Carl Hendrickson

‘The loneliest holiday’ doesn’t have to be lonely

Healthy Living  By Carl Hendrickson  I still remember Nov. 24, 1955, my first Thanksgiving without family. I was 18 years old and finishing Army basic training at Fort Ord, California. Although surrounded by more than 30 other young men in my platoon, I was lonely. In the future I would spend other Thanksgivings without family,

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‘Healthy living’ is not just about our physical fitness

Healthy Living  By Carl Hendrickson  Healthy living! What does it mean? To many the first thing to come to mind is caring for the body. Eating nourishing foods, getting exercise, limiting alcohol intake, periodic doctor visits. My wife, a nurse, makes sure that I eat healthy and limit my intake of “junk” food. I go

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Proportional voting could solve the Electoral College

Healthy Living By Carl Hendrickson The Electoral College has been a topic of discussion ever since the 2016 presidential election. Donald Trump won with a majority of the Electoral College, but not the popular vote. To many this seems unfair. The Electoral College is a body of electors established by the U.S. Constitution, constituted every

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What will you do with the next year of your one life?

Healthy Living By Carl Hendrickson My wife, eldest son, three of our grandchildren, and I attended the Pompeii Exhibition at the St. Louis Science Center. According to an eyewitness account by the Roman writer Pliny the Younger, Mount Vesuvius erupted in August 79, burying Pompeii’s inhabitants in volcanic ash, and 1,500 citizens perished. The people

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What’s your great summer adventure? Write about it

Healthy Living By Carl Hendrickson July. The seventh month of the year. The month named after Julius Caesar. The month in which we celebrate the founding of our great nation and contemplate all the many freedoms that the Founding Fathers and the early patriots gave to future generations. This also is the month of my

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Flag Day is a good time to remember sacrifice

Marc Garcia plays the trumpet at a ceremony at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetary. Photo by Bill Milligan. By Carl Hendrickson For the Call I stood at attention, with my back straight, or as straight as an old man could, with my hand over my heart. I had arrived early to pick up our granddaughters from

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Memorial Day continues beyond a weekend

Healthy Living By Carl Hendrickson We are the survivors. We put on our country’s uniform, ready to face death. We are the ones who came home. This month, however, we honor those who did not survive, who came home in a coffin. They put on their country’s uniform and faced death, not in search of

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‘The final chapter’ is writing your obituary

Healthy Living by Carl Hendrickson We now are in the second month of a new year. Have you begun working on new goals for this year? In past articles, I have suggested as a goal to write your story for children, grandchildren, other relatives and close friends. Last month I attended a program sponsored by

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