SENIOR BEACON September 2022

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The Pueblo Zoo is honoring our community's senior citizens Sep tember 11-17, 2022, by providing one week of FREE admission to all seniors 65+, caregivers/aids will also be admitted free of charge. Monday through Friday light refreshments and fun activities.

Scheule of Activities

RSVP is not required for Senior Week.Onthe day of the event, please use the main zoo entrance.

Food options:

11 am - Bison Bingo at

10 am - Docent Animal Education

10 am - Docent Animal Education

Thursday, Sept 15 - sponsored by Humana9am-light refreshments


10am-12pm - Health Solutions10:30amTBA-live music from Tom Munch

Pueblo Zoo Gift Shop: Seniors receive a 15% discount on all items at the kiosks and gift shop.

Friday, Sept 16 - sponsored by SRDA9am - light refreshments

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Lunch - Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunch and drinks. Reserved tables are $25, completed registration form must be received by Sept. 9

10 am - Docent Animal Educa tion11am - Sponsor Activity


9:15 & 10:15 - chair yoga by Studio Share

Questions? Please contact Patrice, Events Coordinator at 719-5611452 ext 106, or email her PHarrison@pueblozoo.orgat FOR PUEBLO TREASURERCOUNTY–GRIT WITH

(All animal presentation times are dependent on weather and animal behavior that day. Presentations could start as early as 9:30 AM. ) Tuesday, Sept 13 sponsored by Melanie Sena Insurance9am-light refresh ments10am - Docent Ani mal11amEducation-Sponsor Ac tivityWednesday, Sept 14Senior Safari sponsored by Health Solutions




We welcome you to bring food and coolers into the zoo for Senior Week. Coolers may be held in the admin building, if desired.

9am - 2pm - explore the vendor booths


9 am - light refresh ments9:30 am - Zoo tours

11am - Sponsor Activity

9 am - light refreshments

Monday, Sept 12 - sponsored by Clear Springs Health Essentials

11am - Sponsor Activity

Maintain a healthy diet

The good news is there are some simple strategies you can implement that may help.

All ages are welcome. Contact Chapter President, Candace Lehmann, at 314.330.0411, for more information.

Exercise that brain

We all have heard the adage “use it or lose it.” This is particular ly prudent advice when it comes to keeping your memory and brain function in the best shape possible.Examples of activities that may stimulate your brain include crossword puzzles, painting, reading or online brain games.

To help reap the benefits of brain-boosting foods, consistently reach for fruits and vegetables as well as include items that are high in mono- and polyunsaturat ed fats and omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, nuts, avocados and olive oil.

Carmen Aguirre, Physician As sistant with Optum Colorado Springs

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The brain is constantly busy dur ing waking hours., but while we sleep, the brain has a chance to relax and “detoxify” from the day.Aim for seven to nine hours of quality sleep a night. Of course, everyone is different, and med ications as well as underlying health conditions can impact sleep.

ties.The Forest Chorus, an a capella signing group lead a short sing-along program of patriotic songs to the delight of all present. Several “long time” Black Forest resi dents then described the community 50 years ago, and their recollections of some of the origi nal Chapter 1100 members, noting that very much has changed in the community since the chapter was founded.Attendees were encouraged to look through the extensive set of Chapter scrapbooks and to help themselves to the table with liter ature and items of common need that were provided by AARP and theAtChapter.theconclusion of the cere monies everyone was invited to partake of the cake and ice cream, and to socialize before departing. Chapter 1100 has always been active in community outreach. For eleven years the chapter conducted a free shredding of personal doc uments, being interrupted only by the current COVID pandemic. During the eleven year span, about 3,500 individuals were served, well over a million pounds of paper was shredded, plus 5,635 pounds of food and $5,253 freely donated to the local food bank, Black Forest Cares. The chapter has also active

ly participated in the Black Forest Festival, has supported the Colora do Veteran’s Home in Florence, has staffed information tables at many community fairs and exhibits, and was active in the outreach and assistance to individuals who suf fered from the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest Fires. The chapter has also partnered with church and several charitable organizations to raise donations for numerous charitable causes.


Occasional forgetfulness can be a normal and natural part of aging. However, these episodes of forgetfulness also may be a sign of a more serious problem with mild cognitive impairment (MCI)or Alzheimer’s.

Are you 62or over?

A Time to Reminisce


Chapter 1100 meets at noon the second Wednesday of each month at the Black Forest Lu theran Church Fellowship Hall at 12455 Black Forest Road

Don’t shortchange your zzz’s

TO REMINISCE! It was a special occasion in several ways. It was the 50th Anniversary celebration of Chapter 1100 of AARP in Black Forest. Friends of the chapter and relatives of the original chapter members were invited attend, and severalChapterdid.President, Candace Leh mann, and event Director, Lavonne Hidy presided at the ceremonies. President Lehmann posted a hand some plaque from AARP Colorado recognizing the occasion and in appreciation and recognition of the Chapter’s 50 years of service to AARP, and the Chapter’s commit ment to the motto “To Serve Not to be Served”. Jeremiah Mora, the Colorado AARP State and Com munity Engagement Manager, congratulated the Chapter on its long history of community service. Special awards were presented to all the octogenarian members of the chapter and a review of the history and accomplishments of Chapter 1100 was presented. Espe cially noteworthy was the recog nition that Chapter 1100 had been selected as the best AARP Chapter in Colorado for Community Ser vice, 14 times in the last 20 years and individual chapter members have been formally recognized, by AARP Colorado on 29 occasions during the same period for their unique community service activi

The chapter publishes a monthly newsletter, maintains a web site, has an annual picnic, potluck lunches, annual “lunches outs”, and has had numerous interesting and educational guest programs at chapter meetings.

It is undeniable that a healthy diet can have wide-reaching benefits on a person’s physical health; it also can be a boon to cognitive health.


loans by $10,000. That is a slap in the face to every man- and woman- jack of us whoever took a loan out for not just student loans but anything else for which one needs them. I saw a front page article a while back with a recent LAWYER college grad that has some $163,000 in debts to repay for her education. She complains that $10,000 doesn't hack it. A LAWYER for heaven's sake! Just think of all the folks that graduate with unused majors like women's studies and the like. Hey, you picked it. There's noth ing wrong with the pick but it doesn't usually equate to the job market. Another grad (don't know what his major was) complained about living at home since graduation. His loan would be wiped clean. Now he says "well maybe" I can leave home and "maybe" I "might" be able to get an apartment. I'm not going to play the oldman with a lawn yelling at kids(of which I was one a 1,000 years ago) to "get off the lawn!!" But, #1: why does the taxpayer have to pay your bills and #2: why does the pander ing politician get credit for such an onerous idea? Well, that's not a Right thing. (By the way, I have a child that owes about one-tenth of that planned giveaway and a son-in-law that could qualify for the whole insane idea). All this to pander for votes that are already theirs? Phooey! This is obvi ously inflationary.


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Finally, the 1971 Lemon test which proclaimed any "entanglement" between government and religious schools unconstitutional. Ever hear of the establishment clause, the one about "separation of church and state?" Um, folks, the First Amend ment simply bans state-established churches and protects free exercise of religion. Well, "the separation of church and state" excuse was always political bunk and this Supreme Court has dismantled the Lemon framework. Well, there's something good afoot! We lose God, we lose everything.

In typical convoluted political-speak the savings will come from not funding a previous administration's order which will not be funded--That Never Actually Had Taken Effect! The second part of this nonsense savings actually is going to sunset Obamacare which will never really happen! Yeeeeesh!

Now we have the pandering to col lege students to reduce their student


The reasons for these changes (see media and donors to their cam paigns)?


The big buzz word now is, "climate change." That used to be global cool ing, then it was global warming, that is now man-made climate change and how we MUST control this horri ble problem. This subject is drum beaten to death by our "leaders." The pandering on certain buzz words is tactile but all that happens is corpo rations get taxed and they pass that onto the taxpayers, That's the way it's always been and seemingly always will be unless, of course, they vote for term limits. They give lip service to the top stories that "the people" are concerned about like rising cost of living, rising inflation, rising interest rates and our pols keep fiddling with climate change which usually doesn't even make the Top Ten of what "the people" list as problems that should be Weaddressed.arenowfinding

Yet our "leader" claims that there is

've tried very hard to stay away from pol itics. Writing about politics is nauseating work. Elected Congress members that have been in Washington for pretty much the last 30-50 years and continue getting elected regardless of what fools they make of them selves, well, it's obscene. They're against abortion, they're for abortion (see our President while Sena tor years back). They're for tax cuts, they're against tax cuts. It goes on and on. It really is disgusting, in my view.

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out that despite the hordes of people crossing the Southwest border everyday which would and should glut the labor market, those folks are getting gov ernment handouts to sustain them. That's a joke in itself. Businesses are so understaffed, What used to be is no more. Um, work-ethic anyone?

an inflation-reduction taking place.

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Beef23 SpicedTacosPinto Beans Applesauce & Milk

Pork30 Chow Mein Brown Rice Winter PearVegetablesBlend&Milk



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Connections Cafe Menu Sept 2022

Honey8 Curry Chicken Wild AppleBroccoliPeasRice&CarrotsSlaw&Milk

Onion DicedColeslawCarrotsPear & Milk

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Turkey20 AppleSunflowerBroccoli,MinestroneSandwichSaladSoupSalad&Milk

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Roasted Sw. Pot. Mixed Veggies Roll & OrangeMandarin&Milk

Raisin Nut Cup & Milk

Ziti w/ Sausage, Bahama Vegetables Caesar Orange,SaladRaisin Nut Cup & Milk


CalicoSaladBean Salad

Lettuce & Tomato Mandarin Orange & Milk


Pork22 Pot Roast w/ Onion, Celery & OrangeCaesarPotatoCarrotsMedleySalad&Milk

BakedRib16lets Beans Potato MilkApplesauceSalad&


Beef29 MilkStrawberriesBroccoli,MashedBourguignonPotatoesRoll&

Menu substitutionsmay occurwithoutnotice.Clientsare advisedto keepa 3 daysupplyofnon perishable foodsand bottled water in theirhome in the eventofinclementweatherorotheremergencies thatmay causea temporary suspension ofservice.

Chicken19 Stir Fry BrownPeas Rice Asian MilkPineappleSlaw&



Beef Burrito Green Sauce SW Black Spanish Rice & Orange

Pico9 Lime Cod Lemon Herb Rice BananaColeslawCarrots& Milk


BBQ28 PotatoChickenSoup, Peas & Carrots, 3 Bean Salad, Apple & Milk



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*YOU MUST BE HOME TO RECEIVE YOURConsumersMEAL!!!attending the congregate meal sites shall be advised and informed to keep a three-day supply of non-per ishable foods and bottled water in case of inclement weather or other emergency that causes a temporary suspension of ser vices. If feasible and determined by the Area Agency on Aging in their area plan, emergency meal packages may be provided.

Fruit Cup w/ Grapes (16)Smores Pudding (42) Raisin Nut Cup (22) Fruit Cocktail (15) Milk (12) /Dinner Roll (13)Milk (12) / Fresh Banana (18)Milk (12) / Breadstick (14)Milk (12) /Crackers (5) Calories: 925 Calories: 870 Calories: 660 Calories: 745 Carbs: 93g Carbs: 126g Carbs: 98g Carbs: 97g Fiber: 11g Fiber: 9g Fiber: 12g Fiber: 11g No Meal Service Today Protein: 50g Protein: 50g Protein: 32g Protein: 43g Fat: 44g Fat: 27g Fat: 21g Fat: 24g Sodium: 810mg Sodium: 705mg Sodium: 915mg Sodium: 780mg 12-Sep 13-Sep 14-Sep 15-Sep 16-Sep Chili Relleno Casserole (10)Chicken Orzo w /Artichoke (11) French Dip Sandwich w/Au Jus (22)Macaroni & Cheese (28) Beef Pot Pie (23) Seasoned Pinto Beans (21)Roasted Cauliflower (5) Macaroni Salad (21) Brussel Sprouts (8) Seasoned Green Beans (6) Calabacitas (6) Hawaiian Asparagus (3) Tomato & Cucumber Salad (5)Chef Salad w/Turkey (5) Corn O'Brien (11) Cinnamon Applesauce (10) Chicken Barley Soup (10) Steamed Broccoli (3) Mango Mix (14) Pineapple Tid Bits (10) Banana Chocolate Bar (24) Nilla Wafers (22) /Pudding (31) Apple Fruit Cup (13) Ranch Dressing (4) /Crackers (5) Butterscotch Blondie (54) Milk (12) Milk (12) / Blueberry Fruit Cup (14) Milk (12) /Whole Grain Bun (28)Milk (12) Milk (12) Calories: 710 Calories: 970 Calories: 980 Calories: 765 Calories: 945 Carbs: 86g Carbs: 108g Carbs: 113g* Carbs: 77g Carbs: 118g Fiber: 12g Fiber: 10g Fiber: 9g Fiber: 9g Fiber: 8g Protein: 42g Protein: 56g Protein: 44g Protein: 38g Protein: 36g Fat: 26g Fat: 39g Fat: 42g Fat: 38g Fat: 42g Sodium: 1025mg Sodium: 1060mg Sodium: 1280mg* Sodium: 1250mg Sodium: 615mg 19-Sep 20-Sep 21-Sep 22-Sep 23-Sep Pork Diablo (7) Fish Tacos w/ corn tortillas (28)Meatloaf w/Mushroom Gravy (13) Egg Salad Sandwich (5) Beef Picadillo (12) Mashed Potatoes (27) Calabacita (7) Garlic Mashed Potatoes (21)Carrot & Raisin Salad (18)Steamed Rice (19) Steamed Carrots (6) Pinto Beans (22) Green Beans Almondine (7)Broccoli & Cheese Soup (13)Sugar Snap Peas (7) Side Salad (5) Pozole (13) Beef Barley Soup (11)/Crackers(5) Strawberries & Applesauce (12) Cornbread (42) Fresh Banana (17) Diced Peaches (15) Ambrosia(18) 2 Slices Bread (22) Black Bean Soup (14) Milk (12) / Ranch Dressing (2)Milk (12) Milk (12) /Raisin Nut Cup (22)Milk (12) Orange, sliced (16) Calories: 630 Calories: 735 Calories: 925 Calories: 725 Calories: 860 Carbs: 77g Carbs: 97g Protein: 53g Carbs: 81g Carbs: 122g Fiber: 9g Fiber: 15g Carbs: 109g Fiber: 12g Fiber: 13g Protein: 34g Protein: 54g Fat: 37g Protein: 33g Protein: 39g Fat: 25g Fat: 18g Fiber: 11g Fat: 36g Fat: 30g Sodium: 500mg Sodium: 1075mg Sodium: 545mg Sodium: 1210mg Sodium: 845mg 26-Sep 27-Sep 28-Sep 29-Sep 30-Sep Manicotti (18) Slopper w/Green Chili (11)Ham & Potato Casserole (24)Pueblo Beef Stew (17) Fish w/Vegetable Sauce (3) Seasoned Spinach (6) Ranch Beans (26) Fall Harvest Couscous (25)Cornbread (42) Rice Pilaf (18) Side Salad (5) /Crackers (4)Bermuda Mixed Vegetables (6)Capri Mixed Vegetables (6)Side Salad (3) Green Bean Almondine (7) Italian Vegetable Toss (17)Creamy Coleslaw (10) Summer Fruit Salad (26) w/ Ranch Dressing (4) Chicken Gumbo Soup (12) Apricots (22) Apple Fruit Cup (12)/ Garnish (1) Chocloate Cake (41) Fresh Banana (26) Apple slices (22) /Pudding (28) Milk (12) /Raspberry Vin. Dressing (9) Milk (12) /Hamburger Bun (27) Milk (12) Milk (12) / Crackers (5) Milk (12) /Crackers (5) Calories: 635 Calories: 960 Calories: 800 Calories: 840 Calories: 845 Carbs: 97g Carbs: 107g Carbs: 134g Carbs: 109g Carbs: 118g Fiber: 15g Fiber: 14g Fiber: 10g Fiber: 8g Fiber: 10g Protein: 26g Protein: 50g Protein: 30g Protein: 39g Protein: 49g Fat: 20g Fat: 42g Fat: 22g Fat: 30g Fat: 25g Sodium: 1220mg Sodium: 1135mg Sodium: 1135mg Sodium: 990mg Sodium: 1000mg IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Numbers in parentheses next to each meal item indicate the number of carbohydrates in grams for that item. *reassessing recipe for accuracy, estimating sodium to be between 1000-1200 for meal Consumers attending the congregate meal sites shall be advised and informed to keep a three-day supply of non-perishable foods and bottled water in case of inclement weather or other emergency that causes a temporary suspension of services. If feasible and determined by the Area Agency on Aging in their area plan, emergency meal packages may be provided. September 2022 MENUS SUBJECTARETOCHANGE Please remember SRDA in your planned giving. Your legacy lives on, our mission continues at Meals on Wheels. In order to prevent waste, we are on a Reservation System . To Cancel your meal for the day, Please call the day before or the morning of, before 9:00 A.M. YOU MUST BE HOME TO RECEIVE YOUR MEAL!!! 719-543-0100 For Important Nutrition Information, Please Turn Menu Over *Please note due to nationwide supply chain issues, menu subject to change*

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“Call (28)Sweet (20) (19) (17)Strawberries (12)Black (14)

Scalloped Potatoes (15) Rice Pilaf w/Mushrooms (18)Winter Mix Vegetables (5)Steamed Brown Rice

Please remember SRDA in your planned giving. Your legacy lives on, our mission continues at Meals on Wheels.

*Please call the day before or the morning of, before 9:00 A.M, to CANCEL your Meal

Peas & Carrots (8) Seasoned Succotash (13)Seasoned Spinach (5) Oriental Vegetables (12) Lentil Soup (20) Carrot & Swt. Potato Soup


*IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Numbers in parentheses next to each meal item indi cate the number of carbohydrates in grams for that item.

me today and I’ll change your oil in manner,clean,professional,aandsafesavingyouatonofhassle ,” Call or Text: SENIOR DISCOUNT (719) 307-1822 says Emery Keller, ProLube owner and operator. S R D A MEALS ON WHEELS MENU MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY 1-Sep 2-Sep Chicken Enchilada Casserole (48)Tuna Salad Sandwich (6) Seasoned Black Beans (19) w/ 2 Slices WW Bread (22) Mixed Vegetables (9) Cucumber w/ Ranch Dressing (6) Green Chili Soup (9) Fresh Pear (29) Strawberries & Pineapple (9)Milk (12) Milk (12) & Frozen Meal for Labor Day Calories: 900 Calories: 610 Carbs: 110g Carbs: 72g Fiber: 15g Fiber: 10g Protein: 60g Protein: 30g Fat: 28g Fat: 27g Sodium: 1155mg Sodium: 850mg 5-Sep 6-Sep 7-Sep 8-Sep 9-Sep Salisbury Steak (9) Herbed Baked Chicken (2)Cheese Tortellini w/Sauce

*In order to prevent waste, we are on a Res ervation System.


Just as we finished praying, the waitress came to our table. She squatted down with her arms resting on the table. With a big smile she looked at one and then

the other of us. “I have something to tell you. The young man who takes care of our salad bar was watching you pray. He was so impressed he wants to buy your lunch.” We were Laterspeechless.thatafternoon, I met with a friend and shared the incident at Giuseppe’s. I was still in awe at what God had done. My friend was amazed. A few weeks later he phoned. “Jan, I just want you to know, I took a friend to eat at Gi useppe’s today for lunch. We prayed before we ate, but no one offered to buy our lunch.” We laughed. His words transported my thoughts to the table in that res taurant. I recalled walking into Giuseppe’s like royalty with nearly empty pockets, the waitress, the menu, Michael’s eyes filled with despair, and the prayer. The Reuben sandwich was wonderful and plenty for both of us. The fellowship was sweet. Once again, the Lord proved Himself faithful. He provides con sistently, just as He promises and in amazing ways. When we trust Him, He uses our faithfulness to speak to the hearts of others. And for a sweet surprise, the icing on the cake, He reminds us that we are royalty, and our Father is the KING. We are King’s kids, and the King is the Lifter of our heads!


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“Sure!” We both know the power in prayer and witnessed God work ing mightily on our behalf. Nev er once has He failed to keep the promise in Philippians 4:19, And my God will meet all your needs accord ing to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Sometimes, when despair is dark and heavy, we forget the promise and our God who is more than able to keep it. Circumstances overwhelm and dull our faith. I un derstood Michael’s despair because I have been there time after time. Prayer is the only way out of that pit. Holding Michael’s hands across the table, I began to pray everything the Holy Spirit spoke into my heart for him. The prayer seemed to go on forever and finally I ended with “. . . in Jesus’ name and for your Glory, Lord, we ask these things. Amen.” I squeezed his hands and looked up. For the first time in weeks, Michael’s face displayed peace that was not there when we began to pray. I saw that peace Jesus promised in John Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be

The cute young waitress brought menus and water. After a few min utes we determined we could scrape together enough to share a Reuben sandwich and gave the waitress our Partorder.of Michael’s discouragement came from his work situation. He

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Walking in the door of the popular downtown restaurant like royalty, no one would have guessed we weren’t loaded with cash. We decided to have a look at the menu and prices.

Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? (Ps. 43:5).

contractor that was dreadfully slow taking off. In addition, many other difficulties and disappointments cre ated a mountain of despair. Looking into his eyes, my heart ached for him. I knew he was hurting. “Mi chael, can I pray for you?”

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We were sitting in Giuseppe’s Depot Restaurant in downtown Colorado Springs. I met Michael a few hours earlier in the library where we folded Prayer For Prisoners International newsletters and stuffed them into envelopes. We left the library long after lunchtime and were both nearly broke and extremely hungry. We could have chosen from a few fast-food places for a bite to eat. “Cheap” was the order of the day because between us, we had only a few dollars. Then prompted by a burst of faith I declared boldly, “Let’s go to Giuseppe’s and share a Reuben sandwich.” (Reuben sandwiches are enormous and delicious in Gi useppe’s.) Together, we possibly had enough money for one.

Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God (Ps. 43:5). But You, O LORD,


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Growing as more people turn 65.

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By asking relevant questions of the client’s needs and wants, a health plan tailored to their spe cific and unique requirements are developed. I am available for obstacles, questions, and concerns year round.

What did you do before this business? I was a teacher in Computer Education

Every year, I take classes to keep up to date with the many chang es the government places on the Medicare system.

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Started in 2006 as at Express Scripts where I learned the com plexities of the new Part D, Pre scription Drug Plan. In 2007, I was hired as a career agent for Humana Medicare in Colorado Springs. Then, in 2010, I joined United Health Care as an “ICA” agent for Medicare Products. In 2013, I became an independent broker offering many insurance carriers to better help my clients make the best choice for their healthcare.


Helping seniors and people on disabilities is very rewarding. As I age, I see the importance of showing folks what health care options are available to them. The system can be confus ing.

Other services I have provided to myLookclients:up your doctors, hospitals, specialists, and clinics to make sure they are part of a large provider

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Ray Minter of East San Jose, California, has lived in his home since 1960, he told KTVU-TV. But since 1972, Minter's house has been hit 23 times by cars as they exit the 680 South freeway. Despite steel poles, installed by his insurance company, and a chainlink fence out front, cars still slam into his home. "I've had four of the cars come through my house completely," Minter said. "All the other ones have torn up my fence, and I've lost three cars in the yard." Amazingly, none of his family have suffered serious injuries, although his niece had an arm bro ken and spent time in the hospital

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The owner of a "cursed fridge" in England has been posting fliers around London, offering the haunt ed appliance "free to collect" to anyone who can live with the "soul within," the New York Post report ed. "My stepmother had a heart attack on our kitchen floor in the middle of an electrical storm," the poster explained, "and her soul was


claims the fridge is judging them on "how many slices of cheese I've eaten or whether I've properly put the lid back on something. She has to go." In an even odder twist, however, the attached phone num ber rings not to an individual but to a kitchen showroom. Hmmm ...

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7 TV reported. Officials believe the foot may belong to a person who died on July 31 at the same hot spring. "Currently, the park believes there was no foul play," a statement read. Law enforcement officers are still looking into the July death. The Abyss Pool is one of the deepest in Yellowstone, and its temperature can reach 140 degrees. Although park regulations and signage discourage visitors from getting too close to the pools, since 1890, at least 22 people have died from hot-springs related injuries.

When Jenn Ross returned home from the gym about 7 a.m. on Aug. 17, she found an unexpected guest in her Mount Maunganui, New Zealand, home: a young fur seal. Ross' husband, Phil, is a marine biologist but unfortunately wasn't home to meet the interloper, the Guardian reported. "I really missed my time to shine," he said. He believes the seal came in through the cat door and spent some time in the guest room and on the couch, but thankfully didn't relieve itself inside. "I think that would have been pretty terminal for the furni ture," he said. It's not uncommon for the young seals to range far and wide at this time of year, Ross explained. "I guess, like all teen agers, they don't necessarily make sensible decisions," he said.


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A hot spring in Yellowstone Na tional Park is the site of an ongoing investigation after a park employee discovered a human foot, inside

Cleveland, Georgia, is home to Babyland General Hospital, the Mirror reported, but don't go there with a broken finger or to deliver a human infant. The faux hospital is actually a toy store where fans of Cabbage Patch dolls can witness a "birth" as a nurse calls out "di lation" updates: "five leaves apart, seven leaves apart, nine leaves apart" -- even announcing the ne cessity for a "leaves-iotomy" (like an episiotomy). "Finally," accord ing to a Twitter post from Sarah Baird, a recent visitor, "the cab bage patch doll is born." Shoppers/ visitors who want to adopt a new doll have to sign adoption papers, but the store's guarantee is com prehensive: If your doll becomes damaged, you can send it back, and if it can't be repaired, they'll send you a coffin and death certificate so you can lay it to rest. One Twitter user who visited as a child replied, "I am so glad to know it is just as odd and terrifying as I remember."

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on Aug. 24 in North Carolina for making multiple bomb threats against the Campbell Soup Co.'s facility in Maxton, WRAL-TV re ported. It wasn't the lack of lobster in the lobster bisque, though, that motivated them. Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins said Zeigler previously worked at the factory but was terminated -- and was sending the threats while she was still an employee. Both women were charged with felony conspir acy and making a false report con cerning a destructive device; they were each held under a $200,000 bond at the Robeson County De tention Center.

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ma, Japan, make sure you have Unco Shop on your must-visit list. "Unco" in Japanese means ... poop. And yes, there's a whole shop devoted to products featuring coiled-up human waste -- from clothing items to home accesso ries, Oddity Central reported. The shop is the brainchild of Akihiko Nobata, aka "President Poop," who trademarked a logo and gave up his job selling high-end men's clothing to start his online business in 2014. Last year, he dropped a brick-and-mortar retail destination, complete with a guestbook where visitors draw poops "and giggle while drawing them," Nobata said. "It transcends language and culture and creates universal laughter."

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*Anthony Petty, 62, of Semi nole, Florida, told Pinellas County cops on Aug. 18 that he was "just trying to celebrate his birthday" when he arranged to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex at a St. Pe tersburg apartment. The Smoking Gun reported that Petty had been communicating with the "girl" -really an undercover police officer -- on a chat app, sending her ex plicit messages and a video of him being his own BFF. Petty is being held in lieu of $12,000 bond.

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*Oh, that mischievous imp, Dennis the Menace. A 3 1/2-foottall bronze statue pays tribute to the cartoon strip character at Dennis the Menace Playground in Monterey, California -- except for when it's on the run. The statue, which was installed in 1988, was stolen -- again -- on Aug. 21, Monterey police told KSBW-TV. Thieves used a grinder to cut Den nis' foot and remove the 200-pound artwork, called "a symbol of the goodness and happiness of the City" by City Manager Hans Uslar. The statue was first stolen in 2006;

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At least the FBI had the officers’ backs! No, I’m sorry, the FBI — Trump’s FBI — sided with the guys who’d put a bounty on the cops’ heads. The agency dropped the case after a remarkably short 2 ½ weeks, announc ing — implausibly — that the inform ant was “unreliable.”

had bothered talking to him. But so desperate was the FBI to close the case that it was willing to blow up one of its



And here’s something random: Breonna’s mother was dating the presi dent of one of the clubs.

Here’s the rest of the story, as told by Sgt. John Mattingly in his book, “12 Seconds in the Dark.”

Mattingly says the FBI refused to investigate credible threats on the officers’ lives because of the “optics” of “going after a mother in a nation ally sensitive case.” Shouldn’t it be the reverse: The FBI must investigate because Breonna’s mother was affiliat ed with a club planning to murder the cops whom she blamed for her daugh ter’s death? (In fact, Breonna died because her good pal Kenneth Walker shot at the police. Ironically, a noknock warrant — the officers knocked and yelled, “POLICE!” — would have saved her life.)

Still, the raid isn’t going to affect your life. It barely affected Trump’s. He was golfing in New Jersey at the time.You


want to be mad at the FBI? This is why you should be angry. Rather than fight crime, the agency has turned itself into the wingman for “Defund the Police.” That could get you and your family killed.

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asinine for the FBI to stage a raid on Mar-a-Lago when we all know the only documents Trump wanted were his letters and photos with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (North Korea

It seems a $50,000 bounty had been put on the heads of the officers. Breon na’s birthday would have been that Friday. As part of the balloon release celebrating the occasion, the organ izers wanted to “have something to celebrate.” To wit: Dead cops.

A few weeks later, the ATF received information that the club’s Chicago

Local FBI agents in Louisville were enraged. Asked what the targeted cops were supposed to do, the FBI boss es said: “Tell them to relocate.” Two weeks later, Mattingly had to watch as the FBI sent 15 agents to investigate a racist rope in Bubba Wallace’s stall at

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31, 2020, I was told the FBI corroborated two separate threats from different sources. We received a call at 10 p.m. asking us to pack our bags and leave our house. We had to sell our house that we lived in for six weeks and have been in ‘hiding’ ever since.”


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Well, he’d proven reliable in the past. The informant was, even then, being used in another active case. And of course, no one at FBI headquarters

own informants: Once ruled “unre liable,” a source can never be used in another federal case.

Consider how they treated the cops in Louisville, Kentucky, who risked their lives trying to serve a search warrant on a major fentanyl dealer’s moll, Breonna Taylor, on March 13, 2020. The true story was discussed in last week’s column, as well as my Dec. 16, 2020, column.

chapter would be driving to Louisville that weekend to kill the officers. The targeted cops were given security and a description of the cars and mo torcycles coming for describesSgt.FBI.inactionthanksrestintoforcepenedWhatthem.hapnextwouldtheofficersfleeandlivehidingfortheoftheirlives,totheoftheHere’showMattinglyit:“OnMay

Right-wingers,NASCAR. save your breath defending the most disloyal man alive. Do something useful and get a job at the FBI. Just be sure to put “BLM” on your resume! The next Republican president (Ron DeSantis) is going to need a lot ofSouth St. Cañon City,

In the spring of 2020, as the de fenseless officers were being smeared — by Oprah, LeBron James, Cardi B., Beyonce, Common, Kim Kardashi an, Alicia Keys, Demi Lovato, Ellen DeGeneres, Amy Schumer, Ice Cube, Diddy, Kamala Harris, the entire MSNBC on-air talent, and on and on — a confidential informant revealed that a hit had been put on the officers by two black motorcycle clubs, No Haterz and STR8 RYDERZ.

Republicans, can you stop screaming like hye nas at every little indigni ty suffered by our former president? Donald Trump wouldn’t lift a finger to help

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Eventually it was determined that he had Alzheimer’s. I read a lot and reached out to professionals in the community, trying to understand more about the progression of the

Whatever the medical diagnosis, adapting to change is usually a big part of being a caregiver. Our loved one may still be able to communicate but be physically impaired in some way due to a disease or accident. And, like Alzheimer’s, they may have to live the rest of their life with that condition as their health declines. Or perhaps their need for a caregiver is short-lived as they will eventually recover and resume their life. In any of those situations, life for both the

Most of us have developed a life style and belief system that we would describe as normal. “Normal” is generally a comfortable and familiar place, though trying to maintain that perspective may not always produce results that are beneficial to us and to others. Especially when challeng es occur. I had the opportunity to discover that.

one with the diagnosis as well as the one(s) looking after them are im pacted.With Ron having Alzheimer’s, the changes in our lives were gradual but continual. I slowly adapted to what was happening and learned that let ting go of “normal” was a challeng ing process. It required that I change the perspectives I habitually brought to the experiences of my life, and perceive them in a different way.

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I tried to come to terms with what was happening, but it was unlike anything I had ever experienced. We had always discussed things openly, but he was no longer able to do that, nor could he follow through on my requests. There were many other things that he was not doing, in cluding paying his bills, keeping his appointment, etc..

One Sunday morning while I was making breakfast, Ron was trying to get potatoes out of the skillet where I was cooking. He was in my way and I asked him nicely if he would please sit down but he continued, as if he didn’t hear me. Suddenly I am the one who has to change flashed through my mind. It felt like the words were carved into my being that day. All at once I saw our situa tion from a whole new perspective. It became apparent that I needed to let go of my expectations and live with what was occurring instead of the way I thought it should be.


As my frustration increased, thankfully I was reminded that I could use mindfulness which had been a part of my life prior to Ron having Alzheimer’s. It is defined as

Ultimately it resulted in letting go of the certainty and comfort to which I had been accustomed. It is not uncommon that when our lives are disrupted in such a way, we become stressed and can react in any number of ways that are not benefi cial to ourselves or those around us. Many times I saw that my inability to respond to what was happening in a helpful way, was a result of being pulled off into my own emotional re actions to the situation. I was angry, scared about what might happen, sad about the losses that were occurring in our lives, and not even sure about my ability to handle it all.

“the art of observing your physical, emotional, and mental experiences, non-judgmentally, with deliberate, open, and curious attention.” It has become a popular practice as a result of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program that was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. I saw that I certainly could benefit from stress-reduction!Oneofthekey components of practicing mindfulness is learning how to respond to situations just as they are, instead of react in our normal and habitual ways. As I began to incorporate that into what was occurring while I was with Ron, I saw myself being kinder to him, as well as more understanding of what he was experiencing and more ac cepting of myself. I also noticed that when I responded instead of reacted, he seemed calmer and it was easier to interact with him. In fact, when I could be with what was occurring instead of wanting it to be different, I even found myself being more appre ciative of some of the good times we shared.Forme, Ron’s decline during the course of his disease was filled with challenges, humor, sadness, and

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When my husband, Ron, began having symptoms of memory loss, my life suddenly felt out of control. His changing behavior and memory issues eventually became impossible to ignore, despite my own denial. The normal life we had together seemed to be falling apart. I didn’t know what to do.

disease and the behavioral issues that occur throughout. It was a steep learning curve. But the hardest thing was when I learned that they can’t fix Alzheimer’s. There are no cures.

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The Summit also warns tax professionals using cloud-based systems to store and prepare tax returns and information to make sure they use multi-factor authen tication in light of recent attacks. Specifically, the Summit partners urge people using cloud-based platforms to use multi-factor options like phone, text or tokens. This can avoid potential vulnera

bilities with authentication done just through email, which is easi er for identity thieves to access.

Avoiding these schemes is the second in a five-part series from the IRS, state tax agencies and the nation's tax community –working together as the Security Summit that highlight critical steps tax professionals can take to protect client data. The focus of the Security Summit series –part of the Protect Your Clients, Protect Yourself campaign – is to urge tax professionals to work to strengthen their systems and protect client data.

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The Security Summit partners continue to see instances where tax professionals have been vul nerable to identity theft phish ing emails that pose as potential clients. The criminals then trick practitioners into opening email links or attachments that infect computer systems with the poten tial to steal client information.

authentication, including those us ing cloud-based services. Constant vigilance is necessary, not just dur ing tax season but year-round. We urge tax pros, both large opera tions and smaller ones, to consider these invaluable recommendations to help protect their clients and themselves."

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"Identity theft scammers con tinually try new schemes to steal client personal and financial in formation from tax professionals. We continue to see a barrage of emails aimed at tax professionals trying to trick them into provid ing valuable access to identity thieves," said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. "And we continue to urge people to use multi-factor

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WASHINGTON — As part of a special Security Summit series, the Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and nation's tax industry warn tax professionals to beware of evolving scams designed to steal client data.


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(“A Beautiful Mind”) reveals his filmmak ing talent again with THIRTEEN LIVES, a riveting film empha sizing the importance of persistence, intel ligence, cooperation and bravery. This unusual movie is a dramatization of the real-life 2018 Tham

Young boys and coach lost in Thai caveswhile plans are made to end in saves.

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I have to admit this movie scared me during most of its running time. I am afraid of water and never learned to swim. Because much of the film shows people diving and swimming under difficult situations I wanted to close my eyes and think about more happy things. But the story is so compelling, I watchedDirectoreverything.Howardhas said that this movie and the real rescue are tributes to the people of Thailand who never gave up.The passion of rescue reveals the highest dynamic of the human soul. --Kurt Hahn

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Worried parents and friends stand by.It’s hard to watch and not to cry.


Howard worked from a screenplay by William Nicholson (“Gladiator”) and story by Don McPherson (“The Gun man”). The film concentrates on the almost miraculous rescue mission rath er than the youngsters, and the intense cinematography by Suyombhu Mukde eprom (“Beckett”) gives us a close look at what rescuers were going through. Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”) and Colin Farrell (“Seven Psychopaths”) play British cave divers who are called to help the Thailand SEALS. The two Brits can’t figure out how to rescue the trapped youngsters, so they contact a doctor portrayed by Joel Edgerton (“The Gift”). It’s this caring doctor who finally figures out how the boys might beMortensensaved. and Farrell are practi cally unrecognizable in these roles. Mortensen – who gets the only sarcastic humorous line in the entire film -- is bald, and Farrell looks like an average good guy instead of the complicated characters he’s used to playing. All three of these actors downplay their sympa thetic parts here to make everything seem believable. And, of course, many excellent Thailand actors add to the authenticity of this terrific offering.

as rescuers try many dives.

Though early scenes are calm and bright.Look out for darkness in the night.

And so we really do care!

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Among the plants and flowers, add fix tures, such as wind chimes and water features, that’ll produce soothing sounds. And with the new habitat you’ve created, you’ll enjoy

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4.Touch:too!From the light, feathery textures of petals to the rough sur faces of bark or bush stems, touch offers a deeper sense of connection to

(STATEPOINT)–Gardening is not only a means for beautify ing outdoor spaces and growing delicious foods. According to those who spend significant time in the yard, getting outside can also sup port your “Gardeningwellbeing.isgood

for the mind, it’s good for the soul and it’s good for the body,” said legendary foot ball coach, Vince Dooley. “I enjoy coming out to garden, and when I finish, I feel like I’ve done some thing, and I feel good.”

Designing Your Garden Scott advises designing your garden to reflect how you want to live outside. He typically builds “rooms” connected by meandering paths for resting, unwinding, and feeling restored. However, your outdoor spaces don’t always need to be quiet. They can encourage activity as well. If you enjoy com pany, create gathering spaces. Or, if you have hobbies that can be done outdoors like exercising, painting or writing, you can set aside areas for

You may already use aromatherapy indoors. Take this concept outside by growing fra grant flowers and herbs, so you can literally “stop to smell the roses.”

By gardening, your mental health will be better off for it. Just be sure to start small, simple and stressfree.

2.Taste: Growing your own food will provide you with an incredibly rewarding harvest. Not only will you be able to enhance meals with the fruits of your labor, you’ll get the personal satisfaction of a job well

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•Passive benefits: Don’t have a green thumb? Don’t worry. Scien tific evidence proves that just being in nature has positive impacts on stress levels and brain chemistry. It can also lower blood pressure, increase concentration and im prove mood. What’s more, being

Scott and Dooley offer more insights in “Garden Therapy,” a recent episode of “Done-In-AWeekend Projects,” an original

Health •ActiveBenefitsbenefits: Gardening exercises the body and clears the mind. Studies show that increased outdoor exposure leads to fewer long-term health problems, help ing improve cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, strength, and dexter ity—all leading to better mental health. Simply planting, growing, harvesting and maintaining plants gives you a direct emotional boost. Why? Gardening helps foster nurturing instincts and restores a sense of hope and purpose, ulti mately improving self-esteem.

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are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head (Ps 3:3).

Because of the LORD'S great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morn ing; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him’ (Lam. 3:22-24).

her administrative experience to cre ate a positive work environment for the Treasurer’s Office, and

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She uses SMART goals to identify problems, solutions and measure success. In the case of Treasurer, nec essary change will take place through statutory regulations and beyond. Her vision is for customers to the Treasurer’s Office to experience an “open door” policy by connecting County departments into a unified team. She wants to stop the isolation between Assessor, Surveyor, Clerk and Treasurer that now serves to frustrate both customers and em ployees. These offices would work

“My goal is to be a true leader working for the Pueblo community. I fulfill my commitments and honor contracts. I have a good track record as a firm, fair, consistent and qual ified professional, and ask for your vote,” said Gray.

many experiences that I could never have imagined. In spite of being mad at the beginning of our journey, in the end I felt love. It was different from being “in love,” as it had been earlier in our marriage. Instead, it was simply “being love.” Along the way, I developed a deeper understanding and respect for the love and courage that are the essence of being human. For that I am grateful.


in unison creating a team approach with improved infrastructure. “Being a team player is how I operate in the classroom. I teach in the collaborative and will be a leader as County Treasurer in that way, as well,” she said.“If I can get teenag ers to work together, I should be able to get professional adults to work as a team,” she said with a big, deter mined Michellegrin.isa woman of service in faith and action. She has been a Sunday school teacher and traveled to Joplin, Missouri to help the community recover after tornado devasta tion. She is not afraid of gritty jobs like laying drywall in water ravaged homes after the Lumberton, Texas floods in 2017.

Michelle Gray will be on the Pueblo County ballot for Treasurer in No vember. To register to vote, go to: Also Michelle4PuebloCountyTreasurer.comvisit

I have shared my journey with Ron in a memoir entitled, Courageous Hearts, A Journey Through Alzheim er’s. Links to both Amazon and Barnes and Noble where it can be purchased are on my website, www.CyndyNoel. com. It is also sold locally at Hooked on Books and Poor Richards.

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who?” With a quick nod of approval between them, Michelle stood up and walked forward to accept the GOP nomination for Pueblo County Treasurer.Now,walking neighborhoods to meet perspective voters, posting to her web site rate.jobsCountyDisenfranchisedgruntledevidencewiththeamourhowchangeers.Officechallenge.lopartationsMichellevoicespectinandwomanwithShegreet”,(Michelle4pueblocounattendingcommueventsandhosting“meetandopportunitiesisawayoflife.headsintoelection“season”tenacityandthepositivityofawhoflowswithconfidenceskill.“IknowwhoIam.IamconsistentwhatIdo.Ihaveintegrity.Irepeople.Ipromisetobeabetterforcustomers”,saysGray.taughtmathinthePuebloCityschoolsystemfor27years.Shesaid,“StudentscametoMrs.Gray’sclassroomdreadingmathandlefthappytolearnmath.Myevaluconfirmthat.”Now,beingofasweepingchangeforPuebCountygovernmentishernextTheCountyTreasurer’srepresentsallPueblotaxpay“IknowhowtomakepositiveintheclassroomandIknowtocreatethatpositivechangeinCountygovernment,aswell.Iknownformygrit!”Grayisgettinginvolvedbecauseneedexists.SheseesaproblemCountygovernmentandtheisclear.Taxpayersaredisbypoorcustomerservice.andfrustratedemployeesareleavingtheirandcreatingahighturn-overSheisdeterminedtoutilize


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As Forest Gump would say 'life is like a box of choco lates'…When offered a box of chocolates, we all choose a different piece-a favorite. Fae rie Lore is comparable. These stories barely scratch the sur face. We'll explore Faerie-Faith, an insight studied sympathetically and scientifically over decades. This is the true world of the faerie: a phenomenon-an actuality sepa rating the myths from reality. They're also known as the 'Good People.' For years only children are per mitted their 'Once upon a time.' Nevertheless, it belongs to us all. You'll be amazed to realize the ex tent of eminent academics and lecturers involved in finding the 'truth,' inrie-Faith,virtuesorofgenerallyaUnitedEurope-America-andfromtheKingdom,tonamefew.Similarlythey'llpraisethevaluetheirfindings,andhonthepastandpresentandworthofFaemainlypracticedtheBritishIslesand

other parts of the Continent. Defined is the basic understanding of an unconceiv able multifaceted topic…no easy feat. (At

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least that's my intention!) So kindly bear with me as together we unravel the past, not forgetting nor minimalizing the origi nal faerie perceptions we knew as children. A century ago Faerie-Faith was considered beneath the serious consideration of 'schol ars.' The subject is occasionally scorned yet always mysterious, and begging additional elaboration. Our clarification begins with Celtic traditions and viewpoints. Our stage is set in Ireland, Scotland, England, Britta ny, Wales and Isle of Mann not forgetting the European Continent. These accounts of psychological theories are barely touched upon, yet dispel any doubts as to their durability and certainty within the actual Celtic domains of our study. These people views relate to Gods, faeries, and spirits to name a few. Men's social conditions are reflected in their natural habitats, such as Ireland's magnificent gentle hills and val leys. Such placid environments are subject to living conditions of a gentler folk/faerie as opposed to more dramatic areas; For instance-Scotland's intense landscapes relating to clouded mountainous snow capped peaks suspended over thundery wind swept lochs/lakes which house water Kelpies, a ferocious less known type of life-force, but always violently independent, and threatening. A cold forlorn area is the Western Hebrides where resides the Spirit Host who silent ly soars through the intense frosty night air. Scientists and doctrines offer proof of invisible 'intelligence entities' which actually influence man and nature, an unseen world of cause and effect. Even

Nothing is by chance, so envision a clear plan then relax and find peace within yourself. Once that harmony is reached, be still and just let it happen.


Our stage is set in Ireland, Scotland, England, Brittany, Wales and Isle of Mann not forgetting the European Continent. These accounts of psychological theories are barely touched upon, yet dispel any doubts as to their durability and certainty...

prehistoric man accepted a 'germ of idea' of faeries in the environment. While so many city businessmen/women are herded together. Living in extraordinary antiseptic and closed surroundings, they deny their subliminal self which mani fests in the conscious soul, therefore they feel exempt from superstition, and as their material progression ensues, they cease to be natural at all. Undoubtedly, the Celts are authorities on all things Faerie, and will attest that the Celtic Faerie Race has the same origin as all/ any religions and mythology. All civilized people believed in an unseen world with invisible beings. Ancients called them inhabitants, gods, genni, dacmons, and shades. Christianity says they are angels, saints, demons and souls of the dead…

We love you and miss you, and we miss the world you and Mom and your generation sought to build. That world looks better every day, even though we didn’t always think that. But now every day brings new travail and tumult, and now it seems that the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.

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I never forgot how your father — my grandfather — gave me a book about the U.S. Capitol. It was stamped with the name William H.Bates, the moderate Republican congressman from Salem who voted for all five important civil-rights bills of the era but who would be repelled by his party today and regarded as a hopeless antique. I remember how the bright white of the Capi tol dome nearly shimmered off the pages of that book, and during the decades in which I covered Con gress for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Boston Globe. I never failed to look at that dome with the awe that I first felt as a 10-year-old. I am ashamed to tell you that 20 months ago, the Capitol was overrun by insurrectionists, its walls breached, its offices trashed. A bare-chested man wearing a horned fur headdress and carrying a flag pole topped with a spear tip ram paged through the building, looking as if he were howling, and threat ened the vice president.

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Here is a measure of how much the world has changed and the center has failed to hold. You lived by a simple aphorism: All things in moderation. That meant that you could have a drink, or maybe two, but never more. It meant that you should order a restaurant meal with an eye toward the right-hand side of the menu, with steak and lobster off-limits, always. That meant that you should see the virtues of all sides of an argument and search for where they intersect, always with an eye to the greater good, always with your own interests sublimated to those of no moderation in the world you left behind. Mere anar chy is loosed upon the world. And the gap between rich and poor is so wide that the rich don’t worry about the right side of the menu, and the poor cannot contemplate a restau rant meal. Our old favorite restau rants are gone: the Red Coach Grille and the Valle’s Steak House chain; even the sprawling Hilltop empire on Route 1 in Saugus (Massachu setts) has been shuttered. About a 10th of Americans now consider themselves vegetarians or vegans. The Republican Party you re vered — the party of sturdy habits, good manners, respectability and restraint, frugality and prudence — has acquired many of the attributes of an outlaw mob. The Democrats you remember — Adlai Stevenson, John F. Kennedy, Hubert H. Hum phrey — have vanished and are replaced by another breed, lurching leftward, more comfortable in ac ademic robes than in union wind breakers.

I also have never forgotten that as a child, you met a handful of Civil War veterans, probably during a Memorial Day parade down Salem’s Essex Street. I am ashamed, too, that the acceptability of violence in our civic life is so rife that sober people are talking about the country endur ing another civil war. This kind of talk would have been inconceivable in your lifetime. It is reprehensible inNobodymine.

Dear Dad, I’ve been thinking about you more than usual these days, this time of year being the 18th anniversary of your death. I am constantly wondering how I would explain to you what has happened to the country that your father sought as a refuge from tyranny and servitude, that your brother died for in Pacif ic combat during World War II, that you served later in that conflict, and that I grew up revering for the promise and op portunity it provided and for the values it sought to preserve and extend.

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I am afraid you would not recognize the place. You left us in a world coming undone — it had been a mere three years since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 — but you could not have had

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— well, almost nobody — gets a print newspaper anymore. People use their telephones to take pictures. Two giant oaks of your time, and of mine, were felled in recent days; Bill Russell and Mikhail Gorbachev have just died. Both were misunderstood. Both will be missed. Remember all the talk about “con servation,” then about “ecology” and

finally about “the environment”? Now there is great worry that the Earth is burning up and that our climate may be changing so fast that we may be shocked at wintertime temperatures, lose the polar ice caps and not recognize the shorelines.

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