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Inside & in February February is Black History Month “The Day the Music Died,” Feb. 3 ....... page 4 Concert Band performs Feb. 3..................... page 23 Wear Red Day ........ page 17 Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14 Pancake Festival, Feb. 18..................... page 1 Presidents Day, Feb. 20 Mardi Gras, Feb. 28..................... page 1 Hospice volunteers needed..................... page 9

Coming in March Ash Wednesday, March 1 “125 Years of Grace”............. page 24 Women of Excellence. ........... page 3 Red Cross Champions Breakfast. .............. page 9

February 2017

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Lions Pancake Festival set for Feb. 18 The Lubbock Lions Club is ‘flippin’ again to make a difference. Plans are underway for the 65th Annual Pancake Festival Fundraiser, set for Feb. 18 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. When the Pancake Festival’s doors open at 7 a.m., volunteers including local celebrities, split into three shifts, will stand behind massive grills prepared to flip pancakes throughout the day. The all-you-can-eat menu consists

of light, fluffy pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee. “And for just one token you can enjoy two slices of freshly cooked, crispy bacon,” said event Co-Chair Terry Holeman. “We plan to serve 18,000 hungry people throughout the day, and all the profits go directly toward local charities.” In addition to plenty of orange juice, milk and coffee, the grocery list includes 6,000 pounds of pancake batter, 17,000 ounces of margarine, 72,000 links of sausage and

41,000 ounces of maple-flavored pancake syrup including sugar-free syrup. The food is freshly prepared and cooked throughout the day. There’s (See Pancake Festival, Page 2)

Meals on Wheels Mardi Gras Celebration, Feb. 28 The 18th annual Mardi Gras Celebration is set for Feb. 28 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Exhibit Hall, 1501 Mac Davis Lane. The Lubbock Meals on Wheels event will include more than 37 food booths, live music by ELEMENT, a large silent auction, cash bars, plus a variety of activities and prizes. Colorful masks and beads will be available to make the evening festive, along with a variety of entertainment and flamboyant decorations

in the official colors of purple, green and gold. The expanded Children’s Area will include bouncers, climbers, and face & hair painting. Event tickets are $40 for adults, $10 for children 17 and under, and can be purchased in advance at http://lubbockmealsonwheels.org/events-fundraisers/ mardi-gras/, or at Lubbock Meals on Wheels’ office, any Select-A-Seat location (service charge applies), or for $45 at the door. Cash, checks or credit cards (no American Express) are accepted. Tickets can be mailed. The benefit drawing will feature

two round-trip vouchers on Southwest Airlines (only 1,000 chances to be sold - $10 each).

Lubbock Meals on Wheels is a program that helps people remain at home, well fed, and independent in the community. For more information, call Lubbock Meals on Wheels at 806-7927971 or online at www.lubbockmealsonwheels.org.


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Pancake Festival set for Feb. 18

They will be available to plenty of bubble gum and help visitors with special needs into the Exhibit Event cotton candy for everyone. The atmosphere is fes- Hall and carry pancakes to tive and family oriented; their tables. Look for the Special children’s activities and entertainment are ongoing Needs entrance sign at the northeast corner of the Civic throughout the day. Raffle prizes include a Center. “Last year’s festival weekend package for raised $122,000 to four at the Great give back to chariWolf Lodge Reties. This year’s sort, two highgoal is $150,000, quality televisaid Co-Chair s i o n s , a Ye t i Colette Solpietro. Cooler, and other Tickets are $6 in valuable items. advance or $7 at the More than 700 door. Children age 2 and volunteers, including students from Texas Tech under eat free. Advanced tickets may be University, will assist at the purchased from any Lions festival. (Continued from Page 1)

Club Member, at all Bolton locations, at the YWCA at 35th and Flint, at the Talkington Center on 62nd and Elgin, at the Catholic Charities Office at 102 Ave. J., and the Lubbock Lions Club Office at #4 Briercroft Office Park until Feb. 17. Tickets may also be purchased online at lubbocklions.org until 3 pm. Feb. 17. Pick them up at “will call” the day of the event, and proceed directly into the festival. In 1953, Lubbock Lions began flippin’ pancakes to give back to the community. Founded in 1929, the Lubbock Lions Club is the largest Lions Club in the USA.

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By Margaret Merrell A few years ago I was invited to join several families as they surprised members of the community by sharing their Valentine’s Day spirit. They told me how they discovered there were many young and elderly residents in their area who were really blessed at Christmas with food and many gifts but never received anything for Valentine’s Day. Two families baked cookies and made valentines for the senior citizens for the first year. The next year there were more volunteers, and children were added to the lists. Homemade candies and small gifts were added to the list of cookies and sweets and of course the beautiful homemade valentines. One evening one of the volunteers had car trouble, and two policemen stopped to help her. One of them discovered a loose wire and solved the problem right then. She shared some of the cookies and candies with them. That was the year policemen and firemen were added to the list. The evening I joined in

to deliver, I was amazed how many special people were receiving the Spirit of Valentine’s Day. Every year more and more volunteers were added to the group until they had to meet at one of the churches to be organized well enough so not one person or group was overlooked. One outstanding feature of this group was the children. They became so involved they wanted to remember every receiving child’s birthday as well as those of the older folks. It was not long before it became quite apparent that this one community was filled with the Spirit of Valentines right along with the Spirit of Christmas. Why not? Both had origins based on love. Have a great Valentine’s Day and remember to share “The Spirit.”


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YWCA to honor 8 Women of Excellence The YWCA of Lubbock will induct eight women into its Women of Excellence Academy on March 9, at a reception and dinner at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center beginning at 6 p.m. In its 29th year, the Women of Excellence program honors women of Lubbock who have achieved excellence in their careers or professions and whose contributions to business, industry, community organizations, and the community are crucial to the success of the same. Including this year’s recipients, the YWCA has honored 235 Women of Excellence since 1989. Members of the community submit nominations for the awards and an independent, anonymous panel determines the recipients. Individual tickets are $75 each, and reserved tables of eight are $750 each.

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Women of Excellence recipients:

Arts – Michelle Kraft, Lubbock Christian University Business – Phebe EllisRoach, PrimeWest Mortgage Professional – Kim Flenniken, McDougal Companies Education – Anna Jackson, Lubbock ISD Government – Ann-Marie Carruth, Lubbock County and Texas Tech University School of Law Medicine – Sharmila Dissanaike, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center Science – Candace Hicks, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center Youth Leadership – Madeleine Lipetska, Monterey High School

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Buddy Holly Center to present ‘The Day the Music Died’ February 3, 2017 marks the 58 th anniversary of the tragic plane crash that claimed the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. Richardson, “The Big Bopper,” and pilot Roger Peterson. This date was coined as “The Day the Music Died” after a lyric in the Don McLean song, “American Pie,” that references the deaths of these rock ‘n’ roll legends. Each year, on the anniversary of Buddy’s death, the center staff places a spray of yellow roses on Buddy’s grave, located at the City of Lubbock Cemetery at 31st Street and Teak Avenue. The Buddy Holly Center will commemorate the anniversary with a day-long schedule of events.

Events include: Friday, Feb. 3 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Buddy Holly Gallery: Free Admission 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. J.I. Allison House: Free Admission 6 – 9 p.m. First Friday Art Trail: Free Admission New permanent exhibit in partnership The Buddy Holly Center is partnering with The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation headquartered in London, England, to open a new permanent exhibition in the center’s foyer gallery beginning Friday, Feb. 3. The exhibition will feature an exact replica of Buddy’s Model J200 Gibson guitar signed by legendary per-

Tuesday, February 28, 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Exhibit Hall Adults $40 ($45 at the door) Children 17 and under are $10.

* 37 Food booths * Live Music by ELEMENT * Beads * * Cash Bars * Variety of Entertainers * Silent Auction * * & so much more!

former Sir Paul McCartney, and numerous framed certificates signed by the many foundation musical ambassadors who recognize Buddy Holly’s inspirational musical influence in the early years of rock ‘n’ roll. The foundation will periodically lend additional items for the exhibition from its extensive collection of artifacts. The center will use this opportunity to display other items from its collection, namely, Buddy’s bedroom furniture, acquired by the center through the auspices of Civic Lubbock, Inc. “The Music of Buddy Holly and The Crickets: The Definitive Story” 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. This 2005 90-minute documentary “…explores the brief life and career of a young man from Texas whose music and performing style would influence

both rock ‘n’ roll and country music. Buddy Holly became famous on the strength of his songwriting talent and his musical style, but died in a tragic airplane accident that also took the life of Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper.” Shown in the Fine Arts Gallery on a continuous loop. Free. Trolley tours – weather permitting Join museum curator, Jacqueline Bober, on a guided tour of Lubbock landmarks that are significant to the life and career of Buddy Holly

Reception for new city manager, Feb. 7

The new Lubbock city manager, Jarrett Atkinson, will be welcomed at a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 7, at Centennial Bank, 6602 Quaker Ave. Atkinson started his new position with the City of Lubbock on Dec. 12. Prior to coming to Lubbock, Atkinson served as city manager of Amarillo for five years. The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce is hosting the reception. The reception is open to the public, and there is no charge to attend.

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Lubbock ISD music students earn all-state honors Eleven Lubbock ISD band, choir and orchestra students have recently earned all-state honors. Nine were determined by the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), and two students from Estacado High School were recognized by the Association of Texas Small School Bands (ATSSB). The all-state performing groups represent the highest possible level of musical recognition in band, choir, and orchestra in Texas. The students will perform at the Texas Music Educators Association Clinic and Convention in San Antonio, Feb. 8-11. The impact on academic achievement among all-state musicians is also noteworthy. TMEA indicates Texas All-State musicians have consistently scored about 22 percent higher than the national average and about 25 percent higher than the Texas average when looking at SAT composite scores. The Lubbock ISD All-State students are listed below. Coronado High School Band Blake Sartain, bass clarinet Hayden Crawford, trumpet Coronado High School Choir Sarah Three, mixed choir Estacado High School Band Domynik Carter, French horn Nickolas Delacruz, trombone Lubbock High School Band James Berry, French horn Lubbock High School Choir Madison Hanson, treble choir Lubbock High School Orchestra Soohyun Chae, violin Monterey High School Choir Chris Tone, mixed choir Laurel White, treble choir Ryan Rahman, tenor-bass choir

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More older Americans using Cannabis Cannabis use among older adults in the U.S. is on the rise, yet there is currently a lack of biomedical, clinical, and public health research to inform policy related to this trend, according to a new article published in The Gerontologist.

The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported that cannabis use by persons over age 50 has outpaced recent growth observed across all other age groups. In 2000, about one percent of Americans over 50 had used it

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among older adults is being influenced variably by social attitudes, state laws, and individual characteristics such as health needs and prescription drug use, and rely on previous data analyses as well as original data collected from eight state medical cannabis programs to chart the different paths older adults are taking. The article also focuses on the misuse and abuse of cannabis. It then explores two other prominent public health issues — the misuse of prescription medications and the under-treatment of pain at the end of life — and considers how cannabis substitution may be a viable policy alternative to combating these problems. As of 2016, 21 states have approved the use of medical cannabis for such age-related diagnosable conditions as glaucoma, cachexia, nausea, neurologic diseases, neuro-

pathic pain, and conditions associated with cancer. Yet, the authors argue that many critical public health policy questions cannot be answered largely because there is a pervasive lack of reliable and representative information being collected about cannabis and older persons. They conclude by recommending a state-wide or national survey — that accounts for how changing legal, medical, and other norms have impacted older adults’ attitudes and behaviors about taking cannabis — to help advance the public policy conversation. The Gerontologist is a peer-reviewed publication of The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the nation’s oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging.

A woman and her 12-yearold son were riding in a taxi in a city. It was raining and all the prostitutes were standing under awnings. “Mom,” said the boy, “what are all those women doing?” “They’re waiting for their husbands to get off work,” she replied. The taxi driver turns around and says, “Geez lady, why don’t you tell him the

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‘Ruby Tuesday,’ The Rolling Stones, February 2017 The first Rolling Stones single of 1967 listed the “A” (main) side as “Let’s Spend the Night Together,” a rollicking, electric piano-fueled tune that lead singer Mick Jagger attacked with gleeful abandon. Predictably, though, radio programmers instantly yanked the controversially titled offering from their playlists. Still, grumpy old Ed Sullivan hired the Stones to sing the song on his top-rated Sunday night variety show but insisted that Mick substitute the words “some time” for “the night” when he performed live. In Rolling Stone later, Jagger insisted, “”I never said ‘time.’ I really didn’t. I said—mumbled—‘Let’s spend some mmmmm together.’” But a YouTube clip

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of that night’s performance clearly shows him singing ‘Let’s spend some time together’ twice as he rolls his eyes. (Gotcha, Mick!) London Records began promoting the single’s “B” (secondary) side, a wistful Keith Richards ballad called “Ruby Tuesday.” (As with Beatles John Lennon and Paul McCartney sharing writing credits, the majority of Rolling Stones’ tracks list the composers as (Mick) Jagger and (Keith) Richards.) “That’s a wonderful song,” Jagger said in Rolling Stone. “It’s just a nice melo-

dy, really. And a lovely lyric. Neither of which I wrote, but I always enjoy singing it.” Highlighted by the haunting recorder (it sounds like a flute) of Brian Jones, “Ruby” also featured a large double bass that had bassist Bill Wyman plucking the notes while lead guitarist Richards drew a bow across the strings and Mick delivered such lines as Don’t ask her why she needs to be so free She’ll tell you it’s the only way to be The ballad was a lyrical sketch of a free-spir-

ited young groupie who once hung around the band. At least that’s what most thought. Some cited actress Tuesday Weld as being the inspiration. Others claimed that Keith’s lyrics spoke abstractly of the Zen ideal of living in the “here and now,” being conscious of the moment. Some declared it a paean to hippie-era female independence. Wrong, wrong, wrong and wrong. “Ruby Tuesday” was actually about Richards’s one-time girlfriend, Linda Keith, who had left him for another superstar rocker and sent him into an emotional tailspin. In Life, his autobiography, he says, “Basically, Linda [Keith] is ‘Ruby Tuesday.’…She went back to New York and took up with

Jimi Hendrix, who may have broken her heart, as she broke mine.” He had written “Ruby Tuesday” a year earlier, alone and in a reflective mood in a Los Angeles motel room. “Ruby Tuesday” soared to Number One on the Billboard singles charts; “Let’s Spend the Night Together” stalled at a lowly 55. Later, in Acccording to the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards further explained his composition: “That’s one of those things. Some chick you’ve broken up with. And all you’ve got left is the piano and the guitar…and it’s goodbye, you know. And so it just comes out of that, and after that you just build on it…and for a songwriter, hey, break his heart, and he’ll come up with a good song.”

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Water level measurements in progress Need assistance, help or High Plains Underground information, and don’t know Water Conservation District (HPWD) personnel are now where to look? making water level mea-

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surements to determine the effect of 2016 pumping on groundwater levels in the aquifers within the district’s 16-county service area. Measurements are made annually in a network of more than 1,400 privatelyowned water wells. These observation wells are spaced at a density of about one well per 9 square miles throughout the district. After the measurement is made, a blue vinyl sticker with the observation well number, the depth-to-water level measurement, and the date of the measurement is affixed to the well equipment or other appropriate surface near the well site. HPWD measure the same wells in the observation well network each year as long as the individual wells are accessible and continue to provide satisfactory data. The current depth-to-water level measurements in individual wells are compared to those of previous years to determine the average annual change in water levels. In recent years, the district has established a network of observation wells in the Dockum Aquifer within its service area. These water level data are made available to the public through an interac-

Field Technician Mark Hamilton uses an e-line to make a water level measurement in a HPWD observation well. District personnel will visit well sites from December 2016 to March 2017 to obtain depth-to-water level data.

tive observation well map on the district’s web site (map. hpwd.org) as well as publication in an annual water level measurement report. Additional information

about the water level measurement program is available by contacting HPWD at 806-762-0181 or by visiting the district’s web site at www.hpwd.org.

Do you ever wake up, kiss the person sleeping beside you, and feel glad that you are alive? I just did and apparently will not be allowed on this airline again... A husband and wife quarreled often every time they went on a trip. They loved each other, but they also loved to argue. The couple drove several miles down a country road, not saying a word. An earlier discussion had led to an argument, and neither wanted to concede their position. As they passed a barnyard of mules and pigs, the wife sarcastically asked, “Relative of yours?” “Yep,” the husband relied, “in-laws.”


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Hospice of Lubbock volunteers needed for training Hospice of Lubbock needs Direct Patient Volunteers. To be certified as a Direct Patient Volunteer, one must complete 16 hours of training offered by the Hospice of Lubbock staff to prepare for sharing this special endof-life time with Hospice of Lubbock patients and families. Training will be on three days in February: Feb. 10 from 6 to 10 p.m.; Feb. 11 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Feb. 12 from 1 to 5 p.m. All classes will be held at the Hospice of Lubbock Conference Room, 3702 21st, on the northwest corner of 21st Street and Louisville in the Louisville Place Building. All 16 hours are required

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for the volunteer to be certi- can form a strong bond.” contact Hospice of Lubbock fied. Potential volunteers may at 795-2751. Hospice of Lubbock volunteers provide support and care for persons in the last phases of disease in order for them to live as fully and comfortably as possible. Opportunity to Comment on the Because one in four dyLubbock Metropolitan Planning Organization’s ing Americans is a veteran, Hospice of Lubbock has also Proposed Amendment No. 1 to the FY 17/20 Transportation Improvement implemented a veteran-toPlan (TIP), the Proposed Amendment No. 6 to the 2012-2040 Metropolitan veteran volunteer program. Transportation Plan (MTP), and the proposed 10 year transportation plan, “People who have comall relating to street and roadway projects. mon life experiences usually Residents of the Cities of Lubbock and Wolfforth and Lubbock County citizens begin to trust each other,” living within the Metropolitan Area boundary of the Lubbock Metropolitan said Cheryl Presley, volunPlanning Organization (LMPO) are encouraged to review and comment on or teer services coordinator. offer additional projects to the development and implementation of a proposed “We encourage veterans to 10 year transportation plan to satisfy the transportation planning requirements volunteer with us so they set out in House Bill 20 approved by the 84th Texas Legislature and proposed can share experiences with Amendment No. 1 to the FY 17/20 Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) with veteran patients. Amendment No. 6 to the 2012-2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) both “When veterans interact, effecting the implementation of the 10 year plan. their common experience

Do you know a lifesaver to nominate? Ordinary people who have performed extraordinary acts of kindness that save lives will be honored at the eighth Champions Breakfast, March 4. You’re invited to nominate people in multiple categories by contacting the American Red Cross South Plains Chapter, 806-765-6790. These champions may be a friend or family member, a neighbor, a co-worker, a firefighter, police department, or in the medical profession. The nominee may be a professionally trained life-saver or simply a Good Samaritan. Help the Red Cross recognize these individuals by nominating them, by Feb 17, in the following categories: fire services, animal, first responder, youth, medical, adult humanitarian, and community. Then join the Red Cross at 9 a.m. March 4, at AeroCare (adjacent to the Silent Wings Museum near the Lubbock airport) to honor and celebrate these heroic acts. Proceeds from the Champions Breakfast will benefit local Red Cross disaster relief and emergency services.

Public Forums will be held as follows: February 7, 2017 Lubbock County Conference Room 916 Main St, 2nd Floor Lubbock, Texas 2:00 p.m.

February 9, 2017 Citibus Downtown Transfer Center 801 Broadway Lubbock Texas 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

February 21, 2017 Lubbock City Hall 1625 13th Street Room 103 Lubbock, Texas 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

A preliminary list of suggested projects for the 10 year plan, the proposed Amendment No. 1 to the 17/20 TIP, and the proposed Amendment No. 6 to the 2012-2040 MTP and the proposed financial plan may be viewed on the Lubbock MPO’s website at www.lubbockmpo.org. Comments may be sent to the Lubbock Metropolitan Planning Organization, 916 Main Street, Suite 531, Lubbock, Texas 79401 or via email to twalker@mylubbock.us or djones@mylubbock.us. Written comments will be received from January 28, 2017 through February 16, 2017.

Plans and proposed projects may also be viewed in person at the: Lubbock MPO office 916 Main Street, Suite 531 Lubbock, Texas 79401 Lubbock City Hall 1625 13th Street Office of the PIO Lubbock, Texas 79401

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A Bit of Saltgrass History in Lubbock A few months ago I made a shopping trip to Sam’s and decided to first have lunch at the nearby Saltgrass Steak House. What a fantastic place! The beautiful interior has a rustic décor and is accessorized with a fabulous collection of western antiques. The history of the name “Saltgrass” began in the mid 1800s when the Texas longhorns roamed freely in the prairies of Texas. The ranchers took advantage of the growing market for this tasty beef among the northerners and as a result these ranchers became prosperous. Upon the approaching winter seasons, the cattlemen would conduct the annual cattle drives to the gulf coast region so the longhorns

could feast on the rich and bountiful salt grass. This winter diet made for the best tasting beef in the state. For whatever reason, this annual “Saltgrass Trail” died out but was revived in 1952 by four riders who traveled to participate in the opening of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and has since become an annual celebration. The first Saltgrass Steak House still exists in Katy, Texas. Today there are restaurants in every major city in Texas and now are expanding into Oklahoma, Colorado and Florida. My first experience on

that shopping day for a quick lunch was totally surprising and unbelievable. The quality, taste and amount of food was unlike any other steakhouse in Lubbock. I ordered the soup and ½ Texas Cheesesteak Sandwich for $9.99. There was a choice between chicken tortilla and potato soup – mine was the potato soup. The ½ sandwich was huge, and the cup of soup was not

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“Two Fork Cheesecake.” All items mentioned are from the main menu. There are two other menus – one is offered M-F from 4 to 6 p.m. and is considered “early dining.” All entrees are served with that special beer bread with a choice of a side, cup of soup, plus a dinner or Caesar salad. There are several sides on this menu to choose from. This particular time of day is very popular with the “senior crowd.” Lunch items are served M-F from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are included on the main menu. For the gluten-free patrons, there’s menu which (See Saltgrass, Page 11 )

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Alzheimer’s By James K. White Unusual historical nicknames have long held a particular fascination for me. Monikers such as Ivan the Terrible, Timur the Lame, Louis the Pious and Ethelred the Unready would be a truncated list of such sobriquets. Last week I discovered a new name for consideration – Hunkydory Holmes. Old HH was a deputy sheriff in 19th century Arizona. Maryland is the wealthiest state in the U.S.A., if one gauges such a determination by median household incomes. Hawaii is covered wholly by its own time zone and is the only state in the union to enjoy such status. Most sharks are cold blooded, but not all. Some species such as the Great White are warm blooded. This trait gives advantages

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includes many of the same selections as on the other menus but are safe choices for this type of diet. Daily hours are Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m.10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Reservations are not needed but accepted. A separate room is available for large groups or private parties. Saltgrass is at 6026 Marsha Sharp Freeway, or to

make it easy – turn into the main entrances for Sam’s off the access road and to your left in the huge parking lot is Saltgrass. For more information, call 806-792-1004 or online, www.saltgrass.com. Make this the venue for the love of your life on Valentine’s Day. Until next time – Happy Valentine’s Day, Granny P.S. – Did I mention their fabulous potato soup? I guess I just did, again!!

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Covenant Health opens new clinic in northwest Lubbock A new clinic in northwest Lubbock brings comprehensive health care services to an underserved area. Covenant Health hosted a ribbon cutting and grand opening of Covenant Medical Group’s new 24,800 square-foot family health care and urgent care clinic in northwest Lubbock. The clinic, located at 611 N. Frankford Ave., at the corner of North Frankford and Erskine Road, opened Jan. 10. The new clinic will provide services to families in northwest Lubbock and the surrounding areas.

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The investment, part of the $450 million “Keeping the Covenant” campaign, is consistent with Covenant Health’s patient-centered approach, making quality primary care services more accessible to residents who live and work nearby. The clinic’s modern design provides the community a stateof-the-art, family-centered facility. “Patients may visit the urgent care clinic with no appointment necessary, for treatment of minor and common illnesses,” said Kristen Kothmann, vice president and chief operating officer

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of Covenant Medical Group. “In addition to providing high quality care for non-life threatening emergencies, the clinic will also provide X-ray and lab services. If a patient receives services at our clinic and does not have a primary care physician, we will be happy to help find the right doctor for them and their family.” The new clinic James Stanley Garrett, M.D. adds to Covenant

Medical Group, the region’s largest group of health care providers, and will complement Covenant Health’s extensive network of health care services. “We are very proud to open our fourth extendedhour location which offers affordable urgent care services at convenient times for patients,” Kothmann said. The location’s hours will provide access to both primary and urgent care throughout the week. The primary care clinic is open weekdays from 8 a.m. - 5

p.m. The urgent care clinic is open weekdays from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sundays from 12 - 5 p.m. Three physicians – Porntip Chungchansat, M.D.; James Stanley Garrett, M.D.; and Shital Popat, M.D. – will staff the clinic, with space to add up to three more physicians in the future. All three physicians are accepting new patients. Call 806-725-5480 to schedule an appointment or visit CovMedGroup.org/NW for more information.

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diarrhea. The best way to deal with this problem is to eat them in moderation and between meals as a snack. Cruciferous Vegetables I bet you’re asking “what the heck are these.” Cruciferous vegetables are one of the most dominant food crops worldwide. They are high in vitamin C and soluble fiber and contain multiple nutrients and phytochemicals. These are foods like broccoli, kale, and cabbage with a lot of nutritional value, but they can lead to bloating because they contain raffinose. Raffinose is an indigestible sugar that produces a lot of gas, bloating, and pain. However, if these vegetables are eaten regularly and in small amounts, the digestive system can be strengthened and less gas will be produced. Alternatively, you can also cook these vegetables instead of eating them raw. This softens the fiber and also slightly shrinks the veggies, taking up less space in your stomach, making you feel less uncomfortable. Beans You may have heard something when you were a kid about beans making you have gas. Well, that is actually true. Beans have a lot of fiber and sugar, helping out with constipation. But these same

ingredients can make bloating and distension worse. Try keeping bean intake in moderation to help out with bloating. The trick, if you love beans, is to eat them in small quantities, and let your body gradually adjust. An alternative is to combine them in meals with whole grains like rice that are easy for your body to break down. Either way, you will likely be able to eat

legumes with more comfort. If you like the foods above but have problems with gas, eating them in moderation for a certain period of time can often help your body get used to it and reduce problems with bloating and discomfort. Sameer Islam, MD is a board-certified gastroenterologist and hepatologist practicing at Southwest Gastroenterology in Lubbock. www.sameerislam.com.

What is the most photographed place in the U.S.?

The Guggenheim building in New York Photos have always told stories, but in today’s world of cell phone cameras and social media, that story is relayed as data to companies who monitor everything we do. Geotagged data was culled by Sightsmap using a Google-based image sharing software, and can show us the most photographed places in the world, right down to this landmark. The strange winner is this building in New York City. Guess it impresses a lot of visitors.


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Physical therapy can treat dizziness and vertigo By Lori Bilodeau Have you ever felt lightheaded or the sensation of spinning? Have you ever felt you were moving when you weren’t or “floaty” or “swimmy”? Dizziness is often hard to describe, but it is unmistakable when you have symptoms. Unfortunately, many people are told that dizziness is a normal part of aging. While dizziness is more common in people over the age of 65, it is definitely not normal. There are many different causes of dizziness. Some of the most common causes of dizziness come from the vestibular system. The vestibular system is made up of parts of the inner ear and brain that help maintain balance and control ear movement. When any part of this system becomes injured or impaired, the result is often dizziness, vertigo or imbalance. The most common problems with the inner ear that cause dizziness include Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), Meniere’s Disease, and labyrinthitis or vestibular neuritis. BPPV, or positional vertigo, occurs when small crystals in the inner ear because displaced. When we move our head, these crystals shift, sending

false signals to the brain. These signals do not match the normal signals of motion from the other ear, so the brain interprets these signals as dizziness. BPPV can be very frightening due to the quick onset of symptoms. Often, people feel like they may be falling, or like the room is spinning uncontrollably. They can also feel nauseated and ill. Because the symptoms are so violent, it is important to seek help because symptoms like these can lead to other problems, such as falling. Physical therapy can help by using repositioning techniques to move the displaced crystal out of the inner ear canals. With treatment, patients are expected to fully recover.

Meniere’s Disease is when abnormal amounts of fluid collect in the inner ear. Unlike other vestibular conditions, Meniere’s is considered chronic and incurable. However, the dizziness associated with Meniere’s disease is treatable. Physical therapy can help manage symptoms of Meniere’s disease including unsteadiness, imbalance and dizziness. To do this, physical therapists use Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy. This includes retraining the eyes, inner ear, and brain to work together to maintain balance and even diminish the signal of dizziness the brain interprets from the damaged part of the inner ear. Vestibular Neuritis and labyrinthitis occur when

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can take weeks or months. These are just some of the more common causes of dizziness. Physical therapy can help these causes of dizziness and many others. If you have dizziness, vertigo, or imbalance, talk to your physician about physical therapy. Dizziness is not a normal part of aging. With the right treatment, dizziness and vertigo can be reduced and often times fully resolved. Call Physical Therapy Today at 806-771-8008 for more information or assistance in getting a referral for your evaluation.

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Long-term water conservation efforts continue As part of the City of Lubbock’s proactive water conservation efforts, the city adopted a revised Water Use Management Plan ordinance in January. The city is no longer in drought stage restrictions. However, the revised ordinance includes continuing long-term efforts to restrict the number of irrigation days each week. Restriction associated with our new water conservation plan include: Irrigation schedules • Irrigate landscape only

during two assigned days per week year-round • Irrigation schedules are based on the last digit of the house address: • Addresses ending in 0, 3, 4, or 9 – Monday and Thursday • Addresses ending in 1, 5, or 6 - Tuesday and Friday • Addresses ending in 2, 7, or 8 – Wednesday and Saturday Other year-round restrictions • Irrigate only when temperatures are above 35 degrees Fahrenheit

• Irrigate landscape without runoff • Do not irrigate during precipitation events • Hand watering is allowed any time of day and on any day of the week

Spring & summer restrictions - April 1 through Sept. 30 • Irrigate less than 1.5 inches per zone per week • On your scheduled watering days, irrigation is allowed from midnight to 10 a.m. and from 6 p.m. to midnight. • No irrigation is allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Fall & winter- Oct. 1 through March 31 • Irrigate less than 1.0 inch per zone per week • Irrigate any time of day on assigned days

The City of Lubbock commends its customers for the significant amount of water that has been conserved over the past 10 years. All residents and businesses are asked to continue to be considerate and efficient with water usage in an effort to conserve water and reduce overall demand so water supplies can be preserved for decades to come. “In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily.”

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Take action against women’s #1 killer on Wear Red Day, Feb. 3 3.

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The American Heart Association is asking everyone to participate in the annual National Wear Red Day on Feb. 3. For more than 10 years, the heart association has celebrated National Wear Red Day to raise awareness in the fight against heart disease in women. Heart disease and stroke claim the lives of 1 in 3 women, but 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.

This means women — our mothers, sisters, grandmothers, aunts, friends — are dying at the rate of one per minute. Women who are involved with the Go Red For Women movement live healthier lives. Nearly 90% have made at least one healthy behavior change, and a third have talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans. The day is an important part of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For

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the truth about women and heart disease: heart disease can kill you or a woman you love. With more women dying of cardiovascular disease texas. than the next three causes of Women campaign to build Go Red For Women is death combined, including awareness of heart disease in women, urge women to take the American Heart Asso- all forms of cancer, the heart concrete actions to reduce ciation’s national movement, association is committed to their risk, and raise much- created by women, for wom- fighting this No. 1 killer that needed funds for women- en, dedicated to uncovering is preventable. centric cardiovascular research and education. Share how you Go Red on your social media profiles By Derodave using #LubbockGoRed. If you’re getting overwhelmed by life, just return to the For more information on immediate present moment and savor all that is beautiful and Lubbock’s Go Red activities, comforting. Take a deep breath, relax.


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When you retire, where can you find investment income? Zach Holtzman Financial advisor Edward JonEs As an investor, your main goals will change at different times in your life. During your working years, you need to grow as many resources as possible for retirement. Once you retire, however, you will likely need to focus more on getting income from your investments. But what are your options? There’s no shortage of income-producing investments, of course. You might immediately think of bonds, which can provide regular interest payments and probable preservation of principal, provided the bonds are considered “investment grade.”

Still, if interest rates are low when you retire – as they have been for several years now – bonds might not provide you with as much income as you need. And just as importantly, the income you receive from most bonds won’t rise over time, leaving you susceptible to inflation and the loss of purchasing power. Consequently, you may also need to explore other types of income-generating vehicles, including dividendpaying stocks and real estate investment trusts (REITs). Some stocks have not only paid but also increased their dividends for many consecutive years. These stocks have historically provided the potential for rising income to

help combat inflation and are typically well-run companies that strive to reward their investors. Nonetheless, you need to recognize that even these stocks are not obligated to pay you dividends, and they are free to lower or discontinue them at any time without notice. Now, let’s turn to a second type of potential incomeproducing asset: Real estate investment trusts (REITs). Different types of REITs are available. For example, equity REITs invest in and own commercial properties, such as hotels and shopping centers, while mortgage REITs, as the name suggests, own and invest in property mortgages.

Is one form of REIT better than another? There’s no simple answer. On the one hand, mortgage REITs are considered riskier than equity REITs. However, mortgage REITs often pay quite large dividends, although the payout can be inconsistent. (Like all REITs, mortgage REITs must pay 90% of their taxable income to investors in the form of dividends. Due to this requirement, REITs generally need to raise capital to finance their growth plans, and this necessity can affect their share prices.) Other factors, such as changing interest rates, will affect the value of mortgage and equity REITs differently. Specifically, rising interest rates will likely cause the market value of the property mortgages inside mortgage REITs to fall, whereas equity REITs, which own actual buildings, might actually

benefit if the Federal Reserve raises interest rates, as such a move would indicate a strong economy, more jobs and greater demand for office space. In the short term, though, even equity REITs can react negatively to an interestrate increase. But over the long term, this movement can be offset by the benefits of earnings and dividend growth driven by a growing economy. Clearly, there’s much to think about when considering potential income-producing options such as bonds, dividend-paying stocks, and REITs. Ultimately, you will need to weigh the merits and risks of these investments – including interest rate risk, credit risk and market risk – and determine which of them, or which combination of them, are most appropriate for your needs.

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Feb. 1 - National Freedom Day National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), Furr’s Family Dining, 6001 Slide Rd, 11:30 a.m., 799-6796 or 795-9158. Feb. 2 - Ground Hog Day The Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support group - Area Community Hospice, 4300 Olton Rd. in Plainview at noon - safe place for caregivers, family, and friends of persons with dementia to exchange practical information on caregiving challenges and possible solutions. Visit alz.org/westtexas to learn more about caregiver programs and resources. Feb. 3 - Feed the Birds Day ‘The Day the Music Died’ presented by the Buddy Holly Center. Feb. 3, 2017 marks the 58th anniversary of the tragic plane crash that claimed the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, J.P. Richardson, “The Big Bopper,” and pilot Roger Peterson. Events scheduled all day at the Buddy Holly Center, 1801 Crickets Ave. 775-3560. Half price book sale – Friends of the Lubbock Public Library – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mahon Library Basement, 1306 9th St. Wear RED day - in support of the American Heart Association’s

National Wear Read Day. Feb. 4 - Thank a Mailman Day Mardi Paws Fur Ball - 7 p.m. at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center, tables seating eight are $600, and individual tickets are $60. Call or text 806-790-8276 or 806-781-8536 for information. Daddy and Daughter Dance, 6-8 p.m., $25 a couple, $10 each additional child, All ages. Enjoy the evening with your little girl. Together you will enjoy dinner, dancing, and priceless memories, Hodges Community Center. The Roundtable Luncheon from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hillcrest Country Club main dining room 4011 N. Boston Ave. Dr. Alice White, “The Magic of Compounding: Financial Investing + Philanthropy+ Gratitude, Fulfillment & Fun!” $15 per person, limited menu includes dessert and beverage. Travel north on University Avenue then turn left (or west) on Newcomb Street and proceed to the Clubhouse front entrance. 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.

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Half price book sale – Friends of the Lubbock Public Library – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mahon Library Basement, 1306 9th St. Feb. 5 - Weatherman’s Day Feb. 6 - Lame Duck Day Flamenco Guitar performance - 7 p.m. Groves Library, 5520 19th, solo concert by James Gould. Feb. 7 - Send a Card to a Friend Day Reception for new city manager, Jarrett Atkinson. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 7, at Centennial Bank, 6602 Quaker Ave. Lubbock Chamber of Commerce is host. Learn to Knit at Groves Library - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 5520 19th, an evening of knitting, crochet, and even yarn spinning. For more info, call 767-3733. Adult Computer Classes at Patterson Branch Library 10:30 a.m. 1836 Parkway Drive, classes for beginners. For more info, call 767-3300. Feb. 8 - Kite Flying Day Adult Computer Classes at Groves Branch Library, 3 p.m. 5520 19th, class for beginners For more info, call 767-3733. Feb. 9 - Toothache Day Adult Computer Classes at Patterson Branch Library 10:30 a.m. 1836 Parkway Drive, classes for beginners. For more info, call 767-3300. Feb. 10 - Umbrella Day Cirque Eloize ‘Saloon’ – A musical acrobatic adventure – Civic Center Theatre, 806-770-2000, SelectASeatLubbock.com. Celebrity Attractions. Feb. 11 - Make a Friend Day Second Saturday Program – 10 a.m. Katherine Drury, education & outreach coordinator, of the High Plains Underground

Water Conservation District will give a presentation on Waterwise Landscaping and give an update on the Ogallala aquifer levels. Lubbock Memorial Arboretum, 4111 University Ave, 797-4520 Cirque Eloize ‘Saloon’ – A musical acrobatic adventure – Civic Center Theatre, 806-770-2000, SelectASeatLubbock.com. Celebrity Attractions. The Roundtable Luncheon from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hillcrest Country Club main dining room 4011 N. Boston Ave. Gerry W. Beyer, professor of law, Texas Tech University, “Estate Planning Basics -- Don’t Be Afraid to Ask!” $15 per person, limited menu includes dessert and beverage. Travel north on University Avenue then turn left (or west) on Newcomb Street and proceed to the Clubhouse front entrance. Family Dance Night – 7:30-10 p.m., $2/person, Ages 11+, Bring your family to enjoy a fun night of Two Steppin’, Country Western, and a little rock music. The event will be led by former UCWDC World Champion, Don Hunnicut. All levels welcome beginning through advanced, Hodges Community Center. Feb. 12 - Plum Pudding Day

Feb. 13 - Get a Different Name 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. Feb. 14 - Valentine’s Day & National Organ Donor Day 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. The Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support group Rawlings Senior Center, 213 40th St. 10:30 a.m. - safe place for caregivers, family, and friends of persons with dementia to exchange practical information on caregiving challenges and possible solutions. Visit alz.org/westtexas to learn more about caregiver programs and resources. Lubbock Area Amputee Support Group – Furrs’ Cafeteria, 6001 Slide Road, 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the (See Enriching Lives, Page 23)

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Texas Country Reporter to speak in Lubbock, April 10 The Texas Country Reporter, Bob Phillips, will speak at 6:30 p.m. April 10, at the Lubbock Women’s Club, 2020 Broadway. Tickets will be available to the public from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 2, at the Lubbock Women’s Club. Phillips will speak as part of the Lubbock Women’s Club Historical Foundation and The Ernestine Payne Welborn Endowment Community Speaker Series.

For more than 40 years, the back roads of Texas have been home and office for Texas Country Reporter Bob Phillips. He was born in Dallas, but spent much of his youth growing up on the family farm near Lake Texoma where Phillips lived with and learned from the folks he calls the “salt of the earth.” His Texas Country Reporter television series is a celebration of the Texas way of life and a tribute to

real heroes -- the everyday men and women who make the state such a special place. Phillips started his television career at KDFW-TV, Channel 4 in Dallas, while he was a student at SMU. He was a photographer and a reporter covering news, politics, where he covered several state and national political conventions and the inauguration of President Nixon, and even sports, where he spent several years traveling with the Dallas Cowboys and shooting for NFL Films. His Country Reporter series began at KDFW-TV in 1972 and continued on that station until Phillips moved his program to WFAA-TV in October 1986 and syndicated the show statewide. Phillips’ back roads travels have lasted 40+ years and Texas Country Reporter is now seen in all television markets in Texas. Kandy Adams is president of the Lubbock Women’s Club. “We are thrilled to welcome Bob Phillips to Lubbock,” Adams said. “If you love Texas and the culture of food, family and travel, then join us for a fun evening at the Lubbock Women’s Club.” Bob is a graduate of Southern Methodist University where he received a bachelor’s in broadcastfilm-art in 1973, and he received a master’s in liberal arts in 1976. He has been honored with numerous awards for his work from AP, UPI, Dallas Press Club, Telly Awards, Texas Historical Commission, WorldFest International and the coveted television Emmy Awards. He is a member of the EMMY organization’s Silver Circle, an exclusive group of broadcast journalists

Bob Phillips Texas Country Reporter

who have given more than 25 years of service to the profession. He is a professor at Amberton University where he has taught communications classes since 1988. Bob divides his time between homes in Dallas and a ranch in the Texas Hill Country. He is married to Kelli Phillips who formerly anchored the evening news on the Beaumont, Texas, CBS affiliate. Kelli now works at Phillips Productions and is co-hosting Texas Country Reporter. In 2006, Ernestine Payne Welborn established upon her death a trust that provides funding to bring in notable speakers for the membership and the community. Speakers who have been part of the series include Chef Stephan Pyles; Hoda Kotb; former Dallas Cowboys player Daryl Johnston; Zach Thomas, former Texas Tech All-American and Miami Dolphins football player; Jenna Bush Hager; Joan Lunden and Barbara Bush.


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God’s truth does not change, so people don’t feel conviction for choosing “less than.” Our response is compassion not judgment when someone chooses ‘less than.’ Compassion does not mean the removal of consequences. It is the removal of hatred. Make a choice and own it – good – better – best. Christ died so that we all have a chance to choose his “best.” God’s love for us doesn’t change when we choose “less than.” It is our loss. Love leaves the door open. May we choose God’s “best” for 2017.


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‘Healing from the loss of a parent when you were a child’ If you have been reading this column for some time, you have probably read that I wrote a book, “A Texas Tragedy: Orphaned by Bootleggers.” It was published for the th 50 anniversary of the accident that claimed the lives of my parents and maternal grandmother and left my sister and me orphaned. After the book was released, I received letters, emails and phone calls from people explaining to me what my book meant to them. They loved it! Often it helped them see their own life. As more than one said, “We had an elephant in our living room, too.” Often it was alcohol. At the time, I wanted to offer some classes, but I was busy with my chiropractic practice and time passed. I enjoyed my life and got further and further away from the time I spent researching and writing the book. In 2014, I got a phone call, out of the blue, from a man, and it brought this story

back, front and center, into my life. You see, the accident killed 5 people and orphaned 12 children. Passengers in the bootlegging car, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Riley, were both killed. They had 10 children at home. In my book, I spoke about trying to contact them, but they never responded. I knew it was their decision whether or not to talk to me. Around July 4, 2014, one of those orphans, David Riley, called me and left me a phone message. I was shocked. It seemed to come out of left field, and yet I had always wanted the contact and couldn’t wait to talk to him. When we talked, it was a long and very sweet conversation. He told me only he and one sister were left as his other siblings had all passed. He lived outside Dallas. I asked him, if I were to come to Dallas, would he and his sister have dinner with me?

He said he would. And suddenly, it was as if no time at all had passed since I had written my book. I live a scheduled life, and I knew, even around the 4th of July, that I wouldn’t be able to go to Dallas until January.

Once the first of the year rolled around, I looked at my calendar and called David, and we set a date when I did meet with him and his sister and her husband. We spent a day together talking about how that one accident on that one day affected all of our lives. David turned 7 years old the day before his parents were killed. Della was just older than David. They both eventually went to an orphanage in East Texas, and left when they graduated from high school. They had a couple of interesting tales about living in an orphanage. Our day together made It was mealtime during an airline flight. me feel so appreciative to‘Would you like dinner?’ the flight attendant asked. ward my paternal grand‘What are my choices?’ John asked. parents who gave the rest ‘Yes or no,’ she replied. of their lives for my sister A flight attendant was stationed at the departure gate to and me. Many times I heard check tickets. As a man approached, she extended her hand my Grandpa say, “I just for the ticket. He opened his trench coat and flashed her. ask the Lord to let me live Without missing a beat, she said, ‘Sir, I need to see your long enough to get you girls ticket, not your stub.’ reared.”

In-flight moments

After talking to the Riley’s, I decided to re-release my book with an epilogue about our meeting. And I am going to teach online classes about “Healing From the Loss of a Parent When You Were a Child.” My website is up this month. It is www.childhoodloss.com. I will be teaching some classes soon. On the website, you can sign up for my weekly articles. Death is not the only way to lose a parent. In fact, I don’t think it is the most hurtful way to lose a parent. Losing a parent can be through abuse, abandonment, addiction, adoption, death, divorce, indifference, military deployment, prison and sickness. Anyone who lost a par-

ent in any of these ways has something in common with each other and me: We needed our parents, and they were not there. I feel uniquely capable of helping people discover how the loss of their parent has imprinted their life so that, if they decide, they can change. When you lose a parent when you are a child, you have all kinds of ideas about yourself. You grow up, and people expect you to simply go on — go make something of yourself. But the child is often stuck emotionally at the age of the loss of the parent. Hop onto my website and join my email list. Learn more about the effects of losing a parent when you were a child. There are many of us out there.


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Red Raider Room; purchase your own meal (or you do not have to eat); call 806-748-5870 for more info. Feb. 15 - Gum Drop Day Feb. 16 - Do a Grouch a Favor Day Feb. 17 - Random Acts of Kindness Day Feb. 18 - Drink Wine Day Pancake Festival - 65th Annual Lubbock Lions Club Pancake Festival Fundraiser at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. $6 in advance; $7 at the door; children 2 and under, free. 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. Feb. 19 - Chocolate Mint Day Feb. 20 - Hoodie Hoo Day Personal Financial Literacy Workshop - 6:30-7:45 p.m., Free, Adults, Explore ways to maximum the handling of personal finances. Second part to this workshop on March 6 at 6:30 p.m. Sonny Garza with City Bank will be leading the workshop, Maggie Trejo Supercenter, 3200 Amherst St. Feb. 21 - Card Reading Day Feb. 22 - Be Humble Day Healthy Aging Lecture Series – “Nutrition for a Healthy Heart” Garrison Institute on Aging – 4 to 5 p.m. at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, 3601 4th St., Academic Classroom Bldg., Room 100. Free event, snacks provided. Call 743-7821 for more info. Health Fair starting

at 2:30 p.m. – blood pressure screenings and heart health info. Alzheimer’s – free screening and information event, 5:15 p.m. Dr. Dunn’s Vision & Wellness Center, 2704 82nd St. 745-2222. Feb. 23 - International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day The Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support group Turning Point Community Church, 11202 Quaker Ave. at 1 p.m. Safe place for caregivers, family, and friends of persons with dementia to exchange practical information on caregiving challenges and possible solutions. Visit alz.org/ westtexas to learn more about resources. Feb. 24 - Tortilla Chip Day Feb. 25 - Open That Bottle Night The Roundtable Luncheon from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hillcrest Country Club main dining

room 4011 N. Boston Ave. Joe at AeroCare, adjacent to the Marnell Ph.D. adminstrator of Silent Wings Museum near facility & information systems the Lubbock airport; honoring at Wayland Baptist University – extraordinary individuals for Lubbock “Identity Theft and Retheir acts of kindness. Amerisistance to Using Multi-Method can Red Cross South Plains Authentication in Public Access Chapter, 765-6790. Environments.” $15 per person, ‘125 Years of Grace’ - celebratlimited menu includes dessert ing 125 years as a congreand beverage. Travel north on gation at the First United University Avenue then turn left Methodist Church in Lubbock. (or west) on Newcomb Street 11 a.m. March 5 when all five and proceed to the Clubhouse services will be combined front entrance. into one in the Christian Life Feb. 26 - Pistachio Day Center at the church. Feb. 27 - No Brainer Day The YWCA of Lubbock will Feb. 28 - Tooth Fairy Day induct eight women into its Mardi Gras Celebration - 5:30 to Women of Excellence Acad9 p.m. at the Lubbock Memorial emy on March 9, at a recepCivic Center Exhibit Hall, $40 tion and dinner at the Lubbock for adults, $10 for children 17 Memorial Civic Center beginand under, or $45 at the door. ning at 6 p.m. For more information, call Lub- Note: To add an event, delete an event, or make changes, email bock Meals on Wheels, 806maedwards@wordpub.com or 792-7971. call 744-2220 by the 20th of the Coming in March: month for the following month’s Champions Breakfast - 9 a.m. publication.

Lubbock Concert Band to perform February 3 The Lubbock Concert Bank will present its February concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at the American Wind Power Center, 1701 Canyon Lake Drive. Entitled “They Went Thataway,” the concert will feature western-themed music including Sabre and Spurs, John Philip Sousa; The Cowboys, John Williams; Shenandoah, Frank Ticheli; Heartland Sketches, Jared Spears; Southwest Saga, Robert Sheldon; and They Went Thataway, Paul Jennings; with a special appearance by “Bad Note Bob” La Virgen de la Macarena. Admission is free. Visitors may tour the windmill museum before the show. For more information, call Brad Payne 806-789-9155.

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‘125 Years of Grace’ to be celebrated at First Methodist Church, Lubbock Two “Grand Gatherings” are set for 2017, celebrating 125 years as a congregation at the First United Methodist Church in Lubbock. The first gathering is set for 11 a.m. March 5 when all five services will be combined into one in the Christian Life Center at the church. Following the service, refreshments will be served, and all may enjoy visitation at the center. At least two former ministers are scheduled to attend, Jim Jackson, who is retired and lives in Galveston, and Roland McGregor, retired and living in Albuquerque. The organizing committee is hoping that everyone who has a connection with the

church will attend, including former church members, ministers, music directors, choir members, youth, those married and or baptized at the church, ushers, staff members, missionaries, and district superintendants, as well as descendants of the founding families of the church (Tubbs, Caraway, Hunt, Carlisle, Mallard and Woods). Dr. Craig Curry is the current minister of the church. The second gathering will be held Oct. 8 in the church’s sanctuary. A seated dinner will follow in the Christian Life Center. Advance reservations for the dinner are required. On March 3, 1892, the church organized as a con-

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