The pictures say it all. It’s been about 6 weeks, and the pain is just about to go away. I have to remember “thisisyour(my)bestyear”.
For those wanting to donate financially to help the people of Houston and the other affected areas, you can donate to these sites:
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund (Houston)
YouCaring J J Watts (Houston)
American Red Cross (All areas)
Salvation Army (All areas)
Covenant House Texas (All areas)
Here are some things that we can start to collect to donate to the people in the devastated areas that will assist those in shelters:
If you are a member of a Greek organization, check your national website–they will have information as to how you can assist.
Please remember that home insurance does not cover flooding, and most of these people will have lost everything.
If you know of other legitimate organizations offering assistance, please post in the comment section.
I haven’t gone on a professional job interview in eight years, but I do keep my resume recent since it will determine if I get to the next step, the interview. During an interview we all know the answers to most of the standard questions that are asked, but do we know what questions we should ask?
If you have been out of the job search market for a while you will need to brush up on your interviewing skills. It’s not the interviewing you learned BC (before computers). You can have a face-to-face interview, a phone interview, a video interview and/or a combination interview.
The days of the interviewer asking if we have any questions, and we smile and say “no” are gone. Don’t fret that is a good thing, because we all have unanswered questions after an interview.
First of all you should ask a couple of questions that you have prepared beforehand. This will show the interviewer that you are interested in the position, and you will get answers to questions that are not on the company website or in their handbook. It’s a win, win situation.
There have been a lot of articles written about this subject. Here are some questions that I think a person should ask when interviewing for a job.
If your interview consist of interviewing with multiple persons at different times, you can ask them some of the same questions, and you can also ask others that you jotted down while doing your research of the company. Asking questions shows the interviewers that you are serious about the position.
Remember to send a thank you note–handwritten. You can also email a thank you letter, but not in place of the handwritten thank you note. Be sure to thank the receptionist/secretary when you leave–they have the ear of the boss, and their opinion counts.
If you really want the position, you will have questions about it? Remember “thisisyourbestyear“. Interview the interviewer.
I’ve decided that there will be no paper plates or plastic ware in my house. Yep, you heard me right. The only thing used for eating and drinking that will be paper will be napkins, and that’s because I hate to iron.
A couple of years ago I decided to give my daughters part of their inheritance so that I could see them use it. To my youngest, she would get my mother’s beautiful china which I can still remember the day my father gave it to her. This was something that she had wanted forever, she was beyond excited, she was ecstatic that she could now serve special occasion meals in beautiful dishes. I was ecstatic too because I wouldn’t be allowed to wash the china–too clumsy. On those special days we would polish the flatware that was never used, iron the napkins, wash the china and crystal and place them on the dinning room table that only saw food on special occasions.
To my oldest, I wanted to give my china that was given to me by my father. I remember when he started buying it. I was only a sophomore in college living with my sorority sisters, but I was excited. Visions of special dinners popped into my head. I would set this beautiful table, and my mother and grandmother would iron the napkins. My father passed away before all the pieces were purchased, and I could never find the sugar bowl and creamer at any replacement site. On one of my many trips to San Antonio to one of my favorite antique shops I ran across both pieces. I was ecstatic.
Neither of the girls took me up on my offer. The oldest one informed me that she already had a set of china which she does use some of the time (mine looks better). If it didn’t go in the micro wave the youngest one didn’t want it. I tried the sympathy plea– “You will always have something to remember Granny Ruby by”. It didn’t work. I was informed they would always remember her.
What was I going to do with two sets of beautiful china, delicate crystal wine, champagne and water glasses? The champagne classes are not fluted, they are the kind you see in the movies and they stack them. I had flatware and napkins that had nevfer seen the light of day. My husband solved the problem because he had a problem.
One day after a weekend of family as the dishwasher was humming along, he didn’t have a clean plate, and there were no paper plates. What was he going to do? Stop the dishwasher and remove a half cleaned plate? Go to the store and buy paper plates? No, just reach up there and get one of those china plates. From that moment on I decided there would be no paper plates or plastic ware used in my house.
That moment made me realize that I was going to use each and everything in my house. So when you come to dinner you just might have your takeout/delivery on fancy china with paper napkins.
Remember “thisisyourbestyear”. Everyday is special.
Thank you Ms. Ruth Ann Hornbeck-Hatch for sharing this valuable information on free well woman exams. If you are in need of or know a woman in need of a well woman exam, and insurance coverage is a problem, please have them call or google 211. It will give outlets to places that do the well woman exams for free.
Let’s spread the word to our family, friends, church members and others. There is a way to help save the lives of women. Remember “thisisyourbestyear”, let’s help others help themselves.
Believe it or not there are some women who never have this routine exam. It is recommended that all women over the age of 18 have an annual well woman exam. This exam should be taken so that it can possibly identify early health problems. Usually upon completion of the yearly exam, the doctor will have you schedule the next appointment. I am screaming to the top of my lungs–Get Your Well Woman Exam!
Some women do this well woman exam around their birthday or some other significant day. I do mine in the summer in June.
This exam will be given by your gynecologist. The exams always include a breast exam, pap smear and pelvic exam.
The importance of this exam lies in identifying potential early health problems. The most important tests included in an examination are the tests listed above. Some doctors consider other tests in the examination, including measurement of blood pressure, HIV testing, and other laboratory tests such as urinalysis, and testing for other sexually transmitted diseases. The procedure is important also to detect certain cancers, especially breast and cervical cancer.
The breast exam is usually two parts. The first part is visual. This checks such things as color, symmetry, lean body mass and more. It also looks for abnormalities such as shrinkage and bulges. The breast exam then goes to palpation, which means while thepatient is lying down the doctor will use two or three fingers to go around the gland (breast) and under the arms to feel for abnormalities. This does not take the place of the mammogram which should also be done yearly.
Another part of the well woman exam is the pelvic exam which exams the pelvic area. It is done in three parts.
A pap smear will be done while the speculum is in place. The doctor will take cells from the cervix.
A breast mammogram should also be done yearly. I do mine the same day as the well woman exam.
You can also opt for the 3D mammogram which my doctor suggest that I do. Some doctors will suggest that you also take a breast ultrasound because of family history and/or age. I have taken the ultrasound, and there was something discovered, but thankfully it turned out not to be serious.
Your well woman exam helps to keep you a well woman. Remember “thisisyourbestyear” taking this exam can save your life.
**The well woman exam and mammogram are usually covered by your health insurance. There are several agencies that will do both for those that are uninsued. In the North Texas area please check those listed below and others. Please check your local areas–this exam can save your life.
I didn’t quite know where to put this post because it is about many different things. First of all it is about a man and his vision, a vision that is about to become a reality. Chef Jeff Williams is a man with a passion for food, and a heart that believes in the goodness of mankind. So what better place to hold this interview than in a great restaurant over lunch. So we had a great lunch and a wonderful, informative conversation about a vision to feed a community.
Chef Jeff’s love of his vision–The Taste Project, a not for profit restaurant is evident when he tells someone about it. The vision came to him years ago in 2003, but it was not until 2012 that he began to bring his vision to life.
The Taste Project will be a restaurant where everyone will be able to get a great tasting meal (Chef Jeff will be the head chef when it first opens). The Taste Project restaurant will be one where you pay what you can, pay what you would normally pay for a meal of that quality or if you can pay a little extra that would be great. This is a restaurant for everyone, but especially for those that have food insecurity which is a term that I was not familiar with. Food insecurity means that a person/family may not
have access to adequate food because of a lack of money and other resources at certain times during the year. This could mean that someone you know may be going without adequate healthy food, food that will sustain them. They may have something to eat, just not what they need to lead a healthy life. For the most part, the people who have food insecurity do not qualify for other types of supplemental assistance. They are in essence between a rock and a hard place.
The restaurant belongs to the community. Chef Jeff is quick to point out that the more people who the restaurant is able to assist, the better the community will be. He has worked at 4 other not for profit restaurants learning by doing so that he can make the Taste Project a success.
The Taste Project will be located in the Near Southside of Fort Worth, Texas on 1200 South Main Street, and is scheduled to have its grand opening on August 22 at 11 am for lunch.
Secondly, since this is the North Texas communities restaurant, it will need to be staffed by volunteers from the community. There are many volunteer opportunities from servers, painters to paint the building, graphic designers, food tasters, writers and so much more. If you have a skill, the Taste Project probably has a position for you. In order to help The Taste Project feed one community at a time, they need the assistance of the community.
If you are interested go to The Taste Project and learn how you can help to feed one community at a time at “our” restaurant–we are all owners.
Remember “thisisyourbestyear”–The Taste Project is making a difference.
First of all let me give you this disclaimer before you read any further. This will be the last year that the Byron Nelson Golf Tournament will be held at The Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas. It will now move to Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas.
That being said “the last round” was an amazing girls getaway for those that love golf, like golf, kind of like golf and those that don’t know anything about golf. There is so much more to a golf tournament than golf.
At the beautiful Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, maybe it was because it was the “last round” everything was done to perfection. Even the parking was convenient.
For those that love golf, there were the top players on the PGA participating with some surprises along the way. There was so much to do, see, eat, drink and enjoy.
Let’s get started first with the resort. If you were fortunate enough you may have been able to snag a villa with a view of the course from the balcony. We saw quite a few ladies and gentlemen doing just that. Some had their cocktails and food to enjoy while watching the tournament.
Just walking around was peaceful and beautiful. The weather for the most part was very nice. The sponsors tents were great places to stop and enjoy food, drink and great conversation while watching the action on the course. The Grey Goose tent had signature cocktails for enjoyment with cute giveaway glasses. While you sipped your cocktail there was always someone to discuss golf on every level–learning can be fun!
Of course there was the fashion to take in as there is every year at the Byron Nelson; though this year the fashions seemed to be more individualized (no set pattern). The city of Irving had great events from pictures, to prizes. You could go inside the AT&T booth and drive a simulator and much more. Cadillac, the official car had their newest models on display for your viewing pleasure.
There were activities in the hotel for those that wanted to relax a bit more. There was the Well and Being Spa in the hotel. If you felt that you didn’t get enough exercise walking the course they have 4 indoor tennis courts, a massive workout facility, squash courts and more.
The Byron Nelson Golf Tournament at The Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas in Las Colinas has something for everyone. It made a great girls getaway. For those that don’t know a lot about golf, it is a great way to learn–it’s as easy as talking to the person next to you. You might even enjoy it.
This post was written by C. Y. Cooper
A large enthusiastic crowd was on hand for the “IT’S IN THE BAG” LUNCHEON & AUCTION held Friday, April 21, 2017, at the Ridglea Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. The luncheon and auction benefitted the important and extraordinary work of THE LADDER ALLIANCE, a Fort Worth based organization, founded by Sharon Cox. The mission of The Ladder Alliance is to provide women victims of domestic violence and low-income women with the necessary tools to lead self-reliant, independent and successful lives.
On hand for the luncheon and auction were not only supporters of the organization but also several graduates of The Ladder Alliance programs. The silent auction with over 100 items included handbags, jewelry, wine, sports packages and restaurant dining. NBC 5 news anchor Deborah Ferguson was the emcee for the luncheon.
Beside the items up for auction, a powerful, serious display entitled “In Her Shoes……” visible to everyone in attendance, clearly drove home the point regarding domestic violence in our society. Each pair of shoes represented a woman killed in the state of Texas in 2014-2105 by someone who had been an intimate partner along with a tag bearing the name of the woman and the city where she resided.
The Ladder Alliance, an established 501 (c)(3) organization serves between 300-400 women each year. Throughout the year two programs are offered to assist women in their climb to independence. The programs are Basic Computer Skills Training & Professional Office Skills Training.
The Ladder Alliance is located at 1100 Hemphill Street, Suite 302, Fort Worth, TX 76104 or you can call them at 817.834.2100 for more information to assist someone. To see more about them, visit their website by clicking The Ladder Alliance.
Remember “It’s in the bag” because “thisisyourbestyear”.
It’s time to put on your pink and get ready to see some great fashion, participate in great raffles, but most of all get ready to help the women of North Texas get the medical attention they deserve.
“Puttin on the Pink” is hosted by the Kupferle Health Board of the Texas Health Resources Foundation. The proceeds from this fashion luncheon helps fund their mobile unit. This mobile unit is the doctor’s office on wheels that provides much needed service to women who might otherwise not have access to healthcare.
This year’s event is co-chaired by Sharon Crockett and Heather Senter. These ladies have worked hard to make sure this years event continues the legacy that the volunteers started years ago to raise awareness of the mobile unit so that all women in the North Texas area have the opportunity to get the services they need.
Sharon became involved in the Puttin on the Pink when she learned that her best friend was diagnosed with breast cancer. She soon realized that almost everyone knew someone who has been affected by some form of cancer. Realizing that some people don’t know about the medical exam they should take, or they knew but didn’t have resources they needed to attain these services she knew she had to try and make a difference.
At the luncheon many men and women will learn about the services the mobile unit offers–these people will get the information out to many more people. They will be able to tell that the mobile unit does:
This years’ Puttin on the Pink fashion luncheon will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center on April 5, starting with a reception at 10:30 with the fashion luncheon at 11:30.
Remember “thisisyourbestyear”. Put on your Pink for a great cause.