Volume 29, Number 5
In May & Inside 5th – Cinco de Mayo 6th – Giant Garage Sale. .................. page.2 11th – Business Expo. ......................... page.1 12th & 13th – Vines & Wines. ...... page.1 14th – Mother’s Day 19th & 20st – Texas Tech graduation 20th – Armed Forces Day 29th – Memorial Day ‘Borrowers’ exhibit........................... page.11 Summer Showcase........................... page.4 Irrigation restrictions .................. page.3 Older Americans Month............. page.24 U.S. 87 road construction. . page.22 Shingles: relieving the pain .page.12
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Vines & Wines Festival set for May 12 & 13 The 6th Annual Lubbock Vines and Wines Festival is set for May 12 & 13 at McPherson Cellars, 1615 Texas Ave, The festival will include Texas wine tastings, local food trucks, live music, wine and merchandise for sale, a Triple J beer booth, the Hub City Master Chef competition, and more. Texas wineries, Lubbock area chefs, Triple J beer, local food trucks, local musicians, and more will be featured, with all proceeds from entry going to benefit Lubbock Meals on Wheels. Hours are from 6 to 10 p.m. May 12 and from noon to 8 p.m. May 13. General admission is $20 for one day (Friday or Tickets are $15 per day without wine or beer Saturday) and includes 10 wine-tasting tickets and tasting. a commemorative wine glass. For more information, call McPherson Cellars Two-day tickets are $30 and include 20 wineat 806-687-9463. tasting tickets and a commemorative wine glass.
Lubbock Chamber Business Expo, May 11 The Business Expo is set for May 11, from 10 The Business Expo is hosted annually by the a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Lubbock Chamber of Commerce and showcases Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane. more than 200 exhibitors and with approximately 7,000 attendees. This year’s theme, Superheroes, highlights the creative marketing applications from RD Thomas and will focus on connecting businesses to local community heroes. Back by popular demand is the Expo Seminar Series, offering free seminars to attendees. Speakers this year are Jerrod Shelton, and Brandon Mulkey, Abie Rampy, and Corie Williams. To reserve a space at any or all of these free seminars, call Allison Cottrell at the Chamber at (See Expo 2017, Page 2)
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Vendors, and parade participants needed for 4th on Broadway Giant Garage its, and individuals can sign the Plaza, live music perThis year’s 4 on BroadSale, May 6 up to be a part of the 27 An- formance on July2, and the way four-day festival kicks th
off July 1, with the Amigo’s La Raza on the Plaza, followed by a live music performance on July 2, then the Texas Country Street Dance on July 3, headlined by Randy Rogers Band. July 4 will include a parade, Picnic in the Park, Evening Concert, and ﬁreworks show. Events on July 4 are free
nual 4th on Broadway parade. The parade will be broadcast live on KLBK, and will include a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner for nonproﬁt and commercial categories. Vendors, food trucks, and to the Lubbock and surrounding communities, mak- local businesses are invited ing 4th on Broadway “The to sign up to sell food and Largest Free Festival in other items at the festival. Vendors are needed for Texas.” the Amigo’s La Raza on Local businesses, nonprof-
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Texas Country Street Dance, along with the Picnic in the Park, and Evening Concert on July 4. More information and applications can be found at broadwayfestivals.com under the “Get Involved” tab. For more information or questions, contact Colee Orf at 806-749-2929 or admin@ broadwayfestivals.com.
The third annual Giant Garage Sale and Lemonade Day at Celebration Christian Center is set for 8 a.m. to noon, May 6. The event is a multifamily garage sale at 8001 Upland Ave. Proceeds will help fund the children’s ministry of the Celebration Christian Center.
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806-761-7000 or email at allison.cottrell@lubbockbiz. org. For free admission into the Expo, get complimentary tickets from the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce ofﬁce or online at Select-ASeat outlets at www.selectaseatlubbock.com from April 14 through May 10. Tickets will also be available for $5 at the door. For more information about the Business Expo, contact Allison Cottrell at 806-761-7000 or visit www. lubbockbusinessexpo.com. Sometimes the thoughts in my head get bored, and go for a stroll out through my mouth. This is never a good thing. I told you that I don’t have Alzheimer’s. I have “some-timers.” Sometimes I remember and sometimes I don’t!
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A Marvel on Milwaukee Irrigation restrictions in effect My Ransom Canyon friend invited me to have lunch and requested someplace new. Albarran’s Mexican Bar and Grill came to mind. They are in a beautiful building on Milwaukee. The exterior architecture is reminiscent of what you might see in Mexico City or in Spain. Extensive tile work adorns the façade, as well as inside. In the entry is an enormous and unusual chandelier. There’s a second floor large party room complete with an 80” screen TV for all those special sports events. The room will comfortably accommodate 65 people. Besides the stairwell, there’s an elevator for convenience, now that’s what I call “uptown!” Surrounding the upper level interior is beautiful wrought iron work. Oh! Did I mention the gorgeous patio and balconies that even Juliet would envy? This place is truly an atmosphere all its own. What about the food? As I wrote in many columns ago, I judge all S.O.B. (south of the border) restaurants by their version of chili rellenos. My friend is also a relleno freak. We ordered the lunch special of relleno, choice of cheese, beef or chicken with queso sauce, lettuce, tomato and choice of 2 – beans, rice or papas. We both chose the cheese relleno topped with queso sauce and the rice-papas duo. Our selection was delicious! So far, Albarran’s tops
them all in this great Hub City, and our selection was a bargain for $8.99. Another friend of mine to whom I spoke to about Albarran’s agreed how delicious all their food is. She noted that their “shredded beef” items are made with brisket meat. She and her husband have been there several times. The rest of the menu is quite extensive. Besides their 24 signature entrees and 10 lunch specials, also offered are appetizers, nachos, quesadillas, enchilada’s, 6 north of the border selections, a menu for the kiddo crowd, soft drinks, adult beverages, and 12 desserts. Two of my favorites were listed – fried ice cream and flan. Flan is another barometer to judge a great S.O.B. restaurant. We were so full, we didn’t even consider dessert. I will try it on my next visit, so stay tuned. I’ve eaten authentic flan many years ago in Chihuahua, Mexico. Real flan has a dense texture, is steamed for quite a while, and when inverted has a melted sugary syrup. The French have given us crème brûlée which is a close second but requires a blow torch to caramelize the sugary topping. Jorge Albarran started in the restaurant business 14 years ago - Jorge’s in Amarillo. The location in Lubbock opened early in 2016. A treat awaits you. Until next time – Happy Mother’s Day, Granny
Spring and summer irrigation restrictions are now in effect. These seasonal restrictions become effective on April 1st each year and continue through Sept. 30. The specific restrictions associated with this time period include: Spring & Summer restrictions April 1 - Sept. 30 • Irrigate less than 1.5 inches per zone per week • On your scheduled watering days, irrigation is allowed from midnight to 10 a.m. and from 6 p.m. to midnight. • No irrigation is allowed between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. The City of Lubbock commends its customers
for the significant amount of water that has been conserved over the past 10 years. We ask that all residents and businesses continue to be considerate and efficient with their water usage in an effort to conserve water and reduce overall demand so we can preserve our water supplies for many decades to come. Effective water conservation must be a long-term, continuous effort. The City also wants to remind residents of the year-round restrictions outlined in the City’s Water Use Management Plan ordinance, which include: Irrigation schedules • Irrigate landscape only during two assigned days
per week year-round • Irrigation schedules are based on the last digit of the house address: • Addresses ending in 0, 3, 4, or 9 – Monday and Thursday • Addresses ending in 1, 5, or 6 - Tuesday and Friday • Addresses ending in 2, 7, or 8 – Wednesday & Saturday Other Year-Round Restrictions • Irrigate only when temperatures are above 35 degrees Fahrenheit • Irrigate landscape without runoff • Do not irrigate during precipitation events • Hand watering is allowed any time of day and on any day of the week
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Summer Showcase begins May 25 The annual Summer Showcase Concert Series performances are set for every Thursday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Meadows Courtyard of the Buddy Holly Center, May 25 through Aug. 24. For more than 17 years, the Summer Showcase experience has offered something for every taste in live, original music. All concerts are free to the public and family friendly. Patrons will enjoy live, music, food trucks, cash bar and free children’s craft activities; all in the shaded Meadows Courtyard. The Summer Showcase Concert Series is 100 percent funded through sponsorships and donations. Support keeps the Summer Showcase Concert Series free to the public. To become a sponsor or make a contribution, contact Tonja Hagy-Valdine at email@example.com, or call 806-775-3566. There will be a cash bar, food and beverages available for purchase. No outside beverages are allowed. The schedule is May 25 – Element, R & B and Funk June 1 – Mikayla Grifﬁn, Americana/Pop/Country June 8 – Gypsy Jayne, Jazz Rock June 15 – Jenni Dale Lord Band, Americana/Country June 22 – Mariachi Mexico Lindo, Traditional Mariachi June 29 – Nuclear Juarez, Surf Rock
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Well I am young, so I wonder when I am old, will it be fun. When I get there, what will it be, but I’ll have to wait, so I can see. I’ll probably get ready for bed, put my stuff away, and pray I can make it another day. It will be nice to get out of the cold weather, so I can feel so much better. I’ll put my shoes under the bed & hope they won’t feel as heavy as lead. Put my hair in the drawer, put my cane behind the door. I’ll put my hearing aid on the table and use it again if I am able. Lay my glasses on the box, so I can reach them ’cause I read a lot. Put my dentures in the sink, let them soak overnight & hope they will be all right. I’ll make it through another day, if I don’t get lost on the way. I’ll ﬁnd my way back to the door, & I’ll call my wife if I fall on the ﬂoor. I’ll be too old to spend our
By Ken Keeler money, but nice to be with you, my honey. I’ll snuggle up to my teddy bear, and she’ll wear the gown she loves to wear. We’ll do our thing & sleep for a time, & at 4 a.m., we’ll cuddle, then rise and shine. We’ll hold hands in our rocking chair & take a look at all the pictures we took, And then we’ll have time to read a good book. I’ll tell my wife how pretty she is, that her great smile tells who she really is. We’ll take a good walk & open our gate, and then we’ll look again at our big lake. We’ll look again at the pictures we had & talk about the hard times when I was a lad. When you get old, you have to be smart, rich and strong, at least that’s what I’m told. We’ll thank the good Lord for all the stuff we got & say we won’t need all this stuff we have bought. We’ll talk about all the things we have done, & we’ll say getting old…can be fun.
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LISD announces three new principals Lubbock ISD has announced new principal assignments for three campuses that will begin in the 2017-2018 school year. Cicely Alexander will serve as the new principal of Alderson Elementary School. Alexander has been the principal at Whiteside Elementary School for the past 4 years. She has previously served as an assistant principal, counselor and classroom teacher in Lubbock ISD. She earned a bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies and master’s in education from Texas Tech University. Alexander has been an educator for 21 years. Julie Wyatt was named as the new principal at the Talkington School for Young Women Leaders. Wyatt has been at Talkington since 2011, ﬁrst as an instructional coach and then assistant principal.
She became the associate principal in 2015. Wyatt began her career in education with Lubbock ISD as a classroom teacher in 1990. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Texas Tech University and a master’s degree in educational administration from Lamar University. Stacy Carter will serve as the new principal of Wheelock Elementary School. She has been
an assistant principal at Wheelock and Honey elementary schools since 2014. Carter earned a bachelor’s in human development and family studies and a master’s degree in elementary education from Texas Tech University. She holds an additional master’s degree in educational leadership from Lubbock Christian University. Carter has been an educator for 12 years.
Boy Scouts recognize new Eagle Scouts, Silver Beaver recipients The South Plains Council, Boy Scouts of America honored 35 young men in April who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 2016. An additional three, Larry Bradley, Alan Taylor and Ray Copeland, were recognize with the Silver Beaver Award. The honorees were Carter Baie, Shane Williams, James Bentley, Daniel Robinson, Matthew Ragain, Jake Moore, Michael Lass, Tyler Ramsey, Lars Schilderink, Austin Smith, Tristan Calderon, Caleb Rosales, Robert Kollman, Matthew Coffern, Bradley Steward, Benjamin Bautista, Barrett Potts, Chase Hoodenpyle, Devin Warren, Cloyce Stetson, Ty Bradshaw, Logan Cooper, Jack Brehmer, Matthew Westerman, Triston Pinkston, Miller Hardy, Jake Speed, Ryland Qualls, Scott Cavitt, Brendan Burkholder, Shaler Keenum, John Michael Goedel, Brayden Pattison, Ashton Vara, William Cowan.
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By James K. White According to a pet veterinarian group, more than 50% of the mature domestic cats in the U.S. are lactose intolerant. This information would indicate that feeding your kitty a bowl of milk may contribute to the animal’s bloating, abdominal pain, excessive flatulence, vomiting, and diarrhea. The statement was news to me – I had long
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been around a lot longer than you might guess. Archeological evidence indicates that ancients were using metal saws powered by water wheels to cut marble slabs by 200 B.C. Insurance statisticians are quite aware that residences constructed during the last two decades are generally twice as susceptible to fire as houses built previously. New designs and cheaper materials make contemporary dwellings easier to ignite, faster to combust, and more difficult to extinguish than abodes of yesteryear. Legendary film star John Wayne was born in Iowa. However, it is Texas that has officially declared May 26 (Marion Robert Morrison’s birthday) to be John Wayne Day. He was nicknamed “The Duke” because of an
obvious fondness for his family dog, Big Duke. Pickles are a favorite condiment and that has apparently been the situation for millennia. The cucumber/ brine food has been around at least since 2000 B.C. in the Tigris Valley. Aristotle praised the healing effects of pickles. Queen Elizabeth I often ate pickles while snacking or dining. William Shakespeare made reference to pickles in three of his plays. Thomas Jefferson declared that a jar of freshly opened pickles was “comforting” on a hot day. During World War II, the U.S. government rationed the distribution of commercially produced pickles. In 1985, one Steven Trotter attached two pickle barrels together, climbed inside
My buddy Tom was a single guy living at home with his father and working in the family business. He knew that he would inherit a huge fortune once his sickly father died. Tom wanted two things: To learn how to invest his massive inheritance. To find a wife to share his fortune. One evening at an investment meeting, he spotted the
most beautiful woman he had ever seen. Her natural beauty took his breath away. “I may look like just an ordinary guy,” he said to her, “but in just a few years, my father will die, and I’ll inherit 200 million dollars.” Impressed, the woman obtained his business card. Two weeks later, she became his stepmother. Women are so much better at estate planning than men.
his contrivance and survived a plunge over Niagara Falls. There exists a Pickle Street in West Virginia. Of course you know that National Pickle Day is Nov.14. The first National Republican Convention was held in 1856. John C. (Charles) Fremont was the presidential nominee. The first DNC gathering was in 1832 with Andrew Jackson nominated for the presidency. Well, enjoy some pickles while getting “comfortable” – and have a great week.
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R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin - May 1967 It’s funny how one throwaway line of conversation can prove to be important— really important—later. One day in 1965, when Otis Redding returned from a particularly grueling tour, he complained to his pal, drummer Al Jackson, of the exhaustion he felt. In “Behind the Hits,” Jackson recalled, “I said to Otis, ‘All you can look for is a little respect when you come home.’ He wrote the tune from our conversation. We laughed about it quite a few times. In fact, Otis laughed about it all the way to the bank.” Redding created “Respect” in a single day. He had promised the song to ‘Speedoo’ Sims, his road manager and leader of a soul group called the Singing Demons. In the studio, though, Sims’s band couldn’t fully capture the gritty “feel” that Otis had in mind, so Redding decided to record the song himself. It proved to be a good career move: his “Respect” reached #4 on the 1965 Billboard R & B (rhythm and blues) charts and even made Billboard’s Top 40 pop (white) singles list. Two years later, Atlan-
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tic Records producer Jerry Wexler felt that a redone “Respect” by the label’s rising star, gospel-belter Aretha Franklin, had the potential to break big with a white audience as well as a black one. Aretha enthusiastically agreed and cut her version on Valentine’s Day of 1967. Just before the tape rolled, she and her sisters, Erma and Carolyn, made a few changes. Aretha and Carolyn suggested adding the “Sock it to me” line—a future catch phrase on TV’s legendary Laugh-In show. Carolyn came up with the idea of spelling out “R-E-SP-E-C-T” in the song. Aretha had come to Atlantic after a six-year stint at Columbia Records. An 18-year-old highschool dropout with two out-of-wedlock sons, Aretha had signed with Columbia in 1960. She saw only middling success there with mainstream pop before the switch to Atlantic put her on the right (commercial) track.
I hate sex in the movies. Tried it once – the seat folded up, the drink spilled, and that ice, well, it really chilled the mood.
“We were (recording) Aretha in gospel/blues tradition, unlike the elegant production things she had been doing at Columbia,” Atlantic recording engineer Tom Down explained in “The Billboard Book of Number One Hits.” Some major differences are readily apparent in the two versions of “Respect.”
Redding’s song is a plea from a man almost begging for appreciation when he comes home. But Aretha, banging out gospel chords on a piano, makes her “Respect” a ramped-up declaration from a woman both steel-strong and supremely confident. Never one to plead, she demands the proper respect (which she calls her “propers”) that she feels is her due as a partner, a friend, a woman.
Franklin’s disc reached Number One on both the R & B and pop charts, and her appeal for dignity became a landmark for both the Women’s Rights and Civil Rights movements. “Respect” also fetched two Grammy Awards. The ultimate respect Aretha earned? Two decades later, the Queen of Soul deservedly became the first woman to be inducted into the prestigious Rock Hall of Fame.
I stopped telling myself that I’m lost. I’m not. I’m on a road with no destination. I’m just driving with hope that I’ll find a place I like, and I’ll stay there. I’m not lost, I’m on my way.
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P.E.O. – women helping women achieve success
The organization’s motto is “Women Helping Women Reach for the Stars.” P.E.O. is a Philanthropic Educational Organization where women celebrate the advancement of women; educate women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans and stewardship of Cottey College; and motivate each other to achieve their highest aspirations. Women helping women achieve educational goals and dreams is the most rewarding aspect of the organization. The 86th Convention of Texas State Chapter P.E.O. is set for May 4-6 at the Overton Hotel and Conference Center in Lubbock. The state president, Lois Cartwright, of Kingwood will preside. Beth Ledbetter, president, International
Chapter, will be the a chapter in Whites- two additional state projects. honored visitor. boro, Texas, and Texas has 253 chapters The 14 area Mary Florence Cow- and more than 10,600 active P.E.O. chapters are ell was elected as the members. hosting the convenfirst state president. Since 1869, P.E.O. has tion. Lubbock has She is known as the awarded financial assistance 338 members, and “Mother of P.E.O. totaling more than $264 there are 526 memin Texas.” A Texas million to almost 99,000 bers in the other area Historical Marker women, not including Cottey chapters. honoring her is in College. In addition, 8,875 Much planning Whitesboro. women have graduated from and fundraising has The P.E.O. Sis- Cottey College. taken place over terhood is passionGrant, loan, and award the past five years ate about promoting recipients – as well as Cottey to prepare for the educational oppor- College students – need not event. tunities for women. be members of P.E.O. With The marguerite is the flower of P.E.O. Judy Walton of P.E.O. makes a dif- the exception of international Lubbock is convention chair, honored and recognized. ference in women’s lives students who receive InterThese past recipients will with six international philan- national Peace Scholarships, and Heather Hocker is cochair. More than 800 del- share their dreams of achiev- thropies that include Cottey each recipient is sponsored egates and visitors from ing their optimal educational College, an independent, by a P.E.O. chapter. throughout the state are and personal achievements liberal arts and sciences colInformation about the with the support of P.E.O. registered to attend. Judy lege for women, and five organization is available at P.E.O. was founded on programs that provide higher www.peointernational.org, Walton said the highlight of the convention will be the Jan. 21, 1869, by seven educational assistance. Texas or from Judy Walton at 806Projects Luncheon when students at Iowa Wesleyan P.E.O. chapters also support 698-0296. project recipients will be College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. This circle of kindred spirits – bonded by their enthusiasm for women’s opportunities – eventually When Woodrow Wilson was governor of New Jersey, he expanded to include women received the news that one of the state’s great federal senaoff campus. tors had died. As he was recovering from the shock, his teleToday, P.E.O. has grown phone rang again. It was a prominent New Jersey politician. from that tiny membership “Governor,” the man asked, “I would like to take the senaof seven to 6,000 chapters tor’s place.” and almost a quarter of a milWilson replied, “It is perfectly alright with me, if it’s lion members throughout the agreeable with the undertaker.” U.S., District of Columbia, How many times have we lost loved ones when we wished and Canada, with headquar- someone less good and less important to us could have taken ters in Des Moines, Iowa. their place? In 1902, Mary Florence It is a good thing God has not left us in charge of the uniCowell, former treasurer of verse. the Missouri State Chapter, from Jim’s Daily Awakenings, Jan. 30 brought P.E.O. to Texas with Jimsdailyawakenings.com
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Resveratrol, Metformin offer neuroprotective qualities Scientists have discovered that resveratrol, a compound in the skin of red grapes and red wine, and metformin, a drug often prescribed to fight type 2 diabetes, have many of the neuroprotective benefits of a low-calorie diet and exercise. In a study published in The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, scientists from the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and colleagues show resveratrol preserves muscle fibers as we age and helps protect connections between neurons called synapses from the negative effects of aging. “We all slow down as we get older,” said Gregorio Valdez, Ph.D, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. “Gait, balance issues, and impaired motor coordination contribute to health problems, accidents, lack of mobility, and a lower quality of life. “We work on identifying
molecular changes that slow down motor deficits that occur with aging. “I believe that we are getting closer to tapping into mechanisms to slow age-induced degeneration of neuronal circuits.” Scientists studied 2-yearold mice — generally considered to be “old” — that were treated with resveratrol for one year, paying particular attention to synapses called neuromuscular junctions. These synapses are essential for voluntary movement because they relay motor commands that flow from neurons in the spinal cord to muscles. Previously Valdez discovered that optimum diet and exercise can protect neuromuscular junction synapses from the wear and tear of aging. In this study, the researchers show resveratrol — a small, naturally occurring molecule well known as a chemical component of red
An eagle was sitting on a tree resting, doing nothing. A small rabbit saw the eagle and asked him, “Can I also sit like you and do nothing?” The eagle answered: “Sure, why not.” So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit, and ate it. Moral of the story: To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.
wine — can have a similar beneficial effect. The scientists also discovered that the diabetes drug metformin slowed the rate of muscle fiber aging, but it did not significantly affect aging of neuromuscular junctions. However, the drug may possibly protect synapses in different dosage amounts, Valdez said. “Metformin is an FDAapproved drug to treat diabetes, but our study hints it may also serve the purpose of slowing the motor dysfunction that occurs with aging,” Valdez said. “There could be an opportunity for researchers and medical doctors to look at the patient population using this drug and ask whether metformin also has a positive effect on motor and cognitive function in humans.” Valdez said people would
not get the massive neuroprotective benefits seen in mice by drinking wine because of the relatively low resveratrol content. “In wine, resveratrol is in such small amounts you could not drink enough of it in your life to have the benefits we found in mice given resveratrol,” Valdez said. “These studies are in mice, and I would caution anyone from blasting their bodies with resveratrol in any form. “The next step is to identify the mechanism that enables resveratrol to protect synapses. “If we know the mechanism, we can modify resveratrol or look for other molecules that are more effective at protecting the synapses.” Rafael de Cabo, Ph.D, an investigator with the Experimental Gerontology Section
of the National Institute of Aging, was a co-author of the study, along with Valdez lab members Dillon Shapiro, an undergraduate biological sciences researcher at Virginia Tech; lab manager Nicholas Maxwell of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute; and Jessica Stockinger, an undergraduate student at Roanoke College. The study was supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the National Institute on Aging, and the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.
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Engineering logic The graduate with a science degree asks, “Why does it work?” The graduate with an engineering degree asks, “How does it work?” The graduate with an accounting degree asks, “How much will it cost?” The graduate with an arts degree asks, “Do you want fries with that?”
Seeds of Hope His wondrous works
We live in a busy world. Days are crowded with more things to do than time allows. Instant texting and rapid responses to anything and everything, whether accurate or not, crown every moment of our lives. Everyone seems to have an opinion we need to hear on every subject - from the mundane to the insane, from the very important to “stuff” that does not matter. We have become conditioned to listen for something to listen to whether it matters or not. Psalm 75 explodes with an important reminder. “We give thanks to you, O God, we give thanks for your name is near! Men tell of your wondrous works!” The fact that the word thanks appears twice in one sentence makes it intense and dramatic. But we should not be surprised. We are to thank God not only for his wondrous works but because He is near. God himself, our God who created everything and is in everything and sustains everything is close by. Jesus once commanded Peter to cast his net into the water to catch some fish. He did and was amazed at the results. The disciple falls at his feet in fear and wonder.
What a miracle. Jesus spoke and things happened. God’s presence and power came to life instantly. The same is true for us today. While we may not see many extreme displays of His power, nonetheless he is at work. The little gifts in our lives as well as the immense miracles in our lives prove he is near us and caring for us. We must always be aware of his presence.
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A long-time political figure was asked, “How much power does it take to satisfy politicians?” After thinking about the question for a moment, he responded with a twinkle in his eye: “Just a little more!” And then added, “The more we have, the more we want.” Politicians rise and fall, come and go, do helpful things and some things that seem to cause confusion and chaos. Whatever they do comes from the power that we seem to give them. Or does it? Insightfully, the Psalmist said, “No one…can exalt a
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If you’re kind of a phony to start with, you’re going to be a bigger phony when you make a lot of money. And if you’re kind of mean, you can get meaner as you make money. But if you’re generous, you get more generous. I think money and age both tend to push you further and further into the direction in which you start. There are exceptions to that, but I think that’s generally true. - Warren Buffett
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‘Borrowers’ exhibit open through May 21 “Borrowers” an exhibition presented by the Art League of West Texas Foundation features artwork in a variety of media and will be open in the Fine Arts Gallery at the Buddy Holly Center through May 21. A single word in the vocabulary can mean so many things to so many people. “Mooch” “sponge” “scrounge” and “pirate” are just a few words that can be used to define a “borrower.” The Art League of West Texas Foundation presents an exhibition providing various interpretations of what a “borrower” is beyond the realm of the obvious. Organized in 2009, The Art League of West Texas Foundation supports regional artists through education, networking and exhibitions. They regularly host member exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations. My boss said “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” Now I’m sitting in a disciplinary meeting dressed as Batman.
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Shingles: What to do to relieve the pain Growing up in Tahoka, I never knew anyone who had shingles. But when I was about 31 years old, my Grandmother had the worst case of shingles I have ever seen. She was 84 years old and at the lake with my aunt and uncle when she began having pain in her leg. She had a high pain tolerance, and the pain kept getting worse. She returned home to see her doctor. He put her in the hospital unsure of her diagnosis until a day or two later when she started breaking out in the familiar shingles pattern. Pustules, or open sores, break out along the path of a certain nerve. She suffered terribly. Her outbreak started in her hip and went all the way down her leg and onto her foot. At this point, we have all heard of shingles. It is dreaded. It is feared. And for good reason - it is very painful. As one of my patients said, “It feels like someone is stabbing me with a knife in my
neck.” Today, my patients recover although sometimes they do have lingering nerve sensitivity. I’ve never seen so many shingle patients in my whole career as I have in the last 10 years. The numbers have soared. Now we have a vaccine. It is a live vaccine. If you look at the insert from the pharmaceutical company that comes with the vaccine, it says that you can contract the shingles from taking the vaccine. Of course, you can. I have a chance of getting the herpes zoster virus, which is the shingles virus. You do too. Why would I want to increase my chances of getting shingles by taking a vaccine that specifically says it could give me the virus? I will take my chances!
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We had chicken pox when we were kids. Herpes zoster is from the chicken pox and occurs later in life. I’ve heard doctors say that because children no longer have chicken pox, we don’t get tiny reexposures by being around grandchildren, so we have more shingles. The tiny reexposures kept our immune system on the lookout for herpes zoster. But if you have shingles, I’m sure you are more interested in how to treat it than you are in how you get it. Today they do have a drug, acyclovir for the herpes virus. There are side effects such as nausea, stomach pains and headaches. However, many people find it helpful. Personally, I would try to take care of myself naturally if possible. One of the best things to take is vitamin B 12. It is best if you can take it by injection because it is used better in the body when introduced intramuscularly as opposed to orally. If you have shingles, you are going to want fast relief. You might find a kind
doctor who will give you the script to give yourself daily vitamin B12 shots for a week or two. And for those doctors who say they must do a blood test to see if you are deficient in vitamin B12, there has never been a report of a problem with too much vitamin B12. The herpes zoster virus irritates the nerves, and the B12 is necessary for proper nerve function. Most likely, the B12 shots will not be enough to calm your pain. But it will help. L-lysine helps with viral inflammation. You should be able to find it in the health food store. Some people take L-lysine on a regular basis if they have a herpes infection so they remain symptom free. Monistat, which is normally used for vaginal yeast infection, can be applied to your pustules for pain relief. Sometimes you can have so
much pain that it is hard to tell what is happening. Herbs that are good for viral infection, which is what herpes zoster is. Echinacea and goldenseal root are what typically come to mind. I prefer the tinctures to the herbs. You can normally find them in the health food store. However, I find it takes more than that, and I test people individually for what they need to fight this virus, so you might need to find someone who tests for supplementation, like me, a chiropractor. Rest is very important. I’m not talking about one day of rest but more like two weeks of resting as much as possible. Give your body a break so it can recover. As always, eating a diet of meat, vegetables and fruit will be helpful. No processed foods and no sugar or soft drinks.
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Jan, a new member from California (left) and Penny Cash. The “Pay to Not Play” bunch had a great time wearing tiaras, carrying pom-poms, drinking mimosas and driving their decorated golf carts around cheering the golfers on.
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LISD’s music program receives national recognition Lubbock ISD has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The National Association for Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Lubbock ISD is one of four percent of districts across the nation receiving the award in 2017. The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.
To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Lubbock ISD answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community musicmaking programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas. “We are honored to receive this distinction from NAMM,” said Dr. Christopher Anderson, Lubbock ISD Executive Director of
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A sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp. They rub it and a Genie comes out. The Genie says, “I’ll give each of you just one wish.” “Me first! Me first!” says the admin clerk. “I want to be in the Bahamas, driving a speedboat, without a care in the world.” Poof! She’s gone. “Me next! Me next!” says the sales rep. “I want to be in Hawaii, relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Pina Coladas, and the love of my life.” Poof! He’s gone. “OK, you’re up,” the Genie says to the manager. The manager says, “I want those two back in the office after lunch.” Moral of the story: Always let your boss have the first say.
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Page 16 •May 2017 • Golden Gazette May is Older Americans Month National Nurses Week – May 6-12 “Borrowers” an exhibition presented by the Art League of West Texas Foundation features artwork in a variety of media, open in the Fine Arts Gallery at the Buddy Holly Center through May 21. May 1 – May Day May 2 – Brothers & Sisters Day Lubbock Gem & Mineral Society – 7 p.m. Forest Heights UMC, 3007 33rd St. www.LubbockGemAndMineral.org. May 3 – Press Freedom Day National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), Furr’s Family Dining, 6001 Slide Rd, 11:30 a.m., 799-6796 or 795-9158. May 4 – Bird Day May 5 – Cinco de Mayo May 6 – No Diet Day 3rd annual Giant Garage Sale
and Lemonade Day at Celebration Christian Center, 8 a.m. to noon. Multi-family garage sale, 8001 Upland Ave. 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. Gem, Mineral, Fossil & Jewelry Show & Sale - 10 to 6 Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane, Adults $4; Seniors $3. The Roundtable Luncheon from 11:15 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Hillcrest Country Club main dining room 4011 N. Boston Ave. Sam Segran. “Top 25 Survival Tips to Enjoy Your Digital Life.” $15 per person, limited menu includes dessert & beverage. Travel north on University then turn left (or west) on Newcomb Street and proceed to the Club-
house front entrance. May 7 – Tourism Day Gem, Mineral, Fossil & Jewelry Show & Sale - 10 to 5 Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane, Adults $4; Seniors $3. May 8 – No Socks Day UMC Better Breathers Club -- a support group for people with chronic lung disease such as COPD, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer. Joining is free. Learn to manage your lung disease and live better. Meets the second Monday of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the UMC Activities Center at 5217 82nd Street, 82nd & Slide in Rockridge Plaza. May 9 – Teachers Day 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. 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. May 10 – Clean Your Room May 11 – Eat What You Want Business Expo - 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. Complimentary tickets from the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce office or online at Select-A-Seat outlets at www. selectaseatlubbock.com, April 14 through May 10. Tickets $5 at the door. May 12 – Nurses Day 6th Annual Lubbock Vines & Wines Festival - McPherson Cellars, 1615 Texas Ave. $15 - $30. New Neighbors Club – Lubbock Women’s Club, 2020 Broadway. Reservations required, call Judy at 806-407-3028 or e-mail newneighbors43jcar@ gmail.com. May 13 – Blame Someone Else 6th Annual Lubbock Vines & Wines Festival - McPherson Cellars, 1615 Texas Ave. $15 - $30. 2nd Saturday at the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum – “Trees and Grass Are Natural Enemies,” James Tuttle of Tree Loving Care, 10 a.m. 4111 University, 806-797-4520 The Roundtable Luncheon from 11:15 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Hillcrest Country Club main dining room 4011 N. Boston Ave. Duffy Hinkle, “Ports to Plains...
Our Road to Success.” $15 per person, limited menu includes dessert and beverage. Travel north on University then turn left (or west) on Newcomb Street & proceed to the Clubhouse front entrance. May 14 – Mother’s Day May 15 – Chocolate Chip Day May 16 – Love a Tree Day May 17 – Pack Rat Day May 18 – Museum Day May 19 – Boy’s Club Day May 20 – Armed Forces Day Wolfforth Once-a-month Craft Fair - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wolfforth Library Meeting Room, 508 E. Hwy 62/82 in Wolfforth; Free admission; Handmade items / baked goods / direct sales. May 21 – Waiters & Waitresses Day May 22 – Buy a Musical Instrument Day May 23 – Lucky Penny Day May 24 – Escargot Day Healthy Aging Lecture Series – “How to Fix Your Heartburn or Reflux.” Garrison Institute on Aging – 4 to 5 p.m. at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, 3601 4th St., Academic Classroom Bldg., Room 100. Free event, snacks provided. Call 743-7821 for more info. Healthy Living for the Brain and Body - an Alzheimer’s Association presentation, 10:30 a.m. at Home Instead Senior Care, 1010 Slide Rd. May 25 – National Wine Day Summer Showcase Concert Series – Element, R&B and Funk, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Meadows Courtyard of the Buddy Holly Center. May 26 – Sally Ride Day (See Enriching Lives, Page 18)
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Labor of Love continues mission
The Labor of Love group continues its mission of working to meet the need of others. A ladies group has been giving material and thread and has fixed their machine, so the Labor of Love ladies are beginning to quilt. The ladies group gave them three quilts, and Brigida Garcia has made two quilts. The quilts received and the ones yet to be made will be donated to the Texas Boys Ranch and to Buckner Children’s Home. Anna Aguero said the group will begin making pillows, too. And the mats made out of plastic bags – they’ve made 500 of those thus far. They gather all types of plastic bags and ‘knit’ them to make mats, caps, and other items. Anyone interested in helping quilt or in donating materials such as material and thread may call Anna Aguero, 241-7279 or Sharon Whiteman 500-9202. The group’s Facebook page is Labor of Love Lubbock.
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Dealing with joint pain, stiffness, & swelling in the hands By Leslie Blair OccupatiOnal therapist Have you noticed a decrease in range of motion in your digits or thumbs? Have you started to notice a decrease in strength and/or an increase in joint pain? “I was holding a glass, and suddenly I dropped it.” “My fingers just don’t want to move in the morning.” Slow and gradual loss of motion and strength often times goes unnoticed for an extended period of time until it starts to impact function. Increased joint pain is often chalked up to arthritis, and we think there are no options to address this. Hand function is an important part of independently performing daily activities. Unfortunately, as we age
or are injured, we can begin to experience these deficits. While increased joint stiffness, discomfort, and decreased strength can be common as we age, there are several options available to address these problems. There are many different causes for joint stiffness in our fingers and thumbs. The most common of all joint diseases is Osteoarthritis (OA), and it is most commonly found in those older than 65 years of age. Osteoarthritis is labeled as either primary OA when there is the absence of other predisposing factors or secondary OA when there are factors which include joint injury such as trauma, infection, or neuropathy involved. OA tends to affect the hands, or large weight bear-
ing joints. It can often manifest itself as joint pain, stiffness, swelling and deformity which contributes to decreased strength and functional use of our hands. OA in our hands, most commonly affects the joint at the base of our thumbs, PIP joints (middle joint) and DIP joints (last joint) in our fingers. The CMC joint (carpo meta-carpal) in our thumbs may be the first or the only symptomatic joint in our hand. The symptoms can include pain or aching around the base of the thumb that may radiate or travel down the thumb or up into our forearm (most intense during pinching), tenderness over the CMC joint and stiffness in the CMC joint in the morning.
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Inflammation can become severe with swelling, warmth and redness present at that joint, and over time, if OA develops, there is a loss of range of motion. This loss of motion impacts our ability to place our palm completely flat or to spread out our thumb and index finger making it difficult to grasp objects. We may be more likely to experience joint deformities in our PIP and DIP joints, but with less of an inflammatory process. Options for treatment are varied and may include splinting, use of modalities (warmth), gentle stretching exercises, strengthening exercises, patient education, joint protection training, and energy conservation principles. Physical Therapy Today will strive to develop a plan that will meet your needs. Call 806-771-8008 to make an appointment at the clinic, 2431 South Loop 289. Leslie Blair is an occupational therapist with more than 20 years experience treating patients with elbow, wrist and hand deficits. Her training includes custom splinting, customized home exercise programs for stretching and strengthening and joint protection, and energy conservation techniques to assist in increasing independence and function.
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May 27 – Jazz Day May 28 – Amnesty International Day May 29 – Memorial Day May 30 – Water a Flower Day May 31 – Macaroon Day Coming in June The Summer Showcase Concert Series performances are set for every Thursday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Meadows Courtyard of the Buddy Holly Center, May 25 through Aug. 24. Note: To add an event, delete an
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50th Street maintenance Lone Star Dirt and Paving, under contract with the City of Lubbock, began maintenance work on 50th Street from Quaker Avenue to University Avenue. East and westbound traffic will be restricted to one or two lanes each direction during this project. The scope of this project is to replace the existing defaulted asphalt paving with new asphalt paving. Motorists are urged to allow extra time for delays or to find alternate routes. This work will take approximately four to six weeks to complete depending upon weather and construction. Work began in April and will continue through May.
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Broadway Festivals Texas legislature honors former mayor The Texas House of Rep- frastructure one of his priori- tion swelled during his four ramping up early for resentatives recognized ties, as well as supporting the years as Mayor, Robertson Lubbock’s former two-term decision by Lubbock Power also strongly advocated for 4th on Broadway Mayor, Glen C. Robertson, & Light to seek membership the realization of the Texas The largest free festival in Texas is looking for hundreds of volunteers to help light up the 4th of July in Lubbock. The 4th on Broadway, in its 27th year, needs helpers of all kinds to make the event a success. Don Caldwell, Broadway Festivals, Inc. board chairman, encourages any groups or families to get involved. “It’s the volunteers who make it run so smoothly,” Caldwell said. “It’s a great way to get involved in the community, and frankly, we need you!” Volunteer applications are available online. Broadway Festivals executive director Colee Orf said there’s a job for anyone who wants to be a part of such a great annual event. Volunteer duties can include parade crowd control, working Coca-Cola booths, parking lot attendants, kids area supervisors, photographers, ticket takers at the street dances, helping at the hot-dog-eating contest, working information booths, and data collection. Steering committee vol-
unteers also are essential, Orf said. Those cover areas such as research, kids’ area, street dances, logistics, signage, eating competition, volunteer center and organization, music, and the picnic in the park. “Steering committee members basically help us organize each area, come up with new ideas on what could be fun, or done better, and help recruit volunteers to staff each area during the event,” Orf said. Caldwell is looking to civic, church, corporate, school, college and other organizations to get involved in volunteering, and he said it’s not too early to start planning. “If your organization would volunteer its service as a group, we’d love to come talk to you about getting signed up,” Caldwell said. For more information or to book a 4th on Broadway speaker for a presentation, call Broadway Festivals at 806-749-2929 or email admin@broadwayfestivals. com.
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with House Resolution 406, in the Electric Reliability Loop 88 project to continue commending the Lubbock Council of Texas. meeting the city’s growing businessman’s service as While Lubbock’s popula- traffic needs. Mayor of Texas’ 11th largest city. The House Resolution, in part, reads: “First elected on May 12, 2012, Mayor Robertson dedicated himself to promoting Lubbock as a businessfriendly community, working to strengthen relationships between the city and companies and industries both within the region and throughout the United States; his efforts were rewarded with steady job creation and economic growth.” “Glen Robertson’s two terms as mayor of Lubbock epitomized hard work and self-sacrifice for the public good,” said Representative Dustin Burrows. Lubbock Meals on Wheels “Lubbock’s continued economic expansion and low unemployment rate are no accidents, and Glen’s efforts to foster a business friendly environment in Lubbock added in no small part to Our volunteers deliver the Hub City’s current suca lot more than a meal. cesses.” Burrows said. One hour a day, a week or a month Robertson served two can make a difference. terms as Mayor of Lubbock and made the improvement Call of the city’s utilities and intoday
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What does conservative investing mean to older investors? By Zach Holtzman FINANCIAL ADVISOR EDWARD JONES If you’re a certain age, or getting close to it, you might hear something like this: “Now that you’re older, you need to invest more conservatively.” But what exactly does this mean? For starters, it’s useful to understand that your investment preferences and needs will indeed change over time. When you’re ﬁrst starting out in your career, and even for a long time afterward, you can afford to invest somewhat aggressively, in stocks and stock-based investments, because you have time to overcome the inevitable short-term market drops. At this stage of your
life, your primary concern is growth – you want your portfolio to grow enough to provide you with the resources you’ll need to meet your long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement. But when you ﬁnally do retire, and perhaps for a few years before that, your investment focus likely will have shifted from accumulation to preservation. And this certainly makes some sense. Even though you may spend two, or even three, decades in retirement, you actually have many shorter time frames for withdrawing money – that is, selling investments – from your retirement accounts, such as your 401(k) and IRA. In fact, you may be taking withdrawals every month
– and you don’t want to be forced to sell investments when their price is down. Consequently, you’ll want a portfolio that’s less susceptible to market downturns. This means that you may need to reduce the percentage of stocks in your investment mix and increase your holdings in investments that have less growth potential but offer greater stability of principal, such as bonds. If you follow this formula, you will have become a more conservative investor. But this evolution – from aggressive to conservative – isn’t that simple, or at least it shouldn’t be. If, as mentioned above, you are retired for two or three decades, you will have to deal with inﬂation. And even at a relatively
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mild 3 percent annual inﬂation rate, your purchasing power will decline by about half in just 25 years. This is a real threat to retirees, who, unlike active employees, can’t count on increases in earned income to overcome increasing costs of living. Given this reality, you will have to ﬁnd your sources of rising income in your investment portfolio. One possibility: Dividend-paying stocks, some of which have increased their dividends for many years in a row. Still, like all stocks, these dividend payers can lose value from year to year, and they can also reduce, or even eliminate, dividends at any time. In other words, they aren’t
risk-free – which brings us back to the question of how “conservative” of an investor you can really afford to be when you’re retired. In the final analysis, there’s no simple answer. On one hand, you probably shouldn’t be as aggressive an investor as you were when you were much younger and still working. On the other hand, if you were to primarily own certiﬁcates of deposit and U.S. Treasury securities, you might face the prospect of outliving your money. Ultimately, you’ll need to maintain a balanced portfolio that helps you control risk today while providing you with growth opportunities for tomorrow.
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U.S. 87 road improvements underway
The Texas Department of Transportation began a $7.34 million project in April to make roadway improvements to more than three miles of U.S. 87 from 82nd Street to half a mile south of FM 1585. Motorists traveling on U.S. 87, over the next six
months will see traffic reduced to one-lane at various times throughout the project as the contractor mills the existing pavement then repaves and resurfaces the roadway in both the north- and southbound main lanes. “The project will make needed improvements and
repairs to the pavement and is expected to enhance overall safety of the road,” said Michael Wittie, P.E, TxDOT Interim Lubbock Area engineer overseeing the project. Speed limits in the construction zone have been reduced by 10 mph to 65 mph, Wittie said.
Motorists should expect various lane closures, possible traffic delays, and are urged to use caution when driving through the work zone, since crews will be working in close proximity to traffic. Completion date is scheduled for fall 2017.
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By Margaret Merrell My earliest memories of hearing talk about someone having “a gift,” was when family members talked about my maternal grandmother. They all seemed comfortable with her ability to “sense” something unusual about the future, certain people in her life, and yes, even once in awhile, about the weather. As I grew a little older, I realized many of the family, friends and neighbors would sit and discuss special plans, or circumstances with my grandmother. I loved her very much because she was always happy and always making others happy. I was in my mid-teens when my grandmother explained to me what others called her “gift.” She said
she was just like her mother and grandmother before her. She made it sound so simple and easy. “Just sit quietly and open your mind and heart as you focus your attention on whatever or whoever you want to know.” Throughout my life, I have found few people who believed about my grandmother’s gift. I soon learned I would become the victim of ridicule and teasing from my peers if I even indicated in the slightest way that I “sensed” something. The wisest thing for me was to keep to myself, my own experiences that even sometimes surprised me. In today’s world, many movies, television shows and documentaries explore
the unknown worlds of ESP, and all levels and phases of mind reading, palm readers, and many of the “beyond the natural abilities.” Do you believe in such things? Do you happen to have a “gift” of your own? Do you hide it from others? Why? There have been a few times that some of us with similar interests have had marvelous discussions. I am amazed how many “believers” I have met on my life’s journey. Perhaps, before I run out of time, I will learn and understand even more what wondrous gifts we all have been given. Yes, even you non-believers! You might just be surprised.
A man was sitting on the edge of the bed, watching his wife, who was looking at herself in the mirror. Since her birthday was not far off, he asked what she’d like to have for her birthday. ‘I’d like to be eight again’, she replied, still looking in the mirror. On the morning of her birthday, he arose early, made her a nice big bowl of Coco Pops, then took her to Adventure World theme park. What a day!
He put her on every ride in the park; the Death Slide, the Wall of Fear, the Screaming Roller Coaster, and everything there was. Five hours , they staggered out of the theme park. Her head was reeling and her stomach felt upside down. He then took her to a McDonald’s where he ordered her a Happy Meal with extra fries and a chocolate shake. Then it was off to a movie, popcorn, a soda pop, and her favorite candy, M&M’s.
What a fabulous adventure! Finally she wobbled home with her husband and collapsed into bed exhausted. He leaned over his wife with a big smile and lovingly asked, ‘Well dear, what was it like being eight again? Her eyes slowly opened, and her expression suddenly changed. ‘I meant my dress size, you idiot!’ The moral of the story: be careful when listening,
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Older Americans Month 2017: Age Out Loud
Getting older doesn’t mean what it used to. For many aging Americans, it is a phase of life where interests, goals, and dreams can get a new or second start. Today, aging is about eliminating outdated perceptions and living the way that suits you best. Take Barbara Hillary, for example. A nurse for 55
years who dreamed of travel, at age 75 Hillary became the first African American woman to set foot on the North Pole. In 2011, at age 79, she set another first when she stepped onto the South Pole. Former president George H.W. Bush celebrated his 90th birthday by skydiving. years old, became the oldActress Betty White, now 95 est person to host Saturday Night Live in 2010, coincidentally during May—the same month recognized as Older Americans Month. Since 1963, the special month has been a time to celebrate older Americans, their stories, and their contributions. Led by the Administration
for Community Living, the annual observance offers a special opportunity to learn about, support, and recognize our nation’s older citizens. This year’s theme, “Age Out Loud,” emphasizes the ways older adults are living their lives with boldness, confidence, and passion while serving as an inspiration to people of all ages.
I used to think 50 was old. I was wrong. Not even close. You just don’t let that rocking chair take over. You get up and go even if you don’t want to. I quit drinking at 90, but I have a couple shots of Jack Daniel’s twice a week for medicinal purposes. If you dream about something enough, it can come true. I’ve reached the age where I’m seriously thinking about what I’ll be when I come back. Optimism is going after Moby Dick in a rowboat and taking the tartar sauce with you.
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