Volume 29, Number 10
In October & Inside Texas Tech Football
Oct. 7 University of Kansas
in Lawrence, Kansas
Oct. 14 West Virginia
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Oct. 21 Iowa State
Oct. 28 University of Oklahoma
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7th – Race for the Cure ..................13 8th – First United Methodist: ‘125 Years of Grace’ ...............8 9th – Columbus Day 11th – Hispanic Heritage Luncheon........................... page 6 13 – New Neighbors .............. page 20 th
14th – Walk to End Alzheimer’s . page 1 14th-15th – Gun & Blade Show ... page 3 21st-22nd – Sausage Festival & Oktoberfest ................... page 2 31st – Halloween Hospice of Lubbock seeks volunteers ......................... page 5 In November: Time Change - Nov. 5
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A loved one has Alzheimer’s - now what? When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it can be confusing, frustrating and overwhelming. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is set for 9 a.m. Oct. 14, at Lubbock Moonlight Musicals Amphitheater, 413 E. Broadway. Registration begins at 9 a.m., a ceremony is set for 10 a.m., and the walk begins at 10:30 a.m. The route length is two miles. For more information, contact Abby Reed, 806-332-9196 or at email@example.com. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), a leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing optimal care and services for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families, encourages individuals to reach out for support and education. The organization offers a national, toll-free helpline staffed by licensed social workers from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST Monday through Friday, providing assistance in English and Spanish. Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia in
persons 65 and older, is a progressive brain disorder that results in loss of memory and other cognitive functions. It is estimated that more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and the number is projected to nearly triple by mid-century. It is the sixth leading cause of death for American adults and age (65+) is the best-known risk factor for the disease. To date, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. “Caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease are faced with so many challenges,”
said Charles J. Fuschillo, president and chief executive officer for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. “Many are caring for children as well as a parent or spouse who has the disease. Education and support are critical in navigating the complicated decisions and situations that lay ahead.” The progression of Alzheimer’s disease affects each individual differently; however, there are some common symptoms of the disease, including memory loss, especially of recent events, names, placement (See A loved one, Page 3)
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Sausage Festival & Oktoberfest, Oct. 21 & 22 For 48 years, a secret-recipe German sausage has been served in Slaton at Saint Joseph Hall. Those 48 years of German sausage-making will culminate in a feast on Oct. 22, with the Saint Joseph Sausage Festival and Funfest. Dinner is served at Saint Joseph Hall, 21st and Division (FM 41) streets in Slaton from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The menu consists of German sausage made by St Joseph parishioners, Knights of Columbus Council 2571 grilled chicken, homemade German potato salad, green beans, and homemade cakes and bread. Adult plates are $10 and children’s plates are $6. Take-out plates will be available at the south side of the hall. Funfest will be celebrated at Saint
Joseph School from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. also on Oct. 22. The Funfest includes silent and live auctions, bingo, games, music, food, quilt show, rock wall and spider climb, country store, a mini-bazaar, and raffles for quilts, electronics, United groceries, a cedar chest, and more. Sausage will be sold by the pound at Saint Joseph Hall from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 21. Regular sausage, $5.50/lb.; Jalapeño sausage, $6/lb.; and, Habanero
sausage, $6.50/lb. All forms of payment are accepted. Oktoberfest from 4 to 11 p.m. Oct. 21 will feature the Hogg Maulies, Daniel Cadra Band, Casey Heckman, Mike Joiner Band, and Dave Martinez will be performing. Bring a chair and an appetite. Beer and wine, soft drinks, and food will be available for purchase. $10 cover. All forms of payment accepted. Details are at www.slatonsausage. com.
Free sports injury clinic offered by Covenant
Football season is here, along with other fall sports and activities, and sports medicine experts know that no matter how much athletes train and condition, injuries are bound to occur. In order to ensure athletes receive proper treatment, Covenant Medical Group’s sports medicine experts offer a free Sports Injury Clinic from 9-11 a.m. every Saturday through Nov. 11 at Covenant Health Plus, 7601 Quaker Ave. The clinic is available for anyone, adults or children, with an athleticrelated injury. For minors, a parent, legal guardian, or coach must attend, to sign releases for treatment and other paperwork. Athletes will be evaluated by an orthopedic physician free of charge. Patients will be billed should Xrays, casting or further treatment be needed outside of a medical diagnosis. All insurance information is
needed at the time of visit including the school insurance claim form for student athletes. Each year in the United States, 30 million children and teens participate in some form of organized sports. High school athletes account for an estimated 2 million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits, and 30,000 hospitalizations each year according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Statistics show the most common injuries athletes sustain are sprains and strains. Every Saturday, Covenant’s Sports Injury Clinic is open on a first-come, first-served basis; therefore, it is important to arrive when the doors open at 9 a.m. For more information about the clinic, call Michael Gore at 7254605.
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Unexpected morning entertainment By Margaret Merrell The sun was bringing in a warm summer day and the early risers that dwell in my trees were still singing their greetings. As I settled in my favorite chair with a cup of coffee, my attention was drawn to the tall wooden fence on the
A loved one has Alzheimer’s (Continued from Page 1)
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west side of the yard. The black shadow of the house covered the bottom two thirds leaving the upper portion like an open stage. Just on cue, the black shadow of a dove fluttered down appearing to be walking along the stage. It stopped and spread its wings as if greeting the audience. Another, then another joined the first, and there was some fluttering and changing positions. Each silhouette had its own routine of turning, weaving, and spreading its wings. As the three settled down to appear standing on the stage and taking in the warm rays of the sun, two more joined them, and the whole troupe engaged in the battle for positions.
By the time the confrontation was over, I could not tell the good guys from the bad guys. Then three left the shadow stage and settled on the top of the wooden fence. They were beautiful with the sun on their soft grey feathers. The two intruders (I assumed it was them) marched along the shadow’s edge, making their exit from the stage. Just for the fun of it, the next time you are in your yard or watching from a window, look closely, and see if perhaps some of God’s little creatures are performing something special for you to see. Have a happy and interesting October; it is something of a fun month.
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‘Soul Man’ - Sam & Dave - October 1967 In their shows, Sam Moore and Dave Prater became a freewheeling bundle of collective energy, joyfully bobbing, weaving and gyrating, and all the while singing at full throttle. Popular among the many nicknames the duo earned was “The Sultans of Sweat,” as every high-energy performance left actual tiny lakes of perspiration onstage. In “Rhythm and the Blues,” Atlantic Records’ Jerry Wexler said, “Their live act was filled with animation, harmony and seeming goodwill.” Oh? That “seeming” goodwill apparently wasn’t directed at each other, as the pair endured a tumultuous partnership for the two decades they performed together. Moore and Prater would
often arrive at concert venues tenor Prater rose to fame as separately, each demanding the quintessential American his own dressing room. Dur- soul act. Both had come ing concerts, they usually from southern church backmanaged to avoid eye con- grounds. Moore once sang with a tact. Apparently the two once went a dozen years without doo-wop group called the even speaking to each other Majestics but later switched offstage. Each artist had his own litany of complaints about the other. Randal Hill Moore said he By firstname.lastname@example.org abhorred Prater’s drug usage and constant to such gospel outfits as the griping about wanting to do Gales and the Mellonaires. Prater had sung in his a solo act with new material. Prater, in turn, groused church choir and eventually that it was Moore who want- became part of the gospeled to work alone and stop based Sensational Humperforming the Sam and mingbirds. When the pair met by Dave catalog of hits—which, according to Prater, Moore chance at a Miami club, they soon found themselves never liked much anyway. Tenor Moore and baritone/ performing together, their
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struggle to rise above his present conditions,” Hayes explained in “Soulsville USA.” “It’s almost a tune [where it’s] kind of like boasting, ‘I’m a soul man.’…It’s a pride thing.” In November 1978, the Blues Brothers—comics Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi— performed “Soul Man” on Saturday Night Live. When they cut their own version of the classic song, retaining the original blaring horns and stinging guitar licks, the hit remake on Atlantic Records reached a whole new audience. Despite their career-long personal turmoil, Sam and Dave were elected to the prestigious Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, which tacitly acknowledged the duo’s masterful transition of gospel music’s elements into the popular music mainstream.
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Humorist to speak at Lubbock Women’s Club, Oct. 17 A professional speaker and humorist, Jeanne Robertson, will entertain at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at The Lubbock Women’s Club, 2020 Broadway. Tickets for the Fall Speaker Series are $75, $100 and $125. Named the “Master of Influence” in 2012 by National Speakers Association, Robertson got her start in North Carolina. Reaching the height of 6’2” at age 13, she averaged 30 points per game during her high school basketball years and was Miss North Carolina in 1963. During her time in the Miss America pageant, where she was voted Miss Congeniality, Robertson found herself speaking at pageants and to civic groups and corporations. While in school at Auburn University, she entertained crowds as she earned her degree. After teaching for nine years, she decided to devote her professional career to speaking engagements. Her decision has served her well as Robertson is the only female professional speaker to receive the “Golden Gavel Award” from Toastmasters International. Sheri Phillips is president of the Lubbock Women’s Club. “We are thrilled to wel-
come Jeanne Robertson back to Lubbock,” Phillips said. “If you love to laugh amongst friends, then join us for a fun evening at the Lubbock Women’s Club.” Robertson is the author of eight humor DVDs and CDs and three books, including “Humor: The Magic of Genie,” “Mayberry Humor Across the USA,” and “Don’t Let the Funny Stuff Get Away.” The books are filled with reality-based stories that illustrate her humor philosophy. Robertson is also frequently featured on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s Family Comedy and Blue Collar Comedy channels. The event is sponsored by the Lubbock Women’s Club Historical Foundation and The Ernestine Payne Welborn Endowment Community Speaker Series.
Hospice of Lubbock seeks volunteers Hospice of Lubbock needs direct patient volunteers. To be certified as a direct patient volunteer, one must complete 16 hours of training offered by Hospice of Lubbock staff to prepare for sharing this special end-oflife time with our Hospice of Lubbock patients and families. Training will be held on three days - 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 6; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 7; and 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 8. All classes will be held at the Hospice of Lubbock conference room, 3702 21st St. on the northwest corner of 21st Street and Louisville Avenue in the Louisville Place Building.
All 16 hours are required for the volunteer to be certified. Hospice of Lubbock volunteers provide support and care for persons in the last phases of life for them to live as fully and comfortably as possible. Because one in four dying Americans is a veteran, Hospice of Lubbock has also implemented a veteran-toveteran volunteer program. “People who have com-
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LCU’s Steve Gomez to highlight Hispanic Heritage Luncheon Hispanic Heritage Month will be celebrated at the 2017 Hispanic Heritage Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Baker Conference Center, on the campus of Lubbock Christian University, 5601 19th St. The featured speaker will be Steve Gomez, head women’s basketball coach at Lub-
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The ways in which negative attitudes about aging can affect people’s health and quality of life are the focus of 12 peer-reviewed research papers. “Attitudes and stereotypes about aging haven’t changed or have gotten worse. “And many ideas about aging and solutions available to us as we age, as portrayed in the media or even in conversations among families and friends, are negative and out of date,” said Erwin Tan, M.D., AARP Director of Thought Leadership-Health. The research papers are in a new AARP-sponsored supplement issue of The Gerontologist, the research and analysis journal published by The Gerontological Society of America. While the papers examine a diverse range of agingrelated subjects and research considerations, a common theme is the prevalence of negative associations about aging and their impact, rang-
ing from memory performance to use of health care. The research explores cultural, geographic, community, and family inﬂuences that may play a role in shaping an individual’s attitude on aging. “Wherever these negative perceptions come from, the damage can be profound — for individuals, communities, and larger populations,” said AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins, whose book “Disrupt Aging” examines how aging is represented in society. “We need to change the conversation about age and aging in this country. This is not about being ‘polite,’ it’s a necessity.” In addition to elevating a collection of timely and insightful research, the August supplement to the “The Gerontologist” has a broader goal, according to Jenkins. “We seek to enlist the aid of gerontologists in helping to change the conversation about what it means to grow older,” Jenkins said. “Addi-
tionally, we want to remind gerontologists of the critical role they play, not just in academia, but in people’s real lives. “We are all aging, every day so there is no more mainstream topic than aging.”
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By Brittany Ghergherehchi Pelvic organ prolapse is a protrusion of the pelvic organs through the vaginal canal. The pelvic organs are supported by a complex network of muscles and tissues. When these muscles weaken, the organs of the pelvis can begin to drop. The organs that most typically drop are the bladder, uterus, and rectum. When the bladder begins to descend, this is referred to as a cystocele. Uterine prolapse occurs when the uterus begins to sink. Rectocele is the rectum pushing into the back of the vagina. One of the most common causes of the prolapse is childbearing and childbirth. Other risk factors for pelvic organ prolapse include obesity, family history, age, prior surgeries, respiratory disorders, constipation, and repeated lifting. With any type of severity
of prolapse, women can have an increase in urinary and fecal symptoms. With a prolapsed bladder, women can experience urinary retention, difficulty initiating a urine stream, urinary incontinence, and/or urinary frequency. A prolapsed rectum can result in constipation, fecal smearing, and/or difficulty having a bowel movement. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, discuss them with your healthcare provider. Treatments are available. Many women benefit from education on possible causes of their pelvic organ prolapse in order to prevent worsening and to better implement behavioral modifications. Another option is a vaginal pessary which is an insertable silicone device that works to hold pelvic organs in place. Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy can also improve
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By James K. White It was in 1896 at Athens, Greece, that Thomas Burke won the first Olympic medal for the United States. He finished first in the 100m dash (with a time of 12.0 seconds). Burke also won gold in the 400m dash with a time of 54.2 seconds. Initially, the first place medals were made of solid gold. That policy became very expensive for the host countries. The last time the awards were made of pure gold was in 1912 at the Stockholm Olympic Games. Since 1912 first place medals have been gold plated. For all of you “Back to the Future” fans, I have news that could possibly delight. Marty McFly is not likely to be making more trips, but “new” DeLoreans should soon be made available to the American market for the first time in more than three decades. Production models
of 300 of the iconic cars will be for sale with significant upgrades, especially with respect to the engine which finds the old 130-hp power plant being replaced with a 300-hp “beast.” The stainless steel exterior and the gull-wing doors will still be featured in the DCM12. Some folks mistakenly believe that wine from grapes was first made in early Grecian times, about 500 B.C. Archeologists have uncovered artifacts near the ancient Armenian village of Areni that yields strong evidence there existed a wine industry in that region as early as 4,000 B.C. Yeasts were present naturally on the ancient grape skins that triggered the winemaking processes once the grapes were smashed and the juice/yeast mix was left to ferment, producing alcohol. The word ‘hurricane’ was
likely derived from a Mayan word (huracan) and a Taino word (huraken), both of which referred to a god of Terrible Evil. It is conjectured that the Spanish explorers in 16th century attempted to say those two words and the results of their efforts may be found today in several languages as some form of “hurricane.” In 1709 Fray Espinosa of Nueva España wrote in his diary that a region north of the river called Rio Grande featured several springs and a river that ran year ’round. It was partially because of this written report that between 1718 and 1731 Spaniards established five Catholic missions in the area that later became part of Texas. One of those five missions was subsequently known as the Alamo. Well, avoid hurricanes and do have a most splendid week.
First Methodist to celebrate ‘125 Years of Grace’ First United Methodist Church of Lubbock will celebrate “125 Years of Grace” (1892-2017) with special worship services and a luncheon on Oct. 8, at 1411 Broadway and Avenue M. Former pastors in attendance will be Dr. Jim Jackson, Dr. Cliff Wright, and
Rev. Doug Chapman. Former music director Gordon McMillan will also attend. Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m. and worship service begins at 11 a.m. Tickets for the luncheon must be purchased online at www.fumc.com/125-Lunch
or at the church. Adults $10, children $5, family of 2 adults and 2 or more children (under the age of 18) $30. A special anthem has been commissioned for the choir, organ and orchestra by former artist-in-residence, Jeffrey Howard, from the UK/ Wales.
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Heartburn, acid reflux, GERD - What is the difference? By Sameer Islam, M.D. Sixty million Americans experience heartburn at least once a month. If you are one of these people, you have probably wondered if you have acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or maybe you’re not sure what the difference is or how heartburn fits in. Heartburn, acid reflux, and GERD are related, but they do have some key differences. Heartburn Heartburn is the feeling of pain in the chest resulting from stomach acids moving through the esophagus. The pain can range from mild to severe and is described as burning or tightening behind the breastbone or in the neck and throat. Heartburn pain
tends to worsen under certain conditions like, lying down, after eating fatty, spicy, or acidic foods, and while pregnant. Being overweight and/ or smoking can also exacerbate heartburn. Acid Reflux Whereas heartburn is the symptom, acid reflux is the cause. The condition called acid reflux is when the sphincter muscle connecting the stomach and the esophagus is weakened and allows acid to flow back up into the esophagus. The esophageal lining is not designed to come in contact with stomach acid. That contact is the pain felt during an episode. It is a perpetual cycle because the movement of stomach acid over the sphincter can also weaken it, making the symptoms worse.
In addition to heartburn, acid reflux can also cause a sore or scratchy throat, a bitter taste in the mouth, or a cough. Acid reflux is not an indication of overall health and is typically not a problem if it remains a mild, occasional annoyance. I f y o u Sameer Islam, suffer from M.D. acid reflux, there may be some things you can try that will lessen the discomfort. Limiting coffee, carbonated beverages, and alcohol can help. Eating smaller meals throughout the day and not eating right before going to bed can reduce the likelihood of experiencing symptoms.
Antacids are also very helpful for some people in treating the effects of acid reflux. Some medications can cause acid reflux, so if you are experiencing symptoms, it is worth a conversation with your doctor to see if it might be a side effect and what options are available. I offer a permanent solution for reflux called the Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) procedure. This incisionless procedure has helped many patients end their struggle with acid reflux. GERD If heartburn is the symptom and acid reflux is the
cause, what is GERD? The primary difference between GERD and acid reflux is the frequency and intensity of the symptoms. People with GERD also experience heartburn as a result of the condition, but it occurs more often—more than 2 times a week. GERD is basically chronic acid reflux, and if left untreated, can cause severe problems. Over time, the stomach acid can cause ulcers or scarring in the esophagus. The scar tissue and bleeding from ulcers can cause the esophagus to narrow, making it difficult to swallow or breathe. (See Heartburn, Page 10)
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A visiting Priest was attending a men’s breakfast in farm country. He asked one of the impressive older farmers in attendance to say grace that morning. After all were seated, the older farmer began. “Lord, I hate buttermilk.” The Priest opened one eye and wondered to himself where this was going.
Then the farmer loudly proclaimed, “Lord, I hate lard.” Now the Priest was worried. Without missing a beat, the farmer prayed on, “And Lord, you know I don’t care much for raw white flour.” Just as the Priest was ready to stand and stop everything, the farmer continued, “But Lord, when
you mix ‘em all together and bake ‘em up, I do love fresh biscuits. “So Lord, when things come up we don’t like, when life gets hard, when we just don’t understand what you are sayin’ to us, we just need to relax and wait ‘till You are done mixin,’ and it will probably be somethin’ even better than biscuits. Amen.”
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In a small percentage of people, GERD can affect the actual cells in the lining of the esophagus and increase the risk of esophageal cancer. Treatment of GERD is available, and much of it involves doable lifestyle changes such as avoiding certain foods, quitting smoking, and staying upright for 3 hours after eating. If you are overweight or obese, losing weight will help significantly with the effects of GERD.
Some medications can help, so talk to your doctor to find out if one of these might be effective in your situation. If you are experiencing heartburn or other symptoms related to acid reflux or GERD, especially if these symptoms occur more than once a week, contact your healthcare provider. They can help diagnose a potential problem and discuss the treatment options available to make sure you understand the illness and have a plan for moving forward. Sameer Islam, M.D. is a boardcertified gastroenterologist and hepatologist practicing at Southwest Gastroenterology in Lubbock. www.sameerislam.com.
Downtown Bible Class Every Sunday
14th & Avenue O in downtown Lubbock
John Ballard, Teacher
This quarter we’ll be studying the book of Psalms.
Ann Apple, Organist
The Downtown Bible Class cordially invites you to attend Bible classes each Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the west end of the Legacy Event Center at 14th St. and Avenue O. The music begins at 9:30. We sing the old hymns that everyone knows so well. Our teacher, Reverend John Ballard, teaches the lesson from 9:45 until 10:15. Come at 9 a.m. for coffee, donuts and Christian fellowship. Ann Apple will be playing beautiful hymns on the great organ in the sanctuary. It is a very relaxed atmosphere, and we know you will enjoy it.
Coffee & Fellowship at 9 a.m. Hymns & Bible Lesson 9:30 to 10:15
Christian Ministry Since 1928
Downtown Bible Class is broadcast live on AM radio 790, KFYO starting at 9:45 each Sunday morning.
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Old Fashioned Paradise Pumpkin Pie This triple-decker pie has a cheesecake layer on the bottom, pumpkin custard in the middle, and a pecan streusel layer on top. Paradise!” Ingredients • 1 (9 inch) pie shell • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened • 1/4 cup white sugar • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract • 1 egg, beaten • 1 1/4 cups pumpkin puree • 1 cup evaporated milk • 2 eggs, beaten • 1/4 cup brown sugar • 1/4 cup white sugar
• 1 tsp. ground cinnamon • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg • 1/4 tsp. salt • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour • 2 tablespoons brown sugar • 2 tablespoons butter, softened • 1/2 cup chopped pecans Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). To Make Cheesecake Layer: In a medium mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in 1/4 cup sugar, then add vanilla extract and 1 egg. Beat mixture until light and smooth.
Chill mixture for 30 minutes, then spread into pastry shell. To Make Pumpkin Layer: In a large bowl, combine pumpkin puree, evaporated milk, 2 eggs, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup white sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Mix until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. Pour pumpkin mixture over cream cheese layer. Cover edges of crust with aluminum foil. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil from edges and bake an additional 25 minutes.
To Make Pecan Streusel Layer: While pie is in oven, combine flour and 2 tablespoons brown sugar in a small bowl. Mix well, then add softened butter or margarine and stir until ingredients are combined. Mix in pecans. After pie has been in oven for 50 minutes, remove
and sprinkle pecan streusel evenly over top. Bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
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Annual Arts/Crafts Bazaar Thursday, Oct. 19 - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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Toastmasters elect Thomason to International Board Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. — Tracy Thomason, of Lubbock, has been elected to the Board of Directors of Toastmasters International, the world’s leading organization devoted to teaching skills in communication and leadership.
Thomason was elected to partner who acquired and the 2017-2019 two-year term grew the company from a small operation at the organizath to a major industion’s 86 annual International try player. He Convention, held founded Agile Lubbock, a nonAug. 23-26 in Vancouver, Britprofit Scrum user group, in 2016. ish Columbia. As a member A Toastmaster since 2005, of the Toastmasters International Thomason’s Tracy Thomason home club is Board of Directors, Thomason is a working Toasters Club in Lubbock. ambassador for the organi- He has held a number of zation. He works with the high-profile leadership posiboard to develop and support tions within Toastmasters the policies and procedures and has attained the Distinthat guide Toastmasters In- guished Toastmaster desigternational in fulfilling its nation—the highest level of educational achievement in mission. Thomason is a develop- the organization. “Improving leadership ment manager for a software package for Tyler Technolo- skills can make a profound gies, in Lubbock, where he difference in the personhas worked for 16 years. He al and professional life of leads a team of 14 profes- anyone,” Thomason said. sionals to produce a multi- “Toastmasters changed my million dollar software suite career through a series of used by municipal govern- promotions that I never ments. would have had without Thomason holds a bach- those skills.” elor’s degree in computer Toastmasters International science from Texas Tech is a worldwide nonprofit University. He is also a certi- educational organization fied Scrum Master. He was that empowers individuinducted into the Texas Tech als to become more effecUniversity Computer Sci- tive communicators and ence Academy honor society leaders. Toastmasters has in April 2017. helped people from diverse Before working at Tyler backgrounds become more Technologies, he was a board confident speakers, commember for The Cotton municators, and leaders. Network, where he helped For information about local develop a plan to align the Toastmasters clubs, visit company with a strategic www.toastmasters.org.
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Dear God letters from kids
Dear God, I went to this wedding and they kissed right in church. Is that OK? – Neil Dear God, Instead of let people die and having to make new ones, why don’t you just keep the ones you got now? – Jane Dear God, I think the stapler is one of your greatest inventions. – Ruth M. Dear God, In Bible times did they really talk that fancy? – Jennifer Dear God, I think about you sometimes even when I’m not praying. – Elliott Dear God, I am American, what are you? – Robert Dear God, I bet it is very hard for you to love all of everybody in the whole world. There are only 4 people in our family and I can never do it. – Nan Dear God, If you watch in church on Sunday I will show you my new shoes. – Mickey D.
Race for the Cure set for Oct. 7 Join the Race for the Cure as Susan G. Komen West Texas celebrates survivors, supports ﬁghters, and honors those who have lost their battle. The race is set for Oct. 7 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane. The race raises money to help those impacted by breast cancer on the South Plains and spreads the life-saving messages of early detection and breast health awareness.
Expo This year’s Expo will feature free food from various vendors, sponsor booths, and the interactive I AM KOMEN booth. This year’s race bib and/or Tshirt is your ticket in. Safety For the safety of all participants, the following items are prohibited on the race course and in the Expo Hall: pets, inline skates, skateboards, and Razor-type scooters. Participants with strollers Race options include: should line up behind runners Competitive Runner 5k to avoid side-stepping, tripping, Route at 9:15 a.m. and trafﬁc jams. 5K Route at 9:35 a.m. - a Race Day Schedule 3.1-mile route for walkers, 7:30 a.m. - On-site registration joggers, trotters, runners, and 7:45 a.m. - Survivor gathering sprinters. begins in the Banquet Hall 1K at 9:45 a.m. - a shorter 8:55 a.m. - Opening ceremonies route for meanderers, strollers, (west side of Civic Center) and walkers
9:15 a.m. - Timed Runner 5K 9:35 a.m. - 5K Fun Run/Walk 9:45 a.m. - 1K Fun Walk 10 a.m. - Expo opens 10:30 a.m. - Closing ceremony begins (at the start line) Noon - Expo closes Registration & packet pickup Team packets can be picked up at Cardinal’s Sports Center, 6524 Slide Road from 4 to 7 p.m., Oct. 2. Individual registration and packet pickup is also available at Cardinal’s Sports Center, during the week leading up to the race. Competitive race registration closes Friday at midnight. Mail-in registration and payment can be sent to Komen West Texas, Lubbock Race for the Cure, 1655 Main St. Ste 203, Lubbock 79401.
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Facility dining: From the Pits to the Ritz As you folks already know, at the end of July, I entered a Lubbock hospital to have extensive back surgery. My surgery turned out fine, but since this column is about food, there are plenty of comments to be made. The hospital happened to serve the absolute worst breakfast on planet Earth. Since anesthesia leaves one in a foggy memory for a few days, I can’t recall much about the other meals except for two – tomato soup and beef stew – both were delicious. My “beef” is with the so called food for what is considered the most important meal of the day - breakfast. The same awful stuff was served every morning: fake eggs and greasy fake (turkey) bacon! Yuck! Since it was a matter of survival, I reluctantly ate it. Also on the tray was Promise margarine which promises to eventually make everyone sick. Margarine (fake butter) does not enter my grocery cart and hasn’t since our marriage in July 1958. In my kitchen only EVOO, nut oils, pure butter, and to those natural “fats,” you can add fresh hen eggs and real pork bacon. After spending the greater part of the week at the hospital, I was then transferred to Crown Point Health Suites for rehab. My room was lovely and had its own private, large and complete bathroom. Crown Point has four sections, all connected to a central large, wellequipped gym. Each “house” is named after a
different jewel – Emerald, Ruby, Diamond and Sapphire. The gym is staffed with many, many physical therapists who work mornings and afternoons with each patient. My workouts consisted of an hour and a half in the mornings and afternoons except on weekends. About the food, you ask? Each “house” has its own chef, kitchen, dining area, and wait staff. A Crown Point Café menu is placed in every room, and orders are taken during the day from a staff member and can be served either in the room or in the dining area. Breakfast items are served from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. All other menu items are started at 11 a.m. and served until 6 p.m. Breakfast choices listed on the menu are hot or cold cereals, all seasonal fruits, yogurt, cottage cheese, toast, biscuits, sausage patties, crispy (real) bacon, ham, made to order omelettes, breakfast burritos, pancakes, pastries, muffins, juices, milk, and the best coffee this side of the Mississippi. On the lunch menu were choices of either hot or cold sandwiches, entrée salads, soups, hot entrees, fries, chips or fruit. All home-style dinners were also delicious and served with a choice of two sides plus dessert of the day. The desserts were different each day and always yummy. To watch my calorie intake, my choice was often the fresh fruit. Well folks – being a patient at Crown Point was definitely the Ritz. The post-surgery floor at the hospital was six years older than God. The shower the nurse took me to
was in a corner away from my room and extremely small. I asked where the sink was to brush my teeth, and she said to brush them in the shower. I said “no thanks.” She later found me a sink to use. I recently found out that a hip replacement is now needed. This surgery will take place in a different hospital. Since there should be at least three
months between major surgeries, this puts the timeline toward the end of the year. My rehab will again be at Crown Point. At my age, I’m considered a FORD – fix or repair daily! Until next time, Happy Octoberfest, Granny P.S. – The last time I looked, bacon does not come out of a turkey!
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Backyard Mission: 25 years of serving others For 25 years, Backyard Mission has been repairing homes and restoring hope. Laurie Foster, founder/ director, saw a need and took the challenge to help. The first project in September
says the organization gives Christians and service groups the opportunity to put their belief into action by loving and serving their neighbors. “We come in contact with all flavors of humanity in
1992 was roofing a house. “God has been faithful to provide all we need for all these years,” Foster said. “God has revealed his heart for his people, and we have been honored to serve him by serving others. The mission statement
mission work,” Foster said. “We may have warm personal feelings toward them; we may not. They may express gratitude; they may not. None of that matters. “We treat people with honor, because they matter to Jesus; period.”
“Our Dream Team recently had a unique encounter with one of our homeowners,” Foster said. “Earl’s home was typical of what we see - a tiny frame house in need of much repair. But this project would not be typical.” The workers noticed Earl had some medals on a piece of paper. They learned he was a disabled vet and had served in Korea and Vietnam. He was also a recipient of the Bronze Star. Many of the Dream Team guys are veterans and knew exactly what that meant. Compelled even more to show honor to this man, one
of the guys made a shadow box for his medals. Another one got him on the list for the Honor Flight, an opportunity well deserved, that likely would not have been possible for him. Backyard Mission has
four serving as board members; Jim Taylor, Lindy Fruge, Jackson Ashburn, and Darrel Goss. To contact Backyard Mission call 806-300-0184 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Foundation for Excellence receives $100,000 check
The Lubbock ISD Foun- ing resources, and more. Since its inception in dation for Excellence received a $100,000 check 1989, more than $1.5 milon Sept. 20 to be used for student and teacher grants. Quality The foundation golf comEnd of Life mittee raised more than $110,000 during the 18th anCare nual FFE Golf Tournament at Hillcrest Country Club in May. More than 200 golfers participated in the event to help raise funds to assist Lubbock ISD students and teachers achieve academic excellence. Each year, the foundation grants a total of $100,000 to students and teachers for items such as technology for classrooms, maker spaces for libraries, STEM robotic support, special education teach-
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Page 18 • October 2017 • Golden Gazette Oct. 1 - Homemade Cookies Day Oct. 2 - Custodial Worker Day Oct. 3 - Boyfriends Day Lubbock Gem & Mineral Society – 7 p.m. Forest Heights UMC, 3007 33rd St. www.LubbockGemAndMineral.org. Oct. 4 - National Golf Day NARFE - National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), Furr’s Family Dining, 6001 Slide Rd, 11:30 a.m., 3688655 or 799-6796. Oct. 5 - Do Something Nice Oct. 6 - World Smile Day Oct. 7 - Frugal Fun Day Race for the Cure – 7:30 a.m. to noon, west side of Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane. Fiber Arts Society – crochet and knit at the Garden & Arts Center, 4215 University, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 401-6441 for more info. Roundtable Luncheon, 11:15 a.m. -1 p.m., Hillcrest Country Club main dining room 4011 N. Boston Ave. Sheriff Kelly Rowe will be the speaker, $15 per
person, limited menu includes dessert and beverage. Travel north on University Avenue, turn west on Newcomb Street, and proceed to clubhouse. Fall Woodlands Fairy Workshop, 10:30 am, $20/person, Ages 4-11, At this whimsical workshop, create an enchanting mini fall fairy house and indoor garden using things found in your own backyard. Afterwards enjoy snacks and punch while displaying completed gardens with friends and family. Pre-registration required by 10/4 by noon, Hodges Community Center. Oct. 8 - American Touch Tag 125 Years of Grace – First United Methodist Church, Lubbock, 1411 Broadway, worship service at 11 a.m. Luncheon tickets $10 adults, $5 children. Oct. 9 – Columbus Day Curious Events Day
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UMC Better Breathers Club -- a support group for people with chronic lung disease such as COPD, asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and lung cancer. Joining is free. Learn to manage your lung disease and live better. Meets the second Monday of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the UMC Activities Center at 5217 82nd Street, 82nd & Slide in Rockridge Plaza. Oct. 10 - Angel Food Cake Quilters – The Chaparral Quilters Guild, 7 p.m. Garden & Arts Center, 4215 S. University. For more info, 788-0856. Meets the 2nd Tuesday each month. Lubbock Area Amputee Support Group - Furrs’ Cafeteria, 6001 Slide Road, 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the Red Raider Room; purchase your own meal (or you do not have to eat); call 806-748-5870 for more info. Oct. 11 - It’s My Party Day LCU’s Steve Gomez to highlight Hispanic Heritage Luncheon - 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Baker Conference Center, on the campus of Lubbock Christian University, 5601 19th St. Tickets $40; $30 for Lubbock Chamber memters. 761-7000 or www.LubbockChamber.com. Oct. 12 - Old Farmer’s Day Caregiver Support Group – 5:30-6:30 p.m., 2nd Thursday each month. Raider Ranch, 6806 43rd St. Free but RSVP to 368-6565. Oct. 13 - World Egg Day New Neighbors Club monthly luncheon and program - “White Gingerbread” presented by Kristi Townsend, 10:30 a.m., Lubbock Women’s Club, 2020
Broadway. $15; RSVP to 4073028 or email newneighbors@ ymail.com Oct. 14 - Be Bald & Free Day Alzheimer’s Walk - 9 a.m. at Lubbock Moonlight Musicals Amphitheater, 413 E. Broadway. Gun & Blade Show – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lubbock Civic Center, guns, knives, ammo, holsters, accessories, coins, jewelry, collectibles. $7 for adults, under 12 free. Roundtable Luncheon, 11:15 a.m. -1 p.m., Hillcrest Country Club main dining room 4011 N. Boston Ave. John Robison & Wendi Edwards, “Protecting the Unprotected,” Adult Protective Services, $15 per person, limited menu includes dessert and beverage. Travel north on University Avenue, turn west on Newcomb Street, and proceed to clubhouse. Country Western Dance – 7 p.m. Lubbock Area Square & Round Dance Center, 2305 120th St. Smoke- & alcoholfree. $5 admission for members, $7 for non members. Brisket & pulled pork sandwiches w/ chips $5 per plate. 765-8736 or 747-4344 for more info. www. SquareDanceLubbockTx.com. Dog Day Howl-O-Ween, 10 amNoon, $1/dog or dog toy donation, All Ages, Dress your dog in a Halloween costume and win prizes for best-costumed dogs. Register on the day of the event. Be sure to bring proof of 2017 rabies vaccinations. Microchipping will be available for $10 cash, behind Maxey Community Center.
Trick or Treat Street, 6 pm–8 pm, Free, All Ages, Round up your fairies, super heroes, and tiny goblins for this safe and friendly trick-or-treating extravaganza. Parade from one Treat Building to the next collecting fabulous goodies. To sponsor a building, call 7672712, Safety City. Oct. 15 - White Cane Safety Gun & Blade Show – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lubbock Civic Center, guns, knives, ammo, holsters, accessories, coins, jewelry, collectibles. $7 for adults, under 12 free. Oct. 16 - Dictionary Day Relax to the Songs – Westwinds Brass Band Performance. 6:30 p.m. at The Isle at Raider Ranch, 6806 43rd St., RSVP by Oct. 12 to 806-3686565. Oct. 17 - Wear Something Gaudy Humorist to speak at Lubbock Women’s Club - Jeanne Robertson, 6:30 p.m. The Lubbock Women’s Club, 2020 Broadway. Tickets are $75, $100 and $125. Oct. 18 - No Beard Day South Plains Homecare Association (SPHCA) Community Health Fair – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lubbock Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 5302 Elgin Ave. Topics on elder abuse/ neglect, etc. Flu vaccines, memory screenings, blood pressure checks, and vendors. Door prizes & give-aways. Lunch provided. FMI 806-4381387. Pumpkin Delivery Day, 7:30 am-8 pm, Free, All Ages, We need your carved pumpkins for our community-built Pumpkin Trail! Groups bringing 10 or more pumpkins will have a small sign posted with their (See Enriching Lives, Page 19)
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name somewhere along the trail. Call (806) 767-3706 in advance and let us know how many you are bringing so we can build towards our goal. Deliver to the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum, 4111 University Avenue, east side of the parking lot. Look for the Deliver Pumpkins Here sign, Hodges Community Center. Oct. 19 - Evaluate Your Life 9th Annual Pumpkin Trail, 5:30-9 p.m. Walk along a lighted trail of carved jack-o-lanterns in the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum, 4111 University. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Additional parking available at Safety City. Two entrances available – Lubbock Memorial Arboretum and Garden and Arts Center. Oct. 20 - Brandied Fruit Day 9th Annual Pumpkin Trail, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Walk along a lighted trail of carved jack-olanterns in the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum, 4111 University. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Additional parking available at Safety City. Two entrances available – Lubbock Memorial Arboretum and Garden and Arts Center. Oct. 21 - Sweetest Day Wolfforth Once-a-month Craft Fair - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wolfforth Library Meeting Room, 508 E. Hwy 62/82 in Wolfforth; Free admission; Handmade items / baked goods / direct sales. 9th Annual Pumpkin Trail, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Walk along a lighted trail of carved jack-olanterns in the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum, 4111 University. Stroller and wheelchair accessi-
ble. Additional parking available at Safety City. Two entrances available – Lubbock Memorial Arboretum and Garden and Arts Center. Oktoberfest - 4 to 11 p.m. Saint Joseph Hall, 21st and Division (FM 41) streets in Slaton, featuring the Hogg Maulies, Daniel Cadra Band, Casey Heckman, Mike Joiner Band, and Dave Martinez will be performing. Bring a chair and an appetite. Beer and wine, soft drinks, and food will be available for purchase. $10 cover. Oct. 22 - National Nut Day Saint Joseph Sausage Festival and Funfest. Dinner is served at Saint Joseph Hall, 21st and Division (FM 41) streets in Slaton from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $10 adults; $6 children. 9th Annual Pumpkin Trail, 8 am-9 p.m. Walk along a lighted trail of carved jack-o-lanterns in the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum, 4111 University. Stroller and wheelchair accessible. Additional parking available at Safety City. Two entrances available – Lubbock Memorial Arboretum and Garden and Arts Center. Oct. 23 - National Mole Day Oct. 24 - Bologna Day Oct. 25 - World Pasta Day Oct. 26 - Mincemeat Day Retired Teachers meeting – “Home Sweet Home” by Jimmy More, president, Lubbock Children’s Home; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., $15, Lubbock Women’s Club, 2020 Broadway, RSVP required - email@example.com. Oct. 27 - Tell a Story Day Oct. 28 - Make a Difference
Roundtable Luncheon, 11:15 a.m. -1 p.m., Hillcrest Country Club main dining room 4011 N. Boston Ave. Murvat Musa, Reese Technology Center, director, “Reese Today After 20 Years,” $15 per person, limited menu includes dessert and beverage. Travel north on University Avenue, turn west on Newcomb Street, and proceed to clubhouse. Country Western Dance – 7 p.m. Lubbock Area Square & Round Dance Center, 2305 120th St. Smoke- & alcoholfree. $5 admission for members, $7 for non members. Brisket & pulled pork sandwiches w/ chips $5 per plate. 765-8736 or 747-4344 for more info. www. SquareDanceLubbockTx.com. Two-Stepping Family Dance, 7:30-10:30 pm, 11 years old and up, $2/person, Bring your
family to enjoy a fun night of Country and Western Dancing. Don Hunnicut will be DJing. All levels welcome beginning through advanced, Hodges Community Center. Oct. 29 - Hermit Day
Halloween Tennis Scramble - 1-5 p.m., $5, Juniors/Adults, Come join us for spooky pairings and play, Burgess-Rushing Tennis Center. Oct. 30 - Candy Corn Day Oct. 31 – Halloween Carve a Pumpkin Day Coming in November: Daylight Saving Time ends Nov. 5.
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Required withdrawals from retirement plans: What should you know? Zach Holtzman Here are some of the key Financial advisor RMD points to keep in mind: Edward JonEs You need to take distribuYou may spend decades tions by age 70-1/2. You gencontributing to your IRA erally should begin taking and 401(k). But, eventu- RMDs in the year in which ally, you’ll need to use this you turn 70-1/2. If you don’t money. take your first RMD during Before that day arrives, that year, you must take it you’ll want to be familiar no later than April 1 of the with the rules governing following year. If you do put withdrawals – and you’ll it off until April 1, you must want to know just how much take two distributions in one you should take out. year. To begin with, withdrawIf you don’t take your als from traditional em- RMDs on time, you may ployer-sponsored retirement have to pay the IRS a 50 plans like these fall under the percent penalty tax on the Internal Revenue Service’s taxable portion of your un“required minimum distri- collected distribution — so butions” (RMD) guidelines. make sure you know your Half Page (You aren’t Program(5.5”x4.25”) required to take dates. these distributions from a You can take more than Roth IRA.) the minimum. You can with-
draw more than the RMD, but, as the word “required” suggests, you can’t withdraw less. You may be able to delay RMDs in an employer’s retirement plan if you’re still working. If your employer’s retirement plan permits it, you may not have to take RMDs if you are still working, and you are 70-1/2 or older. However, this exception won’t apply if you own 5 percent or more of your company. To determine your RMD, you’ll need to use either the Uniform Lifetime Table, which is based on your life expectancy, or the Joint Life Table, if you have a spouse who is the sole beneficiary
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held outside your retirement accounts. If you have a sizable amount of investments, with some of them providing regular income, you may be able to afford to take out only your RMDs, or perhaps just slightly more. On the other hand, if your 401(k) and IRA make up the vast majority of your investment holdings, you might need to rely on them much more heavily. In any case, though, you will need to establish an appropriate withdrawal rate for all your investments to ensure you won’t outlive your money. A financial professional can help you calculate this rate. Do whatever it takes to maximize your benefits from your IRA and 401(k). They’re valuable assets – so use them wisely.
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and who is more than 10 years younger. Your tax advisor can help you make this selection. So, now that you know the basic rules of RMDs, you’ll need to consider their impact on your retirement income. As mentioned above, you can certainly take out more than the RMD, but should you? If you need the extra money, then you’ll have to take it. However, when determining how much you should take beyond your RMDs, you’ll need to weigh some other factors. For one thing, if you can delay taking Social Security, you’ll get bigger checks, so you might be able to lower the amounts you take from your 401(k) and IRA. Another factor to consider is the size and composition of your investment portfolio
The New Neighbors Club will host its monthly luncheon and program “White Gingerbread” presented by Kristi Townsend, at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 13, at the Lubbock Women’s Club, 2020 Broadway. Members, guests and interested individuals are welcomed. You do not need to be new to the Lubbock area to participate. Cost for the luncheon is $15, and reservations are re-
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Golden Gazette • October 2017 • Page 21 These are from a book called “Disorder in the American Courts” and are things people said in court. Attorney: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning? Witness: He said, ‘Where am I, Cathy? Attorney: And why did that upset you? Witness: My name is Susan! ***** Attorney: What is your date of birth? Witness: July 18th. Attorney: What year? Witness: Every year. ***** Attorney: How old is your son, the one living with you? Witness: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can’t remember which. Attorney: How long has he lived with you? Witness: Forty-five years.
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The seasons of life and the latest & greatest – what’s next? Leaving summer behind is bittersweet. You are tired of the heat from summer and the cooler air feels refreshing. And yet the days get shorter and shorter. There are trade-offs in seasons. The cool crisp mornings in the fall still remind me of my high school days when football was in the air, and I arrived early to school each morning for band practice. Football can take over much of life through Thanksgiving and gives way to the Christmas holidays. Life has its seasons, too. Not much is talked about regarding the seasons of life until we hit older age. The winter of our life is considered to be the time we are moving closer and closer to our expiration date. Of course, that is assuming a
natural death, or a death from wearing out our body instead of disease. You have had a full life, and your body can’t take it anymore. That is the way my granny died at the age of 99. She was completely worn out. But in today’s United States, diseases are rampant. Their disease is “managed,” meaning they are medicated for the rest of their lives. Isn’t there a better way? Yes, there is. When disease enters the body, it is because there is a breakdown in the system. Genetics, even for cancer, does play a small role. In my opinion, genetics
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cal history that we have gone down the wrong road. For instance, it wasn’t that many years ago that people were yelling from the rooftops that fats were bad for you. Fats in your diet would kill you. Fat was so egregious that the grocery aisles were full of “low fat” products? Remember those days? Now we know that the right kind of fat is good for you. The fat you get from a muffin isn’t good for you, but the fat you get from an avocado is. Olive oil has finally found its rightful place in the shelves and cupboards in the U.S. People who are in-the-know are all about higher fat diets. We know we need to eat fat to curb our appetite. We need to eat fat for satiety. We need to eat fat to burn fat. And one of the most important things to remember is that the brain is made up of cholesterol. Your brain is 60% fat and 25% of that fat is cholesterol.
So just how low do you want your cholesterol to be? Just how important is good brain function to you? This is a real consideration. Research it yourself. Nothing stays as the latest and greatest forever. I remember when the latest and greatest was having replacement parts like knees and hips. And, frankly, it was a fabulous invention that helped many people live better and more productive lives. But now, those appliances are yesterday’s news. Today we have stem cells, which should take the place of most replacements. Of course, if you fall and shatter a hip or a knee, you will need a replacement. We might never be completely done with them. But for most knees, shoulders and hips, the stem cell approach will far surpass replacements. Now we just need insurance companies to catch up with the times and recognize that saving thousands of dollars while giving a shot instead of surgery might be better for the patient and the cost of medicine in this country.
I’m rich! Silver in the hair, gold in the teeth, crystals in the kidneys, sugar in the blood, lead in the butt, iron in the arteries, and an inexhaustible supply of natural gas. I never thought I would accumulate so much wealth. God promised men that good and obedient wives would be found in all corners of the world. Then he made the world round and laughed and laughed.
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Need assistance, help or information, and don’t know where to look? The journey to conquer cancer needs more fuel By Bruce E. Johnson, M.D., FASCO President of the American Society of Clinical Oncology When I became a cancer doctor more than three decades ago, I could not have imagined the dramatic progress we would make in the fight against this disease. We can detect cancer earlier, target treatments more effectively in many patients, and manage side effects so that patients live longer, better lives. More than 15.5 million cancer survivors are alive in the United States today. Since 1991, 2.1 million cancer-related deaths have been avoided. That’s 2.1 million sisters, brothers, husbands, wives, parents, children, best friends and loved ones, all alive because we have improved our understanding of cancer—how to prevent and treat it. Progress has been possible because of our nation’s extraordinarily generous and enduring commitment to cancer research. Federal funding for cancer research has driven many of the most important preven-
Bruce E. Johnson, M.D., FASCO, president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
tion and treatment advances of the last 50 years, such as unlocking the major cause of cervical cancer, proving that lung cancer screening can save lives, and helping women survive breast cancer without disfiguring surgery. These advances have been principally supported by government agencies, have changed how we survive cancer, and have improved millions of lives. The progress we have made shows us what is possible to achieve. Cutting-edge science now makes it possible to target treatment to specific cancers, letting patients have long and productive lives. Despite
this, some cancers are stubbornly difficult to treat, and cancer remains a formidable challenge. Millions of people stand to benefit if we accelerate our progress. Congress is considering how much funding to provide to the National Cancer Institute, which supports the bulk of federally funded cancer research. The institute supports studies that private industry has little incentive to conduct, such as research into prevention and screening, rare cancers, and comparative effectiveness, which usually are not profitable for companies. Instead, federally funded cancer research serves as the engine of discovery that companies depend on to fuel the development of new drugs—helping make the United States the global leader in new cancer treatments. Although Congress recently gave a one-time boost for cancer research, this occurred after many years of inadequate support. We need to regain momentum. (See Cancer research, Page 24)
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Lubbock ISD home to nine National Merit Semifinalists 228 being a perfect score. Soohyun Chae, Amy Yang, and Jin Yeo received perfect scores in two of the three subjects. National Merit Semiﬁnal-
ists have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships, worth approximately $32 million, that will be offered next spring.
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* Knick-knacks * Homemade crafts * Jewelry * Pecans & * Avon Great all-occasion gifts National Merit Semifinalists from Lubbock ISD are Aiswarya Pillai, Georgeanna Gaines, Amy Yang, Jin Yeo, Soohyun Chae, Andrew Yan, Haoting Huo, Shao-Lon Yeh, and Michael Lee.
Lubbock ISD is home to nine National Merit Semiﬁnalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program, released by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation ofﬁcials. Lubbock ISD is the only public school district in Lubbock County with National Merit Semifinalists and has more Semiﬁnalists than Abilene, Amarillo, Midland, Odessa and San Angelo combined.
Of the approximate 1.6 million students taking the qualifying exam nationwide, these students are among the nationwide pool of Semiﬁnalists representing less than one percent of all U.S. high school seniors. All nine of the National Merit Semifinalists are from Lubbock High School: Soohyun Chae, Georgeanna Gaines, Haoting Huo, Michael Lee, Aiswarya Pillai, Andrew Yan, Amy Yang,
Shao-Lon Yeh, and Jin Yeo. One student, Soohyun Chae, earned a perfect score in Reading. Chae, along with Georgeanna Gaines, Haoting Huo, Aiswarya Pillai, Andrew Yan, Amy Yang, ShaoLon Yeh, and Jin Yeo, earned perfect scores in Writing. Michael Lee, Amy Yang, and Jin Yeo all received perfect scores in Math. All individual scores ranged from 221 to 226 with
Cancer research in need of federal funding (Continued from Page 23)
Public investment in cancer research offers hope to millions of people with cancer and their families, who need access to federally funded clinical trials. These often provide patients the best opportunities to access the newest and best treatment options while helping us understand how best to
treat everyone. Patients with cancer need the United States to continue its long tradition of leadership in innovation. They need us to push the frontiers of knowledge and insight about cancer. They need new treatments made possible by a robust national cancer research system. Many Americans are tell-
ing their elected ofﬁcials to support an increase in federal funding for cancer research. Lawmakers can be reached at www.house.gov and www. senate.gov. For further facts and stats about federal funding for cancer research and the last 50 years of progress against cancer, go to www.asco.org/ nihfunding.
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