Sherman County eNews #155

CONTENT

  1. Spiritual Matters

  2. Classifieds

  3. Calendar


1.Spiritual Matters

Tests and Difficulties

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We all have them.  For 3+ weeks we’ve been going through a big one with my illness, hospitalization, home therapies and recovery. Only yesterday did I finally feel my energy coming back.  It’s been challenging and stressful, and physically uncomfortable. We’ve had to stretch ourselves to meet these unusual needs and different patterns of living.

At times like this we can choose to let it take us down in defeat and wallow in our adversities or get through it, knowing it’s an opportunity to learn and grow.  The Baha’i writings touch on this subject: “In circumstance of ease and comfort, anyone can live contentedly; but to remain happy and contented in the face of difficulty, hardship and the onslaught of disease and sickness —  this is an indication of nobility.”  It’s a goal to work towards.

Here are some other quotes from the Baha’i Faith about this subject.  They make tests more understandable.

“Thou knowest full well, O my God, that tribulations have showered upon me from all directions and that no one can dispel or transmute them except Thee. I know of a certainty, by virtue of my love for Thee, that Thou wilt never cause tribulations to befall any soul unless Thou desirest to exalt his station in Thy celestial Paradise and to buttress his heart in this earthly life with the bulwark of Thine all-compelling power, that it may not become inclined toward the vanities of this world.”

“…we must realize that everything which happens is due to some wisdom and that nothing happens without a reason”

“Our afflictions, test and trials are sometimes blessings in disguise, as they teach us to have more faith and confidence in God, and bring us nearer to Him.”

“In every suffering one can find a meaning and a wisdom…What a man considers to be evil turns often to be a cause of infinite blessings.”

It is a struggle to bring oneself through suffering to the point of being accepting and grateful for the lessons it provides.  I’m still working on it, but have a glimmer.

We want to thank each of you who cared, helped, wished us well and prayed for us.  It helped tremendously!  We know that we are lucky to have so much love and support out there. Thank you.

Erling and Pat Jacobsen

Baha’i Faith  www.bahai.us


2. Classifieds (new or corrected)

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THANK YOU NOTES, COMMENDATIONS & CONGRATULATIONS:

THANK YOU! The Sherman County Prevention Program would like to send out a HUGE thank you to all of the participants at this year’s Children’s Fair.  I want to send a very special thank you to a group of young men that volunteered.  Bill Blevins had a group of his athletes come to the Fair to help with directing children, monitoring the bouncy houses, and whatever odd jobs needed to be done.  The group not only did a fabulous job with the youth at the Fair, but they also took down all of the tables and chairs and loaded them in the trailer.  After the Fair was over they went above and beyond to meet me at the Wasco Annex to unload and set up the tables and chairs.  This was not part of the agreement.  I am so impressed with the group’s work ethic and willingness to help others out.  To the parents of the young men, good job, you should be proud!   ~ Shandie Johnson, Sherman County Prevention Coordinator 541-565-5036

THANK YOU. A Big Thank You to Melissa Montesanti for planning, organizing and managing the 8th grade celebration!  She put on a wonderful, fun and memorable event for our students that are moving onto the high school.  She arranged for food, activities, bounce house races and a raffle.  This group of 8th grade students is a pretty amazing class and it was exciting as a parent to listen and watch them interact with each other, talk about their future and just have fun being kids. Thank you, Melissa, for spearheading this event for our kids!  It was greatly appreciated.  ~ Geremy and Anne Shull, Will Evans 

THANK YOU! Memorial Day Country Breakfast a Huge Success. Thank You!! The 2016 Wasco Memorial Weekend Country Breakfast, sponsored by ABC Huskies Child Care, was a huge success and we are very grateful for the amazing support demonstrated by the Sherman County community. Special recognition goes to North Sherman Rural Fire District for use of their facility, Morrow County Grain Growers who provided the grills and helped advertise the event, Wasco Market for their generous donation of ham, Sherman County for the use of their tables and chairs, volunteers who helped move and set them up, staff and board members whose teamwork kept everything running smoothly and most importantly to our volunteer cooks who produced a fantastic meal and made this fundraising event possible: Norman Fridley, Kent Thomas, Jill Jenson and Commissioner Mike Smith. Thank you!!
~Carrie Kaseberg, Gail Macnab, Beth McCurdy & Melva Thomas – Board of Directors

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION FUND-RAISERS: 

EMPLOYMENT:

Sherman County Senior & Community Center. Head Cook/Kitchen Coordinator. Sherman County is accepting employment applications for the position of Head Cook/Kitchen Coordinator at the Sherman County Senior & Community Center. Position is permanent part-time salaried, 30hr/week, 8am–2pm, Mon-Fri. Responsibilities include preparing/serving meals and preparing home-delivered meals for the Meals on Wheels Program.   For application and complete job description, contact the Sherman County Senior & Community Center at 541-565-3191or at PO Box 352, Moro, OR 97039. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 11, 2016. Successful applicant must have or be willing to obtain a Food Handlers Card and pass a criminal history background check. Sherman County is an equal opportunity employer.  7/8

SCHOOL CUSTODIAN Posting

Sherman County School District is seeking a qualified part-time Custodial candidate to work at Sherman County School in Moro for the 2016-17 school year. Benefit package included. Criminal record check and pre-employment drug test required. For information and application materials please email Jeanie Pehlke at jpehlke@sherman.k12.or.us

Duties

The school custodian is responsible for performing custodial duties, minor maintenance and other miscellaneous duties in order to ensure that the school building and facilities are maintained in a healthy, safe and sanitary manner.

Application Method/Materials Required

Please submit a letter of interest, application and resume by June 15, 2016 to:

Jeanie Pehlke

65912 High School Loop

Moro, Oregon  97039

(541) 565-3500

jpehlke@sherman.k12.or.us

Sherman County School District is an equal opportunity employer. 6/17

ASSISTANT CHILD CARE PROVIDER: Part-time position available at ABC Huskies Child Care in Wasco. Experience preferred but will train. Must be a team player, child oriented and able to work flexible hours. For application and further details: 541-442-5024; email: abchuskies@yahoo.com. Employment Application is available on our website at www.abchuskiesdaycare.com. 6/17

INTERNET INSTALLATION SUBCONTRACTOR(S). For a Sherman County resident. Seeking subcontractor(s) to install residential and commercial Internet connections. Basic knowledge of computer networking is necessary. Experience with satellite, cable or telephone installation is a bonus.   Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Install and configure (small) microwave radios, run cable, connect to client’s computer or home router. Provide paperwork to document installation, service, and repairs.   Requirements: Valid driver’s license with a good driving record. Ability to work outside in small spaces and comfortable with (residential roof) heights. Contractor sets own hours but it may be necessary to work on a weekend in an emergency situation. Strong technical, customer service, verbal and written skills.  Laptop computer, small ladder, normal hand tools, and Ethernet crimper and cable tester needed.  Compensation is per job (installations) and per hour (difficult installations and service work). Contract employment for Sherman County residents.  Please email resume to:  resumes@arcticbay.com

FOR SALE:

HOME FOR SALE $80,000
Nicely maintained 3 bedroom, 2 bath mfg. home is for sale and ready for immediate occupancy. 101 Sixth Street, Moro, Oregon. Beautifully manicured yard, deck. Efficient heat pump to keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Whether you are an investor and want a nice rental, first time homebuyer, or need a cozy one level home for retirement, this is a super deal at just $80,000. For more info call Ruby Mason 541-980-9104. Windermere GTRE – Equal Housing Opportunity  6/24
SERVICES: [home, personal, appliance, landscape, fencing, cleaning, maintenance, janitorial, computer, construction, sewing, repairs, transportation, media, pre-school, day care]

SHERMAN COUNTY BUSINESS DIRECTORY. Sherman County businesses & services may be listed on the Sherman County website at www.co.sherman.or.us under agri-business by town. Please contact Sherman County Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez lhernandez@co.sherman.or.us

NEWSPAPERS

 

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PIANO. Free to a good home – one upright piano in good condition. Great for kids taking piano lessons. You haul! Call Janet Pinkerton at 541-565-3245. 6/24

VISITOR INFORMATION SERVICES & EVENTS:

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Just ask!

OREGON PARKS & RECREATION EVENTS. Do you love to go camping? Would you like to share your love of the outdoors with others? The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is seeking experienced campers to help volunteer at our Let’s Go Camping events this summer. Volunteers will have the opportunity to teach outdoor camping skills, serve as mentors to new campers and camp for free during the events. Events are scheduled at campgrounds throughout the state on weekends from June through August. More information and a list of events are at www.oregonstateparks.org.  For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, please contact Bobbie Lucas at 503-986-0751 or bobbie.lucas@oregon.gov.

WANTED:

LOCAL HOST FAMILIES for HIGH SCHOOL EXCHANGE STUDENTS

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with your community high school, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Japan, to name a few.  ASSE students are enthusiastic and excited to experience American culture while they practice their English. They also love to share their own culture and language with their host families. Host families welcome these students into their family, not as a guest, but as a family member, giving everyone involved a rich cultural experience.   The exchange students have pocket money for personal expenses and full health, accident and liability insurance. ASSE students are selected based on academics and personality, and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries and personal interests.  To become an ASSE Host Family or to find out how to become involved with ASSE in your community, please call the ASSE Western Regional Office at 1-800-733-2773 or go to www.host.asse.com to begin your host family application. Students are eager to learn about their American host family, so begin the process of welcoming your new son or daughter today!

ASSE Western Region 1-800-733-2773 | NON POFIT #95-303-4133  |  ASSE INTERNATIONAL (FORMERLY AMERICAN SCANDINAVIAN STUDENT EXCHANGE) IS A NON-PROFIT, PUBLIC BENEFIT ORGANIZATION.  ASSE IS OFFICIALLY DESIGNATED AS AN EXCHANGE VISITOR PROGRAM BY THE U. S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE, WAS FOUNDED BY THE SWEDISH MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, COOPERATES WITH THE CANADIAN PROVINCIAL MINISTRIES OF EDUCATION,  and the NEW ZEALAND DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.     7/29

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3. Calendar (new or corrected) 

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JUNE

1-30 Sherman County Historical Museum – a Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families

1-30 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Sherman Photography Club

17 Senator Jeff Merkley Town Hall 7 Wasco Annex

18 Sherman County 4-H Adventures: Gorge Waterfalls & Farmers’ Market

18 10th Annual Gorge Ride/Historic Columbia River Highway Centennial

19 Father’s Day

19 Father’s Day Free Admission, Sherman County Historical Museum 10-5

19 Father’s Day Demo Derby Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center

20 First Day of Summer

20 Lower John Day Area Commission on Transportation 10-12 Rufus

20 Pioneer Potlatch Monday Meal 5-6 Wasco Annex

21 Wasco City Council 7 City Hall

21 Library Book Club 6 Sherman County Public/School Library

21 Oregon Field Guide’s Steve Amen with Keith Mobley 6 Balch Hotel in Dufur

22 Columbia Gorge Genealogical Society Open Forum 1-3 White Salmon Library

22-25 4-H Summer Conference, OSU Corvallis [register by June 1]

23 Maryhill Museum Art Party: Still Life Oil Painting with Cathleen Rehfeld

23 Deschutes River Jet Boat Tour/Sherman County Historical Society Reservations                                                       $110/person 541-565-3232

25 Splash for Pink | Imperial River Company, Maupin

25 Grass Valley Pavilion Paint Nite 7 Grass Valley

25-26 Rufus City-Wide Yard/Garage/City Hall Sales 9-3 Rufus, Oregon

25-26 Grass Valley Pavilion Harvest Celebration Softball Tournament, Walk Around the Track & Paint Nite.

26 Sherman County Historical Society Annual Meeting RSVP 541-565-3232; Social hour 4, dinner 5

26-July 1 4-H Mystery Camp, 4-H Educational Center, Salem [register by June 3] http://extension.oregonstate.edu/linn/4-h-camp

27 Pioneer Potlatch Monday Meal 5-6 Wasco Annex

27 Mid-Columbia Housing Authority Annual Meeting | The Dalles
27 Sherman County Photography Club 7 Sherman County Public/School Library

27-30 4-H Natural Resource Camp, Lake Creek Youth Camp, Grant County http://extension.oregonstate.edu/grant/sites/default/files/nr_camp_brochure_final_5.9.16.pdf

28 Mid-Columbia Community Action Council Board Meeting 5:30 The Dalles

29 Biggs Residents’ & Business Owners’ Water Project Meeting 10 Linda’s Restaurant

30 Sherman County 4-H Outdoor Cooking 10-2 DeMoss Park

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JULY

1-31 Sherman County Historical Museum – a Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families

1-31 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Jane Root Winters Original Paintings

2-3 Widespread Panic in Concert, Les Schwab Amphitheater

4 Independence Day

4 Condon’s Fabulous Fourth of July – Small Town-Big Heart

4 Bend’s Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration / Fireworks

5 Sherman County 4-H Kids Food Preservation Workshop 9-12 Jam, Can, Dry

6 Sherman County Court 9

6 County-wide Prayer Meeting: Grass Valley Baptist Church 7:00-7:30PM fellowship.  7:30-9:00 PM Prayer Meeting

7 Sherman County 4-H Kids Food Preservation Workshop 9-12 Pickles & Jerky

8-10  Bank of the Cascades Bend Summer Festival – Downtown Bend

9 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show – http://www.sistersoutdoorquiltshow.org

9-16 Washington County, OR 4-H Wagon Train $225 503-821-1119

         http://www.4hwagontrain.org  4hwagontrain@gmail.com

13 Kids’ Pioneer Day at the Sherman County Historical Museum

16-19 Goldendale Rodeo Bible Camp (senior) goldendalerodeobiblecamp@gmail.com

16 – Nov. 15 Maryhill Museum American Indian Trade Blankets 

19-24 Oregon High Desert Classics, AA Hunter/Jumper Competition, J Bar J Boys Ranch

20 Sherman County Court 9

20-23 Goldendale Rodeo Bible Camp (junior)

21 Sherman County Quilting Ladies Day, Sherman County Historical Museum

22-24 Balloons Over Bend, Riverbend Park

22-24 National Association of Counties Conference, Long Beach, CA

23 Sunriver Antique & Classic Car Show

25-29 Sherman County 4-H Healthalicious Cooking Day Camp 9-12 

26 Mid-Columbia Council of Governments Board Meeting 1-3 The Dalles

26-30 4-H Wildlife Stewards Camp, 4-H Educational Center, Salem http://extension.oregonstate.edu/Portland/4-h-wildlife-stewards-summer-camp

26-31 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo, Joseph

27-30 Hood River County Fair, Odell

27-31 Oregon High Desert Classics, AA Hunter/Jumper Competition, J Bar J Boys Ranch

29-30 Cascade Lakes Relay 216 mile overnight relay Diamond Lake to Bend

30 Star Party, Overnight Campout at Maryhill Museum of Art

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AUGUST

1-31 Sherman County Historical Museum – Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families

1-31 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Carole Peake’s Collection of Loleta Miller Smith Martin’s Artwork

3 Sherman County Court 9

3 County-wide Prayer Meeting: Rufus Baptist Church 7:00-7:30PM fellowship.  7:30-9:00 PM Prayer Meeting

3-7 Deschutes County Fair, Redmond

5 Brandi Carlile in Concert, Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend

5 Haulin Aspen Half & Full Marathons, Wanoga Sno-Park

6-11 Wallowa County Fair, Enterprise

9 Jackson Browne in Concert, Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend

9-11 Wheeler County Fair, Fossil

10-13 Crook County Fair, Prineville

10-13 Grant County Fair, John Day

11 Michael Franti and Spearhead in Concert, Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend

17 Sherman County Court 9

17-20 Morrow County Fair, Heppner

18 Sherman County Quilting Ladies Day, Sherman County Historical Museum

18-21 Wasco County Fair, Tygh Valley                                                        

23-28 Sherman County Fair, Moro

31 Steve Miller Band in Concert, Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend

 

SEPTEMBER

1-30 Sherman County Historical Museum – Blue Star Museum: Free admission for active military personnel & families 1-5

1-30 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Keith Blaylock Metal Art

3 Wasco School Centennial Celebration

5 Labor Day

7 County-wide Prayer Meeting: Kent Baptist Church 7:00-7:30PM fellowship.  7:30-9:00 PM Prayer Meeting

11 Grandparents’ Day Free Admission, Sherman County Historical Museum 10-5

15 Sherman County Quilting Ladies Day, Sherman County Historical Museum

22 First Day of Autumn

 

OCTOBER

1-31 Sherman County Historical Museum Artist Series: Patti Moore’s Fiber Arts

5 County-wide Prayer Meeting: Wasco Church of Christ Church 7:00-7:30PM fellowship.  7:30-9:00 PM Prayer Meeting

15-16 Here & There Travel Fest, Oregon Convention Center

20 Sherman County Quilting Ladies Day, Sherman County Historical Museum

29 Sherman County Historical Museum Boots, Beer & Brats: Festival of Volunteers!

31 Sherman County Historical Museum closes for the season. Open by appointment November-April

31 Halloween

 

NOVEMBER

2 County-wide Prayer Meeting: Moro Presbyterian Church 7:00-7:30PM fellowship.  7:30-9:00 PM Prayer Meeting

6 Daylight Saving Time Ends

6 Sherman County Historical Society Fall Program 2

8 Election Day

11 Veterans Day

19 Max Nogle Dinner/Dance Celebrating the 100 year birthday of the Grass Valley Pavilion

24 Thanksgiving

 

DECEMBER

3  Sherman County Historical Museum Christmas Open House & Museum Store Sale

3   Sherman Bazaar & Christmas Tree Sale

7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

7 County-wide Prayer Meeting: Wasco Methodist Church 7:00-7:30PM fellowship.  7:30-9:00 PM Prayer Meeting

21 First Day of Winter

24 Christmas Eve

25 Christmas

31 New Year’s Eve


 

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Sherman County eNews #154

CONTENT

  1. Senator Jeff Merkley | Sherman County Town Hall, June 17

  2. Sherman County Court Notes, June 15

  3. Father’s Day Free Admission to Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, June 19

  4. Solar Saturday at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, June 25

  5. Not the Finished Product

  6. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do


1.Senator Jeff Merkley | Sherman County Town Hall, June 17

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What:
Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley holds town hall in Sherman County

When:
Friday, June 17, 2016
7:00 PM

Where:
Wasco Annex Building
903 Barnett Street
Wasco, OR 97065

Senator Merkley will be accompanied by a caseworker who may be able to help with veterans’ benefits, Social Security or Medicare.


2. Sherman County Court Notes, June 15

~ By Administrative Assistant Lauren Hernandez

ShermanCoLogo(A brief summary of topics addressed – not official minutes. For details, please see the official approved minutes posted after the July 6th Court session on the Sherman County website at www.co.sherman.or.us)

The Sherman County Court met in regular session on June 15th, 2016, and in conducting the business of the county,

  • met with Jim Winterbottom, The Dalles Disposal, to discuss fee rate changes; the Department of Environmental Quality has increased fees that are weight-based additions to the tip fee at the landfill; Senate Bill 245 and 263 went into effect April 1, 2016, increasing landfill tip fees to 58¢ per ton; The Dalles Disposal is proposing a .76% increase in fees to offset annual operation costs to be effective July 1, 2016; the court approved approve a .76% increase in The Dalles Disposal fees to be effective July 1, 2016;
  • heard from Ron McDermid, Justice of the Peace, that planning for fiber connection to the courthouse and new building is underway; various entities will be involved with the switch to fiber; the fiber hookup will change nothing about employee configuration within current offices, as fiber will be connected in the service room and then delivered through the router; Ron clarified the router and/or firewall needs to be able to process at least one gigabyte of data; current equipment should already be able to do this, but this needs to be double checked; the current microwave internet system will be used as a backup system; discussion was held about procuring any internet hardware and equipment needed; no new hardware will be purchased unless necessary; Ron gave a brief courthouse facilities project update;
  • discussed Early Childhood Program funding requests; ABC Huskies Child Care and Little Wheats, Inc. requested $30,000 each; Sherman County Preschool requested $40,000; no official action was taken to allocate funding; the Court would like more information about the funding requests before making a decision, though emphasized the $80,000 set aside for Early Childhood Program funding remains in place;
  • appointed Dan Aldrich to the Senior Center Advisory Board for a term of three years to expire December 31, 2019;
  • authorized the formation of a Starvation Lane Access Group and appointed Commissioner Smith as the Court representative in the group;
  • approved the resolution In the Matter of the County Court Approving the Transfer Of Funds Within the County General, Community Transit, Ambulance, Prevention, CAMI, Court Security, DA-V/WAP, General Road, County Fair, Tri-County Community Corrections, Wellness Center, Senior Center, and SIP Additional Fees Fund;
  • approved writing a letter in support of the Gorge Training Facility single turbine project to be located on the China Hollow Site near the John Day Substation in Sherman County and authorized Judge Thompson to sign;
  • discussed fiber project updates and phase two of the fiber project;
  • entered into executive session in accordance with ORS 192.660 (2) (h) Legal Rights;
  • discussed supervision of fireworks displays, Waste Management disposal services rate adjustments, an unfunded mandate update, an invitation to meet with Wasco City Council about the Wasco Annex, possible funding options for the fair building project, a thank you card from ABC Huskies, an Intergovernmental Agreement between Union County and Sherman County, a Four River’s Early Learning Hub summary, Sherman County Citizen Reporter rates, the removal of the mobile home on county property, and the Employee Transfer Agreement for Cindy Brown; and
  • heard reports from Court members about regional board activities.

 


3. Father’s Day Free Admission to Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, June 19

fatherFathers of all ages will be honored with free museum admission to Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum, on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy the exhibits, the pond walk and viewing the raptor program at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Located at 5000 Discovery Drive in The Dalles, the museum is the official interpretive center for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic area. For more information, visit www.gorgediscovery.org.


4. Solar Saturday at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, June 25

sun.circleBob Yoesle from Friends of the Goldendale Observatory will present a solar viewing free to the public Saturday, June 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles. Using special safely-filtered telescopes you can view the surface of the sun. This event is free, and will be held, weather permitting, on the museum lawn. Museum admission still applies for visitors who wish to see the exhibits. For more information visit www.gorgediscovery.org.


 5. Not the Finished Product

~ The Pacific Institute

As individuals, human beings are constantly changing, even though it may not seem like it in the short term.

In what Harvard psychologist, Dan Gilbert, calls the “end of history illusion,” human beings seem to think that the people we are today are the people we are going to be in the future. Not so, according to his research and a presentation featured on TED.com.

One of the benefits of a long-term study was the inescapable fact that people in Gilbert’s studies actually changed far more than what they expected to change, in an imagined 10-year period into the future. At every point in the age range, actual reported change – in such things as personal values, personality, likes and dislikes – was far above the predicted change levels.

So,” you ask, “why does this matter?” Well, it ties in with the way we make decisions. We know that everything that has happened to us – every experience, learning moment, discovery – is stored in our subconscious, along with the emotions that we associate with those experiences. Then, as we are confronted with some new situation, our brains immediately attempt to associate the new situation with something filed away in the subconscious. If nothing resonates, then the brain files this new experience for future use.

If we do connect with something in the past, then our brains immediately go into “association mode,” evaluate whether the past experience was good or bad, and then we make decisions according to what happened to us in the past. When we try to imagine something in the future, we have nothing on which to base our judgment, except the past. No surprise, it is easier to remember than it is to imagine – unless we can let go of the belief that we are a “finished product” with no more growing to do.

The good news is that we are NOT finished growing and changing, even if we think we are. As Gilbert reported, “The person you are right now is transient, as fleeting and as temporary as all the people you have ever been.”

The question is: Who do you want to be tomorrow? And the tomorrow after that, and the tomorrow after that?


6. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do

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The Historic Columbia River Highway and State Trail gets lots of love in the Summer issue of The Gorge Magazine:   https://issuu.com/thegorgemagazine/docs/thegorgemagazine_sm16_lr

Oregon Encyclopedia  http://www.oregonencyclopedia.org/

High Country News – For People Who Care About the West   http://www.hcn.org/

 High Country News: Life of a Fire Lookout  http://www.hcn.org/issues/48.7/the-life-of-a-fire-lookout-is-one-of-the-senses?utm_source=wcn1&utm_medium=email