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SEPTEMBER 2015 NEWSLETTER



GUATEMALA
As you receive this month’s letter, Glenda and I are hosting our first ever group of Smiles for Life volunteers in the Eastern Highlands of Guatemala. This is a newly added opportunity for our volunteers to experience another culture in another part of the world. We are serving among the Q’eqchi speaking indigenous people of this beautiful country of Central America.

We will be inaugurating two new dental clinics. One of them is a two chair clinic in a small hospital and will be served fulltime by students from the dental school in Guatemala City during eight months of the year. The second one will be for a self-taught care giver who read and studied the book WHERE THERE IS NO DENTIST and has been serving the families of his village and surrounding villages using a table and chair in the bedroom of his small home.



We were blessed to find a man in Guatemala City who, along with his two partners, builds a complete chair and light and delivery system in a shed next to his home. These folks have constructed the three sets of equipment and taken them the eight hour journey to the eastern mountain area and installed them along with an air compressor for each chair.

This has been an exciting opportunity to see the people of this remote region now have access to care. It is our mission and culture to center our service efforts on creating and supporting sustainable change. Both of these clinics will charge a fee for service which will provide funds for continued upkeep of the equipment and provide the necessary supplies to perform services on a continuing basis.

We have also formed a partnership with the dental school, as we have in the other countries where we serve, wherein local dental students will serve side by side with our Smiles for Life team. This allows them, not only to feel of our culture and the techniques used by the Smiles for Life dentists, but to also see and feel the poverty of the less fortunate in their own country. This does create sustainable change in the attitude and outlook of these young students.

Probably the most meaningful and sustainable change comes in the lives of the Smiles for Life volunteers who are blessed to experience one of these expeditions. They now see the real world of poverty and the lives of the less fortunate through new eyes. They see that happiness does not come from having stuff, but it comes from having people who love you and care about you and from having people to love and care for.

Glenda and I again give thanks for your continued support of our efforts at Learning Curves because that is what makes this all possible.

Sincerely,
Roy and Glenda


CURVES
Learning the curves is still one of my weakest points in my riding skills. There is always great joy in riding a stretch of curving, twisty roads. This may be a series of long sweepers or tight turns or a combination of both. The key to real joy is to feel in complete control in a smooth flowing motion. The key to this feeling is to realize that “you go where you look.” You must look through the turn to where you want to go.

Every new riding season it seems that I have lost my touch. I need to remind myself over and over to look through the turn and not at it. I need to also be constantly evaluating through the approaching curve seeing whether it is a constant decreasing or increasing radius so that I can set myself up for success.

Speed is critical. If you enter the curve slow you can always adjust your speed as needed, but entering too fast can lead to severe complications.

Set up your position in your lane so that you can see as far around the corner as possible. For a right hand curve, use the area near the center. For a left hand curve, use the area near the shoulder as you enter the curve.

We must always be aware of factors that can affect the success and control in the curve. There is always our skill level. There are various road conditions. There is oncoming traffic or a blinding sunrise or sunset.

How do we succeed? Practice and awareness! As I began this riding season with my first red ride of the year in the Alps of Europe, I quickly realized that my mind must not wander from the task at hand if I am going to have joy in the curves.

Be safe
Roy


ASPHALT
Not all asphalt is created equal. The best clue you can have about the surface is the color.

I sometimes watch CSI on the television and the entire story line is the observation of clues.

As you plan your riding strategy try to become more aware of the challenges and dangers that are lurking on various types of road surfaces. If you see a color change on the asphalt, be prepared for an immediate change in the way your bike may handle on that new or changing surface.

Keep the rubber side down.

Roy

 

Want to find a winding road to unwind this year? Please join us on a Learning Curves Adventure. We love the opportunity to serve.

Roy and Glenda and our Learning Curves Family

 

And be sure to check out Learning Curves, the Book.
Not only is it a great compilation of true stories, parables, and wisdom, 100% of its proceeds go to charity.

BIKE TIP: Back Off

This is a brake-light modulator made by Signal Dynamics. It is meant to attract attention from distracted drivers and not just during braking.

Lightly dragging the brakes sprays a nice little burst of pulsating red light anytime you need it.

Signaldynamics.com $38-65

 

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