In the past 17 years, this column has often addressed the importance of hope in the healthcare process. Without hope, personal healthcare improvement will not happen. Increasingly, in the context of a patient-centered medical home model of care, we have realized that while technology and science can treat diseases, neither can produce health.

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Charles Kingsley wrote, “Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do which must be done, whether you like it or not. Being forced to work, and forced to do your best, will breed in you temperance, self control, diligence, strength of will, content, and a hundred other virtues which the idle never know.

Elvis Presley perhaps was paraphrasing Joseph Addison when he said, “The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”

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I’m amazed at the variety of colors available in caladiums these days. There are outrageous combinations of red, pink, super hot pink, white, chartreuse and shades of green. This plant is a classic. Its leaves have a translucent quality that seems to make them all glow brilliantly in the sunshine.

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 Calder Woods assisted living resident Edna Buck, 92, sits in a 1928 Model A dur
Calder Woods assisted living resident Charlie Pemberton (right) and his son, Cra

It is estimated that Americans spend more than four years of their life behind the wheel. It then would make sense that some of their fondest memories or best conversations were had in a car. To share in these special memories and help create even more, Calder Woods, a nonprofit, faith-based senior living community, invites the public to its 12th annual Antique Car Show on Friday, June 19, from 9 a.m. to noon to help families kick off Father’s Day weekend.

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Vietnam War graffiti salvaged from a troop ship is now on display through Aug. 30 at the Museum of the Gulf Coast in an exhibit titled Marking Time: Voyages to Vietnam. The exhibit presents the stories, through graffiti left on a troopship’s bunk canvases, of young American soldiers and Marines going to Vietnam during the 1960s, and their stories reflect the attitudes and events during a turbulent decade of our nation’s history.

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