Alamedan Blogs

Are you getting less than eight hours of sleep per night? Do you wake up during the night several times? Do you wake up and have trouble getting back to sleep? You have insomnia!

Over 60 percent of Americans say they suffer from insomnia. It is so prevalent in the U.S., yet we just accept it as a normal part of life when it happens. A lack of quality sleep leads to a foggy mind, a reduced ability to multi-task, moodiness and an inability to adapt to stress. Insomnia doesn’t just strain your mood or your ability to get things done: It takes a measurable toll on your body systems and their ability to function properly.

This is the way it was in the ‘50s and ‘60s in a great American city called Alameda, in a much simpler time. Where money was tight, people worked hard, and a friend could be greeted on Park Street for coffee. It was a time when Tucker’s ice cream cones were under a dollar, a waffle was always good at Ole’s and fried chicken came from Lola’s on Alameda Avenue (until it burned down).

Here are a few years in the lives of some local teens.

Sunday mornings, early, I join my friend and his dog for a stroll. It's a long stroll, perhaps four miles in all, and it gives us plenty of time to talk over the events of the week in our lives and to enjoy some parts of Alameda living that usually are hidden away.

We walk along the muddy path through the bird sanctuary along the bay front. This Sunday the tide was at an ebb and the birds were happily poking their beaks into the mudflats in the center of the bay revealed by the receding water. One imagines the mud is full of invertebrates from the low hum of happy twitters that floats across the water.

The Library Board is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, January 14 in Conference Room 224 on the second floor of the main library, 1550 Oak Street.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly headline review. Here’s what happened on the Island this week.

Girls Inc. of the Island City has provided services to children in Alameda for over half a century. For nearly a decade, Karen Kenney has helmed the organization as its executive director, and this week, she embarks on a new adventure: retirement.

Running on trails is definitely going to be on my resolution list for 2015. What do you need to know to go for a trail run?

I have referred to my 76-year-old brother in my writing, and I find the theme of our vulnerability to physical change can be demonstrated with another story.

Last year, as a result of my focus on aging and loss, I suggested to my extended family - most of who live on the East Coast - that we arrange a reunion. The suggestion garnered a favorable response, and two cousins took the initiative for arranging it in Maryland.

How the celebration of the new year has changed in my life.

The City Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 6 in Council Chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue.

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review. Here are your headlines for the week.