Many people slide smoothly through life doing wonderful, helpful things on a daily basis, without acknowledgment, refusing compensation, willing to settle for a few scrap words of appreciation.  Take just a moment to acknowledge a good deed, everything from a kind word or a helping hand to service of our Country.  They are all around us, this ring of beautiful people.  Aren't we indeed fortunate to live in such fine company?  Be grateful, and try to be a contributing part of the living halo of kindness.


I wonder what it is about us that puts that small itch in our brains to inspect, direct, correct someone in their own field of endeavor when we too often don't know all the "whereat," "whereby," "wherefore," "whereupon," "wherewith," or even all the "wh---" of our own.


I am going to tell you just a little bit about a quite exceptional woman, a woman (a bit to the chagrin of those who might not have the same dedication to purpose and attention to detail, so might not understand her) who amazes me on a regular basis.  But she's more than that...so don't minimize her.  She adds to a "strong" personality, a humbling sense of family and true generosity.  Her first name might sound a bit like Connie, her last like Mewes.  Be careful though because she's always on a mission, so don't step directly in her path.... but don't be surprised if she stops by for a minute to leave you an apple.


I met a beautiful young woman today (business-related), and I marveled at the kindness and innocence on her face.  I will not give her full name, just Jessica, so as not to embarrass her, but I thought as I looked at her and her lovely little girl who was dressed in a Cinderella-sort of outfit, that I hope the world that is so fraught with trouble at this time can somehow be as kind to her, her family, and her generation as it was to me in my own sweet beginnings.



Celebrity or Next Door Neighbor

I have started a blog page to focus on extraordinary people: Someone on the world stage. Your next door neighbor. I will start it off. Remember, a peach to one man is a lemon to another. No nasty comments please.


Clint Eastwood is a world-class actor, musician, filmmaker, and political figure, well respected for his ability, dedication, insight, and sense of fair play, and a handsome man. Though there is little chance his life will ever personally touch mine, I have, none-the-less, been personally touched by his amazing work. There is nothing he has done that I would not wildly applaud.



My daughter is the most beautiful and complicated thing I've ever known, a tangled mess of abilities, and all I want is to sit somewhere, cross-legged, nearby, and watch her break all the strings and untie the knots.


Ruby Morris, local business owner - one- the Keno Lounge. She is a long-term resident, staunch community supporter, hard-working, lovely, personable, generous, wise and witty.  She can stand her ground for a worthy cause and is little deterred (Ok, maybe a little) by those unwilling or unable to match her level of resolve.