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04/15/20 05:00 PM #751    


Richard Sunkle

My wife and I are practicing social distancing here in San Diego. We manage to take walks almost daily in our neighborhood, which breaks up the complete isolation. We have seen more neighbors walking, biking and skateboarding than ever before. Yes skateboarding is big here.

We FaceTime with our grandkids in Ohio and here in CA. Thank goodness for FT, Zoom and Skype. We connect with friends via these technologies. 

I too am so grateful for the healthcare workers, first responders and our military, etc. We have family and friends on the front lines of the Covid-19. We need to pray for their protection.

Take care and stay healthy.

Richard Sunkle

05/13/20 01:46 PM #752    


Sharon Courson

This is possibly old news to some but there is a Facebook group called Licking County Treasure Hunters.  It's been fun for me to learn more about my home county.  Some members are researching family history and asking for help.  Others are posting old photos about Buckeye Lake, the Square, etc.  Join us in the discussions!

Also Doug Stout (Facebook same) is posting information about Licking County soldiers.  His research is also very interesting.

Stay safe.  Stay well.  Stay sane during this time of sheltering in place.

07/25/20 01:10 PM #753    


Charles Price


I hop eeveryone is staying safe and healthy during this difficult time. Research from Roger McIntyre's group at the University of Toronto projecrts an increase in suicides of 3,000 to 8,000 due to the pandemic. If you know of someone who seems more depressed during this time, please have them reach out to friends, family and/or a mental health professional.

In addition I came across the following:

A note on history … repeating itself?

Thomas Jefferson became known as a leader of what became the Republican Party of the day and Alexander Hamilton became known as a leader of  what became the Federalist Party of the day.
In 1793 the yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia had been catastrophic. 
“Partisanship had grown so so fierce even treatments for the disease became politicized. There were now ‘Republican’ and ‘Federalists’ cures. Jeffersonian Benjamin Rush, acknowledged the finest doctor in in town if not the country, used the time-honored if incorrect practices of bleeding and purging. Alexander Hamilton and his family were stricken just when an old friend from Nevis, Dr. Edward Stevens was visiting. A veteran of 'Yellow Jack’ outbreaks in the Caribbean, Stevens administered large doses of ‘Peruvian bark’ - quinine - laced with burnt cinnamon and a nightcap of laudanum. The treatment worked, but Rush, an ardent Republican, dismissed it and went right on bleeding patients which Stevens believed medieval. Rush’s backyard was soon so drenched with blood that he indirectly began to breed countless flies, while his property gave off a ’sickening sweet stench’ to passersby.
From James Monroe - A Life by Tim McGrath referenced from Richard G. Miller, “The Federal City, 1783-1800,” in Philadelphia, 155-207; EricNiderast “Capital in Crisis,” American History Magazine 39, no. 3 (August 2004):n68; Chernov Hamilton, 449; McGrath, John Barry, 415-17; Benjamin Rush Papers, Library Company of Philadelphia
Charles (Chuck) Price

07/31/20 08:42 PM #754    


Gale Cady (Williams)


Thanks! That was really interesting. This feeds into my relatively newfound interest in Alexander Hamilton ( (What's my name? 🎶🎶)

I frequently wonder about how people in the future will look back on our healthcare in America, and I am hopeful that they will be horrified that only the people who could afford it received adequate healthcare in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. Food for thought  

Gale Cady Williams :)




08/01/20 09:07 PM #755    


Charles Price


Part of my early training was in cultural anthropology and psychology. Thus I sometimes see things through this lense, thus the following:

In my opinion, our healthcare or rather disease care system reflects our collective consciousness. In many countries the focus is on community trumping the individual. This was brought home to me when I was lecturing on Psychiatry in China. We were curious how the Chinese delt with certain psychiatric issues. When asking the about involuntary committment issues for people with mental illness that were unable to care for themselves (mostly schizophrenia and bipolar disorder) they seemed quite baffled. We thought it was the lack of clarity on the part of our translator. It turned out that was ot the case. In China if a person is told by authority or family to do something, thy just do it. So they did not have a need for laws requiring compliance. Thus the good of the community trumps individual rights. In Europe where community has been so important as banding together was necessary for survival in wars and othe disasters for many hundreds of years, a greater sense of community psychologically and in society exists. With our American roots in Rugged Individualism it is harder to transplant systems that work in Europe into the American consciousness. It is also harder to get the buy-in from people to increse their taxes to pay for social services. 

Having said this, there has been a lot of movement toward community during our lifetime. Looking at the policies of a very libeal Democrat JFK in the early 60s, by today's stadards would be considered ultra conservative. 

Complex issues with no easy answers, but hopefully as a nation we will continue to inch forward. There is reason for optimism mixed with a lot of frustration.

It will be interesting to see of this pandemic tilts the balance one way or the other.



08/02/20 10:07 AM #756    


Gale Cady (Williams)


A very insightful perspective on the roots of why we do, what we do. My 11 years of interacting with Muslim Somali women students, as well as students from many other countries, has really opened my eyes to the differences in our cultures. As a writing tutor in our college tutoring center, the vast majority of students I helped were not native English speakers, and in order to help them better, I often asked them the stories of how and why they came to America, and their goals in getting a college degree. 
Twin boys who were originally from Bhutan, then force-marched with their family to Nepal to the world's largest refugee camp, had stories that literally made me weep. Their goal in becoming nurses is to earn enough money to buy a very large home in Reynoldsburg, where they live together, in order to be able to take care of their parents, "so they never have to work again." This is common in Nepali and all Indian families, but to us, in Central Ohio, the uncommoness of it was stunning to me. There is little collective consciousness, just a "do it yourself or screw you" attitude, which you kindly attribute to the Rugged American philosophy, but which I attriubte to a culture based on complete self-indulgence and selfishness. I think as a nation we are at the very beginning of coming out of that,  but (and I know you don't live in Newark anymore), there are far too many homes flying enormous Trump flags and proudly streaming huge pro-slavery Confederate flags from the backs of their trucks, and openly carrying gun belts in stores. We have not gone forward; we have gone backwards, to the point I am literally afraid to go out in public. BUT, when I do, I am wearing my women's rights, RGB, Obama, Biden, or LGBTQ T-shirts. 
My biggest fear is that it does not take another Civil War to teach unwilling Americans that tolerance and acceptance for all people is a necessity, because right now, I see us at the brink of that. 
Thank you for the stimulating and interesting dialogue. I am pretty much in the house alone most of the time these days and appreciate the opportunity for discussion with a person whose education and intelligence I admire. I lost my job at the college along with my entire department on April 22 and this is a thing that I miss very much. 
Wishing you well, 
PS here's a link to my WordPress blog - 
this story was also published in an online magazine, Between Coasts, here:

Thse is another in my series of Immigrant Stories here:

I have not written the one on the twins yet because it feels so important to me that my attempts so far, I feel, do not do them justice. When I finish it, I'll share it. These three stories are the beginnings of a book of my collectied experiences with immigrant students and how knowing them has changed my life. It is constantly surprising to me that the college campus is insulated from the community the way it is, with students from 26 different countries, while it sits at the far end of the whitest end of Newark. The campus and the town exist in separate and totally different worlds, which is really kind of bizarre. 

08/02/20 01:10 PM #757    


Sharon Courson

Gayle and Charles -  Such an interesting discussion.  Working for several nonprofits over the years, I too became keenly aware of the cultural differences.  Especially where the care for family is concerned.  I am always amazed when people are surprised that I've cared for so many family members.  I cannot imagine doing less.  We do seem eager to "park" our responsibilities and problems on someone else or another entity.  Other cultures would not even consider such an option.

I am frustrated by our health system as well.  As the Director of a nonprofit vision charity I was dismayed to learn that if you have hip or heart surgery insurance pays for rehab, but lose your vision or hearing and there is no insurance resource for you.  You are expected to go on welfare or SS even if you are a fully capable person otherwise.  Also frustrating is that there are so many preventative and early actions that would stop or prevent vision loss, but our health system does not promote those things.  

In GA we are experiencing much the same political polarization as the rest of the nation.  It saddens me greatly.  

My brother and I have been limiting our activities.  It chafs but is necessary.  My granddaughter had COVID - now recovered - and lives with us since her campus closed.  I feel for you, Gayle, in your isolation.  

Be Well!  Be Safe!


08/03/20 10:40 AM #758    


Charles Price

Sharon and Gayle,

What a pleasure to hear of your work with disadvantaged populations. Living in Sweden for a year, I was able to experience the socialized medicine and culture. As with everything there are up sides and down sides. But it is a different side. During college I spent an academic year in India which was yet a third side. There I lived with a family of 3 generations in the same home. Very usual for India. Perhaps bringing things into the light will help at some level rather than having divisions grow in the dark unfettered by contra currents. 


08/03/20 10:42 AM #759    


Charles Price

Sorry Gale (not Gayle) 8-(

08/03/20 01:42 PM #760    

Julie Dillon

Two words that have become more and more important to me everyday. They are Respect and Tolerance.

Although not always easy to remember and put into practice,  they do define us to others.  I am respectful of differing opinions and I tolerate other's words even when I find them hurtful or offensive. 

I hope our Message Forum does not become a vehicle for divisiveness or politically charged.

Stay safe and healthy all!




08/04/20 08:11 PM #761    


Sharon Courson

My apologies as well GALE!  


08/04/20 09:09 PM #762    


Charles Price


Well said. 


08/20/20 09:03 AM #763    


Charles Price

I post this as a piece of humor during these trying times. My apologies if it is inadvertently offensive to anyone.


I came across this vignette in the book Through Time into Healing by Brian Weiss, MD. It made me smile. Hopefully it will add a little smile to your day as well.
 “Recently I was a guest on a radio talk show in Cleveland. Listeners called in from their homes, offices, car phones, and pay phones. Many of them were very supportive as they shared their personal experiences with me, with the talk show host, and with the other program listeners. Others were less kind. One lady was very angry.
‘Don’t you know it’s a sin?’ She hissed.
I assumed that she was referring to the concept of reincarnation. She wasn’t. 
‘Hypnosis is a sin,’ she went on. ‘Jesus said it’s sinful. Devils can enter your body!’
I knew that Jesus hadn’t said anything about hypnosis. The word hadn’t been in usage then. Hypnosis wasn’t used as a therapeutic tool until at least the eighteenth century, around the time of Mesmer. However, I take every question and comment seriously. Perhaps she was referring to some similar state of altered consciousness, or focused concentration, even if the actual word hypnosis hadn’t yet been coined. 
I thought for a moment or two.
‘If hypnosis is a sin,’ I ventured, ‘why does the Archdiocese of Miami send us nuns, priests, and employees for hypnosis?’
Granted, these people were not being sent to us for regression therapy. But for over a decade we had been using hypnosis to help them to stop smoking, to lose weight, or to lessen stress. 
The woman was silent for a few seconds as she pondered this new piece of information. Then she spoke up again, without conceding an inch.
‘I don’t know about Miami,’ she confidently went on, ‘but it’s a sin in Cleveland!’
The show host looked over at me, barely suppressing a laugh. We had just been introduced to the concept of regional sin.”

08/25/20 09:50 AM #764    


Charles Price

Yoko Ono’s surprisingly difficult instructions: “Try to say nothing negative about anybody for three days, for forty-five days, for three months. Se what happens to your life.” (This may be especially difficult in an election year)

08/25/20 04:02 PM #765    


Diana Holmes (Brown)

Sorry, Yoko. You'll have to wait until after January 20, 2021. That is everything goes the way I hope. Otherwise and until then,  I just can't. 

08/29/20 01:51 PM #766    


Charles Price

"Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends with them?" - Abraham Lincoln

09/01/20 11:21 AM #767    


Charles Price

Some words to live by. Andrew Jackson after a particularly brutal campaign season with vicious attacks on him and his character and the circumstances of his early relationship with his soon to be wife in speaking at The Hermitage just after the interment of his wife and before assuming the  Presidency. “I can forgive all who have wronged me, but will have fervently to pray that I may have grace to enable me to forget or forgive any enemy who has ever maligned that blessed one who is now safe from all suffering and sorrow, whom they tried to put to shame for my sake.”

09/02/20 09:48 AM #768    


Gary Berry

Richard MIKE Miller passes away this morning in Newark Ohio RIH fellow friend and brother Marine

09/03/20 09:15 AM #769    


Charles Price



Thank you for sharing this with us.

09/03/20 01:16 PM #770    


Larry Wilson

May Mike rest in peace.  Let me know if you see anything about an obituary.  I will post it on our website.

09/04/20 04:13 PM #771    


Larry Wilson

I found the obituary for Mike Miller.  He served in Vietnam and was a Purple Heart recipient.  May Mike rest in peace.

   Newark - Richard "Mike" Miller, age 70, of Newark, passed away Wednesday September 2, 2020 at his home with his loving wife by his side. He was born October 13, 1949 in Newark, Ohio to the late Richard and Wilma (Brookins) Miller.

A graveside service will be held at 2:30 pm Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at Newark Memorial Gardens, with pastor Jerry Boylon officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Licking County Veterans Alliance.

After graduating from Newark High School, Mike joined the Marines and served in Vietnam. He was the recipient of a Purple Heart along with other various service awards. After serving as a Marine he worked at the Newark Air Force Station for 24 years.

Mike had a great love for his family and friends and was always looking to help those that he could. He was a member of the Marine Corps League and loved going to the beach and riding his motorcycle.

Mike is survived by his wife of 44 years, Cheri (Patterson) Miller. He also leaves behind his daughter, Cynthia Martin; grandchildren, Tyler Sullivan, Tritney and Katelyn Brewer. Great grandchildren, Avery and Kennley Sullivan, and Kaiden Brewer; sister, Linda (Miller) Ponser and her spouse, Gene Ponser; niece, Lisa (Humphrey) and her spouse, Denny Wood; nephew, Shawn (Nicole) Humphrey; great grandchildren, Kai, Kami and Kohen Humphrey.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son, Jason Michael Miller.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Forever Young Veterans ( and Hospice of Central Ohio, PO Box 430, Newark, Ohio 43058.

To sign an online guestbook, please visit

09/14/20 06:48 AM #772    


Charles Price

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” - John Burroughs

10/31/20 01:06 PM #773    


Charles Price

As this contentious election draws to a close in voting, I thought a ray of sunshine might be helpful. 

As we all know this has been a year with many challenges. My crocus seem to have risen to the challenge to bring a bright spot to the end of October though they were supposed to wait until the Spring. Go figure...


11/01/20 12:15 PM #774    

Deborah Gail Smith (Hall)

Chuck, thank you for posting that bright spot; very comforting to see there are still some “norms” out there!  And I see it was getting pollinated!  I enjoy my Spring flowers as well. 

Deb (Smith) Hall


11/01/20 04:59 PM #775    


Patti Henderson (Patrick)

Thanks for sharing, we certainly can use a bright spot in this weird 2020 year.


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