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Sat
27
Jan

Homme participating in tablet engagement

To the editor:

Homme Home for the Aging is excited to announce our involvement in a new initiative. Starting this year, Homme Home will take part in the Music and Memory Tablet Engagement program through funding by the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region.

For the past several years, Homme has been proud to provide individualized music to our residents living with dementia through Music and Memory. Through the tablet engagement program, our staff will receive specialized training in the use of an iPad for engagement sessions with our residents. The world of music, visual arts and learning will be opened to our residents in a new way.

Funding for this initiative was generously provided through a grant from the Bright Idea Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region.

Devin Minor

Activity Director

Homme Home of Wittenberg

Fri
26
Jan

THE BITTERSWEET TALE OF CHOCOLATE


Leader Photo by Greg Mellis Mexican chocolate cake is a unique way you can give your sweetheart chocolate this Valentine’s Day.

While doing the research for these columns, I am struck by how frequently my search leads me to Central America and Mexico to find the origins of so many foods. Tracing the roots of chocolate follows the same trail.

It is widely believed that the Olemec people, an ancient farming culture from the tabasco region of Mexico were the first to process and consume cacao beans. The widespread use of the bitter bean, however, really began with their descendents, the Mayans and Aztecs. University of Pennsylvania anthropologists discovered cacao residue on Aztec pottery dating back to 1400 BC.

Initially, it was the sweet, fleshy fruit around the bean that was fermented into an alcoholic beverage and used by Aztec holy men for religious rituals. Later, it became a bitter drink made from the roasted beans that were boiled into a thick frothy consistency and flavored with spices and chili peppers. This is still a popular drink in Southern Mexico called Chilate.

Sat
20
Jan

Fears and phobias may not be so frightening

Late last week, I was enjoying a cup of coffee when suddenly my internal alarm system went off. Something was wrong. Oh, no. I soon discovered I had a nosebleed. I have not had one in decades. I could feel my pulse quicken and goosebumps popping out on my arms.

I got to the bathroom and ran cold water on a washcloth. I grabbed the box of Kleenex and headed to the couch with Mittens close behind. Once I reached the couch, I felt a bit better knowing if I passed out I was on a soft surface.

The common sense in my brain said, “Lorna, its okay. You have lots more blood, you won’t run out.” I tried to deep breathe. The mere sight of blood instantly gives me the feeling of fainting. Reasoning doesn’t seem to help. Common sense didn’t register as I told myself, “Lorna, for heavens sake, you are not going to die from this nosebleed. It’s not even bleeding very hard.” None of that mattered. The fear was there, and I could not seem to control it.

Sat
20
Jan

Christians don’t act Christ-like

To the editor:

Three cheers for the De Pere City Council for passing a transgender nondiscrimination ordinance.

There are well over 100 Christian denominations in America, each with its own interpretation of the Bible and each proclaiming that they alone are correctly teaching the Christian message.

Many Christian preachers spend inordinate time denigrating other Christian denominations’ biblical beliefs in order to validate their own. Turn on TV and watch Jimmy Swaggart run down mainline Protestant denominations and the Catholic church.

In 1967 interacial marriage was prohibited in the state of Virginia. The Evangelicals said the Bible told them so.

President Jimmy Carter, our most religious president, quit the Southern Baptist Convention over their biblical teaching about the role of women.

The Rev. Matt Baye of Hope Lutheran Church indicates that being transgender is a manifestation of sin. The Bible told him so.

Sat
20
Jan

Tight hip flexors can cause misalignment, pain


Contributed Photo Sarah Smith, licensed athletic trainer with ThedaCare Orthopedic Care in Shawano, shows a student athlete how to use a foam roller and runner’s stick to release muscle shortness and tightness, a condition that can lead to overall body misalignment and pain.

Hip flexors are a broad term for the group of muscles that connects your legs and the trunk of your body together in a flexing movement. Just as their name implies, they are the muscles that flex your hip joint. We are also learning more about the role hip flexors play in a person’s posture and overall musculoskeletal alignment, especially if one spends most of the day in a sitting position at a desk or computer.

Take a moment and look back just a generation or two ago. Our parents and grandparents spent a much higher percentage of their day in active and upright motion, whether it was working on the farm, running a printing press, or growing food in the family’s vegetable garden.

Today, the nature of work (and leisure) has changed dramatically, and we no longer find ourselves outside playing football on the weekend as much as we engage with our online fantasy football team from the comfort of the couch.

Sat
13
Jan

Try to determine what the cardinal is telling you

The other day, I was sitting in my dining room talking on my cell phone with a friend, Judy Judd. We were visiting about a mutual friend who recently passed away. As we were talking, a beautiful red cardinal appeared and landed in full view in my apple tree.

The belief that cardinals are messengers from someone who has passed exists across many cultures and beliefs.

There is a difference between symbolic signs and superstitions. Although they both relate to supernatural powers, a superstition is absolute and does not leave room for personal interpretation or circumstances. An example of a superstition: if a blackbird flies into your house, it is a sign of an impending death.

However, a symbolic sign is unique to each person and gives us the opportunity to interpret its meaning. A symbolic sign is a message for the individual receiving it. A symbolic sign can be considered a phenomenon, or a “cardinal experience.”

Sat
13
Jan

No blizzards, but whirlwhind of activity in January

What is happening to the month of January? Where are the blizzards? Where are the “weather is too bad, I’m staying home” days? How come I am gone every day and not taking care of my normal winter projects?

First of all, my family Christmas gathering did not take place until Jan. 7, but now that is the past, and I still have Christmas things up and not put away. In fact, my outside Christmas lights are still coming on every day at dusk. I will have to forge my way through the slushy snow and unplug those light strings one of these days.

Second of all is appointments. A senior citizen has lived long enough to see a few specialist once a year, and for some reason, most of them are seen in January. Then there is physical therapy, for my neck and shoulders that needed attention way back in December. If things go as planned, I should be finishing up very soon.

Sat
06
Jan

Resolve to be kind to others this year

I read this recently and thought you might enjoy it as much as I did: A young couple moves into a new neighborhood. The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging out the wash. “That laundry is not very clean; she doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.” Her husband looks on, remaining silent.

Every time her neighbor hangs her wash to dry, the young woman makes the same comment. A month later, the woman is surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and says to her husband, “Look, she’s finally learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this?” The husband replies, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.”

So it is with life. What we see when watching others depends on the clarity of the window through which we look.

Sometimes we are quick to criticize and slow to praise. Finding what is wrong is sometimes easier than looking for what is right.

Sat
06
Jan

Condos should be geared toward seniors

To the editor:

I am excited to read about more condos going into Shawano. While I do understand the feelings of homeowners near the old Shawano hospital property, condos won’t devalue your property. Condos are the future.

The only thing I wasn’t clear on, was, are these condos going to be 55-and-up only? The one thing smaller towns are lacking, are nice condos for seniors who no longer want to maintain a home and large yard. They also want to travel more, and owning a condo makes that a lot more feasible. I’m hoping they will not be two story condos like the ones on main street and also not two story condos like the ones behind the old Pick ‘N Save area. You need ranch style condos with no one living above you.

Sat
30
Dec

Make your resolutions, but make them realistic

It seems the older I become, the more quickly time goes by. I can still remember how excited I was to become a teenager. Then I waited for my sweet 16th birthday. Of course, becoming 18 was exciting. In my day, we could go to bars at that age. I remember Club 45 in Clintonville and the Sha Bon here in Shawano. Age 21 was another milestone.

None of my other birthdays seemed too significant until I turned 50. I was working at Citizen’s Bank and my co-workers made sure I would long remember that day. They gifted me with a walker, prune juice, thick glasses, a heating pad, a shawl and over-the-hill birthday cards. Since that time, birthdays come and go. Sometimes I actually have to stop and figure out how old I am. Age is only a number now, and I am happy to celebrate every new year.

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