My comments about books the past few weeks have generated interesting emails from readers, some of them out of state. Generally, they took sides in the ebooks vs. traditional books discussion. Younger readers favored the computerized books while older ones still prefer the printed format. One reader said she didnâ€™t want to give up paper books because she always embroidered book marks for Christmas and birthday gifts.
One might say the Barnetts have a thing for animals, both domestic and wild.
Upon entering Don and Jane Barnettâ€™s home, I am greeted with the warmth of Christmas. Among the sparkling ribbon and glittering mesh that mark the arrival of the holiday season is Smokey, a rescued cat, draped across the chaise lounge, while a sleekly coated pug, Mallory, nestles on a nearby rug.
Thanksgiving has come and gone and just about everyone I know enjoyed food, fun and fellowship, as dear Thelma Crotts would describe an occasion.
Fort those who don't know Mrs. Crotts, I'll explain. She was the principal at Angie Grant Elementary School for many years. My son Allen was one of her pets, and he naturally adored her.
I never heard her describe any social occasion without including the word "fellowship." It probably resulted from her many years as a preacher's wife. We church folks do a lot of "fellowshipping."
Even though my kids are teenagers, they still look forward to baking and decorating cookies for the Christmas season. It is a family tradition, one I hope they will pass down to their children. We are developing memories that will last a lifetime.
Almost every time you turn on the TV, you see news of some medicine being recalled or having caused physical distress.
However, there is good news â€” a no-cost, no-risk way to improve your health: It's called laughter.
Humor and laughter have been proven to activate the immune system, and it increases the killer cells that attack viral infected cells and some types of cancer and tumors. One report says laughter seems to tell the immune system to â€śturn it up a notch."
The other day I was shopping with my 2-year-old son, and as we often do, we ended up in the toy section. Dylan and I walked the aisles, and he picked up toy after toy. Each of which flashed a series of colorful lights and spoke, made sound effects or played music when you pushed a button.
He particularly enjoyed a rocket ship that counted down, lit up, and then made noises like it was blasting off.
Another favorite was a mechanical Mickey Mouse that played music as the figure hit his hands on a drum and danced.
So many times in life we tend to take the good things for granted. Our
family, children, friends, homeâ€¦the list goes on and on. Certain
people become so much a part of us that we think theyâ€™ll always be
there when we need them. We donâ€™t ever stop to think, â€śWhat would
happen if I lost all of this?â€ť
We only think of what we had when itâ€™s goneâ€¦and then itâ€™s too late.
The truth is, we should never take anything for granted. Not a single
person and not a single day. Yes, everyone knows this. But sometimes,
weâ€™re reminded in ways weâ€™d rather not be.
My wife saw two deer, one on each side of the road. Without knowing it, she solved one of the worldâ€™s age-old mysteries.
It was one of those moments when a scene plays out, but later the full depth of the incident weaves its way into our brain and that single moment becomes something much different that it appeared to be on the surface.
For several years the Courier has included in its Thanksgiving edition comments from local residents telling what they are most thankful for in this season in which we emphasize our blessings.
This year the focus was on school children, who certainly shared some interesting thoughts. You expect them to say, "I'm thankful for my my mamma, my daddy, my dog, my cat, my grandma, my grandpa, my house ... "
On and on and so forth.
Kids can surprise you, though. One little boy's answer was a real zinger. He said he was thankful "for calendars."