As someone self-diagnosed as suffering from SAD, or seasonal affect disorder, I find the arrival of spring and longer daylight hours like being delivered from a truly dark period. All the Vitamin D and time spent sitting in front of a light box could not minimize the darkness this year.
Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the annual American Legion birthday party for my home post, Ingalls-Keoppen Post 102. Now I know I am not a veteran and technically have never belonged, but I grew up in that post. I attended everything from the fund-raising carnivals the post sponsored for most of my childhood years to the Memorial Day parades that I still try to get home for.
While I was actively engaged in promoting newspapers in education, I frequently shared with teachers the following quote by Thomas Jefferson:
“Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”
One of the important lessons my mother made sure I learned as soon as I could write was to pen thank-you notes. It was a task I was not fond of, but because I was lived under my parents’ roof I did the deed faithfully.
With gas prices soaring and my minivan closing in on 170,000 miles, I decided last month that downsizing seemed like the right move. Now I drive a Honda that is so small it seems to fit in half of a normal parking space.
At first I thought our neighbor had put one of those black bear plywood cutouts in his neatly trimmed lawn, but then it started moving and I realized what I’d hoped for had finally happened — our first bear sighting just across the pond.
June 06, 2008
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