Northwest Boomer and Senior News Portland Metro Edition December 2016

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“When you come home, you feel like you are on vacation. Your home feels festive. It lifts your spirit.” Dulce Roberto


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Capturing a festive spirit



■ It’s easy to make changes with the holiday seasons By MAGGI WHITE BOOMER & SENIOR NEWS

Making seasonal changes to your home is more than just getting out the Christmas decorations. Interior designer Dulce Roberto says making seasonal changes to your home’s interior is no different than wardrobe changes when summer turns to fall, and fall turns to winter — you’re taking out your gloves and coats, and putting away flip flops and short-sleeve shirts. In the home, it’s time to add colorful, textured layers, Roberto says. It’s time for a festive approach, and for accessories that shimmer. And who doesn’t like to show off the changes they’ve made in their homes? Take the time to entertain for those fall and winter holidays. Roberto, who was born in Brazil and now advises clients in Portland and around the

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Combine gold and silver into your home decorating for real flair, especially when setting up a drink station to use while entertaining family and friends. world through Du Interiors, sees fall and winter as “creating a nest.” She recommends bringing out the velvets and heavier drapes, textured pillows, candlelight, and area rugs you may have folded up

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“It may not go with all your elements and you’ll end up not using it,” Roberto says. Instead, think about how you buy clothes. “You buy because you fell in love with the way something looked and


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you knew, before you tried it on, you wanted it,” she says, adding that you should feel that you can’t wait to get home to use these decorative items. One trend to be aware of is brushstroke patterns, which is showing up in area rugs, dishes, clothes and art. Another trend is reclaimed woodgrain patterns that evoke a Northwest feel. This trend, she says, is showing up in accent walls, hallways and fireplaces in either planks of wood or wallpaper that looks the same. It’s also in ceramic floor tiling. “A lot of the tile imitates wood,” Roberto says. “It is seen all over this year’s Street of Dreams. This look brings nature into your home and is spreading globally. I had a call from someone in England liking that organic look.” When it comes to holiday decorating, Roberto leans toward gold and silver. If you have the budget, she says, updates to hardware and lighting make your home look dressy, like putting on a piece of jewelry. Gold and silver also are showing up in appliances. “You can mix gold and silver,” she says. If you can’t spend as much, add gold and silver in Christmas tree ornaments or on the front door with a big bow attached to a bouquet of wooden branches turned upside down. Look at home discount stores, like Home Goods or Target. For a more do-it-yourself look, Roberto recommends a trip to the craft store to purchase gold and silver foil. “You can create a whole new look,” she says, “by putting candles everywhere. When I wake up, before I do anything, I turn on battery-operated candles (including scented ones) in the bathroom.” Candles are always the third element of any interior design in which the rule is to display objects in threes or fives – like pillows, which are another way to change a look for all budgets. Roberto likes combining big, chunky candles with fresh flowers on her counters. Another craft store find is spray paint, which can be used to easily add a seasonal color theme to your home. But be consistent with your colors,

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she advises. Last year, Roberto chose to use white and gold. Another year, she used apple-green colored ornaments on her Christmas tree with the color theme carried out on a table runner and new glasses that she used all the way through January. And in another year, the theme in her home was light lavender to eggplant, carried out with ribbons on the tree and book covers. If you prefer the traditional red and green in December, Roberto recommends introducing silver or gold to it with satin fabric bows and silver plates. She says the “new� gold is more true to a foil look, and even for herself, she is not an advocate of “fake� looks. Here’s a simple project: Gather up some twigs and introduce the color theme starting at your front door with a bow. Trader Joe’s, New Seasons and other stores offer twigs if you don’t have a tree of your own. So what are the benefits of making seasonal changes in your home? “When you come home, you feel like you are on vacation,� Roberto says. “Your

Dulce Roberto says, “I am loving the woodsy dĂŠcor for this season. There’s something both rustic and sophisticated about mixing wood grain, ferns with gold and silver accents that adds a festive look to any holiday dĂŠcor.â€? This is evidenced by the table she has set above, and the gold star set on a side table. Photos by Shelly Pincock/Elle M Photography

About Dulce Roberto Dulce Roberto has been an interior design consultant for 15 years. She studied architecture in Brazil, and decided to make Portland her home after a vacation here. Realizing she would need to re-start her studies, Roberto decided to follow what she loved — design. She enrolled at Portland Community College, where she not only earned a degree in interior design, but also met her future husband. Since PCC, she has worked with wineries, stores, homeowners, renters, medical offices, kitchen showrooms and more. “I’ve always been drawn to the visual,â€? says Roberto, who is a vision herself in the way she dresses and uses accessories. This year, because of a recent trip to Iceland with her husband and 14-year-old son, she’ll be combining the colors of the Nordic shores, using blues, grays, greens and whites, as well as the soft and gentle reds of their sunsets. For more information, visit â–

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In this last month of 2016 — yes, I’m also wondering where the year went — I thought I’d inspire you with a little armchair gardening. While I don’t read garden books as much as I did when I was new to gardening, I still enjoy a good read now and then. My favorite books are ones that are personal, taking me inside the gardener’s head to understand her thought processes and her vision. If the book is superior, it’s because I’ve forged a connection and see myself in her. This is what happened years ago when I read Barbara Blossom Ashmun’s book, “Married to My Garden.” I was aware that she gardened in Portland, so with that local connection in mind, I knew I was in for a treat. Imagine my delight when this past spring we connected on Facebook and then met in person at a

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Tips for December: Bulbs should be planted no later than the end of this month for spring bloom. If your garden soil is too soggy, you’re out of room or crunched for time, purchase a bag of potting soil, choose a container with drainage holes and bury the bulbs, water and leave the pot outside to chill. Next spring you’ll be so glad you did. Leaf raking can be a great aerobic activity to work off those impending holiday pounds. Be sure to tuck the leaves into an obscure corner for decomposing. Leaf mold is a very beneficial soil amendment. Now is a good time to shop for conifers including living Christmas trees. For the health of the plant, it should be kept indoors no longer than 10 days. To ensure its success, plant it outdoors in an area suitable to its matured size and with good drainage — not where water can make puddle. Several heaping shovel-fuls of compost in the planting hole will provide additional soil nutrition. The existing evergreens in your garden can be lightly pruned and brought indoors to deck the halls. Have fun. ■

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Salty’s Josh Gibler savors recipes from grandmother By MAGGI WHITE BOOMER & SENIOR NEWS

Family and food are everything to Portland chef Josh Gibler. In fact, the one word Gibler uses with heartfelt feeling is “family,” as he remembers holidays as joyous and fun occasions with his large Italian family gathered at his grandparents’ house when he was growing up. Those holiday gatherings were loud with cousins, aunts and uncles, and other grandparents who arrived for Thanksgiving and Christmas, sharing news, stories and laughter. Gibler also remembers his late grandmother, who was the center of attention with her flavorful meals,

and who nourished his love of cooking. He watched with wonder as she prepared delectable meals. Because his parents worked a lot, Gibler helped out at home by excitedly starting dinner for his mother, and letting her finish the meal when she got home. Now, as chef of Salty’s, he brings that same love of food and family. He loves seeing so many families, including many regulars, who celebrate special occasions at his

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restaurant. Even more, he met his wife Kari at the restaurant, where she works as an accounting manager. And he counts his fellow employees as family. It helps to fill the void, now that both his grandparents are gone, as well as his father, and some aunts and uncles. And he involves his children in his cooking, where daughter Jordan, 13, makes pies — coconut cream, chocolate and pumpkin. “I let her choose,” he says. Her twin, Ashlyn, isn’t as interested in cooking, but his son Jordan, 4, likes to cook and also gets to choose what to make. Gibler spends most weekends and holidays at the restaurant and his family works around his schedule. But it’s festive at Salty’s, which is decorated inside and out for the seasons. For Thanksgiving, Gibler planned to serve smoked turkey, scalloped potatoes,

(Serves 4-6) You’ll want to celebrate the holidays with this rich, warm dessert. Salty’s bread pudding sets itself apart with eggnog and Oregon hazelnuts. Finished with a caramel sauce spiked with chili powder and finished with sea salt, we top this holiday concoction with cognac-flamed winter fruit. Our sommelier suggests you pair it with a glass of Riesling. 1 loaf brioche bread, cut into 1-inch squares (about 6-7 cups) 1 quart eggnog 3 eggs, lightly beaten 1 cup sugar 1 tablespoon vanilla 1/4 teaspoon allspice 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 cup hazelnuts, roughly chopped 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Soak the bread in eggnog in a large mixing bowl. Press with hands until well mixed and all the milk is absorbed. In a separate bowl, beat eggs, sugar, vanilla and spices together. Gently stir into the bread mixture. Gently stir the hazelnuts into the mixture. Pour butter into the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking pan. Coat the bottom and the sides of the pan well with the butter. Pour in the bread mix and bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes, until set. The pudding is done when the edges start getting a bit brown and pull away from the edge of the pan. (You can also use individual ramekins.)

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Add sugar to a heavy bottom pot. Whisk sugar and cook at medium heat until the sugar melts and reaches 350 degrees F. Add butter and cook until completely melted. Add the chili powder and cream and whisk until the sauce is completely cooked through. Pull caramel off burner and add sea salt. Cool to room temperature and then store in refrigerator until using. Warm before serving. Pour caramel sauce over cooked bread pudding.

Cognac-Flamed Winter Fruit

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some green beans with mushrooms, and roasted butternut squash with bourbon maple syrup. For Christmas, he’s planning to serve anchovy spaghetti both at home and the restaurant. He also expects to serve sautéed bacon and green beans, a potato casserole, breads and pastries — all dishes he retains


from his days watching his grandmother. To top it off, Gibler will serve either tiramisu or candy cane cookies for dessert. With this love for food and family, Gibler generously shares this recipe with NW Boomer and Senior News for your holiday meals. ■

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ous original buildings. Several magazines and websites have included Aurora in their lists of the country’s best antiquing towns. It’s 23 shops with over 300 dealers are mostly located in the town’s compact, fiveblock center, and many occupy historic houses or commercial buildings. Be sure to check out Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage where you will find everything from glass door knobs to claw bath tubs. After some serious shopping, you may want to visit the Old Aurora Colony Museum to learn more about this fascinating bit of Oregon history, sample some wine at the Pheasant Run Winery on Main Street, grab a sandwich at the White Rabbit Bakery, or treat yourself to some goodies at the Pacific Hazelnut Candy Factory south of town. Located halfway between Portland and Seattle, is the town of Centralia, Washington, another great antiquing destination. When it comes to shopping, Centralia is best known for its extensive outlet mall located on both sides of Interstate-5, however don’t be distracted by the lure of Ralph Lauren and Under Armour. Instead, head east about a mile to the historic downtown center. Here, along Tower Avenue, you’ll find a dozen antique shops and attractive commercial buildings,


Looking for unusual holiday decorations, the perfect gift for the person with everything, or a one-of-akind toy for a grandchild? Instead of heading to the crowded mall, consider a trip to an antiques shop. Buying collectibles and antiques is a way of “green’ shopping, or recycling and reusing goods from yesteryear. It’s great fun to poke around in a shop as you never know what hidden treasure you’ll discover: a piece of jewelry, wacky knick-knack, vintage wooden toy, or a pretty crystal bowl. And, there is always the remote possibility of having an Antiques Roadshow experience when that $5 vase turns out to be worth $5,000. Two area towns with clusters of antique shops can turn the dreaded holiday shopping trip into a fun adventure. Located about a half-hour drive south of Portland on Highway 99E, Aurora is a village filled with history and antiques. The town dates back to 1856 when German settlers led by Dr. Wilhelm Keil arrived by way of the Oregon Trail. They established Oregon’s first commune, combining Christian principles and communal ownership, and operated with much success. Known throughout the state for their brass band, or-

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BOOK REVIEW “Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets, An Oral History,” by Svetlana Alexievich, published by Random House.

As a journalist for most of my professional career, I’ve searched for real stories, the voices that talk of human triumph and suffering. Just ask people the questions, and they’ll tell you what you want to hear, and what you never could have imagined. You glimpse deeply into the soul, its questions about life and what it means. And they forever change you. Journalist Svetlana Alexievich has done exactly that, and for the 468 pages of “Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets,” I was spellbound by the stories of a country in transition, and of a romantic people dealing with life’s harshest circumstances — the evil within. Originally published in Russian in 2013, an English translation was published earlier this year. Alexievich spent many years traveling through Russia, seeking out the stories that weave together life before, during and after the Soviet Union. There are moments of light, but many, many more of darkness. So dark, in fact, that it’s unimaginable to anyone raised in the Western world. “One step out of line and they’d shoot you; if you made it to the forest, wild animals would tear you to shreds. At night, in the barracks, other prisoners could murder you. Just for the hell of it, just like that. Without a word … nothing … It was camp life, every man for himself. I had to under-

stand that.” It’s been almost 30 years since the fall of Communism, and while we celebrated its demise, Russians were left wondering what to do next. “War and prison are the two most important words in the Russian language. Truly Russian words! Russian women never had normal men. They keep healing and healing them. Treating them like heroes and children at the same time. Saving them. To this very day. Women still take on that same role. The Soviet Union has fallen … and now we have the victims of the fall of the empire.” As Soviets, they were educated. They had professional jobs as chemists and engineers. They met and fell in love, raised their children to join the Komsomol, to be Young Pioneers. There was honor in loving the Motherland above everything else. Suddenly they became survivors, selling toasters and watermelons on the streets just for a few dollars to live on. As we tend to do, their minds reflected on a lifestyle

that provided certainty and security. They have tried to forget about the blood, the informants, war camps oppression that were a part of life. Suddenly they were free, but free to do what? Their jobs no longer existed, their ideals and philosophies confused, and comrades no longer felt the same affection toward one another. With the freedom came a new brutality, and a new mentality of surviving. “1990 … Fifteen people were living in our three-bedroom apartment in Minsk, plus a newborn. First, my husband’s relatives arrived from Baku, his sister with her family and his cousins. They weren’t visiting, they came with the word ‘war’ on their lips. They entered the house shouting, their eyes dulled … It was autumn or maybe winter … I remember that it was already cold out. Yes, they came in winter, my sister … My sister, her family, and her husband’s parents came from Dushanbe, Tajikistan. That’s how it happened … like that … People slept everywhere — in summer, even out on the balcony. And … They didn’t talk, they screamed … about how they’d fled their homes with war at their heels. Burning the soles of their feet. And they … All of them were like me, they were Soviets … completely Soviet people. One hundred percent! And proud of it. Then suddenly, it had all been taken out from underneath them. Gone! They woke up one morning, looked out the window, and there was a new flag. Suddenly finding themselves in another country. They became foreigners overnight.”

Was it Alexievich’s ability to find the most compelling stories, or were the stories everywhere she turned? As a master storyteller, she steps back and lets her subjects tell their own stories. “Our mothers lost us twice: the first time, when we were taken from them as children; the second time, when they came back to us and we were already grown up. Their children had turned into strangers, they’d been swapped … Another mother had raised them: ‘Your Motherland is your mother … your mother …’ ‘Little boy, where is your father?’ ‘He’s still in prison.’ ‘And your mother?’ ‘In prison already.’ We could only imagine our parents as being in prison.” Russians/Soviets, she notes, fought and died for revolutions. “Russia needs a strong hand. An iron hand. An overseer with a stick. Long live the mighty Stalin! Hurrah! Hurrah!” “We’re living in the most shameful era of our entire history. Ours is the generation of cowards and traitors. That’s how our children will remember us. ‘Our parents sold out a great country for jeans, Marlboros, and chewing gum,’ they’ll say. We failed to defend the USSR, our Motherland. An unspeakable crime. We betrayed everything!”


Through protests, revolutions, coup attempts, routine tortures and killings, Soviet leaders who hung themselves, blurred lines between victim and executioner, skyrocketing inflation, newfound racism, the strange feeling of greed, gangs and a staggering, far-reaching and mind-numbing penchant for alcohol, it seems there was no hope for the country in transition. In truth, at times, I wanted to stop reading, so caught up in the grief and sorrow, disgusted by the dark tentacles of evil that wraps itself around the human heart. But each new story brings about a hope, a poetic view of the possibilities of life. So often it was ground down into the powder of death, alcohol and abject poverty. Yet, like the ever-recurring spring, life blooms and blossoms. “Everyone has to be loved by someone. Even if it’s just one person.” This book is to be read for its ability to reveal stories that must be read to be believed. Real people, real suffering, real survival. As Americans dealing with a divisive election cycle, “Secondhand Time” should be mandatory reading for all ages. You will come away from it with new eyes for democracy, a love for fellowman and a desire not to repeat the past. Ever. Reviewed by Michelle Te


including the 1930s Fox Theater, Farmers Merchant Bank, Amtrak station, and Olympic Club Hotel. The hotel and its adjacent pub/restaurant are projects of the McMenamin brothers, known throughout the Northwest for their restoration of historic properties. Be sure to take a peek inside the pub to admire the gorgeous wood, beveled glass, and Tiffany-style lamps. A few blocks from Tower Avenue is the Elks Lodge, built in 1920, and now repurposed as the Centralia Square Antique Mall complex. Here you will find five specialized antique shops, 135 dealers, and the Berry Fields Café, where you can recover from bric-a-brac fatigue. To transform the trip to Centralia into a true adventure, consider ditching the drive on busy I-5 and take the Amtrak Cascades train. A northbound, morning train departs Portland at 8:20 a.m. and arrives in Centralia at

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This storefront in Aurora offers a host of treasures before even walking in the door. Aurora has several antique stores within walking distance. 9:50 a.m., leaving plenty of time for shopping and lunch before catching the 3:50 p.m. train back to Portland. The train also services Eugene, Salem and Vancouver; schedules and ticketing information are available at With over 160 years of European settlement and

hundreds of thousands of grandma’s attics, it is not surprising that nearly every town in western Oregon and Washington has a few antique shops. Save yourself from the dreaded holiday shopping by exploring gifts from the past. You’ll never know what treasures you’ll find. ■

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Deck the mall ... fa la la la-la Like so many, Vancouver Mall decks out for the holidays By BARRY FINNEMORE BOOMER & SENIOR NEWS

‘Twas the wee hours in early November when, throughout the PortlandVancouver area, just a few creatures were stirring — among them a crew at Vancouver Mall, who hustled and bustled to transform the sprawling building with a festive collection of holiday lights and decorations. This year’s display, themed “Winter Wonderland,” includes icicle lights; oversize, lighted, decorative snowballs; large wreaths; and garland swags. The display builds on a centerpiece familiar to Vancouver Mall shoppers in years past: Santa’s Wish House, where youngsters share with the North Pole’s most famous resident what’s on their Christmas list. The job of decorating a 900,000-square-foot building’s entrances, food court, the courts near the anchor tenants, exterior and other “common” areas is no minor undertaking. It begins with planning in late September and early October. An inhouse maintenance team, together with outside specialists, install the decorations in the hours between the mall’s closing and opening in early November, says Jessica Curtis, marketing director with Vancouver Mall. The mall’s crew has many

Vancouver Mall used the theme “Winter Wonderland” in decorating its ceilings and walkways, including these lighted, decorative “snowballs,” and a very large wreath. With an ambitious crew, it takes just a few days to get the mall ready for holiday shopping. Photos by Barry Finnemore

years of experience and has the installation routine practically down to a science, she says. Job schedules are adjusted so the installation happens over just a couple of nights. This year, the installation began on Nov. 7 and was done in time for Santa’s arrival on Nov. 12. “They can make it happen quickly,” Curtis says. “It’s pretty amazing. They really know their stuff.” Vancouver Mall partners on

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the installation and design with Ambius, an outfit that does interior and exterior landscaping, holiday decorations and other services for businesses. The 11 lighted snowballs hung throughout the mall are the new addition to the holiday display this year. The display also includes some 25,000 indoor lights; one oversized wreath in the food court that measures 72 inches in diameter; and six holiday trees at Santa’s Wish House. Most of the decorations will stay up through the new year, though Santa’s Wish House will come down right after Christmas, Curtis says. Santa’s Wish House is decorated with 150 red poinsettias, purchased from Vancouver’s Prairie High School as part of a benefit for the school’s senior class party. Santa’s Wish House has been a focal point of the

mall’s holiday display for some three years, designed and built by The Becker Group, a Maryland firm that designs and builds holiday decor. If you feel a bit more in the spirit when you step into a shopping mall outfitted for the holidays, it’s not your imagination. A study released in the fall of 2014 found that mall shopping helps get consumers in the holiday spirit. Fourfifths of holiday shoppers, or 81 percent, agree that mall and store decorations get them in the spirit, and almost nine out of 10 say a mall is a great place to see holiday décor, according to the study, which evaluated shopping behavior and perceptions for the 2014 holiday season. Curtis says putting up the decorations requires an immense amount of work, and that they aim to inspire “the sense of the season.” Retailers had anticipated a very merry holiday season in terms of business. The National Retail Federation, a trade group, noted in early October that it expected sales in November and December to increase 3.6 percent, much greater than the 10-year average of 2.5 percent and greater than the seven-year average of 3.4 percent since the economic recovery began in 2009. The federation says the three main things that could impact consumer confidence and shopping patterns were “increased geopolitical uncertainty, the presidential election outcome and unseasonably warm weather.” Vancouver Mall, which houses 151 retail stores, 26 eateries and a Cinetopia movie theater, had announced in October that — in addition to its holiday display — it was taking another step to honor the spirit of the season: Closing its doors on Thanksgiving and reopening on Black Friday, one of the busiest days of the year.” The mall’s parent company, Centennial Real Estate, says it wants to “renew the tradition of families spending Thanksgiving together” and bring back “the excitement that has historically surrounded the busiest shopping day of the year.” Removing the decorations and lights is another significant undertaking for the mall’s crew, and begs the question: Where do all of the elements go that make up the display until the next holiday season rolls around? Curtis says Vancouver Mall, like most shopping malls, owns its display elements and replaces them, as needed. It stores the decorations and lights onsite. That allows lights to be replaced and other required maintenance to be performed throughout the year. ■




■ World War II vets visit Capitol


With wheelchairs, walkers and canes, 42 World War II veterans from Oregon recently visited war memorials in Washington, D.C., — some for the first time — on four overcast days. Welcomed in the Capitol by Congressman Greg Walden, the gray-haired group moved slowly, touching names of the fallen on black walls, passing precise lines of white tombstones standing at attention in Arlington, and watching fellow Oregon veterans lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. They sat on park benches with box lunches, laughing and reminiscing with new friends who understood. And everywhere they went, through airports, hotels, memorials, and the Capitol, people reached out to shake hands, bending down to their wheelchairs as if bowing to these heroes to look them in the eye and say thank you. Their black “World War II Veteran” caps and blue Tshirts emblazoned with a red airplane said it all. They were esteemed guests of Honor Flight of Portland and Eastern Oregon. “Almost 90 percent of WWII veterans who survived WWII have passed away since the war ended 71 years ago,” according to the Honor Flight website. “Approximately 1,000 WWII veterans pass away daily across America. Their average age is in the late 80s. Our objective is to take all WWII veterans who apply for Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., as soon as possible.” In 2011, Portland joined the national Honor Flight Network, becoming one of over 100 regional hubs in 42 states to fly vets free of charge to Washington, D.C. The Network has flown over 159,000 veterans to visit their memorials since its start in 2005. Navy veteran David Henthorne of northwest Portland and his wife Marietta were part of the group who flew to the nation’s capital. During the war, he drove a bus across causeways between three islands in the Philippines. “I never felt in danger,” he says. “The closest I got to war was in Corregidor when I picked up a shoe that had a foot in it.” The couple says they were touched during the trip at the Lincoln Memorial when a 10year-old boy came up and shook Henthorne’s hand, saying, “Thank you for saving our country.” Mac McDougal of southeast Portland earned two Purple Hearts for wounds received during the Battle of Leyte in the Philippines. He was a liaison pilot, flying a Piper Cub with an “observer”

Above, Peggy Ross (far left), joined by several other female veterans, was able to make the trip to D.C., before she died on Nov. 3. Left, veterans Bill Thompson and David Henthorne visited the World War II Memorial, accompanied by, respectively, Brian Thompson and Marietta Biehn. Courtesy photos

who looked for targets and directed fire. He flew almost 400 combat missions. After WWII as a captain in the Army Reserves, he was called to the Korean War as an Army Aviator. “Honor Flight was wonderful,” he says, “especially the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Every time they played ‘Taps,’ I cried.” Bill Thompson of northeast Portland was a first lieutenant and navigator in the Army Air Corps. While at Clark Field in the Philippines, his squadron was known as the Jungle Skippers and their plane the Gooney Bird (C-47). His squadron’s job was dropping supplies and ammunition to guerrilla forces, transporting troops, evacuating wounded American troops, and flying them from various Philippine guerrilla airstrips to Leyte Gulf where hospital ships were moored. Besides being trained in meteorology, radio, and celestial and dead-reckoning navigation, he says, “physical conditioning, stateside, included calisthenics in full fatigues on an airstrip where the

temperature had to be 120 degrees.” Bob and Patsy Seaman of southeast Portland are both WWII veterans. He was drafted into the Army Air Corps after high school in


New York. “I was sent to ammunition school and learned about 50caliber machine guns,” he says. “I knew nothing about them. I had to take machine guns apart and put them back together blindfolded.” For a short time, Seaman was a cameraman in a Piper Cub, spying from the sky on the enemy. His main job was supplying ammunition, carrying 50-caliber machine gun bullets in big belts around his neck to give to the plane crews His wife Patsy joined the Women’s Army Corp (WAC) on her 20th birthday at the tailend of the war. She was sent to Oklahoma to work in the motor pool, inspecting jeeps,

then to Mississippi as a telephone operator. “I loved that job,” she says. “Then I handled discharges but had never typed so I used two fingers.” Peggy Ross of Hillsboro was chosen as one of four veterans to be part of laying the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. At almost 98, she walked carefully with her head held high during the ceremony. Sadly, Peggy passed away a month later. She was a Navy nurse during the war for 18 months, according to her nephew and guardian on the trip, Jerry Graham. Stationed in Bremerton and San Diego, she trained corpsmen and cared for groups coming in from the Pacific theater. “A female veteran hadn’t participated in that ceremony at Arlington in a long time,” Graham says. “She was thrilled to be asked. In fact, the Honor Flight trip pumped new life into her. It was the best thing that could have happened in her life at this point. It put everything right back in her.” After a long flight home from Washington, D.C., the veterans ambled off the plane to find a festive Portland airport with cheers, clapping, flags, welcome home signs, bagpipes, saluting military personnel, police and sheriffs in crisp uniforms, Patriot Guard members, costumed ladies called Patriot Pinups, schoolchildren, family, friends and others who wanted to thank them. U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden welcomed them. Tired, but still showing the steely grit that made them great, the veterans walked and wheeled in weteyed wonder through the throng, mirroring the awe meant for them. This was America’s warm embrace for their bravery. ■


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Through the lens



■ Photographer Richard Keis documents the fading life of Mexican villagers By CAROL ROSEN BOOMER & SENIOR NEWS

While it may take a village to raise a child, it’s taken a photographer to show who works and how in a Mexican village. Corvallis resident Richard Keis spends about half a year in Oregon and the remaining six months — usually during the winter — in Mexico. His pictures feature the denizens of a couple of villages and their careers. These include black and silver smiths, cloth and palm


weavers, a tanner, an organ grinder, a tavern owner, a bird seller and even a papier-mache puppet maker. His recent exhibit at the Corvallis Multicultural Center included photos he’s taken over the past two years in Oaxaca, Tlaxcala and Tulancingo. He’s positioned to write a book featuring his photos in conjunction with the comments made by the people he photographs. Much of his work is influenced by his late wife, Mari Le Glatin Keis. She was born in Brittany, France, and studied printmaking in Paris. By the early ‘90s she’d left printmaking and turned to sketching. She led sketching workshops in France, Mexico and the Pacific Northwest. Her work combined her love for sketching with a love for experiencing other people and their cultures. She published a book titled “The Art of Travel with a Sketchbook,” describing how she sketched and the importance of slowing down to observe and record. This made her art more than just pictures for a wall but an interaction with the lives of her subjects. Keis met his wife in Ecuador in 1976. Mari was setting up a show of drawings at a bookstore he liked. Together they toured South America and married two

years later in Brittany. After Keis retired, he and Mari spent time in Mexico. At first he taught bilingual education while she was busy sketching and meeting with her subjects about their lives. Before she died in 2011, Keis promised her he would carry on her work. Since then he’s been spending half the year in Mexico talking with villagers and taking their photos. He speaks fluent Spanish and French and is an intermediate Portuguese speaker. His work in bilingual education has expanded his interest in the people in South and Central America. It also stems from his education that includes bilingual/multicultural education and cultural anthropology. A world traveler, Keis first went to South America in the mid-1970s to visit a Peace Corps friend who had continued his experience with the group in Colombia. It was during this trip he became fluent in Spanish. Concluding his visit he traveled alone through Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru. He’s also lived in France, Portugal and England. His love of South America continued with a six-month jaunt to Salvador, Brazil, where he and Mari organized and did a joint exhibit of her drawings and his photographs on the country’s east coast. They even took a trip on the Amazon River from Leticia, Colombia, to Belen, Brazil, and then spent the next six months in Salvador. That led to his work in Mexico. “It’s very important to do this work,” Keis says, “because these jobs are dying out. The village children are leaving. Most of their parents have only sixth-grade educations. But they are going on to universities, and the jobs that families have done for centuries soon will have no one left to perform them.” His photographs are amazing. The faces of the people show their character as well as the secrets in their eyes and the lines in their faces. “I explore photography based on Mari’s sketches,” Keis says. “I ask permission and they tell me their stories.” One of his subjects is a 102-year old woman who has worked as a midwife and bonesetter, he says. Her personality and comments about her work totally intrigue him. In 2015, Keis went back to Oaxaca to live. He joined 10 to 12 other photographers in putting together a photo exhibit of about 45 different pictures on postersized rubberized paper that would resist rain and wind. The photos were exhibited in the center of town and hung from

Photos by Richard Keis

Top, Reina is a totopera, a person who makes tortillas unique to the Istmo region of Oaxaca, Mexico. Above, the work of Manuel Garcia, a silversmith in Juchitán de Zaragoza, Mexico. street lamps. “The pictures were exhibited outdoors for all to see,” Keis says. “Once the exhibit opened we all gathered: the photographers, their subjects and their families, in a small alternative gallery for food and drinks.” Keis studied at Creighton University, where he received a bachelor of arts in history with a minor in economics; and at Western Oregon State in Monmouth where he received a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies concentrating on bilingual-multicultural education for English and cultural anthropology. He also graduated with a doctorate in education, continuing on his path of international multicultural education. During the Vietnam War, Keis was a conscientious objector who spent time in the Peace Corps. He began his career as a photographer when subjected to the “horrors” of Barbados as his assignment. That’s where he began taking pictures and found out how much he enjoyed it. While working on his doctorate in San Francisco, he and six fellow students took a course at Centro Photographico. During the course, he expressed his fears about photography, and his teacher encouraged him to confront those fears. “Once I did, I was able to come back with some excellent photos,” he says. “What I do provides me with a creative outlet, allowing me to meet people, sit down with them or have lunch with them,” Keis says. “I know all their

names. The people fascinate me. I think I was a Mexican or Cuban in a past life. I’m very comfortable in the Latin culture.” He describes the villages as filled with happy people. Juchitán, where he’s at now, is a matriarchal society that “contains very beautiful women. They are the bosses; they call the shots. They wear gold, the amount of which shows their position in society.” That society has been different than that of the United States until recently. The gay scene is very accepted there, he says. Many families include transvestites who never marry and so continue to run the family business, he says. Additionally, he enjoys learning about their businesses. For example, a tanner wades in his tanning mixture. But he doesn’t use the same harsh chemicals used here. Instead he uses an organic mixture from a tree in front of his yard. “It softens the skin without hurting it and prevents skin problems,” Keis says. Another older man, who used to be a weaver, now makes thread from bark. Blacksmiths forge, bend and shape metal, one lady weaves palm and gives her husband dialysis four times a day, he adds. There’s a bar in town with a jukebox that still plays and a brick maker who uses adobe to make his craft. While Keis continues to meet, photograph and make friends with the villagers, he’s taken on a new hobby of studying and researching the architecture and the former ways of building. ■





Gather your family’s health history now By PROVIDENCE MEDICAL GROUP

The most powerful gift you could give to your family this holiday season may not be wrapped up in a bow, but it could save a life. When you see your family during the holidays, you have a unique opportunity to compile family medical histories, which could make a difference for your children and grandchildren in the future. Knowing your family medical history can help you and your physician watch for serious health conditions and perhaps help prevent or manage them. Common health problems that can run in families include Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, arthritis, asthma, blood clots, cancer, depression, diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, stroke, pregnancy losses and birth defects. As you grow older, you may be the only person in your family who remembers the health history of your parents, grandparents, siblings and other blood relatives. Sharing that information with your family can be very important to the generations of children who come after you. Some connections seem obvious. Most women know to tell their doctor if their mothers, sisters or grandmothers had breast cancer. But did you know a woman whose father or brother had prostate cancer may have a higher risk of developing breast cancer, as well? A physician can use your family medical record as a roadmap for health care. You’ll have a better

chance of understanding your family’s health risk factors, and a better chance of reducing the risk of disease through lifestyle changes.

How to create a family health history A family health history is a record of health information among close blood relatives. According to The National Institutes of Health, or NIH, a complete record includes information from three generations of relatives – that would include children, siblings, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. The NIH SeniorHealth website at offers extensive guidance on how to create a family med-

ical history, including a form to print out or to fill out electronically. In the next few weeks when you may be visiting with your extended family, start gathering health information. Ask each of your blood relatives the same series of questions, suggested below by the NIH website, and include your own health information. ■ What is your date of birth? ■ Do you have any chronic conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma or high blood pressure? ■ Have you had any other serious illnesses, such as cancer or stroke? ■ How old were you when you developed these illnesses? ■ Have you or your partner had problems with pregnancies? ■ What countries did your family come from? Knowing this can help because some diseases occur more often in certain population groups. ■ Has anyone in the family had birth defects, learning problems or developmental disabilities, such as Down syndrome? ■ What illnesses did your late parents or grandparents have? How old were they when they died? What caused their deaths? Consider taking the time this holiday season to gather and share your family tree of health with your loved ones. It could be a lifesaving gift for all of you. ■


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■ Self-compassion doesn’t teach competition with others, but a way to accept yourself By MAGGI WHITE BOOMER & SENIOR NEWS

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Why is it that so many of us are able to console a friend with kind words but are unable to do the same for ourselves? It would take an entire book to answer that question. So many are hard on themselves, living a lifetime of shame and guilt, or driving themselves toward perfection and acceptance. Or maybe to prove themselves to their parents. An eight-week mindfulness self-compassion program is helping thousands all over the world to change their self-destructive patterns. The program, pioneered by Dr. Kristin Neff and Chris Germer, now is available locally through naturopath Nina A. Meledandri, who uses her training to help others find ways to stop unhealthy thinking patterns. She leads groups in Portland and Salem. She has been on a path to self-enlightenment ever since she happened upon Great Vow Monastery in Clatskanie 11 years ago. It was a happenstance; she was taking an outside walk and came upon an abbot. At first, she walked away but “something inside me said, ‘We are going to do this,’” Meledandri says. Meditation was something she had wanted to do, and this time, she made the commitment. It’s a component of the self-compassion program, but

it’s not about self-esteem, she says. “Self-esteem is about comparison and it will desert you if you are not always winning,” Meledandri says. “It correlates to narcissism. Selfcompassion is being a friend to yourself whether you win or lose. It is not dependent upon being better than someone else. You celebrate the accomplishments of others, your common humanity. It is freedom from guilt or shame. It is self-acceptance, realizing that all human beings have failings and to be kind to yourself.” She admits to having been raised by critical, perfectionist parents who felt her path to understand more about herself was self-indulgent. She now regards them as loving, caring parents doing the best they knew, and basing their views on their own upbringings. Lack of self-compassion frequently is related to addictions and eating disorders. “It’s why it has become the hot new thing since the program was conceived,” Meledandri says. “It is a component of so many self-destructive patterns. The founders now teach all over the world and cannot keep up with the demand.” Self-compassion provides emotional safety and strength to turn around uncomfortable and painful emotions and to undo habitual habits, she says, adding that it helps with loneliness and the feeling of being isolated. Some people with eating disorders have these feelings and food, to them, is a symbol of love, she says. “Instead of calling a friend or a loved one, they go for cake and cookies.” Children who have experienced shame, trauma or isolation can turn to sugar, compulsive shopping, sex, gambling and drinking to move away from discomfort. Or it’s something they do to deal with chronic pain. Meledandri says mindfulness is the foundation of the program, and that unless people recognize

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“White Christmas,” 7 p.m., Sherwood Center for the Arts, 22689 SW Pine St. $3. 503-625-4ART.

Rock violinist Aaron Meyer, 2 p.m., Tualatin Public Library hearth area.


Comfort and Joy: A Classical Christmas, 3 and 7 p.m., Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Eighth Anniversary Group Show, with First Friday reception, 1015 Main St., Vancouver, Wash.

AARP Smart Driver, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Salvation Army Rose Center, 211 NE 18th Ave., Portland. 503-239-1221.


Portland Opera To Go!: “Hansel and Gretel,” 2 p.m., Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. $5 suggested donation.

(also Dec. 4) Seventh Annual Handmade Holiday Bazaar, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Yamhill Valley Heritage Center Museum, 11275 SW Durham Lane, McMinnville. Food donation admission.

(through Dec. 5) Turangalila, Oregon Symphony, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

(also Dec. 4, 10-11 and 17-18) Christmas Tree Trains, 9:30 a.m., noon and 2:30 p.m., Chelatchie Prairie Railroad, Yacolt, Wash. Dinner and concert with Seymour Baker Band, 6 p.m., The Ten O’Clock Church, 23345 S. Beavercreek Road. 503-632-4553.

Irish Christmas in America – The Show, 7:30 p.m., Sherwood Center for the Arts, 22689 SW Pine St. 8008383-3006.

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Bells of the Cascades, 2 p.m., Tualatin Public Library hearth area. Free.

East County Community Orchestra Winter Concert, 3 p.m., David Douglas High School’s Horner Performing Arts Center, 1400 SE 130th Ave. 971-5336177.


Annual All-Member Show reception, 5 to 8 p.m., Sequoia Gallery and Studios, 136 SE Third Ave., Hillsboro. (through Dec. 9) Portland Artisan Festival, Pioneer Courthouse Square.


(through Dec. 9) Va Va Voom, “Just What I’ve Always Wanted,” 2 p.m. (also 7 p.m. Dec. 9), Barberton Grange, 9400 NE 72nd Ave., Vancouver, Wash. 503-314-0299.


Writers Mill, 1 p.m., Cedar Mill Library, 12505 NW Cornell Road, Suite 13, Portland. 503-644-0043.

Prime Timers Dining Club, 6 p.m., M&M Restaurant and Lounge, 137 N. Main St., Gresham. Bring a white elephant gift. 503-936-5861.


(through Dec. 11) “Marilyn Monroe contre les vampires,” 7:30 p.m., Disjecta Gallery, 8371 N. Interstate Ave., Portland. $20.

Tualatin High School Crimsonaires, 7 p.m., Tualatin Public Library hearth area. Free.


(through Dec. 11) Gospel Christmas, Oregon Symphony, 7:30 p.m., Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. $35+.

Songwriter Circle: Cal Scott and Richard Moore, with Steve Meckfessel, 7 p.m., O’Connor’s Vault, 7850 SW Capitol Hwy., Portland.


Kathryn Claire concert, 7:30 p.m., Winona Grange, 8340 SW Seneca St., Tualatin. 800-838-3006.

Tuba Christmas Concert, 1:30 p.m., Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Junior Symphony of Vancouver Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m., Cascades Presbyterian Church, 9503 NE 86th St., Vancouver, Wash. $10. 360-696-4084.

Holiday Bazaar, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rosewood Park Retirement and Assisted Living, 2405 SE Century Blvd., Hillsboro. 503-642-2100.


Seasonal Music by Brian Oberlin, 2 p.m.,

Pops Family Christmas, Mount Hood Pops Orchestra, 3:30 p.m., Mount Hood Community College theatre, Gresham. $15/$10. 503-669-1937.


Windham Hill Winter Solstice 30th Anniversary Concert, 7:30 p.m., Newmark Theatre, Portland. $28/$38.


Song Circle, 6:30 p.m., Cedar Mill Library, 12505 NW Cornell Road, Suite 13, Portland. 503-6440043.


Holiday Songs: Steve Hale, Mark Bosnian and Amy Aldridge, 6:30 p.m., Cedar Mill Library, 12505 NW Cornell Road, Suite 13, Portland. 503644-0043.

Old Town Sherwood Winter Art Walk, 5 to 8 p.m. 503-625-4ART.

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Oregon Mandolin Orchestra Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m., Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. $18/$22. 503615-3485.

“It’s a Wonderful Life,” Oregon Symphony, 7:30 p.m., Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. $30+.

Give the Gift of Art opening reception, 5 to 8 p.m., Currents Gallery, 532 NE Third St., McMinnville. 503-4351316.

AARP Smart Driver, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mount Hood Medical Center Cascade Building, 24700 SE Stark St., Gresham. 503-286-9688.


CALM: Coloring and Listening Moments for Adults, 6:30 p.m., Cedar Mill Library, 12505 NW Cornell Road, Suite 13, Portland. 503644-0043.


The Longest Night Service, for those struggling through the holidays, 7 p.m., St. John Lutheran Church, 11005 NE Hwy. 99, Vancouver, Wash. 360-573-1461.


Film Club: “My Love, Don’t Cross That River” (South Korea), 6:30 p.m., Cedar Mill Library, 12505 NW Cornell Road, Suite 13, Portland. 503-6440043.


(also Dec. 31) Ode to Joy: New Year’s Celebration, 7:30 p.m., Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. $45+.


Summerfield New Year’s Gala for 55+, 7:30 p.m. to midnight, Summerfield Clubhouse, 10650 SW Summerfield Dr., Tigard. $20. 971249-3907.

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Norman Huynh, conductor Oregon Repertory Singers Everyone’s favorite feel-good holiday classic! Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed star in the timeless tale of a discouraged businessman whose guardian angel helps him discover the far-reaching influence of everyday kindness. In original black and white, with the orchestra performing the uplifting soundtrack in real time. | 503-228-1353 A R L E N E







Can’t see things clearly anymore? Need a magnifying glass to read? Does the glare from oncoming headlights inhibit your night driving? When vision dims and night glare heightens, cataracts may be the cause. “If your vision is not adequate for your daily needs with your best glasses or contact lenses, and your eye doctor determines it is due to cataracts, then surgery can be considered,” says Dr. James Wentzien, an eye surgeon with Kaiser Permanente, who operates one day a week at the Skyline Ambulatory Surgery Center in Salem. He says a common misconception is that cataracts must be “ripe” in order to be removed. “Cataracts come in various types and stages, and the decision to operate is based mainly on how the cataract affects vision and activities in daily life,” he says. “This is a unique determination for each person and is based on mutual decision making between patient and doctor. No ‘cookbook’ approach.” Once you decide to have surgery, Wentzien says it’s important to converse with your doctor about your visual needs, expectations, and specific activities and lifestyle. “The doctor should clearly explain the risks of surgery and the expected visual outcome, especially if other eye problems exist like macular degen-

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Dr. James Wentzien, an eye surgeon for Kaiser Permanente, says that making the decision to have cataracts removed is unique to each individual.

eration or glaucoma, that might affect the final outcome or increase the risks,” Wentzien says. “Have a good idea of what types of lifestyle activities you would like to do better, and ask if the surgery would be expected to improve those abilities.” About this time, people may get jittery about a trip to the “eye ward,” but most health

professionals assure that the surgery is one of the easiest to experience. “Any surgery is scary, but for some reason eye surgery is very scary,” says Corinne McCloud, who has been with Kaiser Permanente since 1998, becoming a registered nurse in 2009. “Here at Skyline, the nurses are here for you, the patient. We do our best to make you feel comfortable and try to ease the anxiety that goes with this procedure.” Also on the Skyline KP team, registered nurse Kathy Rathbaurn calls cataract surgery “a modern medical miracle.” “It’s the only surgery I know of that is truly painless,” she says. “It takes only about 10 minutes and gives nearly in-

■ It’s an elective surgery so know the risks, rewards

stant results. I often hear the hardest part of the entire process is waiting two weeks for the second cataract to be removed.” An operating room RN for 23 years, Heather Anderson finds it rewarding for cataract patients to be able to see more clearly immediately after having their new lens implanted. “The patients leave the room with a smile on their face and amazed at how quickly the operation is completed,” she says. Tonya Wells, RN, loves being a member of the KP Skyline ASC eye team. “Many return in two weeks for their other eye surgery,” she says of her patients. “It’s nice to be reunited with patients we’ve already built a rapport with from their previous visit. Patients often report seeing better before leaving the facility.” To prepare for surgery, Wentzien emphasizes the importance of reading and understanding all of the materials provided regarding arrival times, eating restrictions, and anticipated activity restrictions. “Ask questions if you don’t understand any instructions,” he says. “It is important to be able to comply with postoperative activity restrictions and the use of eye drops or other medications that might be prescribed. If you need help at home, have that arranged in advance.” Steps to prepare for surgery usually entail use of eye drops, eating and drinking prior to surgery, medications prior to surgery, what to bring and what to wear. The procedure is simple: Drops numb the eye. The surgeon places a sterile cover over your face and tells you to stare at the lights — three dots surrounded by black, which is all the patient sees during the entire surgery. A tool is inserted to hold the eye open. Traditionally, a small incision in the periphery of the cornea is made

by the surgeon, who then removes the cataract, leaving the capsule intact to receive the new lens which is then slid into place. For a more detailed explanation of the procedure, ask your surgeon. According to Kaiser, patients have a 95 percent chance of improved vision after having a cataract removed. As in any surgery, some risks are involved, including infection and corneal swelling. Most patients don’t need anesthesia during the procedure. Stitches are also not needed. “When somebody gets their eyesight back, it’s one of the greatest wonders,” McCloud says. “One patient told me when she came back for her second eye to be done that she was so excited. After having the first surgery, she realized for years she thought her living room walls were cream-colored. She realized her walls were white, and now that she could see the color, she wanted to paint her walls at home.” Comments such as “colors are so bright,” “no glasses anymore” and “should have done this sooner” are common among those who undergo cataract surgery. “Of all the surgeries we do here, I think cataracts have the greatest impact on life,” says Sherri Boesen, RN, on the KP team. “It’s fun to see patients come back excited after seeing new spring flowers or Christmas lights.” Wentzien says his patients frequently tell him that retaining good vision is one of the most important health concerns for them. “I take this very seriously,” Wentzien says. “Realize that you, the patient, are ideally in control of your health care decisions, especially when it comes to elective surgery, like cataract surgery. Your doctors are your partners and should be helping you improve and retain

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your best functioning, tailored to your specific lifestyle needs, by providing information, advice and options.” Wentzien finds being an eye surgeon “extremely rewarding,” and enjoys “having a positive impact on so many lives.” McCloud agrees, “It’s so very fulfilling to be part of a team that helps with a procedure that can so dramatically Eye drops numb the eye before surgery. improve someone’s life.” ■ Photo by NWBSN staff

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2. Who said “Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.” A. Gen. Dwight Eisenhower B. Gen. Omar Bradley C. Gen. Douglas MacArthur

8. In 1954, the law known as Brown v. Board of Education was passed. What did the law prohibit? A. School segregation B. School sports C. Affirmative action

3. Catcher in the Rye’s portrayal of Holden Caufield’s 16-year-old-life was a huge success. Who wrote the book? A. Herman Wouk B. J.D. Salinger C. William Faulkner 4. Which longest running daytime drama moved from radio to TV in 1952? A. Days of Our Lives B. General Hospital C. Guiding Light 5. In 1952 Richard Nixon made a speech known as the “Checkers“ speech in answer to allegations against him. Who or what was the subject of this speech? A. Cocker Spaniel dog B. The game of politics C. A favorite pastime 6. What accomplishment in 1953 made Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay famous? A. Break the sound barrier B. Summit Mt. Everest C. Run a four minute mile

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AARP also continues to offer its driver safety classes in Washington County. “AARP takes pleasure in assisting folks to drive for as long as they can safely do so,” says Jerry R. Dusenberry, marketing specialist. “In the classes, new state laws, unique road conditions, road signs, vehicle changes, safety measures, physical changes in our bodies, especially as we age, are discussed.” Additionally, the classes provide instruction to those individuals who may be forced to discontinue driving due to health or other reasons. The program is titled “We Need To Talk — Family Conversations with Older Drivers.” It guides those who are vulnerable and their families about the appropriate time to discontinue behind the wheel (a very difficult topic). There is no charge for this special hour-long presentation and it can be scheduled at a local site. To request this presentation, call 503-431-6857. AARP Smart Driver caters to drivers aged 50 and older, but all ages are welcomed. In Oregon, participants may be eligible for a multiyear auto insurance discount upon course completion as mandated by Oregon State Law (ORS 742.490–495). One needs to contact their insurance agent or carrier for details. ■


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AARP is renewing its effort to offer residents in Washington County a program titled CarFit in conjunction with its Smart Driver course. CarFit is a community-based, educational program that gives older drivers the opportunity to assess how they “fit” within their vehicle. The primary purpose of CarFit is to educate drivers and share safety information. This 12-point guide is not a test. It is simply a tool to guide a thorough review of important safety issues related to the fit between a driver and his or her vehicle. An individual will sign up — — and drive to a scheduled location. A technician and occupational therapist will review and discuss a variety of features in the car, such as appropriate positioning of the seat, steering wheel, head restraint, mirrors, seat belt, etc. They will ask the driver to exhibit their knowledge of how to operate various devices within the vehicle and provide guidance/explanation if need be. The session lasts for about 20 minutes and there is no charge. CarFit was created by the American Society on Aging and developed in collaboration with AAA (American Automobile Association), AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association) and AARP.


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