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Volume 28, Number 7

Inside ‘Feed Seniors Now’ ..... 2 A good night’s sleep ... 3 ‘Hanky Panky’ July 1966 .................. 5 Giving up the keys ...... 7 Reagor Dykes salute ... 9 Surviving caregiving ... 9 Rightsized living ....... 15 Covenant receives award...................... 16 Updating beneficiaries........... 18

July 2016

24 Pages

Lubbock, Texas 79401

The Time Jumpers are set to perform July 23 in Lubbock. Members of the group are “Ranger Doug” Green, Paul Franklin, Brad Albin, Billy Thomas, Kenny Sears, Larry Franklin, Andy Reiss, Jeff Taylor, Joe Spivey, Vince Gill. Each made major contributions to the world of country music.

Time Jumpers set to play at Civic Center, 7:30 p.m. July 23

Tap any member of multi Grammy nominated The Time Jumpers on the shoulder, and the face that turns to greet you will be that of one who’s made major contributions to the richness and vigor of country music. And the group will be performing at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane at 7:30 p.m. July 23. Tickets are available at Select-aSeat or call 806-770-2000, and range in price from $35 to $55. The current edition of The Time Jumpers includes 10 members, each a master of his instrument. They are Vince Gill, vocals, electric and acoustic guitars; “Ranger Doug” Green, vocals, acoustic rhythm guitar; Paul Franklin, steel guitar; Brad Albin, upright bass; Larry Franklin, fiddle; Andy Reiss, electric guitar; Kenny Sears, vocals, fiddle; Joe

Spivey, fiddle, vocals; Jeff Taylor, accordion, piano; and Billy Thomas, drums, vocals. The Time Jumpers group was established in Nashville in 1998 by an assemblage of high-dollar studio musicians who wanted to spend some spare time jamming with their sonically gifted buddies. The notion of building a rabidly devoted following was the last thing on their minds. But that’s what happened. Learning that Monday evenings were the slowest in the week for the Station Inn bluegrass club, the super pickers settled into that fabled venue at the start of each week and set up shop. Pretty soon Monday nights were sounding a lot like Saturday nights -- and drawing commensurately lively crowds. As word spread along Music Row

that something special was happening at Station Inn, big stars began dropping by, some to sit in with the band, others just to enjoy the vast array of country, swing, jazz and pop standards The Time Jumpers rejoiced in playing. Among those drop-bys were Bonnie Raitt, Reba McEntire, Norah Jones, Robert Plant, The White Stripes, Kings Of Leon, Jimmy Buffet and Kelly Clarkson. After more than 10 years together, the band re-located their Monday night shows to 3rd & Lindsley, a larger capacity club in Nashville. In 2013, the band’s self-titled release on Rounder Records was nominated for 2 Grammys – Best Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group-Country, and Best Country Album. The band is currently recording its next record for Rounder Records.

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Registration is open for Monday and Friday classes. Workout schedules may More than 1 in 3 seniors is vary but will always be at the at risk for malnutrition or bemain clinic at 1610 5th St. Contact Yvonne Carrillo ing undernourished. at 806-765-2611 for more Malnutrition is the lack of information. proper nutrition, not necessarily a lack of food. Detecting malnutrition in seniors may be difficult, and even seniors who eat enough may be eating the wrong foods to keep themselves healthy. Comfort Keepers’ program, Feed Seniors Now, is focused on helping seniors eat healthy. What do you take with you? How do you get it there? As seniors age and change, so do their nutritional needs. Making sure those needs are met makes a real difference in their quality of life. Caregivers or family members should be aware of the What do you do with what doesn’t fit? signs and symptoms of hunger or malnutrition in older Bonded & Insured adults, which include: Each office is independently owned & operated. Senior Relocation Downsizing Estate Sales • Watch for physical prob806-686-3360 lems, such as poor wound

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Why you deserve a good night’s sleep Many family caregivers make their way through the day in a sleep-deprived haze. As they yawn repeatedly and guzzle coffee all day long, they may remember a time before caregiving, when they awoke refreshed and eager to greet the day after a night of restorative sleep. Wouldn’t it be nice to feel that way again? Caregivers can have trouble sleeping for a variety of reasons: • Frequently awakening to assist a loved one in the middle of the night • Worrying about issues like finances or their loved one’s health • Inadequate nutrition • Use of stimulants such as caffeine to stay awake during the day • Lack of exercise due to time constraints • Feeling guilty for sleeping or napping when there’s so much work to be done The Family Caregiver Alliance reports that nearly threequarters of people who care for a family member with dementia experience problems sleeping. And while a good night’s rest can make you feel refreshed and happy, sleeping also might help you ward off a host of medical problems. Sleeping should not be viewed as an extravagant act. Quite to the contrary, sleep is necessary to your mental well-being and serves an essential health function. According to Harvard University, treating sleep as a priority, rather than a luxury, may be an important step in preventing a number of chronic medical conditions.

Here are three benefits you casional sleepless night, but can reap by prioritizing sleep who wouldn’t feel irritable, impatient or mentally exin your caregiving life. hausted when that single Sleeping can help you episode morphs into weeks of avoid weight gain Have you ever noticed how insomnia? This moodiness caused you seem to feel hungry all day after you’ve tossed and by poor sleep isn’t necessarily a temporary problem. turned the night before? You may find yourself Researchers are starting to raiding the pantry in search correlate chronic sleep depriof cookies or potato chips. vation with long-term mood And no matter how much you disorders such as anxiety and munch, you still might feel depression. When you get a solid seven hungry. or eight hours of sleep on It’s not your imagination. Your appetite is controlled most nights, you may find by hormones secreted by yourself feeling more patient, the body at night. When you calm and capable as you go sleep poorly, your appetite through your day. You already make sacrifichormones get out of whack. es to provide care for a loved This can lead you to feel you need to stuff yourself one; your mood should not be with chips and cookies even among them. You deserve to when you’re not legitimately nurture your mental well-being with regular restful sleep. hungry. This type of eating can cause you to gain weight, which saps your energy and might make you less able to perform your caregiving functions. In contrast, when you get an adequate amount of sleep you stand a better chance of getting through the day without craving junk food. When you’re well-rested, you can satisfy your hunger with foods like fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains. These wholesome foods will give you energy, help you feel more alert and possibly keep you from packing on the pounds.

Sleeping well may make you a safer driver Picture this: You’re driving your loved one to a medical appointment. As you wait at a red light, you suddenly realize the driver behind you is honking. The light turned green, and you didn’t notice. Did you momentarily nod off? This scenario plays out day after day among people who are sleep deprived. Studies show a lack of sleep leads to fatigue and inattention. The Institute of Medicine estimates 20 percent of all motor vehicle accidents can be attributed to drowsy driving. Sleeping can stave off A good night’s sleep can the blues help sharpen your motor Tossing and turning night after night certainly can make skills and reflexes. After a you feel depressed. You might restful night, you’ll not only be able to cope with an oc- feel more alert as you get (See Good night’s sleep, Page 21)

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By James K. White Kissing is not popular or even accepted as decent behavior in many cultures. A recent study conducted by researchers from Indiana University and University of Nevada reveals that only 77 Annual Back-To-School Summer Fun Fest out of 168 cultures examined Community Health Center of Lubbock will be kicking off thought kissing to be kosher National Community Health Center Week by hosting a Sum- and many surveyed particimer Fun Fest from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 6 at the Arnett Benson pants considered osculation Medical and Dental Clinic located at 3301 Clovis Road. to be “gross.” Free backpacks will be given to children who are present, as Sub-Saharan peoples and well as free immunizations with parent and shot record. Amazonian foragers predomiFree food, fun and games. nantly found the practice to be repulsive. Both buffalo (American Bison) and wolves have been reestablished in Yellowstone National Park. Present day EXIT REALTY OF LUBBOCK (gray) wolves have learned 2405 W. Loop 289 • Lubbock, TX 79407 Each Office is Independently Owned and Operated what their ancestors of centuries past already knew -Cell: 806-759-8260 Bus: 806-771-3900 Jeff Prather hunting and attacking bison is REALTOR Fax: 806-771-3948 a dangerous business. Even when in packs, the 500-plus Yellowstone wolves prudently seldom attack a healthy Bovinae. Easier prey choice partially explains why Do you have any old hats lying about? A cowboy hat worn by James Arness as he portrayed Matt Dillon in “Gunsmoke”

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‘Hanky Panky’ - Tommy James & the Shondells Two of the most successful songwriters of the 1960s were the husband-and-wife team of Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, the duo behind such winners as “Chapel of Love,” “Doo-Wah-Diddy-Diddy” and “Leader of the Pack.” But then there’s the matter of another Barry-Greenwich success: “Hanky Panky.” Jeff Barry once confessed to Fred Bronson in “The Billboard Book of Number One Hits,” “as far as I was concerned, it was a terrible song.” In addition to cranking out hits for others, Jeff and Ellie recorded some of their works as the Raindrops, with Greenwich’s double-tracked harmony out in front of Barry’s nonsense syllables. In 1963, the Raindrops released two minor hits before cutting a bit of teen fluff called “That Boy John.” When a tune was needed for the back side of this single, the pair spent 20 minutes dashing off a nonsense novelty called “Hanky Panky.” Created to sound like the latest dance-step song, the line “My baby does the Hanky Panky” comes up no less than 10 times. “That Boy John” was released that November but quickly disappeared after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. (Understandably, nobody wanted to hear an upbeat song about someone named John.) Easy to play and as fun, dumb and danceable as “Louie, Louie,” “Hanky Panky” became a concert staple with a few garage bands in the Midwest. Young Tommy James, who led a rock group called the Shondells, first heard it at

a club in his hometown of Niles, Michigan. To him, the song had “winner” written all over it. Tommy never wrote down the lyrics to “Hanky Panky,”

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though, and admitted to Bronson, “I really only remembered a few lines from the song, so when we went to record it, I had to make up the rest of the song.” James cut the ditty in 1964 at a radio station in Niles. Released on the tiny Snap label, “Hanky Panky” sold well in the Midwest until, with no means of national distribution, it slowly died. The Shondells disbanded, and Tommy finished high school soon afterward. Later that year, he was phoned by a record-promotion man in Pittsburgh. Somebody had found a used copy of the Shondells’ “Hanky Panky” and tossed it onto a turntable at one of the local

cate to Pittsburgh ASAP, the breathless caller promised, lucrative club work awaited. Once there, he recruited a local band called the Raconteurs to become the new Shondells. Tommy and band eventually signed with a major record label – Roulette - and were soon on their way to a recording career that would produce eight Top Ten songs, among them “Crimson and Clover,” “Sweet Cherry Wine” and “Mony Mony.” “Hanky Panky” was never re-recorded from the nowcollectible Snap original. “I think if we’d fooled with it too much, we would have fouled it up,” James told Bronson. “It had to sound amateurish like that.”

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5 signs you may have an ulcer By Sameer Islam, M.D. Have you ever had a bad stomach ache and wondered if you may have an ulcer? Sameer Islam, This is a M.D. common concern for patients who have stomach problems, and it can be hard to know if it is an ulcer or something else. An ulcer is like a nasty canker sore (or crater) typically penetrating the lining of the stomach (a gastric or peptic ulcer) or the small intestine (a duodenal or peptic ulcer). Ulcers occur due to abnormal acid production, an infection (H. pylori), or medications (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications). Any of these processes changes the balance of acid, making it easier for ulcers to form. An ulcer can be extremely painful, so it’s difficult to ignore if you develop one. If left untreated, it can eat into

the stomach or small intestine wall causing a perforation or penetrate the blood vessels causing bleeding, resulting in damaging and excruciating health complications. Here are five very evident signs that you may be suffering from an ulcer

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3. Poor appetite or weight loss

The sudden and sharp stomach pains felt by many ulcer patients a few hours after a meal (during the digestion phase) will often cause them to fear eating or totally 1. Severe abdominal lose their appetite. If you notice yourself being more carepain New-onset abdominal pain ful with foods, this can be a that does not go away can warning sign. be a sign of an ulcer form- 4. Unintentional weight ing. The pain may be sharp loss or stabbing that comes and With a loss of appetite, goes. It could be worsened naturally comes weight loss by eating foods and better by due to lack of eating. You avoiding them. may also suffer from sudden 2. Unrelenting nausea weight loss if your ulcer is causing you to vomit freand vomiting When an ulcer develops, it quently after meals. These are can irritate the stomach mak- additional warning signs of an ing people feel nauseated. ulcer developing. This can be worsened on an 5. Change in stool color empty stomach or early in A sudden change in stool the morning. If the vomiting color to black, maroon, or becomes severe or unrelent- frank blood is a sign of a ing, this could be a sign of an bleeding ulcer. This is very ulcer. worrisome and should never It is especially worrisome be ignored. if you notice blood in the If you notice these sympvomit. Make sure you inform toms and they have not gotten your healthcare provider im- better, make sure to discuss this with your healthcare “He has Van Gogh’s ear for music.” - Billy Wilder provider.

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By Margaret Merrell Did you have a “whittler” in your family? Once in a while, in today’s high tech, modern world, we may be lucky enough to cross paths with a true whittler. Some may be found at trade days where all kinds of crafts are displayed and bought and sold. Often there are these beautiful carvings of birds, animals and so many subjects that have been carved from special woods. Awesome works of art. The artist may be there to demonstrate their skills. Rarely do we come across a true whittler, sitting and whittling in the old fashion way on a piece of wood held in his hand. Some are using only a pocket knife, like the generations of whittlers have for many, many years. No special tools; just a good pocket knife with the blades kept honed on a small whet stone. There are times when I travel through a small town I look for the center known as the courthouse square. The trees are old and large with benches in their shades, for anyone to stop and rest or just take in the surroundings. Almost immediately, I visualize my grandfather and his cronies sitting in the shade, chewing their tobacco, sharing stories and jokes while turning a piece of wood into a rabbit or a little car. They were lovingly called the “Spit and Whittle Club,” an endearing name, given to the elderly gentlemen by the town folks and families.

There was a good chance that at least one of the little pieces of art, created by the town’s master whittlers, could be found in every home. The kind and loving grandfathers almost always gave the finished day’s work to the children playing on the “square,” or some lucky adult ,just passing by. Perhaps, some of you are real whittlers, still enjoying the gift you were given. You may not be on a park bench or the courthouse square but on your favorite chair under your very own tree. The rest of us will watch for true whittlers who are not “gone.” Our wish is that there will always be master whittlers and their works around, for the world to enjoy. May God bless them all.

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4 misconceptions about giving up the car keys on themselves as much as they used to. Older adults should feel confident in bus schedules and driving services that are pre-arranged to help them get where they want to go, and back again. Even before an older adult toquits driving, test out differdeent options with your loved pendent one, and find a good fit for locations spend 25 percent of reliability and convenience. 1. Driving yourself is their income on trans- 3. “I can’t give up the cheaper than paying for portation costs. wheel. I’ve been drivDiscontinuing driving can be a scary proposition, so it’s time to separate fact from fiction. Some fears of giving up driving are rooted in falsehood, according to driving experts. Here are four common misconceptions seniors may have about giving up driving:

alternative transporta2. Driving is more relition. It doesn’t take long to able; alternatives are think about the fallacy of this less convenient. idea. When you add up the cost of a vehicle along with expenses of insurance and maintenance, not to mention fuel, driving a vehicle can be pricey. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, households living in au-

This could be a tough one to refute. After all, there is a certain spontaneity about getting in a vehicle and going whenever you want. When you think about it, though, vehicles are fallible and so are drivers. As seniors’ driving abilities diminish, they may not be able to rely

New senior exam. Only 4 correct out of 10 questions are needed to pass. 1. How long did the Hundred Years’ War last? 2. Which country makes Panama hats? 3. From which animal do we get cat gut? 4. In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution? 5. What is a camel’s hair brush made of? 6. The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal? 7. What was King George VI’s first name? 8. What color is a purple finch? 9. Where are Chinese gooseberries from? 10. What is the color of the black box in a commercial airplane? ANSWERS: 1. 116 years: 1337 to 1453 2. Ecuador 3. Sheep and horses 4. November 5. Squirrel fur

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project coordinator, Older Driver Initiative, American Occupational Therapy Association, recommends that those who give up driving still carry picture identification. In most states you can trade your driver’s license for a photo ID at your licensing agency, Davis said. That helps reinforce the sense of identity that a license may have provided. Also, if that ’68 Mustang convertible was important to your loved one, why sell it? He can still ing my whole life!” polish it and won’t likely According to a survey have to look far to find someconducted by Home Instead, one to provide him a ride. Inc., the freedom and independence to go wherever they 4. “I won’t be able to go want, whenever they want, is anywhere or see anythe primary reason surveyed one!” seniors (29%) reportedly are When you think about it, dependent on driving. Sixteen owning and driving a vehicle percent are used to driving could be more isolating than and simply like to drive. many alternatives that are Giving up a lifelong driv- available to older adults. A ing habit can be terrifying. senior who relies only on An individual’s identity himself or herself and a vemay be connected to own- hicle isn’t likely to reach out ing a vehicle and the ability to others for help. to drive. Elin Schold Davis, Transportation alternatives

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Overcoming 3 big obstacles when moving to assisted living By Nan Hayes, CRTS There are three common obstacles many people face as they search for and find their ideal assisted living community.

home, it is best to understand the state of the market, including competitive pricing and current listings in the market area. You may be able to find an overview of this information Home Sale: Often, older adult cli- at, but there is no ents have lived in their cur- better resource than your lorent homes for a substantial cal, licensed real estate agent. You may also choose to amount of time, yet as the real contact a local Senior Real estate market begins to stabilize, more of these individuals Estate Specialist, who is well versed in older home sales consider a home sale. When selling an older and fully equipped to help

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Council on Aging’s Social security benefits are a long term care staple which may be optimized through deferred retirement credits. Long term care advisors can help you navigate benefits of various long term care insurance policies. Agents can help you understand options when it Paying for Senior Care: comes to funding care from Equity in a home can cer- traditional life insurance politainly help offset long term cies, including cash surrender, death benefit loans, accelercare expenses. According to the Genworth ated death benefits, and life 2015 Cost of Care Survey, settlements. the average annual cost of a Moving, Downsizing one bedroom apartment in and Decluttering: an assisted living community Once housing or care is $43,200 per year. This is choices have been made and almost a 3% increase over financial issues are resolved, last year. many adults are still faced A private room in a nurs- with the daunting task of ing home averages more than downsizing, sorting, packing $88,000 per year. and moving the family home. Paying for care requires This “to do” list can be u n d e r s t a n d i n g o p t i o n s overwhelming, especially for through research and careful older adults in poor health planning. or for family members, who Care financing options are often busy with jobs and include VA benefits or local families of their own. public and private programs. With the aging of America, You can find out more about an increasing number of these benefits at the National folks are on the move, and support older adult clients and their families. If your “care needs” require immediate attention and there is no time to complete a home sale, a bridge loan may also be an option. Elderlife Financial offers a unique line of credit designed to provide temporary financial assistance for assisted living and skilled nursing.

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A lady hurried to the pharmacy to get medication, got back to her car, and found that she had locked her keys inside. The woman found an old rusty coat hanger left on the ground. She looked at it and said, “I don’t know how to use this.” She bowed her head and asked God to send her some help. Within 5 minutes, a beat-up old motorcycle pulled up, driven by a bearded man who was wearing an old biker skull rag. He got off of his cycle and asked if he could help. She said: “Yes, my daughter is sick. I’ve

locked my keys in my car. I must get home. Please, can you use this hanger to unlock my car?” He said, “Sure.” He walked over to the car, and in less than a minute the car was open. She hugged the man and through tears said, “Thank you so much! You are a very nice man.” The man replied, “Lady, I am NOT a nice man. I just got out of prison yesterday; I was in prison for car theft.” The woman hugged the man again sobbing, “Oh, thank you, God! You even sent me a professional.”

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Tips to help spouses survive 4 stressful caregiving situations A fraction of a second is all the time it takes for a tiny blood vessel in the brain to burst and cause a hemorrhagic stroke. But the consequences of that event can ripple far beyond the person who experienced it. In the blink of an eye, the person’s marital relationship can be changed from a moreor-less equal partnership into an unbalanced dynamic that causes stress in the marriage. The caregiving conversation often revolves around adult children caring for aging relatives, but spouses get thrust into the caregiving role, too, due to a sudden illness like a stroke or a chronic condition like Parkinson’s disease. Spousal caregivers might face situations other caregivers do not, such as needing to renegotiate marital roles or deal with in-law issues. Let’s look at some common scenarios spousal caregivers say they face - and some practical tips for coping with them.

mented in a CaregiverStress. com reader forum , “I am now the full-time driver. He is very critical of my driving and everything I do. It is very frustrating and at times I don’t know what to do.” It can be hard not to take criticism personally, especially when it’s coming from your spouse. You might feel like a failure, like you can’t do anything right in your spouse’s eyes anymore. When a spouse loses the ability to perform functions he used to do, he might feel like a failure, too. Sometimes that inability to contribute in the ways he used to could manifest as criticism of what you’re doing. That doesn’t make incessant criticism right, but at least it might help you understand where your spouse is coming from. To cope with unrelenting criticism, try renegotiating your marital roles: • Find things your spouse can still do, and then give him control over them. Just because your husband can’t for example, it doesn’t Spousal criticism drive, necessarily mean he can’t pay After Patricia’s husband the bills. had a stroke, he was no longer • If your spouse can no lonable to drive. As she com-

ger perform tasks that require physical activity, find ways for her to contribute to strategy. For instance, if your wife cannot cook dinner anymore, let her plan menus instead. If you can renegotiate your mutual roles so each spouse feels he or she is making a contribution to the household, you might find the criticism goes away.

In-Law Issues

Sometimes when a person becomes disabled due to illness or injury, family members believe the decision-making process should include them. As a spouse, you might have to navigate some tricky political waters. Theresa found herself in this situation, commenting, “Trying to keep the peace with his siblings leaves me feeling hurt that I now have a new

role in the family, almost like I’m an enemy.” Some things to keep in mind: •As the spouse, you generally have every right to make decisions on behalf of your husband or wife regardless of whether or not your in-laws agree with what you’re doing. • Make sure you and your spouse have valid wills, living wills and power of attorney documents so there’s no question who has the legal right to make decisions. • Instead of dismissing your in-laws’ concerns outof-hand, try to listen and understand their perspective. Perhaps a valid message is getting lost due to a clumsy delivery. • Try to find ways to invite your in-laws’ participation in the caregiving process so they

feel they’re contributing to the situation in a positive way.

Juggling a fulltime job with caregiving

It’s a myth, of course, that disability only affects seniors. When a disabling condition strikes a young person, the effects on the spousal caregiver can be devastating. As Laura said, “My husband is disabled, but not a senior, he’s only 48. This is not what either of us thought our marriage would be like. I work full time, and he has a home health aide, but as soon as I get home, I’m working again. I haven’t found any support resources for a couple like us, in our 40s.” Tips to cope: (See Tips to help, Page 16)


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Our hearts

Saint Augustine is well known for his oft quoted saying, “You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in You.” His only desire was to know God intimately and worship Him faithfully. One of God’s greatest gifts is the incompleteness we feel until we allow Him to make us complete in Christ. The emptiness we feel and the desire we have for “something more” seems to come with every beat of our hearts. Often this longing is never realized unless God forces us into a corner or shuts us in a dark room. Recently a friend said, “The best thing that ever happened to me was to be diagnosed with cancer. It stopped me short and made me realize that everything I thought would bring me peace and satisfaction was an illusion. “None of my accomplishments mattered any more nor could any of the wealth I accumulated purchase any peace. My cancer made me realize that everything I had could not be exchanged for one simple heart beat or a breath of fresh air.”

Seeds of Hope Often it takes a serious illness or other tragedy in life to force us to face the reality of our helplessness, hopeless and emptiness. Many times we think that our “business” in church activities will bring us peace when we face the uncertainties of life. When David faced a spiritual collapse, he knew exactly what to do and where to go and Who had the solution: “My soul thirsts for You; my body longs for You.”

The universe

Nicolaus Copernicus was the first astrologer to say that the sun was at the center of the universe. He has received great acclaim for that observation. He also said that “if the first button of your coat is buttoned wrong, all the rest will be out of place.” Same person, two dramatically different observations. However, few have ever heard of his observation about buttoning a coat. “O God,” David said, “You are my God. Earnestly I seek You.” Much like buttoning


a coat, if we begin a day earnestly seeking God, everything else will end up as it should. Each day we live is a new gift from God and a new adventure. It leads us on paths that we have never walked before and brings sights to our eyes and sounds to our ears that we have never experienced before. For every day to be Godhonoring and Christ-exalting, it is essential that we begin it with the Lord in prayer and in reading His Word. If we want Him to guide us and guard us and keep us from temptation, we must go to Him in faith, believing that He will protect us. “Earnestly seeking Him” means that our faith is not a past-time, part-time, sometime “thing” in our life. Copernicus, you will recall, recognized that the sun was the center of the universe and every planet revolved around it. If God is not at the center of our lives, we cannot expect peace and harmony, balance and control. He promised that “He will

never leave us nor forsake us.” Unfortunately, it is us who leave and forsake Him.

Weather predictions

People are like weather reports: they change frequently and are not always reliable. Over the years, the prescription for predicting the weather has changed dramatically. Now, when weather people make their reports, it is usually in “percentages.” They are always correct because they leave room for variations in their predictions as to what may or may not happen. God is not that way. If He declares it, we can depend on it. “Trust in Him,” David said. We have all trusted in family and friends only to be disappointed. Not that they intended to deceive us or disrupt our lives, it’s just that they are as human as we are and have the potential as

well as the probability to be wrong. “People are still people,” Dean Edwards often said. “They are as human today as they were in Eden.” Our ability to trust, however, fluctuates. It seems to come and go depending on the situation. That’s why he added “at all times.” Our trust in God is to be constant and continual, not casual and conditional. Some of us have a fair-weather faith. If we do not get the answers we want when we want them we usually rely on our own strengths and strategies, and the results are usually second best rather than God’s best. And we prove to Him that we trust in Him when we pour our hearts out to Him. It’s like emptying a jar of water by turning it upside down and letting every drop fall to the ground. We must “let go and let God” have all of our wishes and wants, our sighs and sorrows.

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Teams finish strong at Destination Imagination Finals Two Lubbock ISD teams finished in the top 10 among global competitors last week at the Destination Imagination (DI) Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee. This year marks the sixth in a row a team from Wa-

ters Elementary School has ranked in the top 10 in the world. The Divine Equines and Eighties Ladies, both from Waters, ranked fourth out of 75 teams and sixth out of 60 teams, respectively.

The Divine Equines placed in the Project Outreach challenge, and the Eighties Ladies placed in the “Get a Clue (Fine Arts)” presentations. Another team from the Northwest Plains region from Texas Tech University placed first out of five teams in the Project Outreach challenge. Destination Imagination, Inc. is an educational nonprofit dedicated to teaching students the skills needed to succeed in school, their careers, and beyond. DI competition requires teams to work creatively Divine Equines -- Team Manager Denise Weathers, Rilyn Weathers, Nova Willingham, Laila Moreno, Loren Fritsch, Presley Duran, Kaitlyn and collaboratively to solve probWishmeyer, Eleni Pruitt, Team Manager Stephany McDougal.

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the culminating event of each DI season. Each May, more than 1,400 of the top-scoring DI teams from 45 U.S. states and 14 countries gather in Knoxville.

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O.L. Slaton team wins Dwyer Cup

Stephanie Gonzales

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Chamber adds two new staff members

The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce has announced the hiring of Brenda Richardson as business development coordinator and Stephanie Gonzales as customer service representative. A native of Lubbock, Richardson joins the Chamber after working in a familyowned business for several years. Before that, she served five years as vice president at FirstBank and Trust. Prior to her time at FirstBank and Trust, Richardson was the club house manager at Green Tree Country Club in Midland after having spent over 16 years as hotel director for Carnival Cruise Lines. She also worked at Southwest Lubbock National Bank for six years as a banking officer in lending and business development after graduating from college. Richardson received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Texas Tech University. She also received a certification from Johnson and Wales University in hospitality and culinary management. Joining Richardson on staff is Gonzales, who is the first

Every Lubbock ISD Middle School participated in the Texas Tech University STEM Challenge in June at Coronado High School. STEM is science, technology, engineering and math. Each team, comprising three to four middle school students, a teacher/coach, and a Texas Tech University undergraduate student, works for a week to construct a hovercraft. Supplies provided included three leaf blowers, plywood, 6 ml plastic sheeting, duct

person you meet when coming to the Chamber office as the customer service representative. Prior to her current position, Gonzales worked as a patient advocate, caseworker and an administrative assistant. Born in Lamesa, but raised in Lubbock, she is a graduate of Coronado High School. Gonzales is the mother of four who attend schools in the A middle school student Lubbock Independent School prepares for the challenge race. District.

The O.L. Slaton team accepts the “Dwyer Cup” from former Texas Tech professor Jerry Dwyer, Ph.D., who began the Texas Tech STEM outreach program and for whom the trophy is named.

tape, and hundreds of feet of electrical cords. Several days of reviewing laws of physics and testing prototypes ended with the final challenge. Students rode the hovercraft in a relay style race to determine the two fastest hovercrafts. The finals included a team from Evans Middle School, comprising students Cameron Davis, Reilly Ledbetter, Em-

ily Moore, Abbey Morelock, and coached by Nathan Haltom, and a team from O.L. Slaton. The O.L. Slaton team won the final challenge with a three-person team of Anthony Cox, RJ Cunningtubby and Victoria Quintana. They were coached by Travis Sharp My people skills are just fine. It’s my tolerance to idiots that needs work.

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Circle of life: To and from Lubbock By Skylar Starbuck You’ve been reading her stories, but now it’s time to read a story about her. Margaret has been a contributing writer to the Gazette for many years. She has a love for writing and storytelling that goes beyond the written word. Sit down with Margaret and she’ll tell you 10 different stories in under five minutes. Margaret was born during the Great Depression in Tulia, Texas. She is the youngest of five children. When World War II started, her father and several other families moved their

families to live in Canyon, Texas. From there the men car pooled to drive to work at the Pantex Plant; north of Amarillo. The Pantex Plant produced traditional munitions and conventional bombs for the war effort. After completing high school, Margaret started school at Texas Tech University in the fall of 1948. She completed a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a minor in art and English. Margaret met her husband, Jack Reeves, at Texas Tech. During her senior year of college, he was drafted into the Marines.

He came back to Lubbock after training in California, and they were married. A few weeks later he was on his way to Korea. He wanted somebody to come home to, and Margaret was there when he returned. While her husband was off in Korea, Margaret got her first teaching job in Plainview. When her husband returned a year later, she was teaching in Lubbock at Rush Elementary School. She was on the first faculty there. The faculty referred to themselves as “Pioneers,” since their classrooms were in barracks out in a cotton field. Margaret and her first husband have two children, a son, Dennis, and a daughter, Dee Ann. After getting her kids in school, Margaret went back to school to complete a master’s degree. She took summer and night classes and in 1966 she earned her Master’s of Education. She believed that learning should be fun. She often brought out her ukulele and wrote songs with her classes. Margaret was a teacher in Lubbock for around 23 years before a tragedy struck her family. In 1976 Margaret was widowed after the death of her husband. Her daughter had recently graduated from high school, and her son had recently gotten married. Margaret said she and her daughter were “rattlin around the house like dried peas and in a pod.” Almost two years later, Margaret and her daughter moved to east Texas. Their time in east Texas was a healing place for Margaret and her daughter. Their souls needed to heal and get over the grief they were going through. One way Margaret healed was through writing. After her husband passed, Margaret kept a journal and started writing every day. Writing acted as part of her therapy. She often wrote about daily happenings and those events have since

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turned into stories that many of you have read in the Golden Gazette over the years. Margaret claims some of her writing is “thinking” articles and sometimes they’re “stinking” articles. Other times they’re “sneaky” articles with a surprise ending. Two and a half years after Margaret and her daughter moved, she married her husband’s business partner and best friend. He was like part of the family, so her marriage to him was natural. However, her second husband died 9 years later. Once again Margaret picked up and moved to the Texas hill country. people might say Margaret has had a rough time with life, but she would argue differently. “When something comes along in life and it disrupts your plans or lifestyle, I may sit down and cry, and then when that’s over with I’ll say OK -- this was another adventure. What did I learn from it? And where is my next adventure coming from?” Despite the tragedies, Margaret and her daughter learned how to live through them. “If we go ahead and become survivors and real survivors, and not let them get us down or destroy us, (See Circle of life, Page 15)

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we really come out stronger women,” Margaret said. After being gone from Lubbock for 26 years, Margaret returned. When she returned to Lubbock, she had to start life all over. So many members of Margaret’s former life had passed on, moved away, or were in nursing homes. “You can’t really go home like it was home,” Margaret said. So she started over. She started taking exercise classes and computer classes and Tai Chi, anything she could. She took a creative writing class that the former editor of the Golden Gazette taught. He started taking some of Margaret’s articles in to be published, and that’s how Margaret starting her relationship writing for the Golden Gazette. Some of her favorite articles to write are ones that take her readers down memory lane. She likes to write about memories she has that will bring up pleasant memories for the readers. Margaret loves to laugh and to make people laugh. She believes that laughing is the best medicine. Her humor can be found in many of the stories she writes. It’s evident that Margaret’s time away from Lubbock offered her new experiences and new people that profoundly shaped her life. “When you move around, you always meet new people. A few might be a challenge to get to know, but you can help most folks in different ways.” People often quote the phrase if “life hands you

lemons,” but Margaret says, “If your life changes, look for another adventure. Don’t just sit down and give up.” Margaret gains inspiration from the people she’s taken classes with. Two of writing groups met in retirement homes. In each one the members were from all walks of life with great stories to share. Some had health challenges, but they were inspirational and great role models with their coping skills and senses of humor. Margaret is largely inspired in her writing through past experiences, nature and people in her life. It’s safe to say that many readers of the Golden Gazette have been inspired by Margaret through the words and stories she chooses to share. “There’s always an opportunity to help somebody or to learn something.”

Leaving a legacy In 2009 Margaret’s granddaughter collected a years worth of stories out of the Golden Gazette and published them in a book called “Chocolate Coffee & Hummingbirds.” Her granddaughter always got up early with Margaret when she visited. They would sit on the porch in the mornings and watch the hummingbirds. Margaret would fix her granddaughter a cup of hot chocolate with a spoonful of coffee and lots of milk.

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Covenant Health receives excellence in health care awards Covenant Medical Center, Covenant Children’s, and Covenant Health Plainview were recognized by national healthcare research leader Professional Research Consultants, Inc. for excellence in patient experience. Covenant Health was honored with these national awards during the 2016 Excellence in Healthcare Conference in Miami in mid-May. Covenant’s nephrology nursing team was recognized as a Silver Achievement Award Recipient in inpatient services.

C ovenant Childr e n’s earned two 5 Star Excellence Awards in both Inpatient Services (3 North care team) and Inpatient Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Services for Patient Experience from their patients during 2015. Covenant Health Plainview was recognized as a Platinum Achievement Award Recipient in their inpatient services for Patient Experience. The Excellence in Health-

care Awards recognize organizations who achieve excellence throughout the year by demonstrating excellence in patient experiences based on surveys of their patients. “Truly these awards honor the amazing work our nurses, physicians and care teams provide to our patients, and we applaud them for this national recognition,” said Chris Shaver, vice president for patient experience and human relations of Covenant Health. “Even with all the changes in healthcare, our teams remain constant in their dedication to carrying on our healing ministry of providing the

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PUBLIC LISTENING SESSION The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) invite you to share your thoughts about the regional transportation planning process conducted by the Lubbock Metropolitan Planning Organization (LMPO). The public meeting is part of the FHWA and FTA’s 2016 Federal Certification Review.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Citibus Downtown Transfer Center 801 Broadway Lubbock, Texas 79401 The public is invited to attend the listening session and offer comments to the federal review team. Comments may also be submitted until Friday, July 29, 2016 to H. David Jones at, or Melissa Foreman, Federal Transit Administration at, or Greg Wood, FHWA at, or Megan Campbell, TxDOT at

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people in our communities with exceptional service and quality.” Covenant Health’s Cayce Kaufman, executive director of patient experience and

Robin Averhoff, supervisor of patient experience, were also selected make presentations during the conference on the Power of Storytelling in health care.

Tips to help caregiver spouses (Continued from Page 9)

• Turn to community resources for help. Contact your local Area Agency on Aging. Despite its name, your AAOA group likely will have lists of resources you can tap for respite care, home care, and more, no matter your age. • Look to your faith community. It can be an excellent source of not only moral support but practical help as well. You might find many people willing to provide respite care, home maintenance, and other types of assistance.


enable you to reap the stressbusting rewards of exercise without the anxiety of wondering if your spouse is all right on her own while you’re away from the house. • Plan monthly or quarterly get-togethers with your friends for dining, shopping, card games or another fun activity. Arrange for a family member to take care of your spouse for the time you’ll be gone or obtain professional respite care by a trained CAREGiver from Home Instead Senior Care. • Participate in online communities, such as the Caregiver Stress Relief community on Facebook. Communing with others in a virtual setting can bolster your spirit, and you don’t have to leave home to do it. All too often, the caregiving conversation revolves around children and grandchildren caring for aging relatives. But spouses provide the bulk of care when their husband or wife becomes ill or disabled at any age, and they face special challenges in providing care. If you can renegotiate your spousal relationship, maintain good relations with the in-laws and take time for self-care, you may find your caregiving life more rewarding than you thought.

Your spouse is the one person you share everything with. If his medical condition now makes emotional intimacy impossible, you may begin to feel very alone in your marriage and your life. Loneliness can put you at risk for medical ailments of your own. It’s imperative you eat well, exercise, and continue to maintain a social life in order to stay healthy. Here’s how: • Keep healthy food in the house. Try to plan meals and snacks in advance so you don’t resort to grabbing junk food because it’s the only thing available. • If you can’t leave the house to take a walk or hit the gym, invest in one good piece of home workout equipment - Source: such as a treadmill. This will

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Private Music Lessons, 3:30-7 p.m., 30 minute weekly, $35 per month, Ages 8+, Learn about music theory, Sign up for instrument, voice, or guitar lessons, Hodges Community Center, 4011 University. July 1 - International Joke Day July 2 - World UFO Day July 3 - Compliment Your Mirror Day July 4 - Sidewalk Egg Frying Day July 5 - Work-a-holics Day July 6 - International Kissing Day National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), Furr’s Family Dining, 6001 Slide Rd, 11:30 a.m., 799-6796 or 795-9158. July 7 - Chocolate Day Summer Showcase – Sugarwitch – Rockabilly, Surf Rock and Desertbilly - concert at the Buddy Holly Center, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Meadows Courtyard. Free. Cash bar, food, and beverages available for purchase. Texasmade music. July 8 - Video Games Day July 9 - National Sugar Cookie Day Second Saturday Program - 10 to 11 a.m. at the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum, 4111 University Ave. "Pack Trials" presented by Dr. Cynthia McKenney. Learn about hybridized plants that will be introduced into the retail market. The Roundtable Luncheon from 11:15 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Hillcrest Country Club main dining room 4011 North Boston Ave. Retired Lt. Gen. Bernhard Mittemeyer "Proud to be an American." We will be also honoring our veterans who have served our great country. $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. Yoga in the Plaza, 9-10 am, Free, Teen/Adult, Join us for a different instructor every Saturday. This week: Megan Minnie from Yoga Salon/The Falls leading Vinyasa Flow, at the Buddy and Maria Elena Holly Plaza, 1824 Crickets Ave. July 10 - Teddy Bear Picnic Day July 11 - Cheer up the Lonely 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. July 12 - Pecan Pie 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. 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. Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support group – Rawlings Senior Center, 213 40th St., Lubbock, at 10:30 a.m. Meet with those who understand. A safe place for caregivers, family, and friends of persons with dementia. July 13 - Embrace Your Geekness Day July 14 - Pandemonium Day Summer Showcase – Outlier – Blues, Metal, Country and Latin

See the online calendar at Click on “Enriching Lives Calendar” - concert at the Buddy Holly Center, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Meadows Courtyard. Free. Cash bar, food, and beverages available for purchase. Texas-made music. July 15 - Cow Appreciation Day July 16 - Fresh Spinach Day 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. Country Western Dance – 7 p.m. Lubbock Area Square & Round Dance Center, 2305 120th St. Smoke- & alcohol-free. $5 admission per person. Brisket & pulled pork sandwiches w/chips $5 per plate. 765-8736 or 7474344 for more info. Yoga in the Plaza, 9-10 am, Free, Teen/Adult, Join us for a different instructor every Saturday. This week: Lauren Finck from Yoga Salon leading Baptiste Power Yoga, at the Buddy and Maria Elena Holly Plaza, 1824 Crickets Ave. Movie at Maxey Park, 9 pm/Dusk, Free, All ages, Bring picnic blan-

kets and lawn chairs and enjoy a viewing of “The Incredibles” at Maxey Park. The movie showing is in honor of National Parks and Recreation Month and is celebrating their theme of superheroes. Concessions available for purchase. Movie viewing located behind Maxey Community Center, 4020 30th St. July 17 - Peach Ice Cream Day July 18 - National Caviar Day July 19 - National Raspberry Cake Day Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support group – Enlivant Senior Living Community (Santa Fe Place), 3404 SW 5th, Plainview, at 3 p.m. Meet with those who understand. A safe place for caregivers, family, and friends of persons with dementia. westtexas July 20 - Moon Day

July 21 - National Junk Food Day Summer Showcase – Brandy Zdan – Indie Rock and Alternative Folk - concert at the Buddy Holly Center, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Meadows Courtyard. Free. Cash bar, food, and beverages available for purchase. Texasmade music. July 22 - Hammock Day Jim Blacketer “Raise The Roof” Tennis Tournament, Juniors/ Adults, Call 767-3727 for more information, Burgess-Rushing Tennis Center, 3030 66th St. July 23 - National Hot Dog Day Superhero Saturday, 6-8 pm, Parade 7:45 pm, Free, All Ages. Discover your super powers. Superheroes will have the opportunity to test their skills at stations featuring the special (See Enriching, Page 22)

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Avoid Problems by Updating Beneficiary Designations By Zach Holtzman Financial advisor Edward JonEs Like many people, you might not particularly enjoy thinking about your estate plans, but such planning is necessary to make sure your assets go where you want them to go. And it’s just as important to regularly review your plans with your tax, legal and financial professionals in case any changes are needed. For instance, some of your wishes expressed in your will may be overridden by beneficiary designations you filled out years ago. If these designations become outdated, your assets could be passed to those you didn’t intend. You might be surprised at how many of your financial assets and legal documents have beneficiary designations tied to them. If you have an IRA, a

401(k) or other employersponsored retirement plan, a life insurance policy, an annuity, a transfer-on-death (TOD) arrangement, or any of a variety of other assets or accounts, you almost certainly named a beneficiary. And this beneficiary designation offers a simple, direct and efficient way to get assets in the hands of your loved ones who survive you. However, as time goes by, you may experience many changes in your life -- and when your life changes, your beneficiary designations may need to follow. But if you are like many people, you might forget to update these designations after a marriage, divorce or other change in your family situation. And because the beneficiary designation is a legally binding document, the asset will go to the person you once named as a beneficiary,

regardless of your current relationship status. It really doesn’t take much effort to look over your accounts and legal arrangements to ensure that your beneficiary designations are current -- and if they aren’t, it’s pretty easy to change them. In fact, for some financial accounts, you may be able to update the beneficiary designations online. In any case, plan on reviewing your beneficiary designations regularly, but especially when you experience a change in your life. Here’s one more thing to keep in mind: Make sure your current beneficiaries are informed that they will eventually be receiving your 401(k), IRA, life insurance proceeds, or other assets that require a beneficiary designation. This advance knowledge may help your loved ones as they plan and maintain their own financial and investment strategies.

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Although it’s clearly important for you to update your beneficiary designations and to communicate your actions, you will still need to attend to other areas of your estate planning, such as providing care for minor children or dependents, deciding who you want to receive specific items that do not carry a beneficiary designation, naming someone to manage your affairs should you become incapacitated, and specifying the control

you wish your beneficiaries to have over their inheritance. These are just a few examples of estate-planning considerations. Because everyone’s situation is different, you will need to consult with your legal advisor to determine the level of estate planning you require. As we’ve seen, updating your beneficiary is one piece of the puzzle -- but to leave the legacy you desire, you’ve got to complete the picture.

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Transplanted – but still great Italian restaurant The Italian Garden Restaurant has been uprooted and replanted to their new location at 1215 Ave. J. They were originally at 1336-13th St., across from the City Hall building. The interior of the new location is lovely, much larger, and emits a very restful atmosphere. Our extended family had a recent blessed celebration with the baptism of our 5th great-grandchild, a boy! There were more than 20 people including close friends who came from near and far for this special occasion. The fabulous luncheon at the garden’s new address is where everyone gathered after the church ceremony about 11 a.m. While I can’t tell you what everyone ordered, I can tell you what the five people at my table selected. Yours truly ordered the Tortellini Ala Pana for $9.99, which is prepared with cheese stuffed tortellini and topped with a luscious Alfredo sauce which included bacon, tomatoes and basil – talk about decadent! My daughter, the new baby’s grandma, and our dear family friend both ordered the Shrimp Tortellini at $14.99. All I could see from across the table were the huge shrimps piled high on the tortellini in that yummy pink sauce.

My son-in-law, the baby’s proud grandpa, ordered the classic spaghetti and meatballs at $9.99. His dad, the other great-grandparent in attendance, ordered the Pasta Combo at $9.99, which included lasagna, cannelloni and manicotti in the traditional marinara sauce. My son-in-law asked for a bib, which some restaurants supply with spaghetti orders, but, The Garden does not, however lots of extra napkins were supplied. I told him this has a whole new meaning to BYOB. Before our orders arrived, the waiter brought us their luscious, melt-in-your-mouth, hot garlic rolls with real butter. These are the best rolls in our Hub City. Trust me on this one. The salads were cold, crisp and delicious. We all had our choice of dressings. I will mention at this point that all portions were unbelievably huge, and folks, we’re talking lunch here. The service at all time was impeccable even to the last pouring the best coffee I’ve ever had. The dessert was a fabulous two tier cake (BYOC) ordered from United. One layer was vanilla and the other Italian cream. We’ll talk about the United Bakery at another time; just know the cake was decorated beautifully.

Back to the extensive This is a family owned and 771-2212. BYOB and BYOC menu; to begin there are 7 ap- operated business. Catering -- you know what I mean! I petizers offered, 3 salads – 5 is offered for all occasions. rate this establishment A+++! choices of dressings, 5 sides, For more information, call Have a happy 4th, Granny. and 17 different pastas including their specialties, 9 chicken Lubbock W. 82nd & Homestead Ave. entrees, 7 seafood, and 4 veal 34th & Memphis Ave. selections. Lorenzo If that doesn’t whet your Nazareth appetite, there are 7 subs Post available and consist of all the classic ingredients of different Shallowater meats, cheeses and veggies. Slaton Last but not least, they offer a great selection of pizzas. Can you believe the “personal size” is 10 inches?! This small size is $8.99, and the 16” family size is $10.99. It includes a basic New York style cheese pizza, and 11 additional toppings from which to choose at $1.99 each. With all of their choices, Available to run your errands such as shopping, you can have pizza your way car services, prescription pickup, etc. with unlimited combinations. The desserts are the classics: Cannoli, regular or chocGive us a call at olate, Tiramisu, and 3 differ806-317-3951 or 806-401-2287 ent cheesecakes. Prices are from $4.99 to $5.99. Visit our website for more information: It would be impossible to list all prices on their great menu but know that all are very affordable. The highest priced items are the seafood combos at $16.99. Daily lunch specials are available from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. M-F. There’s even a special category for the kiddos and seniors.

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Community Health Center of Lubbock hosts free diabetes self-management and nutrition classes. Each course is provided in a group setting. Each class meets once weekly for 8 weeks. Par-

ticipants are presented with a wealth of information and instruction for diabetes management. These classes are free and open to the public. A new class starts Aug. 23, and goes through Oct. 11

from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Community Health Center of Lubbock Main Clinic, 1610 5th St. Contact the Outreach Department at 806-765-2611 for registration

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Dietary fiber intake tied to successful aging Most people know that a diet high in fiber helps to keep us “regular.” Now Australian researchers have uncovered a surprising benefit of this often-undervalued dietary component. A new paper — published in “The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences” by scientists from The Westmead Institute for Medical Research — reports that eating the right amount of fiber from breads, cereals, and fruits can help us avoid disease and disability into old age. Using data compiled from the Blue Mountains Eye Study, a benchmark population-based study that examined a cohort of more than

1,600 adults ages 50 years and older for long-term sensory loss risk factors and systemic diseases, the researchers explored the relationship between carbohydrate nutrition and healthy aging. They found that out of all the factors they examined — which included a person’s total carbohydrate intake, total fiber intake, glycemic index, glycemic load, and sugar intake — it was the fiber that made the biggest difference to what the researchers termed “successful aging.” Successful aging was defined as including an absence of disability, depressive symptoms, cognitive impairment, respiratory symptoms, and chronic diseases including cancer, coronary artery

disease, and stroke. According to lead author of the paper, Associate Professor Bamini Gopinath, Ph.D., from the Institute’s Centre for Vision Research, the study is the first to look at the relationship between carbohydrate intake and healthy aging, and the results were significant enough to warrant further investigation. “Out of all the variables that we looked at, fiber intake — which is a type of carbohydrate that the body can’t digest — had the strongest influence,” she said. “Essentially, we found that those who had the highest intake of fiber or total fiber actually had an almost 80 percent greater likelihood of living a long and healthy life

over a 10-year follow-up. That is, they were less likely to suffer from hypertension, diabetes, dementia, depression, and functional disability.” While it might have been expected that the level of sugar intake would make the biggest impact on successful aging, Gopinath pointed out that the particular group they examined were older adults whose intake of carbonated and sugary drinks was quite low. Although it is too early to use the study results as a basis for dietary advice, Gopinath said the research has opened up a new avenue for exploration. “There are a lot of other large cohort studies that could

pursue this further and see if they can find similar associations. And it would also be interesting to tease out the mechanisms that are actually linking these variables,” she said. This study backs up similar recent findings by the researchers, which highlight the importance of the overall diet and healthy aging. In another study published last year in The Journals of Gerontology, Westmead Institute researchers found that, in general, adults who closely adhered to recommended national dietary guidelines reached old age with an absence of chronic diseases and disability, and had good functional and mental health status.

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talents of popular superheroes. Kids will enjoy superhero art projects, including cape, mask and related accessory decorating. At 7:45 p.m., participate in the Superhero Parade. Participants can roller skate, walk or ride their bikes during the parade in their favorite superhero costume. Awards, door prizes, onsite photo booth, and more. Call 767-2712 or 767-3706 for more information. Safety City, 46th Street and Avenue U. The Roundtable Luncheon from 11:15 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Hill-

crest Country Club main dining room 4011 North Boston Ave. John McCullough "Breedlove Airport: An Air Field grows out of a Cotton Field." $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. Country Western Dance – 7 p.m. Lubbock Area Square & Round Dance Center, 2305 120th St. Smoke- & alcohol-free. $5 admission per person. Brisket & pulled pork sandwiches w/chips

$5 per plate. 765-8736 or 7474344 for more info. Jim Blacketer “Raise The Roof” Tennis Tournament, Juniors/ Adults, Call 767-3727 for more information, Burgess-Rushing Tennis Center, 3030 66th St. Time Jumpers set to play at Civic Center, 7:30 p.m. July 23 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane at 7:30 p.m. July 23. Tickets are available at Select-a-Seat or call 806-770-2000, and range in price from $35 to $55. July 24 - Amelia Earhart Day

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Jim Blacketer “Raise The Roof” Tennis Tournament, Juniors/ Adults, Call 767-3727 for more information, Burgess-Rushing Tennis Center, 3030 66th St. July 25 - Culinarians Day July 26 - All or Nothing Day July 27 - Take Your Pants for a Walk Day July 28 - National Milk Chocolate Day Summer Showcase – Mariachi Amistad – Mariachi concert at the Buddy Holly Center, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Meadows Courtyard. Free. Cash bar, food, and beverages available for purchase. Texas-made music. Alzheimer’s Association caregiver support group – Cuidado Casero Home Health & Hospice, 2118 Broadway, Lubbock, at 1 p.m. Meet with those who understand. A safe place for caregivers, family, and friends of persons with dementia. alz. org/westtexas July 29 - National Lasagna Day Heart Matters discussion at Covenant Health, 9-10 a.m., at the Knipling Education and Conference Center, on the 6th floor of the West Parking Garage at the corner of 21st and Louisville. July 30 - International Day of Friendship Country Western Dance – 7 p.m. Lubbock Area Square & Round

Dance Center, 2305 120th St. Smoke- & alcohol-free. $5 admission per person. Brisket & pulled pork sandwiches w/chips $5 per plate. 765-8736 or 7474344 for more info. Yoga in the Plaza, 9-10 a.m., Free, Teen/Adult, Join us for a different instructor every Saturday. This week: Megan Graham from Yoga Salon leading Baptiste Power Yoga, Buddy and Maria Elena Holly Plaza, 1824 Crickets Ave. Gun & Blade Show – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $7 adults, under 12 free, guns, knives, ammo, holsters, accessories, coins, jewelry, collectibles. Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. July 31 - Mutt's Day Gun & Blade Show – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $7 adults, under 12 free, guns, knives, ammo, holsters, accessories, coins, jewelry, collectibles. Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. Coming in August: Family Caregiver Conference, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 11, Science Spectrum Exhibit Hall, 2579 S. Loop 289, to RSVP 806-6870940 or 806-762-8721. Note: To add an event, delete an event, or make changes, email or call 744-2220 by the 20th of the month for the following month’s publication.

Photography workshop set for July & August The National Ranching Heritage Center is hosting a hands-on photography workshop, “Camera Basics to Framed Print: A Photography Workshop.” The workshop will meet four consecutive Saturday mornings: July 23 & 30, Aug. 6 &13 from 9 to noon. It will cover basics of camera operation and photographing,

editing, printing and framing. The class will be taught by John Weast, a photojournalist who works as a sports, entertainment and wedding photographer. All participants must have a laptop and a camera with manual mode. The cost is $200 ($175 for RHA members). For information, contact julie.hodges@ or call 806-742-0498.

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Sharon Prather, Gail King made the auxiliary’s check presentation.

Scholarship recipients are, standing, Gabriella Aviles, David Hinojosa, Chelsea Coniglia, Ben Keck, Vicky Quilantan, Lesley Prieto, Jessica Lopez, Mary Helen Sanchez. Kneeling in front is Rebecca Neel. Sarah Hindman is not pictured.

Covenant Auxiliary announces scholarships, new officers, donation Covenant Women’s and Children’s Auxiliary hosted its annual scholarship and induction luncheon May 26. Ten Covenant Health employees received $2,000 scholarships to assist with future education expenses for the 2016-2017 school year. The recipients are Gabriella Aviles, Chelsea Caniglia,

Sara Hindman, David Hinojosa, Ben Keck, Jessica Lopez, Rebecca Neel, Lesley Prieto, Vicky Quilantan, and Mary Helen Sanchez. Auxiliary officers were also inducted for the year. The slate includes Carla Walden, treasurer; Marilyn Dickey, recording secretary; Dickie Holcomb, correspond-

ing secretary; Peggy Scott, vice president; Gary Bradley, president elect; and Pat Marx, president. The organization has committed $500,000 over five years to Covenant Health’s Keeping the Covenant capital campaign, and presented $50,000 of that total at the luncheon.

Auxiliary officers inducted are Marilyn Dickey, Dickie Holcomb, Peggy Scott, Gary Bradley, and Pat Marx.

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Christy Gillespie

Elsa Montes

Damon McCall

Philip Riewe

Angelica Roman

5 new principals in LISD Five new principals will lead Lubbock ISD school campuses. Philip Riewe will serve as the new principal of Irons Middle School. Riewe has been an associate principal at Coronado High School for the past 11 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University and a master’s degree from Wayland Baptist University. Riewe has been an educator for 21 years. Damon McCall was named as the new principal of O.L. Slaton Middle School. McCall is moving from Roosevelt ISD, where he has served as the junior high principal since 2011. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas and a master’s degree in educational administration from Wayland Baptist University. He is currently working on doctoral hours in educational administration at Texas Tech University. Christy Gillespie will serve as the new principal of Wolffarth Elementary School. She has been an assistant principal at Wolffarth since 2012 and

previously taught at Guadalupe Elementary School for six years. Gillespie earned a bachelor’s degree from Harding University and two master’s degrees from Lubbock Christian University, one in special education and one in educational leadership. Angelica Roman will serve as the new principal for Estacado High School. Roman has served as an assistant/ associate principal at Estacado for the past five years. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University and two master’s degrees, one in educational leadership and one in special education. Elsa Montes is the new principal for Hodges Elementary. Montes has been the principal at Wolffarth Elementary for four years and previously served as the principal at Bayless Elementary for 14 years. She’s been an educator for 33 years, with 20 of those in Lubbock ISD. Montes is a graduate of West Texas A & M University, earning both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees

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