It's a running joke in my family that no one is really that stubborn when in reality, everyone is stubborn. It's a wonder that we can get together long enough for one holiday sometimes. There are a couple of different types of stubborn. For a long time, I only understood the classic obstinate, get-out-of-my way stubbornness. That is, until I realized that smiling politely and doing the opposite of what is told is also one way of being stubborn. That's me. Lots of people tend to think that I need buckets of advice on all aspects of my life when they don't always understand what's going on.
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(Photo: Not Africa.) As I looked outside the other morning, I saw a white dusting had fallen. Everything was covered! The sky was grey and I could barely make out the distant palms. Could it have been? Had Sub-Saharan Africa succumb to the climate change and we had snow? It was almost Christmas! Did Santa come early? That would be great but no, it cannot be snow. It is a literal dusting. The winds from the north (the Hammadamramlam winds or something like that) are bringing down sand and everything is covered.
Loma Linda University School of Public Health Alumna Dr. Ogbochi McKinney, received the Emil Bogen Excellence in Research Award at the 2014 Southern California Public Health Association. Dr. McKinney received the award, given annually, for research in Malawi she conducted as part of her dissertation entitled “Examining the Impact of Food Access and Medication Side Effects on Intentions to Adhere to Antiretroviral Therapy”.
I’m just a normal person. I never majored in disaster preparedness, though it’s always been a field of interest. And I never even seem to be in town when the ubiquitous mini-earthquakes hit Loma Linda. But I am definitely my father’s daughter. Working in an ER for 30 years, he’s seen some awful emergency situations in his time that could have been avoided with some preventive measures, which is probably why he felt compelled to instill both of his daughters with a strong sense of preparation and self-sufficiency.
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“If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together.”
By Katie Freeland
There are countless adages that involve teamwork and collaboration. There is no “I” in team. Many hands make light work. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. You’ve heard them before. You know that teamwork is good. But when stakes are potentially high, and resources are low or inaccessible, collaboration is fundamental to success.
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Excerpts taken from ‘Experiences of a Rail Yard Community: Life Is Hard.’ as published in the September 2014 issue of the Journal of Environmental Health.