Bailey, Currier Just Miss World Cup Podium with 5th & 6th Place in Kontiolahti Sprint; Entire American Team Top-20

1329931099 43 Bailey, Currier Just Miss World Cup Podium with 5th & 6th Place in Kontiolahti Sprint; Entire American Team Top 20

The cold weather is the most talked-about feature of this weekend’s World Cup biathlon races in Kontiolahti, Finland, but the U.S. team is lobbying hard for that to change. After putting two racers in the top six in Saturday’s men’s sprint – they were the only team to do so – the storyline might become the red-hot Americans, not the frozen thermometers.

“Today was obviously a great day for the team,” World Cup veteran Tim Burke told FasterSkier.

“You’ll have to check the record books, but I believe this has got to be the best day in U.S. biathlon history,” agreed teammate Lowell Bailey.

That’s continuing a recent trend: in Friday’s mixed relay, the team raced to sixth place, the top finish ever for the U.S. in the event. Most top athletes from other countries sat the relay out, afraid of the damage the cold air would do to their lungs.

Americans Burke and Jay Hakkinen, however, took one for the team, so to speak, and put on bibs for the relay. Although Burke said he felt “sluggish” in his warmup on Saturday, he didn’t think that the relay had a big effect on his sprint performance. He and Hakkinen finished 13th and 16th, making them two of the top men who had competed in the relay and placing them ahead of many who had sat the event out.

Their performances were nothing, however, compared to Bailey and Russell Currier, who hadn’t been feeling 100 % going into the relay and had instead stayed inside. Those two led the way for the U.S., placing fifth and sixth mere seconds off the podium.

“We had great skis and the conditions were cold but fair,” said Bailey, alluding to several events earlier this season during which conditions changed partway through a race. “I was able to ski a consistent race.”

Bailey was in second place after cleaning the initial shooting stage. He missed one shot in standing, but so did race winner Martin Fourcade; the error only knocked him down to fifth.

Based on splits, Bailey was 15.5 seconds out of the lead when he left on his final 3.3 kilometer loop. He couldn’t close the gap, skiing the distance in the 13th-fastest time of the day. But that split had come off of Benjamin Weger of Switzerland, who also tired at the finish and ended up losing his lead to Fourcade.

The top three finishers – Fourcade, Timofey Lapshin of Russia, and Weger – were all within 1.6 seconds of each other, and Bailey was not far behind. His effort placed him 9.8 seconds behind Fourcade, eight from the podium and three behind fourth-place Ole Einar Bjørndalen of Norway.

“I was pretty happy with my last lap,” Bailey said. “[It] would be nice to have found ten seconds out there somewhere, but so it goes.”

Given that he’d been slightly sick earlier in the week, the American was particularly pleased to be able to clock in a fast ski time.

“I came down with a minor head cold when I arrived in Finland, so I have been laying low most of the week,” he said. “But thankfully, it seems like it wasn’t too much of a factor today.”

Currier took a different path towards the top, using clean shooting to climb from 19th after the first stage to seventh after the second and, ultimately, sixth at the finish. The race was almost an exact duplicate of an earlier effort in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, where the Maine Winter Sports Center athlete hit all his targets to place sixth, 23 seconds behind Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway and 14 behind Fourcade, who had placed third.

In Kontiolahti, Currier didn’t know much about how his race was going while he was out on course, so he just put his head down and skied.

“I didn’t have much info or attention on the last loop,” he wrote in an e-mail. “I only had about three splits from Jonne [Kahkonen, the U.S. women’s coach]. I had heard a top eight when I left the range and a top five before the finish and that was about it. I knew I was having a good day, but not much more than that.”

Currier was racing against the clock, and also against a suspected bout of food poisoning from the day before, which had foiled his plans to start in the relay.

“I felt a lot better this morning,” Currier said of his stomach bug. “I still wasn’t 100 %, but close enough and made the call to go for it.”

Unlike his three older teammates, Currier did not race the last weekend of World Cups in Oslo, Norway. Instead, he competed at the Under-26 Open European Championships the week before, and then stayed in southern Europe to train. That meant that he missed the excitement generated by his teammates in Oslo, where Burke and Bailey had each finished in the top ten.

Currier said that the separation didn’t bother him though, and he had no trouble catching a ride on the team’s momentum once he joined them in Finland.

“Teammates are always going in different directions so we’re used to playing catch up every time we’re in the same place at the same time,” he explained.

Burke likely would have joined his teammates in the top ten, were it not for a rifle malfunction during his standing stage.

“My empty shell from prone simply would not eject before standing,” the frustrated American told FasterSkier. “After trying over and over again to get it out, I had to call for help and pry it out with a screw driver before I could start shooting.”

He estimated that the error had cost him 20 seconds.

“At least the times stayed very close so I will not be starting too far behind tomorrow,” he said.

While the Americans all agreed that today’s race was one of their best ever, they reacted in different ways. Bailey seemed the most giddy, even four hours after the race.

“It was a great day for Team USA!” he wrote in an e-mail. “Tomorrow should be a blast considering our whole team is starting up towards the front of the field!”

Burke, who has spent a similar tenure on the national team, was just as enthusiastic but a bit more circumspect.

“I think this really shows the quality of our national team program when we have the entire team under the top 16,” he told FasterSkier.

Of all the men on the team, Burke is the only one who has experienced season-long success before this season. During the 2009-2010 campaign, Burke even wore the yellow bib of the overall World Cup leader for a period of time.

Back then, however, he was much more alone at the top of the standings; the team could never put together a race where the whole group excelled. This season, things have changed, and Burke is no longer always the top dog. He said that the newfound depth helped everyone as well as making his own job easier.

“It has been great this year to have the entire team doing so well,” he said. “It definitely takes some pressure off of me when all of our guys are capable of a top result.”

Currier hasn’t spent as much time on the World Cup, but he still understood the implications of today’s race.

“If what I’m hearing is correct today is in fact the best day the US men have ever had!” he said.

“I don’t think the athletes will be doing as much celebrating as the coaches and wax techs tonight, but I think Lowell and I might have to go to the awards ceremony at some point.”

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Five Dishes at Parm

1329929892 66 Five Dishes at Parm

This week I review Parm, where Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone are serving food more or less taken from the Italian-American deli canon: Sausage and peppers, potato and eggs, garlic bread, pizza knots and all kinds of parms. I interviewed the two chefs earlier this week about five of the dishes I especially enjoyed.

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Baked clams ($10)

A lot of the cooking at Parm comes from looking at an old standard and wondering, Is there a better way to make this dish? In the case of baked clams, the answer was to shuck.

Many baked clams are already cooked before they’re baked (or broiled). This initial cooking opens the shells, which makes life easier, but it doesn’t do much for the clams. By the time they’ve been coated with bread crumbs and cooked a second time, they get rubbery, and they also lose some of their briny flavor.

Parm opens its very small littlenecks with a knife. When the clams go under the broiler, they’re still raw. And when the emerge, they’re still not completely cooked through — they are, if you can use this term about a clam, medium to medium rare.

Before going under the flame, each littleneck is topped with a chip of compound butter the size of a nickel. The butter contains crumbled sesame bread sticks, mixed with grated lemon zest, garlic, chile flakes and chopped parsley. It comes to the table with about a quarter inch of melted butter in the bottom of the dish, spiked with some of the juices from the raw clams.

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Meatball parm on a roll ($8)

It’s hard to tell from this picture, but the meatball inside that roll is, well, it’s not shaped like a ball. It’s flat.

Meatballs, of course, are supposed to be round, but a round meatball has a disconcerting way of shooting out of a sandwich as soon as you take a bite. Mr. Carbone and Mr. Torrisi at first handled this the way many sub shops do: they put the meatball on the roll and then flattened this. Then they realized that they were facing an engineering problem that required a repair to the basic infrastructure of the sandwich.

“You know what happened was, I got tired of smashing the meatball,” said Mr. Torrisi. “It was upsetting to me to put the meatball in the sandwich and have to smash it. And I don’t think it wants to be smashed. I was like, listen, I’m going to make it as a patty and we’re going to call it a meatball.”

Whatever you call it, the patty is a gorgeous pink in the center. It’s made of soffritto (fried onions, celery and carrots), stale bread, milk, grated cheese and eggs mixed with ground beef, veal and sweet Italian sausage. After an initial browning, the meatballs are slowly braised in tomato sauce in a 180-degree CVap oven for 40 minutes, which keeps the meat from becoming dry, tough and gray.

The roll comes from Parisi Bakery, a century-old business on Elizabeth Street. The mozzarella is made in-house. The sauce is nothing more than crushed Jersey tomatoes cooked for less than 45 minutes, finished with basil oil that the restaurant makes from all the basil stems it accumulates. Finally, there is grated cheese. And no, it is not parmigiano. Like Torrisi Italian Specialties next door, Parm uses only domestic ingredients. The American substitution for imported parmigiano that the chefs have found is a Wisconsin cheese called SarVecchio.

“We named the restaurant after an ingredient we don’t buy, which is kind of the funny-ha-ha part of the name,” said Mr. Torrisi. “Parm is amazing slang. It means so much to every Italian-American. It was a great catchphrase for what this restaurant is.”

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Saratoga club ($12)

Why do so many club sandwiches go so wrong? Why do so many sandwiches in general go so wrong?

There are probably as many reasons as there are bad sandwiches, but when a place gets its sandwiches right, the world is a better place. Parm gets its sandwiches right, even its club sandwich, which entails a higher degree of difficulty.

There is architectural problem: Can you build three pieces of bread and two layers of filling that will stay more or less intact after contact with the eater’s jaws? There’s the texture problem, too: Can you toast the bread lightly enough that it doesn’t rip up the roof of the eater’s mouth?

Mr. Carbone and Mr. Torrisi have put some thought into these issues, spurred on by the third partner in Parm, Jeff Zalaznick. “Jeff rates hotels by how good their club sandwich is,” Mr. Torrisi said.

As Mr. Carbone described the structural challenge, which he casts in geologic terms: “There’s always the problem of poor layering creating tectonic shifts, and your sandwich falls apart halfway through. Once you get that tectonic movement your sandwich is done.”

One solution they came up with was controversial, but the chefs stand by it. “We stopped cutting it in quarters, which killed everybody, because a club sandwich is supposed to be cut into quarters,” Mr. Carbone said. “But it was just starting to fall apart on people.”

The Saratoga club is a chicken-salad sandwich, made of roast chicken dressed with “a zesty mayo that has all the classic dried ingredients of the Italian-American kitchen: dried oregano, black pepper, chile flakes, a little bit of celery seed, raw celery, a little bit of onion.” The bacon gets a rosemary-tinged brown sugar glazed. And the sandwich gets extra crunch from a layer of crushed potato chips. Hence the name: Saratoga Springs, N.Y., was the birthplace of both the club sandwich and the potato chip.

Piotr Redlinski for The New York Times

Calamari ($12)

On Parm’s menu, printed on paper place mats, the listing for calamari is followed by a cryptic note: “Check the sign.”

The sign is a painting of an octopus on roller skates. When the word “calamari” lights up in neon, the restaurant has the tender, never-frozen baby squid that is the only kind of squid it will buy. When the light is off, the fried calamari is eighty-sixed.

The dish is very simple: calamari dusted in rice flour and deep fried with two kinds of peppers, cubanelles and Italian long hots. When it comes out of the fryer it’s sprinkled with salt and chopped parsley. There’s tomato sauce on the side, following local custom, and there’s also a good spicy Tabasco mayonnaise.

Fresh tiny squid are the reason for the success of this basket of fried excellence. But there is one little trick — or maybe it’s more like a ritual — that the kitchen follows.

Before tossing the squid in rice flour, it takes a bath in seltzer.

“I don’t know why,” Mr. Torrisi said. “I started doing this at A Voce when I opened it with Andrew Carmellini. We got into this whole old wives’ tale about seltzer water.

“We don’t even know if it works but we just do it,” Mr. Carbone said. “It’s one thing we do where we can’t describe the science of it.”

The painting, incidentally, is by an artist known as Marco, whose work can be seen all over the Lower East Side.

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Ice cream cake ($10)

Back when Megan Fitzroy was making elegant desserts at Daniel, did she guess that one day she would become the pastry chef at Parm, where her employers would ask her to find a way of combining spumoni with a Carvel ice cream cake?

Mr. Torrisi and Mr. Carbone grew up with Carvel cakes. Every birthday party had one, including theirs. When they were developing their menu, they went to eat at L&B Spumoni Gardens in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. And thus was born the idea of a Frankencake that would combine both sweets on one plate.

If you’ve ever had spumoni, you expect all three layers to taste like the same thing: sugar. Ms. Fitzroy’s layers taste like what they are: chocolate, pistachio and strawberry. Separating the layers are crisp chocolate wafers, and they, too, taste like chocolate.

The thing I admire most about this dessert, though, is that the maraschino cherry on top hasn’t been upgraded into some kind of sour cherry macerated in brandy, which is what a modern bartender would do. It’s a maraschino cherry. With a stem. Oh and the colored sprinkles? They’re colored sprinkles.

The chefs promise that the ice cream cake will change seasonally, though it may not necessarily contain seasonal ingredients. They’re currently developing one called The Elvis, with peanut butter, jelly and banana.

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Home is where the pet is: Our dog adoption story

1329927509 34 Home is where the pet is: Our dog adoption story

This is part one of a two-part essay about Captain and his new family. Teresa Brewster and Steven Premdas live in Oak Bluffs, convienently near the dog park.

I always liked dogs. As long as they didn’t slobber on me with their stinky breath and slimy drool. Or mess up my stuff with their grubby paws, gnarly teeth, and ubiquitous feces and fur.

Many of my friends were unaware of my fondness for dogs, what with the rolling of my eyes when they’d baby talk to their pooch or my apparent recoil when approached by an exuberant tail wagger.

But this fall, I was transformed. Now, I frequently trod about with poo on my shoe after a romp in the dog park. The backseat of my car is draped with a sandy blanket, and muddy paw prints adorn the console and windowsills. My jacket is filthy from enthusiastic greetings that include a comprehensive face licking – and this is the best part of my day.    My metamorphosis began on October 8, when my longtime boyfriend, Steven, and I drove to a Wal-Mart parking lot in Putnam, Conn. to bring home our furry bundle of joy. That day, our lives changed in more ways than our painstaking foresight could have predicted. For years, we had vehemently argued our case: we work too much, what will we do when we go on vacation, our house is too small, who has the time? Our decision was steadfast.    Yet, one lazy Sunday morning (as Sunday mornings used to be) some friends invited us over for brunch. Their fluffy (not fat) Husky mix named Maggie is skittish at first, but very loving once she knows you. It was Maggie who prompted our conversation about rescue dogs.

Our host showed us a website called petfinder.com. Steven and I agreed we both liked boxers, so we studied the list of 300-plus dogs of that breed in our general area. Eight dogs into our search, we fell in love. He looked at the camera with glossy brown eyes begging to play, his ears perked up and flopped over, his skinny legs splayed under him like an easel. He was 30 pounds. “Meet Captain” the profile read. “A Boxer/cattle dog mix is our best guess. He’s a sweet, happy boy with a goofy youngster personality looking for an active home.” We continued our search for hours, but no one compared to Captain.      Although our peek at the pups was meant to be just for fun, we couldn’t get his warm, furry image out of our heads and within a few days, we worked out a schedule that seemed demanding but doable.     The organization that sponsored Captain was Mutts 4 Rescue in Portsmouth, R.I. By the time we made our decision to adopt, we were frantic to fill out the application lest someone snatch him up before we did. We later learned that Captain had been posted online for four months before we made our inquiry, and some are listed for much longer.

The whole process was fraught with surprises, beginning with the application itself. The lengthy document scrutinized our lifestyle, our intentions, our home, and our environment. What will you feed him? Where will he sleep? What training methods will you use? What provisions will you make for your dog if you become unable to care for him? Who do you think you are and why do you think you can do this? I wouldn’t have felt less qualified if I had been applying for Jeopardy.     In spite of the rigorous application, Captain’s foster mom, Sharon, called us for an interview. We must have satisfied the agency’s tenacious curiosity because now we were asking all the questions. We learned that Mutts 4 Rescue does not have a shelter. They use a network of foster homes run by volunteers dedicated to finding loving, permanent homes for abandoned and surrendered dogs.

Captain had been picked up as stray and brought to a high kill shelter, where the dogs have three to five days to be claimed before they are euthanized. Because another dog had been adopted, Sharon had a space in her house to foster Captain. All the fostered dogs are spayed or neutered, up-to-date with vaccinations, treated for heartworm, and given microchips before they are listed for adoption.    Sharon seemed eager to unite us with Captain. She started talking about transport. That was when we learned that Captain was not in Portsmouth, R.I.; he was in Houston, Texas. Mutts 4 Rescue partners with an organization called Rescue Road Trips. They are a transport service based in Ohio. Every Tuesday they drive their truck down south picking up about 60 dogs in Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana, and Alabama. The dogs are brought to locations in Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, and New Hampshire, making scheduled stops for feeding, pottying, and exercising. Volunteers from local shelters are available to help at each stop. I hated imagining all those terrified dogs locked in kennels in a dark trailer for three days, but I was assured that every effort is made to keep the dogs calm and comfortable.     Sharon had already made a reservation for the following week’s transport. We had 10 days to prepare. I downloaded every article I could find online about adopting and training a rescued dog. Then we read them, over and over again, reminding each other of their advice when questions arose. Mutts 4 Rescue was very helpful. They emailed a packet of information on what to expect and how to handle it. They emphasized the importance of health and diet with a dog food rating guide that offers a formula for evaluating the nutrition of different dog food brands.    We had so many things to get: a crate, dog beds, leashes, food bowls, food, treats, toys, brushes. Our yard fence was 10 feet shy of enclosing the space, and we needed to decide where everything would go.     We were bundles of nerves on the endless drive to Connecticut. Although we got most of our supplies from SBS and Healthy Additions, we still managed to pack our back seat at a Petco on the way. The cargo area was lined with heavy plastic, then covered with a soft fleece blanket. We were warned that the stress of transport and new, unfamiliar surroundings was likely to trigger accidents.    The truck rolled in right on schedule. We were in the company of about a dozen other families, but no one said much to each other. Steven and I were scrambling to find our paperwork and get our leash and some food and water ready. Sharon told us that Captain was very scared getting onto the truck. She suggested we bring a slip collar in case he tried to pull out of his own. Mutts 4 Rescue implored us to bring a cloth leash no longer than six feet – not a retractable leash.      When the trailer door was opened, the pandemonium of barking that spilled out of the gloomy box was horrifying. I recognized Greg from following Rescue Road Trips on Facebook. One by one the adopters approached to tell him who they came to claim. His partner went into the trailer and emerged with a dog, handing him to his new family.         “We’re here for Captain.”    “Oh! I hope you have a lot of energy,” was his response.    Captain arrived at the door with all four legs flailing. The two men held him while Steven slipped the collar around his neck. He threw himself on us, wildly licking and pawing, then quickly rolled over to show us his belly. His ears were pinned back and he was panting heavily between unrestrained kisses. He knew his arduous journey was over.

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My Sunshine, and my Diamond in the Rain…

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How to Improve Your Child’s Reading Skills

1329923912 65 How to Improve Your Childs Reading Skills                

"Our ten-year-old daughter is a slow reader. She is one level behind. She is in the third grade class but can read at second grade level only. How can we help her improve her reading skills?"

First, consult her reading teacher. She can enlighten you about the needs of your child.

There are several reasons why a child may not learn to read well. Among them are the following:

  • Pressure on the child to learn: Parents are usually responsible for this
  • Physical handicap, such as poor eyesight, defective hearing, or speech impediment
  • Comparing with other children
  • Dangling rewards or threatening with punishments
  • Babying a youngster makes him unwilling to try this grown-up skill
  • Frequent changes in schools
  • Prolonged absences from school due to illness
  • Very large, crowded classrooms where students do not get enough individualized attention

Reading is a very complex skill. It requires not only physical but also mental and emotional readiness. A young child who has had unpleasant experiences during his formative years could develop an aversion to reading.

For instance, stuttering or lisping in early childhood, when made fun of, makes the person hesitate to attempt to read.

Poor eyesight and hearing problems also deter a young reader. In the preschool stage, a common problem is reading reversals. To illustrate, the child reads the word no as on. If this happens to your child, do not make an issue of it. This is usually temporary and will be outgrown in time.

To help the child, have her undergo a physical check-up to determine the state of her health particularly her speech, eyesight, and hearing. Then consult with her teachers and seek a special program for her. Most schools are equipped to give tests and extra help to slow learners.

Should her problem relate to some emotional reasons, consult a psychiatrist to assess the extent of its relationship to her reading difficulties. Many children respond to extra attention and interest at home with marked improvement in their reading.

If the school does not provide remedial reading sessions, then ask for a skilled reading instructor to tutor your child a few hours a week. These sessions will help her catch up on skills she has not acquired. The extra time with a reading teacher will boost her morale and give her self-confidence in trying to read new words. She will also learn new techniques in word attack which the classroom teacher might not have time to do in class.

Don’t try to do it yourself if you have had no training in teaching reading. The best you and your family can do is to read to her different story books she could borrow from the school library.

Reading aloud to her gives pleasant companionship which fulfills her emotional needs. This stimulates her interest in reading.

As a rule, you and your husband need not do more than keeping your home life cheerful and relaxed. This builds your child’s self-confidence and reassures her of your love regardless of her reading progress.

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Kids’ Time: Fun and inexpensive things for kids to do in Billings this week

1329921542 39 Kids Time: Fun and inexpensive things for kids to do in Billings this week

Keeping kids occupied can be a big challenge. Here are someideas for activities to keep young ones engaged — body and mind –in Billings this week:

Having pets can be a great learning experience for kids.

They learn about socializing, unconditional love and takingresponsibility for their pet.

If you’ve got a pet, why not get your child involved in itsdaily care and training?

It can provide bonding time for the whole family and help teachkids patience as well as the joy of success when a pet respondsappropriately to commands.

Kids as young as 2 can help fill the dog or cat dish each day.And they can learn to tell the dog simple commands, such as sit orlie down.

Since kids are the ones often eye level with pets, building astrong relationship between them is important.

Make gently petting the dog a game, so the child learns tostroke, not beat on the dog as many little ones do. If the dog ischild-friendly, the youngster can give the simple commands andoffer a treat for good dog behavior during training sessionssupervised by adults.

Or just have a youngster roll a soft, stuffed ball for a dogthat likes to retrieve.

Consistency is key in training dogs and in helping kids learn,too, so plan a time daily for your child and pet to interact in aquiet, learning environment, along with the usual random moments ofplay and cuddling. Be sure that the child understands that it takestime for the pet to learn new things, and be sure to supervise thesessions well.

Progress should be at an appropriate rate for both child andpet.

As kids get older, those with a passion for pets may beinterested in the dog-training or cat programs offered by 4-Hclubs. Each year at MontanaFair, kids can watch 4-H members competein categories involving animals. And the clubs let kids who lovedogs learn together about their pets.

The Yellowstone Valley Kennel Club holds obedience and rallycompetitions throughout the year in Billings, with events plannedin May. And the group has an annual conformation show each Junethat draws dogs of about 125 breeds from around the region. Thisyear’s show is June 12-14 at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark.

Kids can have a great time watching these events, if only to seethe many kids of dogs and their great relationships with theirhandlers.

It’s fun to think that the tiny, almost-hairless Chinese cresteddogs are the same type of animals as the huge and hairy St.Bernards or Bernese mountain dogs. And it’s an opportunity to talkwith kids about diversity and how similar things also can be verydifferent.

Looking at websites with a variety of dog breeds also can be aconversation starter with preschoolers about colors and conceptssuch as size.

Coming Feb. 13 and 14 is an opportunity to talk about the joysof pets and maybe even see some young handlers in juniorcompetition at the big dog showcase in the United States — theWestminister Kennel Club show on USA Network. The show is theoldest U.S. sporting event besides the Kentucky Derby, according toDavid Frei, the club’s director of communications.

In any case, get kids involved with watching out for their petsby talking about why the pet needs to be on a leash when walking;the importance of exercise for pets and kids, too; the need forcaution in approaching unfamiliar animals; and how to make a petinto a best friend.

What: Grandparent Raising Grandchildren supportgroup hosts speakers.

When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31.

Where: Forever Families building, 1411 FourthAve. N.

Why: This is for grandparents facing the toughresponsibility of taking on parenting roles anew and featuresBernie Hedrick from the Montana Youth Services Center and LeAnnLogan from Parents, Let’s Unite for Kids talking about how toappropriately handle behavior issues that grandparents encounter inraising their grandchildren. They will also discuss how familiescan best access community services when help is needed.

Any grandparent responsible for the care of a grandchild mayattend the support group meetings, and child care is available.

Cost and information: Free. Contact BernieMason, family and consumer science agent, at the Montana StateUniversity/Yellowstone County Extension Office at 256-2828.

What: Family Life Expo.

When: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4.

Where: Montana Pavilion at MetraPark.

Why: The event is designed to bringprofessionals and providers together in one place for Billingsfamilies to meet and learn about their services in areas fromhealth care and education to leisure. Expo proceeds benefit SpecialK Ranch’s Champions for a Cause.

In addition to information for many areas of family life, theexpo offers kids’ activities, with costumes, facepainting, arts andcrafts and animals from ZooMontana. Family workshops and seminarsare held throughout day.

Cost: Free.

For more things for kids and families to do on the weekendand throughout the week, see billingsgazette.com/calendar, whereyou can also submit your own family friendlypublic events.

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EXCERPT FROM: Boston.com By Kimberly Hefling The expansion in public prekindergarten programs has slowed and even been reversed in some states as school districts cope with shrinking budgets. As a result, many 3- and 4-year-olds aren

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Chimes Of Freedom: The dos and don’ts of covering Bob Dylan

1329914300 42 Chimes Of Freedom: The dos and don’ts of covering Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan is a thief. This is not an indictment. Read even a little about Dylan’s early years in the New York folk scene—or watch Martin Scorsese’s documentary No Direction Home—and you’ll find a good number of grumbling contemporaries with stories to tell about how the man formerly known as Robert Zimmerman stole from them. He swiped vintage record collections, and arrangements of old folk songs (which on the hootenanny circuit was tantamount to taking someone else’s act). Even his stage name was stolen, from Dylan Thomas. But that’s showbiz. Performers build on what other performers have done. They pay homage. They reinterpret. They personalize. They steal. And if they’re masterful enough, they become artists distinctive enough to be duplicated themselves.

Dylan’s legacy was secured not just by his recordings and his live shows, but by all the people who covered his songs, starting in the early ’60s. Many of those covers weren’t faithful in the slightest. Motown acts cast Dylan’s songs as pop R&B, establishing their flexibility and timelessness, while West Coast rock acts like The Byrds were so successful at making Dylan’s songs sound fresh and contemporary that they may have hastened his decision to “go electric.” Later, as youth culture cycled through new generations of upstart musicians, covering Dylan became a legitimizing act. One of the best Dylan covers busted out in 1983, via Nashville’s proto-alt-country band Jason And The Scorchers, who absolutely smoked “Absolutely Sweet Marie,” and landed on the radar of the big-time New York rock critics. 

The new budget-priced, four-CD set Chimes Of Freedom: The Songs Of Bob Dylan was put together to raise money for Amnesty International, so even if the music on it were absolutely terrible, it would deserve a nod of appreciation. But the music is not terrible—at least not top-to-bottom. More than 70 acts cover Dylan for Chimes Of Freedom, and while some are, in fact, fairly lousy, the worst crime most commit is being uninspired. And a few musicians come up with something special, transforming Dylan in the way that others have in the past—and the way that Dylan transformed his source material.

After spending a few weeks immersing myself in the Chimes Of Freedom set, I think I’ve identified the eight main ways that artists approach Dylan’s work—sometimes beneficially, sometimes mistakenly. They are as follows:

1. Keep it simple.Dylan became an internationally known star while many of his contemporaries were still playing the Cafe Wha?, and not just because he skillfully recombined old folk elements into memorable new songs. He was also a commanding live performer, even when standing alone on a stage with his acoustic guitar and his harmonica. No surprise, then, that some of the best songs on Chimes Of Freedom are stripped-down to their essence—though what is surprising is who’s doing the stripping. Joan Baez and Marianne Faithfull do what most would expect with their respective covers of “Seven Curses” and “Baby, Let Me Follow You Down.” (Baez is crisp and crystalline; Faithful is raspy and plunking.) But Pete Townshend and Sting also come off remarkably well while working with minimal frills, with Townshend’s low-key, jazzy “Corrina, Corrina” and Sting’s “Girl From The North Country” relying primarily on the two rock veterans’ delicate guitar-playing and soft, soulful voices. And though rock and folk traditionalists won’t believe it, Miley Cyrus’ take on “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go” is genuinely warm and heartfelt, with a gently twangy arrangement supporting a rich, un-showy vocal.

2. Be reverent.Those who treat Dylan’s songs as some kind of sacred text to be soberly recited can produce covers that are either respectable or dire, depending on who’s doing the reciting. On Chimes Of Freedom, Patti Smith’s straightforward country-rock take on the John Wesley Harding cut “Drifter’s Escape” is at first oddly un-Patti-Smith-like, though by relinquishing her artier impulses, Smith serves the song’s tense courtroom narrative well. And while Steve Earle and Lucia Micarelli probably didn’t need to be so faithful to Desire’s “One More Cup Of Coffee (Valley Below)” that they copied the original’s mournful violin, the song’s such a powerhouse—and Earle’s such a strong vocalist—that the familiar approach works just fine. On the flip side, Darren Criss is so earnest doing his calculatedly scruffy coffeehouse croon on “New Morning” that he renders a moving song insipid, and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry drags out Infidels’ “Man Of Peace” into a thudding arena-rock version of roadhouse blues, stunting its power.

3. Be somber.Maybe this is Rick Rubin and Johnny Cash’s fault, but too many musicians these days approach anything even vaguely Americana-esque as though they’re already picturing the grim, sepia-toned Mark Romanek video in their heads. That would certainly explain Daniel Bedingfield’s goth-flavored, acid-folk version of “Man In The Long Black Coat,” and Tom Morello’s excessively echo-y, haunted-house take on “Blind Willie McTell.” The artist on Chimes Of Freedom who does Cash best is Cash himself, whose old 1969 duet with Dylan on “One Too Many Mornings” makes an appearance on this set, only to be marred by the addition of The Avett Brothers, digitally inserted for a verse or two. Nothing against the Avetts, but these sort of posthumous collaborations are nearly always ghoulish and creepy, and the “One Too Many Mornings” splicing is no different. 

4. Be playful.In the push to canonize Dylan as some kind of untouchable poet-saint, people sometimes forget that his songs can be quite funny, or at least gleefully weird. So God bless K’naan for taking Dylan’s sardonic “With God On Our Side” and turning it into a freewheeling mix of symphonic sweep, spoken-word, and trip-hop. And God especially bless Raphael Saadiq for his lithe, single-amp pop-blues version of “Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat,” which is both swaggering and silly, a little like Prince channeling John Lee Hooker.

5. Be raucous.As Jason And The Scorchers’ “Absolutely Sweet Marie” proved (and Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along The Watchtower” before it), Dylan’s songs adapt well to raging rock and country stomp. The best songs on Chimes Of Freedom tend to be rawer and more uptempo, from Fistful Of Mercy’s appealingly rootsy “Buckets Of Rain” to Rise Against’s ferocious “Ballad Of Hollis Brown.” The tricky part of cranking up Dylan is fitting his folky cadences to punk or thrash. Silverstein’s soaring, pop-punk “Song To Woody” and My Chemical Romance’s fiery “Desolation Row” both work well. Bad Religion’s “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” sounds like a great band fighting with an even better song, and losing. Queens Of The Stone Age’s “Outlaw Blues” and The Gaslight Anthem’s “Changing Of The Guards” are a mixed bag, as Queens Of The Stone Age come off a little tame compared to Dylan at his rowdiest (from back when he was willing to risk being too loud and too shrill, just to push his audience), and The Gaslight Anthem struggles to fit Dylan’s lines into Brian Fallon’s usual vocal patterns. In the end, though, both “Outlaw Blues” and “Changing Of The Guards” make it through sheer force of will and the quality of the source material. (Then again, I could easily imagine someone hearing the Bad Religion and Gaslight Anthem songs back-to-back and thinking that Bad Religion triumphed and Gaslight Anthem flubbed it, for exactly the same reasons I cite above. There are some fine distinctions there, I’ll grant.)

6. Be tedious.Consider this category the bastard offspring of reverence and sobriety. Too many acts on Chimes Of Freedom seem to have treated this Dylan assignment as the equivalent of English Lit homework, and grabbed the easiest book in the library. Whether it’s Jack’s Mannequin with “Mr. Tambourine Man,” Maroon 5 with “I Shall Be Released,” RedOne and Nabil Khayat with “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door,” or Seal and Jeff Beck with “Like A Rolling Stone,” there’s absolutely nothing surprising about some of the choices on Chimes, either in terms of song or presentation. These people aren’t covering the Bob Dylan who scandalized fans by plugging in, or the one who played mind games with reporters by refusing to give straight answers to dumb questions; they’re covering “Bob Dylan,” that guy on the cover of all those special anniversary issues of Rolling Stone. Even some of the more unconventional song choices—such as Natasha Bedingfield doing Oh Mercy’s “Ring Them Bells” or Sugarland doing Nashville Skyline’s “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You”—get ground into bland adult-contemporary sausage by artists more interested in their own unchallenging personae than in truly tackling what Dylan is all about. Which brings us to….

7. Make the song suit your needs.Sugarland’s “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You” cover is both dull and annoyingly “belt”-y, as Jennifer Nettles uses the song as an excuse to do some vocal pyrotechnics, whether they suits the lyrics or not. (Contrast that with Miley Cyrus, who does sing “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go,” but doesn’t overdo it.) Similarly, while Dave Matthews Band has been covering “All Along The Watchtower” for years—decades, even—its connection to the song has gotten pretty loose. The live version of “Watchtower” on Chimes Of Freedom is all growling and vamping and yelping and jamming, and not at all like Dylan (or Hendrix, for that matter). And I have no idea what the hell Cage The Elephant is doing with “The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll,” which the band drains of all its angry energy by reducing it to a hush and padding it out with all manner of electric clank.

Which isn’t to say that using Dylan as a jumping-off point for a more personal sound is inherently bad. Quite the contrary. The Byrds’ early Dylan covers defined that band’s sound, and other acts since have followed suit. So when Elvis Costello here turns the Infidels obscurity “License To Kill” into another of his arty torch songs, or when Bryan Ferry does the same with “Bob Dylan’s Dream,” they’re just adhering to a different kind of tradition. Ditto when Kronos Quartet turns “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” into an avant-garde mini-symphony, or when Evan Rachel Wood turns the Bob Dylan/George Harrison collaboration “I’d Have You Anytime” into a piece of smoky cabaret that doesn’t sound much like Dylan or Harrison. Better this kind of adventurous approach to Dylan—a man who’s been known to reinterpret his own material from tour to tour—than yet another dry, rote rendition of “Blowin’ In The Wind.” So long as the song maintains enough of its integrity through the process, artists should feel free to transmute like crazy.

8. Finish what Dylan started.My three favorite tracks on Chimes Of Freedom are such a perfect match of artist, song, and performance that they almost seem like they’re what Dylan intended in the first place. My Morning Jacket’s “You’re A Big Girl Now” extends the cavernous ’70s singer-songwriter vibe of Blood On The Tracks, making it at once more intimate and more spacious. Adele’s live, piano-scored version of Time Out Of Mind’s “Make You Feel My Love” is softly soulful and persuasive. And Bettye LaVette’s reverberating R&B take on Oh Mercy’s “Most Of The Time” borrows back from Dylan what he borrowed from the blues, completing the circuit.

What made Dylan special wasn’t just that he appropriated freely—and ruthlessly—from other sources, but that he immediately understood what those sources had to offer him, and knew how to add what he already had in ample supply, be it stage presence or (to put it mildly) a knack for stringing together a few memorable phrases. The best Chimes Of Freedom songs grasp that about Dylan. They’re performed by artists who sing like these words and tunes just popped into their heads.

The best and worst of the Chimes Of Freedom covers (strictly in my opinion, of course) can be found at these two Spotify playlists: here and here. I also encourage you to share your favorite Dylan covers—and why—in the comments below.

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Lakers battle back

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JORDAN – Medically cleared to compete just one day earlier,wrestler Mitch Alpha returned to the mats at Jordan-Elbridge HighSchool for the league tournament Jan. 28 and did what camenaturally.

The grappler wrapped up Cato-Meridian’s Marshall Touron in just19 seconds and followed that match up with a 10-7 decision overCazenovia’s Dylan Evans.

It seemed last year’s sectional runner-up and fifth ranked120-pounder in the state was back from an apparent head injury andprimed to make another title run – but it was only another setupfor another next letdown.

“Even in the first two (matches), something was up,” Mitch said.”The first one I really couldn’t tell because it was over in 19seconds. The second match I should have destroyed the kid.”

His concussion-like symptoms – the ones that had kept him fromwrestling on Senior Night and threatened to end his season – hadreturned.

The wrestler who said he would rather lose by being chokedunconscious than get pinned did something that should havesurprised no one.

He decided to try to gut it out.

Alpha started his next match with a quick takedown to take thelead. Then, another takedown.

“Nothing snapped – it wasn’t a quick change – it was gradual,”Alpha said. “I was on my feet, I felt slow, I just wasn’t init.”

As the match wore on, Alpha continued to battle through thefatigue. When it was his turn to start on the bottom, the refereenoticed Alpha’s eyes rolling to the back of his head.

“It was kind of a blur,” Alpha said. “My memory’s not the best.I started off real well, then it went downhill.”

The loss – this time due to injury default – was just Alpha’ssecond of the season. The other, when he was choked unconscious atthe Red Jacket tournament, was what began Alpha’s downwardspiral.

“At that point, I had had enough with his injuries and I said‘This isn’t worth it,’” said Kurt Alpha, Mitch’s father. “So onSaturday, we thought he was done for the year.”

It seemed Mitch Alpha’s high school wrestling career had come toan unceremonious end at 98 career wins, just ahead of his father’srecord but short of the century mark.

But a visit to a neurologist just three days later gave the Alphafamily new hope.

“At that point, we still didn’t know what’s going on with him,”Kurt said. “We finally got some piece of mind on the followingTuesday … He took him through so many tests and we finally got adiagnosis that makes sense.”

Although he had hit his head a week after being choked out,Alpha did not have a concussion. The neurologist diagnosed him withvasospasms. The condition makes his blood vessels spasm when hisheart rate climbs, making him lightheaded and dizzy.

The condition could be treated by taking medicine to get hisblood pressure back down.

Alpha still had to sit out of the Class C Tournament lastSaturday, and handed in a doctor’s note, knowing that he would haveto try to apply for an exception to get into sectionals because ofa medical hardship.

Cleared by a neurologist to compete in the sectional meet today,Alpha would only need to be ranked in the top three to get aspot.

“Everybody I talked to said ‘He was a sectional runner-up lastyear, just do the medical hardship, it’s a no brainer,’” Kurtsaid.

What seemed like an easy decision to the Alphas was not echoedby the Section III seeding committee, as Alpha was left out of theseedings.

“Basically, by not seeding him in the top three, they ended hiscareer,” Kurt said. “Putting him even as a three seed, all you’redoing is knocking another kid down a place. That freshman that hedefaulted to in the finals was seeded ahead of him.”

“The number one seeding criteria is common sense,” Kurt added.”You go down every head-to-head, he’s up 2-1. Common opponents -he’s pinned kids that beat this field. You keep going down, he wasthe sectional runner-up last year. This field qualified forsectionals, but was done in the first round.

“I just haven’t gotten an explanation as to why he’s notin.”

Even for a wrestler who has already had two of his high schoolwrestling seasons cut short by concussions, this season’sdisappointment seems worse.

“This year was probably the worst,” Mitch said. “I had a greatseason again, ranked first in the section, ranked in states for thefirst time, everything was going my way.

“That one incident just ruined everything.”

Although his parents believe they are taking it harder than heis, Mitch’s frustration was hard to hide.

“I didn’t even have a chance,” Mitch said. “Sectionals issupposed to be a decision of who’s the best to go onto states, andthey don’t even give me a shot at it.”

Alpha will still be at sectionals at Onondaga CommunityCollege’s SRC Arena today, and will step on the mat just before thechampionship matches – to receive the Reed Hawke-Lou PettinelliWrestling Scholarship.

“It’s a nice honor, but the timing of it – the letter came thesame day, Monday, when we found out he wasn’t going to bewrestling,” Kurt said.

But when Mitch steps into SRC Arena today, it will likely beharder emotionally than any of his previous matches.

“I’d rather have sat home than go and wonder what could havebeen,” he said. “Now I have to show up and receive the scholarshipinstead of being there and possibly wrestling for thechampionship.”

The new state rankings moving Alpha from the state’s fifthranked 120-pounder to fourth proved to be little consolation.

“Now, knowing that I can’t wrestle, I’d rather they don’t evenrank me,” he said.

Mitch is confident that although his high school career has cometo an end, he will return to the mat when he goes to college.

In the mean time, he has begun lifting weights to get stronger.The extra mass will include a chip on his shoulder.

“Now, I got cleared to actually wrestle and I got my hopes up,thinking I would get the (medical) hardship,” Mitch said. “Now thatI didn’t get voted in, it just kind of motivated me to want to keepgoing and do great in college and just show everybody.”

Staff writer Jeremy Houghtaling can be reached at 282-2256 or . Follow him on Twitter atCitizenHough.

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So, 41 entrepreneurs walk into a St. Louis office building …

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The idea popped into Laura Stude’s head when she happened on astack of legacy books while shopping last year for a Mother’s Daygift.

Eyeing the blank-paged journals, with prompts for parents andgrandparents to reminisce about their lives, Laura Stude pondered a 21stCentury alternative.

“Instead of writing something that no one could read or mightget burned in a house fire, I thought ‘How cool would it be if youcould put something online,’” Stude recalled.

The thought became a concept that Stude thought might appeal toappeal to the aging baby boomer population.

Last week, she decided to see if it had legs.

Startup Weekend, anevent that has gained popularity at worldwide venues since theeconomy turned the mega-corporation world on its head, made itsSt. Louis debut a weekago tonight when 41 entrepreneurs brought an equal number ofbusiness proposals to a downtown incubator for informationtechnology ventures.

Each arrived with a 60-second pitch outlining the strategiesthey envisioned as money-makers, the next social media phenomenaor, in the case of one participant hoping to “create a better worldthrough kindness and community,” a software application alignedwith an over-arching goal of “changing the world.”

The proposals were put to a vote.

When the balloting was completed, teams headed by the 12finalists – Stude included – adjourned to the conference roomswhere they would spend nearly every hour of the next two daysperfecting entrepreneurial ventures. Their ideas ranged from anapplication to synchronize smart phones with concert arena lightshows to a software program designed to promote better childhoodbehavior.

It was Super Bowl weekend for would-be entrepreneurs likeAlexKliman, 26, sales representative by day and formulator of grandideas by night.

“I’m one of those people who thinks they have a million dollaridea every time they wake up,” said the Dogtown resident, the creator of the pulsating “event-driven”smart phone program he envisions illuminating the concert halls andsporting venues of the future.

It became clear from the get go that time is the enemy atStartup Weekends: Come Sunday night, a panel of four judges wouldobserve presentations from each team and select a winner based onoriginality, feasibility, marketability and, not least, financialviability.

The stakes were not high.

When I asked the St. LouisRegional Chamber and Growth Association executive who helpedcoordinate the weekend about the first place prize, Jay DeLongresponded by patting me on the back.

OK, there was a bit more incentive than that.

But not much: The teams were vying for a break on the rent forincubator office space, gift certificates from downtown businessesand tee-shirts.

Still, the contestants went at it like a million bucks was onthe line, working until midnight Saturday despite a schedule thatcalled for adjournment in the early evening.

Most of the teams were comprised of total strangers.

Carl Foster of  Chicago joined forceswith University City’s Studebecause the idea he brought to the table – which didn’t musterenough votes – closely matched her online legacy book project.

With an eye toward the myriad obstacles standing in the way ofsuccessful start-ups, Stude assembled a crew capable of coveringall the bases from software and website development to marketing toprojected financial outcomes.

“Everybody brought a unique skill that moved the chainsforward,” she said.

The team didn’t let her down.

They looked for ways to fine-tune the band-width to accommodatebaby-boomers who prefer video over the written word. They tweakedStude’s four-minute presentation the judges and convinced the teamleader to abandon her pet name for the project – “Time in a Bottle”- in favor of “StoryBucket.”

Laura Stude went before the judges shortly before 6 o’clockSunday night.

“Do it before you croak,” she said, launching the presentationwith the catch phrase formulated by the team barely an hour before.”Fill the bucket, before you kick the bucket.”

Supported by a PowerPoint presentation, she walkedthe judges through the various attributes of the project, inparticular a process that is a marked upgrade over the arcane penand paper.

The wait for the judges’ decision, slightly more than hour,seemed interminable for a 100-plus would-be entrepreneurs who’dspent the last two days burning through creative energy likecoal.

Dragging out the tension a few minutes longer, the judgesreviewed each entry prior to announcing the winners.

They praised StoryBucket, but advised that success rested on theability to differentiate itself from Facebook, Flickr and othersocial media that lend themselves to story sharing.

It served as a hint of what lay ahead.

The winning team, “Analytic Just-Us” began the weekend as anamorphous proposal for a comprehensive database to providebackground to attorneys preparing civil and criminal cases.

“What Money Ball was for baseball this will be for lawyers,”predicted Andrew Winship,a St. Louis attorney and a member of the “Analytic Just-Us”team.

Though judges didn’t rank StoryBucket among the top five ideas,Stude remained upbeat. An idea born of happenstance during ashopping excursion had survived two days of intense scrutiny andreadjustment.

Even more encouraging, Stude received word via Twitter followingher presentation that an investor might be interested in helpingher further pursue the StoryBucket proposal.

“If nothing else, it was good for affirmation,” said Stude,vowing, “this is just the start.”

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“It’s a real culture shock. After tax, $150,000 is not much. Itprobably won’t even pay for the private-school education tabs fortheir kids. It’s going to be a tough time of readjustment.” – NewYork compensation consultant James Reda on the hardships reducedbonuses incur on Wall Street executives.

Source: The New YorkPost

BY THE NUMBERS

5.6 million – Number of health care sector jobs the U.S. economyis expected to add from 2010-2012.

Source: The U.S. Bureau ofLabor Statistics’ Employment Projections

FINAL WORD

“I call myself frayed white collar – part of the privilegedpoor. I have a college degree, a career and an array ofmiddle-class, working-class and more economically privilegedfriends; together we are a fairly good representation of the 97percent, or maybe the 95 percent. And most of us are hard-pressed;even my teacher friends, making about $60,000 a year, areperpetually flat-lined economically, eking across each month’sfinish line thanks to credit cards.” – Christopher D. Cook in an essay on the humility of applying forfood stamps.

Do Windex and Garbage Bags Count As Kindergarten Crafts Supplies When I bundled my little one up for his first kindergarten class in August, I looked twice at the list that they had given me for all the supplies they felt my boy needed to show up prepared with - crayons, glue sticks, safety scissors, garbage bags, Clorox Kleenex, paper towels - you know, your routine preschooler supplies list. Christ's prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane shows me how I should present?my wants and needs to God. Their occurrence is easily forgotten about. Do something referring to it. That's my 2 cents worth and you need to hone these routines and get better over time. Some of the top stress inducers include; a lack of effective time management skills, disorganization, the inability to budget their finances and the lack of how to look after themselves in a healthy physical manner.
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