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Booze news! In the Bible Belt, the fight over Prohibition goes on: One in nine counties in the U.S. still prohibits the sale of alcohol, but in Texas, Tennessee and Kansas, dozens of “dry” counties have voted to go “wet” in recent years.

Most stressful events! Doctors Holmes and Richard Rahe published their findings about how stress can affect your health. In brief, the most stressful experiences are: Death of a spouse, divorce, marital separation, jail or other institution, death of close family mem- ber, major injury or illness, marriage, being fired at work, marital reconciliation and retirement.

Good people! Eight teenagers in Lindsborg, Kansas, recently came across a purse on the side of the road and found it contained $7,700 in cash. They immediately turned it over to local police, who traced the purse to an area woman who had collected the money for a memorial to her late husband. After the incident was publicized, donations for a reward poured in, and each kid was given $150, along with letters of praise from people across the state. “A lot of them thanked us for being such good people and doing the right thing,” said Patrick Spelman.”They didn’t expect it from a bunch of teenagers.”

Gossip stuff! Vanna White, 53, is so des- perate to find Mr. Right that she’s willing to put up with Mr. Wrong — because, say pals, the leggy Wheel of Fortune letter-turner is terrified of growing old alone. In 1991, Vanna finally appeared to find Mr. Right in a seem- ingly storybook romance to handsome res- taurateur George Santo Pietro — but it turned into a tragedy when he reportedly cheated on her and they divorced in 2002. Since then, she’s been a single mom, raising son Nicholas, 15, and daughter Giovanna, 12. Another major romance with investment banker Michael Kaye led Vanna to announce her engagement during a 2004 taping of Wheel, but they split a year later without reaching the altar.

Personally speaking, my wife Marilyn and I did get to meet Vanna and Pat Sajak when the Wheel of Fortune was being taped in Boston. What’s more, Marilyn twice audi- tioned to appear as a contestant on the show.

For you fans of Vanna White, you can send her a “fan letter” by addressing the letter to her at 10202 W. Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232. Vanna’s true name is Vanna Rosich.

Nothing to brag about! Despite the recent decline in crime, the U.S. is still the most violent of affluent democracies. The annual U.S. murder rate of five per 100,000 people is down from 9.8 in 1991, but still twice that of, say, France. Historian Randolph Roth recently surveyed U.S. homicides over the centuries and concluded that violence rises whenever citizens develop a strong distrust of the government and feel powerless over their own lives. Murders soared just before the Civil War, when anti-Washington fever reached its peak. Crime has never settled back to European levels. The homicide rate among white Americans, Roth notes, soared again in the late 1970s, when “malaise” was widespread. “Our high homicide rate started when we lost faith in ourselves,” he says, “and each other.” With polls showing a grow- ing distrust in government, that’s a worri- some thought.

What married couples are really arguing about are about all kinds of things, from money to whose turn it is to take out the garbage. But in reality, says Scientific Ameri- can, all fights come down to two basic issues that have little to do with the contents of the arguments: One person feels that he or she is being unfairly controlled or feels neglected. Researchers concluded that the tension that sparked the arguments almost always involved deeper issues relating to whether the partners felt understood or valued. Appreciating this dynamic might help couples figure out how to improve communi- cation. For example, says study author Keith Sanford, if a husband realizes that his wife’s anger over his coming home late is really about her feeling disregarded, he could fash- ion an apology that includes “demonstrations


Recipes from the Homeland

by Vita Orlando Sinopoli

of deference and expres- sions of appre- ciation.”

The obser- vant Mona- Lisa Cappuccio of East Boston says, “When you see a married couple who’s coming down the street, the one two or three steps ahead is the one who’s mad.”

The priestly-looking Tom Analetto of Medford thinks you should never argue with a woman. You might win-and then you’ll really be in trouble.

Paul Waters of Swampscott thinks one thing a man learns from an argument with a woman is how to be a good loser. Paul’s wife, Robyn, reminds us, a woman has the last word in any argument. Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.

Mother Superior Frances Fitzgerald, thinks what a great world this would be if people would spend as much energy practicing their religion as they spend quarreling about it.

Some tips on how to apologize. Come clean. “The truth hurts, but not as much as being caught in a lie.” If you’ve screwed up, don’t try covering your tracks. You will only dig a deeper hole. Take full responsibility. If you missed a deadline or acted like a jerk,” admit it, acknowledge it, and recognize the problem.” Tell the whole truth immediately, rather than try to hide the worst aspects; a piece of the puzzle might be discovered later on, which can lead to tremendous mistrust.” Know your audience. A quick apol- ogy might work with your wife, but your chil- dren, your boss, or your co-workers may want more detailed contrition. Say it in person. “Unless you’re fighting with someone over- seas,” apologizing via e-mail is “never wise.” Not only is it “impersonal and cold” — you also won’t even be able to tell if your apology was accepted.

Classy diapers! The noted retailer Target is now offering an array of stylish diapers designed by Cynthia Rowley. The designer Pampers features pastels, stripes, madras, and ruffles. How classy!

Watering down! Bottled water sales in the

  • U.

    S. fell 2 percent in 2009 after falling

    • 3.2

      percent in 2008, says the Beverage

Marketing Corp., a market-research firm.

Bella Culo of Chestnut Hill claims if you want to make something tender, keep it in hot water, unless it’s your husband.

It has been reported fish oil may fight breast cancer. Women who already take heart- healthy fish oil may also be lowering their risk of breast cancer. Researchers at Seattle Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center surveyed 35,000 cancer-free postmenopaulsal women and found that those who took omega-3 fish oil supplements had a 32 percent lower inci- dence of breast cancer.

Huh? Drinking alcohol appears to be linked to a reduced risk of developing severe types of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and spinal arthritis. A study at Holland’s Leiden University, involving 7,000 people, found that alcohol con- sumption reduced people’s risk of developing these conditions by 62 to 73 percent. “These are very interesting findings,” says Dr. Paul Emery, president of the European League Against Rheumatism, but he also notes that alcohol should be consumed in moderation. Doctors, however, are not suggesting that people take up drinking.

The noted musicologist Albert Natale reminds us, among the many Italian Ameri- cans who popularized American songs here and abroad are Frank Sinatra; Vic Damone (Vito Farinola); Dean Martin (Dino Crocetti); Tony Bennett (Anthony Benedetto); Frankie Laine (Frank LoVecchio), Perry Como, Frankie Avalon (Frank Avalone), Bobby Rydell (Roberto Ridarelli), Connie Francis (Concetta Franconero), Bobby Darin (Walden Cassotto), Joanie James (Joan Babbo) and Jon Bon Jovi. Natale, Boston’s “Lawrence Welk,” also reminds us musical arranger Al Caiola wrote the theme song for the popular 1950s TV series “Bonanza.”




1 medium size eggplant 2 cups prepared breadcrumbs 2 beaten eggs ¾ cup olive, vegetable or canola oil

Remove dark eggplant skin with paring knife or potato peeler. Slice eggplant into one-quarter inch rounds. Layer slices on a flat dish and salt lightly. Beads of liquid will appear on the slices as they rest one on top of the other. Cover eggplant with wax or plastic paper and place in the refrigerator for at least a half-hour.

FOR FRYING: With paper towels, wipe beads of liquid from each eggplant slice before dipping into beaten eggs. Then coat with prepared breadcrumbs and set aside in a platter.

Heat one-quarter cup of oil in a skillet. Place breaded slices in heated oil and fry until brown on both sides. Place fried eggplant slices on paper towels to absorb oil. Then set aside on a clean platter. Because eggplant slices absorb oil while frying, additional oil may be needed in the skillet as you fry.

FOR BAKING: Place breaded eggplant slices on a lightly sprayed baking tray. Drip small amount of oil on top of each eggplant slice in the tray. Bake in a preheated 350F oven for fifteen minutes. Turn over all slices that have browned. Return to oven and bake another ten to fifteen minutes. Check often in order not to burn. Remove from oven when browned and tender to your liking. Continue baking remaining breaded eggplant slices in this fashion.

Serve hot or cooled. Remaining cooked eggplant slices can be refrigerated. Reheat in microwave for a later serving.

NOTE: Some North End neighbors planted eggplant seeds in large containers on their fire escapes or on the roof. Some grew them in their rented garden lots in Revere or Woburn. Others waited to purchase eggplants in produce stores on Salem, Cross and Blackstone Streets. Today they are available throughout the year.

When baked, they are a tasty and nutritious snack that can also be served as a hors d’oeuvre.

Vita can be reached at voswriting@comcast.net

Mayor’s Column (Continued from Page 1)

Google to bring their cutting- edge network to Boston, we continue to aggressively pur- sue options to further de- velop the broadband infra- structure in Boston for all of our residents, businesses and visitors. Access to tech- nology is a critical compo- nent for the future of any successful city, as it en- hances access to educa- tional opportunities, fosters innovation, creates jobs and

stimulates the economy. It is something that all resi- dents should be able to take advantage of, not just those who can afford to pay for internet through private ser- vice providers. By increasing access and upgrading our technology at our city’s li- braries, community centers and public housing, we are ensuring that all of our resi- dents can benefit from this technology.

1st Generation Italian-American

Vita Orlando Sinopoli

Shares with us a delightful recollection of her memories as a child growing up in Boston’s “Little Italy” and a collection of Italian family recipes from the homeland.

Great as Gifts

FROM MY BAKERY PERCH available on AMAZON.COM and in local bookstores — ask for Hard cover #1-4010-9805-3 ISBN Soft Cover #1-4010-9804-5 ISBN


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