A Thanksgiving Prayer
Let us give thanks for all our many blessings
For the little children who see the world with eyes of wonder,
For the youth whose budding strength lifts our hearts and spirits,
For those who take care of us and keep us safe,
Our parents and providers, our nurses, teachers, soldiers.
And let us not forget the silver wisdom of our elders.
Let us be grateful not for things but for people
For good health and friendship, and satisfaction with our work.
If we had nothing but stone soup, yet someone to share it with,
We would sip the warm, liquid love and feel fulfilled
In the glow of candles, in the soft web of family and friends.
Let this day live forever in our hearts
So that when we are old, or if ever alone, or cold or hungry,
We can recollect these precious hours with joyful gratitude
For the hands that prepare the food,
The voices that gently rise from the hearth,
The savory and the sweet dancing on our tongues.
Let us eat, enjoy, be well together
And take a quiet moment to remember those who have departed
For they wait for us at the greatest table of all.
Mary Anne Anderson
Students, staff, parents, volunteers and community members all make up the tight-knit family that is Coast Union High School and, as such, when we lose a family member or one of ours is hurting we feel the sorrow intensely.
This week we lost our generous, caring and thoughtful student and friend Terry “TJ” Miller. TJ was surrounded by the love of his family when he passed away Monday, Nov. 18.
We will always remember TJ’s sweet smile and infectious enthusiasm. He enjoyed school, participating in FFA, cross country and hanging out with his friends. As a result of the community’s generosity, TJ was able to fulfill most of his bucket list and traveled to many parts of the world this past summer. He enjoyed seeing other beautiful parts of the world.
TJ will be remembered by Coast Union with a broken yet full heart.
Our sorrow is compounded by the fact that our own PE and science teacher, fabulous volleyball coach and friend Pam Kenyon was recently diagnosed with colon cancer. She has undergone surgery at Twin Cities Community Hospital and is currently being admitted to UCLA Medical Center, where she will begin chemo and radiation therapy as soon as she is strong enough.
Please help Pam in her healing by dropping off cards and gifts at the CUHS office. You can contribute to the Pam Kenyon fund at Heritage Oaks Bank, buy a PK “fight like a girl” wristband or purchase a ticket for the spaghetti dinner fundraiser at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Veterans Memorial Building (tickets available in the Coast Union office).
Her presence on campus is profoundly missed.
Please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers,
Wade Lawrence, principal
Coast Union High School
Coast Union will play Faith Baptist at 1:30 p.m. Saturday for the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section Division 1 eight-man football championship. The game will be played in Canoga Park which means a lot of Bronco fans will not be able to attend.
Win or lose, I think it would be nice to have a parade down Main Street for the players and coaches with the players holding their helmets high.
No raving for paving
My street was slurry sealed shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13. My wife and I drove our Subaru Outback out of the driveway at 7 p.m. and my wife returned around 7:30. At 8:30 I was driven home in a Tahoe.
This morning, Thursday, Nov. 14, we took a look at the street and saw that it is noticeably torn up. The Tahoe left deep tire tracks, resulting in pieces of loose paving material.
At noon today I observed a full size, four-door sedan, pull into my neighbor’s driveway across the street. I went out to take a look. Sure enough, there are clear tire tracks and indentations in the pavement.
It hasn't even been 24 hours and the pavement is crumbling!
GOOD WORK GUYS! WOW! WHOOPEE AND OTHER EXTRAVAGANT PRAISE!
A meaningful gift
This summer my husband and I visited my home state of Ohio. I was amazed to see in most towns every business flew the American flag. It was beautiful to drive down each town’s Main Street and see the flags proudly waving among the streets of small-town America. I came back with the thought that not enough of this is really happening in our communities.
This is the season of giving and, when I think about who has given the most, I think about our military and what they have done for more than 200 years to preserve our freedom. It doesn’t matter what side of the aisle we vote on, it’s still our country.
The Cambria American Legion Post No. 432 has offered to install American flags for all businesses in San Simeon and Cambia. Each flag kit cost $26.09. We are looking for sponsors to help pay for these flags.
How many times at Christmas do we buy gifts that are meaningless and are tossed in the closet after the holidays? I hope many of you will consider this a worthy gift for the season. Your flag would be displayed daily and represent your personal statement of ownership of our fine country and pride in our community.
Please consider donating to this program at American Legion Post No. 432, P.O. Box 697, Cambria CA 93428, with attention “Flag” in the memo line.
When you see the flags you’ll see our freedom. Each flag will show support for our local businesses, our military and our country. Happy holidays and God bless America.
Cambria American Legion Auxiliary member
My mantra has become “together we can end Alzheimer’s.” November is National Alzheimer’s month.
We are at a crossroads now and have a comprehensive road map and strategy for the first time to fight Alzheimer’s.
We now urge President Obama and Congress to put aside damaging partisan politics and focus on finding common ground that will enable us to marshal the resources, expertise and innovation needed to change the course of the disease for the millions living with Alzheimer’s today and the millions more who will face it in the future.
More than 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 each day, and age is one of the greatest known risk factors for this disease.
My husband of 55 years passed from Alzheimer’s at age 81 after a 6-year battle with this horrendous disease. Having him taken from bit by bit each day is something I do not want to happen to others.
I have become an advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association because of the huge amount of help they provided me during Bob’s illness; without them, I don’t know how I could have made it through those years.
Please contact your Congressional representative and ask him or her to provide the funding necessary to support the National Alzheimer’s Plan through Alzheimer’s research, education, outreach and support activities. Visit alz.org/napa to learn how you can become involved with the fight against Alzheimer’s.
Joan Bogle, ambassador
San Luis Obispo Alzheimer’s Association