Cornerback Terry Wilson, a 2009 graduate of Santa Monica High, is completing school work that will enable him to join the Warriors this summer.
Wilson scored four defensive touchdowns as a Viking senior in 2008. He has spent the past nine months attending West Oahu College. After this semester, he may transfer to UH-Manoa.
Wilson’s brother is Charles Gordon, who was with the Kansas City Chiefs for three years.
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Former UH center John Estes is back in town. He weighs about 305, but because of his intensive workouts, appears to be thinner.
Another thing I did not know until yesterday: Chris Estes — John’s brother — is a member of the UH golf team.
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On May 8, 1970 — 40 years and a day ago — Willis Reed hobbled onto the court, inspiring the New York Knicks to win Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
Now, two more best-of-seven rounds need to be completed before the start of the NBA Finals.
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She made the most of a difficult life.
When she was 8, she chased after a ball, running into the street, where she was struck by a car. She suffered a fractured leg, and spent more than a year in rehabilitation. But that sparked an interest in occupational therapy. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, became a certified occupational therapist, once serving as department head at a New York hospital.
When she was 38, she became a widow, with three children. A few years later, she suffered a serious back injury that eventually required four surgeries and dozens of procedures.
In her mid-60s, she was diagnosed with a connective tissue disease. In her case, it led to hardening in her lungs and esophagus, making it difficult to breathe and swallow food. There was no cure and, even with medication, not much relief. She knew every breath could be her last. In her final months of her life, she found comfort in knowing she did her best, that her three kids were college-educated, and that her three grandchildren were on the right path, and that hot tea after a meal is one of life’s simple pleasures.
On this Mother’s Day, I recall my mother’s creed: Enjoy the moments.