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Volume 30, Number 3

March 2018

24 Pages

Lubbock, Texas 79401

Inside & in March March is Women’s History Month & Irish-American Heritage Month 2nd – Mayor’s Beans & Cornbread .......page 2 9th – Matador Style Show .....page 5

The Youth Orchestras of Lubbock will perform the 30th Anniversary Concert at 4 p.m. March 4 in the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theater, 1501 Mac Davis Lane. The concert is free.

10th – Back pain & sciatica workshop ..........page 6

Youth Orchestras concert, March 4

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14th – 3.14 – Pi day 17th – St. Patrick’s Day 20th – First day of spring 24th – Balance & dizziness workshop ..........page 6 25th – Palm Sunday 30th – Good Friday Coming in April 1st – Easter Sunday 14th & 15th – Arts Festival 17th – Celebrity Luncheon

Daniel McCarty, winner of the concerto competition, will be the featured soloist for the Mozart piece at the concert on March 4.

The Youth Orchestras of Lubbock will perform the 30th Anniversary Concert at 4 p.m. March 4 in the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theater, 1501 Mac Davis Lane. The concert is free. Three orchestras with student musicians ranging in age from 6 to 18 years old will perform a delightful selection of music ranging from classical to modern. The finale will feature a unique musical score by award-winning composer and Texas Tech University doctoral student William LinthicumBlackhorse. The composition, entitled “Youth Orchestras of Lubbock 30th Anniversary Theme,” will celebrate the

orchestra’s diverse membership from throughout the region. The students from urban and rural public, private and home schools will join together as the three orchestras collaborate to perform with a guest choir. The performance will celebrate the organization’s 30-year legacy of service to the Lubbock community. “This concert is the perfect way to celebrate the Youth Orchestras of Lubbock’s 30th anniversary,” Conductor Dr. Laurie Williams said. “It is sure to be an amazing performance that features our best talents and gives the audience a performance that is top-notch while providing the kids a great musical education experience unlike any they have had before.”


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Free tax help from AARP The Mayors’ Beans & Cornbread luncheon is set for 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 2 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. Tickets are $10

AARP Tax-Aide has begun doing taxes at the Lubbock Adult Activity Center, 2001 19th St. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays every week through April 12. Social Security cards are required for all persons listed on the tax return. Photo IDs are required for primary perand can be purchased in adDesserts will be by Noth- sons on the return. vance or at the door. Bring a copy of last year’s ing Bundt Cakes, with live Proceeds benefit Hospice music from the Cactus The- return. Also bring all 2017 of Lubbock. W-2s, 1099s, 1095 A, B or ater musicians. River Smith’s will cater Call 725-6020 to pre- C, end-of-the-year Social the event, and Klemke’s purchase tickets or email Security statement, and any Sausage Links will be avail- heather.mcvay@stjoe.org. other pertinent forms. able for $2. The service is offered on a

Mayors’ Beans & Cornbread set for March 2 The annual Mayors’ Beans & Cornbread luncheon will serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 2 and the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane. Tickets are $10 per person

first-come, first-served basis and is dependent on the number of volunteers available to prepare tax returns. Clients should check in early. The volunteers are trained and have experience. Some return scenarios will be considered out-of-scope for the program. Examples are married filing separately, rental properties, and farm income. AARP Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service. For further information, please call 806-269-0230 or 806-407-2566.

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Re-evaluate your pain medication needs I’m sure you have seen a comic where the older patient is at the doctor’s office. A man is sitting on the table in the doctor’s office with shoulders slumped forward in an exaggerated manner. He looks totally worn out. The doctor says, “These are the golden years they told you about.” Obviously, it was a spoof on our advertising of old age as one fun event after another. The other side of that coin is that older people are in an ever-increasing vulnerable state. As winter is making its last stand, you are, once again, leaving your most vulnerable time of year. You have made it through another winter. One of the aspects that really does make a difference to our body and mind is the

amount of sunlight available. When the sun goes down by 5 p.m., it feels like we need to stay inside. But when the sun goes down closer to 9 p.m., it feels like we have a long evening where we can enjoy a walk in the neighborhood, a cookout, or watch the sun go down. And most people with much age on them have some arthritis. Warmth feels good to the body while cold accentuates pain, especially arthritis. I’ve joked with my patients that the news channels should call me for the

Art Factory Camp for children, March 12-16

Every year during spring break, the Lubbock Municipal Garden and Arts Center provides children ages 6-12 with the opportunity to attend a week-long Art Factory Camp. The camp is an awardwinning program involving activities that stimulate creativity and help young artists develop skills. The camp is March 12-16 and has three options: allday, morning, or afternoon.

All day is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; mornings are 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and afternoons are 1:30 to 5 p.m. Price for the all-day is $100, and for the half day is $65. To sign up, call the center at 806-767-3724 or stop by 4215 University Ave. For more information, email pgriffith@mylubbock. us or visit the website at www.lubbockgac.org.

Some people can tolerate desk this week. That statistic pain better than others. Do is that 36% of Americans you know where you are on use prescription painkillers. that scale? People who can That isn’t Tylenol or Aspirin. “grin and bear it” when it We are talking prescription comes to pain, do not typi- painkillers. I wondered just cally reach for medication, how many of that 36% are whether it is over-the-coun- seniors? Why hurt when we can ter or prescription medicaweather report. I could call tion. keep from hurting? That, to my patients and ask, “How is Others tend to be on a me, is common sense. Howyour knee feeling?” or “How regimen of medication seem- ever, we do need to assess are your fingers feeling?” ing to fear pain so much they and re-assess on a regular I’m confident I could predict need to stop it before it starts. basis the need for the pain the weather based on my paAnd that brings me to medication. tient’s symptoms. the statistic that crossed my (See Pain Medication, Page 4) When our pain symptoms are the worst, usually during winter, pain medication might be needed. I do not like people being EXIT REALTY OF LUBBOCK in pain. Life is short, and we 2405 W. Loop 289 • Lubbock, TX 79407 Each Office is Independently Owned and Operated need to enjoy each day, each Cell: 806-759-8260 moment to the fullest. That Bus: 806-771-3900 Jeff Prather is hard to do when you are REALTOR Fax: 806-771-3948 www.ExitLubbock.com Jeff@ExitLubbock.com in pain. ®

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‘Don’t Mess with Texas’ scholarship contest Pain medication re-evaluation Applications for the 2018 Don’t Mess with Texas Scholarship contest are now being accepted. To apply for the scholarship, visit dontmesswithtexas.org. Applications must be received by online submission or postmarked by 5 p.m. April 20. Eligible applicants include any Texas high school senior currently attending public, private or home school who plans to attend an accredited Texas college or university in the coming year. Presented in partnership

with Keep Texas Beautiful, the Don’t Mess with Texas Scholarship contest will award one $6,000 scholarship and two $2,000 scholarships in June. The scholarships recognize the achievements of high school seniors who take a leadership role in preventing litter in their schools and communities while working to build awareness for the Don’t Mess with Texas initiative. “We’re proud to offer the Don’t Mess with Texas Scholarship to support higher

education in Texas and recognize outstanding students,” said Becky Ozuna, program administrator for the Texas Department of Transportation’s campaign. The Don’t Mess with Texas program has been educating Texans about litter prevention since 1986. The program includes Adopt-aHighway and a grassroots partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful as well as the spring “Trash-Off” community outreach events, all in an effort to keep Texas roadways litter free.

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You might find you need more pain medication in the winter because it is cold and the abrupt weather changes often cause people to experience more pain. But then winter is left behind, and spring arrives. In our culture, we don’t tend to think about seasons as much as the eastern cultures. As each season comes, our body shifts. Changes occur. What you needed in winter, you might not need as spring arrives. Just look to our food. We

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tend to eat different foods in the winter and summer. On those cold winter nights, a good stew or a bowl of chili might sound good, whereas in the summer a crisp salad sounds better. And in the heat of the summer, let’s have a watermelon party, right? As the seasons change, re-check your need for pain medication. All medication has to be metabolized by the body, so we don’t want to take more than is needed. You probably know someone who can’t take a certain kind of pain reliever because it upsets the stomach. We want to be as kind and loving as possible to our body because it is our home as long as we are alive. If you take pain medication, whether it is over-thecounter or prescription, it is always a good idea to re-evaluate your need with your doctor. Can you lower your dose during the warmer times of the year? Is it possible to take some natural pain reliever so you can take less medication? Anything you do to relieve your pain naturally, whether it is taking a walk, using an essential oil, or getting a massage will save your internal organs from having to process the medication. And, that just might help you live longer. People don’t die from pain. They die from degradation of their internal organs. So be good to them.


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Quail Management ‘Matador Style Show,’ March 9 Neighbors Club will host reservations are required. Contact Symposium set for March 22 its New monthly luncheon and program Judy Carnes at 806-407-3028 or

To assist land managers with practical steps to manage quail on rangeland, the Second Annual Quail Management Symposium will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 22 at the National Ranching Heritage Center, 3121 Fourth St. in Lubbock. “We want to emphasize practical

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The 2nd Annual Putt, Play and Party Golf & Card Tournament is set for April 16 at Meadowbrook Golf Course. Save the date for this community-wide event benefitting Lubbock community service agencies. Men and ladies can enjoy golf, card games, raffle prizes and a silent auction. Breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee. All proceeds from this event are donated to several non-profit service agencies in Lubbock. For additional information and registration, contact Leane Thornberry at 806-787-5915 or Caylene Caddell at 806-789-9109.

things people can do to maintain their core quail population and also allow participants to interact with our speakers and ask specific questions,” said Dr. Brad Dabbert, one of the symposium organizers and Burnett Foundation Endowed Professor of Quail Ecology at Texas Tech University. Other symposium speakers will be Keith Blair, founder of a land stewardship company specializing in prescribed fire for wildlife habitat management, restoration and wildfire prevention; Matthew Coffman, grazing lands specialist for the Natural Resource Conservation Service; John McLaughlin, West Texas quail program leader for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; and Gabe Gaudern, wildlife manager for the Tongue River Ranch. The program will include a bird dog training demonstration and a chuck wagon lunch. Registration cost is $30 for Ranching Heritage Association members and $35 for non-members. Limited seating is available and reservations must be made in advance. For more information or to register for the symposium, visit ranchingheritage.org/quail/ or call Helen DeVitt Jones Director of Education Julie Hodges at 806-834-0083.

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“Matador Style Show” presented by Stephanie Massingale, at 10:30 a.m. March 9 at the Lubbock Women’s Club, 2020 Broadway. Members, guests and interested individuals are welcome. You do not need to be new to the Lubbock area to participate. Cost for the luncheon is $15, and

email newneighbors@ymail.com. New Neighbors, is a 40-year-old club and continues to offer social activities such as Out-to-Lunch Bunch, Book Club, Movie Lovers, Bridge, Mahjong, various card games, and other interest groups. New Neighbors is also involved in several community service activities.


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Back pain & sciatica workshop, March 10 Covenant acquires West Texas ER Have you had low back pain or sciatica in the last 30 days? Learn to manage your back pain and sciatica. Physical Therapy Today is hosting a free workshop on back pain and sciatica at 10 a.m. March 10 inside Wellness Today, 2431 S. Loop 289. For directions or to make

a reservation, call 806-7718010. The workshop is for you if:  You’ve missed work due to low back pain or sciatica.  You’ve missed out on family vacations or activities you love because you’re afraid of aggravating your sciatica.

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Covenant Health has acquired West Texas ER which will now be in-network with most major insurers. “As the longest serving health care system in the region, this allows Covenant Medical Center to continue providing emergency care closer to our neighbors,” said Walt Cathey, CEO of Covenant Medical Center. “West Texas ER was the first freestanding emergency center in Lubbock and has done an excellent job caring for our neighbors. It is a unique opportunity that will

expand emergency access to Covenant Health’s network of care.” Dr. Dan Berman is clinical director for West Texas ER. “We are proud to join the Covenant Health network,” Berman said. “We will now provide in-network emergency care for most insurance providers.” West Texas ER locations will become Covenant Health Emergency Center, operating as a department of Covenant Medical Center.

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 You’ve found yourself worrying more about your pain, numbness, or tingling than living your life.  You’ve tried everything, and just want to get back to normal. Come listen to a physical therapist discuss the biggest mistake that people who suffer from back pain and sciatica make that usually results in them trying multiple different remedies. Learn the three most common causes of back pain and sciatica, and the three things you can do to relieve it. Have you had balance problems or dizziness in the last 30 days? Learn to manage your balance and dizziness. Physical Therapy Today is hosting a free workshop on balance and dizziness at 10 a.m. March 24 inside Wellness Today, 2431 S. Loop 289. For directions or to make

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a reservation, call 771-8010. The workshop is for you if:  You’ve missed work due to balance problems or dizziness.  You’ve missed out on family vacations or activities you love because you have a fear of falling.  You’ve found yourself worrying more about your balance or dizziness more than living your life.  You’ve tried everything, and just want to get back to normal. Come listen to a Physical Therapist discuss the biggest mistake that people who suffer from balance problems and dizziness make that usually results in them trying multiple different remedies. Learn the 3 most common causes of balance problems and dizziness, and how to prevent falls.

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Is gluten really the problem? By Sameer Islam, M.D. Are you among the 13% of our population that has opted for a gluten-free diet? Many people not diagnosed with celiac disease - an actual allergy to gluten - have chosen to remove gluten from their diet in an attempt to remedy stomach issues commonly associated with wheat products. Gluten is the primary ingredient in wheat, barley, and rye. If those diagnosed with celiac disease consume gluten, their immune system begins attacking the small intestine causing a malfunction in the body’s ability to properly absorb nutrients. Non-celiac diagnosed patients associate bloating and various stomach problems after consuming gluten and self-diagnose a gluten intolerance. However, a recent study has found that, for those nonceliac patients, gluten may not actually be the problem. Fructan may be the problematic ingredient. The Study Researchers from the University of Oslo in Norway and Monash University in Australia have recently published their research determining the role that fructan plays in causing the stomach issues usually pinned on gluten. The study followed 59 people with a self-diagnosed

gluten intolerance over the course of several weeks. Each participant Sameer Islam, was given M.D. a set of muesli bars, some containing gluten only, others fructan only, and the rest with neither ingredient. Over the course of the study, each participant was told to record how they felt after eating each of the bars. The researchers found that the participants experienced bloating and other digestive issues after eating the muesli bar containing only fructan. But after consuming the other two bars, participants had no symptoms related to digestive problems. What Is Fructan? The technical term of this common carbohydrate is oligosaccharide - a chain of fructose molecules with one glucose molecule at the end. The reason many people have problems consuming this ingredient is because the human body does not contain the enzymes needed to properly break down and absorb fructan, so it settles in the colon and ferments, producing gas. This can be an uncomfortable feeling for everyone, but if you already suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), then fructan may be a

direct link to major digestive issues. Unfortunately, fructan is a common ingredient found in various fruits and vegetables such as dates, plums, grapefruit, watermelon, garlic, leeks, onions, and artichokes. Fructan is also found in cashews, pistachios, black beans, and kidney beans. And the reason we so often confuse our digestive issues with gluten is because fructan is also found in wheat, barley, and rye. Symptoms Of An Intolerance The symptoms of IBS that are also related to a fructan intolerance include bloating, gas and flatulence, abdominal pain, diarrhea or constipation. Trying to discern whether you have IBS, a gluten intolerance, or a fructan intolerance may be difficult. Keeping a log of the foods that give you stomach problems and specifically naming those symptoms will help. If you have not been diagnosed with celiac disease yet choose to eat gluten-free, keep doing so. The next time you order a gluten-free pizza or pasta that has a sauce with garlic or onions, pay attention to whether or not you still feel bloated. Sameer Islam, MD is a board-certified gastroenterologist and hepatologist practicing at Southwest Gastroenterology in Lubbock.

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Barbara Handler Segal - Oh, You Beautiful Doll! Barbara Handler Segal has recalled strangers saying to her, “So you’re the Barbie doll!” At first, she would turn and walk away; later, she learned to just stand and smile. “It is very strange to have a doll named after you,” Segal has admitted. “Much of me is very proud that my folks invented the doll; I just wish I wasn’t attached to it.” Californians Ruth and Elliot Handler manufactured dollhouse furniture, which they sold under their company name of Mattel. While successful, the Handlers were always casting about for one special item that would make Mattel an iconic

name in the toy world. In the early 1950s, the Handlers’ daughter, Barbara (b. 1941), had enjoyed playing with dolls. Not the runof-the-mill, cherub-faced, infant variety, but shapely teenage paper dolls that came with fashionable cutout wardrobes. Ruth told Elliot that Mattel should offer a three-dimensional doll, designed as a young woman and with an

appeal to older girls. Elliot opined that the idea would never fly. On a 1956 trip to Switzerland, however, the Handlers serendipitously found a doll much like the one Ruth had envisioned. “Lilli” was a German adult novelty toy that - unbeknownst to the Handlers - was based on a cartoon character who was, in reality, a prostitute. Back home the couple

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spent three years developing a clean-cut counterpart to naughty Lilli, a doll that would proudly bear their daughter’s name. On Barbie’s “official” birthdate - March 9, 1959 - the doll debuted at a New York toy convention. On that day, Barbie’s real-life namesake was a shy 17-year-old attending Los Angeles’s Hamilton High School. First-version Barbie came dressed in a zebra-striped swimsuit and possessed a waterfall of blonde or brunette hair. She earned mixed reviews, with some critics grumbling that the voluptuous, long-limbed toy was too expensive ($3 at a time when the hourly minimum wage was $1) and, at 11 ½” - the original Lilli size - too small in comparison to traditional dolls. The main problem, though, was Barbie’s overt sexiness. Sears quickly declared her unfit for their store shelves. However, Barbie quickly flew off everyone else’s shelves and eventually became the best-selling doll in history, with worldwide sales of 1 billion units. Barbie offered an extensive optional wardrobe, and, later, morphed through numerous occupations and ethnicities. Along the way, feminists often railed against

her, labeling Barbie a vacuous bimbo and crying out that her proportional measurements (36-18-33) were unrealistic and potentially unhealthy for impressionable young girls who wanted to emulate her. In 1961, Barbie’s boyfriend, Ken, arrived in stores. In doll form, he was California beach cool, but the human Ken - named after Barbara’s real-life brother - once admitted, “I was a real nerd. I played the piano and went to movies with subtitles.” At age 18, Barbara Handler married Allen Segal. They had two children, including a daughter named Cheryl. There’s no doubt that Cheryl Segal was raised with the usual delights of any typically well-off southern California girl. Except for one. Cheryl never owned a Barbie doll.


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‘Valleri’ by The Monkees, March 1968 Musicians Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart were songwriting partners who created hit singles for Curtis Lee (“Pretty Little Angel Eyes”), Jay and the Americans (“Come a Little Bit Closer”), and Little Anthony and the Imperials (“Hurt So Bad”). Later the two were hired to write for the Monkees, Colgems Records’ madefor-TV Beatles knockoffs. It was Boyce and Hart who composed “Last Train to Clarksville,” as well as the “(Theme from) The Monkees.” To Hart, 9:30 a.m. was an ungodly hour to be awakened by Boyce. Hart had been up until 4 a.m., performing with his band, the Candy Store Prophets, at the Swinger Club in downtown Los An-

geles. But now Boyce was at Hart’s bedside and breathlessly explaining the crisis at hand. Earlier that morning Don Kirshner, the Monkees’ music publisher, had phoned Boyce and requested a song with a girl’s name in the title, promising the BoyceHart team a track on the next Monkees album—and maybe even the next single. In his autobiography, “Psychedelic Bubble Gum,” Hart explained that Boyce had brazenly lied to Kirshner by saying, “Unbelievable! I can’t believe you just said that, Donnie. The song that Bobby and I wrote just last night is a girl’s-name song.” “Really!” Kirshner said. “Why don’t you guys come over to the house right now and play it for me?

“I can’t wait to hear it.” Boyce gulped, then explained that Hart had come in late, but that both could be at Kirshner’s home by 11 o’clock - now a mere 90 minutes away. No such song had been written. Or even started. By the time Hart emerged from his wake-up shower, it was after 10. Kirshner’s home was a 20-minute drive away. At 10:45, the pair climbed into Hart’s Jaguar sedan, Boyce taking the back seat with his guitar. By the time Hart emerged into Hollywood traffic, Boyce had come up with a catchy four-chord progression. “Throw out some girls’ names!” he shouted. Both tossed around a litany of names - Sally, Virginia, Susan, Linda - but

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none seemed to click. Then Hart thought of a girl he had admired in high school. “Valleri!” he exclaimed. “Let’s work with that.” By the time they arrived at Kirshner’s, the two had only the song’s title and Boyce’s four chords. But Boyce, a natural-born hustler, enthused, “Wait’ll you hear this, Donnie. I think we came up with a smash last night.” He and Hart launched into (a rehearsed-in-the-car) “Vaah-ah-ah-al-er-ee, I love her, Va-ah-ah-ah-al-er-ee.” Boyce then offered another falsehood. “There’s a little

verse that goes in here…” (It had yet to be written.) The pair reprised the stretchedout title word, Boyce finishing with a flourish of guitar chords. The room fell silent, Boyce and Hart breathless. Finally Kirshner beamed. “It’s a smash! It’s gotta be the next single.” Boyce and Hart added some elementary-schoollevel lyrics, the Monkees’ lead singer Davy Jones hit a vocal home run in the recording studio, and— voila!—“Valleri” became the Monkee’s sixth straight - and last - Top Ten hit.

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When spousal caregiving may be too risky “Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m sixty-four.” The Beatles, “When I’m 64” Times have certainly changed since Lennon and

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pressed or hopeless  Loss of energy  Lacking interest in things that used to give you (and your spouse) pleasure  Feeling resentful toward your spouse  Blaming your spouse for the situation  Feeling that people ask more of you than they should  Feeling like caregiving has affected family relationships in a negative way  Feeling annoyed by other family members who don’t help out or who criticize your care All caregivers who experience elevated levels of stress are at an increased risk for physical and emotional issues. Even if you are only experiencing two or three of these items, it is important to get help and support. The truth is your spouse/ partner will be in better hands if you are healthy. - www.caregiverstress.com

A passenger in a taxi leaned over to ask the driver a question and gently tapped him on the shoulder to get his attention. The driver screamed, lost control of the cab, drove up over the curb, and stopped just inches from a window. For a few moments, everything was silent in the cab. Then, the shaking driver said, “Are you OK? I’m so

sorry, but you scared the daylights out of me.” The badly shaken passenger apologized and said, “I didn’t realize that a mere tap on the shoulder would startle you so badly.” The driver said, “No, no. I’m the one who is sorry, It’s entirely my fault. Today is my first day driving a cab. I’ve been driving a hearse for 25 years.


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Salute to Ag Luncheon set for March 20 Free colonoscopy clinic

Every year the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce joins the nation in recognizing the agriculture community. The Salute to Ag Luncheon will be held on National Ag Day, March 20 at 11:30 a.m. at the Bayer Museum of Agriculture. The Chamber’s Salute to

Ag Luncheon will feature Aaron Alejandro, executive director of the Texas FFA Foundation and former President of the Texas FFA Association. Alejandro was a leader in the formation of a collaboration between the Texas FFA, Texas 4-H, Texas Farm Bu-

reau, and the Texas Department of Agriculture called “Texas Proud of Texas Agriculture.” This agricultural advocacy initiative between Texas agriculture stakeholders aims to help inform consumers and policy makers of the importance of using best practices in agriculture. Agriculture is a driving force in West Texas and the Lubbock economy. The High Plains of Texas accounts comprehensive trauma care available. As a Level I Trauma for more than 130,000 jobs Center, UMC has a fully trained and makes up 33% of the team, in all areas of care, ready region’s economy. Tickets are on sale at the to respond and care for trauma patients 24 hours a day, seven Chamber, LubbockChamber. days a week. com, 806-761-7000.

UMC honored with Texas’ Top Trauma Center Award The Texas Department of State Health Services chose UMC for the 2017 Trauma Center Award. UMC was chosen due to its extensive support of other hospitals and trauma centers in the region. “This award is a major indication of the kind of care we provide at the UMC Level I Trauma Center,” said Amber Tucker, UMC director of trauma and burn service. “It honors UMC as having demonstrated leadership and high standards in implementing injury prevention programs and providing care to trauma patients; it also commends UMC’s active participation in the Regional Advisory Council.” There are 287 designated trauma facilities in Texas, but UMC was the only recipient of this award in Texas. UMC Health System became the first facility in Texas to receive the Texas Department of Health’s Level I Trauma designation in 1993, and it remains the region’s only Level I Trauma Center today. This means UMC provides the most sophisticated and

for patients who qualify People over 50 or who have a family history of colon cancer may be in need of a colonoscopy. March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and this event marks the fifth annual free colonoscopy clinic provided by Covenant Health. The clinic will be held March 24 at the new Covenant Endoscopy Center, 3610 21st St. Those interested must call 806-725-7448 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, to be screened to qualify.

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‘Black Art – Ancestral Legacy’ at Patterson Library “Black Art – Ancestral Leg- the state including lectures, oral or call 512-440-1991. acy” is a photographic ex- history projects, teacher instiThis exhibit was made possible hibit that addresses the question tutes, traveling exhibitions, and in part with a grant from Humaniposed by African American poet documentary films. ties Texas, the state affiliate of Countee Cullen in 1926: “What For more information, visit the National Endowment for the is Africa to me?” Humanities Texas online at Humanities, and through the supThe exhibit will be on dis- http://www.humanitiestexas.org port of the Friends of the Library. play through March 12 at the Patterson Library, 1836 Parkway Dr. Library hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and closed on Sunday. The exhibit provides a number of examples from 20th-century African American artists both trained and untrained - that “The Ascent of Ethiopia” oil on canvas, visually respond to the question 1932. Lois Mailou Jones, artist. of “What is Africa to me?” These modern artists draw heavily on African influence, while simultaneously reinterpreting it for a different time and place. The exhibition surveys the work of 45 artists, including “Dancer Series” 1975, acrylic on canvas. Charles Searles, artist. unknown Africans and Haitians, through photographs, posters, and concise texts. “Black Art – Ancestral Legacy: The African Impulse in African American Art” is a traveling display based on the major exhibition organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and produced by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Humanities Texas de“The Mutiny Aboard the Amistad, 1839” sketch for the Amistad Mural velops and supports di- Series, oil on canvas, 1939. Hale Woodruff, artist; Aaron Douglas Collection- “Initiation—Liberia” acrylic on canvas, 1983. verse programs across Amistad Research Center, New Orleans, Louisiana. Lois Mailou Jones, artist.


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Lubbock ISD names athletic coordinator

Shane Stephen

Shane Stephen was named the athletic coordinator for Lubbock High School at the Lubbock ISD Board of Trustees meeting Feb. 22. Stephen is currently the assistant coach at Mansfield High School in Mansfield, Texas, where his team earned 6A area championships in 2016 and 2017. He has also been defensive coordinator and head power lifting coach at Mansfield Summit High School, in addition to football defensive coordinator and boys track coach at Wichita Falls High School from 2006 to 2009. Stephen earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Northern Colorado and his master’s in sports administration from the University of Wyoming. Stephen describes himself as an experienced football coach with strong leadership and relationshipbuilding skills who will work hard to balance athletics and education, increase participation in all athletic programs, and create a winning culture while being dedicated to the success of every athlete. Stephen is married and has four children.


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With the Winter Olympics just past, many watched and celebrated these snowy, athletic feats worldwide. But, a downside of this popular event includes the head injuries that have been known to come with it. In the past, American Jackie Hernandez slid unconscious against the snow after hitting her head during a snowboard cross event. British halfpipe skier Rowan Cheshire suffered a concussion during a training session -- the first of three head injuries she received in the next 18 months. Czech snowboarder Sarka Pancochova cracked her helmet during a fall during the slopestyle final. And, snowboarder Trevor Jacob suffered 25 concussions by the time he was 20 years old. “We are all at risk for head injuries even though many of us don’t engage in the high risk endeavors of these elite athletes” said Dr. Timi Tuamokumo, director of the Brain Injury Program at Trustpoint Rehabilitation Hospital. “Brain injuries don’t discriminate and can occur anytime, anywhere, with anyone.” Brain injuries result from bumps, blows or jolts to the head. The symptoms of brain injuries can range from a brief change in mental state to an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia. “Regardless of the sever-

ity of the injury, all brain injuries are serious,” Tuamokumo said. “Your brain is the consistency of gelatin. It’s cushioned by fluid inside your skull. When you suffer a blow or jolt to the head, it can forcibly slide your brain back and forth, which can stretch and damage the brain cells and create chemical changes. “It also can lead to bleeding in or around the brain, which can cause symptoms such as drowsiness, confusion, blurry vision, headaches, nausea, dizziness, or difficulty in concentrating and remembering things.” Brain injuries can affect individuals not only physically, but emotionally and behaviorally. In the United States, more than 5 million people live with disabilities caused by brain injuries. The most common cause of brain injuries is caused by falls, which tend to happen more with children under the age of 14 or with adults older than 65 years of age. Following falls, motor vehicle wrecks are the second-leading cause of brain injuries. “We’re all at risk for brain injuries, but with a little planning they can be prevented without epic – or Olympian – effort,” Tuamokumo says. Consider precautions: ■ Always buckle up in a car – wear your seatbelt.

■ Make sure you buckle your child properly in a car. Use the right child safety seat, booster or seat belt based upon your child’s age and weight. ■ Never drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. ■ Shut your cell phone off while in the car. Don’t talk. Don’t text. Distracted driving causes wrecks. ■ Wear a helmet. And, make sure your children wear helmets with appropriate activities. This could include various sports like bike riding, skateboarding, skating, horseback riding, skiing, snowboarding, sledding, or any other activity

where a head injury is more likely to occur. ■ Help make living areas safer for older adults. Remove tripping hazards such as throw rugs or clutter in hallways. Use non-slip mats in the bathroom and grab bars near the shower or toilet. Install handrails on all stairs. Improve lighting throughout the home. ■ Help make living areas safer for smaller children by using window guards and installing safety gates around stairways. Keep doors closed and locked that lead to stairs. Set up outside play areas on shock-absorbing material like sand or mulch.

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March 1 - Peanut Butter Lovers’ Day March 2 - Old Stuff Day First Friday Art Trail Mayors’ Beans & Cornbread luncheon, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. Tickets are $10. March 3 - I Want You to be Happy Day Fiber Arts Society – crochet and knit at the Garden & Arts Center, 4215 University, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 401-6441 for more info. Roundtable Luncheon, 11:15

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a.m. -1 p.m., Hillcrest Country Club main dining room 4011 N. Boston Ave. Kody Besent, Plains Cotton Growers, “2018 Crop Update & Federal Farm Policy.” $15 per person, limited menu includes dessert and beverage. Travel north on University Avenue, turn west on Newcomb Street, and proceed to clubhouse. March 11 – Daylight Savings begins Johnny Appleseed Day March 12 - Plant a Flower 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. March 13 - Ear Muff Day Stroke & Brain Injury Support Group – 4 to 5 p.m. at Trustpoint Rehabilitation, 4302 Princeton St. For survivors, family members, and caregivers. 749-2222. 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. March 14 - Pi Day 3.14 March 15 - Dumbstruck Day

March 16 - Incredible Kid March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day Roundtable Luncheon, 11:15 a.m. -1 p.m., Hillcrest Country Club main dining room 4011 N. Boston Ave. Rachael Salas & Laura Anciso, “What is the Lubbock State Supported Living Center?” $15 per person, limited menu includes dessert and beverage. Travel north on University Avenue, turn west on Newcomb Street, and proceed to clubhouse. 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. March 18 - Goddess of Fertility Day March 19 - Poultry Day March 20 – 1st day of spring Extraterrestrial Abductions Day March 21 - Fragrance Day March 22 - Goof Off Day Retired Teachers meeting – “Your Identity Theft IQ” by Greg Pare; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., $15, Lubbock Women’s Club, 2020 Broadway, RSVP required navrkal@swbell.net. March 23 - Chip & Dip Day March 24 - National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day Workshop on balance and dizziness at 10 a.m. inside Wellness Today, 2431 S. Loop 289. For directions or reservation, call 806-771-8010. Free Roundtable Luncheon, 11:15 a.m. -1 p.m., Hillcrest Country Club main dining room 4011 N. Boston Ave. Sam Segran, Chief Information Officer and (See Enriching Lives, Page 19)


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Honesty can hurt – sometimes - doggone it! By Margaret Merrell I adopted an adult female canine from the local animal shelter. I knew it was a gamble, not knowing anything about her. She was listed as a mixed dachshund breed, and had been dubbed Scarlett by the director of adoptions at the shelter. I added her first name. Miss Scarlett surprised me by being very well housebroken, and we are still discovering more of her attributes almost every day. It is an adventure for the two of us. Last week I took her in to get spayed. I am too old to deal with puppies. Miss Scarlett is such a sweet and loving thing. I did not want to upset her in any way, so I explained to her she was going in to get her tonsils removed. I think she really knew better and looked at me with her large brown eyes as though she were thinking, “That poor woman is older than what I thought. Surely she remembers what is really going to take place.” The vets keep all of their patients overnight, but calls the owners to give them updates on their precious darlings. I was told I could pick up Miss Scarlett at 8:05, Saturday morning.The clinic was busy, so I took my place in line. A gentleman exited from

one of the rooms down the hall with a beautiful gold and white cocker spaniel. This dog came straight to me wagging his tail and wanting some attention, which I obliged him by scratching his ear. His name was Sam. Noticing the long line, the gentleman took Sam to his car then returned to get in line. Then one of the helpers at the clinic brought Miss Scarlett to me. Of course we were busy saying hello and how happy we were to be together again. She was so jubilant that I left the line to sit on a bench in order to calm her down a bit. Sam’s gentleman walked over and around giving Miss Scarlett a very close once over. I was making her “sit,” in hopes he was not upset with her behavior. “That looks like MY dog.”

My heart felt like a stone in my chest. I looked up at the man, and he very loudy said, “Yes, sir, that looks exactly like my dog.” Scarlett was just watching this man, not showing any signs of recognition, but I felt a sickness in my stomach. I did not hesitate, I had to be honest. “I adopted her from the animal shelter a little over a month ago.” The man stared at Scarlett’s face. “I adopted mine from the shelter when she was only 10 and a half weeks old.” Thoughts raced through my mind. I was so scared. He went on to say, “It really gives me an eerie feeling seeing this dog.” Before I could ask the man if he thought this was his dog, he said, “My dog has those long legs, but

she is not quite as large as yours.” I started breathing again. At that point, I became aware that all the people in the waiting room had been pulled into this little drama. There were more sighs of relief and a buzz of comments about what had just transpired. Everyone was happy that the man still had his dog and was not going to lay claim to Miss Scarlett. Especially me! Activity picked up, and I

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Covenant Health acquires Grace Health System Covenant Health acquired Grace Health System, effective Feb. 1. The acquisition will result in the most clinically- integrated health network in Lubbock, West Texas, and eastern New Mexico, according to a Covenant news release. More effective care can be

provided by having greater access to services, physicians and innovation in the delivery of health care. “We both have long-standing commitments to the communities we serve,” said Richard Parks, President/ CEO of Covenant Health. “We believe that Covenant Health and Grace Health

System share a commitment of excellence, and together we can do more,” Parks said. Dr. Randy Hickle is founder and chairman of Grace Health System. “The privilege to be one of the co-founders of Grace has been one of the greatest experiences in my life,” Hickle said. “I am grateful to

the wonderful doctors, nurses and employees who have made Grace the amazing award-winning organization it is. I thank the patients who have trusted us to provide their care. “Covenant’s mission to serve the vulnerable and disadvantaged aligns with our goal to improve access and

provide better care to those who need it most,” Hickle said. “We will be committed to improving preventive health, lowering cost, and excelling at coordinating patients’ care across the continuum of their needs.” If I refuse to nap, is that resisting a rest?

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Golden Gazette • March 2018 • Page 19 “A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.” - Franklin D. roosevelt Be who you are and say what you feel because those who matter don’t mind, and those who mind don’t matter. “A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car, but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.” - theoDore roosevelt Just spent 15 minutes searching for my phone in my car, using my phone as a flashlight. Two wrongs don’t make a right, but they make a good excuse. - thomas szasz

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VP for Information Technology at Texas Tech, “Barbarians, Cybersecurity and You!” $15 per person, limited menu includes dessert and beverage. Travel north on University Avenue, turn west on Newcomb Street, and proceed to clubhouse. March 25 - Pecan Day Palm Sunday March 26 - Make Up Your Own Holiday Day March 27 - “Joe” Day March 28 - Weed Appreciation Day Healthy Aging Lecture Series – Dr. David Trotter, director of Behavioral Sciences at TTUHSC will address mental and psychological aspects of aging and management of

chronic diseases. Presented by the Garrison Institute on Aging and held at the Carillon LifeCare community in the Windsong building, in the Caprock Room, 4002 16th St. 3 to 4 p.m. Snacks provided. Free. For more information, call 743-7821 or 743-1217. March 29 - Mom & Pop Business Owners Day March 30 -Take a Walk in the Park Day Good Friday March 31 - Clam on the Half Shell Day Note: To add an event, delete an event, or make changes, email maedwards@wordpub.com or call 744-2220 by the 20th of the month for the following month’s publication.

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Covenant bariatrics services achieves national accreditation The bariatric surgical center of Covenant Medical Center has been accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. The accreditation is a joint program of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Travis Eggl is the metabolic and bariatric surgery director. Eggl said Covenant’s bariatric services meet all criteria as an accredited comprehensive center, according to national quality standards established to deliver safe, high-quality bariatric patient care. “Patients seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions have a high-quality choice for receiving treatment at a nationally accredited program that meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care in the Lubbock area,” Eggl said. The strict standards ensure that bariatric surgical patients receive a multidisciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. The accredited center offers preoperative and post-

operative care designed specifically for severely obese patients. Covenant Medical Center’s commitment to quality care begins with appropriately trained staff and the leadership surgeons who participate in meetings throughout the year to review its outcomes. They seek continuous improvement to enhance the structure, process and outcomes of the center. In the United States, approximately 15.5 million people suffer from severe obesity, according to the

National Institutes of Health, and the numbers continue to increase. Obesity increases the risks of morbidity and mortality because of the diseases and conditions commonly associated with it, such as type II diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. Metabolic and bariatric surgical procedures have proven to be effective in the reduction of comorbid conditions related to severe obesity according to “Bariatric Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis” in JAMA published in 2004.

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Is a managed account right for you? By Zach Holtzman Financial advisor Edward JonEs As an investor, you’ll face many decisions over the years. How much should you invest? Where should you put your money? When is it time to sell some investments and use the proceeds to buy others? Some people enjoy making these choices themselves – but not everyone. Consequently, the type of investor you are will influence your thinking about whether to open a managed account. As its name suggests, a

managed account – sometimes known as an “advisory” account – essentially is a portfolio of stocks, bonds and other investments chosen by a professional investment manager who makes the buy and sell decisions. Typically, each managed account has an investment objective based on your goals, and you may have some voice in investment choices – for example, you may be able to request that the manager avoid certain investments. Or, you might still work with a personal financial advisor who can help you identify and quantify your goals,

define your risk tolerance, and track changes in your family situation – and who can then use this information to help guide the investment manager’s choices. Beyond this basic structure, managed accounts can vary greatly in terms of administration, reporting, fees and minimum balance. So, assuming you meet the requirements for a managed account, should you consider one? There’s really no one right answer for everyone. But three factors to consider are cost, control and confidence. Cost – Different managed accounts may have differ-

ent payment arrangements. However, it’s common for a money manager to be paid based on a percentage of assets under management. So, if your manager’s fee is 1% and your portfolio contains $100,000, the manager earns $1,000 per year, but if the value of your portfolio rises to $200,000, the manager earns $2,000. Because the manager has a personal stake in the portfolio’s success, this arrangement could work to your advantage. Be aware, though, that other fees may be associated with your account. Control – With any managed account, you will give

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Resthaven, 2 choice lots, 4 Apostle Circle, Lot 1035, Spaces 3 & 4. $5,000 each. 2/18 Call 806-793-2484.

Resthaven BURIal Plot

One Resthaven Burial plot for sale. Section: Christ The King, Lot # 69, Space #8. Call 806632-8287 to make an offer. 12/17

FoR sale

Garden Lawn Crypt, Resthaven Cemetery, Lubbock, Texas. 2 spaces, 2 vaults, double monument, Phase 1, Section Y. Value $7,675. Make reasonable offer. Call 806-746-6630 or 8062/18 787-5559.

Resthaven sIngle Plot

Resthaven single plot for sale – located in the Empty Tomb AA section. Retail value is $2,895. Any serious, reasonable offer will be accepted. Call Glen at 11/17 806-239-8942.

Senior care provider – meal preparation, light housekeeping & personal hygiene. CPR certified. 10+ years experience. References provided upon request. Please call Dorothy at 12/17 806-474-8816.

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sIngle lot: Resthaven A married man should forget

Single lot in Resthaven, Section T, Lot 1148, Space 4. Retails for $4,995; would sell for $3,500. Call 806-702-8457. If no answer, leave message. 3/18

CemeteRy Plots

2 cemetery plots in Memory Gardens Cemetery located in the Field of Honor in Amarillo. $1,500 each or best offer. Call 794-0794 or 787-8861 & 10/17 leave message.

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By James K. White

I observed lightning striking once on Texas gulf waters and once on a Texas lake. I wondered why hundreds of electrocuted fish did not suddenly appear floating for easy apprehension. (I hoped to scoop up my limit and

return, boasting of angling prowess). Scientists claim that nearly all the electricity released in a surface strike is dissipated within a depth of 3 inches and within a radius of 10 feet. Ergo, never will a solitary lightning bolt kill all

fish in Lake Superior or the Bering Sea or Coleto Creek Reservoir (bass place in my neck of the woods.) I read that 23 of our American states have designated square dancing as their official state dance. Swing your partner, do-si-do. In an effort to offer true marksmen a challenge, one Vermont shooting club proffers a competition that includes firing at a target that is out of sight, around a corner. I kid you not: The intended objective is to deflect a bullet off an angled piece of steel 2 feet by 2 feet and bang a metal bull’s eye suspended several feet to the right of the initial line of fire. Witnesses aver that some of the marksmen actually hit the thing. It is generally recommended that one refrain from disputing the claims of people who aver and possess loaded rifles. The long battle against polio is being won. In 2016, only three countries reported new cases of the dreaded disease: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. Until 1862, all currencies issued by the U.S. Mint were coins. To help pay for the ongoing war effort, our U.S. Congress first authorized the Treasury to print paper money.

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A raisin dropped into a carbonated drink will traverse from the surface to the bottom of the drink and back continuously for several minutes. Be the hit of your next party. Along the northern coast of Australia, there exists a species of jelly fish that is not well known outside the region. Dubbed the Irukandji, the thumbnail-sized creature can sting with a toxin that is 100 times more lethal than

venom from a king cobra. What makes the poison particularly menacing is that victims initially feel no pain, and it normally takes 30 minutes before nerve damage and brain hemorrhaging onsets. Although swimmers are warned with posted signs and public announcements, Irukandji encounters cause approximately 5 human fatalities each year. Well, have a great week – perhaps go square dancing.

Our Constitution protects aliens, drunks and U.S. Senators. – Will Rogers The taxpayers are sending congressmen on expensive trips abroad. It might be worth it except they keep coming back. – Will Rogers There are men running governments who shouldn’t be allowed to play with matches. – Will Rogers


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Seeds of Hope God’s presence

We all have some method for planning our daily activities. With no plan to follow, our time will likely be wasted and our days meaningless. Often, our carefully detailed plans can be disrupted by an emergency or unexpected demand. In Psalm 92, we find a simple way to open and close each day. The Psalmist suggests we begin the day with a “proclamation” - we are to “proclaim the love of God.” If we begin each day by proclaiming the love God has for us, it will remind us that we are safe and secure in his love and nothing or no one can destroy us. Then, as the day unfolds and when the unexpected occurs and things seem upside down, we can know he is holding us close, and he will protect us. As Paul wrote, “Nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” No one can break this bond that comes from him. As we end each day, we should praise God for his faithfulness. He has brought us through another day. Even when tragedy strikes or the light of his presence is dim, he is with us.

Everlasting covenant

Shortly before leaving for college my pastor came to offer me a few words of advice on the importance of

being well prepared to serve God. He advised me to take every course that had anything to do with speaking or writing. In a voice that reflected sincerity and compassion, he said, “Larry, it does not matter how much you know about the Bible, if you can’t explain it so people can understand it, accept it, and live it.” One of the classes I took emphasized the difficulty of people hearing what a speaker says and interpreting it correctly. It is easy to hear what someone says but quite difficult to pass it on without changing the words and the meaning the speaker intended. When this happens something is lost in “transmission,” and it could be a matter of life and death if the message passed on is incorrect or inconsistent. The importance of the integrity of God’s message is clearly presented in Psalm 92:5, “Your statues stand firm!” That means “Whatever God said is so.” His statements, promises, warnings and commands are not to be changed to meet the desires of man but to proclaim and present the everlasting covenant between God and man.

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coming toward me with a home that had been cut in half and placed on two trailers. The two halves were slowly being moved to a new location where they would be joined together, and the home would look the same as it had in the past. It was almost unnerving as I waited patiently for them to pass. For years it rested comfortably on a corner across from an elementary school. Soon it would be in a new neighborhood and perhaps new owners. How things have changed. Years ago people rarely moved from one home to another. There was a certain permanence in life that brought a sense of security to families. Now, moving from one place to another is a routine part of life that seems to go with the turmoil in the world. Everywhere we look, we see signs of instability. We awaken each morning wondering what devastating news awaits us. What once was a world that made sense is now a world that longs for the “good old days.” Psalm 93, gives comfort to the Christian. It begins with a burst of hope and assurance, a promise of peace and predictability. “The Lord His faithfulness reigns.” Not long ago I was And it ends with a restopped by a police officer minder of his faithfulness: who motioned to me to pull “Your statues stand firm...for over. I saw two large trucks endless days.”

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Backyard Mission service report Dear folks, I decided this month to give you a list of restaurants that deliver orders to your home. Several also do catering. This deliver service is a convenience that’s helpful to everyone in any (adult) age group. Consider the busy mom’s out there or seniors who find it difficult to leave home or simply don’t want to cook on a specific night. Our family has ordered from each one listed except the “new kid on the block,” Hungry Howie’s, which opened Feb. 21. I hope you enjoy ordering from the list. Until next time – Granny

Beijing House Restaurant

Chinese 3605-50th St., 793-9593. www.Lubbockmenu.com/Beijing-house-restaurantmenu/ Delivery charge - $1 per mile.

Jimmy John’s

Gourmet sandwiches 4730 Slide Rd., 795-0800 2413 Broadway, 740-0002 www.jimmyjohns.com

Campisi’s

One Guy from Italy Family Restaurant

Domino’s

Orlando’s

Italian 4414-82nd Street, Ste. 218, 701-5000 www.Campisis.us/locations/lubbock No charge for delivery.

Pizza, pasta bowls, wings, bread twists, subs and desserts – all delicious! 8 Lubbock locations but only listing 5. 1616-B N. University, 763-3030 4031 130th, 701-5700 1708 Parkway Drive, 741-8000 5815 82nd Street, 794-5000 2113 50th Street, 762-8484 www.Dominos.com

Hungry Howie’s Pizza

Pizza, subs, salads, wings 7717 Milwaukee Ave., 412-5999 www.hungryhowies.com

Jason’s Deli

Breakfast, deli sandwiches, soups, salads, etc. 4001 S. Loop 289, 799-8660 www.jasonsdeli.com Delivery charge of $7 6 a.m.–4 p.m. and $4 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Pizza, pasta, calzones & salads 4320 50th Street, 791-1210 – will deliver with a minimum order of $15. New website being built with updates. Pizza, pasta, salads, soups, sandwiches 2402 Ave. Q, 747-5998 6951 Indiana Ave., 797-8646 www.orlandos.com Delivery Charges are $4 and up, depending on distance. Limited delivery area. Delivery times: Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. & 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday & Saturday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. & 5 p.m.-11 p.m.

Texas Steak Express

Steaks, burgers, salads, etc. 9810 Indiana, 794-2525 606 W. Loop 289, 791-1000 www.steakexpress.com Delivery charge - $2.99

Stella’s Restaurant

Modern Italian cuisine 4646-50th St., 785-9299 www.stellaslubbock.us Delivers lunch until 2 p.m. & dinner from 4 p.m.-closing. Limited delivery area. Charges vary & depend on distance.

The goal of Backyard Mission is to get people warm and dry by doing free home repairs with volunteer labor, to give Christians the opportunity to put their faith into action, to recruit volunteer teams, and to help other towns start a Backyard Mission program. Total Projects from 1992 to 2017: 1,452 Total Projects in 2017: 93 Backyard Mission worked with various volunteer groups and professionals.

Betenbough Homes Experience Life Church First UMC John Soto – Tile LakeRidge UMC – youth Living Stone Church Mickey Allen Group RHO - TTU St. Luke’s UMC

Roofs - 14 Water heaters - 16 Siding/ext. paint - 15 Plumbing repairs - 33 Storm windows - 12 Heaters - 11; Doors - 19 A/C repair/window unit - 7 Miscellaneous repairs - 30

Agency partners:

Repair type and # of homes that received repair:

Volunteer groups:

Professionals:

ABCO Glass Dale Bolles Plumbing Daryl Hawkins - Electrical Jarrell Rowell - Plumbing Kevin Tosi Roofing Overhead Door Roto-Rooter Spartan Plumbing APS / SPAG Meals on Wheels City of Lubbock Home Health Agencies Board members

Jim Taylor, chairman, Jackson Ashburn, Lindy Fruge, Darrel Goss

BYM Dream Team Volunteers Founder/director BYM Families/Homeowners Laurie Foster, 806-300-0184, Aldersgate UMC www.backyardmission.org

Golden Gazette March 2018  

Lubbock's Senior Newspaper

Golden Gazette March 2018  

Lubbock's Senior Newspaper