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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2010 9 Just A Thought By RICK KRAFT Do you bring about positive change in the life you live? When you go to bed at night, is the world a better place than it was when you woke up because of some action or ac- tions you took during the day? Do you have the ability to take a nega- tive thrown at you and respond with a posi- tive? Are you able to bring about positive change to those around you without yourself being consumed? Maybe you are a catalyst. Maybe you are .a cata- lyst for change. In researching the term "'cata- lyst." I found many definitions. Rick Kraft Kierdan Kierdan Reynaldo Flores Marc Flores and Amelia Mar- tin welcomed their son, Kierdan Reynaldo Flores on December 10. 2010 in Lynnwood. Washington. He was 9 1/2 lbs. and 20 112 inches long. Kierdan's paternal grandpar- ents are David and AnJanette Puente of Lynnwood. Washing- ton and Tom Flores of Lordsburg, NM. Maternal grandparents are Gary and Leah Martin of Mill Creek. Washington. Great Grand- parents are Rey and Lorrie Martinez and Eloisa Flores of Lordsburg, NM. and Ricardo and Pricilla Venueza of Seattle, Wash- ington. Kierdan has four uncles. Carlos Ornelas of Denver. Colo- rado. Tristan Martin of Mill Creek, Washington. Aaron Flores of Mesa, Arizona. and Julian Flores of Lordsburg, NM. The core concepts of each are very similar. The first known use of the word was in 1902. The making of soap, the fermentation of wine to vinegar, and the leav- ening of bread are all processes involving catalysts. A catalyst is "a sub- stance that increases the rate of a chemical reac- tion by reducing the ac- tivation energy, bul which is left unchanged by the reaction." Wow!, A lot is go- ing on here. Let's break this definition down to its three base elements. The first segment of the definition is that it in- creases the rate of a chemical re- action. That means a catalyst cre- ates action. It brings about en- ergy. It makes something happen. A catalyst causes change. For something to be a catalyst, it must make a reaction occur, A very powerful catalyst will. by its ac- tion. cause many reactions to re- suit. If you are a catalyst in the life you live, you are making an impact on others as you are in- creasing reactions by others to your actions. The second part of the defi- nition is "by reducing activation energy?' So a catalyst not only is action resulting in reactions, it minimizes the amount of energy necessary to be activated. If you can lower the effort needed to bring about change, you can cause change to occur quicker with a reduced level of action, The final segment of the defi- nition is very critical. A catalyst brings about change and is "left unchanged by the reaction." A catalyst is not consumed. It re- mains in its original form after causing a chain of reactions to occur. What is around the cata- lyst is modified, but the catalyst itself is unaffected. Can you do that? Can you take action, cause reactions, and not be consumed in the process? It is the difference between being a thermometer that measures the temperature and being a thermo- stat that sets the temperature. Being a catalyst is causing change by being proactxve, not by measuring change and being reactive This characteristic of a cata- lyst makes me think of the story of the grandmother who taught her granddaughter a lesson one day in her kitchen. The grand- mother took some carrots and an egg from her refrigerator and a tea bag out of the cupboard. She boiled a pot of water and then one at a time put the carrots, the egg, and the tea bag in the pot allow- ing them time to respond to the boiling water. WHAT A CHILD LEARNS ABOUT VIOLENCE A CHILD LEARNS FOR LIFE. LE( IAL NOTICE !11 foster New Youth? On any given day there are over 2000 children in foster care in the State of New Mexico. And these children, youth and their families need your support. Are YOU Ready to provide a family setting for a child to help them feel safe. grow & learn? Are YOU Ready to become a foster family! READY- START... Find out more. Please call: Ronny Diaz. Foster/Adoptive Parent Recruiter (575) 434-5950 Ext. 121 , Youth and Families Department A Picture From The Past The grandmother said the pot of boiling water represents adversity in life. After boiling all three, she asked her granddaugh- ter some questions. Grandma pointed out that the carrots were hard and firm when they were taken from the refrigerator. The boiling water made them soft and mushy. This happens to some people when adversity hits them. The egg was liquid on the inside and fragile on the outside when it was put into the pot. The boiling water made the egg be- come firm. Adversity changed the egg also, but it became rigid and hard. The grandma then asked her granddaughter, what hap- pened to the tea bag when it was pui in boiling water. The grand-' daughter said. except for getting - wet. the tea bag didn't change. The grandma then shared about the tea bag, "When placed in an adverse situation, not only did the tea bag not change, it changed the water around it." Being a catalyst is like be- mg a tea bag. In the process of bringing about change around it. it is not consumed or changed. My challenge to you today is to be a catalyst in the life you live. Create catalytic reactions. First, make good choices in your own life. Then bring about change in others by influencing them to make good choices without yourself being con- sumed in the process. Be the tea bag in times of adversity. Live a life of initiation, pre- cipitation, and acceleration. Bring about change and leave a. better world behind than the one you entered. Just a thought... Rick Kraft is a motivational speaker, a. published author, and an attorney. To submit com- ments, contributions, or ideas. e-mail to rkraft @ kraftandhunter, com mailto : thekra#lawfirm @ aol. corn or wrtte to P.O. Box 850. Roswell. New Mexico, 88202 - 0850. Submitted by EDMUND rSAUCEDO Sandra Garcia on her seventh birthday, 1951 Sandra Garcia (Kearns) is the daughter of the late Elena Martinez Garcia and Juan Garcia. The Garcias owned and operated the Fashion Cleaners in Lordsburg in the 1940s and 1950s. Sandra is also the goddaughter of the late Aurora and Hefiberto Saucedo. She and her husband. Charles Kearns. reside in Pennsylvania. Remedies offered to help with holiday cel brations, minus th Courtesy submission The holiday season can be a dieter's worst nightmare. Tempt- ing treats and schedules filled with tasks and events can quickly take a successful wellness plan off track. Parties and shopping com- bined with baking and planning make heading to the gym diffi- cult. Selecting the healthiest items on the holiday buffet can be challenging when so many other seemingly more delicious and less nutritious choices are on the table. Members of TOPS Club. Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly~, the nonprofit weight-loss support or- ganization, know that making conscious food choices, practic- ing portion control, and manag- ing fitness goals are key to main- taining a healthy lifestyle. But what happens when the tempta- tion gets to be too much? "As the holiday season quickly approaches, it is impor- HIDALGO SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT RESOLUTION FY2010-02 WHEREAS, Section 10-15-1 (B) of the New Mexico Open Meetings Act (Sec- tions 10-15-1 through 10-15-4 NMSA 1978) states that. except as may be otherwise provided in the Constitution or the provisions of the Open Meetings Act. all meetings of a quorum or members present as a committee as a whole of this Board held for the purpose of formulating public policy, discussing public business or for the purpose of taking any action within the authority of this Board are declared to be public meetings open to the public at all times; and WHEREAS, Any meetings subject to the Open Meetings Act at which the discussion or adoption of any proposed resolution, rule regulation or formal action occurs shall be held only after reasonable notice to the public, and WHEREAS, Section 10-15-1 (D) of the Open Meetings Act requires the Hidalgo Soil and Water Conservation District to determine annually what constitutes reasonable notice of public meetings; NOWTHEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED this 6tn day of December 2010 by the Hidalgo Soil and Water Conservation District that: 1. During tb, e 2011 calendar year, regular meetings of the Board of Supervisors shall be held at 4:00 p.m. on the third (3r~) Tuesday of each month in the USDA Service Center conference room at 405 Duncan Hwy. in Lordsburg, New Mexico. 2. Notice shall t)e given at least ten (10) days in advance of any change in the regular meeting schedule noted in item I above. 3. Special meetings of the Board may be called by the Chairman or a majority of the members upon three (3) days notice. 4. The time and place of special meetings shall be posted at the USDA Service Center office at 405 Duncan, Hwy. Lordsburg, New Mexico. 5. Emergency meetings of the Board may be called by the Chairman or a majority of the members upon 24 hours notice. 6. The time and place of emergency meetings shall be posted in the USDA Service Center complex at 405 Duncan Hwy Lordsburg, New Mexico. 7. Pursuant to Section 10-15-1 (H) NMSA 1978. the Hidalgo Soil and Water Conservation District may close a meeting to the public if the subject matter of such discussion or action is included in Subsection H of the Open Meetings Act, Section 10-15-1 NMSA 1978, If any Board of Supervtsors meeting is closed pursuant to Section 10-15-1 (H) NMSA, such closure: A. if made in an open meeting, shall be approved by a majority vote of a quorum of the Board of Supervisors and authority for the closure shall be stated in the motion calling for the vote on a closed meeting. The vote on a closed meeting shall be taken in an n open meeting and the vote of each individual member is to be recorded in the minutes. Only those subjects announced or voted upon prior to closure by the Board of Supervisors may be discussed in a closed meeting; and B. if called for when the Board of Supervisors is not in an open meet- ing, the closed meeting shall not be held until public notice, appropriate under the circumstances, stating the specific provision of law authorizing the closed meeting is given to the members and to the general public. Signed by: David Ramos, Chairman - Hidalgo Soil and Water Conservation District Date: December 6. 2010 This resolution passed upon motion by Kanzas Massey and seconded by Meira Gault. D17c rant to plan healthy eating strate- gies to prevent weight gain," ac- cording Io Dena McDowetl, M.S., R.D.. C.D.. nutritional expert for TOPS. "Every day we are faced with obstacles that could derail a weight-loss plan." "But planning in advance can help one stay on track," McDowell said. Consider these holiday scenarios and their solu- tions to enjoy a healthful holi- day season. The Shopping Excursion Gone Awry After shopping all afternoon. you realize that you missed lunch and are now ravenously hungry. You figure that eating at the food court won't hurt since you've been walking throughout the mall. "What you didn't realize is that certain food choices can sabo- tage your exercise efforts." McDowell says. "Don't let hun- ger win. Instead. plan ahead and pack some healthy snacks in your purse such as almonds, a piece of fruit, or a high-fiber granola bar?' She advises snacking on healthy, low-fat, high-fiber foods to help stave off hunger and make the French fries or dessert not look as appealing. "Remember to pack a water bottle to drink throughout the day," she adds. The Office Holiday Party "Work parties offer many opportunities to make poor food choices as they often are buffet- style meals with unlimited des- sert choices." McDowell says. "Couple large portions with al- coholic beverages and you may have a calorie nightmare on your hands." Planning properly can help to make holiday work functions a good networking tool instead of a nutrition nightmare, accord- ing to McDowell. "Eat a light snack before leaving for the party such as an apple and a glass of water. Then, once at the party, use a small plate and look for foods that are not fried or oily-looking," she says. "Aim to fill your plate with lots of fruits and vegetables to de- crease the overall calorie content. Limit alcohol and balance each beverage with a glass of water?' Fun Family Gatherings "'When families get together. food choices are plentiful and those favorite recipes are not only delicious but also comforting," McDowell notes. She suggests preventing overeating at family gatherings by planning in advance to spend more time socializing and less time at the counter. "Offer to do kitchen clean up instead of go- ing back for second helpings.'" McDowell adds. "Washing dishes will help prevent going back for more food while allowing for ex- tra calorie-burning potential with this task." Consider these additional TOPS tips for making your holi- days heathful: Set food and beverage limits for yourself in advance. Order a glass of tow-calo- rie juice or water. Grab a small-sized plate for your meal. Load your plate with veg~ etables and fruit. Eat smaller portions of the meats and starches. Choose a piece crf hard candy or gum to prevent snack- ing on high-calorie treats. Ask for non-fat milk or sugar-free sweeteners in hot bev- erages. Allow seasonal drinks for times of celebration or just once a week. Skip t'he free samples when out shopping. While they may seem insignificant, calories can add up if multiple snacks are eaten during the day. "Remember that food is only one part of holiday gatherings," McDowell adds. "Make the meal a secondary aspect of the celebra- tion. Spending quality time with family and friends is more impor- tant - and rewarding?" *2. 3 & 4 part business forms *Business Cards *Letterhead *Invoices *Envelopes *Work Orders * J Tickets *Certificates *Bumper Stickers *Photo Reprints * Posters *Flyers .*Receipts *And Much More! child is born; unto us Son is given - Jesus the Messiah Lord's Living Water Lighthouse 807 Duncan Highway (US 70) - Lordsburg -- (575) 590-0143 - Sunday Morning Service: 10:40 AM Dress is always casual!