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Landscaping Tips for Instant Curb Appeal (STATEPOINT) – One of the best ways to achieve instant curb appeal, according to the experts, is to effectively layer shrubs, plants and flowers in your front yard. Doing so can create a cohesive visual experience that naturally guides visitors to the front door. Landscape designer Doug Scott describes plant layering in art terms: “Just like in a painting, you need to have a background, a middle ground and a foreground. Each layer serves a purpose, and there’s no more important place for them to be on full display than your home’s entrance.” To help homeowners understand the purpose of plant layering and identify the best types of plants for each layer, Scott has joined forces with Exmark, a leading manufacturer of commercial mowers and equipment for landscape professionals and serious DIY-ers. Here they break it down for you: 1. Background: The background layer should consist of taller evergreen shrubs to ensure that no matter what’s in front of them, you and your visitors will always have something green to look at. This layer provides a cohesive backdrop and a bit of living color in every season. 2. Middle Ground: Here’s where to step it down a notch in height and add interesting shapes, colors or stripes that provide contrast against the darker green

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of the background layer. Herbaceous perennials, like lavender, are a good choice for this purpose. 3. Foreground: Finally, the foreground layer should help transition the planting beds to your lawn space or sidewalk, and should therefore be lower than the back two layers. It’s also where you can keep things fresh and get your hands dirty throughout the year by changing out annuals with the sea-

sons. Or, if you want a lower-maintenance entrance, you can choose smaller perennials, evergreens or creeping ground covers. Use the foreground layer as an opportunity to add pops of color at ground level and draw attention to your home’s entrance. Scott lays out a few other important tips to keep in mind: • Choose plants consistent with your home’s style. For instance, if you have a craftsman home,

483 Consecutive Months! you should probably skip tropical plants. Or, if your home is more minimalist, avoid an overabundance of different plants. • Don’t obstruct views of your front door from the street with plants. Likewise, visitors shouldn’t have to maneuver around plants as they make their way down the sidewalk. Neither is convenient or welcoming, so you’ll either need to keep pruning plants to size, or choose plants that won’t overgrow their space without a ton of pruning. • To make your entrance “the star” it should be, the plant material in the rest of your front yard shouldn’t be distracting. Rather let it frame the intended view. Scott offers more plant layering tips in “Making an Entrance,” a recent episode of “Done-In-A-Weekend Projects,” an original series from Exmark. To watch the video, visit Backyard Life, which is part of a unique multimedia destination with a focus on helping homeowners make the most of outdoor spaces. There you can also download additional tips and view other Exmark Original Series videos, including “Dream Yards,” “Living Rural,” “Prime Cuts” and “Done In a Weekend – Extreme Projects.” Through effective plant layering, you can boost curb appeal and give your home the grand entrance it deserves.


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Masons, Eastern Star to Honor 14 Students THE THREE MASONIC LODGES and Eastern Star

Chapter of Pueblo County are recognizing 14 “Outstanding Junior Achievement Awards” recipients. One boy and one girl were chosen to represent each of the seven public high schools in the Pueblo County area. The program will be held on Sunday, May 1st, at 7:00 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, 126 Broadway, Pueblo, CO 81004. (Rear parking off Evans.) In the event of Covid-19 cancellation, all plaques and pictures will be distributed to each family in the downstairs cafeteria from 6:00-10:00 p.m. Silver State Lodge #95, will host the event, with W.M.* XXXXXXXXXXX presiding and serving as master of ceremonies. The theme for this year’s pro-

gram will be “The Power of One” with guest speaker: Mr. Craig Eliot Cisney. Recipients of the 2022, “Outstanding Junior Achievement Awards” are:

Centennial High School:

Ashlee Sandoval, daughter of Ms. Tammy Sandoval Austin Lucas, son of Mr. & Mrs. Alan Lucas

Central High School:

Mikayla Cruz, daughter of Mr. Jesus Cruz & Ms. Adrienne Quintana Kadyn Betts, son of Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Betts

East High School:

Grace Helzer, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Doug Helzer Jayce Martinez, son of Mr. & Mrs. Matt Martinez

South High School:

Mariah Vigil, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Vigil Ian Espinoza, son of Mr. & Mrs. Richard Espinoza

Pueblo County High School:

Madison Fillmore, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Tim Weckx Ethan Conrad, son of Mr. & Mrs. Andy Conrad

Pueblo West High School:

Olivia Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Smith Noah Wagner, son of Mr. & Mrs. Jamie Wagner

Rye High School:


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hat Love is" Love is patient.... Love is kind.... Love does not envy.... Love is not pretentious... Love is not puffed up.... Love is not ambitious.... Love is not self seeking.... Love is not provoked.... Love thinks no evil.... Love does not rejoice over wickedness, but rejoices with the truth.... Love bears with all things.... Love believes all things..... Love hopes all things..... love endures all things..... The above can be found in 1 Corinthians 13:2:4-7 written in the Holy Bible.

Whew, that is both intense and seemingly unattainable for us mortals and yet it is what we all should strive for deep down and on the surface too. Difficult, but it seems to me to define the second part of the Golden Rule (We shall love thy neighbor as thyself) magnificently....... Just something to ponder for you! Ah, it's spring time once again. This is my 74th, of course I was only 2 months old when I lived my first springtime. I guess the first springtime I can remember had to do with hustling for the most eggs I could find and feeling okay that I was among the best at finding hidden eggs. Some kids were crying in the arms of their parents because they weren't successful (which made me feel guilty-guess it was my turn to reach the "age of reason"). The crying stopped when each kid was visited by the Easter Bunny personally and given an egg which made their tears turn into smiles and happiness. Seems a lot like a metaphor doesn't it? Love Thy Neighbor coming of age story. Would Mr. Putin have invaded Ukraine if "The Donald" was still in charge of the U.S. of A.? I remember venting my spleen to fill this monthly column about the hysterical Left and the calmer Right who desperately needed another Ronald Reagan. The Bush boys were Reagan light and lighter, maybe even light-

April 2022 - Senior Beacon - Page 3 est. I guess I became a believer in the Right in 1982 when Mr. Reagan started the renovation of Washington and America. I actually voted for Jimmy Carter in 1980 thinking that I could never vote for a movie star, plus the Dems trashed him and his Georgia Mafia. The whole world turned around throughout Mr. Reagan's 8 years (Please read the book "A Pope and a President") and carried over through the first 3 years of Daddy George's only term. HW seemed bored by the presidency and Slick Willie told us all that our roaring economy was failing and he had the answers for getting our economy back on track? So, he told a lie (not Bill Clinton!!) and somehow faked us all out for the next 8 years all the while padding his and Lady Clinton's bank accounts for their retirement years! My interest in politics began waning during young George's second term and when BHO came into focus I had had enough! The modus operandi of all politicians is to keep the pot roiling (boiling too) and the heck with "We the People." Just check into how much money they make especially when it comes to their retirement packages. We have people "running" the United States that have trouble putting a coherent sentence or two together. Yet, they win every two years or six years over and over again. It's not even a Party thing anymore. There

is not a dime's worth of difference between them. It's power and, money and money! Enough. Also, I listen to quite a bit of sports radio... kind of addicted..... my reason for telling you this is it is impossible to skirt the commercials. Man, the government's agencies are spending so much money on telling us how to live a better life for "mother earth." Here are a few: One, make sure you keep your tire pressure "spot on" because if you don't you will get less gas mileage. Then you will pollute the air even more with carbon emissions (most new cars and trucks tell you your tire pressure is off). Try finding a place to add air to those faulty tires. Not much fun. Two, it used to be a smart thing to warm up your car especially in the colder months but not anymore. Same reasons as above. There's one more but I'm old and forgot it. I promise. It was something so earth shattering that if we don't pay attention to this menace the world might just collapse. Let's bring this mess together. Love is.... all that counts. "The Pope and the President" is a great read.... coming of age used to be 7(?)...... the rest is politics.... yuck. Sorry folks. Godspeed to you and yours. Want to contact me? I probably won't answer you but you can try me at No trolls will be answered.

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tell you the truth, one of you will betray me.” Imagine the questions popping into the disciple’s heads. What have I done? Who could it be? Lord, is it I? Surely not I, Lord. Jesus knew each man. He knew His betrayer. “Surely not I, Rabbi?” and Jesus answered,

“Yes, it is you.” Jesus’s words were not only for His disciples but every follower to come. “I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me.” Has your heart been pierced with of regret? Is there something you would give anything to do over again? One more chance to get it right? “I failed again.” Yes, like the rest of us. No matter where we are on the spiritual ladder there is or will be a time when in some way, we deny our Lord. “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Jesus admonished His disciples regarding their failure to stay awake and watch. Each time He returned, He found them sleeping. The Lord’s caution to Peter concerned more than sleeping but his imminent denial of Jesus when confronted three times before the rooster crowed twice. Peter boasted that he would never deny Jesus. Still, when the rooster crowed the second time, Peter wept bitterly, having three times denied knowing Jesus. I relate to Peter’s despair. My determination to never fail my Lord places me in a position of arrogance and pride, rendering me vulnerable. Under pressure or caught unaware, I fall. The enemy’s trap closes. I am in a pit of disappointment engulfed by a cloud of guilt. Do you relate? Have

you been there? Are you there now? You are not alone. Jesus knows our flesh. He warned Peter to watch and pray so he would not fall into temptation. Peter fell asleep and later into temptation. What nudge pushed Peter to deny his Lord? Fear. Fear Denial of Peter painting by Gerard Seghers emboldens the enemy to strike and take advantage is faithful. He forgives and teaches of weakness. Peter’s focus was not me to depend on Him and on nothon the promise of Jesus but on his ing I can conjure from within. I am accusers. His mind was in the mopowerless without Him. My flesh is ment. Panic escalated his adrenalin, weak. Like the Apostle Paul, when I triggering a response opposite of how am weak, then I am strong. Recognizhe intended. Cursing, he exploded, “I ing and acknowledging my weakness never knew Him!” enables me to live in His strength I remember telling a lie and agoniz- working in me. Dependence on the ing over it for weeks, longing to take Lord keeps my vision clear, and I it back. The moment it was out of my recognize the devil’s traps and tactics. mouth the memory of this testimony He empowers me to resist temptapopped into mind. Upon returning tion, energizes me to flee, and helps from a long trip, this person lied me stand firm. Without Him, I can about dates to save money on the do nothing. I don’t have to ask, “Lord, airport parking fee. The Holy Spirit’s is it I?” I know when I have sinned. conviction was jolting. “Judas sold me God is still working on me. for thirty pieces of silver. Would you “If we say that we have no sin, we sell me for twenty dollars?” deceive ourselves, and the truth is not Retrieving spoken words is equivain us” (1 John 1:8 NKJV). Thankfully, lent to putting toothpaste back into a there is good news! The next verse tube. Impossible. However, if we con- tells us God is faithful to apply His fess our sin, Jesus promised that “He “Holy Spirit Comet” when we confess is faithful and just to forgive us our our sin and repent. “If we confess our sins and to cleanse us of all unrightsin, He is faithful and Just to forgive us eousness” (1 John 1:9). This promise our sin and to cleanse us of all unshould be in every Christian’s memrighteousness” (I John 1:9 NIV). ory bank. I claim it often. The cleansing process takes time. However, © 2022 Jan McLaughlin. Jan can each time I stumble or blatantly sin I be contacted at 719-649-2937 or by confess and ask His forgiveness. Jesus e-mail



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Local Couple Operates Famous Zerby Automotive

After Ron and I bought Zerby Automotive from Keven and Jodee Zerby in January 2021, we knew we wanted to ramp up production in the body shop. Many people still don’t know that we have a body shop, however, that is about to change! We have a new paint booth that is up and ready for use! It has been a big project, especially through these rough COVID times we all have faced. We struggled getting the project completed due to availability with

companies needing to have their hand in making this all a success! We have all our inspections completed and we are ready to start using it! Our new Paint Booth, by RTT, is much bigger and longer, it has a down draft system and a bake cycle, so where it would usually take a couple of days for a panel or a car to be ‘cured’ it will only take hours. The 27’ booth is designed to produce high-quality finish very efficiently. The booth takes filtered air that flows through the booth to an exhaust filter system at the other end of the booth. The AMU (Air Makeup Unit) has the capability to heat, or ‘bake’ surfaces up to 190 degrees! The advancement in the new spray booth will make for superior paint jobs! Sometimes we have people that come in our shop for body work to be done, and they don’t realize we are also a mechanical shop. The mechanical shop is what Keven Zerby started in Canon City in 1984. Ron

and I are so thrilled to continue running the successful mechanical shop and now a successful body shop! If you find yourself needing body work on your vehicle, stop down and see us, we would be pleased to help you, especially if you don’t know where to start… START WITH US! We work with every Insurance Company, and we can help turn your stressful situation into a worry-free situation. If insurance is not an option, that is NO PROBLEM!


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Someone in Royton, Oldham, England, woke up on March 20 and felt like something was missing from their life. And maybe breakfast was particularly difficult that morning. The Manchester Evening News reported that at the Barclay Pizza & Prosecco restaurant, as workers cleaned up after Saturday night's festivities, they found a full set of dentures on the floor in the bar. Barclay owner Emma Whelan posted a photo of a plastic bag containing the false teeth on Facebook, hoping to locate the owner. "We get a lot of things left behind after a night in the Barclay ... but this is a new one," Whelan said. "It must have been a cracking night."


The Roller-McNutt Funeral Home in Little Rock, Arkansas, is facing a lawsuit on behalf of the family of Harold D. Lee of Pauline, South Carolina, who was hoping to be buried next to his parents at a Quitman, Arkansas, cemetery after his death on Thanksgiving Day 2019. Lee's body was transferred to the Roller-McNutt facility

and arrangements were made for the casket and funeral, KNOE-TV reported, but according to the lawsuit, the funeral home alerted the family on Dec. 10, 2019, that they had "accidentally cremated the body." Lee was extremely religious and "stickily (sic) desired not to be cremated, as he believed his body would be raptured following the second coming," the lawsuit stated. His wife, Eunice, was violently shaking in shock when she got the news. The funeral home waived the cost of the funeral and returned $5,000 after the mistake was made, the lawsuit noted.

Out of the Mouths of Babes

Kristin Wiley, 49, was pulled over by Indian River County (Florida) Sheriff's officers after she barely missed hitting their stopped vehicle on March 20, The Smoking Gun reported. When they approached the car, they saw her 9-year-old son in the back seat, crying. The officer noted that Wiley's eyes were "watery and red in color," and he smelled alcohol on her breath, so he asked if she'd been drinking. She replied, "No," but her son piped up from the back

seat, "Mom, you can't lie to the police. You did drink." He told the officer that his mom had been drinking at a party and said he was "very scared while Kristin was operating the vehicle," the officer reported. A breath test recorded her alcohol content at nearly three times the legal limit. Along with DUI, she was charged with child abuse.


When Steve Nichols and John Winn of Indian Trail, North Carolina, saw a TV news story about a dog whose owners abandoned him because they thought he was "gay," they knew they had to do something. The couple of 33 years told The Charlotte Observer that they drove to Albemarle on March 23 to adopt the dog, whom they named Oscar, after the Irish poet Oscar Wilde. Oscar's previous owners had surrendered him for humping another male dog, which, Nichols said, "was one of the stupidest things I've ever heard. That's just pack behavior." Nichols noted that the dog hadn't been neutered and was suffering from heartworm, which led him to believe that "the

owner apparently didn't do anything to take care of this dog." Oscar is getting the care he needs and will join the couple's other dog, Harry, at their home.

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In the London neighborhood of Richmond, an unusual property that's been dubbed the "Invisible House" is attracting attention -- or flying under the radar -- of passersby, MyLondon reported. The front of the home sits on a busy thoroughfare and is almost completely covered with one-way mirrored glass, which reflects a roundabout across the road and the busy sidewalk in front. The family, who wanted to remain anonymous, said the architect wanted the mirror to "make the house 'talk with its environment.' We really liked the idea and ran with it." The back of the house sits on a quiet lane and features traditional architecture.

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In a scene eerily reminiscent of "The Wizard of Oz," the Castellanos family of Arabi, Louisiana, took a wild ride on March 22 as a destructive tornado ripped through the area, ABC News reported. Dea


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A U.K.-based startup called Invisibility Shield Co. has brought Harry Potter's most handy tool to reality, Oddity Central reported. The company's technology isn't quite as perfect as the fictional character's cloak, but it's close:

"From the observer's perspective," the company says, "the background light is effectively smeared horizontally across the front face of the shield, over the area where the subject would ordinarily be seen." Of course, they add, the shield won't protect users from dementors or Voldemort himself. They hope to start deliveries in December.

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This is an odd line to read in The New York Times: In “a still-emerging story” (exciting, no?), Project Veritas “worked to expose personal information about the Biden family at a crucial stage of the 2020 campaign.” Isn’t that what journalists are supposed to do? Just kidding! As we saw with Hunter Biden’s laptop, the job of journalists is to suppress negative information about Democrats. Instead of reporting news “without fear or favor” — Times founder Adolph S. Ochs, 1896 — the U.S. media now function as the Praetorian Guard for the Democratic Party. Still, you’d think the Times would be embarrassed to attack others for doing the reporting they won’t do. The story was about how

Project Veritas got its hands on the diary of the president’s daughter, Ashley Biden. (She’s the good child by virtue of being less of a drug fiend than Hunter.) It was titled: “Ashley Biden’s Diary Was Shown at Trump Fund-Raiser. Weeks Later, Project Veritas Called Her.” The Times no longer reports news about the president: It berates other journalists for reporting news about the president. Thus, the Times breathlessly reveals: — “The diary’s highly personal contents, if publicly disclosed, could prove an embarrassment or a distraction to her father at a critical moment in the campaign.” THAT’S NOT JOURNALISM! THAT’S HURTING A DEMOCRAT! IT’S LIKE ANTI-JOURNALISM. — “[The Project Veritas] caller was seeking to trick Ms. Biden into confirming the authenticity of the diary …” So? Has the Times heard of Woodward and Bernstein? “60 Minutes”? Journalism? The greatest journalists ever to walk the Earth (so I hear), Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, repeatedly hid their identities from sources, as described in their book, “All the President’s Men.” They also used insiders at phone and credit card companies to obtain private phone and travel records. Woodward approached grand jurors to try to get them to break the law by revealing evidence they’d heard. PULITZER PRIZE! The New York Times Book Review: “two young reporters left by default to play the hero.” To round out its indignation, the Times provided this bad-ass quote from the federal prosecutors investigating Project Veritas — oh

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yes, I forgot to mention: Federal prosecutors are investigating Project Veritas — “[T]here is no First Amendment protection for the theft and interstate transport of stolen property.”

Project Veritas didn’t steal anything. Maybe nobody did. Ashley left her diary behind in a house she’d been renting while in rehab, and a Trump supporter found it. That person later brought it to a Republican fundraiser, then offered to sell it to Project Veritas. But let’s say the girl who found the diary in Ashley’s rental “stole” the diary. Has the Times ever published anything obtained illegally? QUIZ: What is the most important event in world history? Answer: The Pentagon Papers! What was the name of that case, anyway? NEW YORK TIMES v. UNITED STATES. The hero of the Pentagon Papers, according to innumerable books, movies, TV specials, documentaries, poems and folk songs, was Daniel Ellsberg because he stole a highly classified government study of the Vietnam War and gave it to the media. But after hearing for my entire life Homeric epics to the Times for publishing the Pentagon Papers, it’s a little odd to have the protagonists of that story bashing a journalist merely for attempting to authenticate a document that may have been stolen by someone else. That was about lying at the highest level of government! How can you compare Vietnam to the idle ramblings of a reformed drug addict daughter of the president? Peronally, I think Ashley’s diary is far more interesting, especially her showers with dad that she says were “probably not appropriate.” The Pentagon Papers drag a bit. Anybody remember when a mundane political conversation among Republicans was illegally recorded, passed to a Democrat, and then printed in the Times? Back in the ‘90s, a completely random Florida couple (Dem-

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ocratic activists) recorded a private phone call between the then-speaker Newt Gingrich and his leadership team. Asleep yet? Wait until you hear the charges.

In the words of the Times — which wasn’t trying to make the charges against Newt sound boring — he stood accused of “giving untrue information to the Ethics Committee [and of] failing to get proper legal advice about the way he used money from tax-exempt foundations for a college course and televised town meetings with political overtones.” A college course with “political overtones”??? THE DEPRAVITY OF THE MAN! But the point is: A perfectly appropriate conversation about the settlement of a nonsense ethics charge was recorded in flagrant violation of the federal wiretapping statute by Democratic activists. The Florida couple, Alice and John Martin, just happened to be driving around, using a police scanner to capture private telephone calls near where Rep. John Boehner, chairman of the Republican Conference, on vacation in Florida, also just happened to be driving, while having one of those private telephone calls with other top House Republicans. Oh my gosh! I think that’s Newt’s voice! Quick, get out the recording equipment, Alice! Yes, it’s illegal, but let’s do it for “history”! Alice, who apparently had never heard of “television” or “radio,” but had a high-tech scanner and recording equipment in her car. That was another fantastic stroke of luck: The Martins happened to have a tape recorder in their car. They also happened to be flying to Washington, D.C., a few days later, where they personally handed the tape to Gingrich’s main antagonist, Rep. Jim McDermott. He made copies of the illegally obtained tape recording and gave them to the press. Guess who published excerpts of the illicit recording? Yes! The New York Times! There were no early morning FBI raids on the Times, the editors thrown in handcuffs, and their phones and computers confiscated — all of which has happened to Project Veritas’ James O'Keefe and his investigators. Nor did the Times seem troubled in the least by the blatantly illegal methods the Democratic activists had used to obtain the tape. One year later, the Martins each were fined $500, and that was the end of it. COPYRIGHT 2022 ANN COULTER


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Easter Hope “But the angel said to the woman, do not be alarmed and frightened, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; He has risen, as He said (He would do). Come see the place where He lay. Then go quickly and tell His disciples, He has risen from the dead…” Matthew 28:5-7a (AMP) As the first Easter morning was drawing near, a spirit of hopeleness was very evident in the hearts of the early disciples. They knew that the man they called Jesus had been crucified and placed in a borrowed tomb. Even though He had promised He would return again, the disciples, at this point, could not believe it. The evidence was too great concerning His death. The disciples knew that all hope had died with the crucifixion of Christ. Can you imagine the joy and hope that rose up in the disciples’ hearts when they realized that Christ arose just like He said. When Christ stepped out of the tomb, in all of His Glory, all hope was restored not only to the early disciples but to all of mankind for every future generation. That same Easter hope is available to us today and we, like the early disciples, desperately need that hope! As we look around us at the heartbreak, sickness, war, earthquakes, floods and famine - as well as the economic hardships throughout our world - we need the hope that can only come from the same Christ that

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Have a wonderful Easter filled with hope.

Kay Owen-Larson is the co-founder and President of Crossroads Ministries and the founder of the Crossroads School of Chaplaincy. This year marks her 59th year in ministry. An author, speaker, teacher and pastor, she has a heart for the elderly and would like to see many of them come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ in their last days.

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Mental Healthcare and You – Finding the Right Fit

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Recent research from virtual care provider MDLIVE suggests that confusion around finding a mental healthcare provider is common. One in five surveyed said they were concerned about finding a provider match and 70% experience confusion and uncertainty about where to begin. The research also revealed that not everyone knows the difference between the various mental health professionals -- psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, mental health coaches and others. “Many people are ready to get depression, anxiety and stress under control by working with a mental health professional, but get bogged down right from the start. Confusion about selecting a professional that best suits their needs causes a lot of people to give up. That’s something we want to change,” says Dr. Shakira Espada-Campos, who brings more than two decades of direct practice experience to her role as behavioral health medical director at MDLIVE. To help you in your search, MDLIVE is answering some frequently asked questions: When is it time to see a therapist? Mental healthcare is self-care that most everyone can benefit from. However, if your emotional state is interfering with your daily life, it’s definitely time to take action. Beyond the common signs

of mental illness, such as sadness, drug and alcohol misuse, trouble sleeping and mood swings, Dr. Espada-Campos notes that there are some often overlooked signals that could indicate it’s time to seek treatment. These include withdrawing from loved ones, feeling fatigued, having a lack of motivation and frequently “zoning out.” She also notes that life events such as decoupling, job loss or the loss of a loved one can often trigger the need for professional mental health support.

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What’s the difference between therapists and psychiatrists? Psychiatrists and therapists can treat the same things, however, psychiatrists are medical doctors who can diagnose psychiatric conditions and prescribe medication, while therapists are licensed providers who can evaluate and support people with emotional or behavioral health concerns through talk therapy. What should one look for in a provider? Mental healthcare is highly personal and it’s essential that your provider is someone you can open up to, make progress with and not feel judged by. details online or through the plan’s call center. Alternatively, you may wish to seek counseling through an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). EAP counselors can help Understand that you may not find the right therapist on your first with a variety of mental health concerns, however, members are try. Dr. Espada-Campos encourages individuals to both trust their typically restricted to a set number of sessions. If you’re suffering from feelings in this regard and to take A good place to start is by working with a provider who has experience treating patients like you.

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Signs of Nursing Home Neglect and Elder Abuse BY AARON CRANE—Mov-

ing a loved one into a nursing home is a difficult decision. Families doing this expect their loved one to be treated properly and with dignity. The unfortunate truth is that nursing home neglect happens more often than one expects, affecting millions of people in America every single year. --- Vulnerability of Nursing Home Residents --Nursing home residents are most often not able to care for themselves any longer and are admitted into such a living situation because of their personal vulnerability to injury or death if not cared for in supervised accommodations. Many of these residents do not have another place to live due to limited personal resources or few family members in close proximity. Families unable to care for their elderly loved ones may place them in a home to ensure they receive the best possible attention and treatment that cannot be provided at home. --- Neglect of Nursing Home Residents --One in three residents of nursing homes suffer from neglect, according to recent studies of American eldercare homes. Neglect is a failure to provide the attention and services required for personal security and comfort of residents. Neglect is not always an intentional act by nursing home staff or management. It is the existence of the situation that causes danger, harm and anxiety to people living in these homes, however. Federal and state laws regulate how nursing homes must be operated. Neglect can be attributed to overlooking issues of importance, ignoring resident needs and even direct actions of staff. --- Warning Signs of Nursing Home Neglect --Nursing home residents who do not have regular contact with family members are more often the victims of neglect than those who are frequently visited by family members. Family visitations should include careful observance of the elderly person to look for any signs of neglect or abuse.

Bed sores, stiff joints and other physical signs may be present to indicate there is a problem of neglect when the individual is left in one position for too long on a bed or in a chair. Medical neglect can occur when ailments or injuries are not treated or are improperly handled. There may also be signs of behavioral changes in the elderly person, staff behavior changes toward the patient or limited access to your loved one. Malnutrition and dehydration may also be present. --- Prevention of Nursing Home Neglect --There are many ways that nursing home neglect may occur. But many incidents can be prevented. By being aware and observant of the circumstances of your loved one’s living arrangements, behaviors and care, you can be quick to notice nursing home neglect, should it occur. Ongoing and regular family contact is the best way to keep nursing home neglect from happening. A thorough background check should be conducted into the performance of a particular nursing home before family members are admitted to the facility. Medical boards provide information about infractions or problems at a nursing home, in regard to abuse and neglect. Caretakers should be screened through background checks by a nursing home prior to employment. --- When Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse Occurs --When nursing home neglect or abuse is suspected, it should be promptly reported to law enforcement. Such abuse or neglect can lead to criminal activity at the facility, if left unchecked. When injuries are discovered, medical attention should be provided through licensed medical professionals outside of the nursing home to ensure the victim is treated and issues causing the problem are resolved. --- A Lawyer Helps in Cases of Neglect, Abuse --Whenever nursing home neglect or abuse occurs, it is important to contact a legal representative. This lawyer should be experienced in

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ome of director Adam McKay’s movies have kept me laughing throughout. His comedies like “Anchorman,” “The Other Guys,” and “Step Brothers” come to mind. And his directing also impressed me in serious films like “Vice” and “The Big Short.” But this time, McKay combines comedy and drama in DON’T LOOK UP, a timely satire about how and why scientific facts get lost


And what a cast he selected! Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett, Mark Rylance, Tyler Perry, Ariana Grande, Ron Perlman and Meryl Streep all deliver excellent – and sometimes surprising – performances. Jennifer Lawrence plays a Ph. D. candidate in astronomy who discovers a comet moving toward the Earth. She reports it to her professor, portrayed by DiCaprio. The scary thing about this comet is that it will crash into our planet in seven months. But when these

two out-of-their-league astronomers try to get the word out as quickly as possible, ridiculous obstacles stand in their way. When they finally have a few minutes with the President of the USA (Meryl Streep in top comic form), she’s too busy worrying about mid-term elections to pay attention. Then they obtain T.V. time, but the co-hosts (Cate Blanchett and Tyler Perry) don’t want to hear anything that might frighten their listeners. It appears that what’s happening with a pop singer (Ariana Grande) is more important than real news. When the disaster gets closer, the government does come up with a silly



plan involving Ron Perlman’s character, but a tech billionaire (an unrecognizable but wonderful Mark Rylance) crashes the party. Comet heading to planet Earth. A strange topic for movie mirth. But “Don’t Look Up” takes a big dare and earns attention that seems rare. Not all funny, as satires are. Drama parts also up to par. And actors get into their parts while slinging extra-sharpened darts. Government and the T.V. news don’t treat the facts, just cause the blues for poor professor and student who want action from President.


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Consuming More Fish Fats, Less Vegetable Oils Can Reduce Migraine Headaches A DIET HIGHER IN FATTY the largest and most complex of FISH helped frequent migraine suf- the body’s 12 cranial nerves. They

ferers reduce their monthly number of headaches and intensity of pain compared to participants on a diet higher in vegetable-based fats and oils, according to a new study. The findings by a team of researchers from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), parts of the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and the University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill, were published in The BMJ. The NIH team was led by Chris Ramsden, a clinical investigator in the NIA and NIAAA intramural research programs, and a UNC adjunct faculty member. Ramsden and his team specialize in the study of lipids — fatty acid compounds found in many natural oils — and their role in aging, especially chronic pain and neurodegenerative conditions. The UNC team was led by Doug Mann, M.D., of the Department of Neurology, and Kim Faurot, Ph.D., of the Program on Integrative Medicine. Migraine, a neurological disease, ranks among the most common causes of chronic pain, lost work time, and lowered quality of life. More than 4 million people worldwide have chronic migraine (at least 15 migraine days per month) and more than 90% of sufferers are unable to work or function normally during an attack, which can last anywhere from four hours to three days. Women between the ages of 18 and 44 are especially prone to migraines, and an estimated 18% of all American women are affected. Current medications for migraine usually offer only partial relief and can have negative side effects including sedation, and the possibility of dependence or addiction. “This research found intriguing evidence that dietary changes have potential for improving a very debilitating chronic pain condition such as migraine without the related downsides of often prescribed medications,” said Luigi Ferrucci, M.D., Ph.D., scientific director of NIA. This study of 182 adults with frequent migraines expanded on the team’s previous work on the impact of linoleic acid and chronic pain. Linoleic acid is a polyunsaturated fatty acid commonly derived in the American diet from corn, soybean, and other similar oils, as well as some nuts and seeds. The team’s previous smaller studies explored if linoleic acid inflamed migraine-related pain processing tissues and pathways in the trigeminal nerve,

showing a severe impact on quality of life despite using multiple headache medications. The diet lower in vegetable oil and higher in fatty fish produced between 30% and 40% reductions in total headache hours per day, severe headache hours per day, and overall headache days per month compared to the control group. Blood samples from this group of participants also had lower levels of pain-related lipids. Despite the reduction in headache frequency and pain, these same participants reported only minor improvements in migraine-related overall quality of life compared to other groups in the study. “Changes in diet could offer some relief for the millions of Americans who suffer from migraine pain,” said Ramsden. “It’s further evidence that the foods we eat can influence pain pathways."

The researchers noted that these findings serve as validation that diet-based interventions increasing omega-3 fats while reducing linoleic acid sources show better promise for helping people with migraines reduce the number and impact of headache days than fish-oil based supplements, while reducing the need for pain medications. They hope to continue to expand this work to study effects of diet on other chronic pain conditions. Reference: Ramsden, CE, et al. Dietary alteration of n-3 and n-6 fatty acids for headache reduction in adults with migraine: randomized controlled trial.

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GLEN VOLLMECKE Author: "Intermission a Place in Time."

Ghost and faerie tales are rampant in Glamorganshire U.K. Five centuries ago Chaucer wrote: " In olde days of the Kyng Arthour…Al was this lond fulfilled of fayrie… I speke of manhy hundrid yer ago: But now can no man see no elves mo." Misspelling these words plays havoc with my computer thesaurus, but it's mainly to emphasize the originality of the words, written so very long ago.

Earlier we studied 'stones.' The Stone of Destiny being our main focus. Hopefully my writings peaked your interest. Shortly we'll revisit another more familiar phenomenon titled the 'Blarney Stone' of Ireland, associated to a mountain of facts which are strictly breathed by the Irish today. Undeniably, some of these British Isles and surrounding islands contain more than their share of myths, lore's and superstitions directly linked to centuries of bygone eras. Unlike the general blue collar working population, such as farmers, and miners in the Welsh areas of these stories, the university educated scholars exhibit little interest in faeries, dismissing them as fantasies. Yes these are bizarre and fascinating revelations. Are they just fanciful delusions which enamored our youth? I think not. Our own maturity sporadically sidestep these tales. Skepticism blurs the

vision, also the mind. 'Once upon a time.' We're inclined to feel a sense of loss, as originally while youngsters it seemed a release/escape from daily life. We felt a feeling of empowerment, knowing that such tales as written by the brothers Grimm or Enid Blyton were written especially for us, with no doubts as to their meanings. Now it seems an irrelevant beginning to our tales. The words now practically hold less importance as we explore advanced technology. The paranormal still offers a fluttering of factual evidence in need of investigation. It's found quite confusing unless one is broad minded. All my writings are based on fact not fiction despite the obvious incredulities existing from certain folk. Ghost and faerie tales are rampant in Glamorganshire U.K. Five centuries ago Chaucer wrote: " In olde days of the Kyng Arthour…Al was this lond fulfilled of fayrie…I speke of manhy hundrid yer ago: But now can no man see no elves mo." Misspelling these words plays havoc with my computer thesaurus, but it's mainly to emphasize the originality of the words, written so very long ago. The prevalent belief lies mainly with those accomplishing menial but important tasks, such as those in pit/miner districts. These people are true followers of childlike fantasies, yet believers of insightful and sporadic mysterious certainty. Factually they believe and live their days attached to the fae kingdom. Despite this modern age of technology, children remain the core of these concepts, but we can only mourn their inability to access the realms of the 'other world.' Faerie meetings are principally held secret necessitating trust to prevent abrupt termination of initial contact. Legend circulates today of a bridge in Angelsea. While retrieving his father's cows a young lad was amazed and in awe of a daily 'gift' from the faeries. On a specific rock a gold coin appeared each evening, which for several nights the boy eagerly recovered with no knowledge of their source. At dusk while hiding at the forest edge he anxiously waited, his gaze directed toward the stone. Soon the story unfolded as a distortion of activity swirled around engulfing this average slab of rock. Delicate streams of iridescent shapes flitted back and forth almost in tune to an invisible orchestra. Tiny apparitions of creatures not unlike the human figure, clothed in glittering colored

lights sparkled within a vortex of this miniscule production. A curtain had arisen on the most magnificent performance anyone could ever hope to observe. The boy stood in wonderment. After a short time all became quiet, the incredible play terminated as brusquely as it had begun, and once again he retrieved the inevitable gold coin. Eventually his father grew suspicious, and demanded to know the origin of these gifts. After his confrontation with the boy, his son confessed. Stealthily they climbed the mud covered mountain, eventually discovering the notorious rock in question. The previous eve the boy witnessed dozens of miniature specters dancing in the moonlight… the exact location where father and son now stood. He desperately sought evidence to convince his father who also was a believer in the 'other world.' After walking through muddy pastures in the pouring rain, no coin was evident on the piece of rock, nor would there be in the future. Abruptly they both concluded that forthcoming faerie gifts would be terminated due to lack of the child's trust. The boy would never receive such coinage again… as their faith was shattered. The moral of our legend is this… any unidentified gifts should be covertly and appreciatively acknowledged without question, as you may never know their source…


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