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By Nancy Turney | April 15, 2010
Q. My mom moved in with my family last year when she was diagnosed with dementia. It has become harder and harder for me to care for her needs while not neglecting the needs of my family, but my brother and sister won?t do anything to help. They say that it was my choice to have her live with me so I shouldn?t complain. I thought they would be helpful. What can I do? ? Maryann, La Cañada ? This is a very common dilemma facing adult children who are now caregivers for a parent or parents.
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By Dan Evans | March 25, 2010
Depending on the route, I pass up to three hospitals on my way home from work. Not bad for a commute that clocks in just short of seven miles. Passing by those august steel and glass buildings used to make me feel safe. Now, it just makes me sad. Just about everyone I know has had an issue of some kind of another with health care. The mother of a friend of mine got hit with a six-figure bill for end-of-life care of her husband — and they were insured. My own stepmother died in a San Diego hospital bed following supposedly uncomplicated neck surgery.
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September 8, 2010
A study in the Journal of Medical Ethics found that doctors, independent of specialty, who described themselves as non-religious, were "more likely than others to report having given continuous deep sedation until death, having taken decisions they expected or partly intended to end life. …" The study concluded that "greater acknowledgement of doctors' values "should be advocated when it comes to clinical decision-making. " What do you think? Do you agree with the findings of this study?
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October 4, 2007
Question: The Vatican has reportedly declared it “morally obligatory” to feed patients in a vegetative state, even when recovery seems impossible. What do you think? This decision will make little sense to one who does not have a basic Christian view of man. The church has always taught that man “is made in the image and likeness of God.” Man has the Godlike qualities of intelligence and free will. Of all God’s creation, man is very special.
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By Michael Arvizu | November 26, 2009
Last week, I was privileged to join the La Crescenta branch of Bahá?ís at the home of Lily and Shahrom Moghbel on Thursday night. Bahá?í Roberta Dowell invited me to the service last week, but not before she hung up on me before I had a chance to tell her that I was reporter for the Valley Sun, and that I wasn?t calling to sell her a subscription. As is common practice online to do so online when something funny is alluded to: LOL. The Bahá?í religion is considered to be the youngest of the world?
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By Eleanor Green | December 31, 2009
Life coming from death has been a dream of mankind since the beginning of time. Modern medicine now makes this possible through organ donation. Almost half a million Americans have been given new lives through organ transplants. For them, careers, marriages and children once denied become possible. To honor this triumph of life, Donate Life is building a spectacular float for the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day. It features a 30-foot-high phoenix rising from a bed of ashes to symbolize those who give life in their passing and the lives renewed through transplantation.
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By Susan James | February 22, 2007
In 1968 when he played King Henry II in 'Lion in Winter',audiences and critics alike seemed to see in the crumbling façade of the once glorious face of Peter O'Toole the glowing embers of an actor's twilight years. Only 36 at the time, O'Toole's off-screen life of wine, women and pub-driven pugilism had carved his features into the care-worn maturity suited to an aging English monarch dealing with death, dynasty and the machinations of a clever wife. Now nearly 40 years on from that cleverly crafted screen performance, O'Toole has proven what few in the '60s could have guessed, at the 79th Academy Awards in 2007, he's still got game.
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October 8, 2009
Boy Scouts sell wreaths, gifts for holiday season Boy Scout Troop #509 at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory is selling holiday gift products. These handcrafted products come directly from Northern Minnesota and are delivered fresh to your recipient’s front door via UPS within the 48 states during the first week of December. Select from six different holiday designs, the Victorian, the Wintergreen or the Classic Wreath. Also available is the Wintergreen Spray, a tabletop living Christmas tree and the candlelit centerpiece.
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By Anita S. Brenner | September 7, 2012
The Jewish High Holidays begin next week with the sound of the Shofar, or ram's horn. Rosh Hashana begins on the evening of Sept. 16. There will be dinners and celebrations. Family gatherings. The holiday concludes 10 days later on Yom Kippur, a day of repentance and fasting. Smack in the middle between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur there is a Sabbath service. On that particular Saturday, in synagogues around the world, the parchment scrolls will be rolled open, blessings will be said and the congregation will listen to specific verses.
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By Nicole Charky and Special to the Valley Sun | June 3, 2010
About 200 Hollywood star footprints are outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre, but only one set belongs to the Brazilian starlet who balanced a tutti-frutti hat. This month actress and La Cañada Flintridge resident Magi Avila will play the curvaceous Hollywood sensation Carmen Miranda in the original musical world premiere of "Carmen Miranda — The Lady in the Tutti Frutti Hat." The play tells the story of sultry Latin persona Carmen Miranda, who was born in 1909 in Portugal and raised in Brazil.
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By Nancy Turney | April 15, 2010
Q. My mom moved in with my family last year when she was diagnosed with dementia. It has become harder and harder for me to care for her needs while not neglecting the needs of my family, but my brother and sister won?t do anything to help. They say that it was my choice to have her live with me so I shouldn?t complain. I thought they would be helpful. What can I do? ? Maryann, La Cañada ? This is a very common dilemma facing adult children who are now caregivers for a parent or parents.
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By Dan Evans | March 25, 2010
Depending on the route, I pass up to three hospitals on my way home from work. Not bad for a commute that clocks in just short of seven miles. Passing by those august steel and glass buildings used to make me feel safe. Now, it just makes me sad. Just about everyone I know has had an issue of some kind of another with health care. The mother of a friend of mine got hit with a six-figure bill for end-of-life care of her husband — and they were insured. My own stepmother died in a San Diego hospital bed following supposedly uncomplicated neck surgery.
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