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What insight does a garden offer someone who studies human development? Consider the mint plant. The new homeowner, walking by the plot the previous owner used as a garden, sees nothing by bare earth, since it is December. He considers which flowers to plant there. Yet, in May, as he prepares his garden by tearing up some ‘weeds,’ he is greeted by a pleasing aroma. He then realizes this was a mint patch – even though in December it seemed to be nothing but barren expanse.

So it is with the abilities of many people. If we encounter someone in a December-like environment, we might fail to recognize in them a trait or talent that needs the warmth of a June atmosphere to flourish. Environmental conditions are crucial to both plant and human flowering.

Consider the biennial plants. Again, a new homeowner asseses his garden at the end of the first season and makes plans for next year. Some plants did not flower. He considers ripping them out of the garden, but is deterred by an early snow. The following spring, these ‘weeds’ are among the first to burst into radiant bloom.

So it is with a person who might need extra time to develop. We even have named that person (after the words of the gardener) a ‘late bloomer.’ And while his flowering occurs late, is it of lesser beauty, of lesser value?

Consider the great variety of plants and yet note the uniformity of plant life. In how many ways are we different from each other, yet in how many ways are we the same?

~ Dr. M. L. Corbin Sicoli


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Never forget that you are one of a kind. Never forget that if there weren’t any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn’t be here in the first place. And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life’s challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one person that all changes that matter in the world come about. So be that one person.           ~ Buckminster Fuller.

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Take a passel of friends and family. Add a lot of love, laughter and caring. Mix well.

Stir in a few hard times to help you appreciate the good times.

Shake well to distribute all ingredients evenly.

Season with memories and traditional events. Expose to sun, wind, rain and snow by hiking, camping, kayaking, singing and loving.

Add new memories as needed.

This recipe stretches to serve as many as needed. Keep it in a warm place in your heart and you will never go hungry.

“He’s my Brother”

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This is a litte late, but it’s still valid. Happy New Year. 

Brush away old heartaches.
Learn from our mistakes.
Another year is finally over.
A new dawn awakes.

Let the old year out.
Welcome the new one in.
Bury the bad things of the past
As a new year now begins.

Make your New Year wishes
As simple as you can.
Pray for peace and love,
Not for wealth or fame.

Pray for health and happiness.
Pray for your fellow man.
Pray for all the ones you love.
Pray for those who’ve lost their way.

~ by John P. Read

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“If you want to fly you have to give up the things that weight you down.”

~ Toni Morrison

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An Irish prayer:

Take time to work, it is the price of success.
Take time to think, it is the source of power.
Take time to play, it is the secret of perpetual youth.
Take time to read, it is the foundation of wisdom.
Take time to be friendly, it is the road to happiness.
Take time to dream, it is hitching your wagon to a star.
Take time to love and be loved, it is the privilege of the gods.
Take time to look around, it is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to laugh, it is the music of the soul.


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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