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Reclaiming the Joy of Travel

Reclaiming the Joy of Travel

For an avid outdoorsman and his wife, a catastrophic illness changed everything. Could an RV help them rediscover the joy of travel? His journey of discovery reveals just how much there is to learn.

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Is Your Gun Safely Stored?

Is Your Gun Safely Stored?

If you own a firearm, it is your legal responsibility to store it properly.

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Gold Rush Medical Practices, Part 2: Doctors and Treatments of Every Description

Gold Rush Medical Practices, Part 2: Doctors and Treatments of Every Description

Those lured to California’s gold fields in the mid-1850s faced en route a host of hazards. Once the travelers arrived, harsh conditions, violence and disease took a further toll in a place where medical care was primitive and sometimes subject to creative license.

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Sutter Amador Hospital Launches Telestroke Program

Sutter Amador Hospital Launches Telestroke Program

Using the Telestroke program, Sutter Amador Hospital’s Emergency Department physicians can speak directly with neurologists at CPMC via one-on-one video consultations.

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I Remember an Old Pool Hustler

I Remember an Old Pool Hustler

Willie Mosconi was a fast-talking national pool champion.

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Gold Rush Medical Practices, Part 1: A Hazardous Journey to a Perilous Place

Gold Rush Medical Practices, Part 1: A Hazardous Journey to a Perilous Place

This is the first in a two-part series about medical care during the California Gold Rush, adapted by historian Sharon Marovich from the writings of longtime Tuolumne County Historian Carlo M. De Ferrari.

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Remembering a Chinese Threat

Remembering a Chinese Threat

I guess I was dozing when the aircraft commander spoke my name over the intercom headset I was wearing. “Mr. Edwards, look out the right side of the aircraft!”

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Remembering the Television Pioneers

Remembering the Television Pioneers

At the station break, the booth announcer was laughing so hard he could not coherently read his script.

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London: A Poem by Ross Anderson

London: A Poem by Ross Anderson

A poem by Ross Anderson of Sutter Creek, California.

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I Remember the Space Needle

I Remember the Space Needle

As we pulled up alongside the airliner, we could see all the passengers with their noses up to the windows trying to figure out what this big, black warbird was doing.

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Single-Handedly #2: In Stroke Recovery, ‘Embrace Your Lightning Bolt’

Single-Handedly #2: In Stroke Recovery, ‘Embrace Your Lightning Bolt’

My recovery journey has spanned three broad periods of time and approaches to rehabilitation.

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Remembering an Old, Bold Pilot

Remembering an Old, Bold Pilot

There is an old axiom among us pilots that states, “There are old pilots and there are bold pilots, but there are no old, bold pilots.”

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Remembering an “Old Black Sheep”

Remembering an “Old Black Sheep”

Remembering an “Old Black Sheep” By Bill Edwards On October 23rd, 1976, I was shuffling papers on my desk in the headquarters of the California wing of the Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary of the United States Air Force. I

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Separation Anxiety: A Poem for Ishi

Separation Anxiety: A Poem for Ishi

Separation Anxiety A poem for Ishi By Mike McReynolds                   My Daddy’s gone, I don’t know where He went someplace with Mom. He took a big bag with him, But only Mom

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Four Dollars

Four Dollars

Four Dollars   By Laurel Leslie   I made a mistake on my taxes The mighty amount of four dollars The IRS took a very dim view Why, I could almost hear them holler Four dollars went off in the

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Single-Handedly: A Stroke Survivor’s Blog

Single-Handedly: A Stroke Survivor’s Blog

A lightning bolt to my health changed everything.

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First Place: “Zipper,” by Dr. John Baldwin

First Place: “Zipper,” by Dr. John Baldwin

  Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Zipper By John N. Baldwin, MD  It was April Fool’s Day in 1967, and the open-heart patient in Operating Room 6 at UCSF Medical Center was almost off bypass and home free when a nurse

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Second Place: “Tiger’s Tale,” by Mark Stoltenberg

Second Place: “Tiger’s Tale,” by Mark Stoltenberg

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Tiger’s Tale By Mark Stoltenberg “Don’t be late for school!” We both knew she didn’t have to prod her 10-year-old son. I was the owner/operator of a new Sears three-speed bicycle, and our Third Street hill

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Third Place: “Kiwi,” by Francie Snell

Third Place: “Kiwi,” by Francie Snell

  Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Kiwi By Francie Snell He was a frightening sight when he first crept past our sliding glass door. It was October, and he was the epitome of the perfect Halloween cat: scrawny, with dirty gray

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Honorable Mention: “What Tombre Taught Us,” by Kim deArrillaga

Honorable Mention: “What Tombre Taught Us,” by Kim deArrillaga

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online.                           What Tombre Taught Us By Kim deArrillaga As a puppy-raiser for Canine Companions for Independence, my husband, Steve, and I raised five potential

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Honorable Mention: “Never Underestimate the Power of Love and Loyalty of a Pet,” by Ruth Placek

Honorable Mention: “Never Underestimate the Power of Love and Loyalty of a Pet,” by Ruth Placek

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online.                       Never Underestimate the Power of Love and Loyalty of a Pet By Ruth Placek After graduation from high school, my son Jack and two friends

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“Baby (aka Vinnie), the Wayward Abandoned Dog,” by Linda Butler-Baker

“Baby (aka Vinnie), the Wayward Abandoned Dog,” by Linda Butler-Baker

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Baby (aka Vinnie), the Wayward Abandoned Dog By Linda Butler-Baker The story of survival of an abandoned dog in the middle of the wilderness destined for death.  She was strong, determined and refused to give up

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“Little Ben,” by Sally Byrd

“Little Ben,” by Sally Byrd

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Little Ben By Sally Byrd We live on a two-mile rural stretch of a dead-end road, that sadly is a drop off for unwanted kittens. We often see strays running in and out of culverts and

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“Ginger’s New Lease on Life,” by Susan Calfee

“Ginger’s New Lease on Life,” by Susan Calfee

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Ginger’s New Lease on Life By Susan Calfee The adoption took place in the Manteca Home Depot parking lot. We met Tawnee Preisner, founder of the NorCal Equine Rescue, and her husband, who had brought Ginger

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“Kaya’s Legacy,” by Jan Canavan

“Kaya’s Legacy,” by Jan Canavan

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Kaya’s Legacy By Jan Canavan Two dogs were perfect…or so we thought…until the day Kaya showed up on our doorstep. She’d been hanging around a nearby neighborhood and our daughter, Robin, had seen her scavenging cat

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“Usso’s Story,” by Pam Dobbs

“Usso’s Story,” by Pam Dobbs

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Usso’s Story By Pam Dobbs I am a retired teacher. Prior to becoming an educator I was a professional dog trainer. Although teaching full time, in 1993, a German multimillionaire, Dr. Wilfried Voigt, heard of my

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“Upcountry Mountain Lion,” by Kat Everitt

“Upcountry Mountain Lion,” by Kat Everitt

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Upcountry Mountain Lion By Kat Everitt mountain lion haunts my dreams crossing Omo Ranch Road near 88 not growling – no, no threat, not a bit – broad daylight through carpets of that parkland of mountain

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“Pretzel, Leroy and Sport Saved My Daughter,” by Dorothy McClary

“Pretzel, Leroy and Sport Saved My Daughter,” by Dorothy McClary

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Pretzel, Leroy and Sport Saved My Daughter By Dorothy McClary Lorrie Sue was coming down to my house for her usual morning coffee and breakfast, and was a bit late. Her little dog “Leroy” came running

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“Sometimes Angels Have Fur,” by Mike McReynolds

“Sometimes Angels Have Fur,” by Mike McReynolds

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Sometimes Angels Have Fur By Mike McReynolds She came to us 15 years ago as a set of lungs covered with fur, abandoned in the leaves covering Roberta’s dad’s back yard. She was loudly telling the

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“You Be the Judge,” by Catherine Morita

“You Be the Judge,” by Catherine Morita

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. You Be the Judge By Catherine Morita I have always loved horses, and got my first horse Shillelagh, in 1968, when I was thirteen. He was a green-broke bay gelding, just over two. Shillelagh and I

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“Meeting the King of Beasts,” by August Ogg

“Meeting the King of Beasts,” by August Ogg

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Meeting the King of Beasts         By August Ogg Ever had one of those days that if you did not tie your shoes you would trip and fall? That is, if you never

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“Shablaze,” by Helen Prince

“Shablaze,” by Helen Prince

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Shablaze By Helen Prince Shablaze was an incredible endurance horse. Doing many 100 mile rides as well as 50’s. He was also a three-day event horse. Blood lines, ¾ Polish Arabian and Racing (1/4 bred). In

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“Gangsta’s Red Trouble,” by Tammy Ann Rose Snyder

“Gangsta’s Red Trouble,” by Tammy Ann Rose Snyder

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Gangsta’s Red Trouble By Tammy Ann Rose Snyder This story begins when I was a youngster living in Connecticut. My brother Robby and I were playing in the back yard when out of nowhere a Red

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“Boxes, Buses and Automobiles,” by Sharon Sutliff

“Boxes, Buses and Automobiles,” by Sharon Sutliff

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Boxes, Buses and Automobiles By Sharon Sutliff “You have a cat? No problem — we have a cat.” With this, we were off to England where my husband exchanged jobs and houses with a teacher at

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“Raven,” by Sydney Taylor

“Raven,” by Sydney Taylor

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Raven By Sydney Taylor My toy poodle, Raven saved my life and extended the life of my Border collie, Miles. I was a dog trainer for fifteen years and trained and competed with large dogs. I

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“Hailey the Rescue Dog,” by Bob Turney

“Hailey the Rescue Dog,” by Bob Turney

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Hailey the Rescue Dog By Bob Turney Hailey was the fourth Labrador I have had in my life, although my first chocolate Lab and smaller at only 55 pounds, but she had every bit of the

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“Xena, the Warrior Princess,” by June Vaughn

“Xena, the Warrior Princess,” by June Vaughn

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Xena, the Warrior Princess By June Vaughn We just said good bye to one of the most unforgettable dogs that we have ever owned. She came into our lives in a very unexpected way and stayed

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“Garfield, Our Patio Maitre d’,” by Stephen Willey

“Garfield, Our Patio Maitre d’,” by Stephen Willey

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Garfield Garfield, Our Patio Maitre d’ By Stephen Willey Garfield was an incredible employee of the National Hotel & Restaurant in Jamestown. For 14 years, he worked the six months of the summer season, never missing

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“Woodpile Babies,” by Janet Wilmeth

“Woodpile Babies,” by Janet Wilmeth

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Woodpile Babies By Janet Wilmeth A black and white feral stray cat had been hanging around for weeks. One evening I looked out on the porch and she was there with several kittens. I put some

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Santa’s Rewards

Santa’s Rewards

Being Mr. and Mrs. Claus carries a great responsibility. We become the embodiment of childhood’s most magical fantasy.

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A World War Remembrance

A World War Remembrance

When July 4th, 1918 rolled around, the idle aircrews decided to celebrate by setting a bunch of petrol (gasoline) containers on fire in the middle of the airfield. The next morning they were summoned to the English base commander’s headquarters to suffer his admonitions.

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Through the Time Portal

Through the Time Portal

You would never suspect it to look at me, but I am a time traveler.

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Mind Orts from Marj #11: Why Is Everything So Complicated?

Mind Orts from Marj #11: Why Is Everything So Complicated?

What’s a mind ort? Just ask avid writer Marj Stuart, whose 70-plus years have yielded volumes of “leftover thoughts” to share with other FAN readers

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The Polar Express

The Polar Express

The train explodes with noise as hundreds of excited kids clamor for Santa’s attention. Santa and the elves call back, “Welcome to the North Pole! Merry Christmas!”

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I Remember the Cuban Missile Crisis

I Remember the Cuban Missile Crisis

I went up to the bridge to get the latest news. After a short time, the radioman came onto the bridge to report an aircraft that approached from behind our group of ships.

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A Glass of Wine and an Empty Chair

A Glass of Wine and an Empty Chair

  A Glass of Wine and an Empty Chair   By Laurel Leslie   A glass of wine and the empty chair, I will not look, I will not stare. My husband has left me, my heart is laid bare

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Mind Orts from Marj #10: Measuring Up

Mind Orts from Marj #10: Measuring Up

What’s a mind ort? Just ask avid writer Marj Stuart, whose 70-plus years have yielded volumes of “leftover thoughts” to share with other FAN readers.

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Sierra Leone: A Place of Life, Death and Compassion

Sierra Leone: A Place of Life, Death and Compassion

In early 2015 Dr. Todd Stolp retired after 12 years as Tuolumne County’s public health officer. Two weeks later, this husband and father of three boarded a plane for West Africa to treat Ebola patients. His assignment: help pregnant women in a country with the world’s highest maternal death rate, amid the largest global outbreak of a disease that kills half its victims. In this first-person account, he shares why he went, what he found and what he learned.

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Mind Orts from Marj #9: Could Right Just Be Too Far?

Mind Orts from Marj #9: Could Right Just Be Too Far?

What’s a mind ort? Just ask avid writer Marj Stuart, whose 70-plus years have yielded volumes of “leftover thoughts” to share with other FAN readers.

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Quick Dementia Rating System (QDRS)

Quick Dementia Rating System (QDRS)

The QDRS survey below appeared in Joan Jackson’s story, “Could it Be Dementia? 10 Quick Questions” in the Spring 2016 issue of FAN. QUICK DEMENTIA RATING SYSTEM (QDRS) Reprinted with permission. ©2013 The Quick Dementia Rating System: A Rapid Dementia

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