Readers’ corner 05/31/07 |

Readers’ corner 05/31/07

Dead oxen was large Holstein: Phyllis called me to make that correction. She said, “I did find out I made an error; apparently he was a Holstein steer, not an ox. I have just never seen one so large, that’s why it made sense he was an oxen … and his name was Lee and he was bottle-raised right there at that ranch.” Still a sad story!

Teenagers doing great things: This comes from ‘Nana’ Pat Paddock. “I know you like to hear stories of teenagers who are doing good deeds. My granddaughter, Kayla Palmer (Kathy’s daughter), a sophomore at NU, lost her little sister Shauna, age 5, to cancer six years ago. In memory of Shauna and for the fourth year in a row, Kayla is helping her mother, Kathy, to sponsor ‘Ashley and Shauna’s Tea Party’ booth at the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at the Nevada County Fairgrounds on June 2-3. This is an overnight, 24-hour team event that raises awareness of the enormity of cancer and raises funds to fight it. Kayla has always recruited her friends to participate, very successfully. She distributed 50 registration packets this year! Team participants who raise at least $100 get to camp overnight (with parental permission, of course) near the booth, supervised by adult volunteers the entire time. What a great way to impress our teens with the wonders of volunteering to help those in need, along with compassion and the resulting spiritual rewards. If anyone is moved to donate to the American Cancer Society via ‘Ashley and Shauna’s Tea Party,’ you can send a note to Kayla at and she will hook you up with a method for payment. Incidentally, Ashley also died of cancer at age 5, so this is an emotional reunion of two bereaved families.”

Creator of cohousing to give slide show: Kathryn McCamant, architect and co-author of “Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves,” will discuss her 25 years of experience designing and building award-winning, energy efficient and sustainable cohousing in the U.S. and Canada. The presentation will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, at the historic Holbrooke Hotel in Grass Valley. The event is free, but you should call to reserve a place. Cohousing neighborhoods are composed of privately owned homes clustered around shared open space with pedestrian paths and extensive common facilities. It recreates a village feel. Environmental sustainability is a core value in cohousing projects. For more information, please visit: To reserve a space for the slideshow, call 478-1970.


Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by e-mail at, or by fax at 477-4292.

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