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October 30, 2001
breaking the deadly silence Who wants to talk about dying? Studs Terkel finds that the topic is a priority -- and something certainly on many people's minds. His latest book is about "how we live that prelude to death, life." Story

[Times art: Rossie Newson]

  • When the subject turns to death
    That death will happen to each of us is a given, but death is the subject we seem least comfortable discussing. People seem to be perfectly at ease talking about sexual escapades and heart problems, even gastrointestinal difficulties. If it's my terminal illness, however, I don't want people feeling sorry for me or imposed upon. If somebody else is sick, I don't wish to cause further discomfort or distress by mentioning it.

Laid-back cool
A small but growing number of riders get into shape comfortably on recumbent bikes, a.k.a. bents.

Focus on Caregivers: Caregivers can help bring insight to a nation's grief
After the tragic events on Sept. 11, friends from New York asked whether I was as sad as they were that we would never again be able to enjoy the dining or the awesome sights from the World Trade Center. They went on talking about the good times we had there. Yes, I assured them, I was sad, as all of us are. We grieve together.

Former Marine proud of America's response
Charles Salvaggio Jr., 69, says a tragedy like the terrorist attacks brings out the best in our country.

Once muted, artful pursuits find a voice
Toes tapped in the audience as the St. Petersburg Masonic Band moved through marches, show tunes and a Glenn Miller medley. Five trombones provided a golden undercurrent of rhythm and style. Four of the trombonists were men, and one was an elegant, white-haired woman.

Changing Gears: Kilroy is still here -- but where did he come from?
Sometime during our senior stage, many of us begin to realize that our craniums have become well-stuffed with information. Much of it, at least in my case, is trivia. And much if not all of it is not readily accessible; nevertheless, it is there, and sometimes an insignificant morsel of information will pop up at a strange time, say, 3 a.m., when you suddenly remember a name or place you tried unsuccessfully to recall 12 hours earlier.

Greek Festival both fun, fundraiser
Its goals are to celebrate Greek culture and fund a sanctuary for St. Michael the Archangel Greek Orthodox Church.

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Couple gives zoo a double helping
Ron and Jeri Carford are ambassadors for the Lowry Park Zoo on and off the grounds.

Step by Step: Embrace healthy habits to keep stress at bay
Stress seems to continually surround us, whether it comes from simply driving in traffic, to feelings of anxiety from life-threatening events. We can't avoid it. Approximately 60 percent to 90 percent of physician appointments are for stress-related symptoms. When we feel pressure, real or imaginary, our body begins to release chemicals that prepare us for action: Rapid heart rate, breathlessness, an increase in blood pressure, tightening of muscles, frequent headaches, back and neck aches, fatigue and upset stomach are some of the more common symptoms.

Cheap souvenirs, priceless memories
The notice in my church bulletin read: "Save your "good stuff' for the Summer Festival rummage sale."

Take Note: Events require us to behave as Greatest Generation
Have we older people been through this before? Not really. Many people have likened the World Trade Center attack to Pearl Harbor, but for those of us who remember Dec. 7, the comparison doesn't quite work.

Retired executives can hand down expertise
Ted Gastman worked for Dillard's for more than 25 years as a top executive. A year and a half after retirement, he is a volunteer in charge of the SCORE office in St. Petersburg.  

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