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was born in Brooklyn, NY where I spent the first sixteen years of my life. I became an avid Brooklyn Dodger fan
and attended Peter Stuyvesant High School inManhattanfortwoyears. Beforeentering my junior year, my father’s job required him to move to Del Rio, Texas. Since the Dodgers had already moved to Los Angeles by then, there was nothing to keep us in Brooklyn anyway. So in the summer of 1958 our family moved from a city of seven and a half million people to the small Texas townontheMexicoborder. Itwasabitofa cultural shock to say the least.
Following my graduation from DRHS, I attended the University of Texas in Austin where I earned a BSEE degree. After working in the Dallas area for a few years, I accepted a position at Southwest Research Institute here in San Antonio. As my career of almost forty years at SwRI® progressed, I did a great deal of writing - mostly technical proposals, technical reports, etc. When I retired, I realized that writing was something I missed. I first gathered some early photos and put together a story of my years growing upinBrooklyn. Ithenbegantothinkabout how to combine some of my life experiences intoastory–aworkoffiction. Ifirsttraveled to Hawai’i in 1980 and fell in love with the islands. MywifeandIweremarriedonMaui
Masks Are Effective, And Here’s How To Wear Them
    and have returned numerous times since. We particularly enjoy our visits to Kaua’i and hiking the trails to remote locations. We also made numerous trips to my wife’s parent’s homestead in central Texas where I learned a little about life on a ranch. Those and other experiences, combined with local news stories eventually led to my book “A Rainbow for Texas”, which is available on Amazon.
IBy Emily Drisch
n light of the worldwide pandemic, there’s been a multitude of information floating around the
internet concerning how to properly wear a face mask, if masks actually work to curb the spread of COVID-19, and, if you do wear a mask, how to properly sanitize it. I spoke with the San Antonio Health Department, Vanderbilt University Health Center, and Care Now Stone Oak to set the record straight.
CDC recommends that mask-wearing is for people over the age of 2 and anyone that doesn’t have trouble breathing, isn’t unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. While not 100% effective, masks stop the spread of respiratory droplets expelled from our breath. This protects others from the potentially virus-carrying spray. As for breathing in harmful levels of carbon dioxide while wearing a mask, Vanderbilt University Health Center’s website addressed this by stating that mask- wearing “has not been shown to cause carbon dioxide toxicity or lack of adequate oxygen in healthy people. For some persons with severe chronic lung disease, wearing a
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volleyball, and works out two days a week after school with her trainer. However, her hard work has already yielded amazing results. Chloe also has the full support of both of her parents.
“My parents are my biggest inspiration,” said Chloe. “They have made a wonderful life for my brothers and I.”
Chloe is grateful to have found a sport she loves so passionately. She encourages
mask may make breathing more difficult, but not because of CO2 retention.” In other words, wearing a mask will not harm you if you are already able to breathe. Unless you have an underlying condition that affects your breathing, wearing a mask for a few hours is fine.
Pertaining to proper wear, the facilities all said the same thing: the mask must cover your face from the tip of the nostril to the bottom of the chin. This way ensures that you are not spraying droplets from either orifice, as well as containing droplets that might travel down the mask to the lower half of the face.
For sanitation, there are two methods that were repeated over and over during my conversations with these facilities--washing your cloth mask with laundry or, if pressed for time, spraying the cloth down with a Lysol spray (or the equivalent), and leaving to dry. Another effective method is to hand wash the mask with soap and hot water, the consensus being that cleaning solutions are the most effective sanitization option.
other student athletes to envision their future, playing at a high, competitive level, and to never give up, no matter how hard it gets.”
“You will have rough days where you aren’t playing the best you can and it can be mentally and physically draining,” said Chloe. “But, you just have to keep pushing and remind yourself the reward is worth it all.”
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