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  • 10/18/2018 Soon we will be given the opportunity to once again exercise our right to vote. This is especially meaningful to me because I only recently gained the ability to vote according to my conscience. Having been part of a strict fundamentalist community, I believed that to vote differently than my husband was a sin.
    The sect that I followed taught an uncompromising role of female submission. For voting, the teaching went like this: 
    1. I trusted my husband to be the head of the household, therefore I should trust him to determine who should lead our country. 
    2. When women gained the right to vote, they cut the male vote in half, and a submissive wife is honored to restore that half vote to her husband. 
    3. Men are more knowledgeable about affairs of the world, and women should be respectful of that knowledge.
  • 10/17/2018 From the Greatest Generation to Baby Boomers, Generation X to Millennials, teenagers in every era have had challenges growing up.
    In today’s digital world, high school students are being tested in unique and demanding ways. The Washington Post confirms that 73 percent of all American teenagers own their own smartphone and, on average, spend almost nine hours a day texting, chatting, gaming, blogging, streaming and visiting with friends online.   
    Although conclusive research showing a direct correlation between the mental health of teenagers and smartphone usage won’t be complete for years, it isn’t a great confidence builder for a student to discover online that everyone else seems to have more friends.
  • 10/15/2018 Young Hoosiers have many options when it comes to activities outside the classroom. For those looking to develop leadership skills through mentorship and hands-on projects, 4-H is a great choice.
    As America’s largest youth development organization, 4-H partners with more than 100 public universities throughout the nation to provide opportunities to all children. In Hamilton County and in Indiana’s other 91 counties, Purdue University delivers the program through its Cooperative Extension Service. There are 500,000 volunteers and 3,500 4-H professionals who mentor and help participants grow into leaders.
    With 6 million 4-H’ers, participants come from a variety of backgrounds. Whether urban, suburban or rural, there are programs well-suited to fit the interests of every young person who wants to join. From STEM-related activities to dog obedience training and photography, the broad menu of local 4-H programs provides an array of opportunities based on individual interests.
  • 10/15/2018 I’m frequently asked by patients to comment on the use of “non-traditional” treatments or remedies they have heard or read about. I usually have to respond that I have limited knowledge about the product, but I will sometimes try to help the patient research the product or its ingredients.
    The business of complementary and alternative medicine or “CAM” is booming. This is largely an outgrowth of patient frustration with traditional medicine, as well as the ease with which CAM is promoted and sold via social media and the Internet. People are fed up with the high cost of medications and other treatments as well as the perceived loss of empathy in the American health care system.
  • 10/15/2018 In recent years I've watched good friends walk the valley of battling cancer. Somewhat slowly they went through the process of fighting for their lives. Finally, one day it was over and they died. 
    I sat with one dear friend in his home months before he died and he asked, "Why me?" He was about 63 and had just started thinking about retirement and then his life was over. 
    I was talking to a classmate from high school who was telling me about his elevated PSA while his significant other had just been diagnosed with cancer. She had just decided to go with a double mastectomy. We were sharing our troubles and we both agreed that we are aging.
  • 10/13/2018 Last week I looked back on our longtime handyman who became a good friend. When he passed in 2005 of cancer, I wrote this:
    I once told Steve he was the greatest handyman east of the Mississippi. Steve said he could easily be the best handyman west of the Mississippi, also. I think he considered moving to Utah just to prove his point.
    Steve’s approach to fixing things was methodical. He would analyze the problem, list the options, mull over the alternatives, formulate a plan, and fix the broken item.
    Here’s how I would approach the issue: analyze the problem, list the options, mull over the alternatives, formulate a plan, and call Steve. As you can see, our approaches were almost identical.
  • 10/12/2018 Dear Rusty: I’ve never been a fan of socialized medicine, so wasn’t happy with that whole “Great Society” thing that happened back in the 1960’s, which is where Medicare started. Just on principle, I refused to sign up for Medicare when I turned 65, but with age comes wisdom, I guess, so now I find that maybe I should have. I’m 68 now and starting to develop some health issues, but my insurance agent says that because I didn’t sign up for Medicare when I was 65 there’s going to be penalties. We didn’t talk about how much, but I’m hoping you can give me some insight on what I’m up against. Signed: Wiser Now than Before
  • 10/12/2018 Much as I hate to say this, it’s time once again to try to figure out what the coming winter is going to do to us.
    Last year the weather signs I collected seemed to be all over the place. This year it’s a whole different ballgame, and not in a good way. Brace yourselves.
    The number of fogs in August is the first indication of what winter will be like.
    For that count I relied on WISH-TV’s morning weather forecast. I kept track of every morning Hamilton County was covered by fog on their fog map and came up with a total of nine. (However, there could be another three because on some mornings fog was mentioned, but they didn’t display the map.)
  • 10/11/2018 Over the past four years, my views on the world have been challenged in ways that have wrought change in my lifestyle. For example, I once attempted to start recycling. I was discouraged by inconvenience, a lack of willingness on the part of others in the household, and an inability to see the value. 
    Then I had the privilege of tagging along on a friend’s business trip to the Dominican Republic. I had never been to the Dominican, and was eager to experience the culture as well as gain a new stamp on my passport. 
    The purpose of the trip was to visit a factory located in the jungle. Armed with steel-toed shoes, hard hat, and a nifty pair of safety glasses, I set out to see and learn.    
  • Cancer survivor feels ‘blessed’
    10/6/2018 Amy Shaper has a family history of cancer. 
    A sister died 10 years ago from breast cancer. A brother, who battled two types of cancers, died earlier this year.
    When Shaper was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2017, she was determined that she wouldn’t be another statistic. 
    She would be a survivor.
    “It was a detour in my life, and I am stronger for it,” said the 57-year-old Noblesville woman, who will model fashions in the “Stars of Pink” Breast Cancer Survivor Fashion Show on Oct. 13 in Indianapolis for October Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
    “It is amazing things we can accomplish when faced with adversity,” she said.
    The decisions that Shaper would make were somewhat aggressive and may not be the route that others would take, she admitted. 
    But she “attacked it head on.”
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