Living Today The Sallna Journal Monday, January 20,1986 Page 6 Telephone romance wrong number Club calendar Dear Ann Landers: Please tell me if you think I am nuts. Two years ago I was divorced (33 years old, no children). I dated a few men but they were such creeps (one stole money out of my wallet) I decided I was better off with no man than the kind I was meeting. I keep busy with family and friends and do volunteer work in a home for the elderly. Several weeks ago a man telephoned. It was a wrong number. He called back a minute later and said, "I like your voice." I must have liked his, too. We talked for two hours. The man's first name is Ralph. He will not tell me his last name or where he lives. I invited nun over but he refuses to visit me, says he's afraid he will fall in love and he doesn't want that. He has sent me flowers and a loaf of bread he baked himself (it was very good). We talk on the phone on the average of four times a week. Our conversations last anywhere from one to two-and-a-half Ann Landers NEWS AMERICA hours. I look forward to his calls. They brighten my life, but I wonder if he is a little squirrely or married, maybe to a woman who works at night. Why doesn't he want to meet me? My best friend says I should ring off permanently, but I hate to give him up. What do you say? — Undecided in Sioux Falls Dear Undecided: Something is rotten in the state of South Dakota. It sounds to me as if the man enjoys playing games and has a few bats in his belfry besides. And what's with you that you'd spend so much time on the horn with a stranger? My advice is to sign up for more volunteer work. This character is a monumental waste of time, and he could be bad news. Dear Ann Landers: Are you aware tinnitus (ringing, roaring or clicking in the ears), as described by "Boston Sufferer," afflicts millions of Americans? Some people notice tinnitus only occasionally. Others have it all the time. It's like a personal background noise. Sufferers of severe tinnitus find it hard to carry on their normal activities. Some cannot hold a job. Others cannot sleep. In spite of its prevalence, little has been done to help most sufferers. There are treatments, however, that can help some tinnitus patients. The American Tinnitus Association is organized to carry on and support research and educational activities relating to the cure of tin- nitus and other defects or diseases of the ear. We are prepared to refer patients to health providers who are Knowledgable about tinnitus and may be able to help them. Referral can also be made to one of about 150 tinnitus support groups throughout the United States and Canada. Anyone who wishes information should send a long, self-addressed, stamped envelope to the American Tinnitus Association, Box 5, Portland, Ore. 97207. — G.R., Executive Director Dear G.R.: Prepare to be swamped with requests for information. My mail on this subject was staggering. I was amazed to learn so many people are suffering with this problem. (P.S. To readers: I've checked out this organization and it is excellent. These people have helped thousands and perhaps they can help you. Give them a chance.) (Write to Ann Landers in care of News America Syndicate, 1703 Kaiser Avenue, Irvine, Calif. 92714.) Freezer door snaps shut after adjustment Dear Heloise: For years I have had the problem of the freezer door on a side-by-side refrigerator-freezer "popping" open. Though many hints were offered and followed to no avail, not one serviceman ever offered the hint my husband got from a building inspector. The simple solution: tilt the front of the refrigerator freezer up slightly and the adjustment can be made easily at the bottom where there are adjusters on most models. It was so simple. Now the door practically "snaps" shut instead of having to be pushed to make sure the magnets make contact. I hope this will solve a problem for others that can be rather costly, as it has for me. No more melted ice cream, ice cubes, etc. — Anastasia Lorenzo A simple hint I'm sure many others will appreciate. — Heloise Dear Heloise: I have a tip for blouses that easily unbutton or gap when you don't want them to. I put the zipper foot on my sewing Heloise's hints KING FEATURES machine and simply sew my blouse together from mid-chest to the bottom with buttons buttoned. This changes the blouse to a slip-on and eliminates the problems buttons cause. —Debbie Chapman Dear Heloise: I thought I would share with your readers a trick I use in cutting fresh corn off of the cob. I use my angel food cake pan and place the end of the cob in the center. Then I take my electric knife and cut off the kernels on each side. The corn kernels fall nicely and neatly into the pan, and there's no mess on the cabinet. — Sheree Estes Dear Heloise: When I discovered my postage stamps had become stuck together during humid weather, I asked at the post office how to get them apart so they would still be usable. The postmaster told me to leave them in the freezer for 24 hours. After leaving them in the freezer for two days, the stamps came apart easily. — Sheila Strack How about that, unstuck by freezing!—Heloise Dear Heloise: To keep dish drainers and trays looking like new, clean them with pure lemon juice every now and again. If you're out of lemon juice, use vinegar — but the lemon juice works best. If there's a buildup of hard water stain, let the drainer and tray soak a while before wiping clean. — Connie Defelice Dear Heloise: As a professional hairdresser, I'd like to pass on a little hint for women or men who tint their hair at home with dark brown and especially black tints. Even in the beauty shop working with professional remover products, it's difficult to remove the dark stain that penetrates the skin around the hairline, face and ears. Save cigarette ashes and apply them with cotton to stained areas, then wash with shampoo. The coal tar in the ashes does a terrific job. — MicheleKislan I haven't tried this and am going to trust you and my readers who say it works.—Heloise Dear Heloise: When you have lots of cards to send out in the same month, put the date each one should be mailed on the corner where the stamp will be placed upon mailing. When mailing each day, check cards as needed and mail the ones with the current date. I stack mine in order of the dates on which they are to be mailed. — Dee McClellan (Write to Heloise in care of Hints from Heloise, King Features Syndicate, 235 E. 45th Street, New York, N.Y. 10017.) Vitamin injections treat once fatal anemia Dear Dr. Donohue: I wish you would give me what information you can on "pernicious anemia." My son, 42, just found out he has it. Is there a cure for it? Does drinking aggravate it? He has either a can of beer or a cup of coffee in his hand most of the time. And he is a heavy smoker. — A.R. Anemia is red blood cell deficiency. Pernicious anemia is a form that has a nutritional background. Before that aspect was recognized and before treatment for it came into being, it was, indeed, a pernicious Doctor Donohue NEWS AMERICA DECORATING with DWIGHT PUTNAM • INTERIOR/ CHAIRS ARE FOR MORE THAN SITTING Here's something to keep in mind when you think about chairs for your home: Although the obvious reason that anyone buys chairs is to provide enough seating for their rooms, there's one more vital function that chairs can give you. The style, type and color of each chair — and its overall good looks — can help you decorate each room in addition to providing you with seating. Yes, use chairs as decorating devises as well as seating devises; and so, whether you're looking for large upholstered chairs or small pull up chairs, or any kind, in any combination, be sure to consider the fabrics, wood and lines of each chair you buy. Of course, you also want to consider the comfort and usefulness of each chair, but what we're saying is that you can have comfortable and useful chairs for all the different seating needs you have, and still let your various chairs do a good decorating job for you. That job is easier today because there's such a great variety of chairs available for you to select from and use. If you need one chair or many, this is an especially good time to chair- shop, and, by the way, we're a good place for you to do your chair- shopping. We can help you find the right chairs for you. Stop in between 9 to 5 weekdays and until noon on Saturdays. SKM) TOI'H'S OF I.NTKKKST TO DWIGHT PUTNAM • INTERIORS 4,1} EA./-T (ROM AVE4UE 67*01 COHVHK.HT ailment, and many did die from it. Today, we know the cause is the body's inability to absorb vitamin B- 12. That's because the stomach doesn't produce a substance, the intrinsic factor, which normally permits the absorption of that vitamin. Because vitamin B-12 is vital for the body's production of red blood cells, anemia results. But that doesn't have to happen anymore. As soon as the intrinsic factor deficiency is recognized, the person starts taking vitamin B-12 injections, bypassing the stomach and digestive tract entirely. He takes these injections for life. Were it not for our knowledge of the problem and the way we've found to get around it, pernicious anemia would be as pernicious as ever. As much as I know you desperately want me to do it, I cannot relate any of your son's pernicious habits to his pernicious anemia. But certainly, he must have some hints by now that nicotine, caffeine and alcohol do not represent the foundation for a long and healthful idea. Dear Dr. Donohue: I'm an active elderly man. My doctor tells me I have a low red blood count and he wants to take GI tract X-rays front to back with special devices. Is that needed? Would iron help my count or would vitamin B-12 help? I've heard of that helping.-W.K. Read the above item, please. Unless that (pernicious anemia) is what's behind your low count, the vitamin B-12 isn't going to be the answer. As for iron, that might help — but you still have to find the cause of the anemia. The misunderstanding implicit is your letter comes up often, and it makes me realize the hazy concept many people have of anemia. In any anemia, finding the cause from among other possibilities is the first priority. You don't jump to conclusions about iron or vitamins. This is why your doctor insists on the gastrointenstinal tract studies. A low red cell count can result from the oozing of minute qualities of blood into the digestive tract. Tumors of the intestine may lurk behind you. You won't usually notice blood in stool from this kind of bleeding. Go along with your doctor. He's on the right trail. Dear Dr. Donohue: I call myself "Old Paddle Feet." My feet are flat and ugly. They look like ping pong paddles appended to my lower legs. Please help me! — L. J. About 15 percent of us have flat feet. That doesn't help you much, does it? So let me take a brief look at flat feet. If a person's feet are flat, but flexible, he can be helped with inserts and specially-designed shoes. This kind of flat feet occurs because the foot ligaments are lax. Sometimes strengthening exercises help. Another person may have flat feet that are rigid. Usually these people have bone problems causing the flatness. For them, the answer might be surgery. What you have to do first is find out which kind of flat feet you have — flexible or rigid kind. Then let your doctor advise you on what to do about them. For P.P.: There are many variations on the pacemaker theme. In the procedure you speak of, the wires from the pacemaker are threaded through a vein and up to the inside of the heart chamber where it is to deliver the current. The pacer's battery is then implanted in a little pouch created for it under the skin of the chest. For H.O.: You can turn weightlifting into aerobic exercise, but it's not recommended. You do it by moving from one segment of your lifting program to another rapidly, without pausing. This will keep the heart rate up continuously. This would be very exhausting. Only the truly fit should attempt it. It's best to separate your lifting from your aerobic program. Mia America Inn Restaurant MONDAY NIGHT SPECIAL 9-11 Oz. WHOLE CATFISH ' " 50 1842 N. 9th Sallna, Ks. ONE STOP LIFE«HEALTH»CAR»HOME ITS A MATTER Of PERSONAL PRIDE. Tuesday Chapter BX of PEO, 1 p.m. meeting, Mildred Exline, 909 McAdams. Ladies Club of Hedville, 7:30 p.m. meeting, Mrs. Edward J. Befort, 823 Russell. Native Daughters of Kansas, 1 p.m. luncheon, Cavalier Court. Program: "Senior Citizens Health Care" by staff of St. John's Hospital. Sunflower Chapter No. 62, Mid- Kansas Life Member Telephone Pioneers' Club, 9:30 a.m. male life member coffee, Elmore dining room. Reservations required. YWCA Bridge Club, 1 p.m. meeting, YWCA. All YWCA members welcome. League of Women Voters, 6 p.m. program planning meeting and soup and sandwich dinner, Elmore Center. VFW Auxiliary Post 1432,7:30 p.m. meeting, Post Home. Leslie Kreps Post 62 of the American Legion Auxiliary, 8 p.m. meeting, Post home, 142 S. Seventh. Report from Girls State chairman to be presented. Saline County Chapter Native Daughters of Kansas, 1 p.m. luncheon and business meeting, Cavalier Court, 716 N. 12th. Program: Kansas songs, puzzles and film: "This is Kansas" by Mona Cunningham. Dixie Dudes Square Dance Club, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. graduation dance, National Guard Armory, Abilene. Caller: Richard Sherbert. All dancers welcome. Eagles, 8 p.m. aerie meeting, Eagles home. Women of the Moose, 6:45 p.m. covered dish dinner for co-workers and family, and birthday night, 8 p.m. business meeting, Moose home. Those with January birthdays are asked to contact Izzy Nelson, 827-5072 if attending. Anilas Chapter of ABWA, 6:30 p.m. meeting, Holiday Inn. Guest speaker: Donna Fitzgerald of the YWCA. Salina Area Piano Teachers League, 9:30 a.m. meeting, First United Methodist Church, 122 N. Eighth (note change of place). Program: Tax planning and Internal Revenue Service. Hostesses: Kathy Engebretsen and Connie Roth. GFWC Sacred Literature, Group I, 1:30 p.m. meeting, Dorothy Hoover, 2135 Norton, program: "The Who, What Where and Why of Volunteerism" by Lorna Brown, moderator; Group n, 1:30 p.m. meeting, Belva Sloan, 800 Millwood Drive, program: "A Study of Pioneer Women" symposium by Dorothy Watson. Leslie Kreps Post 62 of the American Legion, 1 p.m. fun day, 7 p.m. executive meeting, 8 p.m. post everlasting, Post home. Family Hope Center, 9 a.m. meeting, First Presbyterian Church third floor. Elks Ladies Duplicate Bridge Club, 1 p.m., Elks Country Club. TOPS Kan., 76, 9 a.m. weigh-in; 9:30 a.m. meeting, All-Star Lanes, new members welcome; 49, 9 a.m. weigh-in; 9:30 a.m. meeting, VFW, 359, 9 a.m. meeting, United Methodist Church of the Cross, 1600 Rush, new members welcome (call 825-4115 for more information), and 724, 6:30 p.m. meeting, William Bryan, 300 Maple. Tuesday Afternoon Al-Anon, 1 p.m. meeting, Bel Air Baptist Church, 1100 W. Cloud. Grateful for Al-Anon, 7:30 p.m. meeting, 643 Briarcliff. New Life Al-Anon Family Group, 8 p.m. meeting, Sacred Heart Parish Hall. Red Baron AMBUCS, noon luncheon meeting, Holiday Inn. Noon Overeaters Anonymous, 12:10-12:50 p.m. meeting, St. John's Assessment Center, 126 N. Penn. New Beginnings Group of Alcoholics Anonymous, 12:05 p.m. meeting, 205 E. South. Civitan Club of Salina Inc., noon meeting, Elmore Dining Room. Step and Tradition Study Al-Anon, 8 p.m. meeting, St Elizabeth's Church, 1000 Burr Oak Lane. For more information, call 827-4433. Herington Alcoholics Anonymous, 8 p.m. meeting, United Methodist Church. Minneapolis Alcoholics Anonymous, 8 p.m. meeting, Catholic Church classroom. Leslie Kreps Post 62 of The American Legion Auxiliary, 1 p.m. fun day, Post home, 142 S. Seventh. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA), 7 p.m. meeting, 205 E. South St. Pancake supper planned TALMAGE — The Talmage Lions Club will serve pancakes from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Talmage Grade School. A musical program will follow. Phi Beta Kappa awards WASHINGTON (AP) — Three books have been named the 1985 winners of the Phi Beta Kappa Book Awards. For the past 30 years, the awards have been made annually to outstanding books published in the United States in the fields of literature, science and the social sciences. The latest winners, selected from over 150 entries, were: "The English Elegy: Studies in the Genre From Spenser to Yeats," by Peter M. Sacks; "The Scientific Reinterpretation of Form," by Norma E. Emerton, and "The Crucible of Race: Black-White Relations in the American South Since Emancipation," by Joel Williamson. 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