Senior Beacon May 2022

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Committed To Southern Colorado Seniors For 41 Years And Counting



Established February 1982

**MAY 2022 EDITION**

"If You're 50 Or Over You Should Read It!"

Vol. 41:4

484 Consecutive Months!

Unique Ways to Celebrate Summer Holidays (STATEPOINT) – Summer

Many honor Juneteenth with educational and family gatherings, supporting Black-owned businesses, and by visiting museums and exhibits dedicated to Black culture. You can also send a personalized message of love and inspiration. And who better to deliver your message than Grammy Award-winning artist Alicia Keys? Her completely customizable

SmashUp video greeting is specifically designed to celebrate the Juneteenth holiday. Create a Custom Dad-Approved Experience this Father’s Day. What better way

to show your appreciation for the father figure in your life than by creating a day all about him? Think about his favorite hobbies and design an itinerary sure to receive the Dad seal of approval. Whether it’s a fishing trip, creating your own backyard mini-golf course, or going on a brewery tour in search of the best local IPA, it’s sure to be a Father’s Day he’ll remember. Get Crafty for Fourth of July. Fourth of July is the peak of summer and commemorates the Continental Congress formally accepting the Declaration of Independence of the United States in 1776. Often enjoyed with food, fireworks, and parades, it’s a bash that’s anticipated all summer long. Get into the patriotic mood by creating some original décor or USAthemed foods for your cookout or fireworks watch party. Try your hand at designing items like patriotic napkin rings, American Flag-inspired desserts, painting outdoor items such as flowerpots red, white, and blue, or even making your own sparklers and lanterns to hand out to guests when they arrive. Each summer holiday is an opportunity to bring people together to make new memories. By thinking outside the box, you can truly make a splash this summer.

holidays often revolve around being together, but whether your family and friends are near or far, there are plenty of fun and unique ways to celebrate these holidays in-person or virtually. Here’s a little history on a few annual summer occasions, and ideas for amping up the festivities. Host a Memorial Day Celebration of Life. While Memorial Day weekend is often the unofficial start Ask Marlene, your Real Estate Consultant! to summer filled with camping trips, beach parties and barbe• How many Senior Citizen Clients have you assisted? cues, it’s important to remember • What resources can you recommend for the move? that we commemorate this day to • What will you do to market my home? honor the legacy of those who have served and lost their lives in the I Have the Answers to These Questions! U.S. Military. “Let’s write the next chapter of your life story together. You can embrace the bond with Call me today for a free market analysis of your home!” your family by having a traditional Marlene Berrier, Realtor backyard party or picnic in re#1 in 2017, 2018, 2019 RE/Max of Pueblo West, Inc. membrance of those close to you The SUCCESS TEAM who have served. Honor them by Proven success with over $41 million in Marlene Berrier serving their favorite foods, playing team real estate sales in 2020! 719-547-8135 their favorite games, or even writ ing your favorite memories down on a piece of paper and sharing them with the group. Honor Juneteenth by Showing Your Appreciation for Black Culture. Juneteenth takes place on June 19 and commemorates the emancipation of thousands of slaves who were not aware of their freedom until that date in 1865. On this date, Union General Gordon Granger landed in Galveston, Texas with news that the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved were now free. And in 2021, Juneteenth was officially recognized as a federal holiday in the United States. EDITOR'S NOTE: Welcome to the de facto Women's Empowerment issue! In honor of Mother's Day and Women everywhere, especially in

our communities and our lives, this issue is brimming with content written by, produced, distributed, and created by Wonderful WonderWomen. From political candidates to awesome advertisers to our own past graphic designer Christine Casillas (now at Sangre de Cristo Hospice), to the ever-controversial Ann Coulter. In fact, every single one of our Senior menus owes credit to a woman behind the scenes. There are just too many Great Women who contributed to this issue to mention them all. A few more: Jan McLaughlin, sales extraordinaire and writer, the Gatzke Team, and Glen Vollmecke (writer). But we'd be remiss if we didn't mention our MOST important: Christine P. and Jenny P. Have a Happy Mother's Day!! And thank you for all you do!!


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Where Restoration and Healing Begin

Bring your Clubs and Help Us Make a Child’s Life Un-FORE-Gettable 2022 SMR Golf Benefit


Selah Mountain Ranch (SMR) is an IRS 501c3 tax-exempt charity and ministry. The charity consists of three principal activities: SMR Resource Center, PushStart Ministries, and Creston’s Home. We strive to bring RESTORATION and HEALING to Children, Youth, and Families in the Fremont and El Paso Counties of Colorado. We do this by meeting basics needs, teaching on-jobtraining that fosters identity, purpose, and healing, providing affordable housing for youth aging out of the foster care system, and MUCH more! Proceeds will be used to expand what we are doing by reaching more children, youth, and families.

Cheyenne Shadows Golf Club – Fort Carson – June 13, 2022 Registration begins at 6:30AM – Shotgun Start 8AM- No Entry after 8AM allowed

HEALING in a child’s life! • Cost per player $100.00 • Early Birdie paid by May 13, 2022, $90.00 • Price includes a round of golf, breakfast, lunch, snacks, and one raffle ticket. • Cheyenne Shadows will give each golfer a free round of golf to be used within 6 months (will need to pay for cart only). • Prizes for Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, Longest Putt, and Straightest Drive. Men and Woman have equal chances for prizes. Please visit our thoughtful & generous sponsors! You can register today by completing the form below. Please mail form and Payment to P.O. Box below or return to Rick, Christa or Dale. Contact information attached.

Selah Mountain Ranch (SMR) is an IRS 501c3 tax-exempt charity and ministry. The charity consists of three principal activities: SMR Resource Center, PushStart Ministries, and Creston’s Home. We strive to bring RESTORATION and HEALING to Children, Youth, and Families in the Fremont and El Paso Counties of Colorado. We do this by meeting basics needs, teaching on-job-training that fosters identity, purpose, and healing, providing affordable housing for youth aging out of the foster care system, and MUCH more! Proceeds will be used to expand what we are doing by reaching more children, youth, and families.

By Partnering with us, YOU can help offer RESTORATION and HEALING in a child’s life! • • • •

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Cost per player $100.00 Early Birdie paid by May 13, 2022, $90.00 Price includes a round of golf, breakfast, lunch, snacks, and one raffle ticket. Completewill Clock and Watch Cheyenne Shadows give each golfer a free round of golf to be used within 6 months sales and Service (will need to pay for cart only). Prizes for Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, Longest Putt, and Straightest Drive. Men and Woman have equal chances for prizes.

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You can register today by completing the form below. Please mail form and Payment to P.O. Box below or return to Rick, Christa or Dale. Contact information below. Name (as on ID): _____________________________________ Phone: ___________________________ Address: _______________________________________ Email: ________________________________ Foursome Names (as on ID):_____________________________________________________________ Please make checks payable to: Selah Mountain Ranch and Mail to P.O. Box 333 – Florence CO, 81226 or include credit card information below. If questions or concerns, please contact us. Contact information below. Name on Card: ___________________________Card Number: _________________________________ Expiration Date: ________________________ 3 Digit Code: ___________________________________

Selah Mountain Ranch – P.O. Box 333 – Florence CO, 81226. Rick – 719-371-0591. Child/Family Outreach Coordinator: Christa Jordan 719-551-0184 – President and Director of Outreach Programs: Dale Nuss 719-649-3076. EIN – 831223800.

By Partnering with us, YOU can help offer RESTORATION and



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DENVER, CO. Some older adults want to age in place with the goal of living in their own home or the apartment in which they have lived for many years. But some older adults decide to move to an independent living apartment in a retirement community. Retirement communities often feature assisted living residences to allow individuals to move from one level of care to a higher level of care as more assistance is needed. Independent living residences offer basic services including a meal plan, usually three meals per day; cleaning services; linen services; transportation for medical appointments; and activity programs such as educational programs, exercise equipment and classes, and entertainment. The independent living residences do offer security services such as staff on duty 24-hours a day, emergency response systems to help with fall management and emergencies; security lighting, fencing, and cameras; and fire sprinkler systems. They are usually staffed with a resident service coordinator and activities staff. Sometimes they have a wellness director who is a nurse. Independent living residences are not licensed by the state. They do not offer support with activities of daily living such as medication management, bathing, personal care, reminders, and cueing. Most Independent living residences have a month-to-month lease with a few offering continuing care retirement community purchase agreements. You can expect to pay a deposit and oftentimes a community fee to cover programming and activity fees. These apartments are less costly than an assisted living, since fewer services are provided. To talk with a counselor, order the print copy of the 2022-23 Colorado Senior Resource Guidebook or for help in navigating the website at, call 303-333-3482 or 1-855-293-6911 (toll free) or 1-866-880-4777 (Spanish).

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Parental Rights in Public Education

AS PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS, we all know how much we

care about education for our children and grandchildren. Education has become the number one issue for many people in recent years, mainly because of the COVID-19 shutdown of our schools, businesses, and places of worship. When our children couldn’t go to school, couldn’t go outside, and couldn’t play sports it destroyed their morale and set many of them back several years in development. Only 34 percent of fourth graders in America are reading at or above grade level. This statistic alone shows how dire our educational situation is in this country. In recent years, many government-funded schools have been pursuing a political agenda of anti-American history, divisive Critical Race Theory, explicit sex education and gender theory for children as young as kindergarten. These assaults on children’s innocence have often been deliberately kept secret from parents. As the people who have the closest involvement in our kids’ education, we have witnessed firsthand what they are being taught in schools, and what they are not,

as this curriculum was front and center in our homes for the past two+ years, all while our children were forced to stay home and not experience a social life that would help them develop at a faster and

grooming. States like Florida have taken actions to stop this radical agenda by passing laws like the Parental Rights in Education Act -- also wrongly known as the leftist

We have seen these radical teachings come to Colorado and we have seen these radical teachings continually pushed by the US Department of Education. I was the first candidate in the CO District 7 congressional race to publicly call for the abolishment of the DOE and for the return of parental rights in our educational process. more acceptable rate. Let’s face it, our children aren’t being taught, they are being indoctrinated into a global collective consciousness designed to erase all individuality, personal differences and original thought. What happened to reading, writing and arithmetic? It is our role as the guardians of our children to protect them from this radical educational agenda -- teachings like CRT, 1619 Project, revisionist history, radical sex education and

dubbed “Don’t Say Gay Bill”. This bill makes you, the chief executive officer of your children’s education. This bill does not ban the word “Gay”, nor is the word even mentioned in the bill. What it does do is prohibit schools from grooming children in grades Pre-K – 5th grade from being taught radical sexual education and from being converted to fit some artificial mold created by the radical left. We have seen these radical teachings come to Colorado and we

have seen these radical teachings continually pushed by the US Department of Education. I was the first candidate in the CO District 7 congressional race to publicly call for the abolishment of the DOE and for the return of parental rights in our educational process. The per pupil dollars should follow your child -- on average in Colorado, funding across the state’s 178 school districts ranges from $8,000 to $18,000 a year. This funding is primarily generated by a multitude of taxes, including business and property taxes as well as state income and sales tax. If you could use that money in the manner you see fit, rather than how the government mandates, don’t you think that your children or your grandchildren would get a better education? Imagine the possibilities if that money was in your pocket and it could follow your child. You could use that to homeschool, like I did with my son. You could send them to a private school that teaches curriculum that you know will benefit your child. Or you could still send your child to a public school and allow your-


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2 BBQ Chicken Baked Potato Soup Peas & Carrots 3 Bean Salad Apple Milk

3 Baked Ziti w/ Sausage & Marinara Bahama Vegetables Caesar Salad Orange Raisin Nut Cup Milk

4 Pico Lime Cod Lemon Herb Rice Carrots Coleslaw Banana Milk

5 Beef Bourguignon Mashed Potatoes Broccoli Roll Strawberries Milk

6 Pork Chow Mein Brown Rice Winter Blend Vegetables WW Roll Pear Milk



9 Meatball Sub Vegetable Soup Cauliflower Orange Milk

10 Lemon Pepper Cod Brown Rice Pilaf Peas 3 Bean Salad Mandarin Orange Milk

11 Hamburger w/ Lettuce, Tomato & Onion Carrots Coleslaw Diced Pear Milk

13 Ham Salad on WW Bread Cream of Mushroom Soup Spinach Mandarin Salad Strawberries Milk



16 Chicken Cordon Bleu Roasted Sweet Potatoes Mixed Vegetables WW Roll Mandarin Orange Milk

17 Beef Tacos w/ Lettuce, Tomato, Cheese, Sour Cream & Salsa Spiced Pinto Beans Applesauce Milk

Chicken Parmesan Pasta Cauliflower Tossed Salad w/ Dressing Diced Pears WW Roll Milk

12 Honey Curry Chicken Wild & Brown Rice Peas & Carrots Broccoli Slaw Apple Spice Cake Milk 19 BBQ Turkey Sweet Potato Fries Green Beans Tossed Salad w/ Dressing Orange Milk

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23 Beef Burrito/Green Enchilada sauce SW Black Beans Spanish Rice Mandarin Oranges Raisin Nut Cup Milk

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26 Pork Pot Roast w/ Onion Celery Carrots Potato Medley Caesar Salad Orange Milk

27 Turkey Salad Sandwich on Croissant Minestrone Soup Broccoli Sunflower Salad Apple Milk




31 MSRP $450 Riblettes 100 Meter Baked Beans Water Salad Resistant Potato Applesauce Milk





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Garlic Bread (17) Minestrone Soup (12) Strawberries & Peaches (12) Milk (12)/ Chocolate Cake (41) Calories: 805 Carbs: 119g Fiber: 9g Protein: 33g Fat: 25g Sodium: 975mg

Chuckwagon Corn (16) Yogurt w/ granola (24) Chunky Applesauce (17)

on Hamburger Bun (27) Scalloped Potatoes (15) Rancho Fiesta Vegetables (11) Claremont Salad (5) Milk (12) /Apple Fruit Cup (13) Calories: 700 Carbs: 96g Fiber: 13g Protein: 36g Fat: 24g Sodium: 660mg

Steamed Rice (19) Sugar Snap Peas (7) Cornbread (42) Black Bean Soup (14) Orange, sliced (16) Calories: 860 Carbs: 122g Fiber: 13g Protein: 39g Fat: 30g Sodium: 845mg

Paslied Pasta (17) Winter Mix Vegetables (5)

Dijon Chicken (8) Vegetable Couscous (17) Roasted Brussel Sprouts (9)

Sliced Turkey w/Turkey Gravy (3)


Pueblo Beef Stew (17) Roasted Potatoes (22) Zucchini & Tomatoes (5) Side Salad (3) w/ Ranch Dressing (4)

Fresh Banana (26) Milk (12) / Crackers (5) Calories: 710 Carbs: 91g Fiber: 10g Protein: 37g Fat: 25g Sodium: 915mg

Shepard's Pie (30) Winter Mix Vegetables (5)


Scandinavian Mixed Vegetables (11) Beef Noodle Soup (10) /Crackers (5)

Fresh Pear (17) Milk (12) Calories: 735 Carbs: 102g Fiber: 15g Protein: 40g Fat: 24g Sodium: 580mg


Chicken Fried Rice (17) Oriental Vegetables (12) Low Sodium Egg Roll (14) Saimin Soup (34) Banana w/ Pineapple (15) Milk (12)

Milk (12)

Calories: 900 Carbs: 135g Fiber: 10g Protein: 40g Fat: 28g Sodium: 1090mg


Cheese Tortellini w/Sauce (28) Italian Mixed Vegetables (6) Hot Fruit Compote (26) Turkey & Rice Soup (10) Dinner Roll (13) Milk (12) Calories: 730 Carbs: 99g Fiber: 9g Protein: 28g Fat: 31g Sodium: 875 mg



Jello w/ Mandarin oranges (20) Milk (12) / Raisin Nut Cup (22) Calories: 855 Carbs: 101g Fiber: 10g Protein: 49g Fat: 35g Sodium: 745mg


Slopper w/Green Chili (10) Ranch Beans (37) Creamy Coleslaw (10) Peach Slices w/ whipped topping (18) Fruit Cocktail (15) Tomato and Rice Soup (14) Hamburger Bun (26) Milk (12) /Crackers (5) Milk (12) Calories: 755 Calories: 910 Carbs: 98g Carbs: 101g Fiber: 10g Fiber: 12g Protein: 44g Protein: 49g Fat: 24g Fat: 39g Sodium: 1150mg Sodium: 1070mg


Calabacita (7) Pinto Beans (22) Pozole (13) Diced Peaches (15) Milk (12)


Scalloped Potatoes (15) Broccoli & Cheese (5)


Fruit Cup w/ Grapes (15) Milk (12) /Dinner Roll (13) Calories: 740 Carbs: 79g Fiber: 9g Protein: 51g Fat: 30g Sodium: 1375mg*


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Chocolate Pudding (6) Milk (12)/ Fresh Apple (22) Calories: 845 Carbs: 93g Fiber: 11g Protein: 43g Fat: 40g Sodium: 1170mg

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Turkey Wrap (28) Broccoli Salad (11) Vegetable Pasta Salad (10)

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Milk (12) Calories: 815 Carbs: 87g Fiber: 12g Protein: 49g Fat: 33g Sodium: 1050mg


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Columnist & founder of an international prison ministry



akes my blood boil,” an expression of frustration originated in the 1600s and when expressed, means someone is extremely angry about something. These words have been forefront in my mind over the past few weeks regarding many current events but the most paramount is

the killing of babies. I try not to get political in my message on this page. However, the life and death of a baby is not a political subject. It is a Christian’s obligation to speak out to protect innocent life. “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice” (Proverbs 31:8,9 NLT). Who will speak for the children if the followers of Christ will not? Calling a baby, a fetus, to a mind shrouded with delusion, somehow justifies its murder. The encroachment of evil permeates every facet of today’s society. How does this happen? How did it happen? The quote attributed to Edmond Burke, British statesman in the 1700’s. “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing” is still true today. Is the opposite true if good men and women were to do something. Absolutely! Of course, there is an army of good people fighting the flood of evil on many levels, including some amazing godly political figures who understand that God placed them in high positions for such a time as this. They stand firm and fight for truth to prevail. Those men and women need our

prayers and support. Another army fighting to get the truth out and wake up the sleeping giant of American populace, is found on the internet. These men and women are mighty warriors of truth. Find their videos and blogs on platforms that allow free speech unlike Facebook, Google, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. I find truth and real news on Life Site News,, The Western Journal, and Compass International Inc. which also reports prophecy updates. These are just a few of many. The horrifying and barbaric bill which makes abortion legal up to the day/moment of birth was just passed by the Colorado state Senate. God warned against such things. “They built high places for Baal in the Valley of Ben Hinnom to sacrifice their sons and daughters to Molek, though I never commanded—nor did it enter my mind—that they should do such a detestable thing. . .” (Jeremiah 32:35a NIV). “They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to false gods. They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was desecrated by their blood” (Psalm 106:37,38). Were the “gods” to which the Israelites sacrificed their children any different than the “gods” of today. Aren’t they the same substance? IE: Sex, pride, self, pleasure, convenience and so forth? Children are sacrificed on the altar of these gods daily. Our nation is flooded with

the blood of innocents. God had delivered the Israelites from the Egyptians, fed them in the desert, led them to the promised land, showed them many miracles, yet they turned their backs on Him. “But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold. In the desert they gave in to their craving; in the wilderness they put God to the test. So, he gave them what they asked for, but sent a wasting disease among them” (Psalm 16:13-15 NIV). Among the seven things God hates in Proverbs 6 we find “hands that shed innocent blood.” Legal abortion up to the moment of birth is unthinkable but there is something much worse. In your wildest dreams or imaginations, would you have thought that any person in any branch of government anywhere would consider a bill to legalize killing babies up to 28 days old? Me either! Yet, California just passed AB 2223, the most extreme baby killing bill yet. It removes all legal repercussions for killing babies up to 28 days after birth. Why 28 days? Why not 2 years, or 3? You get the point! When will this stop? This is not abortion, it is infanticide. Maryland had a similar bill, HB 669. Thankfully the sponsor pulled it from being considered by the state Senate committee. New York has one on the docket. Please pray the bill in California will be rescinded and New York or any other state will not pass such a heinous bill.




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Viviana Bozzi Joins Sangre de Cristo Community Care As Palliative Care Director

(Pueblo, Colo.) — Viviana Bozzi, a board certified family practitioner, has been named director of palliative care for Sangre de Cristo Community Care. Bozzi recently joined Sangre de Cristo Community Care after a 14-year career as a registered nurse for Parkview Medical Center, working in the Neuro Trauma ICU unit. At Parkview Medical Center, she helped launch the Sepsis Nurse Program. She spent three years as a nurse practitioner for United Healthcare. “My favorite part about palliative is working with patients and their families,” Bozzi said. “With palliative care, if someone wants to continue aggressive treatment, we can treat their symptoms so that they can concentrate on curative measures.” Patients in palliative care may receive medical care for their symptoms along with treatment intended to cure their serious illness. Palliative care is a medical specialty that focuses on supporting the patient as they navigate this life-changing diagnosis. “If we have a patient with fluid overload and they’re on water pills (or diuretics) and they’re experiencing shortness of breath, anxiety,” Bozzi said. “We work closely with the cardiologists to make sure that patient is able to breathe.” Palliative Care began under social work nearly 10 years ago but the needs of the community and the type of care under that framework have changed. “(Palliative Care) is a specialty,” Bozzi said. “We provide symptom management. “And it’s not just for geriatric patients but pediatrics and everything in between … we’re able to provide that extra support.” A native of Colombia, Bozzi and her family moved to Pueblo when she was a young girl. A bilingual nurse, Bozzi speaks fluent Spanish. Her skills help translate the language. And that also helps differentiate between palliate care and hospice care. Palliative care enhances a person’s care by focusing on symptom management for people with serious illness. However, hospice care focuses on the care, comfort and quality of life of a person with a serious illness who is approaching the end of life. In palliative care we work on care coordination and symptom management in coordination with specialists, she said. “I love when I go and check on a patient and they tell me, ‘I was able to do my laundry today, I feel so much better,’” she said. “We knew exactly what to do. We provide symptom management.” For more information, the palliative team can be reached at 719-296-6201 or visit the website at


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Can we all agree that any alligator walking anywhere in Florida -- on a golf course, down a street, through a parking lot, wherever -is no longer news, let alone weird news? This moseying gator, for instance, is NOT weird: In Venice, Florida, a large alligator walked through a neighborhood on Easter morning on its way to Harrington Lake, United Press International took the time to report, for whatever reason. The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office took a video -slow crime day. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was notified, but did not respond BECAUSE THIS IS NOT NEWS.

Anti-Social Media

The Federal Aviation Administration has revoked Trevor Jacob's pilot's license, The New York Times reported on April 20, after concluding that Jacob purposely abandoned a plane he was flying and filmed it crashing into the Los Padres National Forest in California while he parachuted to the ground. Jacob then posted the

13-minute video on YouTube, calling it "I Crashed My Plane." The FAA said Jacob acted in a "careless or reckless manner so as to endanger the life or property of another." In the video, the propeller can be seen as it stops spinning, and Jacob opens the door and jumps out with a parachute and a selfie stick. The FAA noted, "During this flight, you opened the left side pilot door before you claimed the engine had failed." The agency also noted that Jacob did not contact air traffic control, try to restart the engine or look for a safe place to make an emergency landing. But he got 1.7 million views!

Remember to Backup Your Phone

A woman in her 40s on a visit to Olympic National Forest probably won't want to go back anytime soon after a harrowing experience at the top of Mount Walker on April 19, The Olympian reported. The anonymous woman dropped her cellphone into a vault toilet (a waterless, nonflush toilet typically found at campgrounds and near hiking trails) and attempted to fish

it out using her dog leash. Instead, she fell headfirst into the abyss; she tried to escape on her own but ended up calling 911 with her recovered phone. Fire crews from Brinnon, Washington, fashioned a platform she could stand on, and they pulled her out and washed her off. First responders, who said she was lucky not to have been overcome by toxic gases, encouraged her to seek medical attention because of her exposure to human waste.

Government in Action

Citizens in Cornwall, England, are fuming after the St. Blaise Town Council ordered that 1,000 daffodils in the Old Roselyon Play Area be cut down because they can be poisonous if eaten and could give children diarrhea, Metro News reported. But a spokesman for the Roselyon Play Park Committee called the move "preposterous" and "totally bonkers." He went on to explain that the land was once an orchard and was home to so many of the flowers that a part of it was called Daffodil Walk. Residents took to social media to protest the directive: "When I was in primary school, every year we were given a daffodil bulb to grow ... Funny, I don't remember trying to eat them or anyone being poisoned." Another said, "Daffodils are also poisonous to dogs, (but) even my mutt has the common sense not to eat them."

Take a Deep Breath

Tom Jozsi, a 60-year-old maintenance worker in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was in the dentist's chair when his visit turned anything but routine, WISN-TV reported on April 18. Jozsi was getting a cavity filled when he inhaled an inch-long dental drill bit. "I didn't really even feel it going down," he said, but the bit was deep in his right lung, a CT scan showed. Pulmonary expert Dr. Abdul Alraiyes and his team at the Aurora Medical Center-Kenosha decided to try a catheter that's used for the early detection of cancer, allowing them to reach the small bit and pull it out without any harm to Jozsi's lung. Today, the bit is displayed on a shelf in Jozsi's home.

Police Report

The moral of this story: Always

keep an eye on that gas gauge. Police in Memphis, Tennessee, were called about an abandoned Chevy Suburban on the I-55 bridge between Tennessee and Arkansas on April 17, WREG-TV reported. The truck, left in a southbound lane of traffic, had been struck by another car, and while police were preparing to tow it away, the Chevy's owner, Catherine Mardesich, 54, returned to the scene, saying she had run out of gas. But when police started to inventory the truck, she allegedly said, "I don't want you going through my vehicle." And here's why: Inside they found 229 pounds of marijuana and $17,800 in cash. Mardesich was charged with possession. Nearest gas station? 0.9 mile.

Suspicions Confirmed

When a load of "weird" items were delivered to a Los Angeles-area charity in February, a worker there thought the donor must have been "rich or famous or whatever," KABC-TV reported on April 21. But one item drew the attention of the Los Angeles Police Department: a large stuffed reindeer that had a hole on its underside. A staff member at the charity was inspecting the hole to see if it could be fixed when three bags of white powder fell out. Officers said the substance resembled cocaine, but they took Blitzen away for further investigation.


Henry DeHart of Chattanooga, Tennessee, stopped to fill up his gas tank on April 14 and noticed that his 12 gallons of premium fuel only cost him $5.64. He figured out that while the price of gas was averaging more than $4 a gallon, the pump was set to $0.449. DeHart told the owner, who was "on the verge of tears," since he had been undercharging for several hours. "There's no telling how much money he lost today," DeHart told KRCG-TV. DeHart said the man behind him in line was not happy that he had brought the mistake to the owner's attention, but DeHart knew it was the right thing to do. In fact, he paid the owner what he would have been charged had the pump been set correctly. Good on him.

Let Someone Else Eat Cake

A birthday party for an employee


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SPECIAL TO THE SENIOR BEACON FROM THE EDITORS OF ANDREWS MCMEEL at Gravity Diagnostics in Kentucky cost the company $450,000, but it wasn't an expensive cake and decorations that ran up the bill, WLKY-TV reported. The employee, whose birthday fell on Aug. 7, asked the office manager days before to forgo the usual celebration because such affairs trigger his anxiety disorder, and "being the center of attention" would cause him to suffer a panic attack. However, the manager went ahead with planning a lunchtime to-do in the break room, which caused the guest of honor to flee to his car to eat his lunch. The next day, the birthday boy was called into a meeting and scolded for his reaction and was later fired "because of the events of the previous week," according to a lawsuit he filed against the company. In the suit, the former employee said the

company didn't accommodate his anxiety disorder and caused him to suffer a "loss of income and benefits and emotional distress and mental anxiety." The Kenton County jury agreed and awarded him the six-figure amount.

It's a Dirty Job ...

In Australia, Queensland's Bill Edgar is known to some as the Coffin Confessor. As such, Edgar shows up at funerals and speaks for the deceased, telling off family members, setting friends straight and delivering bad news about beneficiaries, reported on April 14. But Edgar's job doesn't stop there. His services, for which he charges $2,000 to $10,000, have expanded to removing items from the deceased's home that they'd rather the family


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not see: "Could be sex toys, messages of hate, love, whatever it is they've written down, that they want removed from their web browsers. One gentleman had ... a sex dungeon in one of his bedrooms. And that gentleman was 88 years of age, believe it or not," Edgar said. He even delivers his services in the United States and United Kingdom, and he said Paramount has picked up the story for a movie.

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I want to send flowers and chocolates to the Twitter employee who permanently suspended The Babylon Bee. Maybe a car. Apparently, it was the inanity of that decision that incensed Elon Musk, whereupon he decided to purchase the entire platform to stop the censorship. Liberals, until five minutes ago: Elon Musk is a climate hero! Electric cars! Solar power! He loves Obama! Liberals, five minutes ago: He believes in free speech? Fascist! Loads of liberals are threatening to leave Twitter if Musk’s deal goes through. To those who will miss The New York Times’ Charles Blow, I understand. I will try to ease the pain by tweeting, every day for the rest of my life: “[FILL IN THE BLANK] is racist!”

If you’re wondering why liberals are freaking out over the idea of free speech on one single internet platform, it’s because their ideas are so well thought-out and compellingly argued that they must have total control of all social media, mainstream media, entertainment, elementary schools, colleges, universities, nonprofits, corporate PR departments, government funding agencies, advertising firms and on and on and on. Any interruption to Big Brother being pumped into our brains 24 hours a day, and everything falls apart. A hysterical Twitter employee in the “toxicity and health” department (I’m not making that up) denounced Musk to a Times reporter, saying, “he doesn’t know anything about our policies and what we do … his statement about our [algorithm] was f—ing insane … Were (sic) just gonna let everyone run amok?” Do Twitter employees know how Twitter works? Take a theoretical hate-speaker — a fat-shaming Klanner, an anti-vax Nazi or Dave Chappelle. Their literally murderous tweets are invisible — unless you intentionally, willfully, mindfully click their “follow” buttons. In order to avoid seeing “toxic” tweets, this is what you have to do: NOTHING! But Twitter moderators are terrified that someone, somewhere, is laughing at a tweet. They are the mutant baby of medieval scolds and the East German Stasi. Conservatives can only dream of a Twitter without constant, daily self-censorship, without their followers being secretly removed, their feeds hidden, their accounts being shadow-banned — or completely banned. But what if this is all just Musk doing an elaborate troll?

Somebody should buy Twitter, as I explained last November to the richest person I know under 70. (The richest people I know over the age of 70 are giving all their money to Sen. Tim Scott and Candace Owens to prove they’re not “racist.”) Here it is, my personal private email, names redacted: Date: Nov. 30, 2021, at 2:04:51 a.m. EST Subject: You should buy Twitter and I’ll tell you why …

ALL news comes from Twitter. Facebook is for getting in touch with high school friends and the “topic” groups are mostly nuts — anti-vax, stop the steal, black conspiracy theories. Same w/the newer platforms like Telegram. Snapchat and Instagram are for “influencers,” wannabe Kardashians. Twitter is where the NYT, Politico and Fox News etc. get their stories and find their guests. Have one of your ppl read my Twitter feed and then watch XXXXX for a week. I’m his unpaid booker and content provider, except, sadly, when I get lazy and he goes off on his own with some moronic “expose” … No one under 60 watches cable news, but YYYY, who’s about 90, calls me after XXXXX’s show every night and breathlessly tells me about stories that are 12 to 36 hours old on Twitter, half the time from my Twitter feed. Even with Twitter’s censorship of conservatives, the smartest rightwing pushback on the news has all come from Twitter. e.g. this week, HUGE meme on Twitter about the establishment media describing the BLM terrorist mowing down the lovely xmas parade in Waukesha as a “car crash,” or “SUV runs into parade.” There was also the msm’s decision to describe every rt-wing

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Southern Colorado’s Hidden Gem for Aging Veterans If you’ve spent much time

in Southern Colorado, you’ve learned we’re known for our many “hidden gems.” Surprise waterfalls, diverse towns, and… a remarkable nursing home for Veterans, Widows/ Spouses of Veterans, and Gold-Star Parents. While Coloradans might not be familiar with the highly rated Spanish Peaks Veterans Community Living Center, it’s important they know that this resource is in Huerfano County and that many Veterans qualify for benefits that can save families thousands each month at the award-winning skilled nursing community. Located on Highway 160, about three miles west of I-25 in Walsenburg, Spanish Peaks Veterans Community Living Center neighbors Lathrop State Park. It’s surrounded on three sides by some of the state’s most picturesque peaks, while the edge of the plains lies to the east. Though uniquely Coloradan in location, the community is open to residents from all 50 states. Families love the security knowing the skilled nursing home directly adjoins a critical access hospital, on a campus with an ER, clinics, and

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The Faith of Mothers “When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.” 2 Timothy 1:5

You may not know the name Anna Jarvis, but she was the first one to suggest having a national observance of an annual day honoring all mothers because she had loved her mother so much. At a memorial a dialysis center. Inside the comservice for her mother on May 10, munity, residents enjoy three daily 1908, she gave a carnation, which meals in a grand dining hall, with was her mother's favorite flower, to stunning mountain and lake views – every person who attended. The idea among fellow vets. Activities abound of honoring mothers soon caught on, and on May 9, 1914 by an act of conthroughout the day and residents are often spotted enjoying a moment gress, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in of quiet in the community’s lovely May as Mother's Day. He established courtyards. it as a time for ''public expression of Throughout the years, the “SPV- our love and reverence for the mothCLC” has focused on hiring emers of our country.'' ployees with compassionate hearts, the desire to serve, and an immense Mother's Day is one of the most respect for our nation’s military. The celebrated days of the year. We are community holds the highest rating told there are more telephone calls from Medicare (CMS), enjoys a 4.8- made on Mother's Day than any othstar rating on Google, and is current- er time. It is a day when we remember our mothers, grandmothers and ly accepting residents with varying great-grandmothers. We love giving levels of need. them gifts, visits, and phone calls. Abraham Lincoln said, ''No man is Call (719) 738-5133 or visit SPVCLC. poor who has a godly mother.''

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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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9 Questions To Ask Your Ophthalmologist (NAPSI)—If you’re like most people, this is a familiar scene: You’re nearing the end of your appointment with your physician, and they ask, “Do you have any questions?” You want to take advantage of the short amount of time you have with the one person who can decipher tests and explain medical issues specific to you, but you blank. Getting the most out of your regular eye exam depends on asking good questions. Not sure where to begin? Here’s a list of smart questions to ask your ophthalmologist at your next eye exam: 1. Am I at risk for eye disease? There are several risk factors for eye disease, including family history, ethnicity, age and so on. Take the time with your ophthalmologist to identify your own eye health risks. 2. Can my other health issues affect my eyes? Several systemic diseases, including high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes, can affect eyesight. Your ophthalmologist is the best person to discuss how your medical history can lead to potential eye disease. 3. Why is this test being done? During a routine eye exam, your ophthalmologist will run tests to screen for eye diseases and visual impairment. This can include checking how your pupil responds to light, measuring your eye pressure to screen for diseases such as glaucoma or dilating your eye to

check the health of your retina. 4. Would you have this procedure yourself? Some eye surgeries are urgently required to protect your vision but others are optional, such as laser eye surgery or just one of a range of treatment options for your condition. An ophthalmologist will be able to help you decide if you are a good candidate for surgery, walk you through the latest data, and discuss potential risks. 5. Is this normal? Dealing with dry eyes? Noticing new floaters in your vision? Share these symptoms with your ophthalmologist. They can determine whether this is a normal part of aging or a sign of eye disease. 6. I can’t see well while reading or driving. What should I do? Usually, declining vision means you just need new glasses. But in some cases, there are alternatives to glasses that can improve your quality of life. If you’re having a difficult time enjoying your favorite hobbies and activities, ask your ophthalmologist if you’re a good candidate for newer vision correction options. 7. Will COVID-19 affect my eyes? Your ophthalmologist is your best resource for the latest information on diseases related

to the eye, including eye-related symptoms linked to COVID-19. If

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age 40 and every year or two after age 65, even if your vision seems fine. That’s because leading causes of blindness can begin without any noticeable symptoms. An ophthalmologist—a physician who specializes in medical and surgical eye care—can help save your vision before it’s too late. EyeCare America Can Help If the cost of an eye exam is a concern, the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s EyeCare America program may be able to help. This national public service program provides eye care through volunteer ophthalmologists for eligible seniors 65 and older and those at increased risk for eye disease. Learn More: For further information regarding EyeCare America and to see if you or someone you care for qualifies, visit

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Tips for Enjoying the Sunny Season Safely (STATE POINT)—As the days

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tomos (PLE). Polypodium leucotomos is a tropical fern native to Central and South America that has been used for centuries as a remedy for skin-related conditions. 3. Protect your feet: Wearing properly-fitting, sports-specific footwear can help you avoid overuse injuries such as plantar fasciitis and tendonitis. Over time and mileage, athletic shoes lose their ability to absorb shock and will need to be replaced to help keep the muscles and joints in your feet and ankles protected. Headed for a swim? Always wear pool shoes or flip flops in the locker room to prevent athlete’s foot and skin infections.

the woods, wear long sleeves and use an EPA-approved insect repellent. When you get home, do a quick inspection for ticks. You can also make your yard a safer, more comfortable place to spend time

by using a citronella candle or tiki torch to ward off mosquitoes. Warm sunny weather is ideal for fun, active days spent outdoors. Just be sure to take precautions to stay healthy and safe.

4. Protect your vision: UV light is harmful to eye health and can put you at greater risk for a number of conditions that impact vision. Wearing sunglasses with UV protection is a good idea. A hat with a brim or cap with a visor can offer eyes additional shade with the bonus of protecting your scalp and face too. At the pool, keep chlorine and other disinfecting chemicals out of your eyes by always using goggles. Some pairs even offer UV protection. 5. Ward off bugs: There’s nothing more calming than connecting with nature, that is until biting and stinging bugs find their way to you. When going for walks in

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y favorite Jennifer Lopez movies are ‘Selena,” “Enough,” and “Shall We Dance?” But now I am happy to add MARRY ME to that list. As entertainment



goes, this offering wowed me. I’m an incurable romantic, so the pairing of Lopez and Owen Wilson pleased me. And getting to see the ultra-talented Lopez sing and dance on screen made me very happy indeed. But that’s not all. Throw in amusing Sarah Silverman as the leading man’s buddy as well as adorable Chloe Coleman as his daughter and that sealed the deal for me. Also impressive is the feeling of the movie. It’s so warm and cozy when not showcasing the music superstar’s hectic life. Watch for a beautiful scene when the co-stars are listening to “If Ever I Would Leave You” from the musical

Camelot. (Ahhh! Be still my heart.) A math teacher and music star look at each other from afar. He’s at concert and she sees him. “Marry Me,” she shouts on a whim. Emotional, about to cry, the star is counting on this guy to help her through a real bad patch although they don’t look like a match. Owen Wilson and J-Lo click. They play the couple in this flick. Their ups and downs are fun to see. We love them in this new movie.

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teacher, I wanted to stand up and cheer them on! And watching J-Lo interact with these youngsters is priceless.

Two other actors caught my eye. Maluma really gets into the groove as a music superstar and cheating fiancé, and John Bradley won me over as J-Lo’s caring manager.

Musical numbers look exciting. And J-Lo, as always, gives her all. FULL DISCLOSURE: Because of my hearing loss, I couldn’t hear much of J-Lo’s dialogue. But I knew what she was saying in every scene because of her body language and emotional facial expressions. Now that’s acting!

My conclusion is short and sweet. Even if you are not a fan of Owen Wilson or Jennifer Lopez, take a chance on “Marry Me.”

(Released by Universal Pictures and Peacock. Rated “PG-13” by MPAA.)


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Meet Sarina Adame, Pueblo Candidate for Clerk & Recorder (PUEBLO, CO)– What makes a perfectly sane and rational person run into a burning building? Or run into oncoming traffic to save someone? Or brave a raging storm to get others to safety? I have always admired that kind of instinct and bravery. It is with awe and reverence that we look at those brave folks willing to stand in the gap when action is needed. When a life matters. I think it requires a certain amount of bravado and tenacity to enter into a race for public office. In this day of politics and the ugly, brutal nature of the “shark pool’ why would anyone, sane and rational, want to wade into shark infested waters or toss their hat into the ring to run for a public office. Especially an office so ripe with conflict and agitation as the Pueblo County Clerk and Recorder. It would take a gladiator to walk into that ring; to make sense of the policies and procedures that have kept that office in turmoil for years. And then. . . I met Sarina Adame. I had an opportunity to hear her speak and was intrigued by the conviction of what she wanted to do. She did not use overly visual vocabulary or over rehearsed story lines with quirky comically timed remarks for dramatic affect. She had a controlled passion to set forth a plan. An actual plan. No fluff, no postering - just a plan. I was not sure how, but in short order I was drawn to her vision and it all made sense. Her “burning building” is the office and the atmosphere of the current office and staff. This hero will need to put out the current hostile fires within the office and take solid inventory of what changes need to be made and what staff in the office is not so “burned” in the process they can help restore calm and consistency. Sarina, is the daughter of a single parent and the youngest of three siblings. She learned that anything worth having is worth working for. She grew up in Pueblo on the south side. She is a proud, third generation Mexican- American. But she will refer to herself as an American always. She is not one to get blinded or swayed by labels. She is proud of her linage but proudest of her rights and privileges as an American to work hard for a limitless future. She has watched strong women role models in her family break barriers and claim dreams that might seem impossible to others. She met her husband, Terrel, when she was 19 and while both were in college. Together they share 2 children and a solid commitment to family values to make

sure their children live well and free and have as many choices for an even better future. Don’t let her small stature fool you. She is every inch a gladiator and has the tools to do battle. She is the youngest candidate for the position with the most education. She worked hard to get her Masters degree in Business Administration and has experience with complicated budgets and forecasting. She is a trusted member of the financial staff at Dolores HuertaPreparatory High School and she has managed staff and budgets for small firms and associations with transparency and trust. Of equal importance she understands Pueblo and the unique citizenry that makes up this community. Each community has its own heartbeat and Pueblo is no different. There is a knowledge that comes with a lifetime spent here. . . When I asked why she would go through this battle, to put her family on the firing line and stand in the gap she was clear in her answer. “You cannot watch the destruction of public trust and simply do nothing. It is hard to watch politics on a national scale and see and hear the people get so discouraged. We need to clean up our own back yard - show the state how it is done - lead by example”. Cleaning up the voter roles is near the top of her list of priorities. Restoring public trust in the office, training and empowering staff to be pro-active in solving problems, and being available and open to questions. Doing all this will take effort and energy and coordination with other departments. “We need to open doors and to communicate in ways that empower departments to facilitate cooperation.” She wants to instill confidence in the voters her own age. Many have decided not

to get involved or to be part of the process. That is disheartening and if she can influence a trend back to service and commitment and to hear the issues, open debate and dialogue, and vote, it will make a strong difference in how our community moves forward. That small shift will have more impact on our future than large amounts of meaningless legislation. She does understand the new bills put forth in Denver and how it affects the local clerks and election process. She tirelessly reads the bills to make sure we will operate within the law. Where change needs to happen she will gladly champion that to those

that have a voice in Denver. It is hard not to be impressed with her vision and her calm, straightforward demeanor. She is committed to making the office of Clerk and Recorder one Pueblo and this county can be proud of. She knows that it will take hard work and she is not afraid. People who are determined, worked hard for what they have, and are goal minded are where she came from. Her history is Pueblo’s history. Her message: Sarina Adame for Pueblo County Clerk and Recorder.


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Social Security Administration to Resume In-Person Services at Local Offices


“I am pleased to announce that local Social Security offices will restore in-person services, including for people without an appointment, on April 7, 2022," said Kilolo Kijakazi, Acting Commissioner. To avoid waiting in line, I strongly encourage people, who can, to use our online services at www., call us, and schedule appointments in advance rather than walking in without an appointment. Phone appointments can save you a trip to a busy office. I thank the public for your patience as we work to increase service. Customers who walk in without appointments may encounter delays and longer waits at our offices. Be aware that our offices tend to be the busiest first thing in the morning, early in the week, and during the early part of the month, so people may want to plan to visit at other times. Given that many of the people

we serve have health vulnerabilities, and consistent with our union agreements, we are continuing to require certain safety measures including masking, physical distancing, and self-health checks for COVID-19 symptoms. We will provide masks to the public and employees if they want them. Thoughtful planning and preparation have shaped our process to restore in-person services. Social Security employees are dedicated to serving the public, and we are ready to welcome the public back to our offices. Our local managers understand and can address the needs of their communities. We have also implemented office-to-office support as well as brought recently retired employees back to assist the public. We thank the many interested stakeholders including the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living and national advocate organizations for your help. Throughout the pandemic, millions of people have used our secure and convenient online services and received help by phone.

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SSI Recipients are Eligible for Discounted Internet Service

Pray for those legislators who are blinded by satan. God gives us a voice and calls us to use it. Silence kills. Jesus came that Internet access is now necessary for computer, or tablet from particiwe might have life and that more work, school, healthcare, and more. pating providers. To qualify for this abundantly. This promise is for chil- However, for many households, it one-time discount, households must dren as well. Be a voice for children. remains unaffordable. The Federcontribute more than $10 and less Through Paul’s letter to the Romans, al Communications Commission than $50 toward the purchase price. God’s message speaks of our times. (FCC) wants everyone, including Any household with an individual “For although they knew God, they your clients, to access reasonably who receives Supplemental Security priced internet services. The FCC neither glorified him as God nor Income (SSI) is eligible to receive recently launched the Affordable gave thanks to him, but their thinkdiscounted internet service through Connectivity Program (ACP) to ing became futile, and their foolish reduce the cost of getting online. the ACP. Social Security doesn’t hearts were darkened. Although they The ACP provides a discount of up count ACP assistance as income or a claimed to be wise, they became fools. to: resource for SSI purposes. Receipt of . . Because of this, God gave them $30 per month toward internet this assistance will not affect a perover to shameful lusts. . . 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The leprechaun:

A spectacled wrinkled, wizened and bearded hobgoblin, he's essentially benevolent to mankind in general. Although sadly his hospitable qualities are disguised by his often hideous appearance. Often he enjoys a pinch of 'snuff' which enables a projection of his pleasanter personality.

Imagine a faerie image unlike any previous preconceived concepts... The Irish Leprechaun i.e. also known in Irish as a Luchorpan . Myth or folklore, this little character remains a consistent symbol throughout all of Ireland. Apparently already wealthy he's a solid mystical entity persistently searching for another pot of gold. Basically he's a male faerie, but 'remains invincible and fickle, always ready to dispel fixed ideas of faes, known as little defenseless beings with transparent wings. Shoemakers by trade they work only on elfin shoes using only the best tiny nails hammers and leather. Clad in red with silver buckled patent leather shoes he sports a pointed cap upon his mass of ginger hair. A ruddy complexion not uncommon for redheads and a rather long pointed nose completes his visage. Often a well-used leather apron signify-

ing his trade as a cobbler finishes his look. While intensely working, rings of pale blue smoke surround his head, and engulf his gray beard, the predictable pipe being his passion in life. Capricious and wily this diminutive character remains elusive, yet never fails to astonish when least expected. His Irish name the Luchorpan means 'little body' (with a massive disposition.) But by his portrayal, you already knew that! Many are heavy drinkers, they are seldom sober even while wielding the hammer of his trade. Occasionally they're found at night haunting cold bleak cellars. Actually they're extremely humble creatures, and each remains wealthy in his own right. In fact it's known that by stealing his magical ring, coin or amulet one can barter for release of his treasures…so they say. However considered by many an unworthy trickster, he's capable of enthralling magic, which is primarily captivating to the human soul, but which often within minutes can turn immodest and offensive. A spectacled wrinkled, wizened and bearded hobgoblin, he's essentially benevolent to mankind in general. Although sadly his hospitable qualities are disguised by his often hideous appearance. Often he enjoys a pinch of 'snuff' which enables a projection of his pleasanter personality. With whimsical grace he's known to offer a 'snort' to humans, then 'pouf' he's gone! Leaving the recipient perplexed in a cloud of dust. Green is the Leprechaun's natural colour, as is the shamrock. This color is associated with Scottish

faeries and is related to spring festivities and celebrations. But in Celtic lands it's also connected to death and decay. How to detect their presence… some entities such as the Irish faerie banshee, and the Hispanic spirit La Lorona emit wailing sounds signifying their manifestation. But our little creature makes tap-tap-tapping sounds of his hammer. It's unmistakable proof of his existence. By laying down close to a faerie hill, this sound is accompanied by a shrill singing, a sign of dutiful labor while designing his footwear. For years Disney movies influenced images of the wee folk. The Irish despise 'foreign' and superficial descriptions of their Leprechaun: He's taken very seriously by the Irish. The horror movie 'Willow' was such a movie that stereotyped this little chap. We remain in Ireland, as there is so much to discuss, so many beliefs are relevant to this stunning island. Yet my unceasing journey remains to be documented. Soon we travel to the desolate outskirts of Cork. Our next story involves the rolling emerald green hills where amid the consistent beauty sits a gray monstrous crumbling structure of majestic turrets, amid walls at least three feet thick. Dark green algae creeps up decaying walls. Deep inside away in the depths, rays of day light appear illuminating the uneven winding paths which eventually exit the dungeons and vaults of the universally infamous Blarney Castle…

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David M. Shribman is a North Shore native and Pulitzer Prize winner

BIDEN’S CENTRIC VIEWS MIGHT BE A BAD OMEN FOR A SECOND TERM Joe Biden, join the club. You’re in another one of those moments when the American presidency seems like too difficult a job, too formidable a challenge, too thankless an undertaking. Gerald Ford rescued the Republican Party from its reputation as a crime mob after Richard Nixon and Watergate only to face a challenge in GOP primaries from Ronald Reagan. Jimmy Carter restored American politics to a semblance of decency only to face an energy crisis, a hostage situation in Iran and a challenge from within his own party by Senator Edward Kennedy. George H.W. Bush created a formidable international coalition after Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait and steered the West through the shoals of the collapse of Soviet Communism but foundered on

the reefs of the economy. More recently, Bill Clinton presided over relative peace and prosperity but was bombarded with crises and then an impeachment from an unforced error of judgment in his affair with a White House intern. George W. Bush rallied the country after the 2001 terrorist attacks but sank in the muck of the invasion of Iraq and the 2008 financial crisis. “Ultimately, regardless of the dayto-day news cycles and the noise,” George W. Bush told Mr. Obama, “the American people need their president to succeed.” Not so easy to do, as Mr. Biden is discovering. On the one hand, he has calmed the country and ended the chaos that hovered over the White House. On the other, he promoted a messy withdrawal from Afghanistan and hasn’t been able to win congressional approval of his top domestic priorities. And – not in his control but still on his watch – he faces raging inflation, a Russian invasion of a Western-oriented country, the remnants of a global pandemic and a country where resentment has replaced resilience as the prevailing national mood. The last three presidents have operated in a period far different from even the most challenged contemporary presidents. Mr. Nixon, who for more than a quarter-century attacked, tormented and alienated Democrats and is regarded as a classic polarizer, had a 41 percentage point gap between his average Republican approval rating as president (75 per cent) and his average Democratic approval rating (34 per cent). At that time, that gap seemed astonishing; John F. Kennedy had a 35-point gap and Lyndon Johnson had a 27-point gap, accord-

ing to Gallup surveys. By contrast, Mr. Obama had a 70-point party gap, Mr. Trump had an 81-point gap, and Mr. Biden has a 79-point gap. These most recent presidents have almost no support from members of their opposition parties. Where an average of 31 per cent of Democrats supported Ronald Reagan, Mr. Trump had an average support of 7 percentage points from Democrats and Mr. Biden checks in with only a 5 percentage point approval rating from Republicans. “You can almost think of the presidency as a no-win proposition,” said Stephen Farnsworth, the director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. “Presidents have a great deal of support on their side of the partisan divide and almost none on the other side of the political divide.” Mr. Biden has an additional challenge that neither Mr. Obama nor Mr. Trump possessed. He is a relative moderate, far less exciting than the figure he defeated in the Democratic primaries (Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont) and the incumbent president he defeated in the 2020 general election (Mr. Trump). Indeed, the soundtrack for the Biden presidency might come from the band Stealers Wheel, a ballad by Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan that was the number-two ranked song in Canada in May, 1973. Its most famous lines were: Clowns to the left of me! Jokers to the right! Here I am stuck in the middle with you. Yes I’m stuck in the middle with you, And I’m wondering what it is I

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should do. It’s so hard to keep this smile from my face. Losing control and running all over the place. In those lyrics is a warning for Mr. Biden: the song was a one-hit wonder for the Scottish folk band, a bad omen for a man who has indicated he wants to be more than a oneterm president.

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