Over the last year or two, we have slowly but surely moved into a new era, an era of diminished funding and reduced services. If folks want a particular service, they increasingly have to “pay” for it, either with money or by volunteering.
Want an assistant museum director? Help pay for part of his salary. The Plumas County Museum Association has done just that. Want to keep libraries open and stocked with current titles? The Friends of the Library has done just that. Numerous civic groups continue to donate to our schools to keep sports, music and art programs alive.
Humbling as it was, I consider myself very fortunate to have had the experience of spending nine days in Plumas District Hospital in late August and early September, preceded by three consecutive visits to PDH’s emergency room.
Now, before you write me off as a complete whacko, wondering who in their right mind would consider it special to spend any amount of time in a hospital, I can explain. Oh, I’m also a newly ordained poster-child for following the doctor’s orders, but we’ll get to that.