Saturday, March 23, 2019


Does the person with the worst crisis win?

I understand I have a choice with how I react to harsh criticism and being a frequent contributor of letters of public interest, I’ve developed some thick skin. Every seven years though that skin gets a bad itch, which compels me to scratch it with a formal response.
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Most recently, I shared some observations of how a day of overwhelming events culminated in enough angst that I sought out a (800) 273-TALK (8255) crisis line. My hope was that by sharing this personal experience that others would follow suit in their own times of dire need, because those emergency dispatchers were so kind and understanding with me. 
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Yet some readers said they couldn’t emphasize with me and tried to belittle me for my inconsequential stuck elevator story. I first wondered if they hadn’t read it thoroughly, because I referred to my event with a fitting disclaimer as an ‘oxymoronic minor emergency.’ Minor emergencies of course are those that happen to the other guy. Then I wondered if perhaps their cynical viewpoint was part of a societal failure, because after all even EckhartTolle says, “About 80 to 90 percent of most people’s thinking is not only repetitive and useless, but because of its dysfunctional and often negative nature, much of it is also harmful. Observe your mind and you will find this to be true.”
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Perhaps if I share more of what led up to my panic, understanding trolls will hand out a mulligan: That summer, I lost three close friends, with another in the hospital for a month. Someone who owed me $1,000 left town. My work truck broke down 3 times with expensive repairs. I experienced a mini-stroke (another minor emergency?) and couldn’t afford treatment. And then a neighbor’s unsettled dog attacked me, all of which I carried into the elevator that hot day.
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Thursday, March 21, 2019


Immediate benefits of bus riding
(And some hidden costs of not)
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Being new to Centre County I was surprised by the limited scope that bus services offer between Penns Valley and the bustling State College community. But after riding to work for a year aboard the efficient, but thinly spread transport system that Centre County offers Centre Hall, I gathered a few observations about why this might be.
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My fellow passengers pointed out that our county commissioners have long sought to expand Penns Valleys ride services. But our transport managers believe this won’t work when they’ve held discussions and conducted feasibility tests, because commuters quite enjoy the freedom of driving their own cars and have tight schedules to keep. Driving one’s own car may give a strong sense of independence, but I wonder how many of these commuters have conducted their own comparative studies?
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For instance, how much do you think you’ve invested in your own vehicles maintenance, bodywork and upkeep over these last decades? What about fuel costs and insurance?  Moving violations, parking tickets and meter fees? Car depreciation costs? And what about folks who gamble driving home after some drinks? And what then if they crash into somebody and hurt them? That shaky decision can prove to be more costly than the value of a new car.
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Besides these sometimes unconsidered price factors, people who choose mostly not to ride buses miss out on other enhancements: Riding the bus helps ease road rage. We create time to get to know each other better, and discuss community issues. We can take quick power naps. We listen to educational recordings and music playlists through earbuds. Without distraction, we conduct business and make personal phone calls. We experience freedoms of cloud watching and daydreaming. On the bus we make book annotations and concoct riddles with gag prizes. We playfully share go-to jokes, solve crosswords and contemplate mindbenders. 
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Other frequent treats we share in this merry commute include creative poetry sessions, seasonal songs in unison, catchy limericks rehearsed, and bus Haiku’s spoken. Spring brings colorful natural photo ops and wildlife watching. Just yesterday two smiling passengers shared interesting stories about their recent spring bear encounters. Overall, this multitude of options gives riders broad ways to smooth out and balance our characters. And we find this wholesome fun more apparent now, when we compare it to most of the times when we drove alone.  
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Many bus services provide convenient aps, which indicate if particular buses are running on schedule. Seniors, children and disabled folks frequently qualify for discounted or free rides. On rare occasions when a bus breaks down, fresh drivers soon appear with relief buses. If additional commuters decide they want to be part of the solution for traffic-jams and pollution by taking the bus, the higher demand will open the possibility for expanded bus routes with frequenter stops.
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Provo, Utah’s Transit Authority encouraged more bus riders by making its service free for a while. This increased their ridership fivefold in the first month of their new rapid transit route between Provo and Orem. Most riders quickly become more comfortable with using buses after simply going through the ritual of trying them out for a few times.  We too, can make similar improvements here, around our cutting-edge college town, when more of us decide to become a viable part of the solution in this modern bus era.
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Wednesday, March 20, 2019


Unconsidered benefits of riding the bus
(And hidden costs of not)


Being new to Centre County I was surprised by the limited scope that bus services offer between Penns Valley and the bustling State College community. But after riding to work for a year aboard the efficient, but thinly spread transport system Centre County offers Centre Hall, I gathered a few observations about why this must be.
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My fellow passengers pointed out that our county commissioners have long sought to expand Penns Valley ride services. But our transport managers believe this won’t work when they’ve conducted feasibility tests and discussions, because commuters quite enjoy the freedom of driving their own cars and have tight schedules to keep. Driving one’s own car may lead to a strong feeling of independence, but I wonder how many of these commuters have conducted their own feasibility studies?
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For instance, how much do you think you’ve invested in your own vehicle maintenance, bodywork and upkeep over these last decades? Fuel costs and insurance?  Moving violations, parking tickets and fees? Car depreciation costs? And what about folks who gamble driving home after some relaxing after-work drinks? And what then if they crash into some body? That shaky decision can prove to be more costly than the value of a new car.
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Besides these often unconsidered price factors, people who choose mostly not to ride buses, miss out on other enhancements: It has erased our road rage. We create time to get to know each other better, and discuss community issues. We can take quick power naps. We listen to educational recordings and music playlists through earbuds. Without distraction, we conduct business and make personal phone calls. We daily riders experience freedoms of cloud watching & daydreaming. We make book annotations, puzzling riddles with gag prizes; share go-to jokes, solve crosswords and other mindbenders. 
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Other frequent treats we share in our merry commute include, creative poetry writing, seasonal songs in unison, catchy limericks rehearsed and bus Haiku’s spoken. Spring brings colorful photo opportunities with wildlife watching. Just today two passengers smiled while sharing stories about their recent bear encounters. Overall, this multitude of options gives riders chances to develop our characters more fully; and more so doable when compared with traveling alone in a car. Moreover, many bus services provide convenient aps, which indicate if particular buses are running on schedule. On rare occasions when a bus breaks down, fresh drivers soon appear with relief buses. If additional commuters decide they want to be part of the traffic-jam and pollution solutions by taking the bus, the higher demand will create the possibility for expanded bus routes with frequenter stops.
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Provo, Utah’s Transit Authority encouraged more riders by making its bus free for a while, which increased its ridership fivefold in its first month of the new rapid transit route between Provo and Orem. Most riders quickly become more comfortable with using buses after simply going through the ritual of trying it out a few times.  We, too, can make similar improvements here, around our cutting-edge college town, when more of us do decide to become part of the solution in this ongoing challenge. 

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Monday, March 11, 2019



I didn’t know that such good help was freely available

A recent elevator jolt followed by a moments flickering of lights triggered a panicky flashback of a time when I once got stuck inside for real. Back then we had transported a heavy metal desk inside a tiny dumbwaiter sized contraption, which when we shifted it, likely loosened one of the carrier chains. Our long day had already been a challenging one of excruciatingly heavy lifting and I sensed my blood pressure rise when the emergency button fizzled. Fortunately I had a pocket phone to dial 911, where the dispatcher immediately empathized, as she too, had once been stuck in a freight elevator for three hours on a Texas hot day and without water.
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When we escaped 20 minutes later, I dashed straight for fresh air and started singing “♫Green Grass & High Tides Forever.♪” That mask aside, I was still upset and quite angry. The building manager said no one should be using that elevator because people keep getting stuck in it. Well, what are “Out of Order” signs for? And right then the other half of our crew managed to do just that. At the end the manager asked for us to deduct for the time we were stuck in her elevator! And naturally, she didn’t leave us a tip.
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That evening my anger grew into rage over the stupid incident and I felt I was on the edge of doing something rash; like smashing the elevator door with a sledgehammer, so no one else could get stuck. Yeah, that’ll sure show ‘em! I told myself that this wasn’t the real me, but still couldn’t calm down for the life of me. So for the first time I dialed a crisis hotline. 
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It was 4 a.m. and I hadn’t slept a wink. Eric, a well-trained crisis specialist answered on the first ring. I was almost embarrassed to start explaining my claustrophobic panic, but Eric coached me to breathe and slowly explain what I was experiencing. 
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Just when I’d been thinking that nothing in the world could calm me down, Eric engaged me thoughtfully for an hour’s conversation. We talked about various aspects of the incident as well as some deeper personal feelings. Finally as I grew weary, Eric helped me calm down enough to get some good rest.
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I was surprised how much a one hour heart-to-heart phone call helped when I was experiencing a panicky crisis. Some people must be well suited for difficult jobs like these and I imagine they source their excellence from rigorous training and broad emergency experiences. I’m thankful for empathetic people like this. I didn’t realize how helpful they can be. One certainly made a difference for me. And I would encourage anyone else experiencing an oxymoronically ‘minor emergency’ like mine not to hesitate to do the same and reach out to one of these this free helpful resources, whenever they might come across their own dire time of need. 
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Here’s a start for those numbers of many resources:
Last updated:
From the website:
“Whether you’re in crisis or are just looking help for a friend or family member, there are dozens of organizations available to help you deal with a variety of immediate concerns, from crisis situations and domestic violence, to rape and substance abuse. Most of these hotlines are available 24 hours a day, and can help you with whatever level of assistance you need — from general information about the topic, to helping you find an immediate intervention. The hotlines below are listed in alphabetical order according to topic.”
“If you’re suicidal, we recommend contacting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline toll-free at 800-273-8255. Additional crisis and suicide hotlines are available in the category below, Crises and Suicide.”
Need help for domestic violence? Call toll-free: 800-799-7233 (SAFE).

Immediate Online Assistance

Try one of these free crisis chat services:
Crisis Chat
Crisis Text Line (on your smartphone)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
IMAlive
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Sunday, March 03, 2019


Small Miracle on Library Place?
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While riding our commuter bus, Jackie, one of the handicapped students suddenly dropped her library book, Michael Talbot’s groundbreaking Holographic Universe onto some molecules in the wheelchair aisle.

Notably, the book spilled open to a page that touched on both miracles and time. This unlocked a discussion where Jackie mentioned the curious book was long overdue, and she hesitates to check out any more books, because she often loses track of time.

A couple of us told Jackie that a lot of librarians like to forgive. They might waive the late fee if she mentions the fact that she was snowbound the day it was due and the roads were closed. Not only that, but we found out that Jackie was unaware she could have easily extended her borrowing time over her phone or even online – that is, so long as somebody else hadn’t already reserved the insightful holographic reading for their borrowed time, and if Jackie had her library card number ready.

I disliked seeing humble Jackie hesitating over this small change issue while still indecisive about checking out another book. 

Conspicuously, the next day I read that some libraries have developed innovative amnesty programs for encouraging poor people to comply with late fees. Following that, even waste-transfer and dump stations often give mulligans and occasionally designate specific drop-off dates for unwanted items and hazardous materials. 

Besides what I unearthed about libraries providing occasional forgiveness days (which doesn’t address the issue of existing overdue fees) some libraries have initiated a popular food-for-fines program, which helps by having a particular day where patrons bring food items in for local homeless shelter donations, giving one dollar credit of waived library fee per item. Sometimes they’ve found they need to apply a cap on the total amount they allow waived. 

I hope this refreshing news helps Jackie some with her decision. Her fellow bus riders wouldn’t like seeing her allow a few dollars to subtract from her important investment in our far-reaching and wide-reading universe.

Saturday, March 02, 2019


A Miracle on Library Place?

While riding our bus Jackie, one of our handicapped handi-capable students suddenly dropped Michael Talbot’s groundbreaking Holographic Universe book onto some molecules in the wheelchair aisle.
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Notably, the book spilled to a page that covered both miracles and time. This opened a discussion where Jackie mentioned the curious book was overdue, and she hesitates to check out any more books, because she often loses track of time.
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A couple of us told Jackie that a lot of librarians like to forgive. They might waive the late fee if she mentions the fact that she was snowbound the day it was due and the roads were closed. Not only that, but we found out that Jackie was unaware she could easily extend her borrowing time over her phone or even online – that is, so long as somebody else hasn’t already reserved the insightful holographic book for their borrowed time, and if Jackie has her library card number ready.
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I disliked seeing humble Jackie still hesitate over this small change issue, when considering checking out another book. 
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Conspicuously, the next day I read that some libraries have developed innovative methods for encouraging poor people to comply with late fees. Following that, even waste-transfer and dump stations often give mulligans and occasionally designate specific drop-off dates for unwanted items and hazardous materials. 
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Besides what I unearthed about libraries providing occasional amnesty days (which doesn’t address the issue of existing overdue fees) some libraries have initiated a popular food-for-fines program, which helps by having a particular day where patrons bring food items in for local homeless shelter donations, giving one dollar credit of waived library fee per item. Sometimes they’ve found they need to apply a cap on the total amount they allow waived. 
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I hope this good news helps Jackie some with her decision. Her fellow bus riders wouldn’t like seeing her allow a few dollars to subtract from her important investment in our wide-reaching reading universe.
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Saturday, February 16, 2019


Why to Avoid Clichés like the Plague
Firm advice from an itinerant freelancer

Something was new under the sun in this Happy Valley of milk and honey when I tiptoed on eggs into the newspaper office. Knowing the jig was up; the board of directors confronted me, “Jim we would like to know what’s new in your brave world of Banholzerian scandal sheets. Which begs the question; can you spare us more than a few nanoseconds of your attention span for some whys and wherefores?”

They led me through some flowery purple passages, where we circled up for a showdown. This would be no kid glove treatment. But, what the hey? No pain, no gain! One kind-hearted Central Pennsylvanian scrutinizer remarked at length, “Son, your imagination runs riot, but I’ve told you a million times that you’re prone to hyperbole. By the same token, some of your sentences are so very long that by the time readers get around to your end point, few remember what you were writing about in the first place and believe you me with the instant gratification expectations that today’s world has developed for digests, buzzwords and Tweets, your style is going to come off sounding like a bunch of half-baked ideas grasping at straws.”

“I catch your drift and don’t forget the memory hole”, I retorted, “prions pouring right down the drain”. Perhaps I should even out my long-winded lexicon with some good old hackneyed phrases. I think we see eye to eye that the man I’m replacing has some hard shoes to fill. Harder than Chinese Algebra -without an abacus. But let’s dream the impossible dream and say I’m able to keep the ball rolling between the lines for readers. What then? Need I develop an algorithmic formula that does the trick to blow them away?”

“Well”, one of my mentors suggested, “you’re not out of the woods yet. It’s more than wishful thinking to say that if you were to modify several clichés and hang them from a string together, you could come up with something original. Like pinning your hopes on duck soup. Many trite expressions are used because the author is lazy as a dog. Certainly not every word spilling out of your keyboard can be a coal pressed gem, but you should at least strive for some originality in this state.”

So, I’ll put my money where my mouth is, starting with one red cent. By and large it will become easy as pie to roll in the dough from that sweetened pot at this end of the rainbow. I’d bet my bottom dollar that if I’m to write commentary on subjects like “Beaver Stadium Was Not Built in One Day” then mixing bolt from the blue clichés with sassy language could become the technique to get ‘er done. We’ll run it up the liberty pole to see who salutes it.

The Bossman walked in shouting, “Eureka! Young (middle-aged) James you’ve solved a puzzle! It’s refreshing to see beyond the end of your nose that while you couldn’t beat conformity you didn’t join it. Otherwise it would have been back to the drawing board. You’d have been writing on the wall methods for putting toothpaste back in tubes and genies into bottles no place like home. Best to not have to open that can of worms.”

“Well, you do have to be a pretty early bird to snag a silkworm and pull the wool over my eyes with it.” Seeing it through, I knew that the sun always shines after a hard rain, even if it’s pitchforks. A real cat and dog gully washer always makes it fun to watch the golf greens grow.

I was happy as a clam that the editors didn’t pop a vein while having a mad cow over my unconventional efforts. They didn’t consider this bunch of blather to be over the top! I wouldn’t want poor planning on my part to create an emergency on theirs and get swept under the rug. So while I’m burning midnight ethanol worth its weight in gold and shooting for the moon, I’ll apply these newfangled methods during crunch time, hoping my verbiage doesn’t get caught between a rock and a hard place. This straight from the mouth of the horse of a different colour, who laughed last at himself for trying to be too clever by halfsies.

Thursday, February 07, 2019


Why are we still trashing so much perfectly good food?
Recently on the bus, our work crew engaged in an interesting discussion about food donations. A man who is employed with a local school said “It’s such a shame about the multitude of good food we just toss away into school dumpsters each day.” He added that “Between our school district cafeterias and supply centers we probably throw away tons of good food every week.” Moreover, his school administrators enforce a strict rule, where if he ate or tried to salvage any small food portion marked for trash, he could get fired. 

Our bus driver chimed in, saying that restaurants and food stores don’t donate surplus food nearing expiration dates, because they’re fearful of being sued. Our bus riders seemed unaware of The Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act, even though in 1996 Bill Clinton signed this act to encourage companies and organizations to donate healthy food that would otherwise go to waste. The law
protects you from civil and criminal liability should the product donated in good faith later cause harm to the recipient.

As for myself, I only remember reading about this act recently, which made me wonder if other people, especially food store managers and such had forgotten this 23 year old law. Perhaps reminding food administrators of this protection now and again will help them see that they have no good excuses for tossing away perfectly good edibles and may consider reassessing their waste policies to help our poor and hungry destitute neighbors.
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Thursday, January 24, 2019


Liebe Sonya Wilander,
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Ich bin beeindruckt von der Stärke von Ihnen und Ihrer Gruppe, die Hailey ein dringend benötigtes nüchternes Haus bringen. Als ich zum ersten Mal von Ihren Bemühungen las, stellte ich mir vor, dass Ihre Vision, wie bei einigen kürzlich durchgeführten Behinderungen mit niedrigem Einkommen und lokalen NIMBY-Einstellungen, lange Zeit auf sich warten ließ. Ich fand es erhebend zu finden, dass ich falsch lag.
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Als ich vor ein paar Jahren anfing, gegen mein tiefes Alkoholproblem zu kämpfen, und einige Zeit lang obdachlos wurde, fand ich es viele Tage überwältigend, als ich versuchte herauszufinden, wo ich im Wald meine Arbeitsgeräte, mein Essen und die Umkleide verstecken würde. Außerdem konzentrierte ich mich auf Stunden, in denen ich mich ausschlafen konnte. Darüber hinaus stehen in Hailey nach einigen Monaten des Jahres keine Ruheräume zur Verfügung.
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Um der Obdachlosigkeit während meiner Genesung vorübergehend vorzubeugen, habe ich auf Vorschlag eines Gesundheitsberaters zweimal für ein paar Wochen im Canyon View Hospital eingecheckt. Da mir die Bedürftigkeit schuld war, kostete das Blaine County Zehntausende Dollar. Zurzeit versuche ich in meinem dritten Jahr der gesegneten Nüchternheit, diesen Betrag in Höhe von $ 25 pro Monat von meinem niedrigen Lohn, aber erfreulichen Montagejob bei Skills of Central Pennsylvania, zurückzuzahlen.
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Im September 2017, einer Woche nach meinem Umzug von Wood River nach PA, traf es mich nach Hause, als ich von einem bekannten obdachlosen Mann (angeblich der Suchtkampf) lernte, der wahrscheinlich durch die Einwirkung der Elemente in der Gasse hinter Hailey Java ums Leben kam Der erste kalte Regen der Saison. Und letztes Jahr kam es zu einem ähnlichen Ereignis, als John - der jahrzehntelang mit Obdachlosigkeit zu kämpfen hatte, an einem der ersten kalten Herbsttage dieser Saison zusammenbrach und starb. Dennis Kucinich sagte einmal: "Obdachlosigkeit und Armut sind Massenvernichtungswaffen."
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Sicherlich wird Ihr nüchternes Haus dazu beitragen, dass in der Zukunft ähnlich unangenehme und kostspielige Szenarien vermieden werden. Ich freue mich wieder über diese gute Nachricht von Ihnen und den neuen Bemühungen Ihres Stabes, die Ihr Leben verändern.

Vielen Dank und beste Grüße,
JB

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Was ist mit Krankenbanken für Alkoholiker?

Unsere kohäsive Hospital-Gruppe hat kürzlich das Big Book-Kapitel „Für Arbeitgeber“ durchgesehen und die Frage aufgeworfen: „Welche AA-Richtlinien sind für Arbeitgeber in Betracht zu ziehen, wenn es darum geht, Krankenbanken für Arbeitnehmer zu nutzen, die sich in den Behandlungszentren mit Alkoholismus auskennen? ”
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Verständlicherweise sind Behandlung und Rehabilitation teuer und oft nicht vollständig durch eine Versicherung gedeckt. Daher finden wir es großartig, dass Mitarbeiter manchmal an ihren eigenen Arbeitstage arbeiten, um der leidenden Person, die sich in Behandlung begeben möchte, zu helfen. Es scheint jedoch ein heikles Thema zu sein, wenn man die Anonymität, mögliche Stigmatisierungen und dergleichen berücksichtigt. Wir stellen uns jedoch vor, dass es konstruktive Wege geben muss, um dieses Problem anzugehen, und wir hoffen, dass Sie uns helfen können.
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Wir haben verstanden, dass einige Arbeitgeber Gremien einsetzen, die darüber abstimmen, ob der Kranke berechtigt ist, einigen ihrer Mitarbeiter eine Spende zu gewähren. Und Arbeitgeber haben oft unterschiedliche Richtlinien. Vielleicht liegt die Lösung darin, einen Doppelblindmechanismus zu verwenden, der Aspekte der Situation des kranken Kandidaten identifiziert, aber niemals deren tatsächlichen Namen. (Was für eine kleinere Organisation unpraktisch sein kann)
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Es gibt wahrscheinlich Aspekte, über die wir noch nicht nachgedacht haben, und wir freuen uns darauf, Vorschläge oder Richtlinien zu lesen, die Sie und / oder Grapevine-Leser zu diesem Thema haben könnten.
Vielen Dank,

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Letter to Grapevine Magazine


What about sick leave banks for alcoholics?

Our cohesive Hospital group recently reviewed the Big Book chapter “For Employers” and up popped the question, “What are some of the AA guidelines for employers to consider regarding utilizing sick leave banks for employees seeking time off to treat alcoholism at treatment center programs?” 
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Understandably, treatment and rehabilitation is expensive and often not fully covered by insurance, so we think it’s great that sometimes fellow employees would like to chip in some of their own earned sick leave days to help the suffering person seeking treatment. However, it does appear to be a delicate subject, considering anonymity, potential stigmas and such; but we imagine that there must be some constructive ways to address this and we hope you can help us.
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We understand that some employers use boards that vote on whether the sick person is justified in being granted some of their fellow employees donated sick-time. And employers often have policies that differ from each other. Perhaps some of the solution lies with employing a double-blind mechanism that identifies aspects of the ill candidate’s situation, but never their actual name. (Which might be impractical for a smaller organization)
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There are probably aspects of this subject that we haven’t thought about yet and we look forward to reading suggestions or guidelines that you and / or Grapevine readers might have on this matter.
Thank you,

Thursday, January 17, 2019


Honorably building sound minds and sound bodies


It’s refreshing to see the non-profit Tri-Municipal Park Inc. readying multi-playfields, sand volleyball courts, disc golf, an orchard, walking trails, a pavilion and more on a 165 acre Centre Hall parcel. The board is asking the community for fund-raising suggestions regarding additional ideas that we envision for the park. Some ideas submitted so far are lit baseball fields, a walking path from town to the park, a butterfly garden and a tethered bike repair kit with an air compressor for pumping up deflated tires and sports balls.

When sportspersons start utilizing these playfields soon, a hope of mine is that most sportspersons will hold playing fair as a prime principle during their healthy competitions. Many psychologists talk about how playing fair in sports is more important than winning. Some overly obsessive winners want to crush their enemies and will do whatever it takes to win, even if that means being cruel or cheating. And as second-grader Eagle’s fan Abigail points out, “You don’t always have to win.”
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I agree with young Abigail. Perhaps we should see that “failure” is honorable and constructive rather than humiliating. Strong lessons from youngster’s clean-living days in sports carry over to real life. If parents help their children to be fair and fun to play with, then others will want to line up to play with them. We should be teaching our children ways to develop their characters and do well at winning at life. Strategy is an outgrowth of character and star players are those who can help their teammate’s blossom into becoming better players and people. 
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For the love of the game, when the park officially opens soon it would be nice to see respectful community members christen a persuasive entrance sign that reminds players about how integral fair sportsmanship is. Perhaps some of our thoughtful community members can submit their own motto and slogan suggestions to the Tri-Municipal Park board for such an inspiration park entrance designed sign. Alongside the slogans we could add a weather resistant monitor that plays a video loop of prime sportsmanship moments in sports; inviting the community to submit some of the same style films, shot from their new fields.
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For maps of the park and for submitting suggestions you can find the Tri-Municipal Park Facebook page at:

In addition, the park board meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Centre Hall Borough Building.

You can make park donations at: www.centre-foundation.org

Here is a link to some featured Sportsmanship moments:  https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=sportsmanship+moments+in+sports

Thursday, January 10, 2019


Mit speziellen Lichter aus Brad Nottingham Professor & Tom Trusky



Zusehen Clint Eastwood Filme, vor allem seine gut gemachte Westerns sind fast wie hinreißend religiösen Erfahrungen für einige Menschen. Jeder seiner Filme projizieren unbezahlbar Unterricht, auch wenn er einen Gegenspieler wie der gefühllose Elefantenjäger in White Hunter, Black Heart spielt. Erstaunlich genug, Clint viel von Pale Rider gefilmt hier in Idaho mit einem Thema wie zeitlos wie die BoulderMountains . Clint spielt eine namenlose Prediger Schutz eines armen Prospektion Stadt von einer Bande von Schurken durch eine geschickt gierig Mining Corporation, auf ihren Anspruch eindringen. Diese auffallende Film-das erste von Clint, die er in-produziert wurde 1984 um Boulder City nördlich von Ketchum und mehr von der Wiener Mine in der Nähe Smiley Creek. Pale Rider war der Vorgänger von 1992 Clint Academy preisgekrönten Unforgiven.

Jedes Mal, wenn ich zusehen Pale Rider, ich auf dem Gelände erkennbaren Hintergrund konzentrieren, manchmal Einfrieren bestimmten Frames, meinen Weg zu finden, um in den Bergen. Wie Brad Nottinghamwar ein lokaler dann erinnert er uns: "Denn Pale Rider, gab es einige Probleme Dreharbeiten offensichtlich in dem Film, wie Sie es heute sehen, der Kommentar gebracht: es war in der Regel unsere schönen späten Altweibersommer gefilmt, und einige der Szenen waren Reiten gefilmt kurz vor und nach einer unvorhersehbaren Vorsaison Schnee, der matt die oberen Teile der Bereiche, während schnell Abschmelzen der tieferen Lagen. Wie ein Film-Viewer, eine Zeitspanne, die etwa eine Woche zu sein schien, schien von Sommer-auf Winterzeit, die einige Kritik gebracht umzuschalten, ich erinnere mich, aber jeder von uns Bergvolk gab es nicht einen zweiten Gedanken. 
Darüber hinaus machte Clint enormen Aufwand, um die Website, die von den Fronten Gebäude-, Bau-Crew, und später den Füßen Stampfen der Schauspieler und Produktionsteam auf dem kleinen Steg und Fluss in der Nähe der Entwässerung zitterpappel Haine gestört wurde wiederherzustellen. Winter schien, schnell zu kommen in diesem Jahr und für eine Reihe von uns, war es schwer, Beweise des Films Trampeln, dass im nächsten Frühjahr, wenn wir versuchten zu erkennen. Wir haben auch versucht, eine Art von Filmcrew Artikel oder etwas zu finden. Lon und ich gelegen "The Rock", dass einer der Bergleute wurde Chippen auf in einer frühen Szene aus dem Film. 
Als es schließlich kam heraus, Pale Rider Art betäubten Menschen, weil es eine Pause von der Eastwood Tradition war. Er spielte eine noch leiser, low-key Charakter, und ich erinnere mich Menschen, die über den Anschluss eines "Prediger"-Rolle für ihn verwirrt. Andere, erwartet die aktiven schneidigen und gewalttätigen Dirty Harry Traditionen fanden diese Art von Film langsam und spacig, Funktionen, die ich überhaupt nicht dieser Zeit nichts ausmachte. Ich habe gerade eingeweicht in der Landschaft, die ich kannte, war fast in meinem Hinterhof. Ich hatte meinen alten Buick Wagon dort oben getrieben und einer Furt den felsigen Flussüberquerung ein halbes Dutzend Mal, Wandern bis zu einige der "echten" alten Bergbau-Hütten und Ausgrabungen. 
Bald danach, ein Einheimischer, hatte David Butterfield uns Schriftsatz und produzieren eine anstrengende Feld Leitfaden für gute Standorte in Idaho , Einschließlich Informationen über Unterkünfte, Preise, um so trommle mehr Filmemachen Interesse Hollywood . Nachdem das Buch veröffentlicht wurde, ich erinnere mich, dass es nicht viel Resonanz, bis der Motor begann Bruce Willis aufwühlen Schlaf Hailey in den 90er Jahren. Ich habe noch nicht vermietet dass sonderbar, vergessen-über den Film ( Town & Country (2001) ) in Bellevue gefilmt, die enthalten Warren Beatty, die eine Fliegenfischen Verbindung, noch das man über Hemingway hatte, aber ich sah, dass ungerade Twin Falls Bild ( Breakfast of Champions (1999) ), dass Willis wurde, wenn seine Ehe mit Demi war schnell entwirren zu arbeiten. "

Während ich Brad Einsichten zu lesen, fiel mir auf, dass Dreharbeiten zu diesem Film eine bedeutende genug Fall, dass es mit einem historischen Schild sollte gedacht werden war. Folks mit denen ich sprach an der Idaho Transporte waren empfänglich für diese Idee und vielleicht schon bald eine Stelle benennen, entlang des Highway 75, einmal die historische Ausschuss billigt richtigen Text für die Legende.

Ich ging auf diesen Vorschlag zu Tom Trusky , Leiter der Idaho Film Collection, und Professor für Englisch an der Boise Staat Universität . Tom war begeistert über das Potenzial Pale Rider Tribut und erweitert es mit einem "Landesweite Film Signage Vorschlag". Um Professor Trusky zitieren: "Der Tourist / Werbewirksamkeit solcher Signage ist offensichtlich - und Einheimische könnten solche Kenntnisse zu schätzen, auch wenn sie nichts von ihrer filmischen Erbe sind. Wie gut, angesichts der jüngsten Interesse daran Filmproduktion an den Staat, würde eine solche Beschilderung nicht nur öffentliche Anerkennung sein erheblichen Beitrag Idaho für die Filmindustrie , sondern dienen auch als Erinnerung an zeitgenössischer Filmemacher, der Gem State Möglichkeiten. "

Es wäre schön, wenn der Idaho Department of Transportation schließlich erweitert Toms Statewide Film Signage Vorschlag mit einem weiteren Plan. Als technisch-Fähigkeiten, um in erschwingliche Möglichkeiten voranzutreiben weiter, es wäre erhebend zu sehen Idaho Umarmung der nächsten Generation, indem es an unserer historischen Zeichen, interaktive Elemente. Zum Beispiel, wenn Reisen bis Highway 75 vorbei an der North Fork Store, bei Erreichen der Umfang von Interesse, wo Marilyn MonroeBushaltestelle gedreht wurde, könnte eine Warnung zur Verfügung gestellt interessierten Reisenden "duzz-alle" digitalen Geräten werden. Ein kurzer holographische Film von Marilyn hypnotisch tanzen mit einem wogenden Rock auf der Fahrerseite Dashboards halten würde dösen Vaters Hacker und wach ist, die Kreditvergabe an die Sicherheit der Fahrer. Dann wird für die nächste Handvoll der Geschichte, bei Erreichen Pale Rider Phantom Hügel, konnte die Geräusche der Kugeln sausen durch Ohren die nachfolgende Warnung sein, dann bis zu Galena Lodge, für eine schnelle Passant über einige Bücher über die reiche Geschichte suchen. Besitzer der Sägezahn-Tal könnte lächelnd, indem verwandte Material zur Verfügung, um zu befriedigen kürzlich geweckt Reisende Appetit profitieren. Inexpensively solarbetriebene Kioske können von diesen informativen Wegweiser-ausziehbares Bereichen zu entwickeln. Sie könnten weiter entwickelt werden, um die Kommunikation in Notfällen Geräten gehören. Eine Kamera-Auge im unantastbar Hologramm eingebettet helfen könnte verhindern, Vandalismus und Manipulation, wenn erkannt wird, könnte auf ankündigen werden, "Go ahead, machen Sie meinen Tag!" Stranded Treiber in entlegenen Gebieten, wo Handys nicht funktionieren könnte kommen zu wissen diese Beschilderung als sichere Orte. Man könnte sogar hoffen, dass die Fahrer das Bestehen der Pale Rider Schild erinnert würde nach der namenlosen Prediger nehmen und helfen ihren Mitmenschen in Not sind.

Sicherlich ITD hat bereits einige technisch versierte Führer an Bord. Dies ist das dritte Mal, dass ich eine positive Erfahrung mit ITD Führung, die mich zu glauben, dass Innovation in ihrer täglichen Arbeitsumgebung umarmte führt haben. Diese Führer konnten unsere Ideen zum nächsten Bereich nehmen von uns zeigen, wie Wegweiser Auszüge könnte in etwas, das wirklich verbessert die Landschaft verwandelt.

Durch die Zusammenführung der Datenautobahn mit unserem Rücken Straßenschilder, Idaho könnte die Welt zeigen, wie wir auf dem neuesten Stand sind zusammen mit Sein wehrfähigen genug, um durch Bürokratie in der Zwischenzeit schneiden.

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Mehr von Brad Nottingham 'S Erkenntnisse zum Thema "Good Guys" in der Idaho Filmarchiv auf Pale Rider gefunden werden:http://www.boisestate.edu/hemingway/film.htm