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TRIVIA & TRIVIAL J

Remember this: If Mama Ain't Happy….Ain't Nobody Happy.

Women sometimes make fools of men, but most guys are the do-it-yourself type.
Bill Kerley, Houston, Tx.

Dear Algebra: Please stop asking us to find your X. She is never coming back,
and don't ask Y. Okay ?

Never Argue With a Woman Who Can Read, It's Likely She Can Also Think……
If You Obey All the Rules, You Miss All the Fun. Katharine Hepburn

We Never Really Grow Up, We Only Learn How to Act in Public.

The first thing I do every morning when I get up is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue. Dorothy Parker

When mankind was created, a delete button should have been installed at
the end of our tongues. Dear Abby.
The tongue is the only muscle in the body that is attached at only one end !

Today is The Present. Celebrate ! Be Daring, Refined, Do Well.

Ashes to Ashes…Dust to Dust...Life is too short…So Party We Must!
Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning, the devil says-Oh Crap, She's Up.

If you're going through hell, keep going. Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
(And if you're scared, don't show it, and you may get out before the
devil even knows you're there)…..song

You're Never Too Old To Learn Something Stupid. Duh!

It is better to walk alone, than with a crowd going in the wrong direction.
Diane Grant
Being a woman is not the same as being a lady. Christianne Mays
Always love a woman for her personality-we have 10-so you can choose.

Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the
street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

Dancing will put a twinkle in your wrinkle ! Texas Polka News J

Nagging ? Of Course Not, it's called a 'motivational' speech.
Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

When all is said and done, more is said than done. Lou Holtz, Coach.

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that
survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change. Charles Darwin

People often say motivation doesn't last. Neither does bathing-that's why
we recommend it daily. Zig Ziglar, motivational speaker 1926-2012

Is it true that you never really learn to swear until you learn to drive ?
Be Yourself. Everyone Else is Taken. Charles Schulz

Blocking calls on our phones: means we never have to talk to a weird ex.

Heard: 'These days crabbin' and fishin' and holdin' on to a pot to piss in, is just
about the best a man can do
. James McMurtry, 54, singer/songwriter. 12-2015

We Do Not Inherit the Earth From Our Ancestors,
We Borrow It From Our Children . American Proverb

I Pray Every Night, and I Don't Ask for Much. I Just Say 'Thank You.'
Prince American musician. 1958-2016

In the immortal words of Lily von Shtupp: 'It's twue !'
Looking in the mirror, one chicken said to the other: 'Oh, Gladys, it's twue !
Chickens Don't Have Lips !' So much for having lipstick. …

Did You Know ? STRESSED Spelled Backward = DESSERTS Yay !

What Type of Monster Loves Dance Music ? The Boogie Man.

Say What You Will About the South: But No One Retires & Moves Up North .
We Luv Our Sunny South !

To Me, Old Age is Always 15 Years Older Than I Am. Francis Bacon
LOVE That Man !

Most Important Secret to Happiness:
For modern humans, the tendency to fixate on potential problems can leave us
feeling anxious and unhappy even when we are safe and life is good. (Hear Ye !)
To overcome this tendency-and be happy-we sometimes must remind our-
-selves to 'take in the good.'
This means taking certain steps that encourage the brain to appreciate the good
things happening around us so that we balance out all the problems and challenges
that the brain naturally notices. (ALL of them ?) This is a path to a happier life-
it helps build the psychological resources needed to be a more calm, confident and
capable person.
(oh.)
There likely are lots of things you could feel good about even when life seems bleak. Things that you take for granted because they seem ordinary and inconse-
-quential. That you have a roof over your head, live in a safe community, have good neighbors, where you live, eat and sleep is heated or cooled to a comfy temp.
These are all wonderful things that we take for granted and are worth appre-
-ciating. Once you identify some things that are positive; something important such as the love of your spouse, or simple like your fave comfy chair and lamp for read-
-ing, explore and enjoy these positive thoughts. Absorb these positive things and feel the warmth spreading throughout your body.

The more positive, rewarding experiences you add to your long-term memory, the more you will come to see your life in a positive light. Maybe they give you a sense of being loved. (Thank God for these Blessings.)
BottomLinePersonal 8-2017 byline: Rick Hanson PhD., Wellspring Institute for
Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom
To Infinity & Beyond ?
Blue Origin Space Company, owned by Jeff Bezos, will build its next-gen BE-4
rocket engines in Huntsville, Ala., bringing the prospect of more than 340 manu-
-facturing jobs and $200 Million in capital investment to that city. Several states
had been competing to land the business.
Officials said many economic-development partners contributed to the effort to
successfully recruit Blue Origin to the state.
Houston Chronicle Wire Reports 6-27-2017
Leaving On A Jet Plane…Don't Know When I'll Be Back Again…. song.
Richard Anderson, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Delta Airlines
is taking on another transportation challenge, after setting Delta on a post-bank-
-ruptcy resurgence. Amtrak Railroad named Anderson as its Top Executive.
Putting a leader known for innovation and customer service in charge of a gov-
-ernment operation struggling to keep up with congestion and crumbling infra -
-structure; Anderson is a former Texas prosecutor, gained a rep among Delta's rivals as brash and unrelenting, but he won employees' hearts with policies that encouraged them to speak up and challenge leadership's mistakes.
When Richard Anderson left Delta in 2016, the airline posted an 18% operating
profit margin, better than rivals American and United Airlines.
Houston Chronicle Wire Reports 6-27-2017
Check on your neighbors. Some are alone, widowed, homebound by illness, or
for any number of reasons. Ask if they need something, in terms of food, water
or just a friendly voice. Most likely they will resist, so do not insist.
At least give someone a call. Heloise Hints. Houston Chronicle
(Parenthesis notes : courtesy Betty Passini-Kite, editor.)
Hater, Tinder-like Dating App:
Prospective suitors are matched based on their shared hates, including everything
from anchovies to border walls, to, well, sleeping with a window open. The app
collected user data from each state and came up with the TOP HATES for Texas
and its' 49 brethren. Hater culled data from more than 100 Million swipes made by
half a million users and used it to assign each topic a score of zero (hate) to one (love).
Some hates make a lot of sense: Arizona hates sand. New Jersey hates jellyfish.
Utah hates porn. Missouri hates people who believe in aliens. Texans hate sleep-
-ing with the window open ? Is it because of the horrifying size of our flying cock-
-roaches or the sheer hellish heat of Texas summers ? Who would know ? What
about the other top hates of Texans ? Green tea, reggae concerts…How about
the Most-loved thing in Texas ?
TEXAS ! No. 2 ? George W. Bush . Yes.
Houston Chronicle 7-24-2017 byline: Keri Blakinger
Howdy, Houston !
Our city, Houston, has a blurb in AARP Mag, June-July 2017 issue: the nation's
fourth-largest city has a revitalized downtown, new parks, amazing arts scene, im-
-pressive theatre and museum districts, and award-winning restuarants that re-
-flect the city's notable diversity ! ! The Wings Over Houston Airshow takes off
Oct. 21-22. AARP Mag. 6-7-2017. byline: Samantha Brown
Best Place to Live:
According to the Social Progress Imperative, a study that was conducted with the
help of Michael E. Porter of Harvard Business School and Scott Stern of MIT;
measures things like access to the internet, affordable housing, health care and
freedom of expression, Drum Roll Please: Denmark Tops the Rankings ! There
is No Better Place on Earth to Live !
Its findings suggest money isn't the only key to happiness. The U.S., which boasts
a higher gross domestic product per capita than Denmark, ranks 18th in the study.
(For SHAME !)
The Danish finance minister, Kristian Jensen, says his country faces a number of
challenges in persuading highly skilled professionals to bring their much-needed
expertise to an economy now facing labor shortages.
Part of the problem, Jensen acknowledges, is a perception that Denmark has be-
-come less welcoming to foreigners
. (IT Happens !)
Houston Chronicle Wire Reports 6-27-2017
Volunteer Lawyers: Free Advice for Veterans.
Houston Volunteer Lawyers, a service of the Houston Bar Association has weekly
legal advice clinics for Veterans. Every Friday, veterans can go to the DeBakey VA
Medical Center at 2002 Holcombe from 1 p. to 5 p. for free legal advice.
There are also Saturday clinics held in surrounding counties every week or two.
Vets and the surviving spouses of deceased veterans can attend and take advantage
of the programs. Attendees should arrive early to secure a private meeting with one of the volunteer attorneys.
You must be a resident of Harris County or one of the surrounding counties, and you must have household income of not greater than 300% of federal poverty guidelines. Call 713-759-1133 or visit hba.org.veterans-legal-initiative/
for more info. (Thank you for this service for our veterans.)
Houston Chronicle 7-10-2017 byline: Ronald Lipman
Protect Home From Estate Recovery:
With proper planning, the home can be protected from Medicaid estate recovery.
Folks who fear the consequences of using the Medicaid long-term care program
to finance their long term care are right to worry. The Program fights hard to re-
-claim funds from the homestead at the time of death for monies paid out for the
Medicaid recipient's care.
The good news is that with proper planning, the home can be protected from
Medicaid estate recovery. Due to a law passed over 11 years ago, the state of
Texas has the ability to make claims against estates of Medicaid recipients of
certain Medicaid services (nursing facility services, home and community-
based services and intermediate-care facility services) if the Medicaid recipient
was 55 years or older when the services were provided.
The state of Texas calculates the funds spent on the Medicaid daily and attempts
to recover the funds up-on the Medicaid beneficiary's death from their probate
estate. Some estates by definition will be exempt from Medicaid estate recovery.
One exception to Medicaid estate recovery exists when recovery would cause an
undue hardship on the heirs; when the heirs or beneficiaries who would receive
the homestead make a living from the asset, such as a family farm or business.
Placing a Lady Bird deed or transfer on death deed on the home, thus avoiding
probate, is the most common and efficient way to protect the home from an estate
recovery claim.
Even if no statutory exemptions exist and the deceased Medicaid beneficiary failed
to properly plan, way to protect the home from estate recovery still exist. One way
is to prove that the state did not follow the complicated law to proveup the claim.
Another way to reduce the state's claim is to present well-documented records and
receipts for expenses related to the homestead and to the Medicaid beneficiary's
care paid for by family members.
Houston Chronicle 7-13-2017 Elder Law byline: Molly Dear Abshire and
Wesley E. Wright
Social Security & YOU:
When a relative dies: One of the first things someone should do is to notify the
Social Security Administration about the death. A simple phone call to the Call
Center: 800-772-1213. The SSA is going to learn about the death through some
other means-usually via a computer-matching arrangement with state and local
government agencies. But it wouldn't hurt for someone to make a simple phone call. What happens next depends primarily on whether there is a widow or widower, or possibly a minor child, potentially due benefits on the deceased's account.
The government has never prorated Social Security checks. And the law says a person must be alive for an entire month to be due the check for that month. If you think the government is out to cheat a dying person out of his/her last check by not prorating benefits; understand that the lack of proration can help a person when benefits begin. A survivor's benefit is paid for a whole month even though the widow/widower was one for only two days of that month.
The one-time $255 death benefit from Social Security is only paid on the account
of someone who had worked and earned their own Social Security benefit; it must
be paid only to a surviving spouse or a minor child.
Houston Chronicle 7-13-2017 byline: Tom Margenau/Creators Syndicate
Student Loan Default:
If you are in default-meaning you have failed to pay your loans for 360 days-you do have options, and it's worth a try to remedy the situation. Hiding isn't
going to work indefinitely, and even filing for bankruptcy offers only a slim chance
of getting these loans off your back. Bankruptcy rules don't allow people to get rid
of their student loans unless there is an extreme hardship that won't let up, such as
a serious disability.
You can't hide from the federal government. Uncle Sam can track you down through work and tax records and garnish your pay. The government also can keep any tax refund you would normally have coming and dog you as you age by taking some of your Social Security. To avoid this, the simplest approach would be to consolidate your federal college student loans, said attorney Emily White, of Columbia, Ohio.

Typically, students take out multiple federal Stafford loans, and consolidating means you bunch them altogether into one loan that you repay over 10 or more years. Consolidating loans is a simple process that you can do online through the federal student aid site. To ensure you don't leave federal loans out of the process, use the National Student Loan Data System ( www.nslds.ed.gov/inslds/insids-SA/ ) to identify every loan you have.
BE sure you ask for a payment plan that will reduce your payment to fit your income. This is called income-based repayment. Borrowers will no longer be
considered in default once the loans have been consolidated. If you have already consolidated your loans and Defaulted, you are probably going to hve to follow another option. You will have to go through a process called rehabitatation.
You do this by contacting the servicer, the entity you probably see with an 800 number on your student loan bills. With paperwork in hand, you ask the servicer
to put you into the official rehabilitation process with payments based on your income. Depending on your income, payments during rehabilitation can be as little as $5 per month.
Make sure you get assigned payments you can afford, because if you start missing payments again without asking for a deferment, you WON'T GET A SECOND CHANCE at Rehabilitation. The government can demand FULL Payment at once, said student loan expert Mark Kantrowitz of Cappex.com.
Private loans: There is No Sympathetic Uncle Sam to help you out of your troubles with private loans. Lenders cannot garnish your pay; doesn't mean you are off the hook. In default, a lender is likely ato sue you to recover money. Be aware that each state has a statute of limitations on how long a lender can sue and recover what is owed. A person could accidentally start the clock back up again and inadevertently open the door to be sued simply answering a bill collector's call
and acknowledging a loan.
Houston Chronicle// Chicago Tribune 7-12-2017 byline: Gail Marksjarvis
Beat The Heat: Steps for a Safe Summer.
The City of Houston, the Houston Fire Dept., Reliant Energy and others are pro-
-viding Safety Tips on how to stay cool, Cooling facilities and Assistance with
high utility bills. Those working or exercising outside may become overheated,
which can create serious health problems, or even death. If you work outside,
stay hydrated and take breaks in the shade.
If your abode is not air-conditioned, go to a cooling center; drink plenty of water
regularly, even if you do not feel thirsty; avoid caffeine and alcohol; and wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and a hat.
Light colors reflect heat and sunlight; help your body maintain normal temps.
Check on seniors, children, and those who are ill because they are vulnerable to ex-
-cessive heat; and ensure that your pets are provided with shade and adequate water.
One of the most important tips is to: 'Look Before You Lock.' so children or pets
will Not be left in vehicles. Even on mild days, or even if the window is 'cracked'
the inside of a vehicle can reach nearly 120 degrees. Heat stroke/death is a real
possibility if left in a hot vehicle. !
Houston Fire Dept. recommends parents and caregivers place your purse, phone,
computer or wallet in the back seat as a reminder that a person or pet is in the car.
Anyone seeing an unattended child or pet: call 911 and stay until help arrives !
Heat exhaustion signs: profuse sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, weakness,
dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, weak, rapid pulse and fainting, skin
may be cool and moist…heat exhaustion may progress to heat stroke.
Houston City Multi-Service Center (MSC) locations: open 8a.-6 p. Mon-Friday.
Acres Homes: 832-393-4145, 6719 W. Montgomery Rd.
Denver Harbor: 713-670-2100, 6402 Market Street
Magnolia: 832-395-3380, 7037 Capitol Street
Northeast: 832-395-0740, 9720 Spaulding Street
Sunnyside: 832-395-0069, 9314 Cullen Blvd.
For other area cooling centers, call 311.
Utility Bill Assistance: those seeking assistance with higher-than-normal utility
bills during the summer are asked to call 311 for a list of agencies. Another source
for utility bill assistance is Catholic Charities, 713-526-4611. It provides help to
all people regardless of faith. Northwest Assistance Ministries, 281-583-5600,
and West Houston Assistance Ministries, 713-977-9942 are also available.
Reliant Energy customer service agents are available to help residents identify
social services agencies that can aid with electricity bills: 1-866-RELIANT.
Houston Chronicle 7-13-2017 byline: Rebecca Maitland
Snorting Chocolate ?
A snortable chocolate powder developed by an Orlando resident is drawing fire
from a top lawmaker in Washington, D.C. Orlando-based Legal Lean is selling a
powdered chocolate meant to be snorted under the name of Coco Loco. It is for
sale on Legal Lean's website, as well as Amazon, where a 1.25 oz. container costs
$24.99. (never mind…)
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. sent a letter to the U.S. FDA
this week calling for an investigation into Coco Loko. The suspect product has no
clear health value. It is falsely held up to be chocolate, when it is a powerful sti-
-mulant, marketed like a drug. Normalizing stimulants and drug consumption-like
behavior is anything but harmless for our young people, Schumer said.
At least one Orlando-area doctor said snorting cocoa powder may cause harm.
You are not meant to have anything up your nose. The nose's sensitivity and
absorption ability are the reasons why it's a popular delivery path for cocaine
and other drugs. Powdered substances can be harmful if they reach the lungs.
Houston Chronicle//Orlando Sentinel 7-14-2017 byline: Kyle Arnold
The Ick Factor: Slimy Eel Spill.
A truck hauling eels overturned on an Oregon highway, turning the coastal high-
-way 101 into a slimy mess. Damaged cars were covered by the gooey eels; the
highway had to be cleared by a bulldozer.
Truck driver Salvatore Tragale was driving with 13 containers of hagfish-commonly known as slime eels (people actually eat those things? ICK !). As truck driver Tragale approached road construction and tried to stop, one container flew off the truck bed and into the southbound lane, while the other containers spilled onto the highway. (What a revolting development ! What was used to clean the slime off the vehicles ?) Houston Chronicle Wire Reports 7-14-2017
Crying In The Chapel ? Not Necessarily.
Las Vegas, the self-proclaimed capitol of 'I Do', where thousands of weddings
are presided over by Roland August, dressed as Elvis Presley. Nevada's marriage
rate has plummeted in recent decades, as the nation's economic life since the 70s
have helped make marriage an institution; increasingly reserved for the well-edu-
-cated and more affluent.
The wedding chapels have seen business dwindle, an industry that generates as
much as $3 Billion in economic activity annually. The data show that life has prioritized things differently. Marriage has become a clear dividing line in a stra-
-tified country. Its decline is most pronounced among those who didn't go beyond
high school, as better educated people tend to marry each other.
Half of Americans older than 18 were married in 2014, down from 72% in 1960,
according to the Pew Research Center. The shift is more pronounced for the less
educated, which is a loose proxy for income. As of 2014, almost 75% of women
with bachelor's degrees were married by their early 40s, versus less than 60% of
women with only a high-school diploma, according to the Brookings Institution.
Economic changes disrupted the traditional sequence of mating and marrying,
helped by social mores. In U.S. regions where fracking sharply increased in recent
years, wages for working -class men shot up, as did births. Marriage did not.
Still, not all the news is bad..fewer marriages make for fewer divorces. Non-marital births are declining.
U.S. marriage rate remains higher than that of many developed nations-including
France, Spain and Italy-yet the American drop-off has come with especially tough economic effects. The Silver State (Nevada) has felt America's changing
trends acutely, because it hosts more weddings than any other and has historically
taken a permissive stance on divorce and (re)marriage.
Oscar Goodman, former mayor of Las Vegas, can even see a 'silver lining'. More
single people may be willing to spend money on entertainment at casinos and other
attractions. Nobody should cry for Las Vegas
. (Don't Cry For Me, Argentina….)
Houston Chronicle//Bloomberg News 7-16-2017 byline: Jeanna Smialek
Bone China:
The manufacturers of bone china use finely milled cow bones from slaughter-
-houses or rendering plants. The best china generally will have between 30 and
50% bone ash. This is mixed with the various clays used to make the china, be-
-cause bone ash helps to prevent the porcelain from developing cracks; and to
strengthen the dinnerware. Bone china actually is very strong. (Who knew ?)
Houston Chronicle Heloise Hints 7-21-2017

Until God Opens the Next Door for You-Praise Him in the Hallway.

How Should We Pray ?
Pray as you go, wherever you go. P. R.A.Y.
P: Praise-Thank Him for who He is, what He's done, and what He's promised
to do.
R: Repent-Admit the ways you have sinned against Him and commit to change.
A: Ask-Ask for His help, wisdom, and action in your life and the lives of others.
Y: Yield-Express your trust in Him and surrender to His plan for your life.
The Good News 11-2015

There are two excellent theories for arguing with a woman.
Neither one of them works. Just so you know.

May Your Troubles be Less, May Your Blessings be More..
May Nothing but Happiness Come Through Your Door. Billy Graham

It is never too late to learn how to have fun on the dance floor.

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