Dogs have always been part of our family. They’re all different, yet like humans, they all need love. Ginger taught me more about unconditional love, unwavering gratitude and unlimited patience than any human has. She was a testament to mixed-breed dogs, the type of dog often found in shelters. Shelter dogs are extremely loyal to people giving them a new home.
Finally, in August 1995, working for Carter’s Food-n-Fuel, I encountered some genuine heroes. Two pickups pulling boats, and carrying six guys wearing T-shirts reading “Oklahoma City Fire Department,” stopped for gas. Knowing the Federal Building had been bombed in April, destroyed by a massive truck-bomb killing 168 and injuring 500, I asked one fireman how everyone was doing. He told me, while pointing towards another fireman walking outside alone, “It’s been hard on everyone, but especially him.” Then he said, “That newspaper picture of the fireman carrying a burned little girl’s body was him. We had to get him on vacation.”
I’ve seen or heard about many unusual things on the job, all of which contributed to making my life pretty interesting. By living all over our country, I’ve also learned a great deal about people.
This four-part series examining Alzheimer’s disease, which will run each Thursday in November coinciding with National Family Caregiver Month, is meant to provide general information about the disease and sources where help for treating patients and assisting caregivers can be found. It will provide a general overview of Alzheimer’s-related issues, giving people a starting point for help once their families are affected by the disease. Soon, Alzheimer’s disease (AD) will become a tremendous health crisis for the United States.
This is the final part of a four-part series examining how Alzheimer’s disease affects the patient, the family and the public. The Pine Journal ran this series each week in November to coincide with National Family Caregiver Month.
This is the third part of a four-part series examining how Alzheimer’s disease affects the patient, the family and the public. The Pine Journal will run this series each Thursday in November to coincide with National Family Caregiver Month. In Part II, the person with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) received quality care at home. Problems patients experienced, and solutions home caregivers employed, made home care possible. But as the disease progresses, ultimately the caregiver becomes unable to manage anymore.
I think about our veterans all the time, especially “their” day, Veterans Day, coming up Nov. 11. They were tough as nails when they served this great nation. During the Vietnam War, they fought for our freedom in far away places called Khe Sanh, the Mekong Delta, and Hue. We lost 57,000 of them there. In Korea, badly outnumbered, they faced nearly insurmountable odds on battlefields known as Heartbreak Ridge, Old Baldy, and Pork Chop Hill. We lost 54,000 of them there.
Role model: Person of great character you pattern your life after. Who are your role models? Like most folks, my first role models were my parents. Later, my role models tended to be strong leader types like John Wayne and the Rev. Billy Graham. Both were charismatic individuals, and adapting their unique character traits into my own character remains an ongoing process.
The ‘RIGHT’ Slant By Mike Berglund There is a power associated with freedom your family will feel during the parade. Teach them respect for the flag and for our veterans.