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State obesity rates hold steady; 30 pct or more in 22 states

AP Health News - Thu, 09/24/2015 - 9:10am
NEW YORK (AP) — New government data shows that in most states, the rate of adult obesity is not moving. 2015-09-21T08:30:00-04:00 2015-09-21T12:30:54-04:00

From the Archives: Deb Vanasse on Le Mot Juste

49 Writers - Thu, 09/24/2015 - 6:00am

“Vigorous writing is concise.”~William Strunk Jr.
What’s the oldest book about writing that’s still on your shelves? Mine is Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style, the third edition (it's now in it's fourth). The cover price (new) of $2.75 gives you some idea of how long I’ve owned it. 
“No book in shorter space, with fewer words, will help any writer more than this persistent little volume,” says The Boston Globe. “The work remains a nonpareil: direct, correct, and delightful,” says The New Yorker.
The Elements of Style is a model of precision. Will Strunk was E. B. White’s composition professor at Cornell way back in 1919. White put his professor’s advice to good use, becoming a successful author (to say the least) in his own right. In 1957, Macmillan commissioned White to revise Strunk’s edicts on style.
And edicts they are. “Professor Strunk was a positive man,” White says in his introduction to the third edition, putting a nice spin on it. “His book contains rules of grammar phrased as direct orders. In the main I have not tried to soften his commands, or modify his pronouncements, or remove the special objects of his scorn.”
When I taught college composition, I used The Elements of Style as a textbook. Among the advice I hoped it would impart to my students:
  • Use the active voice
  • Put statements in positive form
  • Use definite, specific, concrete language
  • Omit needless words
  • Avoid a succession of loose sentences
  • Express co-ordinate ideas in similar form
  • Keep related words together
  • Place the emphatic words of a sentence at the end
  • Place yourself in the background
  • Write in a way that comes naturally
  • Work from a suitable design
  • Write with nouns and verbs
  • Revise and rewrite
  • Do not overwrite
  • Do not overstate
  • Avoid the use of qualifers
  • Do not explain too much
  • Make sure the reader knows who is speaking
  • Avoid fancy words
  • Be clear

Never mind that this list includes a few contradictions (as in “Do not overstate” but also “Put statements in positive form”). I took Strunk and White’s call to heart in my own writing, and though as a more mature writer I now qualify some of the advice (“Do not affect a breezy manner,” “Do not inject opinion,” “Use figures of speech sparingly,” “Prefer the standard to the offbeat”) in favor of strong voice, I’m still glad I learned first and foremost to write with precision.
Yes, rules are restrictive, but we must know language, the tool of our trade, and precision tempered with feeling yields beauty. Of course, it’s also possible to take precision a little too far. Known to deliberate for weeks over a single word, nineteenth-century novelist Gustave Flaubert championed le mot juste. I’ve read Flaubert’s Madame Bovary in both English and French, and while it’s a finely crafted novel, there are several that have made a much bigger impression. An emphasis on micro-editing over larger concerns like character motivation and emotional resonance can yield micro-results.
Check This Out: These days you’ll dish out (apologies, Misters Strunk and White, for the breezy manner) more than $2.75, but if you don’t own a copy of The Elements of Style, you’re missing out on some of the most precise advice ever offered up to writers.
Try This: For help with precision, Smart Edit is a free program for Windows that points out clichés as well as overused words and phrases. I haven’t tried it yet; if you do, leave a comment to let me know what you think. 
Deb cross-posts at
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FDA experts to review safety of Essure birth control implant

AP Health News - Thu, 09/24/2015 - 1:10am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal medical experts will take a closer look at a host of problems reported with the birth control implant called Essure, including chronic pain, bleeding, headaches and allergic reactions. 2015-09-21T13:58:00-04:00 2015-09-21T17:58:11-04:00

Northwest Coast Weavers’ Studio

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 2:16pm

One of several carved pieces by Lyonel Grant for the Evergreen Longhouse Weavers’ Studio, Olympia, WA

I flew to Seattle for a number of reasons:  alternative doctor diagnosis and treatment, work with Sue on a button robe, meet up with my niece and fellow artist to discuss our exhibit next year, and check out the Maori/Coast Salish carvings for the planned “Weavers’ Studio” at the Evergreen Longhouse campus in Olympia, Washington.

Maori carving by New Zealand’s number one Maori carver, Lyonel Grant

These carvings were designed and created by the top New Zealand Maori carver, Lyonel Grant.  You may check out his website at:

Collaborative piece carved by Maori carver Lyonel Grant and Coast Salish carver Peter Boome

Detail carving of Coast Salish artist Peter Boome and Maori artist Lyonel Grant

Categories: Arts & Culture

AP Investigation: Bungling by UN agency hurt Ebola response

AP Health News - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 10:10am
KENEMA, Sierra Leone (AP) — Something didn't smell right. 2015-09-21T11:47:00-04:00 2015-09-21T15:47:30-04:00


Treadwell Ice Arena - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 3:42pm
There is an X-Country race on Saturday, September 26 at Sandy Beach. This will likely impact the flow of traffic in and out of the rink parking lot. Runners will be on the road, crossing the Treadwell Arena parking lot and will have the right-of-way. PLEASE NOTE: There will be flaggers that will likely be stopping cars as runner cross. Please give yourself additional time to get to the rink.
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Can't Skate, Can't Play

Treadwell Ice Arena - Tue, 09/22/2015 - 3:36pm
Sept 21st-25th 2015. Youth and Adult clinics. Click link for more details. Peewee/Bantam 4:30-6:00, Mites/Squirts 6:15-7:15, Highschool 7:30-9:00, Adults 9:15-10:15
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Day of Play

Treadwell Ice Arena - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 5:41pm
Come skate for FREE Saturday, Sept. 12 for the 6th annual CBJ Day of Play! 2 40 minute sessions will be available-12:30-1:10 1:30-2:10. Rental skates are limited & are 1st come 1st served.
Categories: Outdoors

Youth Hockey Registration

Treadwell Ice Arena - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 5:40pm
JDIA registration is going on NOW. Check out their website for more info!
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