My main complaint, though, is the rushing of the holiday season. Each holiday seems to be running into the previous one. Thanksgiving was not officially here yet and my radio station, love the station though I do, was already playing Christmas music. I do not need four weeks of Christmas music. At most, five days of Christmas serenades is my limit. The Christmas music could start playing on the 22nd or 23rd of December and stop on the 26th of December. I want to celebrate each holiday individually and I want to honor what that holiday is meant for us to celebrate. Thanksgiving was a holiday designated for families and for giving thanks to the native peoples who shared their harvest with us, the newcomers. Nowadays, it seems to me at least, Thanksgiving is more about the start of the shopping season. The holiday decorations go up earlier and earlier each year and I would like to go back to my Mom’s way of celebrating. When my Mom was a young child, a spare room was sealed off about mid-December and decorated by the adults in the household. When the door was finally opened and the children permitted entrance, it was a sight to behold. If I could do my younger years over, I wouldn’t always wish to be older, I would try to cherish each moment for its own value. However, when we are young, the majority of us do not recognize the true value of time and the beauty of being young. That old quote “Youth is wasted on the young” rings true to me now. I remember when I was in first grade and we had sixth grade buddies. I wished I was a sixth grader because they seemed so mature, so cool. Then when I reached sixth grade, I and my friends started dreaming of being teenagers and of the car you might drive when you can drive and you think that will be so mature. I will have arrived, you may think. You never think of the responsibilities that come with maturity, such as house bills, medical bills, insurance of one sort or another, gas for the automobile, and jobs. Here is a small list of books which may change your thinking: 30 lessons for living: tried and true advice from the wisest Americans by Karl A. Pillemer; 52 small changes: one year to a happier, healthier you by Brett Blumenthal; A moment’s peace: a mom’s guide to calm amidst chaos by Elizabeth Irvine; Add more -ing to your life: a hip guide to happiness by Gabrielle Bernstein; and last, but certainly not least, Relaxation by Alice Muir. So savor your family and the holidays because they will both be gone before you know it.
My heart is tied to Volkswagen but my body is demanding more comfort. Complicating the issue is the fact that I have hand controls, and therefore, cannot test drive the vehicle myself. I must rely on others to perform the test drive and this takes away a big portion of the information purchasers of automobiles use to make their choice. I have narrowed the field to a few contenders but am still gathering intelligence. I am almost positive that I no longer want to drop down into the driver’s seat but would rather slide in behind the wheel. However, I am still cognizant of the Earth and the footprint we leave behind and so am hesitant to completely make the switch. The SUVs are getting better but you are still operating a bigger vehicle and that always requires more energy. I was curious to discover how much the first affordable car sold for, and the figure, depending on source, was either $825.00 or $850.00. However, once Henry Ford streamlined the assembly line method, the price dropped considerably. Henry Ford did not invent the car; he produced an automobile that was within the economic reach of the average American. Famous First Facts: a record of first happenings, discoveries … by Joseph Nathan Kane, Steven Anzovin & Janet Podell states that “License plates for vehicles were required by New York State under a law that took effect ion April 25, 1901. Owners of automobiles were obliged to register their names and addresses and a description of their machines with the office of the secretary of state. The license plate had to be furnished by the owner and had to display the owner’s initials in letters at least three inches high. The registration fee was one dollar. In 1901 fees totaling $954 were received, and in 1902 $1,082.” Famous First Facts states “the Driver License Board was the Board of Examiners of Automobiles, authorized on July 6, 1899, by the city of Chicago, IL to ascertain the qualifications of persons seeking licenses. It included the city electrician, the city engineer, and the commissioner of health.” Other interesting facts contained within Famous First Facts include the date of the internal combustion engine, the gas engine, diesel engine built for commercial service, license plate issued by a state, windshield wipers and more.
Armistice, as defined by Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary 10th ed., is a “temporary suspension of hostilities by agreement between the opponents.” Armistice Day honors the day of ”the armistice terminating World War I on November 11, 1918.” Chase’s Calendar of Events defines Veterans Day thusly “Veterans Day was observed on Nov. 11 from 1919 through 1970. Public Law 90-363: the Monday Holiday Law provided that, beginning in 1971, Veterans Day would be observed on the fourth Monday in October. This movable observance date, which separated Veterans Day from the Nov. 11 anniversary of WWI armistice, proved unpopular. State after state moved its observance back to the traditional Nov. 11 date, and finally Public Law 94-97 of September 18, 1975, required that, effective Jan. 1, 1978, the observance of Veterans Day revert to Nov 11. As Armistice Day this is a holiday in Belgium, France, and other European countries. At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month fighting ceased in WWI.” Furthermore, Merriam-Webster defines a veteran as “an old soldier of long experience” and “a former member of the armed services.” Veterans Day honors those who managed to come home while Memorial Day honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our continued freedoms.
Chase’s Calendar of Events has attributed to November, American Diabetes Month along with Diabetic Eye Disease Month, Lung Cancer Awareness Month, National Diabetes Month (by Presidential proclamation), National Family Caregivers Month, National Long Term Care Awareness Month, National Marrow Awareness Month, National Patient Accessibility Week, PPSI AIDS Awareness Month and perhaps the most important of all, National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. I have often held conversations with my Mom after interacting with both physically and mentally challenged individuals. For my part, I believe I could live just a hair more easily with a physical limitation than a mental one. Just imagine, you see someone on the street and for the life of you you cannot recall your shared history or experiences, for all those precious memories to be hidden behind a veil with only an occasional glimmer of awareness. “Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a neurologic disease characterized by loss of mental ability severe enough to interfere with normal activities of daily living, lasting at least six months, and not present from birth. AD (Alzheimer’s Disease) usually occurs in old age, and is marked by a decline in cognitive functions such as remembering, reasoning and planning” as defined by The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, 2nd ed. We have these further resources for your continued education on Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s Disease presented by the Alzheimer Disease Resource Center; Alzheimer Disease Sourcebook edited by Amy L. Sutton; Learning to speak Alzheimer’s: a groundbreaking approach for everyone dealing with the disease by Joanne Koenig Coste; The Alzheimer diet: a step-by-step nutritional approach for memory loss prevention and and treatment : jumpstart your mind, jumpstart your life! by Richard S. Isaacson; Alzheimer’s disease: what if there was a cure? the story of ketones by Mary T. Newport; 14 days with Alzheimer’s [videorecording DVD] a film by Lisa Cerasoli; Understanding Alzheimer’s: an introduction for patients and caregivers by Naheed Ali; You say goodbye and we say hello: the Montessori method for positive dementia care by Tom and Karen Brenner. This listing is just a smattering of the resources. We are always willing and ready to assist you, our patron, in delving deeper. If you believe, however, that your memory just needs a little tweaking, please click on the following Have you ever ….
is just around the corner which always seem to be followed by a swift slide into Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year. Time seems to be gathering speed with each passing year. Famous First Facts: a record of first happenings, discoveries, and inventions in American history by Joseph Nathan Kane, Steven Anzovin & Janet Podell, has that “On Halloween in 1950, there was a collection for UNICEF. It was called Trick or Treat for UNICEF and it was performed by a class of Sunday School children and their pastor in Philadelphia, PA. As they went door to door collecting candy treats, they also carried decorated milk cartons and asked for donations of coins for the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund. They raised a total of $17.” Famous First Facts further states that there was a “UNICEF Halloween collection that raised funds for American children which took place on October 31, 2005, when trick or treaters in the United States raised $5.2 million. Half of that money was channeled to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to help children in the Gulf Coast states whose lives had been disrupted by Hurricane Katrina the previous August.” Chase’s Calendar of Events states that the American Dental Association Annual Session takes place Oct. 31 thru Nov. 5. Good idea to start the annual session on the day most frightening/profitable to a dentist. There is an antidote to that known as Books for Treats Day in San Jose, Calif. The Books for Treats cause gives gently read children’s books at Halloween instead of candy. Their motto is “Feed kids’ minds, not their cavities. Give them brain candy.” October 31 is the beginning of Edgar Allan Poe Evermore, which takes place in Manheim, PA. There are 12 nights of suspense featuring the spine-chilling short stores of Edgar Allan Poe. Professionals from the Pennsylvania Renaissance Fair Actors Conservatory perform. On a lighter note, here at the library, we are hosting a Safe Halloween (birth & up), Halloween Storytime and Craft (Children grades K-5) and for the teen trick or treater, there are Halloween Cookie Pops. Halloween sweets and treats by Ruth Owen or A Halloween cookbook: simple recipes for kids by Sarah Schuette. So come visit us at the library and we will scare up some more resources to make your Halloween the best fright ever.
but there comes a certain point, I believe, in every person’s life were the doctor cannot be kept away. As we age, we seem to acquire a stable full of doctors and doctor appointments. I have already seen my share of doctors and will need to keep on seeing many of them. I am in the pink of health now but it takes work to stay that way. We visit the eye doctor once a year unless they are monitoring an eye condition; we see our dentist generally twice a year to make sure the pearly whites stay strong and white; and we see our primary care physician maybe once a year, twice if they distribute the flu shot. If anything out of the ordinary occurs, some of us may immediately envision the worst case scenario. I, myself, am occasionally guilty of this. Medical students also suffer from a similar condition when they read the descriptions and physical symptoms of various diseases. To be informed is to be prepared to ask your doctor the right questions. Always ask for clarification if something is confusing to you or seems contradictory. Tell me the truth, doctor: easy-to-understand answers to your most confusing and critical health questions by Richard Besser with Jeanne Besser is one resource. The following list contains further information for the inquisitive patient. Critical decisions: how you and your doctor can make the right medical choices together by Peter A. Ubel; Hospital stay handbook: a guide to becoming a patient advocate for your loved ones by Jari Holland Buck; How to get the health care you want: the savvy consumer’s guide to navigating the health care system by Laura L. Casey; How to talk to your doctor: the guide for patients and their physicians who want to reconcile and use the best of conventional and alternative medicine by Ronald L. Hoffman with Sidney Stevens; Improving medical outcomes: the psychology of doctor-patient visits by Jessica Leavitt with Fred Leavitt; When doctors don’t listen: how to avoid misdiagnoses and unnecessary tests by Leana S. Wen. So eat that apple, that broccoli stalk and do everything to make your doctor visits painless.
you were just starting to learn safety lessons. Safety lessons such as never follow a ball into the street, never take candy from a stranger, if you are riding a bike go with the flow of traffic and, nowadays, always wear a helmet when rollerblading, skateboarding or bike riding. Your Mom or Dad may also have said to you “Always look both ways before crossing the street.” Well, that admonition applies equally to when you are behind the wheel. I recently refreshed my knowledge of Defensive Driving both for the discount benefit and just as a reminder of what I should be focused on when I am behind the wheel. The new hand position recommendation is that the hands be positioned at 9 and 3 instead of 10 and 2. The new positioning allows for safer airbag deployment. For those of our library members interested in brushing up on their skills and/or the financial benefits of Defensive Driving, there are a number of options. The library is offering a National Point & Insurance Reduction Course on Saturday October 19th from 10 AM to 5 PM. There are, in addition, three possibilities where members can participate in the AARP Driver Safety Program. A list of other resources includes: Crashcourse: what to know before and after a collision by Platypus Productions, Inc. ; Crashproof your kids: make your teen a safer, smarter driver by Timothy C. Smith; Drive to survive by Curt Rich; Driving techniques: for the professional & non-professional by Anthony J, Scotti; Driving dilemma: the complete resource guide for older drivers and their families by Elizabeth Dugan; Driving when you have arthritis [electronic resource] compiled by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation; Driving when you have macular degeneration [electronic resource] compiled by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation; Driving when you have Parkinson’s Disease [electronic resource] compiled by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation; and Not so fast: parenting your teen through the dangers of driving by Tim Hollister. The Driver’s manual is available at the Reference Desk. If you cannot participate in a Defensive Driving class through the library, please check with your insurance carrier if an online course is acceptable to them. Remember, be a safe and courteous driver.