Monday, November 16, 2009

Honoring Those Who Really Serve Our Country

For this little story, the author is unknown. A belated Veteran's Day thought:

The Sack Lunches

I put my carry-on in the luggage compartment and sat down in my assigned seat. It was going to be a long flight. 'I'm glad I have a good book to read. Perhaps I will get a short nap,' I thought.

Just before take-off, a line of soldiers came down the aisle and filled all the vacant seats, totally surrounding me. I decided to start a conversation. 'Where are you headed?' I asked the soldier seated nearest to me. 'Petawawa. We'll be there for two weeks for special training, and then we're being deployed to Afghanistan.'

After flying for about an hour, an announcement was made that sack lunches were available for five dollars. It would be several hours before we reached the east, and I quickly decided a lunch would help pass the time...

As I reached for my wallet, I overheard a soldier ask his buddy if he planned to buy lunch. 'No, that seems like a lot of money for just a sack lunch. Probably wouldn't be worth five bucks. I'll wait till we get to base.' His friend agreed.

I looked around at the other soldiers. None were buying lunch. I walked to the back of the plane and handed the flight attendant a fifty dollar bill. 'Take a lunch to all those soldiers.' She grabbed my arms and squeezed tightly. Her eyes wet with tears, she thanked me. 'My son was a soldier in Iraq; it's almost like you are doing it for him.'

Picking up ten sacks, she headed up the aisle to where the soldiers were seated. She stopped at my seat and asked, 'Which do you like best - beef or chicken?' 'Chicken,' I replied, wondering why she asked. She turned and went to the front of plane, returning a minute later with a dinner plate from first class. 'This is your thanks...'

After we finished eating, I went again to the back of the plane, heading for the rest room. A man stopped me. 'I saw what you did. I want to be part of it. Here, take this.' He handed me twenty-five dollars.

Soon after I returned to my seat, I saw the Flight Captain coming down the aisle, looking at the aisle numbers as he walked, I hoped he was not looking for me, but noticed he was looking at the numbers only on my side of the plane. When he got to my row he stopped, smiled, held out his hand, and said, 'I want to shake your hand.'

Quickly unfastening my seatbelt I stood and took the Captain's hand. With a booming voice he said, 'I was a soldier and I was a military pilot. Once, someone bought me a lunch. It was an act of kindness I never forgot.' I was embarrassed when applause was heard from all of the passengers.

Later I walked to the front of the plane so I could stretch my legs. A man who was seated about six rows in front of me reached out his hand, wanting to shake mine. He left another twenty-five dollars in my palm.

When we landed I gathered my belongings and started to deplane. Waiting just inside the airplane door was a man who stopped me, put something in my shirt pocket, turned, and walked away without saying a word. Another twenty-five dollars!

Upon entering the terminal, I saw the soldiers gathering for their trip to the base. I walked over to them and handed them seventy-five dollars. 'It will take you some time to reach the base. It will be about time for a sandwich. God Bless You.'

Ten young men left that flight feeling the love and respect of their fellow travelers. As I walked briskly to my car, I whispered a prayer for their safe return. These soldiers were giving their all for our country. I could only give them a couple of meals. It seemed so little...

A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to 'The United States of America' for an amount of 'up to and including my life.'

That is Honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

November: National Alzheimer's Disease Month

Excerpted from the Senior Living Network (Fresno)2009 Fashion Show Luncheon Fundraiser Program--- National Alzheimer's Disease Month is an annual, national observance that was established by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. The observance began as a way to increase public awareness and Federal research funding with the goal of finding treatments and cure for Alzheimer's disease

I just found this poem to be very moving:

by Tim Johnson

She shaves his face, she combs his hair,
She helps him find his rockin'chair.
She cooks his meals, she wipes his mouth
And the window that he's lookin' out.

She reads him books, she speaks his hame
Oh, every day is much the same.
She sights that sigh from deep within.
The one that says she misses him.

She misses his gentle touch.
And the way he used to make her laugh.
She misses the man he was
In all those old photographs.
So strong, so kind, so sweet, so smart.
The man who stole her very heart...
She misses him.

His children come on Saturday.
There at his feet his grandkids play.
It's sad they don't know him at all,
He's just the one they call Grandpa.

The take out his trash, they mow his lawn,
Things he can't do since he's been gone.
She's grateful that they're pitchin' in.
And like everyone, she misses him.

And yes, they're still together after all these years
But sometimes you can almost feel
The sadness in her tears
The man who stole her very heart, she misses him.

...Senior Living Network (Fresno) raises funds and community awareness through education about Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias. The proceeds this year will benefit: Alzheimer's Foundation of Central California, UCSF-Fresno Alzheimer's & Memory Center, Valley Caregiver Resource Center-OASIS

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Form Letter From my State Representative

I'm so disappointed. I took the time to write my local representative and I still got a very generic form letter. This could have been referring to any other bill as the language is so vague and generalized. Here is what his aides sent out, boilerplate email(they couldn't even merge my name in the note???):

Dear Constituent:
Thank you for your recent correspondence regarding SCA 21 and ACA 24. It is important for all elected officials to hear from their respective constituents regarding matters of concern.

I believe, as you do, that California is a great state which needs to be maintained in such a manner. As we move forward, you can be assured that I will take your concerns into consideration.

Once again, I appreciate your time and effort in contacting my office. Please do not hesitate to call my district office at (559) 445-5532 if I may be of further assistance to you on any state related issue.


Juan Arambula
Member of the Assembly
Thirty-First District

Here is my original email:

-----Original Message-----
Date sent: 08/03/2009 11:47 pm

I am writing to express my opposition to SCA 21 & ACA 24, which would cause irreparable harm to California's world-class public university system. First of all, I really hope I don't just get some templated email form as a reply. Secondly, I bleed Blue & Gold, I attended undergrad at CAL and grad school at UCLA. I am a productive, tax-paying individual, who actively contributes to the well-being of my community. I had the best education that public funds can buy. I think the UC system should remain relatively free and autonomous of the legislature and it's tendency to do whatever is politically expedient. The so-called legislative take-over of UC is a misguided and over-reaching proposal under the false guise of reform. That's why I'm joining a broad coalition of concerned Californians -- Democrats, Republicans, and Independents -- to oppose this plan. For 140 years, the current system of governance has served UC, its faculty, its graduates, and all Californians well. The University of California has an unparalleled record of success. Why should we put that at risk with an unproven, untested, undefined legislative take-over? The University of California must remain true to its mission, which is firmly and historically rooted in its independence. We should not take lightly any attempt to weaken UC's ability to compete and succeed and, in turn, weaken California's future. Fiat Lux ! Thank you, and I urge you to oppose SCA 21 and ACA 24.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Central San Joaquin Valley-centric videos on YouTube

Ok, last Christmas I got one of those Flip video cameras as a gift. Kind of like the “point & shoot” equivalent between SLR cameras and auto-everything cameras. Easy to use and not too many bells & whistles to confuse someone else that you’d hand the camera to for an impromptu photo or video. For a newbie like me to upload/download stuff to different websites, their very direct and simple instructions makes it very easy to share stuff with everyone. So my YouTube “channel” is Yayvalley. That means go to and you’ll be able to view what I’ve got posted up on there. Pretty mundane things like my kids’ concerts and activities and of course, since I’m a dentist, I’ve included in some of my pleased patients (hey, do you think I’d put “Ms Grumpy-grouchy” in there?). So I hope you like my slice of life. Please feel free to comment on here, or on the video itself on the website.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Kids and Cell Phones:Discuss Amongst Yourselves!

Ok, this essay has been prompted by the fact that my 11 yr old daughter just recently lost the cell phone she was supposed to "share" with her 14 year old brother. The phone is supposed to be mainly for communication with us, her parents, regarding schedule changes for after-school rehearsals, pickup needed school project items, etc. You know, "important" relevant stuff. We are on a family plan that currently only shares voice minutes...but wait! The kids are all into texting now a days, and that can really run up a phone bill fast! And given that you are usually locked into your current plan for at least a year to two years, those extra data minutes can add alot of zeroes onto your bill.

So what's a parent to do? Well for starters, the phone is not for recreational use. At least, not when it's in the kid's possession:
1. Just Say NO! No texting to friends via cell phone, especially when they're just hanging out in the same room or playground, or have just finished talking on the phone.
2. Set a number to limit the # of text messages sent/received and voice minutes. Check the account on-line and have your child graph it...good practical application of math.
3. Use parental controls to set time limits, time of day usage, or block certain numbers. One cellular service provider, makes it very easy to do this. Check to see if your wireless company gives you access to the same features.
4. Your child cannot give out their phone number to their friends without your approval. Only relatives or recognized extended family members will make the cut. This will help to keep teasing/harassing/bullying opportunities to a minimum. If someone calls or texts them, and it was not prearranged, your child will lose cell phone privileges accordingly. Your child, however, may initiate calls
5. Give them the oldest cell phone in the family. They should not have the latest, most expensive phone with all the bells & whistles. They don't deserve it! You deserve the souped-up version. Good for us parents is that an older phone simply won't do as much, and kids are less likely to be tempted to do the latest and greatest thing on the Web with it.
6. Use a pre-paid phone or phone cards, or have your child pay a small fee to help defray the cost of the cellular service...once some of their money is involved, your child will quickly learn ways to "save".

What do you think is the best way to moderate cell phone usage by your children?

Friday, February 20, 2009

SOS Seal & Save Our Smiles clinic (hmong version)




Kuaj Hniav Dawb Xwb!

Rau cov me nyuam kawm ntawv nyob kindergarten –txog qib 6 es kawm nyob

Fresno, Central thiab Clovis Unified School Districts

  • Muaj saib, ntsaws, txhuam, thiab ntsuav hniav pub dawb rau cov me nyuam nyob rau ntawm Fresno City College Dental Hygiene Clinic
  • Yog yuav tau looj hniav, ntsaws hniav, thiab lwm yam nyuaj nyuaj yuav tau mus ua rau pem ib tug kws kho hniav (Muaj tsheb loj khiav pub dawb)
  • Txhua yam no yog muaj pub dawb los ntawm cov kws kho hniav nyob hauv zej zog!

Pib lub 1 hlis ntuj xyoo 2007 no mus muaj ib txoj cai tshiab hu uas AB1433. Txoj cai no yuav kom tag nrho cov me nyuam uas yuav pib mus kawm ntawv lauv yuav tsum tau mus kuaj hniav ntawm ib tug kws kho hniav ua tej yuav pib mus kawm ntawv.

Nco Ntsoov: Leej twg tuaj ua ntej tus ntawd yuav tau txais kev pab ua ntej.

Thaum Twg: Vas Xaum , Hnub tim 28 lub 2 hli ntuj, 2009

9:00 Teev Sawv Ntxov txog rau 12:00 Teev Tav Su

Qhov Twg: Fresno City College Dental Hygiene Clinic

Health Science Building

Nyob qaum Weldon/Glenn

1101 E. University Ave.

Fresno, CA 93741

Muaj ntaub ntawv qhia txog ntau yam pub dawb thiab muaj neeg txhais lus rau neej.


Posted by Dr.Treva D. Lee, 226-3010,

SOS:Seal & Save Our Smiles (Spanish version)





Para estudiantes en los grados de Kinder al Sexto que atienden a los Distritos Unificados Escolares de Fresno, Central y Clovis.

  • Exámenes Dentales, Selladores, Limpieza de Dientes, Tratamiento de Fluoruro, y chequeos dentales serán proveídos en Colegio de la Cuidad de Fresno (Fresno City College).
  • Tratamiento de Coronas, Rellenos de Amalgama y Porcelana, Extracciones y servicios adicionales serán proveídos fuera de la escuela (transportación será disponible)
  • Todo los servicios serán proveídos por dentistas locales sin costo alguno!

Efectivo Enero de 2007 la Ley AB1433 requiere que todos los niños tengan un examen dental antes de entrar a su primer año en una escuela pública.

Atención: Los servicios serán proveídos a las personas que lleguen temprano.

Cuando: Sábado, 28 de Febrero del 2009

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Donde: Clínica de Higiene del Colegio de Fresno

Edificio de Ciencias de Salud

Esquina de Weldon/Glenn

1101 E. University Ave.

Fresno, CA 93741

Puestos Educacionales y Intérpretes también estarán disponibles.

Para más información, Por favor de comunicarse con la enfermera de la escuela

("Posted" para la Doctora Treva D. Lee 226-3010,

SOS:Seal & Save Our Smiles Clinic, Free Dental Care! (English version)





For students in kindergarten – 6th grade who attend

Fresno, Central and Clovis Unified School Districts

  • Dental Exams, Sealants, Cleanings, Fluoride Treatment, and Screening for restorative care at Fresno City College Dental Hygiene Clinic
  • Crowns, White and Silver Fillings, Extractions and more off campus (transportation available)
  • All provided by local dental providers at no cost!

Effective Jan. 1, 2007 AB 1433 went into effect requiring all children must have a dental exam before their first year in public school.

Please Note: Services will be provided on a first come, first serve basis.

WHEN: Saturday, February 28, 2009

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

WHERE: Fresno City College Dental Hygiene Clinic

Health Science Building

Corner of Weldon/Glenn

1101 E. University Ave.

Fresno, CA 93741

Educational Booths will be available as well as interpreters.

For More Information, call the Fresno-Madera Dental Society, 438-7284.

(Posted by Dr. Treva D. Lee, 226-3010,

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

vitamin question

In response to a question on

hey ladies
i am using future formulations vitamins(way expensive,found them a little cheaper over the internet,"adrenal rebuilder,Adrenal c and super adrenal stress formula) supposidly because i have adrenal fatigue,who doesn't, any how was wondering what vitamins you all take?(if you do)
need to find some a little less costly
i also take a calcium supp,fish oil and magnesium supp
thanks for your input/advice...

Dr. Treva Diane Lee's response:

Like everything else, the human body was designed/evolved to respond to things in moderation: moderate levels of pleasure, stress, physical activity, mental activity, and to use a wide variety of food as sources of energy and nutrition. Tablet or liquid forms of various nutritional supplements can help out when our ability to ingest adequate amounts of certain vitamins and minerals is variable, or when we need higher levels to meet the body's demands to react to ever-changing challenges of living.

Moderation is key, too much of anything can be toxic (even water!), too little of something can also be harmful. Over-the-counter stuff can have very medicinal effects without the benefits of accurate doseage and monitoring. Just because you don't need a prescription doesn't mean it's beneficial effects aren't without risk!

That having been said, excepting previously diagnosed nutritional deficiency syndromes. Most people eating a well rounded diet and no chronic health conditions (smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.) are fine with a multivitamin or vitamin combination containing essential minerals and vitamins and anti-oxidants. Searching the American Dietetics Association website will give you fact-based information without alot of emotional and anecdoctal hype. It's great that you are searching for answers to help you and your family!

...and if I sound like I'm lecturing, well, I do have a background in nutrition, food science & dietetics...