It’s almost Christmas.
So often, the real reason for Christmas is overlooked as we go about our myriad chores getting ready for it. I think you all know by now that I like to use plants, pets, family situations — anything we encounter to highlight the importance of faith when I write this.
Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ, a miracle of birth.
Times have changed!
In the early days of my nursing career, I was reprimanded more than once for making my patients laugh!
It seemed to me that some cheer would help folks who were in the hospital — but some of my supervisors did not agree.
Tuesday, I had my right hip replaced at Three Rivers Hospital in Grants Pass. I came home Thursday, a much shorter stay than that procedure used to take.
Maybe it’s time to stop the steady stream of handwringing over how poorly America’s schoolkids, and California’s in particular, perform in subjects like math and science and realize they are actually doing OK, even if there’s still plenty of room for improvement.
That’s the takeaway from 2011 test scores in the Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMS), an exam given by some states and 46 other countries and provinces. The 2011 results, latest available, were released this fall.
What if there was a simple non-invasive test that would show whether you had a propensity to get certain cancers or heart disease or kidney failure or were prone to get diabetes or Alzheimer’s disease sometime in the future and it only cost $99.
Would you order it? This seems to be in the realm of science fiction, but actually is available today with current technology.
According to Wikipedia, 23andme Inc. has been marketing a simple test that uses a swab of the inside of the cheek and then runs the results through genetic testing to find out what your own genes reveal about you. Using the results, a woman can find out her probability of getting breast cancer or a male can find out the chances of getting testicular cancer many years before the disease manifests itself.
In this way individuals, in consultation with a physician, can be proactive about their own health, modifying behaviors that can mitigate the chances of actually developing diseases. The term 23andme refers to the human DNA that consists of 23 pairs of chromosomes plus you, hence the name 23andme.
The company’s saliva-based, mail order test identifies over 240 genetic traits that offer clues to a person’s overall health. This test has been taken by hundreds of thousands of people. In addition to giving indications as to the probability of developing specific health issues in the future, it also gives the likelihood of negative drug reactions. Now a person can know in advance what the possibilities are that certain drugs will react negatively in the body.
There could be no better Christmas present for bunches of Democratic politicians than an announcement from Gov. Jerry Brown that he will not seek a second straight term in office, fourth of his lifetime.
Already the longest-serving governor in California history, Brown will be 76 if he stands for re-election next year and 77 barely three months into his fourth term, if re-elected. The question is, does he wants to?.
He’s hinted he does, of course, talking occasionally about his wish to see through the budgetary reforms he instituted after being elected in 2010 and a desire for a lasting legacy of leaving the California economy in good shape.
As long-time members of this community our interest in Sutter Coast Hospital extends beyond our fiduciary responsibility as members of the Board of Directors. Preserving quality health care options for this rural region is critical to our well-being and that of our family, friends and neighbors.
On Thursday night, the Sutter Coast Board of Directors took thoughtful, decisive action designed to help ensure that Sutter Coast is financially viable and able to meet the health care needs of our community now and in the future. At the heart of this action is confirmation of Sutter Coast Hospital’s continued affiliation with Sutter Health as the best option to continue quality care for our community and retain our valued employees and physician foundation.
Was it ever cold!
I hadn’t gone to the window to look out Tuesday morning — I just noticed the sunshine streaming in and thought it would be a pretty nice day.
Until I stepped outside.
I was heading for my last pre-op stuff in Grants Pass, and had given no thought to any need for clearing frost from my truck windows.
And it turned out to be one hard frost to clear! (I stopped carrying a scraper ages ago!)
Grumbling to myself as I cleaned the stuff away with one of my grocery store cards so I could see to head out, I mumbled, “And I left New York to get away from this stuff!”
It is the time of year when I have to stop and realize how blessed I have been to have had the privilege of being a Warrior player, coach and fan and getting to know and work with the hundreds of young people I have grown to love and respect.
It is always fun to look back at individuals or teams that have given me such great memories.
Colin Blankenship, class of ’85, is one of those special people. I had the privilege of being one of Colin’s football coaches while he was at Del Norte.
Colin was a true multi-sport athlete, playing football, basketball and tennis while a Warrior.
He started his football career as a freshman on the JV team, which had a 5-3 record. He showed that he was going to be a skilled player
both as a defensive back a nd a receiver. As a sophomore he continued football at the JV level and moved to varsity as a junior.
During his senior year he was selected to the Humboldt Del Norte League All-League Team.
The following was written by Father Adam Kotas of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Crescent City. Other local clergy members are invited to email holiday messages to
Having celebrated Thanksgiving, we are now hastily getting ready for another festivity: Christmas.
Both are occasions to be thankful, but are we really grateful? I am reminded of one Peanuts comic strip where Snoopy took one look at his dog food on Thanksgiving Day and said, “This isn’t fair. The rest of the world today is eating turkey with all the trimmings and all I get is dog food.”
So often we too fall into this same victim mentality just like Snoopy. But, just like Snoopy realized he is not a victim but rather victorious, we too, can come to that same conclusion in our life through an “aha moment” called grace.
You see as Snoopy stood there and stared at his dog food for a moment he comprehended finally the message of this sacred season during which we celebrate both Thanksgiving and Christmas, and so Snoopy in his newfound understanding through grace said: “I guess it could be worse. I could be a turkey.”
Many times we are just like Snoopy, complaining and ranting and raving about how bad our life is. We have a victim mentality. This holy and grace-filled season reminds us to stop complaining and to rid ourselves of our victim mentality.
I just don’t understand it!
Shopping for Christmas (or just simply trying to pick up a few needed things) is difficult enough without having all these special days when the stores are crowded and people so focused on their own wants that they have no patience for others.
Before I needed a handicap parking space, I never noticed the cars parked in them that displayed neither plate nor placard indicating their legitimacy. Or the obviously healthy young woman who says laughingly to her friend, “It can’t be a problem, I’m only going to be a minute,” as she exits the car she has just parked in a handicap space. Or the folks, gathered in the middle of the aisle in the store deep in conversation who see you using the motorized shopping cart and act as if you aren’t even there. I suppose they think it’s no problem — after all, you are sitting!
Perhaps the pain is making me grumpier than usual. (I’ll be getting this hip replaced in a couple of weeks.)
But what about all those other folks — the ones whose needs for access are even greater than mine?
It’s usually in my New Year’s column that I address the need for more courtesy and understanding of others. A sort of resolution thing for the new year. But lately, in addition to my own hassles, I’ve heard so many others complaining about a lack of respect, both in the stores and on the road, that I decided perhaps before Christmas might be a better time to plead for us all to be more considerate.