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Class mottos: Inspiration to create your reality
Written by John Szozda   
Thursday, 03 June 2010 15:50

Most of this year’s high school class mottos address yesterday’s memories, today’s action and tomorrow’s dreams. Nothing wrong with that. That’s the continuum of life, but, remember young Jedi, all three are not equally important. Spend too much time with yesterday or tomorrow and you will never reach your dreams. Today is the day to secure your future. Seize the day. Work hard. Take the next logical step to the reality you want to create tomorrow. Perhaps, one of these mottos will inspire you.

8) Eastwood: Hakuna Matata
This Swahili phrase from the movie Lion King means no worries for the rest of your days. But, without the opportunity to overcome conflict, challenge, disappointment, mistake and failure we become fat and lazy. Give me the difficult life.    

7) Northwood: Inspiration does not come from the quote itself, but rather from the people behind it.
A personal example can be a powerful motivational force, however, a particular arrangement of words can also trigger a significant emotional response that can change a life, regardless of the author. Words are important, too.

 
Mother has hope for normal life for autistic son
Written by John Szozda   
Thursday, 27 May 2010 15:41

“He stopped eating the things he ate before. He would scream if I was out of his sight. He wouldn’t play with his toys the right way…The playground became like a nightmare to him. He refused to go near one.”

Amy Romstadt recently recalled her son’s disturbing behavior between the ages 18 months to four. She took him to physicians and specialists. The eventual diagnosis hung like a death sentence to a normal life—Derek had Pervasive Development Disorder Not Otherwise Specified, a high-functioning form of autism similar to Asperger’s Syndrome.

Autism is one of the fastest growing neurological disorders in the United States. Autistics obsess with the self, have an inability to communicate, a short attention span and can’t interact socially. One in 91 children have some degree of autism, according to Patty Cunningham, a licensed pediatric occupational therapist with the Clinic-Home Intensive Program (CHIP) administered by Mercy Children’s Hospital. The cause is unknown. There is no cure.

Autistics require a high degree of parental and sibling interaction with social service and educational systems as well as personal patience. When Derek was two to three years old, for example, Amy couldn’t convince him it was safe to leave her lap, and when she left him alone for a few minutes he would breakdown. When she took him out in public, the noise and unfamiliar surroundings caused Derek uncontrollable anxiety. He would clench up, shake, scream hysterically and throw himself on the ground.

 
Couple corrects disastrous wedding reception 50 years later
Written by John Szozda   
Friday, 14 May 2010 08:13

Few weddings go as badly as the one between the butcher and the baker.
 
The butcher, Ron Cashen, and the baker--well the baker’s daughter--Liz Cissny, were partly responsible, but they had accomplices--the band, the caterer and the country club.
 
The story starts in 1959 when Ron and Liz met over the meat counter at Cashen’s Market in Genoa.
 
“He cut meat and I flipped donuts,” Liz said last week, shortly after the couple’s 50th anniversary party. That common ground—working for families in the food industry—gave them something to talk about, but it also presented them with their first misstep. Liz didn’t want a June wedding. She wanted to be different. She chose the last Saturday in May, not realizing it was Memorial Day weekend, a busy time for both bakers and butchers.

 
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