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A Cowboy’s Faith: More calves to market

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“You need to do a story about Bill’s cowherd; he has a 104 percent calf crop this year.”

Nearly 40 years ago another horse breeder friend stopped by and commented about his Chase County neighbor rancher’s cattle operation.

A visit to the cowman’s place verified sure enough it was a great year to be raising calves. He had 78 baby calves nursing the 75 cows in his herd. Another neighbor high school math teacher verified that figured out to exactly 104 percent.

Such successes don’t set records and aren’t completely unheard of, but a 100 percent calf crop is every herdsman’s goal. Some achieve it, certain ones quite frequently, but to wean one calf out of every cow every year is uncommon.

To exceed that one calf per cow number obviously means some cows went above and beyond natural expectations and duties. In Bill’s herd that time, three cows had twins and the remainder of the herd count each raised one baby.

Twins aren’t completely uncommon in beef herds with certain breeds known for having higher percentage of twins. Likewise specific bloodlines are more prone to give multiple births.

If a cow has twins once, likelihood of her doing it again increases. Her daughters and granddaughters seem to have increased probability of having more than one calf, too.

Eat Well to Be Well: Choose first-rate foods to protect liver health

One of the most fascinating organs in your body is your liver. But do you know how healthy it is? That’s a tough question to answer, yet all of us would be wise to protect and preserve this vital organ.

Next to your skin, the liver is the second largest organ in your body. Weighing about three pounds, roughly the size of a football, it’s one of the hardest working, multitasking organs of the digestive system, performing hundreds of jobs. For instance, everything you eat or drink passes through the liver, helping to manufacture substances your body needs. Other duties your liver does includes filtering blood, monitoring blood sugar, removing alcohol to be eliminated, detoxifying chemicals, producing proteins essential for blood clotting, getting rid of old, damaged cells, and metabolizing medications, all to keep your body safe from harm. It’s apparent that to achieve optimal health, protecting your liver is critical for your overall well-being.

The concern of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

There’s a growing public health issue due to the large increase in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Referred to as “silent liver disease,” NAFLD is when fat deposits accumulate in your liver. These deposits keep your liver from doing a good job of removing toxins from your blood. You may have heard of liver disease in people who drink too much alcohol, such as cirrhosis brought on by chronic alcoholism, and sometimes necessitating a liver transplant. But that is not the same as NAFLD.

NAFLD is more likely to develop in overweight to obese individuals or those who have diabetes, high cholesterol or high triglycerides. Rapid weight loss or anyone with poor eating habits are also candidates to develop NAFLD.

NAFLD is the most common chronic liver disease in adults with approximately one in three adults in the United States who have it. There has been a steady rise in NAFLD over the years, likely due to the progression of obesity, as it is directly associated with and proportional to the degree of obesity, particularly abdominal fat.

A concern with NAFLD is that in some cases, it could progress to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, an aggressive form of fatty liver disease and liver inflammation that increases the risk of advanced scarring (cirrhosis) and liver failure.

Good food, good times, good friends at the senior center

By Tammy Fager, Director

The Osage County Senior Center’s next fundraiser will be a pancake feed 7-10 a.m.  Saturday, March 7, 2020. Pancakes served until 10 a.m. or until they are gone.

Winners for the cupcake contest were Pam Noonan, best tasting, and Barb Janes, best decorated. Honorable mention went to Mary Treinen and Teresa Nell. Thank to everyone that made the cupcakes and helped with the contest. Special thanks to Colton Hultgren, Mariah O’Bryan, and Fred Diver for being our judges.

Larry Tindell submitted the winning guess for the amount of candy in the candy dish. Nadine Tindell won the Valentine’s Day lap quilt giveaway.

The center auctioned off the remaining cupcakes at the potluck dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 12. We had a lot of fun with it. The money made will be used for future potlucks.

The center is taking donations for a yard sale that will be in April.

Anyone that would like to help with quilting or does crocheting, knitting or needlepoint, is welcome to join the Sewing Chicks on Mondays. Quilting is Mondays and Wednesdays.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Horses lives change, too

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Put him out to pasture when his work is done.”

It’s a common view about old horses and sadly sometimes similar opinion of retirement age people.

When a cowboy’s told “no riding horses for six months,” mounts’ routines change too.

The 13-year-old buckskin performance mare Maggie has been “boxed up” ever since getting her six years ago.

That’s not completely true, but the ornery show horse has been kept inside all of the time. It might seem inconsiderate, perhaps even inhumane for those not completely understanding the importance of quality horse condition.

Yet, to compete successfully in today’s horseshows, horses must be well fit. That means bright slick hair unaltered by sunshine and outdoor elements. Horse mane and tail styles, not unlike hair fashions of today’s cowboys and cowgirls, have changed through the decades.

Compared to yesteryear horses’ manes being roached with tails thinned and shortened, most show horses nowadays have naturally long manes and tails. That requires more owner management so the horses’ extended hairs don’t become tangled, ratted, damaged. Horses kept outside are naturally inclined to rub on fences, posts and the like messing up their manicured flowing tresses.

Clarification, Maggie had a clean stall being turned out every morning through afternoon to exercise around the indoor arena. She was ridden almost daily, sometimes briefly, frequently more extensively.

Still the show horse was pleased when her home became the barnyard corral. With a shelter, still amply fed, and freedom to do as she wants all of the time without any riding.

Legislators work to ‘make Kansas work’

By State Rep. Blaine Finch, District 59
Speaker Pro Tem

Greetings from the statehouse,

As I write to you the weather has taken a turn for the snowy and cold but things continue to warm up in the capitol. We have had a couple of busy weeks as most of the action is in committees on both sides of the dome.

A few weeks ago we unveiled the “Make Kansas Work Plan.” This five-bill package addresses a number of needs I have heard from many of you. From encouraging young people to come home to Kansas and start a life, to reducing the tax penalty for seniors who want to continue to work, to promoting innovation and helping our rural hospitals, removing obstacles for those who want to work, and helping develop our workforce by giving every Kansas graduate a path to a job in a high demand field, this plan is designed to help make our state work for the people of Kansas.

The Kansas Promise Act (HB 2515) was heard last week in the House Commerce Committee and was worked out of committee this week. This bill would provide scholarships for Kansas graduates who agree to attend community college, tech school, or trade school in one of 10 high demand areas where the state needs skilled workforce. These students would work or donate some time for community service while in school and agree to remain and work in Kansas for two years upon completion of their education. I look forward to seeing the bill on the floor in the near future.

The Kansas First Time Homebuyer Act (HB 2516) was heard in House Rural Revitalization Committee this week and will be worked in the coming days. It allows for Kansans to save some money each year in tax deductible savings accounts. Similar to educational 529 plans, these accounts can be used for down payments and closing costs for a first-time home purchase or construction. The bill allows parents to save for their children, or members of a community to join together to create an account to help recruit a teacher, doctor, or other needed profession to their community.

Next week the House Appropriations Committee will hear HB 2522 creating the Rural Healthcare Innovation Fund. This fund creates a public/private partnership to help rural communities determine what health care needs exist in their communities and get ahead of the curve to make changes that will allow them to deliver care in the future. By leveraging private dollars with some public investment, we can help communities develop unique solutions that are tailored to their specific situations.

A Cowboy’s Faith: ‘The Cowgirl’ everybody’s friend

Faye Heath rode Waldo to win the rodeo barrel race sponsored by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association at Longford.

“Certain people have a definite lifetime positive impact on others.”

Faye “Peck” Heath was one of those who had such an influence on so many through the decades. Her recent passing created a heart drenching void as fond reflections of Faye for nearly 60 years flowed freely.

A true heroine, Faye was a very real cowgirl who did more horseback than any cowboy then or now.

At the first “shodeo” ever attended, horseshow like rodeo, no broncs but pleasure riding and racing events, Faye was entered.

With her best friend Rosie “Rezac” Clymer, they won all of the team events. Faye personally won every individual performance class and speed competition that day and for years to come.

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.At a Saturday night Emporia yokel shodeo a year later, Faye and Rosie were shy a relay team member. As they often did before and after, the smiling cowgirls would ask any young person wanting to ride to join their team.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Memory most important sense

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“What time is it? What day is it? What month is it?”

Those are very serious questions when one doesn’t know the answer.

Mom was always very conscious of what time it was, but when that became unimportant, she lost sense of worthiness. Or so it seemed lack of desire to care about anything that was happening.

Memory is one of the most important senses one has, perhaps the most important of all. People in younger years too often joke about not remembering what they did or where something was left. Everybody forgets certain things, but when one doesn’t know who they are, what they’re doing, or anything around them, it’s terrible.

Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are two of the worst and most dreaded illnesses in the world. While certain treatments have shown to be limitedly effective, in reality there appears to be low cure for the ailment.

It’s been said one prefers to be physically incapacitated rather than completely mentally deficient. Both are bad, but it’s sure important to know what is happening around one even if unable to participate.

Research on the problem continues with few positive results, commonly considering it an uncontrollable inherent issue. That appears true as those with memory issues in their family often have similar difficulties despite efforts to prevent.

Keeping the body and mind active and interested in everything that’s going on does help prevent memory loss it’s said.

Yet there are certain incidents, such as a wreck nearly five decades ago, that cannot be remembered. Things before and after are recalled completely, and stories heard and read can be recited, but no precise details.

Likewise there is no reflection of specifics from a recent serious health setback except what happened before and after. The stories that are told about the situation become blurred with the actual facts. Timelines surrounding it all are completely array confusing from one conversation to the next.

Hidden History: Osage County settlers planted churches, seeds of abolitionism

The making of Osage County’s history was not limited solely to those individuals who maintained permanent residence here. Such is the case of John Rankin, an Ohio resident and the man who established the Presbyterian church in Lyndon, Kansas.

John Rankin was originally from Tennessee. Rankin was influenced by the period called the Second Great Enlightenment, which was a revival of the Christian faith that led many to realize slavery was incompatible with their beliefs.

Rankin became ordained as a pastor in 1814, and soon after joined a local Anti-Slavery Society, a branch of a nationwide group that believed prejudice in any form was offensive and that African Americans were entitled to the same rights and privileges as the white man. Rankin’s involvement in the Anti-Slavery Society was influential to famous abolitionist radicals such as William Lloyd Garrison.

Garrison is quoted as saying, “It was reading the productions of [Rankin’s] pen that awakened my mind to the enormity of the crime of slavery.”

Rankin’s opinions on slavery and his outreach to those that were oppressed caused his neighbors to create an environment that was increasingly dangerous for him and his family. Local mobs beat him and shaved his horse’s tail and mane, in addition to other instances of cruelty. Elders in his church encouraged him to move safely north if he was to continue to preach against slavery.

He moved his family first to Kentucky, where he organized an Anti-Slavery Society, and then across the river into Ripley, Ohio. The house at Ripley sat on a bluff 300 feet above the Ohio River and served as a beacon and refuge for those seeking freedom.

One such freedom seeker, a woman named Eliza, crossed the river one winter, jumping from one block of ice to another with her baby boy on her back. Her pursuers watched amazed at her every leap, expecting her to slip and succumb to the icy current, but Rankin’s awaiting hand reached down on the other side to assist her off the riverbed. Rankin later secured her passage with others to Toronto, Canada, and safety of freedom.

Message from KDHE Secretary Lee Norman regarding coronavirus, Jan. 28, 2020

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment, in conjunction with our community health partners, is investigating a Person Under Investigation for potential exposure to the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in a Douglas County, Kan., resident. Specimens will be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for testing today and KDHE expects to receive results later this week.

The patient is not severely ill and is currently in isolation at a hospital as a precaution. The patient returned to the U.S. within the last two weeks after traveling from Wuhan City, China, where an outbreak of 2019-nCoV has been underway since December 2019. The patient became symptomatic in recent days and sought healthcare Monday.

While we have not confirmed this as a case of the 2019 novel coronavirus, we believe it is important to keep the public informed and educated on this new virus. Please know that there are a number of details we are unable to share to keep this individual’s privacy.

KDHE is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, LMH Health, and the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department to identify and contact all of those who may have come into contact with the individual so that we can begin monitoring them for fever and respiratory symptoms, should this be a confirmed case.

The 2019 novel coronavirus spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms are thought to appear within two to 14 days after exposure and consist of fever, cough, runny nose and difficulty breathing. Those considered at risk for contracting the virus are individuals with travel to Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, or individuals in close contact with a person infected with the 2019 novel coronavirus.

We are also advising residents that flu and other respiratory diseases are circulating in our state and are recommending everyone get a flu shot and follow basic prevention guidelines.

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, and staying home when sick.

The best ways to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses are to:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

If you have recently traveled to Wuhan, China and have developed fever with respiratory symptoms within 14 days of your travel or have had contact with someone who is suspected to have 2019 Novel Coronavirus, stay home and call your healthcare provider. You may also call the KDHE Epidemiology Hotline at 1-877-427-7317 if you believe you may have been affected.

Stay well,
KDHE Secretary Lee Norman

A Cowboy’s Faith: Earthly life is mortal

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“I’m planning to live forever.”

The neighbor dairyman made that statement years ago when helping with a project getting ready for the annual field day.

That’s a positive outlook giving incentive to get up get going live another day make another accomplishment.

Yes, there are said to be many ways to live longer, improve life through exercise, diet, faith, positive thinking.

Yet everyone is completely mortal, although many try hard to deny it. The old saying “Nobody ever gets out of this world alive” is true.

No matter how well one feels, how everything looks perfect, how much money is in the bank. Even if the best horse in the world is in the barn, death is going to come.

Every day the paper has an obituary, often several, of sudden deaths of frequently healthy young people dying without warning.

Then sometimes there are wake up calls. Life takes many directions working to succeed, survive, accomplish more. It becomes unrealized stress, which can take its toll in many forms. That might be mental or physical or a combination of those and others.

When the dire notice comes there is no forewarning. Fine line between life and death, just a hair of a second from one to the next.

No recalling the actual circumstances whatsoever other than the stories that have been related since the occurrence. Evidently emergency crews were most efficient arriving and caring for the unconscious, making sure additional essential healthcare was provided.

Literally dozens of health professionals with the utmost modern technological services worked diligently together for continued life. There may have been telltale warnings, but they were not understood or perhaps ignored.

Help House News: Soup up someone’s February with Soup-a-thon

By Raylene Quaney

Help House is beginning the year with the fourth annual Souper Bowl Soup-a-thon.  We’re inviting all area churches, scout troops, school and civic organizations to participate this time. All you have to do is collect cans of soup and boxes of crackers from now until Feb. 2, 2020. The group with the most items donated will win the traveling trophy for either first, second or third place, along with bragging rights until next year. Start collecting soup now and then bring into Help House 4-7 p.m. Monday evening Feb. 3 or on Tuesday, Feb. 4. As soon as all items are counted, the winner will be announced and trophy awarded. Let the games begin!

Need increases

Last year we continued to see the number of households in need in Osage County increase. Those household numbers served by zip code in 2019: 66413, 67; 66414, 71; 66451, 71; 66510, 58; 66523, 190; 66524, 32; 66528, 62; 66537, 28; 66543, 27; 66856, 5.

Giving the gift of happiness

Over the holidays, there were 82 Thanksgiving dinners given out. The Christmas store saw 20 children shopping for 16 adults. There were 60 parents or caregivers shopping for 190 children and 97 adults. The grandparents had an opportunity to shop for the grandchildren in their lives with 64 shoppers looking for just the right gift for 206 children. We would like to thank all the businesses, churches, organizations and individuals that donated to the Christmas Store so that the children, parents, grandparents and guardians could have a wide selection of gifts to help make their Christmas special. A special thank you to Mrs. Claus for visiting with the children during their special shopping day while Santa’s elves helped them shop and more elves wrapped their gifts for them to take home and put under the tree.

Bell ringers

We would like to thank the business that allowed us to place the Red Kettles during the Christmas season. The Salvation Army Kettle collection for 2019 totaled $5,705.61. The bell ringers add so much to the meaning and purpose of why we do this. Eighty-six percent of every dollar given comes back to Osage County to help with various emergency needs. Help House is the local designated distributer of Salvation Army funds.

Eat Well to Be Well: Take a look inside a health-promoting refrigerator

Before reading any further, get up, open your refrigerator and take a look inside.

What did you see? A peek inside your refrigerator can be a revealing look at how well your health goals are being met. Is it clean, well-organized and stocked with plenty of healthy foods? Or is it more of a disarray of takeout containers and old produce rotting in a drawer, while soda, juice, creamy dressings, and packages of hot dogs grab your attention first?

If it’s the latter, you’re not alone. We’ve all been there and it only goes to show, there’s always room for improvement. When trying to be healthy by losing excess weight or managing a health condition, it begins by placing healthy eating within reach whenever you open the refrigerator door. Besides, your chances of eating a nutrient-rich diet are only as good as your food supply.

Here’s a look at smart tips to makeover the inside of your refrigerator for successful healthy eating:

A Cowboy’s Faith: Calendar turnover brings optimism

buchmanheadEd. note: Frank Buchman is taking a break to start off 2020, so we’ll revisit his New Year’s optimism from six years ago. Originally published Jan. 5, 2014.

“Everybody is talking about the new year.”

Somehow, new always has a positive connotation, whatever the subject. Thus, regardless of what the past has been, and despite sometimes even gloomy forecasts, when the calendar turns to January, most people look forward to better days ahead.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Generous Mom remembered at century mark

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Mommas are the most important person in the entire universe.”

No debate about the comment, other than recognizing The Almighty God who created everything.

Nobody would be around now or before or into the future without a mother, mom, momma, ma, whatever moniker preference.

Mom, affectionately remembered by most as Laura Mae, passed away nearly 38 years ago at age 62. Do the math, Laurie, as sometimes referred to with orneriness by her only child, would have been 100 years old on Jan. 7.

Without prejudice, Mom was the most interested congenial generous person always giving others helping hand.

Laurie’s heartfelt way was related in a phone call Saturday afternoon.

A smiling farm boy was paid $7.50 every two weeks for milking cows twice daily on the family farm dairy. It cost a dollar a day to eat at the high school cafeteria, a total of $10, for two weeks. That was $2.50 more than the farm boy earned.

Never shy most congenial, the boy went into Laura Mae’s (what many called Buchman’s Grocery). He explained his financial situation to Mom always at the cash register in the front of the store.

Osage County Senior Center: All invited to monthly potluck dinner

On Jan. 17, 2020, the Osage County Senior Center will have its January potluck lunch. It was decided to try a themed potluck and this month will be Mexican food. This doesn’t mean diners must bring a Mexican dish; all are invited and can bring anything they like.

On Jan. 31 will be another blood drive at the center, and Jan. 25 will be Quartermania for meals on wheels. More information on these events will be available soon.

Commodities are distributed at the center on the second Wednesday of every month. Participants must be at least 60 years old to qualify, with an income of $1,354 or less for one person or $1,832 or less for two people in the same household. Income verification and a one-month waiting period are required. Anyone in Osage County is eligible if they meet the above qualifications. For those with more people in the household, contact the center for help with determining if you qualify.

Anyone who is unable to come to Osage City to pick up commodities is asked to contact the center. We would like to know if there are people that qualify that can’t get here.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Old cellphone’s just fine

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“You can’t send pictures from a cellphone to a computer.”

Two grizzly-type young bucks seated behind tables with screwdrivers strewn around cellphones declared.

First off clarify driving in the Capital City is difficult after growing up in a small town. It wasn’t a problem delivering groceries up and down alleys unaware of street names yet knowing where everybody lived.

Getting anywhere in a metropolis is a headache with bumper to bumper traffic and red lights. A lot of work could be done while just trying to travel from one place to the next.

Maybe those on hourly wages like it but for a salesman time is money. Every contact not made is one less opportunity to make a sale.

Anyway, after finally locating that cellphone repair shop, proprietors declared emailing cellphone photos to computers as done before is “impossible.” Perhaps there was some confusion between the cowboy’s terminology than that of the gurus?

Arguing less than typical with such smart whippersnappers, they congenially-enough informed the relic couldn’t be fixed. “It’s outdated and a new cellphone must be purchased.”

No way is a tightwad going to buy another one of those gadgets. It’s only six years old, still rings sometimes, and works if anybody really needs to talk.

Eat Well to Be Well: Hydration still important during cold weather

Just because cold temperatures have arrived doesn’t mean keeping hydrated should be an afterthought. In fact, hydration is just as important in cold winter months as it is during hot, humid summer days. Likely you’re not breaking out in a noticeable sweat on a frosty winter day, but drinking a sufficient amount of water still matters.

Since you do not store or make water, your body’s water needs must be replaced each day. The main sources of water losses from the body are urine and sweat, but water is also lost through bowel movements, and respiration and perspiration.  You likely could go for weeks without eating food but would last only a few days without water.

Why winter weather can cause dehydration

Here are ways cold winter weather can lead to loss of body water, making it vital to be aware of your hydration status during this time of year:

  • Breathing in cold, dry air, and spending more time in dry, heated environments such as our homes or vehicles – both can lead to water loss.
  • Exposure to cold air can reduce the body’s thirst sensation by up to 40 percent. Therefore, you tend to feel less thirsty, drinking less water, even though your body’s water needs have remained unchanged.
  • You still perspire in cold winter weather but it is likely less noticeable than during hot summer months, when perspiring reminds you to drink more water.

How mild dehydration affects the body

Your body is made up of about two-thirds water and no matter what time of year it is, you still need a sufficient supply to prevent dehydration. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body requires water to function properly. Water is necessary to rid your body of wastes and helps maintain body temperature, along with lubricating and cushioning joints.

During cold weather, we bundle up to keep warm and to conserve body heat. However, wearing long underwear, long sleeve shirts, hooded sweatshirts, and heavy coats makes your body work about 10 to 40 percent harder because of added weight. This leads to increased perspiration and sweat resulting in more fluid loss.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Cost for health unimportant

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Would you rather lose a calf or pay the bill to have a live one on the ground?”

The veterinarian responded that way four decades ago when growl was expressed for his charge to pull a calf.

While the cost seemed high at the onset, the good doctor was sure right in his comment. A dead calf isn’t worth anything, making his fee very low investment for possible return.

It’s a similar grudging feeling when the human doctor bills arrive in the mailbox seemingly every month or more often.

Yes, they are high, but as compared to what? Nobody wants to be sick, so a doctor’s services are sought and health is generally restored or at least improved.

The doctor has bills to pay like everybody else. Doctoring is his profession and there is lots of overhead to it as with what anybody does for a living.

Another monthly bill comes in from the health insurance company; actually it’s every two weeks out of the paycheck. An additional big grunt when that payment is made. Yet when even a poor mathematician analyzes all of the medical bills, thank goodness there’s insurance to help out.

Now what did the forefathers do when health issues arose as they have since the beginning of time? What about grandpa or for sure great grandpa when his knees, hips, or shoulders gave out? What about those poor relatives back a century or more ago when arthritis and rheumatism struck?

Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

All of us at Osage County News wish you a Merry Christmas and happy and healthy New Year! May you spend the holidays filled with the spirit of the season, and share goodwill with all those in your life.

A Cowboy’s Faith: Old must look young

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“You can’t buy this without proper identification.”

The now-seemingly-inexperienced checkout woman insisted that when items were spread on the counter.

Smiling, thinking the checker wearing fingerless knit roper gloves was jiving: “You can surely tell who’s an old man.”

Attitude became very serious demanding: “A driver’s license or other proof of identity is required.”

While one little bottle had a round tag: “ID will be checked,” it still seemed like a clerk’s prank.

“Purchases of this stuff have been made here before plus buying other things many times. Besides, despite wanting to be young again, old is obvious without a piece of paper verifying it.”

Loudspeaker came on loud as the now most aggravated waiter publicly announced: “The manager is needed immediately at checkout.”

No spoofing, a young fellow who really couldn’t have been of age came dashing to the cash register. “He doesn’t have any identification,” the woman pointed at the want-to-be customer.

With a certain intended power of authority, the young sprout declared emphatically, “This cannot be purchased without an ID.”

Things were also becoming more heated on the intended purchaser’s side of the dilemma: “Legal age is 18 isn’t it?”

Eat Well to Be Well: Stress less, enjoy more this holiday season

Decorate the house, buy gifts, wrap gifts, address holiday cards, make holiday treats, host a party, go to parties, attend children’s school holiday events – and the list goes on. Ever feel a bit stressed out this time of year?

Relax. We all do.

Yes, it’s a wonderful time of year but the pressure to make it memorable and fun can be overwhelming. When we place sky-high expectations on ourselves and others, it’s no wonder the holidays become stressful. Consider the fact, nothing changes during this time – we still have to get up, go to our jobs, tend to our families, fix meals, workout, just like we do all year long. What changes is the month long (or more) anticipation and buildup towards a beautiful celebration that shouldn’t cause us stress and yet it does.

How do we keep ourselves from stressing out during what is supposed to be a time of joy and celebratory exultation?

We can start by telling ourselves, “It’s okay not to be perfect.” None of us are. Is it possible to remove all stress? Don’t we wish! However, we can lessen the burden of stress making our lives feel more carefree, lighthearted, and even at times, happy-go-lucky. Here’s how:

Keep connected with family and friends. This can be a huge stressor if you feel disconnected from those you care about and love. Take time to reach out with a phone call, visit, text message, Facebook message, or whatever you feel comfortable doing. All of us feel special knowing someone carved out precious time to want to spend it with you.

Distance yourself from negative influences. At the same token, there are unfortunately those people in our lives who bring us down. Unless you are able to look past their negativity and chalk it up to a personality issue, it’s best to avoid contact with someone who will only raise your stress level.

Nurture creativity. Each of us has a creative side to us whether you believe it or not. Maybe you can’t carry a tune or can barely draw a stick figure, but you have a special way with animals. Or maybe you’re talents are in creating beautiful cakes, caring for the elderly or taking amazing sunset photos. Discover, nurture and then share your talents so others will be blessed with them. Whatever we are good at we tend to feel less stress when doing it.

Practice meditation. This may not be for everyone, but for those who do it regularly they swear it immensely diminishes stress. Meditation can be as easy as simply closing your eyes and visualizing a peaceful, calm scene that will quiet the stress demons filling your mind.

Take a deep breath. By the same token, practicing controlled breathing, similar to meditation, is another guaranteed stress buster. In a seated or lying down position in a quiet room, inhale deeply filling up your lungs while counting to 5 and then exhale pulling your abdomen to your spine to a steady count of 5 once again. Breathe this way for at least a couple of minutes or more and notice the immediate blanket of serenity enveloping you.

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