Alumni Sandstorm ~ 06/05/05
9 Bombers sent stuff: 
Betty Hiser ('49), Dicksy Poe ('50)
Jim Jensen ('50), Marguerite Groff ('54)
Donna Nelson ('63), Gary Behymer ('64)
Julie Smyth ('69WB), Larry Davis ('80)
Tim Cowan ('95)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Richard Rushworth ('70)

BOMBER LUNCH Today: Class of '58

BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar
    Click the event you want to know more about.
won the final over Skyline 2-1.    -Richard Anderson ('60), Deputy Editor
>>From: Betty Hiser Gulley ('49)

Depression: I wondered my whole life why I cried all the time. I
would get bawled out at home, school, and work and I would cry. As a
child I whined all the time and I thought it was because I hurt. My
kids (God love them), about 3 years ago, got in touch with my doctor
and he prescribed a pill for me to take (along with the other 22 
I take each day). My children told me that I had been depressed my
whole life and just didn't realize it. With as many doctors that I
had been to I wonder why some of them didn't figure it out. I ran out
of the pills Friday, and could not get them refilled until yesterday
and I have sat in a pool of tears. I have screamed at my poor dog
(who is blind, deaf and can't smell) for nothing, etc.

Don't wait 70 years, like I did, until you (or you family) do
something about this situation - if your family doctor doesn't do
anything - go to another doctor until you find one that will help
you. You can't believe what a difference it has made, I don't scream
at my poor dog, have a tad more patience, and only cry at really sad

In the old days they used to think you were crazy, going through the
change, family trait, etc. No one figured out that it was a condition
that could be helped.

Thanks for listening.
 -Betty Hiser Gulley '49er - south/government Richland - beautiful 
          weather - cool - supposed to rain Sunday night. The 
          cherries are just now being picked - small crop this year.
>>From: Dicksy Poe Creek ('50)

Re: Depression (and Other Mental Illnesses)

Thanks to Larry Mattingly ('60) and Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68)
for their June 4, 2005 postings about mental illnesses and their
treatment. Your letters said things that were sensible and needed to
be said. I will add a few words about my family's experience with
depression, schizophrenia and medication therapy.

Our daughter suffers from both schizophrenia and depression. The
onset of her illnesses occurred during her last year at the U of
Washington. She sought counseling at the U, but they did not
recognize her her illnesses nor the severity of them. Nevertheless,
she was able to complete her degree in accounting with a 3.36 GPA
(down from 3.81). In the subsequent two years, we tried to get her
into treatment. She denied she needed treatment. She attempted
suicide three times. Only the third time were we aware of the
attempt. This time the circumstances were such that I was able to
drive her directly to an emergency room. She was hospitalized for
sixteen days and stabilized on medications. The time from the
beginning of her illnesses until she received medication were hell
for her and for us. She has been in treatment for eleven years. She
is again a delightful, loving, lovable person. She has her own
apartment, car, cat, friends (and computer). She has been able to
find work from time to time and is successfully studying medical
billing and medical transcriptioning.

Psychiatric medications can make life worth living and literally save
your life. If such medications were prescribed to me by a mental
health care professional, I would give them a trial of reasonable
length. I would not discourage anyone from doing the same. (Our
experience is that medication plus counseling is best. Medication
alone works better than counseling alone.)

-Dicksy Poe Creek ('50)
>>From: Jim Jensen ('50)

To: Lynn-Marie Hatcher Peashka ('68)
Your posting of 6/4/05 says it all for me! I raise my glass of 
decaf coke to you in tribute. Thanks!!!
Bomber Cheers,
-Jim Jensen ('50)
>>From: Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54)

Oops!! My apologies to Bob Carlson, aka Mike Clowes ('54) and others. 
I forgot to check my calendar this weekend and failed to join other
Club 40 members in preparing the DustStorm for mailing. Three of 
my grandchildren graduated from high school this weekend. One from
Richland High on Thursday and 2 from Liberty Christian Friday night.
My mind was also focused on the big party our family is having
tomorrow (Sunday) for all three.

I would encourage everyone who graduated 40 (or more) years ago from 
Col-Hi, to think seriously about attending this year's Club 40 party/
reunion. Information about this year's party can be found at:

To: Millie Finch Gregg ('54)

A very belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY..  I love you.

-Marguerite Groff Tompkins ('54)
>>From: Donna Nelson ('63)

Just got back from the 2005 Bomber graduation on Thursday night and
Congratulations to my niece, Sarah Halley Burnet. She told everyone
to "turn your tassels" and screamed "we did it". It was a very nice
ceremony, blow horns and all. The speeches were short and celebrating
and cheering long.

-Donna Nelson ('63)
>>From: Gary Behymer ('64)

Re: "An Evening with Kippy" ST1001-Stereo Kippy Brinkman + Photo 

-Gary Behymer ('64)
>>From: Julie Smyth Moss ('69WB)

To: Jim Jensen ('50)

In Katy, TX., huh? Soul-warping humidity? I'm in south Louisiana
where you're likely to drown from breathing, but it ain't warped my
soul yet! Course, I get the greatest seafood in the world here, 
and that might combat some of the soul-warping properties of the
humidity. I ate some great Crawfish Bisque just last night. Soul
food, I guess. 

My daughter lives near Austin, and I'm in love with Texas! Course, 
it just might be because my new Grandson is a native Texan. 

-Julie Smyth Moss (Maren says I'm a "WB" '69er)
>>From: Larry Davis ('80)

Re: Richland Baseball

To: all Bomber Fans

I've been cruising the Sandstorm and I'm a bit shocked to see that no
one has been talking about the Richland Varsity Baseball Team. They
won their semifinal game yesterday at Cheney Field in Tacoma beating
the Cascade Bruins 8-0. They will play at 7:00 PM tonight (Saturday)
for the State 4A Championship against Skyline of Issaquah. Win or
Loose, I understand that these boys and their coaches (Head Coach -
Ben Jacobs ('69) & Assistant Coaches - John Larson, Tim Ruane, Roger
Chambers, Dean Hoff) have had a tremendous season and should all be 
congratulated. Living on the wet side of the state, I have not been 
able to follow the whole season but I was present at the game on
Friday (a link to the TC Herald article is below) and will be rooting
the team on again tonight for another Bomber State Title.


From cool Kent, WA

-Larry Davis ('80)
[BOMBERS ARE STATE 4-A CHAMPTIONS FOR 2005... they won the 
final over Skyline 2-1.    -Richard Anderson ('60), Deputy Editor]
>>From: Tim Cowan ('95)

Hello again Sandstorm readers,

You may recall that my wife, Jennifer Lynn, is a Country/Americana
performing songwriter in Portland, Oregon. She has been performing
throughout the northwest for about three years now. Well, recently
Jennifer opened for pop-country artist and "Nashville Star" judge,
Phil Vassar, in Portland, Oregon.

To see photos, you can go to and click 
on the photo tab. This concert was presented by Jack Danielís & KUPL 
radio and there were about a thousand people in the audience... it 
was a truly exciting experience and the biggest concert for Jennifer 
to date! She is also scheduled to perform at the Oregon State Fair 
this coming August. We tried to get a slot at the Benton Franklin 
Fair, but it didnít pan out. So if you'd like to see Jennifer perform
there next year, please contact the fair. To hear Jennifer on the 
radio, please call and request her music! We appreciate your support. 

We released Jennifer's debut album back in January of this year and
it continues to sell well through CD Baby
Tower Records, Music Millennium & at live performances. Since the
release of the album, Jennifer has appeared in Washington State
Magazine, The Oregonian & "Peninsula Woman" of the Peninsula Daily
News. She has also been interviewed by KBOO & KONP radio.

-Tim Cowan ('95)
That's it for today. Please send more.