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March 25, 2015 Thoughts by Michele Harvey My Thoughts, My Column The Julian News 5 Harold K. Merrick MD ...L,__lvlontnty Cardiolo Blake A. Wylie. DO Digital X-ray Lab / N ..... epting: C ..... dCalifornia, Medi-Cal, Medicare. Community Daily Borrego health Group, Molina, Sharp Commercial, CHDP.. Most PPO~ Behavioral Health (Smart ..drr, ..... ~'~ \ Sliding Fee Scale and \ ~).,: Financial Assistance Available. 760-765-1223 Monday-Friday 8-5 pm C|i;m(l/L Cardiology, Joseph Schwartz, MD Women's Health, Unneetha Pruitt, CNP, OBGYN Please call for appointments 760-765-1223 lulian Health Coach Shirley DuErmit Health Classes and Personal Coaching Interactive learning through poslti"veI ways to improve your Health with an emphasis on nutrition and exercise Certified Heath Coach Shirley DuErmit Taught on the theory of Dr. Bill Sears, Lean Program A scientifically proven plan for feeling young arid living longer. Contact Shirley DuErmit- Certified Prime-Time Health Coach Phone number: 760-473-3154 Website-julianhealthcoach.com Email-Shirley@julianhealthcoach.com or julianheathnut@gmail.com Wednesday morning in Julian Julian Chiropractic 1455 Hollow Glen Road ......... So.,:dMg~ OFFICE HOURS: Monday 6:30-8am Tues & Thurs 8am-Noon and 2pm-6pm Frida) s 8am - Noon 760-765-3456 Now Available ('etTified Animal AdiusthT~, Meet Mr & Mrs Harding J?i i Julia Maureen Benson and Jason Patrick Munde Harding were married on October 26, 2014, at the Pine Hills Lodge in Julian, California. The bride is the daughter ()f Bill and Debbie Benson of Ramona, CA. She spent her formative years at Julian Elementary and Junior High. She is a 2003 graduate of Ramona High School and a graduate in Graphic Design of Point Loma Nazarene University. She is an associate at Gensler Architecture in San Diego. The groom is the son of Jack and Susan Harding of Bethany, OK. He studied at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN. He is currently working for Borrelli Design and Cabinetry as a cabinet maker. He trained as a chef and previously worked at the Wine Vault and Bistro in Mission Hills. The two exchanged written letters for four months before deciding to meet for the first time in Paris, France. The newlyweds reside in Point Loma. I've been writing my thoughts to be published in The Julian News for nearly ten years now. That comes to over 500 weekly columns. For most of my life I wanted to be a published writer. My sister is a horse owner and enthusiast. She wrote many articles for horse related publications. My brother is a minister who has written many articles for Christian publications. Though my long time friend and investigative journalist Don Ray told his UCLA journalism professor that I'm a better writer than he is, I didn't know where my writings could fit in. Through the years I looked through guides on how to write for publication. I took a writing class to learn proper grammar and punctuation. I took a speech class to learn how to consolidate my thoughts into written words. With all of that preparation, I never thought anyone would be interested in anything I want to write. Then Mike and I bought The Julian News. We owned it for a little over a month when he asked me to write a "filler' piece. He had a hole in the columns and needed to fill it. When I asked what he wanted me to write, he said he needed a 2" wide column about 3" long. He told me I could write on any subject I wanted to write about, don't remember what my first column was about, but I do remember that it was a hit. I thought that was the sum total of my writing career and I was happy to have had my small moment in the sun. However, when my column didn't appear in the next issue of The Julian News, people called Mike, asking when I would return. Return, I did. My first columns ranged in the neighborhood of 200 to 300 words. They were easy to write because I had stored up so many thoughts in my brain that some weeks I could write 3 or 4 columns and then give myself a short vacation. As my column got longer and sometimes much more serious, the actual writing of it can be very difficult. Coming up with a great idea for a column doesn't always seem so great when it peters out in a few sentences. For instance, one of our local Sheriff deputies recently told me that since Julian has no crosswalks, vehicles have to stop for pedestrians no matter where the people decide to cross the road. Many vehicles don't stop for pedestrians even when they are standing at a street corner. This shows total ignorance of one area of our state's motor vehicle code. This is a subject that really bothers me, but I am not interested in writing 1000 words about it, which is the average length of my columns. Soon after I began writing my weekly column, I wrote a column about fire safety. I wrote that it is legal to light a fire outside as long as it is meant to warm you or to cook food. It is always a good idea to clear the area around you proposed fire of all burnable debris, and then thoroughly wet the area around your fire ring or barbecue to make your fire more safe. Additionally I wrote that if you want to light a burn pile to burn up dry branches, leaves and other vegetation that you'have cut, go to CALFIRE and get a permit. Before writing that column I interviewed a CALFIRE captain and a volunteer fire Chief. Once that column was published I received phone messages from a local man who yelled at me and tried to scare me. He said things like "You wrote..." mis-quoting me. He said that it was stupid to tell people to get burn permits because CALFIRE wasn't issueing them at that time. I knew that and I told him that anyone who wanted to get a burn permit should go to a CALFIRE office and have the experts tell them why they couldn't get one during a hot, dry summer. It's better to get that kind of information from an expert and not just from a news paper columnist. The fire that you need to cook your food is legal because there is a need. However, the need to cook food or to keep you warm should never take precedents over safety. As time went by and I continued my new writing career, I became friends with a group of professional writers, the Writer's Haven Writers who are all over the country. They helped me develop my writing style and often took time to critique my column before I gave it to Mike for publication. It didn't take me long to figure out that being a published writer can be a very humbling experience. The responsibility of writing facts and not just making stuff up is one I take,very seriously. Sometimes I research my chosen subjects and sometimes I write about things I've seen or things I've done. I've written about wild turkeys and about our resident Rhode Island Red hen. I've written several columns about our cats and while Mike's mom lived with us I wrote 3 or 4 columns about living with a very sweet and very stubborn woman in her late 80s. got very positive responses from readers of those columns in particular because people who love cats like to find other cat lovers who they can swap stories with, and caregivers like to know that their problems aren't theirs alone. Through these past ten years I've written my thoughts about same sex marriage, which are practical and not romantic thoughts. I've written memoriums (I think I may have made up that word) for friends or family members who have passed on. One year I did a walking tour of Julian, Wynola, Santa Ysabel and other nearby shol~ping areas. In 3 weekly columns I described all of the gift shops and what their specialties are. In another column I wrote about our Ioca restaurants, from Cuyamaca to Lake Henshaw, and what they consider to be their best entrees and their most popular meals including average prices per person. I wrote a history of blacks in Julian and I've written about Happy Holidays versus Merry Christmas. I've written several columns about Feeding America, Mountain Manna had of our local Holiday Food Drive. I've written several columns on how we can help one another and several columns about fire safety and good things to do before evacuating durihg a natural disaster. As a column writer, I know 'm not a journalist, yet I like to think that I write something positive for our readers nearly every week of the year. Some of my weeks are so full of things that pull me in many directions at once that I wonder if I can write that week's column at all. I keep going because I love to write, and because my husband and our readers encourage me. Thank you all for assisting me with writing My Thoughts. - The Daffodil Show volunteers, working right through the opening of doors. Local Eperience Since 1988 * Tree Consulting and Inspection I * Long Term Forest Maintenance and Planning * Hazardous Removal and Precision Felling * Ornamental Pruning and Lacing * Brush Clearing and Chipping FREE ES TIMA TES Licensed and Bonded Fully Insured for Your Protection ERIC DAUBER H: 760-765-2975 C: 760-271-9585 PO Box 254 JULIAN, CA. 92036 License #945348 WE-8690A The Bubbles Are Coming! The Bubbles Are Coming! (NAPS) From the 17th century, we've seen paintings that portray children blowing bubbles with clay pipes. And since the 18th and 19th centuries it has been commonplace for mothers to give their children leftover washing soap to blow bubbles for fun. Moving into the Machine Age during the 20th century, street peddlers were among the first to sell bubbles as a toy. These days, bubbles are mass-produced by companies such as Funrise Toys and more, and reintroduced each year on shelves during the spring. Today, bubble solution is the best- selling toy in the world, year after year, with hundreds of millions of bottles sold. Despite what the thermometer says, for many in the country, spring is just around the corner. And with spring comes flowers, warmer weather and children playing outside. National Bubble Week bursts onto our calendars each year in March, kicking off the "BUBBLE SEASON," which goes all summer. So how can you celebrate the season of bubbles? GET SOME BUBBLES/ Premier bubble maker Funrise Toys makes Gazillion Bubbles, whose bubble solutions are made right here in the U.S.A. On shelves at all major retailers, Gazillion Bubbles are the biggest, brightest and most colorful bubbles on the market, hands down. And you can ramp it up with their awesome bubble toys and accessories, such as the Gazillion Bubble Monsoon (SRP: $24.99), the Gazillion Bump & Go Bubble Car (SRP: $19.99) andthe Gazillion Bubble Hurricane (SRP: $16.99), all available at Toys 'R' Us. BUBBLE TRICKS/ The Bubble Snake: Cut the bottom off of a plastic bottle. Slip a sock overthe cut end of the bottle. (If you like, you can secure'it with a rubber band.) Squirt dishwashing liquid into a bowl or plate. Pour some bubble solution onto a plate. Dip the sock end of the bottle into the solution. Blow through the mouth of the bottle to make a bubble snake! Want to make a bubble rainbow? Stripe the sock with food coloring and repeat the trick! The Unpoppable Bubble: Put a container lid on the table face up. Pour in your bubble solution (Gazillion Bubbles have the reputation of being the strongest On the market) and dip in a straw so that it's wet halfway up the straw. Touch the straw to the lid and blow a bubble on the lid. Slowly pull the straw all the way out of the bubble. Now, poke the scissors through the wall of your bubble. What happens? The Square Bubble: Take four pipe cleaners and form them into a square with a wand Dip the wand in your bubble solution and see what happens! TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND BECOME A BUBBLE MASTER/ How a Bubble Gets Its Color: As waves of light pass through the bubble, they get distorted by reflecting off different layers of soap. film and are called iridescence. (Gazillion Bubbles is also known to have the most colorful and beautiful bubbles available.) Can 'You Freeze a Bubble? A bubble's shell is composed of a layer of water molecules surrounded by two thin layers of soap. Technically, a bubble will freeze below 32 degrees Fahrenheit like all water. The only problem is that bubbles tend to burst after a few seconds, so in order to truly see a bubble freeze, the temperature needs to fall to about 23 degrees for bubble staying power. Why Do Bubbles Burst? Anything that fractures the tenuous layer of water molecules can cause a bubble to burst. For example, a gust of wind or an object (like your finger) will easily cause a bubble to burst. Bubbles also burst by simply drying out. Moisture within a bubble causes the molecules to draw closer together, enabling the bubble to stay formed for a longer period of time. This is why bubbles tend to work best in high-humidity environments. Essentially, bub, bles are loved the world over by people of all ages. There are even university studies focused on them. For kids, bubbles are pure fun for spring and summer outdoor frolic. For adults (where you'll find them at events such as Proms, weddings and more), they symbolize peace, harmony and beauty. Our suggestion: Start BU'BBLE SEASON right, and pop into a store today to stock up. And don't forget to share your bubble memories and enter the annual Gazillion Bubbles annual photo contest, with prizes monthly through August 30, 2015 at www.facebook.com/funrisetoys.