Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, September 9, 2017

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, September 9, 2017 


Jeff’s Book Pics By Jeff Brown

Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight 
Out of This Wild and Glorious Life by Jen 

 New York Times bestselling author Jen 
Hatmaker returns with another round of 
hilarious tales, shameless honesty, 
and hope for the woman who has 
forgotten her moxie.In this highly 
anticipated new book, beloved 
author Jen Hatmaker parlays her 
own triumphs and tragedies into a 
sigh of relief for all normal, fierce 
women everywhere. Whether it’s 
the time she drove to the wrong 
city for a fourth-grade field trip 
(“Why are we in San Antonio?”) 
or the way she learned to forgive 
(God was super clear: Pray for 
this person every day, which 
was the meanest thing He ever 
said to me. I was furious.), she 
offers a reminder to those of us 
who sometimes hide in the car 
eating crackers that we do have 
the moxie to get back up and get 
back out. We can choose to live 
undaunted “in the moment” no 
matter what the moments hold, 
and lead vibrant, courageous, 
grace-filled lives.

Braving the Wilderness: The 
Quest for True Belonging and 
the Courage to Stand Alone 
by Brené Brown 

 A timely and important new 
book that challenges everything we 
think we know about cultivating 
true belonging in our communities, 
organizations, and culture, from 
the #1 bestselling author of Rising 
Strong, Daring Greatly, and The 
Gifts of Imperfection

 “True belonging doesn’t require us to change 
who we are. It requires us to be who we are.” Social 
scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked 
a global conversation about the experiences 
that bring meaning to our lives—experiences of 
courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, 
and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown 
redefines what it means to truly belong in an age 
of increased polarization. With her trademark 
mix of research, storytelling, 
and honesty, Brown will again 
change the cultural conversation 
while mapping a clear path to 
true belonging.Brown argues that 
we’re experiencing a spiritual 
crisis of disconnection, and 
introduces four practices of 
true belonging that challenge 
everything we believe about 
ourselves and each other. She 
writes, “True belonging requires 
us to believe in and belong to 
ourselves so fully that we can find 
sacredness both in being a part of 
something and in standing alone 
when necessary. But in a culture 
that’s rife with perfectionism and 
pleasing, and with the erosion 
of civility, it’s easy to stay quiet, 
hide in our ideological bunkers, 
or fit in rather than show up as 
our true selves and brave the 
wilderness of uncertainty and 
criticism. But true belonging 
is not something we negotiate 
or accomplish with others; it’s 
a daily practice that demands 
integrity and authenticity. It’s a 
personal commitment that we 
carry in our hearts.” Brown offers 
us the clarity and courage we need 
to find our way back to ourselves 
and to each other. And that path 
cuts right through the wilderness. 
Brown writes, “The wilderness 
is an untamed, unpredictable 
place of solitude and searching. It is a place as 
dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought 
after as it is feared. But it turns out to be the 
place of true belonging, and it’s the bravest and 
most sacred place you will ever stand.” 



Why You Should Include Estate Planning 
in the Preparation


You may have been running around the last few weeks, 
getting your new college student off to school. It’s 
exhilarating, and your heart likely is bursting at the seams. 
You’re probably prouder than you can say, but you’re a 
little afraid, too. How can you make sure your child is 
going to be safe at school, so far away from home? A new 
Bed Bath and Beyond matching sheet set for the dorm is 
great, but it doesn’t provide any peace of mind. So what 
else can you do?

 Actually, there is something, probably not yet on your 
to-do list, that can absolutely make a realdifference. Bring 
your child to a local estate planning attorney.

 You’re undoubtedly aware of the fact that, having 
graduated from high school, your kid’s an adult now—
meaning that your child’s going to spread his or her wings. 
But what is essential to remember: At 18, college students 
often still want Mom and Dad by their side if they get sick, 
but legally, decisions for medical care are theirs alone. If 
they were say, unconscious from a serious car accident, a 
parent couldn’t authorize medical care without first going 
to court. And that costs time and money, and in the end 
it would still be up to a judge whether you could make 
decisions on your child’s behalf or not. 

 We don’t want to worry you, but the unfortunate 
reality is that, every year, some quarter of a million people 
between 18 and 25 wind up in the nation’s hospitals, 
according to Forbes, and their parents are often locked 
out of critical decisions.

 Therefore, experts recommend that everyone over the 
age of 18 have a basic estate plan which includes a will 
or trust, a power of attorney, and medical directives that 
would allow someone they trust to take act on their behalf, 
if they aren’t able to.

 Here are some things to take care of as you send your 
kid away to college:


. A FERPA Release: The Family Educational Rights and 
Privacy Act is designed to protect college student’s privacy, 
but it can leave parents locked out in an emergency. A 
properly worded release allows school officials to talk with 
you and release your child’s records to you.
. A HIPAA Authorization: The Health Insurance 
Portability and Accountability Act was designed protect 
a patient’s privacy. Consider having your child signing 
an authorization so that—just in case—any necessary 
doctors can talk to you about your child’s condition, care, 
and treatment.
. A Durable Financial Power of Attorney: This is a legal 
document that allows you to take care of your child’s 
checking or savings accounts, pay bills, etc., if the child’s 
unable to—whether due to illness or even just location (for 
example, if the school is on the other side of the country). 
. A Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare: Like 
the financial version, this allows you to handle medical 
decisions for your child, if your child is unable to do so.
. A Will: At first glance, this may seem a little silly for 
the average broke college kid. But there could be a lot of 
hidden complexities: The average American has some 
90 online accounts, for instance. Does your child have 
thoughts about who should manage and close down those 
social media accounts? Monitor emails? Who should get 
the Xbox or a bank account? It’s also a great time in your 
young adult’s life to instill responsibility by encouraging 
them to think about this early in life.

 As personal family attorneys, we’ve been helping 
parents attain peace of mind for years. Feel free to reach 
out to us if you have questions about this topic or any 
other estate planning matters.

 Dedicated to empowering your family, building your 
wealth and securing your legacy, 

A local attorney and father, Marc Garlett is on a mission 
to help parents protect what they love most. His office is 
located at 49 S. Baldwin Ave., Ste. G, Sierra Madre, CA 
91024. Schedule an appointment to sit down and talk 
about ensuring a legacy of love and financial security 
for your family by calling 626.587.3058 or visit www. for more information.

All Things By Jeff Brown



When a New Jersey man donned a T-shirt asking for 
a kidney at Disney World, he wasn’t expecting the 
incredible response he received.Robert Leibowitz, 
60, has been in need of a new kidney for three years 
after suffering from chronic kidney disease, which 
causes his kidneys to not drain properly.Leibowitz 
wore the shirt, which his daughter had made for 
him, at DIsney two weeks ago when he visited 
with his 14-year-old son.When a stranger, Rocio 
Sandoval, snapped a picture of the shirt and posted 
it to her Facebook page, Leibowitz’s request for the 
organ went viral.The post of Leibowitz in his T-shirt 
has been shared more than 90,000 times.Leibowitz, 
who has blood type O positive, has been searching 
for a live donor match for the last few years but they 
have been unsuccessful in finding one. A living 
kidney donor donates only one of their kidneys. For 
Leibowitz’s blood type, the wait time is about seven 
years.The single dad, who is currently on dialysis 
three times a week, said that the responses to his 
request have been pouring in.“It’s been an amazing 
opportunity for me,” Leibowitz said. “The outpour 
of love has been amazing.”People have already 
reportedly started going through the application 
process to see if they are a match. The process can, 
however, take months.“Right now it’s hurry up and 
wait,” Leibowitz said. “It’s nerve-racking, draining, 
but it’s a great place to be in. It’s more hope than I 
ever had. I spoke to great people.”


The latest on Business News, Trends and Techniques

By La Quetta M. Shamblee, MBA


Something magical begins to unfold after an individual truly 
commits to a goal. “As a man thinketh, so is he” is a Biblical 
reference from the Book of Proverbs (23:7) that parallels 
many ancient and contemporary perspectives about the 
importance of one’s thought process. manuscript, “As A 
Man Thinketh.” The idea that a simple thought might serve 
as the impetus to propel someone toward achieving a goal 
may initially appear quite outrageous. However, with more 
than a century of documented surveys and studies captured 
in books like, “Think and Grow Rich,” by Napoleon Hill, it is 
clear that a person’s mindset is the necessary starting point.

 The act of being decisive unleashes an energy that begins 
to create the environment and circumstances to support 
progress toward the end goal. As the collection of writings 
about this phenomenon over the last century became 
known as the “positive mental attitude” (PMA) and self-help 
genres, some people regarded the philosophy as silly and 
unsophisticated. However, there is a wide body of evidence 
to support the correlation between a person’s mindset and 
the level of success.

 The structure and function of our brains create this 
success dynamic, including the conscious, sub-conscious 
and unconscious aspects of our thinking processes. At the 
point that we use our conscious mind to make a decision, 
our brain is hardwired to find a way, connect the dots and 
create the path that places us at the right place and right 
time as we move towards the goal. This isn’t to say that it’s 
always easy. Not everyone who succeeds is able to tell the 
story of a fairy tale journey. Many people have to make it 
through turbulent situations to claim the prize. Maintaining 
a mindset of success in the midst of the challenges is what 
continues to fuel movement in the direction of progress.

 Thomas Edison, the world’s most famous and successful 
inventor was committed to developing a working light bulb. 
After almost 10,000 experiments that failed, he refused 
to adjust his mindset. On October 22, 1879, it finally paid 
off. Almost three years later on September 4, 1882, he was 
forever etched in history when the world’s first power station 
illuminated a section of New York City near Wall Street. That 
historic event was the culmination of a long series of steps, 
including successes and failures that started with Edison’s 
mindset to invent a light bulb powered by electricity.

 If you will simply use it, the power to decide equips 
you with the means for life to provide you with access 
to everything needed to succeed. The focus and extent 
of success will be shaped by the quality of your decision. 
Is your decision clear? It is firm? Or do you waver after 
supposedly having made the decision? Take charge of your 
conscious decision-making ability and your subconscious 
and unconscious will swing into action to move you in 
the direction of the success that you desire and deserve. 
Studies by neuroscientists dating back to the 1970’s show 
that a human brain begins to prepare for action in a little 
over one third of a second before we consciously decide to 

 “Using the power of decision gives you the capacity to get 
past any excuse to change any and every part of your life in 
an instant.” – Anthony Robbins


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