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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…

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Five ideas to live by:

One: Give people more than they expect and most cheerfully.

Two: Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will possibly be more important than any other.

Three: Don’t believe all you hear, spend only what you have and remember to sleep all you need.

Four: When you say, “I love you,” mean it.

Five: When you say, “I’m sorry,” mean that too and look the person in the eye.

More to follow…

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“There is nothing weak and unmanly about clean hands and faces. A man who is strong and tough never needs to show it in his dress. Toughness is a quality of mind, like bravery or honesty or ambition.”

E.R. Brathwaite, in To Sir with Love.

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What are you giving room in your mind?

Are you dumping just any old thing into it?

If you use it as a garbage container, you will live a garbage can existence.

~ Von Hesse


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“What was Paradise?

but  a garden,

an orchard of trees

and birds, full of

pleasure, and nothing

there but delights.”

William Lawson

I hope  you have time to work in your garden this week and enjoy our beautiful weather.

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A Continuation…

Your children get only one childhood.

All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

Envy is a waster of time. You already have all you need.

The best is yet to come.

No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

Friends are the family we chose for ourselves.

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