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April 29, 2010

PLA Changes Notice Procedures

The Blogmeister was recently made aware the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (PLA) was notifying current licensees of the need to renew their licenses via email.  While the PLA is to be congratulated for attempting to save money on postage (they used to mail the reminders), they apparently did not realize many people change email addresses over the two year license period.   End result…  some people did not receive the notice and their licenses expired.  As of the time of this post, they are allowing people to still renew their licenses, but there is an additional fifty dollar fee.  Some people are reporting they received a mailed notice of this policy change, while others are being caught unaware.  The Blogmeister’s advice?  Check your license status ASAP and renew if you are expired.

March 16, 2008

25 Tips for Staying Married

The Evansville Courier-Press carried this article today.  As I read through them I was struck by how correct this writer is:

1. Always put her first — before work, friends, even basketball. Act as if she’s the best thing that ever happened to you, because we all know she is.

2. Keep no secrets. Pool your money. Allow nothing and no one to come between you.

3. Pick your fights with care. Play fair. Show some class. Hurtful words can be forgiven, but they’re hard to forget.

4. Fall in love again every day. Kiss her in taxis. Flirt with her at parties. Tell her she’s beautiful. Then tell her again.

5. Never miss an anniversary or a birthday or a chance to make a memory. Memories may not seem important now, but one day they’ll be gold.

6. Never give her a practical gift. If she really wants a Shop-Vac, let her pick it out herself.

7. Go to church together, and pray every day for each other and your marriage.

8. Pay your bills on time and make sure you each have a living will, a durable power of attorney and life insurance, lest, God forbid, you need them.

9. Love her parents as your own, but don’t ask them for money. Never criticize her family or friends. On her birthday, send flowers to her mother with a note saying, “Thank you for giving birth to the love of my life.”

10. Always listen to her heart. If you’re wrong, say you’re sorry; if you’re right, shut up.

11. Don’t half-tie the knot; plan to stay married forever.

12. Never go to bed mad; talk until you’re over it, or you forget why you were mad.

13. Laugh together a lot. If you can laugh at yourselves, you’ll have plenty to laugh about.

14. Never criticize, correct or interrupt her in public; try not to do it in private, either.

15. Remember that people are the least lovable when they are most in need of love.

16. Never fall for the myth of perfectionism; it’s a lie.

17. When you don’t like each other, remember that you love each other; pray for the “good days” to return and they will.

18. Tell the truth, only the truth, with great kindness.

19. Kiss at least 10 seconds a day, all at once or spread out.

20. Memorize all her favorite things and amaze her with how very well you know her.

21. Examine your relationship as often as you change the oil in your car; keep steering it on a path you both want it to go.

22. Be content with what you have materially, honest about where you are emotionally, and never stop growing spiritually.

23. Never raise your voice unless you’re on fire. Whisper when you argue.

24. Be both friends and lovers; in a blackout, light a candle, then make your own sparks.

25. Finally, be an interesting person, lead your own life. But always save your best for each other. In the end, you will know you were better together than you ever could’ve been apart.

Here’s to happily ever after.

January 31, 2008

“Dr. Phil Show”: How’s That Working Out For You?

According to WTHR, Dr. Phillip McGraw “regrets” discussing his “visit” with pop singer Brittany Spears.  Here is the background:

Spears, 26, was hospitalized in Los Angeles after a child custody dispute with ex-husband Kevin Federline resulted in an hours-long standoff with police January 3. Federline has sole physical and legal custody of their two sons, Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1.

McGraw said he visited the pop singer as a family friend, and rejected critics who accused him of practicing psychology without a license.

This is what Dr. Phil has to say:

“I regret making the statement. It didn’t help. It didn’t work,” the syndicated TV psychologist said Wednesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“I did not go there to diagnose her. I did not go there to treat her,” said McGraw, who showed up at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on January 5 as Spears was about to be discharged.

McGraw said he retired his Texas license after 25 years of private practice because of the demands of his “Dr. Phil” daytime talk show.

The Spears family has accused McGraw of betraying their trust by making an “inappropriate” public statement about the singer’s hospitalization.

McGraw had told celebrity news TV shows that Spears was in “dire” need of medical and psychological help.

In an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show Wednesday, McGraw said his public comments after visiting Spears were intended to prevent rumors and misinformation.

“I wanted to stop speculation about what may have gone on in there,” he said.

OK, whatever.  We all know he went there to get ratings for his pseudo-psychological show.  Anytime a person in the therapy, or psychological, field puts their needs in front of a person or family, in a professional situation, they act unethically.  Speaking of which, a formal complaint was filed in California over the incident.  The California Board of Psychology treats complaints as confidential, so we don’t know what will happen with this yet.  Interestingly, the complaint also alleges Dr. Phil violated Ms. Spears confidentiality rights under HIPA.  While the California complaint is a felony, the HIPA violation could result in federal charges.

January 30, 2008

Abused Children: Indiana’s Hmurovich

Yesterday a report was released by Prevent Child Abuse America.  It calls for more federal money to be made available for “Federal” foster care support and prevention services.  Sounds good.  Unfortunately, the CEO of the organization is none other than James Hmurovich.  Those who have been around the “welfare” system long enough remember he was in charge of a former incarnation of Family and Children’s Services, where he attempted to do the same thing.   What happened when he was in Indiana is prevention services went up, BUT they were used INSTEAD of foster care services.  The reason?  It is much more cost effective to keep children in their homes than in foster care.  This led to many dangerous situations and the calls for welfare reforms implemented by Governor Daniels.  Looks like Mr. Hmurovich wants to screw up the whole country.  Under his current proposal, he wants to “reward” states for decreasing the number of children in foster care.  Doesn’t look like he learned his lesson from screwing up Indiana.  Here is a summary of what the Indianapolis Star had to say:

January 24, 2008

Black Marriage Amendment?

Not really, but I betcha that got your attention.  Now before you start sending the blogmeister hate mail, read this story over at the Indy Star.  Which makes more sense, the nonsense about the real marriage amendment currently going on over at the statehouse, or doing something to help a portion of our population that really, really needs it.  From the story:

About eight in 10 black children in Indiana are born to unwed parents — a start to life that sets them up for problems during adolescence and beyond, according to an Indiana Black Expo report.
Indiana’s black youths fare significantly worse than Hoosier youths in general across 18 indicators of well-being, such as graduation rates and poverty levels, and do worse than black youths in the U.S, according to the report being released Friday.
The explosion of births to unwed parents is driving many of the state’s social problems, such as increases in poverty and child abuse and the growing cost of public aid, said Bill Stanczykiewicz, president and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute.
He added that the problem is not exclusive to any one race.
Indiana’s out-of-wedlock birthrate is at an all-time high, with unwed mothers accounting for nearly 40 percent of all births, he said. Nationally, about 36 percent of all births are to unwed mothers.

January 15, 2008

CASA Rocks!

Yesterday’s South Bend Tribune carried this story about CASAs/GALs.  For those unaware, CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates and GAL means Guardian Ad Litem.  These are legal terms for volunteers (generally) appointed to represent the interests of children in abuse, neglect, and domestic relations cases.  Most recently a GAL was in the news when she attempted to have TaJanay Bailey removed from her mother’s home against the wishes of the Department of Child Services.  TaJanay was allegedly killed by her mother the day of the hearing.

The Blogmeister has had the pleasure of serving on the board of Northeastern Indiana CASA for the last few years.  It’s a good not for profit organization totally devoted to the needs and representation of children in the court system.  Aside from a few paid staff to run the organization, it is completely staffed by volunteers and funded by private and United Way donations, as well as some funding from county courts.  As such, they are always looking for volunteers and other forms of support.

Check out the story, and if so moved, contact your local CASA/GAL office and inquire how you can help!

January 9, 2008

A Lil Bit Country… Osmond to Speak in FW

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette announces this morning that Marie Osmond will be speaking in the Fort in April.

[She will] be the keynote speaker at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne’s seventh annual Tapestry: A Day for Women, scheduled for April 25 at Memorial Coliseum. Tapestry is a daylong event that promotes renewal and self-growth for women.

Osmond was chosen for a variety of reasons, but the ones germane to this blog include…

…Osmond has also struggled in her life, most recently with the divorce from her husband of more than 20 years, the death of her father and her teenage son entering rehab – which all occurred last year.

Osmond, the mother of eight children, has also suffered from postpartum depression.

Here is the info on how to see her;

$60 for open seating. A reserved table for 10 close to the stage costs $650. Businesses can sponsor tables for $1,000. Registration begins Feb. 25, and women can either sign up on the Web site, www.ipfw.edu/tapestry, or through a mailed brochure.

January 6, 2008

Bills and Resolutions Updated

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Here are the current bills and resolutions filed in the statehouse this week.  The master list has been updated and is here.

House:

  • HB 1060 — Great Lakes compact.
  • HB 1061 — Application of landlord-tenant statutes.
  • HB 1062 — Architectural salvage material dealers.
  • HB 1064 — Partition fences.
  • HB 1065 — PERF beneficiary change after divorce.
  • HB 1066 — Recovery for indirect injury in restraint of trade.
  • HB 1067 — United States flag protocol for Indiana soldiers.
  • HB 1068 — Drivers of vehicles carrying school children.
  • HB 1069 — Local ordinances to reduce speed limits.
  • HB 1070 — Legislators’ defined contribution plan.
  • HB 1071 — Funding for voting machine replacement.
  • HB 1072 — Unlimited lifetime handgun permit endorsements.
  • HB 1073 — Sales tax exemption for college textbooks.
  • HB 1074 — Disarming a law enforcement officer.
  • HB 1075 — Abandoned embryo adoption.
  • HB 1077 — Funding for local Memorial Day celebrations.
  • HB 1078 — Redistricting commission.
  • HB 1079 — Subjects of educational discussion and bargaining.
  • HB 1080 — Homeowners associations.
  • HB 1081 — Resisting law enforcement.
  • HB 1083 — Hoosier Inland Port study.
  • HB 1084 — Taxation of civil service annuities.
  • HB 1085 — Whistle stop signs.
  • HB 1086 — Penalties for failure to pay state taxes.
  • HB 1088 — Student mobility rates.
  • HB 1089 — Fire sprinkler contractors and installers.
  • HB 1090 — Climate registry.
  • HB 1091 — Growth and development study committee.
  • HB 1092 — School starting and ending dates.
  • HB 1093 — Charity gaming.
  • HB 1094 — Sales tax exemption for vending machine sales.
  • HB 1096 — Various provisions concerning courts.
  • HB 1098 — Net metering and interconnection rules.
  • HB 1099 — Shortfall loans from the common school fund.
  • HB 1100 — Halloween enticement.
  • HB 1101 — Utility receipts tax.
  • HB 1104 — Fire protection district excess property tax levy.
  • HB 1105 — Transfer of property to fire departments.
  • HB 1107 — Cultural competency.
  • HB 1108 — Sheriff’s compensation.
  • HB 1112 — Learner’s permits and driver’s licenses.
  • HB 1113 — Birth certificate fraud.
  • HB 1114 — Town police officer residency.
  • HB 1115 — Wabash River heritage corridor commission.
  • HB 1116 — State agency fines and penalties.
  • HB 1117 — Coal gasification and substitute natural gas.
  • HB 1118 — Alcoholic beverages.
  • Senate:

  • SB 0117 — Parole issues.
  • SB 0118 — DOC superintendent qualifications.
  • SB 0119 — Cell phone use while driving.
  • SB 0120 — Employer immunity for hiring offenders.
  • SB 0121 — Donations by local units to community foundations.
  • SB 0122 — Coverage for stereotactic radiotherapy.
  • SB 0123 — Grading and certification of meat products.
  • SB 0124 — Child seduction.
  • SB 0125 — Reentry courts and community transition.
  • SB 0126 — License plate cycle for certain plates.
  • SB 0127 — Local port authority eminent domain procedures.
  • SB 0128 — Equivalent jobs and wage discrimination.
  • SB 0129 — Notice of meetings.
  • SB 0130 — Conversion by failure to return rented property.
  • SB 0131 — Jurisdiction of university and college police.
  • SB 0132 — Definition of “serious bodily injury”.
  • SB 0133 — PERF COLA and thirteenth check.
  • SB 0134 — Consolidation of certain environmental and natural resources proceedings.
  • SB 0135 — Relocation of a riverboat.
  • SB 0136 — Challenges to a candidate’s eligibility.
  • SB 0137 — Public safety employees.
  • SB 0138 — Income tax withholding.
  • SB 0139 — Violation of probation.
  • SB 0140 — Tort claims against governmental entities.
  • SB 0141 — Sales tax exemption for college textbooks.
  • SB 0142 — Teacher professional development days.
  • SB 0144 — Residency of police officers and firefighters.
  • SB 0145 — Voter identification.
  • SB 0146 — Information preceding an abortion.
  • SB 0147 — Abandoned embryo adoption.
  • SB 0148 — Repeal of expiration dates for state offices.
  • SB 0149 — Coroner and deputy coroner training.
  • SB 0150 — Physical therapists.
  • SB 0151 — Checkoff for cancer research.
  • SB 0152 — Automated external defibrillators in health clubs.
  • SB 0153 — Extension of dentist instructor license.
  • SB 0154 — Regulated occupation definition.
  • SB 0155 — Study on domestic violence program.
  • SB 0156 — Communicable disease rules.
  • SB 0157 — Opioid treatment programs.
  • December 8, 2007

    More Indiana Kids Poor (part deux)

    The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette carries this story today.  The Blogmeister first posted on this on 11/26/07, but these statistics are even more clear.

    More Indiana children faced hunger and poverty issues this year than last, according to data released by the Indiana Youth Institute this week.

    While the percentage of children living in poverty in Allen County has risen slightly since 2004, from 16 percent to 16.8 percent, the institute said the rising number of public school students receiving free and reduced-price lunches indicates an increasing problem.

    Students from families with annual incomes less than $26,845 qualify for free lunches, and since 2000, the number of children involved in the lunch program has increased 40 percent, according to the Indiana Youth Institute.

    The number of children receiving reduced-price lunches has risen 30 percent during that time period. Students from families with incomes between $26,845 and $38,203 qualify for reduced-price lunches.

    Hungry children are more likely to receive lower grades, be suspended or expelled, suffer from depression and have suicidal thoughts, said Bill Stanczykiewicz, president and chief executive officer of the Indiana Youth Institute.

    The most recent numbers show that hunger is not limited to unemployed or homeless people. A quarter of working families in Indiana are considered low-income, and the majority of Indiana families who receive food stamps have one of more workers in them, Stanczykiewicz said.

    As the numbers have risen, so too have the number of working poor seeking aid from Community Harvest Food Bank – many families that have never needed assistance before, Executive Director Jane Avery said.

    “I have never seen it this tough,” said Avery, who has been with the food bank for more than 11 years.

    About 77 percent of Indiana households receiving food stamps include at least one worker, and 25 percent of those households have two or more workers, according to the Indiana Youth Institute.

    Nearly half the food stamp recipients in Indiana are children under 18, one of many statistics that trouble Avery.

    “You look at hungry kids and the percentages, and you have to remember, every percent has a face with it,” she said.

    Get Nichols, director of elementary administration for Fort Wayne Community Schools, said hunger is just one of many issues facing children in poverty.

    More than half of FWCS students qualify for free lunches, and the district also sees that those children sometimes aren’t properly dressed for cold weather and may have to fend for themselves after school, Nichols said.

    What’s more, low-income families tend to choose the cheapest foods, which are generally higher in calories and carbohydrates, she said.

    Cleaning out the RSS Feed Barrel

     Most days, the Blogmeister doesn’t get to all the news stories he wants to.  Here are all the stories and posts the Blogmeister either didn’t get to, or were deemed interesting, but not worthy of the Blog, over the past week.

    Foster mother of 45 gets help in time of need  
    Read This Story: What The Guv’s Tax Plan May Mean For Marion County 
    The Fallen Mighty: Allen County GOP Short On Cash After Election  
    Kenley Has Devoted Years To Tax Reform, Proposals 
    County executive concept develops  :Commissioners back idea; plan may go to legislature.  
    Harper’s findings 

    Report Ready on Trimming Government
    Late filings cost Burton’s PAC $4,450 
    Supreme Court will decide Indianapolis case 
    Daniels appeals FEMA aid decision 
    Suicidal molester sentenced 

    Gloomy Hoosiers Opinion 
    Senators urging welfare overhaul 
    Children dying for lack of child-sized drugs   
    Always aroused: A good thing gone awry
    Indiana lawmakers consider bill to eliminate township assessors office               
    Senate skeptical about appointed assessors IndyStar.com        
    Republican lawmaker’s support for Daniels’ tax plan is wavering?       
    Local Concern: Kenley Cautious In Light Of New Circuit Breaker Data       
    Now What? Tully Asks Readers To Chime In With Ways To Fix Phoenix       
    Property tax plan to get another look     
    Teacher’s post on blog leads to arrest, debate    
    Dobson criticizes tax plan:  Commissioner says St. Joseph wouldn’t be able to function under Daniels’ proposal
    Working ’10 til 2′ aids at-home professionals 
    Lawmaker calls for balance on taxes  
    Coming to terms with conflict at the office
    Losing virginity early or late tied to health risks 
    How depressed is your state?    
    Child abuse death isn’t the fault of system 
    Brain glitch behind distortion of self-image 
    Smaller babies grow up to be sadder adults 
    Anorexia risk may start before birth 
    Fever can unlock autism’s grip     

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