Day: January 12, 2015

“The Teenage Brain” by Frances E. Jensen, M.D. with Amy Ellis Nutt

“The Teenage Brain” by Frances E. Jensen, M.D. with Amy Ellis Nutt c.2014, Harper $27.99 / $32.99 Canada 384 pages   BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER A stranger has moved into your house. You’re not sure what to do about it. He raids your fridge, takes command of your television, hogs the bathroom, and leaves a mess everywhere. Sometimes, she cries for no apparent reason and other times, she erects a wall of silence. Thing is, you knew this stranger once… then (s)he became a teenager. But read “The Teenage Brain” by Frances E. Jensen, M.D. with Amy Ellis Nutt, and you’ll welcome this familiar newcomer. “What were you thinking?” If you’re the parent of a teen, those four words probably exit your lips at least once a day. Teenagers are widely known for their impulsivity, mood swings, and irrationality – but why is that so? Blame it on what’s between their ears, says Dr. Frances Jensen. Teenagers surely look like adults. Their physical bodies can do everything adult bodies can do, but their brains are in a particular state of flux with vulnerabilities, strengths and weaknesses that are unique to this period of life. Teens are a “work in progress,” and what happens in their lives during this time really does matter. Take, for instance, the fabled teen hormone issue. The truth is that teen hormone levels aren’t much different...

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“The House with Sixteen Handmade Doors” by Henry Petrowski with photographs by Catherine Petrowski

“The House with Sixteen Handmade Doors” by Henry Petrowski with photographs by Catherine Petrowski c.2014, W.W.Norton $27.95 / $32.95 Canada 297 pages   BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Remodeling never ends. That’s a fact when you’re a homeowner. There’s always something to do, something to upgrade, some way to make a house your own. New flooring, paint, move the fixtures, add another room, and, well, you know where this is going. But where did it begin?  Who created the place you call home?  Author Henry Petroski decided to find out, and in “The House with Sixteen Handmade Doors,” he embarks on a hunt inside his summer residence… Henry Petroski and his wife, Catherine, had spent many a happy summer in Maine, far from their house in North Carolina. So when they decided to buy a vacation home-away-from-home, New England was where they started looking. Petroski said they agreed that they “would happily look at any nice small… house on a nice quiet street in a nice quiet town available for a nice affordable price.” And that nicely described the property just off Spinney Mill Road near Arrowsic. Sitting next to the Kennebec River, the compound included a garage and a guest house. The main house had two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a large living room and a huge fireplace. The view from its windows was incredible – but it had its...

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Boozing burglar busted

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A naked burglar who went boozing, used a shower and hot tub was captured after breaking into a second Keizer home last weekend. The surprising part? Some of the details aren’t unique to this particular case. Guillermo Brambila Lopez of Woodburn, 24, was arrested in the early morning hours of Sunday, Jan. 4 after being found breaking into a house on the 600 block of Lakefair Place North. Sgt. Jeff Goodman with the Keizer Police Department said police received a call shortly before 5 a.m. on Sunday of suspicious activity, as the caller advised she was housesitting and was awakened by noises in the laundry room area. “The caller stated that when she walked over toward the laundry room door, it suddenly slammed shut,” Goodman said. The housesitter stated no one else was to be inside the residence and armed herself with a knife, calling her husband while waiting for police. “Keizer Police responded to the home and during a search they located a naked man hiding inside,” Goodman said. Goodman said the man, later identified as Lopez, complied with an officer’s commands. It was determined Lopez gained entry through a back window, which led into the laundry room area. He pulled the outside screen off the window and forced the window open. After Lopez was taken into custody, Goodman said officers later...

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Adios! Old councilors ride into the sunset

By CRAIG MURPHY and LYNDON A. ZAITZ Of the Keizertimes Three familiar faces may have joined the Keizer City Council on Monday, but that means three left. Mayor Lore Christopher vacated her seat after 14 years, while Jim Taylor left his council seat after 12 years and Joe Egli left after four years. Cathy Clark was sworn in as mayor and was joined by new councilors Amy Ripp, Roland Herrera and returning councilor Brandon Smith (see related story, page 1). Christopher, Taylor and Egli are also being honored at a special celebration event Jan. 17 at Keizer Community Center, but each had some words to share in a mostly full council chambers. Each will have their name put on a tree in Keizer, while Christopher and Taylor will also have their name on a plaque, to be placed on a bench. Christopher offered her remarks after Clark took over as mayor. As such, the former mayor sat at the table typically designated for public comment. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been in this seat,” Christopher said. “It feels right. It feels good. We’ve done a great job. When I look back on my years on city council I feel nothing but pride for what we accomplished. I don’t need my name on anything. When I drive around, I say, ‘That’s mine.’ And it’s yours. It’s everyone’s. You...

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