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Hickey: Be Thankful - Check

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IBA-Hickey-ChristineI am the queen of check lists. I live by them. Not the “on-the-back-of-your-hand” type lists, but honest to goodness checklists. There is something about checking an item off of a list that is liberating, a feeling of accomplishment. I use check lists in the office for everything from service instructions to envelopes and postage. I am a firm believer that checklists improve efficiency and increase accuracy.

A recent news story highlighted the benefits of using checklists. A study released this month reported that the use of checklists in the medical field drastically reduced complications, errors and the risk of death following surgery. Note to self: remove the sponge. Check.

During a recent interview about the benefits of medical checklists, the Sully Sullenberger crash landing on the Hudson River was used as an example of checklists gone right. While Captain Sullenberger took control of the aircraft, the co-pilot was taking a crash course in the emergency procedures checklist. Instructions to passengers to brace for impact: Check.

Believe it or not, there are websites for every kind of checklist imaginable. There are websites to find checklists, create checklists, and checklists to remember what to check off. With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, below is a checklist that may prove helpful, regardless of whether you are the host, the hosted, or the exhausted:

• Hosting Thanksgiving, oh my gosh did I order the turkey??

• Accept the offer of a green jello mold from distant cousin or aunt; it will make them feel good to help

• Check out safety tips for deep-frying the turkey (Thanksgiving is America’s peak day for home-cooking fires)

• Fire extinguisher handy?

• Does it work?

• Take photos or video (no embarrassing funniest home videos)

• Offer to be the videographer so you are not in the funniest home videos

• Encourage guests to get some exercise after the mealSuggestions include going for a walk, playing flag football or catch.Alternative suggestion: the clicker

• Organize group activitiesSuggestions include storytelling, games, watching family videos, puzzlesAlternative suggestion: cleaning up dishes

• My favorite: mom is cooking, Pepto Bismol?

If you are a guest for Thanksgiving, there is a checklist for that too:

• Contact host to determine if you can help with anything

• Take a gift for the host(s) (we host, I like this one)

• Don’t arrive early, don’t arrive late or you are the one they’ll be talking about

• After arriving, offer to help the host(s) (I like this one, too)

• Be aware that excessive consumption of foods like organ meats, shellfish, beef, beer and turkey with gravy might trigger a painful attack of gout, especially in men over 40 and women after menopause – other risky foods may include anchovies, herring, sardines, mushrooms, asparagus, peas, beans, mussels, kidney, liver, heart, brain, sweetbreads, broths, consomme (this is ver batim from a checklist)

• Take leftovers

• Don’t leave leftovers in the car

• Last, but certainly not least, enjoy time with family and friends. Be thankful. Check

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  2. What a fine example of the best of the Hoosier tradition! How sad that the AP has to include partisan snark in the obit for this great American patriot and adventurer.

  3. Why are all these lawyers yakking to the media about pending matters? Trial by media? What the devil happened to not making extrajudicial statements? The system is falling apart.

  4. It is a sad story indeed as this couple has been only in survival mode, NOT found guilty with Ponzi, shaken down for 5 years and pursued by prosecution that has been ignited by a civil suit with very deep pockets wrenched in their bitterness...It has been said that many of us are breaking an average of 300 federal laws a day without even knowing it. Structuring laws, & civilForfeiture laws are among the scariest that need to be restructured or repealed . These laws were initially created for drug Lords and laundering money and now reach over that line. Here you have a couple that took out their own money, not drug money, not laundering. Yes...Many upset that they lost money...but how much did they make before it all fell apart? No one ask that question? A civil suit against Williams was awarded because he has no more money to fight...they pushed for a break in order...they took all his belongings...even underwear, shoes and clothes? who does that? What allows that? Maybe if you had the picture of him purchasing a jacket at the Goodwill just to go to court the next day...his enemy may be satisfied? But not likely...bitterness is a master. For happy ending lovers, you will be happy to know they have a faith that has changed their world and a solid love that many of us can only dream about. They will spend their time in federal jail for taking their money from their account, but at the end of the day they have loyal friends, a true love and a hope of a new life in time...and none of that can be bought or taken That is the real story.

  5. Could be his email did something especially heinous, really over the top like questioning Ind S.Ct. officials or accusing JLAP of being the political correctness police.

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