Priscilla Newberger

Priscilla Newberger

I live in Oregon and am a retired oceanographer. I've been married over 50 years and have one daughter. She and her husband have two sons, 10 and 13 years old.

Location Corvallis Oregon, USA

Activity

  • Thanks.

  • Any exercise is better than none and quality of life improves significantly with exercise. As a 75 year old woman it is a really good idea for me to get moving. I am doing a fairly good job, but could do better. Now I have a better idea why.

  • I know that some playgrounds here have swings for wheelchairs and other equipment aimed at including all children. I don’t know how well any of this works.

  • I have a case in point. After recent cataract surgery and travel I did no weights nor anything strenuous for six weeks. My chronic lower back problems are usually kept in check, but this disruption of life was enough to make it quite painful. Fortunately I could continue walking which definitely helped. Now after 2 weeks effort it is getting much better. I am...

  • There are only 2 groups among those I know who have exercise prescribed with instruction and support. One group consists of cardiac patients. There is a very supportive cardiac rehab center that has helped several of my friends. They continue exercising there sometimes for years and form a very effective peer support group. The others are sports injuries and...

  • I answered using last week so it was a usual week. I am 75 so the form is not strictly applicable but I do a noticeable amount over the recommendation. I am not sure I was accurate about the sitting time. I’m not even sure whether my guess was high or low. I have exercised in a gym for years so was already familiar with METs which made it easier. The short...

  • I exercise regularly and consistently. I also sit too much. It is hard to do the things such as hand work and sewing and reading that I want to do without sitting.

  • I could have written exactly that comment.

  • I averaged 3 miles a day (almost 5 km) walking a day for 2018. I make a point of not carrying my phone around when not actually intentionally walking.

  • I do not know the per cent answers, but knew the rest. My guesses were usually too low. Exercise is even more important than I think.

  • I have always wondered why I have never even had exercise suggested.

  • I’m a bit older and have the same interests

  • And will continue to ask throughout the future.

  • Excellent course. The introduction to the wealth of documents maintained by the Australian government was eye opening. I thought that every aspect of the course was well done. The silent presentations of the individuals was extremely moving. I was left wanting more. Each of the experts added significantly to both the enjoyment of the course and the information...

  • There are other Futurelearn courses that address these and other issues, mostly from a British viewpoint. I strongly recommend them.

  • The land that most of these men were trying to farm was at best marginal. I wonder if anyone, nom
    Matter how healthy and hard working could have made a living in these conditions.

  • Pretty sure that use of bug was much later, but a lovely analysis. I was much taken by his use of words.

  • Dissidents and protesters are outsiders today as well. The retaliation is less likely to be violent at this moment, but job loss, social isolation and other loss of rights and privileges occur.

  • And how many countries have done as badly?

  • The pacifist viewpoint is that killing is wrong in all situations including those sponsored by the state. They feel that killing and violence leads to more of the same so that it is never in the true interest of the people of a country to go to war. The evils leading to WWII bring this attitude into question, but it is hard for me to see any good that came...

  • The women who repeatedly beat Margaret Thorp were described as loyal with no comment as to the object of their loyalty. That seems a exceptionally poor choice of words. They were supporters of the war and members of the majority so loyal to some kind of consensus, but the positive connotation of this word is hard to accept in this context.

  • Absolutely. Pacifists believe in the commandment "Thou shall not kill". There are no qualifications in that statement.

  • My son in law's uncles were both killed in Belgium within a few months of each other. The records I found during this course include letters from their father requesting that they be buried together, but he was refused. The cemeteries were filled very quickly and the logistics of moving bodies was too complicated.

  • The poems and novels of the Great War are quite amazing and moving. I think they are one way that we can really see what happened to these people quite painful to read and think about..

  • In previous wars the actual engagements were relatively short, a battle lasted hours or days at most. You fought an enemy at fairly close range, often hand to hand and the battle ended for a while. In WWI the trench warfare lasted for months on end, death rained from the sky with no enemy in sight. I think it was really quite different from past wars. I expect...

  • It seems to me to be dangerous to normalize anything as evil as the Nazi period especially now when the extreme right nationalists are gaining influence in so many places. Of course many of the Nazi youth were innocent dupes, at least initially, but the public pronouncements were there to be heard.

  • I think that the reach of the weapons made a huge difference. Killing at a distance is quite different from hand to hand conflict.

  • I meant in the comments. Sorry I was not clear. I certainly cannot say that I condemn all suicide automatically.

  • He drank so the possibility of accident was certainly real and we don't have any way to know for sure. The terribleness of his situation was so great that it seems hard to see how he could have not wanted to die.

  • There still seem to be many returning soldiers who are unable to adjust to being home or to get the care they need. There are charities in the US who claim to provide help that is not otherwise provided for both physical and mental injuries.

  • What was the accepted treatment for long lasting, terrible pain? Were opiates only allowed in acute cases? I find it hard to believe that never ending pain is significantly better than addiction.

  • Do you think that our attitude toward muscularity has really changed fundamentally? I think many of the changes while good and needed are largely cosmetic.

  • I think that the influenza epidemic at the end of the war further overwhelmed the medical and social services. Many thousands of people were desperately ill and dying added to the large number of wounded.

  • No one could have believed that child was old enough to enlist.

  • The discussion of suicide, VD and betrayal seems rather moralistic to me. There was no treatment. Is it possible he did what seemed to be the only honorable thing?

  • It says that Hugo was never the same again. This was certainly true after terrible injury and the loss of his brother. He changed from the determined soldier and realized the futility and stupidity of war. I think that this realization shows great strength and bravery. He was isolated from society and from help after his return home. He and his family...

  • More and more grievously wounded soldiers survive often with head trauma that leaves them beyond real help. It is certainly different and we accept ptsd as real and terrible, but Is it really less terrible?

  • Think about contemporary refugees. I can really see very little improvement in the state of mankind. The details and locations change, but suffering and intolerance continues.

  • Many of the things that Mr. Enoch discussed such as the exchange of earth from the grave have been discussed earlier, but hearing his words brought it into clearer focus. He is certainly an exceptional speaker. His insight into the aboriginal community makes much of this section more understandable.

  • I would bet that part of the increase was caused by the fact that the research was done for and by an aboriginal playwright. I can certainly understand reluctance to give information to or get involved with government or academia.

  • There were people who thought and rejected the current opinions. They are often few and were often treated badly as a result of their beliefs and actions, but they did exist and we need to remember and honor them.

  • Are you sure that we do so much h better? Consider the plight of refugees most places in the world.

  • Such treatment of whatever groups are currently deemed "the other" continues around the world. Look at the reaction and treatment of various refugees in the current news. We have little to be proud of.

  • The US had Indian Schools as well. Children were taken from their families and homes and punished for speaking their native language.

  • If you truly don't believe us? I don't doubt anything, but the stories are so impelling that it is natural to want to know more.

  • These stories seem as if they were rare enough to be difficult to find. The stories of British stock soldiers and nurses were full of pain and the horrors of war, but seemed as if they were chosen out of thousands of equally terrible tales. These sound as if they were exceptional in every aspect.

  • More enlightened, probably. Sufficiently, no. I think that these presentations and your comment testify that we are at least thinking about this issue.

  • I grew up in the Deep South of the US and one of the first things I remember learning about Australia was about the white only policy. It was cited as a great virtue and example of how things should be.

  • Unfortunately we have similar things happening today. The tendency to divide humanity into we and they, good and bad, seems never ending.

  • I think that in this case the correct topic is whatever the material presented inspires you to think about and to say. There is so much of humanity embedded in this that all of life is relevant on some level.

  • This course is moving and informative. There is material that requires and deserves deep thought throughout.

  • I actually doubt that either were conscious motivations and think that both occurred to some extent. I was rather appalled at some of her rosy description of such a dire and terrible situation. I understand that some sugar coating was called for, but no amount of beauty could really make the conditions she was working in worth it. Again my modern prejudice...

  • This is another amazing collection of original documents. The confusion and sadness of war is so clear and heart rending.

  • Mention is the operative word, but at least that. It is notable, however, that white Australian women were eligible voters and that conscription failed.

  • Women are, on average, still paid only a fraction of what men get for the same work.

  • If in fact the country was split nearly evenly by the conscription issue, the women of the peace movement have gotten short shrift in this account. It is interesting that the conservative women used brute force to silence opposition to conscription.

  • The Austrailian effort to honestly record all aspects of the war is one of the most interesting aspects of this course. It is totally amazing. The archives are a treasure for us all.

  • The comment about the reaction of more conservative women to the opportunities and necessities of the war was quite interesting. Although they believed that their place was a subservient role in the home, they found it hard to return to such a life. The great amount of unpaid labor that resulted from women’s volunteer work was very important for most of the...

  • This emotional effort put forth by the women on the homefront was an important part of the war. In many ways these women, who were not directly involved in the danger of war, must have felt that they were not relevant and were only waiting for terrible news of their men at the front. They provided comfort in the form of socks and blankets. They rolled...

  • Lizzie thrived in the new world created by the war. Her wartime experience was surely hard and she must have dealt with horrendous injuries,, but she was involved in rehabilitation rather than death. Her tours after the war provided a real service to Australian families looking for the graves of their boys. She was able to live on her own terms.

  • What a terrible and wonderful story. What was the justification for her treatment by the governments of New Zealand and Australia? I simply cannot understand the righteous attitude toward sex that determines such behavior. She was ahead of her time, but our progress has not been nearly as great as many of us would like to think.

  • Each of these stories show the depth of suffering by these nurses. The conditions were beyond appalling. Did they have to fight society to be allowed to go to war or was the need so great that it was actually accepted? I expect that most of them started with high expectations and a romantic view of war just as many of the young men did. Rachel's story haunts...

  • It is amazing that she maintained her sense of beauty and wonder through all the horror. She was surely protecting her mother from the terrible reality to some extent, but without the strength of her vision she could not have persisted so many years. Did she return to Australia?

  • I am quite moved by this course. It was brilliant to present the stories silently. We live with so much noise and so much information that this presentation is extremely effective. It was especially important to me to see the tragic records of my son-in-laws family in the records. Australia is to be commended for preserving so much and making it available .

  • I think that the time we live in influences the large majority of yes answers. We believe that transparency is an ideal that we should expect in all parts of our lives. I answered on the basis or "would I want to know?" and the answer was an easy yes. This attitude is somewhat recent, I think. When I was young cancer patients were often shielded from the truth...

  • I looked for my Australian son-in-law's family. There were at least 5 sons in the generation of the Great War. All enlisted and the father tried but was refused. The oldest and youngest were killed in Belgium within a two week period. I couldn't find the record for the oldest son, but he was mentioned because his father wanted his two sons to be buried...

  • You certainly don't have to be a communist or any other "ist" to not believe.

  • Could you please explain what you mean by "political correctness" and how it diminished the importance of commemorative acts.

  • This is even more interesting because it is Memorial Day. I wonder how much the movement of population in the US has changed the communal remembrance. My grandfather was killed in 1918 when my father was only a few weeks old. They lived in Tennessee. My father, with no memory of his father, lived in Alabama and later New Mexico. He did not share much...

  • What about religion? Was there any effort made to acknowledge no -Christian soldiers?

  • These stories are all so sad. I have the least understanding of the family who refused to believe their son was dead in the face of quite good evidence to the contrary. They seem to have completely rejected life, the life of the parents and of the other siblings. The death of their son cost all of these other family members their lives as well.

  • And are suffering yet again

  • I have trouble understanding emotionally the importance of the bodily remains of the fallen, but certainly admire the dedication of the men who stayed away from home to do this terrible work. Many of the bodies were unidentifiable. How could they distinguish the Australian ones? I suppose that insignia was found in many cases and the locations of battles were...

  • Yes

  • Brave and tragic, but the questions remain, "What was the purpose of their sacrifice?", Who profited by their loss?"