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Volume 27, Number 11

November 2015

32 Pages

Feed A Friend … It’s as Easy as Pie

The Broadway play, “Say Goodnight Gracie” starring Alan Safier comes to Lubbock Nov. 13-14 for three showings, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee, all at the Civic Center Theatre inside the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane. Tickets are available online at SelectASeatLubbock.com, by phone at 806-770-2000 and in person at Select-A-Seat locations. Tickets range from $35 to $55 plus fees. www.CelebrityAttractions.com.

In November Nov. 1 – Time change Nov. 3 – Election Day Nov. 11 – Veterans Day Nov. 26 – Thanksgiving Day

The 24th Annual Feed a Friend . . . It’s as Easy as Pie is happening this year Nov. 13-21 at all Lubbock Market Streets, United Supermarkets, and Amigos. For a $5 donation, one receives a coupon for a free Sara Lee pie (pumpkin, sweet potato, mince, dutch apple, homestyle apple, peach, or cherry). It’s as easy as telling the checker to add it to your total when you get your groceries. Donations can also be given to the volunteer stations located in each store or the customer service counter. Donations are also accepted at the Lubbock Meals on Wheels’ office and Sara Lee coupons are given there. The coupons are redeem-

November is Home Health & Hospice month Alzheimer’s Awareness month Caregivers month

able at any Lubbock Market Street, United Supermarkets, or Amigos through Dec. 31. All proceeds benefit Lubbock Meals on Wheels, and help people remain at home, well fed, and independent as long as possible. The event kicks off with a celebrity pie-eating contest at noon Nov. 13, at the 82nd & Boston United. More than 280 volunteers are needed throughout the week to collect donations and hand out pie coupons at the nine area United Supermarkets. Those interested in volunteering may call the Lubbock Meals on Wheels’ office, 2304 34th St. at 806-7927971. To learn more, go to lubbockmealsonwheels.org.

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Be a Santa to a Senior

The 11th annual ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ campaign begins at 11 a.m. Nov. 19 with a ribbon cutting at Home Instead Senior Care, 1010 Slide Rd., 806-281-4663. ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ provides gifts to senior adults who often need practical items such as blankets, space heaters, sleepwear, and nonperishable food. Area non-profit agencies, including Meals on Wheels and Adult Protective Services, provide the names of older adults in the community, as well as gift ideas for each senior. Volunteers will write the first name of the participating senior, and their gift preferences on a tree ornament. Trees will be located at Kmart; City Bank; Lakeridge Chapel & Memorial Designers; Home Instead Senior Care; and Tom’s Tree Place. People can participate by donating gift requests for individuals or donating to the Adult Protective Services Silver Star Room or by delivering gifts on Dec. 18.


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Cavazos makes third consecutive run to state in BEST Robotics For the third consecutive year, a robotics team from Cavazos Middle School, coached by science teacher Margo Knobloch and technology education teacher Hollis Durham, is advancing to the state level in the West Texas Boosting Engineering, Sci-

ence, and Technology (BEST) Robotics Competition. The Cavazos team is the only team from Lubbock ISD advancing to state. The qualifying competition was Oct. 24. However, the initial results turned out to be somewhat of roller coaster

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ride for the Cavazos team, Knobloch said. “Because of a scoring anomaly, it initially appeared as though we were not advancing. My students were disappointed and didn’t un- Cavazos team and coaches are 8th grade student Sergey West, 7th grade derstand why student Ian McDaniel, 8th grade student Daniel Palomo, science teacher t h e i r h a r d Margo Knobloch, and career and technical education teacher Hollis Durham. work and dedication had not all Middle School Award. Other LISD teams garnerbeen good enough. The award represents the ing awards at the BEST com“Once the scoring anomaly highest combined score from petition were Monterey High was discovered, and it turned the floor competition and the School who won first-place out that we were advancing, team’s engineering notebook in notebook, presentation and it brought such joy to my where the robot’s construction graphic. heart,” Knobloch said. Hutchinson Middle School plans and game strategies are “I couldn’t wait to tell my documented. won second-place in the overteam.” The Cavazos team also all middle school category. In addition to finishing won second for the Founders The state competition will second overall in the floor Award, and third-place for be at the Curtis Culwell Cencompetition or “the game” as both the most robust robot ter, in Garland, Texas, Nov. it is frequently described, the and computer-aided design 13-14. Cavazos team won the Over- or CAD.

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Alta McCleery was one of Alta probably has some six caregivers chosen nation- aches, pains and disappointwide as Comfort Keepers of ments in her daily life, but the Year. the only thing she shows is Honorees are nominated a smile, along with kindness by clients, clients’ family and concern for others. members, peers, and Comfort Alta’s caregiving makes Keepers franchisees who you want to sing “Don’t submit the stories of caregiv- Worry; Be Happy!” ers who go above and beyond Whether you are the emtheir normal duties to provide ployer or a family member of exemplary service to a loved one, their clients. when Alta is This 80-year-old careproviding the giver is always a bright care, you can spot in her clients’ lives. rest easy. After Alta retired Alta said from a supervisory inshe is hondustrial position, she ored to have decided to use her gift of been chocompassion by becomsen for the ing a Comfort Keeper. award. After eight decades, “Who Alta McCleery

would have thought they would choose an 80-year-old for this honor.” Lisa Carson is the owner of Lubbock Comfort Keepers. “I am excited that Alta was chosen for this award,” Carson said. “Alta truly embodies the very best values our caregivers so willingly share with our clients, and she is exactly the type of person I look for when hiring a caregiver. “Seniors prefer to stay in their own homes as they age, and I am thrilled to own a business that can make their wishes a reality.” Carson opened the Lubbock Comfort Keepers in 2002, and her business has helped hundreds of families in the community.


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Page 4 • November 2015 • Golden Gazette Wrinkles mean you laughed, gray hair means you cared, and scars mean you lived. The most precious jewels you’ll ever have around your neck are the arms of your grandchildren.

Shigellosis cases rise in Lubbock An increase in shigellosis cases in Lubbock area schools and daycares continues. Surveillance staff members have investigated 71 confirmed cases of shigellosis since Sept. 1. The city typically sees a few cases a month. Shigella is the bacterium that causes shigellosis, a diarrheal illness that lasts from 4-7 days. Fever, vomiting and stomach cramps may also be present. Once a person is exposed, symptoms usually develop within 1-3 days, with a range of up to 7 days after exposure. Some people with Shigellosis will have no symptoms at all but are still able to spread the infection to others. Shigella is spread personto-person through the unwashed hands of an infected person. This can happen by direct contact, or by food or drink handled by the infected person. Although shigellosis is easily spread, it can also be

easily prevented. The key is good handwashing -- before and after eating or handling food, after using the toilet, after infant diaper changes and frequently during the day. Restrooms and diaper changing surfaces should be sanitized with bleach or antibacterial cleaner frequently. Steps in good handwashing: • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), and apply soap. • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice. • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water. • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them. Washing hands with soap

and water is recommended. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Alcoholbased hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs. Persons who have symptoms (diarrhea, abdominal cramping, fever, nausea, and vomiting) should contact a physician immediately. Treatment with antibiotics will shorten the days of illness and also shorten the length of time an infected person sheds the bacteria and can infect others. Persons with diarrheal illness, including shigellosis, should not attend work, school or daycare until treated and released by their physician or free from fever and diarrhea for 24 hours. You can find further information about shigellosis and other gastrointestinal illnesses at www.cdc.gov.

Cindi Cobb, Frenship Independent School District; Rachelle Collins, Studio West; Jennie Hill, CASA of the South Plains; Brianna Ingram, Benchmark Business Solutions; Bradley Madison, Calvert Home Health Care, Ltd.; Bobby McCloud, Wayland Baptist University – Lubbock Campus; Sheri Mudd, KLBK TV 13; Scott Peterson, Sanford & Tatum Insurance Agency; Myndee Pool, Carpet Tech; Heather Smith, Covenant Health;

Ian Van Reenen, First United Bank; Misti Welch, American Cancer Society; Emily Wilkinson, Texas Tech University System; Marcus Young, United Supermarkets, LLC. This initiative recognizes outstanding individuals under the age of 40 who exemplify leadership in their careers, while actively participating in the community. “We congratulate all of this year’s award winners,” said Chamber Chairman Jay Jacobus. “These young professionals are making an impact on the Lubbock community today as well as our future.”

20 Under 40 award recipients announced

The Lubbock Chamber of Commerce and the Young Professionals of Lubbock announced the 2015 Twenty Under Forty award recipients. Chanda Allen, Neugebauer Congressional Committee; Jeremy Barbee, Roy W. Neal, Jr. Agency, Inc.; Constance Barbian, Benchmark Business Solutions; Bryce Bowley, Robinson Burdette Martin & Seright, LLP; Kyle Carruth, WC Land Services; Christi Chadwell, Texas Tech College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources;


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How to Reclaim Your Life: 5 Tips to Break Out of Isolation Think back to what your life looked like before you became a caregiver. Have you had to give up personal activities since you started taking care of a loved one? • Attending grandchildren’s school athletic events, plays, and musical performances? • Participating in neighborhood block parties and barbecues? • Church events and outings? • Impromptu Saturday lunches and shopping excursions with friends? • Dining out with other couples -- or inviting other couples for dinner at your place? The truth is, you may have sacrificed more than you realize to care for a loved one. If you’re like most family caregivers, you may have become isolated by giving up most, if not all, of your social life. In a recent survey conducted by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home

Instead Senior Care network, 74 percent of surveyed family caregivers caring for an individual with a dementia illness said they and their loved ones had become more isolated as a result of the disease. This withdrawal from social activities can cause depression, anxiety, exhaustion and a host of other negative effects. Caregiver isolation can occur due to a variety of reasons, including: • Not recognizing the signs of social isolation and taking action to avoid them • Lack of family support with caregiving • Feeling guilty about asking for caregiving help • Difficulty taking a loved one with Alzheimer’s out in public • Fear of the unpredictable behaviors that can occur in a person with a dementia illness, such as verbal outbursts 5 Tips to Overcome Caregiver Isolation If caregiving has taken over your life to the point

where you rarely go out alone or with friends anymore, take heart. You can reclaim parts of your pre-caregiving life and avoid the downward spiral of isolation with these tips. 1. Recognize the signs of caregiver social isolation Do you routinely turn down invitations for social events? Worse, have the invitations stopped coming because your friends already know you won’t take part due to your caregiving responsibilities? Take a good look at your lifestyle. If you rarely or never participate in social functions anymore, you have become too isolated. Recognizing the problem is the first step toward solving it. 2. Rely on the perception of friends It is easy to become so wrapped up in caregiving that you are not able to recognize the signs of isolation for yourself. Poll your friends for hon-

est feedback about whether or not you’ve become too withdrawn. If your friends feel you have become isolated, hear what they say and take action to re-engage. 3. Ask for caregiving help from family and friends Don’t be afraid to state your needs to family members and friends. It is OK to say, “I need to get out of the house for a while this weekend. Can you sit with Mom for the afternoon?” Even better, set up a schedule for others to regularly take over caregiving duties so you can get out and socialize. It will help you feel refreshed and better able to care for your loved one when you routinely spend time with other people. 4. Don’t feel guilty about obtaining respite care It’s tough to give your best self to your loved one if you feel overwhelmed or depressed due to isolation.

When family members or friends can’t or won’t help with caregiving, look for alternative ways to get out of the house. Home care providers can help with a variety of care services and personal interaction with your loved one while you take some well-earned time off. 5. Seek out Alzheimer’s friendly businesses Remember that isolation can be bad for your loved one, too. To help you both get out of the house more often, look for the Alzheimer’s Friendly Business seal at your local restaurants and retail shops. These businesses have completed a training program that equips their staff members to better serve people with a dementia illness and their caregivers. Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another dementia illness can be rewarding but time-consuming. You might reasonably ex(See Break Out, Page 7)

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Page 6 • November 2015 • Golden Gazette I thought growing old would take longer. My mother taught me everything except how to live without her.

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There are few things that are more important to us than our safety and security. We depend on rules and regulations for our well-being and protection. We have the police to protect us and the military to guard us. We rely on individuals we have never met to enforce laws and be alert if there is an emergency. Yet, in spite of all of the layers of defense that have been placed around us, the threats of life continue to surround us. We search for a moment of peace in these times of turbulence. However, the Christian has a resource that is always available. The Psalmist reminds us that “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Not only are we reminded that God is our refuge and strength but that He is everpresent. The word refuge means shelter. When the rains fall and the rivers rise, we find a place of security in the arms of God. When days are dark and nights long, we have His light to shine around us and keep us from falling. When sickness strikes and illness lingers, we have the assurance of His presence and peace. God: our refuge and strength - here, now.

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He’s so great that the heavens cannot contain him, and He’s so little that He can live within my heart.” This is the identical way the writer of Psalm 46 spoke of his God: “The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” “The Lord who is Almighty,” said the Psalmist, “is with us” - not may be or should be or will be - but is with us this very moment. Wherever we are - He is.

Gratitude

An attitude of gratitude is always obvious. If we are grateful for what God has done for us and given to us, others will see our appreciation of it in everything we do. David gave us a fourfold formula to follow. “I will thank You Lord, with all my heart.” The thanksgiving he describes is total and consumes all of his being - his entire self. The word he used for heart would include his consciousness of God’s presence, his memory of God’s goodness and his awareness of God’s grace. He worshiped God with excite-

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Went over to the local Bass Pro Shop to get a small 9mm for home protection. When I was ready to pay for the gun and bullets, the cashier said, “Strip down, facing me.” Making a mental note to complain to the NRA about the gun control wackos running amok, I did just as she had instructed. When the hysterical shrieking and alarms finally subsided, I found out she was referring to how I should place my credit card in the card reader. I’ve been asked to shop elsewhere in the future. They need to make their instructions to seniors a little clearer. I still don’t think I looked that bad.


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Pumpkin chiffon pie makes for a great dessert

Dear Folks, Instead of a restaurant review, I thought the following recipe would be my holiday gift to all of you. It is the most delicious pumpkin pie you will ever taste. It could be made as a dessert by putting the crust and filling in a 9x13 casserole dish and then cut into squares. Have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Granny

plate. Refrigerate crust while preparing the pie filling.

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie Filling

2 envelopes unflavored gelatin 1/3 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice 1 ½ tablespoons dark molasses 3 egg yolks, slightly beaten 1/2 cup milk Oatmeal Nut Crust 1can (1 lb.) pumpkin 1 cup uncooked rolled oats egg whites 3 tablespoons brown sugar 1/2 cup sugar 2/3 cup minced walnuts 1 cup heavy cream, 1/3 cup butter or margarine whipped (melted) Directions: Preheat oven to 350 de1. Make oatmeal-nut crust. grees. Spread oats in large, 2. Make pumpkin filling: shallow pan and bake 10 min- In a medium saucepan, comutes to toast. Toss toasted oats bine gelatin, brown sugar, with sugar, nuts and melted salt and pumpkin pie spice; butter. Press evenly on bot- mix well. Add molasses, egg tom and sides of a 9-inch pie yolks, milk, and pumpkin stir-

ring until well combined. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and transfer to a large bowl. Allow to cool slightly. Cover and refrigerate until firm; approximately 1½ to 2 hours. Once mixture is firm, beat with electric mixture until smooth. In a separate bowl, using an electric mixer, beat egg whites at high speed until foamy. Add sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue to beat until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in egg white mixture along with whipped heavy cream into pumpkin mixture just until combined. Transfer to pie shell and refrigerate until firm – at least 2 hours. Garnish with whipped cream and walnut halves. Yields 8 servings.

Alzheimer’s Friendly Business Training, Nov. 5 caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. The training is offered by representatives from Home Instead Senior Care. Most businesses that deal with the public will be serving people with Alzheimer’s and their families. It’s important that businesses start working now to build an Alzheimer’s friendly (Continued from Page 5) Remember to periodically community. The number of people in pect to cut back on your so- take time away from caregivthe U.S. with Alzheimer’s cial life a little bit when you ing to in an effort to ward off disease and other dementias become a caregiver, but if social isolation. you stop socializing entirely It can help you to be a bet- will grow each year as the you could be at risk for iso- ter caregiver for your loved size and proportion of the U.S. population age 65 and lation—and all the negative one. older continue to increase. effects that can bring. - caregiverstress.com More than five million people in America suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, and it is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. Alzheimer’s Friendly Business Training is set for 3-5 p.m. Nov. 5 at Windsong at Carillon, in the Caprock Room.

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For people approaching Medicare: know the rules People approaching Medicare need to know the rules and obligations around Medicare enrollment. The following is advice the Medicare Rights Center gives clients about transitioning to Medicare: * Consider all your options well before you become Medicare-eligible. Start thinking about Medicare enrollment six months before you turn 65 or six months before your 24-month waiting period ends. During this time, think about any other insurance you might have access to after you become eligible for Medicare and find out how that coverage will work or not work with your Medicare. * If you have employersponsored health coverage, carefully consider whether to enroll in or delay Medicare Part B. For example, if you are considering Medicare because you are turning age 65 and there are fewer than 20 employees at the company where you or your spouse currently works, Medicare is

your primary coverage. You should not delay enrollment into Part B. If you decline Part B, you will have no primary insurance, which is usually like having no insurance at all. * Make an appointment to speak to a representative at the local Social Security office about your circumstances after you have done some basic research on www.ssa. gov and at www.medicareinteractive.org, or after talking to a State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) counselor. Call 877-839-2675 to find a counselor in your state, or visit www.shiptacenter.org to find your local SHIP. * Write down what you are told by the Social Security representative, confirm you understand the information you are being given, and keep a record of the conversation. Enrollment mistakes may be remedied if your mistake was the result of misinformation received from the government representative. Keep written records of conversations held with rep-

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before your Medicare eligibility begins after the 24-month waiting period. * If you are in an unusual circumstance, don’t assume you understand how the general rules apply to you. Explain your circumstance to a trained counselor and ask questions. For additional help, visit

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A Costly Mistake: Missing Part B Enrollment

An often-reported fact is that 10,000 Baby Boomers are turning 65 and becoming Medicare-eligible each day. Less well known, and commonly misunderstood, are the rules concerning how to enroll in Medicare and the potential consequences for those who make mistakes. While many newly eligible Medicare beneficiaries are automatically enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B, others must make a proactive choice to enroll. Too frequently, individuals mistakenly delay or decline Part B enrollment because they are unaware of their rights and obligations, or because they are concerned

about the premium cost. For those who fail to enroll in Part B in a timely manner, possible consequences include gaps in coverage, lifetime premium penalties, and disruptions in accessing needed care. In 2014, the Medicare Rights Center’s national helpline fielded more than 14,000 questions, and the second most common question concerned transitioning to Medicare (22 percent). Nearly one-quarter of these calls were from people experiencing challenges enrolling in Part B, whether because they were navigating a specific hurdle (38 percent), did not understand enrollment

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Medicare Advantage plans EYEGLASS REPAIR can be too good to be true Medicare Advantage plans have serious disadvantages over original Medicare, according to a new report by the Medicare Rights Center, “Too Good To Be True: The Fine Print in Medicare Private Health Care Benefits.” Medicare Advantage plans are provided by private insurers, unlike original Medicare, which is provided by the government. The government pays Medicare Advantage plans a fixed monthly fee to provide services to each Medicare beneficiary under their care. The plans often look attractive because they the offer the same basic coverage as original Medicare plus some additional benefits and services that original Medicare doesn’t offer. The idea behind the plans

is to provide better services and lower out-of-pocket costs. However, it doesn’t always work that way, according to the Medicare Rights Center. While the plans must provide a benefit “package” that is at least as good as original Medicare’s and cover everything Medicare covers, the plans do not have to cover every benefit in the same way. For example, plans may pay less for some benefits, like skilled nursing facility care, and offset this by offering lower copayments for doctor visits. The report, based on thousands of beneficiary calls to the Medicare Rights Center, lists nine common problems with Medicare Advantage plans. The problems include the following:

Care can cost more than it would under original Medicare. Private plans are not stable and may suddenly cease coverage. Members may experience difficulty getting emergency or urgent care. Because plans only cover certain doctors, the continuity of care is often broken when the plan drops a provider. Members have to follow plan rules to get covered care. Members are restricted in their choices of doctors, hospitals, and other providers. It can be difficult to get care away from home. The extra benefits offered often turn out to be less than promised. People with both Medicare and Medicaid can encounter higher costs. -- www.elderlawanswers.com

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Seniors are Special will not be assisting those with Medicare Advantage Plans. If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan (Medicare C), call the South Plains Area Agency on Aging at 806-7628721. They will assist you with Medicare Advantage plans. Please note: SAS will assume everyone that requests help has Original Medicare and is looking for a Medicare D Plan with Original Medicare. If you are not sure, call 806-775-8760 for further information.

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Preparing for 2016 Medicare Part D (Prescription Drug Plan) By Peter Laverty SeniorS Are SpeciAl It’s that time of year when we begin preparing for the 2016 Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (Medicare D) signup, which begins Oct. 15. On the heels of the 50th anniversary of the signing of Medicare and Medicaid into law, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) projected that the average premium for a basic Medicare Part D prescription drug plan in 2016 will remain stable at $32.50 per month, up from $32 in 2015. For the last five years, the average premium for a Medicare Part D basic plan has been $30 or $32. This is better than critics of the Affordable Care Act predicted in 2009 when they claimed that closing the donut hole would cause premiums to skyrocket. The upcoming Medicare annual open enrollment period allows people with Medicare to choose their Medicare Prescription Drug Plan for

2016 by comparing their current coverage to other plan offerings. New benefit choices are effective Jan. 1, 2016. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have already announced that the Part D deductible will increase by $40 to $360 in 2016. Medicare prescription drug coverage (Medicare Part D) was set up to be added to your Medicare health care coverage if you chose to. It helps you pay for both brand name and generic drugs. Medicare drug plans are offered by insurance companies and other private companies approved by Medicare. You can get coverage two ways: 1. Medicare D Prescription Drug Plans add prescription drug coverage to Original Medicare. 2. Medicare Advantage Plans (Medicare C) offer prescription drug coverage along with your Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B plans. Below you will find the highlights for the CMS Stan-

dard Medicare D Benefit Plan changes from 2015 to 2016. The “Standard Benefit Plan” is the minimum plan that Medicare allows providers to offer. Many plans offer more benefits ,and it is up to you to do the research to make sure you choose the most costeffective possible plan. The plan you had in 2015 often will not be the best plan for 2016. The Standard Benefit Plan for 2016 • Initial Deductible: The maximum deductible will increase by $40 to $360 • Initial Coverage Limit: Will increase from $2,960 in 2015 to $3,310 in 2016 • Out-of-Pocket Threshold: Will increase from $4,700 to $4,850 in 2016 •Coverage Gap (donut hole): In 2016, the donut hole begins once you reach your Medicare Part D plan’s initial coverage limit of $3,310 and ends when you spend a total of $4,850.

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• In 2016, Part D enrollees will receive a 55% discount on the total cost of their brand name drugs while in the donut hole. The 50% discount paid by the brand-name drug manufacturer will still apply to getting you out of the donut hole, however the additional 5% paid by your Medicare Part D will not. Enrollees will pay a maximum of 58% co-pay on generic drugs purchased while in the coverage gap. • Catastrophic Coverage Portion of the Benefit: Enrollee cost will increase to greater of 5% or $2.95 for generic or preferred drugs that are a multi-source drug and the greater of 5% or $7.40 for all other drugs in 2016. Still Confused? At times so am I. For those who are, let’s start from the beginning and recap the important portions of Medicare D. Medicare Part D, also called the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, is a federal program to subsidize the costs of prescription drugs for Medicare beneficiaries in the U.S. It was enacted as part of the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) and went into effect on Jan. 1, 2006. Medicare prescription drug coverage is insurance. It helps you pay for both brand name and generic drugs. Medicare drug plans are offered by insurance companies and other private companies approved by Medicare. To get a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan you must have Medicare Part A or

Medicare Part B. To join a Medicare Advantage Plan or other Medicare health plans with prescription drug coverage, you must have Medicare Part A and Part B. You must also live in the service area of the Medicare Health Plan. Here are five important points to consider when you begin comparing the different companies in order to find the plan that best meets your needs. 1. Prescription drug cost Medicare drug plans cover generic and brand name drugs. All plans must cover the same categories of drugs, but plans can choose which specific drugs are covered in each drug category. Each plan determines the price they will charge for each drug. Not all plans drug costs are the same, and drug plans may change the cost of these drugs during the open enrollment time. This means the cost of your drugs will change on Jan. 1, 2016. This is why you have to review the costs with your current Medicare D plan and the cost of the same drugs with other available plans. The price you paid last year for your prescriptions will change beginning Jan. 1, 2016. 2. Premium cost Plans have different monthly premiums. Do not think just because your premium did not go up that the rest of the costs have not. Premium costs are just part of your overall Medicare D expense. 3. Yearly deductible (See Medicare Part D, Page 11)


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Being ‘coachable’ -- a wise thing to become Coachable --- that was a new word for me. Even though I do not remember hearing the word, I instantly knew what it meant. My friend was talking about her son. She was describing his abilities and willingness to learn by describing how it came about. Because he was “coachable,” he paid attention and was willing to do what was suggested. After a very successful and lengthy football career, he had learned the importance of listening and learning from others. Never is he offended when it is pointed out how his demeanor might be off-putting or making things less clear. Would the use of alternate wording be more meaningful and helpful? What about the way his hair was combed, or not, and what about how he was

observe dressed ways to when live our making a lives with presentamore tion? By Rollin A Long depth, Watchmeans of ing vidcommueos of himself was not detrimental nication, forgiveness, and as he knew by watching those purpose. How many of us are coachshots, he could learn and work at making better con- able? If we know we could imnections This is what he absorbed in prove, would we be willing his years of playing football to do so? Are we willing to listen to and being coached by some of the best coaches anywhere. someone with solid informaIt was inspirational to hear tion who has a different way this woman describe her son. of accomplishing certain She was not boasting about projects? Just how coachable do we his abilities. Instead, she was describing his strength as a allow ourselves to be regardhuman being who was willing less of who the coach is? Not to become better than he was. liking the person who is passIf only more teachers, doc- ing on good information does tors, farmers, oil field work- not mean we cannot learn ers, writers, thinkers, and the from them. Too often we are guilty of rest of us, were willing to

(Continued from Page 10) Plans can charge from zero to $360 per year. If you are going to have a hard time coming up with the first $360, it might be wise to look for a plan with a lower deductible. 4. Convenience & quality Make sure the plan you chose uses pharmacies in your area. Medicare D p l a n s n o w have in-network and out-ofnetwork pharmacies. To find the best price, you will need to use an in-network pharmacy. Check to see if they offer mail order, which at times is both less expensive, and a more convenient way of obtaining your medications.

Then check to see what the plans’ rating is before making your final selection. 5. Catastrophic Coverage Once you have reached $4,850 in out-of-pocket expenses, you enter the catastrophic coverage portion and pay the greater of 5% or $2.95 for generic or preferred drugs that are a multi-source drug and the greater of 5% or $7.40 for all other drugs in 2016. When may you join, switch or drop a drug plan? You can join, switch, or drop a Medicare drug plan: • When you first become eligible for Medicare. • Between Oct. 15 and

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ignoring truth and helpfulness because our own pettiness gets in the way. It is a difficult obstacle to overcome. “Getting a grip” and deliberately making sure we do our best to become ‘coachable’ may be one of the wisest things we ever do. It really is OK to not know it all.

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Things I Know After 36 Years of Marriage By Winifred M. Reilly M.A., MFT Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and author of the relationship advice blog ‘Speaking of Marriage’ This week, my husband and I will celebrate our 36th anniversary. Some years we’ve gotten dressed-up and gone out to dinner. Other years we’ve simply marked the day with a kiss. Once, we were both sick with the flu and I vaguely remember clinking our glasses of orange juice together and then sleeping right through the day. Then there was the year when we were so embroiled in struggle that we let the day pass without even a word. That’s what marriage is -richer, poorer, good times and

bad. Each year comes with its surprises and challenges, its hard fought lessons, its moments of sweetness. To honor our many years together, here are 36 lessons I’ve found most valuable: 1. If you think marriage would have been much easier with somebody else, you’re probably wrong. 2. Most marital problems are fixable. Really. Even the tough ones. 3. The D word (divorce) is a dangerous weapon. I suggest the F word instead: frustrated. Nobody’s heart will be broken if you say, “I’m so FRUSTRATED I could scream!” 4. The term wedded bliss should be stricken from every couple’s vocabulary. Marriage is wonderful in many ways,

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but expecting bliss makes the inevitable rough times seem like a problem when they’re simply part of the deal. 5. That bit about how your partner won’t change: Wrong. My husband and I met in our early 20s. If we’d both stayed just as we were, we’d still be two naïve kids, stubbornly insisting we have to have things our way, thinking marriage shouldn’t be as challenging as it is. 6. Marriage doesn’t get good or stay good all on its own. 7. Every one of us is, in our own way, difficult to live with. Beginning to work on even one of your own problem behaviors will make a big difference in the quality of your marriage. Added bonus: your spouse will greatly appreciate it. 8. People who are unhappily married sometimes think marriage is the problem -that marriage is unnatural or outdated or impossible to do well. There’s not a third entity called marriage. Everything that goes on between you is your creation, each of you playing your part. Why not create something worthwhile? 9. Marriage is a “learn on the job” proposition. None of us comes into it with all the skills we need for success. When the going gets rough, it’s most often a sign that we need some new skills -- not a sign that we need a new spouse. 10. Struggle in marriage is not only inevitable, it’s necessary. None of us can grow a strong and healthy relationship without having to face and resolve difficult issues. 11. Even the best mar-

riage can’t make up for the difficulties we faced growing up. We all come with childhood injuries. Thinking your spouse can make you feel safe and secure when you’re wobbly inside is too much to ask. The sooner (and more effectively) you deal with your “stuff,” the healthier and more satisfying your marriage will be. 12. Love grows as much from the challenges we face and surmount together as from the delights we share. 13. Marriage is a long negotiation about how two people are going to run things. Money. Intimacy. Parenting. Chores. You can battle, or you can collaborate. Collaboration is a lot more rewarding. 14. Even the most stubborn among us can learn how to yield. 15. Most of your spouse’s upsets and frustrations aren’t about you -- but some are. The sooner you figure out which is which, the better off you’ll be. 16. During hard times, commitment may be your saving grace. The fact that, way back when, you said “’till death do us part” may be the only reason you keep two feet in long enough to fix what’s not going well. And that’s reason enough. 17. Marriage can make you a better person or a worse person. It’s your choice. 18. Complaints and criticisms aren’t the same thing as requests for change. 19. Discouragement is one of the greatest threats to marriage. I’ve seen struggling couples give up on marriages that could quite likely be saved had they been given the

proper guidance and encouragement to hang in there and fix things. 20. Thinking you have a 50-50 chance of ending up divorced makes it seem like a coin toss. It’s not. There are some behaviors that nearly guarantee failure. We all know what they are. It’s a good idea to not do them. 21. Being nice helps. 22. Saying thank-you does, too. 23. The happier I am about my own life, the less irritated I am about my husband’s irritating behaviors. 24. A good marriage will have its share of conflict, frustration, boredom, unresolvable arguments, slammed doors, and nights where one person sleeps on the couch. 25. It’s not always easy to keep your heart open. 26. Love matters. While love doesn’t heal all, even (especially) during hard times, love is a touchstone, a reminder of why you got together in the first place. 27. Marriage is not an antidote for loneliness. While marriage provides companionship, closeness and connection are not a constant. Sometimes we’re in sync. Sometimes we’re not. It’s important to be able to soothe and comfort yourself when need be. 28. It’s easy to get into a rut when you’re with the same person, year after year. Sex. Vacations. Dinner. How you spend Saturday night. Change things. Add some spice. 29. Most good marriages have one person who plays the role of the relationship (See Things I Know, Page 12)


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New Neighbors Club Annual Live & Silent Auction, Nov. 13

The New Neighbors Club will host its annual Live and Silent Auction at the Garden and Arts Center, 4215 University Ave. on Nov. 13. This event starts at 9:30 a.m. Reservations are required and cost is $15 which includes lunch. There will be door prizes. After the auction, attendees may stay and play bridge, canasta, samba or other available games. Some featured items for auction will include home-baked goods, jewelry, crafts, art, books and much more. All proceeds from the event benefit local nonprofit community programs supported by the New Neighbors Club. Some of the agencies New Neighbors has supports include Hospice of Lubbock, Texas South Plains Honor Flight, Meals on Wheels, South Plains Food Bank, Family Guidance and Outreach Center and others. For reservations and additional information about New Neighbors, contact Mary Valentini, 799-4450, newneighbors@ ymail.com or New Neighbors Facebook page.

Things I Know (Continued from Page 12)

“guardian”: The person who brings up difficult subjects. The person who stays hopeful in hard times. The person who acts as a steadying influence when one or both of you are getting worked-up. In an ideal world, that role would be shared. In the real world it only takes one. 30. One of the best things to do in the midst of a fight is to stop fighting. Take a break. Cool down. Come back to it later. Hotheads are terrible problem solvers. 31. Some conflicts cannot be resolved by compromise. (We can’t have half a child or buy half a vacation home). When there’s no such thing as “meeting halfway,” the solution becomes a matter of generosity, where one person says “yes” to their second choice and the other acknowledges that as a gift. 32. Fights are never about content. Where we store the dish soap, whether it’s quicker to take the frontage road

or the freeway, whether it’s horribly rude not to answer a text -- none of these are worth getting ourselves all in a twist. Our upsets are about the larger meaning we make of that unanswered text, that resistance to influence, that refusal to take seriously the things we request. It’s really helpful to accurately name what’s setting you off. 33. There’s a big difference between being happily married and living happily ever after. None of us are happy 24/7. Thank goodness we don’t need to be. 34. When you think to yourself, I really shouldn’t say this, you’re probably right. 35. Learning how to make up is essential since you’ll never, ever, get to a point where neither one of you screws up. 36. One of you has to go first. Apologize first. Be vulnerable first. Yield first. Forgive first. Why not let that person be you?

Lubbock Dance Club sets dancing times The Lubbock Dance Club began in 1993, founded by older citizens who realized that the older generation needed to have a place to go and enjoy fellowship along with an environment of no smoking and no alcohol. Thanks to those founders, the Lubbock Dance Club is now going very well and growing. The club had to move because of the renovations at the 19th Street location. Then the club

was allowed to join the Lubbock Area Square, Round Dance Federation located at 2305 120th St. The club has two live bands which play for the country western dances. The federation has the Martin Country Band & club has the Country Company Band. The security is excellent and there is lots of good parking. Please come join us anytime there’s a western dance -- single or couples it makes no difference. We are in the process of having the band which plays for the club, to learn new dances where the singles can join in to get acquainted.

Admission is $5 per person, and all ages are welcome. Dances in November and December are Nov. 21, Nov. 28, Dec. 12 and Dec. 19, and Dec. 31. The last dance of the year is on Dec. 31. Tickets for that dance will be $8, and the hours are 7 p.m. to midnight, to see 2015 go out and 2016 come in. For the New Year’s Eve party, bring finger foods, then closer to midnight, black-eyed peas and cornbread will be served. There will be an exhibition square dance during the band breaks. Check the website of www.squaredancelubbocktx. com for future information. Come join for a boot scootin’ fun time.


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New Neighbors members have fun while giving to the community

Danice Cash, Paula Youngblood, Pat Akehurst, and Sue Clampitt were all Samba card game winners.

Glenda King and Linda Holland at the Games Day Benefit.

Sue Webb distributed membership directories.

Judy Carnes and Beverly Sowell distributed the Golden Gazette and Golden Resource Directory to members and their guests.

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While busy raising funds for community programs, such as the Texas South Plains Honor Flight, Hospice of Lubbock, Meals on Wheels, or delivering Meals on Wheels, members of the New Neighbors Club still find time to have fun with social activities throughout the month. For more information about New Neighbors, contact Mary Valentini 799-4450, newneighbors@ymail.com or new neighbors Facebook page.

Charlotte Davidson and Danice Cash with the Treasures & Pleasures group at the recent Peddlers Show at the civic center.

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Your bones will thank you for keeping them strong Your bones are alive—they are living tissue. When we are young and growing, our bodies break down the old bone and replace it with new bone. Around age 30, our bone mass stops increasing and more bone breaks down than is being replaced. Our goal for bone health should be to keep as much bone as possible for the rest of our lives. We can take action now to prevent bone loss and watch for warning signs of a more serious condition. For women, bone loss speeds up in the years after menopause, then it slows again, but still progresses. In men, the bone loss happens slowly. The gender bone loss rates eventually even out, and by age 65, most men and women are losing bone at the same pace.

Osteoporosis

The word “osteoporosis” literally means “porous bone.” If bone loss increases at a high rate, you may be developing osteoporosis, a disease that weakens the bones to the state where they are fragile and break with little trauma to the body. Those with osteoporosis more often break bones in the hip, spine, and wrist; however, any bone is susceptible. Osteoporosis is sometimes called a “silent” disease because it develops without symptoms and over a long period of time. Until a fall or strain causes a broken bone, people may not know they have osteoporosis. These breaks can lead to long-term recovery and sudden disabilities.

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A bone density test can find out your level of bone health. Since osteoporosis is difficult to diagnose until a bone breaks, your doctor may suggest a type of bone density test called a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry test (DXA), if you feel you are at risk. The DXA test can provide information to help assess your risk for broken bones, and it may help you and your doctor develop a plan to keep your bones from further damage.

day is recommended. Foods that are good protein sources include eggs, meat, fish, and poultry. • Exercise. Your bones, joints, and muscles will be stronger when you are physically active. Weight-bearing exercises, performed three times a week, can help with bone health. Walking, light weightlifting, playing tennis, and dancing are examples of weight-bearing exercises. Try

some strengthening and balance exercises, too, like yoga or water aerobics. They may help you avoid falls, which could cause a broken bone. Always check with your doctor before beginning new exercise or diet regimens. • Vitamin C. A recent study for the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research showed that seniors with higher intakes of vitamin C lowered their risk of fractures by 50 percent. • Calcium. At any age, calcium is important for bone health and strength. Women over age 50 need 1,200 mg of calcium every day. Men need 1,000 mg between ages 51 and 70 and 1,200 mg after age 70. Calcium-rich foods are the best source. Try lowfat dairy foods, fish (such as salmon), and some green leafy vegetables. Check the

labels on items such as fruit juices, breads, and cereals to find those with calcium added. • Vitamin D. Did you know your body uses vitamin D to absorb calcium? Our bodies usually produce enough vitamin D if we are in the sun without sunscreen for 10 to 15 minutes twice a week. Vitamin D is also found in eggs, fatty fish, and vitamin D-fortified milk. If you think you are not getting enough vitamin D, check with your doctor. Maintaining strong bones is essential as we age. It’s never too late to start improving bone health. There are many simple steps we can take now to strength our bones and fight bone loss. -- www.comfortkeepers. com

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New traffic signal at 130th & Quaker The traffic signal at 130th Street and Quaker Avenue is now operating in greenyellow-red mode. The signal had been operating in all-red flash mode. The city completed a traffic signal warrant study which has recently been approved by TxDOT. 130th Street is part of the Texas Department of Transportation’s on-system highways. Quaker Avenue is a city-owned roadway. The City urges drivers to be aware of the change and use caution while driving through the intersection.

Rains delays trash collection

The Solid Waste Department asks for your patience regarding trash collection. The recent rains have left standing water and deep ruts in some alleys and makes it difficult for trucks to make trash pickups. Solid Waste will continue to monitor alleys and will make the trash collection as soon as possible.

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Cheese balls TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling YIELD: 8 servings Ingredients • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened • 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, room temperature • 2 tablespoons 2% milk • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce • Coarsely ground pepper • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled blue cheese • Minced fresh parsley • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder • Finely chopped pecans • Assorted crackers Directions 1. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, milk, onion and Worcestershire sauce until fluffy. If a smoother spread is desired, process in a food processor until creamy. 2. Divide into thirds (about 1 cup each). Shape first portion into a ball; roll in pepper. Add the blue cheese to the second portion. Shape into a ball; roll in parsley. Add garlic powder to the remaining portion. Shape into a ball; roll in nuts. 3. Cover and refrigerate. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour before serving. Serve with crackers. Yield: 3 cheese balls.


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Preparing for joint replacement Joint replacement is a serious decision for any family. Many factors can affect the recovery period, and each of these factors requires energy and dedication. A person’s overall health and activity level are more important than age in predicting a joint replacement’s success, so preparing the body and mind for the journey ahead is an important part of healing. The good news is that joint replacement does have a high level of success, and can significantly improve one’s quality of life. Though recovery does take time and building strength requires patience and effort, joint replacement helps people experience renewed movement in their joints and relief from ongoing pain. Once a patient and his or her doctor have decided that joint replacement is a good option, then the process of emotionally and physically preparing for surgery and recovery begins. At the same time, the doctor will order a series of evaluations to assess a patient’s joint replacement success. Prepare at Home Making plans before surgery makes everyday tasks easier and reduces stress Organizing one’s home by immediately setting up a support system can make healing easier and speed recovery. Here are some recommendations: Learn what to expect. Read about the doctor’s plan and experience with joint replacement. Ask for booklets and other literature to help

prepare for before, during, and after surgery. Arrangements should be in place for someone to help around the house for the first few weeks after returning home from the hospital. This could be a family member, friend, or inhome caregiver. Make sure a ride is arranged for going to and from the hospital.

Create a “healing station” at home. Place the television remote control, radio, telephone, medicine, tissues, wastebasket, and water pitcher and glass next to the spot where the most time is spent during recovery. Place everyday items at arm level to avoid any reaching or bending. Keep the kitchen wellstocked and prepare food in advance, such as frozen meals or soups that can be easily heated. Prepare with the doctor Before surgery, there will be a pre-operative evaluation. The medical team will look at the surgical plan and identify possible complications. This evaluation helps ensure a

successful operation: Pre-admission testing. This may include a physical exam, a lifestyle and health questionnaire, and a complete blood count to check for everything from diabetes to anemia, a coagulation test for normal blood clotting, and a test of the kidneys, liver, and pancreas. There may also be an EKG to evaluate heart health. Medication adjustments. If a patient is taking medications, the doctor may want to adjust prescriptions. There may be new prescriptions, including blood thinners. Since a major surgery side effect is infection, antibiotics may be recommended to improve the immune system. Imaging. The doctor will look at x-rays and possibly request an MRI to fully understand the joint condition. These images will help with the surgical plan and help decide on the size and placement of the new joint. Physical therapy. The doctor or physical therapist may help with muscle-strengthening exercises. Research shows that patients who start physical therapy and strengthen their muscles before surgery recovery faster and better. Recovery takes time. The patient may experience some pain and discomfort as well as frustration with his or her limitations. It may help to read about the tips and tricks of other successful joint surgery patients or talk with friends who have experienced similar surgeries. The focus should be on the rewards of being able to engage in activities again. -- www.comfortkeepers.

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Lubbock ISD teacher/author wins gold in young reader fiction Hutchinson Middle School creative writing teacher Nathan Dahlstrom was recognized for his book “Texas Grit,” with the Will Rogers Gold Medallion for Young Reader fiction. The awards ceremony was Oct. 25 at the Fort Worth Stockyards and coincided with the Red Steagall Cowboy Symposium. The awards are meant to recognize excellence in Western literature. “Texas Grit” is book #2 in the Wilder Good series by Dahlstrom. Charles Williams was the award administrator. “The other books in this The category were written for an audience, “Texas Grit” was written by the audience,” Dahlstrom said. “It’s an honor to be connected, even in a small way, with Will Rogers, a true western hero.” Dahlstrom has written three books in the Wilder Good series with the 806.793.5720 fourth, “The Green Colt,” 2449 34th Street due in the spring of 2016.

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By Lexi Behrndt I’m sorry I didn’t respond to your texts. Or your calls. Or your messages, emails, or cards. I’m sorry. I’m so sorry. And I do miss you. You have to know how much I value you. How much I need you in my life. How much your simple notes and texts and efforts to reach me have meant. Yes, I saw every single one. No, you haven’t done anything wrong. It’s me. And it’s this time, this hellish, crazy, revealing, stretching time. There are so many things I’ve wanted to tell you, but I haven’t had the words. I’ve wanted to tell you that I still laugh -- at my own sarcastic jokes, at inappropriate times, and with others. I’ve wanted to tell you that I’m weak. I’ve wanted to tell you not to pity me or feel bad for me or worry about me. I’ve wanted to tell you that I’m holding on, and I’ll never stop, but some days, I’m holding on by a single thread. I’ve wanted to tell you that I feel like I have absolutely nothing left to give to anyone or anything, and that everyday I’m just surviving, moving through each day, sometimes in a fog, sometimes with a deliberateness and ferocity produced by grief.

I’ve wanted to tell you that I still care, even if it doesn’t feel like it. I’ve wanted to tell you how much I wish I could be there for you right now, support you the way you’ve supported me, carry your mess with you, and make the load a little lighter. Someday, I will. I promise. I’ve wanted to tell you that I’ve changed. Irrevocably. Permanently. My soul is richer and my heart is fuller in brokenness than it ever was without. I’ve learned true despair, and it’s made me learn to appreciate true joy. I’ve wanted to tell you that I’m still me. My losses and pains change me, but they don’t define me. I’m still me -- the same quirky, wild, bleeding heart who lived down the hall from you in college. I’ve wanted to tell you thank you. Thank you for sticking through this with me. Thank you for understanding. Thank you for giving me time and space when I need it. Thank you for assuming the best in my intentions. Thank you for giving me endless support. Friends like you can never be replaced. Still me, just a little more worn and tattered. -- www.scribblesandcrumbs.com

I woke up, lifted my arms, moved my knees, turned my neck. Everything made the same noise – ‘crrrrrrraaaaaack!’ I came to a conclusion – I’m not old, I’m crispy. I don’t mean to brag, but I finished my 14-day diet in three hours and 12 minutes.


Golden Gazette • November 2015 • Page 21 The project for Stockings for Servicemen is continuing. The 2015 goal is near completion and more than 4,000 stockings and a box of goodies will be sent to servicemen serving overseas. This community effort takes many volunteers and months to complete. We continue to work to fill every stocking in time for Christmas delivery. If you or your group would like to help, we can always use the assistance. Construction of stockings, collection of old Christmas cards, new Christmas cards, personal size toiletries, games and other items are ongoing and we can always use more. Groups to sign Christmas cards (can be Sunday school groups, children’s organizations, social groups), donations of ‘free stuff’, and decks of cards. Items that are labeled with a company logo (pens, sticky pads, golf tees, and other small items) are recommended. If you have one or 10, we can use them. What a great way for West Texas to show their appreciation for our members of the Armed Forces. For additional information, contact the Lubbock RSVP office at 743-7787. This project operates year round, so if you cannot help this year, think about this group as the New Year begins. In September, we assisted in the ‘Feed Seniors Now’ program. This effort provides weekend packs for those who do not have access to regular meals on weekends. Thanks to your efforts almost four tons of food was collected. Monetary gifts are

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Volunteer Opportunities and Information: still coming in. Thank you, Lubbock. You have made a difference in so many lives. For additional information call 806-792-7971. Foster Grandparent Program is focused on a person-to-person (grandparent-to-child) relationship and on the gains that come from an individualized, continuing relationship between a concerned, mature adult and a child with special needs. The foster grandparent functions in a supportive role, contributing kindness, patience and understanding in a recurring and significant relationship. As a foster grandparent, you can expect: an hourly non-taxable stipend, transportation reimbursement, meals offered per day of service, training and in-service opportunities, monthly meetings, celebrations, and end of year recognition luncheon. Eligibility requirements include successfully passing a criminal background check and must be income eligible. If you think this opportunity is for you - contact the office for additional information at 806-783-6672. The John T Montford Unit and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center are working together to assist the patients in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

An effort is ongoing to expand patient services and quality of lives. Identified areas of assistance are art supplies and materials (new and used), music (new or used instruments, CDs, and DVDs), books (new and used to expand patient library), garden (anything for a vegetable, flower or other plant gardens), fitness education and materials (new or used equipment, DVDs, posters, and literature), and technology (new or used televisions, DVD and CD players). They are also offering volunteer opportunities to provide services in art therapy, music therapy, fitness, pet therapy, relaxation therapy and more. If you have items or are interested, contact the RSVP office at 743-7787.

Candlelight at the Ranch is a holiday event that offers a glimpse into the past as visitors experience yuletide celebrations. Thousands of luminaries will line the paths to historic structures from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 11-12, at the National Ranching Heritage Center as volunteer Ranch Hosts dress in period clothing to recreate holiday scenes of trimming trees, playing traditional music and gathering around a campfire on a cold winter night. Hot cocoa and cider will be available inside the museum, and children can visit with Santa Claus. Event is open to public and admission is free, however, a $2 donation is suggested. Wisdom and Funny Quotes for November… To succeed in life, you need three things -- a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone. – Reba McEntire An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day. – Irv Kupcinet It’s not the minutes spent at

the table that put on weight, it’s the seconds. – Anonymous Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is sometimes too often. – Johnny Carson No one diets on Thanksgiving. What we are talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving? – Erma Bombeck

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Camposanto Suite: Art for Eternity -- through Nov. 29 at the Buddy Holly Center, 1801 Crickets Ave. Photographer and life-long resident of the Texas Panhandle Jim Jordan showcases a selection of his photographs taken in cemeteries throughout Northern New Mexico. Celebración -- through Nov. 29 at the Buddy Holly Center, 1801 Crickets Ave. An annual invitational exhibition of artwork that explores the history and meaning behind the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. Helenn J. Rumpel: Four Decades of Art -- through Dec. 20 at the Museum of Texas Tech. Features 60 of Helenn Rumpel’s embroidered works, paintings and ceramics spanning four decades. Rumpel, who died in 2014, was a Santa Fe-based artist best known for her creative stitchery. Combining vibrant colors and energetic textures, Rumpel joins threads, cloth, varieties of stitches, dyed fabrics, yarns, sparkling materials, beads, and found objects to explore landscapes and cityscapes. The subjects of her artistic world are international, spanning the mountains of her home in New Mexico, Greek villages along the Mediterranean, onion-domed churches in central

Europe and Russia, rural villages in Germany and England, and Byzantine architecture. In addition to acclaim she earned in textiles, Rumpel also painted in oil and watercolor and created ceramic pieces. Ansel Adams: American Master Selections from the David H. Arrington Collection -- through Jan. 17, 2016 at the Museum of Texas Tech. 103 works of art surveys a lifetime of creative insight and photographic acumen by American master Ansel Adams (19021984). Adams prevails as a premier artist of the 20th century, and his images established a standard for American landscape photography. The exhibition has been curated from the collection of Midland, Texas, resident David H. Arrington. Arrington gathered one of the largest private collections in the world, with iconic landscapes of the western United States and rare prints demonstrating Adams’ virtuoso photographic techniques. Antarctica – Pioneering American Explorations of the Frozen Continent -- through Jan. 24, 2016 at the Museum of Texas Tech. Exploration and Adventure! This exhibition highlights expeditions into the unknown of Antarctica and Texas Tech University’s own Dr. F. Alton Wade. Learn about the fate of the Snow

See the online calendar at www.LubbockSeniorSource.com. Click on “Enriching Lives Calendar” Cruiser, an innovative research facility on wheels. Discover the preparation it took to explore a dangerous climate that could be 70 degrees below zero. Sled dogs, penguins, ancient animals and a mummified seal add life to this frozen continent and exhibition. Curry Holden: A Landmark Visionary -- through Oct. 2, 2016 at the Lubbock Lake National Historic Landmark, Landmark Drive. Curry Holden, the first director of the West Texas Museum (now the Museum of Texas Tech University), is credited with the discovery of Lubbock Lake in 1936. It all started when the young Kimmel brothers brought him bones of ancient bison and a Folsom point found there. Holden’s research championed protection of the Lubbock Lake. He oversaw excavations, worked with community leaders, and raised community awareness with his own guided tours into the late 1960s. His ceaseless efforts are chronicled in celebration of the Landmark’s 80th anniversary of discovery. His vision is the foundation for the Landmark’s current mission and success. Nov. 1 - All Saint’s Day Daylight Saving Time ends -- fall

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back one hour. El Dia de los Muertos at the Museum of Texas Tech 2-4 p.m. Fiesta, fun & flowers! Free. Celebrate and remember loved ones who have passed away. Nov. 2 - Deviled Egg Day Pickleball – it’s fun & free: new players welcome. Join the group at LeRoy Elmore Park, 66th St. & Quaker Avenue tennis courts; Monday nights 7:30-8 to 10 p.m.+- (weather permitting) www. usapa.org. Questions? Call 806795-5626. Nov. 3 - Sandwich Day Nov. 4 - King Tut Day National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), Furr’s Family Dining, 6001 Slide Rd., 11:30 a.m., 799-6796 or 7959158. Nov. 5 - Men Make Dinner Day Alzheimer’s Friendly Business Training -- 3-5 p.m., Windsong at Carillon, Caprock Room, to attend, RSVP to 806-281-4663, a unique training session designed to make Lubbock more Alzheimer’s friendly. Nov. 6 - Marooned without a Compass Day Holiday Extravaganza – Community Christian Church, 3417 96th St. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Hundreds of themed gift baskets, seasonal decorations, quilt raffle, bake sale, jellies & jams, wreaths and more. First Friday Art Trail -- 6 to 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., 806775-3562 Ansel Adams Lecture at the Museum of Texas Tech, 7-8 p.m., Helen DeVitt Jones Sculpture Court and Auditorium, Sarah Adams to speak about her iconic grandfather, reception to follow.

Nov. 7 - Book Lovers Day Holiday Extravaganza – Community Christian Church, 3417 96th St. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Hundreds of themed gift baskets, seasonal decorations, quilt raffle, bake sale, jellies & jams, wreaths and more. Holiday Bazaar - Celebration Christian Center, 8001 Upland Ave. Unique hand-crafted items, gifts, German foods, children’s activities. For more information contact Jeanette Camp at 806401-9000 or jeanette.camp@ yahoo.com. National Bison Day -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Lubbock Lake Landmark will celebrate the Great North American Bison with a day of activities and learning opportunities. The Roundtable Luncheon - 11:15 a.m. - 1 p.m. Hillcrest Country Club Main Dining Room 4011 N. Boston Ave. The speaker is David Crews on Spirit Ranch. Public is invited; $15 per person; limited menu includes beverage and dessert. Travel north on North University Avenue then turn left or west on Newcomb Street and proceed to clubhouse. Nov. 8 - Cook Something Bold Nov. 9 - Chaos Never Dies Day Pickleball – it’s fun & free: new players welcome. Join the group at LeRoy Elmore Park, 66th St. & Quaker Avenue tennis courts; Monday nights 7:30-8 to 10 p.m.+- (weather permitting) www. usapa.org. Questions? Call 806795-5626. Better Breathers Club is 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. For info, call Lori Stroud, 775-8950. (See Enriching Lives, Page 23)


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Nov. 10 - Forget-Me-Not Day Quilters – The Chaparral Quilters Guild, 7 p.m. Garden & Arts Center, 4215 S. University. For more info, 788-0856. Meets the 2nd Tuesday each month. Lubbock Area Amputee Support Group -- Furrs’Cafeteria, 6001 Slide Road, 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the Red Raider Room; purchase your own meal (or you do not have to eat); call 806-748-5870 for more info. Nov. 11 - Veteran’s Day Veteran’s Day - Silent Wings Museum will commemorate Veterans Day. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., all ages. Free admission to the museum and activities throughout the day. Silent Wings Museum, 6202 N. I-27, 806-775-3049. Nov. 12 - Chicken Soup for the Soul Day Alzheimer’s screening and Information event – “What if tying your shoes became as frustrating as understanding tax forms?” Free, 5:15 p.m. Dr. Dunn’s Vision & Wellness Center, 2704 82nd, 806-745-2222. Memory Care Support Group, Isle at Raider Ranch, 6806 43rd St., 5:30 p.m., 806-368-6565. Nov. 13 - World Kindness Day “Say Goodnight, Gracie” presented by Celebrity Attractions. For tickets, call 800-784-9494, or online www.CelebrityAttractions.com. News Neighbors Club Live & Silent Auction – Garden & Arts Center, 4215 University, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $15 which included lunch; reservations required. Call 799-4470 or email newneighbors@ymail.com. The Manhattan Transfer, a legendary jazz quartet, 7 p.m. at the Allen Theatre on the Texas Tech campus. Tickets are $18 available at all Select-A-Seat locations, by calling 806-770-2000 or online at www.selectaseatlubbock.com. Nov. 14 - Operating Room Nurse Day “Say Goodnight, Gracie” pre-

sented by Celebrity Attractions. For tickets, call 800-784-9494, or online www.CelebrityAttractions.com. Nov. 15 - Clean Your Refrigerator Day Nov. 16 - Button Day Pickleball – it’s fun & free: new players welcome. Join the group at LeRoy Elmore Park, 66th St. & Quaker Avenue tennis courts; Monday nights 7:30-8 to 10 p.m.+- (weather permitting) www. usapa.org. Questions? Call 806795-5626. Nov. 17 - Take A Hike Day Nov. 18 - Occult Day Healthy Aging lecture series – 4 to 5 p.m., TTU Health Sciences Center, 3601 4th, Academic Classroom Building, Room 100, “Can healthy diets, regular exercise and better lifestyle delay the progression of dementia in elderly individuals” Free event. Blood pressure screenings from 3 to 4 p.m. For details, call 806743-7821. Nov. 19 - Have a Bad Day Day Wanted: Intelligent adults – free one-hour seminar on “How to have wellness rather than disease”, 5:15 p.m. Dr. Dunn’s Vision & Wellness Center, 2704 82nd, 806-745-2222. Holiday Happening at the Civic Center, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 20 - Universal Children’s Day Movie @ the Museum - The Sea Hawk, 2-4 p.m., Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium, Museum of Texas Tech ; Staring Errol Flynn, Claude Rains, and Brenda Marshall. One of Errol Flynn’s best films, The Sea Hawk features the swashbuckling actor as a British sea captain who is given permission by Queen Elizabeth I (Flora Robson) to commit acts of piracy against the Spanish armada and colonies in the New World. 1940, 127 min, NR. Holiday Happening at the Civic Center, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 21 - World Hello Day Lubbock Dance Club -- 2305

120th St., $5 per person, all ages welcome, single or couples; www. squaredancelubbocktx.com Holiday Happening at the Civic Center, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 22 - Go For a Ride Day Holiday Happening at the Civic Center, noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 23 - National Cashew Day Pickleball – it’s fun & free: new players welcome. Join the group at LeRoy Elmore Park, 66th St. & Quaker Avenue tennis courts; Monday nights 7:30-8 to 10 p.m.+- (weather permitting) www. usapa.org. Questions? Call 806795-5626. Nov. 24 - All Our Uncles are Monkeys Day Nov. 25 - National Parfait Day Nov. 26 - Thanksgiving Nov. 27 - You’re Welcome Day Nov. 28 - Red Planet Day Lubbock Dance Club -- 2305 120th St., $5 per person, all ages welcome, single or couples; www. squaredancelubbocktx.com Nov. 29 - Square Dance Day Nov. 30 - Stay At Home Because You Are Well Day Pickleball – it’s fun & free: new players welcome. Join the group at LeRoy Elmore Park, 66th St. & Quaker Avenue tennis courts; Monday nights 7:30-8 to 10 p.m.+- (weather permitting) www. usapa.org. Questions? Call 806795-5626. Coming in December: South Plains Nativity Exhibit – 1 to 9 p.m. daily, Dec. 3-6, 7016 Frankford, “Come let us adore Him” Free community event. Kris Kringle Sale – Dec. 4 & 5, Friends of the Lubbock Public Library sale in the basement of the Mahon Library, 1306 9th St. Ransom Canyon Christmas Tour of Homes – 6:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 10. For tickets, call 829-2351. Note: To add an event, delete an event, or make changes, e-mail maedwards@wordpub.com or call 744-2220 by the 20th of the month for the following month’s publication.

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Golden Gazette Crossword Puzzle ACROSS

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The rare making of a lifelong friend By Margaret Merrell It was a beautiful fall morning with a definite drop in temperature as the new intern parked her car on the hospital parking lot. With a little shiver, she hurried through the front door into the empty foyer. She paused, then realized she had arrived much earlier than usual and turned to look out the huge front window. There stood an elderly gentleman, leaning on his cane, staring intently at the trees in front of him. As the young woman approached the man, she noticed the walking cane was quite different than others she had seen. “Excuse me, sir.” The silver-haired head turned toward her, he smiled and replied “Well, good morning to you.” She introduced herself and went on to tell him how impressed she was by his unusual cane. He told her his cane had quite a

story to tell, if she had a few minutes. They sat down on one of the padded benches, and Paul began his story. “I was born close to 90 years ago in this part of the state. We were farmers like most other folks were at that time. “Our place had some of the most beautiful trees surrounding our house and down the lane to the barns and a little stream that never ran dry. We had our own little swimming hole near a big old tree where we had swings and cool places to play. “My brothers and sisters married and left home, and I stayed on to help my folks with the cows and farming for a number of years. Then my Pa passed away. Ma went to live with one of my sisters, and we had to sell the farm to pay her doctors’ bills. I went to work for the railroad the next 15 years. A bad drought hit our old homestead area and few folks stayed

around. I took a trip with one of my brothers back home to just see how things were. Some of the fencing was down, the house in fair shape, but the trees we all loved were either already dead or almost gone. The little stream was dry and our favorite play tree was almost ready to topple over. I realized at that moment, I had to have some part of that tree to take with me. I chose one strong, undamaged limb, not too big around, but it took me almost an hour to cut it off with my pocket knife. I kept that piece of wood with me all the time and spent many, many hours and several pocket knife blades clearing away the outer bark and smoothing the surface. Did I tell you this limb was covered with a vine that had lived there for years and years? No? Well, look here. See all of these pretty lines go-

ing around and around the cane? They were already there, left by the vine. All I had to do was smooth it all up with a touch of sandpaper. Then I started rubbing some oil into it, carved a little on the end that curved for a handle. Sanded and polished it. There it is. Still as good as new. However, I did not use it all the time like I do now, but I always had it near me these 40-something years. I named it “John.” We shared everything and helped each other, spent hours talking, just like what we are. The best of friends all those years gone by, today and forever. He saw the tears well up in the sweet lady’s eyes when she thanked him for sharing his and John’s story. He gave her a strong handshake. Well, Missy, you better get to healing your patients. It is time for John and me to meet our friends in the coffee shop.


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5 questions to ask a financial professional Submitted by Debra Hedgcoth ThrivenT Financial You know how to tell your doctor where it hurts. You can tell your dentist about your toothache. So why can it be so hard to talk finances with your financial professional? A meeting with financial professionals can admittedly be a source of stress for some. Managing money can seem intimidating, is sometimes confusing, and is always personal. While they’re easy to avoid, missing financial meetings can bring similar issues as skipping a dentist or doctor visit. These meetings provide an important financial check-up for you to ensure your strategy is still on track and can help make sure your family and finances are protected. It is important to come prepared to ask the right questions. Thrivent Financial suggests you ask these questions when you’re meeting with your financial professional. 1. Is my coverage adequate? Ensuring proper protection against death, disability or injury is one of the most important things you can do for your family. Talk to your financial professional about cost concerns, protection options, and how you can make sure your family will be covered financially in the event of an untimely death, or disability. If you’ve had major life changes, chances are your protection will need updating. 2. What are some creative ways we can refine my strategy to help maximize benefits? This is the area that a

financial professional can really help you. They can help you organize your financial strategy in a way that factors in things such as taxes and market volatility, and they will know what changes are on the horizon that could affect you. They can also help you use staple financial products in unique ways. These are applications many average folks don’t know about but can offer different advantages to your financial strategy. 3. How are my financial strategies aligning with my values? Having a financial strategy which allows you to align your finances with your values is another important topic to bring up. If you have charitable causes you want to support, or volunteer trips you want to take, make sure your financial professional knows about them and he/she can help you develop ways to bring your generosity to life. 4. Tell me about the strength and stability of your company or organization. Insurance is only as strong as the ability of your financial institution to pay out claims when you need to claim a contract. Make sure to investigate the strength and stability of any company you’re working

with to ensure it is financially sound enough to make good on its obligations. 5. What should I do differently in the next year? This seems like an easy question, but you’d be amazed how few people ask it. Your financial professional is often in a unique position to help you stay ahead of the curve when it comes to your future strategy needs. Making sure you’re diversified in the market and ensuring your future protection needs are just two of the many variables to consider. Yearly meetings with a financial professional can help you hone your financial strategies for the upcoming year and help keep them as healthy as possible. Your time is valuable, and your financial future is even more valuable to you and your family. Make sure you’re maximizing both and ensure you get the most out of meeting with your financial professional.

Hospice of Lubbock volunteer honored for outstanding service One local hospice volunteer was recognized in October by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization among four national outstanding volunteers at the organization’s 16th Clinical Team Conference held in Grapevine, Texas. The winning volunteers reflect the universal concept of volunteerism in its truest sense – serving as an inspiration to others. Bonnie Hunt, a Hospice of Lubbock volunteer for nearly 30 years, earned the Specialized Service award. Instilled with a natural sense of doing for others, Hunt attended Hospice of Lubbock’s first volunteer class in 1987. She set out to find a unique way to support those receiving hospice care and began creating festive care baskets, filled with homemade cookies, treats and decorations, to deliver to hospice families. She has donated more than 5,040 care baskets throughout the past 28 years. She has also sewn 213 teddy bears

New location for Health Center clinic The downtown clinic services at 1318 Broadway will be moving to 1610 5th St. As the final touches are waiting to be made, the clinic is still in need of funding to complete the process. Anyone interested in providing a contribution may contact 806-765-2611.

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Financial Focus: When Investing, Put Time on Your Side By Zach Holtzman Financial Advisor Edward Jones Now that we’re well into autumn, the days are getting noticeably shorter. The change in seasons reminds us that time is passing – and it’s important to use that time wisely. When used well, in fact, time can be your greatest gift in many walks of life – and that’s certainly true when you invest. To illustrate the importance of time, let’s look at a scenario. Suppose you start saving for retirement when you are

25. If you invest $3,000 per year in a tax-deferred vehicle, such as a traditional IRA, and you hypothetically earn a 7% annual return, you will have accumulated more than $640,000 after 40 years, when you reach 65 and are ready to retire. (Keep in mind that you will be taxed on withdrawals.) Now, though, suppose you wait until you’re 55 before you start saving seriously for retirement. If you put that same $3,000 per year in that same IRA, earning that same hypothetical 7% return, you’d only end up with slightly more than

$44,000 after 10 years, when you reach 65. And to accumulate the $640,000 you would have gotten after 40 years by contributing just $3,000 per year, you would have had to put in about $43,500 per  year for the 10 years between ages 55 and 65. Clearly, it’s a lot easier to come up with $3,000 per year than $43,500. So, to accumulate the resources you need for a comfortable retirement, you’ll help your cause greatly by saving and investing as early in your working life as possible – and then continue to save and invest right up to, and even during, your retirement years. The ability to potentially grow your portfolio sizably is the key benefit of using time when you invest – but it’s not the only benefit. You can also use time as a target, or a way to frame a specific investment goal. For example, suppose you have an 8-year-old child whom you want to send to college in 10 years. When that day arrives, wouldn’t it be nice to know that you’ve been saving money for a decade? One popular college savings vehicle is a 529 plan, which has high contribution limits and allows tax-free withdrawals, provided the money is used only for qualified higher education expenses. (Withdrawals for other purposes will be taxed and may be subject to an

additional penalty.) You can also use time as a signal to adjust your investment strategy. If you’re going to retire in, say, two or three years, you might want to shift some – but certainly not all – of your assets from growth-oriented investments to income-producing ones. As you know, the market will always fluctuate, so

you don’t want to be in a position where, once you retire, you need to start taking significant withdrawals – i.e., selling investments –when the market is down. Remember the time-honored rule of investing: “Buy low, sell high.” When you invest, make the best possible use of time – remember, it’s the one asset that can’t be replenished.

Legal writers group moves headquarters to Texas Tech The Texas Tech University School of Law became the national headquarters for Scribes -- The American Society of Legal Writers, in August. Founded in the early 1950s by former New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Arthur T. Vanderbilt, Scribes honors legal writers and encourages “clear, succinct and forceful style in legal writing” in an effort to promote better writing throughout the legal community. The move to Texas Tech comes after Dean Darby Dickerson, whose presidency of the group ended Aug. 1, advocated the organization’s move to Lubbock because of her expertise with the group. “I’ve been honored to serve as an officer and director of Scribes for more than a decade,” Dickerson said. “The organization’s move to Texas Tech is exciting for many reasons, one of which is our law school’s long emphasis on and leadership in legal writing.” Jamie Baker, the faculty services librarian in the School of Law, will serve as

Scribes’ executive director while senior business assistant Michele Thaetig will serve as its administrative assistant. Law school faculty and staff will work with legalwriting scholars throughout the country. The organization will be headquartered in Lubbock for at least three years with an option to renew, but the expectation is Scribes will remain at Texas Tech indefinitely. “Texas Tech Law is well known for excellence in education and will be a splendid home for Scribes,” said Bryan Garner, a legal-writing expert and editor-in-chief of Black’s Law Dictionary. The Thomas M. Cooley Law School at Western Michigan University has housed Scribes since 2005. Scribes’ members include practicing lawyers, state and federal judges, law school deans and professors and legal editors. I think senility is going to be a fairly smooth transition for me.


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The Manhattan Transfer, a legendary jazz quartet, will perform at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Allen Theatre inside the Student Union building on the Texas Tech campus. Tickets are $18 and are available at all Select-A-Seat locations, by calling 806-770-2000 or online at www. selectaseatlubbock.com. The 10-time Grammy Award winning group will have a CD signing following the event. The group consists of vocalists Janis Siegel, Alan Paul, and Cheryl Bentyne, and newest member Trist Curless who has taken the place of founding member Tim Hauser, who died in 2014.

Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully. Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other. Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have, or sleep all you want. When you say, ‘I love you,’ mean it. When you say, ‘I’m sorry,’ look the person in the eye.. Be engaged at least six months before you get married. Believe in love at first sight. N e v e r l a u g h a t a n y o n e ’s dreams. People who don’t have dreams don’t have much. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt, but it’s the only way to live life completely In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.

Don’t judge people by their relati ves. Talk slowly, but think quickly. When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, smile and ask, ‘Why do you want to know?’ Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk. Remember the three R’s: Respect for self; Respect for others; and Responsibility for all your actions. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice Spend some time alone. A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart.

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Technology, knowledge, & a health investigator We seniors are not techies, at least most of us aren’t. Of course, there are some who are great at technology. But I’m no Bill Gates. Sometimes I get frustrated with my technology issues, but aren’t we glad to have these computers? Computers have changed the world and made patients all the wiser. I often have people come in and tell me their diagnosis. They have Goggled their diagnosis, or the symptoms they are experiencing, and know all kinds of things about what is written on their problem. I think it is fabulous. Who can’t be better off with more information? Some people complain that

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have never heard of before. Unless you have an open mind, there is no use in looking up options. If you already know what you want to do, then stay off the computer. An open mind allows us to take in new information. It is up to us to decide what we want to do with it, if anything. A medical doctor in Colorado Springs retired from practice, and it wasn’t long

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A Texas boy, Ty Bollinger, has become a health investigator. He goes around the world talking to doctors and patients about how they cured their cancer naturally. It is a fabulous educational series for the common person, with language the common person can understand. I know you can buy it on CD and watch it at your leisure. Just find it on that fabulous Internet. This is the third year in a row I have watched his series. It is a gigantic effort on his part, and he is bringing the best and the brightest holistic doctors in the world along with some of their patients directly into your home for your viewing pleasure. These doctors are completely dedicated to curing cancer naturally. But how they cure cancer naturally isn’t the only thing you would learn by watching this series. They talk about how to detoxify your body, what foods do in the body, and how to maximize your health even if you don’t have cancer. They explain how their methods work, and some patients speak, too. So don’t feel that you have to have the dreaded disease to benefit from this series. In fact, the series tells you many ways you can support your body for the purpose of avoiding a cancer diagnosis. You have seen the quote credited to Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, which goes like this: let food be your medicine. You will enjoy the series and learn more than you can imagine.


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Sign up to participate in the Miracles Christmas Parade, Dec. 12 The 2015 Miracles Christmas Parade is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, in Lubbock. Parade officials issued an invitation for area schools, bands, chambers and towns to enter the parade. An official parade website has been created at www.miraclesparade.com and is the source for official parade information, including applications to participate or to be a merchandise vendor during the parade. Applications are also available in person at Peoples Bank, 34th & Memphis. The parade theme for 2015 is “A Festival of Lights,” and judging for individual floats and groups will be

based on the number of lights and use of lights on the vehicles or floats in the parade. Lots of lights and overall illumination is the emphasis. Applications are due by Dec. 1. The 2-mile parade route is from 34th & Avenue Q, westward to Indiana Avenue. Area schools are invited to have their school bands march in the parade, along with cheerleaders and pom squads, chambers of commerce, Boy and Girl Scout troops, and church groups. For more information, call Andy Turner, parade chairman, at 806-7710045.

Home Care & Hospice Month During November, the home care and hospice community honor the millions of nurses, home care aides, therapists, and social workers who make a remarkable difference for the patients and families they serve. These heroic caregivers play a central role in the health care system and in homes across the nation. To recognize their efforts, we call upon all Americans to commemorate the power of caring, both at the home and in their local communities and join with the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) by celebrating November as Home Care and Hospice Month. Whether it is dollars spent or miles driven, the value of home care and hospice is imeasurable Home Care Aide Week takes place this year Nov. 8-14. For more than 15 years, NAHC has used the second full week in November to highlight the many aides whose contribu-

tions are second to none as they bring personal warmth to the daily work of giving personal care. They play an invaluable role for their patients as caregivers, companions, and friends. “It is highly appropriate in November that we celebrate the nurses, therapists, aides, and other providers who choose to use their lives to serve our country’s aged, disabled, and dying,” said Val J. Halamandaris, NAHC president. No work is nobler, and no group is more deserving of our respect and admiration. “Their goal is helping society’s weakest members live the fullest lives they can,” Halamandaris said. “By marrying high tech with high touch, home care professionals and volunteers allow patients to get care at home where they can be with the ones they love.”

-- from the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, www.nahc.org

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Caregiver Month In the United States, there are more than 15 million Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers. Give these exceptional people a big “thank you” for everything they do. Honor them by helping them.


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Take part in the South Plains Nativity Exhibit The 7th annual Lubbock Community Nativity Exhibit will take place Dec. 3-6. Anyone may join the nativity choir or orchestra. Choir rehearsals will be held at the LDS Church at 7014 Frankford Ave. in the chapel. Orchestra rehearsals will be in the primary room. Rehearsals are every Sunday in November from 7 to 9 p.m. – Nov. 1, 8 15, 22, 29. D re s s re h e a r s a l i s Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. A series of art exhibits, musical performances, and special presentations will celebrate the season. The Lubbock Nativity is free and open to the public, and people of all faiths are invited to attend.

Phelps appointed new fire chief; Fogerson, deputy chief Lance Phelps was appointed as the new fire chief for Lubbock in September. He served in Lubbock Fire Rescue for more than 28 years. He began his career as a Lance Phelps firefighter in January 1987, before rising in the ranks to become deputy chief of operations in October 2012. Phelps is the 9th fire chief in the history of the City of Lubbock. Current chief Mike Kemp retired Oct. 2 after more than 33 years in the Shaun Fogerson department.

Shaun Fogerson was appointed deputy chief of operations with the Lubbock Fire Department. Fogerson joined the fire department in September 1992. Fogerson most recently served the department as a battalion chief. Before Fogerson joined Lubbock Fire Rescue, he served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. During his service, he served tours of duty in Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

The event will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meetinghouse at 7014 Frankford Ave. Entitled “Come Let Us Adore Him” in reference to that sacred evening 2,000 years ago, the Lubbock Nativity is an opportunity for the community to gather in celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Every year, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints meetinghouse on Frankford Avenue is filled with hundreds of nativities for public viewing, each one

a small recreation of how things may have looked that night in Bethlehem more than 2,000 years ago. This year’s Nativity also features a series of concerts and special performances, an exhibit of local artists’ work, a live nativity presentation, and activities for children. All events are free and open to the public, and people of all faiths are invited to attend. Details can be found online at www.lubbocknativity.org, or by calling Liz Burkhardt at 205-915-1687.


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Texas Tech breaks enrollment record for 8th year For the eighth-straight year, Texas Tech University reported another enrollment record with 35,893 students for the fall semester, a 2.1 percent growth from fall 2014. “The quality of our students keeps improving each semester,” said Texas Tech President M. Duane Nellis. “This year we are seeing an increased growth among our diverse student population, international student enrollment, number of graduate students, and an increased average of SAT scores among our freshman class. “This is a testament to the

work and effort Texas Tech has put in to create a strong research institution, and it is an exciting time to be a part of this university.” This semester, Texas Tech realized record numbers in overall enrollment, as well as international and graduate student attendance. Additionally, the colleges of arts & sciences, agricultural sciences and natural resources, business, education and engineering all experienced record figures. Texas Tech’s record Hispanic enrollment accounts for just over 23 percent of the university’s student body,

Family is not about blood. It’s about who is willing to hold your hand when you need it the most. Sometimes memories sneak out of my eyes and roll down my cheeks.

leading Texas Tech closer to becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), a highlyesteemed recognition through the Department of Education that offers grants to HSI des-

ignees for many academic and support uses. “This is the largest number of students Texas Tech has seen,” Nellis said. “Our staff and faculty are work-

ing nonstop to guarantee we are bringing in the best and brightest students, but also creating and maintaining the opportunities for them to succeed.”

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