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Living well after 50: Buzz Aldrin takes a spin on 'Dancing With the Stars'; persimmon punch for reflux?

Season 10 of Dancing With the Stars debuted earlier this week with, among others, a real hero for the ages: Buzz Aldrin. The retired astronaut walked on the moon, for goodness' sake. Does he know dancing? We're not sure, but he knows stars. The stars align again with Aldrin, 80, at 8 p.m. Monday and the first results show is 8 p.m. Tuesday. Please don't let it be you, Buzz.

More news you can use — and puzzles, too

We've been adding a few new features to LifeTimes, including the ScrabbleGrams puzzle that began in February; this month we introduce the TV Word Search. Get your pen. We don't need pencils, do we? Both puzzles are inside today's section.

Also new:

• Helen Huntley, a former personal finance editor at the St. Petersburg Times, writes about personal finance beginning this month in LifeTimes. Huntley is a financial adviser with Holifield Huntley Financial Advisers in St. Petersburg. This month she writes about how well our nest eggs will hatch in retirement. For retirees, see how you stack up — and put this column in the mail for your out-of-the-nest kids. For younger boomers, it might be time to tweak your investments.

• The do-it-yourself trend that's so popular on HGTV and at big-box stores like Home Depot and Lowe's already holds appeal to folks who have long known the value of a dollar saved. We're adding a popular feature this month, DIY or Not. Although we generally favor the "not," who doesn't need a little push to save a few bucks. This month's challenge: Can you, should you, replace your porch light? The DIY feature also appears Saturdays in HomeLink in the Times.

Eunice Farmer's Sew Simple feature has long been a favorite of Times readers. Her daughter Vicki Farmer Ellis now writes the Sewing feature, which appears in today's section.

Persimmon punch to the reflux rescue?

A little persimmon punch might do the trick for reflux in some folks, report health experts Joe and Teresa Graedon. Their intel comes from an anecdotal report from a woman who wrote to say that she had sampled some in a Korean restaurant and found relief. "A few sips later, I felt fantastic. After a month of adding 3 tablespoons of the cinnamon-ginger drink to my tea morning and night, my heartburn was in control." The Graedons offer a brew found on the Food Network Web site: Combine 2 quarts water, 1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh ginger and 3 cinnamon sticks. Simmer for a half-hour. Strain the liquid and stir in 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1 cup of sliced dried persimmons. Chill in the refrigerator overnight and serve cold. Check out the Graedons' Web site:

Let the Highland Games begin!

Don't know a caber from a pasty? Well, that would indeed be a problem, since one is a larger wooden pole that's tossed, and the other is a hearty meat- or vegetable-filled portable pie. Check it all out at the Dunedin Highland Games, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Highlander Park, Michigan Boulevard and Pinehurst Road in Dunedin. This annual event features numerous competitions and performances, from the caber toss to bagpiping and drumming, to pipe bands and Highland dancing. There are also appearances by Seven Nations, the Herding Dogs of Culleymont and Sheepy Hollow, Celtic music, children's activities, Scottish wares, food and drink. Benefits Scottish bands of Dunedin. $10, 12 and younger free with paid adult admission. (727) 733-3197;

Living well after 50: Buzz Aldrin takes a spin on 'Dancing With the Stars'; persimmon punch for reflux? 03/22/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 1:36pm]
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