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December 4, 2019

Reading something on Facebook, I realize the likelihood that the story might not be totally true, the person named with the quote has a good chance of not being accurate. But there are some great stories, whether they are real or made up. Some that have a good lesson. Like Aesop.

Here’s one that I read that I think is good.

“’Dad, I think I’m old enough to know now,’ says the son. ‘Is there a Santa Claus?’

“Not being the world’s fastest thinker, I stalled for a time. ‘I agree you’re old enough, but before I tell you, I have a question for you. You see, the truth is a dangerous gift. Once you know something, you can’t unknow it. Once you know the truth about Santa Claus, you will never again understand and relate to him as you do now. So, my question is, ‘Are you sure you want to know?’

“’Yes, I want to know,’ the son answered.

“’Yes, there is a Santa Claus,’ explained the father, ‘but he’s not an old man with a beard in a red suit. That’s what we tell the kids. Kids are too young to understand the true nature of Santa Claus, so we explain it to them in a way they can understand. The truth about Santa Claus is that he’s not a person at all; he’s an idea.

“’Think of all those presents Santa gave you over the years. I bought those myself. I watched you open them. And did it bother me that you didn’t thank me? Of course not! In fact, it gave me great pleasure. You see, Santa Claus is the idea of giving for the sake of giving, without thought of thanks or acknowledgement.

“’When I saw the woman collapse on the subway last week and called for help, I knew she’d never know it was me who summoned the ambulance. I was being Santa Claus when I did that.

“’Now that you know, you are part of it. You have to be Santa Claus too. That means you can never tell a young kid the secret, and you have to help us select Santa presents for them, and most important, you have to look for opportunities to help people. Got it?’”

Enjoy the magic of Christmas. And share the magic of Christmas.

Consider taking a moment to attend a church of your choice during the Advent season. I know Main Street member churches St. Peter’s Catholic and Victory Center would be happy to see you there.

Consider attending some of the Christmas programs going on about town. The Christmas Open House, Shop and Dine, Christmas Tree Lighting (and Santa coming to visit) are all happening on Fri., Dec. 6. Bring the kids down and have hot cocoa and cookies at City Hall. Enjoy being part of the community during this fun time. There are carriage rides available, the Guymon Community Theatre is having “The Nativity” production at 7 pm that evening. Loads of fun downtown on the 6th.

The next day you can have photos with Santa at Back on the Rack, 120 NW 10th.

On Dec. 10th is the great fun at the library, “A Dicken’s of a Party” that includes Christmas book reading for the kids, Christmas music from locals, and fun. That runs from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

The OPSU Christmas Gala, with the Chamber Singers and guests performing, with a dinner on Dec. 13 and 14. Get your reservations at www.Christmas.opsu.edu.

The Nativity is also the weekend of 13, 14, and 15.

Lions Shopping Spree happens early the morning of Dec. 14 and they need volunteers to help the kids shop. What a great way to help!

That same day from 9 am to 5 pm is the Christmas Village with gifts and more to see and buy at the Connection Church, 1901 N. Lelia, and the Nazarene Church, 2214 N. Sunset.

The Methodists have the Christmas Cantata “Sing and Shout for Joy” at their 10:50 service on Dec. 15. They invite all to come and enjoy.

Be a part of the magic. Get the Christmas spirit and remember the story of Christmas … and the one of Santa Claus.

See you on the bricks during this holiday season!

December 2, 2019

One of my kids gave me a book to fill out that asks all sorts of questions that our kids might one day wonder about. Often times, they don’t wonder about our lives prior to the kids until we’re gone. So, this book asks the questions now and you fill out the book for the kids to read when they’re finally curious. Some of the questions are odd, some are really hard to answer, and some bring back great memories that we should make a point to tell the kids.

You don’t have to have a book. You can just answer the questions and figure out how and when you want to give them to your kids. Maybe with their Christmas present? Maybe as a Christmas present?

What would you like to make sure your kids know?

I’ll share a couple of my answers.

“The twins come from Granny Grantham. And there are many of them in the family. She also gave us our height, but the strong chin comes from Grandpa Grantham. The cleft in the chin is also Grantham, but the really deep one is a Johnson deal.

“The lawyer … has my will. Get along during it. Don’t allow any problems to happen during the settling of it. If anyone causes any trouble, I swear I will come back with a 2 x 4 and use it on them. Our parents don’t owe us what they’ve earned. It is theirs to give as they wish. As parents we need to teach our children how to work and how to be responsible and of good character. Girls and boys. That is a parent’s job, not giving their kids everything they want and catering to them.

“Know with a certainty deep within your heart that your dad and I loved one another when we brought you into this world and that when we met each of you, we found ourselves loving you guys even more. We weren’t perfect, aren’t perfect, but we love our children. It does not matter that you’re different than we imagined. It does not matter that life happens and we all countless times show our fickle humanness. We love you and I will always love your dad for giving me you guys and for being partners in raising you to the best we could. You four are our opus and we know this.

“Start each day with something that makes you happy. I love my coffee and when I take that first drink, it is full – on a drink of happiness. Nobody should have to start their day with a grouch. If that is you, have someone knock you upside the head. There are probably several who are wanting to.

“Nobody is responsible for your happiness except you. Nor are there others who you can blame your unhappiness on. You have decided to be unhappy. It is all on you, if you are.

“Save some money every month unless you want to work until the day you die. Most of the things we buy we don’t care about in a month. Remember that. Get a grip on the difference between a want and a need.

“Lie in bed at the end of each day and thank God for each of the blessings he brought to you that day. Don’t treat God like a sugar daddy, always asking for favors – end each day thanking him. And start each day inviting him to be with you.

“Remember, if you talk about other people – they have a right to talk about you. So, let’s try our best to just say positive things about people – or stay away from them.

“Always, when something bothers you about someone – take an honest look at yourself because you likely do / say the same things. Judge ourselves by the same standards as we judge others. If you do this honestly, and look at yourself with truth, you should find yourself being more kind to others. “Pay attention to other people. Don’t assume you know them, what they have, what they want. Buying a gift for someone because it is something you want for yourself is shallow. Not buying something someone wants because you don’t agree may be egotistical and judgemental – but, then, we shouldn’t gift things that are bad for someone, so just be reasonable. Gifts should not be a game changer in a relationship, things are not as important as people.

“Never miss a chance to tell someone thank you. There is never too much appreciation shown.

“Learn something new every day so your conversation is never boring. Your opinions aren’t good conversation. People are drawn to those who tell entertaining and SHORT stories or who talk positive about other people. “One time, Missy (my daughter) had a birthday dinner for Nate Leota (an OPSU football player). She invited Nate’s friends Nick, Jessica, and Neptune. She invited me – maybe because I would give Nate a ride? The meal was crazy good and very time consuming to make. And talk about consuming – those boys can consume! Missy and I posted pictures of the evening on Facebook. Lisa (my other daughter) saw them and promptly told her sister that she would have liked to have been there, that it hurt her feelings she hadn’t been invited.

“There are several reasons I tell this story. First, the fact that Missy and Cody gave that evening to Nate says so much of what I love about life. Share. Give. Be a blessing to others.

“The second part is Lisa’s reaction. She wanted to be a part and she had her feelings hurt. Rather than have her feelings fester (which makes for unhappy and bitter people who are no fun to be around), she promptly told Missy. She didn’t whine and complain to other people, she talked to Missy. “Missy listened. Missy told Lisa why she kept the invites low and life went on. Neither took it personal. Neither held a grudge. Neither put anyone else in the middle. It didn’t affect the family. It didn’t make Sunday lunch uncomfortable. In fact, some jokes were made about it.

“This is healthy. This is family. This is who we are. If you’re an adult, this is how an adult should act. Mature. Not spiteful. Not hateful. Not making division.

“We will be disappointed by each other all the time, over and over. Don’t let these disappointments poison your soul and, ultimately, the family. Accept and forgive and the same acceptance and forgiveness will be granted to you when it is needed. You were not born to agree upon everything. You were born to love one another. Period.

“We are wonderful and unique … just like everyone else!”

If you’re inclined, write what you want your family to know about you and want’s important to you. Don’t worry about spelling or grammar. Just put your ideas down and share with them. If you want to ….

See you on the bricks!

November 20, 2019

Peggy Wheatcroft decided when she turned 80 years – old she was going to give presents rather than expect to receive them.

She bought 80 blue envelopes and place four $20 bills in each along with a self – addressed stamped postcard and a note asking people, in honor of her birthday to give the money to anyone they chose.

“Find someone who least expects it,” she wrote. “Then write … and tell me about your experience. Let’s spread a small bit of joy!!”

The weekend of her 80th birthday, she started handing out the envelopes to family members and friends who were in town for the wedding of one of her grandsons. She continued to deliver envelopes over the next year until all 80 had been handed out.

“As postcards arrived,” Wheatcroft wrote, “two things stood out. The first was the joy people experienced when giving in person. Many sent me heartfelt letters, some with photos of the receiver. The second was the rapport created when givers explained the source of the money to recipients. It was as if they were teaming up to help an 80 – year – old celebrate her birthday.

“People who gave the $80 as a lump sum often gave it to a person struggling with expenses. One woman heard a teller at her bank say that she would be out for six weeks for reconstructive surgery after a double mastectomy. The woman reached into her purse and gave the teller the $80 and my note. On her postcard she told how the woman cried and cried.

“Other people left a big tip for a service worker – a waiter or a gas station attendant. A mother of two young children wrote about seeing a boy of 11 or 12 walking her street on a summer day asking for work. After he’d labored an hour in the heat, she walked over and told him how much she admired his work ethic and determination. She gave him a $20 bill, and a huge smile crossed his face.”

One couple bought 52 pairs of socks and took them to a shelter right before Thanksgiving.

“My gifts had unexpected ripple effects,” said Wheatcroft. “One man whom I gave an envelope continues to give, three years later. He says he’s now more aware of the people around him and is more comfortable with giving to strangers.”

Giving, not receiving, turned into one of the best presents for this lady.

November 13, 2019

The end of 2019 is fast approaching. We have Thanksgiving soon to be here, a time to be reflective of the many things that we are grateful for, one of those is, hopefully, family. The other, I pray for you, is community. And we need to be happy with ourself, the person that God made us, and find the purpose for our being here.

Albert Schweitzer said, “The only ones among you who will be truly happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.” It is important to serve and it’s time we slow down on all the excuses for not doing so

Here’s another thing I read, and I don’t know if all are correct, but I think it gets the point across.

“The next time you think you have an excuse why God can’t use you consider the following:

  • Noah was a drunkard,
  • Abraham was too old,
  • Isaac was a daydreamer,
  • Jacob was a liar,
  • Leah was ugly,
  • Joseph was abused,
  • Moses was a murderer,
  • Gideon was afraid,
  • Samson had long hair,
  • Rahab was a prostitute,
  • Timothy was too young,
  • David had an illicit affair,
  • Elijah was suicidal,
  • Isaiah preached naked,
  • Job was bankrupt,
  • John the Baptist ran around in a loincloth and ate locusts,
  • Peter was hot – tempered,
  • John was self – righteous.
  • The disciples fell asleep while praying,
  • Martha fretted about everything,
  • Mary Magdalene was demon-possessed,
  • The boy with the fish and five rolls of bread was too obscure,
  • The Samaritan woman was divorced more than once,
  • Zacchaeus was too small,
  • Paul was too religious,
  • And Lazarus was dead.

Now, no more excuses!”

Remember, if you’re waiting until the perfect time or until you’re perfect, that never happens! Take a step the way you want to go and let’s get started! I choose to be the family and community member that does something positive and helpful for others. That’s my promise for this year. Even though I know I am imperfect and make many errors, that is my challenge for 2020. Might as well get working on it now!

Another good thought to remember along those lines is a quote from Ninon de L’Enclos, “That which is … beautiful is not always good, but that which is good is always beautiful.” I am choosing to be more beautiful this upcoming year.

“Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly, you are doing the impossible,” said St. Francis of Assisi.

Let’s get started on this positive journey!

See you on the bricks.

November 5, 2019

One of my kids gave me a book to fill out that asks all sorts of questions that our kids might one day wonder about. Often times, they don’t wonder about our lives prior to the kids until we’re gone. So, this book asks the questions now and you fill out the book for the kids. Some of the questions are odd, some are really hard to answer, and some bring back great memories that we should make a point to tell the kids.
You don’t have to have a book. You can just answer the questions and figure out how and when you want to give them to your kids. Maybe with their Christmas present? Maybe as a Christmas present?
What would you like to make sure your kids know?
I’ll share my answers.
“The twins come from Granny Grantham. And there are many of them in the family. She also gave us our height, but the strong chin comes from Grandpa Grantham. The cleft in the chin is also Grantham, but the really deep one is a Johnson deal.
“The lawyer … has my will. Get along during it. Don’t allow any problems to happen during the settling of it. If anyone causes any trouble, I swear I will come back with a 2 x 4 and use it on them. Our parents don’t owe us what they’ve earned. It is theirs to give as they wish. Our children we need to teach how to work and how to be responsible and of good character. Girls and boys. That is a parent’s job, not giving their kids everything they want and catering to them.
“Know with a certainty deep within your heart that your dad and I loved one another when we brought you into this world and that when we met each of you, we found ourselves loving you guys even more. We weren’t perfect, aren’t perfect, but we early love our children. It does not matter that you’re different than we imagined. It does not matter that life happens and we all countless times show our fickle humanness. We love you and I will always love your dad for giving me you guys and for being partners in raising you to the best we could. You four are our opus and we know this.
“Start each day with something that makes you happy. I love my coffee and when I take that first drink, it is full – on a drink of happiness. Nobody should have to start their day with a grouch. If that is you, have someone knock you upside the head. There are probably several who are wanting to.
“Nobody is responsible for your happiness except you. Nor are they who you can blame your unhappiness on. You have decided to be unhappy. It is all on you, if you are.
“Save some money every month unless you want to work until the day you die. Most of the things we buy we don’t care about in a month. Remember that. Get a grip on the difference between a want and a need.
“Lie in bed at the end of each day and thank God for each of the blessings he brought to you that day. Don’t treat God like a sugar daddy, always asking for favors – end each day thanking him.
“Remember, if you talk about other people – they have a right to talk about you. So, let’s try our best to just say positive things about people – or stay away from them.
“Always, when something bothers you about someone – take an honest look at yourself because you likely do / say the same things. Judge ourselves by the same standards as we judge others. If you do this honestly, and look at yourself with truth, you should find yourself being more kind to others.
“Pay attention to other people. Don’t assume you know them, what they have, what they want. Buying a gift for someone because it is something you want for yourself is shallow. Not buying something someone wants because you don’t agree may be egotistical and judgemental – but, then, we shouldn’t gift things that are bad for someone, so just be reasonable. Gifts should not be a game changer in a relationship, things are not as important as people.
“Never miss a chance to tell someone thank you. There is never too much appreciation shown.
“Learn something new every day so your conversation is never boring. Your opinions aren’t good conversation. People are drawn to those who tell entertaining and SHORT stories or who talk positive about other people.
“One time, Missy (my daughter) had a birthday dinner for Nate Leota (an OPSU football player). She invited Nate’s friends Nick, Jessica, and Neptune. She invited me – maybe because I would give Nate a ride? The meal was crazy good and very time consuming to make. And talk about consuming – those boys can consume! Missy and I posted pictures of the evening on Facebook. Lisa (my other daughter) saw them and promptly told her sister that she would have liked to have been there, that it hurt her feelings she hadn’t been invited.
“There are several reasons I tell this story. First, the fact that Missy and Cody gave that evening to Nate says so much of what I love about life. Share. Give. Be a blessing to others.
“The second part is Lisa’s reaction. She wanted to be a part and she had her feelings hurt. Rather than have her feelings fester (which makes for unhappy and bitter people who are no fun to be around), she promptly told Missy. She didn’t whine and complain to other people, she talked to Missy.
“Missy listened. Missy told Lisa why she kept the invites low and life went on. Neither took it personal. Neither held a grudge. Neither put anyone else in the middle. It didn’t affect the family. It didn’t make Sunday lunch uncomfortable. In fact, some jokes were made about it.
“This is healthy. This is family. This is who we are. If you’re an adult, this is how an adult should act. Mature. Not spiteful. Not hateful. Not making division.
“We will be disappointed by each other all the time, over and over. Don’t let these disappointments poison your soul and, ultimately, the family. Accept and forgive and the same acceptance and forgiveness will be granted to you when it is needed. You were not born to agree upon everything. You were born to love one another. Period.
“We are wonderful and unique … just like everyone else!”
If you’re inclined, write what you want your family to know about you and want’s important to you. Don’t worry about spelling or grammar. Just put your ideas down and share with them. If you want to ….
See you on the bricks!

November 4, 2019

It is a known fact that starting your day with a positive attitude can make the entire day better, often for you and those around them. So, I shall choose to find something to be positive about in my mind.
The earth’s rotation makes my day.
You can also think of it as, living on earth is expensive. But it does include a free trip around the sun.
Think about it, I might look stationary, but, actually, I’m traveling at 733 miles per hour!
There are other things that we all know can make the day better. It is time to come to grips with some of those things. For me, chocolate can be one.
Hand over the chocolate and no one will get hurt.
We need to also learn that we are not the most important person in the room. Other people count. Other people are important. This self – absorbed vanity can be very hurtful and irritating. We need to remember this.
And know, some day when scientists discover the center of the universe, many people are going to be disappointed to learn it isn’t them.
Quit relying on others when you can do something yourself. Be productive. Make decisions and get something done.
“I’m trying to be independent, but no one will help me,” really isn’t going to cut it.
Be careful. And be safe. Choose your friends wisely. We are who our friends are.
And never trust an atom. They make up everything.
Computer technology is not easy for me. It moves at a rate of change much faster than my rate of adaption. I am a computer dinosaur and the problem doesn’t seem to get any better.
My computer geek told me, “I found your problem, you need a user upgrade.” He wasn’t joking.
He also told me, “Anyone who thinks the customer is always right never worked in Tech Support.” He wasn’t joking then either. Really, he doesn’t have much of a sense of humor.
So, I told him, “Autocorrect can go straight to he’ll.” He didn’t laugh.
Maybe I need to quit thinking about the problems and start working on the solutions. According to chemistry, alcohol is a solution.
Biology is interesting too. Bacteria. It’s the only culture some people have.
Physics has its points. I may look lazy, but on a molecular level I’m quite busy.
But, for me, math is confusing. “Dear Algebra, Please, stop asking us to find your X. She’s never coming back and don’t ask Y.”
English is much more my style (considering the fact that most people think I have no style at all). I hate it when people don’t know the difference between your and you’re. There so stupid.
English is important. Punctuation saves lives. Let’s eat, Mom. Let’s eat Mom. See it?
Marine biology is something we don’t consider much here on the Panhandle, but there are things it can tell us, too. The fact that jellyfish have survived for over 650 million years despite not having brains, gives hope to many people.
Here’s to a brighter day to you all!
Don’t miss these opportunities happening soon: Nov. 7 is Shop and Dine downtown, 4-7 pm; Nov. 9 is the evening for Panhandle Services for Children Blue Jean Ball at Pickle Creek; and this weekend is “The Producers’ at Guymon Community Theatre, call 338-0019 for times and to make your reservations, cost is $10 per person.
See you on the bricks.

October 28, 2019

Last Sunday evening there was a birthday party for my cousin, who just turned 60. She and I were raised close by each other, born within two months of one another, and our moms were sisters. She was the nice one. I wasn’t. She was the skinny one. I wasn’t. She looked like her dad. So did I. So different, but cousins are cousins and we were different enough that we were very compatible. Same with our mothers.

As we grew up, there she and her brother and sister and me and my brother, our parents, and grandparents always had our family holidays. We did a lot of things together and we kids always had fun.

Sunday it was Ronda and I, her three kids and their kids, myself and one of my kids and her new kid. My aunt, and Ronda’s brother and sister, their spouses, and two children. Everywhere I looked was family. Even more than we had back when we were growing up.

It’s amazing. Looking at all those kids and seeing ourselves at 60. Who would have ever imagined? They were all talking and laughing. The room was full of life’s blessings.

Things change. Hair gets gray. Butts get bigger. There are more stories to tell. And, hopefully, we learn lots.

Recently, I read something that my mind goes to when I think about how Ronda and I have changed.

I started succeeding when I started leaving small fights for small fighters.

I stopped fighting those who gossiped about me.

I stopped fighting with my in – laws.

I stopped fighting for attention.

I stopped fighting to meet people’s expectation of me.

I stopped fighting for my rights with inconsiderate people.

I stopped fighting to please everyone.

I stopped fighting to prove they were wrong about me.

I left such fights for those who have nothing else to fight.

And I started fighting for

            My vision;

            My dreams;

            My ideas; and

            My destiny.

The day I gave up on small fights is the day I started becoming successful and so much more content.

For me, the day I realized those people in the room, my family, is more important than anything.

And remember, it’s ok to go to an antique auction and have people start bidding on you. It’s good to have someone want you.

I need to tell my kids this: At my funeral, take the bouquet off my coffin and throw it into the crowd to see who is next.

And know this, being cremated is my last hope for a smoking hot body.

Some dates and events you might want to put on your calendar:

Chamber Draw Down at the Arena Hospitality Building, $50 per person, Nov. 2.

Benefit Craft Bazaar, High School, Nov. 2.

Pumpkin Patch Craft Show, Activity Center, Nov. 2-3.

Guymon Community Theater production, Nov. 2,3,9,10.

Shop and Dine, 4:00 – 6:00, Nov. 7.

Panhandle Services for Children Blue Jean Ball, Pickle Creek, Nov. 9.

Thanksgiving, Nov. 28.

See you on the bricks.

October 14, 2019

Last week had some interesting moments. First, a very nice lady came in who had questions about the veteran’s banners on Main Street. At first, she was a little nervous because she didn’t know if she was in the right place and then we got to visiting. She had a photo of her older brother who was in WWII and she had written up what his wife could recall about his service. We talked and at one point she had tears, as did I. My heart went out to her because she missed her brother so much.
It is my hope that we all love our siblings so much that we miss them as much as that sweet woman misses her brother. That we are kind and good to our family and that they mourn us when we are gone. That the memories they have bring a tear to their eye and a smile to their face. We have to work at being the person that brings this. I don’t think it’s easy, but it looks to me that it’s worth it the effort.
The same day two of the local Mormon missionary girls came in and sat down, asking about ways they could help in the community. Another example set by some very young girls, an example of who I want to work harder at being. Their eyes lit up and they smiled so big when I told them the Golden Senior Olympics was coming up (on Oct. 18) and they might need some help. They were so open to doing good deeds and it didn’t have to be on their terms or for their own ends, it was just to help people.
It was a lovely time getting to speak with these two young ladies and discuss all sorts of things happening in the community. They set my personal goals up a notch, too.
God seemed to be in the mood to motivate me to be a better person and was showing mean in a way that I couldn’t miss. He’s good that way.
On Friday, the Career Focus Professional Development class met at the library, they’re all there at 8:30 in the morning, with smiles on their faces and coffee in hand. Toni Mathis (with PTCI) always comes in first because she knows that we will need some technical assistance and she is there to help.
Nayely Mesta – Esquivel (with PCHC) comes in next and since the second class she has come in, said “Good morning” and then proceeded to go on in and make the coffee. I love someone that just helps, without making a big deal about it, without expecting any big pats on the back.
During the class, there was a little noise in the hallway and Erica Velasquez (with Brown and Associates), quietly got up from her chair, shut the door, and there wasn’t a ripple missed in the class, it was all smooth and another just taking initiative to do what needed done.
It is good to notice these people in our lives, in our days. And it is even more important to tell them thank you … and to make it a point to improve our actions. It’s never a bad time to give back what has been given to you. And for those days when we feel that there isn’t much positivity around, to be the one to bring it into the room.
Sounds easy. And some people make it look easy. Maybe it gets easier the more you do it. I hope to find out.
Here are several community activities coming up that you might consider taking part in:
• The Rocky Horror Picture Show is being shown at the Guymon Community Theatre on Oct. 18 at 7:30 pm;
• Wirtz Lumber is celebrating their 95th business birthday on Oct. 19, from 11 am to 2 pm and would love to have you come in;
• Library is having the Mystery Party at the Speakeasy, $10 per person, on Oct. 19 from 4 to 6 pm and need some men for the parts, especially;
• Chamber Banquet is on Oct. 22 at Pickle Creek and will have the Dueling Pianos perform that evening;
• Oct. 22 is the Dementia Support Group, contact Phyllis Stokes at 580-651-9132 for more information;
• And Main Street Guymon’s Pangaea is coming on Oct. 29!!!!
Hope to see you out and about and on the bricks!

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!

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