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  1. From Salade Nicoise to mussels, recipes for one


    Oh, the single-person-dinner thing.

    In my early 50s, about 10 years ago, I began living alone for the first time in my life when my second child left for college. Always a cook in the category of bountiful, I found myself trolling the frozen food aisles for Stouffer's mac and cheese and Marie Callender's …

Salade Nicoise is a fresh dinner choice.
  2. Cooking for one (or two) means thinking about storage, preparation, selection


    Consider it one of life's mysteries: If 60 percent of American households consist of one or two people, why are zucchini sold in packages of four?

    Ideally, you can shop for vegetables in whatever amounts you need, but if what you want is prepackaged, it’s perfectly acceptable to ask your grocer to break up the package so you can buy only what you need. Your purchasing mantra should be “no waste.”
  3. Researchers examine effects of klotho on brain power, longevity

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    People who carry a variant of the gene for klotho, a protein found in animals ranging from worms to humans, tend to live longer. Mice and humans with the variant also do better on tests of brain power.

  4. At 80, Sophia Loren reflects on a full life

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    Sophia Loren, 80, is a symbol of Italy to generations of moviegoers. Born in Rome on Sept. 20, 1934, as Sofia Villani Scicolone, she was raised outside Naples and suffered intense deprivation during World War II. As Italy entered the postwar "Dolce Vita" era, she became a star of Cinecittá, Rome's film industry …

    Sophia Loren is flanked by her sons and their wives — actor Sasha Alexander and director Edoardo Ponti, left, and conductor Carlo Ponti and violinist Andrea Meszaros Ponti — at the American Film Institute tribute to Loren in November.
  5. Various groups ready to help with tax returns

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    Remember "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes," the phrase attributed to Benjamin Franklin?

  6. Add planking to your fitness routine for a host of benefits

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    When you hear the word "plank," you might be reminded of a piece of wood, or maybe you recall the expression "walking the plank." In the world of fitness, plank means something quite different. A plank is a full-body isometric exercise that provides strength benefits to many muscle groups simultaneously. If you've never …

    Lisa Esparza demonstrates a basic front plank.
  7. Gulfport Harmonica Club making music, memories for 20 years

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    GULFPORT — During our busy day-to-day lives, we could all use a little bit of organized order. An oasis of soothing harmony in our noisy worlds.

    Harmonicas sit at rest between songs during the recent show. Over the group’s 20 years, 320 people have “passed through the club,” according to Perry.
  8. 5 things to do in Feb.-March

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    1 Florida Strawberry Festival Get your shortcake and smoothie fix at the annual event that pays tribute to this seasonal delight. The festival starts Thursday and runs through March 8. In addition to a bounty of berries, there will be rides and entertainment, with concert headliners ranging from Bobby Vinton to Boyz II …

    By age 13, Canadian-born Paul Anka, now 73, was part of a vocal group.
  9. At NoHo Senior Arts Colony, residents embrace their inner artist

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    Jean Ritchie is chasing stardom.

    The blond, blue-eyed actor fills her days with auditions and acting classes. She's got new head shots, a new acting reel and dreams of seeing herself on television.

    Vicki Finn plays her drum during a drum circle class at the NoHo Senior Arts Colony. She calls her hands “happy hands” because her nail polish — a different color on each finger — makes people smile.
  10. Weeki Wachee woman wants 47-day sail to prove there's life after MS

    Human Interest

    WEEKI WACHEE — Since the age of 50, Sandy Eschler has lived her life on hope. It's how many folks make do with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. But the novice sailor is doing more.

    Commodore Dan McCann of the Hernando Beach Yacht Club questions amateur sailor Sandy Eschler on her navigation skills. Eschler will serve stints as navigator on her 47-day journey.