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Here is a difficult question: “Can a healthcare provider help a patient develop virtue?” Without doubt, it is hard, but it is possible. Virtue is more than the development of habits, but virtue’s presence or absence will result in habits being formed. The healthcare provider can help a patient develop positive habits with accountability and reinforcement of positive conduct. The healthcare provider can promote virtue in the life of the patient by celebrating success, however small, and by cheering the patient on to success.

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If you read this column on a regular basis, you may think this article is a contradiction compared to the one I wrote recently urging our readers not to quit. That writing had to do with not giving up, not letting go, trying one more time, and hanging in there. This week, I am urging us to quit some things. Life is a complex mixture of hanging in there and being wise enough to know when to let go of things that hold us back, and in some cases, people who hinder our progress and happiness.

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Q. I owe a lot of money and can’t pay my bills. My largest debt is for a student loan. I have been told that even if I file bankruptcy, I will still owe my student loans. Is this true?

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Gift of Life client; Beaumont Health Department representative Mary Alexander, R

H-E-B and Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas teamed up with the Gift of Life to provide free clinical breast exams and mammograms to more than 30 medically underserved Southeast Texas women Wednesday, July 6, on the UTMB mobile mammography van at the new Beaumont Health Department.

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Crepe myrtle

Whether you spell it crape myrtle or crepe myrtle, you can’t help but love this long lasting bloomer. These small flowering trees or large bushes can be seen in commercial plantings and in lots of creative lawns around town. Why do we love them so much? For one thing, they bloom around 120 days throughout the spring, summer and fall. Use them as screens, lawn specimens, shrub borders and container plants. We call them “The Kings of Color.”

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