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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, December 26, 2001

The Left Lane
From song to book

"God Bless the USA," the song, is now "God Bless the USA," the book. Lee Greenwood's proud-to-be-an-American anthem, which became the heart and soul of reuniting the United States (and even the world) after the events of Sept. 11, has emerged as an inspirational book (Rutledge Hill Press, $14.99). A CD recording of "God Bless the USA" is included. The book expands Greenwood's lyrics with photos of heroes living and dead, and assembles spirited quotes. Sample sayings:
  • "America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense, human rights invented America," — Jimmy Carter
  • "We are going to have peace, even if we have to fight for it." — Dwight Eisenhower
  • "One man with courage makes a majority." — Andrew Jackson

— Wayne Harada, Advertiser entertainment editor

One and only

The American ideal of having two kids and a dog may be changing. One-child families are becoming the most popular family size in the United States.

Blame the rise in divorces for disrupting families, delayed marriages, career-mindedness or late-in-life pregnancies, but one-child families have grown from 10.9 million in 1972 to nearly 20 million families today, U.S. Census survey figures indicate. Onlychild.com, an Internet newsletter and support group, says a third of those starting families today will stop at one child.

— Tanya Bricking, Advertiser staff writer

Freeze-dried poi, boy!

Poi m'boy, poi m'boy, poi m'boy will make a man outta you-ou. So the song says. But if you're living in a poi-free environment on the Mainland, just the thought of a nice, big bowl of the purple paste will drive you to tears.

If you've got a friend or relative in this predicament, The Poi Co. has an answer in the form of a product introduced last month and already selling briskly: freeze-dried poi. They start with pa'i'ai — thick, unwatered taro paste, the original "poi concentrate" used by Hawaiians when they were traveling or needed to store poi for a period of time. The pa'i'ai is immediately frozen and shipped to Oregon to be freeze-dried. The resulting 7-ounce vacuum-packed cans of poi powder ($15) last about one year on the shelf and make 3.5 pounds of poi with the addition of water. The Poi Co. also ships fresh poi via second-day air; check poico.com for information.

— Wanda A. Adams, Advertiser assistant features editor

A few tips on sexy holiday frugality

It's a challenge for frugal followers of fashion, but it is possible to save money while still looking ahead of the curve. InStyle magazine's December issue offers ideas: Instead of fishnet stockings, try "point d'esprit" (black dotted stockings); instead of a camisole, try a lace shell; and instead of a pashmina shawl, try a faux fur stole. Trade in big flashy belts for antique ones. Wear a ruffled top instead of a velvet shirt. Another holiday dressing rule: Know what's naughty and what's nice. Worn alone, fishnets or a satin bustier give off a tantalizing touch. But, say the editors, "Limit yourself to one provocative piece."

— Associated Press