Friday, March 7, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Since we just learned from Steven Snyder that a picture is worth a thousand words, you probably guessed that Sandy is my sweet side-kick yellow lab. She keeps all cats out of my vegetable garden, and now I understand why. I have a potted three-year-old kale plant that suddenly lost half it's girth. I found the missing half of the plant in Sandy's mouth. She thought she needed a vegetable boost, or some extra roughage, so she pulled off a section and ate it as if it were a callused brown carrot with a bit of greenery on one end. The green-fluff-end was too wimpy to eat, but the stalk was a delicious challenge. Sandy disposed of the knarly old vegetable stalk in mere minutes.
And then the trouble came. I found a stream of blood in Sandy's bowl after she ate her dinner. Next day, more blood in the bowl. Now I was worried, dreaming up all kinds of terrible diseases in my head. So off to the vet we went. After a full physical with blood tests, the doctor blamed the kale stalk which was what I originally suspected. As of today, we have no more blood letting from our very healthy thirteen-year-old lab who never met a vegetable she didn't like. She especially likes couch potatoes and Cozy Cat writers.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Today I want to tell you about a well-known photographer on the Central Coast. Steven Snyder is the Dragonfly Gallery Artist of the Month for March. He is a valued, long-time member of the Aromas Hills Artisans. I can't wait to show you some of his pictures--and yes they are worth at least a thousand words. Steven has been selling his photographs at the gallery for the last three years. If you have never been to the Dragonfly Gallery, 380 Blohm Ave., Aromas, here is your chance to drink in some of his beautiful nature scenes. They are usually printed on large and extra large canvases.
His range of colorful photos runs from sunsets over the Pacific Ocean to Half Dome to cityscapes to micro-looks at slices of rock. I recently asked Steven about his photography.
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Dear friends, Please forgive me
for stealing the following article.
I was very touched by it and
wanted you to see it too.
I come from a long line of
long livers. One aunt had a
liver so long....but I digress.
This article speaks to quality
of life and I don't mean lazy
Dr. Hinohara is living a happy
life helping others. I hope you
too will be inspired by this amazing man.
Advice From a 101Year Old Doctor!
Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, Japan, turned 101 last year.
As a 97 year old Doctor, he was interviewed, and gave his
advice for a long and healthy life.
Shigeaki Hinohara is one of the world's longest-serving
physicians and educators. Hinohara's magic touch is
legendary: Since 1941 he has been healing patients
at St. Luke's International Hospital in Tokyo and teaching
at St. Luke's College of Nursing.
He has published around 15 books since his 75th birthday,
including one "Living Long, Living Good" that has sold
more than 1.2 million copies. As the founder of the New
Elderly Movement, Hinohara encourages others to live a
long and happy life, a quest in which no role model is better
than the doctor himself.
Doctor Shigeaki Hinohara's main points for a long
and happy life:
* Energy comes from feeling good, not from eating
well or sleeping a lot. We all remember how as children,
when we were having fun, we often forgot to eat or sleep.
I believe that we can keep that attitude as adults, too.
It's best not to tire the body with too many rules such
as lunchtime and bedtime.
* All people who live long regardless of nationality,
race or gender share one thing in common: None are
overweight. For breakfast I drink coffee, a glass of milk
and some orange juice with a tablespoon of olive oil in it.
Olive oil is great for the arteries and keeps my skin healthy.
Lunch is milk and a few cookies, or nothing when I am too
busy to eat. I never get hungry because I focus on my work.
Dinner is veggies, a bit of fish and rice, and, twice a week,
100 grams of lean meat.
* Always plan ahead. My schedule book is already full
until 2014, with lectures and my usual hospital work.
In 2016 I'll have some fun, though: I plan to attend the
* There is no need to ever retire, but if one must,
it should be a lot later than 65. The current retirement
age was set at 65 half a century ago, when the average
life-expectancy in Japan was 68 years and only 125
Japanese were over 100 years old. Today, Japanese
women live to be around 86 and men 80, and we have
36,000 centenarians in our country. In 20 years we will
have about 50,000 people over the age of 100...
* Share what you know. I give 150 lectures a year,
some for 100 elementary-school children, others for
4,500 business people. I usually speak for 60 to 90
minutes, standing, to stay strong.
* When a doctor recommends you take a test or
have some surgery, ask whether the doctor would
suggest that his or her spouse or children go
through such a procedure. Contrary to popular belief,
doctors can't cure everyone. So why cause unnecessary
pain with surgery I think music and animal therapy can
help more than most doctors imagine.
* To stay healthy, always take the
stairs and carry your own stuff.
I take two stairs at a time, to get my
My inspiration is Robert Browning's
My inspiration is Robert Browning's
poem "Abt Vogler."
My father used to read it to me.
It encourages us to make big art,
scribbles. It says to try to draw a
circle so huge that there is no way
we can finish it while we are alive.
All we see is an arch;
the rest is beyond our vision but it is
there in the distance.
* Pain is mysterious,
and having fun
is the best way to forget it.
If a child has a toothache,
and you start playing a game together,
he or she immediately
forgets the pain.
Hospitals must cater to the
basic need of patients:
We all want to have fun. At St. Luke's we have music
and animal therapies, and art classes.
* Don't be crazy about amassing material things.
Remember: You don't know when your number is up,
and you can't take it with you to the next place.
* Hospitals must be
prepared for major
disasters, and they must
accept every patient who
appears at their doors.
We designed St. Luke's
so we can operate
anywhere: in the basement,
in the corridors, in the chapel.
Most people thought I was
crazy to prepare for a
catastrophe, but on
March 20, 1995, I was
unfortunately proven right
when members of the Aum Shinrikyu religious cult launched a terrorist
attack in the Tokyo subway. We accepted 740 victims and in two hours
figured out that it was sarin gas that had hit them. Sadly we lost one
person, but we saved 739 lives.
* Science alone can't
cure or help people.
Science lumps us all together,
but illness is individual.
Each person is unique,
and diseases are connected
to their hearts. To know
the illness and help people,
we need liberal and visual
arts, not just medical ones.
Life is filled with incidents.
On March 31, 1970, when
I was 59 years old, I boarded
the Yodogo, a flight from
Tokyo to Fukuoka. It was a beautiful sunny morning, and as Mount
Fuji came into sight, the plane was hijacked by the Japanese Communist
League-Red Army Faction. I spent the next four days handcuffed to my
seat in 40-degree heat. As a doctor, I looked at it all as an experiment
and was amazed at how the body slowed down in a crisis.
* Find a role model and aim to achieve even more than
they could ever do. My father went to the United States in
1900 to study at Duke University in North Carolina. He was a
pioneer and one of my heroes. Later I found a few more life
guides, and when I am stuck, I ask myself how they would
deal with the problem.
* It's wonderful to live long. Until one is 60 years old,
it is easy to work for one's family and to achieve one's
goals. But in our later years, we should strive to contribute
to society. Since the age of 65, I have worked as a volunteer.
I still put in 18 hours seven days a week and love
every minute of it.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
I woke up this morning with the realization that my friends are up to their eyeballs with anxiety over Sweet Baby Violet. Did she survive under such dire circumstances? After all, she arrived during the coldest, driest winter since George met Martha. After three months of living under a garbage sack every night, who knew she would thrive? Now she is sending out lovely leaves and looking radiant except for a few bug-bite flesh wounds. Baby Violet is a survivor all right. She's a slip from her mom in Morgan Hill who's a slip from her mom from my garden in Santa Cruz--long ago, before Bono met Sher.
Friday, February 21, 2014
Economic theories can predict many things--just not the death of a renowned Economics professor. When Professor Edmund de Beyer is found in his office strangled to death by his own PhD hood, the police don’t have to look any further than his colleagues in the Economics Department for suspects. After all, Edmund was the most despised faculty member in the department. CJ Whitmore, the department’s only tenured female (who also has a penchant for wearing pink-cowboy-boots to class), resolves to get to the bottom of the mystery using economic principles. Comparing tracking down murder suspects to selecting a used car, she attempts to discern the real deals from the “lemons.” That is, which suspects are really telling the truth and which are lying to protect their guilt? Will CJ be able to pick the lemon before her clever adversary strike again?
Happy writing everyone
Monday, February 17, 2014
Feeling like Maxine, lost your usual charm, your partner thinks you are basic furniture like the moose head on the wall? Take a listen from Rosalinda. She will charm us into acting like adults--people other people like. Here is Rosalinda!
February 2014 NewsletterTurning Up The Charm
Being that February is the month that celebrates love. I thought I'd write about "charm"--which is sort of a requirement to be successful in love, wouldn't you agree?
“Charm is the glue that holds marriages together. Charm is your passport to the best houses and the best bedrooms in those houses. . .Every day begins with a couple of people getting out of bed. Every day ends with those people crawling into it again. . .even if you don’t carry it (charm) around all day with you, like a handbag or brief-case, you need it—and lots of it—all night.” --“Bed Manners, 1942”
Is it so different now? Is charm a thing of the past? What makes someone charming? What makes someone stop being charming?
"It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious." --Oscar Wilde
Why do lovers stop being charming to one another? Old-school thinking: "I've already got 'em, so..." New-school response: Um, do you wanna keep 'em (interested)?
Over time, those cute little mannerisms that once were so delightful and charming become tired, annoying, and even repulsive. Do we see it coming? Or do we wake up one morning and decide that we're over it?
Does your sweetheart get on your last nerve when they call you in the middle of your lunchtime? Did it bother you when you were dating?
Do you stop what you're doing to hug and kiss when they walk in the door at the end of the day? Remember when you couldn’t wait?
Do you cut him/her off mid-sentence? Do you walk away because you know what they’re going to say? Do you blurt a sarcastic response, or let out an impatient sigh? Remember when you’d listen to their every word in a caring and patient manner?
Do you still express interest in their hobby? Remember when you used to be their biggest cheerleader?
you used to open her door?
you used to make or buy him his favorite dessert?
you used to say “I love you” often?
you used to say “excuse me” if you burped or passed gas?
you used to shut the door when using the restroom?
you used to put on lipstick or try to look put together?
you used to put on a clean shirt and even a little cologne?
you used to ask if you could “get them something from the kitchen” when you got up?
you used to get up quietly so that you wouldn’t wake them up?
you used to keep your snide comments about his/her parents to yourself?
And then, you got comfortable, complacent, or too busy.
Maintaining (or reintroducing) a little charm can keep the relationship from getting stale, bitter, boring, and even unkind. It all starts with the smallest word or gesture.
If you feel awkward taking on all of the above, start with one and see how it goes.
Important note: If you are the recipient of a kind gesture or word, do NOT respond negatively or with skepticism. When someone gives you a gift, do you shoot it down or give it back? …same thing.
I highly recommend that you avoid the following responses and versions of them:
Charm does not equal formality. Charm is simply a way of pleasing someone, hence looking more attractive to them. Now who doesn't want that!
(To read my latest blog post "Picture Posting Privilege", please "click" on the photo of the teen washing dishes (upper right).
Rosalinda Oropeza Randall
_____Etiquette is an attitude.
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