Skip to main content

Style El Dorado County Foothills

In Print

Read some articles from back issues of the print edition and supplemental content.

Last Updated: 07/31/2008 05:00PM • Subscribe via RSSATOM

Creating Memories

07/31/2008 ● By Super Admin

It was Rosa Parks, the iconic figure of the Civil Rights Movement, who said, “Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.” Hallmarks of healthy families are the positive memories that they intentionally create. It is never too late to start building great family memories, and the greatest gifts that we can pass on to our children are those cherished recollections of family experiences.One thing is for certain – whether we like it or not – we create family memories, both good and bad. The challenge is making the investment, and having the commitment, to create a surplus of good memories. The things that tend to stick in our minds are not determined by whether they are spectacular or mundane, but by the level of which they touch our soul. There hasn’t been another time in history when we have had more opportunity to bond, been more electronically connected, had more things going on in our lives, and at the same time, been more distant from those closest to us. It is impossible to build positive memories without taking time. For too long we have bought into the “quality time” myth. The ironic thing is, what makes time “quality” is its quantity.One of the ways to build memories is to establish family traditions. Every year during our family vacation, we enjoy a “dad and kids camping extravaganza,” where we relish our time together under the stars, eating S’mores by the camp fire. The time spent with our family, whether it is a trip or in our own backyards, is simply invaluable and there should be no excuse not to make time for these family experiences.Another way to build memories is to tell stories. Everyone loves a good story, and if you want to capture the attention of an audience (especially kids), tell a story or reminisce about your favorite memory. My father, who is in his 70s, recently told me a story about his life revealing things that I never knew about him. I was fascinated and at the end of his story I said, “Dad, your kids and your grandkids need to hear more stories of your life.” There are times when our family will sit around the dinner table and tell stories about each other. A couple of the favorites are my son hitting me with an ax (I have the scar to prove it!), and my two-year-old daughter putting the new car in reverse and crashing it. Inevitably, the cries from around the table are “Tell a story about me! Tell a story about me!”The window of time that we have to create lasting memories in our family is relatively small. If we are not careful, we will let the opportunities slip through our fingers like sand. As parents, it is our responsibility to make the sacrifices to build positive memories for our family to cherish. <hr>David is the lead pastor at Cold Springs Community Church in Placerville. He can be reached at david@coldspringschurch.net.

Read More »
BeAttitudes

07/31/2008 ● By Super Admin

For kids, standing apart from that which doesn’t hold value or empower, sometimes means standing alone. But to do so confidently with an understanding, appreciation and acceptance of others, is to foster personal and community change. That is the meaning behind BeAttitudes In Me – a local nonprofit that teaches area youth (grades K-12) to celebrate uniqueness in order to embrace differences.BeAttitudes, still in its formative stages, began as The Artist In Me Foundation, which provided art classes for special needs children. Today, “BeAttitudes serves children, parents, schools and the community,” says the organization’s president and founder, Susan Lee. “This organization not only helps children, but also parents, [because] adults are role models. It is my hope that [BeAttitudes] will instill lifelong values in our children, while we as adults, recognize our own.” BeAttitudes recently celebrated its inception during a kick-off party at the El Dorado County Library – an event that also helped inform parents about the mission of the organization, which centers around monthly attitudes, such as Be Polite, Be Respectful, Be Forgiving, etc. A slew of activities help foster the “BeAttitude” in focus, including a themed book club, poster and story contests, and a charity project. As ambitious as the undertaking has become, Lee is actively fostering the organization’s evolution. She says, “I am developing a BeAttitudes Toastmaster program for middle and high school [students], which will incorporate presentation skills, empowering [participants] to share their opinions and respect others.”Not only does Lee preach (and teach) the importance of community involvement, she practices it too, with efforts that make a big difference in a small community like El Dorado Hills. This past June she started a “story time” at a local Starbucks, and is currently planning other story hours with area businesses. And while the organization has yet to host any fundraising events (BeAttitudes currently relies on personal, local and community sponsorships), it is one of Lee’s future goals. Since Lee is in the business of attitude adjustments, how is her own? Insightful and perceptive as always. “Children today are bombarded by so much from the media, video games, music, schools, peers, friends and even their families,” she says. “So many of our kids feel pressure to be many things to many people, but cannot truly be themselves. They are so busy going from activity to activity that I feel they’ve lost sight of who they are, and who they can be. I want to help kids develop a positive self-image, which includes recognizing and accepting their strengths as well as their weaknesses.”Is there a place for such idealism in today’s world? Judging by the enthusiastic reception BeAttitudes has received, the answer is yes. Powerhouse Ministries in Folsom is interested in integrating BeAttitudes into its children’s program, and Lee plans to present the organization to school districts and youth groups to see how its precepts may be incorporated. “BeAttitudes In Me is anything short of a dream come true,” Lee says. “I realize it is not the answer for everyone or every issue, but to me, it’s at least an opportunity to do something rather than just sit on the sidelines complaining and doing nothing. Our children are our future.” For more information on BeAttitudes, visit beattitudesinme.com (coming soon).

Read More »
Headaches

07/31/2008 ● By Super Admin

Millions of Americans suffer from headaches. According to the American Council for Headache Education, most men and women have experienced at least one headache in the past year. But what are these ailments, and are there any treatments?Ninety percent of headaches are tension, migraine or cluster. The remaining 10 percent of headaches are caused by more serious underlying medical conditions such as an infection or tumor. TensionThe tension headache is classified as either episodic (once in awhile) or chronic (repetitive). These headaches include pain around the crown of the head and dull pounding. They are related to stress, computer work and eye strain.MigraineThe migraine, or vascular headache, can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Sufferers may experience sensitivity to light, visual changes, or nausea and vomiting. Rest, sleep and complete darkness are methods used to shake the symptoms.Research has shown that alcohol, chocolate, cheese and nuts may trigger migraines. Also, MSG, a flavor enhancer, may be a culprit. Women are three times more likely to suffer from migraines than men, as a correlation has been linked to menstrual cycles and hormonal changes.It is still debatable whether or not headaches are related to strokes. According to the National Headache Foundation, while the likelihood of a migraine attack causing a stroke is remote, the leading factor for those under the age of 40 is a migraine headache.ClusterMen are more commonly affected by the cluster headache, in which very sudden, intense, localized pain behind one eye is experienced. This headache can last for a few minutes to several hours, and is characterized by returning each day around the same time. It can be triggered by alcohol consumption or smoking, and stress seems to be related to their frequency.TreatmentTreatment options for headaches include over-the-counter and prescription drugs, lifestyle changes including stress management and relaxation, and holistic approaches. Getting adequate sleep, monitoring caffeine intake, and logging dietary intake and daily activities may also help with headache management. Another option specifically for migraine relief is chiropractic treatment. The goal of this approach is to alleviate pain by relaxing neck tension and easing the range of motion. Spinal adjustments help to stimulate the healing process, and some feel relief within minutes. According to Neuromuscular, Cranial Sacral Therapist, Michael Clifford, “Spinal manipulation (Chiropractic), Cranial Sacral, Neuromuscular, Acupuncture, Biofeedback and Relaxation Therapies are common manual therapies used in conjunction with medication.” Dr. Day of Goldorado Family Chiropractic in Cameron Park agrees, “I practice Cranial Sacral, which has proven to be extremely effective, reducing symptoms 30-50 percent in an hour or so.”Other treatments can be done right at home. These include self-massage, taking warm baths, rubbing lavender oil on the temples, sipping chamomile tea, and avoiding diet colas due to their aspartame content. Another treatment is the Migra-stick, a portable stick that contains 100 percent pure peppermint and lavender essential oils. This can be applied to acupressure points such as temples, nape of neck and forehead, to relieve headache pain. The Salanpas patch, a relatively inexpensive option found in local pharmacies, can be affixed to the back of the neck as well to offer relief.

Read More »
Style El Dorado County Foothills
Local Area Tidbits

07/31/2008 ● By Super Admin

We hope our annual pet issue will inspire you to take a moment or two for the animals, whether it’s your own pet or local wildlife! One way to get involved is by volunteering at Sierra Wildlife Rescue in El Dorado. The Baby Bird Nursery is accepting volunteer applicants for any of three daily shifts (four hours each, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.) until August 15. Animal lovers ages 18 and up (or 12-17 accompanied by an adult) can come feed and care for baby birds under the direction of an experienced Shift Leader. Call 530-621-4661 for more information…It’s August, and that means the countdown to summer’s end has begun…time to make the most of those long summer days and nights! Feed your green thumb with a free class from El Dorado County Gardeners. Classes for August include: Fall and Winter Vegetables, (August 2) and Making a Container Fountain (August 9), held from 9 a.m. to noon at the University of California Cooperative Extension (311 Fair Lane, Placerville), as well as Gardening with our Deer Friends (August 16) and Lawns (August 23), held 9 a.m. to noon at the Placerville Main Library. Call 530-621-5512 or visit ceeldorado.ucdavis.edu for more information…Youth programs of the Pleasant Valley School System will get a boost from the Roots & Wings Fundraiser sponsored by Lucchesi Vineyards. The benefit event is a combination wine tasting and boat tour on Lake Wildwood in Penn Valley kicking off at 4 p.m. on August 16 from the Lake Wildwood Marina…If you’re in a charitable mood, give a pint and get a pint! Donors at the Blood Source Blood Drive, held at the Nature Center in Coloma will receive a pint of Baskin Robbins ice cream as a thank you for their generous contributions. What better way to beat the heat while making a difference? Make an appointment by July 20 to secure a spot; the minimum age is 16. Call 530-621-1224 for more information…While we’re on the subject of health, make a note of an informative function coming to the area on August 20: Safe Drugs Down on the Corner will feature information about the most current and popular prescription drugs, as well as interactions to look for and avoid. Learn how to seek the optimum benefit for your own prescriptions as well as those of your loved ones. The event will be held from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. at Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring Street. Contact Family Caregiver Support Program at 530-621-6251 or 530-621-6151 for more information…Congratulations to former Sierrastyle contributor Corky Oakes, who has just published her second book, Señor Fideles: Adventurer of Sierra Nevada and Beyond. This environmentally themed novel tells the parable of a bird who struggles to adapt to his changing environment, based on Donner Lake. Check in next month for news and notes from our annual art and wine issue!…

Read More »