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Senior News: Adapting to a new era

With the advent of the Internet and social media, newspapers are struggling to adapt — some more successfully than others. But this is not the first time...

When I grew up in Indianapolis, there were two daily newspapers — one delivered in the morning and the other in the afternoon. As was the case in many large cities, one was considered conservative and the other liberal — well, as liberal as Indiana could be. It was the newspaper equivalent of Fox News and CNN.

But with the increasing popularity of television news shows, the evening newspaper gradually lost circulation, and eventually it ceased operations.

Today there are even greater challenges. On Oct. 17 at 11 a.m., RaeLynn Ricarte and Mark Gibson, the Yin and Yang of The Dalles Chronicle, will speak about the challenges and opportunities local papers face. They will also answer your questions about how the Chronicle is adapting to changes within the industry.

Community-based local newspapers will adapt and survive. Where else can you find local news vetted following high journalistic standards — and the obituaries?

Have you experienced “The Talk” where your children sit you down to discuss what they think your future should be? How about this for an idea? Before they have a chance, let’s reverse it and sit them down for “The Talk,” explaining what we expect from them as our caring adult children. In other words, telling them to “Stop bugging me and telling me what I should do!” The joys and challenges of the parent-and-adult-child relationship will be the focus of our next “Let’s Talk: Conversations about Things that Matter,” Friday, Oct.12, from 11 a.m. to noon.

We all have struggles and many times, as we get older, it feels like we have more than our fair share. But without struggle there isn’t growth. Wasn’t that what we were told when we were children? “If it doesn’t kill you, it will make you stronger.” But in the midst of our struggles and challenges, we can still find happiness.

As I have mentioned, October is Gorge Happiness month, a program encouraging everyone to incorporate into their daily routine three habits that could make them happier and healthier: Gratitude, an act of kindness and a moment of silence.

To prime the pump, a specific task is suggested for each day this month, including the following for the next seven days: Complete one small irritating task; leave a kind note in an unlikely place; take a nap (that’s any easy one!); reach out to someone you haven’t seen in a long time; stop and count the number of things you hear right now (with and without your hearing aids); do someone else’s chores; and listen to music.

If you didn’t follow the suggestion from last week to talk to someone at a Farmer’s Market, your last chance is this Saturday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. After Oct. 13, the market shuts down until next June.

The pitcher who cemented his place in baseball history in the 1965 World Series when he pitched two shutouts for the Los Angeles Dodgers to compliment his 26 wins during the regular season was not Don Drysdale or Don Larson but Sandy Koufax. (I received correct answers from Sandy Haechrel, Sharon Hull, Jerry Betts, and Lee Kaseberg, this week’s winner of a quilt raffle ticket.)

TV westerns were popular in the 50’s and 60’s: Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and Rawhide for example. But I don’t remember watching this show back when it aired on NBC from 1957 through 1962 before it moved to the new ABC.

For this week’s “Remember When” question: What was the name of the most watched television show in 1962, starring Ward Bond and Robert Horton and recounting the adventures of a group of settlers as they made their way from St. Joseph, Mo., across the Mid-Western plains and the Rocky Mountains to California?

Email your answer to, leave a message at 541-296-4788, or send your answer with the 1960 episode directed by the legendary director John Ford.

Well, it’s been another week trying to decide should I or shouldn’t I. Until we meet again, as Anton Chekhov once pointed out: “Any idiot can face a crisis. It’s the day to day living that wears you out.”

“A newspaper is the center of a community, it’s one of the tent poles of the community, and that’s not going to be replaced by Web sites and blogs.” — Michael Connelly


Thursday (11): Spaghetti with Meat Sauce (Music – Tom Graff)

Friday (12): Hot Turkey Sandwich

Monday (15): Chicken and Dumplings (Music – Bruce and Sher Schwartz)

Tuesday (16): Salisbury Steak BIRTHDAY DINNER

Wednesday (17): Pork Medallions (Homemade Soup and Salad Bar)


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