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Speaking of maybe saving some money...
I was talking with one of our SHIBA (Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors) people the other day and he mentioned a renewed interest in our communities about a program that can actually reduce some premium costs.
Recently I was reflecting on a study I read about years ago regarding a phenomenon known as "learned helplessness." A quick trip to Wikipedia helped refresh my memory regarding this theory. In 1967, an American psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania was interested in researching depression. The psychologist, Martin Seligman, came up with an ingenious (if somewhat barbaric) experiment in an effort to find out how depression affects living organisms. The experiment he performed would likely face ethical challenges today, but here is what he did in his two-part experiment:
Part 1: He created three groups of dogs and placed them in harnesses. The dogs in Group 1 were kept in the harnesses for a certain period of time and then released. The dogs in Groups 2 and 3 were paired with a yoke that linked them so that when Group 2 dogs were given electric shocks at random times, Group 3 dogs would also receive a shock. Group 2 dogs had the ability to end the shock by pressing a lever; the shock would then end for both dogs. Since Group 3 dogs could not see what caused the shock to end, they perceived their shocks as unavoidable and inescapable.
Part 2: The three groups of dogs were put in boxes that had low walls that could easily be jumped over, thus removing themselves from any shocks that might be administered. When the researchers administered shocks, the dogs in Groups 1 and 2 quickly learned they could escape the shock by simply jumping the wall. The majority of the Group 3 dogs (those who had previously learned that nothing they did would have any effect on the shocks) just lay down and whined, rather than jump the wall to avoid the shocks. This behavior was termed "learned helplessness."
I recently read a book written by Denver elementary school teacher Kyle Schwarz. The book, entitled "I Wish My Teacher Knew: How One Question Can Change Everything for Our Kids," details some of the experiences that Ms. Schwartz has had in her role as teacher in the primary grades and how they have affected her personally and professionally. It is a stark reminder that 1) adults are primarily teachers of children, rather than simply subject matter and 2) every child has unique talents and needs. Though these insights are neither new nor unique, it is sometimes easy for parents, community members and school staff to forget how important (and challenging) it is to strive to always take these two facts into account when working with our young charges.
The Winlock Assembly of God, located at 702 SE First St., is pleased to announce the opening of Our Closet is Your Closet, a clothing bank for the entire community
This past weekend, bluegrass music lovers from around the country congregated at Toledo High School for the Mt. St. Helens Bluegrass Festival, and what an event it was.
Paul's Automotive has been a part of the Winlock community for so many years it's an institution. Paul graduated from Winlock High School in 1961 and went into the military after graduating. He started in the automotive business with his brother in 1965, and he has been here every since.
David "Bugzy" Frank, 63, a member of the Chinook Tribe and a fisherman and former logger of mixed Chinook and Quinault descent, is determined to save the area's fish populations by chasing away sea lions. He estimates, for example, that about 30 of the aggressive predators are currently ensconced in an area beyond the Raymond Bridge.
This past June a new photography business -- Emma Rose Company LLC -- opened its doors in South Bend.
Situated at 1015 W. Robert Bush Drive, between Elixir Café and the Chester Tavern, the space is utilized by owner Emma Rose not only as a studio but for hosting photography workshops as well.
Basics Northwest, a provider of services to children with autism and related special needs, will hold an open house event at its new clinic at 2570 Ocean Avenue in Raymond on Wednesday, August 16, from 5-7 p.m.
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