Life often is unpredictable. Good and bad things come to us sometimes when we least expect them and other times after years of investment.
It's fortunate that although we can't always control what happens to us, we can always control how we react in those circumstances.
After the fire
Everyone will be visited by death's hand. And long before your time to go, it is likely you will grieve the loss of friends and family members.
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It's a universal experience, and we're grateful there are various support groups to ease the pain.
And although not everyone will deal with the aftermath of a fire, it also is a life-changing event. We're grateful there is community support for these times as well.
Unlike death, the trauma from losing everything in a fire often makes people realize what they have. It's sometimes a fresh start, but it takes more than a good attitude to get back on track. It also takes money and help from others.
We're glad to see people helping Robert Harvill, Ted Wenham and Jana Peterson recover from their recent fire losses. We know many other victims of disasters in our community find similar support.
Baby to go
As a society we make a big deal out of having a baby. For thousands of years, babies have been born, most of them outside of a hospital.
Those who plan to have a baby at home, are mentally and physically prepared for that event.
But no couple plans to have their baby in their car in the hospital's parking lot. Nonetheless, these things do happen.
Congratulations to Molly and Gary Petersen, who delivered their son in Kadlec Regional Medical Center's parking lot. Oh, so close.
Have you thought about the name "Altima" or possibly "Nissan" for your family's newest addition?
Some changes come quickly, like an eager newborn. Others come slowly over many year.
A slow-moving, and sometimes preventable, change for the worse is cancer, whether it's of the colon or another part of the body.
Certainly, some people snickered when they saw a picture of an oversized inflatable colon in the paper. No one snickers when a doctor delivers a diagnoses of colon cancer.
The good news is that colon cancer can be detected early and treated successfully.
We appreciate the traveling colon display by the Center of Community Health Promotion that brings this idea to light in a bigger-than-life image.
We hope it will start a conversation with folks both old and young about prevention and testing. And by all means, add more fruit, veggies and whole grain in your diet.
Ten teachers from the Mid-Columbia were honored with Crystal Apples this week. We tip our hat in the direction of those 10 and the hundreds more who give their all to a roomful of students every day.
There's nothing quite so magical as the teacher who makes a difference to a kid. One caring teacher can turn around an underachieving student and, in the process, influence a future generation.
We're sure it's hard to narrow the list of award recipients down to just a few because there are many who deserve the recognition. So today we laud the hard-working professionals called teachers.
There's an app for that
This next item isn't a clear nomination for our weekly gratitude editorial, but we did get a chuckle out of the kids who stole an iPad ... with a location application running on it. Thanks, technology.