At the age of 14, I started working for pay for the first time at the Boy Scout Camp as a kitchen helper, where we fed 300 people per meal.  One of my main duties was washing the dishes, and sometimes the auto dishwasher worked and sometimes it didn’t.   Dishwasher or potato peeler, I put…

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ABSOLUTELY It Is! The world continues to change at a breathtaking speed with some fear and uncertainty. As it begins to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, one question that I am often asked is “Do you think it is safe to go to the dentist? “ My immediate response is an ABSOLUTELY, “YES!” You may…

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When I was in kindergarten, there were over 85 kids in our class, and it took two teachers and some aids to keep us all corralled and in line.   The room was extremely large to hold all of us and even had a full-size playhouse in the middle of the classroom.   The bathrooms were on…

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Many years ago, I attended a dental meeting where representatives of the dental organization spoke about the unmet needs of nursing home residents.  I was moved by compassion and felt an unavoidable desire to do something about it. I found a dentist (Peter) in the Seattle area that had been treating those who had often…

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 My Father was a consummate learner and as such was a great teacher. During his lunch hours, siting outside on the sidewalk on Amador, he once watched as masons built a brick fence for a new business across the street.  He would go over and ask questions about how to set brick and how to…

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Sometime after my father returned from WWII with his two purple hearts, he was helping his father to split eucalyptus for firewood.  A couple of things to understand about eucalyptus wood: The hydraulic log splitter had yet to be developed Eucalyptus wood is nearly impossible to split due to the fibrous nature of the grain…

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My paternal grandmother became blind before I was born.  She had gone through all the emotional stages when one has a disability thrown at them.  So, my first childhood memories are filled with a productive, coping, loving blind grandmother.  On one occasion she turned to me with a cookie in her hand projecting in my…

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The following excerpt is my personal philosophy based on my own life experiences.  As I point out, this is a highly charged subject and I will not solve the world’s problems in regards to education and development of handicapped children. Few things are as emotionally charged as bringing forth a child that has a physical…

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Reflecting on (now) 70 years of life, I realize that I have been witness to the building of many things. Over a period of several years as a child, I helped my grandfather build houses for 2,600 mating pairs of pigeon’s. Later, I got to feed them and to dig out the manure from underneath…

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