Dec 18

A few more notable passings – 2016

In my post titled, Looking Back at 2016, I mentioned a number of notable passings. Well, the year was not quite finished at the time of that posting and a few more individuals worthy of memorial have gone to the great beyond.

Lawrence Colburn – a man of great integrity. Worthy of note because in the fog of war he was able to maintain his humanity. I encourage you to read the link provided. In 2003, at a Moral Lecture Series address to midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy, Colburn made the following remarks: “Combat is chaotic. Combat is primal. And something surfaces in you, especially when you see people close to you fall. And it is very difficult to control. Your job as young officers is to monitor those men who are pulling the trigger to make sure that that primal instinct, you have to keep it in check somehow.” This link gives an overview of the My Lia Massacre.

One of America’s first astronauts and the first American to orbit the earth – John Glenn (95)

Dr. Henry Heimlich – (96) The man who invented an emergency medical procedure to stop someone from choking, called the Heimlich Maneuver . Follow this link to learn this valuable life-saving skill.

Nola Ochs – (105 years old) held the Guiness World Record for being the oldest college graduate and the oldest recipient of a Masters Degree received at the age of 98. Proof that you are never too old to learn!.

And finally, Trevor Tice – founder of Core Power Yoga. He died this month at the age of 48 years old. His death is under investigation by homicide detectives in Los Angeles, who have called the circumstances of his death “suspicious”.


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    • Morning on December 20, 2016 at 9:13 pm
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    I can learn something new every lesson! Every article on the blog, whether long or short, is colorful and enjoyable. History, science, music, poems, travel, cooking, gardening etc. Of course, if you are interested in politics, you can share your personal opinion with teacher Kevin too. From the link we used in my last lesson, I learned a new and very valuable life-saving skill — the Heimlich Maneuver. I strongly recommended this material especially for new mothers like me. Over time, you will find that you can learn more than just how to improve your ESL skills!

    1. I am so pleased to know that you value the lessons as well as the material linked on this blog! When I started writing the blog, I wanted to offer more than just standard language arts material. By using new and varied material each student should be able to find something that interests them and combine the language learning with knowledge of new life skills.
      Your comment gives me encouragement to continue to seek material from many different sources. You are never to old to learn new things.

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