other fluids, turns into a gel. It's the fiber variety that lowers blood cholesterol. It impedes cholesterol absorption from the digestive tract, and it slows the liver's production of cholesterol. It also delays passage of food through the intestines, and that gives people a feeling of fullness. They are less likely to stuff themselves with more calories than they need. Soluble-fiber foods include: cabbage, carrots, oats, beans, peas, apricots, apples, plums, citrus fruits, strawberries, blueberries and barley. Insoluble fiber does not mix with water or other fluids. "Insoluble" means "does not dissolve." Insoluble fiber does hold on to fluid like a water truck. It keeps undigested food moist, a natural way to solve the constipation problem from which so many people suffer. It also speeds the transit of food through the digestive tract, another facet in constipation prevention. Insoluble fiber foods include: bran, whole wheat, cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, any unrefined grain, apples, strawberries, blueberries and peas. Most vegetables and fruits contain both, so the "dietary fiber" on a food label gives you its total content. People should aim for a daily fiber intake of 25 to 35 grams. DEAR DO'CTOR: I am three months pregnant and itching all over. Do you know anything safe to take to make me comfortable? — V.W. Hold on. Before taking anything, you must find the itch's cause. Liver, kidney and thyroid troubles are a few examples of things that create itchy skin — pregnant or not. One pregnancy-associated itch is cholestasis of pregnancy. It usually appears in the last three months of pregnancy. Bile becomes trapped in the liver, and eventually the pigment part of bile — bilirubin — builds up in the blood. High blood bilirubin levels create skin itch. Prurigo of pregnancy is another itch creator. The skin breaks out in red or flesh-colored, tiny, slightly elevated lumps. Antihistamines quell the itch. 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