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Monthly Archives: September 2019

September 30, 2019

There is a series of books, very simple and easy reading, called the Mitford novels that I love. The books, written by Jan Karon, follow Father Timothy Andrew Kavanagh through his days in a small mountain village in western North Carolina. Father Tim, a 60+ year old Episcopal priest is beloved by all for his unfailing concern for their needs and for his exceptional warmth, grace, and charm.
All through the book you are aware of everyone being very human and the beauty of a day filled with simple things.
If you want something to make you smile and to feel happy, check out one of these Mitford books. They make a day happy.
Here are some thoughts Father Tim shares in one of the books …
• If you judge people, you have no time to love them. ~Mother Teresa
• The poor get poorer by acting rich and the rich get richer by acting poor.
• Once the mind has been stretched by a new idea, it will never again return to its original size. ~Oliver W. Holmes
• One of the illusions of life is that at the present hour is not the critical decisive hour. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
• How to keep a healthy level of sanity:
1. As often as possible, skip rather than walk.
2. Sing along at the opera.
3. When the money comes out of the ATM, yell “I won! I won!”
4. Page yourself over the intercom – don’t disguise your voice.
5. Every time someone asks you to do something, ask if they want fries with it.
• He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose. ~Jim Elliot
• The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in your pocket. ~Will Rogers
• Never miss a good chance to shut up. ~Will Rogers
• Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read. ~Groucho Marx
• If it weren’t for electricity, we’d all be watching television by candlelight. ~George Gobel
Nothing is as good as a good book for company.
October is a busy month in Guymon. Here are a few of the upcoming happenings that you might want to put on your calendar.
• Elder is the morning of Oct. 3 at the Methodist Enrichment Center;
• Shop and Dine starts at 4 pm on Oct. 3;
• Panhandle Partners evening Rhinestones and Rawhide, is Oct. 3, starting at 6 pm, Pickle Creek;
• Oktoberfest, the fun annual event by the Catholic Church is 6-9 pm on the church parking lot;
• The BBBB with a band, burgers, and some other Bs is a fun community event, first time and it looks like a lot of enjoyable things like the car show, cornhole tournament, and much more is Oct. 5 with activities happening all day. Really, that is Bacon, Brews, BBQ, and Blues for the event.
• OPSU has a home football game on Oct. 5; and
• The fun event for kids by TCEC and PTCI, Pumpkins in the Park, is on Oct. 7.
Good times for all. Hope to see you on the bricks!

September 24, 2019

Guymon Fiesta is over and it was fun. Loved the food. Loved the entertainment. Loved all the businesses who sponsored and made it possible. Loved the volunteers that worked and gave of their time. Thanks to everyone who had a part in it. Well, except those who threw trash on the ground. Thank goodness we had the OPSU Men’s and Women’s Soccer Teams working the Fiesta. They were a Godsend. Love those kids and their coaches!

Speaking of sponsors, did you know that PTCI gives $25,000 in college scholarships a year? That is in addition to the youth leadership camps and the sponsorships they give to school and community. Awesome!

We have some great businesses in our community that support us in so many ways. Be sure to support them in turn!
TCEC is another one and one of the ways they support us is their TCEC Spotlight. In September they went to Pub on the Bricks and these are a great thing to go to. There is always a drawing for a gift certificate and lunch is provided or something similar. Love it. Watch for them!

We are so lucky to live where we do.

In Lebanon, I read that people there, including more than 1 million Syrian refugees, struggle to find clean water to drink or bathe in. The run – off from the mountains flow into decaying pipelines, sewage – choked wells, and rivers thick with pollution. People who drink the water, or swim in it, often end up with stomach or skin ailments that keep them from school or work. Clean water can be purchased from private sources but it is expensive. The average family in Beirut spends up to 15 percent of its monthly income on water.

That makes our little city water bill look wonderful, doesn’t it? We should think about that the next time we go to the sink and turn on the faucet.

We are lucky to live where we do.

The YMCA Sip and Fit is on Sept. 27 at 7:30 pm and Denise and K.C. Rothschopf’s house. The cost is $50 a person or $75 a couple. This is a fund raiser for new machines at the Y. A great event done by wonderful volunteers.

We are lucky to live where we do.

On Sept. 28 there is a soccer tournament at OPSU, it’s the Socctober Fest. This is done by volunteers, too.
And on Sept. 30 is the Support Group for Diabetics at 5:30 pm, meeting at the Heritage Community, 501 NE 15th. All are welcome.

We are lucky to live where people provide opportunities for us to be healthier.

Earlier this year 103 – year – old Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins became the oldest female competitor in the United States, after winning the 50 – and 100 – meter dashes at the National Senior Games in Albuquerque.

“My first run was at age 100,” says Hawkins, who set the world record for the 100 – meter dash in her for the 100 – meter dash in her age group in 2017. “I thought that it would be neat to do the 100 – meter dash at age 100 in under a minute, and that’s what I’ve done. When I crossed the finish line (this time),” she adds, “it felt wonderful. I wasn’t sure I could do it, but I did. Finishing the race was a magic moment for me.”

The former cyclist, and great – grandmother of three, didn’t need much training. “I’ve been running all my life,” she says. “When the phone rings, I come running to answer it!”

The Elder Fair is in Guymon on Oct. 3 at the Methodist Enrichment Center. This is a great event for our senior citizens to learn about what resources are available for them and to find activities that are also available. Be active.

Remember Hurricane Hawkins!

See you on the Bricks!

September 10, 2019

Recently asked what are some of the things I treasure, it was easy to answer.
I treasure being with my family and watching how well my kids get along. They communicate fairly well. They smile. They laugh. The love and acceptance is present. My heart swells at these times. And their children get along pretty well, too. Oh, don’t think they’re perfect … that is far from true and they all have distinct personalities, but for the most part, it is accurate.
I treasure waking up in the mornings and sitting down to enjoy a cup of coffee. That makes me happy because I know my world is really good when I have time to do this.
I treasure meeting new people and seeing new places for many years, but more and more it is my coffee and a good book at home. I love books. I love a stimulating conversation at the table. Not people telling me their opinions and trying to change mine, but the sharing of interesting information.
I treasure the Farmer’s Market for bringing people who are happy and smiling together weekend after weekend. Then when you add the contests like the Dog Parade it just makes me laugh and enjoy. The Baby Contest was fun to see so many people proud and happy. The Salsa Contest is fun and the Art Walk makes me appreciate the talent and work some folks have and do.
What do you treasure? What moments do you hope to hold in your mind for the rest of your life because they are so comforting and interesting to you?
What makes you happy?
Being around people who make laugh makes me happy.
Going to the beautiful Oslo Lutheran Church and seeing my family there makes me happy.
Having a job that is ever – changing and community – oriented, I love. And I get to meet some really great, giving people.
I love my life. It isn’t perfect. It isn’t the way I planned for it to be, but I love it.
And I love the Guymon Fiesta. The food and fun, the feeling of being somewhere other than Oklahoma abounds. I love it.
I hope that I’ll see you there enjoying it on Sunday afternoon and evening, too.
Catch you on the bricks!

September 5, 2019

When a leader loses the loyalty and support of the people that made them a leader there are several commonly accepted reasons as reported in an article entitled “Where Leaders are Made” of the July 2019 Toastmaster magazine. And they are reasons that we need to know and watch that we’re not falling into.

Complacency. Self – satisfied leaders believe they are doing the job the best it can be done, so why change? They avoid risk because it may result in failure, which can topple them from their pedestal. We need to remember that great opportunities are often clothed in risk.

Transference. Leaders can become enamored with authority and expect complete and instant compliance with their commands. They take credit for department successes but transfer the blame for failures. They don’t accept that employees’ failures are also their own.

Isolation. Some bad leaders are convinced of their omniscience, they see no reason to talk to and learn from their employees, who can offer useful perspectives. Some leaders trust only themselves instead of recognizing that, in a complex world, they must also trust many others to provide help to make the best decisions.

True exceptional leaders possess three types of awareness – (1) of themselves, (2) of others, and (3) of the broader environment – each of which enables them to lead more effectively. The same report notes that narcissistic individuals often succeed in gaining leadership roles but fail in performing the associated duties.

The answer to this problem is humility, the ability to respect and acknowledge employees’ contributions, rein in ego, and understand the need to listen – even when the message isn’t something they want to hear.

Success is seldom achieved alone. Humble leaders surround themselves with skilled people, then they delegate appropriately. They are not threatened by their employees’ expertise.

Humble leaders request and heed constructive feedback about their performance. They know they are not the only source of what is right. These leaders are comfortable in a setting in which it’s permissible to debate with a superior about ideas and plans.

Good leaders recognize and own their shortcomings and mistakes, large and small, and acknowledge them with sincerity and humility.

We can all improve our leadership (aka parenting and managerial) skills.

Another thing you might consider is signing up for the Career Focus Professional Development classes through Main Street Guymon. The classes start on Sept. 13 and they’re awesome. Call Melyn at 580-338-6246 for more information.

Mark the Guymon Fiesta on your calendar, Sept. 15 from 3 – 8 pm on the street at 5th and Main. Come by for some awesome food!

See you on the bricks.

September 3, 2019

Last week I encouraged everyone to take a day off from work and enjoy themselves on the day of my birth (Sept. 2 is my birthday). I noticed many did close shop and relax last Monday and I appreciate all those who got into the real spirit of the day.
When people are kind and caring to you, it makes your heart go soft, your eyes tear up, and you soul is humbled.
Then they have a surprise 60th birthday party for you at the Pub on the Bricks. A surprise to the extent that I was shocked. When I started opening the cards, the shock even went deeper. Almost traumatic.
“In horse years …” said the front of the card my brother, who traveled from Colorado to be there, said. “… you’re glue.”
You know, I thought growing old would take longer.
And my brother wasn’t content with the one card, but gave me another. “Just think …” said the front. “At your age, this might be the last birthday card you ever read.”
You see where the trauma was coming in? He should have given me a gift card for therapy as a present.
Don’t grow up. It’s a trap.
“You’re not old if you can still blow out all your birthday candles …” said the card my sweet children and darling grandchildren signed. “… without farting.” Oh my.
My dear friend Terry Brand gave me some very ummmm, unique, gifts along with a card that read, “Got you this designer birthday card for a fraction of what it would normally cost because it has a slight flaw in it. (open card) Merry Christmas!” Can’t fault anyone for saving a few pennies.
I loved the purple fly swatter with the big flower on it. But the unicorn horn headpiece really looking a little on the shady side. As did some other things in the sack (which all made me laugh). Terry spent some time finding those gifts, but she stayed frugal, which she knows I appreciate.
My father gave me a card (it was his birthday, too, by the way) that had an old hag on the front and it read, “Getting older has its advantages. (open card) Nobody wants to borrow your clothes.” This stems from my family always making fun of my fashion sense, or lack of it. It doesn’t help that my clothing is not the size of a normal persons, either.
You see, I broke up with my gym. We just weren’t working out.
I thought the dryer made my clothes shrink. Turns out it was the refrigerator.
Might as well be honest, being cremated is my last hope for a smoking, hot body.
My friend Jada and her husband, Robert Breeden, drove from Spearman to be there. Good friends like that are hard to find. The card Jada found for me said, “Oh please – don’t cry because you’re getting older … (inside) … cry because others are stupid and it makes you sad.”
That is funny. Especially since Jada and I every single day get phone calls from people wanting us to give them a phone number and we pick up our phone books and give them the number. Every. Single. Day. Are we the only people in town that know how to use a phone book these days? Makes me wonder.
Scientists say the universe is made up of protons, neutrons, and electrons. They forgot to mention morons.
If you can’t find your phone book and don’t understand the scientist’s statement, then all I can add is “I can explain it to you, but I can’t understand it for you.”
I’m not mean, I’m brutally honest. It’s not my fault truth hurts. Here’s a band aid.
So, at the table were my friends who don’t easily get their feelings hurt, who laugh easily, and who are the best people on this earth. It was a wonderful evening. Sitting next to me was my cousin Ronda Holt and we visited and visited. We think we’re funny.
Sitting next to Ronda was her husband, Kevin. He might have said five words all evening. He’s quiet. Across the table from him was Jason Hitch. He’s not loud or obnoxious, but sort of quiet, too.
There’s a shirt I should order for Robert Breeden, Kevin, and Jason. It says, “Introverts unite. We’re here. We’re uncomfortable. And we want to go home!” I am pretty sure that everyone of them was only at the birthday dinner because their wife told them they needed to be. Love them all!!
The shirt that I would buy for myself and Jada says, “You know that little thing inside your head that keeps you from saying things you shouldn’t? Yeah, I don’t have one of those.” In fact, quite a few of my friends have probably earned that shirt.
The birthday party was an evening of wonderment. Good friends. All my children at the tables, visiting with friends. My parents. The spouses of them all. Truly the thing that dreams are made up of.
My brother’s wife is the nicest person in our family and she gave me a card that said, “If you’re wondering how the years have gone by so quickly … it’s because time flies when you’re busy bringing happiness to others and making your own special mark on the world.” That is a sentiment that should be said to all those that came, many who took the time to call and send sweet notes.
Thank you to everyone that made my birthday special. May the Lord bless you and keep you and send love and kindness to you on your birthday, too.
See you on the bricks!