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    The Columbia Press
July 16, 2021
Off the Shelf
Senior Moments
with Emma Edwards
by Kelly Knudsen
Method for remembering things Plenty to do this summer at Warrenton library
“Life is like riding a bicycle.
To keep your balance, you
must keep moving,” -- Albert
I tend to believe almost ev-
erything I read about health.
However, just pages apart in
one of my books, Einstein’s
quote is followed by another
reminding us that “Sleep is
the most powerful anti-aging
Yet another source in the
same book presents a plan
to “Give your brain a fighting
chance” by treating oneself
to a nap for no less than 30
minutes and no more than
an hour.
When planting a field of
lavender, we need to start
with a “plot and a plan.” I
take naps.
I couldn’t help but think
of a song I used to teach my
toddler Sunday School class,
“Oh, be careful little tongue
what you say; Oh, be careful
little tongue what you say,
for the Father up above is
looking down in love, so be
careful little tongue what you
We would sing on and on,
adding things like “Be care-
ful little eyes what you see,”
“little ears what you hear,”
“little hands what you do,”
“little feet where you go,”
“be careful little heart whom
you trust,” and “careful little
mind what you think” and
on and on until we ran out of
Even that little song has a
way of giving us a lesson on
the brain. Lately, I’ve been
reminded that I need to “be
careful” with my mind or
brain in almost every aspect
of life.
The subject of memory loss
came up recently during my
Pinochle Club. Some in the
club are advanced seniors
while others are fledgling se-
niors. I was able to share my
latest remedy for going to my
pantry and forgetting why I
went there.
Oh, yes, it can be most frus-
trating. I have, all by my-
self, developed a system that
could be applied to many ar-
eas of life where I’m forgetful.
I would not be sharing this
with you except that those in
listening range thought it a
very clever idea. OK, here it
is: Let’s say I’m baking and
maybe I need a teaspoon of
baking soda and realize I
used the last of it a few weeks
Rather than heading there
and forgetting what I went
there for, I begin to chant
“Get a box of baking soda,”
“Get a box of baking soda,”
“Get a box of baking soda.”
Guess what? Three times
does it for me! I head straight
to the item for which I opened
the door of my pantry.
I am good at forgetting
names too. I think I will try
that system and let you know
if it works. Having six adult
kids all with spouses helps
too. Most seem aware that I
worry sometimes when it is
not warranted.
Yesterday, one of them
sent the following clip to
me: “Worry is a conversation
you have with yourself about
things you cannot change.
Prayer is a conversation you
have with God about things
He can change.”
So much to learn and so lit-
tle time.
Greetings from Warrenton
Community Library (WCL), a
place for you!
The library has a steady
flow of patrons and book
browsers visiting daily and,
with summer in full swing, it
is a great time to stop in and
grab the latest best seller, car
trip books, or games to take
camping. We have them all.
WCL’s summer reading
program, Reading Colors
Your World, is well under-
way and, last month, partic-
ipants read a total of 17,760
We want to congratulate our
top readers for June, starting
with pre-reader, Micah Ma-
sak, who read or was read to
for 300 minutes. For War-
renton junior readers, ages
5 through 12, we have one
super-reader prize for Carly
Vineyard, with 1440 minutes
read. Plus, there were three
amazing-reader prizes for
Chase, Madelyn, and Sahalie,
all with 960 minutes read.
Way to go!
For our teens, we have a tie
between Gavin Vineyard and
Caleb Vineyard, each with
960 minutes read. And the
June winner in our adult cat-
egory is Christy White with
3,900 minutes. Wow!
Thank you to everyone who
participated this month. It’s
not too late to participate
for July and August. Stop by
the library (with your kids,
grandkids or send your teen)
and pick up a reading log and
a free book.
Participants keep track
of how many minutes they
read on the reading log and
turn it in when it’s complete.
Each completed log earns the
reader another free book as
well as an entry for an end-
of-summer grand prize in
each age group. The more
you read, the more chances
you have to win.
As part of our summer
reading program, we part-
nered with the University of
Oregon Museum of Natural
and Cultural History to bring
a monthly Museum Connec-
tion kit to young people. This
month, kids can discover an-
imal life in Oregon -- both
past and present -- through
hands-on activities and ex-
Stop by any time to pick up
a kit or for Storytime Satur-
day at 10:30 a.m. July 24 to
hear stories and songs about
craft bags also are available
for July with various arts and
crafts activities and fun.
There is a ton of ’tween and
teen programming happen-
ing this month at the library,
including a craft day from
3:30 to 5:30 p.m. July 22,
Dungeons & Dragons club at
4 p.m. July 27, and our first
teen book club, which starts
at 3:30 p.m. July 29.
The book club is for teens
ages 13-18 and the book they
chose to read is Dungeon
Born by Dakota Krout.
It’s not too late to sign up
for the book club.
Following the Book Club
on the 29th, there will be a
Teen Advisory Board Meet-
ing and an opportunity for
young adults in Warrenton
to tell us what type of pro-
gramming we should have at
the library.
And don’t miss Sparrow
Dance Company and their
performance Dance, Dance,
Freeze at WCL at 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, Aug. 5, sponsored
by Astoria, Seaside and War-
renton libraries as part of our
countywide summer reading
Keep on reading!
Kelly Knudsen is director
of Warrenton Community
Library. She has a master’s
degree in library and infor-
mation science.
Special columns in The Columbia Press
Every week: Senior Moments with Emma Edwards
Week 1: Financial Focus with Adam Miller
Week 2: Here’s to Your Health from CMH
Week 3: Off the Shelf by Kelly Knudsen
Final week: Mayor’s Message by Henry Balensifer
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