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  • 11/17/2018 A neuroscientist at the University of California was posting photos of everything he ate on his Facebook page. The expression “feed your face,” took on a new meaning. This professor claimed that revealing your food choices to the world will motivate you to eat better.
    Dr. Garcia included daytime snacks, late-night raids of the fridge, and even the doughnuts he had stuffed in his glove compartment. He had uploaded 9,000 pictures onto his Mac, which included a few dozen Big Macs, I might add. 
    I’m not sure this is a totally new idea. Unlike the good doctor, I’ve been uploading meals and then downloading them onto my dress shirts for more than 60 years. It is not uncommon for people to ask me about certain food choices I have posted on my clothing for all my friends to see…
    “Looks delicious, Dick. Wasn’t that the special at the Olive Garden last week?”
  • Becoming Good Men at NEMS
    11/17/2018 Confidence has grown. Heads have lifted up. And even some of the students have become “kind of like a superstar in the school.”
    That’s how Mark Booth describes members of Noblesville East Middle School’s Good Men’s Club.
    One of those members is eighth-grader Dacota Hampton, who was a little shy but came out of his shell after being a part of the club. Hampton even auditioned for and was cast as Neleus, the statue in the park, in NEMS’s fall musical, “Mary Poppins Jr.,” in early November.
    “He went from a kid who wasn’t barely participating in anything and mediocre grades, to a kid now who has super confidence and is all over the school, and he’s just built that confidence and self-esteem…,” Booth said. “Hopefully, it’s going to boost him going on his way as he heads over to the high school.
  • 11/17/2018 This year, one of my highlights has been moving my father from Arizona back to Noblesville, into my home. He has been kinda sorta MIA for about forty years. During that forty-year span, we have kept in touch, with emails, occasional phone calls, and visits now and then. We have missed each other, and I am glad to have him back.
    This has been a year of transitions, moving, and blessings. The Spirit is well and alive, and full of surprises. John and I had downsized our home, readying for the next chapter of empty nesting and life out of politics. Recently, my youngest son moved back home from Kansas City, because of a job opportunity. He will be living with us temporarily, and giving me the joy of having a three generation home, under one roof. As an added bonus, I take care of two of my grandkids on Monday evenings overnight. So our Monday night home is technically a four generation home. My dad takes out his hearing aids.
  • School closure tosses around our activities
    11/16/2018 I must admit, it was nice hearing the telephone ring at 5:03 a.m. Thursday, with Noblesville Schools informing our household that there would be a two-hour delay, due to weather conditions.
    We could sleep in past our usual 6 a.m. alarm that allows my daughter just enough time to eat breakfast and get ready to board the school bus before 6:45 a.m.
    Then when the telephone rang at 7:06 a.m., I knew it had to be Noblesville Schools informing our household that there would be no school on this day.
    “Road conditions have gotten worse and Noblesville Schools will now be closed today,” the automated call announced.
    Yay! We could sleep in even more. But then I wondered if it would be an eLearning day.
  • 11/16/2018 This year’s Veterans Day not only marked a day to salute our veterans, it also commemorated the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I.
    (You may remember Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day. The name was changed in 1954 in order to honor all veterans, not just those who died during World War I.)
    Back in 1918, Hamilton County celebrated the end of the “great war” — or, more optimistically, “the war to end war” — just as enthusiastically as the rest of the country.
  • 11/16/2018 Dear Rusty: What percentage, if any, should I be able to collect on my husband’s Social Security benefits? He started his at full retirement age and I’m turning 62 in 3 months (born 1957). I did work and am eligible to collect on my own work record. Half of his benefit would be approximately $300 more a month than I would collect with my own benefit. I am not currently working and do not have plans to go back to work. When I called the SS office to make an appointment, I asked this same question and the person I spoke with said I couldn’t collect on my spouse. I have a friend who told me his wife did get some extra benefit from his Social Security and she also worked. Signed: Inquiring Mind
  • 11/15/2018 What does it all mean and why isn’t diversity enough?
    Last month at Noblesville Diversity Committee’s learning series, we tackled the foundation of diversity and its meaning. This topic can be a bit confusing and overwhelming. I’ve often wondered if there is a “Diversity for Dummies” book I could get my hands on. It isn’t something most of us have been equipped to talk about and sometimes just lack the language. Sometimes we can be afraid to say something wrong, so we don’t say anything. In case you missed our last event, let’s catch you up and define a few things to get us started.
    Diversity in the simplest of explanations is just variety…the presence of difference.
    Equity understands that when people come together, some have more power than another. There are built-in advantages and disadvantages in this life. Equity in practice assures that everyone has the same opportunities and access.
  • 11/15/2018 Recently, we had the privilege of attending a workshop hosted by the National Organization for Rare Disorders’ Rare Action Network (RAN). At the workshop, we were able to meet with other members of the rare disease community, learn more about advocacy, share what drives each of us to be advocates for rare diseases, and, perhaps most importantly, speak with Senator Todd Young (R-IN).  We shared what life is like on the front lines of a debilitating illness and heard from him in return, “Your agenda is my agenda.” We were thrilled to see Senator Young so engaged because the rare disease community—patients, caregivers, and medical professionals—counts on people like Senator Young and his colleagues to champion its cause. In fact, in many ways, our lives depend on people like Senator Young. Thirty-five years ago, senators in the very same position as Senator Young drastically impacted our lives by enacting the Orphan Drug Act. 
  • 11/15/2018 People keep asking, “Did you really get a job at Starbucks?”
    Yes, I really am working at Starbucks. I had been thinking about it for a year, but had some misgivings: 
    1. I have not worked outside the home since 1999ish. Giving up any part of my freedom was scary. 
    2. What would people think? There was a bit of a pride struggle because I’m 48 years old. Society says women my age should have accomplished careers, not don a logo cap and apron to make a buck.  
    3. As someone who has left a long-term marriage, and written extensively about it, women regularly turn to me for hope and advice. How would they feel if they knew I took a relatively low paying job in the food service industry? Would they lose faith in me?
    The pride issue was the first thing I tackled. Over the years, I have often been a Starbucks’ customer. How would it feel to be seen on the other side of the register?
  • Santa House delivered, but still needs Santa(s)
    11/15/2018 Calling all Santas! The Santa House on the Courthouse Square in downtown Noblesville is in need of a Jolly ol’ Elf.
    That’s right. We have a Santa House without a Santa.
    Experience is preferred, but not required.
    Santa must have his own red suit and realistic beard. And a background check will be required.
    The position is paid, an hourly wage, although donations are being sought to help the tradition continue in the future, according to the Hamilton County Historical Society, a nonprofit located in the historic Sheriff’s Residence and Old Jail on the Square.
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