What's In This Blog

I created this blog for my journal. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In this blog I keep many of the things I come across as a member of the church. I also share my experiences on the ACE Train and getting to work, my experiences in Manteca where we have lived for three years, and other things I think are noticeable.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Health As I See It: Suicide Attempt Stories: Stories of Hope and Recovery


This presentation gives three stories of people who attempted suicide, but are now on the way to recovery,  It has stories from three different age groups high school, adult and older adult.  Jordan, in high school, appears to have everything going for him.  However getting a C, and his parents discovering he is drinking leads him to attempt.  He jumped out of a window, and was in a coma for a week.  As he came out of the coma, he committed to taking steps to lead to his recovery.
Terry's husband passed away from Lou Gehrig's disease.  Things spiraled until a year later she attempted suicide via drugs and alcohol.  This story tells us of the importance of asking the questions.  Sometimes we fear intruding, but if we are worried, we need to ask, "Are you thinking of suicide?"  Terry first worked at being safe.  Her therapist suggested she write, and she published a book about hr experience.
David was older, and works in the mental health profession.  A time away from his family lead to spiraling depression, and suicide attempt.  Others said, you need help, but it wasn't until he said I need help, that things started to get better.
This film is good for the insight it gives and the hope.
it is sponsored by"
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK and
SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association

Ten Year Colonoscopy

Guess who went in for the 10 year colonoscopy.  This is my second. The actual experience isn't that back as the give you something to make you sleepy.  I slept through most of it, but also watched some on the monitor.  However that pineapple stuff you have to drink is just terrible.  Orange would be a better flavor.  It was at the end of each glass that the stuff would gag me.  Or if I paused while drinking it I would gag.  I had the just try to chug the stuff as best I could.  I just received the report and now they are recommending every five years instead of ten.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

5 Keys to Raising Good Kids


This article attributes these five ideas to Harvard psychologists. 
1. Spend quality time with your children.  This suggests spending some time each day with your children.  Questions you could ask are, What was the best part of your day? What was the hardest part of your day?  What is something nice somebody did for you today?  What is something nice you did today?  What is something you learned today?
2. Let your kids see a strong moral role model and mentor in you.  Admit mistakes and apologize.  Take time for yourself  so you have energy to be attentive.
3. Teach your child to care for others and  set high ethical expectations.  Caring for others' well being and avoiding selfishness are important qualities.  More important than being happy, is to be kind and happy.  Let your children work things out, considering the consequences their decision might have on others.
4. Encourage children  to practice appreciation and gratitude.  A child that shows appreciation is not a spoiled child.  Encourage an attitude of gratitude.  Children should say thank you to friends, teachers, family members on a regular basis.  Demonstrate by being grateful yourself.
5. Teach them to see the big picture.  It is normal for children to be concerned about their inner circle.  This zooming in is important.  however they also need to zoom out, and see others in their community.  This includes being in tune to the new child in school, or the child being teased.  Also talk about conditions in the world, and hardships of other children.

Memorial Day 2017

Memorial Day this year was different.  It was yard work in the morning.  I went and helped with feeding the Veterans.  It was at the VFW Building.  they served tritip and chicken.  I mostly helped with the clean up.  I arrived in time to serve only a few stragglers.  We took down the big tent which was interesting.  It was a big circus type tent used for shade.  Inside the VFW there was a display of all the service men from California who had passed away in the war.
In the p.m. Jeremy and Kayla hosted a barbeque.  Jeremy had made a water structure as part of their pool.  The kids were already having fun when we arrived.  In addition to us, the Halls and Miranda, there was one of the missionaries who taught Kayla, and his wife.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Whole Foods Solicitation Control

I had never seen a sign like this before.  It was in front of Whole Foods on Bascom Avenue.  I guess this might be like "Don't Feed the Animals." that giving to solicitors might make them sick or something?

Monday, June 5, 2017

Peter Preaches and is Arrested

Very powerful testimony which Peter expresses of the Lord Jesus Christ. https://www.lds.org/bible-videos/videos/peter-preaches-and-is-arrested?lang=eng

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