Volume 27, Number 5
Lubbock, Texas 79401
2nd Annual Wolfforth Water Expo Set for May 9 Area residents are invited to attend the second annual City of Wolfforth Water Expo set for May 9 from
In May May Day - May 1 Cinco de Mayo Mother’s Day - May 10 Armed Forces Day - May 16 Memorial Day - May 25
Inside YWCA Festival, May 23..................... 2 Family Promise lunch May 7....................... 4 Summer Showcase May 21..................... 4 Women’s self-defense class...................... 23 Uninformed or Ill-informed............ 11 Covenant Breaks Ground ...... 12 Mortality & Blood Pressure link ......... 17 What is Successful Aging .. 19
10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Frenship High School, main entrance on the east side. “Water—It Matters” is the theme for this year’s free event. Speakers, exhibitors, and vendors will provide a wide range of information about xeric landscaping, water conservation in the home and landscape, rainwater harvesting, and other water-related subjects. “Following the success of last year’s Expo, we continue to educate the public about water in the region and its declining availability,” said Wolfforth City Councilman David Cooper. “With this knowledge, people have a better understanding how they can stop water waste and reduce their overall water footprint.” Dotty Woodson, a water resource specialist at the Texas A&M AgriL-
ife Research and Extension Center in Dallas, is the keynote speaker. Woodson is one of the creators of Texas SmartScape, a water-efficient landscape design and maintenance program. Other activities planned for this year’s Expo include: • A water “taste test.” • A kids’ area featuring hands-on water projects. • “Walter Drop,” the Expo mascot, will be on hand to visit with attendees. • Food trucks have been invited to sell their wares. Primary sponsors of the event are the City of Wolfforth’s Community
Development Corporation, and Economic Development Corporation. Other sponsors include American Bank of Commerce and Citibank. Additional assistance is being provided by High Plains Underground Water Conservation District No. 1, Lubbock Master Gardeners, and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The latest information about the Expo is available at www.facebook. com/wolfforthwaterexpo.
Wines & Vines Festival set for May 29 & 30 The 4th annual Lubbock Wines and Vines Festival is set for May 29 & 30 at McPherson Cellars, 1615 Texas. Friday hours are from 6 to 10 p.m., and Saturday hours are from noon to 10 p.m. Admission prices are $20 for one day (Friday or Saturday); $30 for both days; and $15 per day without wine or beer tasting. One-day tickets include 10 winetasting tickets and a commemorative wine glass. Two-day tickets include 20 wine-
tasting tickets and a commemorative wine glass. The festival will include wine tastings, food trucks, live music, wine, and merchandise for sale. A crafted beer tasting booth will be available on Friday only. The event will include Texas wineries, Lubbock area chefs, Lubbock area brewers, local food trucks, and local musicians, and more. All proceeds from entry fees will go to Lubbock Meals on Wheels. For more information, call McPherson Cellars at 806-687-9463.
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YWCA to host Sun ‘N Fun Festival, May 23 5k orange race, team obstacle challenge, music, food vendors, performances
The YWCA is set to host the Sun ‘N Fun Festival to kick off summertime fun and Memorial Day weekend on May 23, at Sun ‘N Fun adjacent to Leftwich Park,62nd & Elgin Avenue. The festival will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the 5k Orange Race, with the Team Obstacle Challenge at 10 a.m. The Sun ‘N Fun Festival is open to the public, and supporters can sign-up and get their orange on for the 5k Orange Race around Leftwich Park. Registration fee is $25 to support the Sun ‘N Fun Capital Campaign until May 9 then registration increases to $35 May 9 through May 23. Registration fee includes an orange T-shirt. Happy State Bank is challenging the community to get a team of ﬁve to compete in the Team Obstacle Challenge
which will include a slip ‘n slide, a canoe carry, and a human hamster roll. The challenge event will start at 10 a.m., and one team will leave with the enormous traveling trophy and the city championship title. Registration is $500 for a team of ﬁve ($100 each), and each participant will receive a T-shirt. From 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.,
Entries Sought for Post Art Show The Post Art Guild will be hosting its 51st Arts on Main Street show in June, and invites all local artists to enter their work for judging and display. Entries can be delivered to the Post Community Center at 129 W. Main St. from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 10, or from 9 a.m. to noon June 11. All entries must be ready for hanging or display. Entry fees are $7 per entry, $5 for members; $5 for students 18 and younger; and $3 for miniatures, 5x7 or less. No class work, kits, wet paint, or works deemed in poor taste will be accepted. The entries will remain on exhibit until sold or until the show closes. Post Art Guild receives 25 percent on all art sales. Ribbons and cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd
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and 3rd places in various categories. Categories will include Framed Art in all Media, Framed Photography, Clay, Sculpture, Graphics, Jewelry, Metal Art, Quilting and Other Media. The Best of Show award winner will receive $250. Judging will take place at 1 p.m. June 11. Exhibit hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 12, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 13. The show will close June 13 with an awards presentation at 4 p.m. Local artists of all ages and experience levels are encouraged to enter their work to the art show. More information is available at www.postartguild.org or by contacting Sheri Overstreet at 495-3493 or Linda Puckett at 495-2207.
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Watercolor Society spring exhibit, May 1 to June 14 The Buddy Holly Center will host the annual spring exhibition of the West Texas Watercolor Society, which will be displayed in the Fine Arts Gallery at the center, 1801 Crickets Ave. Initially organized in 1962 and formally chartered by the State of Texas in 1973, the society was instituted for
the purpose of promoting the highest aesthetic standards in the art of watercolor painting. Artists from across the region will present their creations in a wide range of watercolor styles and methods. The West Texas Watercolor Society will be on display from May 1 to June 14.
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Veterans to Socialize, Remember and Enjoy, May 16 In hopes of developing an all-out military activity, the Disabled America Veterans (DAV) along with Lennis Fareed are planning a potluck event for veterans from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 16. Bring a favorite dish or side to the Mae Simmons Senior Citizen Center, 2004 Oak Ave., near the intersection of 19th and Martin Luther King Blvd. Family can be brought along, too. “Our purpose for this event is to create a long-lasting network for veterans,” Fareed said. “Sometimes a veteran can feel as if he is the only one out there.” “We hope to have various services there to reach out to
veterans and families.” Organizers would like to know your name, number attending, type of dish being brought, and branch of service. All veterans are asked to bring a dish that will feed at least six. “We would like to make this successful and enjoyable,” Fareed said. Call Lennis Fareed at 806702-4910 to inform him about the food the veteran will bring or for any questions about the event. If no one answers, leave a message, and he will contact you as soon as possible. The number for Mae Simmons Center is 767-2708.
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Lemonade Day is set for May 9. When you see one of those lemonade stands, stop by and help support the youth of the community. www. lubbock.lemonadeday. org.
Page 4 • May 2015 • Golden Gazette Lord, grant me the strength to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the friends to post my bail when I finally snap.
Senior renovations set; Center will remain open Renovations at the Lubbock Senior Center will begin in June. The construction will be done in two phases, allowing the center to remain open for the entire time. The center will be open and lunch will be served every day throughout the renovation time. One phase will renovate
the open area where meals are served and the offices are located. Once that renovation is complete, the sides will switch to the fitness area and resource room. Renovations of the approximately 18,200 square foot interior will include new floor coverings, wall painting and texture, new ceiling,
lighting, HVAC systems, an addition to the men’s restrooms, renovated kitchen area with fixtures, and a fire sprinkler system. Exterior renovations will include new windows, painting, and a new roofing system. Renovations will last four to five months.
Family Promise lunch set for May 7 Family Promise of Lubbock is hosting a free Community Lunch on Thursday, May 7, beginning at 11:45 a.m. at First Christian Church, 2323 Broadway. This lunch is an opportunity to learn more about the mission of Family Promise and the impact it has on homeless families in the area. The theme is “One Child, One Night,” and will include
an opportunity to make a donation that will provide overnight shelter for homeless families with children. Family Promise focuses on helping homeless families with children attain self-sufficiency and secure housing. Since 1998, Family Promise has offered a hand up to more than 590 families who want to leave the cycle of homelessness and depen-
dency behind. While families are guests of Family Promise, the adults are required to secure a job, save 90% of their income to pay past debts and future deposits, and to participate in life-skill education opportunities such as parenting courses and budgeting classes. Call Family Promise at 744-5035 if you would like to attend the lunch.
Summer Showcase begins May 21 The Buddy Holly Center is gearing up for another summer of music and fun with the annual Summer Showcase Concert Series. Performances are every Thursday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Meadows Courtyard, May 21 – Aug. 20. The Summer Showcase experience is where patrons can enjoy original and unique Texas-made music. The showcase is free to the public. There will be a cash bar, food, and beverages available for purchase. No outside beverages are allowed. The schedule is as follows: May 21 - Element – R & B and Funk May 28 - John Sprott – Rock & Roll June 4 - Colin Gilmore – Roots Rock June 11 - Wendy Colonna – Folk Rock June 18 - Jenni Dale Lord – Americana June 25 - Touch of Soul – R&B and Soul July 2 - Shane Rogers Band – Alternative Country
July 9 - Outlier – Blues, Metal, Country and Latin July 16 - The Hat Trick – Rock & Roll July 23 - The Prairie Scholars – Blues, Metal, Country and Latin July 30 - Mariachi Amistad – Mariachi Aug. 6 - Buggaboo – Americana Rock Aug. 13 - Reverend Al and The Pythons – West Texas Rock & Roll Aug. 20 - Patricia Vonne – Latin Root Rock
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Home Adaptations for the Visually Impaired While the rates of eye disease and vision loss are rapidly increasing in the senior population, this does not necessarily mean that more seniors will need to be confined to homes and facilities so they can live safely. Making simple adaptations to personal home environments can allow low-vision seniors to live independently, which can in turn improve their overall quality of life. The American Foundation for the Blind offers a number of useful tips for modifying the home to make it a safe environment for those who suffer from vision loss. Falls are a major risk for seniors, and fall risk increases with age. Older adults also have greater difficulty recovering from falls, which means a fall could precipitate a number of health problems. Couple this age-related increase in fall risk with vision loss, and you could have a recipe for disaster. It is essential to address this risk in low-vision seniors through home modifications: - Remove or replace old, worn, or wrinkled carpeting or rugs that could trip the person. - Use no-skid flooring or clean floors with no-skid products that reduce shine. - Remove trip hazards, such as loose wires that run along floors or clutter in walkways.
- Make sure furniture does not extend out into walkways and that dining room and desk chairs are pushed in after use. - Make walkways clearly visible using bright, highly contrasting, colored tape to outline the edges of hallways, doorways, ramps, stair steps, and stair landings. - Make sure the home has sufficiently bright, uniform light in all areas, especially in hallways. - Install grab bars in bathrooms and other areas of the home where they may be needed and provide railings that extend beyond the bottoms and tops of stairways. You can also help low-vision seniors remain independent and help them function with other modifications: - Buy furniture that is textured for easy identification; also use texture to identify items like light switches, the end of bannisters, and appliance switches. - Control glare in the home using window blinds and drapes and by hanging mirrors at a level or in an area where they will not produce glare. - Ensure there are adjustable lamps in reading and task areas. - Use bright, contrasting colors throughout the home so the senior can differentiate between items and areas. Many home modifications are simple and inexpensive
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or can be done gradually over time as the older adult loses vision. While the lists above cover many of the broader changes, it is not comprehensive, so seniors should consult with their local associations for the blind for more information. Offering support can also help alleviate much of the anxiety low-vision seniors experience as their vision decreases and can help them function at near-normal levels in their own homes. While family and friends can often help, they may find it difficult to be there at the times when the senior may need it the most. Professional caregiving can help low-vision seniors manage their daily lives when family and friends are unable to be there. For more information on how in-home care can assist low-vision seniors, contact your local Comfort Keepers office. - www.comfortkeepers.com
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Unusual shopping trip with my mother By Margaret Merrell We all have memories of being with our mothers when we were children. There are so many to choose from -- vacations, working with her in the garden, and when she taught me how to cut up a chicken. I chose a special shopping trip when my mother took me to shop for school clothes at the stores along Polk Street in Amarillo, Texas, on a hot August day 1939, the best I can recall. We had to drive in from our small town.
The front doors to the shops along the street stood wide open. They did not all have air conditioning, just ceiling fans. Suddenly a loud, strange voice was half calling and half singing out on the street. “Tarzan! Tarzan is here!” People were running from the stores to stand on sidewalk. I scrambled to the curb with some other children. We saw three huge elephants swaying down the street. The one in front was trumpeting their arrival.
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Riding on the second elephant was the real Tarzan. He was giving his special calls for us. A young boy with extremely curly hair rode with Tarzan, and they were dressed alike in their loincloths. Tarzan stopped the elephant and the boy slid down its trunk and ran over to shake hands with us children. “I am Tarzan’s son, and my name is Boy.” He smiled as he shook my hand. I was the most excited I had ever been. I heard my mother screaming my full name and telling me to get away from that elephant. I looked up at Tarzan, and he smiled down on me and nodded his head, and at that moment my mother yanked me back toward the store. From that moment through my teen years, Tarzan, played by Johnny Weissmuller, was my idol, and I had a terrible crush on Boy, played by John Sheffield. I wanted to be Jane, played by Maureen O’Sullivan, because she was so beautiful
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and swam like a mermaid and swung through the trees with Tarzan and Boy. When school started that year, I remember wearing my new school dress and my new shoes on the first day, but I was more excited for my turn to tell the class the most exciting thing that happened to me that summer. I met Tarzan and shook
his son’s hand while standing right by an elephant. My mother just smiled and shook her head every time she heard me tell my story. Peek into your memory box and recall a special moment with your mother. You will be glad you did. As Tiny Tim might have said, Mothers! May God bless them all.
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By James K. White A single healthy bee hive will normally produce between 30 and 40 pounds of honey in one year. Believe it or not, beekeepers have to guard against skunks, toads and mice that also like to eat honey and sometimes even eat the bees. Those weird looking bugs called the silverfish love to eat practically anything containing starch. Unfortunately, this includes books and wallpaper. The little indoor pests are found in almost every town in the world but are usually held in check with common insecticides. The normal internal temperature of a hale and hearty goat is 103.8 degrees (Fahrenheit). At the other end of the spectrum, one finds the icefish with a normal temperature of 31.2 degrees which is just below the freezing point for water. Joseph Priestly (17331804) is given credit for discovering oxygen. However, I am almost certain that people were already using the element when it was discovered by JP. The famous author Edgar Allan Poe was expelled from West Point in 1831 after he repeatedly refused to attend
classes or participate in military drills. To quote some of my adolescent friends: “Well, Duh.” It is estimated that Queen Victoria (1819-1901) had approximately 1.2 million square miles named after her. I have a brick with my name on it. Perhaps you know music guy Johann S. Lammerhirt by his mother’s last name, which was Bach. Do you recall a movie entitled “My Fair Lady”? Famous film star James Cagney was asked to play the part of Alfred P. Doolittle, but Cagney did not think that the film would be a hit and refused the role. Recently some poor soul in Switzerland was not familiar with the country’s automatic camera system used for vehicle speed control. He was cited for four speeding violations in less than two minutes. When queried about the situation, the driver said he kept turning around and going back through the speed zone because it appeared to him that someone was taking his picture, and he wanted to know what was going on. He found out. Be vigilant when in Can-
ada. There is a law there that forbids boarding any plane while it is in flight. In Hungary, Hungary is known as Magyar. Somebody with a large budget made what is likely the world’s longest (and most boring) commercial film. It is entitled “Cure For Insomnia” and requires just over 85 hours to watch the complete work. A bellowing hippopotamus in fine voice can be heard at least one mile away. One April day in 1902, a mountain near St. Pierre, Martinique, began to bulge and act like a steaming volcano ready to explode. The steam and ashes drove hundreds of poisonous snakes (mostly fer-de-lances) out of the countryside and into the areas occupied by people. About 50 people died from snake bites before the serpents were eradicated by people and domestic cats (yep, cats). No one came to the oak’s party. He never was poplar. I accidentally swallowed some food coloring. I feel like part of me dyed. Well, be careful while getting on Canadian planes and have a pleasant week.
New Neighbors coffee set for May 1 The New Neighbors Club will host its traditional Spring Hospitality Coffee from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. May 1. Members, guests and other interested individuals are welcome to participate in this festive event and enjoy culinary treats prepared by the board members. New Neighbors is a community-based organization, and for the past 37 years, has
hosted two hospitality coffees. One is held in December, and the spring coffee which is scheduled this year for May 1. The event allows friends to rekindle old friendships and have the opportunity to meet new ones. For more information about this event or New Neighbors, contact Mary Valentini at 799-4450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Page 8 • May 2015 • Golden Gazette Whether you liked Joan Rivers or not, she was a Hollywood icon and made the title of this column famous. When someone says, “Can we talk?” it is either going to be funny or very serious. This is a serious column about your health, although I’m fine if it gets a few laughs. Years ago I saw a small booklet titled, “Death Begins in the Colon.” In 2007, Dr. Edward F. Group III wrote a book titled, “Health Begins in the Colon.” By the titles of these two books, you get the message: our colon health is very important, the difference between life and death. So today I want to talk about the end product of the colon -- your poop. We know we eat food and poop out the part that is not used by the body to help with repairs. But do you know the signs your poop gives you about your health? The colon is a major detoxifying organ in the body, so we can see why pooping is so
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www.DrElvaEdwards.com important. Our world is more toxic than it has ever been, and many, if not most, of the dreaded diseases are diseases of toxicity. So listen up. I am going to liken your colon to your sewer pipes in your house. The sewer pipes take your trash out of your house, and the colon takes your trash out of your body. If your body and colon are working well, the trash should be taken out easily and be smooth and brown. Is yours? At the end of this article, I want you to categorize your poop. If your bowel movement is hard small balls that are difficult to pass, you likely need to take a probiotic. The bacteria in your gut that should be flourishing, is not. You
need to add some of the good bacteria in the form of a probiotic. If your poop is long and hard with lots of lumps and is difficult to pass, this is a sign that you need more fiber and more water. The poop has stayed in the intestines too long. It needs to be carried along faster. More water and fiber will allow the bowel movement to move faster through the colon. I think the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” was referring to the fiber in the apple. You can have a stool that ranges from loose to diarrhea. For the most part, it isn’t dangerous unless it continues. Sometimes nerves or stress can cause the loose
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stools. But we do need to be careful because it can be dehydrating to have diarrhea. To eliminate loose stools, try avoiding dairy and wheat. It is certainly worth a try. Just avoid them for three weeks and see if your bowels selfcorrect. Many reactions are food-based. If you have diarrhea for an extended period of time, you need to see a doctor. You are not able to absorb the nutrients if the bowel moves through too quickly. The color of your stool is important. Most people know that a black stool normally means there could be bleeding further up the system, like in the stomach. If it is red, the color of bright red blood, you are being told that most likely you have a hemorrhoid. Often they aren’t dangerous, but can be uncomfortable enough that people elect to have surgery. A hemorrhoid is simple: the vein is swollen and causes pain. If your stools are a green color, then it is showing some of the bile that it picked up
Diabetes SelfManagement and Nutrition Classes 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 eight weeks. Participants are presented with a wealth of information and instruction for diabetes management. The classes are free and open to the public. Contact Josh Moreno at 806-765-2611 x1007 for upcoming class information.
going through the digestive track. That means that the poop didn’t stay in the digestive tract quite long enough to have used all the bile. Yellow poop most commonly means there is a problem with the digestion, and your food isn’t being broken down properly. Sometimes people need digestive enzymes to help with this problem. It is time for you to categorize your poop. If your bowels are not functioning normally, see if you can take a few suggestions and help them return to a normal status. You can go to my blog at drelvaedwards.com and leave a comment about this article or questions you might have. You can leave a suggestion for a future article. Let me know what you would like to read about. Until next month, enjoy the seasonal weather.
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Severe weather safety checklist for seniors
With severe weather season upon us, older adults may be among the most vulnerable victims when disasters strike. That’s why Home Instead Senior Care has issued a disaster safety preparation checklist to help prepare seniors for the possibility of natural disasters. Disaster prep checklist for seniors: * Tune in. Contact the local emergency management ofﬁce to learn about the most likely natural disasters to strike your area. Stay abreast of what’s going on through local radio or television. * Take stock. Decide what your senior can or can’t do in
the event of a natural disaster. Make a list of what would be needed if a disaster occurred. For example, if your loved one is wheelchair-bound, determine an evacuation strategy ahead of time. Prepare for whatever disaster could hit the area. * To go or to stay? When deciding to evacuate, older adults should go sooner rather than later. By waiting too long, they may be unable to leave if they require assistance. * Make a plan. Schedule a family meeting to develop a plan of action. Include in your plan key people – such as neighbors, friends, relatives
and professional caregivers – who could help. * Meet up. Designate a place to meet relatives or key support network people outside the house, as well as a second location outside the neighborhood, such as a school or church. Practice the plan twice a year. * Get up and “Go Kit.” Have an easy-to-carry backpack including three days non-perishable food and water with an additional four days of food and water readily accessible at home. Have at least one gallon of bottled water per person per day. Refresh and replace your supplies twice a year. And don’t
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forget the blanket and paper products such as toilet paper. * Pack extras and copies. Have at least a one-month supply of medication on hand at all times. Make ready other important documents in a waterproof protector including copies of prescriptions, car title registration and driver’s license, insurance documents, and bank account numbers, and spare checkbook. Also take extra eyeglasses and hearing-aid batteries. Label every piece of important equipment or personal
item in case they are lost. * Your contact list. Compile a contact list and include people on a senior’s support network as well as doctors and other important healthcare professionals. * If you can’t be there. If you’re not living close by to help your loved one, enlist the help of family or friends, or contact a professional caregiving company. For more information about disaster preparedness visit homeinstead.com.
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Volunteer Opportunities and Information: Benevolence program St. John’s United Methodist Church Benevolence Program is in need of volunteers each Tuesday from 1-3 p.m. Volunteers will assist in food voucher program (redeemed at South Plains Food Bank), distribution of hygiene items, translator (Spanish) for clients who do not understand or unable to communicate in English, and beneﬁts assistant who will deal directly with clients. Basic computer skills required. Contact Wes Gaddie at 361-244-2335.
Christmas cards, personal size toiletries, games, and other items are packed for this effort. We need groups to sign Christmas Cards (can be Sunday School groups, children’s organizations, social groups), donations of ‘free stuff’, and decks of cards. Items labeled with a company logo (pens, sticky pads, golf tees, and other small items) are recommended. If you have 1 or 10 – we can use them. Contact the Lubbock RSVP ofﬁce at 743-7787.
Stockings for servicemen In 2014, Lubbock RSVP and its volunteers assisted in providing more than 4,000 stockings for servicemen serving overseas. This is a true community effort that takes many months to complete. We are gearing up for 2015, and if you or your group would like to help – we can use the assistance. Old Christmas cards, new
Gentiva Hospice Gentiva Hospice has opportunities for volunteers in the Lubbock community. There are a variety of ways to provided assistance. Some needs are patient focused or administrative. Hospice volunteers provide socialization, veteran-toveteran visits, music outreach, pet therapy, and respite care relief. Groups and/or individuals are encouraged to apply. Training is provided and equips the volunteers to service in a variety of settings and time frames. Contact Katherine McLamore at (806) 831-1664 to discuss options available for you.
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Wind Power Center American Wind Power Center hosts the largest collection of windmills in the world. Windmills are not only historical artifacts – they hold value in the form of history, art, engineering, science and math. The center has 28 acres of land to maintain and is in need of people who are willing to ride a tractor, ride a lawnmower, or run a weedeater. There is also a need for volunteers to assist in the museum and assist visitors. Contact Tanya Meadows at 806-474-8734. Volunteers in nursing facility StarCare Specialty System is looking for volunteers to visit with individuals in a nursing facility who have intellectual disability, developmental disability, or related conditions. If you have a little time during your busy week, call Kristin Tovar at 806-2152942, and she will help you ﬁnd a date and time right for you. Volunteers on call ‘Volunteers on Call’ is looking for you. Often, groups need assistance with mail-outs, registrations, or other special projects. If you would like to be added to this list, contact the RSVP office at 743-7787. When opportunities arise – you will be notiﬁed, and if you can help, that is great. Today is a great day to volunteer. ‘It is easy to make a buck. It is a lot tougher to make a difference.’ – Tom Brokaw
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Just Thinking: Uninformed or Ill-informed? Which is worse? By Rollin A Long I want your opinion: Which is worse: to be uninformed or ill-informed? What is the difference? Would you say that not knowing anything is better than knowing the wrong things? There is so much misinformation floating around. Because of that, people struggle with what truth is. None of us want to believe we are being lied to. Unless a person is fortunate enough to actually know about a subject, it can be difficult to sort out.
There are many examples in history of persecutions taking place because the people in control thought they knew otherwise. Copernicus was burned at the stake for saying the Earth rotated around the sun? Look up the story of Galileo and how he was persecuted. Columbus set sail partially to try to prove that the Earth was round even though thinking people of his day already knew the earth was round. The key word of that statement is “thinking” people.
the norm during that time. Just think how many lives were saved before birth control became legal. Was that because the general public was uninformed or ill-informed? How many political candidates have been elected or not because of untrue political advertisements? What is the problem with humanity that people mostly believe hurtful, derogatory things about each other? Taking responsibility for finding the truth is a serious issue and one that has been written about several times. Do any of us want to be guilty crystal obelisk, a portrait, and of believing mean and hurtful things? Obviously, the answer $10,000. A total of six teachers in to that question is “yes.” How long ago did you Lubbock County are selected learn that the American/Japaannually to receive the Newton Award, and this year three nese citizens were interred in prison camps during WWII? of the six are from LISD. Wayne Reaud is chairman of the board of the Beaumont Foundation. “Education is the key to a better future and great teachers are the key to education,” Reaud said. “Our winners are outstanding representatives of excellence in education.” Columbus was mostly focused on finding riches in the “New World.” Women went to jail because they smuggled birth control supplies into the country in beer bottles. Birth control was legal in England but not in the United States. Beer was imported from England to the United States. Some clever, caring women filled empty beer bottles with diaphragms and sent them to the United States in order to improve the health and safety of women. Back alley abortions were
Teachers Selected for Beaumont Awards
Three Lubbock ISD teachers were recently announced as Beaumont Foundation Newton Excellence in Education Award winners. The teachers are Kendra Anderson from Roscoe Wilson Elementary; Joshua Allen from the Talkington School for Young Women Leaders; and Samuel Whitfill of Estacado High School. As a part of the Beaumont Foundation’s ongoing commitment to supporting education, the Frank and Nancy
Newton Excellence in Education Award was created to recognize superior contributions of teachers whose leadership and dedication inspire a spirit of learning in students of all backgrounds and learning abilities. The program also strives to provide public recognition and financial incentives to teachers who are furthering excellence in their profession. Each award recipient will be honored at an awards gala on May 13 and receive a
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They lost their land, jobs and possessions because of unfounded suspicion even though they were second- and third-generation Americans. Did that come about because of others being uninformed or mis-informed? Finding sources you can trust can be challenging. Being astute enough to consult various magazines, TV stations, radio commentators, or other sources can take serious time and evaluation. Even a lifetime of study cannot insulate us from making mistakes of judgment. Evaluating your resources can result in fewer mistakes of judgment. You will begin to see a pattern emerge, and that alone will alert you to the probability of what you are about to read or hear. Now it becomes your choice.
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Covenant Health Breaks Ground on Northwest Clinic Officials with Covenant 30 on a 24,800 square-foot Lubbock, at north Frankford Health and Covenant Medi- Family Healthcare and Ur- Avenue and Erskine Road. cal Group broke ground April gent Care Clinic in northwest The project is consistent with the transition to a population health-management approach to care, in which Covenant can deliver primary care services closer to where Join us for Sunday worship at 10 a.m. residents live and work. The project will provide † Classic Worship † Quality Teaching the community with state† Biblical Preaching of-the art facilities designed from patient/family-centered 1215 Slide Road 799-8691 design elements. Situated on the northwest corner of Frankford Avenue and Erskine Street, the new clinic will serve local families and those who live along the Highway 84 corridor, including Shallowater, Littlefield, Anton, Sudan and surrounding areas. The Covenant Medical Group Northwest Clinic will What do you take with you? How do you get it there? complement the multispecialty group of 170 physicians. “The people of West Texas take care of each other,” said Kristen Kothmann, vice president and chief operating officer of Covenant Medical Group. “When you need qualWhat do you do with what doesn’t fit? ity health care close to home, Covenant Health is right here. Bonded & Insured We are ‘Keeping the CovEach office is independently owned & operated. Senior Relocation Downsizing Estate Sales enant’ by bringing a modern 806-686-3360 primary care and urgent care www.caringtransitionslubbock.com clinic to northwest Lubbock.”
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Six family practice physicians will staff the clinic Monday through Friday and see patients by appointment in the primary care clinic. Kothmann said the design of the clinic creates a quiet, streamlined environment. The adjacent urgent care center will serve walk-in patients and be staffed by two physicians. “Urgent Care will have extended hours, giving patients access to care on evenings and weekends,” Kothmann said. Both clinics will share a full-service lab and x-ray facility, which means same-day results for patients. As part of the primary care clinic, a specialty clinic will feature a different medical specialist on a weekly rotation, including cardiology and orthopedics. Specialists will see patients referred by urgent care and primary care physicians.
Also on site is a group education room, which Kothmann said will be used for community wellness classes. Covenant Health kicked off its capital improvement project called “Keeping the Covenant” on March 24, unveiling many changes and renovations, to bring the latest in facility design and advanced technology to better serve the people of the West Texas and eastern New Mexico region. Keeping the Covenant includes major renovations of current facilities, new construction, and technology upgrades. Slated to be completed in five to seven years, Keeping the Covenant is beginning with expansion and renovation of the Joe Arrington Cancer Center and the main Covenant Medical Center campus, as well as the addition of the northwest clinic.
Step Up to Fitness for Adults Community Health Center of Lubbock is offering free exercise classes, the first Monday of every month, from 7 to 8 p.m., at the Arnett Benson Medical & Dental Clinic, 3301 Clovis Road. The program focuses on prevention and healthy living. For more information and registration, contact Yvonne at 7652611, x1009.
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Empathy rules when dealing with a stubborn loved one Is there any ‘magic bullet’ to cure the frustration caused by a loved one who won’t cooperate with you? According to people who responded to the article “How to Cope with 3 Common Caregiver Frustrations,” there is -- empathy. Put yourself in your loved one’s shoes to try to understand what life is like for them, and you may ﬁnd your anger and stress diminish. Here’s what a few family caregivers had to say about using empathy to counter the frustration of dealing with a stubborn loved one. “Patience is absolutely necessary when doing this, and remember it could just as easily be us going through it. Please try to be empathetic and patient. I take a few deep breaths when I get stressed and think of what if it were me as the patient?” - PJA “The hardest but most important thing to remember when taking care of loved ones with medical and men-
tal conditions is that they are probably a thousand times more frustrated than you are. They are trapped with bodies and /or minds that don’t work like they used to, and they have to rely on someone else for the simplest things.” - Linda
“I have been taking care of my wheelchair-bound father who is 90 years old now for the last ﬁve years. He was disabled by strokes. Unfortunately my dad suffered permanent damage to his brain which altered his emotions, his character, and his ability
to reason. He literally can’t help it. Once I realized this, it made coping with the tantrums and unreasonable behavior easier for me.” - Cheri “Just as a loving mother shows miraculous patience with her young child, so we must return that patience as
they age. When we do it with love, we get a much better response than when we are frustrated. Then, imagine how frustrated you would be if most of the control of your life was removed from your power.” - Mary -- www.homeinsteadinc.com
Estacado student named Dell Scholar
Estacado High School senior Micheal Jones has been named a Dell Scholar by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. The Dell Scholar award provides $20,000 in ﬁnancial support as well as a laptop and textbook credits. It also provides ongoing support and assistance to address all of the emotional, lifestyle and ﬁnancial challenges that college students face. Jones is the vice president of the Estacado student council and vice president of the National Honor Society. He participated in Academic Decathlon during his junior
and senior years and is currently in the Law and Justice Program at Estacado. Jones hopes to attend the University of Texas in Austin and major in biology, while minoring in sociology. The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation awards 300 scholarships annually, and since 2004, has provided students with more than $60 million in scholarships and support services. The Dell Scholars Program places Micheal Jones greater emphasis on a stuars: Kendra Williams, Zahdent’s determination to suc- grit, potential and ambition. Between 2004-2007, the kiya Green, Leondrick Washceed than their academic record and test scores. The Dell following Estacado students ington, Courtney Favors and Scholar GPA requirement is were also named Dell Schol- Bradley Duvall. Caption:
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footTech Shoe Store and Spa Go Extra Mile for Customers’ Comfort By Cara Vandergriff footTech is a Lubbock shoe store and foot spa that specializes in all things feet. The shoe store, located at 4206 19th St., strives to make sure guests receive the best pair of shoes for their unique needs. The staff at footTech customize their product selection based on the store’s
different types of customers: athletes, people recovering from surgery, workers who are on their feet for long periods of time, and people with a desire to care for their feet. footTech specializes in properly ﬁtted shoes, caring for everything from plantar fasciitis (a common cause of heel pain) and heel spurs,
to exercise-related injuries, post-surgery shoes, sciatica (a common cause of leg pain), and achy, tired feet. footTech takes pride in customizing its products to ﬁt each customer’s speciﬁc needs, as well as paying attention to details to ensure maximum comfort. Arlene Spearman, manager of footTech Spa, said the shoe store is unique because of the special attention its Free community employees papers like the one pay to the you’re reading today are thriving. In fact, free speciﬁc needs community publications have of the feet. been able to maintain nearly 99% “When you of their readership since the turn of the millenium. We love the come in, they communities we serve, and we measure you, couldn’t do it without your support. they observe Thank you! the way you walk, they check your arch, and they suggest what type of shoe they think is perfect for your foot,” Spearman said. “They know feet, and they know what
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shoes belong on your feet.” More information is available at www.foottechlubbock.com. footTech also has a partner spa, footTech Spa, that provides a safe place for cosmetic foot and hand care and massage. The spa, which is located inside the shoe store, specializes in waterless pedicures and manicures, which help avoid the potential for cross contamination associated with soaking. Spearman and the staff of footTech Spa pride themselves not only on having advanced nail technician knowledge and training, but also on running a salon that is safe, clean, and committed to providing customers with the healthiest salon experience possible. Spearman said she and her staff have advanced knowledge of sterilization and sanitation, as well as awareness of the potentially dangerous diseases that can spread in a spa environment. “The benefit of doing the waterless pedicures is that we don’t have to
worry about any crosscontamination that comes from sharing a water basin with other customers,” Spearman said. “When you soak your feet in a public water basin that hasn’t been disinfected properly, you get to share germs with the people that were there before you. We don’t do that here.” footTech Spa autoclaves all reusable implements. An autoclave is a high temperature and pressure machine used to sterilize tools in many healthcare settings, such as hospitals and dental ofﬁces. Spearman said tools used on customers that cannot be autoclaved are either given to the customer after the appointment or thrown away. (See footTech Spa, Page 15)
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Two Positions filled at Lubbock schools
Dorthery G. West, Ed.D., was named assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction at Lubbock ISD. West comes to Lubbock from Garland ISD where she serves as the district’s area director. Her background includes substantial administrative experience at both the district and campus levels. She received her doctorate in education administration Dorthery G. West from Texas A&M UniversityCommerce, her master’s from ate degree from Cameron Texas Women’s University in University in Lawton, OklaDenton, and her undergradu- homa.
Stephens is currently the principal at Wright Elementary, where she has served since 2013. Prior to Wright, Stephens was the principal at Bozeman Elementary. Before becoming principal at Bozeman, she was an assistant principal at the school. She also served as an assistant principal at Murfee, Ramirez and Parkway elementary schools. Amy Stephens Stephens is a native of Amy Stephens will fill the Littlefield. She earned her position of principal at Bay- bachelor’s in education from less Elementary. Angelo State University in
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“It’s not the cheap way of doing things, but it’s the safest and the best way,” Spearman said. footTech nail technicians provide cosmetic hand and foot care while keeping the clients’ safety as a primary focus. All nail technicians at footTech Spa are required to receive advanced certification focusing on the safety of the client. “We stay within our licensed scope of practice,” Spearman said. “We don’t diagnose anything, but we can recognize when something is out of the ordinary and do not hesitate to refer the client to a healthcare provider. “There is no reason to put your health and safety at risk when receiving a pedicure or manicure service,” Spearman said. “Our training, practices, and products all
contribute to the client’s safety. “We have a variety of clients. We have both men and women who want a relaxing experience while having their calluses reduced and nails groomed. We also have numerous clients with diabetes who need safe, ongoing, cosmetic care of their feet. The spa offers pedicure services ranging from the Ultimate Pedicure for $60 to the Pedi-on-the-Go for $20. Manicure services range from the Ultimate Manicure for $45 to the Mani-on-the-Go for $20. footTech Spa also offers massages. The location inside footTech Shoe Store is perfect for providing sports massages. The massage therapist also specializes in trigger point, myofascial, and foot massages. Prices range from $25 to $70. More information is available at www.foottechspa.com.
Cinco de Mayo Cruise & Festival The East Lubbock Community Alliance will celebrate Cinco de Mayo by uniting to celebrate and providing education on resources community members have at their disposal. The cruise will begin at 2 p.m. May 3, and will end at Mae Simmons Park,
where there will be free food, refreshments and entertainment. The event is sponsored by East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood, and everything is free. For questions, contact Claudia Bustos at 806-765-2611 x1024.
1997 and began teaching in Lubbock ISD that same year. She later obtained a master’s in educational administration from LCU.
Coffee for a Cause
Learn more about the Community Health Center of Lubbock at 8:30 a.m. May 14, at 1318 Broadway in the Sister Mary Kathleen Room. The Building a Healthier West Texas Capital Campaign will be discussed. Complimentary breakfast goodies and refreshments provided.
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Mortality & Blood Pressure Linked to Relationship Quality Several studies have shown that stress and negative marital quality can influence mortality and blood pressure, but until
now, none have discussed how it might affect married couples over time. Using systolic blood pressure as a gauge, re-
LHS Administrator Named Assistant Principal of the Year Lubbock High School Assistant Principal Allyson Haveman was recently selected by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals Board of Directors as the high school assistant principal of the year for Region 17. Candidates for assistant principal of the year are selected based upon the excellence they have demonstrated in the following areas: professional growth and development, collaborative leadership, instruction and assessment, and personalization, letters of recommendation, and the interview with committee members. “We are proud to have assistant principals such as Allyson Haveman be rec-
ognized for their service to students,” said Archie McAfee, director of the principals board, “and Allyson are excited Haveman that she is the high school assistant principal of the year. Doug Young is the principal at Lubbock High. “Allyson Haveman has done a tremendous job while serving as assistant principal at Lubbock High. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our leadership team. Her energy, enthusiasm and wit have been infectious among our staff.”
searchers from the University of Michigan have assessed whether an individual’s blood pressure is influenced by his or her own, as well as his or her partner’s, reports of chronic stress — and whether there are gender differences in these patterns. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences has published these findings in an article titled “Implications of Chronic Stress and Negative Relationship Quality for Blood Pressure among Older Couples: Evidence of Dyadic Effects.” Kira S. Birditt, the article’s lead author, said she and her colleagues were excited about these findings because they show the effects of stress and negative relationship quality are truly dyadic in nature. Dyadic means being a group of two. “An individuals’ physiology is closely linked with not only his or her own experiences, but the experiences and perceptions of their spouses,” she said.
“We were particularly fascinated that husbands were more sensitive to wives’ stress than the reverse, especially given all of the work indicating that wives are more affected by the marital tie. “We speculate that this finding may result from husband’s greater reliance on wives for support which may not be provided when wives are more stressed.” The findings support previous research that asserts stress and relationship quality have both direct and moderating effects on the cardiovascular system. This research also indi-
cates that it is important to consider the couple as a whole rather than the individual when examining marriage and health. The study revealed that wives’ stress has important implications for husbands’ blood pressure, particularly in more negative relationships. Specifically looking at the effects of negative relationship quality, researchers found that effects weren’t recognized when examining individuals, but they were when examining interactions between both members of a couple. -- The Gerontological Society of America
Murfee named development director Karen Murfee has been named the new Community Development Director for the Community Development department with the City of Lubbock. Karen graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in family studies. As a non-traditional student at Tech, Karen worked for Dr. Elizabeth Haley as her personal assistant. Karen first worked for the city for seven years in the Community De-
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Barefoot urge My feet have been prisoners under the guard of conventions through many summers, but I have not forgotten the hot sand’s blistering my toes and the blessedness of trees. The last few steps before I reached the cool carpet of shade always seemed the longest. I will not feel ashamed if I should continue to feel an enchanting urge to remove my shoes and wade after a summer rain. Love is a crimson sail Love is the crimson sail against the sunset when the crystal river of youth washes the soul’s little craft from the secure harbor into turquoise sea. The winds of understanding press against the cloth woven strong in the loom of years, and the loosened anchor seeks unfamiliar depths for a hold before the ship goes too far from the shore. From the dictionary Personally, I have yet to find a book as interesting as
the dictionary. It is the soil from which all spoken and written thoughts must secure their growth. It is all that ink has shaped or tongues have uttered, unspoiled by use. When winter comes Only a few days have passed since the sun gleamed against the golden leaves in the high branches of the cottonwoods, and now they stand so alone against the sky. The rugged and enduring of both trees and men is uncovered when winter comes and strips away the leaves and the cloak of youth. Like tempered steel Friendship is a bar of steel that goes into many fires, tempered in the white heat of doubt and finally left to the chill of understanding. If it is too brittle, it will break in the strain of association, and if it is too soft, it will twist and warp during the course of relationship. True friendship achieves the happy medium of an exacting consistence that will withstand many strains.
A man was sitting reading his papers when his wife hit him round the head with a frying pan. ‘What was that for?’ the man asked. The wife replied, ‘That was for the piece of paper with the name Jenny on it that I found in your pants pocket’. The man then said, ‘When I was at the races last week, Jenny was the name of the horse I bet on.’ The wife apologized and went on with the housework. Three days later the man is watching TV when his wife bashes him on the head with an even bigger frying pan, knocking him unconscious. Upon re-gaining consciousness the man asked why she had hit again. Wife replied. ‘Your horse phoned.’
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What is Successful Aging? Gerontologists Strive to Build Consensus Scholars have long debated what successful aging is, how to measure it, and how to promote it. But the latest issue of The Gerontologist lays the groundwork for building consensus on the topic — while pointing out that the answer may differ among academics and the general public, as well as across populations and demographic groups. “With an enhanced understanding of what successful aging is, we will be in a stronger position to develop interventions that will enable more people to age successfully,” said The Gerontologist Editor Rachel Pruchno, Ph.D., in the issue’s opening editorial. “The sheer number of people comprising the baby boom generation transformed academic interest in successful aging to a public policy imperative. Now more than ever, it is critical to develop science that empowers people to experience the best old age possible.” The topic of successful aging reached new heights of popularity following a 1987 study by John W. Rowe, M.D., and Robert L. Kahn, Ph.D., titled “Human Aging: Usual and Successful,” which appeared in Science. They followed up with a subsequent article in The Gerontologist (and later book) titled “Successful Aging.” Their work helped the ﬁeld of gerontology evolve from one arguably ﬁxated on loss to one characterized by heterogeneity and the potential for growth. In the latter piece, they wrote that “successful aging is multidimensional, encompassing the avoidance of
disease and disability, the maintenance of high physical and cognitive function, and sustained engagement in social and productive activities.” Now, through a series of 16 articles in The Gerontologist, top researchers in the ﬁeld have looked back at the progress made over the past 28 years — and whether or not Rowe and Kahn’s analysis is still relevant. Some of the journal’s authors even suggest that the concept of successful aging should be abandoned, pointing to social inequalities and the problems associated with labeling a person as an “unsuccessful ager.” The issue includes a number of groundbreaking studies involving several segments of the U.S. population. For example, one of the articles reports on the ﬁrst study to examine physical and mental health quality of life among the older LGBT population, (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender). Another entry uses queer theory to explore the experiences of transgender persons who contemplate or pursue a gender transition later in life. A further article addresses the growing body of literature suggesting that black women experience a number of social challenges that may present as barrier to aging successfully. Together, they demonstrate the necessity for gerontological theory to address how social, cultural, behavioral, and environmental constructs affect physical health and psychological well-being, while guiding policy, health care services, and research among
diverse race and gendered populations. The Gerontologist also contains articles examining successful aging across cultures. It reports that young, middle-aged, and older lay persons from the U.S. and Germany have quite similar concepts of successful aging, which they view in far more multidimensional terms than do established scientiﬁc theories. This demonstrates that laypersons’ views of successful aging pose scientific challenges because they include a
much wider variety of factors than are considered in most theoretical models. A separate study examines labor force participation rates and life expectancy among Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Countries — and ﬁnds that member nations with older adults who remain active in a paid work capacity tend to have elders who live longer. “Nearly three decades after Rowe and Kahn’s initial article was published, it is incumbent on gerontologists
to use the conceptual and empirical knowledge base that now exists to develop consensus about what successful aging is and how it should be measured,” Pruchno wrote. “We should approach this goal knowing that our measures will not be perfect, but at least our ﬁndings will be comparable. Advancing this work will help us learn how individuals can experience successful aging regardless of their social or health conditions.” -- Source: The Gerontological Society of America
Innocent man on death row spoke at Texas Tech A victim of unjust incarceration on death row was exonerated in 2002. Texas Tech University’s Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center hosted Juan Melendez, who gave a presentation in April called “Presumed Guilty: An Extraordinary Story of Injustice, Survival and Hope on America’s Death Row.” In 1984, Melendez was convicted of ﬁrstdegree murder and sentenced to death in Polk
County, Florida, based solely on the testimony of two highly incentivized witnesses. Three separate appeals were dismissed by the Florida Supreme Court before new evidence was discovered. He is a member of the Witness to Innocence Project, and his story has been told in “Juan Melendez 6446,” an internationally acclaimed documentary, and “One for Ten,” a series of ﬁlms about innocence and death row.
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What families should know: Managing personal property
By Nan Hayes for Caring Transitions By legal definition, personal property is everything that is the subject of ownership that does not come under the denomination of real property (real estate). Personal property is legally divided into two major categories: (1) corporeal personal property, including such items as animals, merchandise, and jewelry; and (2) incorporeal personal property, comprised of such rights as stocks, bonds, patents, and copyrights. As the nations’ leading expert in move management and liquidation of “corporeal” property, Caring Transitions offers the following tips and advice for families who need to downsize, reorganize, move or sell personal property. Moving Property As we grow older, moving gets more and more complicated because we have more “stuff” to move as the years go by. We also experience increasingly complex relocations that may involve health and mobility issues in later life. Move management services, such as those provided by Caring Transitions, help families reduce stress and lower moving costs. These services typically include a move plan, packing, unpacking, decluttering, and the sale, donation, or dispersal of unwanted property. What to look for: - A high standard of service. - Solid reputation. - Good referrals.
- Fully trained, insured and vetted employees. - Liability insurance, worker’s comp. - Reliable pricing and project estimating tools. - Find companies who specialize in older adults and who can offer all service inhouse to create a seamless, stress-free transition. - Willing to disclose all fees up front and contract services through formal, written agreement. - The company can adhere to your timeline and is focused on helping you achieve your objectives first and foremost. Companies who can provide a variety of liquidation options are ideal, especially for people who live in gated communities, or who have fewer items to sell. Services should be hired under contractual agreement and fees, and payments should be discussed prior to any work being done. Companies who are industry certified adhere to industry ethics and have met competency standards which exceed other organizations. Van lines, or those who actually transport your property, have their own set of regulations. You can find out how to avoid common moving scams through the government’s “Protect Your Move” program. You can also find reliable movers who have been awarded the “Pro Mover” designation from the American Moving and Storage Association. Organizing or Downsizing Property Professional organizing is
a growing industry. The National Association of Professional Organizers has more than 5,000 members who offer a variety of services for business and home. These operations specialize in organizing everything from closets to kitchens. While many individually owned companies may have a high standard of service, Caring Transitions is the only professional, national company to provide organizing, downsizing, and decluttering services. Selling Property Families are subject to the most risk when hiring companies to help with their liquidation services. The liquidation industry accounts for hundreds of thousands in annual revenues, but remains largely unregulated. As the nation’s only national provider for estate sale and online auctions, Caring Transitions has taken great steps to offer consumers a professional, safe and ethical environment in which to sell personal property. Plan Ahead In many cases, projects related to personal property start out small, then seem to increase in size and complexity. Planning ahead and understanding the final objective may help families avoid being overwhelmed. For more information, contact Heather and Jose Arjona, 806-470-0213, harjona@ CaringTransitions.net. ©2015 Caring Transitions. -- From Caring Transitions Newsletter; Reprinted with permission
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Watercolor Society spring exhibit, May 1 to June 14, at the Buddy Holly Center, 1801 Crickets Ave. West Texas Watercolor Society. Each Tuesday: TOPS, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Life Run Center, 8240 Boston Ave., weigh in 4 to 5:25, meeting 5:30, 787-1045. Each Wednesday: Wednesdays at the Arboretum, help plant, clean, maintain Lubbock Memorial Arboretum gardens, 4111 University, 797-4520 for details. Laughter Yoga, Covenant Lifestyle Center, 6th Floor, East Parking Garage, 3615 19th St., 5:30 p.m., 725-0708, www.laughteryoga. com Each Friday: Make A Joyful Noise Ministries, Asbury House Of Prayer Brown Room, 2005 Ave T, 544-7310 Bible Study Men and Women, 6 to 7 p.m., Talk Time (women only), 7 to 8 p.m., Irene McGaha 544-7310, firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, May 1 – May Day First Friday Art Trail, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., All Ages, Free. The Buddy Holly Center will provide an opportunity for patrons to enjoy fine art, entertainment, and refreshments at the center for free. Buddy Holly Center, 1801 Crickets Ave, 806.775.3562
New Neighbors Spring Hospitality Coffee -- 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Members, guests and other interested individuals are welcome to participate in this festive event and enjoy culinary treats prepared by the board members. Call 7994450 or email newneigbors@ ymail.com. Saturday, May 2 – Baby Day The Roundtable Luncheon - Joe Scarborough speaking on “What Is The Center for Global Understanding?” 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Hillcrest Country Club Main Dining Room, 4011 N. Boston Ave. $15 per person, limited menu includes beverage and dessert. Sunday, May 3 – Lumpy Rug Day Cinco de Mayo Cruise & Festival -- 2 p.m. Mae Simmons Park, free food, refreshments and entertainment. 806-765-2611 x1024. Monday, May 4 – Bird Day Tuesday, May 5 – Cinco de Mayo Wednesday, May 6 –Nurses Day Thursday, May 7 – Tourism Day Family Promise lunch -- free Community Lunch 11:45 a.m. at First Christian Church, 2323 Broadway; learn about the mission of Family Promise and the impact it has on homeless families in the area. Call 744-5035 if you would like to attend the lunch.
See the online calendar at www.LubbockSeniorSource.com. Click on “Enriching Lives Calendar” Friday, May 8 – V-E Day Saturday, May 9 – Birth Mother’s Day Wolfforth Water Expo -- from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Frenship High School, main entrance on the east side. “Water—It Matters” is the theme for this year’s free event. Speakers, exhibitors, and vendors will provide a wide range of information about xeric landscaping, water conservation in the home and landscape, rainwater harvesting, and other water-related subjects. Lemonade Day -- When you see one of those lemonade stands, stop by and help support the youth of the community. www. lubbock.lemonadeday.org. Wire Drawings, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Ages 12+, $12. In this workshop, participants will learn how to take the two-dimensional world of drawing and bring it into the three-dimensional world of sculpture. For more information or to register please contact the Buddy Holly Center, 1801 Crickets Ave, 806.775.3562 The Roundtable Luncheon - Lou Ortiz on Honoring Our Veterans by an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. with Howard Mercer a World War II Veteran who went on an Honor Flight. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Hillcrest Country Club Main Dining Room, 4011 N. Boston Ave. $15
per person, limited menu includes beverage and dessert.
Wings Museum, 6202 N. I-27, 806.775.3049
Sunday, May 10 – Mother’s Day
Sunday, May 17 – Pack Rat Day
Monday, May 11 – Eat What You Want Day
Monday, May 18 – Visit Your Relatives Day
Tuesday, May 12 – Limerick Day Quilters – The Chaparral Quilters Guild, 7 p.m. Garden & Arts Center, 4215 S. University. For more info, 788-0856.
(See Enriching Lives, Page 23)
Wednesday, May 13 – Leprechaun Day Thursday, May 14 – Dance Like a Chicken Day Memory Care Support Group, Isle at Raider Ranch, 6806 43rd St., 5:30 p.m., 806-368-6565. Women’s self-defense class -- 6 to 8 p.m., a former Lubbock police officer will teach a six-hour women’s self-defense class at the UMC Activities Center, 5217 82nd Street, Suite 128. $50 per person for all three classes, 783-8829 or Julie.Dominguez@umchealthsystem.com.
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The best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person. When you’re in love, it shows. Just one person saying to me, ‘You’ve made my day!’ makes my day. Having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world. Being kind is more important than being right. You should never say no to a gift from a child. I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in some other way. No matter how serious your life requires you to be,
everyone needs a friend to act goofy with. Sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand. Simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult. Life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes. We should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for. Money doesn’t buy class. It’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular. Under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.
To ignore the facts does not change the facts. When you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you. Love, not time, heals all wounds. The easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am. Everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile. No one is perfect until you fall in love with them. Life is tough, but I’m tougher. Opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss. When you harbor bitter-
ness, happiness will dock elsewhere. I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time before she passed away. One should keep his words both soft and tender because tomorrow he may have to eat them. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. When your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, you’re hooked for life. Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it. The less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.
There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.”
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Women’s self-defense class, May 14, 21, 28 A women’s self-defense class is set for three Thursdays in May. From 6 to 8 p.m. on May 14, May 21, and May 28, a former Lubbock police officer will teach a six-hour women’s self-defense class at the UMC Activities Center, 5217 82nd Street, Suite 128. Kristi Wuensche has a first degree Black Belt in Krav Maga defensive tactics and Taekwondo. Cost is $50 per person. Wuensche will teach de-
fensive techniques, physical and mental, that can protect a person in potentially harmful situations. She stresses the importance of mental awareness and minimizing situations by using common sense. By the end of the class, participants will know and be able to demonstrate the basic defensive techniques and be prepared to act. There are a limited number of spaces available, so preregistration with payment is required.
How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these. - George Washington Carver
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Sunday, May 24 – Escargot Day
Tuesday, May 19 – Boys & Girls Club Day
Monday, May 25 – Memorial Day
Wednesday, May 20 – Be a Millionaire Day Thursday, May 21 – Memo Day Summer Showcase Concert Series – Element – R & B and Funk at the Buddy Holly Center, 1801 Crickets, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Meadows Courtyard, original and unique Texas-made music; free; cash bar, food, and beverages available for purchase. No outside beverages allowed. Women’s self-defense class -- 6 to 8 p.m., a former Lubbock police officer will teach a six-hour women’s self-defense class at the UMC Activities Center, 5217 82nd Street, Suite 128. $50 per person for all three classes, 783-8829 or Julie.Dominguez@umchealthsystem.com. Friday, May 22 – Buy a Musical Instrument Day Saturday, May 23 – Jazz Day YWCA Sun ‘N Fun Festival -- kick off summertime fun and Memorial Day weekend, at Sun ‘N Fun adjacent to Leftwich Park,62nd & Elgin Avenue. Begins at 9:30 a.m. with the 5k Orange Race, with the Team Obstacle Challenge at 10 a.m. Registration fee $25. ywcalubbock.org.
Tuesday, May 26 – Sally Ride Day Wednesday, May 27 – Sun Screen Day Lecture series to educate about medicines – 4 p.m. The Garrison Institute on Aging Healthy Aging Lecture Series. Dr. Trista Bailey will explain the importance of education in the medicines. Free; Academic Classroom Building (Room 100) on Texas Tech Health Sciences Center campus. Blood pressure screenings at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 28 – Amnesty International Day Summer Showcase Concert Series – John Sprott – Rock & Roll at the Buddy Holly Center, 1801 Crickets, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Meadows Courtyard, original and unique Texas-made music; free; cash bar, food, and beverages available for purchase. No outside beverages allowed. Women’s self-defense class -- 6 to 8 p.m., a former Lubbock police officer will teach a six-hour women’s self-defense class at the UMC Activities Center, 5217 82nd Street, Suite 128. $50 per person for all three classes, 783-8829 or Julie.Dominguez@umchealthsystem.com.
Friday, May 29 – Learn About Composting Wines & Vines Festival -- McPherson Cellars, 1615 Texas, 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday; $20 for one day (Friday or Saturday); $30 for both days; $15 per day without wine or beer tasting. McPherson Cellars, 806687-9463. Saturday, May 30 – Water a Flower Day The Roundtable Luncheon - Professor Brian Shannon speaking on NCAA supporting the student as a student-athlete in varsity sports. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Hillcrest Country Club Main Dining Room, 4011 N. Boston Ave. $15 per person, limited menu includes beverage and dessert. Wines & Vines Festival -- McPherson Cellars, 1615 Texas, 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday; $20 for one day (Friday or Saturday); $30 for both days; $15 per day without wine or beer tasting. McPherson Cellars, 806687-9463.
• Continuous Care at home during periods of pain or uncontrolled symptoms • Physician Services that may include Home Visits • Hospice/Home Health Aide Services
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Texas Tech Spring Commencement Speakers, May 15-16 Arcilia Acosta, president and CEO of CARCON Industries and Construction based in Dallas, will speak to the spring 2015 graduates of Texas Tech University on May 15-16. CARCON specializes in commercial, institutional and transportation design and construction. She is the founder of the company, into which she incorporated her father’s business when she was 34 years old. Acosta is a native Texan and graduated from Texas Tech in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and later graduated from Harvard University Business School. She has served as the president and CEO of CARCON for 15 years, with offices in Fort Worth, Houston, Corpus Christi and Midland. After founding CARCON, she created Southwestern Testing Laboratories in Dallas, a geotechnical engineering and construction materials
testing firm. Acosta has more than 20 years experience providing construction and program management for industrial, transportation, transit, civil, education and highway construction projects. “Arcilia Acosta’s drive and determination during her time as a student and upon graduation are testimonial of the spirit Texas Tech University instills in its students,” said M. Duane Nellis, Texas Tech president. “She is an accomplished businessperson and a wonderful example for our graduates. We are proud to have her speak and share her experiences with our future leaders.” Acosta and her companies have won more than 45 awards both locally and internationally. She has been recognized by Texas Diversity Magazine as one of the most influential and powerful women in Texas and as the “Hispanic Business Woman
of the Year” for three consecutive years. She serves on the national alumni board for Texas Tech and is a member of the National Women’s Energy Network. Acosta is a nationally recognized entrepreneur, speaker and philanthropist who has been recognized among women and businesses around the United States. In March, she was recognized as a top corporate board director in Hispanic Executive Magazine. Texas Tech’s School of Law also will have a commencement speaker for their hooding ceremony on May 16. Irma Carrillo Ramirez is a United States magistrate judge for the northern district of Texas, Dallas division. She was sworn into this position in 2002. During her time as a judge, she has handled hundreds of federal civil cases, matters and motions in different areas
as well as preliminary felony criminal proceedings, motions, trials and sentencings in misdemeanor and petty offense cases. She has authored more than 1,800 legal opinions in civil cases. Ramirez received her bach-
elor’s degree from West Texas A&M University in 1986 and later received her law degree in 1991 from Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas where she served as a Sarah T. Hughes Diversity fellow.
Sam Houston’s message to Comanches available online The famed Sam Houston letter to the Comanche chief’s from Dec. 3, 1836 is now available for examination online courtesy of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library at Texas Tech University. The historic letter is an overture for an alliance from Sam Houston, who was president of the Republic of Texas, to the Comanche chiefs inviting them to Columbia, Texas, which was the capital at the time. The communication hoped to persuade the Comanche to ally themselves with Texas rather than Mexico. Houston offered paints, tobacco, and blankets to the Comanche in exchange for horses, mules and buffalo robes. Freedonia Paschall, head of the Digitization Initiative at Texas Tech, made the announcement that the letter, along with other documents from the Temple Morrow Houston: Sam Houston Fam-
ily Papers, 1836-1969, were available. The family papers, which were collected by the Honorable Temple Houston Morrow, grandson of Samuel and Margaret Lea Houston, reveal the life of the Sam Houston family through letters, composed mainly by Mrs. Houston; and through assorted documents and receipts, which recorded some of the business transactions of the family during that era. Sam Houston’s correspondence is from the period when he served Texas as a United States Senator and as governor of the state. It also includes some letters written by Sam Houston, Jr., when he served with a confederate artillery battery in Louisiana. To examine the Houston letter online, go to http://hdl. handle.net/10605/98447. For more information, contact Freedonia Paschall at Freedonia.firstname.lastname@example.org or 806-742-3749.
Girl: ‘When we get married, I want to share all your worries, troubles and lighten your burden.’ Boy: ‘It’s very kind of you, darling, but I don’t have any worries or troubles.’ Girl: ‘Well, that’s because we aren’t married yet.’
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Atmos receives Watersmart Business Award
Atmos Energy has been awarded the Water-Smart Business Award for Spring Quarter 2015 by the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce. Each quarter, the Chamber recognizes members who have implemented water-saving measures -- anything from landscaping to rainfall capture systems to installing low-flow toilets, and active promotion of water conservation. Atmos Energy has been honored because of its water conservation techniques. Marinda Heinrich, manager of public affairs, said Atmos Energy’s conservation efforts include installing a cistern and xeriscape landscaping. Atmos Energy built a 24,000-gallon cistern to store rainwater. The cistern collects condensate from its building’s HVAC system, which includes gas heat pumps. The system collects 600 gallons per week just from condensate. Atmos Energy uses the non-potable water to flush toilets and water landscaping.
The only city water used by Atmos Energy is for faucets, drinking water, and ice machines. Along with the cistern, Atmos Energy drilled a well on its property to supplement the cistern only when needed. Xeriscape landscaping was installed, which requires watering once a month and mowed 2 to 3 times a year. “As a water conservation strategy, xeriscaping has many benefits aside,” Heinrich said. “It requires less maintenance, eliminates the use of fertilizer and pesticide, improves property values, and uses less water. Water Efficient Landscaping – 50 percent reduction, mandates reducing the use of potable water for landscape irrigation. If you are conserving water – inside or outside – at your place of business, or know someone who is, the WaterSmart Task Force would like to know, as you could be a candidate for this quarterly award. Email allison. email@example.com or call 806-761-7000 with your nomination.
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Association works for retired teachers’ benefits The Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) is prohibited from lobbying on behalf of teachers. Vital decisions that impact pension and health care plans for teachers are dependent solely upon legislative action. Teachers can get involved with the only organization that advocates for teachers – TRTA. Texas Retired Teachers Association was formed in 1953, and is the largest retired educator organization
in the country with more than 80,000 members. The association’s main goal is to improve retirement benefits for teachers. During the 83rd Legislative Session, TRTA convinced lawmakers to pass the first permanent cost-of-living increase since 2001. Senate Bill 1458 not only made the TRS pension fund actuarially sound, it also provided a 3 percent annual raise to 200,000 retirees.
TRS-Care is facing a $1 billion shortfall. If this budget shortfall is not addressed in the next legislative session, health care premiums could double. TRTA needs the help of teachers. Join TRTA to promote the rights and retirement security for teachers. Lubbock has a local affiliate of TRTA, the Lubbock-South Plains Retired Teachers Association. The local affiliate works to promote the professional, economic, intellectual, social, and healthy well-being of Region 17’s retired school employees and their spouses who receive Texas retirement benefits plus retirees from other Texas districts and other states. Monthly meetings are held the fourth Thursday of September, October, January, February, March,
April, and May. In November and December, the meeting is on the third Thursday of the month. Meeting are held at 11:30 at the Lubbock Womens Club, 2020 Broadway in Lubbock. For more information and to join, contact www.trta.org or call 1-800880-1650.
Attorney General said voter ID is essential The Texas Attorney General’s Office defended the state’s Voter ID law before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in late April. Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller presented arguments on behalf of the State of Texas before Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart and Judges Catharina Haynes and Nannette Jolivette Brown. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released the following statement: “Safeguarding the integrity of our elections process is essential to preserving our democracy, and the district court’s ruling should be reversed in full. “In Texas we have successfully held three statewide elections and numerous local and special elections with the voter ID law in place – with
no disenfranchisement reported. “Baseless attempts to undermine our voter ID law are motivated purely by political opposition, and have nothing to do with protecting one of our society’s most fundamental and important rights.” The Texas Legislature enacted Texas’ voter ID law in 2011 through Senate Bill 14 (SB14), which requires voters to present governmentissued photo ID when voting. The seven acceptable forms of photo ID include the following: a Texas driver’s license, free Texas election identification card (EIC), Texas personal identification card, Texas license to carry a concealed handgun, U.S. military identification card, U.S. citizenship certificate, and U.S. passport.
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The Last Cab Ride By Kent Nerburn I arrived at the address and honked the horn. After waiting a few minutes I honked again. Since this was going to be my last ride of my shift, I thought about just driving away, but instead I put the car in park and walked up to the door and knocked. “Just a minute,” answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the ﬂoor. After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 90s stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940’s movie. By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets. There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box ﬁlled with photos and glassware. “Would you carry my bag out to the car?” she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman. She took my arm, and we walked slowly toward the curb. She kept thanking me for my kindness. “It’s nothing,” I told her. “I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother to be treated.” “Oh, you’re such a good boy,” she said. When we got in the cab, she gave me an address and then asked, “Could you drive
through downtown?” “It’s not the shortest way,” I answered quickly. “Oh, I don’t mind,” she said. “I’m in no hurry. I’m on my way to a hospice.” I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. “I don’t have any family left,” she continued in a soft voice. “The doctor says I don’t have very long.” I quietly reached over and shut off the meter. “What route would you like me to take?” I asked. For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator. We d r o v e t h r o u g h the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds. She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl. Sometimes she’d ask me to
slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing. As the ﬁrst hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, ‘“I’m tired. Let’s go now.” We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico. Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move. They must have been expecting her. I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already
seated in a wheelchair. “How much do I owe you?” She asked, reaching into her purse. “Nothing,” I answered. “You have to make a living,” she said. “There are other passengers,” I responded. Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She held onto me tightly. “You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,” she said. “Thank you.” I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light. Behind me, a door shut. It was the sound of the closing of a life. For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk. What if that
woman had gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient to end his shift? What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away? On a quick review, I don’t think that I have done anything more important in my life. We’re conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments. But great moments often catch us unaware - beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one. -- From Kent Nerburn’s book “Make Me an Instrument of your Peace: Living in the Spirit of the Prayer of St. Francis.” http://kentnerburn. com.
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2 Lubbock schools named to list of America’s Most Challenging
Each spring, The Washington Post compiles a list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools. The list ranks schools through an index created by Washington Post education columnist Jay Matthews. The index formula is a simple ratio: The number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certiﬁcate of Education tests given at a school in 2014, divided by the number of
graduates that year. Two Lubbock ISD high schools made the list. Lubbock ISD’s Talkington School for Young Women Leaders landed in the top one percent at number 13. Berta Fogerson is the principal at Talkington. “This distinction is a true testament to the work of our staff who diligently embrace the challenges of delivering a rigorous curriculum,” Fogerson said, “and it is validating to know that our mission to
create a culture of high expectations is coming to fruition. “I am privileged to work alongside quality educators and dedicated students and parents who support what we do.” Lubbock High School is listed at number 462, up from the 2014 ranking of 645. Lubbock High principal is Doug Young. “We are extremely proud to be named to the Washington Post’s Most Challenging High Schools in America,”
Teachers Association (LCTA) recognized district honorees at the organization’s annual awards banquet in April, at the Lubbock Women’s Club. Each year, the organization recognizes individuals who have served the educational community with distinction. Award winners for 2015 are: Innovator or the Year, Pam Pierce, teacher at Wheelock Elementary School; Central Ofﬁce Administrator of the Year, Kami
special education; Elementary Administrator of the Year, Linda Landin, assistant principal from Waters Elementary School; Secondary Administrator of the Year, Trey Aguilar,
Middle School; Faculty Representative of the Year, Christi Hart teacher at Roberts Elementary School; Friend of Education (private citizen) Terry Dalton.
Young said. “Making our way up the list from number 645 to number 462 is a testimony of how hard our students, teachers and staff work.
“This work would not be possible without the support of our parents, School Board Trustees and Lubbock ISD administration.”
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