Special thanks for Joanne and Steve Allen for taking the initiative and organizing the group!
Archive for May, 2010
“Researchers have a message for millions of Americans who text while driving a car, Rollerblading, or even stepping off a curb: R_U_AN_ID10T?
Texting is the new way to communicate. Recent research from Nielsen indicates that people under age 45 now send and receive three times more text messages than calls on their cell phones. And thanks to hot toys like the iPhone, 75 billion tiny messages a month light up tiny screens across America. We’re also texting multitaskers: A recent survey found that 77 percent of respondents said they’ve texted or sent mobile e-mail while driving; 41 percent while skiing, horseback riding, or biking; 11 percent during a romantic interlude; and 16 percent while at a funeral. ” [An excerpt from Text at Your Own Risk, By Sari Harrar; O, The Oprah Magazine | January 20, 2009]
Visit Oprah’s No Phone Zone Website.
This year’s Older Americans Month theme—Age Strong! Live Long!—recognizes the diversity and vitality of today’s older Americans who span three generations. They have lived through wars and hard times, as well as periods of unprecedented prosperity. They pioneered new technologies in medicine, communications, and industry while spearheading a cultural revolution that won equal rights for minorities, women, and disabled Americans. These remarkable achievements demonstrate the strength and character of older Americans, and underscore the debt of gratitude we owe to the generations that have given our society so much.
But the contributions of older Americans are not only in the past. Older Americans are living longer and are more active than ever before. And with the aging of the baby boomer generation—the largest in our nation’s history—America’s senior population is expected to number 71.5 million by 2030. While keeping the growing population of older Americans healthy and active will increase the demand for senior services, what is remarkable is the extent to which older Americans themselves are supporting each other. As the new generations of seniors become better educated and more financially secure than their predecessors, they are spending more time making significant contributions in their communities through civic and volunteer opportunities. In fact, older Americans are a core component of service delivery to seniors—embodying and modeling the drive to Age Strong! Live Long! They volunteer at group meal sites and deliver food to homebound seniors; they act as escorts and provide transportation for older adults who cannot drive; they help seniors with home repair, shopping and errands; and they provide vital counseling, information and referral services. Their energy and commitment reminds all Americans—not just senior citizens and their caregivers—to do their part to enhance the quality of life for older generations.
The annual commemoration of Older Americans Month is our opportunity to recognize the contributions of older citizens and join them in providing services and support that empower the elderly. Americans of all ages and backgrounds can volunteer with programs that improve health literacy, increase access to quality health services, offer food and nutrition services, provide financial and housing counseling, sponsor social activities and community engagement, and more. Contact your local Area Agency on Aging by visiting http://www.eldercare.gov or calling 1-800-677-1116 to find out what you can do to strengthen services for older Americans, this month and all year round.
• I went to Garfield High School and the University of Washington
• My father was a sword-maker
• After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, my family and I were sent to the Minidoka Relocation Center.
• I received a Congressional Medal of Honor for my heroic actions during one of WWII’s bloodiest battles.
Who am I?
Congratulations to Jennifer for correctly answering: Private First Class William Kenzo Nakamura. She will receive two tickets to our Memorial Day Guided Veterans Tour.
There will be a fallen officer remembrance from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. in front of the Police Station to honor officers who have been killed in the line of duty from May 2009 to May 2010. The ceremony includes the playing of a bugle and song by Police Department staff. The open house will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Police will conduct live demonstrations and tours of the Police Station. The department will have the holding cell open and parents are welcome to bring cameras to take staged photos of their kids.
For more information, please contact the City of Mountlake Terrace Police Department at (425) 670-8260 or Management Analyst Joie Worthen at (425) 670-8260 or email email@example.com. More information is available on the city’s website at www.cityofmlt.com.”
After his discharge in 1946, Okada completed two Bachelor’s Degrees from the University of Washington and a Master’s Degree from Columbia University. In 1957, he published his one and only completed novel, No-No Boy, a fictional account of Ichiro, a Seattle-born Japanese American, who returns to Seattle from prison after answering in the negative to Questions 27 and 28 of the loyalty questionnaire. His novel, the first ever published by a U.S.-born Japanese American, received little attention and was even rejected by the Japanese American community, which probably wasn’t ready to be reminded of the demeaning treatment which had been received at the hands of the U.S. government.
Okada, discouraged and unknown, had almost completed his second novel when he died of a heart attack in 1971 at the age of 47. When his widow, Dorothy, tried to contact publishers about her late husband’s unfinished novel, her calls went unreturned. Out of despair, she burned the works when she moved. It wasn’t until later in the 70’s that No-No Boy was rediscovered as a seminal work in Asian American fiction. No-No Boy has presently been adapted as a play and continues to sell out shows in theatres in California.
The Seattle Anti-Chinese riots of 1886 had forced two hundred Chinese to leave the city on a boat destined for San Francisco, and an angry mob insisting on the expulsion of the remainder of the Seattle Chinese resulted in violence, martial law, and eventually state intervention. Sino-American relations in the early 1900s were still an auspicious, but difficult, development; white Seattleites showed respect to successful Chinese merchants, but still viewed the majority of immigrants as foreign and exotic.
Not only was Kay well regarded as a scholar and public speaker, but he was also a handsome and highly eligible bachelor. Goon Dip, the Honorary Chinese Consul, was a skilled politician and entrepreneur. He was a well-educated man who spoke fluent English. He was also the chief China Day organizer, raising money on his own initiative and obtaining some of the fair’s exhibits from his Chinese contacts living in Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco. Goon had a pretty and equally eligible daughter. Her name was Rosaline, well-educated as well as rich, and she would be a perfect match for the new college graduate.
At the fair Lew met Rosaline, but they did not marry until two years later when Lew return from a visit to China. The wedding was not only lavish and American in style, but favorably reported by the Portland and Seattle newspapers, giving the impression of Asian-American assimilation and easing public prejudice.
Lew went on to become manager and president of the Goon Dip Company. He also founded the Jackson Street Council, chaired on Seattle’s Civic Unity Committee with Dorothy Stimson Bullitt, was a representative of the China Club with Clinton S. Harley, and was a member of Rotary Club of Seattle.
Lew died suddenly at age sixty-two, while delivering a peace speech to the China Club regarding aid to China. His son, Richard L. Kay is quoted as saying, “My grandfather, Lew King, and my dad paved the way for the Chinese to be recognized in the Northwest.” Lew is buried beside his wife Rosaline Goon Kay at Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park.