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March 31, 2014

Lots of people are worried about the bees. I know that local honey is really popular because I’ve seen when Dean McFadden shows up at the Farmers Market. His supply of local honey is gone in a heartbeat.

Well, it seems that bees are having a little trouble.

The life of a bee is fairly simple. A honeybee looks down, banks hard in flight, and lands in a colorful weave of zinnias, salvia, and cosmos in a sidewalk planter. She enters the flower blossom for a sip of nectar and exits dusted like a sugar donut. She’ll leave a smidge of pollen in each flower she meets; then she’ll go.

This pollination is vital to our plants.

Yet bees face many threats such as parasites, pesticides and sickness. Other threats include concrete cities, manicured lawns, and acres of one – crop fields that leave little food for the pollinators.

There is a simple solution … plant flowers.

Bees appear in spring, when temperatures remain above 50 degrees, and a small garden can fortify a colony. Even a single potted pansy serves up a buzz of energy. What we need are hundreds of backyard gardens and flower pots strung across the nation like a chain of food courts, feeding every pollinator for miles around.

Check out Helm’s Nursery for the most beautiful pots and flowers around. Let’s feed a bee. Take our pollination seriously. Make a difference. Who ever thought you could feed a colony all by yourself? Go forth and fortify.

We have new bricks laid in the plaza in front of the Main Street Guymon office. The new ones are:

Jimmie Draper
We love you

Jody Ran a Good Race.
Joann Adams

Precious Angel
Hallie McIntyre
B. 11/24/99
D. 3/16/00

Geo. WJ Shearer
Born June 1954
1102 N Main St.
In Guymon, Okla

Mike and Lori Shannon
Feb. 23, 2001

White Family
Charles, Ethan,
Courtney, Emily

In Honor
Glade & Phyllis
M. 10/29/1949

Come by and see the new memorial bricks. It makes for some pretty good reading! And if you have a person or a date or a place that you would like to have remembered, come by and visit about having a brick done. The cost is $100 per brick. It’s a cool gift.

It’s going to be a great week on the bricks!

Wishing you always … Walls for the wind, a roof for the rain, and tea beside the fire. Laughter to cheer you, those you love near you, and all that your heart may desire.

March 27, 2014

Had a conversation with a friend this morning and we discussed those who complain about things and those that do things. There is such a big difference. Negative vs. positive and it can be on the same issue! Which are you?

Now, nobody is supposed to fix the whole world, but if each of us just did one thing …

“People need to think about something other than them,” she said. And I followed with a big ole “AMEN.”

Recently we taped the April “On the Bricks” TV show (PTCI’s local channel) and the people who were guests are always busy doing things for others. Robert Etbauer, who is Assistant Coach of the Oklahoma Panhandle State Rodeo Team and a two – time World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider, didn’t really enjoy the camera or the interview, but he would do it for those OPSU cowboys and cowgirls. And he won’t brag about himself but he has no problem bragging about the team.

During the years that he and I served on the Pioneer Day Rodeo Committee Robert wore his boot soles to a sliver walking the streets and gathering sponsorship dollars for our local rodeo. He and Craig Latham and Danny Etbauer visited a little boy who loved rodeo in the hospital, he visited a classroom of special needs kids. He did and did and did. And it wasn’t for personal gain.

Robert knows how to do and he certainly doesn’t waste much time talking about it.

Rick Furnish came on the show and talked about the upcoming benefit chicken fried steak chuckwagon feed that Bob’s is putting on. Rick and his crew go to a lot of work and none of that goes in his pocket. At Bob’s they know how to do and to give.

Rick is also involved in the OPSU Rodeo Team Reunion (we actually call it the Rodeo Round Up) that takes place on April 26th at Bob’s Cowboy Bar. It is a fun time for past participants in the OPSU Rodeo Team and their supporters. You should join us! We have lunch that costs $10 a person, sit around and visit, and then everyone heads to the OPSU Rodeo at 4 pm.

Jada Breeden and Earl Helms talked about the upcoming Pioneer Days. Wow. You talk about a lot of volunteers, it’s absolutely amazing how many people do and give for this wonderful community event put on by the Chamber of Commerce.

Then OPSU Football Coach Russell Gaskamp talked about the OPSU Belly Open Golf Tournament that happens on April 26 (yes, you can golf, reunion, and rodeo watch all in one day!). All those who work the golf tournament and participate are giving to the OPSU athletic programs. Do and give.

Gaskamps football boys and a bunch of other OPSU athletes also work many other Pioneer Day events as volunteers. They are such great help. Learning how to be doers and givers.

Another TV show interview was with Nancy Davis about the Iron Thunder’s Five State Motorcycle Run. That is a phenom event that happens the weekend after Pioneer Days. And every dollar gained from that event goes to help someone or something in the community. Doers and givers.

It was humbling to be with all those folks in the room. I respect each and every one of them and what they do for others.

Let’s see, what other happenings are coming up?

The Main Street Shutterbugs are having a Photo Adventure to Kenton on April 5. For more information, contact Arlene Winfrey at 562.277.5468 or Beth McKee at 580.651.7694.

Facebook 101 to learn the basics is a class being taught by PTCI on Thur., April 17 from 5:30 – 6:30 at 2222 NW Hwy 64.

The Main Street Dementia Support Group is brining author Tam Cummings for a free Dementia Education Seminar on Tues., April 29. The seminar is from 9 am to 3 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church. Please RSVP if you are wanting the lunch, which is provided at $10 a person, to Dorothy Countryman at 580.651.4645.

And be thankful for all the people you know who are putting these things together! For all those doers … It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy!

“May neighbors respect you, trouble neglect you, the angels protect you, and heaven accept you.” I love how the Irish use the words!

See you on the bricks!

March 13, 2014

The International Day of Happiness is March 20. You’re supposed to give free hugs away. On a personal note, I don’t believe I have ever bought a hug, they’ve all been free. Just saying …

Are you happy? Have you made someone else happy recently?

Happy is a word that is loosely thrown about. Recently I’ve learned a couple things about happy.

The businesses that had teams run in the Livin’ Green race seemed happy. Bank of the Panhandle, Guymon Physical Therapy and Wellness, Tri – County Electric, and Urban Bru all had people smiling as they prepared to run. Were they happy because they were supported by their employers? Were they happy because they were doing something with friends? And maybe they were just happy when it was over. But they seemed happy.

Jada Breeden recently put on the Total Living Show with her fellow Lions. Jada was happy she had bought some shoes at Merle Norman before the show that had memory foam in them. Not only was Jada happy, her feet were, too. She also said it was a very happy experience sitting in the massage chair Reid Furniture brought. I’m going to have to go check that out. She said if you have poor circulation, you really need to go take a look at it.

Some study was done and reported in my Rotarian magazine. They found that 83% of people said their biggest regret was passing up an experience they could have had. The study reported, “experiences are more likely to make us feel connected to others.”

They also found that people who watch more television are less satisfied with their lives than people who watch less. Their explanation is “mainly because TV takes us away from other people …. Social relationships are emerging as the foundation of happiness.

In another study, when people received a gift certificate with instructions to spend it on either themselves or someone else, people who’d spent the money on others were measurably happier than those who hadn’t. The ones who were happiest were those who bought a coffee for someone and spent time with that person.

Who should you have a cup of coffee with? Why put it off?

Think you could improve your social interaction? Consider joining a civic group. Consider volunteering for some of our community activities. Join a Bible study. Join a zumba or spinning or ceramics or bridge group. Step out and make a move towards more happiness. What would you enjoy? What would you like to try? Name your experience and get a move on it.

“We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right,” said Nelson Mandela. Don’t waste your time, do something that matters to someone else. He also said, “Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished.” Fuel your flame. Do something for someone else.

Don’t know what you want to do? Call me. I’ll probably tell you what to do … and where to go. I’m smiling as I add “in a good way.” Number is 338-6246.

Take responsibility for your own happiness. It is not someone else’s job to make sure you’re content in life. Only you can do that. If there need to be changes, take them one step at a time. Just do something.

“May the blessing of the rain be on you – the soft sweet rain. May it fall upon your spirit so that all the little flowers may spring up and shed their sweetness on the air. May the blessing of the great rains be on you, may they beat upon your spirit and wash it fair and clean, and leave there many a shining pool where the blue of heaven shines, and sometimes a star.”

See your happy self on the bricks!

March 10, 2014

The runners who braved the cold last Saturday for the Livin’ Green Race had my total admiration. They were there with lots of layers of clothes, smiles, and healthy attitudes. I wasn’t aware of a snarky one in the bunch. Makes me wonder if healthy people are also nicer.

The volunteers who come out to work the race are also unbelievable. They give a Saturday morning away to volunteer and even have to get up and brave the weather, too. Many of the same have been helping for the past three years and when that happens it just runs like clockwork.

But nobody works as hard are Myrene Johnson. She is there before the sun is up helping Rick Roberts put up street barricades, set up cones, do this and do that … much of really physical labor. And she’s cracking jokes the entire time. She came through the office where Terry Brand and I were that morning, Myrene makes a joke and they run on. Terry and I look at one another and Terry says, “Myrene is just wooooonderful.” I had to agree.

So, thanks! If you were there volunteering, you were so appreciated. If you were there running, you are thanked. If you paid a registration fee and didn’t come, you are being thanked. If you were someone that gave to the goodie bags or sponsored in some other way, good on you. If you didn’t do any of these things, I hope you were having a good Saturday, too!

Recently a friend was talking about a funeral she attended. The young lady who died had a father and mother and a step – father. Her mother and step – father were divorced by the time she was married and contacted cancer. The step – father is the one who raised her. The step – father is the one who was there for her when she was sick. Her mother and her husband were her rocks, it seems, as it should be. The father didn’t arrive before his daughter had died. The step – father was there in plenty of time to be with her and her family during the terrible time.

God bless each and every one of you step parents that treats your children well. Children do not have a say in marriages and divorces, but it is their lives that we affect. Thank you for not making life traumatic for the children you chose to make and have.

Recently read this quote on Karri Behne’s facebook page: “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”

Be strong.

Saturday is a Color Run, sponsored by the Guymon High School Student Council. I don’t have any of the specifics, but you can call Jennifer Reynolds there at the school if you have questions.

Scrapbooking and Card Making are at The Studio at 3rd and Roosevelt. Be sure to call Denise Gebara at 806-339-4851 to learn more. You can go anytime between 9 am and 5 pm. They have a wonderful time!

The Gaggle of Geeks meets Saturday from 1 – 3 pm. Not sure what is on the geekly agenda, but it will be enjoyable, I’m sure.

The Dementia Support Group meets from 4 – 5 pm at the Main Street Guymon office, 116 NE 5th Street. Anyone who is having to deal with dementia in their family and would like to learn more, please attend. The group is led by Dorothy Countryman, who can be reached at 338-4547.

The Healthy Cooking Class taught by Mary Snead is from 5:30 – 6:30 at the Main Street Guymon office. It is $5 to attend and everyone is welcome.

Saturday ends with a Country and Western Dance at the No Man’s Land Center starting at 8 pm. The band is Cottonwood. For more information on this, call Leita Andvik at 338-7216.

See you on the bricks!

March 6, 2014

Martin Hernandez came in the office today. I think he probably makes several people feel better about the world every day of his life. He just has that wonderful attitude. He made mine, I know. And if his daughter, Haven, knew the kind and sweet things he was saying about her, he would make her day too.

There isn’t much better than parents who really care for and love their children, is there?

I’ve heard Shawn Hanson, CEO of PTCI, give several programs recently. The person who really cares for and wants the best for the company they work for or own is another excellent thing to treasure. Shawn wanted no introduction before the programs because he seemed to consider the information in the program of importance, not who he is, what he’s done, and all that fluff. The program was interesting and Shawn was humble and smart the whole time. I don’t know diddley squat about cell phones (can’t even figure out how to unlock an old text), but I enjoyed the program. And I’ve heard how his employees speak so highly of him.

There isn’t much better than a boss who really cares and loves their business and employees, is there?

Recently there has been a little drama in my life. I hate drama. I dislike being around people who have or cause drama. I’ve been that person a bit lately and I have to say I still have friends who will come and see me, listen and cheer me up.

There isn’t much better than a friend who really cares and loves their friend even when the friend is being a bit of trouble, is there?

In the past week I visited two new Main Street Guymon members. Maria Vega at Nuestra Trienna, north of the 4th Street and Hwy 54 intersection. I call it the old Saratoga building. Dates me, doesn’t it? That is a wonderful market! Everything is so nice and clean. Great meat market and fresh veggies and fruits. The best part are the murals being painted inside. Loved them. So if you’re needing groceries, you can try there.

The other business is La Victoria’s, which is on the south side of the same intersection. Victoria’s is a small market and they also have meat for sale and all sorts of things. They are really friendly.

Take a drive down and visit these stores. Tell them how glad we are that we have new businesses in Guymon!

If you have ever met Arlene Winfrey, you’ll remember her. The lady has a sense of humor that just makes you grin. She is a little outrageous. Well, on her emails she has this quote, “Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.”

See you on the bricks … asking “why not?”

March 3, 2014

Let me tell you a little story.

Last week my grandson Croz and I attended the OPSU basketball game in Goodwell. After the game the OPSU Center Tavien Rosemond, who is 6’7”, met the short first grader Croz. Tavien hollered for a basketball and proceeded to hold the little guy up so he could “dunk.”

This brought such wonderful memories back of Croz’s mother, Missy, being held up to “dunk” the ball when she was about the same age. Memories like that just give a good feeling in your heart, you know?

OPSU basketball guard, Krys Randolph, made the comment, “That little guy will remember that forever.” I know he will. His mama did.

In fact, Croz brought his best friend Ethan to the next game on Saturday so Ethan could meet “his new best buddy.” Croz waited on the floor for Tavien, but neither of us saw that he was waiting, so by the time Croz came to the other end of the court Tavien was gone.

Croz was so disappointed.

So OPSU forward Bill Lee called Tavien up and told him that his little dunking friend was there to see him. Tavien had already changed clothes and was home. But he came back to the gym so his new little friend could see him.

Those basketball players had an exciting, hard playing game on Saturday afternoon. And they came away short on the points. But I would never call them anything but winners. When your last game, and your loss, are set aside so you can make a little person happy, you’re nothing but a winner.

Didn’t get to go to all the games, but I thoroughly enjoyed each one that was able to go to. They’re fun and they’re exciting.

All of the interaction started because Main Street Guymon and the Chamber of Commerce worked together to have a “Lunch with an Aggie” during the Christmas break for the basketball teams. We invited the public and had a lunch with the players. That’s when I met them. And that little bit of community helping from everyone works to build relationships. And relationships are the basis of getting things done and doing good things.

I love the OPSU athletes and their coaches. They bring fun things to attend. They bring visitors whenever their parents or others come to town. They bring future people who have a tie to the Panhandle, many who choose to stay here. And they can bring happiness to little guys like Croz and Ethan.

Each time I attended a game, the coaches greeted me and made me feel special. They were so polite. You and I know that I did little, but I gained much.

For one thing, I am a member of the Rotary and were it not for those OPSU basketball players, golfers, and football players we could not pull off the Pioneer Day Rotary BBQ without painkillers. They come and pitch in to get ready, to serve, and to clean up.

So, my hat is off to those coaches that are helping these players the importance of community and to each and every one of the players that helps, and especially to those who do it with a smile.

I’m proud of you. I’m lucky to know you.

See you on the bricks!