2010 Women of Courage

It’s summertime and many of us have already begun to travel or are planning to do so sometime soon. Let me make a suggestion. If you have never heard of Dr. Forest Bird or his wife Dr. Pamela Riddle Bird, please do a little “Googling.” It would take an entire book to list all their wonderful accomplishments, but they are the founders of the Bird Aviation and Invention Center in Sandpoint, Idaho. On Saturday, July 17, they are sponsering “Women of Courage.” This event will honor more than 20 of the 1,000 Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPS from WWII.

You can meet these wonderful women, get autographs, and most importantly, learn about an important part of our country’s history that is often overlooked. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. If you are anywhere near that part of the country, I can’t think of a better or more historic place to be on July 17. 

Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center

Scams – Save Money on AA Batteries

Have you gotten this video in your email yet? I’ve gotten it a few times, and it’s time to stop the madness. The email and accompanying video show you how to open a $5 6 volt lantern battery and out pop 32 AA batteries, thus saving you a bunch of money.  One problem: it’s a hoax. Make that two problems if you really do try to pry the top off a 6 volt battery. Not funny, and not a good idea.

Vitamin D

I’ve long believed in the value of Vitamin D. Not so much the tablets, but from the sun. A good fifteen or twenty minutes out in the sunshine everyday has always been something I thought was healthy. Turns out that many scientific studies, including a major long-term study conducted in Finland has proved the case. It shows the value of Vitamin D from the sun and supplements in dramatically reducing the cases of Type II diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Most remarkable is the lowering of incidences of Parkinson’s disease by 67%. Let the sun shine in.


Thanks to those of you who tuned in to see Trisha and me on ABC’s The View From The Bay, on June 23. Special thanks to those of you who sent positive comments about our appearance.

June 23, The View From The Bay

Heartfelt Thank You

To everyone who sent an email or card, sent flowers, or said a prayer for my late father and our family, thank you. You will never know how much it meant to us. God bless you all.

John Parker                                                                                                                                                                       www.TheBestofOurLives.com