Out and About – Week of May 28th

Whether we want to admit it or not, we all have an expiration date. That day when we cease living in this world and pass on into eternity. We all have our own belief of what eternity means. Many have a fear of dying because it’s hard to find someone who really knows how it feels. Unless you die a horrible death, you’ll never know your moment of passing. Just as you never really know the instant you fall asleep at night. Given a choice, I’m pretty sure we’d all prefer dying in our sleep.

Hospice helps individuals and their families deal with the final days and for death. We didn’t hear that much about Hospice fifty years ago, but it’s been around for many years, only known in a different way.

I was under the impression that Hospice was just made up of volunteers who had that special talent of dealing with people needing comfort and consoling. In a way this is very true, but there are so many that help make Hospice work in a very efficient way. Hospice is made up of administrators, nursing directors, clerical workers, case managers, clergy, social workers, music therapists, massage and pet therapists, plus many more. Volunteers and salaried personnel make Hospice work like a finely-tuned instrument.

There is no out-of-pocket cost to those requesting Hospice. Medicare has Hospice benefits that we all pay into. There are also some insurance policies that work with Medicare.

You might think that you’ll never have a need for Hospice. You’ll never know until that time comes, and when it does, Hospice will be there for you and your family. Speaking of family, Hospice will continue to work with a family for at least twelve or thirteen months after a loved one passes. Kudos to all Hospice workers. The time and care you provide is priceless. Oh yes, Hospice is always looking for volunteers, so if you feel you might be able to help, please contact your local Hospice office.

Last Monday was Memorial Day. I hope you took a few moments to reflect upon the true meaning of this special day and why it is being observed.

I credit a publication called “Tidbits”. I’m not sure if it’s currently in print, but in October of 2003 it published an interesting tidbit about the Liberty Bell. I share it with you now:

“The inscription on the Liberty Bell ‘Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof’, was taken from the Bible’s book of Leviticus. This relic weighs more than 2080 pounds and, originally cast in England, was re-cast in Philadelphia after the first bell broke soon after its arrival in America. The current bell was rung every year on July 8 from 1776 until 1835 when it cracked while being rung during the funeral of U.S. Chief Justice John Marshall. Until 1839, the bell was known as the Old State House Bell.” Just another fun fact to impress your friends with.

I enjoy most vegetables except for lima beans. According to my taste buds, they’re rather bland. I’ll eat them on occasion in memory of my mother, because she would be proud knowing that I do eat things that are good for me. Anyway, I recently heard someone talking about chad beans. Being a bit curious, I checked them out, only to find that all they are just plain lima beans. In researching this bean further, I was surprised to find that a lima bean isn’t really a bean at all. It’s actually a member of the pea family. No need to share this with friends. They might think you have way too much time on your hands.

Something to ponder. On electric toasters, why do they engrave the message “one slice”? How many pieces of bread to they think people are really going to try to stuff in that slot?

Why do women always ask questions that have no right answers?

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