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Yoga Bites:Treat every moment as a ‘miracle’

Yoga Bites will appear every four weeks.

The winter holidays can be exciting, magical and fun-packed.  They can also be stressful, depressing and pressure-packed.

As with everything, the only control we posses lies in our attitudes and reactions (or ideally non-reaction). We can use these challenges as opportunities to practice our yoga off the mat, and keep calm at center even in the storm of the holidays.

Take a moment to ground yourself. Sit or stand comfortably and place your palms together in front of your heart in anjali mudra as you breathe in and out slowly and consciously.  Think about the things in your life that fill you with warm fuzzies and joy – your loved ones, your pets, your home.  Turn the corners of your mouth up. We have 80 muscles in our face, and a single smile sends signals to the brain that trigger feel-good chemicals. Smiling is a mood-enhancer.

CRDN Report: Several clubs active on CR’s Del Norte campus

Editor’s note: CRDN Report will appear every four weeks.

Steven Bevier
Welcome to the inaugural column of the CRDN Report. This column will help let readers know what is going on at the College of The Redwoods–Del Norte campus.

Some of the goings-on at the campus affect the community as a whole, or community members can participate in some of the events.

Before I go any further I would like to take this time to introduce and tell you a little about myself and just what it is that I do at CRDN.

Del Norte People: Welcome to Big Flat, also known as paradise

Editor’s note: Longtime Del Norte County resident Chuck Blackburn’s column appears every fourth Thursday.

Back in the 1960s my father and I loved to spend a day cutting firewood. One of our favorite places was in the mountains surrounding Big Flat.

South Fork Road provides a wonderful drive of 15 miles from Second Bridge to the valley just past Hurdy Gurdy Bridge. Most of our woodcutting on Forest Service land was done on French Hill Road, Ship Mountain Road or the GO Road (Gasquet-Orleans Road). These great woodcutting adventures really introduced me to this unique area.

Del Norte Students: High school: a steady dose of gossip, rumors

Editor’s note: Del Norte Students appears every four weeks.

Read more...The overall experience of being in high school is hard to describe.

To the outside world, high school life might seem like repetition: wake up, get ready, go to school, go to practice, go home, do homework, eat, sleep, wake up and do it all again the next day.

I’m sorry, but this is far from an accurate itinerary. Our lives are not the equivalent to the directions on the back of a shampoo bottle, (lather, rinse, repeat). High school in general is far too diverse to be explained in a single definition; no one has identical fingerprints, so why would we have identical lives?

Warrior Memories: 1992 DN graduate D. Ridgley

During the years that I have been associated with Del Norte athletics since returning to Crescent City in 1980, I have been really impressed with the quality of the young people who have been a part of the Warrior athletic programs.

Not just with their ability to compete, but with the great character that they show over and over. This goes for both the boys and girls programs.

This is why I enjoy the privilege I have to write about so many of these individuals. Dylan Ridgley, a 1992 graduate, is one of those special people. When Dylan entered Del Norte in the fall of 1988 he immediately made his presence known as a running back on the freshman team. As a sophomore he continued to show great improvement.

House Calls: Common virus can afflict kids in cold months

House Calls runs every two weeks. Today’s column is written by Aleen Huston, respiratory care practitioner and certified respiratory therapist at Sutter Coast Hospital.

During the cold-weather months, hospital facilities are on high alert, especially Sutter Coast Hospital, for Respiratory Syncytial Virus.

RSV is a childhood infection as common as influenza. It’s responsible for one of every 13 visits to a pediatrician and one of every 38 emergency room trips. It infects most children sooner or later (usually before the age of 2). It often starts out with cold symptoms. For many babies and young children, the virus is no more troublesome than a cold. RSV infections usually occur during the winter months, with its peak in January and February in the Del Norte County.




Yoga Bites: It’s autumn: Build warmth, burn the trash

Editor’s note: Yoga Bites will appear every four weeks.

Here we are again, cycling into the season when crunchy leaves fall and you can feel the crispness of the earthy air at earlier and earlier sunsets.

We are entering the time of year when practicing heat-building yoga postures can help us stoke up a bonfire at center to increase warmth and circulation throughout the body, as well as burn “the trash,” whatever we do not want or need any more.

Remember as a child how being fully present was all you knew? Around this time back then you were usually planning your next greatest costume. Let your childlike nature emerge as you pretend to be a valiant Warrior-Sage.

Healthy Living: Echocardiogram: What’s really in your heart?

House Calls runs every two weeks. Today’s column is written by Randy Landenberger, a registered diagnostic cardiac sonographer at Sutter Coast Hospital.

I think there’s an echo in here, an echo in here, an echo in here…

An echocardiogram, that is. The first thing I’ll say about this test is that the name is confusing because “echocardiogram” sounds so much like electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG). Specifically an echo is an ultrasound exam of the heart, and is also known as an echogram or a cardiac ultrasound. Many patients tell me they’ve had echos on their gallbladder, their neck, or their legs. What they really mean is that they’ve had ultrasound exams on those areas. Echo refers specifically to the heart.

Del Norte People: Remembering boat that went the wrong way

As we grow older I think that we look at our life’s experiences a little differently than in our younger years.

I have had a chance to reflect more on the unbelieveable experiences of coming out west in 1946 with my father, Wes Blackburn. He had such an impact on me in teaching me about living, surviving, working and having good moral values.

I wrote my book, “Kneebockers,” to honor my father and what he did for me. He died on Easter Sunday morning in 1976 of a heart attack.

Del Norte Students: Homecoming: How it all comes together

Emma Card
Del Norte Students is a new column that will appear periodically. Today’s column was written by Emma Card of Del Norte High School.

The beginning of another school year for us Del Norte High students inevitably comes around at the peak of our summer fun.

The sound of that tedious alarm clock early in the morning brings with it the stresses of grades, sports and school in general. Any teenager can be overwhelmed by these responsibilities.

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