Emmaus Lutheran School located at 2818 N. 23rd St. will be hosting a Back to School Rummage Sale in the gym on Friday, August 10, 2012 from 8-10am. Books, tables, chairs, equipment, and other miscellaneous items will be labeled with a price or sold for best offer. We gladly accept cash, money orders, or cashier checks. For more information please call 414-444-6090
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A ‘Stain’ for a Football Program is a Life Sentence for Victims, Author Says
While media and collegiate officials debated how best to handle the Penn State child-rape scandal, including the systemic cover-up by university leaders, others want the public to know just how such abuse ruins lives.
“I’ve heard commentators say things like, ‘What’s done is done,’ or ‘There’s no one left to go after,’ or ‘Why punish the students and the athletes? – It’s time to heal,’ ” says child advocate Linda O’Dochartaigh, whose novel Peregrine (www.lavanderkatbooks.com), details the stark aftermath of child sex abuse. “If they were the victims, or their children were, I don’t think those sports analysts would be so quick to forgive and forget.”
To hear supporters of the university’s football program is surprisingly reminiscent of those who defend abusers, she says.
Penn State’s board could do the noble thing and make it easy on themselves by self imposing the “death penalty” option – temporarily shutting down the embattled football program, she says.
“As terrible as the initial abuse is for children, the volume of lifelong negative consequences is usually worse,” O’Dochartaigh says. “Children who suffer sexual abuse often hear the voice of their abuser in their minds for the rest of their lives, telling them they’re bad, they’re ugly, they’re worthless. These children are often sentenced to a lifetime of relationships in which they are victims.”
O’Dochartaigh reviews the lasting scars of child sexual abuse:
• Trouble handling emotions: One of the surest signs of well-being is the ability to handle adversity in stride; to keep emotions in check. “For victims of sexual abuse, a lasting legacy is the opposite of well-being,” she says. Victims may have trouble expressing emotions, which are then bottled up, often leading to sporadic bouts of depression, anger and anxiety. Many turn to drugs and alcohol to numb their pain.
• A core sense of worthlessness or being damaged: The physical side of sexual abuse is just one aspect; what haunts victims is the voice of the abuser, constantly reinforcing a lack of personal value. As time passes and children mature into adults, victims often do not invest in themselves. With a deep sense of being damaged, they often feel incapable or unworthy of higher-paying jobs, for example.
• Difficulty in relationships and lack of trust: Most child abuse comes from authority figures who are close to the victim – family members, family friends, church leaders, teachers, etc. Children who cannot feel secure within their own family, the most fundamental of relationships, may develop deep-seeded trust issues. Relationships are frequently doomed because victims trash good relationships, fearing their partner will ultimately try to control or hurt them, or they’ll bond with an abusive person because they do not know what a good relationship entails.
“When I hear the ‘yeah, but’ argument from people defending those who allow sexual abuse to continue, whether its’ at Penn State or in the Catholic Church, I realize we have to do more to raise awareness about how sexual abuse can ruin lives,” says O’Dochartaigh.
About Linda O’Dochartaigh
Linda O’Dochartaigh has worked in health care is an advocate for victims of child abuse and domestic violence. She wants survivors to know that an enriched, stable and happy life is available to them. O’Dochartaigh is the mother of three grown children and is raising four adopted grandchildren.
Is it possible that having close connections with good friends, old and new, is good for your health?
Research suggests that if you cultivate a strong inner circle of friends, people you can count on through thick and thin, you may indeed gain an abundance of health benefits.
Not only do strong friendships make you feel happy and close to other people, these connections have several built- in health pluses.
Beyond the emotional connections and good vibes that quality friendships offer, strong social connections can reduce stress, boost our immunity, and ward off memory loss and depression.
Buddy System Benefits
Scientists have found that those positive feelings you have after hanging out with your best friends are not just emotionally based. Good friendships also affect your serotonin, a neurotransmitter which sends signals from one area of the brain to another.
Although serotonin is manufactured in the brain where it performs its primary functions, some 90% of our serotonin supply is found in the digestive tract and in blood platelets. Of our approximately 40 million brain cells, most are influenced either directly or indirectly by serotonin.
When you interact with friends, serotonin is believed to influence your mood, behavior, sleep, memory and learning.
Strong friendships have another interesting benefit. Can friends help you live longer? Turns out they can do just that. Studies have shown that strong social networks can give you a 50 percent better chance of living a long life regardless of your age or gender. That conclusion was based on a study that followed 300,000 people for more than seven and a half years.
Another study, the 2005 Australian Longitudinal Study of Aging, also found that people with good supportive relationships were 22 percent more likely to outlive their peers who had the smallest number of good friends.
As you would expect, there’s a lot of excitement over studies like these because they suggest you can modify your life and tap into similar health benefits. The message is clear: If you have good friends, you can boost your health.
Quality versus Quantity
Is there such a thing as having the “right” amount of friends? If you have 3,000 friends on Facebook does that count as having a strong social network?
Studies have suggested that it’s not the number of people who have “befriended” you or like you on the Internet or you see on a regular basis that counts when it comes to health benefits. What is important is quality over quantity.
So trust your instincts when it comes to making close friends. If you are someone who prefers to interact on a one-on-one basis and get to know people that way, that’s fine. Maybe you prefer to get together with people in small groups. That works too as long as you have several close friends you can count on to be there for you when you need them.
Some psychologists have suggested that friends from different backgrounds, with varying hobbies and life-interests, actually give us an increased number of health benefits.
In terms of brain fitness that makes sense. Our brains need to be challenged. We need to stimulate our minds with a variety of experiences, especially as we age.
Find friends that you can have insightful conversations with, friends who enjoy similar books, art and movies. Like any muscle, the brain needs regular exercise to remain strong. A diverse set of friends will help your mind stay active and enjoy learning late into life.
Gospel’s Leading Man, Earnest Pugh, isn’t content to just make hits on his own anymore. Through his EPM Music Group recording label, he’s spreading the hit-making love with forthcoming CDs by Chrystal Rucker, Keith Williams and new signee, Vincent Tharpe & Kenosis, a dynamic gospel ensemble from Pugh’s native Memphis, TN. The group’s new CD, “Live in Memphis”, hits stores everywhere on October 30, 2012 and the radio single, “Thank You, Lord” is beginning to make noise on gospel airwaves.
“He is my homie from Memphis and he was greatly influenced by our mutual friend, the great choirmaster, O’landa Draper,” Pugh says of Tharpe. “I vowed to pick up O’landa’s mantle and do what I can to expose the world to all the talent in the Memphis area. Vincent Tharpe & Kenosis recently teamed up with me at the Gospel Superfest TV taping where we shared the stage to sing my song, `I Need Your Glory’. They did what they do and `brought it’ in a major way and I wanted to give them this opportunity to `bring it’ on a national level. I’m very optimistic about their ministry because they manage to attract young adults but they are also seasoned enough to capture the attention of the mature church crowd as well”.
Tharpe received the inspiration to launch his own group when he was the director of the Voices of Harambee, a gospel choir at Craigmont High School in Memphis. He took the word Kenosis from Philippians 2:5-8 (a Biblical scripture) in which Jesus Christ emptied himself of his divine attributes in order to identify with mankind. The group has recorded a couple of indie CDs and won a Rhythm of Gospel Award as New Artist of the Year in 2010. They also won Dorinda Clark Cole’s Singers & Musicians Conference Artist Showcase Competition in 2011 and they have appeared on BET’s legendary, “Bobby Jones Gospel” TV program. For more information on Vincent Tharpe & Kenosis and other EPM Music Group acts, visit www.epmmusicgroup.com.
LONDON — Women’s gymnastics all-around champion Gabby Douglas likes her hairstyle just fine, thanks.
The 16-year-old said Sunday she was a little confused when she logged onto her computer after winning her second gold medal in three days and discovered people were debating her pulled-back look.
“I don’t know where this is coming from. What’s wrong with my hair?” said Douglas, the first U.S. gymnast to win gold in team and all-around competition. “I’m like, ‘I just made history and people are focused on my hair?’ It can be bald or short, it doesn’t matter about (my) hair.”
Douglas uses gel, clips and a ponytail holder to keep things in place while she competes, a style she’s worn for years.
“Nothing is going to change,” she said. “I’m going to wear my hair like this during beam and bar finals. You might as well just stop talking about it.”
The bubbly teenager is the first African-American gymnast to win her sport’s biggest prize. She had no idea she was lighting up social media until she Googled herself hours after winning her gold medal.
“I don’t think people should be worried about that,” she said. “We’re all champions and we’re all winners. I just say that it’s kind of, a stupid and crazy thought to think about my hair.”
NEW ORLEANS – The National Urban League’s 2012 Conference began with an announcement from President Barack Obama and concluded with words of inspiration from Stevie Wonder.
“This year’s Conference, in my hometown of New Orleans, may be our most successful ever,” said National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial, who served two terms as mayor of the Crescent City. “We were honored to have President Obama deliver the opening address, in which he announced an important education initiative and addressed the growing problem of firearms violence.”
On Wednesday night, President Obama announced an executive order establishing the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans.|
“A higher education in a 21st century cannot be a luxury. It is a vital necessity that every American should be able to afford,” he said.
Obama also made reference to the mass shooting earlier this month, saying, “a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not on the streets of our cities.”
The President’s remarks kicked off three days of workshops, seminars and panel discussions focused on the theme “Occupy the Vote: Employment and Education Empower the Nation.”
“I am astonished by the efforts that are underway in this nation to roll back the progress that we’ve made on voting rights.” Morial said in his “State of the Urban League” address on Thursday morning. ” The rise of the modern-day poll tax and literacy tests, disguised as sane and sensible voter identification laws, restrictions on important innovations like early voting , and handcuffs on community-based organizations that want to register people to vote are nothing other than modern-day Jim Crow methods in the clothing of James and Mary Crow, Esquire.”
Morial said attendance at the conference – both registered attendees and community members attending free events – approached record numbers, with nearly 5,000 registered attendees, more than 9,000 passing through the NUL Experience Expo, and 2,00 participating in the Career and Networking Fair.
Nearly 600 youth are participated in the Project Ready College Fair on Saturday, where they met with representatives from at least 60 colleges, universities and college access organizations, and scholarship organizations, who assisted in the college application process.
Morial thanked New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Urban League of Greater New Orleans President and CEO Nolan Rollins for welcoming the Conference and for their leadership in making it a success.
“No other city in the nation represents so well the strength and vitality of the multiculturalism we advocate and support, and no two civic leaders are more devoted,” Morial said. On Saturday, Morial joined Rollins in dedicating the local affiliate’s new Clarence L. Barney Head Start Center, named for the affiliate’s longtime President and CEO. The Conference also was the setting for a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the National Urban League Guild, an auxiliary to the League focused on fundraising and volunteerism. During his address on Thursday, Morial congratulated Guild President Frankie M. Brown. “I cannot imagine where we would be without the Guilds as a force,” he said.
“Prejudice, hatred, starvation…I’m tired of praying for things we don’t want to change,” Wonder cautioned before launching into a surprise performance.”
Health-care reform opens the doors for millions to receive primary health-care and preventive services.
Omaha, NE – If you’re one of the millions of Americans who gained health coverage as a result of the Affordable Care Act, you may be wondering where your health-care journey should start. According to experts, the first step is to seek out a primary care physician.
Primary care physicians practice internal medicine, family practice or pediatrics and are the first point of contact for a patient accessing health-care services. They are board certified and specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of common illnesses and medical conditions.
But patients shouldn’t wait until they get sick to choose a primary care doctor, said Joel Bessmer, MD, FACP, medical director at Members.MD. “When primary care physicians see their patients regularly, they can look for symptoms patients may not notice,” he said. “Annual exams help physicians coach patients on healthy lifestyle habits that may decrease the likelihood that patients will need expensive specialty care down the road.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 52 percent of uninsured Americans lack access to a primary care provider. Without a primary care doctor, patients are more likely to experience adverse outcomes and higher hospitalization and mortality rates.
As an internist for the past 15 years, Dr. Bessmer believes that patients who develop a strong relationship with their primary care physician can keep illnesses at bay. “There’s an old saying: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I really believe this is true,” he said. “I recently did a routine health exam for a longtime patient and found a hormone imbalance due to glandular problems. Health problems like these can go unnoticed for years by patients who don’t regularly see their physician – resulting in serious chronic health issues.”
To find the best physician for your needs, start by asking for recommendations from family members, friends or coworkers. If someone you respect and trust has had a positive experience with a doctor, there’s a good chance you will also like that particular physician, Dr. Bessmer said.
“You can also identify a hospital with an excellent reputation and visit its website or call its physician referral line to get the names of some physicians with privileges there,” Dr. Bessmer said. In addition, many hospital websites have “find a physician” tools, allowing users to search by city, state or zip code, or by doctor’s last name, gender or specialty.
Joel Bessmer, MD, FACP, is board certified in internal medicine and has been practicing medicine for more than 15 years. He serves as the medical director of Members.MD, a premier concierge health-care service provider based in Omaha, Neb. As a concierge physician, Dr. Bessmer develops personal wellness plans focused on preventive medicine and is available to his patients 24 hours a day. To learn more about Dr. Bessmer, please visit www.members.md/bessmer.
Start now to ensure your family receives maximum benefit from your hard work
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Rising commodity prices and the boost in demand for grains and soybeans have been a boon for farmers in recent years. They’ve also sent land prices soaring. Farmers in the Midwest find the average price for farmland is around $2,400 per acre, and sometimes the highest producing land goes as high as $9,000 per acre.
Prices like these impact not only short-term purchases and tax values, but also the longer-term succession strategy of the family farm. A little extra planning can yield a better result and help ensure your heirs are not overburdened with steep estate taxes, income taxes, gift taxes, etc. that can take a toll on your business assets and leave your heirs strapped for cash.
The most important step in the succession of your business is to start now. Developing a strategy does not mean giving up control – it means you’re taking control of your future. Working with a team that may include your accountant, attorney, banker, financial advisor and your Farm Bureau agent, you can assess your business today and define your goals for your exit strategy. You can begin thinking through these items using the business transition assessment questionnaire.
Once you’ve established broad goals for yourself and your business, your succession strategy team will help you understand your options. “The transition of the family farm is often a sensitive topic. Each operation has its own dynamic and requires a unique succession strategy,” says Jim McCarthy Advanced Markets Vice President at Farm Bureau Financial Services. “Sorting through these issues is a major step toward avoiding the personal conflicts and family feuds that can arise during the settlement of a farm estate. We helped clients Miles and Joyce work hard to keep everyone involved during their transition of land that has been in the family since 1878.” Watch their story here.
The most successful family business transition strategies create advantages for everyone. Parents are reassured the business will remain in the family and goodwill among the children will also be preserved. Active business heirs are provided enhanced opportunities to explore funding options for a buyout of non-active heirs. And non-business heirs know that their inheritance is not dependent on the business heir’s work with the business.
“Once you establish your family farm transition strategy, don’t forget to revisit it and make updates as needed,” says McCarthy. “Rising land prices have rendered many old strategies ineffective. An annual discussion with your business transition team can help you rest easy knowing your strategy is in order.” For more information, visit www.small-business-transition.com.
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Foley/WCLL partnership kicks off with Thursday school supply event, also includes incentives, career meetings, college tours
MILWAUKEE – Foley & Lardner LLP, a national law firm with strong roots here in Milwaukee, is adopting Milwaukee Public Schools’ K-12 Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning (WCLL) as the school settles into its new location just west of downtown.
The Foley/WCLL partnership kicked off on Thursday, Aug. 2, with a “supply store” where K-4 through 5th-grade students will receive school supplies and backpacks at no charge. Foley has purchased the supplies and backpacks and its employees will assist students in selecting new supplies for the school year during the open house at WCLL, 1017 N. 12th Street, Milwaukee 53233.
Foley and WCLL are also planning other activities throughout the year, including a visit to Old World Wisconsin for the fourth grade, participation by sophomores and Foley personnel in career planning programs, and an end of year Brewers game as part of an incentive program for middle- and high-school-age students.
The school outperforms district averages in both reading and math proficiency. Nearly 90% of WCLL students qualify for free- or reduced-priced lunch, compared to roughly 83% district-wide and roughly 43% statewide.
The partnership marks the first time a professional services firm — as opposed to a manufacturing/goods-producing firm — has connected on this scale with an MPS school with the sole intent of providing support and resources to help the students succeed. Through the partnership, Foley will provide WCLL students with incentives for academic achievement and positive behavior, tours of local colleges, access and guided tours to historical and other sites, meetings focused on career possibilities and other types of support.
“It’s equivalent to winning the educational lottery — but they’re not viewed as just a money source. Foley is engaged at every step with WCLL in our efforts to continue to help our students succeed,” Wisconsin Conservatory Principal Rae Ellen Sena said. “It’s a true partnership. They want to be involved in what’s happening with our students academically, socially and in their overall educational experiences.”
Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Gregory Thornton, who has called for more corporate and community involvement in schools since arriving in 2010, praised the partnership.
“We have so many business and civic leaders who are stepping up and saying, ‘These children are our children.’ We’re grateful that Foley & Lardner is making that commitment and hope others will follow their lead,” Dr. Thornton said.
“Foley was founded in Milwaukee nearly 170 years ago and strong community involvement is part of our firm’s culture,” said Linda Benfield, Managing Partner of Foley’s Milwaukee office. “We know that efforts to improve the greater Milwaukee community also strengthen our firm and benefit our employees. We hope the success of our partnership with WCLL encourages other professional service firms to make the same commitment to help educate and support our community’s children.”
WCLL moved into its new location to give it room to serve more students. The school is expanding its Advanced Placement offerings for high school students, exploring AP expansion for middle-school students and partnering with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra for students beginning in K5.
Milwaukee Public Schools is Wisconsin’s largest school district, serving 80,000 students in more than 160 schools across the city. U.S. News and World Report named MPS’ Rufus King International School and Ronald Wilson Reagan College Preparatory High School the two best high schools in the state and among the 200 best in the country in 2012. In the past year, Milwaukee Public Schools posted a growing graduation rate 17 points higher than the rate for 2000, growing math standardized test scores representing 10-point growth in the last six years and growing ACT scores.
With approximately 900 attorneys in 21 offices, Foley & Lardner LLP provides award-winning business and legal insight to clients across the country and around the world. Our team-based approach, innovative technology, and focus on value and client service are continually recognized by our clients and the legal industry. In a recent survey* of Fortune 1000 corporate counsel, Foley received a top five ranking out of more than 300 firms for delivering exceptional client service. In addition, Foley received 19 national first-tier rankings on the 2011 – 2012 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list, and CIO magazine recognized Foley for technological innovation that enhances business value by naming the firm to its prestigious CIO-100 list in 2011. Learn more at Foley.com.
The package of women’s preventive health care in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act goes into effect today, August 1st, 2012. The Wisconsin Women’s Network (WWN) heralds this package of preventive services as a tremendous asset for American women. Eve Galanter, Chair of WWN Board of Directors, points out that this removes long-standing barriers to preventive care for women. “Eliminating any co-pays will allow women to have greater control and access to their medical care.”
The provisions to be implemented are:
Counseling for sexually transmitted infections
Screening for gestational diabetes
Contraceptive methods and counseling
Testing for the Human Papillomavirus
Screening for interpersonal and domestic violence
Counseling and screening for HIV
Breastfeeding supplies, support and counseling
“Women take the lead organizing health care for their families, but their own health care has been inequitable in terms of cost as well as in the availability of insurance coverage. Each of these now-covered health services will result in improved health care outcomes for women by improving access and lowering costs for women of all ages.” observes Galanter.
“The Wisconsin Women’s Network recognizes the importance of contraceptive care as core to reproductive rights and central to preventive health. In this package, sexual health care is integrated with other preventive health care services for women, to improve results and lower costs.” commented Lon Newman, WWN Vice Chair/Public Policy and Executive Director of Family Planning Health Services.