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January 21, 2014

“Sometimes I open my mouth and my mother comes out.” I read that on a facebook post recently and it made me laugh and laugh. My mother is a dainty, petite, very controlled woman. She was a beauty queen in her day.

I am none of those things.

Although her husband says they mixed up mothers in the hospital, there are times that the genetic tie is obvious. Like when I had my daughter Missy, who resembles Mama. Like when … well, there really aren’t many others that are genetic.

But the saying, that happens. Mama, who is no comedian by any means, used to say, “Oh, my, what are you going to wear to the fair?” when I got my clothes dirty. I had no idea what she meant at the time, but it was something her mama used to say, too. I think that’s kind of cool.

Mama can be a little sarcastic at times, and certainly very demanding. I’ve heard that I have exhibited those qualities a couple of times … but, hey, I just know what people need to do better than they seem to. I did learn that from Mama.

On Fridays the Guymon Rotary Club meets. Once a month the Students of the Month come to the meeting. Last week Nehyma Martinez and Sam Ortiz were the chosen students. I sat in awe of those two. Both of them give so much to the community as individuals and in groups they’re associated with. They are good students and they were so respectful. But Ortiz, he blew me away. His appreciation of our country and the opportunities it offers brought everyone down to a more basic, thankful level.

My hat off to you two.

Sandra Castillo, the vicar of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church was recently installed. Quite a few of the community attended this impressive ceremony. Castillo stepped into the world of the Oklahoma Panhandle last August and she has gotten full – fledged involved with so many community things. Meet her. She might help you realize that you can make a difference!

Grab your tie dye shirt out of the closet … or your halter dress … and get a ticket to attend the Panhandle Services for Children benefit, a disco dance whodunit written by Mike and Christy Patterson called “Staying Alive?” You get a prime rib dinner and drinks and great entertainment for the $50 ticket, plus giving to a great cause. I have tickets here at the office. Don’t count on getting them at the door. This puppy is going to sell out. Groovy.

It’s a good day to be alive.

Take this Irish prayer with you this week: “May God give you for every storm, a rainbow; for every tear, a smile; for every care, a promise; and a blessing in each trial. For every problem life sends, a faithful friend to share; for every sigh, a sweet song; and an answer for each prayer.”

See you on the bricks!