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I had met Willard Waterman several years ago at a question and answer session in Chicago regarding the radio program The Great Gildersleeve that he assumed staring in, in the early 1950’s. He was a very delightful and kind man. He had a very long and interesting career in show business, both on radio, television and the movies. Long before he became The Great Gildersleeve, he had at least one program of which he was the star.
Those Websters was a giddy comedy about family life, set in the typical small town with a typical mom-dad-brother-sis combo. It originated in New York on March 9, 1945, as a Friday night feature for Quarker Oats, then moved to Chicago after a few months, and finally made the jump to Hollywood in the fall of 1946. In the interim, it switched days (to Sunday, 1946) and networks (from CBS to NBC) before winding up in
1947-48 as a Sunday show for Mutual.
Willard Waterman was starred as George Webster,
the slightly pompous father figure who was a fine preparation for Waterman’s role of The Great Gildersleeve a few years later. The cast included Constance Crowder who played Mrs. Webster, Gil Stratton, Jr. was son Billy, and Joan Alt played the daughter. The Webster family lived at 46 River Road
in the town of Spring City, where such mundane comedic adventures as visits by old classmates and matchmaking among friends revolved around them.
Very few epsidoes have been preserved from this situation comedy, but at least one has been found to exsist. If you listen to AM 1370 KDTH’s Big Broadcast on Sunday nights, from 6 to midnight you might just hear Willard Waterman as George Webster and his family in one of their funny situations.
Go Online to Explore PTSD Options
The Department of Veterans Affairs has come up with an online resource that will help those with PTSD decide which type of treatment might be best for them.
Treatment Decision Aid, found at www.ptsd.va.gov,
is a question/answer program to help you decide how you want to approach getting better. At each step are videos of other veterans talking about their experiences, and more information as you learn, compare treatments and act to get help.
This is one treatment exploration that might
Under the Learn section, you’ll find out about PTSD and what this decision helper can do.
The Compare section, however, is likely where the best help begins, as you answer questions about what you want in a treatment. Both the Psychotherapies and Medications on-screen bubbles contain sub-bubbles with more information. Mouse over everything. On the Medication side you’ll see antidepressants and sub-bubbles of those. Don’t miss the areas at the bottom showing which therapies have significant, some or
Next come six questions: Choose between psychotherapy and medication, and see the explanation chart at the bottom. Are you open to talking about trauma? How about individual versus group treatment? How often do you want treatment? Are you up for doing homework between sessions? Do you care what the studies say? At the end, you’ll be given recommendations about which treatment might be
what you’re looking for.
In the Act section you’ll get a summary you can print and take to your doctor. That’s where the rubber meets the road, and you step up and take responsibility for your treatment.
After answering the questions multiple ways, I think you’ll get the most options if you indicate that you’re willing to try different things if they might help you. You can narrow down the options later, if necessary.
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Passion and Purpose
What a photo opportunity, a cat taking it easy on an open, turned upside down, umbrella decorated with smiley faces! The cat was so contented it didn’t care
I was taking its picture and cooperated fully. This was one cool cat!
Contentment is a wonderful quality to cultivate. Yes,
we can cultivate contentment; we can decide to be contented! Dale Carnegie wrote, “It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”
But we live in a media saturated world that tries to get us to think about what we don’t have, causing discontent. Highly developed marketing techniques stimulate our discontent so that we are willing to buy what we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like. We are susceptible because our wants frequently exceed our needs.
Contemporary poet Maya Angelou wrote, “We need much less than we think we need.” It turns out that wanting less is a great way to feel wealthy! The
ancient philosopher Epictetus put it this way: “Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in
having few wants.”
I suspect we’ve all had the experience of wanting something really badly and then, when we finally get
it, finding that in no time at all we’re disappointed.
The disappointment quickly morphs into discontent
and we find ourselves wanting something else or something more.
How many times does this have to happen before we learn what Socrates taught? “He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.”
If we believe in an all-loving and all-wise God, then we have to believe that no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in God has a plan for good to come of it. Ultimate contentment comes from ultimate trust in Him. That’s even better than being a contented cat dozing on a smiley face umbrella!
The great apostle Paul, who wrote much of the New Testament of the Bible, faced all kinds of setbacks, difficulties, persecutions, and tragedies in his life. He wrote an amazing statement while imprisoned for his faith that we would do well to apply to our own lives:
“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” Philippians 4:11
All progress is based upon a universal, innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.
I often wonder if many people ever think about the mysteries within a lifetime? We are born and then carve out a lifetime of living in a world of wonders. The first five years of our life are spent learning to sit up, crawl, walk, talk, feed ourselves, and then we gradually learn to think for ourselves. We learn about responsibilities to ourselves and others.
We become citizens of a challenging existence. We are part of society. And our first experience in society will be that shared with our family. Each family has its own form of society, but outside of the home we are in the society of the world. This is where the mystery of coexistence begins.
This big, wide, wonderful world of ours has a multitude of societies. And all of these societies somehow leave their mark upon history. I am a poet and I wrote a poem in 1971 that was published in the Unesco Courier magazine, April 1972. This poem has a history of its own. The first line is, “How often repeated are destruction and waste, while footsteps are echoing so softly in space.”
The mystery of this poem and how it came to be finished was unusual. The first part came abruptly into my mind so I wrote the words down on a nearby used envelope. I put the envelope away in a file titled: “Future Writing material.”
But then, about three years later I saw a color photo of “The fig-tree of the ruins at Angkor” and the rest of the poem spewed out of my mind. The words were coming so fast that I could hardly write them down on my paper. After writing down the words to the future poem I looked into my writing file and found the first part from three years earlier.
This poem came from the society I lived in but was written about a society of many years ago. I guess if any of you readers are interested in reading the rest
of the poem you could write or call Bill Beutin, Publisher
of The Golden View and he may choose to publish it in his paper.
You know what? I bet many of you have had similar experiences of mysteries in your lives. Some people might call it ESP but I think it is just the past generations leaving us clues as to how they conducted their societies.
For those film fans who subscribe to Netflix mail order and are looking for something completely different, I recommend Memento (2002). What makes this film so unique is the way the storyline unfolds. The movie literally opens with a violent ending and then works backward in time toward its meaning. To put it another way, the events of the film’s protagonist are seen in reverse order.
Guy Pearce is Leonard, a man who no longer has any short term memory. Burglars entered his home, killed his wife, and the beating Leonard took left him with major brain damage. Bound and determined to find the intruders and seek revenge, because of his handicap he must resort to facts tattooed onto his body, detailed notes, and constant Polaroid photos with information written on the back.
This is a film that requires that the viewer pay close attention to details. Is the information that Leonard
is acquiring to be trusted? Will the information lead Leonard to the killers? Because of his handicap Leonard must trust some people that are of questionable character.
I’m sure that some of our readership may have a difficult time wrapping their head around the concept
of Memento just as I did. But after viewing I found everything about the film very clever, and I encourage Netflix renters give the film a look-see. You will not
This film is rated a mild R for some violence.