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August 27, 2014

It was a Saturday and I came in early because of the Farmers Market. I love going to the market. I don’t love getting up early and getting ready to go to work for it, though. Then there were a couple of meetings. Those went well. At that point I got to go home.

An invitation to an evening at the Willows for a senior piano recital sat there staring at me on the table at home. I really should go because the person it was for has been a great Main Street volunteer. My lazy self really wanted to stay at home though and not add that 40 miles to my day, grunge around in my nightgown and sort of act like a sloth.

But I went.

There we sat out on the lawn and the weather was wonderful. The music was beautiful. The people were friendly. The food was good. I met some people I had not met before. And I liked them.

I was one of the last four to leave this event that I really considered skipping.

We shouldn’t skip things out of laziness. Often those we aren’t really excited about turn out to be wonderful. My evening was fun and enjoyable. I smiled the whole way home.

Thank you for inviting me, Deirdre Harbison. You play the piano like a dream. And your choice of the Willows backyard for your recital was heavenly.

What opportunities have you missed lately because you listened to the lazy / negative part of you? Be careful.

And on those days you’re feeling a little tacky and hateful, remember what Charlie Chaplin said, “You’ll find that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile.”

Speaking of smiles, today there was a conversation going in my office about Hal and Pat Clark, owner of Clarks Auto Ranch. Actually the conversation was about being a woman and feeling like car salesmen try to pull one over on women. But then the comment came, “But I trust Hal Clark.”

What followed was a story about Hal when this 55 year old lady was really young and bought her first car. She remembered exactly what Hal said to her, because it made her feel so good.

And then someone added how sweet and nice Pat always was when you went in the business. The Hal and Pat stories brought smiles.

A person can’t help but hope when we’re not in the room people talk about us the way they talk about Hal and Pat. I’m pretty sure that’s not the case with me. Probably ought to work on that patience thing a little more. Might ought to try to keep my mouth shut, too. I do realize that everyone isn’t interested in my opinion, I just seem to remember it when I’m alone.

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia

We don’t have to be rocket scientists or Nobel Peace Prize winners. We need to work when we’re supposed to, be dependable, speak nice, and encourage others. Sounds easy, but it doesn’t seem to be so. No excuse not to continually try to achieve those actions.

And don’t forget to have fun, don’t continually miss those opportunities.

Here are a few opportunities coming up to mark on your to – do list:

  • Farmers Market on Saturday mornings at 8 am. Bring your smiles because it is a happy place to be!
  • Go to the country and western dance with the live music of Cottonwood on Aug. 30 at No Man’s Land Center, 15th and East Street. It’s exercise and fun.
  • Ever wanted to learn how to do ceramics? Visit the Merry Makers Ceramic Club on Sept. 3 at the Main Street Guymon office from 6:30 – 9:00 pm.
  • Panhandle Cowboy Classic Ranch Rodeo at Hitch Arena on Sept. 5 and 6, beginning at 7 pm. Not sure about the cost to get in. But I heard this is going to be huge! Rumor has it there are 22 teams registered.
  • Hooker Car Show on Sept. 6 from 9 am to 4 pm, downtown Hooker.
  • That same evening of Sept. 6 is the Firefighters Ball. It’s a fancy dress up occasion and I have tickets for sale here at the office.
  • Zentangle class at The Studio, 209 N Roosevelt, on Sept. 27 is worthy of all you creative people putting it on your calendar. Class starts at 2 pm.
  • Archaeology Presentation on Oct. 25 at the Guymon Public Library starting at 2 pm. Presenter is Dr. Marjy Duncan of the Oklahoma Archeological Survey and is about the Two Sisters Site, an Antelope Creek plains village.

Lots of fun things happening.

Hope to see you there!

August 19, 2014

So much has happened since I last bored you with my newest opinions.

Azuma: An African Celebration was held and I thought it was wonderful. Learning new things and meeting new people just beats all. Certainly better than sitting at home thinking negative thoughts.

JuliAnn Graham at Tri-County Electric wrote a story that ran in the Oklahoma Living magazine. That really did some great things for Azuma. One couple I met came in from Shawnee, Okla., to see the festival. I got another phone call from some on the following Monday who said she lived three hours away that wanted to know how it went and wondered if we would be having it next year, so she could come.

Then there was the reporter from the Tulsa magazine who came for the festival. She was great. She heard about Azuma at the Oklahoma Main Street Awards Banquet and came out. She came out early and helped our Ethiopian cooks make the food. I can hardly wait to read her story because she knows aspects of the festival that I have no clue about. How fun is that going to be?

Lots of good things happen when you work together. You know, the harder you work, the luckier you get.

Oklahoma Main Street had a mandatory training for Main Street folks. It was on fund raising. That is not one of my strongholds. But there was a comment in the class that really struck me hard: “Do you do your fund – raising by inspiration or desperation?” There is some heavy thinking in that one.

They also reported that Baby Boomers (aged 46 to 64 years) give 43% of all giving. That makes sense. There are more of them than the over 64 years + and they have more money than the ones younger. But are we doing our youth justice and teaching them about the joys of giving? I hope you are. I try.

There was also a new word explained for me. You know when a person volunteers … well, if you voluntold, then you volunteered because you were told to. Nothing wrong with that, I’m saying. Or, I mean, I’m told.

Remember, give a little change. Change a lot.

This week is an autograph signing by Sara Richter for the new Guymon History Book. That takes place Thur., Aug. 21, 5 pm in the Main Street Guymon office, 116 NE 5th Street. Same day, same time is the reception at OPSU on the grounds by the bell tower for the OPSU Rodeo Team. Both great things to go to. Yee haw.

Then on Fri., is the Kick Butts 5K Glow Run / Walk, a benefit for Panhandle Partners. It is planned and put on by Dylan Portillo, a Guymon High School sophomore as part of his Main Street Transformer program. See, we try. That all happens after dark. I hope I can stay awake to do my registration duties.

Coffee. That will have to be part of the evening.

Did you know when scientists fed bees nectar containing caffeine, which occurs naturally in coffee plant flowers, the bees were three times more likely to remember a flower’s scent than those that received sugar instead.

Well, that makes sense. But how did they ask the bees what they remembered? So, bee number 4284, on a scale of one to 10, 10 being more intense …..

It’s a good week and I hope part of your week is on the bricks!

August 4, 2014

Recently I have been thrown in with some really awesome and wonderful people who are just trying to do good things. I love them for it.

But there have been a few pissants in the mix that really kind of make your brow furrow and your nose crinkle up like there is a bad smell in the room.

I had some wise words spoken within my hearing (at a Bible study) when I was young … newly married and with three little babies. An old lady from the community was there. She was nice. Always nice. And we all knew that her husband had been an alcoholic for many years, they had started out really poor, and so her life had some real ups and downs. She said at the study “I just try to do what is right.” I have no recollection of the rest of the study, but that is in my mind like I heard it yesterday. I hope most days I remember to live by those words.

There are the kind of people that just get things done because it is the right thing to do. You might not agree with them that it is the right thing, but there is no doubt that they are doers. They usually want to get something done, to accomplish something. Then there are those who want to get credit, to be in the limelight. They have a different motive, one to feed their ego.

There are those standing in front trying to look important. They are usually talking loud. Those getting things done are often in the background, working up a sweat. I like the sweaty ones.

Then there are those who like to talk negative about others, thinking that they are building themselves up by tearing others down. They need to realize they are doing quite the opposite. Working together rather than talking about one another is so much more effective.

And then there are cautious people and there are lazy people. Cautious folks sometimes keep people like me out of trouble, so I don’t have a problem with them. Lazy people are just tiresome. I resent the oxygen they use up. I cannot do nearly what I could 20 years ago, but I can still get something done in a day. And I would rather do something than regret not doing anything.

And there are those that tell you they are honest while they are talking through the side of their mouth trying to manipulate you. Do they not realize eventually you get their number and you just avoid them? If you say you will do something, do it. Period. It’s a lie when you say you will and you are planning to not do it. Liars aren’t to be trusted. And this is a place I fail. I should stand by my word better.

But the majority of the people I work with are honesty, full of integrity, just trying to do what is right with the time they have available, they love their family, they work hard at their job, and they are positive about their community. They might be lazy once in awhile, but on the normal day they get a full days work done. They appreciate what is theirs and the opportunities they have been given in this life.

They are good partners. They care. Those folks in my life this month include Jada Breeden and Earl Helm. What troopers! They have done fabulous and wonderful things for the community in bringing the professional bull riding. Jada does so much on so many events, almost daily ones. I am in constant awe of her work!

Teri Mora and her work with the Upward Bound and Alma kids is unbelievable. I loved the dance performance last Saturday and all that they have accomplished. I love that she went to school to help one girl enroll that didn’t have a parent to go with her. Teri Mora is always giving and giving. She doesn’t seem to need sleep, either! Now that I find crazy. But it seems to work for her.

Dorothy Countryman goes past her sadness at missing Doc and makes our world a better place. She helps me all the time. She is always there for those who need a shoulder or an ear. She is such a lovely person and she only does it because it’s the right thing to do.

Vonda Wilkins, Soila Medina, and Nathalie Perez are some of the grandest Main Street volunteers that ever took a breath. They understand what the goal is, to help the community, and they work towards that. They know that we need to work to help our business members, we need to offer what the community needs and wants. They work towards that goal. And my poor treasurer, Elgie Davis, just smiles while I hand her a folder of my scratching and she just does that stuff with the numbers. I love them all.

Recently Shawna Portillo has been working with her son on a 5K run that takes place Aug. 22. Wow, they are a pair to be reckoned with. I admire so much about Shawna. We who get to work with the Portillos are so lucky.

That was last week. I wonder what awesome and wonderful people I’ll meet next week!

Don’t forget Azuma: An African Celebration is on Sunday, Aug. 8, starting at 4 pm at 5th and Main. There are some folks going to be there sharing their culture from Africa. It is beautiful and it is wonderful they want to share. And I need to thank Seaboard Foods and the following churches for helping financially with the festival; Panhandle Bible Center, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Victory Memorial United Methodist Church, and First Presbyterian Church. Thank you so much and may God’s blessings rain on you for your kindness.

See you on the bricks. It’s a fine time to be there.