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Night Life May 15-May 21


Trivia Night is every Thursday at Tomasini’s Enoteca, 960 Third St., 6 p.m. Teams can be of two to four people; $2 buy-in per person.

Karaoke with Ketra is every Thursday at Shooters Billiards Bar, 1091 U.S. Hwy. 101 N. at 9 p.m.

‘Kind of like a roller coaster’

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Lola Wiley is a typical 7-year-old: She loves to draw and play with dolls. She likes to shoot off rockets with her dad, sheriff’s deputy Tim Wiley. Her best friend is her older sister Avery.

But when a 104-degree fever kept Lola from enjoying a Saturday morning, her dad knew something was terribly wrong.

“I had never ever seen her asleep at 9 a.m. on a Saturday morning,” he said. Lola had what appeared to be a cold for about two days. “I woke her up and took her temperature. Then I threw my shoes on and put her in the truck and went straight to the urgent care.”


Challenges are strengths at spelling bee

Sam Seymour took second place at this year's California State Junior High Spelling Bee. Submitted
 Aplomb, or self confidence in a demanding situation, is an appropriate description for 13-year-old Samantha Seymour, who prefers to be called Sam. 

It is also the word that robbed her of first place in the California State Junior High Spelling Bee. But Sam, who lives with autism and Asperger’s syndrome, outlasted 48 other eighth-graders in the longest bee in 17 years.

“It wasn’t that stressful,” she said.


Senior Sleuth: College teaches what’s critical about critical thinking

According to Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, Ph.D, “Critical thinking is a term that has become the newest buzzword.” She asks, “Why then have we coined the term, as if it has a new meaning and those who aren’t in the know about what critical thinking is — well, they just aren’t as smart or astute as those who use the term ‘critical thinking.’”

I interviewed Dr. Phil Freneau, who teaches critical thinking at College of the Redwoods, to find the answer to Neddermeyer’s question. The excellent text he uses is “Thinking Critically” by John Chaffee. According to the preface, this textbook was “based on a nationally recognized interdisciplinary program in critical thinking established in 1979 at LaGuardia College (The City University of New York) … drawn from a variety of disciplines such as philosophy, cognitive psychology, linguistics, and the language arts.”


Birth: Sofia Rose Walker

 Sofia Rose Walker was born March 20, 2014, at Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford, Ore. She weighed 5 pounds, 12.8 ounces and measured 18 inches. She joins siblings Jonathan Oquist and Abigail Thayer.

Birth: Xander Wayne-Nelson Ruvalcaba

 Xander Wayne-Nelson Ruvalcaba was born Feb. 14, 2014, at Cascade Midwives & Birthing Center in Washington. He weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 20 inches. He joins siblings Zaiden and Olivia-Marie. His parents are Mario and Tatiana Ruvalcaba of Everett, Wash. 

Wedding: Leuthold, Doser

Doser and Leuthold
 Johnathan Leuthold of Klamath Falls, Ore., and Bethany Doser of Portland, Ore., were married March 15, 2014, at McMenamins Grand Lodge in Forest Grove, Ore.


Wedding: Sanchez, Ingram

Ingram and Sanchez
 Alicia Sanchez and Kyle Ingram were married January 31, 2014, in Crescent City.  They were given a wedding reception at the Lighthouse Inn.

Pebble Beach roundup

Israel Reagen, left, and Terry McNamara brand a cow during the McNamara Ranch’s annual roundup.
 Family and friends gathered at the McNamara Ranch adjacent to Pebble Beach last weekend for their annual roundup. Cows were vaccinated, branded and relieved of their testicles. (I declined to take a couple home, though being originally from Montana, home of the testicle festival, I am probably more familiar than most.) 
Kevin Hartwick helped with the roping, as did Scott Norris, above left, and Tom Polidore on the take-down.

Mother’s Day a time to enjoy your mom while you can

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day.

It’s been ten years since my Mom “went home,” but it seems like only yesterday I was singing her favorite hymn for the last time for her. But the thing I remember most was the sense of absolute calm and peace that surrounded her casket that day.

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