Do you have seasonal affective disorder aka SAD?

Many people chalk up feeling blue in winter as simply a fact of cold weather and lack of sunshine. But 4 to 6 percent of people may have a winter depression which is clinically referred to as Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Another 10 to 20 percent may have mild SAD. SAD is four times more common in women than in men. Although some children and teenagers get SAD, it usually doesn’t start in people younger than age 20. Your chance of getting SAD goes down as you get older. SAD is also more common the farther north you go. For example, it’s seven times more common in Washington State than in Florida.

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“The thousand mile stare: Staring past the Void”

You have probably heard the expression “he has the thousand mile stare”. Might have even seen it in someone, like your best friend, maybe your spouse, your son, your father…Yourself.

Having seen too much death and destruction, the mind shuts down, at least to the warrior. The amygdala, our brain’s fight-or-flight center, has been overwhelmed with sensory data no one is prepared to process. And yet, they did…process it I mean. It may have been done in a very perfunctory way, and likely was, because they were in survival mode.

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Milton Gross Review: ‘A Walk in the Woods’ by Bill Bryson

I enjoyed this reading of A Walk in the Woods more than I did my first reading. Not only were parts of it funny, but I enjoyed rambling along with Bryson and Katz.

“Late in the afternoon, I stepped from the trees onto what appeared to be a disused logging road. In the center of the road stood an older guy with a pack and a curiously bewildered look, as if he had just woken from a trance and found himself unaccountably in this place. He had, I noticed, a haze of blackflies of his own.

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Milton Gross Book Review: “Journey by the River” by John Prescott

My copy of Journey by the River was printed as a large-print edition in 2001 by Center Point Publishing, Thorndike, Maine. I couldn’t find Center Point Publisher, but Thorndike Press is now located in that central-Maine town. I suspect the two are one and the same, Thorndike Press probably being a newer name for the same publisher. I don’t know for sure.

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Milton Gross Book Review: “A Little House Sampler” by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder

Taking place primarily in the hills of South Dakota and the Ozarks, using the flavor of those parts of the country, the reader is drawn into the story, which is part true and part fiction.

“A family heard it coming through the woods. They knew it was some kind of varmint but have never heard one like it. Mom hid behind the brush pile; the young’s uno scattered in the brush like rabbits but Pop gathered him some big rocks and when it came in sight he began rocking it. He hit it good and it left the road and tried to climb a tree, but it could only get partway up when it fell back and ran away down the road.

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Milton Gross Review: ‘On the Beaten Path’ by Robert Alden Rubin

I think it may have been the extra material, about Robert Alden Rubin’s wife, his old dog, acquaintances on the Appalachian Trail, crowded details about Trail Days at a town along the way, and more that held my attention. It wasn’t just about Rubin’s hike on the AT, but all about that hike held my attention.

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Milton Gross Book Review: “The Rescue of Belle & Sundance” by B Stutz & L Scanlan

This true story of the rescue of two horses from the mountains of the Canadian West was one of the most dramatic tales I’ve ever read — a real page-turner.

Left high in the Canadian Rockies by a man, who had a car accident on his way home and banged his head, a snowmobiler saw the two horses and word got around the small town that wasn’t far away. That began what became a long, difficult rescue by a large number of people. From the high mountains.

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Milton Gross Book Review: “Dog Man” by Martha Sherrill

“There are mountain villages and green valleys throughout Japan,” states the book cover. This book is about a breed of dogs, the Akita, and one owner, Morie Sawataishi, along with his family, relatives, and acquaintances.

The book is appropriately titled Dog Man, because the primary subject is the man who raised and loved this Japanese breed. It follows Sawataishi from his being a young man to his elderly years. A true story that grips you as it opens the man’s, the other people’s, and the dog’s lives for the reader to see. I’ve never known much about Japan, even though we drive a Toyota and probably always will because of their quality.

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Milton Gross Book Review: “No Buddy Left Behind” by Terri Crisp

“As of May 31, 2011, Operation Baghdad Pups brought a total number of 340 animals — 280 dogs and 58 cars from Iraq, plus two dogs from Afghanistan — to the United States, determined that there will be no buddy left behind,” states the final paragraph of this moving book.

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Milton Gross Book Review Quest of the Mountain Man and Trek of the Mountain Man by William W. Johnstone

Quest of the Mountain Man is Partly described on the back cover as, “Guarding a railroad that’s working its way across a thousand miles of North America and through the Canadian Rockies ain’t easy — especially when an army of cross-border outlaws starts wreaking havoc on the tracks…”

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