Prime Time September/October 2012 Volume 1 Issue 1
The Mystery Behind Mailing Lists Is It Going to Be Tricking or Treating? Azalea Falls Lodge, The Beauty of the Ozarks Beat the Heat... Racing for Education Restoring Houses, Rebuilding a Neighborhood Keithville Couple Loves to Dance
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Editor’s Note: When I was younger, I, like many of my friends, thought someone who was 50 years or older had just about outlived their usefulness. Now I’m at the age where 50 is nearly considered “young.” Many of us baby-boomers hold to the theory that age is a state of mind, albeit one that is greatly affected by the state of our bodies! We live in an age where medical miracles are prolonging life and retirement plans have given our aging population more incentive and ability to get out and travel and take part in life-enriching activities. When my husband retired in 2000, we moved from Keithville, Louisiana to Nashville, Tennessee where we lived for two years until he talked me into selling all our “stuff ” and RVing across America. We RVed all the way to Colorado where we bought a mountain so remote it didn’t even have an address or mail delivery. We spent a year building a cabin where we shared many adventures, and we made new and lasting friends there just as we did in Tennessee. When grandbabies started coming we sold our mountain cabin and moved back to Shreveport for three years before moving to the Ozark Mountains in North Arkansas until his death 10 months ago. Some folks thought we were crazy, some people envied us our spirit of adventure, and other people who would never step outside their comfort zones lived vicariously through us. We simply took advantage of the opportunity to have new experiences before we were too old to do so. In a 10-year period we lived in four different states and enjoyed our time and adventures in each one. We didn’t want to grow into our twilight years having regrets for all the things we could have done, but didn’t because we were afraid to break away from our comfortable ruts. Meeting new people and experiencing new challenges reignited our youthful feelings of exploration and exciting ventures into the unknown—not quite Star Trek quality, but better than sitting around in front of the television fretting about mowing the lawn. My husband’s goal was to move to Alaska next, and though we didn’t get to realize that dream, we didn’t have too many regrets of might-have-dones either. I get excited by people who are living their lives to the fullest, taking chances while they can, and pushing the boundaries of their physical ages and concepts of what “senior citizens” should be doing. Prime Time is a magazine that celebrates life and all the positive aspects of having lived to be 50 years and beyond. What we have lost in dexterity and elasticity, we have gained in appreciation and wisdom of a life well spent. We will be publishing articles that share the experiences of people who have a zest for living, or serving others, or maybe someone who has an opinion that will stir us to action or thought. We hope our readers will let our advertisers know that they appreciate their business, because advertisers are essential for our success. Many of the articles I’ve written over the years have offered me the opportunity to meet readers whom I now count as friends who are also excited about this new publishing venture. I look forward to hearing from Prime Time readers and hope you will let me know about events, people, and topics you would like to read about in future issues. Elaine Marze Editor/Publisher Elaine Hodge Marze Layout/Art Direction Grace V. Hardesty Contributing Writers Dennise Aiello Kay Brown Shirley M. Brown Ric Cochran Elaine Marze Susan Posey Amie Rolland Loy Spurlock Kathryn C. Wolfe
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Table of Contents 04 Publisher
20 Restoring Houses...
Rebuilding a Neighborhood By Dennise Aiello
04 Editor’s Letter 06 Hugh Williams Turns 80
22 In My Opinion: Separation of Church and State By Loy Spurlock
06 Senators and Representatives Speak at PRWC
24 Keithville Couple Love
07 The Mystery Behind
to Dance By Amie Rolland
Mailing Lists By Kathryn C. Wolfe
25 Turning an Everyday
09 A Handy Husband
Event Into Exciting Pages By Shirley M. Brown
10 Are You Still Paying for Nursing Home Care? By Ric Cochran
13 Out of the Mouths of Babes 14 Is It Going to Be
Tricking or Treating? By Elaine Marze
16 Azalez Falls Lodge By Elaine Marze
25 Proofreading Is a Dying Art Hidden among the Ozarks Many people from this area travel to Arkansas throughout the year, perhaps to get away with family or friends; or sometimes we go looking for fresh Arkansas apples or Saline melons. Whatever the reason, low-lander Louisianians love the scenery and the seasonal changing of colors. Azalea Falls is worth the trip—if only to view this little unexpected paradise hidden in the Ozark hill country.
26 Artificial Pancreas
Treatment Is Available Locally By Susan Posey
28 Recipes from Grandma’s Kitchen
18 Beat the HEAT By Kay Brown
19 Adrenaline Junkie
18 September/October 2012
Hugh Williams, retired USAF fighter pilot, celebrated his 80th birthday on July 1st at their Northwood Hills home in Blanchard, La. Their kids, grandkids, great grandkids, and close friends helped him celebrate. Shown left to right is Hugh and Lucille's daughter-in-law, Lisa Williams; oldest daughter, Suzanne Ferrell; youngest daughter, Cyndi DeLeon; and their son, Hubert Williams, Jr. holding Ryker Williams, a great-grandson.
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The Mystery behind
Mailing Lists By Kathryn C. Wolfe
Several months ago I received an unexpected package intended for a new or expectant mother. It was clearly baby-related, and our postman Craig smiled and offered to take it back if I didn’t want it; but I told him no, my curiosity would not allow that. It contained two cans of powdered Similac baby formula. I contacted Providence House, a local shelter that often houses new mothers. They were delighted for me to deliver the package to them. I figured I had done my good deed with a product that had evidently been sent to me by mistake and gave it no more thought. Then came a brochure with coupons for Huggies. Postman Craig grinned and asked how I managed to get on this list. I told him I didn’t know, but intended to find out. The Huggies phone number reached a friendly lady named “Em” at Kimberly-Clark in Neenah, Wisconsin. She had no idea how they got my name, but would remove it from her list. We chatted awhile about her cold weather there compared to our mild weather here. I told her I was 76 years old and didn’t need the baby diapers, but may call her when I need the adult size. A few days later I received an envelope containing six samples of birth announcements with an order blank for more. I just ignored that one. Next came a brochure from Similac with a phone number for “Strong Moms” at Abbott Laboratories in Hebron, Ohio. I phoned them and reached “Linda.” She did some research and told me they got my name from American Baby magazine, but did not know how, when, or why. She took me off her list. September/October 2012
Most recently, there arrived an informative booklet from the Gerber Company with coupons and eight attractive, well-designed indexed pages. It explained symptoms of various baby needs, nutrition basics, and helpful hints on how to supplement breast-feeding. It included a telephone number in small print. My magnifying glass enabled me to correctly dial the tiny number and reach “Cindy.” She did some research and found they also had received my name and address from American Baby. She removed me from her list and gave me the 800 number for the magazine. The magazine representative said her information showed that I had emailed an order for their magazine six months ago. She had my correct email address from an old account I seldom use. I searched that account and found no trace of such an order. My only theory is that some enterprising soul at my Internet provider gets paid for each name and address he supplies to the magazine, and that sets off a chain of sales to other vendors. Cause for suspicion is the fact that no issue of American Baby has yet to be delivered. Thankfully, no baby has been delivered either, because at my age I surely don’t need one—American or otherwise. About the Author: Kathryn got her Journalism degree from LSU-Baton Rouge in 1954. She worked 25 years as an industrial draftsman before becoming a self-employed property manager and renovator of old houses and apartments in South Louisiana. When she retired she moved to Shreveport to be near her daughter. She is a member of Centenary Writers Group. Contact Kathryn at email@example.com.
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by Elaine Hodge Marze
Elaine Marze shares the inspirational story of her husband's battle with throat cancer as they faced the common challenges involved in controversial treatments, anxiety, conflicting advice, constant disappointment and overcoming faith.
“Elaine has the unique ability to make you laugh through your tears. You’ll learn about the progress and treatment of her husband’s cancer, see the humor that they both found in almost every situation— but most of all you’ll feel God’s presence in everything they faced.” Patti Yeatts, Administrative Asst., Northwest LA Baptist Association
“Each experience as shared through her words has left me wanting more. She writes as if she were talking to you. You’ll feel joy one moment and cry the next. Laughter is always key in her writings no matter what. Anyone who reads her story is sure to share it again and again.” Vickie Clemons, Tennessee WMU
Handy Husband Truman Miers of Monroe made his wife, Annie, a new arbor for her backyard garden. He made the arbor out of concrete re-enforcement bar (commonly referred to as rebar). He used an old wagon rim to bend and clamp the rebar into an arch shape. Then he welded the "S" shapes to the arched piece. The "S" shapes were made with an inexpensive (mostly rebar scraps) bender that he made several years ago for that purpose. "It's far from fancy, but it works fairly well on 3/8" rebar," Truman says.
Actually, he made two arbors. In addition to the rebar one, he made one arbor with treated lumber. Both arbors have Carolina Jasmine growing on them that the Miers are hoping will completely cover the arbors by next Spring.
Hearing Aids September/October 2012
ARE YOU STILL PAYING FOR
NURSING HOME CARE
FOR A LOVED ONE?
By Ric Cochran
Why would you continue to unnecessarily pay thousands of dollars every month and not seek our help to secure government assistance? Let me guess…
1. Y ou were told the patient or the family had too many assets or too much income to qualify, or 2. You were told, or believe, that you as a spouse would be left with little or no income, or 3. You were told it’s too difficult to qualify, or that it doesn’t work, or 4. You were told it’s wrong for patients with assets to try and seek benefits from “the taxpayers” as long as patients aren’t broke, or 5. You just feel too overwhelmed to try.
These are the most common reasons expressed by clients for why they procrastinated before coming to engage our services. Let me briefly answer each of these reasons. If you were told the patient, or family, had too many assets, or too much income, to qualify, that is a situation that in most cases can be managed and restructured in a way that preserves assets and income to better care for the patient, provide for a spouse, and prevent needless erosion of an estate. If you were told, or believe, that you as a spouse would be left with little or no income, it’s important to remember that Medicaid makes allowance for a non-institutionalized spouse to have both a minimum income guarantee, more generous than most people realize, and absolutely no limit on the maximum income for a spouse. This provides many opportunities for securing
spousal income security. If you were told it’s difficult to qualify, or that it doesn’t work, it’s important to understand that just because other people don’t know how to do it doesn’t mean it can’t be done. I don’t know how to fly a jet aircraft. But I save a lot of time over driving by trusting the skills of pilots who do. We have a proven track record of success for over a decade. It’s not easy for individuals and families, or even professionals who lack our skill and experience, and that is regrettable. But we guide people down this path, month after month, to stop losing money, month after month. If you were told it’s wrong for patients with assets to try and seek benefits from “the taxpayers,” I would ask if the patient and family ever paid any taxes. As Steve and Blake Rainey often say, “Our clients are taxpayers!” Steve sharpens that point by asking those on Medicare making that argument why they don’t pay all their own medical expenses until they’re broke instead of using their Medicare card. If you or someone you care about has just felt too overwhelmed to try, we invite anyone to call and schedule a free consultation. It has to be less stressful than seeing thousands of dollars fly out the window every month. We have over a decade of proven experience helping our clients to accomplish what they couldn’t do themselves and sometimes what others told them couldn’t be done. I rely on doctors to advise me about health issues and a good CPA to help me pay less in taxes than I would pay on my own. You can rely on us to help lead you, or someone you care about, through the unfamiliar and easily misunderstood process of getting benefits to pay for nursing home care while preserving and enhancing the quality of life for patients and family members.
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Tricking orTreating By Elaine Marze People of a certain age remember Halloween fondly because in that simpler time, it was often a night for pranks. Armed with no more than a paper grocery sack containing bars of soap, rolls of toilet tissue, and some water balloons, kids would set off trick-or-treating dressed in an old sheet or an oversized pair of overalls (or over-“halls” as some called them) made up the hobo apparel. “Treats” were handfuls of popcorn thrown into the bag to mix with caramel apples, wax paper covered popcorn balls, Tootsie Rolls, and maybe some chocolate “store bought” candy. And, we actually plucked those sticky, loose kernels of popped corn off and ate them. One of the most common “tricks” in my small town was to load a paper bag with fresh cow manure, set it on fire on somebody’s doorstep, ring the bell, and run really fast before the unlucky recipient came running to stomp out the fire! And, no, I never did this. If the home-owner was barefoot at the time, it just made for a funnier re-telling. Be warned though, if any of our readers are experiencing the urge to relive your childhood, playing such a prank today would land you in jail. It’s a different world. Sometimes the funniest pranks are unplanned. My mother had a rubber witch mask that was the ugliest thing ever made. It had big, nasty, hairy warts, green skin, and an evil smile. Each October, she would stuff clothes to look like a person, add the mask, a broom, and wig and this spooky apparition sat in a chair by the front door for weeks. This was an annual fixture at our house until one night when my mother and step-father, 14
John, left to attend an auction, and my teen-age brother decided to change places dressed as the witch. Larry chuckled to himself as he dressed in the witch clothes and donned the mask and wig. What a neat prank this was going to be to scare our mom who could usually be counted on to have a good sense of humor though I’d never heard that said about Larry’s dad, which is important to know for the sake of this story. It was a dark night in the country with only a single porch light on when Momma and John got out of the car carrying items they had bought at the auction which included a large crystal punch bowl filled with crystal cups that Larry’s dad was holding. There Larry sat, anticipating the event, dressed in the witch costume, wearing the hideous mask and wig, waiting to jump up and yell, “BOO!” But then in the recesses of his teen brain, some little voice of caution warned, “Don’t do it! You could give your momma a heart attack!” So, surprisingly for a teen-age boy, Larry actually paid heed to the little warning voice in his head, and he decided not to jump up and scare them. He was going to sit there quietly until after they entered the house. But when his dad got to the door and struggled to open it while juggling the crystal punch bowl filled with cups...Larry only meant to help. He had no intentions of what happened next to happen. Since his dad was obviously struggling to get the door open, Larry was only being polite when he suddenly stood and said, “I’ll get that.” If you can, imagine a big man running backward in the dark while emitting unintelligible sounds of terror
while crystal punch cups go flying. A near coronary is understandable when it appears that a hideous-looking witch/dummy which hitherto had been non-living and stationary suddenly stands up with arms outstretched and speaks. To this day Larry talks about the wide-eyed shocked look on his daddy’s face when he stood up to help him get in the door. Larry grew up to be a firefighter. Firemen are notorious for playing pranks on each other. My late husband, son, son-in-law, and two brothers are or were firefighters so I’m very familiar with how far these guys will go to get a laugh at somebody else’s expense. After the film Fireproof came out, people asked me if firemen really do play tricks on each other as was portrayed in the movie. That’s an emphatic, “YES.” Once they find out what bothers a co-worker, it is on! If a firefighter is so lacking in intelligence as to let his fellow associates know he has a fear of snakes, for example, he may soon be showering with a live (hopefully harmless) one or open his truck door to discover a snake curled up on his seat. Of course the term “sadistic” comes to mind, but so does “stress relief,” and since these men and women deal with tragedy and death on a regular basis, they have their own ways of dealing. Many of us wives, mothers, and sisters have been recruited to add to the prank factor at one time or another. Sometimes we even come up with our own practical jokes—like the Halloween I baked and decorated some delicious chocolate cupcakes to take to my husband’s fire station. It should be noted by those who have no ties to firemen that they will eat nearly anything and are often the recipients of leftovers or refrigerator clean-outs. Kind citizens sometimes take by food for their neighborhood firefighters and firefighter wives also take food to their husband’s home-away-from-home, so it was a normal thing for me to bring food. What was NOT normal was that in the spirit of “trick or treating” the five men on my husband’s shift, the emphasis was on “tricking” because I iced the cupcakes with Ex-Lax Chocolate Stimulant Laxative, which claims to provide “gentle” overnight action by chewing two chocolate pieces once or twice daily. Assisted by our teenage son Daniel (who is now a firefighter veteran), I melted a recommended dose of two squares on each cupcake (spreads just like icing on a hot cupcake), being careful
not to mix the stimulated ones up with the legitimatelyiced cupcakes I was taking to the church party that night. When I dropped the cupcakes off at the fire station I gave these specific instructions to my husband and his co-workers: “NOBODY eats more than two cupcakes.” It amazed me that not one of them asked “why?”; I would have. They just meekly said “okay” and thanked me for their treats. Let me add this disclaimer right now: I would never do such a terrible thing these days because I’m older and wiser. But at the time of the laxative-decorated cupcakes I was stupider and caught up in the fire station atmosphere of seemingly never-ending efforts to outdo one another’s hoaxes. I knew one advantage I had was that they would never suspect I was capable of “tricking” them in such a way. I want to make my regrets plain so as to hopefully relieve some of our more squeamish readers of their need to tell me how foolish and even dangerous this little stunt could have been. But back to the fire station: Having left my instructions that they were not to eat more than two cupcakes, and there were just enough for two each, I figured they might be feeling the effects of “gently” loosened-up per package instructions, but not to any dangerous degree. Indeed, I reasoned that the lightening of their body content would actually help them move faster and easier in response to fire department emergency runs. However, there has got to be one person who fails to follow instructions. One firefighter ate his share of cupcakes and somebody else’s share, too, thus adding new meaning to the word “runs” that night, and the fire truck never even left the station. The part that became fire department legend, though, was when this particular greedy fireman bent over to lift something...well, let’s just say that his wife probably made him do his own laundry! For a long time afterward whenever I brought food to the fire station, all the guys wanted to know how many they should eat, or I had to taste the food first in their presence, but they all had a good laugh about the incident...well, it took a day or two before it was safe for them to laugh very hard, but... To firefighters and pranksters everywhere, thanks for being such good sports. Without the ability to laugh, how somber life would be. May you have many more treats than tricks this Halloween.
Upper Buffalo River
Ozark Getaway By Elaine Marze
Three women friends all of an age to enjoy “Senior Discounts” joined me for an Ozark getaway in the upper Buffalo River area in northwest Arkansas. Staying at Azalea Falls Lodge is like staying in an amazing treehouse because the back deck overlooks an enchanted “holler” and an 85-foot waterfall. Cool temperatures made hanging out on the deck very pleasant as we were drawn to the beautiful scenery and the relaxing sound of falling water. Owners Alf Carter and Kathy Trimble say that the two beautiful, but seasonal, waterfalls sometimes dry up during the dry seasons, but they were flowing rapidly while we were there. In spring and summer the area is beautiful with wild azaleas, but the rocky cliffs, hills, and hollers were beautiful in their starkness too. The lodge we stayed in is a Frank Lloyd Wright-style home, built of rock, glass, and redwood. It is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream come true. We even hiked one of the marked trails of the 136 surrounding acres. Admittedly, we had to push and pull each other up and over some of the rocks and logs because we kept losing the trail, but we were thrilled and 16
amazed at the view above the falls. The 3000 square feet of decks and patios are the perfect place from which to watch the scenery, the many birds and squirrels, and the moon and stars in the evening. It was really hard to leave the deck to take on the trails, but we climbed down into the holler and all the way up the other side to the falls and even followed one of the streams back up the mountain. Construction of Azalea Falls Lodge was begun in 1982 by Alf Carter, Leroy Scharffenberger (an architecture student), and David Waters, a rock mason. The house was designed by Alf and Leroy and was intended to be a personal residence. Alf, who had owned an outdoor store in Fayetteville, Ark., Ozark Mountain Sports, had been coming to Newton County for hiking, canoeing, and rock climbing over the years. When he found this perfect spot—overlooking the waterfall—he decided to build his dream home there. Since that time Alf has built Azalea Falls Cabin and the brand new Beauty Lodge, which has three B&B rooms that come with refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker including coffee, teas,
and hot chocolate. Beauty Lodge may be rented with or without breakfast. I’ve stayed in a number of rented cabins all across the country, but I’ve never rented one where the furnishings and art work compare to these three. Actually, the word “cabin” is deceptive. Beautiful antiques, collectibles, and abundant artwork fill each room. These three rental properties require using the Kathy & Alf stand ready word “ambience.” Amenities include satellite TV, to welcome guests to VCR with movies, telephone, Wi-Fi internet service, one of their Azalea and sleeper sofas for larger groups. Falls "cabins." For pictures and reviews of the lodge and cabin, visit their Web site at www.azaleafalls.com. For pictures and a review of Beauty Lodge, visit www.barefoottraveler.com. The three vacation homes thong trees which were markers for waterfalls, herbs, may be rented separately or together for larger groups. and travel directions that were used by the Cherokee Naturally blended into the beautiful Ozark MounIndians. For those interested, Alf uses his extensive tains, I would recommend any one of these three proprock climbing experiences in Alaska, the west, and erties for small weddings, honeymoons, anniversary Arkansas to teach rock climbing. His years of hiking the celebrations, family reunions, and church or business Ozarks as a guide are fascinating to many guests. His retreats. The wide porches and decks surrounded by wife, Kathy, manages the business in between gardenthe beautiful scenery drew our group to the outdoors. ing and designing and sewing pillows and wall tapestries Activities in the area include hiking, rock climbing, displayed throughout their vacation rentals. canoeing the Buffalo National River (March through Our little group enjoyed our stay at Azalea Falls mid-June) or the Kings River, elk watching (Ponca), and was refreshed by the natural beauty we were surhorseback riding, fishing, bird watching, nature study rounded with, so I highly recommend these vacation and appreciation, or just relaxing. Like many other visirentals. Azalea Falls Lodge and Cabin, as well as rooms tors, we enjoyed the one-mile hiking loop and could in Beauty Lodge, are priced in the $110-$250 per-night/ have roasted marshmallows in the fire pits or fished in per-couple range and offer Romantic Packages, Hiking the catch-and-release fishing pond. Packages, Business Retreat Packages, and an Extended If a guest wanted to explore the area, there are Stay Special (stay 7 nights and get the 7th night free), antique stores in Kingston and Eureka Springs, and as well as discounted rates for larger groups with the nearby caves in Lost Valley or Harrison. Kingston is Reunion Packages. only six miles from Azalea Falls, and Eureka Springs is 45 minutes from the lodge. For those who would like assistance in finding the most spectacular views, rock formations, or waterfalls, a hiking guide service is available. Alf has marked a new trail devoted exclusively to Hiking down one mountain and up to the top of the falls is quite an accomplishment for women of "a certain age." Shelly Banks and Barbara Carlson are savoring the moment looking down on the Azalea Falls waterfall.
Beat HEAT By Kay Brown
...Racing for Education
Twenty years may not seem like a long time…but for a non-profit organization it is a milestone to be celebrated. Beat the HEAT, Inc. became an IRS designated 501(c)(3) organization in 1992 and on September 7-8, the members will gather at the Beat the HEAT World Finals to reminisce about the past and plan for the future. Beat the HEAT, Inc. is a national non-profit organization comprised of Police Officers and Firefighters who conduct educational programs using marked emergency vehicle drag cars to gain the interest of the public. Heat Members develop programs and activities to serve their individual communities using the Goals of Beat the Heat, Inc. as a guide.
The Goals include: EDUCATING the young people about the problems of illegal drug and alcohol use and the dangers of driving impaired by alcohol/ drugs, cell phone use, and texting; ENCOURAGING young people to stay in school and be an achiever in life; PROMOTING a better UNDERSTANDING between the Police and Firefighters and the communities they serve;
DUCATING the general public that drag E racing is a sport conducted in a controlled environment at a structured facility and street racing is an illegal race conducted on public streets and is dangerous for both participants and the general public.
A member of Beat the HEAT, Inc.(BTH) must be an active, retired, volunteer, or reserve Police Officer or Firefighter willing to volunteer to use their HEAT vehicle to present programs free of charge to groups of all ages in schools, churches, community activities, and displays. Although supported by local public safety agencies, tax dollars do not fund this organization. Beat the Heat is totally funded by the individual BTH members and their sponsors. All members including BTH Officers are volunteers. There are no paid employees, no formal office, and a minimum of operating expenses. Funds given to the organization are used for the promotion of programs and activities to reach the public with public safety messages. Members have an opportunity to closely interact with both young people and the general public to make a personal connection and promote a better understanding of each other. It gives the public the oppor-
tunity to see that Police and Firefighters are more than just authority figures; they are real people dedicated to serving their communities. Beat the HEAT, Inc. has grown to over 400 members with programs in 36 states, as well as Teams in Canada, Puerto Rico, the UK, and Australia. The Shreveport/Bossier/E. Texas area has eight Heat Teams that are active and have participated in various school programs, area parades, community activities, and have displayed at the Barksdale Air Show for a number of years. They have been on numerous television shows including Speedvision’s PassTime and PINKS All Out, ESPN’s NHRA Today, CBS Channel One which goes in 6,000 high schools across the nation, as well as a variety of CBS, ABC, and Fox News reports. Johnny Lightning has made a series of the Heat Cars into 1/64th scale replica collectibles which are distributed at Target, WalMart, Toys-R-Us, and online. At the 2012 Beat the Heat World Finals and 20th Anniversary Celebration, Heat Teams will be displaying in the Dallas, Ennis, and Waxahachie, Texas area, conducting school programs, and participating in numerous media activities. It will be a fun and exciting time to watch the racing Police/Fire cars—with lights flashing—race down the 1/4 mile Texas Motorplex track to compete for the title of 2012 Beat the HEAT World Champion! Now that’s a celebration!!! For more information about Beat the Heat, Inc., contact Lt. Tom Brown, President at (903) 687-2290 or e-mail theheat.tom@ hotmail.com. www.beattheheatinc.org
Adrenalin Junkie Bill Thompson of Woodbine, Texas may be 81 years old, but he still drag races and fights fires. Bill is an active Beat the Heat member, as is his son, Brad, who is the Texas director for BTH. “I’ve raced all my life,” said Bill, “and I got Brad involved when he was six or seven years old.” Before he began drag racing, Bill did Circle Track (modified drag) in California, but when he got out of the U.S. Air Force, he racked up a bunch of trophies drag racing. He worked for General Motors for 18 years and quit racing for a while raising a family, but got back in it around 1990. Bill and Brad also build their race cars together. Bill has been an active volunteer for the Lake Kiowa Firefighters for 20 years and he has a fire truck at his house for fighting wild fires—though for bigger fires the county relies on a tanker truck. “These days,” Bill September/October 2012
said, “I mostly supply the water,” and leaves most of the more extreme firefighting to the younger men. Widowed in 1997 after 47 years of marriage, Bill said that in recent years he has done things that he couldn’t afford to do during his younger years. He said he’s an “adrenalin junkie” and that “firefighting and drag racing keep me alive.”
By Dennise Aiello
Two years ago, Tom and Elizabeth Arceneaux purchased The Columns, a historical residence in the Highland Restoration District. The large house surrounded by magnolias, azaleas, dogwoods, and oak trees had been neglected for a number of years. Originally built in 1896 as a one story, the first floor of the house was raised by one of its earliest owners; and white columns more than 8 feet in circumference, along with broad porches, were added to the front entrance in 1906. The house now features a Greek Revival front, with a Craftsman interior. Tom Arceneaux is an attorney and Elizabeth Arceneaux is an ASID certified interior designer. For all practical purposes, Elizabeth is the project manager for the restoration. She said when restoring an old house, there is a lot to look at and plan for besides cosmetic updates—wiring and plumbing, as well as structural stability, are extremely important elements to be considered and upgraded. She also pointed out that the city’s building code inspectors check all the systems on a regular basis while the restoration is underway. The daunting tasks that come with this restoration project have not slowed Elizabeth’s enthusiasm. She spends many hours of her day with the renovation crews. When structural questions arose, Elizabeth was not afraid to get a little dirty and take a first hand look under the house. 20
Since Tom and Elizabeth purchased and started the renovation of the house at 615 Jordan with its massive columns and 14-foot ceilings, they have managed to almost completely restore the large downstairs L-shaped kitchen and the second-floor master suite. The kitchen features aged red cypress cabinets, complete with antique wavy glass doors. The backsplash above the newly installed stove is a colorful, hand-painted Portugese tile. A previous owner purchased the house for a Bed and Breakfast venue and added a cottage of guest rooms overlooking a swimming pool. When the Arceneauxes purchased the house, the pool had not been used for years and was badly in need of repair. Now cleaned, and in perfect condition, the pool with an LSU motif in its center, is an inviting bonus to the back yard. Elizabeth Arceneaux is no stranger to the Highland neighborhood. She grew up in the house where she and Tom now make their home at 536 Jordan Street. The house has been owned by Elizabeth’s family since 1948. For several years after her mother’s death, the house was used intermittently as Elizabeth’s office, her son’s office, a convenient and comfortable place to house out of town guests, and often for storage of family and friends’ extra furniture. In 2008, Tom and Elizabeth made the decision to sell their house in Broadmoor and move back to her childhood home. They restored the house to maintain
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its original design, but improved it with modern, upto-date conveniences. Renovation of the house at 536 Jordan was completed in 2010. Elizabethâ€™s skill as a decorator is apparent in every room of the home which combines treasured family heirlooms and antiques with other furniture for an eclectic blend of elegance and comfort. Tom and Elizabeth view the Highland area as an extension of Downtown Shreveport. Highland has schools, churches, locally owned restaurants, doctors and lawyers offices, and other businesses for the convenience of its residents. Whenever possible, Elizabeth patronizes businesses close to her Jordan Street home. â€œSome of the best restaurants, like the Mabry House and the Village Grille, are close by,â€? Elizabeth said. Throughout the restoration and renovation of both houses on Jordan Street, Elizabeth strives to maintain the atmosphere and character of the turn-of-the-century houses, while incorporating 21st century convenience. To Tom and Elizabeth Arceneaux, the Highland neighborhood, its history and charm, its challenges and successes, is the place they plan to continue to call home. September/October 2012
The pool, with an LSU motif in its center, is an inviting bonus to the back yard. Elizabeth Arceneaux, homeowner and interior designer, is the project manager for the restoration.
About the Author: Dennise Aiello is a freelance writer/photographer who lives in Benton, Louisiana. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
In My Opinion:
The framers of the Constitution knew that without Biblical morals and values, the Constitution would not survive the test of time. That’s why this issue is first in the First Amendment.
Amendment 1 “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;...”
Most everyone has the second phrase 180 degrees off, totally opposite from what the intentions of it really means. The Atheist minority has joined with Progressives in congress, the ACLU, and SCOTUS to declare that Separation of Church and State means religion must not be in government, schools, or on public owned property, and in some cases, not in sight of public highways. The words “Separation of Church and State” is NOT in the Constitution. It was in a letter by Thomas Jefferson assuring a minister that there would be a Separation of Church and State. If you read the whole context of both letters, one 22
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of concern about government melding in Religion to Jefferson, and one of assurance in return, that the intention is to have this Separation of Government from Religion, not Religion from Government. As you can see in Amendment 1, there are only two statements made about this subject. The first part means that the government can’t instigate a national religion like the King they fled from had. The second part, “or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” means that the government is not to interfere with, or restrict the practice of religion anywhere inside or out of government, including schools, or on public or private lands. Proof of this is by knowing how Separation of Church and State worked until the 1940s when the Progressives on all levels started their quest to reverse the meaning by using Jefferson’s statement out of context to fit their agenda of taking Religion out of Government. Actually, protecting our God given rights is one of the things our government is mandated to do. Wearing a necklace with a cross to school is supposed to be Constitutionally protected, not restricted.
in DC. Most of it still exists, although the Progressives have been able to eliminate the 10 Commandments from some buildings. If you ever see a picture of the wall behind the podium when Congress is in session, you’ll see a large plaque with “In God We Trust”.
What the Founders and Framers, including Thomas Jefferson, said and did, and how things worked back then, pertaining to this issue, is very telling. 1) Ministers held offices in Congress. Religion was not to be considered one way or another as to whether or not a candidate was qualified to hold any government office. 2) The Bible was taught in schools. Evolutionists didn’t exist back then. While there were Atheist (two or three of them) in the Constitutional debates, they fully understood that the Bible’s morals and value were paramount if the Constitution was to survive. This is the reason today’s Atheists and evolutionists want to eliminate Biblical morals, values, and religion from our country’s society. Being without morals relieves them of any stigma of being immoral, or to be self sufficient. 3) Many of the famous old Colleges today were founded by our founders, and they required the Bible to be taught. 4) Sometimes ministers would teach in public schools.
8) There are currently two prayer rooms in the Capitol Building, the first when it was first built, and a second when the first six seat room became too small for the demand. 9) Still to this day (amazingly), they have a prayer before each Congressional assembly. With all of that, anyone with any common sense would KNOW that the framers of the Constitution did NOT intend to keep Religion out of Government, it was to keep Religion in all levels of Government without question. I can’t understand why someone of importance there in D.C. couldn’t make that argument at the time, or even today. Bottom line: I want our rights back!
5) Sometimes, Church was held in School buildings, and vice-versa, in small communities. 6) D.C. Government buildings were used for religious services of all denominations for more than 50 years because they were the only buildings large enough to hold the congregations. Starting before Congress ever used the Capitol building, there were four different services there each Sunday where about 2000 people attended. Jefferson attended church service in the Capitol Building two days after he penned his letter in return. He was a regular there, as was James Madison. 7) God and religious writings were placed on and/or inside practically every government building and monument
About the Author: Loy’s school, in the 8th grade (1957), taught the Constitution and why it’s better than Socialism. Starting with the Johnson years, he noticed things were going wrong, so started paying more attention to politics. In his opinion, it is possible to turn around what he considers unconstitutional actions taken in the past 100 years. The subject of ‘Separation of Church and State’ is one of his passions. He believes all that’s needed is enough Constitutional oriented politicians in Congress and a willing President. This is just one of the issues in the 140 page project he’s been working on for nearly two years. If you would like to be added to his e-mail list, contact him at LoyT@LoysToys.com with the subject “Prime Time.”
“I much prefer being over the hill to being under it.” ~Bruce Lansky September/October 2012
Keithville Couple Loves to Dance Generally when people want to improve their health they start walking a mile each day, drinking more water and less soda, or substituting salads for cheeseburgers. Well, for Carl and Pat Sanchez, they began dancing their way toward a healthier retirement 16 years ago. In June of 1996, Carl and Pat Sanchez were married—and ever since then they have danced their way through life. Like every couple they run into stumbling blocks and life tries to slow them down, but as long as there is music, Carl and Pat will find a way to continue dancing. Cajun dancing is a part of their lifestyle. Pat and Carl began taking dance lessons the year they married. Pat said she had never learned to Cajun dance, but that Carl knew everything from two-stepping to the Waltz. “I grew up in the jitterbug era so we took lessons as a couple to learn the fancy terms and that type of thing,” she said. Carl said Randall’s Restaurant had just opened downtown that year, and there were live Cajun bands every weekend. “There were several of us that would meet down there and dance every weekend and sometimes during the week, and that led to the formation of our club.” Carl said. During Mardi Gras season that year, Pat, Carl, and several of their dancing friends took a trip to New Orleans, and when they returned Randall’s Restaurant had closed. “We decided we had such great friendships here and loved Cajun dancing so much that we’d just form a group and stay together as friends and try to promote Cajun dancing in this area,” Pat said. ‘Cajun Footwork Dancers’ was formed, and they have continued to inspire Cajun dancing in the area ever since. The group
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hosts two dances each year, one in February for Mardi Gras and one in the fall. “The dances are open to the public, and we always have good turnouts,” Pat said. “We have numerous bands from south Louisiana who come up to play.” Carl said the group did not choose Cajun dancing for heritage purposes. “Of our members, there isn’t a true Cajun there,” he said. “There are members from south Louisiana and members with an accent, but we’re just there because we love Cajun dancing.” One reason they enjoy the group so much is because it has provided them with many friendships over the years. “We started out as friends who wanted to stay together dancing. Some have come and some have gone and some have come back,” Pat said. “Wherever there is a live band, we try to go dance.” Pat said they live for Mudbug Madness in downtown Shreveport every year. “We go the whole four days and nights,” she said. “We open and close it.” They take chairs and camp out all day. “Everybody that can stand the heat and are available show up and dance.” In their 16 years of dancing, the two said they have only missed Mudbug Madness once for one of their daughter’s weddings in 2000. “That was the first and only time we missed the whole Mudbug,” Pat said. Carl encourages people of all ages to join their dance group. Pat and Carl have always loved dancing, but being part of the group has given them a unique bond as a couple. They have continued to dance through 16 years of marriage and 11 grandchildren because it is what they love to do.
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By Shirley M. Brown
Each writer starts out from a different point and is bound for a different destination. I didn’t know I might be a writer until my personal letters to friends and family began getting longer and more frequent, and it was obvious I enjoyed my own writing much more than the people I wrote to. One Christmas I was writing a letter to a cousin and of its own volition that letter turned into a delightful story. The cousin was forgotten. I rewrote and polished that story and got so carried away I called our local newspaper and talked earnestly with three different people in the editorial department trying to convince them that this was a story too good not to be published. The paper did accept it, and it ran on Christmas day that year with my byline and picture. In the two writing groups I belong to I have learned about “the writer’s voice.” I don’t know the technical rules for finding your writer’s voice, I just happened to discover that making stories out of bits
and pieces of real life gives me material, and the writing of such is amazingly easy, each piece almost writing itself. As the country song says: If it don’t come easy, just let it be. My writer’s voice is personal essays, merely very short stories about something that happens to me—it can be anything. An essay is usually the written expression of the author’s opinion. At its best, an essay blends fact with imagination, knowledge with feeling—but dwells heavily on the opinion of the author. For instance: I walked out of the garage into my backyard and was bitten on the top of the head by a mama blue jay...and a story was conceived—a bloody story. Try writing your own stories from your own experiences. Shirley Brown belongs to two Shreveport writers’ clubs, and is a retired legal secretary. She loves hearing from readers at email@example.com.
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Do you have diabetes? Or maybe a friend, co-worker, or someone you love suffers from this disease. Now available at the Diabetic Life Pulse Clinic in Shreveport, is the FDA approved treatment process that normalizes carbohydrate and lipid metabolism, which stops or retards the progression of diabetes. This therapy is uniformly effective for both Type I and Type II diabetics, regardless of age, or length and severity of illness. The treatment process is non-invasive and is covered by insurance. The Diabetic Life Pulse’s in-clinic treatment differs from previous methods of delivering insulin, in that it is a computer monitored pump system which mimics how a healthy pancreas delivers pulses of insulin in response to food. The treatment is referred to as the Artificial Pancreas Treatment (APT). During treatment, each patient lounges in a comfortable recliner. An individual computerized pump administers the pulsed insulin infusion in the exact dosage required for that specific patient. The pump is programmed by the nurse or doctor with the specific medical data for each patient. The pulsatile insulin is administered by a forearm intravenous infusion (IV). Most patients read, chat, snooze, or use a laptop to pass the time. This treatment is offered exclusively at the first clinic of its kind to open in Louisiana—the Diabetic Life Pulse Clinic, located at 8575 Fern Avenue. 26
Prior to this innovation, the treatment for diabetes has been to give insulin to normalize glucose values. However, the simple control of glucose does not prevent the devastating outcomes of the disease. When metabolism is corrected the tissues throughout the body heal themselves from the cellular level. Diabetic complications such as heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, blindness, nervous system abnormalities, potential amputation, and other less threatening conditions stop progressing, and in most cases lessen considerably in severity. Dr. Deborah K. Adcock, MD, the medical director of the clinic states that, “After 32 years of practicing medicine I am joyous over finally finding a therapy that can actually alleviate much of the disease without simply having to put a ‘Band-Aid’ on it.” The sessions at the clinic are broken up into three one-hour segments. Following each hour infusion is a half-hour break, during which time the patient’s progress is checked with a blood glucose meter as well as a respiratory quotient (RQ) breathing monitor. The RQ machine was developed for cardiac and sports medicine applications and provides an excellent way to track resting metabolism improvement during the treatment. The device measures the carbon dioxide exhaled by the patient, which indicates how well glucose is being metabolized. It is typical for the metabolic rate to triple
during the course of the day’s treatment. This is very exciting to patients, because they can see their improvement right before their eyes. The sequence is repeated; then the final infusion for the day takes place. The revolutionary new APT process has been proven during more than 20 years of research and clinical treatments to change the bleak prognosis for all diabetic complications to a much healthier and happier one. Diabetic Life Pulse Clinic’s therapy involves regular once-weekly infusions for 4 to 6 months. After four to six months of treatment, the patients should be metabolically normalized and usually only have to come into the clinic from time to time as needed for periodic “tune-ups.” If the patient is critically ill, the schedule changes slightly. Dr. Adcock explains that the problems for diabetics begin when glucose is not metabolized properly, subsequently less energy is produced and metabolism slows. Cells throughout the body do not receive the fuel needed to perform their functions and worse yet—the cells begin to die off. Traditionally the therapy for the treatment of a hormone-producing organ failure was to simply replace the hormone. It was believed that once the hormone was replaced, other organ systems would “rebalance” and the body would function as it should. This has been the assumption for the treatment of diabetes for almost nine decades. Therefore, the generally accepted treatment for diabetes is to give insulin to normalize glucose values. However, the simple control of glucose does not prevent the devastating outcomes of the disease. Complications ensue including but not limited to: heart disease, stroke, kidney disease resulting in eventual renal failure, blindness, erectile dysfunction, nervous system abnormalities, nephropathy, un-healing wounds, and amputation of extremities. The Artificial Pancreas Treatment therapy mimics the actual physiology of a healthy pancreas with pulsatile high concentrations of insulin. This pulse of insulin from the pancreas in turn stimulates the liver to produce at least 33 different enzymes necessary for the body to metabolize carbohydrates into fuel for the cells, so that healing can take place throughout the body. September/October 2012
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Grandma’s Kitchen It is said that when you ask a woman what she remembers best about her grandmother, she will name a sewing or gardening project or perhaps shopping that they did together. But if you ask a man what he remembers best about his grandmother, he will say it is her biscuits, or fried pies, or some other kind of food. Many of us have fond memories of our grandma’s kitchen, and the wonderful smells and foods she produced. Some of us are determined that our grandchildren will also have loving recollections of special culinary treats that we cooked for them. The smell of baked goods can bring back special reminiscences of people and places that may not exist anymore, and those childhood memories of paring apples, cracking pecans, and popping popcorn with family members who live on in your heart can comfort a troubled heart and spirit. One of the best places to get good recipes is in church cookbooks put together by women of our generation who spent a lot of time in the kitchen trying out both new and proven recipes. We will be printing some in Prime Time that we hope will stimulate some pleasant memories and please the palates of family members and friends when our readers try them out. Happy Memory Making!
Posole – Hominy Stew 3 lb pork shoulder 6 cups water 6 cups canned hominy 1/2 tsp oregano 1 small chopped onion 1 clove minced garlic 3 Tbsp chili powder Salt to taste Cut meat into chunks and boil until tender. Add all ingredients to meat and broth and simmer an hour. Good served with pinto beans, hot water corn bread, and green salad.
Chocolate Zucchini Bread 1/2 cup margarine, soft 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 3/4 cups sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla 1/2 cup buttermilk (recipe works without buttermilk) 2 1/2 cups flour 4 Tbsp cocoa 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp cloves 2 cups finely diced zucchini 1/4 cup chocolate chips oatmeal, nuts & coconut (optional) Cream magarine, oil, and sugar. Add eggs, vanilla, buttermilk. Beat. Mix together dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture. Beat well. Stir in zucchini and optional ingredients, if using. Pour batter into greased and floured pans. Sprinkle top with chocolate chips. Bake at 325 degrees for 40-45 min.
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“Moments shared either preparing or eating meals blend together in sweet harmonies for our children and grandchildren—ones that can provide comfort and happiness to carry with us wherever we go.”
Nana Wreyford’s Baked Oatmeal 2 cups oatmeal 1/2 cup brown sugar 3/4 cup milk 2 eggs 1 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 cup margarine melted Raisins and nuts
Mix ingredients well. Bake in casserole dish approximately 20-30 minutes at 350. Some people like it with warm milk.
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Quinoa Nut Pancakes 1 cup cooked Quinoa 2 cups buttermilk 3 Tbsp melted butter 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 Tbsp sugar, sorghum molasses or honey 4 eggs, separated 1/3 cup white whole wheat flour 1/2 chopped nuts 1 cup fresh berries (optional) Stir together quinoa, buttermilk, butter, salt, vanilla, sugar, and nuts in a large bowl. Beat egg yolks at medium speed with electric mixer for about 4 minutes or until lemon colored and thickened, and then blend in the flour and pour into quinoa mixture. Beat egg whites into stiff peaks and gently fold egg whites into batter until blended. Heat griddle or skillet over medium heat and drop 3 tablespoons of batter for each pancake. Let cook for a couple minutes, flip and cook. Serve with favorite syrup.
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