Posted on 10/2/2008
As you may have noticed, I like to time my blogs twice a week, usually posting a new one every Tuesday and Friday morning. Amazingly enough, they have become part of my routine. Who would have imagined that an old nurse like me would ever have a “blog routine”?
This week, though, I’m posting on Thursday because I leave very early Friday for a visit to Jamestown, North Dakota, home of the Jamestown College School of Nursing, my alma mater.
I’m very excited for the trip because I will be able to spend time with my classmate and dear friend, Ann Greitl. The two of us entered Jamestown College in 1950 and graduated in 1954. Then we both wound up at Cook County Hospital in Chicago for further training as affiliated nursing specialists.
Ann, bless her heart, arranged a blind date between myself and a very handsome young doctor named Kelly Sutton. Fifty-four years later, my husband and I are occasionally mad at Ann for her fix-up, but mostly, mostly, we’re very glad.
After spending Friday and Saturday with Ann and other friends and former classmates (and meeting with the head of the nursing department), I’m also looking forward to a Sunday gathering with family and friends from Gackle (my home town).
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During my years at Jamestown College, the seed that eventually became Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating was planted. My father’s poor health concerned me and it was related to his obesity. I learned enough about nutrition and healthy eating to be able to write and send him menus, but printed words do not translate into healthy meals. How to help my father and those in the same boat? Dad died much too early (he was such a wonderful father). The question of how to help people continued to plague me and one day I found the answer and named it Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating.
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Gackle is a small town and so is my current home, Marseilles, Illinois. With fewer material resources (I’ll never say fewer spiritual resources), communities like this have a harder time raising money for civic projects. That’s why my favorite local charity is the Marseilles Swimming Pool Fund. Often, I’ll accept donations to the fund in lieu of speaking fees or honorariums.
That was the case earlier in September when I addressed the Activity Therapists Association of Chicago. Naturally, I spoke about the vital importance of health and the benefits of healthy eating.
I had a fabulous time and the group was warm and welcoming. Their clients need us because many no longer have the ability or desire to prepare meals for themselves. Our meals can be the difference between being placed in an assisted living facility or remaining (more happily) at home.
After all, isn’t happiness the point of living? True happiness, I mean, not the artificial, delusional variety stemming from selfishness or self-indulgence.
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My daughter Paula informs me that a couple in Hawaii have our meals shipped to their senior citizen father who lives there. They calculate that to put their dad into an acceptable quality nursing home would cost between $10,000 and $18,000 a month. This way he gets to stay at home, which is what he wants.
Which, in fact, is where he’s happy.
She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.