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CAREER SPOTLIGHT: RESPIRATORY THERAPIST

Kari Woodruff started her training in respiratory therapy intending to use it as a way to gain clinical experience and move on to be a physician's assistant. But she came to value the work too much to abandon it. "Once I started clinicals," she recalls, "I fell in love with taking care of infants and children with breathing problems, and I remained in the field."

Respiratory therapists are healthcare practitioners who diagnose and treat people who suffer from heart and lung problems. They typically work in a hospital setting but sometimes visit patients in their homes. There are also specialists within the profession, and they help people who have asthma, cystic fibrosis or sleep disorders. They can also be anesthesia assistants, be involved in pulmonary research or provide emergency care for patients suffering from hearts attacks or stroke.

ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS

Louis Malle had his feature filmmaking debut at age twenty-four with this spellbinding thriller that takes place one night in Paris. Beautiful Florence (Jeanne Moreau) and her lover Julien (Maurice Ronet) murder her wealthy husband, which leads to mistaken identity and more murder.

As Julien attempts to retrieve an incriminating piece of evidence from the crime, he becomes trapped in an elevator while Florence wanders the rainy, neon-lit night, thinking she's been abandoned. Meanwhile, an impulsive teenage couple has stolen Julien's car and gone on a joyride, which results in tragedy -- and more complications for Julien.

HOW TO GROW FABULOUS TOMATOES

American humorist and writer Lewis Grizzard once said, "It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato."

I have pleasant thoughts just thinking about eating a homegrown tomato, and that's why every summer I put forth a lot of effort, time and money to get them.

Tomatoes like a long growing season, warm nights, consistent moisture, and acidic soil that is mostly humus. Colorado has a short growing season, cool nights, droughts and clay, alkaline soil. In spite of these challenges, delicious tomatoes can be yours if you follow a few simple rules.

REMEMBERING 1962 - THE YEAR THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING

Fifty years ago, moviegoers saw a number of spectacles, ambitious art films and genre-busting originals unlike anything they'd seen before. One was a thrilling spy adventure, packed with sleek sets and international intrigue surrounding the space race -- and a sexy, amoral, supremely confident hero with a license to kill.

 

The movie was, of course, Dr. No, the first in the most enduring and popular film franchise of all time, still going strong today. Although less gadget-crazy than its successors, the first James Bond film established the formula (mysteriously deformed ;but superhuman villain, nifty secret lair, Bond girl in jeopardy, etc.) for much of what was to come. And it was part of a larger upheaval that magical year -- in movies, pop music, politics, and more -- that marks the true beginning of what we mean when we talk about the Sixties.

NONPROFIT OF THE MONTH: MISSION WEAR - RENEWABLE PEOPLE MAKING REUSABLE PRODUCTS

Mission Wear

While shopping the other day, I came across a festive purple and yellow messenger bag made from a recycled plastic banner. Its brand was "Mission Wear" and it was made by Robin, according to its label.

Founded in 2006, Mission Wear creates products that are all about determination and redemption. It started when founder Beth McWhirter was mentoring Carrie, a woman who was trying to break free from a life of addiction and prostitution.

Beth says, "She and I tried to find employment for about 4 months with no success. After that she ended up relapsing, going back to drugs and prostitution. I couldn't help but think that if she had had the stability of a job opportunity, she might not have relapsed."

GOVERNMENT WEBSITES: SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

Estes Park, Colorado

Imagine that you are hiking and you come across a rare Mohave Desert Tortoise. Did you know that you can get a free app from a government web page that allows you to not only submit information on your findings, but also learn all about this threatened species?

These days, government web pages are the primary way that civilians interact with their government. Here is a list of 12 citizen-friendly and engaging Federal sites that will help you find what you need in a quick, efficient and often fun way:

HAVE YOU HUGGED YOUR BOOKMOBILE TODAY?

Wednesday, April 11, is National Bookmobile Day! Help us celebrate this roving resource by visiting the bookmobile and thanking our hardworking bookmobile staff, sending an email to the library, or voicing your support to community leaders.

Today's bookmobile has come a long way from the first one, which was introduced by Washington County, Maryland librarian Mary Titcomb and hit the road in 1905. The horse-drawn book wagon was "filled with an attractive collection of books and drawn by two horses, with Mr. Thomas the janitor both holding the reins and dispensing the books."

MONSTER MAKEUP FX - HOW A SMALL BUSINESS BECAME FRIGHTENINGLY SUCCESSFUL

Midian Crosby

When Midian Crosby saw Michael Jackson's Thriller video at the age of six, she was instantly obsessed with monsters. She borrowed older brother Shawn's Fangoria magazines, watched Elvira and developed empathy for misunderstood monsters like Frankenstein.

Supportive parents who encouraged her interests supplied her with dark children's stories and movies such as the Dark Crystal, Labyrinth and A Nightmare on Elm Street. Freddy Kruger, aliens and werewolves made her happy; what really frightened her were parasites, snakes and spiders.

NONPROFIT OF THE MONTH: WILD B.I.R.D. INFORMATION AND REHABILITATION OF DENVER

If you ask to use the restroom at the Wild B.I.R.D. Information and Rehabilitation Center of Denver, you'll have some company, since you'll have to share with a duck taking a bath or a cormorant preening before the mirror.

On the day of my visit, there were about 240 birds at the center - most of them sick or injured and a few who just couldn't find enough to eat over the winter and needed a little R&R before being released. Lodgings range from incubators to paper towel-lined baskets to large habitats, or "flights." There is no caste system here - chickens, ducks, great blue herons, snowy egrets, grebes, western tanagers and pigeons ("the most maligned bird," according to my tour guide, Judi Vietmeyer) all receive the same level of care.

LOOKING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS IN ALL THE RIGHT PLACES

Is your last name Zolp? Are you under 4'10"? A Displaced Aurarian? If so, you may qualify for an Unusual Scholarship.

If not, we have other resources that can help.

There are several ways that you can seek money for your education, even if you're not a straight A student (check out the $1000.00 A GPA Isn't Everything Scholarship). Many students begin by talking with the guidance counselor of the college they will be attending. You can also research local entities, such as where you or your parents work, Kiwanis Clubs or the church or synagogue that you attend.

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