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An Ode to Fred Meyer

You’ve served me well for 17 years, but now it’s time for me to move on.

I can’t say I’m sorry to see you disappear from my life.

The new ‘improvements’ you’ve made means I now spend twice as much time on my grocery shopping. And why did you do away with some of my favorite items, only to add more unhealthy pop and flavored waters?

The checkout stands with a moving belt sound like a good idea on paper, but when there’s no one at the end of the belt to bag up the groceries it means the checker has to come out of her station to bag them. And the weighing device in the bulk items area is often not working or out of paper. For a brand new machine this is disgraceful.

You’ve done some things right – I love the idea of giving free fresh fruit to children and the fresh produce area is very nice.

But now it’s time for me to move on. Rosauers – here I come!

Rosauers Grocery and Pharmacy will open this weekend with all kinds of specials events and sales. Come and check it out!

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            Paul Harvey

Paul Harvey wrote this in 1964 for his radio broadcast, ‘Now You Know the Rest of the Story.’ That was 55 years ago. Read it and tremble.

“If I were the devil … If I were the Prince of Darkness, I’d want to engulf the whole world in darkness. And I’d have a third of its real estate, and four-fifths of its population, but I wouldn’t be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree — Thee. So I’d set about however necessary to take over the United States. I’d subvert the churches first — I’d begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: ‘Do as you please.’

“To the young, I would whisper that ‘The Bible is a myth.’ I would convince them that man created God instead of the other way around. I would confide that what’s bad is good, and what’s good is ‘square.’ And the old, I would teach to pray, after me, ‘Our Father, which art in Washington…’

“And then I’d get organized. I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting, so that anything else would appear dull and uninteresting. I’d threaten TV with dirtier movies and vice versa. I’d pedal narcotics to whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. I’d tranquilize the rest with pills.

“If I were the devil I’d soon have families that war with themselves, churches at war with themselves, and nations at war with themselves; until each in its turn was consumed. And with promises of higher ratings I’d have mesmerizing media fanning the flames. If I were the devil I would encourage schools to refine young intellects, but neglect to discipline emotions — just let those run wild, until before you knew it, you’d have to have drug sniffing dogs and metal detectors at every schoolhouse door.

“Within a decade I’d have prisons overflowing, I’d have judges promoting pornography — soon I could evict God from the courthouse, then from the schoolhouse, and then from the houses of Congress. And in His own churches I would substitute psychology for religion, and deify science. I would lure priests and pastors into misusing boys and girls, and church money. If I were the devil I’d make the symbols of Easter an egg and the symbol of Christmas a bottle.

“If I were the devil I’d take from those who have, and give to those who wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. And what do you bet? I couldn’t get whole states to promote gambling as thee way to get rich? I would caution against extremes and hard work, in Patriotism, in moral conduct. I would convince the young that marriage is old-fashioned, that swinging is more fun, that what you see on TV is the way to be. And thus I could undress you in public, and I could lure you into bed with diseases for which there is no cure. In other words, if I were the devil I’d just keep right on doing on what he’s doing. Paul Harvey, good day.”

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– is it true?

H – is it helpful?

– is it inspiring?

N – is it necessary?

– is it kind?

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“The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you can not do.”

~ Walter Bagehot

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Today we celebrate Columbus Day, so all Federal offices are closed.

Columbus lands in the Americas

Columbus Day is a national holiday in many countries of the Americas and elsewhere which officially celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1492.

Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer who set sail across the Atlantic Ocean in search of a faster route to the Far East only to land at the New World. His first voyage to the New World on the Spanish ships Santa María, Niña, and La Pinta took approximately three months.

Columbus and his crew’s arrival to the New World initiated the Columbian Exchange which introduced the transfer of plants, animals, culture, human populations, and technology (but also invasive species, including communicable diseases) between the new world and the old.

~ information from Wikipedia

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Misty mornings, frosted lawns
The wind is blowing a winter’s song.

Changing colors of the leaves,
Slowly falling from the trees.

Soon the trees will all be bare,
Offering no shelter taken there.

So gather up the summers harvest,
For darker days are now upon us!

~ by Lisa K. Putnam

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“Being a male is a matter of birth. Being a man is a matter of age. Being a gentleman is a matter of choice.”

~ Author unknown

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This was a Letter to the Editor, the Columbian, September 12, 2019. I agree wholeheartedly!

“We visited the Clark County Parade of Homes in Camas yesterday. The homes are impressive and the views breathtaking, but I am so disappointed. With all the money invested in these homes, there was absolutely no emphasis on forward thinking. Where are the solar roofs, sustainable or recycled material, examples of responsible use of resources?

The time of building with 14 foot ceilings, outdoor heaters and walls of south-facing windows should be over, considering we are dealing with a changing climate. We need examples of attractive designs that do not abuse the planet and will make it possible for the next generations to survive. In a better world, the Parade of Homes and the Street of Dreams would be an example of more sustainable and environmentally friendly building.

As a consumer, I don’t need to see another impressive but drafty great room, or a shower that takes 20 minutes of hot air to dry itself after use. I need to see that you can live in beautiful surroundings with smarter and more modern features. Eventually we will all have to step back from excessive consumerism, and if builders don’t start offering and buyers don’t start demanding smarter luxury living, they are being shortsighted and irresponsible.

~ Maria Ernst, The Columbian, September 12, 2019

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Labor Day Parade, 1882

Today is Labor Day.

Labor Day in the United States of America is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the power of collective action by laborers, who are essential for the workings of society. It is recognized as a federal holiday.

Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. “Labor Day” was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday, in 1887. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty states in the United States officially celebrated Labor Day.

~ Information and picture from Wikipedia

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“Develop skin as tough as a rhino’s hide. You cannot take anything personally. You cannot bear grudges. You must finish the day’s work when the day’s work is done. Don’t be easily discouraged. Take defeat over and over, pick yourself up, and go on.”   – Eleanor Roosevelt

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“Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.” Eric Hoffer, 1898-1983

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Toni Morrison passed away on Monday at the age of 88. She is the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. She authored multiple novels, children’s books and essay collections. One of her most popular and well-loved books Beloved won her the Pulitzer Prize in 1988 and also the American Book Award.

As Barack Obama, the 44th President of the US, stated in his eulogy on social media:

“Time is no match for Toni Morrison. In her writing, she sometimes toyed with it, warping and creasing it, bending it to her masterful will. In her life’s story, too, she treated time non-traditionally. A child of the Great Migration who’d lifted up new, more diverse voices in American literature as an editor, Toni didn’t publish her first novel until she was 39 years old. From there followed an ascendant career — a Pulitzer, a Nobel, and so much more — and with

it, a fusion of the African American story within the American story. Toni Morrison was a national treasure. Her writing was not just beautiful but meaningful—a challenge to our conscience and a call to greater empathy. She was as good a storyteller, as captivating, in person as she was on the page. And so even as Michelle and I mourn her loss and send our warmest sympathies to her family and friends, we know that her stories — that our stories — will always be with us, and with those who come after, and on and on, for all time.”           Information from Wikipedia

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More rules to live by:

Sixteen: When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

Seventeen: Remember the three R’s: Respect for self; Respect for others; and Responsibility for all your actions.

Eighteen: Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

Nineteen: When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

Twenty: Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.

Twenty-one: Spend significant time alone in a healthy place.

The end

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Rules to live by – continued

Eleven: Don’t judge people without confirming suspicions and certainly not by their relatives.

Twelve: Talk slowly and clearly, but think quickly.

Thirteen: When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, smile and ask, “Why would you want to know that and how is that for you?”

Fourteen: Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

Fifteen: Say ‘Bless you’ when you hear someone sneeze, or whenever they need your blessings, because we all need a good word and a smile.

To be continued…

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More Rules for Life

Number Six: Be engaged at least six months before you marry. Know yourself and especially in relationship to your loved one.

Number Seven: Believe in love at first sight, just don’t act on it until it has time to ripen into all you expect and need.

Number Eight: Never laugh at anyone’s dream. People who don’t have dreams don’t have nearly enough. Encourage them.

Number Nine: Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely and satisfyingly.

Number Ten: In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling, belittling or adding unrelated irritations.

To be continued…