Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 9, 1998 · Page 15
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THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 1998—B-5 Time out Newsday Crossword ftelp for drug-addicted doctors • 'Dear Ann Landers: I just fin ished reading the letter from the (>)regon woman whose physician husband is addicted to uppers and downers. Two years ago, that letter could have been written by me. My wife is an extremely hardworking and dedicated physician who began using those so-called "minor" tranquilizers to relieve the stress and anxiety of her grueling schedule. She became addicted to the new "help," and rtiy life and the lives of our children turned into a terrifying nightmare that lasted for five years. With the assistance of the Physicians Health Program of her state medical society, she was able to enter a treatment program especially for doctors and has been drug-free for nearly 18 months. She has become, once again, the wonderful woman I married 25 years ago. I would advise the lady from Oregon to run, not walk, to the Oregon PHP or physician assistance program and talk to them about her husband. The drugs he is using are extremely dangerous, and one of these days, he will get caught. I guarantee it. The people at the PHP are not punitive or judgmental. They will help her husband keep his license, his practice and his standing in the community. There are literally thousands of other physicians in every state who are former drug addicts and alcoholics and are successfully practicing medicine, drug-free, with the help of their fellow physicians. There is no shame in being a drug addict. The only shame is refusing to do something about it. ANN LANDERS Borrowing a line from the medical director of my state PHP, "There is no person walking the face of the Earth who demonstrates more courage, dignity and integrity, on a daily basis, than an addict in recovery." -- Been There and Back in Pa. Dear Been There and Back: I have had hundreds of letters from wives, husbands, parents and children of professionals who, like you, describe in glowing terms the physician assistance programs of the state medical societies. I would urge all drug- impaired physicians to contact their state medical societies at once and inquire about such facilities in their own communities. Dear Ann Landers: Eight months ago, at age 41, I gave birth to my first child, a perfect little boy. Like most new moms, I am delighted when strangers comment on my cute baby. I am not so delighted, however, when people assume that I am this child's grandmother. This happens frequently, and I am upset by it. The worst offenders are store clerks trying to make conversation. But even total strangers in the mall have complimented me on my cute "grandson." Last week, a grocery store clerk actually said, "That's not your baby, is it?" When I said, "Yes, it is," he replied, "You're kidding." Today, a clerk said, "Baby sitting today?" as she bagged my baby-food purchases. It ruined my day. Soon, my son will be able to understand what people are saying, and I won't know how to explain to him why some folks think ~ even insist - that I am not his mother. I know I am old enough to be this child's grandma, but I could also be his aunt, his nanny or his adoptive or foster mother. Any suggestions? This is beginning to get to me. •- Misidentifled Out West Dear Misidentified: Don't let the busybodies bug you. In this day and age, it is not unusual for a woman in her 40s to have her first child. There are a few things, however, that you could do to present a more youthful appearance. Check with your hairdresser. On the upside, even if you are the oldest mom at the PTA meetings, so what? That child will be a special blessing in your later years. Is alcohol ruining your life or the life of a loved one? "Alcoholism: How to Recognize It, How to Deal With It, How to Conquer It" can turn things around. Send-a self-addressed, long, business-size envelope and a check or money order for $3.75 (this includes postage and handling) to: Alcohol, c/o Ann Landers, P.O. Box 11562, Chicago, III. 60611-0562. Eugenia Last CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Prince Philip, June Haver, Judy Garland, F. Lee Bailey JUNE 10,1998 -Happy Birthday: Don't let your good ideas go to waste. It's time for you set your plans in motion and stop procrastinating about your dreams. You'll gain respect from those in a position to'help you if you are precise in your thoughts and progressive in your actions. Don't let laziness be your downfall. Your numbers: l,|l0,20, 29, 38,47 'ARIES (March 21-April 19): Ignore colleagues who appear to be going nowhere fast. You have plenty to do, so don't let others lead you on a wild goose chase. Get your priorities straight and focus on moving forward. 5 stars TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Connect with old friends. You'll be'r surprised how easy it is to picik up where you left off, even with those you haven't seen for a decade. Reunions will raise your self-esteem. 3 stars GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Check out long-term investments that will give you old-age security. Family members who ask for help with personal papers may be interested in some of the same ventures. 3 stars CANCER (June 21-July 22): Deception in relationships will be heartrending. Try to look at the situation objectively. There may have been a good reason for their actions. Communication will be important. 3 stars LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Problems with pets will be upsetting. Do what's best for everyone con : cerned when dealing with financial matters. Don't hold in your feelings. Ill health will result if you get stressed out. 5 stars VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Children may not tell you the whole truth. You'll have to dig deep and do a little questioning of your own if you want to get to the bottom of things. 2 stars LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Uncertainties regarding your domestic scene may lead to dis- cussions and possible moves. Someone you live with will be erratic in behavior and certainly hard to talk to. 4 stars SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You'll need more time to get everything done. Peers will be demanding and you'll have to learn to say no if you want to take care of your own needs. 3 stars SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22- Dec. 21): Don't even think about getting involved in joint ventures. You will lose money if you decide to invest in a risky financial scheme. Gambling will be your downfall. 3 stars CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Be honest with yourself if you want to sort out the problems you're having in your emotional life. You may be partly to blame for the way your lover feels. Be reasonable. 3 stars AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Uncertainties about your job will lead you to educational pursuits or an apprenticeship. Your situation at work may be bad because of an envious colleague that wants your position. 4 stars PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You won't attract the best individuals. Use discrimination if you don't want to be taken advantage of financially. Protect your own interests and don't lend money or possessions. 2 stars Need advice? Call Eugenia at 900-484-7827. Your phone company will bill you $1.99 per minute. AVENUES OF SUCCESS by Rich Morris Edited by Stanley Newman ACROSS 66 Panache 12 Brain scan: 1 Ear part 5 Without equal 9 Valuable quality 14 Working hard 15 Not carefully considered 16 Blender setting 17 Former Iranian monarch 18 Bear up there 19 Photograph, for one 20 Educational TV show 23 Actress Dunne 24 Solves, in a way 28 Sharp curve 29 Melt 33 Fixes Junior's laces 34 Desert destination 36 One of the Brontes 37 Onetime comic strip 42 Antidrug cop 43 Musical paces 44 Novelist Leonard 47 Per _ (daily) 48 CIA forerunner 51 Quality-control personnel 53 Soak in the tub 55 1949 Joan Crawford film 59 Bizet creation 62 Singer Adams 63 Robin Cook bestseller 64 Former Knicks coach Pat 65 Ash Wednesday starts it 67 Athletic events 68 Vietnam neighbor 69 Reading rooms DOWN 1 TV dog 2 Additional people 3 Prejudgments 4 Actor Hawke 5 Test answer 6 Galley propellers t 7 "Hey, you!" 8 Archaeological fragment 9 Each 10 Aggregate 11 Madrid Mrs. Abbr. 13 Golf gadget 21 Words of agreement 22 Suffix for mountain 25 Eat well 26 Start of a counting-out rhyme 27 Compass dir. 30 200 1 computer 31 were (so to speak) 32 Partner of dined 35 Eighteen- wheeler 37 Festive affair 38 Sleeve fillers 39 Having beaten the rap 40 Imitate 41 Backbreaking dance 42 Bottom line 45 Passes along 46 Baseball stat 48 My Favorite Year star 49 Tribal magician 50 Family cars 52 Get a whiff of 54 Took a •circuitous path 56 Invention beginning 57 El _ (Pacific Ocean current) 58 Obtains 59 Assn. 60 Singer Zadora 61 Shade tree CREATORS SYNDICATE » 1998 STANLEY NEWMAN That's what summertime TV means By LYNN ELBER AP Television Writer LOS ANGELES - Drop a piece of toast and it lands buttered-side down. Put a dozen socks in the clothes dryer, 11 come out. These are among the immutable laws of nature. Summer television viewing has its own unbending rule. The scenario: You decide to check out a series you mostly ignored because it conflicted with a favorite show - picking a rerun of, say, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" over a "Mad About Ypu" r rerun. Butyou realize' with"a sink* ing feeling- that the one, the site'"' gle, the only episode of "Buffy" you've ever seen, in your whole entire life, is the very one now on your TV screen. The toast. The socks. Television. There is no justice. And there's no question about it: Summertime living may be easy, but the TV viewing can be wretched. We concede that reruns have some advantages. As that annoying NBC campaign informs us, we probably missed a chunk of the series we regularly watch. If a minute of "Seinfeld" in its final season somehow slipped by you, now's your chance. It's also true- some shows are worth a second viewing. On a melancholy note, we can savor the gifts of the late Phil Hartman on repeats of NBC's "NewsRa- dio." Also worth looking for in reruns is a wrenching episode of NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street" in which police detective Frank Pembleton (Andre Braugh- er) stands vigil with a dying man crushed by a subway car. You may also want to invest in watching other "Homicide" reruns, admiring how skillfully the police drama built through the season to a feverish climax that included the departure of key cast members, including Braugher. On ABC's "The Practice," a standout episode featured Camryn Manheim (as attorney Ellenor Frutt) arguing for an obese client's right to be legally safeguarded from mockery. Manheim I i \ Therfc &fft>guest appearances worth checking TV listings for, including Tracy Ullman as a therapist on "Ally McBeal" and John Larroquette as a manipulative murderer in a two-part episode of "The Practice." For those averse to recycling, fresh programming can be found in some quarters. Even some of the traditional summer slackers, the broadcast networks, appear to be making an effort to keep viewers. Fox says it's airing more than 40 percent original hot-weather programming. Part of the mix: New episodes of the sexy nighttime soap opera "Melrose Place," beginning Monday, July 27, at 8 p.m. EDT. Also bowing on Fox will be "Fox Files," a news magazine with Catherine Cryer and Jon Scott as hosts. It's scheduled for a mid-July debut. Later in the month: "Guinness World Records: Primetime," a chronicle of record-setting efforts worldwide. The WB network is offering "Invasion America," billed as the first prime-time animated dramatic series (debuting 9 p.m. EDT Tuesday). The saga of a teen-ager destined to lead Earth in an interplanetary war was created by Steven Spielberg.- Among the featured voices are those of Leonard Nimoy, Robert Urich and Dee Wallace Stone. For armchair travelers, PBS' summer itinerary includes "Anyplace Wild," a baker's dozen of half-hour episodes that blend history and culture with outdoor expeditions. ; The series begins 8 p.m. EDT Wednesday, June 24, with an extended special, "Sons of the Mountaineers," in which the offspring of prominent climbers Sir Edmund Hillary and John Harlin II tackle the mountains of New Zealand. Also on PBS is "P.O.V.," a Tuesday night showcase for independent films that stretch the boundaries of documentary filmmaking. Airing this week is "Tobacco Blues," about the family farmers growing what has become a reviled crop. Future programs include "Licensed to Kill," a look at homophobics who become killers (June 23) and "Kelly Loves Tony," about a young, struggling couple (June 30). On cable, two worthy HBO series are back with new episodes. "Oz," a gritty prison drama from producers Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana ("Homicide: Life on the Street") begins at 10 p.m. EDT Monday, July 11. Birthdav Baby: You're original, inventive and eager to experience all that life has to offer. Your abil- itv to be successful and happy will guide you to a level of life that will be satisfying and prosperous Your Sis know^Tthat vou nS not fight against the elements but learn to go with the flow of the universe. f^FjHB BOOKSHELF - -, /',' v -*< < -'"v'/V' ">' : *|>'f ,V" Her memoirs are inspiring reading TUESDAY EVENING 6/9/9B | fi; oQ | 6:30 | 7:00 I 7:30 I 8:00 I 8:30 I 9:00 I 9:30 llOJOO 10:30111:00 BROADCAST CHANNELS By!STEPHANIE R.OLSON For AP Special Features Pat Schroeder, who retired from the House ot Representatives in 1996, offers a thoroughly enjoyable political memoir in '24 Years of House Work ...tand the Place is Still a Mess" (Andrews McMeel, $24.95). In 1972, Schroeder ran as a long-shot candidate frojn Colorado's First District. She won, surprising everyone, including herself, and went on to an illustrious career in Congress. Through entertaining anecdotes about her childhood, family, career and colleagues, Schroeder invites readers to share her experiences as a female pioneer. Her sharp sense of humor, directness and conversational style make for delightful reading. •When Schroeder arrived in Washington, there w^re only 14 women in Congress. Many assumed that she was there because her husband was the politician. [When asked how she could be both a Congresswoman and a mother, Schroeder made ears perk up by!quipping, "I have a brain and a uterus, and they bo'thwork." . . Schroeder discusses some of the difficulties of balancing career and family. It was important for hefto maintain her role as mother. However, she dtt^not hold herself up to traditional standards of domesticity, so when she won the annual Congressional Chili cook-off, it was with catered chili. In Congress, Schroeder was a powerful women's advocate, but did not limit herself to traditional women's issues. She was assigned to a coveted position on the House Armed Services Committee, over the objection of the old-fashioned committee chairman, F. Edward Hebert of Louisiana. Armed with her sense of humor, Schroeder took on several political issues and opponents. A chapter is devoted to her many enemies. "I was a social reformer people either loved or hated," Schroeder explains. • She was once dragged to a fund-raiser for Congressman Robert Sikes, a Florida Democrat and ideological opposite. Sikes insisted she speak and was horrified when Schroeder took the microphone and thanked her colleagues for their help on the Equal Rights Amendment and abortion rights. In Congress, Schroeder worked on legislation about reproductive rights, child-care, women's health, teen pregnancy, pay equity and military spending. She bemoans the lack of substance in many congressional debates and advocates policy prescriptions based on information, not rhetoric. 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