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December Newsletter and Calendar

November 24, 2013 • JAK's Place

Ho ho ho! and all that holiday cheer stuff. No bag of presents here, but we have a jolly old newsletter, full of photos of the past and thoughts for the future.

NAMI Doorways (PDF)

NAMI Doorways (PDF) “Lite” A slightly smaller download for slower connections

Calendar Dec. 2013 (PDF)


It’s not healthy to dwell on the past, but if we never look back, we have nothing to build on, no clues as to how we could do something better next time. The month of January is named for the Roman deity Janus. He is represented as having two faces, one looking backward and one forward. The beginning of a new year is a door into the future. We can look backward. but there’s only one way to go–ahead.

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Computer News Update

November 5, 2013 • JAK's Place

U-verseOn November 4, AT&T installed their U-verse hi-speed Internet at JAK’s. We now have much better download speed. It should be possible to watch Youtube videos without all the stopping and jerking. 🙂

The other important change is our new(er) public computer. The old one is awaiting reassignment to some new job. The new computer, nicknamed “Dusty” because it hadn’t been cleaned inside since it was a puppy, is better and faster. It has an operating system that is not familiar to most of our visitors. Debian, one of the most widely used members of the Linux family of operating systems, is very different from Microsoft Windows. But then, there are also great differences between versions of Windows!

The old computer had Windows XP as its operating system. That was a problem, since XP is being abandoned by Microsoft. Eventually, there would be no updates or new software available for it. Things are always changing, including the Internet. In a few years, we might not have a web browser capable of loading many websites, or accessing some email. Debian will continue to update and improve for as long as we want to use it. Besides that, Linux systems are more secure than Windows — and less likely to be attacked. Windows is a favorite target because it is so widely used as well as being more vulnerable.

Despite all the differences, Debian is just as convenient as Windows for everyday use. If all you want to do is play on Facebook, check your email, or search the Internet for information, you won’t notice any difference at all. If you open or create and save documents, or play music or movies, you will see unfamiliar programs, but they perform the same functions.

So don’t be afraid to test-drive the new system. The web browser has the same familiar homepage, with its handy links. There’s a nice Solitaire game (and more games, if you care to explore the “applications” menu at the upper left corner of the screen).

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August Newsletter and Calendar

July 26, 2013 • JAK's Place

The latest NAMI Doorways / JAK’s newsletter and JAK’s Place calendar are ready to pick up.

The CSP Picnic is on Friday, August 23. Gathering starts at 11am, dinner at 12. Games, swimming, just lounging around on the beach, and BINGO with prizes! Get down to Sunset Park with your sunscreen and have some fun. JAK’s will be closed that day.

We are hoping to sell more Quilt Raffle tickets this month. Don’t forget that the Open House and raffle drawing are next month. Any ideas on good places to display the quilt and sell tickets, give us a heads-up at JAK’s Place.

There will be Yoga on the 5th, 12th, and 19th, but not on the 26th.

August-2013 calendar (PDF) (Corrected version)

NAMI Doorways Aug-Sept 2013 (PDF)

NAMI_Doorways – lite (PDF) — for slow connections

This month’s Good News — we’ve had some large donations that will carry us on for a while. Thank-yous will be in next month’s JAK’s Place newsletter. Also, @NAMIdoor has 42 followers on Twitter at last count. Look us up if you tweet! Our Facebook page is way ahead with 157 Likes. 😉

NAMI Picnic

We had a beautiful day for the NAMI Picnic

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July Newsletter and Calendar

June 27, 2013 • JAK's Place

It sure is summer. The annual NAMI-Door County picnic is just around the corner. Monday, July 8, is the day; Otumba Park is the place; and 5:00 is the time. Dinner will be served at 5:30. We’re hoping to make our own little music festival this year, so bring an instrument if you have one. Everyone has a voice 😉

A lot has happened in the past month. The gardens are bursting forth from fresh compost, there’s a new(er) and rather awesome computer in the office, and a riding mower in the shed. We had a record-making Brat Fry, and we hope for a repeat performance at the end of July. The Quilt Raffle is progressing well, so far. Don’t forget that tickets are available at JAK’s Place!

Another new thing is that NAMI-Door County is now on twitter! Follow us — @NAMIdoor

So, here are the latest JAK’s newsletter and calendar. Please note that there will be no meal on Tuesday, July 9, the day after the Picnic.

July newsletter (PDF)

July 2013 calendar (PDF)

For those with slow connections:

News-lite (PDF)

Image quality is low in the “lite” version, making for smaller file size and faster download.


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March Newsletter and Calendar

February 26, 2013 • JAK's Place

February was awesome for its size. Our Seventh Annual Love Festival Concert was the best ever, raising over $3,000 as well as providing enjoyment for a large audience of music lovers.

Now March is blowing in, melting the snow and releasing the first spring flowers. A new quilt is blooming too. Sheryl Flores’ Aunt Bettie has made a lovely queen-size quilt for us to raffle. Last year’s raffle was quite successful for a first-time event. We’re hoping that with some experience, we’ll do even better.

Also new in March is the Film Group, with Ed DiMaio. If you’ve ever wanted to make a movie, JAK’s Place is now the place to start. Learn how to piece together sight and sound as well as how to shoot a visually attractive or dramatic scene. The group, open to everyone, will meet on Fridays at 2:30

March newsletter (PDF)

March calendar(PDF)

T.J. Walker Sixth Grade Choir

T.J. Walker Sixth Grade Choir

The new quilt

The new quilt

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Forward E-mail Safely

December 17, 2012 • JAK's Place

A lot of e-mail is passed on from one person to another. Even if the message is worthwhile, and not a chain-letter, hoax, trite holiday greeting or dumb joke, forwarding it can cause trouble if not done right.

When you simply send an e-mail to everyone in your address book, you are passing along your entire address book. If you are forwarding a message, you may also be sending out even more addresses. Everyone who gets it will now have a huge list of e-mail addresses. If it falls into the wrong hands, all of thise addresses are going to be plagued by spam.

Don’t think that it can’t happen because you are only sending mail to people you know. What if their e-mail account is hacked, or otherwise accessed by someone less scrupulous? Also, once a message is sent, you have no control over it. Can you be sure who will get it after it’s been passed on several more times?

Please be careful when sending e-mail to more than one person. Use the BCC (Blind Carbon Copy) field for multiple recipients instead of “To” or “CC”. That way, a list of addresses will not be sent to everyone. When forwarding a message, either delete the previous addresses or — better yet — copy the essential message and paste it into a new e-mail.

It’s worth the extra minute or two. Giving out other people’s e-mail addresses without their permission is a breach of trust and a violation of their privacy. Friends don’t do that to friends.

Some useful links:

How Forwarding Emails can Increase Spam

How to send e-mail to a group

Communicating Safely Online

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June 1, 2012 • JAK's Place

Need to know more about the issues and the candidates? has it all.

Here is the uncut version of Seth’s article for the newsletter (it was trimmed slightly to fit the paper version):

One of my favorite sayings these days is: “Vote as if your life depends upon it, because it does.”

We are fortunate enough to live in a country that, in theory at least, we can participate in our government. We have the opportunity to elect our own leaders and the power to effect what our elected leaders do. However, there is a catch, we have to take it upon ourselves to actively research our potential leaders and educate ourselves as to what they stand for and what they will do to serve us. Our elected officials work for US. We pay their salaries with OUR tax money. If they deceive us while in office we have a right to hold them accountable. Elected officials are not above the law. They must play by the same rules as the rest of us.

I am confident that everyone who reads this article is aware of the upcoming Recall Election that will be held on June 5th. I hope only that every one of you will register and vote. If you care about things like: education, environmental protection, health care, Social Security, Medicaid, taxes and job creation, you need to vote. Ask yourself, “What matters to me?” and “What do I believe in?” Find out what the different candidates stand for and research what they have done in the past. Government officials must maintain ‘transparency’ while in office. You have the right to know about everything they do as a politician. They cannot dismiss our inquiries. They must not lie.

Do you vote? Are you registered to vote? If not, why not? We have the right to elect the officials that will best serve us. This is a free country and it will remain so as long as politicians have to answer to us, the voters. If you haven’t voted in the past because you think your vote doesn’t matter or that there are no good candidates consider this: voting is our right, as Americans, and if you don’t vote you should not complain. Voting is not just a privilege, it is an opportunity to positively effect our communities and improve our lives.

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