Brazil Times blogs http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/ Recent blogs from the Brazil Times newspaper in Brazil, Indiana en-us Have we been lied to ... again? (Meandering with Messmer by Linda Messmer) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/2048/entry/67781 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; text-align: center; font: 24.0px 'New Century Schoolbook'} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; font: 10.0px 'New Century Schoolbook'} span.s1 {letter-spacing: -0.6px} span.s2 {letter-spacing: -0.2px} Have we been lied to ... again? After a year and a half of listening to political crap (by The Free Dictionary, “crap” can mean foolish, deceitful or boastful language.) we were told that it would all end when... Sun, 04 Dec 2016 21:07:20 -0500 Have we been lied to ... again? (Meandering with Messmer by Linda Messmer) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/2048/entry/67780 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; text-align: center; font: 24.0px 'New Century Schoolbook'} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; font: 10.0px 'New Century Schoolbook'} span.s1 {letter-spacing: -0.6px} span.s2 {letter-spacing: -0.2px} Have we been lied to ... again? After a year and a half of listening to political crap (by The Free Dictionary, “crap” can mean foolish, deceitful or boastful language.) we were told that it would all end when... Sun, 04 Dec 2016 21:06:11 -0500 Coon Hunter (The Hull Truth by Richard Hull) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/2004/entry/67767 p.p1 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; font: 10.0px 'New Century Schoolbook' p.p2 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; font: 10.0px 'New Century Schoolbook'; min-height: 10.0px span.s1 -0.2px This time of year my thoughts linger back to the days of my youth and my dad and our coon hunting days (or nights, that is.) Dad was a coal miner. He worked all day in an underground mine, then after supper had settled, He would say. “Boys (me and brother Tom,) get your... Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:32:11 -0500 Red Devil Days, Part 1 (Brazil in the Sixties by By Brent A. Pitts) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/2036/entry/67748 I graduated from Brazil High School in 1968, nearly fifty years ago. Even now I believe that my teachers at BHS and Brazil Junior High School were among the very finest anywhere in the profession in those days. Here I will intersperse some stories about the teachers I remember best. It’s likely that the teachers I’ve included are those who not only imparted knowledge and valuable skills to students but also allowed us to glimpse their personality, sense of humor or life... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 22:28:16 -0500 What does smoke drifting from a house chimney mean to you? (Meandering with Messmer by Linda Messmer) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/2048/entry/67726 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; text-align: center; font: 23.0px Garamond} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; font: 10.0px 'New Century Schoolbook'} span.s1 {letter-spacing: -0.1px} What does smoke drifting from a house chimney mean to you? Isn’t it funny how some little thing, a certain sound or a quick view of something usually unnoticed, can bring detailed memories back to you? That happened to me the other day. I was driving just outside of... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 18:09:20 -0500 Tis the season… Is it, really? (Just Ask Me by Ivy Jacobs) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/ivyjackson/entry/67725 p.p1 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; text-align: center; font: 23.0px 'ITC Garamond Light' p.p2 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; font: 10.0px 'New Century Schoolbook' p.p3 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; font: 10.0px 'New Century Schoolbook'; min-height: 10.0px span.s1 -0.1px span.s2 -0.2px span.s3 -0.4px Tis the season… Is it, really? For what ever reason, many people just aren’t in the holiday mood. Christmas, the simple magic and wonder of the... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 17:54:12 -0500 Has anyone ever died from hot flashes? (Meandering with Messmer by Linda Messmer) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/2048/entry/67676 p.p1 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; text-align: center; font: 24.0px Garamond p.p2 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; font: 10.0px 'New Century Schoolbook' span.s1 -0.2px Has anyone ever died from hot flashes? Life’s just not fair. Have you ever had a hot flash? If you haven’t you’re lucky. For the inexperienced this is what they’re like. It starts with a jolt, like a sudden shot of adrenalin you might feel when you’re almost in a car... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 18:13:30 -0500 Thanksgiving may be last time families eat together (Being Frank by By Frank Phillips) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1981/entry/67667 In a few days, many of us will be sitting down with our families and partaking of the annual ritual called “Thanksgiving Day.” I wonder if it is one of the last days of the year when families sit down together for a meal. I have given up on the idea of a traditional meal like the ones I remember when everyone sat down at one table. These days, it seems we are usually scattered across at least two rooms for the Thanksgiving meal. Growing up, my dad’s family shared The... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:23:08 -0500 Former Knights open college basketball seasons; Kumpf named Second Team All-American (On the Fast Track by Carey Fox) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/careyfox/entry/67653 By CAREY FOX Times Sports Editor The 2016-17 college basketball season has gotten underway as a couple of local high school graduates are seeing significant playing time already. Northview High School graduate Mallory Smith sat out her freshman year after surgery, but has started out strong at Olney Central. Smith is coming off a 10-point, three-rebound, three assist game on Nov. 8 against Lindenwood Belleville JV. In the season opener on Nov. 5 against Mineral Area College, Smith played 20... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:50:45 -0500 Struggles make our nation stronger (Being Frank by By Frank Phillips) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1981/entry/67618 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; text-align: center; font: 27.0px 'New Century Schoolbook'} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; font: 10.0px 'New Century Schoolbook'} span.s1 {letter-spacing: -0.6px} span.s2 {letter-spacing: -0.2px} Struggles make our nation stronger Life seems to be one challenge after another, doesn’t it? Have you ever wished that you could have one year (month? day?) of tranquility without drama? Yet, deep down inside we... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 19:41:24 -0500 Superwoman she ain’t or how not to celebrate your 80th birthday (Meandering with Messmer by Linda Messmer) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/2048/entry/67617 p.p1 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; text-align: center; font: 22.0px 'ITC Garamond' p.p2 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; font: 10.0px 'New Century Schoolbook' p.p3 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; font: 10.0px 'New Century Schoolbook'; min-height: 10.0px span.s1 -0.4px span.s2 -0.2px span.Apple-tab-span {white-space:pre} p.p1 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; text-align: center; font: 22.0px 'ITC Garamond' p.p2 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; font:... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 19:39:30 -0500 Spiritual Issues in Final Illness, Death, and Human Remains Disposition (Hawkins Law by By Jeff R. Hawkins and Jennifer J. Hawkins) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1997/entry/67598 In our most recent blog, “Plans for Final Illness, Death, and Human Remains Disposition,” we mentioned issues that affect people’s choices about health care in final illness, death, and disposition of their bodies, including a few brief references to spiritual issues. We are expanding that topic in this article as we reflect on a lecture at the 42nd Annual Notre Dame® Tax & Estate Planning Institute in South Bend, Indiana, by prominent East Coast estate and trust... Wed, 09 Nov 2016 19:56:09 -0500 Not about the trophy, but being good people (Meandering with Messmer by Linda Messmer) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/2048/entry/67563 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; text-align: center; font: 22.0px 'New Century Schoolbook'} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: center; font: 10.0px 'New Century Schoolbook'} p.p3 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 6.0px 0.0px; text-align: center; line-height: 11.5px; font: 9.0px 'New Century Schoolbook'} p.p4 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; font: 10.0px 'New Century Schoolbook'} p.p5 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; font: 10.0px 'Times New... Sun, 06 Nov 2016 18:12:10 -0500 Plans for Final Illness, Death, and Human Remains Disposition (Hawkins Law by By Jeff R. Hawkins and Jennifer J. Hawkins) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1997/entry/67519 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Minion Pro'} A person’s landmark life events might include birth, spiritual dedication, marriage, children’s births, and death. People normally think about most of those events, but few people want to think about final illness and death, much less talk or plan about it. In fact, people probably spend more time researching, discussing, and planning all kinds of less significant things like dinner recipes, home entertainment... Tue, 01 Nov 2016 10:52:53 -0400 ‘Look Back’ brings back memories for local woman (Just Ask Me by Ivy Jacobs) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/ivyjackson/entry/67424 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) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1997/entry/67393 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) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/2048/entry/67365 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) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/ivyjackson/entry/67450 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) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/2048/entry/67326 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) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/careyfox/entry/67288 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) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1997/entry/67281 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) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/2048/entry/67261 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) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1997/entry/67219 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) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/2048/entry/67199 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) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/ivyjackson/entry/67198 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) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1997/entry/67180 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) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1931/entry/67112 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) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/ivyjackson/entry/67080 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) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1997/entry/67026 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) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/2048/entry/67025 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) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1997/entry/66917 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) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/2048/entry/66900 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) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1986/entry/66838 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) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1997/entry/66829 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) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/2048/entry/66801 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) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/ivyjackson/entry/66800 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) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/2036/entry/66764 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) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/careyfox/entry/66768 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) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1997/entry/66761 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) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1931/entry/66740 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) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/2048/entry/66739 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) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1981/entry/66716 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) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1997/entry/66697 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) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1981/entry/66692 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) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/2048/entry/66691 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) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/2048/entry/66627 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) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/ivyjackson/entry/66488 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) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/2004/entry/66478 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) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1997/entry/66447 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, http://hawkinslaw.com/dont-let-observation-kill-your-medicare-coverage/ and http://hawkinslaw.com/myths-and-misconceptions-about-medicare-and-indiana-medicaid/). 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) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1997/entry/66405 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