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Published: Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 11:17 AM
We wondered: Can Catholics who are abstaining from meat while observing Lent receive the equivalent of a one-day pass that would allow them to enjoy corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day?
The answer, it turns out, is yes — under certain circumstances that are, well … complicated.
We know the issue has come up in Dayton-area parishes, since this is the first year St. Patrick’s Day has fallen within Lent since 2006, according to this story from catholicnewsagency.com that explores the issue in great depth.
The Catholic News Agency story shows that more than 80 dioceses in the U.S. have announced some form of dispensation on St. Patrick’s Day this year, but cautions that Catholics should check with their local diocese before partaking in “the celebratory meats.”
So we posed the question to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, which includes the Dayton, Hamilton, Middletown and Springfield areas. Here was the answer we received from Lisa J. Weber, Secretary to the Chancellor for the Archdiocese:
“If a Catholic in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati wishes to request a dispensation from the abstinence of meat on St. Patrick’s Day, we ask them to write to the Archbishop by postal mail. He will then consult with their pastor.”
So it might be a bit too late for this year. But now you know for the NEXT time the beloved Irish holiday falls on Lent.
By the way, the best line from the Catholic News Agency story comes from J.D. Flynn, a canon lawyer and Special Assistant to Bishop James Conley in Lincoln, Neb. When the story’s author asked about her own extremely proud Irish grandmother who declared a dispensation for herself and all her Irish kin on St. Patrick’s Day, regardless of where they reside, Flynn’s response was:
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 1:06 PM
— Most people believe that the influenza virus is spread through the coughs and sneezes of infected people, but new research published Thursday suggests that the flu virus is spread more easily than previously thought.
Medical professionals believe that the virus is spread most often by “droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But researchers studying how the virus spreads recently found large amounts of the virus in the breath of people suffering from the flu, according to the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health.
The researchers -- from the University of Maryland, San Jose State University, Missouri Western State University and the University of California, Berkeley -- published their findings Thursday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
“We found that flu cases contaminated the air around them with infectious virus just by breathing, without coughing or sneezing,” said Donald Milton, professor of environmental health in the University of Maryland School of Public Health and lead researcher for the study.
Milton and his team examined the virus content in the breath of 142 people who were diagnosed with flu as they were breathing normally, speaking, coughing and sneezing. Researchers found that a majority of those who participated in the study had enough of the infectious virus in just their regular, exhaled breath to possibly infect another person.
A review of the data collected from the coughs and sneezes of infected participants showed that neither action appeared to have a large impact on whether or not the virus was spread.
“People with flu generate infectious aerosols (tiny droplets that stay suspended in the air for a long time), even when they are not coughing and especially during the first days of illness,” Milton said.
The study’s authors said the results highlighted how necessary it is for people who have the flu to stay at home.
“The study findings suggest that keeping surfaces clean, washing our hands all the time, and avoiding people who are coughing does not provide complete protection from getting the flu,” said Sheryl Ehrman, the dean of the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering at San Jose State University. “Staying home and out of public spaces could make a difference in the spread of the influenza virus.”
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
— Based on what she’s done in this life, Kelley Gunter guesses she probably barked and walked on all fours in the last one.
“I must have been a dog in a past life because I am so loyal,” the Troy resident joked during our meeting at Ghostlight Coffee in Dayton’s South Park neighborhood.
In flawless makeup and straightened hair, Kelley sat across from me with a big mug of hot chocolate.
She’d later email me the hot chocolate recipe her spunky grandmother used to make.
Striking at 5-feet, 9-inches tall, Kelley and her visual beauty are hard to miss.
But her face and body were frequent topics of conversation when she weighed 391 pounds, too.
“People would constantly say to me, ‘Kelley, it is a shame; you have such a pretty face’,” Kelley said. “My entire existence was a shame because I was packed into a body that was unacceptable (to them). People think that is a compliment, but it is so not a compliment.”
‘YOU HAVE SUCH A PRETTY FACE ‘
Kelley outlines the emotional journey that took her through bariatric surgery, loose skin removal, losing almost everything, and finally recognizing true beauty in her new self-published book, “You Have Such a Pretty Face.”
Even after her weight loss surgery 16 years ago and losing and keeping off 243 pounds, Kelley said she felt like true happiness eluded her.
“I always looked to feel pretty for someone else,” she told me. “My whole life I was fighting for people who didn’t have a voice. I didn’t realize in all of it, I was losing my own voice because I couldn’t fight for myself.”
It took a fast crash and a hard fall for her to achieve that self-awareness.
Kelley, a Pleasant Hill native, said she was an achiever even before her days as a cheerleader and member of the Newton High School homecoming court.
Kelley, a prom princess, continued achieving in college.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Wright State University and a master’s in clinical, counseling and applied psychology from the University of Dayton.
She founded and led Isaiah’s Place, a Christian-based foster care agency launched in 2003 and based at 1100 Wayne St. in Troy.
She lived in a four bedroom house last valued at $340,600 by the Miami County Auditor’s Office.
Though called “Tree Truck Legs” and “Richter” in high school by bullies who said she shook the Earth when she jumped, Kelley said she actually started packing on the weight during her college days.
Miserable and labeled morbidly obese, she had weight loss surgery in August 2002 at age 37.
Life wasn’t a fairy tale.
After the skin surgeries that removed 11 pounds of skin from her stomach alone, Kelley said she continued to hide and suppress truth about her traumatic childhood. Self-destruction was always around the corner.
In November of 2016, Kelley was forced to resign from Isaiah’s Place on the heels of a public scandal involving what authorities said was more than $100,000 in missing funds. Her nice big house is now in foreclosure, according to Miami County court records.
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Kelley and her 22-year-old son, Alec, now live with their three rottweilers in a two-bedroom home she had once rented out.
“I lost everything and everyone except my son,” she told me.
It was a hard pill, but Kelley says it is one she had to shallow.
“God had to break me. I would not have broke if people were cushioning my fall,” she told me. “I didn’t take care of what God blessed me with, which is why God took it away. I was just out of control. You run from yourself, but it is not a race you can win.”
LIARS, WOMANIZERS AND THE SHOPPER
What followed was intense treatment in Sedona, Ariz., where Kelley says she addressed the sexual abuse she faced between ages 5 and 12 and had buried deep in her soul.
Through therapy, she said she learned that ignored pain contributed to a life of poor decision-making (she says she takes responsibility for the financial mismanagement of Isaiah’s Place) and bad relationships.
“I was just destroying myself, really. I never had a grasp of the destructive factors in my life. If I wasn’t dating the wrong man, I was dating a worse man,” she said.
There were liars, womanizers and a long line of general users, Kelley says. When she wasn’t focused on them, she says she was shopping.
In her book, she writes:
“I shopped more than anyone should ever shop. I couldn’t overeat anymore, but I could shop. It felt good to be able to buy anything I wanted.... I would buy more than I needed and then not even wear half of it. I would charge my credit cards until the were maxed and then stress out over how I was going to pay them off. I would shop for gifts for people who didn’t deserve gifts from me. I would give and give and give. I suppose I thought that if I gave enough, those people would love me. I never for one second thought that just giving myself was plenty.”
TIME IN THE LIGHT
Kelley said she didn’t tell anyone — not even her best friend — about the sexual abuse. After coming forward, she’s heard from others with similar stories.
“It’s a beautiful thing to stand in the light of the truth,” she said. “Why did I have to carry shame?”
Kelley says she now recognizes that even her social work efforts were a mask of sorts.
“I am that much healthier for allowing that out of my soul. My soul was just screaming, ‘I want to be heard’,” she said. “I knew kids and I knew hurting kids. It meant the world to me. I knew how they felt, and I knew how to work for those kids.”
Kelley has always had a passion for writing, and has in the past penned words published by the Troy Daily News and the Dayton Daily News, where she was a freelance writer.
Now, Kelley says she hopes to help people by telling her stories.
“I was willing to do all the work I needed to do to come out a better me,” she said. “Every one of us is so much more than what’s been done to us.”
She is penning her second book, “The Homecoming Queen of Crazy Town,” and plans to write “Any Color as Long as it is Red,” a book based on the outlandish and wise sayings her grandmother made up.
Before her life changed forever 15 months ago, Kelley said she was loyal to everyone but herself.
“I feel very beautiful now,” she said. “What I know is who I am created to be, and no one else can define that for me.”
Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 10:36 AM
— Women who are in their 40s are in many cases reaching a new stage in their lives. Your children may be more independent, and you might have a well-established career. It can also be a time of change, when it's easier to gain weight, and you may start to see the first signs of menopause.
Being informed about the changes you may face during your 40s is an important way to protect your health for many years to come. It pays to have regular checkups and discuss any potential issues or concerns with your doctor. In addition, you may want to undergo some health screenings to confirm or rule out problems that may be more common after age 40.
What supplements should I take?
It's common for women in their 40s to be deficient in nutrients such as vitamin D, according to DoctorOz.com, so it's important to ask your doctor if you should be taking any supplements. This vitamin helps your body absorb calcium, which protects against osteoporosis-related bone loss – a particular concern as you get older.
A blood test can check your vitamin D levels, and if they're low, you may be advised stop smoking, start resistance training and add a supplement to your daily routine.
Should I be tested for diabetes?
Your risk of developing type 2 diabetes increases with age, especially after you're 45, according to Healthline. A blood test can determine whether your body is using insulin efficiently enough to help your body maintain consistent blood glucose levels.
You're at particular risk of developing type 2 diabetes if you're overweight, have a family history of the disease or have a history of gestational diabetes. If you have this disease, you're at an increased risk of developing heart disease, blindness and depression.
How can I control my weight?
Women's metabolism slows after age 40, and as a result, you'll need to eat less and exercise in order to maintain the same weight, according to DoctorOz.com. You may also have hypothyroidism – an underactive thyroid gland that can result in weight gain. If you're gaining weight, it's worth asking your doctor about, especially if you have dry skin, feel tired and are less able to tolerate cold temperatures.
Your doctor can treat hypothyroidism and also suggest an appropriate fitness plan that takes into account your age, weight and health history.
Should I keep taking birth control pills?
If you're in your 40s, you may think you've left your child-bearing years behind, but that's not necessarily true. Unless you've been menopausal for more than a year, you'll still need to take birth control. The second highest rate of unintended pregnancy is for sexually active women who are age 40 to 50, JoAnn Pinkerton, executive director of The North American Menopause Society, told the Chicago Tribune.
Doctors have differing opinions on whether you should keep taking birth control pills after age 40, so talk to your doctor to find out what form of contraception he or she recommends for you.
What about menopause?
You may not be thinking about menopause yet, but it's normal for this process to occur at any age from 40 to 59, according to familydoctor.org. For an indication about when this might happen, look to when the older women in your family reached menopause. Although this can influence when you enter menopause, it's not guaranteed.
Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 10:00 AM
— When “Hickory” William Taylor was done with law enforcement, he was done with law enforcement.
“I didn’t want to arrest people anymore,” the former U.S. Marshal and Huber Heights police officer said. “I had 38 years of that, and I was done.”
Instead of tracking down suspects, Taylor now owns Cape House Collectibles in Beavercreek with his wife Kathy. He also dabbles in the film industry as an extra.
Taylor has appeared in about a dozen films since retiring in 2014.
His knit, maroon hat has appeared in about five films, including “Shoes” from Jamestown- based filmmaker Ramsey Stoneburner and Emilio Estevez’s “The Public,” which is set to open Jan. 31 at the 33rd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
“I was on the set for 14 days, which is a long time for an extra,” Taylor said of Estevez’s film. “We did things in that movie that I never thought I’d do at 60 years old.”
He didn’t elaborate to prevent spoilers.
The son of Dayton native Martin Sheen, Estevez filmed “The Public” in Cincinnati.
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The film is set in Cincinnati and stars Estevez, Alec Baldwin, Jena Malone, Jeffrey Wright, Taylor Schilling, Michael Kenneth Williams and Che "Rhymefest" Smith.
The movie centers around a police standoff with homeless library patrons who have staged a sit-in during a life-threatening cold snap.
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“I am one of the homeless guys. The movie is about us,” Taylor said about his role in “The Public. “There is no place to go and they are throwing us out of the library.”
The Fairborn area resident, one of a several local actors picked as extras in the movie, said he loved hearing stories from Williams, who joined the extras as they ate. He also said he enjoyed working with Estevez, who called him “Doc” during filming.
“He is just like a neighborhood guy. There was not a bit of pompousness in him,” Taylor said of Estevez.
Taylor said he enjoys the small, but important part he has played in “The Public” and other movies.
Most of the time extras are like furniture. We are the background crowd or a guy eating a hamburger,” he said. “The guys appreciate us because they wouldn’t have a movie without us. It would just be actors talking to each other.”
Taylor has long been interested in acting.
Before joining the Huber Heights police department at age 20, he was an extra in the “Blue Brothers” when he was 19.
His son and namesake is now studying theater.
An undercover detective for part of his career, Taylor said law enforcement was not always an easy job.
He recalled the day he was shot at 23 times by a suspect.
Taylor said he helped following the Oklahoma City bombing and a list of hurricanes that include Katrina and Irma.
On the set of the upcoming John Travolta film “Gotti,” a biopic about crime boss John Gotti, Taylor said he met John Gotti Jr. and actors playing people he helped transport during his time as a U.S. Marshal.
After ending a law enforcement career started in 1990, Taylor said he decided he wanted to spend the rest of his life doing things he enjoyed.
“I’ve seen so much ick in my life. I just decided I didn’t want to see that anymore,” he said.
Taylor played a moonshiner in James Franco’s yet-to-be released “The Long Home” and a chef in a scene shot in this region for the Robert Redford movie “The Old Man and the Gun” with Redford, Casey Affleck and Sissy Spacey.
Taylor said tons of opportunities have opened up for Dayton actors since Ohio started offering the Motion Picture Tax Credit in recent years.
Everyday people are seizing the opportunity to appear in movies as supporting actors and work behind the camera, he said.
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“There are some super talented people,” he said. “They go work a movie and then they go back to their beauty salon and do hair.”
As for himself, Taylor said the maroon hat helps.
“My buddies give me crap about it. They say the hat needs an agent,” Taylor said. “You have to stand out and you have to be fearless, too.”