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February 18, 2017

    Three boys came to help me on Saturday at the Main Street office. All three are from the OPSU Upward Bound program. Jonathon Ibarra, Valdemar Sanchez, and Jonathan Guerrero were all on time and willing to help however I asked. They took out trash, swept the floor, and started hanging posters in windows. People are shocked to learn how much time it takes to hang posters around town. People are showed to learn how long I can avoid sweeping the floor and taking out the trash. So, you know I was happy to see the kids.
    I’m in the office on this Saturday because it’s the day I can work and have less visitors and meetings. And because this morning three Main Street Transformers left with two adult Main Street mentors to visit Alabaster Caverns. They all left the office at 8:30 this morning laughing and knowing they are going to have a wonderful time. I am not sure whether Terry Brand and Kristine Scott are more excited about going or the kids, Taos McIntyre, Alfonso Ortega, and David Ortega.
    I am so lucky to work with people with such giving hearts and great attitudes.
    There are a lot of people who don’t have such great attitudes. Some are also very unappreciative. For them, instant gratification takes too long.
    The kids that I see when we have the community clean – up are probably the ones that are going to continue working as community volunteers. Likely they’ll be the Lions Club members who run the boats and trains at the park. One of them will probably be the Tail Twister at the Tuesday meetings (first and third of each month at 6:30 pm).
    There are some great youth in our community.
    “As far as rearing children goes, the basic idea I try to keep in mind is that a child is a person. Just because they happen to be a little shorter than you doesn’t mean they are dumber than you.” ~Frank Zappa
    Sometimes we just need to make it a point to teach these kids things that are important. It is unfair to just expect them to pick it up automatically. That’s why Theresa Carillo is teaching a free class on Interview Techniques at the OPSU Guymon Classroom at 304 NW 5th on Feb. 21. The class runs from 6 – 8 pm. Be sure to get an advantage on that job that you want and learn about ways to come out ahead in the interview.
    It is always good to improve ourselves.
    It is always good to educate ourselves.
    On Wed., Feb. 22, there is a free Healthy Heart Luncheons for ladies. It’s a Red Dress event, meaning the ladies are encouraged to wear red. You have a chance to learn more about your heart. There are some excellent speakers, including a cardiologist, the mean is healthy and catered by Virgil Gibson. There are folks there to give a BMI (body mass index), blood pressure check, blood sugar test (Ac1), and a voucher for a blood cholesterol check, all free of charge.
    Some folks really want to help us get healthier.
    The next day, Thur., Feb. 23, has another free lunch available to seniors (over 55 years in age) at the Senior Citizen’s Center on their Appreciation Day. They are also having some BINGO. That fun starts at 11:30 am and ends at 3:00 pm. The center is located at 515 NE 15th Street in Guymon.
    That evening from 6 – 8 pm, Carillo is teaching another class, this one about writing a resume. That, too, is at the OPSU Guymon Classroom and has no charge.
    At the same time, on the same evening, is the Main Street Guymon Awards Evening at the RC Party Room on 5th and Main. Some great folks are getting recognition that night and we would love to have you come to it. The cost is $25 a ticket and this is another Virgil Gibson meal.
    Time for me to get some work done.
    See you on the bricks!

February 8, 2017

          The weather is beautiful. My friends are the best in the world. And work is fun. Life is so good.

          Nice thought for the day: Take a shut–in a scrumptious meal. If you don’t cook, go get something good from a restaurant. Take a little time to visit when you deliver. Make their day wonderful. It will improve yours too.

          “Happiness is in your ability to love others,” said Leo Tolstoy.

          Speaking of meals, if you’re one of those who is watching your carbs, take a gander with the grilled chicken breast with peppers and onions. You can get it with salad and vegetables. Great meal and almost no carbs. That’s at the Pub on the Bricks.

          And if you’re really working on taking good care of yourself, you might consider setting aside twenty minutes each day to catch your breath. Make yourself a cup of tea, put your feet up, and don’t answer the phone. Just relax and ponder the good things about the day. Ponder on the people you love and just refresh. Seems difficult to ignore the rat race for so long, but it is possible! And healthy. Check out the teas at Urban Bru. Blackberry is great.

          I loved the Guymon Daily Herald front page last week that had three stories on the front page. The top story was about local ladies who went to Washington D.C. and marched. Whether you agree or disagree about why they marched (in fact, we probably don’t even know why they did), you can relish in the fact that we live in a country where you can stand up for your beliefs. You can also thank God that those who marched did it in a peaceful and respectful manner. And two of those who traveled to the march were young ladies in their early twenties. It is so good to see young people getting involved in their community, showing that they care.

          “We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided,” said by J.K. Rowling.

          The second story was about Pioneer Days and it is lovely that our community has such a positive and long standing tradition. We have a great Chamber of Commerce who has hundreds of volunteers that make it happen. It is a happy time. I am proud to be part of a community that has such an event.

          “Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” Henry Ford said those great words.

          The third story was on a local business, Western Medical, that gave to someone in need. Another instance of caring individuals from our town. Cool.

          “The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life four ourselves.” Helen Keller said that.

          Cassi Jo Schreifer is the person who started and keeps the Cassie’s Kids Mentoring Program going and she gave a program at Rotary recently. One of the Rotarians took a quote from Cassi Jo that is so worth sharing. She said, “You don’t have to be rich or privileged to follow your dreams and make a life for yourself.” This is another young lady who is making a difference in other people’s lives. Cassie’s Kids has mentors for junior high aged girls. She works with the school and the mentors are an example of the best folks from our town. I love it.

          “The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” That’s according to Mitch Albom.

          Feb. 10 is the Cabaret at the Galleon to help the Guymon School Arts. The cost is $30 person, $50 a couple and it starts at 6 pm. Call 338-7678 for reservations.

          Feb. 11 is the limb pick-up community clean-up time. Meet at the Main Street Guymon office at 10 am to help. We will work for 2 hours. Also, that day the OPSU basketball teams play in Goodwell. The women’s game starts at 1, the men’s at 3.

          Feb. 13 the Word Weavers meet at the Galleon at 6:30 pm. Great time for those who wish to wield the pen.

          Mark on your calendar for the Veteran’s Discussion on Feb. 20, the Healthy Heart Dress Red Luncheon on Feb. 22, and the Main Street Awards Evening on Feb. 23. Watch for information on those.

          Ravi Shankar said, “Sound when stretched is music. Movement when stretched is dance. Mind when stretched is meditation. Life when stretched is celebration.” Let’s all celebrate these wonderful people and activities.

          See you on the bricks!

February 6, 2017

          Last Sunday at church we had a special offering for the Oaks of Mamre, Guymon’s homeless shelter. It is on Super Bowl Sunday each year because that is the day the Oaks Board holds their Souper Bowl fund raiser. Our special offering was giving in pots. It is good to do.

          But the interesting part is that in our church we have three Bible readings each Sunday that are set by the church calendar. We don’t pick the readings (although our preacher could change them, I suppose). On Super / Souper Bowl Sunday the first reading was from Isaiah 58 and this is part of it, “Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin? Then your light shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. …if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday. The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.”

          The Psalm reading came from chapter 112, “Light shines in the darkness for the upright; the righteous are merciful and full of compassion. It is good for them to be generous in lending and to manage their affairs with justice. …they have given freely to the poor, and their righteousness stands fast forever; they will hold up their head with honor.

          Wow. It was like the church readings were chosen especially for the Oaks offering.

          Gibbs on NCIS says there are no coincidences. Pretty straightforward, don’t you think?

          Yes, I gave to the Oaks. No way I wasn’t going to after hearing and reading the readings. You know, if you haven’t, you still can. The Oaks does good work and they should be blessed by us.

          Another blessing is a meeting at Main Street Guymon on Feb. 20 for veterans. Any and all veterans are invited to come and discuss benefits, health concerns, and life concerns. It is to be at 5:30 pm in the Main Street Guymon office at 116 NE Fifth Street. Hope to see you there!

          Then on Feb. 22 is the free Heart Healthy Luncheon for women (dress in red if you can) at 11:30 at the Methodist Enrichment Center at 6th and Quinn. Women have the chance to get their blood pressure, BMI, sugar and cholesterol tested free. And after having those tests, you will be in the drawing for a red Brighton purse.

          The next evening, Feb. 23, is the Main Street Guymon Awards evening. Virgil Gibson is catering and we are honoring some fabulous businesses and individuals. Hope you’ll come to it. The tickets are $25 a person and it is held at the RC Party Room at 5th and Main.

          Be blessed and see you on the bricks!

February 1, 2017

            A friend gave me a little book that has some very interesting things in it. It is a journal of sorts with the heading on the blank pages, “Why I am dysfunctional today:”

            The first page has directions and says, “We all have issues. The idea that anyone has it together is a myth – despite the occasional deliberately constructed appearance to the contrary. The only thing that separates the men from the boys and the women from the girls is self – awareness. Do you or do you not know that you’re half – crazy? Do you celebrate and process your dysfunctions or do you stumble along in blithe denial – or, perhaps, the stubborn refusal to deal?

            “Either way, being dysfunctional is the norm, not the exception, especially in this era of pop psychology and antidepressant ads littered with daisies and sunshine. I’m not okay and you’re not okay, and there’s a drug for that. Now that we know how to diagnose and name it, 29 percent of the American population has experienced a significant episode of anxiety, while about 15 percent will suffer from a major depression at some point. …

            “But as creatively valuable as our dysfunctions may be, we must manage them in order to live a practical and not entirely miserable existence. Toward that end, our most convenient, accessible tool is surely a journal. Kathleen Adams, founder of the Center for Journal Therapy, calls journals ’79 – cent therapists.’

“According to a widely – cited study by James W. Pennebaker and Janel D. Seagal, ‘Writing about important personal experiences in an emotional way for as little as 15 minutes over the course of three days brings about improvements in mental and physical health.’ Proven benefits include stress management, strengthened immunity, fewer doctor visits, and improvement in chronic illnesses such as asthma. ‘It’s hard to believe,’ says Pennebaker, a psychology professor at the University of Texas at Austin, but ‘being able to put experiences into words is good for your physical health.’”

So, do you write in a journal? Seems maybe it is a good thing. I believe I’ll just stick with writing a column. But if you feel yourself twisting off to the deep end, grab a pen and paper. Its worth a try!!!

Tammy Faye Bakker once said, “I always say shopping is cheaper than a psychiatrist.” My personal opinion is that if you have a chance to be part of a quilting circle, it serves as therapy.

Staying active is also good for your health. There are plenty of things going on to take part in here.

Feb. 2, you have the choice of attending OPSU basketball games with the women at 5:30 and the men at 7:30 or you can go to the Diabetic Support Group at the YMCA meeting room at 5:30 pm. The support group has a speaker and is led and sponsored by HealthWatch.

Feb. 3, at 7 am you should come and be a part of Eggs and Issues. Quit spending so much time posting those stupid facebook political comments and come and hear the real thing. Representative Casey Murdock is always there to give inside into what is happening at the capitol. And Apollo MedFlight is buying breakfast for everyone. It takes place at the Ambassador Restaurant.

Feb. 4 is the OPSU Rodeo Team’s Top Hand Auction at Pickle Creek at 6 pm. Come and buy some fellows to haul your limbs off! 

Feb. 5 is Sunday and the Super Bowl is happening. So is the Souper Bowl. For lunch, take part in the Oaks of Mamre Fund Raiser, a Souper Bowl, at the Methodist Church Enrichment Center, 6th and Quinn.

Feb. 6 is the Chamber General Membership meeting at noon in the Ambassador meeting room and that evening is the Methodist Groundhog Supper from 11:30-1:00 for lunch and 5:00 – 7:00 for supper. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children.

There’s more coming up, but this should keep you busy for now!

See you on the bricks.