Red Headed Stepchild
(The Barrett family memoir of Navy Life)
by Sophie Ruth Meranski with photos


p 94-1410 Pat Bennett scores in Forks basketball
Click on picture to read Forks Forum news story Feb. 2000 : Tue, 11 May 1999 15:59:24 +0000 From: "Nathalie R. Hawley" Subject: Thanks for the Material Dear John. Thanks for all the history you have sent lately. I can see you have been busy! Hoping this finds you well. All is well here. Vern is out puttingin his vegetable garden today--we are having a late spring. One of our grandsons is graduating from Highschool soon and is going to go to UC Santa Cruz in the fall. Makes us feel old! Iam bracing myself for my 80th in June and we are going to Yosemite to celebrate with Verns sister and husband. Spring and the water falls are so beautiful there. Keep in touch, Nath -- Psoas Muscle Lengthening Iliopsoas The hip joint has two main parts. The ball and the socket. The ball rotates within the pelvic hip socket. The ball of the hip is also called the "head" or cap of the femur (femur = thigh bone). The head of the femur is supported by the angled "neck" which joins to the long vertical body of the femur (thigh bone). At the base of the femoral neck is a boney protrusion. There are two very large muscles which converge into a single attachment to this protrusion. The iliacus muscle (which covers the pelvic bone on the inside surface of the pelvis) and the psoas muscle (which embraces the side of the lumbar spine), both attach as if they were one muscle with a common tendon onto that protruberance at the base of the femoral neck. These muscles do two things: 1) if the leg is allowed to move, the hip is flexed and the leg is raised or swung forward. 2) or if the legs are stabilized, the body sits up from lying down or stays upright. These muscles are needed for both walking and sitting.--- Hi John, thanks very much for the references. I recognize Sigurdsson's name as one of the leading researchers of the Vesuvius eruption that buried Pompeii -- great to know that he's compiled a more general book. I studied some geophysics at Princeton, but it's been "just a hobby" since then -- including some visits and detailed correspondence with the Italian experts in Rome and Sicily. On the website, I'll be posting a few maps summarizing Italian seismic risk -- a draft version is on if you're interested. (The Patruno side of the family is from Bari, where the only natural disaster story was of a young cousin killed in a Mediterranean shark attack.) You're right, there were many popular "panorama" photos of Messina after the earthquake. Attached are two rough scans: one panoramic view from the hills, and one from the sea. It's dismaying to think they're planning to build the world's longest suspension bridge at Messina, right across this deadly continental fault zone. Hopefully it's just the idle promise of electioneering politicians, and they'll never actually build the thing... Very interesting to see that you've studied some paleobiology, too. This became another interest of mine when I found out how many museum-quality fossils and artifacts are available for sale over the internet. In fact, I'm working to complete my own "history of the universe" collection, including an explanatory website for it as well. It's still in its early stages, but you can see the spirit of it at -- as it comes together, I think you might enjoy it. Best regards, Gregg
Year: 2000