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Volume 3 Issue12 March 2012

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For millennia, sages from the Buddha to Yogi Berra have been advising us to tame our wandering minds and focus our attention on the present. The reason is obvious: The past is history, the future nothing but a dream. All we really ever have is now.

part of your life. As with strengthening any muscle, learning to live in the moment takes daily practice. Tune into your body. Taming the mind is only part of the equation. Every thought triggers a physical sensation, and our bodies can be our best teachers if we pay attention. The knot that arises in your stomach when you consider changing jobs or spending more than you can afford on a summer vacation is telling you something important.

Great advice, but not so easy to follow, especially in our hi-tech, device-ridden world where the tools of distraction are multiplying like ants at a Fourth of July picnic. Here are seven strategies to help you Do something out of the ordinary. There’s nothing smell the peonies, be present with your loved ones, like doing something new to capture your attention. and savor each moment of your day. Learn a foreign language. Travel someplace you’ve never been. Try your hands at pottery or your feet Make it a priority. As anyone who has ever sat at tango. You don’t even have to leave your house down to meditate will tell you, the mind is a devil- to shift your focus. ish, unruly beast prone to fretting over what happened yesterday and what might happen tomorrow. Forget your to-do list. Most of us, when we start to By deciding to focus on the present moment, you pay attention to the ramblings of our busy minds, are taking the first step toward actually experienc- are shocked to realize just how much time we ing that moment. waste constructing our to-do lists, then berating ourselves for not getting everything done. The Avoid the M-word. Multitasking. Nothing kills the secret here is to realize that your to-do list is moment faster than texting and programming your infinite. You will never get to the end of it. GPS while driving down a highway. Less potentially lethal but equally insidious is Googling Be patient. Though living in the moment may be something online while talking on your Smartthe key to happiness, it takes time and ten thousand phone and setting a recording on your DVR, when baby steps to begin to wrangle the often fearful, you’re supposed to be spending quality time with restless mind. Give yourself credit for practicing. your partner. One thing at a time. As you become increasingly adept at opening to the present without trying to change it, you’ll discover Discover the sacred pause. This can take many that whether the moment is difficult or joyful, it forms: meditation, yoga, prayer, a walk in the will pass in a flash followed byy the next moment woods, even sitting on the front porch and observ- and the next. ing the passing clouds. How long you pause matters less than making the sacred pause a regular

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When most people think of museums the thought of reconstructed dinosaur bones, priceless paintings, and stone sculptures comes to mind. Jack and Trent Sisemore however, have another take on museums, one that is more unique and fun than the typical museum. Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum in our own Amarillo, Tx is the newest addition to the city’s slew of attractions that make our area one of a kind. The RV Museum is a dream of over 25 years that came to fruition January 14th, 2012. In 1963, Jack Sisemore borrowed $2400 from his grandmother to open Jack Sisemore’s Standard Service Station at 3318 S. Western. Following his success in the service station industry, Jack began renting a Winnebago in 1974 for what seems like nothing today, $250/week plus $0.10/mile. That rental then grew to 6 rentals and a year later, Jack Sisemore obtained a Champion Motor Home franchise that began as a 180’ X 200’ piece of property. Over the next 2 decades, Jack Sisemore Traveland would grow from that small piece of property to a 6 ½ acre giant that has become a standard for area residents in the market for an RV. In 1988, Jack had the idea about starting an RV museum that would house some of the most unique and rare RV’s to ever be produced. It was then that Jack began collecting and restoring antique or unusual RV’s to prepare for this gallery of recreational history. In 1996, when his son Trent came onboard, the RV Museum became his vision as well, and over the following 15 years, Jack Sisemore Traveland would come to accumulate an impressive assortment of vehicles that chronicle RV history.


Visitors to the RV Museum can see some of the first RV’s ever produced like a 1936 Alma that had been sitting in a barn since 1955, and upon inspection, actually didn’t need restoration, just some cleanup. The 1937 Kozy Kamp was one of the first mass production tent trailers and the one on display is actually a one owner, held for over 70 years by the same family until its placement into the RV Museum. A 1953 Fleetwood Travel Trailer on display boasts being the oldest Fleetwood Travel Trailer in existence and took the Traveland team roughly 2 years to restore. The 1975 Itasca Motorhome on show was Itasca’s first motorhome ever built, literally, serial number 1, and served as the exact prototype for all Chevrolet motorhomes to come; it is almost brand new, with only 6000 original miles. Not only does the museum have a host of other impressive antique and classic RV’s on exhibit, but it also has a Hollywood celebrity! The 1948 Flxible Clipper driven by the Gornike family in the Robin Williams classic “RV” is a bus that even prior to movie notoriety, was a very popular find among classic car and RV enthusiasts. Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum prides itself as being one of only two RV Museums in the world, with

the other being in Elkhart, Indiana. In addition, Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum is the only one of the two museums that is free of charge to any visitors that may wish to peruse the historical compilation of trailers and motorhomes. For more information about Jack Sisemore Traveland or the RV Museum, visit them online at www.sisemoretraveland.com or www.rvmuseum.net. Find them on Facebook under Jack Sisemore Traveland or give them a call at 806-358-4891. You can also pop in and check out the museum at 4341 Canyon Drive, just behind the Jack Sisemore Traveland’s main building.


Are You Hosting

Billions of Germs in Your House?

Even the tidiest house hosts multitudes of unwanted guests. You can't see the microscopic moochers, but your next sneeze, sniffle or full-fledged stomach flu might come courtesy of the bacteria and viruses growing by the billions on surfaces you touch every day. Here are 12 top spots where germs lurk and some suggestions for wiping them out. (Hint: Your dishwasher is your new best friend.)

Cutting boards Raw meat and even fresh produce can carry E. coli and salmonella, so cutting boards need to be sanitized after each use. Run plastic boards through the dishwasher and clean wooden ones with diluted bleach. The faucet Water that has been sitting in a pipe all night can become a breeding ground for bacteria that can cause respiratory or stomach illnesses. Run the water for a minute every morning before you shower or fill a glass.

TV remotes, telephones and video game controllers What do you do when you're sick? You jump in bed with Kitchen sponge The sponge you use to clean with is the germiest thing in the TV remote. Clean these regularly with a disinfectant wipe to banish flu and cold viruses. your house. It's a happy home for bacteria because it's wet, moist and you're always picking up food with it as Coffee tables you wipe up crumbs and spills. Tuck sponges into the dishwasher before you run it the heat will kill the salmo- Like to put your feet up after a long day? Odds are nella and E. coli hiding within. Another option: Pop your you're sprinkling salmonella, campylobacter and other fecal bacteria on your coffee table. So consider leaving wet (nonmetal) sponges and dishrags in the microwave your shoes at the door. for about two minutes. Be sure to allow them to cool before retrieving them. Toothbrushes These are a triple whammy: They're contaminated with Kitchen sink There's usually more fecal bacteria in your kitchen sink the cold and flu bugs found in your mouth, and they're often put away wet in a glass or other bacteria-friendly than in your toilet bowl after you flush. Whereas many microhabitat. Plus, if they're stored near the toilet, they'll people clean the toilet regularly, they only rinse out the collect aerated fecal bacteria each time you flush. Clean sink. But because your sink is often wet, bacteria from brushes in the dishwasher regularly and stock up. That uncooked meat products grow quickly there. Stainless way, one is always at the ready. (And don't forget to steel sinks should be scrubbed daily with disinfecting sanitize the slime-collecting toothbrush holder by cleanser. For ceramic or cast-iron sinks, use diluted running it through the dishwasher.) bleach (1 tablespoon of water in a gallon of water).


Towels, linens and pet beds Up to 30 percent of people unknowingly carry staph bacteria on their bodies, and a portion of those carry a drug-resistant and sometimes deadly strain called MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). Don't share hand towels. All linens should be washed weekly in hot water and dried in a hot dryer. And don't forget a high-heat cycle in the dryer for the family pet's bed, which is also a hotspot for MRSA.

Computer keyboards Turn your keyboard over and shake it. Is there a shower of crumbs? If so, you've likely got millions of pathogens, including MRSA, observing each and every keystroke. Shake the keyboard regularly, and disinfect it with a wipe.

Nightstands Nightstands can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Some people eat in bed and the spilled crumbs, along with irregular cleaning, give bacteria the time and food they need to flourish. Other people may be wiping down the nightstand with the germy sponge used to clean the bathroom. Clean nightstands frequently with a clean, damp cloth. Bar soap Carpets You thought you were cleaning your hands, but in fact, Bacteria thrive in moist environments, so why are there you may have been picking up more germs, since a lot of microscopic critters in carpet? Germs such as E. bacteria can survive and grow on bars of soap. Liquid coli flourish there, thanks to the crumbs that make up an soap in a disposable dispenser is a better option and be endless food supply. Regular vacuuming will help. sure to recycle when you're finished.


Silver Calendar

March 2012

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5 Surprising Truths about Grief Losing a husband or wife is a devastating experience that many of us will have to face. About 40 percent of women and 13 percent of men who are 65 and older are widowed, according to latest census figures. Until recently, very little sound research existed about how we live on after a loved one has died. But in the past decade, social scientists with unprecedented access to large groups of widows and widowers have uncovered five surprising truths about losing a spouse. We oscillate. For years, we’ve been told that grief comes in five stages: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. If we were to diagram those stages, the emotional trajectory would look something like a large

capital W, with two major low points signifying anger or depression, and the top of the last upward leg of the W signifying acceptance; vast fluctuations occur from one day to the next. A widow might feel anxious and blue one day, only to feel lighthearted and cheerful the next. In other words, we don’t grieve in stages at all, but oscillate rapidly. Over time, those swings diminish in both frequency and intensity until we reach a level of emotional adjustment.

six months after the loss for 50 percent of the participants. Smaller groups took up to 18 months or three years to resume normal functioning. Loss is forever, but thankfully, acute grief is not. Loss is harder for men. For years, clinicians have been operating under the assumption that women grieve harder and longer than men. In 2001, psychologists Wolfgang and Margaret Stroebe (a husband-and-wife team) decided to examine all the existing research and came to the surprising conclusion that, after taking into account the higher rate of depression in the overall female population, men actually suffer more from being bereaved. We might be under the impression that widows despair more, but that’s because there are many more widows to observe. You don’t necessarily need counseling. Often, well-meaning friends and relatives will urge you to attend a support group, or go to see a grief counselor. Although taking such steps might make you feel better, it’s certainly not a requirement for healing. According to a 2008 survey, most grief seems to go away on its own. Counseling can be helpful, however, for people whose grief has already lasted a long time and who are likely suffering from a condition called "complicated grief."

Humor can heal. In 2008, psychologist Dale Lund of California State University surveyed 292 recently bereaved men and women 50 and older, and he found that 75 percent reported finding humor and laughter in their daily lives, and at levels much higher than they had expected. Other research has shown that being able to draw on happy memories of the deceased helps you heal those who are able to smile when describing their relationship to their husband or wife six months after the loss were happier and healthier 14 months out than Grief is not forever. One of the most important new those who could only speak of the deceased with findings has shown that for most of us, grief is a severe sadness, fear and anger. As hard as it might be, try to but self-limiting condition, not a permanent state. In one focus on good memories and feelings about your study of older men and women who had lost spouses, it relationship, as it is the positive emotions that can was found that the core symptoms of grief, anxiety, protect your psyche and help you find serenity. depression, shock, and intrusive thoughts had lifted by


Top 12 Social Security Questions I am about to turn 62 and plan to file for Social Security. How do I get started? You should apply three months before you want to start collecting. Sign up online or call 1-800-772-1213. Here are some documents you may have to produce: your Social Security card or a record of the number; your birth certificate; proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful alien status; military discharge papers if you served before 1968; and last year's W-2 tax form or tax return if you're self-employed. How is my Social Security benefit calculated? Benefits are based on the amount of money you earned during your lifetime – with an emphasis on the 35 years in which you earned the most. Plus, lower-paid workers get a bigger percentage of their preretirement income than higher-paid workers. In 2010, the average monthly benefit for retirees is $1,172.

married at least 10 years, are now unmarried, are 62 or older, and if any benefit from your own work record would be less than the divorced spouse's benefit. Do my Social Security contributions go into a personal retirement account for me and earn interest? Although many people think so, the answer is no. Social Security operates under a pay-as-you-go system, which means that today's workers pay for current retirees and other beneficiaries. Workers pay 6.2 percent of their wages up to a cap of $106,800; employers pay the same. The money that younger people contribute will pay for our benefits when we retire.

I have a pension from the Army. Will that affect my Social Security benefits? It will not. You can get both your Social Security benefits and your military pension. If you served in the If I remarry, can I still collect Social Security benefits military before 1957, you did not pay Social Security taxes, but you will receive special credit for some of that based on my deceased first husband's record? You can, subject to several rules. In general, you cannot service. Special credits also are available to people who served from 1957 to 1967 and from 1968 to 2001. receive survivor benefits if you remarry before age 60 unless that marriage ends, too, whether by annulment, I didn't work enough to qualify for Social Security. My divorce or death of your new husband. If you remarry husband gets it, but he is ill and may not live much after age 60 (50 if disabled), you can still collect benefits on your former spouse's record. After you reach longer. Will I be able to collect benefits? Yes, but your benefit will depend on your age and 62, you may get retirement benefits on the record of situation: If you are at full retirement age or older, you'll your new spouse if they are higher. get 100 percent of your deceased husband's benefit. A My husband and I are getting a divorce. He wants the widow or widower between 60 and full retirement age receives a reduced benefit. settlement agreement to say I will not get his Social Security benefits. Can he do that? No, he has no control over your future benefits. You can qualify for a divorced spouse's benefits if you were


I began drawing Social Security at age 62 in 2006, but I'm still working. Since I'm still paying Social Security taxes, will my benefits increase? If your latest work years are among your highest-earning years, the SSA refigures your benefit and pays you any increase due. This is automatic, with new benefits starting in December of the following year. Can I collect Social Security and unemployment compensation at the same time? Yes. Unemployment benefits aren't counted as wages under Social Security's annual earnings test, so you'd still receive your benefit. However, the amount of your unemployment benefit could be cut if you receive a pension or other retirement income, including Social Security and railroad retirement benefits. Contact your state unemployment office for information on whether your state applies a reduction. I am 63 and collecting Social Security. If I work, will my benefit be cut? It depends on your income. Between age 62 and the start of the year when you reach full retirement age, $1 in benefits is withheld for every $2 you earn above a limit, which is $14,160 in 2010. In the year you reach full retirement age, $1 is withheld for every $3 above another limit, $37,680 in 2010. In your birthday month, the limits go away — and your benefit will be recalculated upward to compensate for the money that was withheld. I'm 50. Will Social Security be there when I retire? The Social Security trust fund, where accumulated assets are held, currently contains about $2.5 trillion. According to the system's board of trustees, that money and continuing tax contributions will allow payment of all benefits at current rates until 2037. After that, there still will be enough tax revenue coming in to pay about 78 percent of benefits. Congress is being urged to make financial fixes to Social Security to ensure it will be there for you. I know I can start collecting Social Security at age 62. But should I? That depends. If you're healthy and can afford it, you should consider waiting until you reach your full retirement age of 66, or even 70. Here's why. By law, the age when workers can qualify for full benefits is gradually increasing, from 65 to 67. (It will be 67 for anyone born after 1960.) If you claim benefits before reaching full retirement age, they'll be reduced. That's because the goal set by Congress is to pay the same lifetime benefits to an individual regardless of when they're initially claimed. So let's say you claim benefits at age 62 and get $1,000 a month. If you can wait until you're 66, you'll get at least 33 percent more ($1,333). And if you can wait until you're 70, you'll get at least 75 percent more ($1,750).


Natural Remedies to Prevent and Relieve Heartburn, Gas and Other Digestive Woes Sip Cider Vinegar If you struggle with heartburn, you might be hesitant to chug something acidic, like apple cider vinegar. Yet that’s what many people need to prevent heartburn from ever happening! The connection? Stalled digestion is what keeps food in the stomach long enough for it to wash up into the esophagus and cause heartburn pain. And cider vinegar contains malic and tartaric acids, powerful digestive aids that speed up digestion so your stomach can empty quickly. Dilute one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in an 8- ounce glass of water and drink before each meal, you’ll see noticeable improvements in as little as 24 hours. For the best results possible, pick up some unpasteurized cider vinegar the next time you’re at a health or whole foods store.

tummy. You don’t have to chew gum nonstop. Just pop a piece in your mouth when you feel the first twinge, and chew until your heartburn disappears. Should you opt for sugar-free? That depends on how the rest of your digestive tract functions! The artificial sweeteners in sugar-free gum have an odd little quirk: They’re surprisingly good at getting the large intestines moving. That means sugar-free gum is a great option if you’re prone to constipation but bad news if you tend to get diarrhea!

Have a Glass of Peppermint Tea It’s packed with 40 intestine-soothing natural plant compounds, and sipping three cups daily can reduce painful cramping Dawdle at Dinner and chronic If you’re tempted to drag out a meal so you can get a break bloating for up to from your hectic life, do it! People who take 30 minutes to 75 percent of eat their largest meal of the day are 32 percent less likely women within 48 to be hit with indigestion, gassiness and heartburn comhours. Time it pared to people who finish in less than 10 minutes. Plus right by drinking 8 people who eat at a leisurely pace have less swallowed air, ounces half an bloating, cramping and intestinal pain. If you tend to eat hour before each meal. Peppermint tea can even prevent quickly, just slowing down could completely change the dyspepsia (that nasty upper-belly pain and bloating that quality of your life. can drag on for hours after meals). Peppermint’s plant compounds can make you less prone to embarrassing bouts Chew Gum of flatulence, because they break up large gas bubbles in Chewing gum after the intestines, plus stall the formation of new ones. meals prevents heartburn by Soak in the Tub doubling the flow of Taking warm, soothing daily baths can reduce bloating in saliva down into the as little as 72 hour. The reason: Being immersed in warm esophagus, where it water relaxes the entire central nervous system, and when neutralizes any people feel more calm, cool and collected, they swallow 67 stomach acid that’s percent less air than when they’re stressed to the max! leaking up from your


Munch Candied Ginger Nibbling two slices of candied ginger quells the queasies for up to 88 percent of people within 30 minutes. That makes this sweet, spicy treat as effective as Dramamine for easing nausea, but without this meds’ sleepy side effects. Ginger’s active ingredients (gingerols and curcumin) not only improve digestion and quell nausea fast; they also prod the gallbladder to produce more bile (a digestive aid that helps break down heartburntriggering fats). Eat Rye Bread At least 15 percent of Americans, and twice as many women than men, struggle with constipation. But munching on wholegrain rye bread relieves constipation more effectively than laxatives. Plus, it prevents future flare-ups, too. The credit goes to rye’s arabinoxylan a dietary fiber that improves your belly’s ability to keep food moving at a reasonable clip. Cook Fruits and Veggies Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) the most common digestive problem nationwide (at least one in five women struggle with it daily) can cause terrible bouts of pain, constipation, diarrhea and other symptoms. And

while a diet rich in fruits and vegetables helps ease digestive upsets for almost 60 percent of women, there’s a pretty big catch: Raw produce releases irritating hydrogen gas when it reaches the intestines, which causes nasty flare-ups for IBS-prone women. If you suspect uncooked produce could be making your belly upsets worse, try this test: Only eat fruits and veggies that have been cooked, canned, made into soups or processed into juices. If you’re sensitive to fresh produce, you’ll see dramatic improvements in as little as one week. Zone Out After Meals If you’re prone to belly pain, bloating or other uncomfortable symptoms after meals, try relaxing in a comfy chair after eating. For five minutes, sit and visualize your symptoms gradually disappearing. Spending a few minutes daily picturing a positive, pain-free outcome helps up to 89 percent of women soothe bellyaches in as little as one week. That’s because a postmeal serenity break switches on your enteric nervous system, a specialized group of nerves that nourishes your digestive tract, plus secretes the hormones your intestines need to function at their peak. Practice Yoga Deadline looming? Company coming? Stress overloads are as tough on your digestive tract as they are on your nervous system in fact, they’re one of the leading causes of chronic digestive upsets. Spending just 20 minutes daily practicing even the most basic yoga poses can reduce your bouts of indigestion by 70 percent in one week and cut your heartburn flare-ups in half. Turns out these calming, body-bending moves act just like meditation, dramatically lowering your output of tummy-trashing stress hormones.


Janna Kiehl Executive Director / CEO The Better Business Bureau®

Microsoft Imitators Ask for Computer Access How the scam works? A caller impersonates a Microsoft or other technology representative and claims there is a serious virus or issue with your computer. The caller may warn that if the problem is not solved, the computer will become unusable. To "fix" the problem, the consumer is directed to visit a website or download a program that gives the caller remote access to log in to the computer. In some cases, the consumer is then offered a preventative service for a fee.

pany received charges from Vertex and Phoenix Command, LTD. Regardless of the name used, the scam is the same and should be avoided.

What to do: Be wary of unsolicited calls. Know that these calls are fake. They are attempts to get you to give up private, personal information. Giving up access to your computer could be harmful. The caller now has command of your computer and all of its files. They then use it to their benefit and leave you to clean up the mess. They can also access email files that can be used to send unsolicited email to your contacts that may contain viruses.

Remember: • Microsoft and other computer and software companies do not make unsolicited calls offering tech support.

• Don’t give personal or financial information to an unsolicited caller. • Don't download attachments or trust e-mail links. • Do verify sources by contacting the company they claim to be from directly. • Do Contact a trusted tech support company if you think you have been a victim of this scam and when you need to ensure your computer is protected. The truth: The caller does not work for Microsoft; in fact, • Do keep system updates, virus and spyware protection Microsoft warns on their website that they do not make current. these types of calls. If you follow the caller’s instructions, you give a stranger access to the data on your computer; Report fraudulent activity: Internet, including email putting you at risk for identity theft. fraud can be reported to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov. Complaints about a specific Microsoft's states on their website, "We do not send business can be filed at www.bbb.org and scam victims unsolicited e-mail or make unsolicited phone calls to can tell us about their experience at request personal or financial information or fix your www.txpanhandle.bbb.org. The Federal Trade Commission computer." accepts complaints at www.ftc.gov.

BBB Amarillo has received calls from TRIKON and Human Tech Services both claiming to be calling on behalf of Microsoft. In other parts of Texas calls have come from Softnet Communications based in California. Representatives from Softnet offer to clean your computer and protect it for a lifetime for a $300 fee. Those who paid the com-

• Do not follow the caller’s instructions. If you need tech support and don’t have a protection plan, contact a trusted computer or software company at a number you know to be valid. Contact BBB for a list of Accredited Businesses in this category. • Never share personal information, such as bank account and credit card numbers, with anyone you don’t know who contacts you.


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7404 WALLACE BLVD

806-342-2500

806-352-1212

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