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|lLII LN T 78 - CAPE GAZETTE. Friday, April 11 - Monday, April 14, 2008 How can I get more comfortable at social gatherings? MANNERS MATTER Maribeth Evans the subject they have chosen. You may find that you actually have something in common with them and start to enjoy sharing your experiences. I know that it is difficult for some people to talk about them- selves and they feel awkward doing it, but I have found this method to work. Sooner or later you will start feeling more .com- fortable and able to speak to oth- ers with ease. Give it a shot. I bet you will be a great conversation- Q - I feel really nervous when I have to go to a social gathering. I just don't like to be around people all that much and I am trying to work on this problem. Do you have any suggestions on how I can get more comfortable? What are some things that I can say or do? A - Get yourself a drink and take some deep breaths. Look around the room and see who might be interesting. If that does- n't work...look for someone who does not have a lot of people around them. Introduce yourself and start asking questions. (Nothing too personal, as you just met them.) Keep your questions on the neutral side: vacations, work or family. Keep on asking them questions and you won't have to say very much about yourself at all. You will find that people love to talk about themselves so much that they might forget that you have not said anything about yourself. Make the appropriate gestures or sounds to the things they say if you have no interest in alist if you just force yourself to only one way off this rock and the would not worry about what oth- do it. Q - My dad lives in an assisted living facility and he complains constantly that they lock up the food at night. He's hungry and wants me to bring him some Fritos and Little Debby snack cakes. He suffers from dementia, but is otherwise in good health. What is my role in this? Do I take him some cakes? A - I am sure that the facility has him on a balanced diet and must provide desserts of some sort, so the first thing that I would do is to check with the nurses in the facility. It may be that he is being provided an evening snack and forgets that he had one, or it may not be the kind of snack he is looking for. I would ask if it is okay to buy the snacks of his lik- ing and the nurse or aide could dole them out in a reasonable fashion. (Say...two per night:) They have smaller portion sizes available that would not get him all hyped up in the evening. It's worth a try. Let's face it, there is KIDNEY FAILURE LINKED TO DRUG USED DURING SURGERY Celebrate Grange l00/,[onth at April 15 open h0us(e in Lewes MoAinPs/hi  u niG  m ge tf n.ffilGr  g d n:J Yo Prl Vdr Cs 'hur  nTUdl teSc he f ns tcaon J hers to learn more about its pur- pose, programs and activities. 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"During Grange Month, we want our com- munity to know the Grange is a living organization that has a lot grams and activities for its mem- bers, it also provides them with a forum to voice their political con- ceres and teaches them how to strengthen their community through legislative action. The Grange is a nonpartisan organiza- tion. In addition, the Grange gives its members the opportunity to serve their neighborhoods through com- munity service projects that make a difference in the lives of every- tributes to that change in some way," Millman said. "Each and every person should ask themselves, 'What changes would I like to see in my commu- nity?' Everyone should want to make a difference in their commu- nity, and at the Grange, you can discover how to make that differ- ence." For more infoFnation about the open house and award ceremony, contact Millman at 645-8098. 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