September 24, 2013
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Be grateful for vaccines, medicine
People’s attitudes toward spreading diseases have changed in the last century. When I was I was a child, if someone in a family came down with something contagious, the health department would post a sign on the front of their house, warning others to keep out. As I recall, the one for scarlet fever was in bright red.
In several places in the United States there are caves that attract people to come and see these natural wonders. I have been to the Gardner Cave on the east edge of the state twice.
Books inform in laymen’s terms
I have been through my copy of Alt and Hyndman’s “Northwest Exposures” in an attempt to find a certain bit of knowledge but have run out of time.
It has been a long time since I have heard the cry of the pika, a small member of the hare family. While the North Cascades Highway was being built, the roadbed was in, but not yet surfaced, as far as Lone Fir Campground. If you wanted to go farther up, you walked.
We will have to temper reactions when it arrives
In 1995 David Alt and Donald Hyndman published a book called “Northwest Exposures.” A fat (442 pages) book, it was a physical and historical geologic history of the Northwest states, including scraps of Montana and California and, once, I think, a piece of Utah along with Washington, Idaho and part of British Columbia.
Family dog once stopped a child from being hit by a moving vehicle
It is difficult to impossible to know how much animals perceive of our wishes and our circumstances. But it happens, and sometimes with startling results.
Lab technicians show heroism in battling disease
The other day, while I was at my clinic (for something else), I was offered flu and pneumonia shots and accepted. In my family, pneumonia is a word that commands attention. My grandmother died of it when in her 30s, leaving, in addition to her husband, three children, the oldest of whom was 9.
Research leads to greater knowledge of diseases, nature
There have been times when geologists and other scientists have undergone certain hazards to obtain the information they sought. Take, for instance, John Wesley Powell and his hazard of boating down the Grand Canyon with his company. They were warned of its perils, but lured by the information to be gained by such a traverse of the great river in its mighty canyon and what could be learned from seeing it close up.
Colors provide a rich backdrop
“This land is afforesting,” my husband told me more than once.
Give gifts that last in the hearts of your loved ones
When I was a child, my family had a custom of letting each child specify one Christmas gift he or she wanted.
Up to the time of Charles Lyell, born in England in 1797, there was general belief that the world was made in 4004 B.C.
Every year there are certain things that householders do as fall develops. Given the tendency of our climate to do things suddenly, sometimes it is hard to see a seasonal change appear.
Story reveals a friendship between people and deer
There has been some mention of the greatest gift man can give. It has come up in connection with animals, too.
What was highest was cut down; the lowest was raised
Somewhere in one of our old hymnals is the line: “The valleys shall be exalted, the lofty hills made low …”
Word has many different meanings
The English language contains words that have multiple uses, and “slide” is one of them. Just now, one of those meanings is in the headlines, but let’s look at a number of them, beginning with the more innocent ones.
In our storms, rain follows lightning
When George Stewart wrote his book “Storm,” published in 1941, he named the storm Maria; the author stipulated that it should be with a long I (Mar-aye-uh).
Exploring the Okanogan with Elizabeth Widel
Let us consider cats, specifically house cats. In an effort to be official about it, I dug out my “Encyclopedia Americana” and looked them up. There followed columns of information, more than I ever wanted to know.
Exploring the Okanogan Elizabeth Widel
Society has gone from typewriters to tiny computers
Concrete cellar protects family from twisters
My grandfather built the first frame house on the Nebraska prairie, and his daughter and son-in-law farmed in the same area.
George Stewart book addresses impact on people
I can’t remember when I first heard of and read George Stewart’s book, “Storm.”
Continental lands keep shifting even in the present day
I remember being impressed at the idea of our continent being slowly built by bits and pieces of continents being added to it.
Williams tracked down statistics of historic floods
Two weeks ago I raised the question of the argument over the source of water for creating the landforms in the channeled scablands in southeastern Washington.
Liberty Bell stands as a signature view of the highway
I don’t know that I could name my favorite place in the county. There are so many lovely ones! But among them surely would have to be the North Cascades Highway, locally known as the North Cross.
Big water carved out much of the state’s landscape
When J. Harlan Bretz claimed that the channel scablands were formed by flood waters, he was not believed. Where, they asked, will you get that in a desert?
Catastrophic floods altered landscape
It was a scientific brouhaha that lasted for decades and saw the solution of a geologic problem by aviation and, finally, Landsat photography.
His courage opened up a new chapter in history
John Wesley Powell, as any good Methodist might guess, was born to a Methodist pastor, in 1834. His father may have planned teaching or the ministry for him, but from the outset his interests were strongly scientific.
Many words have multiple meanings
“I’m glad I was born to the English language,” a woman told me once, “because it is so easy to learn.” Really?!
It must have been 50 years or so ago that I read for the first time about the inter-relatedness of natural things.
Device’s signal seems able to reach everywhere
A pendant worn around the neck of a participant carries a signal that can bring help. They call it a medical alarm, and it is part of a network that reaches nationwide.
‘New’ recordings of Schubert’s work shed musical light
When Franz Schubert began writing his 10th Symphony, he was a mortally sick man. I have wondered many times if he knew how sick he was. He had to know he had an illness, but did he know how bad it was?
Several shots are streamlined for three doses in one
They were the doctors Dick, a husband-and-wife medical research team who, working for years, had developed an inoculation against scarlet fever. It was a dreaded disease which, if one lived through it, left a child with a damaged heart.
Directors are just one piece needed for a production
This is not a concert review, but it is going to talk about the Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus productions. I am thinking of the small army of people involved every time a show is given.