BY ASHLEY LODATO
I overheard a couple of funny things in the valley this week.
The first was at a performance that the Colombian band Cimarròn did for local schoolchildren.
When the translator was introducing the different instruments to the students, he held up a bandola – an unmistakably pear-shaped guitar – and asked, “What does this look like?”
“A pear!” 99.9 percent of respondents shouted out at the same time. But one lone voice piped in with, “my mother!”
Yeah! Let’s hear it for children of endomorphs!
Another chuckle came from the blood drive collection agents, who were discussing the fact that their goal for the Methow blood drive was 42 units, but they ended up with 52 units.
Apparently they don’t always meet their goals in other communities.
“We always like coming here,” said one agent earnestly. “You Methow Valley people really put out.”
If that’s our claim to fame, I guess we’ll take it.
Speaking of other public health-related issues, Winthrop’s Chelsea Miller spent this past week working as a volunteer at one of Sean Penn’s clinics that he set up in Haiti. Penn received an $8.75 million grant from the World Bank to help 14,000 Haitians who are living in temporary camps, as well as to aid neighborhood reconstruction efforts.
Chelsea graduated from the University of Washington School of Nursing and works at the hospital in Omak. We’ll hear more about Chelsea’s story next week, once she’s back and I can speak with her in person.
Hats off to Old Schoolhouse Brewery’s Laura Ruud, who recently e-published a book called What Can I Do? 37 Ideas On What to Do When Someone You Know Gets Cancer. Laura wrote the book as a tribute to those who lovingly supported her through her year of cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery, but so many people suggested that she make it widely available to others in similar situations that Laura has posted it on a blog for others to use: http://cancerwhatcanido.blogspot.com.
In addition to being a resource that others might benefit from, it’s a poignant look at the challenges and triumphs in the past year of Laura’s life. Way to pay it forward, Laura.
Happy birthday to Little Star Montessori School – 31 years old! The students celebrated with a school-wide sharing circle with songs, stories and sweets: the quintessential formula for any successful ceremony.