Volume 27, Number 10
In October Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure Oct. 3 Columbus Day — Oct. 12 Halloween — Oct. 30 Texas Tech Football Oct. 3 Baylor in Arlington Oct. 10 Iowa State in Lubbock Oct. 17 Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas Oct. 24 Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma Oct. 31 Oklahoma State in Lubbock
Daylight Savings Time ends Nov. 1
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Cokie Roberts to speak at Texas Tech, Oct. 15 Cokie Roberts, ABC political commentator and a bestselling author, will speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 15, in the Allen Theatre inside the Student Union building at 15th and Akron on the Texas Tech University campus. Her presentation is “Cokie Roberts: An Insider’s View of Washington, D.C.” Roberts brings a practiced eye and keen perspective to the issues facing lawmakers.
The event is part of the Texas Tech Presidential Lecture and Performance Series. Roberts is a seasoned news personality, providing analysis for all network news programming on ABC, as well as NPR. Roberts is the former co-anchor of “This Week with Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts.” In her more than 40 years in broadcast, she has won many awards,
including three Emmys. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame and has been touted as one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting by the American Women in Radio and Television. Tickets are $18 and are available at all Select-A-Seat locations, by Cokie Roberts phone at 806-770-2000, or by visiting www. follow the event in the selectaseatlubbock.com. lobby of the Allen TheA book signing will atre.
Pumpkin Trail set for Oct. 15-18
T h e 7 t h a n n u a l retum in Clapp Park at Pumpkin Trail is set for 46th Street & Avenue U. Oct. 15-18 in the LubIn addition to the Medicare Open Enrollment ......... 20 bock Memorial Arbo- carved jack-o-lanterns along the trail, more than 40 displays hosted by local businesses and civic groups will lead participants around the trail. The event is free, and the Arboretum walking trail is both stroller and wheelchair friendly. Trail entrances are located at the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum at 4111 University and “Algave Dreams” was installed near the Biology building at Texas the Lubbock Municipal Tech as part of the public art project. (See Art Pieces Added to Garden and Arts Center Texas Tech, Page 14-15). at 4215 University. Pumpkin carving/Pumpkin trail .. 15
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Park at 46th Street and Avenue U. Pumpkin lighting begins at 5:30 p.m. each night. Evening hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, and 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and SaturThursday and Sunday day. 6 to 9 p.m. Daylight hours are Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 6 to 10 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Oct. 16Limited parking is 18. available behind Hodges The Pumpkin Trail Community Center and is hosted by Parks and at the Garden and Arts Recreation, the Lubbock Center. Park-and-Ride Memorial Arboretum will be available from and the Lubbock MuSafety City located on nicipal Garden and Arts the east side of Clapp Center.
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Covenant Medical Center makes changes in valet, main entrance
As part of the master facilities plan and ongoing construction, changes are occurring at the Covenant Medical Center main entrance, valet parking and patient drop-off area. The areas affected are the 3500-3600 blocks of 21 st Street, which are on the south side of the hospital. Covenant Health recently celebrated the completion of the first phase of Keeping the Covenant. The new temporary patient drop-off and valet drive opened approximately one block west of the current
main entrance. Simultaneously the current patient drop-off and valet drive closed. Covenant’s valet service will continue for patients and visitors. The new drop-off and entrance will serve as the primary public entrance to Covenant Medical Center indefinitely, while Phase II of the Infill Project, which includes the new cafeteria and Endoscopy Center, is under construction. Parking and security staff will be on hand to make the transition as seamless as pos-
sible for patients and visitors. In order to minimize traffic congestion in the new drive, all staff who are dropped off and picked up from the hospital should use the drive and entrance at the former Children’s Hospital, at the corner of 21st Street and Louisville Avenue. This will minimize traffic for patients and visitors.
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Gerald Dolter to speak at New Neighbors The New Neighbors Club 20 major productions of muwill host its monthly lun- sicals and operas at Tech. You do not need to be a cheon and program at 10:30 club member to participate in a.m. Oct. 9 at the Lubbock Women’s Club, 2020 Broadway. The program will feature Gerald Dolter Ph.D. discussing Moonlight Musicals on Broadway and provide a preview of “Beauty and The Beast.” Dolter is director of Texas Tech music theatre and associate professor of voice. He has devoted more than 30 years to the musical theater and opera stages, including national productions. Gerald Dolter He has directed more than
this event. However, reservations are required. The cost is $15 which covers lunch. For reservations or information about New Neighbors, contact Mary Valentini at 799-4450, newneighbors@ ymail.com, or New Neighbors Facebook page. When you get to your wits end, you’ll find God lives there. Be ye fishers of men. You catch ‘em - he’ll clean ‘em. Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous.
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Groups needed for Trick or Treat Street Trick or Treat Street is a night packed with delicious fun. Round up your fairies, superheroes and littlest goblins for this safe and friendly trick-or-treating extravaganza hosted by Safety City from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 24. Children and parents will parade around the kid-sized streets walking from one child-sized building to the next collecting treats and goodies. With their buildings, streets and traffic lights, Safety City is the perfect location for this Halloween event. How can you help?
Area businesses, churches, and youth organizations are asked to host one of the buildings at Safety City for Trick or Treat Street. Last year, 3,000 people attended the event. For more information, or to sign up to host a building, contact 767-2712 or email email@example.com. Located inside Clapp Park at 46th Street and Avenue U, Safety City is a unique, miniature town where throughout the school year students learn hands-on the rules of pedestrian, bicycle and traffic safety.
Texas Tech Autumn Fest -Visit the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum’s booth from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 11 at Memorial Circle on the Texas Tech campus. Autumn Fest is a celebration of local arts, music, cuisine, and children’s activities. Local vendors will display and sell their works and fresh produce. Texas musicians will provide entertainment.
Camposanto Suite: Art for Eternity Photographer and life-long resident of the Texas Panhandle Jim Jordan will showcase a selection of his photographs taken in cemeteries throughout Northern New Mexico. Unlike modern perpetual care cemeteries, campo santos graves are often highly individualized with hand-made monuments using humble materials such as cement, wood, scrap metal, AstroTurf, and lovingly decorated with artificial flowers. Camposanto Suite: Art for Eternity will be on display at the Buddy Holly Center in the Foyer Gallery from Oct. 2 to Nov. 29.
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Lunch at the ‘Longhorn’ on the Loop Recently, my Ransom Canyon friend and I met for lunch at the Longhorn Steakhouse, at 4805 S. Loop 289. It was a pleasant experience to say the least. Friend arrived a few minutes before me and was promptly seated. It was about 1 p.m., and the place was getting busier and busier, but we never lacked for excellent service. The lunch menu offers 3 combo selections from which we decided to order. She chose the $9 combo which included a choice of soup or salad and a choice of 3 sandwiches. I chose the $7 combo which included a choice of salad and a choice from 4 soups. We both decided on the Caesar salads, and she ordered the shaved prime rib half sandwich. My choice for the other half of any combo was for the amazing shrimp and lobster chowder. We were both served a surprise side of house-made kettle chips with a special bacon topping. Everything was totally delicious. Of course the complimentary bread is
warm and “to die for.” Another combo listed is $8 and consists of a choice of soup or salad, 2 grilled chicken selections, and a 1/3 pound steakhouse burger. That’s a hefty lunch for even the biggest of appetites. To add to our wonderful fare, we ordered the grilled white cheddar mushrooms at $7.99, enough for 2 to share. Now folks, forget whatever experience you may have had, for the good or not so good, these delectable morsels are far and above any on the planet. They are the best I’ve had in my lifetime and at my age, that’s a long, long, time! They are prepared with a blend of 4 cheeses and with that fantastic bread they serve, it would be a very satisfying lunch by any standard. The lunch menu is quite extensive with 11 choices of their legendary steaks. These steaks range in price from $9.99 for the chicken fried steak to the fillet and lobster tail for $26.49. The steak entrees also included a choice from 17 sides. Other items included on
the lunch menu are “starters,” “bold bites,” burgers, sandwiches, entrée salads, a list of 8 “Longhorn favorites,” desserts, and yes, adult beverages of wine, beer, margaritas and mules. For the calorie conscious, there’s a light and flavorful entrée selection of 575 calories. There is also a long list of “bottomless beverages” which include several flavors of iced teas, strawberry and raspberry lemonade, Minute Maid lemonade, sodas, regular hot or iced tea, and coffee. Juices, milk, bottled water, and root beer are available, but not in bottomless category. The other prices on the lunch menu range in prices from $2.79 to $17.49. This does not include the wine list. The dinner menu is also extensive and that’s for another column. For more info, call 806783-0015 or go to their website, www.longhornsteakhouse.com. I rate this great restaurant an A+ for service, food and atmosphere. Until next time, Happy Octoberfest. ~ Granny
Extended hours for 2 Community Health Center locations Parkway Community Health Center Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Arnett Benson Dental Clinic Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. First and third Saturday of the month 8 a.m. to noon.
Diabetes self-management and nutrition classes
Community Health Center of Lubbock hosts free diabetes self-management and nutrition classes. Each course is provided in a group setting. Each class meets once weekly for eight weeks. Participants are presented with a wealth of information and instruction for diabetes management. These classes are free, and open to the public. Contact Josh Moreno at 806-765-2611 ext. 1007 for registration.
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Integrated Oncology Network and Covenant Health announce affiliation Integrated Oncology Network, LLC (“ION”) and its subsidiary SightLine Health, LLC, and Covenant Health announced that ION’s Lubbock subsidiary has formed an affiliation with Covenant Health in Lubbock. ION’s Lubbock location, at 424 N. Utica Ave., will be called Covenant Health Outpatient Radiation Treatment Center and will become
an additional point of service for Covenant’s oncology network, anchored by the Joe Arrington Cancer Research and Treatment Center. “Covenant is proud to announce our relationship with ION to expand access to highquality oncology services to our community,” said Richard Parks, Covenant Health CEO. “Health care is changing nationally, and Covenant
“ION has been focused including Intensity-Modulaton expanding our networks ed Radiation Therapy (IMRT) across the United States of and Image-Guided Radiation more than 250 multispecialty Therapy (IGRT), that offer oncology-focused physicians new hope to individuals who to affiliate with larger provid- are battling cancer. IMRT is the most technoers and healthcare systems in their market to provide qual- logically advanced and most ity and cost-efficient patient precise method of external beam radiation therapy availcare,” Goffman said. “The Covenant relation- able. IGRT takes this technolship demonstrates our focus ogy one step further by delivto affiliate and partner with ering high doses of radiation leading hospitals, while main- directly to the treatment area taining our comprehensive while sparing surrounding physician network. We will tissue. Professional - Dessert Both therapies provide 1st Lubbock Welding Supply continue to seek such presticancer treatment more pregious hospital relationships in 2nd Alderson Enterprises cisely and with less risk, and 3rd Montelongo’s Mexican all of our markets.” The radiation facility offers both are beneficial for many Restaurant breakthrough technologies, different types of cancer. Most Unique Cooker Lone Star Bank Smokey the Bear Prosperity Bank Best Social Media Matador Motors Best Campsite Join us for Sunday worship at 10 a.m. Top of Texas Painting † Classic Worship † Quality Teaching Worst Looking Thursday Morning † Biblical Preaching Lubbock Wholesale Pay1215 Slide Road 799-8691 ments Health is actively evolving to a new care delivery model. In addition to modernizing our hospital facilities and emphasizing prevention and wellness, Covenant is responding to patients’ medical needs by providing more outpatient services and physician offices close to where people live and work.” Jeffery Goffman is ION’s CEO and co-founder.
Hub City BBQ Cook-off winning teams announced The 14th Annual Hub City BBQ Cook-off awarded the best barbecue in the Hub City on Sept. 17. 110 teams entered this year’s competition, which included professional, corporate and amateur/student experience levels. Attendees of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce event enjoyed great barbecue and were entertained by Dix Hat Band and the School of Rock. The BBQ took place on Broadway in downtown Lubbock. Categories include brisket, ribs, other meats and desserts. The following teams were honored for their cooking efforts: Amateur/Student – Brisket 1st Sonic Team #2 2nd Sonic Team #1 3 rd Clarion Hotel Grand Park Amateur/Student – Ribs 1st Lubbock Professional Firefighters Association 2nd Overhead Door Company of Lubbock #1 3rd WestMark Realtors, LLP Amateur/Student – Other 1st Circle S Insurance 2nd Westech Plumbing 3rd Overhead Door Company of Lubbock #1 Amateur/Student – Dessert 1st Sonic Team #2
2nd Sonic Team #1 3rd Frenship Band Boosters Corporate – Brisket 1st Lone Star State Bank 2nd Acme Electric #3 3rd Coca-Cola Refreshments Team #2 Corporate – Ribs 1st Miller Lite T2nd Bolinger, Segars, Gilbert & Moss, LLP T2 nd Lubbock Power & Light 3rd Lone Star State Bank Corporate – Other 1st Miller Lite 2nd Overhead Door Company of Lubbock #3 3rd South Plains Mall Corporate – Dessert 1st Coca-Cola Refreshments Team #1 2nd Lubbock National Bank 3rd NTS Communications, Inc. Professional – Brisket 1st United Supermarkets 2nd 100 Black Men of West Texas 3rd City of Lubbock Professional – Ribs 1st Lubbock Welding Supply 2nd Yates Flooring Center 3rd WesTech Electric Professional – Other 1st Lubbock Welding Supply 2nd Acme Electric #1 3rd WesTech Electric
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Covenant Health performs well in Accountable Care measures
Medicare ACOs continue to improve the quality of care and generate shared savings. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued 2014 quality and financial performance results showing that more Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) continue to generate financial savings while improving the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries. Greater collaboration between doctors, hospitals, and health care providers has been successful. When an ACO demonstrates that it has achieved high-quality care and effectively reduced spending of health care dollars above
certain thresholds, it is able to share in the savings generated for Medicare. In 2014, 20 Pioneer and 333 Shared Savings Program ACOs generated more than $411 million in savings, which includes all ACOs savings and losses. The results also show that ACOs with more experience in the program tend to perform better over time. Covenant Health’s ACO is one that generated shared savings along with 96 other ACOs performing successfully in 2014. Only 27 percent of the accountable care organizations hit their target of generated savings, which puts Covenant
Health close to the top quartile of performance in that group. Covenant Health created Covenant ACO to help coordinate care among its network providers and patients. Medicare ACOs are groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers, that come together voluntarily to provide coordinated highquality care to their Medicare patients. The goal of coordinated care is to ensure that patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time, while avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors.
When an ACO exceeds quality and financial thresholds – demonstrating achievement of high-quality care and wiser spending of health care dollars – it is able to share in the savings generated for Medicare. “This is a milestone achievement for Lubbock and the entire West Texas and eastern New Mexico region to improve healthcare for our community and patients,” said John Grigson, senior vice president and CFO, Covenant Health, and Covenant ACO president. “The success in the Medicare Shared Savings Program is an extension of our mis-
The $144,000 grant was received in December 2011 and completed in May. The Vietnam Center and Archive at Texas Tech University completed its project to digitize two Families of Vietnamese Political Prison-
ers Association (FVPPA) collections as part of a National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) grant received in December 2011. The digitization was finished in May and resulted in
the availability of 355,274 pages of documents online free of charge. Anyone can access the documents through the Virtual Vietnam Archive. “It’s really awesome to have the collection in general
because of the rarity of the South Vietnamese perspective of the war,” said Amy Mondt, Vietnam Archive associate director. “We’re hoping by having it online it will not only let scholars know about this collection but also help the Vietnamese-American community trace their roots so they can research their own history. “Since documents of any kind on this topic are rare, it’s nice to have it online for easy access.” The $144,000 grant funded a three-year project originally intended to digitize the Orderly Departure Program (ODP) applications from the first FVPPA collection donated to the Vietnam Center and Archive. However, the files were digitized so quickly the grant also funded the digitization of the office files for the first
sion of Christian healing and furthers our goal of creating healthier communities.” “These results affirm the strategy of Covenant Health to move away from providing care solely in episodes of illness to a more comprehensive strategy of providing the right care for our patients in the most appropriate location,” said Dr. Michael Robertson, Covenant ACO medical director. “The outcome is improved coordination of care among providers that ensures the highest quality of care, while also reducing the traditionally higher costs associated with the industry’s old strategy.”
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collection as well as the ODP applications for the second collection, Mondt said. The ODP was created as a way for South Vietnamese people to safely leave Vietnam after the war ended. The applications include information about the applicant’s family, service in the military and life after the end of the Vietnam War. The office files show documentation of the FVPPA organization, including their advocacy activities to gain support for refugees and how FVPPA found sponsors for the South Vietnamese and funding for their housing. “These files are very important to the VietnameseAmericans and document an important part of their history as well as the aftermath of the Vietnam War,” Mondt said. The first FVPPA collection was donated in 2005 and the second in 2012.
How About A Good Scream? Many years ago I was reading several books about stages of grief, loss of a loved one, death and dying and most anything else I could find dealing with grief and loss. Trying to understand and cope with severe loss is something most people know about. How we react or do not react, will always be a mystery to most. Knowing that whatever you do, say or think is OK for you, is a tremendous comfort. One book I remember had a title that I cannot recall for sure or remember the author. If and when I do you can be sure I will give the author credit. In the first part of the book the author wrote how she had just been told her husband was not going to survive an accident. She was horrified and terrified with that message. A chaplain at the hospital asked if she would like to go to the chapel to pray. Her immediate response was “No.
Is there a place I can go to scream?” That honest response endeared that woman to me from the minute I read that --- even if I cannot remember her name. How often do we allow ourselves to be open and honest even when our world seems to be falling apart? No doubt every person reacts differently than even they expect, when faced with a crisis. If we have not reacted in seemingly odd ways ourselves in times of stress, quite possibly we know about others who have. Just thinking about that statement reminds me to state again, there is NO odd way of reacting, just different than what many expect. Another statement comes to mind that evoked disapproval. A young woman who had lost her mother, talked about how angry she had
been with God for at least a year or more. She could not understand how a loving God could take her mother at such a young age when she was so productive and doing well. There were a couple of women who gasped and expressed shock and disapproval of such a statement. Just thinking about that incident makes me shake my head at the shallow view of God those women had. Don’t you think God would rather that grieving person would be angry with God rather than another human? Only you can answer that. There is more than enough grief, pain, tragedy, sorrow and uncertainty in this world. I want to suggest that we all spend more time thinking about what others may be experiencing and reach out with all the understanding we can muster. It can only make the world a kinder, gentler, more pleasant place to be.
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a social security number, a current mailing address for claim purposes, and a phone number. Although the website offers unlimited searches, mail and phone searches are limited to three. If a person discovers he or she is owed unclaimed property, that person will need to provide identifying evidence according to the instructions found online, fill out the proper form, and mail it to the comptroller’s office. For more information about unclaimed property or to search for a claim, visit ClaimItTexas.org.
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More than moving – it’s a caring transition By Nan Hayes for Caring TransiTions Caring Transitions often refers to late-life moves from one home to the next as “More than Moving.” There are many complicating factors which make a senior move more challenging than others. Below are some of the more common issues faced by older adults and their families.
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While many moves in late life are a matter of choice, such as moving to a warmer climate or to be near family members, other relocations are driven by changes to an individual’s health, cognitive function, or mobility. Critical medical conditions cause obvious complications and may require the support of medical professionals, but milder issues such as hearing loss, arthritis and allergies also create unexpected challenges for seniors and their families. All Caring Transitions owners and employees are trained and industry certified to understand the various health and mental health issues that affect seniors. In addition to the knowledge, understanding and management of high-harm issues, Caring Transitions has partners in healthcare and housing who can provide extra support for families in need.
Moving as part of a divorce, marriage or job might be stressful if there are other changes taking place in a person’s life at the same time. However, when a person moves in late life, there are
always complicating factors, such as the death of a spouse, changes in social structure, changes to familiar environments, or the loss of health or finances. Seniors rank moving as the rd 3 most stressful life event they experience. This stress is referred to as “Relocation Stress” and can trigger other serious symptoms in older adults, including sleeplessness, anger, anxiety, apprehension, and increased confusion. The broad range of relocation and liquidation services are specifically designed to help mitigate stress and help families overcome obstacles before, during and after a move. From our free in-house consultations to state-of the art job estimates, the qualified staff is committed to creating a stress-free experience for each and every client.
Moving in late life quite commonly includes changes to the size of the home. For many, this particular issue can be overwhelming, as families struggle to sort, sell, organize, honor and preserve volumes of personal possessions. As the largest and most com-
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Many family caregivers lovingly provide support for parents, but they also may experience problems as they try to balance parent care with their own busy lives. Sibling rivalries and arguments over inheritance and finances may also create unhealthy tensions that impact adult children physically, mentally and emotionally. As a qualified third party resource, Caring Transitions removes much of the burden from family members so they can better provide support and encouragement for their parents and not become bogged down by the multitude of tasks required to downsize, declutter, organize and move an entire household. The Lubbock office of Caring Transitions can be contacted at 806-686-3360 for a free in-home estimate.
Backyard Mission turned 23 in September From the newsletter “When God quits providing for Backyard Mission, that is our cue to do something else.” That is, and has been, the heart about Backyard Mission since it started. From day one, God has been greater and more than could be imagined. Twenty-three years later, he continues to be greater and even more.
He is creative, never stagnant, and typically surprising, in his provision. That provision always comes through his people, as his spirit compels them to love their neighbor. During September, a great group of Texas Tech medical students adopted one of the homes. Woo-hoo! Backyard Mission - repairing homes, restoring hope.
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Fall is in the air – be prepared
It is that time of year again. Fall seems to come more quickly each year, which makes my Granny right once more. She always said, “The older you get, the faster time ﬂies.” The change of season is always a reminder that change is the constant in life. As we get further into fall, changes are obvious. In cotton country, it is the temperatures and the appearance of cotton. The leaves fall, and by the time all the leaves are on the ground, the temperatures are signiﬁcantly lower. And can’t you smell football in the air? I hope you enjoyed your summer because it is gone. Right now is a great time to prepare for later fall and even winter. You can make sure you have a few things at home in case someone in the household gets sick. If you are the person who is responsible for the meals, it is really important to make some soups now and freeze them so they can be retrieved if you are sick. Soup is the best food if you are sick, and as we get older, a bowl of soup often makes a good lunch or dinner even if you aren’t sick. Homemade soup is so much better for you than the soup you buy at the store. Just look at the ingredients in the soups and tell me, do you put all of those things in your soup? I don’t, and I don’t want them in my soup -- just real food for me. No chemicals please.
www.DrElvaEdwards.com And if you make your soup from bone broth, you will be giving yourself a big boost when you are sick. It isn’t as big of a project as it sounds because just the broth from one chicken will, most likely, be enough for you to make numerous cups of soup in case you are sick. Right now, you can still get most of the fresh vegetables you would like to add to your soup. Having soup at home is only one calculated formula for taking care of your household as the weather and time of year change. Remember when fall arrives, so does the cold and ﬂu. Before that happens, make sure you visit the store and get the products for a bath that supports detoxiﬁcation. My favorite is 1/3 cup
Epsom salt or sea salt, 1/3 cup hydrogen peroxide, and 8 cups of chamomile tea made from 2 teabags in a tea pot steeped for about 5 minutes. And if you are one who doesn’t or can’t take baths, remember it can be helpful to make this remedy and just put your feet in it for about 20 minutes. When you are sick, it is wise to support detoxiﬁcation. That is what this bath does. Sometimes I will feel great relief with the bath, and sometimes not. It will depend on how much toxicity is present. Once I got up feeling really rough and did one of these baths every hour from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m., and felt 80% better. I was impressed! One bath might not be enough. There are no down
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as effective. That is why you need to keep them at home. And remember, with the Vitamin C you keep at home, you can also use it anytime you feel constipated. Keeping the bowels open, which is the number one route of detoxiﬁcation, helps relieve your body of toxicity, which is what is produced when you have the ﬂu or a cold. I also like to have tee tree oil in a liquid that I can put a few drops in my lotion or put in a spray to clear the air in the house. You can use this oil cut with moisturizer or lotion to put around the ears, mouth, nose, and throat in an effort to keep from getting sick. A little preparation can be a great asset as the fall approaches. Don’t be caught unaware.
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throne, O God, will last forA leading scientist at a ever and ever; a scepter of convention of scientists was justice will be the scepter of asked, “Is there anyone any- Your Kingdom.” where whom you know who The “throne” described could solve any of the prob- in this Psalm is Christ’s lems of illness and famine, throne in heaven and will last poverty and killing?” through eternity. “Indeed I do,” came his From this throne, he will quick reply. rule the world in love, justice Astonished, the chair- and righteousness. man of the committee asked, Honor gives recognition “Who?” Honor gives recognition “A king!” came the quick, to the work of someone other confident response. than ourselves. In utter disbelief the chairIt is placing significance, man replied, “A king? Where importance or value on what can we find such a king? they have done or accomWhere has he been hiding?” plished. “Oh, he is not hiding,” reIt places them above us in plied the scientist. a position that commands re“He has made himself well spect for what they have done known. It is just that people or who they are. refuse to recognize him. To honor someone requires “You see, this man is inus, first and foremost, to be capable of making mistakes, humble. knows the power of healing We literally bow before - both physical healing and them in recognition for what mental healing, and he knows they have done for us or what how to feed thousands and they have contributed to our have food left over to feed lives and to our well-being. many more. What they have done has “He can also take care of cost them something personthose without water and solve ally - perhaps they have had other problems that people to make a sacrifice, and the bring to him.” price is more than we can or In disbelief, the chairman are able to pay them for what asked, “Who is this person they have done for us. you have described and where Honoring someone is not can we find him?” always easy. Pride gets in the “You can find him in the way. Bible. He is known as Jesus. Self-importance or not In his life on earth, he did wanting to stand aside while all of the things I have menothers move to the front of tioned. the line often complicates “And he is capable of dothings. ing many more miraculous It is not easy to give credit things,” he said. to someone when I am obliThe audience was stunned gated to them for what they as the scientist took his seat. have done. When we honor The Psalmist wrote, “Your someone, we make them look
GUIDO EVANGELISTIC ASSOCIATION good - often at our expense and that at times is not easy. Who wants to admit their shortcomings or inadequacies to someone who is esteemed. The Psalmist wrote, “Honor Him for He is your Lord!” Not a very complicated statement. The problem is not understanding the statement that gives so many Christians a problem. It is in applying it. Honoring or bowing down before God is difficult. Pride gets in the way and becomes a problem for many. Pride is what keeps us from serving him and loving others as Jesus loved them. Pride is what keeps us from being submissive to him when we refuse to serve him in our churches and witness his saving grace to others who are lost and dying.
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Media & Communication offers new online master’s program
A new Online Master’s Program in Strategic Communication and Innovation is being offered at Texas Tech University. The master’s program began in the Fall 2015 and is offered through the College of Media & Communication. David Perlmutter, dean of the College of Media & Communication, said the online program will allow current students as well as alumni the opportunity to further their education with the ﬂexibility to do so around the demands of their life and jobs. “Two years ago, we conceived the idea for a master’s degree that would be available to communication professionals anywhere, but
only if it featured the highest quality course materials, an accessible and interactive delivery system and the most relevant, modern and sophisticated curriculum and, of course, top ﬂight faculty,” Perlmutter said. “This fall, the vision became reality with a program that allows senior professionals to gain all the latest technological, new media, and analytics skills they want, and emerging professionals to improve planning and strategy skills.” The program is designed to give communicators an extra edge in the job market or to assist in updating skills in the global digital market. Students will be required to
complete 27 hours plus a ﬁnal project (three hours). Enrollment is open yearround, allowing prospective students to begin in the semester most convenient. Students can determine how many courses they take each semester based on their schedules. Course work will be completed at the student’s convenience throughout the week without a designated class time, allowing for greater ﬂexibility. Texas Tech President M. Duane Nellis said it is imperative to offer unique, yet relevant, degree program to all students, including nontraditional. “It’s never too late to gain
additional knowledge for immediate application in the workplace,” Nellis said. “Dean Perlmutter and his staff have done a wonderful job of developing this program.” Students who ﬁnished their bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 or higher grade-point average are exempt from taking the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to enter the program. To apply for the program, students must submit a program application at www. ttugrad.org/new and an application to the Texas Tech Graduate School at www. applytexas.org. “We have already had signiﬁcant interest in the pro-
H2YOU contest entries being accepted Students in grades 9-12 may participate in the second annual H2YOU contest sponsored by the High Plains Water District (HPWD). Deadline for entries is Dec. 4. Participating students must attend school or reside within the 16-county HPWD service area. “H2YOU encourages students to share innovative ideas about water conservation. Each four-member team will design a detailed conservation campaign that proposes at least two new ways to reduce water use in a water user group of their choice. This includes agriculture, municipalities, and local residents,” said Adeline Fox, HPWD education and outreach coordinator. Each campaign centers around a conservation catch phrase and must include ele-
ments of writing, graphic design, and photography. The top three entries will present their proposal to a panel of judges at the HPWD ofﬁce in Lubbock. Final winners will be selected based on the judges’ recommendations. First place team winners each receive a $250 cash prize and an all-expense paid trip to Austin in February 2016. They will present their water conservation proposal to their state representative and/or representatives of the Texas Water Development Board. They will also tour the State Capitol. Second place team members each receive a $200 cash prize, and third place team members each receive a $150 cash prize. A team of four Crosbyton High School students were honored in January 2015
as inaugural winners of the H2YOU contest. The H2YOU contest rules and entry form are available at www.hpwd.com/contest
gram by professionals across the country,” Perlmutter said. Upon application, students must submit their contact information, a personal statement, resume, work and writing samples, three references, and college transcripts. A full description of the program as well as the required and elective courses available can be found at the program’s website. The program has seven speciﬁc courses and allows for three electives. On the Web: www.depts. ttu.edu/comc/graduate/onlinemasters.php
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Aphorism: It’s short & to the point Aphorism: A short, pointed sentence that expresses a wise or clever observation or a general truth. 1. The nicest thing about the future is that it always starts tomorrow. 2. Money will buy a fine dog, but only kindness will make him wag his tail. 3. If you don’t have a sense of humor you probably don’t have any sense at all. 4. Seat belts are not as confining as wheelchairs. 5. A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you’re in deep water. 6. How come it takes so little time for a child who is afraid of the dark to become a teenager who wants to stay out all night? 7. Business conventions
are important because they demonstrate how many people a company can operate without. 8. Why is it that at class reunions you feel younger than everyone else looks? 9. Scratch a pet and you will have a permanent job. 10. No one has more driving ambition than the teenager who wants to buy a car. 11. There are no new sins. The old ones just get more publicity. 12. There are worse things than getting a call for a wrong number at 4 a.m. It could be the right number. 13. No one ever says “It’s only a game” when their team is winning. 14. I’ve reached the age where ‘happy hour’ is a nap.
15. Be careful about reading the fine print. There’s no way you’re going to like it. 16. The trouble with bucket seats is that not everybody can get into the same size bucket. 17. In about 40 years, we’ll have thousands of old ladies running around with tattoos and rap music - which will be the Golden Oldies. 18. Money can’t buy happiness, but somehow it’s more comfortable to cry in a Lincoln than in a VW bug. 19. After 60, if you don’t wake up aching in every joint, you probably will not wake up at all. 20. Always be yourself because the people that matter don’t mind and the ones that mind don’t matter.
A taxi passenger tapped the driver on the shoulder to ask him a question. The driver screamed, lost control of the car, nearly hit a bus, went up on the footpath, and stopped inches from a shop window. For a second, everything was quiet in the cab. Then the driver said, “Look, mate, don’t ever do that again. You
scared the living daylights out of me!” The passenger apologized and said, “I didn’t realize that a little tap would scare you so much.” The driver replied, “Sorry, it’s not really your fault. Today is my first day as a cab driver -- I’ve been driving a funeral van for the last 25 years.”
Frankford Avenue reconstruction Maintenance work on Frankford Avenue between 19th Street and North Loop 289 began in late September. The scope of this project is to replace the existing asphalt paving. The maintenance work will be done in two phases, allowing traffic continuous access on Frankford Avenue and to surrounding businesses. Motorists are urged to allow extra time for delays or find alternate routes. The work will take approximately six to eight weeks to complete, depending upon weather and construction.
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That southern drawl makes perfect sense -- in the south Florida
The old gentleman paused, A Florida senior citizen then said, “Three years ago, drove his brand new Corvette my wife ran off with a Florida convertible out of the dealer- State Trooper. I thought you ship. Taking off down the were bringing her back.” “ H a v e a g o o d d a y, road, he pushed it to 80 mph, enjoying the wind blowing Sir,” replied the trooper. through what little hair he Georgia had left. The owner of a golf course “Amazing,” he thought as in Georgia was confused he flew down I-95, pushing about paying an invoice, so the pedal even more. he decided to ask his secreLooking in his rear view tary for some mathematical mirror, he saw a Florida State help. Trooper, blue lights flashing He called her into his office and siren blaring. He floored and said, “Y’all graduated it to 100 mph, then 110, then from the University of Geor120. Suddenly he thought, gia and I need some help. If “What am I doing? I’m too I wuz to give yew $20,000, old for this!” and pulled over minus 14%, how much would to await the trooper’s arrival. you take off?” Pulling in behind him, the The secretary thought a trooper got out of his vehicle moment, and then replied, and walked up to the Cor- “Everthang but my earrings.” vette. Louisiana He looked at his watch, A senior citizen in Louithen said, “Sir, my shift ends siana was overheard saying, in 30 minutes. Today is Fri- “When the end of the world day. If you can give me a new comes, I hope to be in Louireason for speeding--a reason siana.” I’ve never before heard -- I’ll When asked why, he let you go.” replied, “I’d rather be in
Louisiana ‘cause every- flowers in front of the car and thang happens in Loui- one behind it. Then he got siana 20 years later than back in the car to wait. in the rest of the world.” A passerby studied the scene as he drove by, and was Mississippi The young man from Mis- so curious he turned around sissippi came running into the and went back. He asked the store and said to his buddy, fellow what the problem was. The man replied, “I got a “Bubba, somebody just stole your pickup truck from the flat tahr.” The passerby asked, “But parking lot!” Bubba replied, “Did y’all what’s with the flowers?” The man responded, see who it was?” “When you break down, they The young man answered, “I couldn’t tell, but tell you to put flares in the I got the license number.” front and flares in the back. I never did understand it neiNorth Carolina A man in North Carolina ther.”
The trooper asked, “Got any ID?” The driver replied, “Bout whut?”
The Sheriff pulled up next to the guy unloading garbage out of his pick-up into the ditch. The Sheriff asked, “Why are you dumping garbage in the ditch? Don’t you see that sign right over your head.” “Yep,” he replied. “That’s why I’m dumpin’ it here, ‘cause it says: ‘Fine For Dumping Garbage.’” Y’all kin say whut y’all want ‘about the South, but had a flat tire, pulled off on Tennessee A Tennessee State trooper y’all never heard o’ nobody the side of the road, and proceeded to put a bouquet of pulled over a pickup on I-65. retirin’ an’ movin’ North.
Learning to cuss
A 6-year-old and a 4-yearold are raking the yard. The 6-year-old asks, “You know what? I think it’s about time we started learning to cuss.” The 4-year-old nods his head in approval. The 6-year-old continues, “When we go in for breakfast, I’m gonna say something with hell and you say something with ass.” The 4-year-old agrees. When the mother walks into the kitchen and asks the 6 year old what he wants for breakfast, he replies, “Aw, hell, Mom, I guess I’ll have some Cheerios.”
WHACK! He flies out of his chair, tumbles across the kitchen floor, gets up, and runs upstairs crying his eyes out, with his mother in hot pursuit, slapping his rear with every step. His mom locks him in his room and shouts, “You can stay there until I let you out!” She then comes back downstairs, looks at the 4-year-old and asks with a stern voice, “And what do you want for breakfast, young man?” “I don’t know,” he blubbers, “but you can bet your a-- it won’t be Cheerios.”
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Art pieces added to Texas Tech in public art program From Greek mythology to science, the new public art on campus covers various topics. The Texas Tech University System Public Art program recently installed several pieces of art across campus as part of several projects. “Agave Dreams” was installed near the Biology building on July 30 as part of the 1 percent Public for Art fund from the Biology Life Safety project. The sculpture was created by artist Julian Voss-Andreae, who was selected in 2014 through the call for artists and the finalist interviews. He started working on the sculpture during Fall 2014, and it is the first piece he was commissioned for by Texas Tech. Voss-Andreae said he started the design work in June 2014 and fabrication began in February 2015. “It is a great honor to con-
tribute to Texas Tech’s amazing public art collection,” Voss-Andreae said. “Agave Dreams” is a female figure welded from more than 1,000 laser-cut steel triangles using 3-D scanning, cutting-edge algorithms from computer graphics and software custom designed by Voss-Andreae and used as design tools. The figure is depicted as kneeling on the earth with outstretched hands touching the ground, sheltering an agave plant between the hands. The sculpture is 10-feet tall and colored blue to represent the sky and water, said Emily Wilkinson, public art director. The sculpture appears to bless a live agave outside the Biology building and is incorporated with other plants at the site, providing a central approach to viewing nature. “The sculpture is one of the
newest additions to the Texas Tech University System’s Public Art Collection, one of the top 10 ranked public art programs in the nation,” Wilkinson said. “This piece is a unique addition to a varied collection, showing that each piece is specific to its location, but also contributes to the overall outstanding quality of the public art collection.” Voss-Andreae is a GermanAmerican sculptor based in Portland, Oregon. He has been commissioned for works at several other U.S. universities, and his background in science often is reflected in the sculptures he creates. Other works include “Spannungsfeld” and protein sculptures: “Synergy” and “Angel of the West.” “Zeus or Poseidon of Artemision” was installed on the west side of the Texas Tech Library Aug. 12 as part of the Campus Beautification project. The sculpture was donated to the Texas Tech Public Art
Collection in 2013 by Ronald and Susan Welborn in honor of Glenn and Rene Wade, who both graduated from Texas Tech in 1983. The base and installation
Zeus or Poseidon of Artemision
costs were funded by the 1 percent public art money in the campus beautification project budget. The Welborns first met the Wades through the oil and gas industry, in which the two families both participate. The Welborns and Wades have gotten to know each other through the industry, and Welborn said they wanted to honor the couple by donating a piece of art in their names. The Welborns, who reside in Fort Worth and also are in the ranching business, have donated art before, although this is the first time they have donated to Texas Tech, and Welborn said it will not be the last. “The people at Texas Tech who have graduated and the people I knew at Texas Tech (See Public Art , Page 15)
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are what we call solid citizens in the ranching business,” Welborn said. “They are caring people that look out for their neighbors. Texas Tech is like going home every day.” Karen Holden, director of development, ﬁrst discovered that the Welborns were interested in donating the statue in August 2013. Holden and Erin Vaden, the previous public art manager, viewed the sculpture later that fall, and the donation was gifted in late December 2013. The statue on campus is a cast that was created in 1992 in Italy, she said. Its location was determined because the west side of the Library is part of the Campus Beautification project, but the location also was chosen because there is a statue of Prometheus located on the east side of the building. As a result, the placement provides balance. “Variations” is a fivesculpture installment by Aaron Stephan. It transforms light ﬁxtures to resemble plants growing from the ground. The Public Art program installed two other sculptures during the summer, at Bayer CropScience and Bayer Plant Science. Facilities Planning and Construction, which oversees the Public Art program, also is working on public art for the Innovation Hub and Research Park, the new addition to the Rawls College of Business Building, the Human Sciences Life Safety project, the Maddox Engineering Research Center and the new System Ofﬁce building.
Arboretum Pumpkin Carving Party 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14 Bring a pumpkin to carve for the Pumpkin Trail, and the carving tools and refreshments will be provided at the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum, 4111 University Ave.
7th annual Lubbock Pumpkin Trail Daylight Hours 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16 through Sunday, Oct. 18 Evening Hours 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 & Sunday, Oct. 18 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16 & Saturday, Oct. 17
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for preemie babies, come join the group. Bring crochet needles/knitting needles and yarn, and other sewing supplies. We’ll have patterns, materials, a couple of sewing machines and other supplies at the meeting.
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Apparel Design Program Ranked Nationally By Emily Gardner Texas Tech University’s apparel design and manufacturing (ADM) program received several rankings as part of Fashion-Schools.org’s annual fashion design schools and colleges lists. “It is good to know we are one of the top 10
programs in the Southwest and one of the top 20 in the U.S.,” said Su Shin, ADM program director and associate professor. “In 2013, ADM was referenced in the top ﬁve for fashion schools in the Southwest. Since then, we have been nationally recognized as
one of the top fashion design programs, which means the expectations of our ADM program is growing.” Fashion-Schools. org started the rankings program in 2013 in response to emails from aspiring fashion designers and merchandisers, according to its
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rankings. The rankings are determined based on the school’s academic reputation, admission selectivity, depth and breadth of the program and faculty, value as it relates to tuition and indebtedness, and geographic location. For the 2015 survey, Fashion-Schools. org incorporated school surveys into the rankings as well as gathering information from the school itself, the school’s website and reputable publications. The apparel design and manufacturing program is part of the Department of Design within the College of Human Sciences. The ADM program offers a portfolio review for students’ successes, a TechStyle Fashion Show for seniors, and internships as part of its program. It teaches students to use apparel computeraided design and 3D virtual design software. It houses the only 3D body scanner in the Southwest region and allows undergraduate students to participate in faculty research. In 2015: #7 in the Top 10 Fashion Design Schools & Colleges in the Southwest #20 in the Top 25 Public Fashion Design & Colleges in the U.S. Schools & Colleges In 2014: #38 in the Top 50 #31 nationally Fashion Design Schools #5 in the Southwest
In 2013 #45 nationally #5 in the Southwest
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By Margaret Merrell If you shopped at some of the local stores a month ago, you would have stepped into the world of Halloween. You may have thought they could have at least waited until October. Ghosts and some traditional creatures shared the air space with the “modern” and really gory additions. There were boxes and boxes of ugly and twisted masks with weird eyes and strange facial expressions. Racks of costumes from action figures to vampires filled the aisles. It was a relief to find the children’s section of Princess and Peter Pan costumes along with some of story characters that were cute, happy and not scary at all. The display ended with rows of special Halloween candies with bags and containers for the tricksters to carry their “loot” of collected treats. We can only wonder if
today’s children enjoy their Halloween as much as some of us older folks. There was the challenge of making our own costumes from discarded clothing, worn out sheets or curtains and flour sacks, or even paper bags. In some cases crepe paper was bought to tie and stretch to give our costumes their finishing touches. Part of the mystic was how we would look when the paper met some moisture and the colors began to run. We laughed in anticipation. Do you remember? Great bowls with mountains of popcorn balls covered the table near the front door, just waiting for the first visitors, always family and neighbors, who rarely had any “tricks” to pull on us because they wanted their treats. Other houses may have homemade cookies and candy. A favorite was the handpulled taffy made from molasses or other syrups.
When the last of the costumed “spooks” had departed, the sticky hands and faces of the children were washed before they crawled into bed to end this special day. The elders gathered in the kitchen for a last cup of coffee along with a treat or two. They laughed as they recalled some of the visitors and their costumes. We have to smile as we,
now the “elders,” follow the family tradition of coffee and treats following the many groups of children of all ages and even some adults who
came to our door. Many times we had to turn off the lights and close the doors because our bowls were empty of candy and little bags of popped corn. I hope this has stirred up some Halloween memories for you. Enjoy them again by sharing with your friends and family. Wishing all of you a very Happy Halloween! No tricks; just treats.
The Lubbock Women’s Club held its Annual Fall Coffee in late August. This year’s theme is “Celebrating 70 Years.” The event was held at the club’s location, 2020 Broadway, and approximately 150 members and guests were in attendance. The photo includes the club’s officers, board of directors and fall coffee committee members.
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Nutrition, Metabolism, and Dietary Needs as We Age Every year over the age of 40, a person’s metabolism slows. Though nutritional requirements stay almost the same as younger adults, energy needs decrease. To keep the body feeling good and functioning well, be aware of how diet needs are evolving as we age. Every stage of life brings changes to the body, and taking an active role in diet and nutrition can mean more energy and better disease prevention in the future. Metabolism & Digestion. As we age, our bodies process foods differently and more slowly. When we continue to eat the same amount and types of foods that we did as younger adults, we put ourselves at risk for weight gain and digestive upset. We can be more proactive by keeping a close eye on calorie intake and making sure the foods we eat are high in nutritional value. Suggestions for success: A good habit to start is meal planning. Small meals throughout the day give the body a chance to digest and use the fuel from food. Plan
grocery shopping around these small meals to keep on track. Add highfiber foods into meal plans. Higher fiber foods have been linked to disease prevention and improved digestion. Due to a slowing digestive system, we may generate less saliva and stomach acid, making it more difficult for our bodies to process vitamins and minerals, such as B12, B6, and folic acid, which help maintain alertness, a strong memory, and circulation. Drinking at least 1.5 liters of water can aid in digestion and speed up our metabolism. Sensory Changes. As we grow older, the senses for taste and smell diminish. Older adults tend to lose sensitivity to salty and bit-
ter tastes first, so we may be inclined to salt food more heavily than before. Since older adults need less salt than younger adults, it’s important to find alternatives to sodium, which can contribute to high blood pressure and other diseases. On the other side, older adults retain the sweet-tasting senses the longest, and this can lead to a sweet tooth that overindulges in sugary snacks. Suggestions for success: Try healthy oils, like olive oil, to season food instead of salt. Low-sodium seasonings
like lemon juice, dill, and curry offer new flavors and healthier options. Experiment with new herbs and spices to fit your taste. Instead of adding sugar, increase sweetness to meals with sweet foods such as fruits, peppers, or yams. Try a variety of new foods and flavors. Explore new recipes and ingredients. Don’t overcook foods – let the fresh flavors and textures shine through. Medications & Illness. Unfortunately, many prescription medications and health problems can affect appetite and taste. This can, again, lead us to over-use salt or sugar to help increase the flavor of our meals. Suggestions for success: In addition to seeking out new food and flavor options,
ask the doctor about the side effects of medications or specific physical conditions and what can be done to prevent this dulling of the senses. Avoid foods or supplements that could interfere with medication effectiveness. Consult with your doctor for any interactions that might arise. Staying aware of our physical changes is important at any age. As we grow older, our nutritional needs evolve, and making adjustments in our food intake can help us feel better and live healthier. Dietary changes are a natural part of aging, and we can make eating more enjoyable and more nutritional by taking these easy small steps toward meal planning and preparation. - See more at: http://www. comfortkeepers.com/home/ info-center/senior-healthwellbeing/dietary-changes-aswe-age#sthash.ECZchKh5. dpuf
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Medicare Open Enrollment: What baby boomers need to know (NAPS)—Don’t look now, but the baby boomers are continuing to retire. Between 8,000 and 10,000 of them will turn 65 each day for the next 15 years. As more and more Americans near this milestone age, important decisions about when to retire and when to sign up for Medicare benefits will be on the minds of millions of Americans. This new generation of retirees is living and working longer than the generations before. Increasingly, new seniors are looking for guidance on health insurance options, including Medicare benefits, as they consider delaying retirement or continuing to work part-time past age 65. In an effort to inform Americans nearing their mid60s (and their families) about Medicare benefits, enrollment deadlines and tips for avoiding penalties, the Transamerica Center for Health Studies (TCHS) has developed a guide that lays out the key information. Medicare Open Enrollment Medicare offers health coverage for anyone 65 or older, regardless of income, if he or she worked or paid taxes for
at least 40 quarters (10 years). Seniors are eligible to enroll in Medicare for the three months leading up to and after their 65th birthday. So if you were turning 65 in April 2016, for example, you would be eligible to enroll in Medicare from January through July. Anyone else seeking to sign up in the program or make changes to his or her Medicare benefits can do so only during an eight-week period every fall known as Open Enrollment. Open enrollment begins Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7. Medicare ABCs There are two essential options for Medicare coverage. One option is to obtain Part A, B and D coverage. Part A covers hospital insurance. Part B is medical insurance. Part D is prescription drug coverage. These three parts work together to create an insurance package that is similar to a fee-for-service/PPO model that many health plans offer. The other option is to obtain coverage under Part C. This model is more like a
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traditional HMO. The coverage is more expansive than the Part A/B/D model, and there are caps on how much an individual will be asked to pay out-of-pocket, unlike the Part A/B/D model, which has no out-of-pocket cap. But with Part C, there is less patient control over doctor choice. The trade-offs essentially mirror the HMO vs. PPO trade-offs made in the private insurance market. To avoid penalties, anyone turning 65 must choose to enroll in Medicare A, B and D, or Medicare C. Part A is free to anyone who has worked for at least 10 years. There are monthly
payments associated with Parts B and C. There are a number of different coverage plans under Part D, each with a different level of coverage and patient co-pay for prescription drugs. Deadline Those who do not enroll in Medicare within three months of their 65th birthday are subject to penalties and higher monthly fees after enrollment. For example, if someone misses the initial enrollment period for Part B, he or she faces an additional monthly premium of 10 percent for every full 12 months he or she was eligible but did not enroll.
Part A (Hospital Insurance) Medicare Part A covers hospitalization expenses, including hospital care, nursing home care, hospice and home health services. It is free if you already receive or are eligible to receive Social Security benefits, if you or your spouse has worked and paid taxes for at least 40 quarters (10 years), or if you are the parent of a fully-insured deceased child. There may be other circumstances, such as specific medical conditions, that allow an individual to qualify for Medicare Part A before he or she turns 65. Part B (Medical Insurance) Medicare Part B covers medical and preventive care services, such as lab tests, flu shots, ambulance services, clinical research, medical bills, and medical equipment. The majority of Part B (See Medicare, Page 21)
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benefits are subject to a yearly deductible ($147 in 2015) and out-of-pocket co-payments, co-insurance and monthly premiums. The standard Part B monthly premium for 2015
was $104.90. Your actual payment will depend on your income and assets. Those with a lower income or assets may be eligible to receive assistance with Part B payments through
12 questions to ask when selecting a Medicare plan When making your selections, compare what you need to what the various plans offer. Start by asking the following questions: o How much will I have to pay for premiums, deductibles, doctor visits or hospital stays? o Will my doctors accept the coverage? If not, are there doctors near me who will? o Will I have to choose hospital and health care providers from a network? o Will I need referrals to visit specialists? o Is there a yearly limit on out-of-pocket costs? o Will the plan cover me if I get sick while traveling in another state? o What will my prescription drugs cost? o Are my drugs on the plan’s drug list (or formulary)? o Does the plan include the pharmacies I currently use? o Can I get my prescriptions through the mail? o Does the plan have a 24-hour customer service line? o Does the plan have a good quality rating? Whether you are new to Medicare or are deciding if you should change plans during Medicare open enrollment, you should gather information from a variety of sources. If you’re considering a Medicare Advantage or Part D prescription drug plan, both of which are run by private insurers, do not rely solely on information from the sponsoring insurance company.
a variety of programs, such as Medicaid. Part C (Medicare Advantage) Medicare Advantage Plans are offered by private companies approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and are similar to private insurance that’s available through the traditional health insurance marketplace. Medicare Advantage Plans cover emergency and urgent care needs and may offer extra coverage for vision, hearing, dental, and health and wellness programs. Most Medicare Advantage Plans include prescription drug coverage similar to Medicare Part D. Monthly premiums for a Medicare Advantage Plan are separate from the Part B monthly premium. Medicare Advantage Plans, by law, have an out-of-pocket maximum of no more than $6,700 per year, while Original Medicare (Parts A and B) does not have an out-ofpocket maximum. Part D (Prescription Drug Coverage) Medicare Part D is prescription drug coverage. Enrollment in Part D is not automatic, and there is a late enrollment fee for signing up
after the initial enrollment period. All the prescription drug plans vary in cost and coverage options. Medigap If you decide to go the Part A/B/D route, it’s important to know that Medicare doesn’t cover everything, and there is no cap on what you might be asked to pay out-of-pocket. To help, you have the option of buying what is called a Medigap plan. These are supplemental policies that cover services not covered by Medicare Parts A, B and D. These are
not a government benefit, but rather insurance policies sold by private companies. Medigap plans are not necessary if you are covered under Part C. Affordable Care Act It is important to note that individuals who use Medicare are not affected by the ACA and do not have to change their coverage. For the complete Medicare Guide or for more information on the Transamerica Center for Health Studies, visit www.transamericacenterforhealthstudies.org/affordable-care-act/medicare-guide.
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Oktoberfest -- Oct. 2-4 in Fredericksburg, 830-997-8515, www. fredericksburgfestivals.com Texas Mesquite Arts Festival – Oct. 9 - 11 in Fredericksburg, 830-997-8515, www.fredericksburgfestivals.com Camposanto Suite: Art for Eternity -- Oct. 2 - Nov. 29 - Photographer and life-long resident of the Texas Panhandle Jim Jordan will showcase a selection of his photographs taken in cemeteries throughout Northern New Mexico, Buddy Holly Center, 1801 Crickets Ave. 7th Annual Pumpkin Trail, Oct. 15-18. Thursday-Sunday; Evenings Thu/Sun 6-9 p.m.; Fri/Sat 6-10 p.m.; Daytime Fri-Sun 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Free, All Ages, Clapp Park in the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum. Want to donate your jack-o-lantern? Call 767-3706. Hosted by Parks and Recreation. Celebración -- Oct. 16 - Nov. 29 An annual invitational exhibition of artwork that explores the history and meaning behind the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. Buddy Holly Center, 1801 Crickets Ave. Oct. 1 - World Vegetarian Day Oct. 2 - World Smile Day 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, enter-
tainment, and refreshments at the center for free. See the Flatlands Dance Theatre perform select dances from their upcoming show “Texas Music Icons: A Rockin’ Evening of Dance.” Buddy Holly Center, 1801 Crickets Ave, 806775-3562. Oct. 3 - Frugal Fun Day The Rae of Hope chapter of Threads of Love, 9 a.m. to noon, at Monterey Church of Christ, 6111 82nd St. in Room 152. If you like to sew, knit, crochet, or just enjoy the fellowship of ladies making clothes for preemie babies, come join the group. Bring crochet needles/knitting needles and yarn, and other sewing supplies; patterns, materials, a couple of sewing machines available. Lubbock Downtown Farmers Market at the corner of 19th Street and Buddy Holly Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Movie night at Maxey Park - Grab a blanket, pack up the kids and watch a movie out under the stars at Maxey Park, 4020 30th St. Starts about 8:15 p.m. “Big Hero 6” rated PG, 102 minutes long. Concessions will be available or bring your own snacks. The Roundtable Luncheon - 11:15 a.m. - 1 p.m. Hillcrest Country Club Main Dining Room 4011 N. Boston Ave. The speaker is Peter Dahlstrom on history of Lubbock Christian University the
See the online calendar at www.LubbockSeniorSource.com. Click on “Enriching Lives Calendar” oldest private school in Lubbock County beginning in 1954. 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. Oct. 4 - National Golf Day Oct. 5 - World Teacher’s 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. Oct. 6 - Mad Hatter Day Oct. 7 - Bald and Free Day National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), Furr’s Family Dining, 6001 Slide, 11:30 a.m., 799-6796 or 795-9158. Oct. 8 - American Touch Tag Day Memory Care Support Group, Isle at Raider Ranch, 6806 43rd St., 5:30 p.m., 806-368-6565. The Vietnam Center & Archive – Guest Lecture Series, Kyle Longley from Arizona State University. At the International Cultural Center, 601 Indiana, 7 p.m. Free and open to the public.
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Oct. 9 - Moldy Cheese Day Gerald Dolter to speak at New Neighbors -- luncheon & program at 10:30 a.m., the Lubbock Women’s Club, 2020 Broadway, reservations required, $15 lunch. Reservations - 806-799-4450, firstname.lastname@example.org, or New Neighbors Facebook page.
tum’s booth from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Memorial Circle on the Texas Tech campus. Autumn Fest is a celebration of local arts, music, cuisine, and children’s activities. Local vendors will display and sell their works and fresh produce. Texas musicians will provide entertainment.
Oct. 10 - Angel Food Cake Day Dog Day Howl-O-Ween, 10 a.m., $1 or Dog Toy/Item Donation, Dress your dog in a Halloween costume, Prizes for best costumed dogs, Dog micro chipping by Lubbock Animal Control, $10/ Dog, exact cash only, Maxey Community Center. Lubbock Downtown Farmers Market at the corner of 19th Street and Buddy Holly Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Skeet & Trap Shoot – 9 a.m., South Plains Gun Club, 910 North CR 1300; $75/person; cash prizes. Beneﬁtting Southwest Parkinson Society. For more info, 806544-0076, 806-725-0942, 806725.0941.
Oct. 12 - Moment of Frustration 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.
Oct. 11 - It’s My Party Day Texas Tech Autumn Fest -- Visit the Lubbock Memorial Arbore-
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Oct. 13 - Skeptics 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, 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. Oct. 14 - Emergency Nurses Day Pumpkin Delivery for the Pumpkin Trail, 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. in the parking lot of the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum, 41st and University. Donate your jack-o-lantern and help us build this year’s trail. Call 767-3706 for more information. Oct. 15 - White Cane Safety Day Cokie Roberts, ABC political commentator and bestselling author, at 7 p.m., in the Allen Theatre inside the Student Union building at 15th and Akron on the Texas Tech campus. Her presentation, “Cokie Roberts: An Insider’s View of Washington, D.C.” Book signing will follow. Tickets $18 at SelectA-Seat locations, by phone at 806-770-2000, or by visiting www. selectaseatlubbock.com. Oct. 16 - Dictionary Day Oct. 17 - Wear Something Gaudy Day Lubbock Downtown Farmers Market at the corner of 19th Street and Buddy Holly Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Forces of Flight, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Ages 10 and up, $7. Learn about the forces and engineering necessary to get planes up in the air in this workshop. Build your own 3-D glider out of simple materials, and see if you have what it takes to be an aviation expert. Preregistration by 5 p.m. Oct. 13 is required. Silent Wings Museum, 6202 N. I-27, 806-775-3049. The Roundtable Luncheon - 11:15 a.m. - 1 p.m. Hillcrest Country Club Main Dining Room 4011 N. Boston Ave. The speaker is David Cummins on Watersheds of the Llano Estacado. 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. Health fair – 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Highland Family Life Center, 34th & Quaker. Oct. 18 - No Beard Day Oct. 19 - Evaluate Your Life 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.
treat building to the next collecting goodies in Safety City, 42nd and Avenue U inside Clapp Park. Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest www.fredericksburgfestivals.com Oct. 25 - World Pasta Day Gun & Blade Show – Guns, knives, ammo, holsters, accessories, coins, jewelry, collectibles. Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $6 for adults, under 12 free. For more info, 806-2531322.
Oct. 22 - National Nut Day
Oct. 26 - Mincemeat Day Pickleball – it’s fun & free: new players welcome. Join the group at LeRoy Elmore Park, 66th Street & Quaker Avenue tennis courts; Monday nights 7:30-8 to 10 p.m.+- (weather permitting) www.usapa.org. Questions? Call 806-795-5626.
Oct. 23 - TV Talk Show Host Day
Oct. 27 - Tell a Story Day
Oct. 20 - Brandied Fruit Day Oct. 21 - Babbling Day
Oct. 24 - Make a Difference Day Gun & Blade Show – Guns, knives, ammo, holsters, accessories, coins, jewelry, collectibles. Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., $6 for adults, under 12 free; For more info, 806-2531322. Safety City Trick-or-Treat Street, 6-8:30 p.m., Free, All ages, Round up your fairies, super heroes, and tiny goblins for this safe and friendly trick-or-treating extravaganza. Parade from one
Oct. 28 - Plush Animal Lover’s Day Healthy Aging Lecture Series – “Ageist Stereotypes and Positive Aging” 4 to 5 p.m., Free, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, 3601 4th St., Academic Classroom Building, Room 100. For more info, 806-743-7821. Oct. 29 - Frankenstein Day Oct. 30 - Candy Corn Day Heart Matters Discussions - Gail Hargrove, physician’s assistant
with Cardiology Associates, will speak on heart failure at the Knipling Education and Conference Center, on the 6th floor of the West Parking Garage at the corner of 21st and Louisville. For info, 1-866-4COVENANT. Procesión, 7 to 9:30 p.m., All ages, Free. The Buddy Holly Center annually participates in Lubbock’s citywide observance of the Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos, by hosting Procesiόn with the International Cultural Center, Texas Tech School of Art, and the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts. Buddy Holly Center, 1801 Crickets Ave., 806775-3562. Oct. 31 - Carve a Pumpkin Day Día de los Muertos, 1 to 2:30 p.m., All ages, $7. Come celebrate Día de los Muertos. Decorate sugar skulls and make macaroni skeletons in this workshop. Bring the whole family and learn about this traditional Mexican holiday. Buddy Holly Center, 1801 Crickets Ave, 806-775-3562. Coming in November: “Say Goodnight, Gracie” Nov. 13-14, presented by Celebrity Attractions. For tickets, call 800784-9494, or online www.CelebrityAttractions.com. Note: To add an event, delete an event, or make changes, e-mail email@example.com or call 744-2220 by the 20th of the month for the following month’s publication.
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Avenue P at 98th Street closed for utility work Avenue P at 98th Street was closed to southbound traffic to install utilities in late September. This work is being done ahead of the 98th Street widening project. The closure is at 98th Street and local traffic will need to access Avenue P from the south. The closure is expected to last for two weeks depending on weather. Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisers. It is easier to preach 10 sermons than it is to live one. Opportunity may knock once, but temptation bangs on the front door forever. If a church wants a better pastor, it only needs to pray for the one it has.
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Foster Grandparent Program is focused on a personto-person (grandparent-tochild) 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 nontaxable 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 the person must be income-eligible. If you think this opportunity is for you, contact the program’s office for additional information at 806-783-6672. The project for Stockings for Servicemen – is continuing. The 2015 goal is complete and ship over 4,000 stockings and a box of goodies. For additional information –contact the Lubbock RSVP office at 743-7787. This project operates year round. Lubbock Meals on Wheels serves more than 700 meals each day to individuals who are unable to prepare a
hot and healthy meal. This agency is looking for volunteer drivers, both regular and substitute to deliver meals. One hour of your time can make an incredible difference in the life of someone who is homebound, elderly, or disabled. For additional information call 806-792-7971. American Wind Power Center is in need of volunteers. The center encompasses 28 acres and is always in need of volunteers who are willing to learn how to ride a tractor, ride a lawnmower, or operate a weed-eater. Volunteers are also needed to assist in the museum, learn about windmills and be available to answer questions from visitors. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. year round. For additional information contact the center at 806-747-8734 or go to www. windmill.com StarCare Specialty System is looking for volunteers to visit with individuals in nursing facility who have intellectual disability, developmental disability, or related conditions. If you have a little time during your busy week, call Kristin Tovar at 806-2152942, and she will help you find a date and time that is just right for you. ‘Volunteers on Call’ is looking for you. Often, there are groups who need assistance with mail-outs, registrations, or other special (See RSVP Voice, Page 28)
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Life is about giving and serving, and these qualities are taught at home A young man went to seek an important position at a large printing company. He passed the initial interview and was going to meet the director for the final interview. The director saw his excellent resume, and asked, “Have you received a scholarship for school?” The boy replied, “No.” “It was your father who paid for your studies?’’ “ Ye s , ” h e r e p l i e d . “Where does your father work?” “My father is a blacksmith.” The director asked the young man to show him his hands. The young man showed a pair of hands -- soft and perfect. “Have you ever helped your parents at their job?” “Never. My parents always wanted me to study and read more books. Besides, he can
do the job better than I can. “I’ve got a request,” the director said. “When you go home today, go and wash the hands of your father, and then come see me tomorrow morning.” The young man felt his chance to get the job was high. When he returned to his house, he asked his father if he would allow him to wash his hands. With mixed feelings, he showed his hands to his son. The young man washed his hands, little by little. It was the first time he noticed that his father’s hands were wrinkled and had many scars. Some bruises were so painful that his skin shuddered when he touched them. For the first time, the young man recognized what it meant for this pair of hands to work every day to be able to pay for his studies. The bruises on the hands
1. I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice. 2. Sometimes I roll my eyes out loud. 3. I don’t need anger management. I need people to stop ticking me off. 4. My people skills are just fine. It’s my tolerance of idiots that needs work. 5. The biggest lie I tell myself is “I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it.” 6. When I was a child I thought nap time was punishment. Now it’s like a mini vacation. 7. The day the world runs out of wine is just too terrible to think about. 8. Even duct tape can’t fix stupid, but it can muffle the sound. 9. Wouldn’t it be great if we could put ourselves in the dryer for 10 minutes and come out wrinkle-free and three sizes smaller. 10. If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would’ve put them on my knees. 11. When the kids text me “plz” which is shorter than please, I text back “no” which is shorter than “yes.” 12. At my age “getting lucky” means walking into a room and remembering what I came in there for.
were the price that his father paid for his education, his school activities, and his future. After cleaning his father’s hands, the young man stood in silence and began to tidy and clean up the workshop. That night, father and son talked for a long time. The next morning, the young man went to the office of the director. The director noticed the tears in the eyes of the young man when he asked him, “Can you tell me what you did and what you learned yesterday at your house?” “I washed my father’s hands, and when I finished, I stayed and cleaned his workshop. Now I know what it is to appreciate and recognize that without my parents, I would not be who I am today. By helping my father I now realize how difficult and hard it is to do something on my own. I have come to appreciate the importance and the value in helping my family.”
“This is what I look for in my people,” the director said. “I want to hire someone who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the hardship others go through to accomplish things, and a person who realizes that money is not his only goal in life.” “You are hired.” A child that has been coddled, protected and given everything he or she wants, develops a mentality of “I have the right” and will always put himself or herself first, ignoring the efforts of parents, family and friends. If we are this type of protective parent, are we really showing love or are we helping to destroy our children? You can give your child his own room in a big house, good food, a computer, tablet, cell phone, and a big screen TV, but when you’re washing the floor or painting a wall, children need to experience that, too. After eating, have them
wash the dishes with their brothers and sisters, let them fold laundry or cook with you, pull weeds, or mow the lawn. You are not doing this because you are poor and can’t afford help. You are doing this because you love them and want them to understand certain things about life. Children need to learn to appreciate the amount of effort it takes to do a job right. They need to experience the difficulties in life that people must overcome to be successful, and they must learn about failure to be able to succeed. Children must also learn how to work and play with others and that they will not always win, but they can always work harder to reach their goals. If they’ve done their best, then they can take pride in all the effort they put forth. Life is about giving and serving, and these qualities are taught at home.
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Inflation and Your Retirement Income Strategy By Zach Holtzman Financial advisor Edward JonEs You might not think much about inflation. After all, it’s been quite low for the past several years. Still, you may want to take it into account when you’re planning your retirement income strategy. Of course, no one can really predict the future course of inflation. But it’s a pretty safe bet it won’t disappear altogether -- and even a mild inflation rate, over time, can strongly erode your purchasing power. Consider this: If you were
to purchase an item today for $100, that same item, in 25 years, would cost you $209, assuming an annual inflation rate of 3%. That’s a pretty big difference. During your working years, you can hope that your income will at least rise enough to match inflation. But what about when you retire? How can you minimize the impact of inflation on your retirement income? One thing you can certainly do is include an inflation assumption in your calculations of how much annual income you’ll need.
Markets Change. Are You Prepared? When you stop and look back at what’s happened in the markets, it’s easy to realize how quickly things can change. That’s why we should schedule some time to discuss how the market can impact your financial goals. We can also conduct a portfolio review to help you decide if you should make changes to your investments and whether you’re on track to reach your goals.
Stop by or call today to schedule your personal review. Zach Holtzman
Financial Advisor .
6400 Quaker Ave Suite B Lubbock, TX 79413 806-797-5995
The number you choose as an inflation factor could possibly be based on recent inflation levels, but you might want to err on the conservative side and use a slightly higher figure. Since you may be retired for two or three decades, you might have to periodically adjust the inflation factor to correspond to the actual inflation rate. Another important step is maintaining an investment portfolio that can potentially provide returns well above the inflation rate. Historically, stocks have been the only investment category-- as opposed to investments such as Treasury bills and longterm government bonds -whose returns have significantly outpaced inflation. So you may want to consider owning an appropriate percentage of stocks and stock-based investments in your portfolio, even during your retirement years. Now, you might be concerned at the mention of the words “stocks” and “retirement years” in the same sentence. After all, stocks will fluctuate in value, sometimes dramatically, and even though you may be retired for a long time, you won’t want to wait for years to “bounce back” from a bad year in the market. But not all investments move in the same direction at the same time; spreading your dollars among a range of asset classes — large stocks,
small and mid-cap stocks, bonds, certificates of deposit (CDs), foreign investments, and so on -- may help you reduce the impact of volatility on your portfolio. And you don’t even have to rely solely on stocks to help combat inflation. You could also consider Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities, or TIPS. When you purchase a TIPS, your principal increases with inflation and decreases with deflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index. Your TIPS pay interest twice a year, at a fixed rate; this rate is applied to the adjusted principal, so your interest payments will rise with inflation and fall with deflation. When your TIPS matures, you will receive adjusted principal or original principal, whichever is greater.
As is the case with other bonds, though, you could choose to sell your TIPS before it matures.* Work with your financial advisor to help decide what moves are right for you to help protect your retirement income from inflation. It may be a “hidden” threat, but you don’t want to ignore it.
* Yield to maturity cannot be predetermined, due to uncertain future inflation adjustments. If TIPS are sold prior to maturity, you may receive less than your initial investment amount. If bonds are not held in a tax-advantaged account, investors will be required to pay federal taxes on the accredited value annually, although they will not receive any principal payment until maturity. When the inflation rate is high and the principal value is rising significantly, the taxes paid on TIPS may exceed interest income received. Therefore, TIPS may not be suitable for investors who depend on their investments for living expenses.
Annual Halloween Bash
Trick-or-Treat safely at the Arnett Benson Medical & Dental Clinic, 3301 Clovis Road, from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 30 Join us for food, games, and Halloween goodies. Costume contest begins at 6:30 p.m. with prizes awarded to these age groups: 0-2 years, 3-5 years, 6-9 years, and 1012 years.
Step Up to Fitness for Adults
Community Health Center of Lubbock offers free exercise classes, the first Monday of every month, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., at our Arnett Benson Medical & Dental Clinic, 3301 Clovis Road. This program focuses on prevention and healthy living. For more information and registration, contact Yvonne at 765-2611, ext. 1009. Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear them or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate. -- Rick Warren
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Before there were interstates, when everyone drove the old two-lane roads, Burma Shave signs would be posted all over the countryside in farmers’ fields. They were small red signs with white letters. Five signs, about 100 feet apart, each contained 1 line of a 4-line couplet, and the obligatory 5th sign advertised Burma Shave, a popular shaving cream. Here are some of the sayings: DON’T STICK YOUR ELBOW OUT SO FAR IT MAY GO HOME IN ANOTHER CAR. Burma Shave TRAINS DON’T WANDER ALL OVER THE MAP ‘CAUSE NOBODY SITS IN THE ENGINEER’S LAP Burma Shave SHE KISSED THE HAIRBRUSH BY MISTAKE SHE THOUGHT IT WAS HER HUSBAND JAKE Burma Shave DON’T LOSE YOUR HEAD TO GAIN A MINUTE YOU NEED YOUR HEAD YOUR BRAINS ARE IN IT Burma Shave DROVE TOO LONG DRIVER SNOOZING
WHAT HAPPENED NEXT IS NOT AMUSING Burma Shave BROTHER SPEEDER LET’S REHEARSE ALL TOGETHER GOOD MORNING, NURSE Burma Shave CAUTIOUS RIDER TO HER RECKLESS DEAR LET’S HAVE LESS BULL AND A LITTLE MORE STEER Burma Shave SPEED WAS HIGH WEATHER WAS NOT TIRES WERE THIN X MARKS THE SPOT Burma Shave THE MIDNIGHT RIDE OF PAUL FOR BEER LED TO A WARMER
Two men are sitting drinking at a bar at the top of the Empire State Building when the first man turns to the other and said, “You know, last week I discovered that if you jump from the top of this building, by the time you fall to the 10th floor, the winds around the building are so intense, they carry you around the building and back into the window.” The bartender just shook his head in disapproval while wiping the bar. The second guy said, “Are you a nut? There is no way in hell that could happen.” “No, it’s true,” said the first man. “Let me prove it to you.” He gets up from the bar, jumps over the balcony, and plummets to the street below. When he passed the 10th floor, the high wind whipped him around the building and back into the 10th floor window, and
HEMISPHERE Burma Shave AROUND THE CURVE LICKETY-SPLIT BEAUTIFUL CAR WASN’T IT? Burma Shave NO MATTER THE PRICE NO MATTER HOW NEW THE BEST SAFETY DEVICE IN THE CAR IS YOU Burma Shave A GUY WHO DRIVES A CAR WIDE OPEN IS NOT THINKIN’ HE’S JUST HOPIN’ Burma Shave AT INTERSECTIONS LOOK EACH WAY A HARP SOUNDS NICE BUT IT’S HARD TO PLAY Burma Shave BOTH HANDS ON THE WHEEL
he took the elevator back up to the bar. The second man looked quite astonished. “You know, I saw that with my own eyes, but that must have been a one-time fluke.” “No, I’ll prove it again,” said the first man as he jumped. Again just as he is hurling toward the street, the 10th floor wind gently carries him around the building and into the window. Once upstairs he urges his fellow drinker to try it. “Well, what the heck,” the second guy said. “It works, I’ll try it!” He jumped over the balcony plunges downward, passes the 11th, 10th, 9th, 8th floors ...and hits the sidewalk with a ‘splat.’ Back upstairs, the bartender turned to the other drinker and said, “You know, Superman, you’re a real jerk when you’re drunk.”
EYES ON THE ROAD THAT’S THE SKILLFUL DRIVER’S CODE Burma Shave THE ONE WHO DRIVES WHEN HE’S BEEN DRINKING DEPENDS ON YOU TO DO HIS THINKING Burma Shave CAR IN DITCH DRIVER IN TREE THE MOON WAS FULL AND SO WAS HE. Burma Shave PASSING SCHOOL ZONE
TAKE IT SLOW LET OUR LITTLE SHAVERS GROW Burma Shave HE SAW THE TRAIN AND TRIED TO DUCK IT HE KICKED THE GAS AND THEN THE BUCKET!! Burma Shave A MAN A MISS, A CAR A CURVE, HE KISSED THE MISS, AND MISSED THE CURVE, Burma Shave
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Golden Gazette Crossword Puzzle ACROSS
1. Bay window 6. Turbine blade 10. A person who uses 14. Crest 15. Image 16. Movable barrier 17. Assigning 19. Malarial fever 20. Shelter 21. Firm 22. Corn on the foot or toe 24. Persian fairy 25. Mild oath 26. Not reclaimable 31. Analysis of a metallic compound 33. Sea eagle 34. Atmosphere 35. Punctually 36. Chinese unit of weight 38. Weapons 39. Part of verb to be 40. Animal pelts 41. Old English coin
42. Specialist in mathematics 46. Ireland 47. Deprived of sensation 48. Morose 51. Coal dust 52. Edge 55. Prissy 56. Destruction of a fetus 59. A loathesome giant of folklore 60. Speed contest 61. Assembly of witches 62. Nipple 63. Tibetan oxen 64. Mix dough
1. Spoken 2. Vex 3. Doing nothing 4. Self-esteem 5. Inordinate indulgence in sexual activity 6. Resembling glass 7. A sour substance
8. Not (prefix) 9. Pleasing 10. Republic in E Africa 11. Narrative of heroic exploits 12. Sewing case 13. Spool 18. River in central Switzerland 23. Amusement 24. Engage in prayer 25. Acquire through merit 26. Very small island 27. Little 28. Member of nobility 29. Capital of Peru 30. Formerly 31. First man 32. Chapter of the Koran 36. Celestial body 37. Republic in SW Asia 38. Bedouin 40. Comrade 41. Stunt 43. Head armor 44. Hardens
4 5. Sect 48. Small blemish 49. Exhort 50. Monetary unit of Italy 51. Rooster 52. Reside
5 3. Notion 54. Remain undecided 57. Bleat of a sheep 58. Study carefully Solution on Page 29
RSVP Voice: Volunteer Opportunities and Info (Continued from Page 24)
projects. If you would like to be added to this list – contact the RSVP office at 743.7787. When opportunities arise – you will be notified and if you can help that is great! Ronald McDonald Family Rooms need your help. The family rooms are housed at University Medical Center and Covenant Lakeside. The family rooms provide personal respite care inside the hospital setting. It gives families of children undergoing medical treatment a place to alleviate the anxiety of having a loved one in the hospital setting. Families can grab a snack, rest, reflect, or even freshen up with a shower without leaving the setting. Volunteers provide infor-
mation, guidance and support. Services are available to serve families whether home is two miles or 2,000 miles away. If you are interested in assisting at the family rooms, call Treasa at 806-725-5362. 7th Annual Pumpkin Trail will be held at the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum (Clapp Park, 4215 University) Oct. 15-18. Evening hours are from 6-9 p.m. Thursday and Sunday and 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Enjoy an autumn scene of pumpkins and more than 35 displays. This year’s theme is “It’s a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” Participants will enjoy seeing Lucy, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the whole gang. The pumpkin trail is stroller and wheelchair friendly.
Free park-and-ride is available from Safety City located on the east side of Clapp Park at 46th and Avenue U. Do not miss this annual event, it is ‘spook-tacular’ Lubbock RSVP will be hosting its annual recognition event on Nov. 6. If you are an RSVP volunteer, details will be in upcoming newsletter. Contact the office for 806743-7787. Wisdom of others -- As I have aged, I have embarked on wisdom of others to see the directions to age well. The following are some of my favorites and thought-worth. Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes. - Oscar Wilde Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much. – Oscar Wilde
Get the facts first. You can distort them later. – Mark Twain Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days. – Benjamin Franklin A fool and his money are soon elected. – Will Rogers A friend is someone who has the same enemies as you have. – Abraham Lincoln A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle. – Benjamin Franklin
A wedding is just like a funeral except that you get to smell your own flowers. – Grace Hansen Advertising is the art of convincing people to spend money they do not have for something they do not need. – Will Rogers Do not go around saying the world owes you a living; the world owes you nothing; it was here first. – Mark Twain
South Lubbock sanitary sewer extension Construction of a large sanitary sewer main extension and water line extension across FM 1585 at University Avenue will continue until Oct. 19. Until then, University Avenue will be closed north and south of FM 158.
This phase of the project will restrict access to traffic along University Avenue at FM 1585. Drivers are encouraged to avoid the construction if possible and to use extreme caution while driving in the construction area.
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When I was quite young, my father had one of the first telephones in our neighborhood. I remember the polished, old case fastened to the wall. The shiny receiver hung on the side of the box. I was too little to reach the telephone, but used to listen with fascination when my mother talked to it. Then I discovered that somewhere inside the wonderful device lived an amazing person. Her name was “Information Please,” and there was nothing she did not know. Information Please could supply anyone’s number and the correct time. My personal experience with the genie-in-abottle came one day while my mother was visiting a neighbor. Amusing myself at the tool bench in the basement, I whacked my finger with a hammer.
The pain was terrible, but there seemed no point in crying because there was no one home to give sympathy. I walked around the house sucking my throbbing finger, finally arriving at the stairway. The telephone! Quickly, I ran for the footstool in the parlor and dragged it to the landing. Climbing up, I unhooked the receiver in the parlor and held it to my ear. “Information, please” I said into the mouthpiece just above my head. A click or two and a small clear voice spoke into my ear. “Information.” “I hurt my finger...” I wailed into the phone, the tears came readily enough now that I had an audience. “Isn’t your mother home?” came the question. “Nobody’s home but me,” I blubbered. “Are you bleeding?” the voice asked. “No,” I replied. “I hit my finger with the hammer and it hurts.” “Can you open the icebox?” she asked. I said I could. “Then chip off a little bit of ice and hold it to your finger,” said the voice. After that, I called “Information Please” for everything. I asked her for help with my geography, and she told me where Philadelphia was. She helped me with my math. She told me my pet chipmunk that I had caught in the park just the day before, would eat fruit and nuts. Then, there was the time Petey, our pet canary, died. I called, “Information Please,” and
told her the sad story. She listened, and then said things grown-ups say to soothe a child. But I was not consoled. I asked her, “Why is it that birds should sing so beautifully and bring joy to all families, only to end up as a heap of feathers on the bottom of a cage?” She must have sensed my deep concern, for she said quietly, “Wayne always remember that there are other worlds to sing in.” Somehow I felt better. Another day I was on the telephone, “Information Please.” “Information,” said in the now familiar voice. “How do I spell fix?” I asked. All this took place in a small town in the Pacific Northwest. When I was 9 years old, we moved across the country to Boston. I missed my friend very much. “Information Please” belonged in that old wooden box back home and I somehow never thought of trying the shiny new phone that sat on the table in the hall. As I grew into my teens, the memories of those childhood conversations never really left me. Often, in moments of doubt and perplexity I would recall the serene sense of security I had then. I appreciated now how patient, understanding, and (See The Old Phone, Page 31)
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Painting of C-47 at Silent Wings Museum The C-47 which is displayed in front of the Silent Wings Museum has been repainted. The plane’s worn and faded covering was replaced by a new coat of paint. This repainting project was made possible by a donation from the Silent Wings Museum Founda-
tion, Inc. The work was performed by MAACO auto painting company. The C-47 is owned by the Museum of the U.S. Marine Corps and is on a permanent loan to the Silent Wings Museum. The old “Gooney Bird” was placed in its present position in 2006. The repainting project was done in September. The public is welcome to visit the museum and view the newly painted C-47.
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I could call her again when I came back to visit my sister. “Please do,” she said. “Just ask for Sally.” Three months later I was back in Seattle. A different voice answered, “Information.” I asked for Sally. “Are you a friend?” she said. “Yes, a very old friend,” I answered. “I’m sorry to have to tell you this,” she said. “Sally had been working part-time the last few years because she was sick. She died ﬁve weeks ago.” Before I could hang up she said, “Wait a minute, did you say your name was Wayne?” “Yes,” I answered. “Well, Sally left a message for you. She wrote it down in case you called. Let me read it to you.” The note said, “Tell him there are other worlds to sing in. He’ll know what I mean.” I thanked her and hung up. I knew what Sally meant. Never underestimate the impression you may make on others. Whose life have you touched today?
kind she was to have spent her time on a little boy. A few years later, on my way west to college, my plane put down in Seattle. I had about a half-hour or so between planes. I spent 15 minutes or so on the phone with my sister, who lived there now. Then without thinking what I was doing, I dialed my hometown operator and said, “Information, please.” Miraculously, I heard the small, clear voice I knew so well. “Information.” I hadn’t planned this, but I heard myself saying, “Could you please tell me how to spell ﬁx?” There was a long pause. Then came the soft spoken answer, “I guess your ﬁnger must have healed by now.” I laughed, “So it’s really you,” I said. “I wonder if you have any idea how much you meant to me during that time?” “I wonder,” she said, “if you know how much your call meant to me. I never had any children, and I used to look forward to your calls.” I told her how often I had thought of her over the years, and I asked if
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