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Pa00e 2 .u.a, September 24, 2009 Tri-County News Kimball, MN Danie| J. Vance &apos;The American Story Teller' - Part I couldn't earn passing grades. His third-grade teacher for one six-week period re-wrote his name up on the blackboard daily the exact way he had written it that morning, and the teacher and kids would call him that name all day. It was humiliating. Instead of "Nel- son," he might be "Lensno." Finally, he lost his temper and threw his textbook at his teacher. From then on, he decided he would be a "bad" kid rather than a "dumb" one. Teachers and prin- cipals at his rural Pennsylvania school, thinking he was being dis- obedient or lazy for not reading well, began beating, choking, col- lar-grabbing, and slamming him against lockers to force results. This didn't work, of course. The worst maltreatment came in a month- long "remedial math" class in which Lauver and others were pad- dled viciously every time they gave wrong answers to math problems. Even though he couldn't read, teachers kept promoting him through to graduation. After becoming self-employed and going through a divorce, what happened to Lauver next at age 29 can only be described as a miracle. Read more next week. Contact <danieljvance.com>, [Blue Valley Sod and Palmer Bus Service made this column possi- ble.] You may have heard Nelson Lauver speak on the radio. His syn- dicated radio program, American Story Teller Radio ]ournal, has been heard in homes across America. Yet you may not be aware Lauver has his own amazing story of conquer- ing a learning disability, dyslexia. The International Dyslexia Asso- ciation defines it as a lifelong, neu- rological "language-based learning disability" affecting reading, spell- ing and writing. Words in a sen- tence may run together and printed words or individual letters may appear reversed. "My story is the story of mil- lions of Americans," said 46-year- old Lanver in a telephone inter- view from his northeastern Penn- sylvania home. He excelled in first grade, he said, mainly because reading and writing were limited to one or two words at a time. But in second grade? "My teacher asked me to read out loud in front of the whole class. Suddenly, I was the kid stuttering, stammering, and mis- pronouncing words. Somebody in the classroom chuckled and before you knew it, the rest of the class was laughing. She never called on me to read out loud again." He quickly lost his confidence. To compensate, he thought if he tried harder he could read better. So he locked himself in his bed- room at night to "practice and prac- tice" reading and writing. He still Arthritic patients choose chiropractic pain and because their prescribed medication was not working. With such a high percentage of regular adult arthritic patients using chiropractic, one has to wonder if this trend shouldn't be considered by the health-care establishment and the insurance companies who set policy about what they will and won't pay for. If patients find another form of care helpful, particularly if their pre- scribed medications aren't work- ing, shouldn't it be reimbursed? For further information regard- ing arthritic pain and chiroprac- tic care, please go to <Chiroweb .corn>, <DynamicChiropractic .corn>, and/or e-mail Dr. Spauld- ing at <cspauldingchiro@gamil. corn>. A study recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine has found that 63 percent of people who visited a rheumatologist for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthri- tis and fibromyalgia conditions, also sought some form of "com- plementary and alternative medi- cine (CAM)." Chiropractic was not only the most sought after form of CAM for those patients, but it was also among those found to be most helpful for these conditions. Of patients who had tried chiro- practic care, 73 percent found it to be helpful. Of the rheumatologists managing these patients, 71 per- cent agreed with the use of chiro- practic care to manage their pain. The reasons why these patients chose chiropractic was to control B Jill PerUer "Slices of Life' Double-soil or triple-strong ... how do you roll? I'm embroiled in a toilet paper conundrum. For years I bought the same brand and was satisfied with the quality of the product. I even got compliments on my toilet paper. My friends wanted to know what it was so they could buy it, too. They wanted to be like me. Life used to be so easy. You know how it goes. You never appreciate what you have until it's gone. I took my good toilet paper fortune for granted. Then, one day on aisle 12, I did the unthinkable: I reached for a different brand. I don't even remember why I did it. Perhaps I compared square foot- age or squares per roll and was try- ing to get more bang for my buck. Maybe I was lured in by claims of "Triple-layered velvety smooth- ness" or "Double strong, double soft." Most likely, I had a coupon. Whatever the reason, I rolled over that day and life hasn't been the same since. The new paper I bought didn't measure up. It wasn't as soft as my brand. Or strong. And it didn't last as long. I knew I could do better. So I started reading toilet paper labels. I was sure I could find the best brand somewhere buried beneath the fine print. I went for the big roll, extra big roll, giant roll, mega double roll and finally the super supreme tri- ple rolled roll. One brand even claimed there is nothing regular about their regular roll. Like the story of the three bears, none was just right. In a quest for softness, I tried one-ply, two-ply, three-ply, quilted action and silky squares. Other offerings included hypoallergenic, unscented, heaven-scented and powder fresh. There was the brand that prom- ised to be kind to my behind. Another wanted to soften my bot- tom line. One possessed a unique airweave texture. A fourth claimed to provide plush cushions of soft- hess. To further complicate mat- ters, each brand offered three or four alternatives - depending on whether you prefer ultra-strong, ultra-soft or ultra-plush. It all sounded so inviting - like a relaxing living room couch or comfy king-sized bed. I got so wrapped up in my pursuit of toi- let paper perfection, I lost track of what was what. By the time I decided to throw in the towel and go back to my original brand, there was only one thing standing in my way: I couldn't remember which one it was. Had there been kittens on the label? I was unsure. Maybe it was puppies or teddy bears. Then again, perhaps it was a baby. Was it quilted soft or angel scented? I didn't know. So, there I stood on aisle 12, try- ing to find my way back home. What could I - what should I - buy? I was tired of reading labels and comparing sheets per roll. Smooth, soft, plush or cloud-like, I no longer cared. I wanted an easy way out. Then I saw it. The answer I'd been seeking was there on aisle 12, right between the velvety smooth- ness and the unique pocketed for- mula. It was nothing more than a slip of paper: a coupon for 50 cents off of the triple-ply double roll with the heaven-soft texture. After all I'd been through, that was good enough for me. Jill Pertler is a syndicated col- umnist and award-winning free- lance writer. She appreciates your comments and can be reached at <pertmn@qwest.net>, or you can check out her Web site at <http:// marlceting-by-design, home.mchsi. corn>. DEADLINE: 2 p.m. Mondays Materials received after deadline will be considered for the next week's issue. 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