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Ask a care manager: The circle of life — change

Most people do not like change. Change will happen throughout our lives and we need to find appropriate ways to cope. A good example: teenagers who do not want their parents telling them when to be home, who to be friends with and when to get their chores done. Teens eventually mature and realize that their […]

Comments Off / December 14, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Parents are powerful

When was the last time you called your parents to say hello? Have you ever thanked them for all they did for you? I am not talking about a one-sentence “thank you” on the phone. You need to arrange a face-to-face thank you with no interruptions, including the TV going or the telephone ringing or texting […]

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EID’s water waste

EDITOR: This entire year we, customers of the El Dorado Irrigation District, have been asked to do whatever we can to save water. Let your lawn go brown, flush your toilet less frequently, don’t wash your car, etc. On Thanksgiving morning my neighbor and I noticed a water leak coming from the waterline between my […]

Comments Off / December 07, 2015 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Support legislation

EDITOR: Thanksgiving is a time to remember our many blessings. These often include family, health and a free country. There are millions of people in other countries who do not enjoy these benefits, and it is in times like Thanksgiving that we should pause and think of ways to help those less fortunate. One way to help is by encouraging […]

Comments Off / December 06, 2015 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

My Turn: Preparing loved ones with dementia for the holidays

Maude sat in her comfortable chair and looked at the crowd gathered around her. Sounds of holiday music playing and children running through the home echoed in her ears. “Who are these people? Why are they in my house?” Maude became upset and anxious. People she didn’t recognize kept speaking to her and asking questions […]

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Crib Notes: Practicing light

A wise man’s words resonated with me recently when he said, “You don’t need more light. You need to practice more the light that you have.” He tied this theme to procrastination. “Show up,” he said to drive home his point. No excuses and don’t expect other people or circumstances to save us. We need […]

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Billingsley’s Bullets: It’s OK to enjoy being old

The older I become, the more willing I am to admit past mistakes to my children and grandchildren. The aging process makes me more honest. Children listen when you say, “Let me tell you about mistakes I made in my life.” It helps them believe that they can make mistakes and still rebound and move […]

Comments Off / November 29, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »