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Volume 29, Number 12

December 2017

24 Pages

Lubbock, Texas 79401

In December & Inside Carol of Lights, Dec. 1 First Friday Art Trail, Dec. 1 Holiday Craft Fair, Dec. 1& 2 page 8 South Plains Nativity through Dec. 3 page 17 New Neighbors, Dec. 8 page 18 Santa Land, Dec. 10-23 page 2 Hanukkah – Dec. 12-20 Manage back pain, Dec. 16 page 20 Cowboy Christmas Ball, Dec. 16 page 8 1st day of winter Dec. 21 Christmas Day Dec. 25 LBK Alert page 24 Medicare Open Enrollment continues through Dec. 7

Be A Santa to a Senior, through Dec. 6 page 5

LakeRidge Ladies Christmas Home Tour, Dec. 12 page 24

Candlelight at the Ranch, Dec. 8-9 page 2

Toys for Tots at city museums through Dec. 13 page 17

Miracles Christmas Parade, Dec. 9 page 21

Hospice of Lubbock: Light Up A Life page 19

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VIP TICKETS Enjoy early entrance and reserved parking at this popular event from 6pm-6:30pm. Limited number of tickets available Tickets $50 per carload (max 7 people) To purchase, please visit

Candlelight at the Ranch set for Dec. 8 & 9

Visitors will experience a frontier Christmas from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9 when the National Ranching Heritage Center celebrates its 39th Annual Candlelight at the Ranch. The center is at 3121 Fourth St., 806-742-0498, “We regularly have totaled 10,000 visitors a year for this one event over the past decade,” said Julie Hodges, the Helen DeVitt Jones Endowed Director of Education. “The pathways of our historic park are lined with more than 4,000 luminarias, and the entire park is lit as much as possible with only lanterns, fireplaces and campfires.” The annual event is free to the public with a minimum suggested $5 donation per family. VIP tickets costing $50 per carload (max. 7 persons) are available for those seeking reserved parking, and early admission at 6 p.m. To purchase VIP tickets, go to Hodges said Candlelight at the Ranch recreates what Christmas might have been like on the open prairie from 1780 to 1950. Holiday scenes will be recreated in 15 historic structures such as the 1838 El Capote Log Cabin, 1886 XIT Ranch headquarters, 1888 Matador Half-Dugout and 1909 Queen-Anne style Barton House. Visitors will have maps pointing the

way to each structure, and they can download the NRHC app for specific details about each structure and a more guided experience. The event requires the help of 150 volunteers each night, Hodges said. The lighted pathways are wheelchair and stroller accessible as visitors pass cowboys camped out near their horses and brewing coffee over a campfire. Visitors will have maps guiding them to Santa Claus in the Pitchfork Pavilion. Visitors can purchase refreshments in the decorated 6666 Barn and on the Campbell patio while they listen to Brazos West play Christmas music with a Texas swing. A new feature of this event is a pre-Candlelight party from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8 at the International Cultural Center (ICC) within walking distance of the NRHC. The ICC event will feature German Christmas traditions, including a band, crafts, gingerbread cookies, and sausage. Hodges said Candlelight visitors will no longer experience long entry lines but will enter through the front doors and proceed to the patio, where they can access park trails and buy kettle-corn. Visitors can choose in what order they see the historic structures and when they exit the park prior to closing.

Santa Land open through Dec. 23 NATIONAL RANCHING H E R I TA G E C E N T E R

For the 61st year, the City of Lubbock’s Parks and Recreation staff has transformed an area of parkland into a winter wonderland in anticipation of the arrival of Santa Claus. A 60-foot lighted Christmas tree rises out of the center of the village in Mackenzie Park just off East Broadway. Santa Land will be open through Dec. 23 and is open to the public free of charge from 6 to 10 p.m. nightly. For more information, call 775-2685.

10 items to donate to seniors in need

The holidays mark a season to create joy. Giving to others can be the best gift many people receive all year. As we visit with our loved ones, many of us begin to think of what we can do to assist others in need. Year-round, millions of seniors are suffering while trying to meet basic needs. About 56 percent of seniors ages 80+ reported a severe disability, and 29 percent need assistance. With such a great need in the senior community, many everyday items we take for granted can be donated to seniors. We have a list of 10 useful items: 1. Blankets, throws, or shawls According to an article on, seniors can become dangerously chilled because they have less fat, slower circulation, and a more sluggish metabolism. A senior can even become hypothermic while indoors. Receiving a blanket or shawl can warm the body and the heart. 2. Soaps and lotions Be mindful of common allergens and care facility rules when you are donating. 3. Disposable undergarments Recent statistics from the National Council on Aging suggest, “25 million or more Americans ages 60+ are economically insecure—living at or below 250% of the federal poverty

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level. The federal poverty level is $29,425 per year for a single person.” Purchasing basic items such as disposable undergarments may be a hardship. 4. Diabetic socks 1 in 4 seniors 65 or older have type 2 diabetes. Slip-resistant diabetic socks can keep the feet dry, decrease the risk of foot injury, and help with circulation. 5. Large print books With nearly 1 in 3 seniors experiencing a vision-reducing health issue, large print books can help seniors enjoy popular best sellers of virtually every genre. 6. Games and puzzles Give a gift that can keep the mind active and provide hours of fun. 7. Towels

A set of comfortable towels may be a perfect touch of home. 8. Denture adhesive, cleanser ... According to the dental experts featured in the Journal of International Oral Health, loose painful teeth or ill-fitting dentures may result in a reduced desire or ability to eat contributing to poor eating habits. For seniors with health problems who are living on a fixed income, basics like these are a big need. 9. Senior-friendly manicure kits Many older adults have nails that are hard to cut or reach. Donating a nail kit that works well for clipping for thick toenails, or is easy to use with hands that may not exert a strong grip can be particularly useful. 10. Fresh fruit, snacks, or nonperishable food items Be sure to check on dietary restrictions prior to donating these items.

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You are invited to the


Books in all categories. CDs, LPs, DVDs, puzzles, games, and magazines

Kris Kringle Sale! Lots of newly restocked books for sale. Open to the public. n Mahon Library Basement, 1306 9th St. Friday, December 1 - 9am-5pm Saturday, December 2 - 9am-5pm

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Hospice of Lubbock names new executive director Covenant Health’s Hos- directors recently named Dr. executive director. following the sudden and fully unpice of Lubbock board of Jeremy L. Brown as its new The selection was made untimely death in May of derstands Charley Wasson, who led the the misorganization for eight years. s i o n o f Brown has served as med- Hospice ical director both for Hospice of Lubof Lubbock for almost sev- bock.” en years and for Covenant Brown Medical Center’s palliative has been Dr. Jeremy Brown 916 Main, Suite 531 Lubbock TX 79401 806.775.1676 (fax) 806.775.1675 medicine department for with Covmore than a year. enant Health since SeptemOpportunity to Comment on the He will continue to serve ber 2009. Lubbock Metropolitan Planning Organization’s in those roles in addition to “I’m not going to try to Amendment No. 2 to the FY 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program assuming the responsibilities fill Charley’s shoes because Amendment No. 7 to the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan of executive director. I can’t,” Brown said. “What and Amendment No. 1 to the 10-year plan “We are so pleased that I am going to do is stand in Dr. Brown has been selected the gap and pour my heart Residents of the Cities of Lubbock and Wolfforth and Lubbock County citizens as the executive director for and soul into the amazing living within the Metropolitan Area Boundary of the Lubbock Metropolitan Hospice of Lubbock,” said staff and patients at Hospice Planning Organization (LMPO) are encouraged to review and comment on LaLani Carter, Hospice of of Lubbock. Amendment No. 2 to the FY 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program, Lubbock board chairperson. “Just like Charley did, I Amendment No. 7 to the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan and Amendment “We have every confidence will work every day to make No. 1 to the 10-year plan. Written comments will be received until close of that he will continue the sure we are the very best we business, January 2, 2018. great work for which Hos- can be and that we continue pice of Lubbock has always to provide dignity and relief Public Forums will be held as follows: been known. from suffering during the November 7, 2017 November 16, 2017 “Dr. Brown brings a new, most vulnerable of times. 916 Main Street 1625 13th Street medical perspective, which “I believe we have been Suite 531 Room 103 Lubbock City Hall we believe can only enhance called to this work,” Brown 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 8:30 a.m. our future. We know that it said, “and I am humbled and may be challenging, but we blessed to have this opporDecember 7, 2017 also know that Dr. Brown tunity.” Citibus Downtown Transfer Center 801 Broadway Kris Kringle book sale, Dec. 1 & 2 2:30-4:00 p.m. Friends of Lubbock Li- educational, religious, hisProjects: braries will open the base- tory, cookbooks, hobbies and ment of Mahon Library, games, business and comput40-8 Upland, 66th to 82nd Street moves from FY 2018 to FY 2019 1306 9th St., from 9 a.m. to 5 ers, and more. 40-22 FM 179, 800’ N of SH 114 to Donald Preston Dr. (82nd St) moves from Christmas books and gift p.m. Dec. 1 and Dec. 2. FY 2018 to FY 2019 Restocked books, audio items are included. 40-9 Upland, 82nd to 98th Street moves from FY 2019 to 2020 These donated items are books, music, movies, puzzles and art will be available new and used at prices from The projects may also be viewed on the Lubbock MPO’s website 25 cents, 50 cents, and $1 to in every category. Comments may be sent to the Lubbock Metropolitan Areas are arranged by $10+ in the better and best Planning Organization, 916 Main Street, Suite 531, Lubbock Texas 79401 or via fiction sorted into usual books sections. email or and must be received Cash, checks, credit and categories, large print, chilby end of business day January 2, 2018. dren’s, arts and sciences, debit cards accepted.

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‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ through Dec. 6 While many seniors enjoy being able to live independently, the holidays can be a difficult time for those who are unable to spend them with friends or loved ones. Isolated seniors are at greater risk for loneliness, anxiety and depression. Home Instead Senior Care brings some comfort and holiday cheer to area seniors through its Be a Santa to a Senior program. “Research suggests that feelings of loneliness can have a real effect on both mental and physical health,” said Tracy Baugh, owner of the Lubbock Home Instead Senior Care office. “The holidays are a prime time for many people to feel lonely, and that may be especially true for seniors who cannot travel from their homes or have lost their support network.” “With Be a Santa to a

Senior, we are able to bring them some comfort through a thoughtful gift that they might not otherwise receive, but, more importantly, by delivering them with a warm friendly face and kind words reminding them that their community cares about them.” Support Be a Santa to a Senior by visiting a participating location where the trees will be on display through Dec. 6. Those trees will be decorated with paper ornaments featuring seniors’ first names and their desired gifts. Choose an ornament, buy the requested gift, and return it to the store with the ornament attached. Community volunteers and program partners will wrap and deliver the gifts to local seniors in time for the holidays. Be a Santa to a Senior

Tree ornaments turn into meaningful gifts and make an impact on seniors’ quality of life during the Be a Santa to a Senior program.

trees can be found at: • Walmart 4215 S. Loop 289 • City Bank 5219 & City Bank Parkway • Lakeridge Chapel and Memorial Designers 6025 82nd St. • Redbud True Value Hardware 1126 Slide Rd. Suite 10 • Home Instead Senior Care 1010 Slide Rd. • Tom’s Tree Place 5104-34th St. For more information about the program, visit or call 806-281-4663.

West Texas Watercolor Society Exhibit

‘Winter Stroll’ by JoBeth Gilliam, will be one of the features in the 2017 West Texas Watercolor Society exhibition at the Buddy Holly Center, 1801 Crickets Ave. The exhibit will be open through Jan. 14 in the Fine Arts Gallery section. The watercolor society will also have members doing watercolor demonstrations during First Friday Art Trail on Dec. 1. Artists from across the region will present their creations in a wide range of watercolor styles and methods. This year’s juror for the exhibition will be Kenneth Davis. Participating artists in this year’s winter exhibition include Cecelia Adams, Nancye H. Briggs, Aaron Brown, Cynthia Coon, James T. Davis, JoBeth Gilliam, Margaret A. Hodgson, Alba Jones, Nathalie Kelley, June Musick, Reg Narmour, Dyan Newton, Tim Oliver, Carol Peterson, Joyce Runyan, Iva Salinas, Annalee Schubert, Gary R. Terrell, Kathryn Thomas, and Gale Webb.

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Covenant implements Meds-to-Beds with new pharmacy Covenant Medical Center unveiled its new retail pharmacy, located in the main lobby of the 19th Street hospital. The addition follows a “Meds to Beds” philosophy, meeting needs of patients being discharged from the hospital. Walt Cathey, president of Covenant Medical Center, explained the importance of

getting patients their medications before leaving the hospital. “When we analyzed why patients have to return to care after a hospital visit, the number one reason was inability to get the pharmaceuticals they needed to continue to address their health care needs at home,” Cathey said. Nationally, an average of

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20 percent of prescriptions are not filled, and of those that are filled, 50 percent are taken incorrectly, said Elise Johnson, RPh, pharmacist in charge of the new facility. Johnson said the “Meds to Beds” philosophy enlists the entire care team to get the patients what they need when they need it. Johnson said the project goal is to serve both discharge patients and employees. The retail pharmacy also is open to the public for anyone who wants to fill prescriptions. “This is not just a retail pharmacy, though,” Johnson said. “We are an integrated pharmacy that is an extension of the hospital care team. As part of the care team, we are better positioned to minimize prescription errors in a timely manner. We have access to their clinical information that an outside pharmacy would not have, since our pharmacy is integrated with the hospital’s software.” The biggest benefit Johnson sees is the positive impact on clinical care, with the additional benefits of convenience for the patient and family members. “The pharmacy team has the opportunity to intervene before a patient even leaves the hospital, should there arise any insurance problems or financial hardships,” she said. “If there are ways we

Elise Johnson, pharmacist in charge at Covenant Health Pharmacy, explains to Melany Conner what medications she will take home with her from her hospital stay, as well as how and when to take the medication. Ismael Alvidrez, pharmacy tech, stands by the computer that verifies the prescriptions.

can help make a prescription more affordable, we will find a way. We are utilizing the latest technology that allows us to check prescriptions out in the patient’s room with hand-held tablets.” Johnson said the pharmacy works closely with case management, discharge nurses, and charge nurses to

make sure the patients have everything they need, even over-the-counter supplies. “We are able to fill prescriptions while those patients are in-house and deliver them to the patient’s room, which reduces the stress and hassle of filling a prescription after they are discharged.”

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Mayors discuss the future of West Texas

Six mayors from West Texas gathered in a joint effort to unite and advocate for the areas they represent. Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope was joined by the mayors of Abilene, Amarillo, Big Spring, Midland, and Odessa. This marked the second meeting of the mayors. The common theme of the meeting centered around enhancing West Texas’ influence in Austin and Washington, D.C., as well as the educational impact the Texas Tech University System and its component institutions have on West Texas. “Rural West Texas must stand strong as the state becomes increasingly urban,” Pope said. “West Texas provides the fiber, fuel, and food our state depends on. We are stronger together.” Texas Tech University System Chancellor Robert

Duncan spoke to the group about the system institution’s educational impact on the region and meeting the needs of West Texas. He emphasized the importance of the role of municipalities on a state and federal level. “The Texas Tech University System is proud to serve West Texas and its communities,” Chancellor Duncan said. “This region has an indelible impact on the prosperity of our state, and I am proud to work alongside

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Cowboy Christmas Ball set for Dec. 16 Dance all night, dance a little longer, or just sit and visit with the neighbors and friends. Music from Wendell Sollis and The Sidekicks All Star Band will liven up the Floyd County Friends’ Unity Center, in Floydada, Texas, on Dec. 16 beginning at 6 p.m. with a catered meal by River Smith’s. The night’s other festivities will include horse-drawn carriage rides, auctions, drawings, vendors, and a complimentary gourmet coffee bar. “This is an awesome band, performing Western Swing, classical country, Cajun, Big Band, and

Christmas favorites,” said Wendell Sollis, leader of the band and a veteran banjo player, performing since the 70s. Ronny Dale Shultz will direct the stage, as lead guitarist and vocalist. The rest of the lineup features great musicians - steel player, Bob Baker; trombone Steve Ham; and clarinet/tenor sax, Steve Wilkerson. On bass is Rodney Lay. Fiddlers are Greg Gibbs and Brady Rasco. Ginny Mac will be on the accordion. Lucy Dean Record is the 93-year-old keyboard player. On the drums, Chad Maines, accompanied by his dad of the Maines Brothers Band. Cathy Whitten, general manager of KSSL 107.3 & 94.1 FM radio, will emcee the event.

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‘Judy in Disguise (with Glasses),’ John Fred & His Playboy Band, December 1967 When John Fred misheard the Sergeant Pepper album track of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”—he thought Paul McCartney was singing “Lucy in disguise with diamonds”—he decided to create a send-up of the Fab Four’s work. Before long he and fellow musician pal Andrew Bernard were filling notebooks with such pseudo-psychedelic lyrics as “Cantaloupe eyes come to me tonight” and “Lemonade pies with a brand new car” and “Cross your heart with your living bra.” (Thank you, Playtex, for that last inspiration.) John Fred Gourrier was born in 1941 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The son of one-time Detroit Tigers third baseman Fred Gourrier, young Fred was a standout athlete at Catholic High School. He also loved southern R & B—rhythm and blues—music and, at age 15, formed a blue-eyed soul group with several classmates. They called themselves John Fred and the Playboys, named after Hugh Hefner’s popular magazine.

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Late in 1958, they cut a bouncy single called “Shirley” with Fats Domino’s band in New Orleans. Issued on Baton Rouge’s Montel Records label, “Shirley” began receiving airplay throughout the South, and the teenage Playboys toured whenever their school schedule permitted. But when Dick Clark invited the lads onto American Bandstand, leader Fred declined the offer. Why turn down such a golden opportunity? Fred had a basketball game scheduled at school that day. After “Shirley” failed to break nationally, the Playboys disbanded to concentrate on their schoolwork. Fred eventually earned an education degree from Louisiana State College but soon found that the music world held more interest for him


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But Fred prevailed, assuring his skeptical pals that they were sitting on a potential smash, that “Judy” offered a ticket to the Big Time. Despite the Playboys’ objections, “Judy in Disguise (with Glasses)” was recorded. It featured a cacophony of brass, strings, piano, sitar, bass, drums and guitar. And gasps and moans. And ascending strings that matched the Beatles’ “A Day in the Life.” Coincidentally, it was John Fred and His Playboy Band’s goofy novelty that

knocked the Fab Four’s “Hello Goodbye” out of first place on the Billboard chart. When “Judy in Disguise (with Glasses)” hit worldwide, John Fred and His Playboy Band toured both America and the UK. In England, they met Paul McCartney and John Lennon, who both loved the parody. Wordplay-loving Lennon even joked that, when he went home that day, he was going to sit down and write a similar fun song. He said he would call it “Froggy in a Pond with Spectacles.”

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By James K. White

I had a high school teacher who frequently said that certain of my behavior patterns were NATO (Not Altogether Thought Out).

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trade in Northfield, Minnesota. All eight of the perpetrators were killed or wounded. Only two culprits managed to escape. The total “take” was $26.70.The scheme of this robbery would appear to qualify as NATO. Near Canyon, Texas, there roams a 2,400-pound bull named Alpha. He is special because of his parentage. Traditional bovine mating was not involved in the production of Alpha because this animal was cloned using a prime carcass acquired from a slaughterhouse. This bull has been bred to three separate cows, and those unions have thus far produced 13 calves. On Feb. 22, 2017 - a gutsy man named Adrian Solano from Venezuela competed in the Nordic World Ski Championships. He did not win the championship this year, partially because he had never snowskied before in his life. In fact, Adrian claimed that he had never previously seen snow up close. An American penny is worth more than one cent – sort of. According to the U.S. Mint, 2016 pennies cost 1.7 cents each to make and distribute. What is likely a government-sponsored agency has discovered there are more museums in the United States than there are Star-

buck’s and McDonalds combined. Some wag commented this proves Americans prefer learning to eating. I suggest that this conclusion might warrant additional investigation. Supposedly true: an Indiana hunter (male) was shot in his right foot when his dog knocked over his owner’s rifle, causing it to discharge. The dog’s name? Trigger. Building on the 1974 craze of scampering nude in public places (sometimes at televised events), Ray Stevens had a hit recording entitled “The Streak.” We simply do not create classic music like that anymore. In a Utah forest, a single aspen seed germinated circa 10,000 years ago. That particular tree has spread

through 47,000 root braches to create new tree trunks over an area encompassing 106 acres. Botanists consider this aspen to be a single organism, and it may be the largest, heaviest (estimated to weigh 13 million pounds) and oldest organism on earth. Observing such a creation of beauty almost makes one quake. Well, sagely try to avoid NATO behaviors – and have a great week.

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Covenant Health celebrates Milestones Outdoors, under a tent, on a windy day in Lubbock, a large crowd gathered to celebrate Covenant Milestones. The Milestones event announced the beginning of Covenant’s year-long centennial festivities, the beginning of its public Keeping the Covenant capital campaign, and honored the Methodist Hospital tower before demolition began. “We’re truly blessed to have the kind of health care we have,” said Suzanne Blake, chairwoman of the Keeping the Covenant steering committee. Keeping the Covenant is a $450 million campaign by Covenant Health which involves massive renovations of current facilities, new construction, and technology upgrades. The campaign will

take five to seven years to complete. Dr. Robert Salem said he was included on the program because he has been here for most of the 100 years of Covenant Health. At least that’s what the 88-year-old Salem joked about at the Covenant Milestones celebration on Nov. 1. “The Methodist church

had vision and wisdom on how to care for people and how to attract doctors,” Salem said. “The hospital began an open-staff policy which meant doctors could get on the hospital staff on their own merits rather than having to pay large sums to join the staff.” Salem said 1970 had sev-

eral major events. Methodist Hospital took care of the majority of the Lubbock tornado victims on May 11, 1970. The first cardiac cath procedure was in 1970. And the first open heart surgery was performed in 1970. Salem did his residency under Dr. Michael DeBakey, a world-famous heart sur(See Milestones, Page 12)

A large crowd gathered to celebrate Covenant Milestones on Nov. 1. The event announced Covenant’s centennial, the Keeping the Covenant capital campaign, and demolition of the west Methodist Hospital tower.

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geon and pioneer in the field of heart surgery. Richard Parks is regional CEO of Covenant Health. “We’re proud that Covenant Health has served the region for 100 years in various forms, and of our Christian ministry of healing, beginning with our Methodist and Catholic roots,” Parks said. “The Keeping the Covenant campaign and master facilities plan is our promise to continue that century-long tradition of caring for our neighbors, friends, co-workers and families into the next 100 years and beyond. “There are many opportunities for the community to help support that journey,

and together, we will continue the proud legacy of giving back to the place we call home.” The Most Reverend Robert M. Coerver, Bishop, Diocese of Lubbock spoke of caring and mercy to mankind, and helping others. He quoted from Matthew 25 in the Bible, the parable about tending to those in need. He said caring has always been at the heart of the Covenant mission. Suzanne Blake announced the public phase of Covenant’s master facilities capital campaign. “I recognize the significance and impact of the excellent healthcare we have here in our community and Covenant’s vital role in the

The chancel choir from First United Methodist Church sang at the Milestones event.

delivery of care,” she said. “The renovations, new construction, and technology at Covenant will help retain and attract top-tier physicians, and we as citizens have an important role in support of Covenant’s mission so Lubbock remains

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the medical city in the South Plains.” Karen Worley, co-chairwoman of the Covenant Centennial committee, said the events planned for the 100th anniversary of Covenant Health are designed to deliver a message Bricks fell as a beginning to demolition of the Covenant tower. of thankfulness superintendent, Northwest and celebration over a period of approxi- Texas District of the United mately a year at all Cov- Methodist Church, closed the enant Health facilities across program with a prayer. West Texas and eastern New Seeking artifacts Mexico. The Covenant Foundation “We want to honor our is seeking relevant artifacts history, to thank our patients, from the different eras of staff, physicians, and comhistory, to borrow or to have munity, and to promote faith gifted, to create displays for and healing for the next 100 the duration of the centennial years” she said. celebration. The chancel choir from Artifacts could be any First United Methodist item (pins, photos, uniforms, Church sang at the celebramementos, etc.) from the tion event. Lubbock Sanitarium and Reverend Don Boren,

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Clinic; nursing schools (including Lubbock and Post sanitariums, Methodist and Covenant); Lubbock General Hospital; Methodist Hospital; Plains Hospital and Clinic; and St. Mary of the Plains

Hospital. For questions or more information, contact the Covenant Foundation at 806-725-6089. For more information on Covenant’s centennial celebration, visit

History of Lubbock hospitals 1918 Lubbock Sanitarium opened at 1301 Broadway 1937 Plains Hospital & Clinic opened at 2605 19th St. 1939 Plains Hospital became St. Mary of the Plains Hospital 1941 Lubbock Sanitarium became Lubbock General Hospital. 1945 Lubbock General renamed Lubbock Memorial Hospital 1953 Lubbock Memorial Hospital moved to 3615 19th St. 1954 Lubbock Memorial became Methodist Hospital 1970 St. Mary of the Plains built new hospital at 4000 24th St. 1998 Methodist Hospital & St. Mary of the Plains Hospital merged to form Covenant Health


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Lubbock Superintendent announces retirement Dr. Berhl Robertson, Jr., announced his intention to retire as superintendent of Lubbock ISD at the conclusion of the school year. “I have been extremely blessed in my career,” Robertson said, in a message to employees. “The opportunity to come to Lubbock ISD was the latest, greatest blessing, and I could not be more proud of you, the entire Lubbock ISD team and the work you have done. I know you will continue to work tirelessly to make our school district better and better because our students deserve it. I am so thankful to have been here for what will be 9 years; 9 of the best years of my career.”

In 2009, after a 10-year stint as superintendent of Roosevelt ISD, Robertson joined Lubbock ISD as the chief administrative officer. Robertson’s accomplishments in that role include guiding the process to bring financial stability to the district’s self-funded insurance plan; assembling the district’s first comprehensive facilities assessment, and overseeing the planning and implementation of projects included in the $198 million bond, which passed in 2010. The plan included the consolidation of 10 campuses into renovated or newly constructed buildings, which made vast improvements to the educational environment

at those schools and saved millions of dollars through efficient use of resources. Robertson was named superintendent in 2013. Under his leadership, the district expanded the International Baccalaureate program to include a full continuum kindergarten through grade 12 and increased career and technical education opportunities in high-demand occupations. Also, the Estacado Early College High School launched, where students can earn up to 60 hours of college credit with Texas Tech at no cost to the student. During his tenure, the district increased extracurricular and co-curricular opportuni-

A promise kept: Rasberry Almond Tart

As I promised last month, there would be a surprise in time for Christmas. This recipe was awarded a blue ribbon to me a few years ago at the South Plains Fair in the Culinary Division. It is now published in our family cookbook and recently got a highly praised feedback from a friend who received the book and made this delicious dessert. It would definitely be a great change from the usual pumpkin ones. Until next time – a blessed Christmas to one and all. Enjoy – Granny

Raspberry Almond Tart • 1½ c. flour • 1 tsp. baking powder • ½ c. sugar • ½ c. butter • 1 egg • ¾ c. raspberry jam ( divided) • ½ c. butter

• 2/3 c. sugar • 1 c. blanched almonds, ground or chopped • ½ tsp. almond extract • 2 eggs • ½ c. confectioners’ sugar • 2 tsp. lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan (a pan with a removable bottom is even better). Blend the flour, baking powder, ½ c. sugar together. Mix in ½ c. butter and 1 egg until flour is moistened. Press dough evenly on bottom and sides of pan. Spread ¼ c. of jam over dough. Cover with plastic wrap and chill while preparing filling. For filling, cream ½ c. butter with 2/3 c. sugar; stir in almonds and extract. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Spoon filling over jam. Bake about 50 minutes. Cool cake in pan; carefully remove. Spread remaining ½ c. jam over top. Drizzle with glaze by mixing the confectioners’ sugar with lemon juice until smooth. Tip: When topping with the glaze, drizzle horizontal parallel lines across the jam, then with a skewer tip, pull glaze through lines. It makes a pretty chevron design. A stainless knife can also be used.

ties for students. Lubbock ISD Board of Trustees president is Laura Vinson. “In every decision, Berhl Robertson, Jr. strives to do the right thing – what’s right for students and for teachers,” Vinson said. “His ability to build relationships throughout the community has served our district well. “Berhl is recognized

throughout the state for his keen understanding of school finance,” Vinson said, “and he has guided our district to more efficient management systems. He’s a constant presence at student events, and he genuinely celebrates student success. Trustees will meet to begin discussions of the next course of action to select a superintendent.

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A visit from the real Santa & a Christmas Eve blessing By Margaret Merrell The north wind came racing across the Panhandle. My Dad apologized to my Mother, saying he certainly had not expected a “Blue Norther” to hit as we drove toward Oklahoma. Mother reassured the three of us in the back seat everything was just fine, but there was something different about her voice. Wide eyed, we exchanged looks, trying to see who was scared. With the gusting wind pushing the little Ford sedan, we could tell it was a struggle for Dad to keep us on the two-lane highway. Suddenly, we were aware that no one was talking - as

though a radio had been switched to off. Not even Mother had anything to say! We were all listening to the wind and the roar of the car engine. The windshield wipers brushed away snowflakes, while others began to stick to the side windows. The beautiful day was now becoming a threat. This trip to Grandma and Grandpa’s house for Christmas was a wonderful surprise for us. The promise of our cousins joining us for the holidays had kept us giggling and talking for hours about the fun we would have. And now this had to happen. My oldest brother, sitting

between our parents, asked if we would have to go back home. My Dad’s answer added to the seriousness of our situation. “Too late for that, son.” Goosebumps tingled all over us, and we snuggled even deeper under the quilts Mother had brought along. The never ending swish of the wiper blades, the whistle of the wind around the windows, and the warmth of the three children snuggled together, soon lulled us two youngest ones to sleep. We were not aware of the hours that passed as our Dad drove us through the storm to our grandparent’s house. It was still snowing and night-

time when we were roused by the car horn announcing our arrival. Relatives tumbled out of the house onto the big front porch. They were talking and laughing and hugging us. It was not until many years later that I understood the real danger that had threatened us, and how my Mother and big brother had been extra pairs of eyes to watch the edge of the highway for Dad. He knew that stopping would present greater problems, so he had held the course. He was rewarded with a steaming cup of coffee from Grandpa in his very own mustache cup.

One aunty told us how the grownups took turns saying a prayer for us to survive the snow storm. A small voice from a young cousin spoke with pride telling how the children kept asking Santa Claus with his sleigh and reindeer to watch over us. All the cousins were fed and put to bed on pallets around the cedar tree. The dim light from the dining room danced on the shining tinsel hanging from the little branches. It was a short time, and we had visions of Christmas morning dancing in our heads! Thank you, God. Thank you, Santa. Merry Christmas.

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South Plains Nativity Exhibit, through Dec. 3 The South Plains Nativity Exhibit features hundreds of nativity scenes set in different themed rooms. In the International Room visitors will see how the Nativity is depicted in cultures from around the world. In the Children’s Room, children can visit Joseph’s workshop and make a craft. They can actually touch and play with some child-friendly nativities, and take a picture dressed up in traditional

Lubbock Museums join The Buddy Holly Center and Silent Wings Museum are participating in the United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots toy drive this holiday season. Both museums will be accepting toy donations through Dec. 13 to benefit local children. Guests who bring a new, unwrapped toy for donation will receive one free admission to either municipal museum for each toy donated. The Buddy Holly Center is at 1801 Crickets Ave., and the Silent Wings Museum is at 6202 N. I-27 in Lubbock’s old airport terminal. The toy drive is a wonderful way to make a child’s Christmas memorable. All toys will be given to local children in need this holiday season.

Community members are invited to participate in the Nativity Choir, which performs during the evening concerts. The Nativity will culminate Sunday night with a broadcast of music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. This community event will be open to the public and free of charge. The South Plains Nativity will be held daily from 1-9 p.m. on Nov. 30 through Dec. 3, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 7014 Frankford Ave. Parking is free and donations will not be accepted at any time during the event. in Toys for Tots drive For a complete schedule Toys for Tots, which be- of music and activities, to gan in 1947, delivers a mes- loan nativities or artwork for sage of hope to those in exhibit, or for information need, through a shiny new about joining the Nativity toy. Choir, visit lubbocknativity. org. Bethlehem costumes. In addition to the nativity exhibits, Christmas-themed artwork and poetry by local artists will be both on display in a room designed by local artist Sara Lindsay. Music will be a large part of the Nativity event. Various church, community organizations, and school musical groups will provide live music for the four-day exhibit, with evening concerts held from 7-8 p.m. each night.

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New Neighbors Club luncheon Dec. 8 The New Neighbors Club will host its monthly luncheon and program “Cruse into Christmas” presented by J. Cruse, at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 8 at the Lubbock Women’s Club, 2020 Broadway. Members, guests and interested individuals are welcome. You do not need to be new to the Lubbock area to participate. Cost for the luncheon is $15, and reservations are required. Contact Judy Carnes at 806-407-3028 or email New Neighbors, is a 40-year-old club and continues to offer many social activities such as out-to-lunch bunch, book club, movie lovers, bridge, Mahjong, various card games, and other interest groups. New Neighbors is also involved in several community service activities.

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Dec. 1 - Eat a Red Apple Day First Friday Art Trail Holiday Craft Fair from 6 to 9 p.m. inside the Lubbock Municipal Garden & Arts Center, 4215 University. Kris Kringle book sale in the basement of Mahon Library, 1306 9th St., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friends of Lubbock Libraries Nativity Exhibit – 7016 Frankford, 1 to 9 p.m. Free. www. Dec. 2 - Fritters Day A Holiday Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. inside the Lubbock Municipal Garden & Arts Center, 4215 University. Kris Kringle book sale – basement of Mahon Library, 1306 9th St., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friends of Lubbock Libraries Nativity Exhibit – 7016 Frankford, 1 to 9 p.m. Free. www. Fiber Arts Society – crochet and knit at the Garden & Arts Center, 4215 University, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 401-6441 for more info. Roundtable Luncheon – 11:15 a.m. -1 p.m., Hillcrest Country Club main dining room 4011 N. Boston Ave. Nick C. Parker, Ph.D. “Harvesting the Wind and Sun: Hydrogen, the New Energy Cash Crop.” $15 per person, limited menu includes dessert and beverage. Travel north on University Avenue, turn west on Newcomb Street, and proceed to clubhouse. Breakfast with Santa – 10 a.m., $10, All ages, Gather up the kids and grandkids and bring them to Maxey Community Center’s Breakfast with Santa.

Families will enjoy holiday crafts, a delicious brunch and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus! Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Santa Paws – 9 a.m., $5 per photo, All Ages, Santa wants to meet your furry friend! Bring your pet to get his picture with Santa. Dog chipping by Lubbock Animal services for $10 cash, vendors, and prizes, Hodges Community Center. Dec. 3 - Roof Over Your Head Day Nativity Exhibit – 7016 Frankford, 1 to 9 p.m. Free. www. Dec. 4 - Santa’s List Day Dec. 5 - Repeal Day Lubbock Gem & Mineral Society – 7 p.m. Forest Heights UMC, 3007 33rd St. Dec. 6 - Mitten Tree Day Dec. 7 - Pearl Harbor Day NARFE - National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), Furr’s Family Dining, 6001 Slide Rd, 11:30 a.m., 3688655 or 799-6796. Dec. 8 - Brownie Day Candlelight at the Ranch – 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the National Ranching Heritage Center, 3121 Fourth St. Free, but donations encouraged. New Neighbors Club monthly luncheon and program “Cruse into Christmas” presented by J. Cruse, at 10:30 a.m., Lubbock Women’s Club, 2020 Broadway. $15, RSVP to 806-407-3028 or Dec. 9 - National Pastry Day Roundtable Luncheon – 11:15 a.m. -1 p.m., Hillcrest Country Club main dining room 4011 N.

Boston Ave. Dr. San Francisco - Honors College College & Scholarship Donation. $15 per person, limited menu includes dessert and beverage. Travel north on University Avenue, turn west on Newcomb Street, and proceed to clubhouse. Candlelight at the Ranch – 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the National Ranching Heritage Center, 3121 Fourth St. Free, but donations encouraged. Toys for Tots Scramble – 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Entry fee is an unopened toy of $10 value, juniors and adults, Lots of play and rotation. Burgess-Rushing Tennis Center, 3030 66th St. Country Western Dance – 7 p.m. Lubbock Area Square & Round Dance Center, 2305 120th St. Smoke- & alcoholfree. $5 admission for members, $7 for non members. Brisket & pulled pork sandwiches w/ chips $5 per plate. 765-8736 or 747-4344 for more info. www. Dec. 10 - Human Rights Day Dec. 11 - Noodle Ring Day UMC Better Breathers Club – a support group for people with chronic lung disease such as COPD, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer. Joining is free. Learn to manage your lung disease and live better. Meets the second Monday of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the UMC Activities Center at 5217 82nd Street, 82nd & Slide in Rockridge Plaza. Dec. 12 - Ding-a-Ling Day Mannheim Steamroller Christmas – 7:30 p.m. Lubbock Municipal Auditorium, on the (See Enriching Lives, Page 19)

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Texas Tech campus near 4th & University, 770-2000 or for tickets. Presented by Celebrity Attractions. Quilters – The Chaparral Quilters Guild, 7 p.m. Garden & Arts Center, 4215 S. University. For more info, 788-0856. Meets the 2nd Tuesday each month. Lubbock Area Amputee Support Group – Furrs’ Cafeteria, 6001 Slide Road, 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the Red Raider Room; purchase your own meal (or you do not have to eat); call 806-748-5870 for more info. Dec. 13 - Ice Cream Day Dec. 14 - Monkey Day Retired Teachers meeting – “A Few of Our Favorite Things… Music and Books!” 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., $15, Lubbock Women’s Club, 2020 Broadway, RSVP required - navrkal@ Caregiver Support Group – 5:30-6:30 p.m., 2nd Thursday each month. Raider Ranch,

6806 43rd St. RSVP 368-6565. Breakfast with Pancho Clos – 9 a.m., free, Ages 50+, Join friends for breakfast, conversation, and games. Maggie Trejo Supercenter, 3200 Amherst. Dec. 15 - Lemon Cupcake Day Dec. 16 - Chocolate Covered Anything Day Back Pain and Sciatica workshop at 10 a.m. Wellness Today, 2431 S. Loop 289. For directions, or to make a reservation, call 806-771-8010. Music from Wendell Sollis & The Sidekicks All Star Band at the Floyd County Friends’ Unity Center, in Floydada, Texas, beginning at 6 p.m. with a catered meal by River Smith’s. $40 individuals or $400 for table of 8. Tickets, call 806-983-6228. Wolfforth Once-a-month Craft Fair - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wolfforth Library Meeting Room, 508 E. Hwy 62/82 in Wolfforth; Free admission; Handmade items / baked goods / direct sales. Dec. 17 - Maple Syrup Day

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Dec. 18 - Bake Cookies Day Dec. 19 - Look for an Evergreen Day Dec. 20 - Go Caroling Day Rudolph – The Musical – 7 p.m. Lubbock Municipal Auditorium, on Texas Tech campus near 4th & University, 770-2000 or for tickets. Presented by Celebrity Attractions. Dec. 21 - 1st Day of Winter Dec. 22 - Date Nut Bread Day Dec. 23 – Festivus Country Western Dance – 7 p.m. Lubbock Area Square & Round Dance Center, 2305 120th St. Smoke- & alcoholfree. $5 admission for members, $7 for non members. Brisket & pulled pork sandwiches w/ chips $5 per plate. 765-8736 or 747-4344 for more info. www. Dec. 24 - Chocolate Day Dec. 25 - Christmas Day Dec. 26 - Boxing Day Dec. 27 - Make Cut-Out Snowflakes Day Dec. 28 - Card Playing Day Dec. 29 - Pepper Pot Day Dec. 30 - Bacon Day Dec. 31 - New Years Eve New Year’s Eve Gala – 7:30 p.m., $10, Ages 40+, Join us as we ring in the New Year with fun, food, party favors and dancing, Lubbock Adult Activity Center, 2001 19th St. Coming in January: Gun & Blade Show – Jan 6-7 at the Lubbock Civic Center, 9 to 5 Saturday, 10 to 5 Sunday, $7 admission, under 12 free. Guns, knives, ammo, holsters, accessories, coins, jewelry, collectibles.

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Hospice of Lubbock’s Light Up A Life is a special time of caring and celebrating life. The tree can be seen at Lake Ridge Chapel & Memorial Designers, 6025 82nd St. throughout December. A beautiful dove ornament is available for purchase at the Hospice of Lubbock offices, 3702 21st St. Donations can be made in memory of, in honor of, and in celebration of a birth, marriage or anniversary. Donations during November and December help ensure continued services. Hospice of Lubbock celebrates life every day by working to make each day the best possible for patients and families. Call 795-2751 for more information.

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During holidays, be extra vigilant about protecting financial data By Zach Holtzman Financial advisor Edward JonEs To help achieve your long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement, you should save and invest regularly. But that’s only part of the picture. You also need to protect your financial assets in various ways. One such method is guarding your personal information – especially any information that could be linked to your financial accounts. It’s obviously important to be vigilant at any time, but you need to be even more on your toes during the holiday season, when fraudsters are particularly active. So, to help keep your important data under wraps during the holidays, consider these suggestions:

Extend your protection to all mobile devices. Identity thieves can now compromise your mobile devices by installing spyware that steals user names, passwords, and credit card information. Fortunately, you can fight back. By doing a little research online, you can find the best mobile security software for your needs. Use multiple passwords. Online security specialists recommend that you use different passwords for each new online shopping site you visit during the holiday season. Although this might seem like a hassle, it can be helpful, because even if identity thieves were to grab one of your new passwords, they still couldn’t use it for other sites you may visit. And you

can even find a free online program that can help you keep track of all your passwords. Be suspicious of “huge savings.” It happens every holiday season – identity thieves develop fake sites with attractive graphics and stunningly low prices on a variety of items, especially digital devices. If you fall for these pitches, you won’t get any merchandise, but you might get a handful of headaches once the bad guys have your credit card number and other personal information. To prevent this, be wary of any deal that sounds too good to be true, and do some digging on the websites that offer these mega-savings.

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Keep your Social Security number to yourself. As a general rule, don’t give out your Social Security number online — to anyone. No legitimate retailer needs this number. Finally, be aware that not all attempts at stealing your personal information will come online. When you’re out shopping at oldfashioned, brick-and-mortar stores, consider bringing just one credit card with you — and protect that card from prying eyes. By following these precautions, you should be able to greatly reduce the risk of being victimized by identity thieves and other miscreants. And the more comfortable you are in doing your holiday shopping, the more you can enjoy the season.

Learn to manage your back pain and sciatica. Physical Therapy Today is hosting a free workshop on Back Pain and Sciatica at 10 a.m. Dec. 16. This free workshop is for you if: • You’ve missed work due to low back pain or sciatica. • You’ve missed out on family vacations or activities you love because you’re afraid of aggravating your sciatica. • You’ve found yourself worrying more about your

pain, numbness, or tingling more than living your life. • You’ve tried everything and just want to get back to normal. Come listen to a Physical Therapist discuss the biggest mistake that people who suffer from back pain and sciatica make that usually results in them trying multiple different remedies. The workshop will be held inside Wellness Today, 2431 S. Loop 289. For directions, or to make a reservation, call 806-7718010.

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Watch for fake shipping notices. During the holidays, when you may do a lot of online shopping, you will probably receive some legitimate shipping notices. But the bad guys have gotten pretty good at generating fake notices designed to resemble those from UPS, FedEx and even the U.S. Postal Service. If you were to click on the link provided by one of these bogus notices, you could either take on some malware or get taken to a “phishing” website created by the shipping notice forgers. Your best defense: Only shop with legitimate merchants and only use the tracking numbers given to you in the email you received immediately after making your purchases.

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Miracles Christmas Parade set for Dec. 9 World War II Veteran and Lubbock resident Phil Crenshaw, 96, has been named Honorary Grand Marshall for the 13th Annual Miracles Christmas Parade on Dec. 9. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. at 34th and Avenue Q and proceed west to Indiana. Mom!

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A grandma

A grandma is like an angel who takes you under her wing. She prays and watches over you, and she’d give you anything. - Madeline neMec

Crenshaw is the last living chaplain’s assistant from World War II, and for several years has served as Chaplain of the South Plains Honor Flight. He was called to active duty in 1943 and shipped out to Okinawa to serve the Chaplain there. He served soldiers from all branches of service, including Japanese prisoners of war. His service ended in 1946. He is a proud veteran and a true patriot. Crenshaw was a successful businessman in broadcasting and in owning and operating a Lubbock personnel agency. Parade entrants include antique tractors from the

South Plains Antique Tractor Association, the Texas Tech Masked Rider, Grand Marshalls from the Texas Tech award winning cheerleaders and pom squad, car clubs, riding clubs, and other organizations including several marching bands. The parade theme is “March of the Toys.” The final unit of the parade is Santa Claus, riding on the United States Marines float. Marines will walk beside the float to collect unwrapped toys from parade spectators, who are encouraged to actively participate in the parade by bring unwrapped toys to give to the marines during the parade.

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Let forgiveness be part of Christmas this year Good tidings to all! Christmas is such a beautiful time of the year. It is a time of good cheer. It is hard to hold grudges if you have good cheer. That means Christmas is a good time of the year to forgive others for any transgression. Maybe it is easier to forgive when we are in a happy place that Christmas provides. Most people do not get up in the morning with the

intent of ruining your day or making your life difficult. Things happen in life. You see things one way. Someone else sees them a different way. You feel hurt. Some of these are big struggles, not small mundane struggles. And yet, love is bigger than any other struggle.

You can say, “I forgive,” but forgiveness is often a process, not a moment in time. It’s like sanding down wood - it takes more than one pass with the sandpaper. Each pass counts and is important, but one pass with sand paper doesn’t make a piece of wood ready for staining. It is important to be kind to yourself as well as others. No need to get after yourself if you haven’t completely forgiven someone. You will when you can. As long as you are actively working toward forgiveness, you are doing God’s work. When you leave this earth, if you are like me, you don’t want to leave

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unfinished business. When you leave unfinished business, you are leaving it for your children to handle. We inherit much more than genes. I have a friend who is working to forgive her mother for the constant criticism when she was a child. The criticism didn’t stop at 18 either. She has never felt she has pleased her mother. She is working to change some of the imprints given to her by her mother. My friend is 70 years old. She told me, “I was thinking that my life was basically over because I didn’t think I’d ever be in a relationship again. But I’m realizing, this is the most important part of my life.” Whatever age we are in life is the most important part at that time. But she brought up a good point about aging. This is an important time because we know we have an expiration date, and there are things we need to do to be complete with ourselves and others. What do you need to do? What do you need to heal? What do you need to learn? Who do you need to spend time with? And who do you need to forgive?

If there were one more wish to be granted, what would you like it to be? My friend is doing powerful work. She is 70 and still works. She has an active life. She certainly hasn’t given up. She has more time and she is thankful for the time she has. She wants to use it well and practicing forgiveness is part of her life now. I watched a Christmas movie once that really touched me about forgiveness. The name of it was “A Christmas Wish.” A man and wife had lost their daughter in a car accident. They took her 2-year-old son and became his parents. When the movie started, the grandson had grown up, living in New York and chasing a career, when his grandfather died. He went to his grandmothers for a month or so and found that his grandfather, for all of those years, had been doing a forgiveness practice. He was actively doing works of kindness with the intention that these acts would help him forgive. You might wonder, who was he trying to forgive? For about 25 years he worked to forgive the person who caused the death of his daughter, the driver of the other car. It wasn’t some passing thought he had once in a while. He left reminder notes for himself everywhere about

(See Make forgiveness, Page 23)

Golden Gazette • December 2017 • Page 23

Comfort Keepers wins award for excellence Comfort Keepers franchise owner Lisa Carson was recently awarded the Operational Excellence award by CK Franchising, Inc. for consistent delivery of exceptional service to clients, employees, and the community. Carson is one of 17 franchise owners out of 661 territories to earn the prestigious distinction. This recognition requires hard work by the franchise owner. Award recipients are selected based on overall client satisfaction for exemplary service and quality of care, which requires compliance with strict quality standards. Their level of local community involvement also comes into play. “This is a real honor,” Carson said. “It’s great to be recognized not only by our clients, but also by our caregivers who regularly provide the type of personal care that is the hallmark of Comfort Keepers, and by Lubbock, the local community we serve. It just doesn’t get any better than this.” Comfort Keepers is a growing franchise offering in-home care and

services for seniors and other adults needing assistance. Their services allow clients to live comfortably in their own homes and maintain their independence. Care packages can include companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, grocery Lisa Carson shopping, incidental transportation, laundry, recreational activities, and more. All Comfort Keepers caregivers are employees who undergo criminal, driving, and credit background checks to ensure dependability and reliability. Carson has owned the Lubbock Comfort Keepers franchise for 15 years. CK Franchising, Inc. is the franchisor of Comfort Keepers in-home senior care franchise network.

Make forgiveness a part of your Christmas (Continued from Page 22)

the power of forgiveness. One of his goals was to forgive. When he died, he had done the best he could do to forgive. You got the impression that he had forgiven the woman. It appeared he never told his wife what he was doing. He never told his grandson what he was doing. This was something between him and God.

Forgiveness is very important in health. Your physical body is, in part, a reflection of your emotional life, and especially your emotional life that is buried and not conscious to you. Let forgiveness be a Christmas present you give to yourself. It is you who will benefit by releasing old grudges, hurts, traumas and pain. Merry Christmas!

A very self-important college freshman was attending a football game. He took it upon himself to explain to a senior citizen sitting next to him why it was impossible for the older generation to understand his generation. “You grew up in a different world, actually an almost primitive one,” the student said, loud enough for many of those nearby to hear. “The young people of today grew up with television, jet planes, space travel, man walking on the moon, and our spaceships have visited Mars. We have nuclear energy, electric and hydrogen cars, computers with light-speed processing, and ..,” pausing to take another drink of beer. The senior took advantage of the break in the student’s litany. “You’re right, son. We didn’t have those things when we were young - so we invented them. Now, you arrogant little knothead, what are you doing for the next generation?”

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Winter volleyball teams

LBKAlert registration open

Adult Winter Volleyball registration is set for 8 a.m.5 p.m. Dec. 4-8. Ages 18+, $290/team for 10 game season includes $30 savings for registering this week. Registration for LBKAlert, the Games begin the week of Jan. 9. Register at the th Parks and Recreation office, 1611 10 St. or online at Lubbock’s new Emergency Notifi cation System is now open. LBKAlert will provide impordrec/.



2017 Home Tour

Tuesday, December 12 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

25 for Home Tour Ticket Purchase tickets at Lake Ridge Chapel & Memorial Designers 6025 82nd St. $

Transportation is available if you would like to ride with Lubbock Shuttle. Limited seats available! Call 806-410-2008 for shuttle details and pick-up locations.

Participating Homes Rush (2) Orchard Park (1) Oakmont (2) Lake Ridge (2) Barndominium (1)

A portion of all proceeds go to the Lubbock Lake Ridge Ladies

tant, potentially life-saving information, during an emergency. Users can sign up to receive emergency notifications through text message, voice call to a cell phone or land line, and email. Emergency alerts include severe weather, emergency evacuations, and utility outages. LBKAlert users can also choose to receive non-emergency alerts. These alerts include advisory and event notifications. Advisory notifications include street closures, traffic accidents, and health matters. Event notifications include upcoming programs from Parks and Recreation, libraries, municipal museums, and other departments. Users will not be automatically signed up for these secondary features; they will be able to choose whether they want to receive them. The online registration is quick and easy:

• Log onto www.lbkalert. com and follow the steps provided by the system. • Users are asked to provide at least two methods of contact. • Once registered, users can sign back in at any time to update or add contact information and adjust alert preferences. Those without access to a computer can call City of Lubbock 311 to register. Phone registrants will need to create a username and password with the call taker’s assistance. 311 will not keep username and password information after it has been entered, and citizens can sign back in at any time to change their password if they would like to do so. All residents are encouraged to register for LBKAlert to receive emergency notifications. Registration is not limited to residents. Anyone can sign-up to stay informed about Lubbock.

Lake Ridge Ladies Home Tour, Dec. 12 The Lake Ridge Ladies Home Tour will feature some beautifully decorated homes in Lubbock. The tour is set for Dec. 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Participating homes are in Rush, Orchard Park, Oakmont, Lake Ridge, and a

barndominium. Tickets at $25 and may be purchased at LakeRidge Chapel & Memorial Designers, 6025 82nd St. or call 698-8085. Transportation is available on the Lubbock Shuttle. Seats are limited, so call 4102008 for shuttle details.

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