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October 31, 2000

Author Peter Maas, 71, is busy with magazine pieces, books and his 8-year-old son.

It's the season to head back outdoors
November not only holds my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, but also usually means the mild days which most of us wait for.

To make a difference, change behavior, not diet
When it comes to weight control, you will hear many theories and stories. With numerous gimmicks and fad diets being advertised in glamorous ways, it is easy to see how people can become hooked on the hope of quickly shedding inches and pounds.

Curious for life
Writing isn't a profession from which you ever retire; there's always another subject to explore. Take Peter Maas, who, at 71, continues to write books and magazine pieces.

Those who listen well make better caregivers
One of my favorite ways to unwind is to go to a deserted part of the beach early in the morning and just listen.

About some of the authors
Also speaking at the St. Petersburg Times Festival of Reading held Nov. 11-12 on the Eckerd College campus:

Vote: It's your responsibility
We are on the verge of electing a new president. I just wish I could feel that either one of these guys is new.

Bowler stays on the ball
There's gold in Edna Parks' past -- Senior Olympics gold, that is. And she hopes to add to her competitive success this fall in the Florida Senior championships.

Home: Where the books are
I've always been a reader. Little Women, The Bobbsey Twins, The Big Cage were books that I remember reading in grade school.

Give gifts the getter will like
As the holidays approach, remember that your tastes might not be the same as the receiver's. But money and gift certificates always go over well.

Forgetful? You could help with Alzheimer's research
If you have memory problems, University of South Florida doctoral candidate Robert Byers is looking for you.

Just reading can be a full-time job
So many books, so little time. That phrase comes to mind every time I enter a library or a bookstore. Or whenever the Times Festival of Reading pops up on my radar screen.

Cards help provide holiday meals
Help keep holiday meals coming to folks who can't get out of the house by purchasing Meals on Wheels holiday greeting cards. Cards are available for $1.25 each when you order 500, up to $2.50 individually.

Customers become friends in time of need
When illness left Inverness' Rose Lady too weak to sell her blooms, her customers showed they cared with calls, cards and prayers. She's grateful and back at work.

Transplant candidate has upbeat attitude
Exercise and support from family and friends help an Elfers woman prepare for the operation. She encourages others to be organ donors.  

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