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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 13

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E & FAMILY The DCS Moines Register « Monday, Aug. 25, 1975 / Page 13 iiii--f'-ri i- • A.* • - j -- "^ y ^^ffl^yyrliOTiftT™-™i»|»-..iA Japan's matchmaker: Mrs. Miki ByTAKASHIOKA • TM ChrlrtUn iclm* Mwntir Nnri Itrvlu "1 have brought 101 couples together during the past 20 years and more," Mrs. Mutsuko Mikl said. "So far, there hasn't, been a single case of divorce among them." Mrs. Mikl is anything but the demure Japanese wife! who trots along several paces behind her husband. She accompanied her husband, Takeo, on his first official trip to the United States as Prime Miinister of Japan recently. The trip did not seem to overawe' her: She is one of those natural persons who responds unaffectedly to questions thrown at her. "I get such a scolding from my husband or children later," she sighed. One of the happiest of the many events Mrs. Miki has to attend during the year is the party she gives at New Year's for the couples whose marriages she has arranged. The institution of arranged marriages and go-betweens is much misunderstood in the West. "In our society it still is not that easy for young men and women to meet each other socially," Mrs. Miki said. The decision whether or not to marry in the matches Mrs. Miki arranges is left entirely to the prospective parties themselves. "AIM do, really, is to provide an occasion for two peopleJo_ meet. The rest is up to them," she explained. Family first Mrs. Miki's first rule is to make sure that the families in question are broadly equivalent to each other in terms of background, money and education. Despite all the Westernization Japan has undergone since World War II, family remains an essential consid- eratiof inmost marriages. DUso tries to get'together individuals of somewhat contrasting character. "I think differences add spice to the marriage and keep couples from getting bored with each other," fheiaid. She met her own husband "in a very natural way," Mrs. Miki recalled. She was the middle daughter of a wealthy industrialist and Diet .(Parliament.) member, Nobuteru Mori. In the late 1930s, with Japan already at war in China, Takeo Miki was a freshman in the Diet, having been elected after returning from four years' study in the U.S. He was a friend of the future Mrs. Miki's uncle, also ,an up-and-coming politician, and as the Mori house was not far from the Diet, Miki became a frequent visitor. One day her older brother suggested that she marry Miki. Her father speculated that he probably could persuade the prospective husband to give tap politics and live with them. Within three weeks ("Before I had a chance to change my mind") Mutsuko had become Mrs. Miki. They have lived happily ever since, though Miki refused to give up politics and to come live with his father-in-law. The Mikis have three grown children, the youngest of whom is a student at Hamilton College in New York. Offers advice Mrs. Miki said the only time she offered any political advice to her husband was after World War II. "The war years were hard on us." Mrs. Miki recalled. "My husband had come back from America filled, with enthusiasm for democratic ideals. He got elected to the Diet and constantly was saying that Japan and the United States must remain friends . . . police -fffld-the-tfempeitai (the powerful military police) began showing up at his speeches. Sometimes the meetings were simply banned, r "My husband . . . could see how the war was going to end and felt frustrated that as a politician he had been able to do so little to protect his voters from hardships, famines and the killing of war. So when the war was over he told me he was giving up his seat in the Diet. "But this is the very time you have to continue," Mrs. Miki exclaimed. "The Americans are landing. We're going to be occupied. Most people are terrified. Should we stay in our homes and greet the Americans quietly? Should we run away into the hills? You've been in America: You know Americans firsthand. You can't let us down now. "He thought awhile and said, 'Well, maybe for the time being I'd better stay.' And thenrhe^ plunged into postwar politics. Since then he's never looked back, and I've never offered him another piece of political advise." Mrs. Mutsuko Mikl All about Adam, Eve, aprons © Knisht Niwipapera NEW YORK, N.Y. - Don't turn, up your hostess nose at an apron. It's the mother of all fashions by that fundamental authority, the Bible. As a coverup (woven fig leaves were in style that year), the chagorah, which Hebrew scholars translate-as apron, was the first thing Eve — and Adam — reached for when they abandoned nudity for fashion. The earliest European aprons, usually made of leather, protected burly blacksmiths, stone masons and gardeners. Housekeepers and farm women wore the long apron of homespun or white -linen -^ creating, for both sexes, a badge of work that separated upstairs from downstairs through the centuries. Year around garden with a greenhouse By M1LL1CENT TAYLOR • CMitfiin scltiK* Mmitor N«wi Strvlct With the end of the gardening season in sight, why not get a greenhouse and enjoy gardening the year around? It is really more possible than you may think. Home greenhouses come in various sizes, models, and prices. You can have one attached (o the window, heating it and getting at it from the living room. Or you can have a lean-to garden room. Or you can have one standing out by itself in the backyard, where it gets light and sun from all sides. You also can have a glass-to-ground aluminum build-it-yourself model, complete with all the parts to fit together on a simple build-it-yourself foundation that a couple of people can set up in about a day. Adds new dimension Greenhouse gardening adds a now-- steps down into the walk between them. If located just right, this kind can get most of its heat from the sun, although a small heater for it can be added. A cold frame can be made into a hotbed by laying a specially designed electric coil on a six-inch bed of cinders, covering it with burlap and one- inch wire mesh and about six inches of soil. Specific directions conic with the electric coil. Of course, electric heaters and coils mean the greenhouse or hotbed must be located near an electric outlet. A home greenhouse used to be considered a luxury only for the wealthy. But now, with the many models and prices, and especially with the build- your-own-types that can be set up by amateurs in a day or so on easily installed foundations, almost anyone can have the joy of home greenhouse year-round gardening. dimension to one's experience. Especially in the North it means raising an abundance of flowers even when the snow flies. With a greenhouse one can hasten springtime by forcing azaleas and tulips, have roses blooming .beyond autumn, and brighten winter days with carnations and camelias. Furthermore, what a place for a collection of orchids or African violets 1 You can grow vegetables, too, and raise seedlings for your summer garden. Get free booklets from some of the greenhouse dealers. They advertise lavishly in the major garden magazines. The booklets picture different, models and can help you choose. —If you haven't a garden, you might decide on a window greenhouse. These fit on the outside of a window, come in several sizes, and are heated and serviced from the room. They make a pretty conservatory of flowering plants and can be installed in a few hours, sealed tight against the house. Small electric heaters are available for them if desired. "Pit greenhouse" Another possibility is a sort of basement lean-to greenhouse built over a cellar_areaway, enteredJrom the_cellar. And there also are those fascinating so-called "pit greenhouses," the plant shelves level with the lawn, and Ford sits for mural VAIL, COLO. (AP) - Paul Collins, a self-taught artist from Grand Rapids, Mich., completed preliminary sketches for his Gerald R. Ford mural as the President vacationed here last week. The sketches will be used to create a 24- foot mural depicting the life of the President, a Grand rfapids native. The mural is to be displayed in the administration building at the Kent County Airport. Collins, 39, was scheduled to do his sketches alone with the President, but Collins asked permission to work as the President answered questions from a reporter so he could catch unguarded expressions. "I want the President relaxed," Collins said. The Ford mural is to be completeff in January. It now is about two-thirds done, said Collins. PAUL COLLINS Keep garden chairs clean Hints from Heloise By HELOISE CRUSE DearFoto: ' Please, for heaven's sake (and your sake and my sake), listen to me while I talk with you over that backyard fence.... And today/ I'm going to talk about those garden chairs we all buy at the chain markets, etc. Most are aluminum with plaStic webbing for the back and seats. Aren't they awful when they get soiled? I call it plain dirty! Then what are you going to do? Just try scrubbing them. Takes hours. Naturally, we can take them to a car wash (and if you've gone that long, try) it, it's good too, angels), and use that spray hose and clean 'em at least every year. But I got to thinking: And you know what help from heaven came to Heloise? Just you guess r what the answer was! Plastic garbage bags! Well, I hated dirty chairs, so after I cleaned the chairs, I went into my kitchen and picked up some garbage bags and actually smothered each chair with a garbage bag. Guess what? It's BEAUTEOUS. All right now — and listen, pals — sometimes you just won't have bought the proper size big garbage bag. So what do you do then? Just take a knife or a pair of scis- •ora and slit the side of the bag about half way up each side and put the bag over the back of the chair. Now you got two hanging pieces of the plastic left. This covers the seat (the chair, not yours), and all those little rubbly ripples of the pretty plastic chair that you bought the year or •o before. It will NOT become grimy, gritty, and grous — simply, soiled — as long as it is bagged in what they made for garbage. . . . It's a honey pie. Don't you think so? Now, if you can find a Simple Simon running through your house someday, do pick up a pencil, spit on the end of it, and drop me a card with your hint! Heloise • Dear Heloise: Here is a tip for people who do embroidery and make their own patterns. Use empty bleach bottles to trace the design onto what ever you are making. This plastic pattern lasts indefinitely and will make the flowers, etc., the same uniform size. J. Kindred Adults like baby food © Chfcifo Trfbum Our friends, may never admit it, but there may be those among them who are hooked on baby food. Behind closed doors — who's to tell — maybe even you occasionally indulge in the sensual delights of strained blueberry buckle, plums with tapioca, and other infant fantasies. According to the Gerber Products Co., which has the corner on a rather uncertain market, 10 per cent of all baby food is consumed by adults. And Gerber would like to see grown-ups do better. In recent years the company has been reaching for new markets in an effort to overcome the effects of the nation's birth dip, a phenomenon they predict will eventually hurt other family oriented industries from nursery schools on up to colleges and home furnishings. <For although the sagging birth rate is beginning to level off, it may never again reach the 4.2 million a year peak of the 1956-62 baby boom. Price pinch The other major baby food companies also have been affected by the shrinking market and there 'has been severe price competition. Squibb sold its Beechnut baby food division because it had become "unprofitable." Gerber's still controls 60 per cent of the baby food market, but its perspectives are changing. In 1965 its domestic baby food sales accounted for 87 per cent of the sales dollar. Now partly because the company has added baby clothing and accessory lines, a life insurance company and a string of 13 day care centers, that figure has dropped to 70 per cent. But the birth dearth and interest among American mothers in homemade baby foods or starting baby on table food earlier has not helped. Last year the company tested a "rediscover Gerher" campaign in Atlanta, Boston, Minneapolis, and St. Louis. Advertisements encouraged adults to use strained fruits and desserts as waffle toppings, in ice cream sauces, parfaits, or as an out-of-the- jar snack. It was none too successful. There also have been attempts to interest senior citizens with chewing difficulties in the soft foods. The company has also experimented with new adult products. A Gerber catsup is currently being sold in Wisconsin and Fort Wayne, Ind. A peanut-honey spread is in the test market stage, but a line of one-serving heat and serve dinners called Singles has gone back to the drawing board. They included such gourmet sounding creations as chicken madeira and sweet and sour pork, but their appearance, seen through oversized baby food-type jars, just didn't go over. Can cancel within 30 days HEARTLINE Heart line is a service of The Des Moines Register for senior citizens. Its purpose is to answer questions — fast. Send your questions to HEARTLINE, 8514 N. Main St>, Dayton, Ohio 45415. Senior citizens will receive prompt replies. The most useful replies will be printed in this column, which appears in The Sunday Register and Monday's and Thursday's daily Register. Heartline: I have a Blue Cross-Blue Shield after age 65 Medicare supplement. While reading it, I noticed that under a paragraph titled "Cancellation and Reinstatement" it says that either the member or the corporation can cancel this policy with 30 days notice in writing. What does this mean?—A.I. Answer: It means that you, the member, can cancel your policy anytime you want to with 30 days notice in writing. It also means that Blue Cross-Blue Shield can cancel you any time they want to with 30 days notice in writing. You will find that most Blue Cross-Blue Shield Medicare supplements can cancel your protection any time they please. This does not mean they will, but they can, whether you have ever made a claim or not. Heartline has received complaints that this has happened. Heartline: Where can I get some good information on current movements on agism?—E.C.N. Answer: The Gray Panthers National office is bringing together materials Jhat may be of interest to people who are, or want to be, involved in social action, and the movement against ag- ism. Currently available upon request by mail is a basic bibliography which covers selections pertaining to agism, political action, the positive aspects of aging, important statistics and facts, organization for social change and social action, and personal and small group growth and development. Cost — 25c. Heartline also suggests an article on "Liberation from Agism," by Maggie Kuhn, published in Enquiry, Sept, Nov., 1971. Cost,—25c. 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