Many of us know what it’s like to see a loved one grow older. We see the joys that a grandparent experiences, but also the hardships that come with health issues and becoming more dependent on others. Often, we ride the “roller coaster of health” with them. As we do, it can be difficult to know how to best help our loved ones continue to live long, healthy and fulfilling lives.
How the hell did I get myself into this mess?
That’s what I was thinking a few weeks ago as my wife, our dog and I trudged down a cold and lonely dirt road in the mountains, miles from civilization.
My usually trusty four-wheel-drive Toyota was hopelessly stuck in a little patch of snow no bigger than a slip-n-slide.
After more than half a decade in the dumps, Plumas County might be ready to emerge from the depths of the Great Recession. At least it looks like we have hit the bottom.
A story in last week’s Sacramento Bee offered a ray of hope for our local real estate market. Granted, it usually takes time for surging housing prices to reach rural areas, but the housing market in California cities is red hot. And no city is booming more than Sacramento.
Training horses comes with its share of difficulties. There is an endless list of hidden secrets, and farfetched theories that normal people wouldn’t even want to grasp if they could. Yet, I try continuously to conquer those difficulties to the point where I am caught in this purgatory between thinking like a normal person and thinking like a horse.
The challenge with being a horse trainer and being a normal civilian is that I want to take short cuts with everything I do in order to be proficient as possible. But, in taking short cuts that means I’m not paying attention to every factor of my training. I will miss something. I will end up creating more problems by my need for human efficiency.
The original Earth Day on April 22, 1970, billed as “The First National Environmental Teach-In,” came about with the mounting concern that the global environment was slowly being disassembled. Humans were consuming natural resources faster than the planet could renew them and future sustainability of life on the planet, as it was then known, was questionable.
Rapid population growth, disappearance of plant and animal species, and air and water pollution were combining to bring mounting pressure on the environment.
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