Thursday, September 23, 2010

1.17 Endnotes/About Author/End Physician's Notebooks 1

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EndNotes and About Author - Update 16 Feb. 2019

EndNotes is ideas for inclusion that occur outside the usual Notebooks-1 chapters. The below descending column shows the contents in order of appearance:
Not Standing out in the Crowd
Taking a Break from Formal Education 
What if you discover you have a deadly illness?
Hobbies I Have Something Useful to Write On
Stamp Collecting
Fishing or fish pet
Jigsaw Puzzles

Not Standing out in the Crowd: Youth, in particular, do not realize how limiting it can be for one's life at its start to have attention called to oneself. Whether it be because you choose to show others you are Muslim or Sikh in India or Christian or Jew or whatever distinctive ethnic or religion by the way you dress or wear a beard or a religious symbol, or to reveal self by a letter to the editor espousing a controversial, radical or conservative, unpopular cause or whatever other acts of exhibiting self to the crowd as being different. (To tastefully wear a religious symbol is no problem; just don't make it too obvious) Try to keep beliefs private. And they should not be “beliefs,” they should be carefully thought-out ideas, a policy position, a choice of life path. Do not get caught up in politics, especially in an election year as many persons were in the U.S.A. in 2008 because of the charisma and promises of a candidate. Do not get overwhelmed by an event as many Americans were by 9/11/2001. Do not get excited because a candidate you despise wins the election, as happened to many Americans in 2016. Above all, don't get caught up in trends, in being with it, or being modern (Or alternatively, being old fashioned), like becoming what is called gay (Or proudly identifying one's self as straight). Pursue your life acquiring knowledge and choose the way of life you decide is best for you; choose it slowly, tentatively, based on careful study, review, and discussions with wise older and younger friends and readings of proven wisdom like the Socratic dialogues. Above all do not choose or claim you follow a way of life, a religion, a race identity (eg, a Black, an Asian), a sexual orientation or an ideology, a loyalty to country only because you were born or married into it or live in an area where everyone you respect believes in it. And be flexible, willing to modify opinions if new facts justify different conclusions.
(But one end-note to the end-note: Do not take this to mean you should have no ideas for a better society or better Earth and that you should not work for those ideas. Just do not make it so obvious that you become a moving target before you even get off the ground. And also be sure before you move that you have chosen a sensible, good path.)
Taking a Break from Formal Education: Anyone who wants to succeed in life should best complete college education. At some point, however, between high school and college completion (But not immediately after being accepted to a high-reputation school or simply to "have fun", cf. Malia Obama) or at latest before settling into a life, it is important to do a world trip (or at least one foreign country) to get an experience outside of one's own birth area or group or culture. Ideally, it should be a planned mix of useful experiences that include living in a big city; a temporary work on a farm harvesting; travels to places such as Australia or New Zealand, Japan, Calcutta to give one the flavor of India, and Addis Ababa for a touch of Africa; then Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and the UK, and also Cuba for an experience under communism, and Ecuador or Argentina to experience Latin America. (Of course most persons cannot do every one of these places in the limited time) One should try for part-time temporary work if available (in Japan teach English) and travel cheaply and unobtrusively. Before embarking on such travel, one should study and plan out and seek good advice by experienced persons on the ground in the places one will visit. I can’t explain enough how important this travel year can be in rounding out a full education, especially for a young American, and why it will be a key to successful, happy, healthy longevity. And such a trip can be the happiest most memorable year(s) of a young life.

What if you discover you have a deadly illness? This is a question each person involved in his or her own healthy longevity should ask. A person should be prepared in order to prevent a disordered self-destructive response to the realization that death is imminent. Many persons who find they have deadly cancer or another quickly fatal disease unthinkingly plunge into ill-advised attempts at treatments and harmful changes of life. The conditions of each person’s life are, of course, individual; and also they are changing over time. This means each person has a different best answer to the question and also a different time of life to first ask the question. For example, it may be logical for a person age 30 to go full speed ahead for curative treatment of cancer while on the other hand, it may be stupidity in the case of an 80s-year-old whose limited life expectancy makes it more rational to avoid most medical treatments and live life under the sure knowledge of its limits and possibilities. There is a tendency for persons to impulsively react in self-destructive ways to a short term deadly event. I stop here. All I want to tell you is when you find you are going to die in a short time in a specific way, then stop your decision-making and deeply consider all your options and what, given your own individual condition at the moment, you really should (and are capable to) do in order to get the best for your life. And do not exclude healthful hedonism (pleasure for its own sake).
   It is the time if one has already not done it, for self-psychoanalysis.

Hobbies I Have Something Useful to Write On: In usefully passing one's boring time, you want a hobby not to be what other boring time-passing often ends in: not terribly expensive, not dangerous or greatly harmful to self, or other animals or the environment. In the positive, beyond simply satisfying your healthy curiosity, a hobby ought to teach something or help others – and that could include other animals or forms of life. I have had two lifetime hobbies I have something useful to write about: Stamp Collecting and Fish - home pet fish and outdoor fishing.
   About Stamp Collecting: (And click to read 3.(8-9) Stamp Collecting ) it is a good hobby to start as a kid because it will give History, Geography, Languages, Art and Scientific Classification. In the USA today, Stamp Collecting is infrequent because kids get involved in bad, distracting habits, mostly electronic and entertainer idolization. If you are a parent, start your kid collecting, age 7 or so with inexpensive paste-in, or cellophane slip-in album. An inexpensive way is to collect stamps from what one’s family, friends, and businesses receive in the mail. A parent, friend or the collector should cut them off the envelope and go from there. When your friends or relatives go overseas, ask each to send you a colorful postcard with an interesting stamp. (Keep the stamp on the postcard as special postcard collection in cellophane; years later it will prove fascinating)
 Once a parent gives basic, simple instructions, leave the rest to the child's interest. 
   A good stamp collecting company that you deal with by email and then postally is  Fauquex Geneva Stamp Collectors at email address: fauquex@sunrise.CH.

Fishing or a fish pet can start at age 6 or 7 too. The small tank fish called Guppy are good home pets because easy to keep and a kid learns the facts of life harmlessly from them You can buy 10 for a dollar in NY pet shops. (The kid buys it with his savings) and any receptacle with even as little as less than a gallon of water will suffice. Most aquariums do best with an air bubbles filter – guppies do not really need it but you may wish to keep other fish. (Bigger ones may eat up all the guppies quickly)

About sports fishing, a kid should be taught respect for the lives of other animals – not mindlessly – but sensibly. So a parent says, When you fish, always do it for a useful purpose – to cook and eat, to study, to help spread a species to another habitat. Avoid all unnecessary suffering starting with using an appropriate size hook, extracting the hook carefully not to injure badly, and either keeping the fish to eat or as a home pet or putting the live-caught fish back in the water. Nearby lake fishing is easiest for a young kid. My experience in the northeast USA is lake sunfish aka "punkin’ seed". For simple shoreline fishing, the season starts once the outside temperatures are 70 degrees F (21 degrees C) or more; then the fish come right by the shore. A simple throw-line of Mom’s sewing thread with or without small twig or plastic float at its end and about 4-foot line with smaller than pea-size hook (A too large hook is the main reason for failure but too small size may badly injure the fish by getting swallowed). Choose a place on the shore without overhead shrubs or grass. It does not need to be deep water, even just a foot or more is OK, and all you need to is to throw the baited hook about 3 or 4 feet from shore. Best bait is a wriggling earthworm, not so easy to find nowadays. A black soil, usually by side of a small road and against rock or wall, a little moist, should reward. Pull up grass clumps or overturn small rocks. If you can, get out on a moist grass field late of a summer night, after a rain, and with a flashlight, you should find loads of night-crawler earthworms on the grass for fishing.
 When fishing a shore for sunfish (Sunnies), you got to move and find the fish. Sometime you see them but often you just throw in your baited hook and, if a Sunnie is near, it will bite. No bite after a minute means to move on. Best day to fish is sunny warm and no wind. Best time is right after sun up and hour before sundown but any time on a sunny day is usually good. Have a triple-bagged plastic container filled with at least a gallon of lake water nearby to keep your newly caught fish alive.
  OK, kid! Go from there and learn from older anglers you meet at the lake. Then you branch out to streams and rivers and ocean shore. The basic principle is to keep it (equipment) simple, inexpensive, and the fishing safe and ecologically right. 
How to find the age of a Fish Scrape a fish scale off the fish and with a strong magnifier or simple microscope study the pattern of rings at the base of the fish scale. You should note a set of wide and thin rings that repeats. The wide rings are the summer and then the following winter. Count the number wide rings and you have the age in years of the fish.
Jigsaw Puzzles: One other simple hobby I find useful is jigsaw puzzle. Very useful when you cannot get to sleep at night or at other boring moments as time-passer. Do it in your bedroom. If you use a bed, do it on the side table; if on a futon, like in Japan, use the floor. Do not just fit the pieces together; analyze the technique of successful puzzle solving. Here are some tips from my recent experience. 
Adults should start with a 500-piece puzzle to get a little experience. But quickly one goes to 1000-piece puzzle. Before starting and always keep in mind not to lose pieces. Typical losses are in vacuum cleaner, under bed or futon, stuck to parts of body like sole of foot. 
also do not get the pieces wet because they will easily lose identifying marks. You start off by selecting the pieces that form the outline which are obvious because they have one side completely straight. So for example, at your leisure, you go through your puzzle and find all the straight-sided pieces. Then you fit them together in outline. From this point, there are 2 paths. If you have the type of puzzle that features large solid colors, eg, flower arrangements such as you might buy at botanical gardens, then you work the pieces from the outline inward using solid colors and form as guide. But if you have a puzzle whose picture is composed of many small objects, eg, a puzzle of stamp-collecting, you will find the best approach is to recognize particular areas in the puzzle picture that will form oases of meaningful images. Then you gradually work from each one outward. And they eventually come together. The most difficult puzzles are those with least contrast in the picture and color content, like my last one of almost the same type of fish over and over against white background. 
   Another way that jigsaws get hard to do is that they make 2 or 3 pieces that fit into one space so you have to choose the correct piece by its combination of colors and meaning that show it is not merely the spatial feature that determines correctness of the piece. Therefore, if you get stuck at the end of your puzzle with 1 or 2 pieces that don't seem to go with the pattern of all the other pieces around it, suspect that you're dealing with the case I have just described and look around for the appropriate piece that really fits the puzzle. 
   A particular help in very hard jigsaws is to make enlarged copies of the fully assembled puzzle on the box cover and use them for fitting pieces together to make a full picture of the difficult object.
  I can't explain enough how enjoyable jigsaw puzzles can be against the boredom that comes when you can't sleep and you have nothing else to do and nowhere to go. A good 1000-piece puzzle done leisurely will give months of enjoying. And when you finish it you'll have nice decoration for your room.

                  The End of Physician’s Notebooks 1

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About the Author 
(Photo of November 2016 Age almost 84)
Dr. Edward Stim, born 10 Jan. 1933, medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in Bronx NY, in 1960. In U.S. Army from 1952 to 1955, ln Japan from 1954 to ‘55 and marrying there. With his late wife Riyo (died 1982) has two children. As a physician in Japan, has been doing travel medicine since 1983. Wrote Physician’s Notebook for Foreigners in Japan published by The Japan Times in 1990. Working on Slim Novels & The Physician’s Notebooks since 1982.

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