Originally created 10/25/02

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BACK IN TIME

OCT. 25, 1937

Richard Morris, a 21-month-old baby, burned to death and his 4-year-old brother was injured yesterday afternoon when fire destroyed their home at 1155 First St., the coroner's office reported.

The baby's charred body was found under the bed springs in the smoldering ruins of the house, suggesting he crawled under the bed to escape the flames.

The mother of the two children said she had gone to a well about 150 yards from the house when the fire broke out. She and another family member searched the rooms for the child before the flames drove them out, officials said.

AROUND TOWN

Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

FRIDAY

COMEDY PERFORMANCE: Radio station WPRW 107.7 will celebrate the anniversary of its morning team, Minnesota Fattz and Cher Best, with a performance by comedian Ricky Smiley at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. at the Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St. The cost is $23. For tickets and more information, call (803) 278-4TIX or tixonline.com.

PSYCHOLOGY LECTURE SERIES: Donelson Forsyth, professor of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, will present the final session of the psychology lecture series at noon at Augusta State University's Science Building, W-1002, 2500 Walton Way. Mr. Forsyth will give a presentation on the diffusion of responsibility in groups. For more information, call 737-1694.

MEET AND GREET ALL YOU CAN EAT: House District 97 candidate Otis Smith will be available to meet and greet people at 6 p.m. at the Henry Brigham Center, 2463 Golden Camp Road. The cost is $15 for adults, $6 for children and $25 per couple. For more information, call Anthony Brown, 364-9466.

FALL ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW: There will be an arts and crafts show from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Saturday and from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Augusta Mall, 3450 Wrightsboro Road. The show will feature glassblowing, leathercraft, silver and copper jewelry, oil and watercolor art, woodworking, floral arrangements, ceramics, calligraphy verses, cartoon caricatures and more. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Louise Whigham, 840-1877 or 860-5420.

SATURDAY

MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY: In honor of National Make A Difference Day, Shepeard Community Blood Center is reminding all blood donors that its offices located at 1019 Pine Log Road, Aiken, and 112 Davis Road will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shepeard Community Blood Center is critically low on all O positive and O negative blood. For more information, call Cyndi Reeves, 737-4551.

O'DOUL'S PINCH GUT PUFFER: There will be a chance for participants to beat Private Puffer's time and to show their support for people with disabilities in a 7.5K cross country walk/run, beginning with registration at 7:30 a.m. The race will start at King Mill off Broad Street and end at St. Paul's Church, at Sixth and Reynolds streets. The cost is $25. For more information, call 823-8526.

SUMMERVILLE TOUR OF HOMES: The Summerville Neighborhood Association is celebrating 25 years of the Tour of Homes. The tour will be from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday and will consist of seven homes and one garden. The tour is a chance for all to enjoy the architecture, ambience and history of the Summerville area. The cost is $15. For more information, call 736-3401.

STRESS RELIEF

Things you can do to lower stress:

  • Go to bed 15-30 minutes earlier at night.
  • Reduce or eliminate caffeine consumption.
  • Get a massage. Even a 15-minute back rub by a family member or friend can do wonders.
  • Jot down your thoughts and feelings in a journal. It may help give you a new perspective on your life.
  • Allow some personal time every day. If you have a house full of children, get up 15 minutes earlier. Use the time to read, relax and reflect on the day.
  • Improve your appearance. Get a haircut, manicure or new outfit. Looking better will make you feel better.
  • Read a book.
  • Take a long warm bath. Romanticize the atmosphere with bubbles, music, a candle and a good book.
  • Nourish your friendship circle. Keep in regular communication with your friends. Sharing unsettling feelings with people you trust is the first step toward resolving them.
  • Limit activities with negative friends who reinforce bad feelings.
  • Be an optimist.
  • Hug your children and your friends. The power of touch is enormous.
  • Try the Serenity Prayer: "God grant the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference."
  • Do volunteer work.
  • Start a hobby. Take a class in painting, drawing, pottery, carpentry, knitting or cooking.
  • Catch your breath. This quick exercise helps you learn to relax your breathing: To a count of four, inhale slowly. Imagine the inhaled, warm air flowing to all parts of your body. Pause. Slowly exhale, again counting to four. Imagine the tension flowing out. Repeat several times.
  • Get away for an afternoon, a day or a weekend if you have time and can afford it.
  • Learn yoga.
  • Go to a movie.
  • Simplify your life. Cut out a few activities or delegate tasks whenever you can.
  • Learn to say no. Never give an immediate answer to a request for volunteering.
  • Schedule worry time. Keep worry time to a half-hour, and use that time to work on solutions to problems. If a worry crops up outside of worry time, write it down and worry about it later.
  • Don't procrastinate. Remember the old saying, "Lead with the body, and the mind will follow." Stay there. Spend at least five minutes at the task before you leave to do something else.
  • Help someone.
  • Write a letter to a friend.
  • DRY SKIN MYTHS

    Winter brings on dry skin concerns, and several misconceptions.

    Let's let the experts weigh in.

    MYTH: The more water you drink, the dewier your skin will be.

    TRUTH: Even eight glasses of water a day won't make a difference, says Dr. Kelly Hood, a San Francisco dermatologist. "The top layer of skin and hair are capable of retaining moisture from an external source, but not from within."

    MYTH: Dry skin leads to wrinkles.

    TRUTH: Sun damage and facial movements, not dryness, cause those lines and wrinkles. "Hydrating skin doesn't get ride of wrinkles, it just plumps the skin and makes it look better," said Dallas dermatologist Dr. David Alkek.

    MYTH: Drinking alcohol dries out the skin.

    TRUTH: Alcohol would make a difference only if you were a severe alcoholic suffering from deficiencies of the vitamins thiamin and niacin, says Dr. Ellas L. Toombs, a Washington, D.C., dermatologist.

    MYTH: The longer the shower or bath, the more supple your skin will be.

    TRUTH: The key to soft skin isn't moisture alone, but moisture trapped in by a barrier to stop it from evaporating, says Dr. Robert Jackson, professor emeritus of Canada's University of Ottawa.

    MYTH: Dandruff stems from and overly dry scalp.

    TRUTH: Most dandruff is caused by an excessively oily scalp, which causes skin cells to reproduce and shed more rapidly.

    MYTH: You can get addicted to lip balm.

    TRUTH: Using lip balm won't make you need more. What does make your lips thirsty, though, is licking them. As saliva evaporates, it draws water from the lips, Baltimore dermatologist Dr. Margaret Weiss says.

    MYTH: Lemon softens parched elbows and heels.

    TRUTH: While lemon exfoliates, it also will burn if you have any cuts or abrasions. It's more effective as a bleaching agent, Dr. Jackson says.

    - Better Homes and Gardens