Brazil Times blogs http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/ Recent blogs from the Brazil Times newspaper in Brazil, Indiana en-us It won't be long now before we'll be in the gardens (Brazil Buzz by Mary Lou Sartor) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/sartor/entry/68090 p.p1 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; text-align: center; font: 30.0px '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 none We sure have been getting our fair share of rain. It is raining again this Monday evening. We are fortunate. As we know, conditions were worse in other parts of the country. Who knows... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:19:27 -0500 Craftsmen Lawyers for the Emerging Global Community (Hawkins Law by By Jeff R. Hawkins and Jennifer J. Hawkins) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1997/entry/68089 Every profession has craftsmen that constantly refine their skills and performance quality. As technology and society evolve, craftsmen respond to ever-changing societal needs by developing and harnessing new technology to create more effective and useful tools and products. As society faces overwhelming technological advances and accelerating globalization, people will become increasingly dependent on craftsmen lawyers to help them adapt to change. Craftsmen lawyers draw on intense legal... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:57:52 -0500 When was the last time you panted? (Meandering with Messmer by Linda Messmer) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/2048/entry/68079 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; text-align: center; font: 30.0px Garamond} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; font: 10.0px 'New Century Schoolbook'} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} When was the last time you panted? You know, breathed really hard? Years ago a friend of mine was discussing the romantic decline in her marriage. She said she had to take up jogging just to hear some heavy breathing. Jogging’s what I’m talking about here and heavy... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:58:56 -0500 The modern-day Waltons (Just Ask Me by Ivy Jacobs) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/ivyjackson/entry/68078 p.p1 {margin: 9.0px 0.0px 3.0px 0.0px; text-align: center; font: 14.0px 'New Century Schoolbook'} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; font: 10.0px 'New Century Schoolbook'} p.p3 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: right; text-indent: 9.0px; font: 10.0px 'New Century Schoolbook'} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; text-align: center; font: 33.0px Garamond} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; font: 10.0px... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:56:48 -0500 Indiana’s New and Improved POST Form (Hawkins Law by By Jeff R. Hawkins and Jennifer J. Hawkins) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1997/entry/68043 The Indiana State Department of health (ISDH) updated and improved the Indiana Physicians Orders for Scope of Treatment (POST) form in December 2016. The new form is available for download in PDF and Microsoft Word formats at http://www.in.gov/isdh/25880.htm, and it should be available in the offices of most health care service providers. We provide the form to our clients that may be able to use it, and we make it available upon request to whoever requests a copy. The Indiana legislature... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:40:36 -0500 Why do we do some of the things we do? (Meandering with Messmer by Linda Messmer) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/2048/entry/68030 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; text-align: center; font: 28.0px 'ITC 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: -0.3px} span.s2 {letter-spacing: -0.2px} Why do we do some of the things we do? Do you ever wonder why we do some of the things we do? If we repeat a behavior often enough it will become a habit. Eventually we’ll do that action without even thinking about it. And... Sun, 08 Jan 2017 18:15:06 -0500 Why do we do some of the things we do? (Meandering with Messmer by Linda Messmer) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/2048/entry/68029 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; text-align: center; font: 28.0px 'ITC 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: -0.3px} span.s2 {letter-spacing: -0.2px} Why do we do some of the things we do? Do you ever wonder why we do some of the things we do? If we repeat a behavior often enough it will become a habit. Eventually we’ll do that action without even thinking about it. And... Sun, 08 Jan 2017 18:13:51 -0500 Medicaid Alternatives for Aged and Disabled Adults (Hawkins Law by By Jeff R. Hawkins and Jennifer J. Hawkins) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1997/entry/67987 The Medicaid system is maturing and showing promise of improving nursing home alternatives compared to the few meaningful alternatives to nursing home care that existed when we began our elder law career almost quarter century ago. Back then, almost every dementia or stroke patient had to be institutionalized in a nursing home to receive adequate supervisory and therapeutic care. Today, the depth and breadth of non-nursing home care alternatives is growing to include a full range of care... Tue, 03 Jan 2017 12:07:06 -0500 Building a Bridge to a Happy New Year (Meandering with Messmer by Linda Messmer) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/2048/entry/67981 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; text-align: center; font: 27.0px 'ITC Garamond'} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; font: 10.0px 'New Century Schoolbook'} p.p3 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; font: 10.0px 'New Century Schoolbook'; min-height: 10.0px} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} Christmas is over. It was a happy, magical, joyful time for many people. For those who are grieving the loss of a loved one, however, Christmas can be a... Tue, 03 Jan 2017 08:25:48 -0500 Life Insurance, Funeral Expenses, & Medicaid (Hawkins Law by By Jeff R. Hawkins and Jennifer J. Hawkins) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1997/entry/67954 There is an old saying that, “the two certainties in life are death and taxes.” Those certainties used to inspire life insurance purchases to provide money for funeral expenses and “death taxes.” Today, increased estate tax exemption and the Indiana inheritance tax repeal have eliminated tax concerns for most Hoosiers, while long-term care cost inflation (an average cost of $72,936 per year as of July 1, 2016, in Indiana) has replaced the tax threat for many disabled... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 13:03:54 -0500 Last week was the most wonderful time of the year (Being Frank by By Frank Phillips) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1981/entry/67945 p.p1 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; text-align: center; font: 24.0px 'New Century Schoolbook' p.p2 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 9.0px; font: 10.0px 'New Century Schoolbook'; min-height: 10.0px p.p3 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: justify; text-indent: 9.0px; font: 10.0px 'New Century Schoolbook' span.s1 none Were you one of the hundreds of people who filled a stocking for a student or helped delver meals to feed children over their... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 23:26:37 -0500 Goodbye to a friend in print journalism (An eye on Clay County by Pete Wilson) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1931/entry/67924 Sad news came across my desk recently from Clay City. The Clay City News reported it would close its doors on Jan. 31, printing its final edition on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Working in relatively small newspapers my entire career, I know the struggles to keep them operational. As society moves away from the printed word and further into the digital age, newspapers of all sizes have had to reinvent themselves and do more with less. And, with so many different news and other sources pulling on... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 22:55:29 -0500 Life Insurance Estate Planning Tips (Hawkins Law by By Jeff R. Hawkins and Jennifer J. Hawkins) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1997/entry/67922 People buy and use life insurance for many reasons. Unfortunately, too many people make poor life insurance purchase and use decisions because they do not try to understand their options. Instead, they rely on insurance promoters and amateur advisors to tell them what they need to purchase and how they should use it. Their blind faith often leads them to purchase too much insurance, purchase the wrong kind of insurance, or do things with their insurance that trap them in financial... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 22:49:36 -0500 Life Insurance Estate Planning Tips (Hawkins Law by By Jeff R. Hawkins and Jennifer J. Hawkins) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1997/entry/67921 People buy and use life insurance for many reasons. Unfortunately, too many people make poor life insurance purchase and use decisions because they do not try to understand their options. Instead, they rely on insurance promoters and amateur advisors to tell them what they need to purchase and how they should use it. Their blind faith often leads them to purchase too much insurance, purchase the wrong kind of insurance, or do things with their insurance that trap them in financial... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 22:49:35 -0500 Who will lead? (Being Frank by By Frank Phillips) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1981/entry/67897 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; font: 10.0px 'New Century Schoolbook'} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} A good friend was being interviewed on a radio program one morning. The subject of public service was being discussed. My friend spent his working life in the military, retiring as a sergeant in the Indiana National Guard. Following “retirement” he served as the executive vice president of the local Chamber of Commerce in his town. Following... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 15:08:02 -0500 Pardon My Beard (Just Ask Me by Ivy Jacobs) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/ivyjackson/entry/67894 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; text-align: center; font: 36.0px 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} span.s2 {letter-spacing: -0.2px} Pardon My Beard The great social experiment known as Facebook is quickly becoming one of the worst ways for people to interact with each other. The obscurity of the medium allows people to let go of the rules of polite behavior and go on... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 16:24:42 -0500 A Christmas Salute to a General (Meandering with Messmer by Linda Messmer) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/2048/entry/67893 p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; text-align: center; font: 28.0px 'ITC Garamond Light'} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; font: 10.0px 'New Century Schoolbook'} p.p3 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 9.0px; font: 10.0px 'New Century Schoolbook'; min-height: 10.0px} span.s1 {letter-spacing: -0.3px} span.s2 {letter-spacing: -0.2px} A Christmas Salute to a General This is a story of local boy makes good. It’s about the man and his... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 16:14:14 -0500 Dreams do come true... (On The Lamb by Steve Lamb) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1577/entry/67885 When I was about thirteen or fourteen I was a skate guard at the roller rink on South Walnut Street in Brazil. I think Dick and Ann Burchell were managers at the time, although I was employed by several managers there. I have to admit, I was a pretty good skater. A skate guard's job was to kind of supervise somewhat rambunctious skaters, daredevils if you will, that showed off and skated too close or too fast around new or inexperienced skaters. I had to make sure that if it... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 22:43:15 -0500 At 16 W. Hendrix Street, 1962-2016 (Brazil in the Sixties by By Brent A. Pitts) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/2036/entry/67861 The house on West Hendrix Street is not haunted. As far as we children know, no one ever died there. The only funny noises we can report were when our cat would jump up and hang on by her front claws from the bottom of the kitchen-door windows. Her claw-marks may still be seen and felt today. This fine, warm house was the Pitts family manor and seat for over fifty years. While we lived there, of course, but even after my brother Mark, my sister Jane, and I had long since moved away, this... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 12:30:37 -0500 When Is Cash Business Criminal? (Hawkins Law by By Jeff R. Hawkins and Jennifer J. Hawkins) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/1997/entry/67858 Pop quiz: Which of the following business transactions could involve criminal behavior? A. Your restaurant customer pays the tab in cash and leaves a cash tip on the table. B. The next door neighbor gives your child a $10 bill to shovel snow. C. You clean a friend’s elderly mother’s home every other week and receive a $100 bill for each cleaning. D. None of the above. E. All of the above. F. It depends. Keep reading to see the quiz answer below. According to the... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 20:34:24 -0500 I Love Christmas (Meandering with Messmer by Linda Messmer) http://www.thebraziltimes.com/blogs/2048/entry/67839 p.p1 0.0px 0.0px 12.0px 0.0px; text-align: center; font: 28.0px '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 -0.2px I Love Christmas Christmas is indeed the most beautiful time of the year. It’s not just a day, it’s a season. It’s a frame of mind, an attitude. A time when most people... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 20:51:45 -0500 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