Brazil Times blogs Recent blogs from the Brazil Times newspaper in Brazil, Indiana en-us ‘Look Back’ brings back memories for local woman (Just Ask Me by Ivy Jacobs) Every family has that one relative who has told a tall tale or two that were a little hard to believe, that is, until someone or something comes along that gives it validity. That’s what happened to Suzanne Huber, 85, of Brazil, while reading the Look Back feature in the Monday edition of The Brazil Times on Sept. 26. It showcased a glimpse back at the news going on during the week of Sept. 25 to Oct. 1, 1921. “It was right there in black and white,” said Huber... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 19:26:21 -0400 Don’t Short-Circuit Your Estate Plan (Hawkins Law by By Jeff R. Hawkins and Jennifer J. Hawkins) If a person has made a will, a power of attorney, an advance health care directive, or a trust, the person may think that those documents create a dependable estate plan. Unfortunately, many people do not realize that an estate plan includes every kind of asset ownership, every source of income, every kind of debt, and every kind of advance health care directive that a person may have or create. All too often, people create and change asset ownership or beneficiary designations without... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:10:31 -0400 Can This Election Please be Over? (Meandering with Messmer by Linda Messmer) I give! Uncle! I’ll confess to anything. Just please stop the torture. Can there, finally, be an end to this election? How many of you are sick and tired of the vile, hateful accusations the presidential candidates are screaming at each other. If I hear one more thing about Hillary’s e-mails or Donald’s “locker room talk”, I think I’m going to throw up. My ears are bleeding from the repeated mean, snarky, accusations they throw at each other. And my brain... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 11:11:12 -0400 Reunited, Teeny and Goldie. (Just Ask Me by Ivy Jacobs) The story was in the Sept. 26 edition of The Brazil Times and put up online at the newspaper’s website the night before. Within hours of the posting a reader in Staunton contacted the editor by email: “A friend of my daughter thought she had rescued a hen from the ATM. I’m wondering if it was Goldie? I have her at my house. She shares time at my neighbors as well. If you would let the people know, I’d gladly get her back home!” I forwarded the email address... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0400 How many Rose-Hulman students does it take to change a light bulb? (Meandering with Messmer by Linda Messmer) How many Rose-Hulman students does it take to change a light bulb? I attended a Brazil Public Library Board Meeting last month. Three students from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology were there requesting permission to do a project for one of their classes. The assignment is to change the light bulbs in the atrium at the library. You may be asking why we need college students to change some light bulbs. An extension project for the library was started in 2005 and completed in... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 21:27:43 -0400 Northview graduates excelling in college athletics (On the Fast Track by Carey Fox) By CAREY FOX Times Sports Editor Indiana colleges are well represented by Northview high school graduates this fall. The season has reached for the mid-point for most of the fall sports, which include volleyball, women’s golf, football and cross country. The Indiana Wesleyan volleyball team and Northview graduate Ashlen Buck went 36-9 last season and have picked up right where they left off. The Wildcats are currently 19-1 overall and 10-0 in their conference and boast an active... Tue, 04 Oct 2016 17:13:40 -0400 Family Property – When Blessings Become Curses (Hawkins Law by By Jeff R. Hawkins and Jennifer J. Hawkins) God told the Israelites in the 25th chapter of the biblical book of Leviticus that in every 50th year, a family would regain ownership of land that the family’s ancestors had sold during the past 50 years. The Mosaic Law ensured the blessings of property ownership in the ancient Israelites’ tribal culture, but shared land ownership can become a curse in today’s individualistic American culture without expert planning. The ideal of family property breaks down when one co-owner... Tue, 04 Oct 2016 10:09:40 -0400 Does This Gallon of Ice Cream Make me Look Fat? (Meandering with Messmer by Linda Messmer) There's an old adage that if you want to look thinner, hang around people who are fatter than you. I've noticed that some overweight people are starting to hang out with me. I assume it’s because I make them look thinner. We characterize fat people as being happy and jovial. And there's jolly old St. Nicholas. But really we look down on fat people in our society and nobody wants to be fat. I've gained some weight this past year. I'm not happy about it or feeling... Mon, 03 Oct 2016 11:13:24 -0400 Can Two Estate Planning Lawyers Be Better Than One for Married Couples? (Hawkins Law by By Jeff R. Hawkins and Jennifer J. Hawkins) An estate planning lawyer usually serves clients alone, without involving any other lawyers in the estate planning process. In some cases involving married couples, however, one lawyer cannot do the whole job alone because the lawyer’s ethical obligations prohibit the lawyer from serving both the husband and the wife. Sometimes, a lawyer needs to insist on representing only one spouse or the other, and insist that the other spouse hire a separate lawyer for estate planning services. This... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:39:53 -0400 How Do We Communicate? Or, ‘Say What?’ (Meandering with Messmer by Linda Messmer) Communicating, trying to clearly express our feelings to another person and then trying to understand them, can be difficult. There are so many things that can cause a good train of thought to run right off the track. The word communicate is from Latin meaning to share. To communicate there’s at least two essential parts. There has to be a transmitter and a receiver. One person talks, the other person listens. Then vice versa. But it’s not just exchanging words. Intent plays a... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 19:30:48 -0400 The story of Lilli & Teeny (Just Ask Me by Ivy Jacobs) The story of Lilli & Teeny On Thursday, Sept. 8, I experienced some strange things while using the ATM machine at the First Financial Bank branch on south State Road 59. At first I thought I saw a cat curled-up, laying on top of the ATM to stay warm, so I pulled over as far to the right to not scare it awake. But when I got out of my car, that blondish-brown colored ball stood up, ruffled its feathers and squawked at me with beady little eyes. Don’t know why,... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 19:24:02 -0400 Financial Protection When Your Spouse Needs Nursing Home Care - Part 2 (Hawkins Law by By Jeff R. Hawkins and Jennifer J. Hawkins) This article concludes a two-part series about state and federal law can save a nursing home resident’s spouse from poverty, and how an experienced elder law attorney can help the spouse increase the amount of assets that can be saved from expensive long-term care. In first article, we described the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act (MCCA) passed by Congress in 1988, and some basic Indiana and Illinois asset (resource) and income eligibility concepts. In this article, we explain how the... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:52:20 -0400 Keep those grass clippings to yourself (An eye on Clay County by Pete Wilson) If I had an ounce of artistic ability, I might try dabbling in editorial cartoons. As my mind races at the end of a busy day at work or play, I often think about editorial cartoons that would bring local issues to light in a hum0rous way. So, as it was on Tuesday night, I thought about grass clippings, of all things, and the issues city officials are having with people blowing them into the road. I will attempt to put in words what my lack of artistic ability would not... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:57:27 -0400 ‘Jumpers’ forgotten in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks on U.S. (Just Ask Me by Ivy Jacobs) Sept. 11, 2001, has been forever etched into the conscious of the American public. Captured live on television and broadcast into our homes for days as the clean-up of the tragedy continued for months. However, one image captures the tragedy of that day, and many people are not even aware of its existence. At 8:46 a.m. the first plane struck the north tower at the World Trade Center. The people trapped above the 93rd floor of the tower were forced to make a decision about their deaths:... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 17:11:37 -0400 Financial Protection When Your Spouse Needs Nursing Home Care - Part 1 (Hawkins Law by By Jeff R. Hawkins and Jennifer J. Hawkins) Nursing home bills usually turn a person's world upside down when his or her spouse requires nursing home care (the average Indiana nursing home bed costs $6,078 per month in 2016). This article begins a two-part series about state and federal law can save a nursing home resident's spouse from poverty, and how an experienced elder law attorney can help the spouse increase the amount of assets that can be saved from expensive long-term care. __Spousal Impoverishment Law__ Medicaid helps people... Mon, 05 Sep 2016 22:11:42 -0400 ‘It don’t hurt like it used to’ (Meandering with Messmer by Linda Messmer) I heard a new country song by Billy Currington the other day called “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To.” It’s about a guy with a broken heart trying to get over losing his girlfriend. When I heard the song it made me think about my late husband, Steve. He’s been gone more than three years now. He didn’t leave me by choice like the person in the song did, so I didn’t have to deal with the rejection that must go with a break-up. But he did leave and it did... Mon, 05 Sep 2016 17:59:48 -0400 Unreasonable Family Promises Create Unbearable Burdens (Hawkins Law by By Jeff R. Hawkins and Jennifer J. Hawkins) The Apostle Paul described balanced responsibilities of children to honor their parents and parents to behave reasonably toward their children this way: As for children, obey your parents in the Lord, because it is right. The commandment Honor your father and mother is the first one with a promise attached: so that things will go well for you, and you will live for a long time in the land. As for parents, don't provoke your children to anger, but raise them with discipline and instruction... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:55:57 -0400 The Anti-Gag Mobile (Meandering with Messmer by Linda Messmer) I've dealt with motion sickness my entire life. During my dating years I never had a second date because I always got car sick on the first date and no guy wants to take out a girl who turns green and throws up in his car. Fortunately my husband was a poor boy and he didn't have a car when we met. So we walked a lot and got to know each other. It worked out very nicely. My family accepted my motion problem. They had no choice. But it definitely had a big impact on our lives. When the kids were... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 17:01:41 -0400 Suicide Squad (Alex's Movie Review by Alex Majors) Warner Bros. are trying to be relevant with their DC Extended Universe. Whether or not they're successful in that regard is debatable, but their plan is obvious; cash in on the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe using the already incredibly popular properties under their belt, such as Batman and Superman. This is a pretty obvious decision with perceivable benefits too great to pass up-- now that Warner Bros. no longer has Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight franchise to work with, they need a... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 09:16:29 -0400 Dispute Resolution Principles for Ordinary People (Hawkins Law by By Jeff R. Hawkins and Jennifer J. Hawkins) Every adult with a reasonably healthy mind has had a dispute with another person. Chances are good that a person is involved in a dispute while the person is reading this article. Trial lawyers dispute things professionally, but most people want to end disputes or avoid them in the first place. This article offers professional mediation tips that ordinary people can use to avoid or end disputes. Most people think of the number two when they think about disputes (e.g., two opponents, two sides,... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 13:05:10 -0400 Do You Know your Neighbors? (Meandering with Messmer by Linda Messmer) The ladies in my neighborhood try to get together for a luncheon once a month at one of the local restaurants. It's just a way to get to know each other a little better. Different ones show up at different times. Usually there are four to eight ladies. Not everyone can make it due to circumstances like jobs, health issues or other commitments. Husbands, single men and significant others are invited, too, but seldom come. I don't know if that's because men don't eat lunch or just don't like to... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 19:09:49 -0400 Thick is supposedly the new skinny (Just Ask Me by Ivy Jacobs) In this age of body acceptance, and there are all kinds of articles out there about how everybody is human, and that every gender comes in different shapes, sizes, colors, heights and personalities. Humans should not only be happy with who they are, but be proud of it and supportive of others no matter where they come from. We are spouses, parents, siblings and family and friends to each other, all uniquely different and that's what makes us wonderful. Let's all join hands and insert the... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 19:08:54 -0400 Going up the Country, Part 1 (Brazil in the Sixties by By Brent A. Pitts) I lived in Brazil from 1962 to 1970, graduating from Brazil High School in 1968. I have vivid memories of my experiences. I have always thought that Brazil was an extraordinarily good place to grow up in and that I was lucky to be there. At some point, I met Fuzz Norris. His hangout was the service station at the corner of Forest Avenue and Hendrix Street. He was a high school student like me, but I never learned his real first name. Fuzz was a mechanical genius. In the days when many boys... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 20:30:41 -0400 Racing community saddened by passing of Bryan Clauson (On the Fast Track by Carey Fox) By CAREY FOX Times Sports Editor The racing community was shocked and saddened by the passing Sunday evening of 27-year-old Bryan Clauson, who succumbed to injuries suffered in a midget racing crash Saturday night during the "Belleville Midget Nationals" in Kansas. Clauson was leading the race at the time of the accident as he clipped the tire of a slower car and flipped into the guard rail before careening back onto the track where he was hit by the car driven by Ryan Greth after it had... Tue, 09 Aug 2016 20:01:56 -0400 Can I Give Money to My Family? (Hawkins Law by By Jeff R. Hawkins and Jennifer J. Hawkins) Clients and people that attend our estate planning presentations during our tours around Southern Indiana often ask whether they can give money to their family members. A common version of the question is, "Is it true that I can give $10,000 (or slightly larger value) to my family each year?" For most people, the answer is, "Yes, but it depends on your wealth level and whether you will end up in a nursing home in the next five years." We wish we could give a simpler answer to the question, but... Tue, 09 Aug 2016 12:41:48 -0400 Back to School -- Parent Edition (An eye on Clay County by Pete Wilson) Another summer break is gone. Another school year begins. As a young man, I remember summer breaks never lasting long enough. As a working adult, it's entire years that seemingly breeze by. It seems like only yesterday my daughter was taking her first steps, saying her first words and all the other firsts that come along with parenthood. Now, it's kindergarten. For all the parents of kindergarteners, I know what you're going through. Your little boy or girl is growing up too fast. The... Sun, 07 Aug 2016 18:16:54 -0400 Pammy Land (Meandering with Messmer by Linda Messmer) My cousin Pam once told me that when she gets overwhelmed with the trials and tribulations of life she goes to Pammy Land. I asked her what and where is Pammy Land. She said it's a place she goes to in her mind. "It's a happy place,' she said. "A place where everybody loves you and you love them. There is no loss, no hurt and no heartbreak in Pammy Land. It's the closest you can get to Heaven without having to die to get there." When I told my husband about Pammy Land He just laughed and... Sun, 07 Aug 2016 18:07:49 -0400 Social media: Weird and wonderful (Being Frank by By Frank Phillips) Two startling events happened in the past week. Both had to do with social media. Last week, I was on my way to a meeting in the courthouse when I ran into two Pokemon Go players. I had seen people chase Pokemon monsters before. A week earlier, a middle-aged woman was walking down the middle of Walnut Street near First Baptist Church, studying her phone in what I have to assume was a Pokemon Go encounter. The two Pokemon Go players I saw at the courthouse were both dressed in black. One was... Thu, 04 Aug 2016 13:19:22 -0400 Are All Powers of Attorney Created Equal? (Hawkins Law by By Jeff R. Hawkins and Jennifer J. Hawkins) An audience member at one of our recent presentations about advance health care directives suggested that people should make powers of attorney and advance health care directives when they reach 50 years old or older. We responded that most people over 18 years of age should make powers of attorney and health care planning documents because of health crises do not discriminate between young people and old people. Naturally, however, the planning needs of an unmarried 18-year-old probably differ... Tue, 02 Aug 2016 09:22:52 -0400 It's great when business and public education partner for literacy (Being Frank by By Frank Phillips) If you ever want a blessing, sit down with a young child, face them on their own level, and have a real conversation with them. Not for the purpose of telling them anything but do what Art Linkletter did many years ago on his "House Party" show. I had the privilege of visiting with some youngsters recently and I learned something while I was at Forest Park Elementary School. I had been pitched the story idea: Duke Energy had granted Clay Community Schools $24,000 for a summer reading... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 21:41:47 -0400 Are happy birthdays just for kids? (Meandering with Messmer by Linda Messmer) Had a birthday last week. And it was a happy one. I heard from all my kids, grandkids, siblings and some friends. Got gifts, cards, calls and hugs. What more could anybody want? But it seemed like something was missing. I think what was missing was the excitement and anticipation that used to come with that special day. Being a year older was something we looked forward to when we were kids. As a matter of fact when we were kids most of us were wishing we were older. When I was 4, I wanted to... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 20:39:02 -0400 The I Don't Want to Talk to You Whiplash (Meandering with Messmer by Linda Messmer) Have you ever been out and about when you see someone approaching that you know? As they get close, you smile and raise your hand to say hi when they suddenly, abruptly turn their head away from you, so sharply it could give them a whiplash. And they walk right by without speaking, acting like they don't see you. This has happened to me. I know they did see me, but, for whatever reason, they didn't want to speak so they did the whiplash thing. Usually it's individuals that I don't know real... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 19:36:34 -0400 History has been made again on the streets of Texas (Just Ask Me by Ivy Jacobs) Thursday evening's mass shooting in Dallas is being called the deadliest single incident against U.S. law enforcement since September 11, 2001. Dallas Police Chief David Brown made an early plea to urge people not to speculate about the incident. "We're hurting. Our profession is hurting. There are no words to describe the atrocity that happened in our city," Brown, wearing his emotions on his sleeve, said. "All I know is that this must stop -- this divisiveness between our police and our... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 20:01:31 -0400 Hard to believe (The Hull Truth by Richard Hull) Ahhh, life is so good if someone don't come along and burst your pride bubble. It all started way back when, about 1950. I was 9 years old and my grandpa Poppy, Robert L. Ray, was 77 years old. He was my mother's father. Occasionally, in the good ole summer time we sat on the front porch at our county line house. If the quails were giving calls down by the road, about 100 yards away, Poppy would give a whistle of the opposite sex and soon that quail would be within 30 feet of us in our... Fri, 08 Jul 2016 16:18:27 -0400 NOTICE Act Entitles Hospital Patients to Admission Status Information (Hawkins Law by By Jeff R. Hawkins and Jennifer J. Hawkins) We have reported the problems and pitfalls that result from doctors admitting Medicare patients to hospitals on "observation" status twice over the past 18 months (see, and A new federal law promises to begin protecting Medicare patients from those problems and pitfalls in August 2016. Last year, President Obama signed the Notice of... Tue, 05 Jul 2016 22:42:14 -0400 What Does Brexit Mean to Middle America? (Hawkins Law by By Jeff R. Hawkins and Jennifer J. Hawkins) Britain and the European Union (the "EU") seem very far away from the United States of America. Most of us think very little about European affairs except when we think of our nation's European origins or when American news media reports an extraordinary European event. We are experiencing that latter case in the wake of the historic Brexit referendum vote, but it is difficult for many of us to understand why this British political news should concern us. The EU began as a post-World War II... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 15:22:11 -0400 Researching the woodpecker (Meandering with Messmer by Linda Messmer) l was sitting out on my deck the other morning when suddenly I heard a loud tap, tap, tap, tap. Really it was more of a Bam! Bam! Bam! Bam! It was a woodpecker having his breakfast. I watched the bird powerfully and repeatedly bang its head into that tree. How can woodpeckers forcefully pound their beaks over and over into solid wood like that and not hurt their heads? It seems like their brains would be mashed potatoes by the end of the day. But I've never seen a woodpecker show any signs of... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 18:18:59 -0400 'Finding Dory' may be great, but ... (Alex's Movie Review by Alex Majors) Finding Dory is a good film. It may even be a great one. However, beneath the innocent facade it establishes in its generally tightly written comedy, emotionally charged character development, and detailed, fluid animation, there is an unfortunate degree of corporate control and artificiality pervading an otherwise artistically accomplished movie. Although this can be said of almost any decent film made in the Hollywood system, I cannot stress enough how terrible the homogenization of art for... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 15:20:56 -0400 Are you aware of alternate dispute resolutions? (Hawkins Law by By Jeff R. Hawkins and Jennifer J. Hawkins) Unless you are a lawyer or judge, you probably do not think much about alternative dispute resolution (commonly abbreviated as "ADR"). Most people have experienced or heard about ADR, but many people misunderstand, misuse, or entirely miss creative dispute resolution opportunities that ADR systems provide. We want to help people understand ADR systems in this and other articles so that they can enjoy ADR benefits without suffering problems caused by ADR misuse and abuse (for basic mediation... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 15:17:42 -0400 How to make sure it doesn't rain at your wedding (Meandering with Messmer by Linda Messmer) Shelby French and Kade Baker were married May 21. The ceremony and the reception were held outdoors at her parent's home. Shelby hoped it wouldn't rain on her special day. When planning the wedding she ran across some old Southern folklore on Google. It said that if you buried a bottle of bourbon at the site the bride and groom were to be married, it would not rain on their wedding day. It had to be done exactly one month before the wedding, the bottle had to be completely full and it had to... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 19:04:42 -0400 Strong collegiate finish for several Knights on the diamond (On the Fast Track by Carey Fox) By CAREY FOX Times Sports Editor Several former Northview Knights wrapped up strong seasons on the collegiate baseball diamond recently. Former Northview standout T.J. Decker wrapped up an outstanding senior season with the Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles. USI won the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional to reach the NCAA Division II Championship Series during a 38-21 season. The Screaming Eagles bowed out of the tournament after playing three tight contests, losing 2-1 to Cal Poly Pomona... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 16:35:13 -0400 New Indiana Electronic Records Law (Hawkins Law by By Jeff R. Hawkins and Jennifer J. Hawkins) The Indiana General Assembly updated several Indiana laws into the digital age during the 2016 legislative session. The legislature updated existing laws in the Indiana Probate Code, guardianship statutes, the Indiana Trust Code, and the Power of Attorney Act to allow trustees, decedent's personal representatives, incapacitated people's guardians, and attorneys in fact appointed under powers of attorney to access and manage digital assets for the people they serve. The legislature also added a... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 21:50:00 -0400 Let's Try Patience and Consideration on the Road (Meandering with Messmer by Linda Messmer) A friend of mine, Stoney, asked me to do a column on being patient and considerate. He was referring to the way we treat each other while trying to drive through town. The US 40 road work is raising our frustration levels considerably when we're behind the wheel. We're always in a hurry for one reason or another. I'm as guilty as anyone else. But now we have to realize we cannot go through Brazil on US 40 east of 59 in a hurry. We have to accept this and plan accordingly. Most of the time... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 19:10:02 -0400 New asphalt heralds other improvements (Being Frank by By Frank Phillips) Doesn't that new strip of black asphalt on U.S. 40 east of 59 look inviting? It's like the first robin of spring. It means progress is being made and that's good for all of us who look forward to the road construction being completed through our fair city. Apparently, the good example of merchants downtown has encouraged the merchants on the East side to be patient as well during road construction. Gary Baysinger, one of the owners of the Brazil Shell at the corner of Murphy Avenue and... Sun, 05 Jun 2016 22:18:28 -0400 Update on chewing tar! (Meandering with Messmer by Linda Messmer) Several weeks ago I wrote a column about my sister chewing road tar when she was five years old. I thought that was really strange and she was probably one of very few people who ever did that. Boy, was I wrong. Paul Sartor said when he was about 8 or 9, he lived in Terre Haute. There was a plant that manufactured tar near-by. Trucks that carried the tar were in a fenced-in compound. The trucks had a faucet-type spicket device to release the tar. Usually some tar dripped out and hung to the... Sun, 05 Jun 2016 22:17:24 -0400 Got time for this? (Just Ask Me by Ivy Jacobs) What did you do this past month (May) at work? That sounds like an innocuous question, doesn't it? It isn't, trust me. I was asked that question yesterday while out and about for my job. I was stopped to have this conversation while on my way to work. The single, young person then went on to talk about how hectic their life is: Telling me all about their exploits while looking for work, juggling at least one relationship (if I understood the conversation right anyway) and making the rounds... Tue, 31 May 2016 22:54:32 -0400 Midlife Crisis (An eye on Clay County by Pete Wilson) To many of our readers, I'm just a young guy. But that doesn't stop me from feeling my age. I can't do many of things I could when I was younger. Much of it has to do with the poor physical shape I keep myself in, but it also has to do it with normal aging and breaking down. In recent weeks, I've been analyzing myself and where I'm at in my life. With that, I've been evaluating my current transportation -- a mid-2000s Nissan Sentra. The car pre-dates my marriage, my house and my daughter,... Tue, 31 May 2016 18:39:03 -0400 Death (On The Lamb by Steve Lamb) It happened 800,000 times last year. It happened to me and a few people I know, I hope it didn't happen to you. What is it? It is the death of a spouse. Five words, the death of a spouse. Never have so few words had such an impact on my life. Why does it happen, what does it mean, what does it entail, what will the future hold? The answers to these questions will probably never be comprehended Death is inescapable. Sometimes it is intentional, sometimes it is accidental and other times it is... Mon, 30 May 2016 18:56:37 -0400 What Do You Think About When You Think You're Not Thinking? (Meandering with Messmer by Linda Messmer) Have you ever been with someone who appears to be deep in thought? But when you ask them what they're thinking about they say, "Nothing." We've all said that at one time or another. But I don't think it's true. The brain never stops. Even when we're not cognizant of intentionally sorting through some idea mentally our brain is still processing something. We're usually not even aware we're doing this until something or someone brings it to our attention. Then we realize, though our mind was... Mon, 30 May 2016 18:44:59 -0400 Child Care Delegation - Empowering the Village (Hawkins Law by By Jeff R. Hawkins and Jennifer J. Hawkins) Jesus once took a child into his arms while he was teaching and said, "If anyone causes one of these little ones--those who believe in me--to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea." The Bible, Mark 9:42 (NIV). Child care responsibility is such a weighty matter that most states dedicate whole administrative agency departments and massive budgets to help ensure the health and safety of the states' children.... Mon, 30 May 2016 11:49:42 -0400