Day: June 18, 2012

“The Thing You Think You Cannot Do” by Gordon Livingston, M.D

“The Thing You Think You Cannot Do” by Gordon Livingston, M.D. c.2012, DaCapo Lifelong $19.99 / $23.00 Canada 199 pages   By TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER The weather might be nice. The sun’s shining and people are walking around outside, the temperature’s comfortable but you’re completely frozen. Once upon a time, you were able to take risks. Then, you seized opportunity. Now, though you know things could be better, something’s holding you back. You’re stuck, but you don’t know why. The reason is fear, says Gordon Livingston, M.D., and it’s affecting your ability to think clearly. In his new book “The Thing You Think You Cannot Do,” he tells you how to overcome your situation. Fear was once a good thing. It saved our ancestors from being eaten but now, it’s “corrosive” and exploited. The fear we feel today, says Livingston, only makes us preoccupied with safety, but total safety is impossible because life “is intrinsically unsafe.” It’s so unsafe, in fact, that we’re all going to die. We can exercise, eat all the “right” foods, give up our vices, follow doctor’s orders to the letter, withdraw completely from society to avoid contagion, and we’ll still die. It’s inevitable. The best we can do, Livingston says, is to find “the courage required to confront adversity of all sorts.”  Courageous behavior involves a combination of choice, risk, and willingness to benefit others,...

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Coburn named Coach of the Year

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes If anyone wonders why Whiteaker Middle School coach Scott Coburn was named the middle school coach of the year last month, they need look no further than the man’s track record. As a volleyball coach for 24 years – spanning 31 teams – he has a .772 winning percentage, .824 for Wolverine teams. In track and field his teams have topped the All-City meet four times in nine years, the worst they’ve ever done is fifth. Coburn credits his high school physical education teacher, Lynn Freshour, with fanning the flames of his passion for athletics and coaching. “He made the class so fun that it became something I wanted to do. I like being with kids and helping them grow to be better people,” Coburn said. Coburn accepted the award for Middle School Coach of the Year on May 26 at the University of Oregon’s Autzen Stadium. He was honored with the award alongside Fritz Page of Westview Middle School. “It was a nice day, I’m a Beaver fan, but my parents are Duck fans and getting to be with my wife and walk my dad down on the field at Autzen was a great moment,” Coburn said. Coburn’s approach to coaching begins with the classroom. “We have a lot of kids with dreams of playing for college teams, but if you...

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Thefts down; drugs, rape up

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes While theft continues to fall citywide, car crashes and rape reports rose in 2011. The Keizer Police Department issued its annual report last month, which details calls for service and incidents for a given year. The number of overall incidents fell about 4 percent to 12,626. Thefts were down across the board. Stolen autos continued to slide for the third straight year, dropping 9.5 percent from 42 in 2010 to 38 in 2011. In contrast, there were 83 stolen vehicles in 2008 and 79 in 2007.   “We averaged 60 a year in the past five years, and we’re 22 below that average,” Kuhns said. “We’ve apprehended a couple of people this year in stolen automobiles, but it’s hard to say whether it was their first day at the rodeo or whether they go often. He also said advances in technology have made ignitions harder to compromise, and at the same time older cars that may have been easier to steal are gradually disappearing from the road. Incident of stealing from a vehicle fell 10 percent to 205 in 2011, and other thefts, including shoplifting, dropped 15 percent in 2011. Some 130 burglaries took place in 2011, which is the highest number since 2008, when 136 were reported. The number of reported rapes doubled from five to 10 in 2011, after staying at...

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