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Happy Friday, Friends!

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SIX to go…

Happy Throwback Thursday, friends! Last week, we began our annual old-fashioned recipe countdown until Thanksgiving. As of today, there are six weeks left until the big day!

First up, we have another mid-century sweet potato dish:

Crumb-Topped Sweet Potato Bake

Ingredients:
1 can (15-3/4 ounces) sweet potatoes, drained and mashed
1 cup crushed vanilla wafers (about 30 wafers)
3 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup crushed pineapple
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup orange juice
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Instructions:
In a large bowl, combine the first 9 ingredients. Transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish. In a small bowl, combine the pecans, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Sprinkle over sweet potato mixture. Bake, uncovered, at 350° until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean, 40-45 minutes.

Is your mouth watering yet?

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Up next, a sweet and tangy delight!

Fluffy Cranberry Delight

Ingredients:

4 cups cranberries
1-1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup water
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons orange juice
1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

In a saucepan, bring the cranberries, sugar and water to a boil. Reduce heat and cook until berries burst. Strain through a food mill or sieve into a large bowl.

Stir in the gelatin, lemon juice and orange juice. Cool until mixture coats the back of a spoon.

In a small bowl, whip cream until soft peaks form. Add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla; beat until stiff peaks form. Fold into cranberry mixture. Chill until set.

This definitely reminds us of something Grandma used to make!

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Next, let’s try this yummy spin on an old classic:

Maple-Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients::
2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
¾ cup applesauce
2 tablespoons butter, cut up
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 – 2 tablespoon bourbon
½ teaspoon salt
4 slices crumbled, crisp-cooked bacon

Directions::
Step 1
In a 6-quart slow cooker combine sweet potatoes, Yukon gold potatoes, and broth. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours. Use a slotted spoon to transfer vegetables to a large bowl, reserving cooking liquid.
Step 2
Mash vegetables until smooth, adding cooking liquid if needed to mash. Add applesauce, butter, syrup, bourbon, and salt. Mash until light and fluffy. Sprinkle with bacon before serving.

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This next one was a favorite Turkey Day appetizer for many, young and old…

Grandma’s Cheese Ball

Ingredients::
2 (8 ounce) packages full fat cream cheese
2 cups finely grated sharp cheddar cheese
6 oz. bleu cheese crumbles
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 TBSP. Worcestershire sauce
1½ cups chopped pecans or almond slivers

Directions::
Let all cheeses set on counter until room temperature.
With a blender, mix together first 5 ingredients
With your hands, shape mixture into ball with a flat bottom
Roll cheese ball in nuts, place on a piece of waxed paper and put in the fridge to set.
Serve with buttery crackers.

Note::
For a tangy twist, add an 8 oz can of well-drained, finely crushed pineapple to the cheese mixture.

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Next up, this one was very popular in the South where in the mid-century, there were more pecan trees than anyone knew what to do with!

Pecan-Cornbread Dressing

Ingredients:

3 cups water
1/2 cup butter
1 package (16 ounces) cornbread stuffing mix
10 bacon strips, diced
1 cup chopped celery
1-1/2 cups chopped green onions
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Instructions:

In a large saucepan, bring water and butter to a boil. Remove from the heat and stir in stuffing mix; cover and set aside.

In a large skillet, cook bacon until crisp; remove with a slotted spoon to drain on paper towels. Discard all but 3 tablespoons of drippings; cook celery in drippings over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add onions and cook 5 minutes or until celery is tender, stirring constantly. Add to cornbread mixture along with pecans, salt, pepper and bacon; mix well.

Transfer to a greased 2-qt. casserole. Cover and bake at 325° for 45 minutes or until heated through.

Mmmm… Are you getting antsy for the big day yet?

We’re really rocking this Vintage Thanksgiving menu, friends! Be sure to check back next week for more old-fashioned Thanksgiving recipes, just like Grandma used to make! If you like, feel free to share your own favorite Thanksgiving recipe in the comments and perhaps we’ll feature that in next week’s #TBT Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Countdown post.

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Caring for Dad

Wednesday is the day YOU get to “Ask an Attorney.” Just leave your question in the comments below, and if your question is selected, it will be answered on an upcoming Wednesday by one of our attorneys at Dean Burnetti Law.

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Tammy H. from Lakeland asks “My 82-year-old father was recently hospitalized and had to have surgery that resulted in the need for him to wear a feeding tube for the rest of his life.  Prior to this, my brother and I took turns looking in on Dad at his own home.  Now, the doctor says he will require round-the-clock nursing care.  My brother will be in a position to hire a live-in nurse for Dad in about 6 months when he gets a settlement he’s waiting on, but until then, we have to find a nursing home.  Fast.  What should we look for to be sure he will safe?”

Hi, Tammy. I’m so glad you’re asking this question before you search for a home for your dad.  Too often, this question comes after an incident has already happened. It’s critical for you and your brother to stay actively involved and vigilant to ensure your dad receives the best possible nursing home care, so be sure to look for a facility that’s close enough that you and your brother can visit often.

Before you sign anything, you need to tour the facility. (Actually, you should tour several facilities before you settle on one.) Federal regulations overseen by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services require skilled nursing facilities provide the following to all residents:

  • A clean, comfortable mattress;
  • A bed of appropriate size and height;
  • Bedding, which is appropriate to the weather/climate;
  • Furniture appropriate to the resident’s needs, including a separate closet or clothing storage spaces;
  • A room with a window to the outside for natural light and orientation to the time of day, weather, and season;
  • A “safe, clean, comfortable and homelike environment,” meaning it should feel less institutional and more home-like, so residents can bring items and personal effects with them to help create a meaningful and personalized living space.

Also, as soon as you step in the door of the facility, put all your senses to work:

From the moment you enter the facility, listen.

While residents moaning or calling for help might be disconcerting, it’s not necessarily a sign of mistreatment. But pay attention to how staff members address the residents. Remember, the generation going into nursing care these days came from a time when they were addressed as Mr. Smith or Mrs. Jones. If the nursing staff calls them honey, sweetie, or mama, the resident may lose dignity, and, if dementia has set in, the resident may not even be responsive.

What do you smell?

A lot of nursing homes have a certain funky smell. Oftentimes, these are unavoidable, such as when certain medications or diets make the residents gassier than normal.  Plus, the aging process sometimes causes the elderly to lose control of their bladder or bowels. But, if the facility reeks of stale urine or feces, there’s a strong likelihood that it isn’t being cleaned properly, or that the residents who wear incontinence garments are not being changed as often as they should be. Worse yet, if there is an abundance of people with bedsores, the smell of infection can be overbearing.

Does the food look and taste palatable?

Even though a meal might meet a resident’s dietary requirements, if it doesn’t taste good to someone who may be losing their taste, or if it isn’t visually appealing to someone who may be losing interest in eating, that’s a red flag.  While you’re observing the residents eat, pay attention to those residents who cannot feed themselves.  Are they eating with their hands?  Is someone taking care to feed them?  Are they watching everyone else eat while they are being ignored?  Is someone shoving food in their mouth and trying to hurry them up?  Older people tend to eat slowly, and if the staff doesn’t have the time or manpower to help a resident eat their meal so that they can enjoy it and digest it properly, there’s a problem.

How do the residents spend their waking hours?

As you tour the facility during the daytime, take note of how many residents are still in bed. If there is a crowd of wheelchairs parked in front of the nurses’ station, while that’s still better than them being stuck in bed with only a TV to babysit them, it’s not enough.  A quality facility will have a daily activity calendar for their residents (which you should be prominently displayed for you to see without having to ask). Activities might include a live music and sing-along hour in a common room, BINGO, jigsaw puzzle time, a common TV and board game room for use during unstructured times, church and worship times, a Bible study hour, visits from local youth groups, visits from various animal handlers, an exercise hour, an outdoor time, a gardening hour, a walking tour, etc. Some facilities even have a bus that transports the residents (and their caregivers) to stores or concerts once a week so they can get out.

How do the staff interact with each other?

If the staff are rude to each other, they won’t think twice about being bad-tempered with a resident. Also, if a radio or TV playing in the background isn’t tuned in for residents but is playing shows or music for a twenty-something crowd, then you’ll know those are really on for the staff and not the residents. Likewise, if a resident’s TV is tuned to a young children’s show, the staff is turning that program on and, in the process, are causing the resident to lose dignity by not allowing them to watch something they might have enjoyed when they still lived at home which was meant for adults. Finally, pay attention to how the nursing staff spends its time once all the charting and direct care has been finished for their unit. If you see a bunch of nurse’s aides grouped together giggling over something while the residents are stationed in wheelchairs looking bored, that’s a problem.

Do you notice any bruising?

Every black-and-blue mark is not necessarily a sign of abuse. As people age, their skin becomes thinner and more fragile, and certain medications make them more likely to bruise easily.   However, some contusions should not be ignored. Look for a hand or fingertip shaped bruises around the wrists or upper arms. Also, any handprint-shaped marks on any body part are unlikely to be caused by an accidental fall and should be questioned.

Do you notice bedsores?

Sometimes, bedsores are unavoidable, especially as a resident becomes sicker and more immobile. However, if the resident is capable of being up and is developing bed sores, it’s important to question why he’s spending so much time in the same position. Even if the resident is confined to a bed, they need to be rotated every hour or two, and these rotations should be marked on the resident’s medical chart.

How does the facility handle a resident’s fall?

When dealing with the elderly, falls can happen under even the best of circumstances; but it’s important to know how the staff reacts. Do they check for injuries? Do they help the resident get up off the floor safely? Is the resident checked later in the shift for injuries that aren’t apparent at first?

Is the staff overworked?

Don’t be afraid to come right out and ask the nursing assistants and other staff if they work a lot of overtime or double shifts. If so, there’s a red flag that the facility may be short-staffed which can affect the quality of patient care. Likewise, you can ask the facility director what their staff-to-patient ratio is, then compare it on the Nursing Home Compare tool at Medicare.gov. Lack of staff can increase the likelihood that the staff is overworked and overly stressed.

Finally, look for safety devices as soon as you enter the facility.

Good nursing homes want to encourage visitors so they need to keep their security measures as unobtrusive as possible while still maintaining a safe environment for their residents. Cameras and check-in systems can help keep residents safe without alarming residents. Light beams can monitor hallways or exits, and can even be used to alert the staff if a resident leaves his room. Wandering is a particular danger for people in certain stages of Alzheimer’s disease. While the facility should not feel like a prison, the residents need to be secured for their own safety. Many facilities have cleverly disguised, secure exits in their locked Alzheimer’s wings, so that the doors can’t be exited without code cards for the staff or a staff member “buzzing out” a visitor, so the wing feels more secure and less like a prison.

~Dean Burnetti

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This Is Not Your Grandmother’s Quilting Bee!

It’s “Tuesday Newsday,” the day when Dean Burnetti Law brings you news of recalls, legal or political events, other important happenings, or just uplifting stories that make your heart smile…

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Happy Tuesday Newsday, friends!  Today we want to share a story about a quilting bee…  But not the kind your grandmother used to have.

Anyone who has an heirloom quilt – a quilt that was hand-stitched long ago by an ancestor who saved old and worn-out clothes to cut into squares to make a quilt – knows how special they are and how much love went into every stitch.

In Missouri’s South Central Correctional Facility, a special group of inmates have volunteered to make quilts to be donated to kids in the state’s foster care system or to be sold at auction for funds for certain local charities.

One such inmate, Fred Brown, said that once he learned that he could help bring a smile to a child’s face, he was all in.  Currently, he’s working on a puppy quilt that will go to a 13-year-old boy. He doesn’t know anything about the boy, but Fred has a feeling the boy will fall in love with his quilt.

Another inmate, William White, was an upholsterer by trade, so he was used to working with fabric and stitching.  That’s why, after he began serving his sentence in 2015, once he learned about the project, he felt a certain kinship for being part of it.  After he completes his other daily prison chores, he spends seven hours a day, five days a week, quilting with his peers. William has six children and is proud to have an outlet to give back.

The quilting group’s coordinator, Joe Satterfield believes in restorative justice which stresses rehabilitation for inmates so that they won’t reoffend.  He says it’s imperative to keep the inmates’ minds and hearts engaged while letting make useful contributions to the community.  And he says that since the inception of the project, it’s been a real game-changer, even for the inmates who will likely never get out again.  He says that after joining the project, a shift in the inmates’ attitudes is soon noticeable and that it’s as if a light flips on for them to be a part of something great.

The inmates who work on the quilts know firsthand what it’s like to be forgotten by society.  That’s one of the main reasons that they feel so compelled to do what they do:  to let these foster kids know that someone loves them and that they are not castoffs.

As inmate William White says, “Even though I’m incarcerated, I can still do something beautiful.”

We couldn’t agree more!  These men do beautiful work for a beautiful cause.  We applaud them and the Missouri correctional facility who saw past the crimes these men committed and instead saw their potential and made this project possible.

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Don’t Forget…

It’s Monday. Welcome to a new week. Today is the day for “Monday Ministry.” Did you know that Attorney Dean Burnetti went to seminary before he was called to the legal field?  The following is a devotion given to you by Dean…

1 Corinthians 2:2 – “I made up my mind to pay attention to only one thing while I was with you. That one thing was Jesus Christ and his death on the cross.”

The words “Don’t forget…” is probably one of the most frequent phrases directed at me.

Our world is often filled with to do lists, tasks, memos, and checklists . All of these things are directed toward the goal that we not forget the things we have to do today and tomorrow, so that we stay on task.

However, I’m often amazed that these very same lists cause me to lose attention to the most important things in my life.  My relationship to and communication with Christ is often forgotten in the moment of my attention to the things of this world.

Last Friday, I walked into a hotel lobby where a deposition was to be conducted. As I looked around the lobby, there were at least a dozen young business people sitting on various lounges and chairs. I was looking to say, “Hello,” when I realized they all had their heads down while either texting or emailing on their phones. I might as well have been alone in the room.

It’s often difficult to break away long enough to talk. But our attention to Christ as believers has never been so important in the world we live in.

Today, pay attention to what’s important. Don’t forget to talk with Christ.  It will change your day.

Stay healthy and have a blessed week!

~Dean Burnetti

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really?

FYI: Thanksgiving is just around the corner, too! Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

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SEVEN to go…

Today, there are seven weeks until Thanksgiving 2021! That’s right, November 25th is just around the corner, that means it’s the right time of year to start 2021’s version of annual countdown of recipes for an “Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving!”

Today, let’s be naughty and start with dessert first! This first recipe was first published in the 1964 Pillsbury Bake-Off Cookbook, and it looks just as delicious today as it did back then…

Mystery Pecan Pie

Ingredients:
1 pkg. (8oz) cream cheese
⅓ c. plus ¼ c. sugar
¼ tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
4 eggs
1¼ c. chopped pecans
1 c. light corn syrup
1 deep dish 9 or 10 inch pie shell

Instructions:
Combine cream cheese, ⅓ cup sugar, salt, 1 tsp vanilla, and 1 egg. Spread into pie shell.
Sprinkle pecans over cheese layer.
Combine remaining eggs, sugar, vanilla and syrup; pour over pecans.
Bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 mins, until center is set.

What do you think?  We believe the only mystery will be how many pieces you can fit in your belly without popping!

On old-fashioned Thanksgiving isn’t complete without starting the meal with some form of gelatin salad…  This recipe was created in the mid-1950s, and the creator’s granddaughter was kind enough to share it on the internet for us all to enjoy.

CRANBERRY ORANGE JELLO MOLD SALAD

Ingredients::

1 9-oz. can pineapple tidbits
1 (3 oz) pkg cherry flavored gelatin
2 cups hot water
2 TB lemon juice
cold water
dash salt
3/4 cup sugar
1-1/2 cups coarsely ground fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2 cup finely ground fresh orange with peel (food processor works best)
1 cup mandarin oranges (or more)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup thinly sliced celery

Instructions::

Drain pineapple, reserving syrup. Dissolve gelatin in hot water; add 1 cup cold water, plus reserved pineapple syrup, lemon juice and salt. Chill in bowl until partially set.
Stir sugar into ground fruits. Fold ground fruits, pineapple, oranges, celery and pecans into partially-set Jello. Pour into 6-1/2 cup ring mold. (You can lightly spray with non-stick spray.) Chill and set.
Serve slices on a lettuce leaf.   Serves 8-10

Up next, no Thanksgiving would be complete without green bean casserole.  However, some people don’t realize where the original recipe came from.  It was created in 1955 by Dorcas Reilly who led the Campbell’s Soup Company’s home economics department when soup sales dropped off around Thanksgiving.

GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE

Ingredients::

1can (10 1/2 ounces) Campbell’s® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
1/2cup milk
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 dash black pepper
4 cups cooked cut green beans
1 1/3cups French’s® French Fried Onions

Instructions::

Stir the soup, milk, soy sauce, black pepper, beans and 2/3 cup onions in a 1 1/2-quart casserole.
Bake at 350°F. for 25 minutes or until the bean mixture is hot and bubbling. Stir the bean mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining onions.
Bake for 5 minutes or until the onions are golden brown.

This next mid-century recipe is perfect for those times when the garden yielded a huge crop of sweet potatoes!

Potluck Candied Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients:

1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup sugar
8 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons cold water
Minced fresh parsley

Directions:

In a small bowl, combine sugars. In a greased 5-qt. slow cooker (Croc-Pot), layer a third of the sweet potatoes; sprinkle with a third of the sugar mixture. Repeat layers twice. In a small bowl, combine the butter, vanilla and salt; drizzle over potatoes. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until sweet potatoes are tender.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer potatoes to a serving dish; keep warm. Pour cooking juices into a small saucepan; bring to a boil. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into pan. Return to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Spoon over sweet potatoes.

Sprinkle with parsley.

That’s all for today, folks. We hope you’re starting to plan your Thanksgiving menu and that you find our old-fashioned Thanksgiving recipes helpful. If you like, feel free to share your favorite recipe in the comments and perhaps we’ll feature that in next week’s #TBT Countdown Post.

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SSD & BNB

Wednesday is the day YOU get to “Ask an Attorney.”  Just leave your question in the comments below, and if your question is selected, it will be answered on an upcoming Wednesday by one of our attorneys at Dean Burnetti Law.

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Betty W. from Lakeland asks, “I was diagnosed with Lupus a few years ago.  Luckily, I haven’t had any organ involvement to date, but all the chemo and steroids I’ve had to take to get my disease under control have affected my health.  My bones are now incredibly brittle, and I’ve lost a lot of muscle.  I work as a bank teller where I’m forced to be on my feet for 8 hours a day.  A few months ago, I injured my knee while shopping.  I had surgery for a mildly torn meniscus, but there was still a lot of pain.  Then I was diagnosed with a hamstring injury and told it would just take time to heal.  Now my knee is swollen twice its size and it hurts to even sleep, much less stand or walk!  This morning, the doctor said the swelling is from an arthritis flare brought on by the prior trauma to my knee.  And then he dropped the bomb on me that because of all the steroids I’ve taken for my Lupus, my knee cartilage is too thin and my bursa sac is too compressed to even give me a shot to provide some relief.  Worse yet, with my Lupus and the condition of my brittle bones, he said I can likely expect arthritic flares like these to come more frequently.  At this point, with no end in sight, I don’t know how I can possibly continue working.  I’m considering applying for Social Security Disability, but I’ve heard this pays a lot less than my job.  I’ve also hears that Social Security frowns on people taking side jobs to help with expenses.  (Maybe if I could get a job where I wasn’t on my feet, it wouldn’t be so bad.)  Can I do something such as rent out my vacation cottage on AirBNB to make up the difference?” 

Hi, Betty.  I’m so sorry you’re dealing with such a painful health issue.  You are correct, in that Social Security uses a formula to calculate the maximum benefit allowed, which is typically between $800 and $1,800 a month.  Which is practically impossible to live on.  Disability recipients are allowed to work at side jobs as long as they do not earn over a certain amount.  As of this year (2021), if Social Security Disability recipients earn less than $1,276 per month at a job (or less than $2,153 if the disabled beneficiary is blind), they will continue to receive their Social Security Disability benefits.  

Earning income from a boarder or renter is not the same as earning additional income by working.  This income falls under Social Security’s “unearned income” category, just like other unearned income such as child support, alimony, investments, interest, dividends, in-kind gifts, etc. (This rule would be different if you were receiving Social Security Supplemental Security Income, but Social Security Disability is designed to assist people who are unable to work because of their disability as opposed to Supplemental Security Income which is based solely on the financial need of its applicants, in which case all forms of income are counted.)  So, feel free to use your extra home as a rental.

I wish you the best of luck with both your finances and your health!

Best wishes!

~Dean Burnetti

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(The information contained herein is for informational purposes only, and does not constitute legal advice.)

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Never Lonely There

It’s “Tuesday Newsday,” the day when Dean Burnetti Law brings you news of recalls, legal or political events, other important happenings, or just uplifting stories that make your heart smile…

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Happy Tuesday Newsday, friends!  With all the self-service lines in just about every store and fast-food restaurant these days, have you started to miss the human interaction and longed for the days when a cashier would assist you with your purchases, would strike up a pleasant conversation with you, and would actually interact with you (versus ignoring you while they banter with a co-worker)? 

The powers-that-be in the Netherlands have started to realize that while self-service may be faster, there’s something to be said for that golden thread that connects us all as humans.  The fact is, human interaction is a necessary part of human happiness.

The Netherlands has 1.3 million citizens who are at least 75-years-old, and many of these folks are lonely.  So, the Dutch Government’s Ministry of Health and Welfare, who realizes that the older crowd are still just as important as their younger counterparts, has initiated a campaign entitled “One Against Loneliness.”  (What a terrific idea!)

Netherlands main grocery, Jumbo (think Dutch Publix), has come up with a plan to combat loneliness called Kletskassa which translates to “chat check-out.”  The idea is that there is a check-out line that’s kind of the exact opposite of the 10 items or less express line that we are familiar with.  In a Kletskassa line, a cashier checks out the customer, taking their time, all the while having a conversation with the customer, making real contact with them out of genuine interest. And the reward is paying off.   People are flocking to the Kletskassa lines at Jumbo to wait for a turn to combat their own loneliness.  What may seem like a small gesture is actually very valuable, especially in this world that is digitizing and growing faster-paced each passing day, and perhaps leaving some of the older crowd behind.

The fact is, loneliness is a growing problem in today’s society. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the Dutch movement toward supporting older people and the lonely would catch on in countries around the world?

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Who Did You Tell?

It’s Monday. Welcome to a new week. Today is the day for “Monday Ministry.” Did you know that Attorney Dean Burnetti went to seminary before he was called to the legal field?  The following is a devotion given to you by Dean…

Psalms 40:10 “I have not kept the good news of your justice hidden in my heart; I have talked about your faithfulness and saving power. I have told everyone in the great assembly of your unfailing love and faithfulness.”

To experience answered prayer is not in and of itself the end of our mission.

If you have an important need and you then pray for God to intervene, when God answers your prayer and you say nothing, then you blew it.

The greatest part of God answering your prayer is what comes after: That you tell everyone what God has done for you.

I’ve caught myself in the past thinking that I should say nothing to others as it may take away somehow from my experience. Nothing is farther from the truth.

If we don’t speak, the rocks will cry out and proclaim His power and greatness.
Christ tells us to ask for anything.

John 14:13-14 – “You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.”

Pay attention to that last statement: “…so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.”
Don’t miss the reason God answers our cries for help.

Yes, live in His wonder and glory, but, Praise God when He comes to your rescue. Tell everyone the great things He has done in your life, and, preach the good news that He is your Lord!

Stay healthy and have a blessed week!

~Dean Burnetti

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